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Young's Double Chocolate Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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Ratings: 5,251
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 178
Gots: 619 | FT: 1
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Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a really impressive creamy, rich, thick old paper colored head. There are some initial downward shooting nitrogen bubbles but they quickly give way to a relatively inactive black mirth. As I drink it I basically get a thick, constant coating of lacingo along the glass. I think I would have enjoyed maybe a little more "brownness" out of the color to really give me that chocolate feeling. Aroma is sort of like chocolate covered blueberries- fruity and chocolately. Really really low carbonation. Sort of a weak, non-assertive stout flavor with some faint chocolate notes. A little bitterness in there as well which is about the only thing going on in there that really catches your interest. Otherwise fairly watery. Mouthfeel is of course extremely smooth, as is normal for the style. I don't think the nitro can is doing it justice in terms of carbonation though- I'd just like to see a little more going on there.

All in all this is obviously extremely well made, I just happen to find it slightly underwhelming. But if you're looking for a subtle, easy going beer this is where it's at.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MY 1st Milk / Sweet Stout. Here we go...

A- Poured very vigorously for a full, frothy 5-finger head that left some good lacing. opaque black with transparent garnet edges. Very nice

S- Got a lot of cap-metal smell but Ill try to ignore that. sweet roasted caramel malts and sweetened chocolate.

T- Taste was very good but I would prefer something a bit more "upfront". Some chocolate and alot of sweetness. Very palatable Im sure this would be good for even a non-beer drinker. After drinking for awhile i noticed some hops. Nice

M- Feeling was an excellent medium body with very silky carbonation

D- The whole pint went down exceptionally fast. I could go for another

Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It was dark and creamy with a moderate tan head that retained well.

S: It was chalk full of dark and chocolate malts. It had an underlying milky aroma reminiscent of a chocolate latte or heated chocolate milk.

T: It had a sweet chocolate flavor with hints of dark bitter chocolate. The dark roasted malts were dominant. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was a thin to medium bodied brew with little carbonation and a wet bitter finish.

D: It is a nice medium bodied brew with pleasant flavors and a low ABV making it a decent candidate for a session brew. However, the sweetness might cause one to cut the session short in favor of a less milky sweet beer.

Photo of jazztoloc
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, thick. Looked at it up to an electric light lamp and the light doesn't go through. Can't wait to taste it.

S: The smell like Chocolate is stronger than anything else.

T: It's not to sweet and I'm impressed that I like the strong chocolate flavor in abeer.

M: Feels thick, smoth and creamy.

D: I would try this beer anytime, I am not sure what kind of food I would drink this with. The taste of chocolate makes it feel like you are having dessert so I wouldn't pair it with a dessert myself. I loved it.

Photo of cooncat
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 16.9 oz. bottle, decanted into S.A. glass.

On the pour you get an opaque colored brew with a huge head. The head is tan in colour, but is not long lasting. Lacing is much more impressive.

The nose is light, but unmistakeably cocoa powder.

Taste is very chocolately, much like a cup of instant cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, for a milk/sweet stout. Drinkability is up there, as you could enjoy several of these in an evening, just relaxing and having some nice dark chocolate with it.

This is definitely worth picking up, and enjoying on a cold Winter evening, along with some dark chocolate.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of eweneek83
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
As with most stouts, it has what at first appears to be a jet black color. When looking at it up to a light, there are more shades of dark ruby and brown. The head is a dark tan color; head formation, retention, and lacing are all excellent.

Smell:
The dark chocolate scent is quite strong; it sharply pierces the nostrals. The roasted barley is also noticable, but the chocolate smell is most dominant. Maltiness also compliments these aromas nicely; it's not too strong, but adequate.

Taste:
Wow - a chocolate stout that actually tastes like chocolate! You can really tell that the flavor is actually *dark* chocolate and not a just *chocolate* knockoff. The bitterness is relatively tame for a stout, but the malt flavors compliment the dark chocolate tones nicely. The flavor is full and well-balanced - an excellent stout specimen.

Mouthfeel:
It's not quite as thick as a standard stout, but it's still pretty creamy and a bit chunky. It just sits really well on the tongue and teases the palate.

Drinkability:
Since it's not incredibly heavy, this beer goes down quite easily - even for a stout. The brew is easy to throw down at both cold and room temperatures. It's obviously more enjoyable at the warmer temps, but it's hard to be disappointed.

Photo of JRed
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque looks with creamy dark head makes this brew very appealing. Sweet chocolate aroma is welcoming after a filling dinner. A beautifully delicious dark chocolate flavor that is rich and a bit creamy. This is a wonderful Godiva swamp that feels amazing to dive into at the end of a day. The essence of mouth-watering dark chocolate is captured wonderfully. This is a fantastic dessert beer that is as rich as it is satisfying.

Photo of vancurly
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, deep, dark glass, heavy beige head and lacing.
Chocolate is the dominant note of course. Bottle states chocolate malt and chocolate essence. I cannot distinguish the two. Some roasted notes also.
Flavours much like the aromas. Not much bitterness, and medium body.
Sipped it like a port during a late movie. Not bad.

Photo of diabecktic
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
As with most stouts, it has what at first appears to be a jet black color. When looking at it up to a light, there are more shades of dark ruby and brown. The head is a dark tan color; head formation, retention, and lacing are all excellent.

Smell:
The dark chocolate scent is quite strong; it sharply pierces the nostrals. The roasted barley is also noticable, but the chocolate smell is most dominant. Maltiness also compliments these aromas nicely; it's not too strong, but adequate.

Taste:
Wow - a chocolate stout that actually tastes like chocolate! You can really tell that the flavor is actually *dark* chocolate and not a just *chocolate* knockoff. The bitterness is relatively tame for a stout, but the malt flavors compliment the dark chocolate tones nicely. The flavor is full and well-balanced - an excellent stout specimen.

Mouthfeel:
It's not quite as thick as a standard stout, but it's still pretty creamy and a bit chunky. It just sits really well on the tongue and teases the palate.

Drinkability:
Since it's not incredibly heavy, this beer goes down quite easily - even for a stout. The brew is easy to throw down at both cold and room temperatures. It's obviously more enjoyable at the warmer temps, but it's hard to be disappointed.

Summary:
It's hard to find something wrong with this beer. It's a little less heavy and thick than your standard stout, but the flavor, balance, and drinkability more than atone for any shortcomings. This is an excellent beer that really warrants your attention if you haven't tried it already - try it as soon as you can.

Photo of MP72
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bass Ale Tulip Pint glass this is one black brew with a nice tan head.

The smell of chocolate is pretty evident.

Taste is not as sweet as one would expect but the chocolate does make a bold appearance and more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side compared to what I expected but this does not take away from the taste at all.

Drikability is very high , I really enjoy this beer.

Photo of Greggy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ultra creamy sticky head over a black body. The body has an amazing cascade effect due to the can widget. The head really stays put and doesn't recede much.

S- This has a serious chocolate, almost milk shake on the nose as well as a big vanilla cream, slight caramel and graham. (Think smores).

T- Notes of dark chocolate, cream, slight graham, and a mineral component dryness in the finish.

M- Due to the nitro, the beer comes off a bit thin in the taste department, but the trade is an ultra creamy mouthfeel. Zero carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed the taste of this better in the bottle, but the appearance really was better in the can. If I were to buy again, it'll be in the bottle. Regardless, this beer is pretty drinkable.

Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured pitch black with tan head. It smelled surprisingly mild and earthy, like bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. It tasted like dry cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate and earthy malts, and a bit of pine hops. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had an oily and sweet aftertaste. Overall this was very much a dark ale with bitter chocolate flavoring, rather than a thick and rich stout. However, this dry character allowed for more subtlety, and made it very clean and drinkable. Not as delicious as I hoped, but very well constructed.

Photo of Onibubba
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thick dark brown head. Slight cocoa smell. Milk chocolate is all over the taste. Still, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel could be creamier, but drinkability is still excellent. If I could get this on tap locally instead of Guiness, I'd be killing this stuff. Very enjoyable. Can't wait to try on tap.

Photo of rjimlad
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a thick tan head that was quite persistent. Awesome aroma with a chocolate/Nutella thing happening. I immediately wanted a Ferrero Rocher. Flavour is a cocoa blast with enough bitterness to prevent cloying. A bit roasty and also some coffee/Mocha...goddammit it's a double-choc explosion with some cream on top. Trez Yum. I couldn't have many, though.

Photo of daythree16
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown/black into a mug. Takes a while for the nitrogen bubbles to move to the top of the beer, but when they do, a super-fine one-finger head settles. The head also sticks around for the duration. Good clingy lace on the glass as well.

Smell is sweetness: a little malt and a lot of chocolate. Smells like cocoa powder. Taste is roasted malt and then the sweet chocolate takes over. No dark chocolate/bitterness is present. It's all sweet milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is really my only complaint about this beer. Very, very watery on the palate. However, it does have a milkshake-like finish to offset the thinness. Drinkability is way high. A cold winter night with 3 or 4 of these before bed would be awesome.

Photo of mattffrost
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Head is a light brown. Beer is a dark brown. It looks like a dark choclate with brown cream on top.

s: Cocoa I get but not much else for me.

t: Very Nice not to sweet like I expected

m: Very Mild on the tongue and mouth

d: One bottle for the night is good for me. I tend to want to drink it to fast.

Photo of changeup45
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better stouts I've tried to date, but I don't think I'd feel the same if I drank a bunch of them. Pours a black color with a nice thick tan head. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass too. Aroma is quite a bit of chocolate with a nice burned malt scent as well. It's a surprisingly smooth beer with chocolate, malts, and a nice roasted flavor in there. Slightly bitter and dry at finish.

Photo of dwpiercetx
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Good coloring...poured well. Nice darkness to it with a lighter tan foam.

S-Can smell the chocolate and caramels in it. Before every drink, I made sure I took in a big whiff to get the nice effect from it.

T-Was a little watery for my liking, but that could have been my fault...I used a frosted pint glass. I still tasted the chocolatiness of of it.

D-Definitely worth the buy. Plus the can is very pretty, or at least my kids think it is.

This has made me a very big supporter of Sweet Stouts or Stouts altogether. Go out and buy one or four today.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: cascading effect one would expect from a nitro can. Deep, dark brown/black body with a perfect creamy tan head that resembles a chocolate malt. Superb retention, the definition of lacing.

s: Sweet malt and cocoa powder.

t: mmmm...chocolate fix. Light roasted malt up front with sweet chocolate and mild hop bitterness.

m: mouthfeel is absolutely ideal. Smooth as can be and as creamy as a milkshake.

d: dessert in a can. a world-class sweet stout that delivers the chocolate in spades. This is one beer that deserves it's reputation. If it wasn't so chocolaty sweet I would drink it all day, but that's what makes it so good in the first place.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black color with thick, tan colored head.
Nose was chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is a mix of roasted malt and sweet malt with dark chocolate and a creamy, vanilla note. Nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Nice choco stout but I have had better.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When poured, this looked like a deep, rich brown. However once in glass, dark black. Dense, cratered, rocky head, that drops to a tight covering, leaving some attractive lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and a bit of a roasted scent, that I associate with porters.

Velvety chocolate coats my tongue. Very rich, and creamy. Also some of that roasted scent translates into more of a bittersweet taste. I don't notice much hops, but doesn't really detract from the taste. This one is not too sweet, the bitterness seems to come from the malt, but I could be misinterpreting that. A somewhat chalky taste on the finish is a little distracting, but not entirely unpleasant. I have tasted this beer a few times before, but this is the first time I've tasted any chocolate, I'm sure due to the fact that I quit smoking around a month ago. Way better than I remember it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Also the carbonation seems like if it was lower, the beer would only benefit.

I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, and probably won't drink one on its own anytime soon. I may try and pair this up with a desert, nothing with too much chocolate though, as that might be a bit of overkill.

Photo of tweeder263
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

POurs out a dark brew with dense nitro foam,,also has the cascades. Actually its a black beer. Smells of mostly espresso with hints of chocolate. Taste,,wow ,this is a good beer!Roasted barley,,slightly sweet,,hints of espresso and chocolate all come together really well. My only complaint is the mouthfeel is kinda watery. Besides that this is a kick ass brew.

Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, you can taste the "real dark chocolate" the brewer puts in; smooth finish, very drinkable. $4.10 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of cnally
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer with a purple label!!! (Inside joke that no one will get. Sorry.) This beer pours with a nice tan head with many larger bubbles. The coloring is a really dark brown, closer to black. You cannot see through this beer. Good sign.

The aroma is strong with chocolate. There is a malty scent, with vanilla and mocha. No hop scent is immediately available.

Obviously, tons of chocolate on the taste. Chocolate (dark) on the initial taste, not even mellowing as the flavor goes on. Also, maple, vanilla and butterscotch are there as well. Very malty flavor.

The mouthfeel is the only detractor. It feels overly fizzy and lacking of body for being such a dark beer. Better than most, just surprising for this type of beer.

Overall, it is a great drink. It's pretty widely available for me here in Indy, so bottoms up.

Photo of thain709
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chocolate brown color with a nice head.

S - You can pinpoint the chocolate smell mixed with a little malt.

T - A chocolate taste almost turning to a coffee taste...which is not a bad thing.

M - Smooth and creamy. Wonderful!

D - I love drinking one of these at the end of an excellent dinner, but a stout is too heavy for me to have more than two.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,251 ratings.