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

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5,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 160
Gots: 523 | FT: 2
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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 Antilochus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go - my first sweet stout. Found this at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO. I had never seen this before so I snapped it up. 5.20% abv, 500mL bottle. Best before 31/01/09. Cellar temp - it will warm up quite a bit over the course of the drink though. Into a wine glass it goes.

Big creamy tan head. A few bubbles in it to remind you it isn't a nitro pour. Yep, perfectly black. Nice. Lace on the glass. No complaints here.

Nose is a little too restrained right now - probably too cold. Less chocolate and more grain - sour oats. Toffeeish pale malt. Espresso out back. No scores to this yet until it is nice and warm. Dark fruit coming up. Getting a bit more herbal now - roasty smoke too (time for a sip). A bit metallic. A little funk comes out too. Definitely note the chocolate now - it is a bit powerdery and cheap though.

Hits the tongue with milk chocolate. Palate is complex! Wow. Oats mixed effortlessly with chocolate and coffee - a lot of sourness on the sides of the tongue. Aspirated it gets quite chocolately, like a candy bar. Finish is more dark chocolate, coffee and mouth drying. Smoke comes out too. Chocolate, chocolate, I want more chocolate! Needs a bit more punch for me to love it - feel is a bit watery for something called a 'Double Chocolate Stout'.

Perhaps I'm being overly critical here. I could drink this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...

Photo of Rootdog316
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very opaque black, with brown sugar-coloured head. The head is quite substantial, lasting for nearly the whole glass and leaving lots of lace. The aroma is roasted malt, molasses, hot milk chocolate powder. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and thick, but a bit dry and chalky as well. The taste is unsweetened chocolate bitterness at the back (funny enough, a bit like eating a mouthfeel of cocoa powder), with a slight kick of fancy molasses. I find it somewhat astringent. The aftertaste is pretty well the same as the aftertaste from eating darker milk chocolate. Let me stress that this is more milk chocolate than dark chocolate despite the bitterness. I find this stout well-rounded and robust. I'd have this again without argument.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as fuck; nice 2 cm head.

S: Chocolate! Loads and loads of Chocolate, but there are hints of coffee with it.

D: The beer is filled with malts which are chocolatey and coffee-ie. There is a slight bit of hops; however, the flavour isn't that complex, it's just very tasty.

M: Creamy with a bit of carbonation. It's thick, but a good thick.

D: I think it's a bit overwhelming, and after two, I was ready for another type of brew.

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

Black pour with a great foamy tan head that's late to show up but arrives by storm.

Dark fruits and chocolate. A bit of dark roasted malt as well. Not terribly complex but intoxicating nonetheless.

DAMN! The first self proclaimed chocolate stout that honestly fits the bill. A bit of malt up front before quickly disappearing to bitter chocolate that sweetens progressively towards the finish. The aftertaste is milk chocolate all the way. A bit more complexity would be nice however.

Medium body with a bit of carbonation up front.

For a beer this rampant with chocolate it's surprisingly drinkable. I'm going to have to refill this bowl of butter pecan ice cream to finish this pint off.

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very opaque black, with brown sugar-coloured head. The head is quite substantial, lasting for nearly the whole glass and leaving lots of lace.

The aroma is roasted malt, molasses, hot milk chocolate powder.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and thick, but a bit dry and chalky as well.

The taste is unsweetened chocolate bitterness at the back (funny enough, a bit like eating a mouthfeel of cocoa powder), with a slight kick of fancy molasses. I find it somewhat astringent. The aftertaste is pretty well the same as the aftertaste from eating darker milk chocolate. Let me stress that this is more milk chocolate than dark chocolate despite the bitterness.

I find this stout well-rounded and robust. I'd have this again without argument. One of the best I've had, and the best to come out of England (which wasn't all that tough, really, considering my vast disappointment after my trip through Kent).

Photo of funkengruven
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A surprising find at the LCBO, this poured a dark black with a nice tan head, now what makes this lovely black creation so special is that it has the virute of being the only beer I have ever seen that light cannot penetrate at all, I even put it in front of a lamp and nothing gets through this. Also as I drink it, it's leaving tons of nice lacing on the glass. The smell is really delicious, the roasted malts make the base but the chocolate makes the substance. Flavor is wonderful, roasted malts with a enough chocolate to complement this stout perfectly. By far the smoothest stout I've ever had, it goes down nice smooth and silky, the bottle called it luxurious and let me tell you that is no lie. Drinkability? Hell I could drink this all day all night and never get tired of it.

I've never given any beer a perfect score. But this is one of those beers that in the context of it's style there is absolutely nothing they could improve upon. As far as stouts go this is by far the best I have ever had.

Must have more.

Photo of dyingwrist
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass. It was as dark as night with an inch of a mocha colored head. Some lacing and decent head retention. Love the nose on this beer. Filled with massive amounts of dark chocolate with malts in the background, specifically hints of caramel malt. Simple but great. Taste like really dark chocolate. They made sure this beer wasn't on the overly sweet side. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Good carbonation. I expected a creamier/thicker mouthfeel. I think this would make a good session beer, but an even better dessert beer. It begs for some chocolate cake.

Photo of skibumdc
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was camping and brought a bunch of different single bottles bought from Total Wine & More Springfield, VA.

Wasn't able to pour this into a glass, but this was the BEST Chocolate Stout I have ever had. Very drinkable, definite chocolate taste and not burnt.

Highly recommended

Photo of Natural510
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 500ml bottle pitch-black with a beautiful 2-inch head which retains nicely and leaves a very visible lacing on the glass. Lacing would likely be even more pronounced from a nitrous pour.
Smells of sweet dark chocolate, much like a Godiva bar.
Tastes of dark cocoa, to be sure, but not overpowering. The bitterness of raw cocoa is tempered by a subtle sweetness and a slight nutty quality. There is a hop nuance, but the malts playing in the background behind the cocoa make up the major element of the brew.
Mouthful, other than the bitter snap of raw cocoa, not as noteworthy as the other qualities.
This is an extremely drinkable chocolate stout. Well-balanced all around, no quibbles or shortcomings. It certainly could've been made too sweet, but Young's did not go that route.

It can be had morning, noon or night...in fact I'm drinking it with pancakes after working the night shift. I can't wait to try both the nitrous & tap versions (if given the opportunity).
This is definitely a must-have, particularly to share with friends who haven't tried it yet. Bravo.

Photo of bobsy
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking pour - a jet black body with a bubbly mocha head. The aroma of milk chocolate wafts upwards with a bi of coffee. Taste is very chocolatey, with the roasted notes coming through in the middle before swinging back to the chocolate. The chocolate taste comes over a tad artificial, and I can't help but think a dark chocolate profile would go better with the roastiness of the stout rather than the milk chocolate they seem to have gone with. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, carbonation is low, but present. Its a little too sweet to be a supremely sessionable beer.

Photo of ClashmoreMike
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a nitro-can. The date 23 JUN 08 is printed in the bottom of the can. I assume it's a "best before" date.

Appearance = Nice nitro cascade. Finger-wide head that stays. Nice lacing. Dark color - pretty much black.

Smell = Sweet ovaltine with heavy malt.

Taste = More or less same as smell but with some bitterness. Bitter chocolate with some sweetness and fairly heavy malt flavor. Hints of cherries and oak. A bit of a weird metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel = Pretty smooth. Slight astringent finish. Very light mouthfeel. The beer has a watery quality to it.

Drinkability = Sorry but I didn't really like it at all. The slight, off metallic flavor, added to the watery feel of the beer wasn't enjoyable to me. Can't say I'll try it again.

Photo of IgotsHops
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich dark pour with a super dark brown creamy head. Very interesting to the eye.

First smell was of toasted malt, chocolate malt and mild hops. I didn't detect the cocoa in the first smell. After it warmed up and I got some air into it, cocoa was all I could smell and I was very ok with that.

Tasted at first like a sweet stout, good roasted malt, little caramel and a hint of espresso. After a couple sips, the cocoa became the dominant flavor. Very fun to drink. Lactose was also very apparent in the flavor and mouthfeel.

Great mouthfeel, nice and silky, but didn't stay in your mouth so I wanted more and more of it.
Amazing drinkability. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a nice winter or spring stout.

Photo of Matty1918
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark color with no light peaking through. A tan, creamy head about 1 finger tall.

A slight hint of chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a dash of malt mixed in.

I don't know if it was because of the can but I had a strange metalic taste initially but after that there was a creamy chocolate, nutty slight coffee taste.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I'd like to try this on tap or in a bottle. a very good stout.

Photo of cbleary
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

The beer poured with a deep black body and a big fluffy latte-colored head. This beer is a delicious treat. It smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate on the nose. The taste is a pleasant and dense blend of nutty bitterness and chocolate sweetness on the finish, remaining well balanced and never cloying. It has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel, but it is not overly so and it only adds to it's incredible drinkability. A great dessert beer.

Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, not too chocolatey but a bit too much vanilla in both the nose and the taste. Something to drink after dinner or with a big bowl of ice cream. Good for an adventure or for a change from your usual dark beer. Would go well with a summer evening. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes, and is rather light in texture.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is almost completely black, very opaque, with a lacy light tan head. Aroma lives up to the name, lots of cocoa and cereal with some caramel. Taste is big-time milk-chocolate, but the hops keep it from being oversweet and cloying. I wish it were a bit richer and more alcoholic, but this is an easy drinking stout most will love.

Photo of Oxymoron
1.96/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The decline of the Ram. Pours a richer black color which seems viscous but when you swirl it doesn't have much sticking power. A tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose has a mostly sour chocolate nose. Not much malt or beer-like smells at all. Maybe a hint of roasted malt. Some lactic and some-what oxidation aromas.

The taste is a bit off as well. A stronger malt presence comes out with a creamy chocolate flavor dominating. Some light astringency in the back end. Some phenolics with a cherry and pineapple flavor. There is a oily (not hop) that is off from the typical nitro flavors. A nasty off flavor that gives almost a DMS or off yeast flavor. Not good.

The body is smooth and although has a light feel, is still has a presence to it. Overall, I don't get it. This is not a good beer and what some perceive as nitro, I feel is more of an off slick/oily feel. Not a fan.

Photo of dill
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle, poured into a pint glass
a - deep black color with a mocha head.
s - smells of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate coming through.
t - taste is of soy beans with less chocolate than I was expecting.
m - actually quite thin.
d - all said, this is a good stout that is very easy to drink.

Photo of harpo111
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the flying saucer..wonderful dessert after a great meal.
a: dark with a chocolate head
s: malty and cholcolate
taste: like chocolate
m: not as thick as i would expect..but nice
d: wonderful conversation beer. not that you would drink a bunch of them...but wonderful to unwind with

I like this beer...very nice

Photo of nasty15108
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a tulip pint glass.

A - black with slightly ruby edges. Thick and creamy with a 1 inch tan head.

S - Sweet almost chocolate milk smell, with very slight hints of alcohol.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate upfront with a dry slightly smokey/burnt coffee after taste. Almost no carbonation. Sweet & Delicious!

MF&D - The only downside to this stout was it was a little thin. I would have liked it to be a little heavier. The thinness does however make it a little more drinkable and easier to session. This is a quality product and I highly recommend it.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a really thick and creamy looking foamy head. The color was of very dark chocolate.

S: Honestly the smells were of sour chocolate probably do to the yeast but not very pleasing and affected the taste.

T: As stated in the smell catagory, the smell actually hurt the taste. It actually was really good once you got past the taste or held your breath as to not breath in when taking a sip. The taste was of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate chips with super malt flavors and of course a chocolate finish.

M/D: Smooth and filling good mouthfeel and decent drinkability as long as you do not take a whiff of the beer.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely dark brown, thick foamy head.

S - Exceptional. Very strong chocolate aroma with a subtle coffee and caramel touch.

T - Fantastic. Chocolate presence is foremost.

M - Very smooth, particularly for such a thick beer.

D - Probably a little too thick to drink more than a few of, but it is one of the best tasting beers I've had.

I'm a big fan of the coffee/chocolate stout beers, and this was about the best I've had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from nitro-can into a pint glass

A: Deep dark brown in color with the slightest hint of opacity when held to the light. The head was the classic nitrogen induced dense foam with a light brown color, eventually creating about 1/4" of head that stayed very well. Awesome.

S: Less prominent than I expected but very pleasant, predominantly chocolate - both malty sweet and the real thing, like high cocoa chocolate. There is also the slightest hint of coffee but it's more of a mocha smell. Aroma alone gives an impression of elegant sweetness.

T: Complex, and tasty flavors of chocolate malty goodness on a thick rich wave that eases its way across the palate. The creamy texture is absolutely perfect. There is a hint of sweetness but it really isn't sweet. Somehow, there is a balance between sweet and bitter without the apparent presence of hops but leaning toward the former. Nice long linger of bitter chocolate taste, perhaps with the slightest bit of coffee at the tail end of the finish.

M&D: Creamy and chewy texture that just envelopes the tongue with solid complex flavors. A long pull is most enjoyable, with great mouthfeel and satisfaction. Highly drinkable, especially with the moderate ABV. This is one fantastic brew!!

Photo of kbeals
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours out an opaque black with a finger and a half of brown sugar colored head. Beer has dark chocolate smell with coffee as an undertone. The tase was superb, with the creamy chocolate coming through nicely and a taste that lingers long after finishing the beer. The beer was very creamy and smooth, almost has a rich feeling to it. I could probably only drink one or two of these in a night due to its heaviness. I will definitely be drinking another one of these in the future.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MMM. This is some tasty brew...

A: Black with a brown thick foam.

S: Chocolate, the most chocolaty beer I have ever smelled. Some roasted aromas.

T: Semi sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Super tasty.

MF: Silky and lush. Luscious, totally luscious. Smooth as the night is black. Pretty heavy body.

D: I've had this many times and see myself going back to it many times. It is just not a beer I could drink all night, a bit too heavy.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.