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

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5,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 2,289
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 169
Gots: 577 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 16oz Nitro Can into my Guinness Pint glass. Dark brown with a chocolate foam head. Attractive.

S. Toasted malt maybe a bit of hops.

T. Chocolate malt goodness. This is more like the most delicious milk shake, its a beer shake.

M. Creamy, fluffy, foamy. Good. Still surprisingly light for a stout.

D. Good stuff. Get it by the case.

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

There are already so many reviews detailing the experience of this fine beverage that I couldn't add anything that would better express it's greatness only to say that this is my current favorite stout. It's definitely not the kind of beer I would recommend to a person inexperienced with stouts as they would expect it to be like a typical dry stout a la Guinness. If there is a better chocolate stout out there, I haven't tried it yet.

Photo of shark262
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Large head (3 fingers worth) that is more foamy than dense. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Black, opaque with medium carbonation edging to the surface.

Aromas of chocolate, slight roastiness, dark caramel. Very appealing to the nose.

Liquid tastes slightly astringent when first hitting the palate. Roasted chocolate flavor follows as the aftertaste. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness throughout - not cloying.

Much lighter in body than I would have expected. Carbonation level seems a bit too high for this style of beer, but does help in carrying the nice flavors around my mouth.

Very tasty and memorable beer. I could see this being paired with multiple foods/desserts or alone for a nice nightcap.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost opaque with a hint or ruby highlights around the edges. Nice 1 inch brown head, excellent retention, settling in to moderate lace.

Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, with some roasted malts. Moderate aromas, nothing overpowering.

Flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt. The finish has kind of hot chocolate type flavor, not bitter.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Chocolate is evident, but is not overly sweet. Well-balanced...this is a beer where everything melds together, and nothing dominates. Slightly creamy, but not really coating. Might lean towards a desert beer for some, but still sessionable.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is a truly awesome beer.

Comes with a big creamy off white head that lingers like there is no tomorrow.

Lacing is huge.

Aroma?? Chocolate. No surprise here.

Taste. Incredible roasted, chocolate taste that is totally creamy. Is this beer or "Hot Chocolate" that has been chilled and served cold?

Dont' care, it's awesome.

Roasty, toasty chocolate taste, is a perfect balance to the mild hops and the creamy texture.

If you are going to have a stout, have this one.

Photo of sstackho
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours black with a small white head. Excellent lacing. Weak aroma. First taste is a bit tangy from carbonation and I can tell that I need to leave this beer to warm a bit before reviewing further. Now that I've let it warm, it is better, but not signigificantly so. Slightly creamy, hints of chocolate, but not a particularly strong flavour. As it warms even further (1.5 hours out of the fridge), it does improve and the flavours become more pronouced - particularly the chocolate.

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

1 pt 0.9 oz bottle: Pours a pitch black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is very malty, a nice hoppiness to it too, chocolate of course, coffee, and s slight Pale ale scent to it. Taste is very chocolaty almost like a fudge, big roasty maltiness to it too, sugar, very creamy, almost a bread type note, subtle hops backing, and a faint coffee texture. Palate is somewhat dry, sticky, full bodied, quite long lasting, and a little carbonated. Overall, This is really good for a sweet stout. I think that this is probably my second favorite of this style. A very solid Stout!

Photo of chiapete
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown pour with a large , thick nitro head that will last the whole beer.

smell of roasted malt and chocolate . could smell the sweetness but not turned off by it .

Can really taste the dark , bitter chocolate from the onset. some toasted malt mixed in the flavor . Has that stout feel and taste but doesn't hit as hard , Mellowed out by the chocolate.

This is a good beer to finish a meal, a good dessert beer. I could see the sweetness getting to you after one beer. One at a time is enough for me, but very drinkable.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- super dark brownish black with a tan creamy tight everlasting nitro-head. also some of the thickest blankets of lace i've seen.

S- deeply roasted malt, coffee grounds, smoky burnt wood, and extra dark chocolate. behind all the roastiness are subtle english hops and some dried fruit.

T- interesting taste. very smoky and roasted flavors with an unexpected dryness. charcoal grilled dark fruits, maybe some anise, and coffee. the chocolate adds more of an earthy bitterness than an actual chocolate flavor until the finish where the throat seems to be coated in melted bittersweet chocolate. earthy very herbal hops and heated granite come out in the finish as well with strong roasted barley flavor.

MF- as thick and creamy as i could imagine, it seems as if bitter chocolate syrup made up 1/3 of this beer. all the smoky roasted flavors give a warming sensation that makes me think of burning charcoal. very low carbonation just adds to the viscosity.

D- a good stout, but i'm not really a chocolatey kind of guy. it's a good dessert drink or something for a cold night, but it's almost death-by-chocolate. not sweet at all, it really captures the essence of cocoa.

Photo of Misfit138
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my pint glass

A- Awesome dark brown almost black with a nice frothy head

S- Hints of malt and chocolate

T- Nice malt and chocolate taste, mild bitterness

M- Pretty thick, you know you're drinking a stout. Mild Carbonation

D- At times I think this could be my favorite beer. Great taste. Its not what I would drink more than a couple of since to me its kinda of a special beer and want to limit when I drink it.

Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz undated bottle.

A - A dark black color - almost that of a dark chocolate. Little carbonation shows with very little head retention.

S - Dominated by roasted malts and chocolate. Sweet on the nose. No bitter balance.

T - Starts with a balance of roasted malt and some bitterness. Mid stream is fairly flat, with a continuation of the initial malt notes. Finishes with a dark malt chocolate flavor, similar to that of a dark chocolate candy bar.

M - Interesting on this beer as its both creamy in texture but does carry a fair amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth in a pleasant way. An intriguing mix.

D - A nice slow drinking stout - doesn't appear to have the overbearing characteristic that would prevent me from enjoying a few of these in a night. Although the sweetness would probably stop me after a while.

A good beer to drink on a cold day - which today it is not. Wonder if this would be an interesting backdrop to some hot chocolate.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it was a 16oz bottle I poured into a snifter although I'm not sure of the exact amount. Anyways, a vigorous pour generated a very rich, brown head of about 3 inches. The beer itself poured a jet-black color with ruby edges. Overall lacing is pretty sticky and the bubble patterns in the beer are kind of cool to look at. There is plenty of bittersweet aromas, roasted malts, dark chocolate....and the faintest metallic smell. I'm not sure what that last one is all about, but the rest are pretty damn good! Oh wow. This one tastes like a (not so) hot chocolate! Upon my first sip I'm met with cocoa, lots and lots of cocoa, which are at first very sweet, but then gives way to a nice bitter chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation, which I am surprised with due to the massive head.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep opaque black with light ruby edges. A large, rocky, and mocha-colored head composed of large, erratic bubbles settles slowly to a thin foamy covering, leaving some nice rings of lace in its wake. Nice appearance.

S: Roasted black malts, bittersweet chocolate, and a light fruity ester aroma that blends in with the rest, adding some additional sweetness.

T&M: Dark roasted barley (a-la Guinness), bittersweet dark chocolate. The feel is rather unimpressive--too watery and thin for a stout. A fuller body and some creaminess would go a long way in helping the flavors hold up and substantially improve the drinking experience. I'm tempted to use the word "watery".

D: Fuller body would help flavor hold up better, hence increasing drinkability. The body is still light, so it's easy to get down, but the flavor and feel are lacking.

Photo of AmishT
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Dark, dark brown in color. Pretty pour color. A huge brown head that retains fairly well, leaves some nice lacing, and makes some overall neat patterns in the foam as it recedes. Very pretty.

S - Creamy chocolate very prominent in the nose. Not the most complex aromas, but inviting to say the least.

T&M - Starts with roasted chocolate malts witha carbonation bite. Sweet dark chocolate in the middle. A dry roasted chocolate finish with a slight acidic twang. The mouthfeel is light and smooth - I'd like it to be a bit heavier. A little watery as well - the flavors don't endure that well...this disappoints me. Low carbonation, which I like for the style.

D - Pretty clean flavors...I can definitely appreciate the chocolate. I'd like the mouthfeel to be a bit heavier and creamier; I'd enjoy it more. Low abv and light. Good drinkability for sure, but not my favorite sweet stout.

Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid jet block body... Thick foamy head cascades through glass immediately following the pour as if poured from a tap... Cloud like creamy rich white head...

S - Roasted malt... Nutty... Chocolate frosting...

T - Definitely a stout, but not overpowering... Mellow dark chocolate... Malt...

M -Interesting... No carbonation to speak which is surprising given the beautiful head... Fluffy head adds character... Smooth... Different, good different... Very rich...

D - Interesting and highly enjoyable... I would drink again, but couldn't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting...

Photo of nrbw23
2.18/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a dark brown or black color, very thick and has a really nice super foamy tannish colored head that left a good amount of lacing. Looks very different than most beers.

S- Not bad here a ton of chocolate and that's about all I can pick up. Doesn't really smell like a beer at all.

T- A little on the bitter side, with sweet malts and chocolate that dominants. Kind of reminds me of one of those Yohoo chocolate drinks.

M- Smooth, creamy but yet watery also if that makes sense.

D- I've tried this one twice now and nope I don't care for it at all.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown nearly black with thick fluffy, chunky milk chocolate head that leaves hefty amounts of 3-D lacing as it slowly falls,damn this looks good!Smells slightly of coffee and bitter chocolate,some dirtyness on the nose.This for me was more coffee than chocolate although there is a ton of both in this gritty stout!I enjoy sweeter chocolates for the most part and this to me is overkill on the more bitter/dark chocolates.I really did enjoy this,it just was'nt what I had expected.The body was very full,with lots of gritty texture,semi-dry finish and pretty nice chocolate aftertaste even more suiting than the upfront bite.I look forward to trying other brews by Youngs.

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

a: pours a nice deep dark black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a good amount of sticky lacing that stretches up the entire heigth of the glass
s: deep roasted and chocolaty malts little hop bitterness very little
t: the chocolaty notes seem a little muted over the aroma but the roasted malt flavor is very nice
m: medium to full bodied beer with a smooth fel due to little caronation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer its very tasty, not too expensive and very sessionable...but i bet its not the best for the belt line

Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of chocolate and roasted malt

T - Is very chocolaty the roasted malt brings a heavvy chocolat flavor t this beer

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - This is one of the best stouts out there great taste and a creamy smooth mouthfeel this beer is worth finding to try

Photo of NHGrafx
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle

Pours a opaque black color. Nice dark head and great lacing.

Aroma at first is very sweet, like heavy duty cough syrup, which then yielded a nice chocolate like aroma. Can definitely smell the dark chocolate the label says has been added. I can detect other aromas in there, but hard to tell what they are as the chocolate smell seems pretty dominant, one of the other aromas is almost like cinnamon gum or something similar. Overall a great aroma.

Taste is fantastic. Lots of nice roasted malts, and of course the chocolate flavors. Roasted malts are dominant and the start which gives way to the chocolate flavors and has a nice smooth finish with a slight coffee like aftertaste. Smooth and creamy with light to moderate carbonation, very good mouthfeel.

Overall a great one, would definitely recommend this one.

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

Come to papa... Yessir, this'n is a fine beer. A true delight. A mastery of brewing prowess. Poured with a very fine creamy tan head. Opaque almost black color. abundant chocolate character. Fine carbonation. Everything is in superb balance. Good finish, but perhaps not really a session beer. Still, it's one of the best of its class.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro can poured into a glass stein. My other glass ware cant hold all of this.

A- Black. Pretty presentation. Looks like a slowish guinness show. Amazing. The exact one finger head that I like to see on my drinks. OMG this is it I think.... THIS could be the ONE.

S- Chocolate hints. Bitter smell. Smells like a pie in a can almost.

T- Wow. That smacks you right in the face. Smooth creamy taste and texture. No hiccups or weird alcohol taste. Like a aftermeal meal. Not as bitter as I thought it would be.

M- Thicker. Not as thick as Id like it but almost as good as it gets. Smooth and chocolate-y

D- The only place I see this being a problem is here. I couldnt drink this all the time. Its a rich brew. This is what beer SHOULD be like. A delicious meal.


4 cans for $8.99 at Bombay.

This ones worth it.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 50 degrees

Pours BLACK. No light comes through this one. Beautiful. Massive dense head that looks like frothed coffee. A steady hand can pour this so that the head rises in a column right out of the glass.

Smells of very good chocolate, sweetened grains (rice or oatmeal, maybe), and malty goodness.

Tastes of a heavy chocolate dose in a cup of very light coffee. Just sweet and tasty goodness. Like you squeezed beer out of a chocolate bar.

Very nice and creamy in the mouth. I like a little creamier taste, though. Took a little off of the rating for this. It's very good, just not great.

This remains one of my all-time favorite beers. It can be enjoyed on a special occasion, as a dessert beverage, or as a session beer (at least for me, personally, it can).

Photo of santa109
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 50 degrees. Best before date 28/02/2009.

A: Poured a totally opaque black with a finger of tan head into a pint glass. Head retention is decent as is settles into a thick looking film with bigger floating patches. Leaves impressive lacing on the glass.

S: A swirl brings forth aromas of sweet chocolate and roasted grains. A good yet simple smell. You know what you're getting into.

T: Oh wow, a wall of milk chocolate hits even as your taking the sip in. This is sweet chocolate as opposed to the the bitter chocolate taste some other stouts/Impy stouts have. This is one enjoyable beer and quite the fix for a sweet craving. It really feels like you're downing liquid chocolate. Roasted maltiness is present all along and hops make a faint appearance half-way and then cede once again to the chocolate.

M: Medium body with pleasant carbonation. Creamy but not as smooth as some others I've had. Leaves a slightly sticky feel.

D: Goes down way too easy. I'm having a hard time pacing myself through it.

Overall, a delicious beer that I wanted to try for some time now. I now feel like I need to keep a few of these around. Would be perfect with dessert.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts and milk chocolate with a slight touch of smokiness; it's simple but very nice.

T: The taste is sweet, very malty and full of milk chocolate as the name suggests. There really isn't much else to say about it other than that it simplifies a taste that a lot of bigger stouts ruin for the sake of being a "big" beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not as filling as most stouts, mild kick, very good representation of style. To be honest, I had lost some faith in how god stouts could be, but this beer has restored it to a certain extent. This is definitely one of the better stouts that I've had.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.