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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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4,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,781
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 349 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of stoner420
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Can

pours nice out of the can, dark dark brown with a tan head.

Smells of vanilla, chocolate, sugar, malt, and kind of like the can

Tastes sweet, vanilla, chocolate, followed by hops and malt, and a little bitter at the end,

Mouthfeel, kind of watery

Overall, a good chocolate stout, but I really think it is better on tap, the can is ok though.

stoner420, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the nitro can, pours an opaque “pitch brown.” I never get tired of watching the head form on a nitro stout. Beautiful! 1-1/2 fingers of tan nitro head with tiny bubbles. The head fades slowly down to about ½ finger and sticks around until the very last sip. Good lacing. Damn fine looking beer. Nose is of chocolate, sort of half dark and half cocoa powder like Nesquik. There’s some malt there as well. Taste is a lot more mellow than I expected, milk chocolate flavor with mild coffee. Mild malt dominates. Overall the flavor is mild and not bitter. Finishes on a nice slightly bitter coffee finish. Mouth is very good: fully, creamy, and fluid. Drinkability is very good. This is a great mild, creamy, and enjoyable chocolate stout. Highly recommended.

jettjon, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark cola black appearance with a nice fluffy carmel head that stays the entire drink with strong sticky fat lacing. Taste is of strong coffee with hints of chocolate espresso with a nice carmel touch, also tasted hints of vannilla and malted roasted almonds. The sweet melted choclate marshmellows with a coffee back drop. This is highly recommended and one of Young and Companys finest.

gunnerman, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical of this beer’s “double-ness” seeing the can’s "Double" moniker plus packed in a nitro-can made it all the more intriguing what this beer acutally is like.

Poured a bible black opaque with a tan tight celled sculptured head.

Sadly the head was short lived and sank back to the depths with a diminutive ring hugging the interior circumference of my glass.

Nose was slight, nondescript.

Flavor—at first an explosion of chocolate coffee flavor intertwined with hops and toasted malt. Yet, just as with the head the flavor dissipated as fast as it’s flavor debut took the stage.

The flavor profile is thin with a fast curt finish. It left me wishing there was more underpinning. This would have made the beer far more appealing as there seemed like lots of possible flavor avenues the wonderful coffee-chocolate start could travel through..

Nevertheless the flavor start made the beer an enjoyable treat—sort of beckoned me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel produced a comfortable cleansing experience—a smooth but thin libation.

Drinkability was most congenial—I could quaff the entire four pack in one sitting.

Still, I believe this beer’s most prominent fault is its thin flavor body.

I’m not certain what benefits the nitro packaging produces on this beer. The nitro packaging seems to effect the same results as with the other similarly packaged beers I’ve experienced.

gueuzeonhigh, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this out of an imperial pint glass. A nice chocolate-milkshake colored head formed with the pour and fell to a thin film on top of the brew. Color is that of the darkest chocolate bar and opaque when held to the light. The aroma is well presented, and dominated by the sweet unfermented sugars left in the brew. Chocolate is very present as the name suggests, but there is a creaminess and roastiness also present. The taste is very fit to the style, sweet. Nice and creamy, possibly due to lactose used in fermentation. Flavor is dominated by the creamy flavor, followed by a hit of chocolate malt, and comes together beautifully with a bit of roasted malty bitterness. mouthfeel is thick, almost like whole milk, leaving a film inside your mouth. Drinkability is mixed for me. I would definitely buy this beer again, but it is not a session beer. I don't think I could drink more than a pint of these in one sitting, but this is not a bad thing. I definitely suggest giving this beer a try. If you've had it and want another beer like it, try Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. It is very similar in many ways.

Avagadro, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is black and opaque. Head is about two centimeters, tan, and bubbly. It looks appetizing.

Smell – Two main things I smell here…roasted malt and chocolate. There is also a little bit of bitterness there as well.

Taste – Right off the bat this one is loaded with chocolate and cocoa. There are hints of coffee and big amounts of roasted malt. It tastes simply great. I do get a slightly bitter finish with a wonderfully chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body is pretty good. Thick and velvety. The carbonation is felt a touch as well and is nice.

Drinkability – Nothing but great things here. It goes down so easy.

I love this beer. Have since I tasted it. Will always have a spot in my fridge.

Orrshow, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head over an inch thick that downsizes quite quickly, but pretty much refuses to totally go away and has some nice lacing to it as well. Smells of nut, a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, some nut, and perhaps a bit of roasted coffee as well. Tastes of darker chocolate, coffee, and rootbeer are certainly present as are hints of nut, and maybe even a hint some dark fruits as well. This beer also tastes sweet yet a bit bitter (hence the dark chocolate) at the same time. This ber has a very nice smototh and creamy mouthfeel (like a good stout should!) with mild to moderate carbonation. I find this beer to have a high rate of drinkability as the ABV is only just over 5%.


neenerzig, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the nitro can into a clear glass, this beer is a deep brown color, completely opaque. It has a creamy tan head that lingers indefinitely. It smells malty, nutty, choclatey (as it should)! It tastes like a sweet chocolate milk, at first and then ends with a bittersweet chocolate bite. It is like biting into one of those dark chocolate bars that is 80% (or more) pure dark cocoa. Makes sense, since that's what this beer is made from! The feel of this beer is smooth and creamy - meant to be sipped. It leaves a nice aftertaste of chocolate after it goes down. It makes a nice after-dinner, desert-like treat. Delicious!

BlueHammer, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown/black with intense cascading carbonation (typical of nitro cans, yet still a treat to watch) which created a dense, creamy, grayish-brown head.

The chocolate aroma was quite intense, yet it smelled more like sweet milk chocolate than the actual dark chocolate that is used in the brewing process.

The beer tasted quite chocolatey. As the beer rested on the palate, the chocolate flavor became more milky, sweet and smooth. Notes of espresso and a moderate bitterness were noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was rich, creamy and medium to medium-light bodied for a stout.

Damian, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark brown, not quite black. Decent creamy tan head. Good lacing.

S- Mostly roasted malts with some chocolate. Coffee notes and a milky sweetness are also detectable. Chocolate aroma is not as pronounced as I was expecting.

T- Roasted malts dominate. Chocolate is detectable but certainly not in the forefront. Lactose sweetness comes in towards the middle. Ends with a touch of bitterness and an aftertaste of espresso.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth.

D- Not bad but not great. It's fairly low in alcohol but also rather filling. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Good beer, not great. I was expecting a little more chocolate flavor as this beer is brewed with real dark chocolate, but was left wanting. A good sweet stout, but not something that I would seek out again. For chocolate stouts I'll stick with Rogue.

vtfan77, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional looking label with enticing words.."Luxury, silky, rich..." DAMN! Lets see.

a- This poured a great dark brown/black color that looks like a coca-cola. There are amber highlights. The foamy and fizzy brown head is also quite noisy.

s- The smell was fruity, musty and sweet. Chocolate was there just not very potent (and I really buried my nose in there).

t- Hmmm wtf. Kinda dark chocolately. Both bitter and sweet. Interesting but im not quite feeling this. The flavors are too rich, odd and musty.

mf/d- Smooth, creamy and thick. Not very drinkable as this tastes funky. I just don't get the hype.

Overall it tastes exactly like an A&W Cream Soda. I thought this was beer? Sickingly sweet.

kbnooshay, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW for starters, that was my reaction to my first DCS. The nitro can alone will attract you to buy it, the face of the can is Bold.

A: Poured into a glass, dark thick black colored liquid. A viscocity resembling coffee on the pot all day. When I see my glass evolving this ever changing liquid within as it settles I think of a large frothy hot chocolate and heavy on the chocolate. A thick 2-3 inch head.

S: The nose is a fine Dark Chocolate reminiscent of Cadbury's Dark.

T: First taste is of dark chocolate. Next taste comes a mild to medium hoppiness. True chocolate/ creamy stout finish.

M: Super Well Balanced.

D: Highly drinkable. I would have this anytime. With dinner, with dessert, or just to savor alone. Don't have too many these are thick.

Double Elbows Up,

bodybyadam, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a pint on tap at the Uncommonground cafe in Chicago

Nice appearance, thick dark brown body with a thick creamy light brown head with excellent lacing.

Milk chocolate aroma with a mild roasted coffe and nut scent in the back of the nose

Initial flavor is sweet choclate malts and nuts with a light bitter coffee and alcohol finish

Full body ,creamy texture, smooth finish to the palate.

A nice treat but, not a beer you can have a lot of at one sitting.

brushpig, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful dark black with a nice creamy tan head.

S: Slight hints of chocolate, slightly sweet roasted coffe aroma.

T: Lovely hit of chocolate mixed in with the taste of roasted coffee.

M: Very creamy, smooth in the mouth, goes down just the same.

D: I would order this over and over. Makes for a great after dinner beer.

ThirdCoast, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap - numerous times at Stout in NYC. They always have this.

Appears like a milkshake dark brown, and smells intensely like chocolate (not like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though).

Nice thick taste, yet overall is a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Extra creamy stout as you drink it with no alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, this is clearly a drinkable beer - I'd suggest it on tap rather than bottle. The bottles tend to have a strange aftertaste to them more often than the nitro-tap.

One of my standards at Stout.


HimerMan, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Ozone34
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Almost jet black, you can see a little light.

Smell: Incredible, the chocolate and roasted malts are powerful, yet not overwhelming.

Taste: This beer still carries the excellent stout characteristics of the roasted malts and bitter hops, but adds just enough chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy not heavy at all.

Drinkability: I could drink this with my morning cereal.

Ozone34, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a slight tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate (I bet you were suprised by that) sweet tones and notes, a hint of burnt runs through. The taste has a great very subtle bitter to match the chocolate sweet, great balance. The flavor is wonderful, not overpowering but great to keep sipping and wonder where it all went. A medium to full body with a good balance in carbonation to fully round out this great beer. This beer has something for everyone and I recommend it to all. A wonderful brew!

wingman14, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of znarf
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours heavy and dark with strong a bittersweet chocolate flavor. It is has an ultra smooth flavor and is very drinkable. Considerate Young's Double Chocolate Stout as a dessert beverage. Hats off to the brew master for creating this black anomaly. This is another beer for those who are, “afraid of the dark.”

znarf, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having finally found this in a nitro can, I had to re-review it.

Appearance is beautiful, black with a tight white nitro head. Chocolate smell, with some malts in the background to lend it some dryness.

My only complaint about the nitro vs. the bottle is that the nitro seems sweeter, and sugary, more like milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate. Its been a while since I've had this in any form, so maybe I just don't remember it being this sweet....

An nice, thick and smooth stout. Drinkable if you're a fan of stouts or chocolate.

BDTyre, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine yourself licking through a block of ice for some burnt choco pudding on the other side of the frozen wall and actually liking it. Then imagine that you do this in repetitions until it's been expired and you are left with a chocolate fog on the roof of your mouth. Maybe my beer mug was too cold but this wonderful cocoa flavoring seemed to be teased in after some delayed anasceptic numbness. Not bad but I wished that I had the whole flavor at once.

thelagerheads, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black in appearance with a huge creamy tan head (depending on pour) and great retention.

The smell was sublte to me. Chocolate and malt in the smell but not leaping out like I thought they would.

Taste was of mellow bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel was slick and creamy, low carbonation. Very full-bodied.

Very easy to drink this beer, but you probably wont want more than a couple.

MiScusi, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass black with a brownish highlight. The head was tannish and rose tall and moussy falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong roast and chocolate with an expresso coffee character. Rather than being fruity the aroma contained judicious amounts fo chocolate.

The flavor was rich with a nice chocolate character. The bottle had a bit of acrid bittering and just a very slight sourness to the flavor. The emphasis was on chocolate and the beer emulated that emphasis to a tee. Some roasty expresso was present in the smooth flavor, but mostly it was chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting cocoa and coffee long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, no doubt.

16.9 ounce bottle. Note: this is my wife's favorite beer on draft.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of dvotypka
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer both in the bottle and on-tap. In the bottle it's pretty good, on tap it is very good. When drinking it on tap the chocolate flavor is very detectable and rich, and the beer is nice and creamy smooth making for a great mouth feel and drinkability.

All of that is much more muted and almost diluted when tasted in the bottle, so don't pass up the chance to have a fountain pour if you can.

dvotypka, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown with a quarter-inch tan head, not much lacing

s - roasted malt and chocolate, slight bitterness

t - like the aroma, roasted malt and slight sweetness from the chocolate are dominant, the finish is long and bitter

m - medium to full bodied, very creamy, coats the mouth well, not much carbonation evident

d - very drinkable, I could sip on this all night

WeisGuy, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ultra dark brown, with a thick head slighty brown in tint.

S - Coffee and strong malts, undertones of vanilla and creame.

T - Chocolate of course is the main flavor, notes of toffee, caramel, and sweet milk chocolate. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Almost feels as though it's cleaning my mouth, wonderful mouthfeel, very crisp.

D - Average, as it can be slightly filling.

Overall, an excellent stout. One that is widely available. Check your local stores and grab some of these, you won't regret it.

HoustonTX, Jun 02, 2006
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,781 ratings.