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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,870 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,870
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 144
Gots: 386 | FT: 2
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 kingjames1
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich and velvety out of the can, with a thick, cascading, choclatey head and a dark body that allows no light to pass through. Looks great. Smell is pure milk chocolate with a hint of coffee beans. The taste is only slightly disappointing. It is to be sure 'double chocolate'. In fact, it practically tastes like a chocolate milk shake. At first, it seems thick and satisfying. Definitely sweet. But somehow it weakens as it warms, and becomes more and more watery...somehow...? This is one that gives a great first impression, but loses character over time. Not the best chocolate stout in the world. Good mouthfeel, and relatively drinkable. Worth trying.

kingjames1, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of isaac
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

440 ml tall can (nitro) to pint glass.

A - Cascading! Yes! Basically, this looks like a huge espresso (perhaps... an americano?) with a dark dark brown body and a small, unwavering, off-white head with lacing so thick i wouldn't even call it lacing. coating is more like it.

S - Smells like hot cocoa from a powder-packet, booze, and some roasted notes.

T - Rich, creamy chocolate with noticible, almost burbon-like alcohol presence. Some "hello!"s of bitterness from the hops and "hey there!"s from the roasted malts in the finish, but, mostly, boozey cocoa. also, there's a slight medicinal quality during the second or third breath after the swallow. weird. That flavour seems to grow and grow the longer i drink this.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, creamy. Low carbonation. Real nice.

D - I thought i could drink this forever at the beginning of the glass, but, by the end, i wanted to pour it out. it's the sweetness that makes this beer hard to finish. like cream soda, i'm always excited for the first few sips, but then i get sick of it. quick.

isaac, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro can: This pours from the can with a Guinness type cascade. The beer is a dark brown with a good sized tan head. The aroma is nice. A bit of a chocolate sweetness comes to the top. Body is medium. Taste has a slight sweet chocolate note to it. Fairly silky texture. Nice.

Boto, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet Marshmallow toastiness as if you lightly toasted a marshmallow on a open fire. Sweet dark chocolate and no hop aroma.

Appearance: Dark black with a brown head retention that has a creamy bubble.

Flavor: Dark malt roastiness with hints of marshmallow. Smooth as if it was a lager. Like eating a chocolate bar. Has a gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied. Silky and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very well crafted stout, Chocolate sweetness. This beer is for sure worth a try. Great winter stout!

sullysbeer, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on Christmas day after Xmas dinner. On its own. Poured into pint glass

A- Jet black body with 2 finger coffee tan head. Excellent retention and lacing

S- Faint chocolate here but not much - perhaps too cold, so let the beer warm. As it did warm, a waxy 2nd rate chocolate smell came through. Not exactly Lindt. Some roasted malt and a faint smokey cigar hint as well.Perhaps a faint touch of cinnamon or apple strudel aswell

T- Much better as the beer warms, quite Luxurious. a Nice balance between chocolate and roasted malt. From previous reviews i expected this to be nothing but chocolate, i didnt find this. Notes of burnt toast bitterness and cigar smoke qualities

M- Low carbonation, nice creaminess, medium to full body

D- Gets tastier at a warmer temperature. Would drink a couple, but no more, would have only every so often due to the chocolate creaminess could prove to be sickly. A beer to savour!

seanyfo, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of StargherKing
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer was extremely dark, with a thick, coffee colored head. Smell was vaguely reminiscent of chocolate, with a definite bitter aroma (though not at all unpleasant). Taste was very dark, slightly bitter, yet still with some sweetness to it. Perhaps my palate just isn't refined enough, but I didn't really notice much chocolate flavor. Slightly nutty with extremely vague hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel was very heavy, not syrup-like, but close. This might turn some people off, but I didn't mind it. It was certainly enjoyable, but I found it a little hard to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking it again, but it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice.

StargherKing, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a beer trade with Br. Blumstein, for a Bell's Cherry Stout. Best before June 2007, even though it still says it's from the Ram Brewery.

The pour from the half liter bottle into my Fuller's nonic raises a two finger medium tan head, significantly darker than its nitro brothers. The head settles slowly, leaving impressive lacing as it does. The body is a virtually opaque brown-ruby. The nose is like smelling a milk chocolate bar with stout spilled on it. There's a hint of roastedness, and a good bit of sweetness. Perhaps just a bit of coffee, too. That lovely sensation comes through so well in the taste: creamy just like a cadbury bar. The chocolate fully dominates the flavor, with just a little bit of acidity. I feel that more flavor comes through than on nitro. The mouth manages to be quite smooth without the nitrogen, and has a very fine but noticeable acidity. A fine beverage, even better than nitro.

mjc410, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Procrastinator
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can into nonic pint glass. Best before 08-July-07 dated on can bottom. Having had this beer several times in the past, this is my first formal review.

Appearance: black opaque pour with minuscule nitro bubbles building up a tan milky, resilient creamy head that maintains its own all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: semi sweet chocolate morsels and dark roasted malts.

Taste: chocolate tootsie rolls, black coffee, raspberries. Hop bitterness in the swallow. Not dessert sweet, but full-bodied.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, very mild carbonation, thick and chewy.

Drinkability: goes down easily like a melting chocolate bar. While the alcohol is rather mild, I wouldn't drink many of these at any one time. Could get chocolate overload. Definitely a great dessert in itself. Chocolate residue remained on bottom of glass!

Procrastinator, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearence: poured aggressively a dark brown with a huge creamy mocha head that fully lasted and left an excellent amount of lacing.

smell: heavy on the chocolate, also got a hint of licorice, port, and coffee

taste and mouthfeel: softly carbonated, light to medium body, watery and silky. Starts nice semi sweet and ends chocolate bitter that has a short duration taste.

drinkability: smooth and tasteful. Can drink this all day long.

Overall, my wife and I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate aroma is very intoxicating. We could not stop smelling this stuff. The flavor is right on cue with what you are smelling. You can have it with dessert but my wife and I had it with homemade tomato soup and a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich. It felt as if we were drinking a yoo-hoo. I know strange but what can I say. Pick one up and enjoy, it should not disappoint.

GimpyCane, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a funny story.My girl stored the beer in her fridge and she told me that there was "ice" in the can cause she heard the widget in the can.I told her it was ok,she was worried to tell me .LOL

A-Opaque black body with a tan head that is creamy as a MOFO.

S-Choco. and malt.

T-Chocolate! This stuff is heavely choco tainted and its GREAT.I dont taste any hops in it at all and malt in in the backround.I have never had a Choco beer that tasted like this.

M-Creamy and full,goes down very smooth.No carbonation at all.

D-MUST HAVE! This stuff is heaven and its a delight.Its great and really taste well,it taste so good my girl may like it.Thr 4 pack wont last long in my house! I highly like this stuff and recommend to anyone that loves stouts.

MmmIPA, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of amstelcat
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was served this out of a nitro-can into a pint glass. Dark, dark brown with brown, fluffy head. Looks like dessert. Smells like dessert. Tastes like dessert. A wonderful, creamy, yummy experience. Obviously lots of chocolate flavor and it tastes better than others I've had of the style. I want this one with some tiramasu or chocolate chip cookies.

amstelcat, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of dippy
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Judging by other reviews, I may have purchased a bad bottle. But on with the review.

Started very promising. A nice pour produced a full two finger head, slightly tan, perched on top of the dark brown beer.

Smelled of chocolate, Not much else.

First sip: This tastes like a chocolate seltzer water. It is not the smooth texture that I was expecting, it was more like water, like sombody dropped a hershey bar in my budweiser. It was very carbonated. A beer should be carbonated, but this was weird.

Taste: Not much up front, I had to search for the chocolate in the background. I found a metalic taste in the aftertaste. Like it was from a can.

There was a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass.

There must be something wrong. I love stouts and this was not up to par. I will drink more froma tap and get back to you all, but beware that there may be bad bottles of this floating around.

dippy, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Umbra
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Max's. Pours super dark brown, just about as un-transparent as one could get. Dark tan head with loads of retention and lacing. Very full roasted malt and chocolate nose.

This is the smoothest, most drinkable chocolate stout in memory. Flavor is gigantic, full of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Finishes surprisingly dry, which helps with finishing it. As with real chocolate, which was probably used in the manufacture, the vanilla brings out the fullness. Perfect carbonation and flavor make this one very drinkable. Had at the same time w/ a Brooklyn choco, and this one was hands down better.

Umbra, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of auntfloyd
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a totally opaque, deep dark brown, almost black, with about one finger of dark tan head, with excellent retention.

The nose was chocolate and roasted malt. Nice.

The taste is smooth roasted malt at first, which is followed by a big taste of milk chocolate, and slightly bitter dry finish. This is a chocolate beer through and through, and the slightly sweet flavor gets it absolutely right. This beer is made with actual chocolate, in addition to chocolate malts, and it shows.

The mouthfeel is good, very smooth with good levels of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is one of the best chocolate stouts, and one of the best stouts period. Not as overpowering as other chocolate stouts (like Brooklyn), and better for it. A great beer, especially in the wintertime.

auntfloyd, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of umfskibum
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pure black. CREAMY head, really a thing to behold. The head stuck around for a while, and nice lacing as well.

Smell: Woah nelly. Some bready malt, but smells more of chocolate - almost like a chocolate milkshake. Really a rich scent. As Ron would say, it stings the nostrils.

Taste: Not just chocolate, but milk chocolate. The good kind. A little bitter, but again, milk chocolate dominates the taste. The roast malt taste comes through in the end, but it is really just a complex, tasty chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the rich taste, but silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation that isn't over the top.

Drinkability: Not a beer I'd want to have more than one or two of at once, but definately something I can see myself craving again. Well worth having, and could find its way on to many stout-lovers' list of favorites.

umfskibum, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red. Quick poor from a nitro tap, so there's no head. Nice lacing, though.

Smells of nitrogen and incredibly rich, sweet chocolate.

Tastes of nitrogren and incredibly rich, sweet chooclate. This actually tastes much nicer than it sounds. The chocolate is straight up milk chocolate--none of the dark chocolate bitterness here--and it blends well with the clean, foamy flavor of the nitrogen.

Not exactly the most intense or layered of stouts, but the pure sweet kick makes for one hell of a desert beer.

mynie, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of lehows
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my favorite chocolate stouts, from a nitro-can it pours a glorious cascading avalanche of velvety goodness. smell is strong of chocolate and roastiness. it also gets by without being too syrupy as many chocolate stouts can be. i could drink a ton of these and its also good to finish off a good night on. it leaves a pleasant after taste.

lehows, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of BrewMaven
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured darn near black with the requisite massive, tan nitro head.

Aroma was chocolate and more chocolate. Just smelling this made me want to guzzle it like a child with chocolate milk!

Once it passed my lips I got the same feeling. It should be called chocolate beer. Smooth, light bodied with soft carbonation, this stuff is SOO drinkable it could be addictive. I want more!

BrewMaven, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of GrillMeister
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got away from Macrobrew and bought myself a bottle of this.

Wow, the aroma of the chocolate really amazed me. I could smell it even before I took my first sip. This is an exceptional brew. It has an almost creamy mouthfeel and the chocolate stands out in the flavor but doesn't overpower the taste.

It also is giving me a bit of a buzz. It's a full English pint and I'm sure the alcohol content is well above 5%.

Overall, I'm glad I picked it up. I'm enjoying this 1 bottle better than the whole 6 pack of macrobrew that I last reviewed...

GrillMeister, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: After the cascading nitro bubbles subside, it's black with a creamy head.

Smell: Slight chocolate.

Taste: Mildly sweet chocolate with a little bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy goodness.

Drinkability: I think this is more sessionable in cans than bottles.

I had not had this one in a while, and last time it was in a bottle. I'd say the bottle brings out more sweetness and chocolate than the can version. A very good sweet stout.

Mdog, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and almost completely opaque mahogany color with a cocoa brown topping. Nose is more chocolate than beer but nonetheless, very nice. Very dessert-like and pleasant. Slight vanilla, cocoa, and a hidden soft roastiness under the chocolate. Taste is more bittersweet chocolate than the cocoa nose. The roasted malt is more evident along with a balancing bitterness. Not too sweet yet very chocolatey. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and satiny. Good sized fullish body to hold up the double chocolate.

Mmmm Chocolate. If you're looking for a chocolate beer I would recomend this as an appetizer to Rogue's chocolate stout.

tastybeer, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with faint brown tinges at the edges when held up to a light. Big, spumescent cocoa head floats on top eventually dropping down to a thin, bubbly cap that holds up well. Smells like chocolate. Real chocolate. Sweet, rich, and creamy. Dark, malty flavor doesn't quite match the smell in richness, though its still good. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate. Silky mouthfeel but it isn't as heavy as I'd like it to be. Even so, this is a tasty and highly drinkable stout.

wedge, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of BrandonB
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with small deep tan head. Very rich, great looking beer. Has hints of malt, lots of chocolate (no surprise there), and no bitterness. Very smooth beer. Aroma seems to intensify as time progresses.
(first BA review, hopefully this will suffice)

BrandonB, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass, The liquid is a very dark brown, ok carbonation. The head is ok about 1 finger, off white to tan no lace.

The smell is dry coco, semi sweet chocolate & malt.

The taste follows, Chocolate in a standard stout.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner then expected.

The drinkability is ok, one is enough. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Big thick black brew with a perfectly creamy, thick, and tight head that lasts for the duration of the beer. Solid tan sheets of beautiful lace.

S - Smells like chocolate milk, cream, hard chocolate candies, rootbeer, and malted milk balls. Hints of vanilla and sugar also. Cream cheese notes also.

T - Heavily creamed and sugared coffee. Rich milk, whipped cream, very sweet and sugary milk chocolate yoohoo flavor. Sweetness becomes more dark and bitter towards the dry finish with a bit of roasty grains. Could be a little more roasty and stout IMO to balance the overpowering sweetness.

M - Slick and sugary. Full bodied and creamy.

D - Pretty good as a desert beer, but too heavy and sugary to consume more than one of. I will surely rrevisit this fine chocolatey brew, but IMO the sweetness and sugary milk chocolate flavor is a bit overdone.

I think that next time I will get this in a bottle. It seems that other reviewers feel that the bottled version is less thick and sugary. IMO those are the exact qualities that I feel are overdone in this brew.

pmcadamis, Nov 11, 2006
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,870 ratings.