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

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5,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,068
Reviews: 2,244
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 469 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of Upgrayedd
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a four pack of nitro cans. I really love the ever-present head that comes from nitro. It also has a really smooth carbonation. I'm not a big fan of chocolate shouts with actual chocolate added, but if I was, this might be my favorite. The first sip is really when it hits you...the chalky chocolate mouthfeel really dominates this ale. About halfway through the glass I couldn't taste the chocolate anymore, and only then could I detect a tiny malt and hop presence. This one goes down really easy even though I like to savor each sip to see if I was going to get malt or chocolate.

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

A- This has perfect appearance. Body is a solid opaque deep rich brown hue (very close to black). No light penetrates through. Beautiful 1 finger creamy tan head sits on top of the dark body with perfect retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. As a side note-this is only the 3rd nitro I have had. The other two were the over publicized Guiness and Boddington's. Nirto really does a lot for the appearance and mouthfeel.

S- Strong smell of chocolate. Chocolate syrup comes to my senses first. Hints of toffee deep in the background.

T-Much milder than the smell but still dominated by chocolate. Lots of chocolate malt upfront with a slight roasted character. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but more of the chocolate-milky taste of a milk stout comes forward and a bitter roasted flavor becomes somewhat more prevalent. Seems much to sweet at first but the sweetness mellows with each sip.

M- Little to no carbonation and medium-thick body. Very smooth and creamy. Easy to swallow.

D- This is definitely one of the sweetest beers I have come across. I was taken back at first by this but it slowly grew on me. When held in the mouth the bitterness and roasted characters are more prevalent and bring more balance to the brew. My 16 oz. can was definitely enough for one sitting but this is something I will certainly have again.

Photo of sketchcornwell
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark opaque color with a half inch deep brown head that disapeared a little to sone.
The smell was a faint sweet smell of chocolate, and a hint of coffea
The taste was a bit bland. Inital notes of chocolate were great and an only slightly hoppy finish. However the flavors were only slightly noticeable and I kept wanting the tastes to jump out more.
Mouthfeel was good. A nice siky texture, not to thick
Easy drinkability. Surprisingly not to heavy for a stout.

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

On tap in a pint glass. Dark chocolatey brown with a thin layer of medium brown foam. Smells of chocolate and not much else. The primary flavor is chocolate, with a bit of vanilla and some nuts, but nothing reaches out and grabs you except for the chocolate. It's not over the top though, and not bitter. Very smooth in your mouth, not very carbonated. I don't know that I'd want to drink more than one of these, but that's because it's so rich and one is plenty and I don't consider that a negative.

Photo of Trueant1
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy dark brown/black. Looks thick. Has a dirty brown head with good lacing.

Smells of powdered hot chocolate mix. Other than that, no other smells.

Tastes of hot chocolate. Slight bitterness fromt the hops. The chocolate taste of this beer is awsome. Many other chocolate stouts have dank tasting chocolate. This chocolate tastes fresh.
Some coffie and nice tropical fruits in there. Vanila creaminess abounds.

Mouthfeel is medium dry and creamy smooth. The only drawback is too much carbonation for a stout.

This beer drinks great. Love it when I want desert!

Photo of likestoswallow
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with an ample dark tan head that dissapated slowly. Aroma was faint and sweet milk chocolate like. Flavor was chocolate liquor like with some coffee and a distinct dusty earthiness. Just a touch of hops, more would have been welcome. The palate was was medium full and fairly clean, just a slight stickiness in the aftertaste. Finished short with sweet chocolate liquor lingering. Overall: An interesting beer; recommended

Photo of MMAJYK
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black in the glass. Head is 2 fingers of thick medium brown head and thick lacing on the glass all the way through.

S- Chocolate--actually dark chocolate and subtle caramel. I also got hints of vanilla and cream.

T- Taste is dark chocolate with vanilla/coffee after taste.

M- Head is fluffy and soft on the lips. It seemed a little bit watery to me with no carbonation. Maybe this was because it was on tap and the keg was low, I dont know since this is the first time trying this one. I would have liked it MUCH better if it were thicker and more chewy.

D- It is a little too much for me to want to drink a lot of these in one sitting. However, it is a good beer and definitely pleasing to me in small quantities.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great chocolate stout. It pours smoothly and when it finally settles you have a glass of sweet black goodness. Correction, sweet black chocolaty goodness. It smells slightly sweet and has a distant chocolate whiff, not over powering. The taste is just as smooth as pouring the beer. It coats your mouth with its beer mojo. The chocolate flavor follows is there but lasts long into the after taste. Now thats a tasty beverage.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 14.9oz nitro can (production code of W7DB14A?) in a Guinness pint glass

BAside: Why breweries use production codes based on the German WWII Enigma code cipher is beyond me...

Opened with a sound that can best be described as something a Star Wards droid might say in disgust! Poured silent, very thick & viscous, velvety smooth.

Nose is initially dry, full of crackers & bread. I was expecting to be blown over by a chocolate bomb. There is chocolate present in the aroma, but its subtle, soft, distant. Actually its quite nice. The bread/cracker qualities continue to rise at it warms, and the chocolate aspect shifts from milk to more of a dark. There are even some aspects of a nut quality peeping thru! The head slowly formed for minutes, finally becoming a finger's worth of super thick, ultra tight, mocha hued cream (as opposed to foam), flat as a board. Looking straight down, its almost like looking at a mocha latte. It has great retention and has only settled to a pencil's worth of the same with solid, paint-like sheeting coating the glass.

Black in a good mood almost doesn't do the body justice. This is one of the darkest beers I've seen in a long time. Its practically black, just a peep of some dark mahogany at the glass bottom if I hold it directly to a light. This is a very pretty beer.

Silky smooth, sweet with milk chocolate and echoes of sweetened coffee, its almost a bit pornographic in mouth feel. Its sooo smooth. Nicely dry but not chalky or abrasive in the least, its actually quite mild in taste but what is there is damn nice. Malts have a nice roasted quality and even hint at some bread qualities.

Incredibly easy to drink, its going down very nice...and quick! Growing a little more bitter on the palate, the bitterness is reminiscent of what you taste in good, black coffee with no acidity. It stays silken & smooth throughout, an great beer as far as mouth-feel. The finish is a little drier, sweetly-bitter, a little nutty, echoes of semi-sweet baking chocolate, and leaves a clean, mild caramel-chocolate aftertaste that lightly paints the mouth.

Damn enjoyable. I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't like this. This would be a great transitional beer. Its like drinking dessert! That said, this might be one of the best dessert beers I've had. Chocolate is obvious, but also anything with nuts, caramel, coffee, cakey, etc. It might also (this will sound odd) work with a really creamy, smoooth cheese. Could be sessioned like mad. Again, what's not to like about this? One of the easiest to drink, smoothest, sweet beers I've tried. Definitely recommended!

Photo of burnstar
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big tan head. Nice lacing Aroma is mostly dark burnt malt with notes of chocolate and hops. As I drink the beer the chocolate aroma becomes much more pronounced. Taste is at first like sweet milk chocolate becoming a bit bitter from the roasted malt. A touch of hops provide balance. Pleasant light lingering bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty drinkable. Very nice chocolatey stout.

Photo of Tomas77
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best sweet stouts I have had.

Beautiful looking beer. Pours very dark with a slight hue coming from it when held up to the light. Creamy tan-light brownish head with good lacing throughout.

Has a definate milk chocolate aroma. Some creamy buttery notes that you would expect when smelling milk chocolate from a bowl. Just chocolate notes I get. No roast or hop at this point.

Along with chocolate(but only slightly now) comes the roast, coffee charcteristic flavors from the malts. Minimum dryness at the end from the hops or roasted malts I suspect.

The best part of this is actually mouthfeel. This has a smooth,silky, somewhat oily texture that sits on the palate and is very pleasing. Medium body and good drinkabilty.

Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-23-07
Best before 4-30-08

Pours an inky black with just a hint of red in the edges. A tan head settles to a thin film, and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell is all chocolate malt, very clean and sweet.

Taste is fantastic, buttery chocolate at first, and then the hops lend a coffee quality to the finish. Sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is perfect, super creamy and thick, but with a little fizz to lighten up the mood.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors are well-balanced and work together nicely.

Overall, one of the best milk/sweet stouts I've had. Big chocolate flavors make this the definition of a dessert beer. It makes me look forward to winter.

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

Appearance of this beer is outstanding. Almost black, very little light, if any can pass through it. Nice creamy tan head, with great lacing. Smell of this beer is a mix of sweet and bitter chocolate. The taste is very much roasted malt and chocolate. The stout flavors and the chocolate mix very well together. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The drinkability of this beer is very good. Goes down a lot easier then I thought it would. Overall, I love this beer. I didn't think I would, but the balance of the chocolate and beer flavors are perfect. Not overly sweet, but very tasty.

Photo of jakon
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that is comprised of bubbles of varying size. The aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is big on the chocolate, with not much else behind it. Lightly sweet and hardly bitter at all. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a nice bite from the carbonation. This beer is very easy to drink. No offensive flavors at all, but not much complexity either.

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

Pitch black with thick cocoa powered-like head. No light passes through at all.
Smells of faint chocolate and roasted malt. Not as pungant as I wished it would be.
Taste of sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some hops are prevalant on the sides of the tounge.
Thick on the palate, coats well, leaving the flavor to soak in.
Overall, very enjoyable. This is unique in many ways. Perfect if you are in the mood for something a little more adult than chocolate milk.

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

Nitro-can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer looked almost like a rootbeer float as it settled after the pour. There was a 1 finger tan head atop a black brew with some mahogany tones at the edges. The head lasted throughout the drink and left lots of sticking on the glass.

S- The aroma was sweet and full of chocolate. There were hints of something like a Turkish coffee and perhaps some fruit scents.

T- More roasty and chocolate flavors with some cream notes. There was a light bitter balance, possibly from the hops, the addition of actual chocolate in the brew, or both.

M- The soft head and tiny prickle of carbonation made for a very smooth and creamy feel.

D- This was an easy drinker on a cold, damp evening.

Overall- A great representation of the style. I'll continue to come back to this as an after-dinner beer or something to serve with a chocolate dessert.

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

A - Poured a deep black with a large tan head that slowly fell with a nice lace and webbing down the glass

S - Sweet chocolate smell with a hint of coffee and caramel with a bit of flowery hops

T - Of course a big chocolate taste with a hint of the coffee and the hops cuts the sweetness just at the right time with each sip..a perfectly crafted beer

M - Thick and creamy..very luxuriant

D - This is the perfect desert beer..and with a low ABV makes a great after dinner beverage. I truly wish I had bought more than just the one bottle..I think I would've had another tonight

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

Pours a deep dark black with light caramel colored head. No light gets through at all. Smell seems pretty subdued to me but some deffinate hints of dark chocolate and roasty malts. The taste of this beer is where it's at. Dark chocolate, sweet roasty malts, coffee beans. Strong roastiness finishes. No real hop bitterness, just from the roasted malts. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. This is one of the few beers my girlfriend doesn't proclaim to be "too bitter" in her words and is very enjoyable on a cool gloomy day like we're having here. Excellent!

Photo of brewshakes
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got done drinking this beer and wow! I picked it up tonight from a store on a whim and I'm glad I did. It poured a nice dark shade with a thick fluffy tan head that faded away until it was just a coating on top of the beer that remained until the end. The nose is a light chocolate smell. Not overpowering and very nice. Is silky and smooth with a chocolate taste with a nice dry finish. Very refreshing and now I'm wishing I had purchased more than one!

Photo of trevorwideman
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours completely opaque with a big, 2 inch tan head off a vigorous pour. Lots of slow, sticky lace as well. Aroma is a bit dusty and musty off the top, like an attic, then moves into some rich milk chocolate mixed with a bit of bitter cocoa/dark chocolate. Caramel, vanilla, and some husky graininess round it off. Subtle but delicious.

Taste is very rich with lots of chocolate and caramel in the forefront with an almost rye-like graininess coming out as an afternote. Lactic sourness helps to balance things out a bit, roasted malt is subdued but there. Finish is fairly wet and musty again in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with a medium carbonation, just right for the style. This is a well-balanced and extremely enjoyable example of a style that can easily get too sweet for my liking. Well done.

Photo of Throwrug
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours jet black, with an average sized tan head which disappears quickly. The smell is out of this world -- coffee, chocolate and caramel. The light carbonation gives it a very silky feel, and it goes down nicely. All in all this is a great tasting stout. Not bitter at all, and extremely flavorful. Even my wife, who hates stouts, absolutely loved this one.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured almost two fingers of beige head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a solid black body.

Smell - 4.0
Chocolatey! I can smell hot chocolate, milk chocolate and chocolate topping, as well as lots of roasted, slightly burnt malt. As it warms, the chocolate smells get stronger.

Taste - 3.5
Not as much chocolate as the smell, but there is still a fair chocolate hit. Quite sweet, although not as much as the Cadbury-esque label might suggest. Roasted malt, rye-bread and a moderate bitterness, coming from the hops and the burnt malt. Finish is a little dry with plenty of flavour. Well balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
About perfect for a stout in my opinion - low carbonation, moderate to heavy weight in the mouth and very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - 4.0
The fact that this beer is not over-sweet, and is only 5.2% ABV makes it sessionable for those who appreciate the style. I would love to try it on tap.

I'd like to try this as a float with a good vanilla ice-cream. It's definitely the most enjoyable stout I have tried, and was worth the exxy price ($7.99!). I've heard it's even better on-tap in England (where it would surely be cheaper too, lucky poms!).

Re-review: on recent drinking, I don't like this beer as much as I initially did. Too much of a chocolate topping flavour and aroma, could stand to be a lot more subtle. Still good, but not great.

Photo of wesleyhighley
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. I really enjoy drinking this with a piece of chocolate to nibble on. If I had to choose one keg to put into my apartment, this would be it. It's got a great pour, doesn't sour at all and finishes really smooth. I'd pay twice as much for this beer!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz nitro can> mug

This one starts off dark brown with a mezmerizing cascading effect and finally settles into a totally opaque blackness and a two-finger, extremely tight and thick, creamy head that's perfectly smooth on top and isn't going to be going anywhere anytime soon! The retntion is perfect and remains thick until the end. Looks wonderfully creamy and thick.
I would say the aroma is that of a double chocolate oatmeal mudslide malt that has very aromatic chocolate, oats, cream and vanilla with slightly nutty and spicey hop effect way, way down deep.
The flavor is a mocha-chocolate and cream malted wonder, very roasty and nutty with a big peanutbutter finish. It's a thick and smooth full body with a very smooth vanilla flavored head that still has at least 50% of it's original depth. The aftertaste is a smokey, semi-bitter and dry herbalness and my lips are becoming sticky!
This is actually very light at 5.2% and the nitro can only adds to the smoothness.

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

The nitro can is a nice touch, the beer came out wonderfully with a nice thick head. Has very nice chocolate overtones, what I thought of as dark chocolate, compared to other chocolate beers that had more generic chocolate scents. Very nice taste, a nice sweet stout, with nice swirls of chocolate in it. Goes down smooth and easy, it would be very easy to drink a few of these in one setting if they weren't so thick.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,068 ratings.