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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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4,699 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,699
Reviews: 2,203
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 132
Gots: 307 | 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 tommy78

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: very dark, with minimal head. head is a caramel-like colour

Smell: surprisingly average. i would have expected a more powerful aroma, but the smell did not amount to much.

Taste: strongest part of the beer. as soon as you ingest it, the chocolate and hops rush to the top of mouth. leaves a very crisp cocoa aftertaste. as a chocolate lover, i am glad to see how Youngs did a good job replicating that cocoa taste in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth around the mouth.

Drinkability: I could sit here all night and drink this beer. Very drinkable. However, those who do not particular enjoy stouts in general might not be into this beer. For the rest of you, enjoy!

11-16-2005 23:03:28 | More by tommy78
Photo of stevegamburg


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

I gotta tell you - this is a great stout. I am not sure why anybody would write a negative review other than disliking chocolate.
I have tried it out of a bottle as well as a nitro can, which I recommend because it leaves a nice thick medium-dark head, and it is really good either way. The color is pitch black with a chocolatey aroma. Tastes great, again with a chocolate aftertaste. It is smooth on your tongue. I recommend this stout to everyone.

11-16-2005 22:13:30 | More by stevegamburg
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.3/5  rDev +7%

Lovely, voluptously-shaped 500 ml bottle, with the silver on purple label.

A: Virtually opaque black garnet. with a huge bumpy rumbly dark tan head that sticks to the glass. Pretty. The sight says, "CREAMY"!

S: Burnt sugar on double cocoa-powder coated figs, all roasted and toasted. Malty malty malty. Very little if any hops noticeable to my nose.

T: I repeat: "Burnt sugar on double cocoa-powder coated figs, all roasted and toasted. Malty malty malty." However, there is a bit of hop balance here, with a metallic note. Despite all the sweetness, there is a definite dry finish. Nice. As the glass warms, some peppery notes rise, and the roasted bitterness comes along as well.

M: Not as creamy as I expected, but nice enough. Smooth, but not chewy thick.

D: Very drinkable. Very. The sweetness balances the bitterness just right.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew, worthy of its well-deserved accolades. I'll have another, please.

11-16-2005 04:35:19 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.38/5  rDev +9%

~Oh, how I love the whoosh of a nitro can. Poured into a mug, enjoy the cascade into a deep dark black-brown with a finger-width head, thick and lovely. I see a lot of people talking about lacing. If thats the frothy goodness sticking to the side of the glass, it does so quite nicely.
~Can smell the chocolate, and thats about it. My nose really isn't picking much up here. What I do smell is real good. Only after a while can a get a sense of roasted malts
~Tastes thick and creamy, very smooth, great experience all the way down.
~Chocolate and roasted malts are present right away, backs into a suble esspresso after-tone. And i say after-tone because I don't want to say aftertaste, for its more sublte than that. This seems to be a beer of subtle joys, for I like it a lot (er, always liked it a lot), and it balances the tastes quite well.
~Don't know that I'd sit down with a case of this, but it is a solid beer, very fun to drink, and generally puts me in a good mood.

11-16-2005 03:56:41 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Smittysguinness


4.1/5  rDev +2%

A friend and I were into a huge stout kick this weekend. I got this one with several others.

Glad to have a freshness date on the bottle! Proves that the store keeps fresh stock, and/or that lots of people buy this.

Poured a great dark dark brown, almost black, with a cream-colored head that stuck around (maybe because I didn't give it time to diminish...), with some great lacing.

I smelled heavy-duty dark chocolate up front, followed immediately by toasted nuts, clean hops mixed with roasted malt. Sweet Lord...

The taste is not what I expected at all, which is not a bad thing. I didn't taste as much chocolate as I anticipated, but tasted plenty of toasted nuts and roasted malt for my liking. Nice hop presence throughout, balanced well by all of the toastiness.

This beer was lightly carbonated, and poured right down my throat with the consistency of silky chocolate milk. If only I knew as a child how good the adult version of "chocolate milk" would be!

11-14-2005 21:50:42 | More by Smittysguinness
Photo of Shovelbum


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A 500 ml bottle. I love the different raised ram motifs on all of Young's bottles. Label has a best by date.

A robust creamy tan head over a black body. Good lace and head retention. Dark chocolate is dominates the aroma, but notes of roasted malt and vinous fruit poke through as well. The dark chocolate also seems to prevail in the taste, but is not nearly as pronounced as I had expected by the smell and name of this beer. Also taste some nuts and a slight hop bitterness. A tad smoky as well. Medium bodied-- definitely not as thick or sweet as I anticipated. Light and crisp in the mouth with a slightly drying finish.

This is definitely not the beer I thought it was going to be. A meatier body with a touch more sweetness would have helped its cause, but as it stands it is not overpowering and eminently drinkable.

11-11-2005 23:57:18 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of mattdavis452


3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a beautiful, dark color with a fine head, about one to one and a half fingers' width. Laces somewhat thick, due to frothy head. To be honest, the head on this beer was almost exemplary with its frothiness.

Smells of chocolate, which is quite convenient considering it has chocolate in it.

The taste and mouthfeel really go hand in hand for this brew; I couldn't get away from how rich it is. I wouldn't recommend it for a session beer, since I had a hard time finishing it. Basically, it's like beer's answer to cheesecake. Both are tasty, but extremely rich.

Therefore, the drinkability is quite low in my book. Just too rich. However, the chocolate taste was good; just take this beer in small samples.

11-10-2005 01:35:41 | More by mattdavis452
Photo of edbeered


4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

This amazing brew pours black, but when held to a light reveals a dark ruby hue. A light brown nitrogenated head about 1/4 inch deep persists for the duration of my imbibing. There is ample lacing. The smell is the only ordinary thing about this beer, for it is minimal and hints of chocolate. The taste is complex, with a strong chocolate presence, competing with brandy, vanilla and malt. There is even a faint hop presence on the tip of the tongue, which never manifests as an overt flavor due to the sweeter flavors which predominate. The beer is silky smooth and feels rich but not overpowering. It is very drinkable and is one of the very best beers anywhere.

11-09-2005 07:26:43 | More by edbeered
Photo of MattBrooks


4.18/5  rDev +4%

Pours black from the bottle with practically no head. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate almonds dominate the nose of this brew and there is understated sweetness to the finish. Goes down somewhat smooth with only a little bite. Lacks a little something in the mouthfeel, would like it to be a little heavier. A great stout when I can find some!

11-09-2005 01:19:35 | More by MattBrooks
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a pint bottle, with a best by date of May 05.

Opaque black. Not a hint of light is getting through this stout. No lacing what so ever. Head never exceeded an eighth of an inch and dissipated pretty fast.

Smalls like roasted espresso beans. Also, has a hint of chocolate soda pop smell. No sweetness to the aroma.

Taste is bitter, again reminiscent of espresso. But, espresso which has been dusted with dark cocoa powder, the kind used bake. Nothing sweet about this stout. Just roasted, dark, rich flavors.

Mouth feel is medium. Not as heavy as the color may look. But not a thin brew either.

Drink ability is above average. Very smooth, toasted flavors go down easy. Good balance between the cocoa flavors and the bitterness created by the roasted malt.

11-07-2005 23:11:15 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of JasonCoop


4.88/5  rDev +21.4%

poured into a mug from the big bottle. pours opaque dark brown/black with big dark beige head.

smell: roasty and chocolatey and very malty. big chocolate up front.

taste is strong bitter chocolate with a tiny chocolate aftertaste. little tiny hops, nice and malty. very creamy and the label doesn't lie about the "double chocolate" taste. extremely rich flavor. tastes like a dessert beer if there is such a thing.

mouthfeel is velvety smooth and extremely creamy. great. couldn't ask for a smoother stout. very drinkable too if you like your heavier beers. any stout drinker could drink this all the time.
i should add, i prefer it in the nitro-can.

11-06-2005 08:43:49 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of jmz62565


3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

This pours a ink black color with a little smallish head.The smell is not very strong with a little chocolate and some coffee.This does have a very chocolate taste.It's like carbonated chocolate milk.It's not bad,but it's not as good as I thought it would be.The m/f is full and flavorful,but I would have to say if you want a chocolate stout buy a Rouges.

11-04-2005 04:41:31 | More by jmz62565
Photo of KarlHungus


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, and fluffy with a color of white speckled with tan. The aroma has the classic English notes, with some chocolate in the background. All in all, it is rather light in aroma. The taste is somewhat metallic with chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation for a stout (not so much that it ruins the beer though). Overall, this brew doesn't live up to its name. Single chocolate stout, maybe, but not double. It is not a bad beer, but if I want a real chocolatey beer I will stick with Rogues.

11-02-2005 17:13:07 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Zoh

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4%

I picked this one up in a specialty store in Fresno and was very impressed.
This is one of the darkest beers I have ever had, it seems to be even darker than Guinness. After pouring I held the glass in front of a light bulb and nothing made it through the stout. It pours well with a light brown head and a chocolate smell wafting up from the glass.
The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with roasted malt in there as well.
The taste is very good. Chocolate mixes with the bitter stout flavor then gives way to the slight coffee undertone. Aftertaste is chocolatey and sweet. The chocolate is not overpowering and doesn't come on too strongly.
Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, but smooth. It is full-bodied but not in a knock your socks off stout way.
Overall this one is great, very drinkable. It would make a great after dinner drink or a good dessert beer.

11-02-2005 16:35:02 | More by Zoh
Photo of jmc44


3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Appearance is black; thich tan-colored head that lasts a bit.

Has a faint sweet chocolatey smell.

Taste is sweet, not overpowering, with a slight aftertaste of roasted barley and a bit of bitterness from the hops - although I do not perceive it to be as bitter or noticeable as other reviewers. I think it balances the strong malt and choclate sweetness well.

Beer is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. It is quite drinkable for a stout, although I prefer my stouts to feel more like a meal after I have downed a pint.

11-01-2005 00:24:34 | More by jmc44
Photo of grindcore666


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Black with a sandy tan head, which lives a short life. Lacing is great.

Aroma consists of sweet sweet chocolate and fresh hot coffee.

Fizzy but nice carbonation. 'Double Chocolate' is no lie. This one screams buttery chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky, rich, creamy, and smooth (as advertised). Finish is chocolate with bitter roasted coffee.

It's sweet characteristics limit it's ability as a session brew (one was good enough for me), but I can't help but admire this one for it's bold and satisfying taste.

10-31-2005 03:26:11 | More by grindcore666
Photo of germaniac


2.85/5  rDev -29.1%

A- Black, with a billowing off-white head that loses it's mass pretty quickly.

S- Chocolate, backed up by sweet malts.

T- Vague chocolate sweetness- no real depth to the choco-ness;it's just there amongst the roasted malt and the sharp bitterness imparted by the hops.

MF&D- To me, it's pretty rough on the palette. Too much carbonation and bitterness don't mix well with the chocolate, here. Maybe cask-conditioning would even everything out, but all in all, I think there are alot of breweries here in the US making much better exmaples of the chocolate/sweet stout style

10-30-2005 03:09:52 | More by germaniac
Photo of nlmartin


3.9/5  rDev -3%

This was served from the bottle to a pub style glass.

Appearance: This pours a dark chocolatey color with a white tall head that quickly resolves to a white film.

Smell: Loaded with roasted chocolatey goodness with an under tone of coffee.

Taste: Count Chocula himself would love the chocolateness of this stout. Taste strongly of chocolate and coffee with a great roasted malt taste. There is a nice hop profile that compliments the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a nice full bodied stout very drinkable. I wish that I had another. The good news is it is easy to find and at a reasonable price.

10-28-2005 06:34:47 | More by nlmartin
Photo of tom444


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance: Pours out black, with a brownish-red hue visible against very bright light. Thick, rich, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with plenty of chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Wow. Bitterness from the roasted malts, tastes strongly of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finishes smoothly, with an aftertaste a bit like a mocha latte.

An amazing stout, so tasty and goes down so easily.

10-27-2005 01:41:02 | More by tom444
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Probably archetypal for the style. Rich, creamy smoothness all around... beautiful jetblack color with a nice brown head.
Sweet but not cloying. Think coffee with cream and sugar.
Not hoppy at all. Very easy to drink. A very accessable stout.
Yeah. Tasty, smooth. Not a BIG stout but a good one.

10-26-2005 03:52:58 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of sinistrsam


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

The head on Young’s double chocolate stout was fantastic with a dark tan color and left exquisite lacing. The body was dark brown and rich. The aroma was of faint brown sugar, roasty coffee and of course, chocolate. It had the common aromatic and taste components of a stout, but had almost a perfect blend of them balanced with the chocolate I expected. It was creamy on the tongue and finished with slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. Overall an exceptional chocolate stout and a damn fine beer.

10-25-2005 21:23:27 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of shbobdb


3.38/5  rDev -15.9%

Well, what can I say? This isn't a bad beer, but given the reviews on BA I expected more. Part of it, I am sure, is that I just finished a nice bit of Islay scotch so my tastebuds were dulled but. . . I mean, where is the malt? Stouts should have a certain amount of unfermented sugars lingering. Sugars that provide a texture, the produce a mouthfeel. It was silky, there was a nice chocolate bitterness, but, but, but, why? No, it wasn't nearly good enough to make me want to try it again. Not bad, but frankly, if I want a stout, there are better examples out there.

10-25-2005 03:17:50 | More by shbobdb
Photo of IntriqKen


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a Stella Artois glass,it shows a deep, dark brown almost black color which no light penetrates with an ample creamy, tan head that laces the glass throughout the drinking.
Aroma is more coffee and carmel than chocolate but with a faint bitter-sweet chocolate scent.
Feels rich and buttery in the mouth.
Taste is very coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a fine carbonation and gentle alcohol warmth going down.
Hints of both espresso and dark chocolate remain in the palette until your next sip (which I would delay enjoying the rich warmth of the alcohol).

10-24-2005 00:06:24 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of WTexas

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Appeared dark as night with a healthy foaming head. Initial aroma was delightful – a cocoa scent that reminded me of a robust chocolate liqueur. A pleasing flavor of malts and chocolate throughout the pint. Most notable was the superb integration of the flavors. This chocolate stout did not possess the “beer+ added flavorings” characteristic of some flavored brews. Mouthfeel was smooth but not especially creamy. Light carbonation helps the flavor remain pronounced. I may wait until I finish sampling the other Young’s products that a local distributor is now handling before returning to Double Chocolate Stout. A nice beer to end the evening with.

10-18-2005 12:12:15 | More by WTexas
Photo of mitchfor3


4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.99.

Incredible pour - deep, dark black with reddish hues and an oh so appetizing looking chunky tan head. Good lacing.

An absolutely delightful aroma - hints of chocolate but nothing too strong - a hint of raspberry. A great, great smelling chocolate stout.

Wow, this is some damn fine beer. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had with just enough bitterness in the aftertaste to carry you from sip to sip. The creamy head adds to the thick, thick texture. The chocolate is really subtle - hinted at and perceived but unlike some chocolate stouts, is well short of overpowering.

I love this beer!

10-18-2005 07:50:04 | More by mitchfor3
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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