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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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4,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,582
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 120
Gots: 270 | 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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with light-brown head. A nice layer of cream resides on top and remains throughout the pint. Smell isn't very strong, but fairly rich. Aroma is more of real chocolate than chocolate malts. Taste is rich and smooth. Dark chocolate tastes are the strongest, though I think they should be even stronger. Mouthfeel is very creamy and enjoyable. Drinkability is great for such a dark beer, this isn't as heavy as I predicted. I really enjoyed Young's Double Chocolate, I think it could be beer nirvana if the chocolate flavor was even stronger. A great beer for dessert!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 22:17:24 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice for a dessert. Black liquid - very little light gets thru, with a tan brown head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate is present - like a bitter, baking chocolate. As it warms up, the chocolate becomes even more pronounced. Amazing smells. Can really taste both chocolate malt and and dark chocolate or cocoa as well. Creamy, with a full body, smooth as velvet. Dry and slightly bitter aftertaste, like dark bitter chocolate. Not an every day drink, but awesome for a special occasion. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 16:20:01 | More by BigBry
Photo of kegerator


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice stout.
pours out a deep deep mohagany/black with a nice 1 1/2 inch head that retains very well and leaves decent lacing throughout.
smells of chocolate as would be expected, and some deep roasted coffee aromas as well.
taste was very nice, chocolate goodness up front with a slight bitterness to finish.
mouthfeel was somewhere between guiness and storm king. not as thin as Guiness but not near as heavy as storm king. all in all a very drinkable and enjoyable stout. i will definitley drink this again

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 14:42:54 | More by kegerator
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This marks the first time I've had the pleasure of drinking this beer fresh from a nitro-tap instead of a pub-can, what a differance!
-Pours dark black with a tight, silky-smooth, froth of head that remains throughout the tasting. Moderate lace that disssapears by the time I'm finished
-Sweet aromas of chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. I also detect a distinct banana-marshmellow aroma that is quite appealing, followed by a toasty coffee aroma.
-Taste is sweet and roasty, dominated by deep chocolate flavors and ripe, dark pit-fruit. There's that banana-marshmellow thing again-must be the nitro.
-Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, with a surprisingly light body. Overall very good and drinkable. Probably too sweet for mass-consumption, but great for dessert.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2004 17:18:35 | More by AlexJ
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Woo ha! Chocolate in beer!

Pours black with a little light peeking in. Very dark and rich looking. Thick head that has very good retention. Smells of faint malts and chocolate. Heavily carbonated, could do with less (took some points for that in taste, it left me gassy the rest of the night). Otherwise, is an almost bitter, heavy malt flavor with significant chocolate tastes that become more prominent as you're finishing your sips. Very nice, true chocolate taste. Goes down alright, except for the extreme carbonation causing you to almost regurge. Overall, I'd get it again, but I'd have to prepare myself for the bubbles. Also, was expecting a little extra sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 02:14:49 | More by aquatonex
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Smokin Joe's in the Southside of Pittsburgh. Beautiful black body with great tan head and excellent cascading action due to the nitrogen tap. The smell was of toasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor was nice and malty with a subtle dark chocolate aftertaste that became more apparent as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Man, this is an excellent beer! Not quite as good as Rogue Chocolate, IMO, but it is still a top notch brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-13-2004 04:16:34 | More by soulfly967
Photo of medic25


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a nitro can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful cascade during the usual two-part pour (don't know why but I could watch that cascade for hours....). Jet black, with a finger width cream-colored head.

Smell: Not overpowering; pleasant odor of malt, with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Delicious mild, malty flavor. The flavor of chocolate becomes much more apparent as the drink warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy; not a bit of harshness.

Drinkability: Very tasty. It's like Cadbury's and Guinness got together and had a kid!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-12-2004 05:37:04 | More by medic25
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer has a big frothy head with creamy glaze to it. The color is an ice dark brown to black with no light coming through. The nose is full of dark chocolate, alcohol, and malty sweet scents. The flavor is a bit sour and very roasty at the beginning. Notes of raisin, tangerine, and caramel. A big contribution of chocolate malt gives it a good base for other flavors. Unfortunately I found that this beer had an unpleasant sourness to it that hurt the overall flavor. It is a bit watery at the end as well, not as creamy as expected for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 17:52:02 | More by BrewMaster
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two-stage pour into my goblet yielded only a minimal tan head. Head was creamy but dissipated quickly. Dark colored beer.

Smell of raisins, oak, and slight alcohol. Very malty smell that was inviting.

Taste was damn good. Lots of wood and chocolate. Slight sweetness probably from the extra sugars (lactose?)... definite taste of roasted barley and chocolate malts to give it a slight bitter edge. Very well balanced. Not a chewy full-bodied beer like I expected, but rather the mouthfeel was silky smooth and went down very easy.

A staple sweet stout that I will return to many more times.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:03:33 | More by cncbofh
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with chestnut and ruby highlights. The widget did its work - the beer cascaded for a few minutes and left a half-inch cap of thick finely bubbled foam that hung around for the duration. Aroma is light and reminds of sweet malt, some chalky cocoa, a bit of roastiness. Flavor is thin at first, but gathers pungency as it travels. Cocoa yes, but it's light and allows other flavors to rise up like raisin, cherry, bitter coffee, and smoke from a smoldering fireplace. As the glass warms, resinous bark flavors and hints of whiskey arise. Like it says on the can, drink it cool, but not ice cold.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-06-2004 03:41:19 | More by far333
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint bottle with a purple label. Best before date clearly notched. May 05.

Appearance: Large light brown head, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. This beer is pitch black, hard to tell what color it is even when its held up to the light.

Nose: Nose is chocolately with a touch of coffee.

Taste: Definite dark chocolate flavor, full of dark roasty malts with some coffee in the finish. Light sweetness, yet finishes dry. Bitterness is very low.

Notes: A wonderful chocolately stout that never disappoints. I usually drink it on nitro-tap or nitrocan. I feel that the bottled version has a thinner body, leaves a slick mouthfeel, probably from the lactose or dextrins, . Nitro and the non-nitro are both very good, but I think I like the nitro a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 04:00:59 | More by dauss
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a pitch black body, opaque fairly creamy tan head, good retention, some lacing

Smell, hints of chocolate (obviously), some strong coffee aromas, slightly biscuity

Taste, warming chocolate creaminess, slightly harsh carbonation but not too bad, hints of turkish delight

Great bottled aswell as nitro can, two different experiences, more pronounced flavour in the bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 22:49:49 | More by cypressbob
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4-pack of cans picked up for about 7 dollars, and completely worth it in my opinion.

Appearance - Absolutely opaque with fantastic head that should definitely come from all nitro can brews. Also you have to love the magic that happens from the pour as the beer does the magical reverse climb up the glass. Head also keeps reappearing as the glass gets tipped toward your mouth.

Smell - Burnt, dark chocolate all the way. The sweetness and milkiness is evident from the smell also. They need to make a candle of its smell for sure.

Taste - Just what you expect from the smell. It's balanced well and the maltiness is not overpowering. Unsweetened, dark chocolate. Obviously gets better and more flavorful as it warms too.

Mouthfeel - Coating. Full-bodied but not extremely thick.

Drinkability - As with most stouts like this, I like to have one with some kind of dessert or just have this as a dessert by itself. It'd be a shame to drink all 4 cans in one session, also. But it's nice to kick back and have one and drink it for about an hour.

One of my favorite stouts overall. A 4-pack of the cans is surely worth it if you're looking to try it. Never had it in the bottle, and knowing how delicious it is in the can I don't know if I really want to.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-29-2004 00:52:48 | More by asabreed
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark, DARK black liquid with a strong tan, long lasting head. The head left lace on the glass as the drink filled my soul.

The creaminess filled my nose as well as the anticipation of the chocolate to come. Chocolate and cream. Chocolate and cream. Nothing else was in my nose.

The flavor of this beer is more like a chocolate shake than a beer. The high sweetness blasts through the finish and lingers on the tongue. The chocolate flavors dominate all else. No other malts. No hops. No off flavors stand a chance against this chocolate monster. There is no balance between this flavor and any other.

The mouthfeel is a little light for style but is very creamy. The carbonation is slightly more than light and plays with the tongue. The sweetness from unfermented sugars does enhance the mouthfeel.

This stout may not be for everyone, but the sweet chocolate is so dominate that nothing else is exactly like it. Long after the beer is gone, one can still imagine EXACTLY how it tasted. This one I hightly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 02:19:04 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of KoG


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black body with a generous amount of creamy tan head that stayed throughout the drinking. Left a bunch of chunky lacing that stuck in place.

Smells of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a bit of roasted barley.

Taste is excellent. Chocolate and coffee with a bit of grain, leaves slightly bitter like dark chocolate.

Mouth is unbelievable, smooth and creamy the whole way. A definate pleasure to drink.

If this stuff wan't so expensive I would buy it all the time. At $3 for a pint bottle, it's better than just about every stout I've had on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 05:40:43 | More by KoG
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with some auburn highlights. Luxurious milk-chocolate head that sticks around for good. The smell is creamy and chocolaty with an underlying alcohol aroma. The taste is sublime with an oatiness right out of the gate followed by a nice astringent alchohol and bitter hop note. The finish is absolute creamy chocolate bar supreme. Mouthfeel is big and creamy and envelopes the whole palate with its broad range of texture and flavor. Drinkability is good but the sweetness becomes a little too pronounced upon warming. Fantastic stout, this is, and a true rival to the Rogue Choco-Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 09:21:30 | More by MobBarley
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's got more chocolately goodness than a bag of Hershey's Kisses. The head is the same off-white, creamy head you get from a Guinness or any other nitro can, but the color is definitely a few shades darker. The nose, taste and aftertaste are all dark, rich chocolate, with some espresso and faint alcohol accents. The mouthful is rich and creamy, and the lack of carbonation makes this stuff go down like a warm glass of milk. A tasty alternative to Guinness Draught.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-26-2004 23:15:11 | More by GDMFSOB
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The apperance of motor oil, nice and dark. Head was a light tan color that faded slowly. Smell was of chocolate, malt and coffee.

Taste is like a brownie dunked in beer, is this the dessert? Good finish not to much hop, I thought it was just right.
Mouthfeel is smooth, let it roll around for a little bit.

I could drink this all day long....I'm talkin' all day long!
I'll get the 22oz. next time, if you like the stout's this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 19:25:07 | More by NYbeerwolf
Photo of 57andcounting


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark head that has staying power. The brew is so dark you can't see through is even when held up to a bright light. Good rich chocolate smell that over powers everything else. Taste as expected, like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. More alcohol on aftertaste then I might have expected. It's real clean on the tongue. Leaves the mouth quickly. I expected it to hang around longer. All and all a real treat. I can't recommend a case, but a six-pack or a bottle or tow from time to time is well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 22:22:37 | More by 57andcounting
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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 from a 16 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes. Well, I expected much more from this beer. I'm not a huge stout fan, so maybe I need to try a few more in line with this beer. I have had a few other chocolate stouts and enjoyed them more than this one. It poured with a nice head and very nice lacing alnog the sides of the glass. Smells of deep dark chocolate. The carbonation ruined it for me though. Way too much for my taste. It was still good, but I'm used to the smoother ones. This one was rich and creamy, but the fizz was a bit too much for me. I also drank it a bit too cold I think. Just took it out of the fridge and drank it. Maybe I will try this one on tap if I can find it and re-rate.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 16:09:37 | More by GClarkage
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable stout. It poured a deep and dark color, with a beautiful tan foamy head which lasted for the duration. The smell was of sweet malts. The taste was smooth and sweet. Everyone should sample this fine beer. The closer this approaches room temperature the tasty it becomes. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 00:24:33 | More by BadBadger
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick 2" head. The head lasted through a good part of the drink. Thick lacing developed also. The aroma is of roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. The flavor is full bodied, as roasted malt is nicely balanced with a strong sweet chocolate tone. Coffee and a very mild hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start and ends smoothly. Feels like your tongue is coated thickly and the chocolate flavors last long into the aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and would go great with a nice chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 00:08:46 | More by Gavage
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had another one of these last night and wow. I was blow away. I have found a new love for Youngs after years of advodance. I was a beautiful pour and smelled on point. The chocolate taste mixed with the roasted malt and barely to make this a great stout. Delicatly balanced bitterness and nice sweet follow that is not over powering considering that it is a milk sugar sweet. I was sad that it was the only one I had, I will definatly be adding to the usual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 17:25:37 | More by Higravity
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperance: From a nitro can into a pint glass, this is a sexy beer complete with cascading nitro fizz that settles into a pefectly tight white head with a perfectly rich black body. Guinness-esque.

Smell: This beer has a very round stout smell to it comprised of mostly roasted barley, with some nice hints of chocolate and cocoa.

Taste: Again, awsome stout flavor. Very smooth and rich, very sweet and unassuming. This drink as easily as Guinness, and has some more flavor to boot. The chocolate is there as is the tastes of coffee and roasted grain, even some faint burnt flavor. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very creamy. The nitro can does a great job recreating the pour of a nitro-tap.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip, very satisfying, not so unique that the flavor would slow you down after a few. A great rendition of stout, not as full of flavor as some, but immensely drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-04-2004 14:51:42 | More by 99bottles
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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark opaque body with dark beige hefty head. The emphasis on chocolate was not as present as I was hoping for. Granted this was a nice overall stout, but I was looking for a little bit extra from the chocolate. Nice roasted tones with chocolate backing and a smooth finish to round it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:10:13 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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