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

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4,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 2,237
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 148
Gots: 424 | 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:
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Photo of beerphan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9oz nitro-can -> imperial
13 Jan 07 jet screened on the bottom of the can

Pours black featuring a pulsating cascade as the creamy tight mocho head rises to a thick blanket. Sheets of lace cling than slide the slow ride into the abyss.

Nose: Sweetened cocoa, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some coffee.

Taste: Thick chocolate flavors dominate, with a nice roasted malt finish. Subtle bitterness lingers with burnt cocoa.

Mouth is as creamy as it gets.

A great afternoon sipper or winter warmer. Low abv alows for sweet long sessions.

beerphan, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weissbier glass from a 500ml bottle. Color is dark brownish. Smells like expensive dark/bitter chocolate and makes me feel all happy inside. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla and just a slight hint of coffee. Taste is
silkysmooth and body is medium but could be fuller. This is a deadly
drinkable brew but do not make the misstake of drinking it too well chilled or it will taste a bit thin.

baggio, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep, dark brown with about two inches of nice creamy, tan foam. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and dried fruits. Tastes of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and sweet malts. A little thin in the mouth but smooth enough to satisfy with a medium body and carbonation. A pretty drinkable stout, but one I personally would enjoy at the end of a meal.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by Mar 07

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clear black color, nice carbonation, tiny tan head which left quickly, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and chocolate/caramel. The taste is very nice of malts, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout, makes a good session brew.

Wasatch, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of rec
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For me this isn't really a pleasant drink, and there's just not a lot to it.

The stout is a brilliant brown, with a frothy head that unfortunately lacks the retention you'd imagine after initial pour.

The smell is one dominated by coffee, but a cheap roast at best.

Tasting it, it's definately very chocolate, but also has strong coffee and dark ruit flavours. I'd almost recommend they name it a coffee stout as opposed to double chocolate stout; the caffeen flavour is far more prominant in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is a little less smooth than expected, and due to my dislike for coffee and the similarity in taste to Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate bars, I don't paticularly appreciate the aftertaste either.

It's definately a desert sipper, but not one I'd esspecially go out and purchase.

rec, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of GreenCard
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark mahogany, thick layer of spongey tan foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: rum, cocoa, prunes, vanilla, root beer, hint of roast

Flavor: smooth lacto-sweetness with a counterpoint of bitter cocoa and chicory; rummy raisins, vanilla, and dark brown sugar; finishes semi-sweet with a roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, silky texture

Other comments: Really damn good! More balanced than some of the American versions I've tried.

GreenCard, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Creamy, one finger head, a mix of tiny cascading bubbles and rising bubbles, solid dark brown stout color, looks tasty

S - Fairly mild scent, nutty malt with some roasted coffee smell

T - Like the smell, initially a fairly mild taste; soon you start to get the definite roaste coffee toaste with sweet chocolate malt flavors on the tip of your tongue

M - Near-perfect; great silky smooth, full-bodied feel

D - It's very good, although initially I wasn't really feeling it; both the taste and smell kind of creep up on you, but once they hit you the sweetness in the flavor it delicious; very drinkable, especially for a fairly heavy beer

soupyman10, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap, in a bottle, and from nitro-can, and I have to say its been the best so far from the nitro-can. Poured from a nitro-can, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a thick 1/2 inch creamy head that never let up, with a nice cascading affect. Thick rings of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is of nice chocolate, just like chocolate milk. The taste is very creamy, sweet, and chocolaty. Nice roasted malts all the way from start to finish. The mouthfeel, IMO, is just right for this style of stout. From my experiences, milk stouts, normally have a lighter mouthfeel, than you would expect from a stout like Sierra Nevadas or Saint Arnolds. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. I'm not sure I could drink several of these at a time, but I would love to keep a pak of these in the frig at all times.

beeragent, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of barrettds
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid black with a great collar. Light caramel color, very creamy and lasted all the way down to the last bit. Large amount of lacing as well.

S: Smell was weak, in my opinion. Nitro cans tend to kill the smell of a beer, and I think this was the case here. I smell sweet chocolate and an unwelcomed chemical scent.

T: Sweet and chocolatey with a mild roasty finish. Mild for a stout, and the 5.2% correlates with that.

M: Mild and very smooth, but watery past the halfway point of the drink. Kind of a let down for a stout.

D: Exceptional for the stout category. Not many stouts can be had in volume, but this one fits that occasion.

barrettds, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Young's Double Chocolate pours with a jet black body and a beautiful creamy tan head. There are slight reddish hues here, but barely noticeable. Head retention lasts all the way to the end. This gives off aromas of triple chocolate cookies and burnt malt.

Initially this has milk chocolate written all over it, but is a little chalky. Finishes up with a burnt toast flavor. Feels creamy at first but finishes kind of thin. As I continue to sample it seems to lose body and gets watery.

Not too bad, but not a huge fan of nitro cans and bottles.

TheSarge, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of IgnorantBastard
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I don't want to sound like most other reviews of this beer, I'll add a few things I did not notice from other reviewers. Like hints of Toffee. Head started strong then dissipated quicker than I wanted. Very easy to drink for such a dark beer. I would recommend this especially to the drinker who wants to venture to the exotic but really doesn't care for super heavy brews.

IgnorantBastard, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 500 ml Brown bottle with a purple label and no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: A Dark black thick and creamy body with a tan head.

Smell: A roasted chocolate and molasses aroma.

Taste: A nice mild sweetness that blends with a slightly roasted huge chocolate flavour that balances well with malts.

Mouth-Feel: Smooth and creamy with a slightly dry finish.

Drink-Ability: I picked this one up at brawleys not to long ago in Charlotte and I really enjoyed it.But I wish it did not cost so much $$$

mnesporov, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found the double chocolate stout to be a very special beer. We were having this nice couple of chocolate-related beers and along came the dcs. Pour was very american stoutish with nice little head. smell wasn't too chocolatey, much rather seemed coffee filled but still attractive, some roasted malts were also evident.

The taste is very well structured, with an initial strong dark (and bitter) chocolate feel immediately followed by a rush of overloaded roasted coffee (sort of an espresso feel if you catch my drift). Ends in a bitter sensation. body isn't too full, much less like eating a chocolate bar and much more like drinking a cup of coffee with a dipped cote d'or inside or something.

overall a beer worth buying over and over, but it may be a bit too heavy for regular use.

Andreji, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottled. dark pour with a thick consistency. This tasted a bit flat to me, maybe an old bottle. the chocalate flavor was nill considering the "double chocolate" label and only a mild hint of coffee. I would not buy this again at this price.

ChazMania, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark beer that looks completely black even in bright light, and the only thing that breaks up the darkness is the tan head on top, this is a very good looking beer.it has a heavy, dark chocolate smell to it that slowly calms down after pouring into a glass. It has a smooth feel to it but it still lacks something, it simply doesn't caress your mouth like a some beers do; it feels cold and leaves you longing for something more. It does have a good taste to it sort of sweet with a good bittery aftertaste.

vickersspitfire, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of nase
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasting this out of a tulip glass, poured from a pint bottle, next to a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Best before Aug 31 07.

Love the chocolate smell on this. Pretty good lacing remains around the glass. Mouthfeel is a liitle thin and the taste doesn't quite meet the expectation the smell sets for it. That typical fruity almond finish that I've tasted in other stouts.

Appearance - 4
Smell - 5
Taste - 3.5
Mouthfeel - 3.5
Drinakbility - 4

nase, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a nice deep dark brown with a very creamy head. The head retention is excellent, lasting the whole glass. The smell is clearly roasted malt and chocolate, with a bit of coffee. The taste is also of roasted malt and sweet chocolate, very smooth and tantalizing. Very good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

zuggy9, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ.

This poured deep black with an incredibly creamy tan head. The head stayed with me all the way to the bottom of my pint. Some amount of surging (for lack of a better term) going on between the beer and the head until it finally settled at about two finger's worth. Really quite beautiful to behold in the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee, roasted dark malts, and sweet chocolate. Mmmm.

Taste is about the same. Delicious is the word that comes to mind. Just so smooth and creamy, I really struggle to find the words to describe it!

Mouthfeel is out of this world. Creamy, smooth, thick and wonderful.

This was a nice dessert beer to round out a great night of tasting.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Finite
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle, purple label, bottle embosed with ram logo best before 13 sep 07.

Appearance: Black as you can get of of the darkest ive seen. Light brown/ tanned head small streams of bubbles flowing up the side of the glass. Wonderfull head and retention. Perfect lacing in a symetrical pattern. Perfect.

Smell: Pretty faint compared to what I was expecting. Some burnt malt, stout-like aroma. Faint hops aroma, crisp ut a littel disapointing. Improved as it cooled revealing more burnt malts.

Taste: Heavy burnt /bitter malt profile hits you hard. Sweet chocolate in the background while a nice beefy coffee hit presents itselfs. Hops balance the massive malt profile pretty well. A touch of alcohol. Wonderfully complex stout. Love the heavy bitterness. Not as chocolatey as I predicted but so damn yummy still. Theres a wonderfull sweet coffee like flavour across the back of the pallate. Aftertaste is a combination of charcol bitterness balanced well with a hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Thick and packed to the brim with body. Invitingly dry the way it gets you to drink even more though you know it will just make your mouth dryer. Sweet up front with a balanced bitterness easy as to drink, low carbonation. A little oily/buttery.

Drikability: A beer this flavourfull couldnt get much easier to drink. But the sweetness / bitterness is of extreemes and would eventually get too much.

Finite, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of notoriousdav
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours just off black, like tar
S: heavily roasted coffee
T: Coffee, Sake, Chocolate
M: Very full, certainly more rounded than say a Guinness
D: This is a great beer, but certainly not one I would drink all night long.

All in all a great stout. Like a meal in a can!

notoriousdav, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black color with a very dense one finger head and very thick clinging lace. smell is chocolate with a hint of coffee. taste, semi sweet dark chocolate and burnt coffee. surprisingly light mouthfeel with a very weak carbonation. its not my style of beer but an occasional one or two would be fine.

billybob, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a nitro-can. The cascading head is the one of the coolest things ever. Once the beer settles you are left with a creamy light tan head of supper fine nitro bubbles. The beer itself is pitch black. When they say Double Chocolate they mean it. Smell is of milk chocolate. This is the sweet chocolate too, many times a chocolate beer has the bitter bakers chocolate smell and taste but this is very sweet. Some roasted dark malts peek though. Taste matches the smell but gets just the slightest knock in score for just being a little too sweet. Mouthfeel is velvety (according to my wife). I would have just said very smooth. All in all a very drinkable beer. It is certainly the most chocolately flavored beer I've ever had.

beermanbrian, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Half inch thick head, very good retention. Pitch black color.

S - Smells a little bit like hot chocolate, but more on the bitter side.

T - Up front it's kind of grainy like hot chocolate mix, the aftertaste is bitter but slightly watery and some alcohol is detectable.

M - Almost no carbonation so it's smooth.

D - It's an okay stout. I don't know if I would buy this one again.

umustdrink, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, or rather black with dark brown rim.
S: Burnt caramel, roasted malts, (tar), leather chocolate and vanilla. And the chocolate aroma really grows as you drink it.
T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, some bitterness.
M: Full body. Very good mouthfeel.

The fist time I drank this stout a couple of years ago I was kind of dissapointed. This time I was caught offguard and boy did this beer have it's revenge big time. Really nice taste, excellent aroma. One for cold winter nights.

Hammarby, Jan 04, 2007
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
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,967 ratings.