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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Ratings: 5,070
Reviews: 2,244
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 473 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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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.

Photo of Risser09
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

14.9 oz nitro tap can poured into a large snifter - Best by February 25th, 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a coffee ice cream colored head. It is soft and frothy with plenty of large and small bubbles. The head only amounts to 1/2 inch.

Smell: Huge infusion of chocolate. Hershey's syrup mixed with a nice chocolate fondue. Malt is present in the background and perhaps there is some cherry cordial but the chocolate is so dominant in the aroma!

Taste: Again, huge in the chocolate department. Thin and milky tasting. This could be the closest a beer has come to becoming chocolate milk. There is a malt profile and no sign of hops. This beer is much different from what most people are used to drinking. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thin and not very carbonated. The beer is very coating in the mouth however, perhaps because of the frothy head. No alcohol is present, which is very comforting in a stout.

Drinkability: Awesome. I love smoothe, drinkable stouts that are low in alcohol and have plenty of flavor to offer. While not the most complex of beers, this definitely holds a niche and I will certainly try again, maybe in bottle form. Nicely done.

Photo of Atron67
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a velvety black with a heavy foam on top, tannish which left heavy lacing down the sides as well

S- malty chocolatey, more smooth than roasted flavors

T- has a malty flavor with a chocolate fading flavor

M- has a medium body with a medium carbonation

D- a solid sweet stout

Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An almost pitch black beer with only a little bit of light making its way through on the edges. The head that forms very quickly settles down to just some splotchy remains.

S- Very sweet smelling with a definite English-sense to it. Not all that potent, but thats alright.

T- Wow, now that is some chocolate. Very rich and flavorful. Tastes of cocoa powder and chocolate bar. Very unique.

M- The carbonation is great. The richness kept my mouth watering.

D- A very unique experience. I was not sure how i felt about it at first, but by the end I was really enjoying this.

Photo of gwood
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a rich black. Nice two finger light brown head that actually laced quite nicely.

S - Dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some slight dark grape overtones.

T - Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate with a mix of milk chocolate in there as well. Sweet and pungent finish as it warms up a bit.

M - Medium. Right in line with the style.

D - Average for flavored stouts. Not something I'd have more than one of per night.

Photo of Figgy
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured very dark, which to no surprise, gave a rich brown but light head that reminded me of Chocolate Mousse. It gave a slight chocolate smell and had me curious as to what the taste was going to be. I was let down here. There was a chocolate taste, but it was somewhat an empty taste. I didn't want an overpowering chocolate syrup taste, but this was just disappointing. It needs a little more sweetness, although I still would not want to see it too rich. It was more like a Mole' sauce than rich sweet chocolate.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While on vacation in Miami this is the best beer the corner market had stocked. Have had it before but had never reviewed it so here goes.

A: Pours dark black like any stout with a nice thick khaki head. There is minimal lacing. It's your average looking stout.

S: The aromas from this glass are quite nice. Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate. The chocolate aroma is nice and sweet, milk chocolate. Warm this baby up and you would have the makings of some nice cocoa.

T: The aroma matches the taste. Tons of nice roasted malt comes rushing at you with a wallop of chocolate. The chocolate is semi sweet in taste and makes this beer rather enjoyable.

M: Medium in body drinks like your average stout.

D: Not real drinkable to be honest. It's nice as a dessert but not one you would sit around and pound. If I had some ice cream handy I would turn this into a wonderful beer float.

Overall: Nice chocolate stout. I like Rogues version better, but this one is very good nonetheless. If enjoyed as a dessert beer in moderation it is really quite enjoyable.

Photo of Overlord
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

You've got to be in the mood for it, but if you are, this is one grand beer experience.

Pours a dark, dark black with a thick, leathery head. As you may imagine, the taste is pure chocolate. Heck, you could probably use this for a modified root beer float. Some coffee notes, maybe a hint of dark fruit, but there's sweet chocolate, roast chocolate, and bitter chocolate mixed in here.

Delicious, but despite what you may expect, it's not that drinkable (surprising, I know ... but a beer this chocolate flavored exhausts you after a while).

Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Shared this with a friend

Poured into a chilled mug with a super dark brown body and a vanilla head

Smell was dark chocolate and malt

Taste was real sweet almost like a stout float if anybody has ever had one of those

Could not drink many of these mainly because they are like a meal in themselves

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

Appearance: Opaque black or very very very dark brown. No light shines through. A perfect finger of creamy tan head sits atop this brew due to the nitro widget or whatever that thing is inside the can. Whatever it is, it makes for a great looking beer.

Smell: Amazing deep smell of hot chocolate with cream. Chocolate syrup is evident, as well as a nice roasted characteristic. I could sit and smell this beer all day. Amazing, and gives me a flood of memories of winter days by a fire slowly sipping hot chocolate.

Taste: A bit different from the smell, revealing more of a dark chocolate note, or a nice roasted coffee. Has a bittersweet finish that sticks in the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: Oh so creamy due to the nitro widget. I couldn't ask for a better mouthfeel. Goes down perfectly smooth, like a melted milkshake, allowing for a great progression of flavor.

Drinkability: As good as this beer is, and as much as I love the flaovr and the aroma, I couldn't drink a lot of these due to the sheer heaviness of it. I'll keep this one as an after dinner treat

Photo of malibujohnny
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a winner people.Pours very dark, just as a stout should.Lovely creamy frothy cocoa head that stays the whole way down.( This is a nitro can ) I'm not a coffee drinker but if Juan Valdez made this i would drink coffee non-stop.Of course the choclate is there in the smell as well as a nice dark malty carmel note. The flavor in the mouth is a cocoa lovers dream. It's so creamy and smooth as the chocolate flavors carress the mouth and bring lingering caramel malts to the tounge. This is a fantastic brew brought to us Americans by the founding fathers from mighty England. This beer is one of my new regulars.

Photo of Jonte
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint sized snifter glass.

Almost black color. The head is light-brown, thick and creamy, but disapearing after a while.

The smell is sweet and roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hints of caramel.

The taste is creamy with coffee, chocolate (of-course), roasted bread, some caramel and a bit of bitterness and dryness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium, almost lively.

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

Poured this one into a tall Beck's glass,very dark brown near black with a great rocky bubbly foamy tan head that held up quite well and great lacing.
The nose is of coffee,rich chocolate,slight toffee,malt and yes,more chocolate,it really comes through,i guess that's why it's called double chocolate,very nice enticing aroma.
Taste's like black coffee with a hint of licorice with a little bitterness in the middle and dry towards the end,not much chocolate in the taste though.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and creamy smooth with a little dryness comming thru.
A very enjoyable beer, especially after dinner or a late evening relax mode drink.This one is actually quite easily to drink,but to me,it does not taste as good as it smells,hey...it still tastes good,don't get me wrong,but the aroma is...appetizing,delicous..Top Notch...very good beer,,well worth trying.

Photo of beergynt
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After enjoying the wonderful sound the nitro insert makes, I poured into a 18 oz pint style glass. Poured similar to most "in the can" stouts. Really active and fairly quick cascade that left an incredibly smooth and uniform tan head... Smell roasted barley and coffee with undertone of the chocolate to come... Tastes pretty much as expected. The choclate comes through nicely, more than is hinted in the nose... Silky, smooth, but not cloying. quite drinkable for a sweet stout. I'll buy it again this winter.

Photo of kernalklink
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sexy-looking brew- deep dark brown pour with the nitro head which is lighter in color than i expected. Huge roasted malt aromas along with some mocha. Big chocolate flavors- king of like hot cocoa made with water instead of milk- but not bad. I like the slight bitterness which come through the slightly sweet chocolate flavors. There is a tannin like astringency in the finish- like bittersweet chocolate and a hint of tobacco. Extremely smooth creamy mouthfeel; the brew slides down so very easy. Nice and refeshing stout with good strong flavors.

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

Pours an opaque almost black brown with a HUGE tan head that dies slow and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is very malty and a lot of chocolate. Very tasty and what I expected and wanted. Creamy in the mouth, little carbonation and very drinkable and not too filling. A tasty treat.

Photo of g00ey
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No false advertising here. The chocolate is highly noticable from the get-go. A very dark brown to black beer with a nice tight tan head. Looks heavy, but the taste aint. Smooth, balanced, and, of course, chocolatey. All in all an extremely tasty beer. And, if that's not enough, bottles are quite reasonbly priced and easy to find, at least in my neck of the woods.

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

Pours burnt brown color (nearly black) with a very creamy light brown head that hangs around for the duration. Aroma consists of sweet toasted malts, mainly chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel. Taste is creamy chocolate up front, with smaller notes of coffee and caramel, but also a nice subtle hop presence before the finish. Very easy drinking and light on the palate, not quite the heavy mouthfeel and bold flavors that I had expected, but I am still pleasantly surprised. I am not so much of a stout guy, but this is a very nice beer, and one that I will buy again.

Photo of MDekker
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So cool to have a full 16 oz...

It pours out black. My pour was a little rough, and it gave me nearly four fingers of light brown head. It slowly dissipated, though, and some lingered. A little lacing. The aroma is chocolate - sweet and creamy, with a note of licorice, too. However, the taste isn't as rich as I was expecting, although it's still good. I can't quite place it - the dark, roasty, chocolatey notes are there, but they're subtle. It feel light and clean, for a stout - there's no strong alcohol to punch you in the face. The hops come through in the finish too, although I couldn't detect them in the nose. It somewhat creamy, and mostly just nice in the mouth. All these features make it easy to drink, too, although not intensely compelling.

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

This is like Guinness...but better.

A: Pours a silky, black body with a thick tan head with excellent retention. I'd bet that I could have eaten the head with a spoon it was so thick and creamy.

S: A sweet, subtle, chocolate smell that was rather enticing.

T: A smooth, chocolate taste, with the chocolate being more evident in the aftertaste. A nice, dry finish that is typical of stouts. Very good tasting.

M: A nice, smooth mouthfeel that was very silky.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. The bartender claimed that this stuff filled her up, but I could have drank it all day long. My friend will drive 30 minutes just to go to the bar where this stout is served. Definitely an excellent beer.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Youngs double pours into a glass with a similar appearance like Mr. Guinness. Dark as night with a soft tight foam head.

The smell is overwhelmingly chocolate. The taste starts off like milk and then the chocolate hits the palate. It finishes in the back of the mouth with a little malty overtone. Very interesting style and was quite impressed with the beer overall.

Photo of mortarit
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lately I have been craving Chocolate Stouts ever since I had that unexpected one from Rogue.

I know that Youngs is a English style which is known to be smooth so I thought about trying it in a chocolate stout.

For the record I think Rogue is better. The chocolate was more present in that one.

As for this one it stated double chocolate which I don't get that impression when I drink it. I am trying to let it warm up a bit too.

Head retention is minamal.

CO2 is really low which I sort of like because it not over demanding.

The after taste is sort lendering. (Bad)

So far it has been a good one but I know their better ones out there so I might get back to this one.

Photo of Hemi
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The lovibond is right on the money for a sweet stout, medium to low lacing, and has a decent amount of head for a stout but not more then expected.
S - Doesn't have much nose but enough to smell the chocolate and malts. Barely any hop aroma.
T - Great tasting. Has a very nice balance of Chocolate but not to the extent of overpowering the other malt profile. I love the fact its not overly sweet as some sweet stouts are however this would be on the minimal range of residual sugars for this beer style. Best taste come out at cellar temperature (55 degrees).
M - Has a great mouth feel. Has a bit of a thick feeling however not over powering and may still be used as a higher ABV session beer during the colder months. The carbonation bite is a little sharp for this style but I like it.
D - This beer is absolutely fabulous. I recommend ANY stout lovers to try this. This is now one of my favorite beers of this style.

Photo of livingregret
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: A lovely Nitro-Can(becoming one of my favorite ways to drink a beer)

Appearance: Pours a lovely rich black colour w/ a thick whitish head. The head lingers for some time and has ample lacing

Smell: A wonderful chocolate smell w/ some caramel mixed w/ it. Not overly sweet smelling and almost no hops.

Taste: I don't believe I have given any drink a 5 for taste but this gives you what it offers. It taste like a light chocolate mocha w/ hints of toffee. Not overly sweet and has slight dryness toward the end as if roasted coffee. This taste better than I imagined from the smell and no hops showed. Fantastic

Mouthfeel: Very light feel that easily glides throughout the mouth. Goes down creamy

Drinkability: Once again this drink is fantastic. It goes down very smooth and is not overly sweet and taste liked a iced chocolate milk. Wonderfully smooth and not overly malty so you can enjoy quite a few of these.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,070 ratings.