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

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5,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,202
Reviews: 2,289
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 169
Gots: 577 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of bobsy
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking pour - a jet black body with a bubbly mocha head. The aroma of milk chocolate wafts upwards with a bi of coffee. Taste is very chocolatey, with the roasted notes coming through in the middle before swinging back to the chocolate. The chocolate taste comes over a tad artificial, and I can't help but think a dark chocolate profile would go better with the roastiness of the stout rather than the milk chocolate they seem to have gone with. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, carbonation is low, but present. Its a little too sweet to be a supremely sessionable beer.

Photo of ClashmoreMike
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a nitro-can. The date 23 JUN 08 is printed in the bottom of the can. I assume it's a "best before" date.

Appearance = Nice nitro cascade. Finger-wide head that stays. Nice lacing. Dark color - pretty much black.

Smell = Sweet ovaltine with heavy malt.

Taste = More or less same as smell but with some bitterness. Bitter chocolate with some sweetness and fairly heavy malt flavor. Hints of cherries and oak. A bit of a weird metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel = Pretty smooth. Slight astringent finish. Very light mouthfeel. The beer has a watery quality to it.

Drinkability = Sorry but I didn't really like it at all. The slight, off metallic flavor, added to the watery feel of the beer wasn't enjoyable to me. Can't say I'll try it again.

Photo of IgotsHops
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich dark pour with a super dark brown creamy head. Very interesting to the eye.

First smell was of toasted malt, chocolate malt and mild hops. I didn't detect the cocoa in the first smell. After it warmed up and I got some air into it, cocoa was all I could smell and I was very ok with that.

Tasted at first like a sweet stout, good roasted malt, little caramel and a hint of espresso. After a couple sips, the cocoa became the dominant flavor. Very fun to drink. Lactose was also very apparent in the flavor and mouthfeel.

Great mouthfeel, nice and silky, but didn't stay in your mouth so I wanted more and more of it.
Amazing drinkability. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a nice winter or spring stout.

Photo of Matty1918
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark color with no light peaking through. A tan, creamy head about 1 finger tall.

A slight hint of chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a dash of malt mixed in.

I don't know if it was because of the can but I had a strange metalic taste initially but after that there was a creamy chocolate, nutty slight coffee taste.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I'd like to try this on tap or in a bottle. a very good stout.

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

Enjoyed from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

The beer poured with a deep black body and a big fluffy latte-colored head. This beer is a delicious treat. It smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate on the nose. The taste is a pleasant and dense blend of nutty bitterness and chocolate sweetness on the finish, remaining well balanced and never cloying. It has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel, but it is not overly so and it only adds to it's incredible drinkability. A great dessert beer.

Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, not too chocolatey but a bit too much vanilla in both the nose and the taste. Something to drink after dinner or with a big bowl of ice cream. Good for an adventure or for a change from your usual dark beer. Would go well with a summer evening. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes, and is rather light in texture.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is almost completely black, very opaque, with a lacy light tan head. Aroma lives up to the name, lots of cocoa and cereal with some caramel. Taste is big-time milk-chocolate, but the hops keep it from being oversweet and cloying. I wish it were a bit richer and more alcoholic, but this is an easy drinking stout most will love.

Photo of Oxymoron
1.96/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The decline of the Ram. Pours a richer black color which seems viscous but when you swirl it doesn't have much sticking power. A tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose has a mostly sour chocolate nose. Not much malt or beer-like smells at all. Maybe a hint of roasted malt. Some lactic and some-what oxidation aromas.

The taste is a bit off as well. A stronger malt presence comes out with a creamy chocolate flavor dominating. Some light astringency in the back end. Some phenolics with a cherry and pineapple flavor. There is a oily (not hop) that is off from the typical nitro flavors. A nasty off flavor that gives almost a DMS or off yeast flavor. Not good.

The body is smooth and although has a light feel, is still has a presence to it. Overall, I don't get it. This is not a good beer and what some perceive as nitro, I feel is more of an off slick/oily feel. Not a fan.

Photo of dill
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle, poured into a pint glass
a - deep black color with a mocha head.
s - smells of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate coming through.
t - taste is of soy beans with less chocolate than I was expecting.
m - actually quite thin.
d - all said, this is a good stout that is very easy to drink.

Photo of harpo111
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the flying saucer..wonderful dessert after a great meal.
a: dark with a chocolate head
s: malty and cholcolate
taste: like chocolate
m: not as thick as i would expect..but nice
d: wonderful conversation beer. not that you would drink a bunch of them...but wonderful to unwind with

I like this beer...very nice

Photo of nasty15108
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a tulip pint glass.

A - black with slightly ruby edges. Thick and creamy with a 1 inch tan head.

S - Sweet almost chocolate milk smell, with very slight hints of alcohol.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate upfront with a dry slightly smokey/burnt coffee after taste. Almost no carbonation. Sweet & Delicious!

MF&D - The only downside to this stout was it was a little thin. I would have liked it to be a little heavier. The thinness does however make it a little more drinkable and easier to session. This is a quality product and I highly recommend it.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a really thick and creamy looking foamy head. The color was of very dark chocolate.

S: Honestly the smells were of sour chocolate probably do to the yeast but not very pleasing and affected the taste.

T: As stated in the smell catagory, the smell actually hurt the taste. It actually was really good once you got past the taste or held your breath as to not breath in when taking a sip. The taste was of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate chips with super malt flavors and of course a chocolate finish.

M/D: Smooth and filling good mouthfeel and decent drinkability as long as you do not take a whiff of the beer.

Photo of mphopkins99
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely dark brown, thick foamy head.

S - Exceptional. Very strong chocolate aroma with a subtle coffee and caramel touch.

T - Fantastic. Chocolate presence is foremost.

M - Very smooth, particularly for such a thick beer.

D - Probably a little too thick to drink more than a few of, but it is one of the best tasting beers I've had.

I'm a big fan of the coffee/chocolate stout beers, and this was about the best I've had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from nitro-can into a pint glass

A: Deep dark brown in color with the slightest hint of opacity when held to the light. The head was the classic nitrogen induced dense foam with a light brown color, eventually creating about 1/4" of head that stayed very well. Awesome.

S: Less prominent than I expected but very pleasant, predominantly chocolate - both malty sweet and the real thing, like high cocoa chocolate. There is also the slightest hint of coffee but it's more of a mocha smell. Aroma alone gives an impression of elegant sweetness.

T: Complex, and tasty flavors of chocolate malty goodness on a thick rich wave that eases its way across the palate. The creamy texture is absolutely perfect. There is a hint of sweetness but it really isn't sweet. Somehow, there is a balance between sweet and bitter without the apparent presence of hops but leaning toward the former. Nice long linger of bitter chocolate taste, perhaps with the slightest bit of coffee at the tail end of the finish.

M&D: Creamy and chewy texture that just envelopes the tongue with solid complex flavors. A long pull is most enjoyable, with great mouthfeel and satisfaction. Highly drinkable, especially with the moderate ABV. This is one fantastic brew!!

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

Beer pours out an opaque black with a finger and a half of brown sugar colored head. Beer has dark chocolate smell with coffee as an undertone. The tase was superb, with the creamy chocolate coming through nicely and a taste that lingers long after finishing the beer. The beer was very creamy and smooth, almost has a rich feeling to it. I could probably only drink one or two of these in a night due to its heaviness. I will definitely be drinking another one of these in the future.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

MMM. This is some tasty brew...

A: Black with a brown thick foam.

S: Chocolate, the most chocolaty beer I have ever smelled. Some roasted aromas.

T: Semi sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Super tasty.

MF: Silky and lush. Luscious, totally luscious. Smooth as the night is black. Pretty heavy body.

D: I've had this many times and see myself going back to it many times. It is just not a beer I could drink all night, a bit too heavy.

Photo of osi
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured very dark about two shades from black. The head grew about an inch and faded into a thick lace that hugged the glass all the way down.

S - Holy glory at the aromas coming from this brew. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, and deep dark malts. Vanilla accents trail in at the end. Alcohol is very subtle.

T - Light coffee, caramel and dark malts. Extremely balanced and extremely tasty. Dark chocolate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Light and creamy that slides down the whole way.

D - I would drink one of these any time any day. Excellent brew extremely balanced in all aspects. I encourage anyone who has a chance to try this to do so.

Although rather filling, I couldn't put my glass down until it was finished.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can into a Lowenbrau beer mug.

To start, this is one of my all-time favorite beers. I've had it on-tap numerous times and have reviewed a bottle.

Cracking open the nitro-can releases a sasisfying hiss, followed by a fizz from the widget at the bottom of the aluminum. A slow pour presents a black body with dark amber highlights capped by a creamy, beautifully retained ochre head. Nice cascading formation, and the seperation between beer and foam is as sharply defined as the best Guiness pint. Aroma is a little muffled compared to the tap and bottle, but still classicly YDCS, with cocoa powder, vanilla, and roasted malt.

The flavor is heavier on the dark chocolate than I can recall from the bottle & tap. Excellent bitter finish, not quite as smooth as the other mediums, but still excellent. There might be a slight tinge of metal in the aftertaste, but the nitro-can is a great way to experience Young's claim to fame. Although I do believe I'll favor the bottle next time, the nitro-can of Double Chocolate Stout is not a disappointment.

Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a deep, opaque sable with a decent, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is delightful, strong and smoky with firm undertones of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich, smoky, with strong chocolate component and coffee undertones - delicious! There is a hoppy undertone, and the aftertaste is hoppy and chocolaty. Highly recommended to all stout/porter fans.

Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/26/08.

Dark, dark brown pour with a fine one finger tan head. Aroma is light chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Beer is not particularly flavorful. There are some weak chocolate notes, subtle roasted malt, vague sweetness, some aftertaste bitterness.

Smooth and thin, but not overly so for either characteristic.

Overall, nothing special here. I did have this on draft once, and it was rich and roasted and wonderful.


Bottled, consumed on 01/10/08.

APP - 4.0
SM - 3.0
TASTE - 1.5
FEEL - 1.5
DRINK - 1.0

Pours a deep, clear brown. Without encouragement, forms a fine tan head that sticks around for a few minutes. A subtle roasted aroma and something that smells like grape juice greet the nose. Flavor has metallic note as primary component: yecch. Hint of powdered mocha. Carbonation, astringency may be sucking the flavor out of this one. No chocolate, coffee, dark fruit or roasted flavors in this thin brew.


Photo of hyland24
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitrous can into a Guinness pint glass.

Poured beautiful. Black and creamy with a tan inch and a half head. Cascaded from the bottom to the top much like a Guinness poured from a tap. Solid film sticks to the walls of the glass long after the sip is swallowed.

The smell was a mix between a chocolate egg-cream and cocoa, with hints of coffee.

The taste was phenomenal. Like drinking desert. Strong taste of dark chocolate with tastes of coffee and toffee after the swallow. Sweet but not overly sweet. A perfect mix of flavors.

The mouth-feel was creamy, and chewy. Not overly thick but enough to stick around after the sip is swallowed.

A very drinkable stout. The best I have ever had from this category. The definition of a dessert beer. Not made for mass consumption but 1 or 3 wont hurt.

Photo of Aaron58
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definately my new favorite beer.

A- Poured a dark chocolate brown color with a creamy thick head that was the color of chocolate milk.

S- Instantly smells of chocolate with some coffee undertones. Pretty strong chocolate scent.

T-Wow! With the creamy head, almost tastes like chocolate milk. I could put this on ice cream. Great chocolate flavor, toasty and malty.

M- A lot lighter than i expected, not a bad thing, just unexpected.

D- Due to the light mouthfeel, and exceptional taste, i feel like i could drink a few of these easily.

Photo of deapokid
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Swirling to a head like soft-serve ice cream with the look of Hershey's chocolate and the aroma of a cafe mocha, this chocolate stout has never ceased to amaze me and is definitely one of the ten best stouts on the planet (bold but true).
Pouring out a white-head atop a mountain of rich black goodness, this exceptional experience coats the tongue with flavor and somehow manages to be refreshing and hearty at the same time. This was one of the first stouts I ever had (roughly seven or eight years back), but it still is one of the most complex, tasty and down right drinkable.
The highest recommendation!

Photo of becktone
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eye: This beer pours thick and black. Maybe some russet highlights in there, hard to tell, the light doesn't diffuse through this beer all that well. Head is a shade lighter than milk chocolate brown, is creamy, has excellent retention, some thicker lacing would be nice. I would prefer a head that is just a tad larger though, just a bit.

Nose: Nice aroma! Huge chocolate aroma, with roasted undertones. Dark fruity notes as well-the more I smell it the more it smells like raspberries, though I can't quite tell/be sure. Also hints of coffee in there. Some residual sweetness as well, not quite as potent in others I've had, especially with the vanilla cappuccino aroma. Still this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever been about to drink. Its that dark fruity, sweet aroma that just does it for me. Aroma reminds me a bit of some raspberry hot chocolate I had not too long ago. Damn fine aroma here.

Tongue: Huge chocolate flavors again, finishing with some roasted flavors that give some bitterness to the brew. Coffee tastes/coffee bean bitterness is in there as well. That raspberry hot chocolate character I mentioned earlier is there as well. Also some lactose character, sweetness that seems to come from milk. The finish is a quite astringent bitterness from black/roasted grains that just sits on the palate drying it out. Very nice, this is a damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I am quite surprised at the feel of this beer, it is much lighter and less smooth than I expected. I was expecting something very velvety, but this is not quite there, sure its smooth, but I think that higher levels of carbonation take away from it. All in all feel is a bit rough around the edges. As I also mentioned it is much lighter in body, it feels a bit weak, like it should be heavier than the medium-light that it is. Though I think it may need work in appearance and mouthfeel this is still a great beer, I recommend it to everyone. This is one of the big boys out there, you should try this before you die. I could sit around and drink this all day, though I feel that my appreciation for it would become much less if I did so. This is a brew that I'll not hesitate to buy again. However, I am wont to buy sixers over single bottles...at the price of about $3.50-4.00 it is getting towards pricey, I think I'd rather buy a sixer of Kalamazoo, in fact I know I would. On the other hand, when I'm in the mood for something with extreme chocolate flavor, this is where I'll turn. Very satisfying, very refreshing, if you love chocolate than this is for you.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first try with a nitro can. Didn't really know what to expect. The widget was near the top of the can, it spurted for only a second and didn't seem to add much, maybe it was supposed to be closer to the bottom?

Anyway, I started an aggressive pour into a 20 oz nonick. I was shooting for an inch size head, but it only made it up to half an inch. Got the characteristic living downward bubbles, though, similar to a draught Guinness, but not as dramatic, not all the way down to the bottom.

A quarter inch of head persisted to the bottom of the glass along with generous lacing, excellent!

Aroma in the fresh pour was really roasty and inviting. I had high hopes. But the roastiness dissapated, and the aroma turned weird, sort of chocolately but with a note of artificial vanilla.

Flavor is dominated by chocolate, on top of the flavor of a sweet stout and the body of a dry stout. Nothing off or wrong with the flavor, in contrast to the disappointing aroma. No notable caramel, but there is a hint of toffee.

Mouthfeel is thin, not any body here, just like a dry stout.

Drinkability is pretty good. I've had this on draught, it was truly an exceptional beer from the tap. In fact, they should probably not do the money/market share grab and only offer this on tap instead of sullying the name with inferior canned and bottled product. (Same could be said for other notable import stouts!)

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,202 ratings.