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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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4,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,678
Reviews: 2,202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 128
Gots: 304 | 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 nickss


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a deep deep dark brown (near black) with a large puffy tan head.

Aroma gives hints of chocolate, not as much as I remembered. A hefty bit of malt, with a bit of berries on the tail end.

Strong mocha bitterness in the taste... lots and lots of chocolatey yumminess in this one.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, but I was hoping for a bit more creaminess here.

All in all, quite inoffensive and drinkable, but I'll stick with the Choc. from Rogue.... a bit more complex IMO.

08-25-2005 20:17:46 | More by nickss
Photo of dirtylou


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

appearance: There really isnt anything much better than the pour from a nitro can, drinking this out of a bottle is borderline disrespectful. Pours dark black with a perfect creamy tan head that is thick as hell and long lasting. Its just glorious looking.

smell: quite sweet and creamy smelling, nothing terribly over the top but perhaps the great layer of foam is obstructive

taste: chocolate chip cookie cake was the first thing that came to mind. sweet creamy and downright tasty.

mouthfeel: thick and creamy, just the way I like it

I forgot how good these things were from the nitro-can

08-22-2005 03:05:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of mattcrill


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Presentation: Label states that it's "best by" 1/06.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a perfect two finger creamy and sudsy tan head.

Smell: Dried cheeries, cocoa powder, musty, earthy roasted barley. Creamed coffee and chocolate syrup on the nose with some agitation.

Taste: Cocoa powder, hazelnut, light roasted coffee, and a touch of heavy whipping cream. Nicely blended and maybe a little light on the flavor. Finishes with a powdery sweetness. Somewhat porter like in terms of it's heavy handedness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with just a touch of carbonation to keep it lively on the palate.

Drinkability: Perfectly poundable. Not too heavy but a nicely done beer. A good cross-over beer. Recommended.

08-20-2005 00:41:31 | More by mattcrill
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

Pour reveals very impressive cascading effect, to form a thick tan head that sticks like nothing else, and a nearly opaque black body...definately a beauty. Aroma reveals subtle hints of unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted malt and a slight hops presence. The taste is a lot blander than i remember, it may be the can or this sample may be old, but this is watered down and not as chocolatey as i remember it. Taste begins with a light cocoa powder taste, followed by a slightly roasted barley flavor and a clean and lightly bitter roasted finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with low carbonation.

08-16-2005 01:25:34 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of loving44


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

While wandering through BevMo today I came accross this beer... it's been a while since I had it and thought I'd give it another go!

appearance: Dark, dark black with slight ruby outline in a straight sided pint glass. Head is about an inch thick, rich and creamy tan/off white. The head hold up very well. pretty average for a stout from a nitro-can.

smell: you can really smell the chocolate! I also detected slight prune aroma as well as the slight touch of alcohol. Smells of toast.

taste: My favorite part!! The chocolate does not hit you right away, but after it fades into a nice toasty after taste you can taste the dark chocolate, almost like a cooking chocolate. Slight bitter alcohol taste on the back of my tongue. very desert-like, I could probably only handle a couple of these at a time, but a very pleasant beer!

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, light on the palate, you'd expect such a chocolately stout to be a bit heavier...

Drinkability: I'd say it's average to above average... it's a great desert beer but one is probably enough!

This is a great beer! I always seem to like the stouts from a nitro can... this is worth a try for sure, and maybe a second and third try!! haha!

08-10-2005 21:47:35 | More by loving44
Photo of Px2GrafX


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

presentation: 1pint .9us fl oz bottle with a purple, silver, white and black label. real dark chocolate is used in the brewing process according to the label. best before date: oct. 05. "brewed in london" and an abv of 5.2% are displayed on the label.

appearance: pours super dark black with dark brown highlights in a tulip glass. very good two finger caramel colored fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

smell: overwhelming chocolate and coffee with a touch of alcohol. sweet dark fruits.

taste: more chocolate and coffee but not overwhelming. sweet with light bitterness and a roasty finish. some noticible alcohol as the brew warms. tasty but not overly complex.

mouthfeel: creamy, but a lighter body than a lot of stouts. i'd like for it to be a little thicker. low carbonation mostly noticable after the swallow. swallow just average.

drinkability: dispite an average mouthfeel, the drinkability is good, obviously due more to the aroma and taste. excellent dessert beer. could get old, though.

overall: a decent chocolate stout. i do prefer others, however. if this is your style, then a must try.

08-06-2005 01:54:51 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of tsmthrs


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from 14.9 oz can with a date of August 05 on the bottom. It poured an almost black. Creamy head was really thick, then settle to about a quarter inch. Smell of chocolate, though not overpowering. Other aromas including coffee and mocha. Taste, not real chocolatey as expected. Somewhat sweet without bitterness. Seemed a bit thin. I served it a bit too cold, aromas and taste livened up toward the end as it warmed.

Overall I enjoyed this stout and would drink one again after dinner sometime.

07-31-2005 20:05:06 | More by tsmthrs
Photo of BigRedN


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle with a notched best by date of Oct. '05. The beer is black, no other way to say it. I held it to the light, nothing really gets through. There is also a nice thick light brown head, about 1 1/2 inches that fell to, well, a nice 1/4 inch thick light brown head as the beer was consumed. Good thick lacing to the end.

Smell: Fully what I expected, this beer did not disappoint. Roasted malt, aroma of chocolate. Robust smell, gets better as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasted malt, nice and chocolaty, but not sweet. There is a firm bitterness at the finish, providing a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth, silky, a little creamy with a nice bitter bite at the finish.

Drinkability: This is outstanding, leaves me craving another. I imagine this would be outstanding with any number of deserts, or as desert itself. Just a nicely balanced stout that was really enjoyable, recommended, especially for serving after a nice meal, or as a stand alone night cap.

07-28-2005 04:59:39 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours black with amber highlights when held to the light. Huge head, almost like it was shaken or something, took a while to pour acutally. Smell was subtle at first - malty, a little sweet, with failt chocolate/coffee notes at the end. Nothing spectacular...until it warmed a bit, and it got amazing. Authentic chocolately, coffee-infused mocha. Taste followed a similar pattern - subtley malty with hoppy balance and choco/coffee notes that became so much richer as it warmed. Detected some slight alcoholic notes, but nothing major. The heady pour made me worried about over-carbonation, but it was perfect along with the smooth creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is stellar, I could drink this all night for sure. Impressed by this brew, a nice subtle take on a chocolate beer, even better than the Rougue Mocha Porter in my opinion.

07-26-2005 06:39:56 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

An easy drinking sweet stout, although (thankfully) not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Very dark brown in colour. Very heavy mouth-feel. Could be longer on the finish. The chocolate becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. There is a very minor caramel flavor note as well, and hardly any roasted grain or hop quality.

07-19-2005 15:31:43 | More by fisherman34
Photo of packetknife


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

What gives with the utter lack of scent on this beer? Pours dark dark brown if not black, frothy light brown head that lingered at two fingers and laced all the way down. Good unsweetend dark chocolate on the tongue, some werthers-like caramel, a bit of cashew or something similar. Very good mouthfeel, perhaps one of the best. The lack of smell bothers me a bit but otherwise quite good.

07-19-2005 12:54:15 | More by packetknife
Photo of thechaacster


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours black, jet black. Not even a bit of light makes it through my glass. Small but lasting foamy tan head. Nice roasty aroma with a good amount of creamy chocolate. The roasted flavor is strong but not overwhelming or overly dry. The chocolate flavor is of pleasantly bitter baker's (unsweetened) chocolate, not too heavy and not at all cloying. Medium hop bitterness picks up at the end for a lasting dry finish. A nice creamy mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable for a beer than I expected to be rich and filling. Always enjoyable in the bottle, but I'd definitely like to try this on tap or in the nitro can.

07-18-2005 08:42:23 | More by thechaacster
Photo of jhu1995


2.53/5  rDev -37.2%

Poured into a pint glass with a nice, milk chocolatey head which slowly dissipated. Color was dark and inviting and had hints of amber around the edges when held up to a light. Was highly disappointed with the smell - it had an overpowering yeasty odor, and not in an inviting way. The smell carried over to the taste - yeasty - which did however mellow out over time into a smoother, richer, roasted malt flavor. I couldn't picture myself drinking many of these but will purchase again to give it another try to confirm my initial tasting.

07-16-2005 02:46:11 | More by jhu1995
Photo of cubedbee


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a very dark black with only a little light coming through at the bottom of the glass, two fingers of beige head that quickly fade to a long lasting cap. Nose isn't very strong, milk chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is excellent--strong roasted flavor to start giving way to a huge chocolaty taste and ending in mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but very smooth and velvety. I love this beer--it's the best chocolate tasting stout I've had.

07-16-2005 00:00:24 | More by cubedbee
Photo of henrysunset


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

~22oz bottle.

pours a deep brown-black with little translucency. Massive head of medium/fine bubbles with good head retention 4.0

smell is delicious, chocolate is apparent as is a mild nuttiness. Bitter smell of dark chocolate is present, not of a sweet chocolate. 4.0

taste is luxurious (it says luxury on the bottle, and that word seems well chosen) This is a decadent rich stout. It is just a little bit sweet, but incredibly tasty. It's been awhile but it is reminding me of the reason that shakespeare stout tasted so good. After drinking a whole glass, It's hard to give it a 5, but i'm happy to rate it as a 4.

taste is coupled with smooth creamy feel in the mouth. It is very enjoyable and reccomended. 4.5

drinkability woudl have to sit somewhere around 4.0. It is so rich that i'm not sure what i'll think of it by the 22nd ounce.

07-14-2005 03:15:26 | More by henrysunset
Photo of jarmby1711


2.9/5  rDev -28%

Perhaps I over anticipated what I was about to drink, but this was an average stout only with the barest hint of chocolate aftertaste
If chocolate wasnt on the label I would not have picked it.
The colour was jet black with a tan foamy head.The smell was malt dominated and harsh.The first taste is gingerish and bitter nd finishes with a smoothish hint of chocolate.
There was virtually no carbonation and an indistinct bitterness in the mouth.
This was disappointing for the high aspirations I held ,however a reasonable stout all the same

07-08-2005 04:10:30 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

A deep brown-black ale with a frothy brown cap and modest carbonation. Delishious aroma of cocoa, nuts, coffee and sweet malts. Rich creamy texture, malt biased with layers of chocolate, coffee, burnt treacle and light grassy hop tones. Finish is long with a fruity fig like decernment that turns dry and bitter in the after taste...a very nice stout , very drinkable but there is a phoneyness about the choclate tastes that you can’t get past...other than that it would be one of the world best stouts.

07-06-2005 02:22:18 | More by pootz
Photo of pentathlete


4.15/5  rDev +3%

Black, opaque, with hints of lighter tones at the edges. Small head, lasts for a couple of minutes, then a residual ring. Nose is milk chocolate (vs. a more bitter smelling dark chocolate) with liquid coffee (vs. bean) odors. Taste is mild watery chocolate with the coffee bitterness balancing the sweet. Finish is again more in the coffee realm and doesn't last too long. The mouthfeel is a slight disappointment, not full, not really medium, and thin on the sides. Yet, this is a highly drinkable stout. Have it for desert. Or pour a glass of this and a glass of, say, a Lindeman's Framboise and enjoy with a french vanilla ice cream.

07-02-2005 21:45:38 | More by pentathlete
Photo of mmmbeer


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

500 mL bottle, best before the end of January '06 - served chilled in a mug. The pour leaves a big 3 finger tan head that lingers awhile and leaves moderate lacing. The body is black with ruby/brown coming through at the edges when held to light. The smell has chocolate, coffee, a roasted character, and a milky sweetness along with a bit of hops. The taste follows this but with hop nuances - mostly pine and floral - and a nice bitterness that lingers. The flavor isn't too strong but it is strong enough. It has a medium body with a nice carbonation and is somewhat creamy. Delicious.

06-30-2005 19:24:51 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of ypsifly


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Nitro can with a best by date of1/24/06 ink jetted on the bottom of the can, poured into an imperial pint.

Thick ass nitro head with that trippy cascade effect. Black as expected with the inside of the glass coated by a thick, very light tan sheet.

Nice pairing of malt and chocolate in the nose. Not very strong at all, but pleasant.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose, malty upfront with chocoalte joing in midway and taking over into a rather dry finish. Nice velvety mouthfeel. I could drink this one all night. Good after dinner drink as well.

06-30-2005 05:05:30 | More by ypsifly
Photo of SetarconeX


3.95/5  rDev -2%

A nice looking brew that's just a few steps away from perfection. A lovely jet black stout color, with a decent froth, though the carbonation is rather light. The scent is probably the worst feature, being a tad astringent, which carries over slightly into the taste, but not too badly. For the most part, the taste is wonderful, a nicely toasted stout flavor with a hearty amount of chocolate. It lacks the harsh bite that comes with most dark stouts, and goes down remarkably smooth, making it really about the most drinkable stouts I've had in a while. Highly recommended.

06-25-2005 02:39:02 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of BamaScholar


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

Had always heard great things about this brew, and it does not disappoint.

Pour was fine...perhaps it was the milk content but this stout wasn't quite as clingy as some others. *However,* this brew smelled and tasted absolutely delicious. The chocolate character is not a strong one and it is a mild, hazelnutty flavor indicative of the European tradition.

The chocolate/buttery richness is delicious but hurts the drinkability slightly, as one bottle is plenty filling.

06-24-2005 14:46:36 | More by BamaScholar
Photo of Ricochet


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

A nice, deep rich, stout. I just know I would like this more if it were from the tap, but the bottle is what I had to deal with so here goes...

It was very dark, but not completely black for a stout and it smelled complex, almost like bitter chocolate bars but no surprise, there was a little hint of alcohol . Mouth was typical sweet stout. A little thin and watery but foamed nicely. Tasted like a richly roasted chocolate malt, with a twinge of the alcohol with a plesant choclate finish and slight bitterness. Good stuff.

Drinkability: Average for me. I probably would pick some of the other/local beers I've reviewed rather than getting this based on price, but this was a good stout.

06-23-2005 05:00:03 | More by Ricochet
Photo of BeerNutta


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%

Poured a dark brown liquid with a head that lingers.

Smelt of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

Taste pretty much the same as above. Roasted malt flavour accompanied by a smooth chocolate/coffee finish.

Not overly carbonated so that the flavours can be enjoyed. If I had any complaints is the fact that it was a little watery.

Not a bad beer.

06-21-2005 02:10:30 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of bceaglejoe


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Presentation: Purchased in June 2005, poured from a 14.9oz nitro can with production date (2 March 2005) stamped on the bottom. There was a little nitro widget in the can. Poured a creamy, milk chocolate color that turned to a pitch black. A neat "reverse cascade" effect brought about a finger-thick head with good retention. It was definitely a good-looking beer. The scent was of chocolate and lactose, with ever-so-slight roasted malt characteristics.

Tasting: Hints of sweetness came across on the front of the tongue, followed by roasted malt flavoring and chocolate on the back. I detected a slightly "metallic" taste as well - perhaps it was the effect of the can, but I'm not sure. It took a little away from the beer itself. Just the slightest hop bitterness came across. It was a thick beer with a decent viscosity and a full body. It left a good aftertaste.

I think this beer really does a great justice to the Milk / Sweet Stout style. I would recommend it for those who are interested in trying a Stout for the first time and want a little sweetness as well. It also would go well with food. Perhaps it's better on tap or in the bottle. I'd recommend those styles before the nitro can, but this isn't bad by any means.

06-14-2005 02:01:57 | More by bceaglejoe
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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