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

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5,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,132
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 159
Gots: 522 | 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 Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours an inky tar black with the requisite nitro-cascade that inverts into two fingers of creamy caramel colored head. Thin rings of lacing step the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and cozy, with dark roasted malt, cocoa, medium roast coffee, and even a touch of vanilla

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet as milk chocolate and dark fruit, and also bitter with a nice roast char and black coffee. Hops are intimated, but never really clear, as a mild spiciness does suggest their presence. The malt is residually sweet and milky, and the finish is a lingering tide of earthy bitterness, with a crisp end note. It's a very comfortable flavor profile.

A bit short of medium bodied, it has a creamy swell to it that fills and coats the palate, leaving a fine parting glow.

I'd had it years ago, then had it again recently, and I know now why I remembered it fondly. It's got the fresh, homey feel of some real comfort ingredients. It's almost like sipping a cup of warm cocoa, except not quite. It goes down smooth, finishes clean, and makes the next one an expected pleasure. It's a testament that not every stout has to blow one's doors off in order to make a strong impression.

Photo of sbe1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice novelty stout, if you will.

Appearance: Black as pitch, as they say, with a short, nearly toffee colored head that dissipated into a thin foamy ring around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, very nice.

Taste: Creamy and some sweetness with a mild dark chocolate and roasted malt bite.

Mouthfeel: Substantial, but not as much as an oatmeal stout or even a Guinness. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Very good, but you might get tired of the chocolate after awhile. However, I wouldn't consider it a chore to go through a nitro four pack (or two).

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

Upon tipping the bottle toward my glass a black liquid with viscosity resembling milk dribbles into it. Very very little light shown thru. The most gorgeous tan/brown head I had ever seen. Usually something so beautiful runs away from me fast, but its retention was impressive. It even stuck around my glass awhile with some nice lacing. This is one sexy brew.

I am a recovering chocoholic and this brew caused me to relapse. My nose was filled with the sweet aroma of chocolate. It smells similar to hot chocolate or chocolate milk. A slight hint of alcohol, and dark malts.

It really tastes like chocolate, double chocolate at that. It is almost as if I am drinking a special dark chocolate bar. I never thought a beer could taste so much like desert. Great stout too by the way, but the chocolate makes it that much better.

I mentioned milk before; the mouthfeel is similar to chocolate milk. So silky smooth it goes down like a tall glass of Oregon Dairy Chocolate Milk.

Probably the most drinkable beer I have ever tasted. It goes down so easy it should be illegal. I have had a few stouts in my day, and a few chocolate stouts and none so far have had the drinkability of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I will seek this one out again, and it’s recommended to any stout lover or chocoholic. Not the cheapest stout you can buy but well worth it.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle 3/31/08

A: black with one finger mocha colored head disipated to a thin ring

S: lots of dark chocolate, faint coffee and cocoa

T: rich dark chocolate, cocoa, malt

M: creamy, milky and fairly full bodied. sweet

D: very drinkable. a dessert substitute. the Ben and Jerry's can stay in the freezer

This beer was tough to talk about other than it was just chocolate everywhere.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - black as can be with a melted ice cream top of a half-finger or so. Light mocha in color, it ain't budgin' and hangs around throughout the entire half-liter.

Aroma - chocolate syrup, roasted coffee beans, in copious amounts. Simple yet elegant, robust, and wonderfully resilient.

Taste - roasted malts at the fore, a touch of grassiness, quickly followed by a stronger, burnt flavor of grain and coffee beans. The swallow brings the chocolate flavor into the mix, dark and bittersweet without too much sugar. A mellow kiss of hops to complement the mild grain char taste on the aftertaste. The finish is roasty and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel - a heavenly smoothness that goes hand in hand with the silky chocolate flavor. The carbonation is understated, giving the feel that much more glide.

Drinkability - this has been one of my favorite beers for several years now. I took some to a father-son campout and everyone who tried it loved it. I'll be bringing more to share around the campfire next year.

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

Nitro bottle does a great job of giving the smooth, creamy head. Near black color with thick, tan colored head.

Aroma is of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste is a delicious mix of roasted malt and sweet malt with dark chocolate and a creamy, vanilla note. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and super creamy thanks to the nitro.

Quite a tasty beer that is smooth and easy to drink. Perhaps too rich and chocolatey for everyday drinking, but definitely nice to have.

Photo of ctownsoul
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black, no light shining through at all. Head was about a finger's width thick

S - Chocolatey--more of a bittersweet/dark chocolate but I was getting a few whiffs of milk chocolate at times.

T & M - Bittersweet chocolate to begin with followed by some coffee and ending with hops for balance. Very very smooth.

D - Being so smooth, this stuff goes down easily.

A highly recommended brew.

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

Pours dark with a brown head.

Smells of dark chocolate and cocoa.

Dark chocolate is prominent in the taste with a burnt/roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Super smooth.

While it's surprisingly light, drinkabilitywise, it's still a meal.

The mouthfeel is really the highlight of this one.

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

This was a 14.9 oz nitro-can drunk from a Guinness pint glass.

A = Beautiful foamy tan head over dark mahogany. Just looking at it makes my mouth water.

S = Very strong chocolate smell, but some tartness, so like bittersweet chocolate, not sweet milk chocolate.

T = As strong as the chocolate was in the nose, it is nothing to the wonderful chocolate taste. Tastes like dark chocolate sweetened just enough to not be unpleasantly bitter. Also, definitely some slight bitterness in the taste that lingers on the back of the tongue as a slowly fading aftertaste. Very rich and malty.

M = Luxurious and creamy. This is almost like drinking beer flavored cream. Outstanding feel as it hits each part of the mouth. Eventually you have to swallow, but it is definitely worth savouring the feeling in your mouth first.

D = After the high marks I have given the other aspects of this beer I almost feel guilty only giving it a 4 for drinkability, but the truth is this is so rich, it is hard to imagine drinking too much of it. Definitely worth a try and a nice thing to have on hand for guests who appreciate good beer, but not necessarily for a normal relaxing after work sort of drink.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 14.9 oz nitro can into a pint glass.

A: Pours black into my glass. Very thick mocha head with quite a bit of lacing.

S Big surprise here: chocolate. Not as strong as you would think though. For the style the smell is rather faint.

T: Rich chocolate hits you at first. Then you get a really nice roasted malt in the second rush. You can actually "taste" the creaminess of this beer.

M: Silky in a word. With the nitro can it is almost like having it on tap. It is thick but also very drinkable. Other stouts taste like liquid steak this one is liquid chocolate.

D: For the style this is a really refreshing and drinkable beer. I always seem to have a few of these in the fridge because my gf loves this beer. The best desert beer I have ever had. I have heard of pairing this with chocolate or strawberries. That is pure hippy crap. This beer stands on it's own. I would recommend people get this in the nitro can instead of the bottle. I have had both and for once the can wins.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet cocoa and chocolate, as well as a roasty malt. In the taste, just as it smells, a sweet cocoa/ chocolate and a roasty malt. A smooth, full body mouthfeel and dry malty chocolate aftertaste. Big chocolate flavor and smooth. A very nice stout.

Photo of bboven
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout appearance, just wish it had a little bigger head. After a few minutes in the glass it fades to a spotty layer up top.

Smells like almost pure Nesquick powder with a little dustiness from the hops. Pretty delightful.

Tastes like a smoky dark chocolate. The chocolate is front and center, but the typical stout characteristics give the beer a more complex bitterness than just dark chocolate.

Creamy, mellow carbonation makes this great to sip slowly or let big gulps roam on down the throat.

I like the fact that even though this beer is huge on flavor and smoothness, it's not got a huge ABV like a lot of these kind of flavored stouts. You can feel like you're spoiling yourself without having to deal with a huge buzz.

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

I tried Young's Oatmeal Stout the other day after entertaining a craving I had for a good stout. This Double Chocolate Stout is glorious.

A: Very dark brown, so thick you cant see through it. Good stout looks, very creamy head, three fingers (i poured it into my wheat glass as my other glasses are too small, oh well it looks nice).

S: Hops at first, then the dark chocolate sweetness and dark roasted malts.

T: A balanced bitters. The chocolate steals the show, but roasted notes of caramel and toffee show through.

M: The carbonation is very smooth and ushers the dark chocolate to your nose. Not too thick or chewy. I'm a Dunkel Weizen guy, so I don't like to have to chew through my beer, this Stout is just right.

D: Exquisite, rich, and chocolaty, but not so sweet you'll wish you hadn't had the whole pint. Very drinkable after a hearty meal.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thick fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer has a dominately chocolate aroma. Sweet malt mix in, but mostly chocolate. It smells sweet. Oh, did I mention that it smells of chocolate?

This beer tastes very chocolatey. Chocolate up front. Chocolate in the middle, and chocolate in the finish. It has a sweet caramel like flavor as well.

This beer is thinner than I expected. It is carbonated well. It leaves a... you guessed it, chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes good, and is not high in alcohol.

Overall: I have been drinking this beer sporaticly for years now, and was surprised to see that I have never reviewed it. Now I have. Good beer.

Photo of Upgrayedd
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a four pack of nitro cans. I really love the ever-present head that comes from nitro. It also has a really smooth carbonation. I'm not a big fan of chocolate shouts with actual chocolate added, but if I was, this might be my favorite. The first sip is really when it hits you...the chalky chocolate mouthfeel really dominates this ale. About halfway through the glass I couldn't taste the chocolate anymore, and only then could I detect a tiny malt and hop presence. This one goes down really easy even though I like to savor each sip to see if I was going to get malt or chocolate.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This has perfect appearance. Body is a solid opaque deep rich brown hue (very close to black). No light penetrates through. Beautiful 1 finger creamy tan head sits on top of the dark body with perfect retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. As a side note-this is only the 3rd nitro I have had. The other two were the over publicized Guiness and Boddington's. Nirto really does a lot for the appearance and mouthfeel.

S- Strong smell of chocolate. Chocolate syrup comes to my senses first. Hints of toffee deep in the background.

T-Much milder than the smell but still dominated by chocolate. Lots of chocolate malt upfront with a slight roasted character. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but more of the chocolate-milky taste of a milk stout comes forward and a bitter roasted flavor becomes somewhat more prevalent. Seems much to sweet at first but the sweetness mellows with each sip.

M- Little to no carbonation and medium-thick body. Very smooth and creamy. Easy to swallow.

D- This is definitely one of the sweetest beers I have come across. I was taken back at first by this but it slowly grew on me. When held in the mouth the bitterness and roasted characters are more prevalent and bring more balance to the brew. My 16 oz. can was definitely enough for one sitting but this is something I will certainly have again.

Photo of sketchcornwell
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark opaque color with a half inch deep brown head that disapeared a little to sone.
The smell was a faint sweet smell of chocolate, and a hint of coffea
The taste was a bit bland. Inital notes of chocolate were great and an only slightly hoppy finish. However the flavors were only slightly noticeable and I kept wanting the tastes to jump out more.
Mouthfeel was good. A nice siky texture, not to thick
Easy drinkability. Surprisingly not to heavy for a stout.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. Dark chocolatey brown with a thin layer of medium brown foam. Smells of chocolate and not much else. The primary flavor is chocolate, with a bit of vanilla and some nuts, but nothing reaches out and grabs you except for the chocolate. It's not over the top though, and not bitter. Very smooth in your mouth, not very carbonated. I don't know that I'd want to drink more than one of these, but that's because it's so rich and one is plenty and I don't consider that a negative.

Photo of Trueant1
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy dark brown/black. Looks thick. Has a dirty brown head with good lacing.

Smells of powdered hot chocolate mix. Other than that, no other smells.

Tastes of hot chocolate. Slight bitterness fromt the hops. The chocolate taste of this beer is awsome. Many other chocolate stouts have dank tasting chocolate. This chocolate tastes fresh.
Some coffie and nice tropical fruits in there. Vanila creaminess abounds.

Mouthfeel is medium dry and creamy smooth. The only drawback is too much carbonation for a stout.

This beer drinks great. Love it when I want desert!

Photo of likestoswallow
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with an ample dark tan head that dissapated slowly. Aroma was faint and sweet milk chocolate like. Flavor was chocolate liquor like with some coffee and a distinct dusty earthiness. Just a touch of hops, more would have been welcome. The palate was was medium full and fairly clean, just a slight stickiness in the aftertaste. Finished short with sweet chocolate liquor lingering. Overall: An interesting beer; recommended

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

A- Dark black in the glass. Head is 2 fingers of thick medium brown head and thick lacing on the glass all the way through.

S- Chocolate--actually dark chocolate and subtle caramel. I also got hints of vanilla and cream.

T- Taste is dark chocolate with vanilla/coffee after taste.

M- Head is fluffy and soft on the lips. It seemed a little bit watery to me with no carbonation. Maybe this was because it was on tap and the keg was low, I dont know since this is the first time trying this one. I would have liked it MUCH better if it were thicker and more chewy.

D- It is a little too much for me to want to drink a lot of these in one sitting. However, it is a good beer and definitely pleasing to me in small quantities.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great chocolate stout. It pours smoothly and when it finally settles you have a glass of sweet black goodness. Correction, sweet black chocolaty goodness. It smells slightly sweet and has a distant chocolate whiff, not over powering. The taste is just as smooth as pouring the beer. It coats your mouth with its beer mojo. The chocolate flavor follows is there but lasts long into the after taste. Now thats a tasty beverage.

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

Presentation: 14.9oz nitro can (production code of W7DB14A?) in a Guinness pint glass

BAside: Why breweries use production codes based on the German WWII Enigma code cipher is beyond me...

Opened with a sound that can best be described as something a Star Wards droid might say in disgust! Poured silent, very thick & viscous, velvety smooth.

Nose is initially dry, full of crackers & bread. I was expecting to be blown over by a chocolate bomb. There is chocolate present in the aroma, but its subtle, soft, distant. Actually its quite nice. The bread/cracker qualities continue to rise at it warms, and the chocolate aspect shifts from milk to more of a dark. There are even some aspects of a nut quality peeping thru! The head slowly formed for minutes, finally becoming a finger's worth of super thick, ultra tight, mocha hued cream (as opposed to foam), flat as a board. Looking straight down, its almost like looking at a mocha latte. It has great retention and has only settled to a pencil's worth of the same with solid, paint-like sheeting coating the glass.

Black in a good mood almost doesn't do the body justice. This is one of the darkest beers I've seen in a long time. Its practically black, just a peep of some dark mahogany at the glass bottom if I hold it directly to a light. This is a very pretty beer.

Silky smooth, sweet with milk chocolate and echoes of sweetened coffee, its almost a bit pornographic in mouth feel. Its sooo smooth. Nicely dry but not chalky or abrasive in the least, its actually quite mild in taste but what is there is damn nice. Malts have a nice roasted quality and even hint at some bread qualities.

Incredibly easy to drink, its going down very nice...and quick! Growing a little more bitter on the palate, the bitterness is reminiscent of what you taste in good, black coffee with no acidity. It stays silken & smooth throughout, an great beer as far as mouth-feel. The finish is a little drier, sweetly-bitter, a little nutty, echoes of semi-sweet baking chocolate, and leaves a clean, mild caramel-chocolate aftertaste that lightly paints the mouth.

Damn enjoyable. I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't like this. This would be a great transitional beer. Its like drinking dessert! That said, this might be one of the best dessert beers I've had. Chocolate is obvious, but also anything with nuts, caramel, coffee, cakey, etc. It might also (this will sound odd) work with a really creamy, smoooth cheese. Could be sessioned like mad. Again, what's not to like about this? One of the easiest to drink, smoothest, sweet beers I've tried. Definitely recommended!

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

Pours black with a big tan head. Nice lacing Aroma is mostly dark burnt malt with notes of chocolate and hops. As I drink the beer the chocolate aroma becomes much more pronounced. Taste is at first like sweet milk chocolate becoming a bit bitter from the roasted malt. A touch of hops provide balance. Pleasant light lingering bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty drinkable. Very nice chocolatey stout.

Photo of Tomas77
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best sweet stouts I have had.

Beautiful looking beer. Pours very dark with a slight hue coming from it when held up to the light. Creamy tan-light brownish head with good lacing throughout.

Has a definate milk chocolate aroma. Some creamy buttery notes that you would expect when smelling milk chocolate from a bowl. Just chocolate notes I get. No roast or hop at this point.

Along with chocolate(but only slightly now) comes the roast, coffee charcteristic flavors from the malts. Minimum dryness at the end from the hops or roasted malts I suspect.

The best part of this is actually mouthfeel. This has a smooth,silky, somewhat oily texture that sits on the palate and is very pleasing. Medium body and good drinkabilty.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,132 ratings.