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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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4,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 2,215
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 348 | FT: 1
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a super dark black color with a large inch+ tan head at first pour. The head was really creamy looking and stayed around for a while. I can't tell if there are any bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Sweet and rich chocolaty aroma. It has a really "soft" character to it that may be an oatmeal addition or something. It is a very clean and presentable aroma.

Taste: The flavor starts out with some noticeable sweetness, but it doesn't take the chocolate long to kick in and steal the show from then on. The malt and chocolate last until the finish finally kicks in a few seconds after drinking. The finish has a bit of dry bitterness that tastes a bit like eating part of a square of unsweetened cocoa.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I especially like to drink it on tap mixed with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale like a "Black and Tan". This beer by itself is a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but still a very nice beer that I am glad to have around.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle.poured a dark brown to black with a tan head that left a little lacing .aroma, roated malts, chocolate, molasses, some hops, sweet. flavor, medium dark to dark chocolate, malt, hops. I have got to say I was a little disappointed in the flavor on this beer, compared to the aroma it was a pour showing, the chocolate tasted likecheap chocolate.

walleye, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: dark stout color, with nice tan head. i dunno do stouts really look that different from one another, with similar abv?

smell: i smell a nice creamy, milkly flavor. none of the roasted malts.

taste: pretty nice sublte flavor. the creamy mouthfeel brings on feelings of chocolate. not typical chocolate malt, but actually sweet chocolate. however it's very sublte. mixed in thre is the stouty roasted malts. i'm going on an english stout run tonight. I really think the sweetness adds a nice balance here though. also maybe some fruitness from the yeast. quite a beer, make sure it warms up to cellar temp. The first half of the bottle was too cold for me to taste all the flavors.

mouthfeel: it's solid, nice and creamy and not watery.

drinkability: it's good for a stout. I've never been the guy to really want to session a stout, although this is coming close. Suprised there haven't been more takes on this style here in the states.

pjwilson, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can with an expiration date of 10/5/05.
Pitch black with a thick, creamy, milky, lasting head. The best head on a beer that I've ever seen. Coffee in the nose. Not good gourmet coffee though. Strong Wafflehouse coffee smell. Sweet, chocolate and roasted malts and grains in the mouth. Just the right amount of bitter kick at the end. Feels very smooth, creamy, and thick on the tongue. At 5.2% you can drink a few of these but not too many because it's very filling.
Great beer with a meal or as a meal.

wcudwight, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance id a super dark black which is not translucent in the least bit. My pour gave me a little creamy head which didn't diminish at all as I sipped this for a good thirty minutes.The head may have something to do with this beer was drank 7+ months past its best before date. Smells of roasted barley and a little chocolate are easily detectable. Mouthfeel is creamy and light with no carbonation at all. I've drank this one many times in the past in both bottle and nitro can and must say I enjoy the bottle greatly for some reason. This is also a beer I've used as a gateway to introduce some BMC drinking friends. Now, if I could only find a bottle before its best before date.

WeymouthMike, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great head and holds a good lacing. Has a dark crisp look to it. Sweet smell with dark roasted barely malts. Taste's good and strong with definate coffee flavors accompanied by chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit, but still ok. It fills you up quick, so another beer would be a task. Sipping this beer is good idea.

Erdinger2003, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of masikon
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the expected color from the style, all but jet black with a creamy tan head which receded after a short time leaving a light trim ring and minimal lacing. Nose was straightforward and somewhat uninteresting with basic roasted malt notes. Taste is a deluge of roasted malt flavors, like a mix of gas station coffee with hershey's syrup more than a mocha. For some reason this beer is just not treating me quite right, being a lover of good stouts I simply expected more I suspect. I think I'll be looking elsewhere to get my chocolate stout fix....rogue chocolate stout here I come!

masikon, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jet black, tan head, excellent retention, only a little lace.

S: Fruity chocolate.

T: Awesome. VERY chocolately, nice fruityness from the British yeast. Nice bittersweet balance isn't overwhelming. A hint of tartness rounds out the flavour.

M: Surprisingly light to moderate body, a little chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Truly exceptional. I think I could drink this all night!

Derek, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of studentofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with red highlights in the light. darkish brown head that sticks with the beer nicely.

aroma is milk chocolate and cocoa, chalky, bit of black cherry,

robust coffee/chocolate taste. they could make a nice starbucks drink out of this. finishes with a rich bitterness. clean and smooth throughout. not as sweet as something like the mackeson XXX stout, but still sweet enough that i wouldnt want to make it a session beer like a dry stout. relatively light on the tongue and smooth, even from the bottle.

studentofbeer, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of stevecee2003
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasting poured from a tall can, with widget inside.

Presentation: Pours with a slightly slow thinkness. Gives a nice, but not too big head. The body is very dark. The head being light light brown in color, which settles into a small but effective head. Makes for a very nice lace.

Smell: There is a strong hint of coffee, and of course chocolate. But at this point coffee and burnt hops over-ride the initial smells.

Taste: At first taste chocolate slams right into your senses, with a coffee after-taste. This "widget" version has much more chocolate taste, it must be said. It seems in the bottle chocolate is good, but in the widget-can chocolate is much more prevelant.

Feel: Feels OK in the mouth, but not remarkable. Not a great session beer. Like a Hersheys chocolate bar, I can only take one or two. But for sheer taste it is very good!

stevecee2003, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of nomad
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate has a love cult and I've heard its followers moan in exultation by just a mention of the name. So far my only interaction with this beer has been ignored nitro-taps and stale nitro-cans in the back of the cooler for a few seasons. Too cold, too flat in flavor, too bulldozed by forced gas.

It was with interest that I recently found a fresh pint bottle of this beer, and in new graphics and bottle shape for 2005. Its black with brown edges, starting with a chunky mocha head but possessing no persistence. At times it would leave lace, not often, though.

Smells of thick dollops of caramel over baker's chocolate and coffe-inflected chocolate malt. Sweet and puffy like a stout souffle, yet nutty and alive.

Not complex but a session beer of easy malt, soft yeast character, softer mouthfeel, and plenty of chocolate in both barley and cocoa forms. Nutty in the finish and balanced mostly by roast bitterness but with some earthy hop underneath.

Finally without nitrogen and finally understood, this is a great session stout. I don't know what I was expecting, I think the nitrogen is a major minus for my funny palate.

nomad, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This slides out of the bottle like ram's blood, leaving a tan head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is burned caramel fondue.

This is a silky terrific mouthfeel - almost like Guinness, verging on flat. Then there is the most subtle milky cream smokiness that finished like cold unsweetened coffee and a bite of a bittersweet chocolate bar. A dryness then hits your mouth ans you must drink more. This occurs until the glass is empty.

This is not an in your face brew, that you have to choke down with a smile while you swear its great; this really is great.

For once the writing on the bottle does not lie- this beer is a silky luxury.

andjusticeforale, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a slight amber highlight. Has about a 2 finger creamy head.

Smell: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee. Also pick out a slight Alcohol smell.

Taste: Starts of with a chocolate taste that moves on to roasted malt and ends with a coffee taste. There is also a sweetness that lurks throughout but it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly chewy mouth feel with the right amount of carbonation to go along.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my second Young’s beer and I like it a lot. This is a great stout which is very rich and creamy and would go great by itself or with dessert.

bahumutx, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of fromage
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice sweet stout, though a little pricey. I think I'd take left hand over this just for the price of a bottle (don't think I can get any others around here).

Looks good coming out of the bottle and into the pint glass. Near black with a good tan head. Not much lacing or head to soon speak of.

Smells great--deep roasted chocolate and coffee, creamy, with some molasses. Occasionally got a hint of cherry?

Taste is dissapointing and doesn't follow up on the smell. Some carbonated attack and a bit of nutty, bready malt, but just not a full taste. Slightly astringent finish, so it's not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was average. Hoping for something a little fuller and chewier.

Good drinkability, but like most dessert beers, I'd probably be fine with just one. Plus I don't see the taste reward for the volume I'd be drinking!

fromage, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, best before April 06.
Served at 57 degrees in a pint glass.
Dark, almost black, with ruby tinges and a creamy coffee colored head.
Decent lacing.
Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate.
Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and a sharp lactic acid aftertaste.

Padron4KM, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of ToggleEyes
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured out very dark with a small 1 finger head. The head was a dark kaki color with very small bubbles, kind of like pond foam.
The can says to serve cool not cold. I let it sit out for about an hour an I think it might have been a little too long, my stout was a little undrinkable. The aroma was definately dark bitter chocolate with malt undertones. To me it also smelled earthy. The mouth feel was very smooth almost milk-like, not really what I was expecting but still ok. The taste was great. it tasted just like it smelled, aslo some honey and hops. It would be hard for me to drink this all the time but it makes for a nice treat every once in a while.

ToggleEyes, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 16.9 oz. brown bottle and into the trusty, Baldwin-Wallace College standard pint glass.

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a finger of tan head that dissipated to a thin, bubble film and left fine lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is very solid with a nice, big dark chocolate nose. The flavor has the chocolate again, some alcohol hints there (with only 5.2%?) and some faint fruitiness. This is a full bodied brew, but this beer's drinkability is drug down by the sweetness and body. I don't know how many of these I could suck down in a sitting, but what a pleasure it is to drink to drink just one. Going to cupboard to grab a chunk of dark chocolate now...

edmundfitzoil, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with slight orange highlights. Smells of chocolate and espresso with some citrus. Tastes of cocoa with a nice malt sweetness and a white grape sourness with a pure chocolate finish. It’s full in the mouth but slides quickly across the tongue with light carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't say I was much impressed with this one. Poured out to a dark black coffee color that seemed much thinner than other Milk Stouts i've had. Lower carbonation yielded a small cream colored film on top of the beer. Aroma was chocolatey and sweet, with some roasted malt afterthoughts. Taste was average; some chocolate mixed with roasted wood notes and some heavy malt character toward the finish. Mouthfeel was too light for my taste, but had a touch of a chewy element to it. Overall, an average brew. I've had better, but this one isn't a bad example of the style.

Frozensoul327, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of JanM
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with two fingers of lattecolored foam. The color is thick, dak brown,almost black. A distinct chocolate aroma with some flowers too. The taste is pretty straightforward chocolate with a bitter hoppiness in the end (or perhaps dark, bitter chocolate?). There is a note of coffee beans there as well. Maybe not as full-bodied as I had expected but surprisingly refreshing. Great stick your head out beer! I don't like the new, ugly bottle though.

JanM, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical nitro-can pour, looks great, black beer with a tan head. The aroma was mild, with hints of grainy maltiness and chocolate clearly present. The flavor was mild too; there was a hint of roastiness and a bittersweet character but not as strong as some bigger porters. There was some hop bitterness at the end with a stronger bitterness from roasted barley. Overall the beer wasn't as heavy as expected, it struck me as maltier than a Guiness Draught but not quite as roasty-bitter. Thanks to my buddy Brad for setting me up with this one.

KroMagnon, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer today (25/11/05), this bottle's BBE date is 13 JUN 06.
A: in a goblet it pours a dark mahogany hue with a thick and fluffy tan head which settles quickly to a very thin layer of bubbles. The fizz is interesting, making a constant hissing sound and bringing to the surface lots of giant bubbles.
S: dark chocolate dominates the note, but not too astringent as real darkest chocolate, as the texture is rather creamy and soft; lightly roasted aroma follows, mixed well with a tinge of vanilla (powder), sourly sweet ripe black plum note, a little fruity perfume and a stream of earthy hops at the back. Overall the nose is very balanced and enticing, not bold nor exciting but really solidly chocolaty smooth and complex--if I may, it's like a pot of chocolate mousse placed on top of a cup of warm coffee.
T: it's like a mouthful of chilled chocolate milk with chewy bits of chocolates!! The flavour successfully merges the dark chocolaty edge with the lightly roasted maltiness and nuttiness, underlined by an implicitly imparted dark fruitiness with its slightly tartly-sweet edge, and a slightly woody touch on the sides of the tongue. Not much sticky mouthfeel nor much sugary sweetness is evident in the aftertaste, and the finish is just moderate, with residual aftertaste of a cup of very light coffee.
M&D: silky smooth and even creamy on the mouthfeel with a healthy kick of tiny fizz in every sip; the body of this stout is ideal, ever so light that the semi-rich chocolaty maltiness receives a sort of balance in the overall structure, and makes it all the more incredibly easy-drinking, even like a session stout! At 5.2%abv., this beer is a true winner in terms of balance and drinkability. A very solid brew!

wl0307, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid deep brown color with very light ruby hues to let me know its not black. Nose is cocoa, slight creamyness, light roast. Solid. Flavor followed that same path, dominated by cocoa and sweeter chocolate. Feel is moderate with a moderate to active carbonation. Just shy of thick. This is a solid beer all around, but drinkability is not as high as I would expect. Should be smooth and easy drinking, but the cocoa keeps me from being able to drink it like I want. Still, very nice.

kmpitz2, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly regarded product from Young's, back in my old stomping grounds in SW18, Wandsworth.
Color is a very attractive coal black with auburn outline and a beautiful bouquet with milk chocolate and malted grain sharing the honors. The head is thick and darker than most stout heads. An honestly original aroma with sweet and wholesome tones both. You can almost taste the lactose through the aroma..nice.
A high malt count in the taste with a full smack of roasted malt right on the
top of the mouth. The aftertaste is very smooth and mellow but with a sweet resonance.
This is pretty mint. If you like stouts or chocolate, you will likely enjoy this.

daliandragon, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of DrZarkov
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was nice. Very rich looking. Smell was nothing too spectacular but definitely a little above average. Taste is quite pleasent. Strong chocolate flavor and a good amount of sweetness, but not too sweet. This is one I would recommend to just about everybody. Nothing is too overpowering or strange about this beer so I think many people will like this beer regardless of their favorite style.

DrZarkov, Nov 19, 2005
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.