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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 alysmith4
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. It tastes just as the name implies.. like a stout made with double doses of chocolate. Dark chocolate at that, and it was delicious! The use of the chocolate lead me to believe that it was fresh actual chocolate added to the beer.

I wasn't impressed however with the nitro-can (I never know how to pour properly with those things) and the mouthfeel and level of carbonation suffered because of it. It was an excellent dessert drink however, and one that I would definitely recommend.

Photo of atrus138
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark brown color with ruby highlights and a 1.5 finger head with a deep khaki color that leaves very little lacing.. Smell is fantastic! Very sweet. Smells like a fresh mug of hot chocolate, but better. I'm almost getting a sugar rush just whiffing the thing. Taste is a lot weaker than the smell and offers different perspectives. It's a lot more bitter than the smell, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Tastes a lot more like baking chocolate than hot chocolate. Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I was expecting from a stout. Carbonation was kept to a minimum. All in all, not a bad brew, but a far cry from what the look and smell indicated.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to picking up this classic.

A: Dark but doesn't appear overly thick. Huge 3-finger pitted brown head with pretty good retention but not much lacing once it fades to a thin film.

S: Sweet chocolate really dominates with a slight bit of dark malt.

T: Not nearly as chocolatey as it smells. Burnt roasteyness dominates the flavor with a touch of bitterness. Chocolate dominates the finish, not overly subtle or overly strong.

MF: Thin and carbonation is a bit harsh for a stout. Long lasting roasty chocolate aftertaste.

D: Flavor is solid but not nearly as smooth as I'd like from a stout. Easy drinking beer with modest alcohol. Not really a warming beer, and I think it could be drank pretty much any time of the year. I'm more a fan of imperial stouts, but I think if this had a bit less carbonation and a bit more body, it would be a really nice session/relaxing beer.

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

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy with creamy head.

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth and creamy. Roasty chocolate malts with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a four-pack at a sitting. Great drinkability

Started a few rainy mornings during vacations with this one. Love this beer!

Photo of BeerZack
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jet black, opaque with a one-finger head thats so thick it will leave a foam mustache.

Hints of chocolate and roasted coffee underneath a vacant blanket of air that seems to mute the smell of the beer.

Flavor seems to be on mute as well. A little bit of vanilla and some weak coffee notes struggle through.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery unless you can get a good bit of the stiff foamy head in each and every drink.

Nitro cans suck.

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

16.9 oz into pint glass.

A: Pours blackie black black with super lacing tan head that dissipates down to a nice thick film.

S: Very faint chocolate syrup with bit of hop and malitiness.

T: Very smooth sweet chocolate coffee on the start then comes a mild hopiness that finishes nice and dry.

M: Very nice for this type of beer.

D: This one is nearly perfect. I could go at least half the night on these. They get better as they warm in your glass. So you can take your time.

Photo of splat215
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
A - Dark mystery brown, with nice foamy head. What lies beneath that dense chocolaty base?

S - Cocoa, slight malts, chocolates ... hello beerfriend!

T - Milk chocolate, dry cocoa, mild sweetness..

M - Smooth and creamy, like a melted chocolate bar

D - Desert beer? Technically yes. Delicious? Absolutely so.

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black, no light is getting through this beer. A large foamy tan head forms and leaves some spiderweb looking lace down my pint glass.
S: A little disappointing. Lots of hops up front and a bit funky. A hint of chocolate as the aroma lingers. I was expecting the opposite.
T: Tons of decadent chocolate with some coffee and roasted malt. A wonderfully delicious beer.
M/D: A rich and creamy texture in the mouth. An extremely smooth and easy to drink beer.

Such a tasty, chocolaty treat. Basically a desert in a pint glass. To bad I only bought a single. Next time I will try the nitro-cans.

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

Appearance: Deep black with a beautifully think tan head. A few floaters move beneath the surface.

Smell: Chocolate dominates over the malt aroma.

Taste: Big chocolate flavor balanced out with roast malt. A touch of sweetness, but it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Velvet smooth and creamy like a milkshake.

Drinkablity: Great balance, a pleasure to drink. I could pound these all day long.

Photo of b5d106
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured black with a big, creamy brown head.
S= Sweet chocolate and roasted malts with some subtle hops.
T= Chocolate and some coffee with a good hop balance. I expected a little more chocolate.
M= Very smooth and creamy. Nice texture.
D=For as thick as this beer is I feel like I could drink quite a few.

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

Pours like you would expect for a stout out of a widget can. Jet black, rains up, creamy head. Nose is slightly alcoholic, but overall smells almost exactly like a murphys or beamish with a the tiniest bit of bitter chocolate waft. Taste is very creamy stout roasted malts with some dark chocolate flavors. On second taste I pick up more of the chocolate, but it seems sweeter. The mouthfeel is good a fake creaminess that you would expect from a widget can. Drinkability is good, but to be honest I would much rather have a murphys or beamish. Enjoyed this one with some good old wisconsin babybels.

Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours black with very distant ruby red highlights. a few fingers of thick brown head top this brew off. decent settling and moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of hcocolate, with roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. not much else for the nose.

taste is more of the same. though sweet, this brew is not overly so. the chocolate flavor is a split between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, albeit the roasted character that leans towards the dark side.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky smooth character and a creamy finish. aftertaste is of roasted chocolate. wonderful without overpowering.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and easy drinking stout, with a bias towards the chocolate lover. stout fans will find a unique example here, with a refined quality that produces a solid brew. cheers!

Photo of trpng0bily
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost completely black with a huge tan-colored head, and leaves some light lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. As with every chocolate stout I have tried, the taste comes into its own as the beer approaches room temperature. It's sweet, though not overly so, mildly acidic, and has a charred-bitter aftertaste that goes quite nicely with the chocolate. While it has a low ABV, the alcohol is noticeable on the back end. Though certainly not light-bodied, it is not as thick as I like my stouts.

Though a solid brew, there are much better examples out there.

Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A huge, three-finger, light brown head topping a near black pour. Colour is about that of molasses.

S: Sweet, milk-chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Toasted grains, a nice use of a chocolate malts, creamy & pleasant.

M: A little light, milky creaminess. Could afford to have a little more body, but it's quite smooth and very easy to drink back.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and no ruby edges in the light of this stout. Buck hide 2 finger head quickly forms and recedes to a circle lingering around the glass. Smell is sweet. Like chocolate brownies! With almonds! And chocolate syrup! Taste like... chocolate milk poured in chocolate cereal. Very faint hint of bitterness follows after the swallow, but this is all about the sweets. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and desert! This is a great beer, but I really can only have one in a sitting, at the end of a night. A great standbye in my fridge!

Photo of ajmoody76
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought this at the local beer store for valentines day along with some rouge CS- yummy. 16 oz. bottle to a tulip pint glass. pretty freaking dark. half finger brown head with what could be a redish hue. maybe not? looks great.

dark cholocate nose with a floral boquet. a little sweetness detected. not much though. no off odors.

dark chocolate taste. a slight sweet and fruity presence with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. balanced in my book.

full bodied beer. good carbonation. left some lace. i really like this beer. have not had it in quite some time. had it once at a bar i used to frequent back when i had time for that. could not do session. will drink again next year maybe. great stout. follows style.

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

This is and always has been one of my top 10 beers, so I'll try to do it justice. One of the great things is that it's easy to get and usually in good condition because of the nitro-can or whatever.

A: Beautiful, black-brown with a thick brown head that doesn't rise too far. Head retention is lengthy.

S: Chocolate! Chocolate and malt. A lot more chocolate aroma from the tap version than the can, which is my usual serving.

T: Wow, lots of chocolate and roasty malt. It's not bitter, but the flavor is very deep and rich. Sweet.

M: This is a thick beer. Unlike a lot of the watery stuff I normally drink, this one feels very substantial.

D: High. This beer is very easy to enjoy and session. Only downside is that it's pretty heavy and will fill you up.

One more note, the bar I had this at last night was doing some kind of Valentine's special and mixed it with Raspberry lambic. I had one of those and I will not be repeating that. If you are a lover of sweet beers, you might give the concoction a try, but I just stuck with the stout straight for the rest of the night.

Photo of elmore
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt0.9oz bottle into a pint glass. I have had this on tap in the past. Towering, pillowy tan head with great retention. A good amount of lace. Color is dark black.

Dominant smell is of cocoa powder. Some sweet malts are detectable.

Flavors are not very intense, but improves with warming. Tastes of smooth milk chocolate. Moderate, bitter hops aftertaste. Tasty, but fairly one dimensional.

Somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. I remember this as being more carbonated and creamy from the tap.

These go down very easily and lends to being a sessionable beer.

An interesting drinkable beer. Probably a very good desert beer. I would like to try this with chocolate in the future.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked promising in the glass. Very dark black pour with a chocolate head that thinned out nicely. But as i went into smell it, all i smelled was beer. Dont get me wrong, the hoppy, malty beer smell is ok, but in a flavored beer, i need to smell the flavor along with the taste. Very nice mouthfeel, not watery, not too thick. Alas, the taste leaves something to be desired, for a chocolate beer. Still a great tasting beer, do not get me wrong, just not the chocolatey taste i was hoping for in a double chocolate stout. Now if it were a double stout chocolate, id get it. Too much of a bitter taste in the foreground for me, but the aftertaste does make up for it. There are other chocolates out there id buy first, but id take this one if it were there. And the price was much better than the 6 i paid for another chocolate.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems that this weekend has been the weekend to "Try beers that I have always wanted to, but just never got around to."

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. A glorious massive tan head emerges, no hills, no valleys, no peaks, just perfectly topped off my pint glass to perfection. The liquid is an oily inky black- sleek and watery, almost like a guiness. Smells of cocoa and malts. Tasted just like a heaping of dark black chocolate, mild roasted malts- clean and balanced. Slight carbonation, nothing overwhelming. This is one of the more easy beers to drink that I have ever had. I also feel as this beer could surely bridge someone into the world of craft beer. Awesome brew, will buy again.

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

Pours a nice black from the bottle with a thick, creamy tan head that laces the glass very well. It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is excellent - a nice roasted malt base with a good sweet creamy chocolate taste at the end that is very pleasent. The mouthfeel is excellent - velvety and not alot of carbonation, just the right amount. The drinkability is pretty good but I wouldn't have more than a few of these because of the thickness that it is.

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

a: This one is black and was served to me with a small white head.

s: Mild roaty chocolate aromas.

t: Chocolate upfront with a bit of bitterness at the end.

m: Surprisingly thin and watery. I expected big luscious creamy carbonation.

d: Pretty tasty certainly, but we make plenty better in the U.S.

Photo of windigo32
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black that doesn't let any light through. Creates a creamy tan head that stays on the top in decent proportion.

S: Smells like a mix of chocolate and coffee.

T: Taste is very similar to smell with dark coffee and chocolate tones.

M: The head is very smooth and velvety. The beer itself almost lacks carbonation, and doesn't feel quite as thick as you'd expect from the look of the beer.

D: When I'm not in the mood to try something new, this is one of my standbys. It goes down very smooth and easily.

Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate Stout, out of the can, is a very good beer but not a great beer.

It pours opaque black with a thick creamy tan head.

The smell reminds me of chocolate milk made from sweet Bosco-like chocolate syrup.

Chocolate and roasted malt flavors dominate making this stout less sweet than the smell would indicate.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and the low carbonation contributes to a slightly watery feel.

In the end, Young's DCS finishes moderately dry and the overall experience is pleasant. Next time I'll grab a bottle rather than a can.

Photo of Rayek
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun stuff. The chocolate gives this stout a unique personality.

A: Dark walnut color. Dense cream color head. Left a heavy lace down the glass.

S: Cocoa and vanilla up front. Reminded me a lot of a cup of hot chocolate.

T: Light coffee taste with a lot of chocolate. A little burnt bitterness plus earthy oatmeal comes through. Very well balanced. The flavor starts out a little weak, but builds the longer you let is swirl in your mouth.

M: Thick, creamy, yet a little watery too.

D: Again, fun stuff. This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself drinking several of these in a night. The body is light enough that it doesn't weigh you down.

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