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

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4,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,995
Reviews: 2,237
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 149
Gots: 434 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass, The liquid is a very dark brown, ok carbonation. The head is ok about 1 finger, off white to tan no lace.

The smell is dry coco, semi sweet chocolate & malt.

The taste follows, Chocolate in a standard stout.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner then expected.

The drinkability is ok, one is enough. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Big thick black brew with a perfectly creamy, thick, and tight head that lasts for the duration of the beer. Solid tan sheets of beautiful lace.

S - Smells like chocolate milk, cream, hard chocolate candies, rootbeer, and malted milk balls. Hints of vanilla and sugar also. Cream cheese notes also.

T - Heavily creamed and sugared coffee. Rich milk, whipped cream, very sweet and sugary milk chocolate yoohoo flavor. Sweetness becomes more dark and bitter towards the dry finish with a bit of roasty grains. Could be a little more roasty and stout IMO to balance the overpowering sweetness.

M - Slick and sugary. Full bodied and creamy.

D - Pretty good as a desert beer, but too heavy and sugary to consume more than one of. I will surely rrevisit this fine chocolatey brew, but IMO the sweetness and sugary milk chocolate flavor is a bit overdone.

I think that next time I will get this in a bottle. It seems that other reviewers feel that the bottled version is less thick and sugary. IMO those are the exact qualities that I feel are overdone in this brew.

pmcadamis, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a best by date on the back label. Was a solid black color with a thick, brownish head that stuck around for a long time. Also had pretty good lacing throughout. The smell was excellent and strong of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate malts. The taste was also excellent. Was chocolaty throughout and had just a little bitterness in the back. I would rate it higher if it had just a little more bite to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel was good - just a little watery. Would rate higher if were a little more creamy. Overall, a great beer that I would never turn down and would definitely have in avail on tab. For home consumption, a good quarterly treat. Highly recommend and probably the best in category for me. (4.5, RR, T,Y)

TexIndy, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of goschool
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

I thought nitrogen is supposed to ruin beer. What happened?

Appearance: The pour is a slick black color with a creamy tan head. Great retention.

Smell: I first ordered an Aventinus, but the keg had kicked, so I got this instead. I was disappointed until I took a whiff of the aroma. The head unleashes a flurry of chocolate and toffee.

Taste: The taste didn't quite live up to the nose, but it had a lot to live up to. There is chocolate, roasted malts, and a light English hop presence. No toffee though. Oh, well.

Mouthfeel: The body was soft and creamy like other nitro beers.

Drinkability: This is tremendous. It's actually better with nitrogen than it is in the bottle. I still don't get it, but I'd rather drink it then ponder the mystery. Don't pass this up if you see it at a bar.

goschool, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of thagens
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but not the best chocolate stout I've ever had. Nice chocolate flavor. It wasn't bitter enough for my personal taste, but still enjoyable.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/black with a finger of mocha colored head.

Aroma: Stouty but I didn't really detect to much chocolate.

Taste: Ahh, there the chocolate is. Sweet chocolate taste, but again not bitter enough for me.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, good, but nothing special. Average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. It would make a good session stout.

thagens, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/black color, meringue-like head that lasts all the way to the last sip.

S - Chocolate is huge in the aroma. Also some maltiness, maybe a hint of hops and alcohol, but so subtle I may be imagining it.

T - Not as strong a chocolate presence as in the nose, but still discernable. Malty flavors, some coffee as well. Sweet, but not cloying.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, I hesitate to say "sensual," but will do so nevertheless.

D - Not a huge fan of sweet stouts, but this is my favorite of the style. My girlfriend will drink a 4-pack of this in an evening and go looking for more.

BlackAngus, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-can poured into an imperial pint glass
Expiration date on can is March 29, 2007

Smell is wonderful, smells like unsweetened chocolate, faint hops, and I swear I smell alcohol, but that is the only presence it will make in this beer.

Taste is sublime, smooth chocolate with a light bitter hop twist, the hops really do a good job of not making this brew not taste like a liquid candy bar.

This has been one of my favorite beers ever since I started drinking good beer, and is hands down the best from Young's, IMO. Do seek out this brew, as I have yet to have a Chocolate or Milk Stout that can come close to the taste and drinkibility of this one.

And don't worry about the expiration date on the can, I've had one's that were two years past that date and they were still excellent.

leftmindedrighty, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black all the way through with a half-inch head, strong retention and a real thick lace.

S: Toasted malt scent backed with chocolate and a somewhat clean profile.

T: Great malt notes with a light hint of coffee, delicious chocolatey body and somewhat of a smooth bite.

M: Thick and creamy, very stout and sweet on the palate. Almost like a beer milkshake (not as gross as it would seem).

D: Would definitely order a few more of these. This one seemed like it would start off decent enough, but really kicked in with the flavors and mouthfeel, which were quite delightful.

CharlieMopps, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Realale
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep brownish black. 1" light tan nitro head doesn't move during the consumption of the pint, apart from what sticks to my upper lip.

Nose is brown bread maltiness, with nicely integrated dark chocolate notes. Not overly complex, but quite nice. Sadly, it's the highlight.

A bit of a let down in the mouth. Initially, just some non-descript maltiness, but things start happening in the mid-palate when the chocolate malt notes kick in. Pretty short but slightly sweet finish.

Nasty undead nitro mouthfeel. Despite being something of a novelty brew, it's fine for matching with not too sweet chocolate desserts, which is the context in which I had it. I wouldn't want two in a sitting though.

Realale, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Envious
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the multicolored can to the mysterious sound of the nitro-capsule I was expecting the unexpected. I was not disappointed. A liquid dark chocolate poured into my glass. It's appearance, aroma, and taste fully reinforced this initial image. My fiance, who is not in any way a beer fan, insisted on trying this one after the smell drifted in her direction. Our mutual assesment of this brew is that double chocolate is no gimmick, but a straight up statement of what's in store. Very smooth and creamy, sweet with a heavy aftertaste this full bodied stout is one we'll enjoy again.

Envious, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark beer, with a smooth tan head.
Complex smeel includes bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, caramel.
Taste is mostly sweet, a nice chocolate but has hints of caramel (Caramilk, the swiss/canadian chocolate comes to mind) and a lightly bitter coffee that gives it some balance.
Medium body, definitely lighter than you would expect, but that also increases its drinkability. I could easily have three or four of this delicious beer.

brdc, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of wanker
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd describe this beer as "complex". Complex in terms of having a variety of interesting flavor components. Every part of the tongue is stimulated - sweet, salty, bitter, sour.

My palate isn't sophisticated, so I couldn't pick out any chocolate, but I knew what I was drinking was something extraordinary.

I enjoyed the beer. Even my wife, who isn't a beer fan, commented that "it really tastes like something, not just bitter."

Mouthfeel was pleasant, but it didn't rise to sublime level of its sibling, Young's Oatmeal Stout.

I'd certainly order it again, but if I had a choice between this one and a Young's Oatmeal Stout, I'd go with the oatmeal (Alas, I think the oatmeal has been discontinued).

wanker, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

S - Served in a taster glass at Growlers Pub off of Lindbergh.

A - Black with certain deep brown hues that reflect through the edges of the glass. Pretty nice.

S - Whiskey, Slight hint of chocolate, malty roasty sweetness, not much else. Pretty disappointed with this "Double Chocolate stout."

T - Tastes like an Irish Car Bomb shot, stout with a shot of whiskey dropped in, really not enjoyable, little chocolate taste in the finish which makes it kind of nice but the rest of the experience kind of cancels it out.

M - Slick and carbonated, watery as well. Easy as shit to drink, which is one thing I dont want in my stouts, especially a double chocolate stout.

d - Like I said, easy as shit to drink. Really disappointed, I wanted to sweat trying to finish this.

rsyberg01, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of trinitone
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got mine in the pint+ bottle.

Pours a nice double chocolate brown, approaching black. Present is a very nice tan head and good lacing all the way down.

Smell is that of, guess what, chocolate. It was what I imagine Charlie would have smelled opening up a Wonka bar. Absolutely delicious but not overwhelming.

When the beer first hit my lips, it seemed as though I had a milkshake in my hands. I also picked up hints of root beer. Mmmm... a root beer float. Of course, there are the usual roasty malt flavors with some caramel hints as well.

Mouthfeel is nice with a medium/full body.

Drinkability is also good, but you may not want to go all night on it... unless your regular dessert is "Death by Chocolate". Check it out.

trinitone, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pak at the corner liquor store. Popped the top and got a good fizz from the nitro insert. Poured it slowly into a 20 oz goblet.

Super dark (opaque) color, no light comin' through this one. Nice tan creamy head. Smells of nice Colombian Andes coffee with Toblerone.

Taste is milk chocolatey with very slight roasted coffee undertones. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, not as heavy as one would expect after pouring.

This is indeed a tasty brew, I think I'll have another!

mooseisloose, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall, 440mL nitro-can of Young's Stout with a widget. I love milk/sweet stouts, especially as the weather gets colder. High expectations for this one.

Pours out a thick, jet black bottom with a cascading rush of carbonation. Deliciously creamy looking tan head that floats atop the body and maintains its one-finger height. Mmm.

Soapy, chalky aroma with some coffee notes. Sweet malts and a slight alcohol presence. Touch of cream on the nose. Decent.

Creamy foam head hits the tongue first. Very milky. Some dark chocolate notes linger around. Initial hop bitterness that fades out after the first couple of sips. Brew really gives way to coffee/chocolate, as they dominate the taste. Some sweet malts, but not much of a really defined malt profile. Tasty, but unfortunately a bit too watery. Strong coffee in the finish, pure coffee beans.

Not bad, definitely drinkable and enjoyable. Coffee bean finish leaves this one a little dry at the end, but mouthfeel is mostly watery. Creamy foam head leaves me with a little bit of a much welcomed illusion.

nouseforotacon, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of DieselSnorter
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a recommendation. I'd never had a chocolate stout before, and I was anxious to try one. Not knowing what to expect, my mouth was awaiting something along the lines of a fizzy YooHoo.

It poured pitch black , which is exactly what I expected, along with a nice heavy head that was just shy of a cooked marshmallow color. The head stayed around for a good long time and left heavy lacing all the way down.

The smell was amazing. So much going on, and it was all dominated by one of my favorite things, chocolate. I thought it was fantastic and kept smelling the glass and bottle over and over.

The mouthfeel was a thick and creamy, and turned foamy as I held it in my mouth. Not a lot of bite from the bubbles. I think it suited the flavor very well.

Taste: Okay, this is far from a fizzy YooHoo. But I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of the flavor of a traditional Stout, but there are hints of chocolate. After you swallow it down, you're treated to a nice rush of chocolately flavor aftertaste.

I found it very drinkable, other than the fact it left me feeling bloated and full. I found myself wanting another one the next day. I don't think its the perfect beer but I really, really enjoyed it. I couldn't believe that two great things could be mated together so well.

DieselSnorter, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Super dark. A slight reddish/brown shows through where it's thin. A super thick multiple inch creamy tan head sits on top with a very light pour.
Heavy cocoa aroma. Very much like baking cocoa powder.
A touch of roasted malt. More of a milk chocolate flavor. Maybe some hops in there to provide a touch of balance.
Full bodied and strangeley carbonated. Very silky texture and soft on the palate. Almost to silky plain for my tastes.
I may prefer the bottled version a bit more simply because of the mouthfeel difference. Still is a very nice beer.

BeerRun13, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to an opaque jet-black with thick tan head that lingered for most of the glass, then left good lacing on the glass. Excellent aroma of walking into a candy shop with the sweet smell of fresh chocolate and caramel in the air. Taste was more muted than the aroma, but still very much sweet chocolate. Finish was a little watery, but overall, a stout beer well worth drinking.

kimcgolf, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of xoqx
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in the light, this looks like dark coffee or root beer cascading into the glass. Once there, it seems pitch black and has a substantial foamy head that is a gradient from nearly brown near the beer fading to a tan near the top. The head retains well and leaves droopy lacing that eventually settles back down into the beer save a few islands along the edge of the glass. The smell is of chocolate and deep malts from well roasted barley. There is anise and plum and herbs and rooty confectioners chocolate all up in my grill when I’m smelling this. There is just so much in the nose here. The taste is so balanced and fantastic, I don’t know where to begin. It rich and creamy and properly carbonated with chocolate very pervasively, but not overly strongly exploding across the palate. There are deep rooty essences and a non-descript fine bitterness throughout, nothing floral. It tastes like powdery chocolate, but totally no artificial. And I want to gulp this beer; dangerously so. This is a superb after dinner beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and crisp, soft and dark, but very present. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer; exceptional all around.

xoqx, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of uberabr
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep dark black. Carbonation is excellent. Head is a mocha color and very fine (nitro!) and creamy with good retention. Real thick, creamy lace almost like a milkshake that slowly thins into an intricate pattern.

S: Yum. Smells like a chocolate bar with espresso. A slight roasted nut, and a hoppy caramel.

T: A nice bitter chocolate with a sweet fruity aftertaste. Simple and charming

M: A little watery, good body and great carbonation

D: This is a very drinkable stout. One of my favorites.

uberabr, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First, Stout is not my style of choice. Second, I generally prefer chocolate in the form of a pie. But Young's Double Chocolate Stout was an excellent tasting!

If you've ever walked in to a real chocolatier's shop, this brew offers the same olfactory experience. In the glass, it looks like strong coffee with a creamy two-finger head -- quickly subsiding. The flavor is. . . wow! It's like I've raided the fridge and started eating chocolate sauce by the spoonful. Absolutely delicious. The finish is something I could get used to. . . chocolate coffee with a slight hint of bitterness. But it's fairly clean, considering the style.

LiquidBreadMan, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of jtell
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black thick beer with a fluffy white head. Smells of chocolate and malt. Tastes basically the same. Not nearly as rich as I was expecting it be. Tastes more or less like a slightly alcoholic chocolate malt shake. This isnt my favorite. Could only drink one of these and would prefer to split the bottle with someone. Think it would go really well with some vanilla ice cream though.

jtell, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of ncm45
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on a whim and am very glad I did.

Pours dark with a creamy head. Smell was very appealing with hints of the chocolate. Was very smooth and the chocolate taste came through very nicely and finished well. A very easy beer to relax with and drink – it’s worth a try if you haven't already.

ncm45, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dense opaque black with a frothy head. Chocolate malty smell that carries over in the taste. Smooth and drinkable, with a mocha finish brought out with the bite of bittersweet chocolate. This one is a winner and one that is good to relax with anytime.

techdiver, Oct 08, 2006
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,995 ratings.