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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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5,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,246
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 178
Gots: 614 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a an off cherry tan head.

S: Light aroma, chocolate notes on nose.

T: For flavor there is a light raisiny chocolate presence. The chocolate tastes like a hersey's candy bar chocolate. Very sweet chocolate notes but is very light in flavor and body with some cocoa notes. Not as robust as I thought it would be considering its labeled a double chocolate stout. A nice light body stout with decent flavor just not as robust as I hoped or expected from a british brewer where chocolate and coffee are dominate in culture.

M: Palate is smooth creamy and light like chocolate milk with some sweet cocoa hints similar to nestle quick powder mix.

D: very good drinkability and enjoyable. one of the better by style.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gorgeous deep almost blue-black w/ just enough tan head to cover the top of the glass

s: smells super strongly of dark chocolate w/hints of coffee

t: real semi-sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor but there are hint of coffee and sweeter toffee flavors

m: very creamy and thick but maybe a little over-carbonated for the style

d:one of the best chocolate beers i've ever had if not the best; a prefect desert beer

Photo of kwiik
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Chocolate stout. It was a 500 mL bottle served in a plastic cup.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown almost black with an average lasting darkish head.

Smell: Dark chocolate all over.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee. Slight bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good. Excellent with a chocolate dessert after dinner. With an ABV of only 5.2%, you can have more than one in a session. I much prefer this to other stouts I've tried (Guinness and Murphy's).

Photo of saztheorybook
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big surprise to find this in my rural Japanese haunt.
"Only 24 bottles," the sign said. How could I refuse?

I'm not a stout drinker for the most part, but boy, was I ever floored by this! The beer was nearly pitch black and the head was a color like chocolate ice cream. The head didn't leave much for lace, but it was the first thing I drank and the last thing, too. The first smell was overwhelmingly of chocolate syrup with only a little bit of roast to off-set it. The taste was much the same--it seemed identical in flavor and mouthfeel to chocolate milk. There was no hint of the alcohol (until I stood up) and the carbonation was nil, which really worked in its favor. I was floored, but and for /1000, I was not disappointed. I would definitely split a six pack of it with my girlfriend on any quiet night in.

Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brownish black, with a light brown thick, medium lasting head. Smell is of Rich semi sweet chocolate. Taste is very smooth, creamy, with some light roastiness, and of course some rich bittersweet dark chocolate flavors. Not overly thick, but still very full bodied, and just what I'd want in a stout. Finish is of bittersweet chocolate. Overall, a great beer that is well balanced for my taste. Would recommend.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm... chocolate... (homer simpson drool noise...)

dark like cola, great nitro head. seriously, does a nitro ever LOOK bad? ;-)

sweet chocolate toffee aroma with vanilla undertones. gentle and dessert-like. hint of spice that is almost cinnamon-like.

taste is similarly gentle and smooth. roasted malts complement the chocolate and vanilla. bitterness is subdued, making this a great dessert beer all its own.

feel is ever so slightly watery, but easily made up with the nitro smoothness.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,246 ratings.