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

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5,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,069
Reviews: 2,244
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 471 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of bodybyadam
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW for starters, that was my reaction to my first DCS. The nitro can alone will attract you to buy it, the face of the can is Bold.

A: Poured into a glass, dark thick black colored liquid. A viscocity resembling coffee on the pot all day. When I see my glass evolving this ever changing liquid within as it settles I think of a large frothy hot chocolate and heavy on the chocolate. A thick 2-3 inch head.

S: The nose is a fine Dark Chocolate reminiscent of Cadbury's Dark.

T: First taste is of dark chocolate. Next taste comes a mild to medium hoppiness. True chocolate/ creamy stout finish.

M: Super Well Balanced.

D: Highly drinkable. I would have this anytime. With dinner, with dessert, or just to savor alone. Don't have too many these are thick.

Double Elbows Up,

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

Found a pint on tap at the Uncommonground cafe in Chicago

Nice appearance, thick dark brown body with a thick creamy light brown head with excellent lacing.

Milk chocolate aroma with a mild roasted coffe and nut scent in the back of the nose

Initial flavor is sweet choclate malts and nuts with a light bitter coffee and alcohol finish

Full body ,creamy texture, smooth finish to the palate.

A nice treat but, not a beer you can have a lot of at one sitting.

Photo of ThirdCoast
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful dark black with a nice creamy tan head.

S: Slight hints of chocolate, slightly sweet roasted coffe aroma.

T: Lovely hit of chocolate mixed in with the taste of roasted coffee.

M: Very creamy, smooth in the mouth, goes down just the same.

D: I would order this over and over. Makes for a great after dinner beer.

Photo of HimerMan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap - numerous times at Stout in NYC. They always have this.

Appears like a milkshake dark brown, and smells intensely like chocolate (not like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though).

Nice thick taste, yet overall is a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Extra creamy stout as you drink it with no alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, this is clearly a drinkable beer - I'd suggest it on tap rather than bottle. The bottles tend to have a strange aftertaste to them more often than the nitro-tap.

One of my standards at Stout.


Photo of Ozone34
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Almost jet black, you can see a little light.

Smell: Incredible, the chocolate and roasted malts are powerful, yet not overwhelming.

Taste: This beer still carries the excellent stout characteristics of the roasted malts and bitter hops, but adds just enough chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy not heavy at all.

Drinkability: I could drink this with my morning cereal.

Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a slight tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate (I bet you were suprised by that) sweet tones and notes, a hint of burnt runs through. The taste has a great very subtle bitter to match the chocolate sweet, great balance. The flavor is wonderful, not overpowering but great to keep sipping and wonder where it all went. A medium to full body with a good balance in carbonation to fully round out this great beer. This beer has something for everyone and I recommend it to all. A wonderful brew!

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

This brew pours heavy and dark with strong a bittersweet chocolate flavor. It is has an ultra smooth flavor and is very drinkable. Considerate Young's Double Chocolate Stout as a dessert beverage. Hats off to the brew master for creating this black anomaly. This is another beer for those who are, “afraid of the dark.”

Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having finally found this in a nitro can, I had to re-review it.

Appearance is beautiful, black with a tight white nitro head. Chocolate smell, with some malts in the background to lend it some dryness.

My only complaint about the nitro vs. the bottle is that the nitro seems sweeter, and sugary, more like milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate. Its been a while since I've had this in any form, so maybe I just don't remember it being this sweet....

An nice, thick and smooth stout. Drinkable if you're a fan of stouts or chocolate.

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

Imagine yourself licking through a block of ice for some burnt choco pudding on the other side of the frozen wall and actually liking it. Then imagine that you do this in repetitions until it's been expired and you are left with a chocolate fog on the roof of your mouth. Maybe my beer mug was too cold but this wonderful cocoa flavoring seemed to be teased in after some delayed anasceptic numbness. Not bad but I wished that I had the whole flavor at once.

Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black in appearance with a huge creamy tan head (depending on pour) and great retention.

The smell was sublte to me. Chocolate and malt in the smell but not leaping out like I thought they would.

Taste was of mellow bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel was slick and creamy, low carbonation. Very full-bodied.

Very easy to drink this beer, but you probably wont want more than a couple.

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

The beer poured into the glass black with a brownish highlight. The head was tannish and rose tall and moussy falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong roast and chocolate with an expresso coffee character. Rather than being fruity the aroma contained judicious amounts fo chocolate.

The flavor was rich with a nice chocolate character. The bottle had a bit of acrid bittering and just a very slight sourness to the flavor. The emphasis was on chocolate and the beer emulated that emphasis to a tee. Some roasty expresso was present in the smooth flavor, but mostly it was chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting cocoa and coffee long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, no doubt.

16.9 ounce bottle. Note: this is my wife's favorite beer on draft.

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

Tried this beer both in the bottle and on-tap. In the bottle it's pretty good, on tap it is very good. When drinking it on tap the chocolate flavor is very detectable and rich, and the beer is nice and creamy smooth making for a great mouth feel and drinkability.

All of that is much more muted and almost diluted when tasted in the bottle, so don't pass up the chance to have a fountain pour if you can.

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

a - dark brown with a quarter-inch tan head, not much lacing

s - roasted malt and chocolate, slight bitterness

t - like the aroma, roasted malt and slight sweetness from the chocolate are dominant, the finish is long and bitter

m - medium to full bodied, very creamy, coats the mouth well, not much carbonation evident

d - very drinkable, I could sip on this all night

Photo of HoustonTX
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ultra dark brown, with a thick head slighty brown in tint.

S - Coffee and strong malts, undertones of vanilla and creame.

T - Chocolate of course is the main flavor, notes of toffee, caramel, and sweet milk chocolate. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Almost feels as though it's cleaning my mouth, wonderful mouthfeel, very crisp.

D - Average, as it can be slightly filling.

Overall, an excellent stout. One that is widely available. Check your local stores and grab some of these, you won't regret it.

Photo of Schwarzbart
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I love nitro can pours and this one did not disappoint. As this dark chocolate/black beer settles it left a dense finger high, spongy, flat, tan head. The awesome thing is that it stuck around until the very end.
Smell: Chocolate. Some mild malt aroma is barely detectable through the chocolate, but it's there along with some milk notes. The chocolate is the dominant character and made me think of chocolate cake or cocoa powder.
Taste: Mild sweet chocolate flavor with mild dry malts. Just a slight toastiness with some alcohol notes as it warms. There is a slight fruit flavor like red raspberries and some milk flavor, but it is mostly chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Dry, smooth and silky.
Drinkability: Love it. A great stout.

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

Fours across the board on Young's Double Chocolate Stout for me. It's just a good solid sweet stout. Nothing more, nothing less.

Dark in the glass with a decent tan head. Good chocolate scents. Fairly full body. Nice and creamy with the right amount of carbonation for my tongue. Quite drinkable.

It seems like you can get it just about anywhere, but I had this one at the Mercury Lounge, a beerbar in Goleta, California.

Photo of Gattopardo
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Admittedly, a can is probably not the best means of delivery for this beer, which I initially tried from a tap, yet the experience was not significantly diminished. I found a four-pack of Young's at Trader Joe's in 14.9 oz cans, each stamped at the bottom with a freshness date of February, 2007. In short, I have great affection for this beer. The pour is exceptionally creamy with a brown mocha color. After it sat a bit the thin rich head separated from the dense black below. Strong scent of porter and chocolate. The chocolate taste is very present, followed by a pleasant stout bitterness that effectively leaves the mouth feeling somehow cleansed and ready for another sip, althouth the former did seem to diminish as the beer cooled. The creamy, silky mouthfeel and the flavor makes it perfect to drink with a chocolate dessert. In all, a unique experience in beer.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a cascading, fluffy, light tan head that settles into a 1 finger cap. Solid streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel and chocolate malt...maybe a hint of dehusked carafa in there.
Taste is similar to the smell with the mild caramel and dusty cocoa coming through and playing lightly along the tongue.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full bodied with a grainy feel on the tongue. Mildly sweet start and light bitter ending make this one an ok selection but not groundbreaking by any means.
I've been wowed by this on draft a few years back...either my memory is going or this nitro-can doesn't hold a candle to the brew on tap.

Photo of Sosh
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, with a tan head. When I held it close to light, some dark reddish brown was seen.

Smell - Beer and chocolate, but nothing REALLY stuck out.

Taste - Coffee was the biggest factor, the chocolate was merely an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A bit bubbly. It really felt like Bud Light (or something of that nature) as far as the carbonation went.

Drinkability - Smooth going down, but I did feel a little full.

I guess I'm glad I got this, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. Overpriced, I think.

Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a 1 1/2 finger mocha colored head. Smell is of sweet chocolate and dark malts. Mouthfeel would be better if it had a bit less carbonation but overall pretty good. Taste is dark roasted malts with a small touch of chocolate. Chocolate is not as prevalant in the taste as it is in the smell. Overall a good stout even though I was let down a bit by the lack of chocolate in the taste.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Boy does this one look fantastic. Ebony color with a head sitting on top that's the creamiest cap I've ever seen on a beer. Hardly looks like bubbles, more a nougat-like fluffiness, total cream, and just as velvety when it moves over the lips. The head stays on top throughout the entire drink.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts, sweet but pretty laid back.

Tastes of frothy chocolate milk and toasty malts, which deepens with a finish of mild hops bittering. I know it's proper for the style and region, but I don't like the flat mouthfeel, it lets down the flavor characteristics. Still haven't acquired a liking for the kind of flatness many English beers have.

A nice dessert-y stout that actually isn't too heavy to session or enjoy with a meal.

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

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Super thick head prevented me from pouring this into a pint glass on one try. Almond head and easy 4" thick. This is no joke. Very slow recession. Great retention. Lace clings heavily to glass and evenly caps beer and just doesn't want to fade. Big bubbles in lace suggest heavy carbonation, but no visible carbonation in beer because it's simply to black.

Black beer with slightest red translucence when held up to light.

S: Milk! Creamy milk with slight hops and spice. Wow I loved the smell of this beer, it was like a real desert.

T: Everything suggested by the smell came true when tasteing it. Smooth milk chocolate malt with a slight spicy bitter end. Clear and distinct taste of almonds. Low carbonation, slight spice. A very dry finish.

This is a desert, a fantastic chocolate desert. Finish a mean with this beer.

M: Smoothe creamy, balanced. Slightly watery. Big flavor, but not heavy. Almond over chocolate finishes beer and coats mouth with a pleasant residue.

D: Very pleasant chocolate. A very situational beer. I gave it high drinkability because in that situation, be it after dinner or as a snack, this is fantastic. At the end of the meal how many do you want to put a way? It's a desert, it's a great desert. But you can't have chocolate all of the time. I dunno, maybe you can. I suggest complimenting this beer with cookies or cake.

Photo of benwiley
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i have to rate this NITRO CAN version of this amazing stout as substantially lower than the bottled version. this nitro can just did not deliver the amazing pure chocolate decadence that the bottle so fully conveys. i dont know. i just know that the bottle is an absolute let down compared to the bottle. now, i am FULLY AWARE that the nitro can produces a better head. absolutely true - the head on this can's pour lasted pretty much the entire glass full and tastes terrific. but, all in all, the bottle version has a MUCH BETTER flavor through and through. i mean it. start with the bottled one. have one and realize the greatness. if you the have a nitro can you will see the difference clearly. the can pretty much delivers a DULLER version of the same great beer.

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

This beer retained a slight amount of foam head at the top for quite some time and it is incredibly complex and choclatey and stout and bitter and sweet and awesome. I highly suggest it. If you don't try it yourself, you don't know what you are missing. GO TRY IT!

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

Had a pint of this at the Young's restauarant on the Thames River.

Beer poured black as night with a great tan head leaving generous lacing. Nose was of sweet chocolate malts. Taste was malty with a very sweet finish. Mouthfeel was smooth but kind of thin for the style. Drinkability was sessionable at 5.2 abv. An enjoyable beer that one has to try.

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