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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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5,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,132
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 159
Gots: 521 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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

As I had it straight from the bottle, I can't report on it's appearance, but the nose and flavor were quite good. It's first and foremost a very solid stout with a nice roasted malt character, hints of chocolate in the nose and more in the aftertaste. Exhale through your nose after taking a drink and you'll really get the full effect. Overall it's a well balanced brew and the chocolate notes are a nice touch without being overpowering.

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, nearly black with a dense, light tan head. Chunky lacing and good head retention. Super chocolatey aroma - dark chocolate, a little milk sweetness, just like cutting blocks of chocolate when baking. There's a hint of roasted malt too, but it's quite subdued compared to the caramel maltiness. The flavour has a lot more malt in it, some caramel, that complements the chocolate. On the bittersweet side more than milk chocolate. Fairly quick finish with a bit of cocoa. On the creamy side, medium bodied with slightly lower than average carbonation. Also a bit dry. This is tasty stuff. The chocolate is right up front, but it still tastes balanced and not at all like this is just a dessert beer.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had and reviewed this back in Feb. of 2005. Since my knowledge of beer and brewing, as well as my palate, have been immensely sharpened since then, I felt this was worth revisiting.
This poured from its pint sized bottle, nearly black with only a razor thin line of light shining though. The very edges are a dark reddish bronze colour. There was a thick, foamy, khaki coloured head that faded away into a 2 mm blanket of sand coloured frost with thick, wonderful lacing about the edges of the glass.
I found very little sweetness in the smell, but rather lots of bitterness, such as bitter baker's chocolate and coffee beans. There were, of course, some malty aromas.
Taste was quite sweet and chocolatey. There was, however, a strange characteristic in this that seemed to remind me of scotch. I can't place it, and it certainly wasn't offensive or too powerful, but upon each sip, I thought, "hmm, scotch". Strange, eh? I felt the mouthfeel for this was very, very thin and light. Perhaps that will allow for me to consume more of this delicious stout, but quite honestly, stouts of this sort, I like to almost be able to chew.
I am very glad I chose to revisit this, and I will most certainly buy it again. The only thing I could find wrong with it, was that I was exceptionally lightweight for the style.
*Note: I paired this with Ghirardelli "Espresso Escape" premium dark chocolates made with 60% pure cacao and finely ground espresso beans. I reviewed the beer as accurately as possible omitting characterisics of the chocolate. I consumed most of the chocolate after the review.

Photo of Zogman100
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this gem last night for the first time and I must say it was an extremly pleasant surprise. Nice aroma of dark chocolate. Nice creamy sustained head. A very smooth stout beer. Not too sweet or not too bitter. Pleasant after taste. The aroma and flaver improve after warming in the glass. This is a highly drinkable stout and has moved to the top of my list as one of my favorites. Highly reccommended.

Photo of TechMyst
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Container Volume: 500ml

Container type: bottle (pasteurized)

Fresh: consumed 2 months before exp.

Head: sustaining

Lace: well

Reflected- black
Transmitted- dark brown

Aroma: chocolate roasted malts

Mouthfeel: Heavy

Palate: adjusts immediately

Start- chocolate
Middle- sweet / bitter
Finish- clean

Comments: Very rich. Good blend of sweet and bitter. Clean finish.

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With Friends- y
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Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been one of my standby stouts for a long time, but I never got around to reviewing it until now.

Poured a nice, lovely deep, deep black, but not opaque. There were hints of garnet around the edges where the light made it through. Once the nitro frothing settled down, the beer developed a nice, thick, and very tight head that lasted a good long while.

The smell reminds me of opening a bag of milk chocolate chips. There's that ever so slightly bitter chocolate aroma, a bit of waziness, and an enticing sweetness. There is just flat out no hop presence I can detect anywhere in the nose. Just a slight bit of darker malts, and the above mentioned chocolate.

The taste is also similar to a chocolate bar. It's sweet, yet not overwhelmingly so by any means. It has all the desired characteristics of a good sweet stout, with the added cocoa flavor as a bonus. Any hopiness here is relegated to a bit of bitterness. I detected no hop flavor of any sort. The bitterness seems to come mostly from the malts and chocolate. Surprisingly balanced, given the style and the adjuncts.

The mouthfeel is thickish, but oddly thinner than one may expect. This would probably be better were it a bit more creamy and chewy. It's good as it is, but there's room for improvement here, in my opinion.

Very, very nicely done. A great twist on the style. It's a sweet stout to begin with, so why not add something that most people think of when they think of "sweet", like chocolate? Truly worth seeking out.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has the typical nitro pour - cascading head. When settled, it's opaque black with a slightly off-white thick, lingering head.

The smell is a bit on the thin side, but chocolatey.

The taste is of creamy, smooth bitter chocolate. A slight hint of dark fruits give it a suggestion of chocolate-covered cherries, but a powdery chocolate dominates.

The taste is smooth and chocolate. It's like chocolate in liquid form. A bit of airiness takes away from the richness just a tad.

Overall, it's a wonderful dessert drink. It's nice in a can, especially the appearance. But, I personally think that it is a bit richer/fuller in the bottle.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color out of the nitro can with a one finger, light tan colored head.

Smells like sweet chocolate and roasted malts. I would compare the smell to a chocolate cream pie, and I think its great.

The taste is very similar to the smell... a liquid chocolate cream pie. There is also a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

I would prefer just a little more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

I could drink one of these every night after dinner for dessert, but wouldnt want to session it.

Photo of sauron681
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has been in the fridge for a while,
BEST BEFORE END: 2005, and here it is 09/06.

Initial aroma very coffee like with light hints of dark chocolate. After pouring, it was more like a hot chocolate mix powder smell. Very thick light brown head, minimal lacing. Carbonation was good, but the beer being a little on the older side, (lacing and head not as good as I think they should have been) and sitting in the fridge for well over a year and a half (yikes).

Very pleasant aftertaste, sweet. Suprisingly smooth, not bitter, and very drinkable. Your perfect celebration beer. Will try this again within the best before date.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 500 ml bottle into a pint glass

A- dark black with a coffee head, tons of carbination and nice lacing on the glass

S- dark chocolate is very present with some malt undertones

T- dark chocolate malts through and through with some mild bitterness in the end.

M- nice and balanced, but a bit on the thin side for a stout

D- very easy drinking, goes down tasty and very smooth

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

Black, completely opaque body with rather thick light tan head. Smells malty, caramelly, and chocolatey. Tastes malty and chocolatey. Very very good. Glad I bought two bottles, and I’ll definitely be buying more. I’m very impressesd. All the hype was not for nothing. One of my favorites.

Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a dark, rich, chocolate drink this is the one.

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass the head is made up of big sticky bubbles. It settles to almost nothing and the first thing you notice is the overwhelming smell of dark chocolate. This is a heavy, sticky, sweet milk stout and is quite similar to Mackeson's XXX.

You wont need dessert if you drink one of these. And I don't need more than one because they are 20 ounce bottles, and it is rather expensive.

Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 ounce nitro "draught" can poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A cascading nitro pour leads to a nice sized head the color of coffee with cream sitting atop a nearly black stout.

S - Powdered chocolate milk mix or chocolate syrup really leads the way and largely dominates the aroma. Quite nice.

T - A whole lot of chocolate flavor on top of a sweet stout with some dark malt characteristics and a tiny hint of roastiness.

M - A great creamy mouthfeel that is extremely smooth. The carbonation is nearly nill as it all feeds the head.

D - Excellent. The smoothness and cremy mouthfeel make this one go down so smooth despite its extreme sweetness. Great after dinner beer.

Notes: I like this sample from the nitro can about a million times better than the bottled one I tried a few months back. I hope to find this on tap soon.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass.

A: Beautiful cascading ivory head...thick creamy & 1 finger+. Great head retention. Lace is creamy as well. Almost black, with the faintist hints of amber on the sides.
S: Cocoa powder and mostly sweet malt...not intense for me.
T: Delicious roasted malt. Dark chocolate bittersweetness. Not candy-like - it's very rich with a good bitter & sweet balance. Hints of ripe fruit (cherries/raspberries).
M: Fuller mouthfeel...this beer seems to coat every surface in my mouth and cling to it. Extremely creamy. Fairly light in body.
D: Delicious with dessert or by itself. Probably not a beer you'd have more than one of at a sitting, but with a low abv (and great taste) you could if you wanted to. A very agreeable, palate-pleasing stout.

Photo of hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was just okay for me, but my none-beer-drinking neighbors all seemed to like it a lot - more than they liked Yeti Imperial Stout ("too bitter" or Rogue Chocolate Stout ("too beery" - which surprised me, I love that one)

Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Nice and malty aroma, with dark chocolate undertones.

Taste: Roastiness is the predominant flavor, but there is some dark chocolate in the background. Bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Light-Medium body.

Drinkability: Everyone else seemed to like it more than I did, but definitely not bad.

Photo of nesta
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is among my favorite beers. Very rich, dark color, with a positively delightful cocoa aroma. The beer is smooth, almost velvety, and rich with chocolate, cocoa, and hints of coffee with cream. An important high point in this brew is that its very rich without being overly sweet, making it a bit more drinkable than many other rich beers. Still, it is very rich and very filling....I couldn't see myself enjoying more than two of these before switching to something else, which is the only reason I rated the drinkability below the 4.0 mark. This is simply an exceptional beer, and one of the brews I most frequently recommend to people who claim to not like beer (when they've only really tried bud light and miller) or to not like dark beer.

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

First thing first... this beer is excellent.

A very dense, dark pour with a very thick (3 finger) tan head that shrinks a little but does not disappear. You will notice a wonderful, sweet smell of malty chocolate and coffee. The same sweet chocolate and coffee are tasted, but they are perfectly balanced by bitterness to avoid making this overly sweet. The aftertase is of more chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with light carbonation and goes down very smoothly. This is a very drinkable beer, and one of the most drinkable stouts that I have tasted. A delicious treat for dessert or any other time you want to enjoy a great beer.

Photo of haz77
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with absolutely no light coming through at all. An inch of frothy dark tan head falls to a firm fingers worth.

S - Milky chocolate (unsurprisingly), coffee, roast malts, nuttiness.

T - Roast malts and chocolate appear immediately, before coffee moves forward during the middle. Some light bitterness comes through in the finish, but the aftertaste is dominated once again by creamy chocolate.

M - Medium body with a palate-cleaning carbonation.

D - The mouthfeel really helps the drinkability. A very good beer.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Someone brought this one from Texas for me since it is not available in Louisiana yet. I was very excited at trying it, and I was not disappointed. It poured very dark with a nice tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate almost jumping out of the glass. Very agreeable. Just enough carbonation to fizzle in your mouth. Plenty of chocolate there too!! But I must say, not as thick as I thought it would be. Definitely a dessert in itself! If you're both a chocoholic and a beerholic, this one's for you.

Photo of Generik420
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time this weekend. I usually am not in the mood for a stout style beer, and was really buying this for the bottle. I am a homebrewer and had 11 Young's bottles and wanted a half case for bottling my brews with. This was all they had from Young's so a little reluctantly I bought it.

I have to say, I was amazed at how good this beer was. First thing I noticed was the chocolate flavor. It is very pronounced and I found it very enjoyable. This beer goes down very smooth and didn't have a very harsh roasty bite that many other stouts have. Each sip begged for the next one to follow soon after. After a sip, I felt like I still had a chocolatey residue coating the inside of my mouth that faded away slowly. The hop flavors were fairly absent, although I can't imagine wanting the chocolate flavors to compete with hops, so in my mind it was balanced the way it should be.

After drinking this lone bottle, I longed for another. This beer will definitly find its way into my normal beer rotation.

Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black body below a brown head that leaves traces of lace. Carbonation is subtle but enough to give the palate a sting

Chocolate of course, is the prominent theme here. Not the bakers variety. This is more like a rich dark chocolate that oils down the palate and really makes it difficult to pick up anything else. Its that strong! of a taste. It is a good beer, don't get me wrong, I just think its rather boring to be honest. A melted chocolate bar without any balancer.

Hersheys chocolate to the point. Squeeze some hershey's on a batch of vanilla Ice Cream and you have Young's double chocolate. That being the very rudimentary version it is more comples than that.

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

This is a dessert in a can! A and I both enjoy this brew, but I swear it feels like
drinking a chocolate cake, which is not a bad thing. Nice creamy head, hey its nitro! The smell is a lovely malty sweet followed by a ton of chocolate when
you first take a swig. The beer does not disappoint even as you get toward the
bottom. I really enjoy this in the colder months since it is quite rich and heavy, its
a bit too much in summer, and it only makes you think you are putting on 20 pounds per glass.

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

Poured this beer out into a pint glass, beer was a very dark chocolate brown color, with a very nice head on top. The head stuck around for several minutes, eventually leaving a small creamy froth on top. The smell was definitely of chocolate malt. Sweet and pleasant like a candy bar. The taste was also nice, although not as strong as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very creamy; the beer has a healthy body and a smooth finish. Overall, this beer is definitely drinkable and I would recommend it.

Photo of Estarrio
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black from a nitro can into my pub glass. Nice, creamy, tan head with excellent retention and brilliant lacings throughout. Resembled a draft pour.

Lots of chocolate and buttery hints in the aroma. Some malt scents and a tart aroma are also present. Inviting but forgettable.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, butter, sweet and roasted malts are balanced by a bitter, tart hoppy presence. The aftertaste is slightly too tart in my opinion and perhaps slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is excellent, as this drinks like a draft beer. Nice, thick, full-bodied and creamy.

Photo of MLegendre
2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Wow... I must say I'm quite amazed at the formation of the head on this thing. I could watch that all day. After it settles it leaves a 1/2in white creamy head. Looks kind of like ice cream The body of the beer is black with some ruby highlights. The only thing keeping me from giving this a five is the fact that it really dosn't look like beer, more like a milkshake or something.

S: Smells good, very chocolatey, but dosn't really smell like a beer. Smells more like Nesquick. There is a hint of alcohol to the nose.

T: I was glad that it didn't taste as chocolatey as it smelled. I was actually especting this to be stronger than it was. Slighty bitter with a sweet roasted malts and chocolate dominating. Has a bitter coffee like aftertaste. Chocolate tastes pretty artificial. Reminds me of Guinness mixed with Nesquick.

M: Completly flat and kind of watery. This is killing it for me.

D: Watching the head form on this is definiatly it's strongest point . Taste-wise it was a decent stout, but I really can't stand how flat and watery it was. If it had at least some carbonation, and maybe a fuller body I would like it a lot more.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,132 ratings.