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

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5,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,249
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 179
Gots: 618 | 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 rkuhnel
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Yep, chocolate. Double chocolate. Poured dark brown with big tan head. Despite the chocolate, the hops still are clear and good. Great palate. Good nose. Good all the way around. I have laid in a stock of these now that Young’s is gone. It is going to be hard to drink the last one. Sort of like eating the last Passenger Pigeon.

Photo of cichief
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a single 500ml bottle (no widget) in Laurel, MD for $3.79.

A- Pours jet black, almost opaque, with a thick medium-brown head.

S- Scented chocolate (of course!), hints of coffee.

T- Very sweet, chocolate, coffee, but with a medium-dry finish. No taste of alcohol.

M- Very carbonated, too fizzy for the style.

D- Once in a while the beer is fine, but I wouldn't make it a habit.

I have had this before in the UK, and several years ago in the US. I was expecting it to have a stronger flavor. It must be the recent Imperial Stouts I sampled recently.

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Yardhouse in Irvine, CA. On their menu, the "Double" was omitted from the name, but this is the only relevant listing I can find, so I assume this is the beer I had. I had it with a ham and pineapple pizza and back-to-back with Bayhawk Chocolate Porter so that I could compare the two.

The head was very thick, dense, and frothy; it remained all the way to the last drink and left not lacing, but a thick frothy mousse all the way down the glass. The first thing I noticed with my first sip was the mouthfeel. This is a very, very creamy beer--it certainly does justice to the style of "milk stout." It almost felt like I was drinking a pint of cream. Almost as quickly, I noticed the very nice sweetness of the beer. Sweet cream would be an apt description of this beer. After a few more sips, the roasted malt flavors became more noticeable. Chocolate and coffee notes were subtle, but there. As the beer warmed it came to taste somewhat more complex. This is a very nice, good beer.

The sweetness and roasted malt of this beer went very well with my meal. I preferred this to the Bayhawk. I would have liked to compare it to the Young's Oatmeal Stout that they also had on tap. I had had taster size portions of both before and am glad I came back to this one; I'll definitely come back both Young's Chocolate and Oatmeal sometime again.

Photo of YankChef
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 500 ml bottle.

Smells of deep, dark chocolate and sweet milky aromas

Taste is rich and complex of dark rich chocolate. Malt dominates and hops are barely even noticable on the palate.

This was definitely a sipper as it was very rich and creamy. Still an enjoyable brew although i was a little bit let down i was expecting a little more from this brew. But the first chocolate stout i had was rogue's, so that puts the bar pretty high

Photo of Butch
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 27 March 2007, Best before 11 Dec 2007 - Gift from a friend

14.9 fl. oz can with nitro widget, poured into a pint glass

Color & Head: Black with very little to no head. I poured it the "Guinness way" and the head looked okay for a minute but faded very soon.

Aroma: Dry. Roasted malt.

Taste: Smooth and deep. If I really concentrate on it, I can taste some dark chocolate, but not much. Not a lot of coffee flavor, which is what I generally like in the style. It tastes a lot like a cigar, really.

Notes: A friend brought me this one from Atlanta – Thanks M_D! The taste was overwhelmingly like a cigar. The Wife didn’t really care for it, but I enjoyed it. Then again, I enjoy a nice cigar occasionally as well.


Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black color with slight ruby red tinting at the edges. Beautiful cascade.

S: Nice aroma of toasted malt and cocoa.

T: Very much like the bottled version of this. Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, bakers chocolate, toasted malt, and lightly bitter hops. Not as bitter as the bottled version.

M: Unbelievably creamy and thick. Rich and incredibly full. Not much more to be said about that.

D: Phenominal! Milk stouts don't get much better than this.

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

16.9 oz, best before Aug 04 2007.

Just about equal parts pitch black brew and dark brown head. Decent lace.

Chocolate, rich and sweet. Toasty bread under the chocolate. Mild floral hops.

Medium bodied. Sweet rich chocolate. Tart floral hop oils. Light grassy esters. Dark roasted fruit, grape. Surprisingly light. Velvet smooth. Finishes dry, lightly grassy.

Fond memories of this guy on tap. This bottle was not quite as good as I recalled. Still tasty though, so much chocolate.

Photo of bradybeer
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nitro can pors dark brown nearly black with thick nitro head. Little hop aroma and a malty sweet aroma. Taste is sweet with a little chocolate coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Drinkability-meaning could I drink a few of these at anyone time? No-I think one of these will be enough. I enjoyed this beer and would like to taste this and a Mackensons back to back

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves one finger of beige colored head, with excellent retention, and excellent spotty lacing. Body is the deepest brown.

Smell - chocolate, dark crusted malt bread, roasted malt, and a hint of lemon/lime soda. Smells rich and hearty.

Taste - same as the smell. Delicious and hearty chocolate and dark crusted malt bread. Hops show up as a hint of lemon/lime soda, mostly on the finish, at times combining there on the finish with malt and chocolate for a cola taste as well.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, noticablely carbonated, a little semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is delicious and hearty. This is good ale, and quite sessionable.

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

Yum. Beautiful combination of sweet chocolate, chewy malt, and lightly bitter hops.

16.9oz bottle, purchased in Northern California March 2007, best before May 2007. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with tan highlights; one finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Rich chocolate on the nose, some hop edge, a little bit of bitter alcohol. Taste follows up wonderfully, predominantly malty, just the right amount of chocolate sweetness in the center followed by a nice balance of mellow and dry English hops. Smooth and silky, but not remotely syrupy - eminently drinkable, especially when colder (as it gets warmer, the finish gets a bit astringent). Some nice warm powdery chocolate lingers. Beautiful and beautifully integrated.

Great job with this one. Young's really has it together.

Photo of kdoc8
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this in a nitro-can at the Franklin Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. Poured into a pint glass with a thick (1-2 cm) and very long-lasting and very creamy head that's off-white in color. The color is black, with some hints of red-brown under a light. Smells fantastic of sweet milk chocolate - like you stuck your nose into a bag of good milk chocolates - that's the dominant smell - hardly any roasted malt or smoke smell. There's some lacing, but not a lot. It has a great mouthfeel - creamy and delicious and hardly any bubbles - like drinking a glass of milk. The taste is really just like chocolate milk without much of an aftertaste. It smells stronger than it tastes - very drinkable. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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

Charcoal black rather than ink black, bubbly & creamy cocoa colored head.
Chocolate aroma a little more subdued than expected. Bready with a whiff of alcohol.
An excellent balance of roasted malt flavor with the chocolate background.
Thick on the tongue leaving behind a malt & chocolate coating.
The chocolate is subdued so you could probably drink several but if I wanted a chocolate beer there are a couple of others I'd choose over this.
Straight 4's, a good beer.

Photo of sethmeister
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (marked best before aug 25 '07) into pint glass served at cellar temp.

Pours black with a huge foamy sticky taupe head leaving some lace on the glass.

The scent is entirely chocolate syrup.

Tastes like hot chocolate with underlying dark fruit. Some vanila and molasses. There's a roasty bitterness here which balances the beer and causes it to taste less sweet and chocolatey than the name implies. Very slight hops at the finish and some unsweetened baking cocoa which can get a bit chalky.

Mouthfeel is a silky, creamy medium. I'd prefer a thicker bolder mouthfeel but this is quite good for the relatively low abv.

Drinkability suffers a bit because for some reason this beer fills me up more than any other. I've never drunk it and desired a second.

Not my favorite chocolate stout but certainly not a bad one. I think the bitter chalky aftertaste and the slightly syrupy quality throw me on this one. I prefer Sam Adams Cream stout.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from 1pt 0.9 oz bottle a near pitch black with a small tannish head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is all chocolate and hot cocoa and it's a pleasure to my nose.

The taste is a delicious sweet chocolate with some slightly bitter cocoa notes that are a literal wonder on my taste buds and... it's so smooth and yet tasty that I just can't get enough of i read the drinkability factor goes through the roof! Imho, this is *still* the quintissential Chocolate Stout on the market today. Simply superb!

Thanks to Wasatch for this sample!

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

first time I heard about chocolate beer I thought it was a joke ...
first time I tasted this brew I thought it was suprisingly balanced but rather difficult to get accustomed to ...
today I think this is one of the greatest stouts around ....
it is surprisingly dry, the (dark belgian bitter) chocolate appears only in the finish, it is smooth and well balanced ...

the best about this brew however is how it pours: almost crude oil dark with a finesse of liquid gold ... pure simple beauty ....

Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

Grabbed a pint to sip, although it took a minute for it to warm up. Really, this stuff tastes just like Guinness when its cold. Let it sit and a mellow dark chocolate flavor comes out. This beer looks great though. And you're really into appearance, the thick lacing and head on this can't be beat. Still I think this beer is a little over-rated. While the flavor is nice, I dont find it very complex or worthy of high marks.

Photo of kajerm
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, I asked for it and I got it-- Young's in a nitro can. Poured opaque jet black with a creamy, thick, majestic nitrogen head. The bubbles sink in the glass, and I point this out to my girlfriend. She is in awe. She hasn't had much Guinness.

Chocolate and coffee notes dominate the nose; the estery banana notes I picked up in the bottled version are nowhere to be found. The beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel (thanks to that miraculous little widget.) The flavor profile is essentially the same as in the bottled version-- dark malt, chocolate, and coffee up front, hops (and maybe some black malt bitterness) in the back.

But there's trouble in paradise. The nitrogen seems to have blunted the flavor somewhat, making this beer much less intense and less viscerally satisfying. It gets worse. About five sips in, a coiny, metallic note came out and started to crowd out all the other flavors. This is, at least for me, one of the nastiest faults a beer can have. I don't think it came from the can, but whatever it is, it's unpleasant. The metallic taste didn't completely ruin the beer for me, but it came pretty damned close.

I'm going to give this another shot (I've got two left)-- hopefully it will have just been an off can. I sincerely hope that I have a good reason to rerate-- I had high hopes for this beer.

RERATE: Dammit. This beer looked even more stunning than it did yesterday, stubbornly opaque with a great big off-white head and lacing that defied at least two major laws of physics. The first few sips were pretty nice (but still more muted than the bottled version), but the honeymoon ended around sip four. This beer still tastes like pennies.

Now there's only one ray of hope left-- drink it on tap...

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

Very dark chocolate in color with a nice creamy healthy head. Smell is mostly hard candy chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is lightly roasted malts with chocolate with a earthy flavor. This is med - full bodied thats creamy with just the right amount of hops to round it out nicely, makes for a nice treat.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow….what a fun beer to pour from a widget can. It is dark with the tiny nitrogen bubbles – looks very thick. The smell is great – almost like a chocolate shake. It tastes like chocolate as well. This is almost like a beer flavored hot chocolate which is served cold. The mouthfeel is chewy, but not oily. While this is a delicious beer, it’s thickness and sweetness make it almost like a dessert beer – so not drinkable in the since of more than one.

Photo of bashiba
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown with a tons of cascading carbonation leading to a perfect ring of creamy thick head. If there is one good thing about Nitro, its definitly got the look.

Sweet malty odor with nice hints of chocolate.

Flavor is light with a nice sweet creamy chocolate flavor along with nice toasted malts, no bitterness at all, would be an oustanding flavor if it was a little more substantial.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but a touch on the thin side.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, great light session stout.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is absolute black with a creamy, and fluffy tan head.

Smell is dark malt with powdery chocolate notes.

Taste is sweet chocolate with hints of vanilla. Subdued earthy hops. Finish brings out mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Overall a very mild stout that is easy to drink. Not as chocolatey as I expected for a double chocolate stout. I had expected a little more robust flavor as well. However, although the flavors are mild they do meld well.

Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz nitro-can into mug.

This is such a fun beer to watch out of the nitro-can! The enite beer starts out tan with a quarter inch head at the top. Slowly, the light tan head stars cascading downward, as the midnight black color of the beer rises to the top. The head becomes thicker, to about an inch, as the beer keeps turning black. After a few minutes, the beer is solid black with a thick solid frothy head that does not quit (so far it has lasted for about 5 mintues without dropping a millimeter). Web like lacing along the glass.

A little bit of dark malt aroma is hidden behind a strong dark chocolate scent.

Delicious and creamy chocolate flavor mixes well with the bitter burn flavor of the malts. The sweet chocolate battles with the bitterness of the malts. A little bit of hop twang is tasted in the finish. The beer is full bodied and incredibly smooth. The finish is lightly bitter with a bit of sticky hop bitterness.

This is one fine beer! The nitro-can gives it supreme creaminess, however I enjoyed the flavor a little better out of the bottle. Nevertheless, both are great, it just depends on what serving vessel you prefer.

Photo of Scoobydank
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:the cascade leads to a nice milk chocolate head
S: I stuggled picking up much smell, but what I picked up was very faint burnt malt chocolate smell.
T:very well balanced burnt chocolate taste. Did not over power with chocolate which left me tasting the beatiful brown malt flavor.
M:Perfect roundness to the mouth feel. The carbonation had nice sized bubbles making it fill my mouth.
D:Anyone who enjoys stouts would most certainly enjoy this offereing. Has all the qualities of a great stout, with a much bigger chocolate kick.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 500ml brown, crown top bottle with embossed ram. Vibrant purple and orange label with best by date.

Appearance: Pours black with dark brown hue, Great 2 finger creamy, coffee colored foam, leading to nice lace.

Smell: Rich chocolate malt, slightly metallic

Taste: Huge chocolate malts, vanilla bean (liqueur), raw cocoa, espresso. Very subtle bitter hops. Great chocolate after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Smooth, little carbonation. Like desert in a bottle.

Drinkability: This is incredible! This almost reminds me of enjoying a mocha latté for breakfast. I believe I have found a new favorite sweet stout. Still amazed.

Photo of zdk9
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am constantly amazed at the versitility of beer. This beer is a malted milkshake in a glass.

A- pours an impenatrable black with a medium sized grey tan head that dissapates fairly quickly. Lacing is sticky and think.

S- The smell is suprisingly faint. Chocolate malt-balls and cream.

T- Here the chocolate becomes the tour de force as if a delicious Hershy bar had been melted into the beer. The malt and cream are also pretty powerful. Hops bitterness comes out slightly in the back of the mouth and more in the aftertaste which lends some dark fruity flavors of prunes and blueberries. But mostly milk chocolate sweetness

D- It covers your mouth in milky goodness as if you had a sample creamer. I was suprised at the low ABV in this beer you could definatly session this beer, although it is a bit pricey. The bitterness could be a bit more present but I think that it works for this genre.

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