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

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5,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,148
Reviews: 2,273
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 163
Gots: 530 | 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 BlueHammer
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the nitro can into a clear glass, this beer is a deep brown color, completely opaque. It has a creamy tan head that lingers indefinitely. It smells malty, nutty, choclatey (as it should)! It tastes like a sweet chocolate milk, at first and then ends with a bittersweet chocolate bite. It is like biting into one of those dark chocolate bars that is 80% (or more) pure dark cocoa. Makes sense, since that's what this beer is made from! The feel of this beer is smooth and creamy - meant to be sipped. It leaves a nice aftertaste of chocolate after it goes down. It makes a nice after-dinner, desert-like treat. Delicious!

Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown/black with intense cascading carbonation (typical of nitro cans, yet still a treat to watch) which created a dense, creamy, grayish-brown head.

The chocolate aroma was quite intense, yet it smelled more like sweet milk chocolate than the actual dark chocolate that is used in the brewing process.

The beer tasted quite chocolatey. As the beer rested on the palate, the chocolate flavor became more milky, sweet and smooth. Notes of espresso and a moderate bitterness were noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was rich, creamy and medium to medium-light bodied for a stout.

Photo of vtfan77
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark brown, not quite black. Decent creamy tan head. Good lacing.

S- Mostly roasted malts with some chocolate. Coffee notes and a milky sweetness are also detectable. Chocolate aroma is not as pronounced as I was expecting.

T- Roasted malts dominate. Chocolate is detectable but certainly not in the forefront. Lactose sweetness comes in towards the middle. Ends with a touch of bitterness and an aftertaste of espresso.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth.

D- Not bad but not great. It's fairly low in alcohol but also rather filling. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Good beer, not great. I was expecting a little more chocolate flavor as this beer is brewed with real dark chocolate, but was left wanting. A good sweet stout, but not something that I would seek out again. For chocolate stouts I'll stick with Rogue.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional looking label with enticing words.."Luxury, silky, rich..." DAMN! Lets see.

a- This poured a great dark brown/black color that looks like a coca-cola. There are amber highlights. The foamy and fizzy brown head is also quite noisy.

s- The smell was fruity, musty and sweet. Chocolate was there just not very potent (and I really buried my nose in there).

t- Hmmm wtf. Kinda dark chocolately. Both bitter and sweet. Interesting but im not quite feeling this. The flavors are too rich, odd and musty.

mf/d- Smooth, creamy and thick. Not very drinkable as this tastes funky. I just don't get the hype.

Overall it tastes exactly like an A&W Cream Soda. I thought this was beer? Sickingly sweet.

Photo of bodybyadam
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +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
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +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
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,148 ratings.