1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,773 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,773
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 134
Gots: 347 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Young's Double Chocolate Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,773 | Reviews: 2,214 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of smitty1080
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head. The initial smell of chocolate hits right before taking that first sip, already bringing a smile to my face. The head tastes just as creamy as it looks. The slightly sweet cream is then followed by a bittersweet chocolate that works very well together. I had a tough time keeping it in my mouth due to the big goofy smile this beer put on my face. To much fun to drink.

smitty1080, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a nice size head that has a cascading effect. Both the aroma and taste is all chocolate. The mouthfeel is very thick and it actually has a way of coating the mouth with chocolate. I'm not a big fan of using chocolate in beer, but this is outstanding.

dmarch, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of BigHead
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this beer is a great looking beer as it settles itself in my glass. The cascade feeds the head over a few minutes span, mesmerizing.

I detect a slight coffee and chocolate aroma, not as strong as I expected it to be, being that it is double chocolate.

Mmmm, tasty. A nice, smooth, chocolatey stout. The coffee flavors are nicely mixed in to the dominate chocolate flavors.

A nice stout.

BigHead, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, thick tan head, with a black body that is so dense no light can enter nor escape. Thick lacing. Aroma is awfully light; I really can't pick up much at all. I might have started out with the beer too cold. By the time it was warmed up, I was having too much fun drinking it to worry about the aroma.

Tastes like a chocolate milk shake, and that is not meant to be a criticism. Light and frothy in the mouth, deeply chocolate. They were not kidding when they said "double chocolate."

A fun beer.

Darkale, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pint 0.9oz bottle. Good looking bottle.

Pours a nice dark brown. Small light creamy head. It dissipates quickly. Not much lacing. It smells of roasted dark chocolate. A bit of chicory and air on the nose.

The taste is roasted dark chocolate. Then there is a crisp hop fruit flavor. I also noticed some chicory coffee and an ending mild chocolate flavor. There is also an oak flavor that is very hidden. I noticed this on about every other sip. A bold venture in to the world of chocolate.

It feels crisp and watery with a fine drinkability. I like this stout but not on a regular basis.

Rumrunner, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I am becoming more and more a Stout guy. When I first became a BA I was a little afraid of the dark. As time has passed (and it hasn't been that much) I have become convinced that real beer is supposed to be dark, flavorful and a massive experience for the taste buds. This stout fits that bill.

Now, it may seem that when I say massive taste experience, I'm talking Imperial Stout, however, I see the Imperial as the psychotic uncle of the Stout. It's a completely different animal. Nuff said. This stout is tasty without being over the top.

The Young's Double Chocolate Stout was presented to me with a minimal dark tan head. The beer was as black as night. A nice-looking beer.

The aroma was of chocolate, obviously, although not at all over powering. I also could detect roasted malt. A very sweet-smelling beer.

The taste was just wonderful. For a sweet stout, I would expect it to be a "dessert" beverage. However, I could drink this all night. The Young's has a strong chocolate flavor along with a foundation of roasted malt, smoky and delicious. I can also detect faint hazlenut.

the mouthfeel is wonderful, as is the case for me with most stouts...a smooth, silky experience that screams "drink me!"

And I did...over, and over, and over....

kindestcut, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of Elemental
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent Beer! Its thick and dark with a big brownish head that hangs around throughout the pint. The aroma is inviting with its sweet, chocolately , coffee aroma. It has a nice sweetness that complements the robust chocolatiness of this stout. Once the sweetness wears off there is a nice bitter aftertaste from the hops that seemed almost non-existant during the beginning of the sip.

Elemental, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick light tan head. The nose is of chocolate malts and not much else. The taste is good. There is a good balance between base and specialty grains. The chocolate taste is present, but not overpowering. The thick head adds a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is great. This is a medium bodied beer and a real drinker. An excellant stout.

WesWes, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking beer. Big head but not out of control and a dark chocolaty appearance (hence the name). Taste is dominated by chocolate (name, again). But other flavors are there. I detect roasted grains in it along with a decent amount of hops. It seems thin for a stout but it is also creamy which I like. A good beer for dessert or any time a chocolate craving hits.

granger10, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark black beer poured with a nice head that subsided quickly. Aroma is very mild with roast malt and chocolate the most apparent. Taste is very intriguing yet seems to lack the luxury the label proclaims. Rich chocolate with roast barley and a touch of hops, this beer should be on nitro to showcase the flavors. For the bottled version the carbonic acid produced by artificial carbonation fights the smoothness and makes this a rougher beer than it should be.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured from nitro-tap a jet black color with creamy, light brown foam that coated the glass. The smell was a modest but distinct dark malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste was lightly sweet malt with some chocolate and cocoa, and a low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation and a dry finish. This was a very nice stout.

UncleJimbo, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half liter brown bottle with freshness date clearly marked.
Dark black with brownish highlights, and an appropriate tan head.
Nose is of chocolate. Light / medium bodied.
Tastes of burnt grain, fruity hops, and a chocolatey finish. A bit perfume like as well.

xgrigorix, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This nice stout pours out of the nitro can a light brown color, but fades to an opaque black color as the head slowly builds like a reverse waterfall. Atop it is a 1/2 inch creamy tan head. It has a nice chocolate aroma. Its a very smooth, creamy tasting beer, with loads of roasted chocolate flavors. This is a damn good beer.

Tballz420, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice chocolaty aroma arose from my pour of a brown head full of large bubbles and a opaque dark brown body that left a clinging lacing as it receded down the side of my glass. Ultra smooth initial taste followed by a mild chocolaty sweet aftertaste. It was extremely smooth and very much to my liking. Wow

TheDM, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't plan on tossing back a lot of these. Its really more a desert beer. Best to open this one at cellar temperature. I had mine in the fridge. When I opened it, it still hadn't warmed up to the right temperature yet, and took until mid-glass for the flavor to be appreciable. It had a nice tan head with good lacing. Not much scent beyond dark malt (it was still a little too cold.By mid glass, you could notice a chocolaty scent in the background). Creamy mouthfeel, as one would expect with this kind of beer. When warmed up to proper temp, has a nice toasty malt flavor and there is a very tasty chocolate flavor in the background and in the aftertaste. There was a hop presence, but it is relatively subtle. Reccomended after a nice, satisfying meal.

woemad, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle. Classic label & packaging.

Beer pours a very dark brown with a decent head. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

Beer smells of chocolate, some malt, a bit of coffee and a touch of alcohol.

The taste kind of surprised me. I was expecting more chocolate taste given the smell. The chocolate taste is there, but very subdued. An alcohol taste also makes itself knowen and you get a bit of malt sweetness. Not a bad beer at all!

Carbonation seems perfect for style. Very smooth and easy going down. I'm not sure I would want to drink more than one or two, but it is enjoyable.

I like this beer, I happen to like Rogue's chocolate offering better.

Redrover, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is as close to a candy bar as beer could be. Not much in the way of bitterness, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery. For overall effect, this is a bit thin for a stout. On the other hand, the taste is excellent, and the drinkability high. If you like 'em sweet, this will do.

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 3 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. Thiss starts out w/ all the right intentions, but disappoints at the end. It starts w/ a nice chocolate nose, tan head w/ a dark body and some up front chocolate flavor, but finishes a bit thin an watery. The body of this beer is too thin to make it work.

jcalabre, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic chocolate brew from London. This pours a nice deep black with red highlights and a very puffy tan foam. Aroma of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee,and sweet milky malt. The body is a silky milk smooth, with a quick chocolate begining and a bitter chocolate and espresso middle finishing full and roasty. A very nice mix of stout and chocolate. The perfect dessert drink.

Sidebar: Blended 60/40 with New Glarus Raspberry Tart: A reddish black brew with purple head appear. Aroma is Raspberry with hints of coffee and chocolate. The full body supports a chocolate covered raspberry flavor that finishes with sweet roasted malt. To make a dessert beer better- fruit + chocolate= delicious. Highly worth the effort.

jeffboo, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smuggled a couple pint bottles into Utah two weeks ago, and finally drank one last night. Had high expectations and I wasn't disappointed! Pours a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Smell is dominated by chocolate [shocker]. Wow. A little too cold to start with; not much carbonation. Taste is also dominated by chocolate and sweet roasty goodness. Very smooth--exceptionally smooth. Surprisingly drinkable for a such a sweet, chocolatey beer. I could drink a few pints of this. I would love to try this on tap. One of my favorite stouts, but not quite as good as the Kalamazoo and the many imperials I love.

alexgash, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep brown, almost black color with a creamy tan head that settles into a small ring. The nose features notes of caramel, roasted malt, and surprisingly, chocolate. As the beer warms up, the taste is divine, albeit somewhat one-dimensional. Dark chocolate is the main event here, although notes of caramel, cream and sugar run their courses, as well. Drinking this is almost reminiscent of sipping a chocolate malt. The feel is incredibly smooth and velvety. Only minimal carbonation is present here, and it's hard to detect. For a stout with so much chocolate character, I thought this might be too much to handle, but upon review, it's quite drinkable, and a real treat overall. Luxurious, indeed.

Jon, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of yosh
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a true treat! It was a creamy beer and went down very smooth. The taste was exceptional and lasted all the way through the drink. The chocolate flavor added a lot to the beer. I'd drink it again anytime. The price wasn't too bad for the size of the bottle.

yosh, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok bought in the wonderful Youngs 16.09 oz brown bottle..great simple purple label.
Well this is one of the best looking beers when poured that I ahve seen so far..almost pitch black beer ( some faint mahogany hints when held to the light)..and a massive creamy coffee and creme colour head bee-U-tee-ful.
After all that the aroma is rather subdued..some raosted malts.. but its a fresh aroma.
MM lovelly tasting stout starts of with some sweet malts and then gets all creamy and finishes with some great milk chocolate ..wonderful sipper.
Fantatsic feel on the tongue very smooth and creamy
A most drinkable stout..very nice stuff indeed.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to put my two cents in as far as this beer is concerned (with respect to the nitro can.) This is one of my favorite beers, belittled by the medium in which it is served. The draught can version of this classic stout, has far less character than the bottled version, so much in fact that I would recommend it as a baby step up from guiness. I tried this twice at my local pub to be resolute in my decision--I am. Try this in bottle long before you bother with the nitro can. I respect the physics of the nitro can and belive it should be reserved for guiness and mass-marketed english pub ales.

TripelJ, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, with a frothy head that lingers and leaves delicate lace on the side of the glass. The aroma of chocolate and malt dominate. The taste! Now this one goes down smooth with just the right combination of hops, malt, & chocolate, with just a hint of sweetness in the finish. One of the best stouts i've had.

Indybeer, May 23, 2003
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,773 ratings.