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

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4,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,977
Reviews: 2,237
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 149
Gots: 430 | 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)
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stout poured a dark black with just the slightest red in the edges when held up to the light. There was a small 1/2" creamy head that disappeared too quickly(nothing beats seeing this head rise up when poured on tap!). There was some light lacing on the glass.
The smell was predominantly roasted malt at first, as the stout warmed up some of the chocolate aroma started to come out.
The taste, I think, was delicious. The liquid has a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. The brew has a medium carbonation. The first taste is a earthy, roasted flavor. As the beer hits mid mouth the sweet milk chocolate flavor envelops the tongue. A nice roasted bitter finish lingers around for a long, long time. This beer is the bomb on draught, and it is very good from the bottle.
Very drinkable stout, I enjoyed this one after dinner while watching Band of Brothers for the third time. Very nice beer from Young's and probably still my favorite English brew yet.

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

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN.

Pours from the nitro-can the way all nitro-can beers do, slowly turning from that dark brown color into the black, black body with a pure-white head on top. The head is extremely creamy and no bubbles are immediately visible; it almost looks like a layer of milk on top of the stout. The head sticks around for the entire length of the beer, even if consumed slowly. Very nice presentation.

The smell is quite sweet, has a milky, vaguely chocolatey aroma that is pleasing to the nose. As the beer warms, this becomes more pronounced -- I'd recommend letting this one almost reach room temperature before pouring, unless you're taking your time with it and give it time to warm in the glass.

Taste is good but not exactly great. I don't know if it was the nitro can, but my beer had a kind of metallic taste at first, although that aspect went away as I got deeper into the beer. Chocolate and coffee notes noted, but somehow muted -- this tasted more like an ordinary stout than a sweet stout to me, although the hop bitterness was also minimal. Relaxing and soothing, especially after a long day when I just need something to help me relax. Best by itself without food or as a dessert pairing.

I've read other reviews of this that describe an almost chewy mouthfeel, but for me this beer was thin and watery. Not unpleasant, for the thinner mouthfeel did make it easier to drink, but I think a stout should generally be a bit thicker than this. It may be that the nitro-can affects the carbonation and, thus, the overall mouthfeel here.

A very drinkable brew. I only had one at this sitting, but I'm hoarding the other three for another time -- this beer isn't available in my area, and I'm not planning another trip to Nashville anytime soon.

I'm going to try this beer in bottles first chance I get, and I think it might be better on-tap. While the nitro-cans improve the overall experience of Guinness and others, I suspect that this one would be better in a bottle -- when I have a chance to try it, I'll review it.

danielharper, Jun 02, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is pinch black, the head is pale brown, two finger thick, uneven and stable.

The smell is a bit bitter with an apparent note of cocoa powder and some cream. Maybe there is a hint of coffee too? Could have been stronger, though.

The taste is very creamy with a fine, bitter taste of chocolate. There is also a bitter touch and some cream-like sweetness. The aftertaste got notes of bitter chocolate and cappuccino, but not very much of “beer”.

The carbonation is rather simple, more like a standard lager, it could have been creamier.

A nice and different stout.

bark, May 28, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a thick dark roast malt. Nice. Less of the nitro can aroma, so I'll give it extra credit.
Great show! Great cascade. Thick firm creamy looking head. Black as night. Lacing.
Less impressive flavors than appearance and aroma. Farily simple with a strong nitro presence. Dark malt with less roast than aroma. Adequate dryness in the middle along with a bitterness that remains through the finish. In time it takes on a chocolate quality, but not really that much.
Nice creamy feel in the head and body. Smooth and silky (as it says on the can). Medium overall feel.
Overall a nice drink. Just wish the flavor would match the other aspects.

garymuchow, May 22, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored with a massive creamy light brown head.

Smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark malts, and a little hop bitterness.

The taste is dominated creamy chocolate, smoky malt, and a nice little hop twang that lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is very creamy and drinkable is lost perfect.

Overall, this stout is near perfection, Dark chocolate is dominate but the balance the this ale is what I look for.

Thumbs Up!!!

Luigi, May 10, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours near black with a thick foamy tan coloured head. The head recedes some but never really fades away.

The smell is more like a dry stout than a sweet one, though, as the beer warms, it takes on more and more of a chocolate flavour.

The taste is excellent. Lightly sweetened up front with a bitter chocolate finish. All flavours have some staying power and leave me very satisfied.

Mouthfeel I would say is as good as it can get. Creamy with light carbonation. It is perfectly complimentary to the taste. Drinkability is off the charts, as I can't imagine myself turning down this beer.

This is one of my favorites, and I tend to keep at least one bottle around at all times to treat myself.

elricorico, May 07, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno's in State College, PA

Appearance: Black with a medium-large, creamy, light brown head that has great retention and clings to the glass leaving thick rings of lacing. VERY inviting.

Smell: Dominated by chocolate. Nice roasted malt smell.

Taste: Wow! Now that’s chocolate! Sweet and malty, but a little hollow-tasting. The finish is lightly bitter but not as big or long-lasting as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected as well. The nitro pour give it that wonderful velvety texture I love, and it really works with the sweetness that it makes you almost reluctant to swallow.

Drinkability: I had heard that this is a good beer to go with desert, and I agree that it would go well with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie, but I think it could qualify as a desert itself. I enjoyed it, but prefer a heavier stout, but that's just a personal preference, so I guess I need to take that into account when rating it.

ski271, May 03, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black that is pretty damn dark with an also very dark tan head. Quite nice. Head is creamy, with huge sheets of lace down the glass. Nitro for sure.

Smells like dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate envelope the nose.

Roasty toasty barley hits the toungue, with just a dash of flowery hops that blend into the malt background, probably kent goldings, chocolate presents itself and fades into more dark roasted barley. Finishes a little dry and astringent.

Creamy creamy creamy, just the right amount of nitro carbonation. Overall very good and pretty drinkable.

beersarang, Apr 28, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has a best before end of Feb 2005 on it... oops. Should have checked that before I bought it I guess, oh well let's see how it fares.

Appearance - A very dark almost black beer with only highlights of red around the rim of the glass where the light manages to penetrate. There is a quarter inch of fluffy off-white head that diminishes quickly and is replaced with some decent lacing.

Smell - Lots of malt and chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted grains and nuts.

Taste - There is the taste of coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. My overall impression is that it is very dry. The finish is rather bitter also.

Mouthfeel - The body is good, not great. Rather thinner than I had expected.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I enjoyed sipping this beer and trying to uncover all the subtle little flavors this one has.

I will have to find a fresher example of this and see how different the age makes.

Chadbrew, Apr 27, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a nitro-powered creamy white head. Chocolately, creamy, aroma, along with that nitrogen smell. Overall, the taste is very smooth. Lots of sweet chocolate jump out in the taste, along with a little roasted grain. Some hops are apparent in the finish, but definitely take a back seat to the sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is similar to other nitro-powered stouts - smooth and creamy. However it is fuller than some others I have tried.

BeerFink, Apr 24, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium/Heavy bodied, very dark, almost black with some nice red highlights against the light and a respectable creamy tan head.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and a hint of cocao.

The taste is fantastic - rich deep roasted malt, caramel, espresso coffee, dark chocolate with a bit of apple. Rich, creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Starts slightly sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

A great desert/after dinner drink.

whynot44, Apr 23, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to get head (huh?) on this one (may have been somewhat old). But the dry, almost powdery chocolate/coffee quaff with some bourbon undertones made up for it. Excellent medium body with a carb tingle – smooth and savory all the way down the glass. Could have drunk many more than 1 pint of these babies.

Vancer, Apr 20, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark, almost opaque black color with minimal head. Smell is of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. The taste is of coffee mixed with dark chocolate. (a chocolate bar in a bottle ??). Tastes great. a very drinkable stout without being overly sweet

tgbljb, Apr 19, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours moderately viscous black with a foamy and creamy tan head and minor amounts of lacing. Smells of deeply roasted coffee with lots of sweet grainy malts and a touch of dried cocoa. Flavors are quite good. Sweet and malty initially, building toasted coffee flavors, and finishing with sweet powdered chocolate and a slight hop bite. Creamy smooth in the mouth and incredibly easy going down.. A nice session or after-dinner stout.

dgallina, Apr 17, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like gravity into a black hole. BLACK. Beautiful, thick, rich head with admirable staying power. The nose has all the requisite stout aromas, but I detected a sort of burnt cookie aspect to it, hence the lower score. The taste is pure heaven. It really is chocolatey with excellent bitter counterbalance. Tried with a slice of chocolate decadence at dessert - a great combo. In the mouth it is like a tailored jacket for your tongue. Almost too rich, it would be too filling to drink more than one.

mrgrandefromage, Apr 10, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a bubbly tan head with great retention. This beer is a looker. Coffee, some nuts, and milk chocolate in the nose. Nice initial roasted malt followed by some bitter chocolate notes and leading to a nice bitter finish. This is a tasty chocolate stout. Mouthfeel is good although a little on the watery side. This is a very nice sweet stout. Makes a lovely pairing with dessert or just on its own.

foamer, Apr 09, 2005
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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Looks great, poured dense black with good sized light tan head which lasted well and left some lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, hints of milk, treacle (sweet malt I guess) and rum soaked raisins. Not so much sweetness in the taste, more like dark chocolate with a little extra bitterness thrown in. Slight burnt taste towards the end as well. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy as expected, but became a little watery as the beer warmed and the carbonation receeded. Will come back and re-rate this after my beer tastebuds mature a little.

hefevice, Apr 01, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle sampled, with freshness indicator notched onto the label. Pours the expected chocolaty tone of black, tiny bubble film and minor lacing. Nose is all about burnt malt, rum soaked raisins. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, some alcohol peeking through the dense roasted malt flavor. Finefbrew to go with dessert/food or as a flavorful and warming sipper.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, with dark ruby red edges. Short brown head quickly recedes and leaves big soapy bubbles on the top. Hardly any lacing to speak of. Delicious smell of strong milk chocolate and roasted nuts, cafe mocha. Taste is less sweet, more bitter dark trouffle, than I expected from the aroma. Smooth creamy texture, pleasant full body. Gets better with every sip as it warms. A special treat.

droomyster, Mar 24, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a sticky, dark tan head. The beer left a nice layer of sticky foam along the sides of my glass. An above-average looking stout.

Smell: A sweet, rosey aroma with hints of malt, cocoa, and a touch of alcohol. The smell is typical of English stouts.

Taste: It's a tad over-carbonated for a stout. The main flavor is a light, roasted bitterness that's present throughout most of the beer, and it finishes with a floral, alcoholic sweetness that, while subtle, was a little too cloying for my taste.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbonated, but it has a nice body to it.

Verdict: Overall, this is a nice, roasty stout. The sweetness in the finish ruined it a little for me, though.

bearrunner44, Mar 22, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a redish purple glint above the stem of the glass when held to strongest available light. Creamy light brown head that laces well. Sweet milk chocolate aroma with a chocolate malt note. Some pear adds to complexity. Medium to full body. A well blended combination of real chocolate, chocolate malt, roasted barley dryness balanced with hop bitterness. So drinkable I have nothing written down. I remember wanting a little more complexity from the stout side and being well satisfied by the chocolate not overwhelming the stout. Thanks to Dereck for sharing a fine milk/sweet stout look forward to another tasting session (hopefully with something to pair with freash trout)!

karst, Mar 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with best before date of July '05.

Poured an opaque super dark brown with a lively tan froth.

The smell was vinous: dark fruits. Chocolate there of course, with a faint hint of metal.

Chocolate flavors from top to bottom. Creamy mouthfeel, with a hop bite in the middle. Roasty malts in the finish, then pretty darn dry. Very nicely balanced.

A very enjoyable beer. Chocolate was pleasant, I was worried it might be overbearing. Not at all. Would be great with a fudge brownie and ice cream, maybe even barbecue.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 19, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow - what a nice suprise this was! Beneath the somewhat generic-looking can lurks a real taste treat. I love nitro cans, and this beer really benefits from the special treatment. Pours a nice, tight head, and black as night. Close your eyes and I swear you'll think you're drinking Nestle's Chocolate Quik! Ultra-smooth and with a yummy chocolate finish, this beer is about as drinkable as they come...

UPDATE: I tried this brew in a bottle, and it was very mediocre. Get the nitro can...

troutmask96, Mar 17, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into my English pint glass, with a 1-finger tan head that dissipates quickly into a ring, leaving minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee and chicory. Taste is strong on the dark (bitter) chocolates and the roasted chicory-like malts. There is a tad of hoppy bitterness just under the surface. There is also a bit of toffee-caramel sweetness. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, with nice carbonation. Just the right amount of bitterness on the tongue. Drinkability is good for a stout, but for me, I really cannot have more than two of these without wanting for a change.

kosmoraios, Mar 16, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .09 oz. bottle, Best by May 05.

Gorgeous pour ... inky black with a thick cafe au lait colored head that left sheets of thick foam on the inside of the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell is rich semi-sweet chocolate, malt and faint floral hoppiness waaay in th back there.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, espresso and nice bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and rich. Lingers on the tougue, sharp hops on the front of the roof of themouth, tingly carbonation.

Drinkable? Need you ask? an aperitf? a digestif? ...Superlative!

Citadel82, Mar 15, 2005
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,977 ratings.