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

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5,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,149
Reviews: 2,273
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 163
Gots: 531 | 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 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.

Photo of MagicLantern
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Super thick head prevented me from pouring this into a pint glass on one try. Almond head and easy 4" thick. This is no joke. Very slow recession. Great retention. Lace clings heavily to glass and evenly caps beer and just doesn't want to fade. Big bubbles in lace suggest heavy carbonation, but no visible carbonation in beer because it's simply to black.

Black beer with slightest red translucence when held up to light.

S: Milk! Creamy milk with slight hops and spice. Wow I loved the smell of this beer, it was like a real desert.

T: Everything suggested by the smell came true when tasteing it. Smooth milk chocolate malt with a slight spicy bitter end. Clear and distinct taste of almonds. Low carbonation, slight spice. A very dry finish.

This is a desert, a fantastic chocolate desert. Finish a mean with this beer.

M: Smoothe creamy, balanced. Slightly watery. Big flavor, but not heavy. Almond over chocolate finishes beer and coats mouth with a pleasant residue.

D: Very pleasant chocolate. A very situational beer. I gave it high drinkability because in that situation, be it after dinner or as a snack, this is fantastic. At the end of the meal how many do you want to put a way? It's a desert, it's a great desert. But you can't have chocolate all of the time. I dunno, maybe you can. I suggest complimenting this beer with cookies or cake.

Photo of benwiley
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i have to rate this NITRO CAN version of this amazing stout as substantially lower than the bottled version. this nitro can just did not deliver the amazing pure chocolate decadence that the bottle so fully conveys. i dont know. i just know that the bottle is an absolute let down compared to the bottle. now, i am FULLY AWARE that the nitro can produces a better head. absolutely true - the head on this can's pour lasted pretty much the entire glass full and tastes terrific. but, all in all, the bottle version has a MUCH BETTER flavor through and through. i mean it. start with the bottled one. have one and realize the greatness. if you the have a nitro can you will see the difference clearly. the can pretty much delivers a DULLER version of the same great beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer retained a slight amount of foam head at the top for quite some time and it is incredibly complex and choclatey and stout and bitter and sweet and awesome. I highly suggest it. If you don't try it yourself, you don't know what you are missing. GO TRY IT!

Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at the Young's restauarant on the Thames River.

Beer poured black as night with a great tan head leaving generous lacing. Nose was of sweet chocolate malts. Taste was malty with a very sweet finish. Mouthfeel was smooth but kind of thin for the style. Drinkability was sessionable at 5.2 abv. An enjoyable beer that one has to try.

Photo of acrawf6
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep dark amber, pretty much black- small light getting through the sides. Nice tan head rises with good lacing.

Smell. I small hoppiness, bit metalic. Has a dark euro lager aroma that i am not liking. It is slightly sweet, but not chocolatey like the nitro can is.

Taste. Nice. Good roasted malt taste, a sweet powdery milk chocolate taste. But it still maintains a decent amount of hoppiness. Aftertaste is heavy of coffee tastes (creamed coffee).

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and creamy. Not a very full body, but thick enough. Very nice balance.

Overall. I was hoping this would be one of those, "oh my god, i love this beer!" beer, but it's not. However it is still a very enjoyable beer. I like it in the bottle rather than in the nitrocan

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

Appearance: Opaque coffee brown with a sparkling, quivering, coffee-stained head that retains very well. Luxury, thy name is Young's.

Smell: Rich chocolate syrup, milk, candy sugar, caramel, and deep, dark raisin and fig tones. Slight mocha and hazelnut characters.

Taste: Mild dark chocolate, toasted almonds and light marzipan in the beginning. Delicious dried fig character. Vague but noticeable spicy hops. Dry, carbonized finish. Almonds make a triumphant return in the aftertaste. Long-lasting cocoa flavor really sticks around. Overall, pleasant and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and somewhat powdery on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a really flavorful but not aggressive brew, sweet but not sugary, and light enough to work into the middle of a session. Pair with brownies!

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a creamy tan head; tiny bubbles galore, great retention and good lacing

Smell: Smells like...chocolate milk

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor; after the swallow some modest bitter elements kick in, providing a slightly balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, although the flavor is not as interesting as the bottled version

Photo of Globetrotter
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found, to my great delight, in a Moscow supermarket. The brown half-liter bottle is broad in the shoulders and features a brown and gold label featuring two rams going head-to-head at the top, with another full face etching of a ram behind the words. Chocolate is an ingredient. Best before 8/22/06, I couldn't wait more than about six hours to open it on 5/7/06.

Pours a rich, very dark but clear burgundy under a one finger dark tan head that settles fairly quickly to thick film, then lingers forever. Not much in the lace department, though. The nose is strong of rich milk chocolate, with a touch of coffee behind. The mouth is thick and luxurious, with moderate carbonation. The taste is sublime: the chocolate is readily noticeable right up front, but is nicely balanced by espresso and a touch of caramel. I had expected more roastiness, but I'll settle for bathing in the sweet and the bitter that make this brew so enjoyable. The chocolate wins out in the aftertaste, although even here there is enough of the coffee to keep you thirsty. Very nicely balanced, wonderfully tasty brew.

Photo of Drew966
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout pours almost jet black with a tan head from a 14.9 ounce nitro can. I've had the bottled version before, but this is my first try of the nitro version. It smells good, particularly for a nitro beer. Chocolate malt is apparent in the nose. Taste is interesting in that it is different than the bottle in my opinion, chocolate and coffee notes still dominate, but yet this seems like a different beast than the bottle. Mouthfeel is typically nitro smooth. Highly recommended. I'd like to try the bottle and the nitro can back to back.

Photo of Folderol
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful nitro thick creamy tan head over a black body. Has a lovely way of settling to a creamy solid chunk that won't spill out of the glass if you tilt it. Smell is generic mild hop and roasted malt. First sip is almost all head. Similar to Guinness cans in that respect. Actual beer isn't that impressive - seems a bit flat, even compared to Guinness nitro. Flavors are all very subdued. The chocolate is very subtle in the aftertaste, hop bitterness is pretty low, and there's not a lot of malt flavor. Watery consistency overall due to the lack of bitterness, dryness or sweetness. I'd call this an interesting alternative to Guinness if you can find the cans, but not a very interesting beer. I imagine the bottled version has much better in the aroma & mouthfeel and possibly flavor as well.

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

nitro can...winking lizard tour beer

thick creamy head (2 fingers)...duh. very dark, but some light does come through. frosty lacing

sweet, choc aroma

super smooth; i can' tell the difference between the head and the beer below it. reminds me of when i used to eat swiss miss out of the packet, plus a slight roasted character. excelleny after dinnner beer

Photo of ChrisA
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Those nitro cans are just great. The perfect creamy head topped this beautiful stout. A nice strong chocolate scent on the nose. The roasted malt is very evident. Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol on the palate. Clean finish with a touch of hopiness. Very drinkable. I was a bit worried that this would be too rich for the middle of the day. However, I could easily down a couple of these at any time. It's good to branch out and try something other than Guiness, Murphy's or Beamish.

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

Poured a deep ruby red to black color with a creamy, light brown, long-lasting head. Smell was rich, roasty malt with some chocolate in there as well. Probably a miracle that there's any chocolate detectable under all that roastiness! (Guess that's why it's "double" chocolate.) Up-front chocolate in the flavor, and it's not particularly subtle. Otherwise, medium in body and punctuated by a nice roasty flavor and some lingering bitterness as well. Fruitiess was moderate, and had a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability was also very good, though even if you are a stout lover you probably wouldn't want to drink pint after pint of it. Does leave you wanting more, though, and not overly heavy.

Quite a good beer and solid all the way around. A favorite beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very, very dark mahogany brown from the funky shaped, 500ml. brown glass bottle. Light brown head of two-fingers sticks around for a while with very little lacing.

Very sweet nose of black patent malt and chocolate with some bitter coffee in the background...smells rather dessert like, almost like Kahlua.

Tastes of sweet chocolate and fruity, plum and raisins then tapers to a bitter coffee finish. Good balance of malt and hops with a nice chocolate aftertaste.

Pretty big in body, smooth mouthfeel with the alcohol burried by the rich flavor of this tasty brew. While being easy to drink, I'd recommend this as an after dinner dessert beer, as in one or two would be fine.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a rich, dark brown with some cola-colored highlights around the edge of the glass. Creamy chocolate-skim-milk-colored nitrogenated head. Some black patent malt showing through the chocolate and carob aroma. No real discernable hop aroma, but an immediate hop detection, notably Target, upon first sip. It starts of with a light bitterness (similar to how Guinness finishes) and then a mid-palate transition to a mild lactose sweetness with roasted malt and chocolate, and back to a light astringency in the finish. A nice milk stout.
You know this beer is good if it can get my homeboy Lee laid.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. A deep dark color with a thick tawny head.
You can definately smell the chocolate in the beer. However, there wasn't as much chocolate taste as I expected, especially considering the name.
It was a little dry in the mouth and rated fairly well in the drinkability category.

Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich black hue with a creamy off white two finger head. The stout featured good head retention and thick lacing. An overall nice and tempting appearance.

The smell consisted of a slight chocolate aroma with hints of caramel and a unpleasant metallic smell.

The taste was average and muted. The flavor did not jump out of the glass like in the case of an imperial stout. However, it was pleasant and suprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel, however, was a bit thick without the pleasure of a thick, rich taste. It coated the mouth with a dull sensation which lessened the desire for the next sip.

The poor mouthfeel and dull taste detracted from the beer's drinkability.

Photo of clabaugh
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a syrupy, black liquid out of a majestic looking 16.9oz bottle. Topped with a pillowy head colored a faint tan. Definitely does not skimp on the head, as it presents a full three fingers. Lacing is thick and abundant.

Smell: Thoroughly malty, and loaded with chocolate aromas. Very similar to chocolate syrup.

Taste: Decadent chocolate, and toasty malts. A subtle hop presence supplying a refreshing bitterness. A sort of milkiness, and a certain sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light-bodied. Very smooth and creamy with an ever so slight tingling.

Drinkability: Fine flavor, goes down easy, but not quite as complex as I would have liked. A greater diversity of flavor would have me running back for more.

Photo of pweis909
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like your basic stout. Dark. Tawny head. A bit lighter than some I suppose.

Smell the chocolate? A little. Not as chocolatey as I expected for something billed as "Double" chocolate (chocolate malt, and, apparently, real chocolate).

Taste the chocolate? Yeah, a little. But it seems like I've had other brews that give more chocolate vibes (most recently, Summit Porter).

Feel the chocolate? Well, it's a nice smooth creamy feel.

Do I want to drink a lot of these? Wouldn't turn my nose, but there are others of this ilk that I like more.

Photo of dubman003
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited when I poured Young's Double Chocolate; it is a very dark, very thick beer that almost looked like oil. The aroma was incredible and I was fully expecting a thick, creamy chocolate beer...Maybe it was just my usual expectation for something that's chocolate, but there is a definite bitterness to the beer that turned me off. I cringed a bit every swallow, and to me, that's not what I'm looking for in a beer. I think if Young's made this beer a bit milder, it would become an excellent beer.

Photo of tozerm
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled Young's is ok. The nitro-can is better. But if you try this beer on the proper nitro-tap setup at the right temperature...wow. Much like the mainline dry Irish stouts it has a tremendous "floor show" in the glass. Cascading creaminess. It had a extremely rich and thick head that added that finishing touch to the beer. The beer itself looked almost like blackstrap molasses in color. Wonderful undertones of chocolate malt. I got a hint of coffee on the nose. This beer goes down like a chocolate malt. Yummy for my tummy.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip from the bottle; I've been shying away from Young's ever since my first try of their Oatmeal Stout, which I didn't like at all. I've wanted to buy the Double Chocolate, but only recently stumbled across it in bottles instead of cans.

It's damn dark, and capped with a minimalistic head that leaves behind tiny spots of lacing; Poor retention, but an appealing shade of black.

The smell is warm with rich, decadent coffee and chocolate tones, a sweet dark brown kind of smell; There are slight hints of rummy alcohol, but the bittersweet caress of chocolate takes center stage.

Warming to the proper temperature allows all of this beer's strong, rounded flavors to burst forth. Definitely, definitely a chocolate flavored beer. But don't be scared! It's a chocolatey BEER, and there's definitely beer in the flavor, too! Rich, slightly roasty malts, bittering, slightly acidic hops, dark coffee and smooth cocoa.

Minimal carbonation save a bit of zip, a very slight tartness from the alcohol, but very smooth, very cool-feeling in the mouth even at an appropriate temp - it tempts me to drink deeply. It can be appreciated just as easily in deep gulps as in lazy sips.

Photo of jlh8643
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a brown 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass with a date of 26Jan06.

A: Very dark just the way you like your stouts to look. Nice
creamy head with lots of lace.

S: Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate with some alcohol notes.

T/M: The taste is almost the same as the smell but some kinda
wierd milk/lactic acid twang in the finish.

D: Very smooth and should appeal to those who might be afraid of

Photo of Phatz
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a very creamy light chocolate brown head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. This a beauty!

Smell: From the moment I cracked the cap there is a fantastic dark chocolate aroma. I could appreciate a bit more aromatics but it is very good.

Taste: This is truly one of the most 'chocolaty' chocolate beers I have EVER had! Truly a work of art! It is not cloying in any way. It is remarkable easy. Roasted malts and hints of caramel and toasted butterscotch accompany the chocolate. Just a very subtle hop character keep the beer balanced.

Mouthfeel: Soo smooth and so creamy! It it thick and a bit chewy! A real treat.

Drinkability: This beer is so tasty ever single sip BEGS for more! I have had cases of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Even before BA I split a case of this beer with another BA friend of mine. At that time it was the best beer I had ever had. I must admit, I am now even more aware of just how amazing this beer really is. I highly recommend it!!!

Hope this is helpful.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,149 ratings.