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

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5,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,068
Reviews: 2,244
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 467 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of mattdavis452
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful, dark color with a fine head, about one to one and a half fingers' width. Laces somewhat thick, due to frothy head. To be honest, the head on this beer was almost exemplary with its frothiness.

Smells of chocolate, which is quite convenient considering it has chocolate in it.

The taste and mouthfeel really go hand in hand for this brew; I couldn't get away from how rich it is. I wouldn't recommend it for a session beer, since I had a hard time finishing it. Basically, it's like beer's answer to cheesecake. Both are tasty, but extremely rich.

Therefore, the drinkability is quite low in my book. Just too rich. However, the chocolate taste was good; just take this beer in small samples.

Photo of edbeered
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This amazing brew pours black, but when held to a light reveals a dark ruby hue. A light brown nitrogenated head about 1/4 inch deep persists for the duration of my imbibing. There is ample lacing. The smell is the only ordinary thing about this beer, for it is minimal and hints of chocolate. The taste is complex, with a strong chocolate presence, competing with brandy, vanilla and malt. There is even a faint hop presence on the tip of the tongue, which never manifests as an overt flavor due to the sweeter flavors which predominate. The beer is silky smooth and feels rich but not overpowering. It is very drinkable and is one of the very best beers anywhere.

Photo of MattBrooks
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black from the bottle with practically no head. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate almonds dominate the nose of this brew and there is understated sweetness to the finish. Goes down somewhat smooth with only a little bite. Lacks a little something in the mouthfeel, would like it to be a little heavier. A great stout when I can find some!

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

Poured from a pint bottle, with a best by date of May 05.

Opaque black. Not a hint of light is getting through this stout. No lacing what so ever. Head never exceeded an eighth of an inch and dissipated pretty fast.

Smalls like roasted espresso beans. Also, has a hint of chocolate soda pop smell. No sweetness to the aroma.

Taste is bitter, again reminiscent of espresso. But, espresso which has been dusted with dark cocoa powder, the kind used bake. Nothing sweet about this stout. Just roasted, dark, rich flavors.

Mouth feel is medium. Not as heavy as the color may look. But not a thin brew either.

Drink ability is above average. Very smooth, toasted flavors go down easy. Good balance between the cocoa flavors and the bitterness created by the roasted malt.

Photo of JasonCoop
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a mug from the big bottle. pours opaque dark brown/black with big dark beige head.

smell: roasty and chocolatey and very malty. big chocolate up front.

taste is strong bitter chocolate with a tiny chocolate aftertaste. little tiny hops, nice and malty. very creamy and the label doesn't lie about the "double chocolate" taste. extremely rich flavor. tastes like a dessert beer if there is such a thing.

mouthfeel is velvety smooth and extremely creamy. great. couldn't ask for a smoother stout. very drinkable too if you like your heavier beers. any stout drinker could drink this all the time.
i should add, i prefer it in the nitro-can.

Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a ink black color with a little smallish head.The smell is not very strong with a little chocolate and some coffee.This does have a very chocolate taste.It's like carbonated chocolate milk.It's not bad,but it's not as good as I thought it would be.The m/f is full and flavorful,but I would have to say if you want a chocolate stout buy a Rouges.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, and fluffy with a color of white speckled with tan. The aroma has the classic English notes, with some chocolate in the background. All in all, it is rather light in aroma. The taste is somewhat metallic with chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation for a stout (not so much that it ruins the beer though). Overall, this brew doesn't live up to its name. Single chocolate stout, maybe, but not double. It is not a bad beer, but if I want a real chocolatey beer I will stick with Rogues.

Photo of Zoh
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a specialty store in Fresno and was very impressed.
This is one of the darkest beers I have ever had, it seems to be even darker than Guinness. After pouring I held the glass in front of a light bulb and nothing made it through the stout. It pours well with a light brown head and a chocolate smell wafting up from the glass.
The smell is of dark chocolate and coffee with roasted malt in there as well.
The taste is very good. Chocolate mixes with the bitter stout flavor then gives way to the slight coffee undertone. Aftertaste is chocolatey and sweet. The chocolate is not overpowering and doesn't come on too strongly.
Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, but smooth. It is full-bodied but not in a knock your socks off stout way.
Overall this one is great, very drinkable. It would make a great after dinner drink or a good dessert beer.

Photo of jmc44
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is black; thich tan-colored head that lasts a bit.

Has a faint sweet chocolatey smell.

Taste is sweet, not overpowering, with a slight aftertaste of roasted barley and a bit of bitterness from the hops - although I do not perceive it to be as bitter or noticeable as other reviewers. I think it balances the strong malt and choclate sweetness well.

Beer is medium-bodied, silky, and smooth. It is quite drinkable for a stout, although I prefer my stouts to feel more like a meal after I have downed a pint.

Photo of grindcore666
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a sandy tan head, which lives a short life. Lacing is great.

Aroma consists of sweet sweet chocolate and fresh hot coffee.

Fizzy but nice carbonation. 'Double Chocolate' is no lie. This one screams buttery chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky, rich, creamy, and smooth (as advertised). Finish is chocolate with bitter roasted coffee.

It's sweet characteristics limit it's ability as a session brew (one was good enough for me), but I can't help but admire this one for it's bold and satisfying taste.

Photo of germaniac
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black, with a billowing off-white head that loses it's mass pretty quickly.

S- Chocolate, backed up by sweet malts.

T- Vague chocolate sweetness- no real depth to the choco-ness;it's just there amongst the roasted malt and the sharp bitterness imparted by the hops.

MF&D- To me, it's pretty rough on the palette. Too much carbonation and bitterness don't mix well with the chocolate, here. Maybe cask-conditioning would even everything out, but all in all, I think there are alot of breweries here in the US making much better exmaples of the chocolate/sweet stout style

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

This was served from the bottle to a pub style glass.

Appearance: This pours a dark chocolatey color with a white tall head that quickly resolves to a white film.

Smell: Loaded with roasted chocolatey goodness with an under tone of coffee.

Taste: Count Chocula himself would love the chocolateness of this stout. Taste strongly of chocolate and coffee with a great roasted malt taste. There is a nice hop profile that compliments the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a nice full bodied stout very drinkable. I wish that I had another. The good news is it is easy to find and at a reasonable price.

Photo of tom444
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out black, with a brownish-red hue visible against very bright light. Thick, rich, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with plenty of chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Wow. Bitterness from the roasted malts, tastes strongly of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finishes smoothly, with an aftertaste a bit like a mocha latte.

An amazing stout, so tasty and goes down so easily.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably archetypal for the style. Rich, creamy smoothness all around... beautiful jetblack color with a nice brown head.
Sweet but not cloying. Think coffee with cream and sugar.
Not hoppy at all. Very easy to drink. A very accessable stout.
Yeah. Tasty, smooth. Not a BIG stout but a good one.

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

The head on Young’s double chocolate stout was fantastic with a dark tan color and left exquisite lacing. The body was dark brown and rich. The aroma was of faint brown sugar, roasty coffee and of course, chocolate. It had the common aromatic and taste components of a stout, but had almost a perfect blend of them balanced with the chocolate I expected. It was creamy on the tongue and finished with slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. Overall an exceptional chocolate stout and a damn fine beer.

Photo of shbobdb
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say? This isn't a bad beer, but given the reviews on BA I expected more. Part of it, I am sure, is that I just finished a nice bit of Islay scotch so my tastebuds were dulled but. . . I mean, where is the malt? Stouts should have a certain amount of unfermented sugars lingering. Sugars that provide a texture, the produce a mouthfeel. It was silky, there was a nice chocolate bitterness, but, but, but, why? No, it wasn't nearly good enough to make me want to try it again. Not bad, but frankly, if I want a stout, there are better examples out there.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass,it shows a deep, dark brown almost black color which no light penetrates with an ample creamy, tan head that laces the glass throughout the drinking.
Aroma is more coffee and carmel than chocolate but with a faint bitter-sweet chocolate scent.
Feels rich and buttery in the mouth.
Taste is very coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a fine carbonation and gentle alcohol warmth going down.
Hints of both espresso and dark chocolate remain in the palette until your next sip (which I would delay enjoying the rich warmth of the alcohol).

Photo of WTexas
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appeared dark as night with a healthy foaming head. Initial aroma was delightful – a cocoa scent that reminded me of a robust chocolate liqueur. A pleasing flavor of malts and chocolate throughout the pint. Most notable was the superb integration of the flavors. This chocolate stout did not possess the “beer+ added flavorings” characteristic of some flavored brews. Mouthfeel was smooth but not especially creamy. Light carbonation helps the flavor remain pronounced. I may wait until I finish sampling the other Young’s products that a local distributor is now handling before returning to Double Chocolate Stout. A nice beer to end the evening with.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.99.

Incredible pour - deep, dark black with reddish hues and an oh so appetizing looking chunky tan head. Good lacing.

An absolutely delightful aroma - hints of chocolate but nothing too strong - a hint of raspberry. A great, great smelling chocolate stout.

Wow, this is some damn fine beer. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had with just enough bitterness in the aftertaste to carry you from sip to sip. The creamy head adds to the thick, thick texture. The chocolate is really subtle - hinted at and perceived but unlike some chocolate stouts, is well short of overpowering.

I love this beer!

Photo of hoffman
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. I the beer an apologie for a bad pour....therefor I cannot comment on the head of this beer only to say that the consistancy was creamy and full and that the lace was nice sticking to the glass during the entire session. The beer is an opaque brown nothing earth shattering here but a nice looking beer in the glass. The smell is very prominant, sweet malts are almost exclusive with some hop presence to sting the senses. The taste is sweet and there are not just hints of chocolate but full blown taste at the outset. A very nice balance of sweet and smooth/dry and bitter. The finish is a nice bite to balance the smooth cream of the initial flavor. Very creamy feel nicest part of this one I would say. I like this one as well as any I have had so far from the sweet stout class.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had higher hopes for this beer. Albeit good, I was expecting more. The beer exhibited good roasted barley qualities with solid bittersweet chocolate aromas with a twinge of lactose. The flavors were solid, but mellow. Not as rich in the lactose and chocolate as I expected. The body is where this beer really fell short with me. It wasn't as silky or smooth as I expected. The texture was a bit grainy and bitter (not from hops) and became watery into the finish. The chocolates never stood out enough to earn the name "Double Chocolate". Nevertheless, a good beer, I just expected more.

Photo of xduderx
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark blackish with some carbonation

S: smells of coffee and chocolate

T: very typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate, but as you drink this the aftertaste begins to feel like you've been eating chocolate cake.

M: medium-full body with a creamy texture

D: a good treat every now and then, but not an everyday beer. too expensive and too chocolatey for that.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours an inky black opaque body with a creamy smooth dark tan head that has a faint hint of purple in it. A few bubbles stick to the side and it looks like a good carbonation.

S- Deep roast grains with notes of chocolate, coffee, and earthiness permeate. A slight sweetness and tartness are in the background.

T- The smooth taste of deep roasted malt and some creaminess make this very drinkable. Some notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate come through as it warms up. A faint bitterness at the finish might be hops but they are hard to detect.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel is enhanced by the creamy texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a very nice stout. The taste is a bit watery but the smell and mouthfeel really make up for it. This is worth drinking again and a must if it is in cask or aged in barrels

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, deep, dark, deep, dark brown though which no light will ever penetrate. Upon the top, a very nice thick, rich looking tan-brown head.

Aroma is chocolate laced with semi-sweet condensed milk, coconut, nuts, bittersweet chocolate, and just a touch of tartness from hops or yeast. Very pleasant, although there is one very hidden off-putting aroma that I can't identify. Maybe I'm trying too hard.

Flavor is bittersweet chocolate (not sweet enough in my opinion) and toffee-malt. I lose the coconut and milk in the flavor, and the mild-moderate hop bite overlain with the chocolate just isn't right to me. My girlfriend really likes the taste of this, but I just don't get it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, thick, and enjoyable. The flavor reduces the drinkability to me.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but the appeal of Young's beers in general eludes me.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep black, can't see through it at all. Lightly colored tan head, made of very fine foam, maybe 1/4" thick.

Smell: Chocolate of course, maybe some coffee also in there.

Taste: Tastes like a pretty good stout. Stouts aren't my favorite style, but I like them once in a while. This one definitely is sweet and smooth, with nice chocolate in the aftertaste.

Notes: Bought for $2.50. Not bad at that price. I'll try it again I suppose, but there are other stouts higher up on the list.

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