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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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4,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 346 | 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a solid black, with a large, lush, lovely brown head. Aroma: soft and creamy, with a subdued cocoa content, sweet and mild. On the palate, however, things take a change for the decidedly better!
Niiiiiice, oh, so, nice, with substantial chocolate feeling, although it doesn't actually come in strong at first. At the end of the swallow, there it is, that real chocolate essence. WOW! Ever so tasty, and I'm not even such a chocolate nut, but you've got to give it up, there it is, and it tastes great!!!
Hops are minimal, here, and malt is king! Texture is smooth, and taste is sublime!
You never forget the chocolate, for the flavor subsists, and is sublime!
Fully integrated, perfectly balanced, this is one excellent stout, with an excellent addition of flavor! Another great one from Young's!
The delicious flavor never ever ends after the bottle empties, but the flavor lingers long after!
(I've had it in the nitro-can, too, and it was not enhanced by that gimmick!)

feloniousmonk, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looked beautiful...dark balck with a dark tan head and good lacing

The aroma was a little off...some roasted malt and chocolate, but there was a slight metallic nose to it...

Taste was only average...I have had better choc stouts...slight bitter at first...there are hints of chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel was good...thick but not a meal...

I could drink this for a while as long as I didn't stick my nose in it to smell it...overall ok...not bad...but not great

stegmakk, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of this yummy chocolate is deep, brown, almost black like a dark chocolate candy. Nice tan head, frothy foam about a finger high, fades a little leaving patchy lace. Smells of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice creamy lightness, notes of ginger spice and nuts. Taste echoes the smell, its got a good amount of chocolaty flavor thats sweetly bitter but not overbearing. It stays nice and silky smooth the whole way through with a good chocolatey twinge thats quite nice in the finish and feel. Some faint notes of hop presence and ginger and is medium to heavy bodied. This is a great stout for having around Halloween and the winter Holidays when everyone starts eating more sweets. Super yummy stuff.

tavernjef, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Garin
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice thick, rich creamy dark brown. The head started out quite light and puffy, but it quickly reduced to a thin foam. Nutty, malty, roasty, chocolate aromas were obvious immediately. The flavour was rich, malty, and chocolatey, with a nicely bitter followup. I felt it looked richer and thicker than it actually was. After several bottles of this, I'm starting to crave just a little more body here, and this is about the only concrete criticism I can offer.

Overall, it was definitely an intensely enjoyable experience. The chocolate was pleasantly present in both the aroma and taste, without overpowering the malts. After a few bottles, I've come to enjoy it even more. This beer has entered my regular rotation as one of my favourites, and I expect it'll stay there for quite some time.

Garin, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is such a great and complex stout. Pours a deep, dark brown color with about a 1-inch head. The head slowly fades down leaving a nice, sticky lace on the glass. Aromas are full of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste complements the aroma perfectly. There’s a slight bitterness upon first taste, but it matched exquisitely with the roasted malts and chocolate. This beer is exceptionally smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. It's absolutely delicious.

Scooter77, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of rockdick
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my new, favorite beers. Wow! I'm drooling just thinking about the complex character of this brew.
It pours a pretty thick, tan head that lasts a while. Smells and tastes of a sort of bitter coffee-like flavor with lots of character.
Feels nice and creamy in the mouth. Very drinkable, just not too many at once. I'll be getting a sixer next since the one I tried was just a pint bottle.

rockdick, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black (actually very dark ruby) with a good tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is all chocolate and roasted malts. When you expect something cloyingly sweet (chocolate in beer - "uff da"!): Surprise! - a perfectly rounded and well balanced flavour, loads of chocolate but never sickly, just the right roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is a real treat - I would be happy to drink it each and every afternoon, but just one bottle a day!

Sigmund, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is deep black, large medium brown head, slowly diminishes to leave good lacing. Aroma is strong on the chocolate, and some roasted malts in the back. Flavor starts almost like hot chocolate, ends with some mild roasted bitter maltiness. Body is full and strong. Not something I would drink every night, but quite a tasty brew.

goz, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eh, this was ok. The look was great, the smell was great. Then there was the taste. There was no taste what so ever. I got nothing out of this. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I was very disappointed. It was kind of waterd down tasteing, but had some hints of maltiness. Other than that, I don't have anything else to say.

JISurfer, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep dark reddish brown appearance poured from an equally dark and beautifully shaped and labeled bottle. No head to speak of, but what little was there was tan and thin. This is a very chocalately beer as would be expected from its name. The label boasts silky smooth, rich and creamy, and that is no overstatement. This is very rich beer with a clean chocolate sense in both taste and smell. The unexpected finish comes from a strong final rush hop bitterness. Much less than expected aftertaste. We drank this after a nice meal and found it to be a perfect desert finish to the evening. Surprisingly enjoyable after an initial sense of being too sweet.

AtLagerHeads, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black leavin a thich off white head. The head stays a bit and leaves a thick spotty lace.

Aroma: A faint smell of roasted malt. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste: Again the roasted malt flavor and a bit bitter after taste. Some coffie flavors did come out but I was hoping for more of a chocolate, roasted flavor. Not bad in taste but nothing worth buying again. It did go down smooth. Over all a O.K stout. After reading the other reviews, maybe I had a bad bottle. I will try it again to be fair.

Stubbie1, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to this but was somewhat dissapointed. It poured nice with a rich thick head that left a very nice lace after a few drinks. It took maybe 2 or 3 drinks for me to get the chocolate tatse but once I did I thought it tasted like un-mixed cocoa. Y'know, the flavor at the bottom of a hot chocolate? It wasn't sweet like a dessert beer should be. Maybe I got a bad batch but I really wasn't impressed with this one.

On another happy note though, my father-n-law enjoyed it. What does that mean? Well to put it bluntly he's a "Bud-man". I try to get him to taste beers with me but he normally sticks to the norm. Maybe with this there will be some hope!

Ahhdball, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout: A deep black stout. The head is tan, not very tall but thick and long lasting. The aroma is very slight, it takes a lot and huffing and puffing to get a sense of the beer. The chocolate taste is there, but to me this beer is dominated by a smoky, almost burnt malt taste. Not as smooth as others of the style I’ve had, with some prickly carbonation. The aftertaste is there, but not a whole lot different than the first sip. Not worth the price I paid.

jackndan, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts. I've always loved it -- and loved it in any form: bottle, tap, nitro can, whatever. And I just had it last night for the umpteen-billionth time. Mmmm.

Looks like a picture-perfect nitro pour should. Now close your eyes and sniff. You're walking through the Swiss Miss hot cocoa plant. If you're not, I fear your olefactory senses may be gone! Deep chocolate aroma. Thick creamy white head. You can smell the milky, creamy texture before it ever even hits your lips.

Then you taste it. And it's death by chocolate! Milky chocolate flavors compliment the stout perfectly. Milkshake goodness. Like eating a chocolate mousse. It's a food group, not a beer. Light hop undertones to balance a little bit.

Easier to drink than water, and if I could breathe it, I probably would. It's extreme chocolate flavor is it's savior and it's lone problem. There are simply times when chocolate doesn't go with what you're eating or times when it gets a little too sweet for taste. But make no mistake. This is one of the better chocolate stouts available.

marburg, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy dark beige nitro head sits regally upon an opaque dark brown/ black throne, and refuses to abdicate all the way down to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malt, with a hint of sweetness. The taste is a Solomon-like balance of dark malt and semi-sweet chocolate, with fleeting notes of cherry, raspberry, and burnt metal. The head leaves clingy tendrils down the glass as you drink. As it warms, expresso flavors join the malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery, with little carbonation. Some other reviewers think this brew is too sweet or gimmicky, but I am not one of them. One of my current favorites!

WaltTrombone, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of canoehornpoint
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle with freshness dating. Gotta love a pint bottle. ABV reads 5.2%. Listed here as 5%. Pours deep dark with carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. No head but I didn't expect any. The aroma is a complex blend of chocolate and roasted sweet malt. The taste is a milky chocolate smooooothness that almost overshadows the stout taste but not in a bad way. You can really feel the body on the back of the palate.

Personal notes: I expected this to be too sweet for my liking but I was pleasantly surprised. There is nothing really in excess here but rather lots of flavor in the right amounts.

canoehornpoint, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I already reviewed the bottle. This can obviously makes the nitro cascading effect and a wonderful thick off-white head. The liquid is opaque. This stout is so super smooth. I yearned for stronger chocolate in the bottle, and I yearn for it here too. The bottle seemed to have more overall flavor in it. This can seems kind of bland in a way. But it's not bad by any means. Nothing about this beer is "strong". And that is definitely a plus when it comes to drinkability. I could easily and probably will drink the three other cans right after this one.

AudioGilz, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of SamuraiJack
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh how I wish this were a cheaper bottle!!
These days it's my favorite stout, but the "luxury" on the label sadly applies not only to the luxurious nature of the brew but also to its cost.
First pour is black, thick, creamy with a gorgeous tan head with tight but consistent bubble size. Gorgeous aromas of dark chocolate and toasted malt give a clue at the flavour to come. This is an incredibly smooth stout that flows over your tastebuds in a soft blanket (rather than explosion) of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cream and balancing sweetness. Both the hops and the malt are there to provide the foundation, but never unbalance the overall flavour. Unlike some chocolate stouts, there is no false note in the aftertaste, leaving one able to savour the beer over time.
A great stout to have with desert - or AS desert.

SamuraiJack, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a darkbrown color, almost to the border of black. It's head is brown and quite dense, after a few minutes the head fades to about 5mm and stays like that the whole glass through. Very nice appearance! My bottle said it had an abv of 5.2% not 5.0% as it says on top.

The smell is rich of chocolate (of course :p), coffee and raisins. After the first sip I noticed it had a pleasant bitterness in it too, not TOO surprising was it? :) The sweetness is not overpowering either, it's very balanced in this matter. The most significant tastes is chocolate and coffee. Very thick pleasant mouthfeel.

Rocko, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1/2 liter amber bottle.

Appearance: Sinister-looking black color. Very active bubbly head with a rich coffee color. Quickly wore down to a thin but sturdy quantity. Lovely lacing of the glass.

Smell: Unwrap any chocolate bar and inhale. 'Nuff said.

Taste: My oh my, but this is one smooth brew. The chocolate flavor is captured very well in the taste (though I guess I thought it would be more "chocolatey"...).

Mouthfeel: Supple smoothness and creaminess make for a lovely sensation on the palate.

Drinkability: Since this is such a well-balanced beer, it is very drinkable. The combination of the chocolate bitterness and the alcohol complement each other nicely. Overall, just a notch below the Imperial Stouts in my book.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of doho95fu
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the look of a black stout as it settles, and this brew does that nicely. Thick tan shaving cream head and deep brown black body. The smell, not surprisingly, is of chocolate. What is different about this chocolate brew and others is that neither the smell nor the flavor goes overboard with the chocolate. The other noticeable characteristic in both flavor and smell was malt, again not over powering in either. The only weekness for this brew is in its mouthfeel - I like a stout to feel thick in the mouth, and this brew seemed slightly on the watery side. This, however, is overall a very drinkable and solid stout.

doho95fu, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a jet black with a thick creamy root beer type head that stays for the duration. A thick lace is left behind as the first few sips are taken. The smell of milk chocolate pour out from the top of the glass. The first sip reveals a pleasant chocolate coffe flavor that is nice and thick like a milk shake. This is a very nice brew to have with desert after a nice filling dinner.


kunzbrew, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black like a leather bikers jacket with a thick ivory foam head. Some lace is found on the side of the glass, but most falls back into the beer.
Smell: Chocolate and malt are most noticeable when held close to the nose.
Taste: A milk chocolate taste dominates and is followed by a more mellow malt flavor and an ever so slight bitter finish. The aftertaste is that of milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer feels like a smooth, cool, velvet blanket sliding over your tonge. However, I find it slightly thin for a stout.
Drinkability: A great dessert beer, but leaves you feeling full after a pint or two.

This is a terrific chocolate stout. I find myself thinking of this beer often and can remember its chocolaty flavor days later. It reminds me so much of chocolate milk that I forget I'm drinking a stout.

WanderingFool, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of zerk
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some ruby highlights. Has a thin but persistent head that leaves a fair amount of lace on my glass. Aroma is rich and malty, with an abundance of chocolate... almost smells like malted ovaltine. Flavor is a wonderful mixture of malty sweetness and slightly bitter chocolate... very smooth and rich. Hops play a role of balance... barely noticeable, but doing thier job. Has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and is full bodied. An excellent dessert beer.

zerk, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured like a typical stout, black in color with a thin foamy head. The smell was initially of chocolate and somewhat of a burnt odor. Initial taste was of chocolate, slite sweetness and a bit creamy. The creamy flavor stayed on the palate throughout. A bit of a dry aftertaste, which is expected after a stout.

A Guinness with some chocolate flavoring is my overall impression. Nothing fancy for a stout, but drinkable on a cold winter night.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 24, 2003
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,768 ratings.