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

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5,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,211
Reviews: 2,293
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 169
Gots: 586 | 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 ridedammit
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dessert in a can! A and I both enjoy this brew, but I swear it feels like
drinking a chocolate cake, which is not a bad thing. Nice creamy head, hey its nitro! The smell is a lovely malty sweet followed by a ton of chocolate when
you first take a swig. The beer does not disappoint even as you get toward the
bottom. I really enjoy this in the colder months since it is quite rich and heavy, its
a bit too much in summer, and it only makes you think you are putting on 20 pounds per glass.

Photo of gmfessen
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer out into a pint glass, beer was a very dark chocolate brown color, with a very nice head on top. The head stuck around for several minutes, eventually leaving a small creamy froth on top. The smell was definitely of chocolate malt. Sweet and pleasant like a candy bar. The taste was also nice, although not as strong as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very creamy; the beer has a healthy body and a smooth finish. Overall, this beer is definitely drinkable and I would recommend it.

Photo of Estarrio
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black from a nitro can into my pub glass. Nice, creamy, tan head with excellent retention and brilliant lacings throughout. Resembled a draft pour.

Lots of chocolate and buttery hints in the aroma. Some malt scents and a tart aroma are also present. Inviting but forgettable.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, butter, sweet and roasted malts are balanced by a bitter, tart hoppy presence. The aftertaste is slightly too tart in my opinion and perhaps slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is excellent, as this drinks like a draft beer. Nice, thick, full-bodied and creamy.

Photo of MLegendre
2.61/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Wow... I must say I'm quite amazed at the formation of the head on this thing. I could watch that all day. After it settles it leaves a 1/2in white creamy head. Looks kind of like ice cream The body of the beer is black with some ruby highlights. The only thing keeping me from giving this a five is the fact that it really dosn't look like beer, more like a milkshake or something.

S: Smells good, very chocolatey, but dosn't really smell like a beer. Smells more like Nesquick. There is a hint of alcohol to the nose.

T: I was glad that it didn't taste as chocolatey as it smelled. I was actually especting this to be stronger than it was. Slighty bitter with a sweet roasted malts and chocolate dominating. Has a bitter coffee like aftertaste. Chocolate tastes pretty artificial. Reminds me of Guinness mixed with Nesquick.

M: Completly flat and kind of watery. This is killing it for me.

D: Watching the head form on this is definiatly it's strongest point . Taste-wise it was a decent stout, but I really can't stand how flat and watery it was. If it had at least some carbonation, and maybe a fuller body I would like it a lot more.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch creamy tan head that stays around for a while. It smells like sweet milk chocolate, and also some roasted malt and nuts. It tastes like both bitter and milk chocolate, with a little bit of coffee taste too. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, it finishes great. I have to say this is one of my favorite beers. It's great on-tap, and it's great out of the nitro-can as well. Not quite as good out of the bottle, but this review is for the nitro-can. It is more of a dessert beer, but I can drink this all the time. An excellent beer!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date February 2007, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a creamy, almost mousse like, light brown head that I am able to contain to three-fingers thick. The beer is opaque and not quite devoid of color; there is a touch of brown to round out the deep blackness. The aroma smells like sweet chocolate liquor in some ways. It is not as sweet as an actual chocolate liquor and there is only a hint of alcohol, but the chocolate note is definitely there. A touch of burnt grain character is here as well as some spicy beer like notes that I can't quite put words to.

The taste is fairly light, and could in fact use a bit more creamy, mouth coating heft to it. Lightly sweet, with a chocolate note up front that quickly moves to a light-roast black coffee note. Some lightly spicy bitterness is here, but most of the bitterness seems to be contributed from roasted malt. The finish has a burnt grain acidity to it as well as a lightly burnt bitterness. Chocolate flavors are definitely noticeable and even linger long into the finish, but seem to not be at the depth that my memory of this beer remembers. Really a touch more body would help to round things out immensely.

Photo of stoner420
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro Can

pours nice out of the can, dark dark brown with a tan head.

Smells of vanilla, chocolate, sugar, malt, and kind of like the can

Tastes sweet, vanilla, chocolate, followed by hops and malt, and a little bitter at the end,

Mouthfeel, kind of watery

Overall, a good chocolate stout, but I really think it is better on tap, the can is ok though.

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

From the nitro can, pours an opaque “pitch brown.” I never get tired of watching the head form on a nitro stout. Beautiful! 1-1/2 fingers of tan nitro head with tiny bubbles. The head fades slowly down to about ½ finger and sticks around until the very last sip. Good lacing. Damn fine looking beer. Nose is of chocolate, sort of half dark and half cocoa powder like Nesquik. There’s some malt there as well. Taste is a lot more mellow than I expected, milk chocolate flavor with mild coffee. Mild malt dominates. Overall the flavor is mild and not bitter. Finishes on a nice slightly bitter coffee finish. Mouth is very good: fully, creamy, and fluid. Drinkability is very good. This is a great mild, creamy, and enjoyable chocolate stout. Highly recommended.

Photo of gunnerman
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark cola black appearance with a nice fluffy carmel head that stays the entire drink with strong sticky fat lacing. Taste is of strong coffee with hints of chocolate espresso with a nice carmel touch, also tasted hints of vannilla and malted roasted almonds. The sweet melted choclate marshmellows with a coffee back drop. This is highly recommended and one of Young and Companys finest.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical of this beer’s “double-ness” seeing the can’s "Double" moniker plus packed in a nitro-can made it all the more intriguing what this beer acutally is like.

Poured a bible black opaque with a tan tight celled sculptured head.

Sadly the head was short lived and sank back to the depths with a diminutive ring hugging the interior circumference of my glass.

Nose was slight, nondescript.

Flavor—at first an explosion of chocolate coffee flavor intertwined with hops and toasted malt. Yet, just as with the head the flavor dissipated as fast as it’s flavor debut took the stage.

The flavor profile is thin with a fast curt finish. It left me wishing there was more underpinning. This would have made the beer far more appealing as there seemed like lots of possible flavor avenues the wonderful coffee-chocolate start could travel through..

Nevertheless the flavor start made the beer an enjoyable treat—sort of beckoned me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel produced a comfortable cleansing experience—a smooth but thin libation.

Drinkability was most congenial—I could quaff the entire four pack in one sitting.

Still, I believe this beer’s most prominent fault is its thin flavor body.

I’m not certain what benefits the nitro packaging produces on this beer. The nitro packaging seems to effect the same results as with the other similarly packaged beers I’ve experienced.

Photo of Avagadro
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this out of an imperial pint glass. A nice chocolate-milkshake colored head formed with the pour and fell to a thin film on top of the brew. Color is that of the darkest chocolate bar and opaque when held to the light. The aroma is well presented, and dominated by the sweet unfermented sugars left in the brew. Chocolate is very present as the name suggests, but there is a creaminess and roastiness also present. The taste is very fit to the style, sweet. Nice and creamy, possibly due to lactose used in fermentation. Flavor is dominated by the creamy flavor, followed by a hit of chocolate malt, and comes together beautifully with a bit of roasted malty bitterness. mouthfeel is thick, almost like whole milk, leaving a film inside your mouth. Drinkability is mixed for me. I would definitely buy this beer again, but it is not a session beer. I don't think I could drink more than a pint of these in one sitting, but this is not a bad thing. I definitely suggest giving this beer a try. If you've had it and want another beer like it, try Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. It is very similar in many ways.

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

Appearance – This beer is black and opaque. Head is about two centimeters, tan, and bubbly. It looks appetizing.

Smell – Two main things I smell here…roasted malt and chocolate. There is also a little bit of bitterness there as well.

Taste – Right off the bat this one is loaded with chocolate and cocoa. There are hints of coffee and big amounts of roasted malt. It tastes simply great. I do get a slightly bitter finish with a wonderfully chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The body is pretty good. Thick and velvety. The carbonation is felt a touch as well and is nice.

Drinkability – Nothing but great things here. It goes down so easy.

I love this beer. Have since I tasted it. Will always have a spot in my fridge.

Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head over an inch thick that downsizes quite quickly, but pretty much refuses to totally go away and has some nice lacing to it as well. Smells of nut, a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, some nut, and perhaps a bit of roasted coffee as well. Tastes of darker chocolate, coffee, and rootbeer are certainly present as are hints of nut, and maybe even a hint some dark fruits as well. This beer also tastes sweet yet a bit bitter (hence the dark chocolate) at the same time. This ber has a very nice smototh and creamy mouthfeel (like a good stout should!) with mild to moderate carbonation. I find this beer to have a high rate of drinkability as the ABV is only just over 5%.


Photo of BlueHammer
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the nitro can into a clear glass, this beer is a deep brown color, completely opaque. It has a creamy tan head that lingers indefinitely. It smells malty, nutty, choclatey (as it should)! It tastes like a sweet chocolate milk, at first and then ends with a bittersweet chocolate bite. It is like biting into one of those dark chocolate bars that is 80% (or more) pure dark cocoa. Makes sense, since that's what this beer is made from! The feel of this beer is smooth and creamy - meant to be sipped. It leaves a nice aftertaste of chocolate after it goes down. It makes a nice after-dinner, desert-like treat. Delicious!

Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown/black with intense cascading carbonation (typical of nitro cans, yet still a treat to watch) which created a dense, creamy, grayish-brown head.

The chocolate aroma was quite intense, yet it smelled more like sweet milk chocolate than the actual dark chocolate that is used in the brewing process.

The beer tasted quite chocolatey. As the beer rested on the palate, the chocolate flavor became more milky, sweet and smooth. Notes of espresso and a moderate bitterness were noticeable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was rich, creamy and medium to medium-light bodied for a stout.

Photo of vtfan77
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark brown, not quite black. Decent creamy tan head. Good lacing.

S- Mostly roasted malts with some chocolate. Coffee notes and a milky sweetness are also detectable. Chocolate aroma is not as pronounced as I was expecting.

T- Roasted malts dominate. Chocolate is detectable but certainly not in the forefront. Lactose sweetness comes in towards the middle. Ends with a touch of bitterness and an aftertaste of espresso.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth.

D- Not bad but not great. It's fairly low in alcohol but also rather filling. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Good beer, not great. I was expecting a little more chocolate flavor as this beer is brewed with real dark chocolate, but was left wanting. A good sweet stout, but not something that I would seek out again. For chocolate stouts I'll stick with Rogue.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional looking label with enticing words.."Luxury, silky, rich..." DAMN! Lets see.

a- This poured a great dark brown/black color that looks like a coca-cola. There are amber highlights. The foamy and fizzy brown head is also quite noisy.

s- The smell was fruity, musty and sweet. Chocolate was there just not very potent (and I really buried my nose in there).

t- Hmmm wtf. Kinda dark chocolately. Both bitter and sweet. Interesting but im not quite feeling this. The flavors are too rich, odd and musty.

mf/d- Smooth, creamy and thick. Not very drinkable as this tastes funky. I just don't get the hype.

Overall it tastes exactly like an A&W Cream Soda. I thought this was beer? Sickingly sweet.

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

WOW for starters, that was my reaction to my first DCS. The nitro can alone will attract you to buy it, the face of the can is Bold.

A: Poured into a glass, dark thick black colored liquid. A viscocity resembling coffee on the pot all day. When I see my glass evolving this ever changing liquid within as it settles I think of a large frothy hot chocolate and heavy on the chocolate. A thick 2-3 inch head.

S: The nose is a fine Dark Chocolate reminiscent of Cadbury's Dark.

T: First taste is of dark chocolate. Next taste comes a mild to medium hoppiness. True chocolate/ creamy stout finish.

M: Super Well Balanced.

D: Highly drinkable. I would have this anytime. With dinner, with dessert, or just to savor alone. Don't have too many these are thick.

Double Elbows Up,

Photo of brushpig
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a pint on tap at the Uncommonground cafe in Chicago

Nice appearance, thick dark brown body with a thick creamy light brown head with excellent lacing.

Milk chocolate aroma with a mild roasted coffe and nut scent in the back of the nose

Initial flavor is sweet choclate malts and nuts with a light bitter coffee and alcohol finish

Full body ,creamy texture, smooth finish to the palate.

A nice treat but, not a beer you can have a lot of at one sitting.

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

A: A beautiful dark black with a nice creamy tan head.

S: Slight hints of chocolate, slightly sweet roasted coffe aroma.

T: Lovely hit of chocolate mixed in with the taste of roasted coffee.

M: Very creamy, smooth in the mouth, goes down just the same.

D: I would order this over and over. Makes for a great after dinner beer.

Photo of HimerMan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap - numerous times at Stout in NYC. They always have this.

Appears like a milkshake dark brown, and smells intensely like chocolate (not like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock though).

Nice thick taste, yet overall is a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Extra creamy stout as you drink it with no alcohol whatsoever.

Overall, this is clearly a drinkable beer - I'd suggest it on tap rather than bottle. The bottles tend to have a strange aftertaste to them more often than the nitro-tap.

One of my standards at Stout.


Photo of Ozone34
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Almost jet black, you can see a little light.

Smell: Incredible, the chocolate and roasted malts are powerful, yet not overwhelming.

Taste: This beer still carries the excellent stout characteristics of the roasted malts and bitter hops, but adds just enough chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy not heavy at all.

Drinkability: I could drink this with my morning cereal.

Photo of wingman14
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a slight tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate (I bet you were suprised by that) sweet tones and notes, a hint of burnt runs through. The taste has a great very subtle bitter to match the chocolate sweet, great balance. The flavor is wonderful, not overpowering but great to keep sipping and wonder where it all went. A medium to full body with a good balance in carbonation to fully round out this great beer. This beer has something for everyone and I recommend it to all. A wonderful brew!

Photo of znarf
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours heavy and dark with strong a bittersweet chocolate flavor. It is has an ultra smooth flavor and is very drinkable. Considerate Young's Double Chocolate Stout as a dessert beverage. Hats off to the brew master for creating this black anomaly. This is another beer for those who are, “afraid of the dark.”

Photo of BDTyre
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having finally found this in a nitro can, I had to re-review it.

Appearance is beautiful, black with a tight white nitro head. Chocolate smell, with some malts in the background to lend it some dryness.

My only complaint about the nitro vs. the bottle is that the nitro seems sweeter, and sugary, more like milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate. Its been a while since I've had this in any form, so maybe I just don't remember it being this sweet....

An nice, thick and smooth stout. Drinkable if you're a fan of stouts or chocolate.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,211 ratings.