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

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5,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 160
Gots: 523 | FT: 2
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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 claytri
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark brown to black with a light brown head. The aroma is of dark bitter chocolate. The taste is quite amazingly chocolate, very much like a bitter chocolate drink, it also has a strong bitter chocolate aftertaste. The feel is heavy, smooth, and dry. This is quite an amazing beer, and I enjoyed it. However, this is one of those occaisional brews as the taste is something you have to be in the mood for.

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

I decided to pit my two favorite chocolate stouts (Young's + Rogue) against each other and see which came out on top.

The Rogue is better looking. This Young's has a lighter-colored head, more of a tan than Rogue's deep mocha. Young's is slightly transparent in the pour, although both beers are opague when held up to light.

The alcohol scent is pretty present in Young's, but fortunately there is a lot of other things going on there too. I smell sweet malt, roastiness, a bit of coffee.

The taste is so extremely smooth and well rounded. Truly a delight to drink. I dont taste much bitterness or hops. The only thing is, I dont know if I'd really agree with the "double" in the name. I taste more roastiness than anything.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Seems low in carbonation as well (not a negative point).

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is an excellent beer and one of my favorite stouts, but I have to give 1st place to Rogue. Using real chocolate is the key that gives it the edge, I believe.

Photo of porter17
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap, the rich dark head formed and then slowly settled. The head is extraordinarily thick and creamy in appearance, texture, and taste. I had to push through the head to get to the black richness beneath and found the familiar roasted goodness. At 5.2%, it is rather easy to drink. One would expect a heavier beer, given the color, but this is one great sessioner. The aroma was exceptionally clean and slightly toasty. This beer is simple and very good, much richer in flavor than other stouts. And the chocolate tastes are just out of this world. I could have easily had several of these at one sitting, despite the thickness and meal-like qualities. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of musingmonkey
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. I'd wished to try it alongside of the Brooklyn offering, but that was not stocked when I purchased this.

A deep black upon pouring, with a 2 finger, almost brown and bubbly head that lasted well into the drink, leaving some thick lacing on the glass. A thing of beauty :)

Smell was roasted malt, a little coffee, but sweet, not burnt. All of these fragrances were rather subtle, and I suspected I'd chilled the stout a little too long. I think was confirmed by the taste.

Based on its name I was expecting some chocolately flavours to be readily apparant, but they were next to undetectable until about my 4th mouthful. This is a sweet, and smooth drink, the sweetness not quite balanced by some bitter, malty tastes. I must admit that as the beer warmed the flavours and complexities mounted. Yet, I felt a little let down by the time I'd finished.

Mouthfeel, however, was wonderful. It was creamy and very smooth, giving me no troubles in taking some hearty gulps.

I think I'm going to give this a second shot sometime soon, and go a little easier on the chill!

Photo of skillerified
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours nearly black. There's a little of a reddish tint around the edges and at the bottom of the glass. Head is a light tan color and looks a little fizzier then the head from the glass I had on-tap. It faded a lot faster too.

Scent is faint dark malt, caramel, and chocolate. It's a weak scent though.

Taste is also much weaker then I expected. There's a soft malt flavor and a little chocolate. A faint hoppy flavor ends it.

Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy. Not bad, but not particularly impressive either. Much better on-tap.

It's drinkable, but there are better sweet stouts out there. This was fantastic on tap about a month ago, but I guess the bottles just don't hold up as well.

Photo of PeatReek
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black. Head is light tan/ecru; lighter than one might expect in a roasty stout. Head remains at about 1/4 inch for at least several minutes.

Smell: light and sweet. Maybe a slight hint of Golding hops, but just a hint.

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey. The roast flavor is a nice support for the sweetness and not at all biting. Wait... just a hint of bite at the end of the sip, more of an aftertaste, really.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light for how sweet it is; this beer is not at all syrupy. Carbonation is prominent, but not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Quite easy drinking, the smooth chocolate flavor makes it go down real easy.

Photo of nortmand
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a three inch tan head.

Smell is very light roast and some astringency. Not alot there.

Sweet roast dominates initial flavor. Astringent by mid-tongue. Ends with a roast bitterness.

Kind of thin mouthfeel, but carbonation is pretty nice and this makes it fairly drinkable.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darth vader black with an impressivly thick tan head. Awesome lacing.

Nice aroma of roasted chocolate and caramel malts.

Thick and rich mouthfeel, Great taste of roasted chocolate, caramel, and toffee. A dry, black coffee bitter finish is excellent. Smooth as hell.

Awesome dessert brew rich and chocolatey, even better off a nitro tap.


Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A black ichor with a two finger brown head that dissipates in a few minutes. No lacing.

S - Not a hint of chocolate in the nose. A faint coffee and little else.

T - I don't even taste single chocolate, nevermind double. A slight cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness makes an appearance over a dry Guiness-like flavor. Well, it's a better taste than Guiness!

M - Very, very smooth and refreshing.

D - Quite good. I enjoy this beer. Not the best that I have had, but good none the less.

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

Appearance: Pours a super dark black color with a large inch+ tan head at first pour. The head was really creamy looking and stayed around for a while. I can't tell if there are any bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Sweet and rich chocolaty aroma. It has a really "soft" character to it that may be an oatmeal addition or something. It is a very clean and presentable aroma.

Taste: The flavor starts out with some noticeable sweetness, but it doesn't take the chocolate long to kick in and steal the show from then on. The malt and chocolate last until the finish finally kicks in a few seconds after drinking. The finish has a bit of dry bitterness that tastes a bit like eating part of a square of unsweetened cocoa.

Opinion: I really like this beer. I especially like to drink it on tap mixed with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale like a "Black and Tan". This beer by itself is a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but still a very nice beer that I am glad to have around.

Photo of walleye
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle.poured a dark brown to black with a tan head that left a little lacing .aroma, roated malts, chocolate, molasses, some hops, sweet. flavor, medium dark to dark chocolate, malt, hops. I have got to say I was a little disappointed in the flavor on this beer, compared to the aroma it was a pour showing, the chocolate tasted likecheap chocolate.

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

appearance: dark stout color, with nice tan head. i dunno do stouts really look that different from one another, with similar abv?

smell: i smell a nice creamy, milkly flavor. none of the roasted malts.

taste: pretty nice sublte flavor. the creamy mouthfeel brings on feelings of chocolate. not typical chocolate malt, but actually sweet chocolate. however it's very sublte. mixed in thre is the stouty roasted malts. i'm going on an english stout run tonight. I really think the sweetness adds a nice balance here though. also maybe some fruitness from the yeast. quite a beer, make sure it warms up to cellar temp. The first half of the bottle was too cold for me to taste all the flavors.

mouthfeel: it's solid, nice and creamy and not watery.

drinkability: it's good for a stout. I've never been the guy to really want to session a stout, although this is coming close. Suprised there haven't been more takes on this style here in the states.

Photo of wcudwight
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can with an expiration date of 10/5/05.
Pitch black with a thick, creamy, milky, lasting head. The best head on a beer that I've ever seen. Coffee in the nose. Not good gourmet coffee though. Strong Wafflehouse coffee smell. Sweet, chocolate and roasted malts and grains in the mouth. Just the right amount of bitter kick at the end. Feels very smooth, creamy, and thick on the tongue. At 5.2% you can drink a few of these but not too many because it's very filling.
Great beer with a meal or as a meal.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance id a super dark black which is not translucent in the least bit. My pour gave me a little creamy head which didn't diminish at all as I sipped this for a good thirty minutes.The head may have something to do with this beer was drank 7+ months past its best before date. Smells of roasted barley and a little chocolate are easily detectable. Mouthfeel is creamy and light with no carbonation at all. I've drank this one many times in the past in both bottle and nitro can and must say I enjoy the bottle greatly for some reason. This is also a beer I've used as a gateway to introduce some BMC drinking friends. Now, if I could only find a bottle before its best before date.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great head and holds a good lacing. Has a dark crisp look to it. Sweet smell with dark roasted barely malts. Taste's good and strong with definate coffee flavors accompanied by chocolate undertones. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit, but still ok. It fills you up quick, so another beer would be a task. Sipping this beer is good idea.

Photo of masikon
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the expected color from the style, all but jet black with a creamy tan head which receded after a short time leaving a light trim ring and minimal lacing. Nose was straightforward and somewhat uninteresting with basic roasted malt notes. Taste is a deluge of roasted malt flavors, like a mix of gas station coffee with hershey's syrup more than a mocha. For some reason this beer is just not treating me quite right, being a lover of good stouts I simply expected more I suspect. I think I'll be looking elsewhere to get my chocolate stout fix....rogue chocolate stout here I come!

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

A: Jet black, tan head, excellent retention, only a little lace.

S: Fruity chocolate.

T: Awesome. VERY chocolately, nice fruityness from the British yeast. Nice bittersweet balance isn't overwhelming. A hint of tartness rounds out the flavour.

M: Surprisingly light to moderate body, a little chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Truly exceptional. I think I could drink this all night!

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

pours a dark brown with red highlights in the light. darkish brown head that sticks with the beer nicely.

aroma is milk chocolate and cocoa, chalky, bit of black cherry,

robust coffee/chocolate taste. they could make a nice starbucks drink out of this. finishes with a rich bitterness. clean and smooth throughout. not as sweet as something like the mackeson XXX stout, but still sweet enough that i wouldnt want to make it a session beer like a dry stout. relatively light on the tongue and smooth, even from the bottle.

Photo of stevecee2003
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasting poured from a tall can, with widget inside.

Presentation: Pours with a slightly slow thinkness. Gives a nice, but not too big head. The body is very dark. The head being light light brown in color, which settles into a small but effective head. Makes for a very nice lace.

Smell: There is a strong hint of coffee, and of course chocolate. But at this point coffee and burnt hops over-ride the initial smells.

Taste: At first taste chocolate slams right into your senses, with a coffee after-taste. This "widget" version has much more chocolate taste, it must be said. It seems in the bottle chocolate is good, but in the widget-can chocolate is much more prevelant.

Feel: Feels OK in the mouth, but not remarkable. Not a great session beer. Like a Hersheys chocolate bar, I can only take one or two. But for sheer taste it is very good!

Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate has a love cult and I've heard its followers moan in exultation by just a mention of the name. So far my only interaction with this beer has been ignored nitro-taps and stale nitro-cans in the back of the cooler for a few seasons. Too cold, too flat in flavor, too bulldozed by forced gas.

It was with interest that I recently found a fresh pint bottle of this beer, and in new graphics and bottle shape for 2005. Its black with brown edges, starting with a chunky mocha head but possessing no persistence. At times it would leave lace, not often, though.

Smells of thick dollops of caramel over baker's chocolate and coffe-inflected chocolate malt. Sweet and puffy like a stout souffle, yet nutty and alive.

Not complex but a session beer of easy malt, soft yeast character, softer mouthfeel, and plenty of chocolate in both barley and cocoa forms. Nutty in the finish and balanced mostly by roast bitterness but with some earthy hop underneath.

Finally without nitrogen and finally understood, this is a great session stout. I don't know what I was expecting, I think the nitrogen is a major minus for my funny palate.

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

This slides out of the bottle like ram's blood, leaving a tan head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is burned caramel fondue.

This is a silky terrific mouthfeel - almost like Guinness, verging on flat. Then there is the most subtle milky cream smokiness that finished like cold unsweetened coffee and a bite of a bittersweet chocolate bar. A dryness then hits your mouth ans you must drink more. This occurs until the glass is empty.

This is not an in your face brew, that you have to choke down with a smile while you swear its great; this really is great.

For once the writing on the bottle does not lie- this beer is a silky luxury.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a slight amber highlight. Has about a 2 finger creamy head.

Smell: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee. Also pick out a slight Alcohol smell.

Taste: Starts of with a chocolate taste that moves on to roasted malt and ends with a coffee taste. There is also a sweetness that lurks throughout but it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly chewy mouth feel with the right amount of carbonation to go along.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my second Young’s beer and I like it a lot. This is a great stout which is very rich and creamy and would go great by itself or with dessert.

Photo of fromage
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice sweet stout, though a little pricey. I think I'd take left hand over this just for the price of a bottle (don't think I can get any others around here).

Looks good coming out of the bottle and into the pint glass. Near black with a good tan head. Not much lacing or head to soon speak of.

Smells great--deep roasted chocolate and coffee, creamy, with some molasses. Occasionally got a hint of cherry?

Taste is dissapointing and doesn't follow up on the smell. Some carbonated attack and a bit of nutty, bready malt, but just not a full taste. Slightly astringent finish, so it's not too sweet.

Mouthfeel was average. Hoping for something a little fuller and chewier.

Good drinkability, but like most dessert beers, I'd probably be fine with just one. Plus I don't see the taste reward for the volume I'd be drinking!

Photo of Padron4KM
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, best before April 06.
Served at 57 degrees in a pint glass.
Dark, almost black, with ruby tinges and a creamy coffee colored head.
Decent lacing.
Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate.
Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and a sharp lactic acid aftertaste.

Photo of ToggleEyes
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured out very dark with a small 1 finger head. The head was a dark kaki color with very small bubbles, kind of like pond foam.
The can says to serve cool not cold. I let it sit out for about an hour an I think it might have been a little too long, my stout was a little undrinkable. The aroma was definately dark bitter chocolate with malt undertones. To me it also smelled earthy. The mouth feel was very smooth almost milk-like, not really what I was expecting but still ok. The taste was great. it tasted just like it smelled, aslo some honey and hops. It would be hard for me to drink this all the time but it makes for a nice treat every once in a while.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.