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

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5,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,193
Reviews: 2,284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 168
Gots: 571 | 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 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.

Photo of jongillin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right, I am reviewing here, my favorite style. So admittedly I might be a bit biased. I am also generally a huge fan of Young's stouts anyway.

This one came from the can, which of course is not always as good as on tap. However, it has a great appearance. It has a nice dark color (as any stout should). And amazingly enough (sarcasm added) it has some what of a chocolate like color to it.

The smell: You can definitely pick up some milk scents and the usual stout malty scent. However, (again: surprise!) you do get a hint of Chocolate in there. The presence of Golding hops are also noticeable.

Taste: Fantastic. Not too much more to say about that. You pick up all the flavors. The hop flavors are nicely balanced and their bitterness is countered well with the chocolate. It has a slightly more dark chocolate taste than a milk chocolate. But, that should not be a surprise considering that Dark chocolate is more bitter.

Mouthfeel is really smooth. It is thick but also well rounded. Full bodied leaving nothing to be desired.

Very drinkable goes down easy and is very tasty.

Photo of greggdogg
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review as of 3/15/2006:

A - Looks like nitro Guinness, with a darker head.

S - Chocolatey, sweet.

T - Sweet. Almost cloying, lately it's been fading to a heavy metallic taste. Never noticed it before, maybe it's the aluminum can.

M - Can't beat nitro for thickness. If that's what you like.

D - If it wasn't so sweet, you could drink them all night.

Photo of jayc333
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with a little ruby showing on the bottom edges. A thin lace layed on top, and for the most part disipated almost completly.

Smells delightful. Sweet and chocolate malt presents are strong. With a faint hint of coffee.

Chocolate upfront in the taste, followed by an acute burnt coffee aftertaste. Wasn't as great as I expected though.

I was a little dissapointed in the mouthfeel also. Thin and watery, and a bit too over-carbonated.

Meh, not really what I had expected. I personally wouldn't buy another bottle, but if the chance to try it on-tap arose, I probably would take it.

Photo of dogfooddog
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a 40% head, served around 55F. I am generally not impressed with how non-bottle-conditioned british products arrive across the pond, but this beer has high ratings and I am happy to try a stout with promise - check my reviews before this product.. My bias is thus divulged.

Nose is with notes of chocolate and a sour bitterness typical of across-the-pond beers. On this alone the beer is in trouble - sourness seems to work on british products in bottle but is not a native part of taste.

Taste is sweet with some hop sourness culminating in a roasted sweet finish. I am not impressed with this beer and am not sure why it is so highly rated. aftertaste covers some bases with roasted sweet chocolate notes but the beer unfortunately meets my expectations for what happens to a british product over a few months in the bottles without any yeast to help it along.l

Being honest, I poured it out. There are more interesting things here to taste than a sour stout which is no inspiration.

Photo of klewis
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served warm from a 500ml bottle.

A: Pours black with a big frothy head with some good lacing.

S: Not much smell from this. Aromas of milk chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Subdued flavors of dark chocolate and espresso with a mild saltiness on the sides of the tongue. Mild wine-like tannins in the finish. The flavor is very good, I just don't think that there is enough of it.

M: Lightly carbonated and with a medium body, the label advertises correctly: "Silky smooth" "Rich and creamy"

D: This is a good beer, but probably not one that I would make an effort to find. I've had this once mixed with a raspberry ale in the black and tan style, and it made a very good chocolate raspberry beer.

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

Poured a dark black with a half inch dark brown head that recedes but does not disappear until the beer is gone! It was full of a sweet chocolate aroma with the hint of bananas in there as well, very interesting. A very chocolaty taste that gives way to bitter malt after a little while in your mouth. After you swallow this bitterness is much more pronounced but not overbearing. This is a very smooth drink that would compliment a good chocolate desert after a hearty meal, or perhaps it could be the desert. I'll be looking to try this one again on tap. Give this one a try, enjoy!

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,193 ratings.