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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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4,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,781
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 349 | FT: 1
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 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
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat opaque dark brown to black. Nice brown head. I detect dark roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. Smells like chocolate milk with alcohol. Taste is not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated. Tastes much more like dark bitter chocolate although some milk chocolate sweetness is present. Malt sweetness is well balanced by the hops although the sweetness edges out the bitterness in this battle. Good mouthfeel. Not overly sweet with good drinkability (I'd actually like to see a little more sweet milk chocolate flavor in this one). Overall, a good beer.

PhantomVodoo, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vertical pour of this slightly less than ruby red/jet-black liquid forms a beautiful yeasty thick meringue pancake of a head. Beautiful to watch the downpour of thin bubbles sheet down the glass. Low on carbonation (or should I say nitrogenation), as most nitrocanned ales are. Aroma is suprisingly close to Guinness nitrocan, with an added dose of sweet milk chocolate. Mmmm...velvety smooth texture, amazingly rich pillow-soft mouthfeel, crisp clean finish with a hint of grain, freshly shelled walnuts and cocoa powder. Hops are only there to balance, never becoming intrusive. The only downside to this heavenly brew is the subtle metallic and cardboard notes in the aftertaste. These become more prominent as the brew warms, but don't really become a bother. Thank god they are only subtle, for this brew is highly drinkable.

Mitchster, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that fades into a nice sticky lace that coats the sides of the glass while drinking. Nose is fresh coffee, sweet roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Smooth, creamy, thick, and chewy in the mouth with tastes of bitter dark chocolate and a sweet maltiness. A very nice stout that goes great with dessert.

Morris729, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice pour. Deep brown, almost black in color with a dense velvety mocha colored head. The head hangs in at about 1/4 inch and doesn't change until I drink it up at the end of the glass. Smells like Bailey's Irish Creme--chocolate milk with an alcohol kick. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, some malt character too. As the beer warms closer to room temperature, the tastes intensify a little. Mouthfeel was pretty thin for such a rich looking brew and carbonation is low. A good dessert beer.

cretemixer, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of yen157
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head settled into a fine tan lace that was sticky as hell. It smelled of milk chocolate and coffee. I started thinking I was picking up on some hazelnut aroma after awhile, but chocolate and hazelnuts are a favorite combination of mine so I’m not sure if I really smelled them or was just imagining the scent. The chocolate addition was evident throughout the flavor profile of the beer. The only element of the beer that made me forget about chocolate even for a second was the delicate hop bitterness.

It was incredibly silky in the mouth, a real pleasure to drink. The beer was more like chocolate soda or Yoo-hoo then I remember. The last time I had this one was early in my days of drinking good beer. It seems my memory of this one are better than the real thing, but that’s fine with me. This was still a different, enjoyable stout.

yen157, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recently tried Rogue's Chocolate Stout and was really impressed, however this one blew that out of the water. The main reason for this was probably the nitro charger in the can which gave the beer a "icecream-ish" mouthfeel, and also lended to quite a show while waiting for the head to form in the glass (which remained the entire time and was very creamy). Definite chocolate taste, especially in the beginning. Slight bitterness showing towards the end but overall quite a treat. As one user described Rogue's stout as "chocolate milk for adult" I would describe this as the chocolate shake for adults.

nixhecks, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost completely black with just hints of ruby/amber on the edges. A substantial foamy, tan head with some lacing. The smell is dominated by creamy chocolate scents with a hint of underlying roasted notes. Taste is quite sweet throughout the drink, starting rather light-textured and even a bit hoppy. A rich taste of chocolate truffles comes through toward the end, culminating with some dryness. As in the smell, roasted grains are present but somewhat muted. The light but rich taste and dry finish lends itself to a nice mouthfeel and a better-than-average drinkability for a stout.

BitteBier, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of ethosx19
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double chocolate? It has chocolate, but I always want more. Beautiful black body and chocolate aroma. Taste is rich and smooth chocolate with just a little bitterness at the end. One isn't enough, I'd like another.

ethosx19, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of mrjimcat
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nitro can version of this stout was purchased along with the bottle for comparison and review. There was a distinct difference in taste with the nitro can version. There was much less of the luxurious mouthfeel with a nice chocolate taste. The can version was good in its own right but drier and of course, more like a pub poured pint. It also seemed less complex in flavors.

mrjimcat, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The archetypal stout color “Ebony”, the head planetary in size, creamy texture and the lace fine sticky sheets to cling to the glass, a nice light chocolate color for both. The aroma of coffee, toasted grains, chocolate and sweet, as can be, quite a pleasure. Start is sweet, the top thick and chewy, the finish passably acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, dry long lasting aftertaste, and a “World Class Stout” in my book.

Gusler, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can smell chocalate and really taste it with the first sip. Great not real sweet some hops in the finish. "Velvety" smooth, with a nice creamy silky feel on the palate, very chocolatey but not overdone, this is a wonderful stout, I always enjoy it.

maxpower, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, creamy and silky. What a great stout. Not an overpowering chocolate flavor as it does not come until the end. Very dark in color with a beautiful tan head that lasts and lasts. I am sure that this would be even better on tap. A bit dry in the middle but evens out in the end. This is one that I will go back to.

CharlesRiver, Dec 16, 2002
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,781 ratings.