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

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4,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 2,215
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 135
Gots: 348 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999)
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Photo of bditty187
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Luxury Double Chocolate Stout is not nearly as luxurious as I had expected. The chocolate in the nose wasn’t all that potent and it’s aroma was too powdery. The backdrops of aroma were very nice, liquor and black licorice. The palate was powdered chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, and some faint, yet noticeable, hops. It finished dry and a tad thin. The beer poured almost black with a tan, creamy head… not all that big. No lace.

This beer is enjoyable and I’d recommend it and drink it again (most likely).

bditty187, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a white/tan head, aroma of dark roasted malt. Nice malt flavors with chocolate and caramel tones, a little bit of hops. A very good stout. I would recommend this as a very solid stout.

jtw5877, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of Lupe
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, no light can come through. Big creamy tan head that heaves wispy lacing all the way down. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Some sweetness that goes with a slightly burnt/roasted flavor. Big chocolate flavour, not milk chocolate but dark. Some hop flavor to balance the malt with a slight hint of licorice. Finishes slightly dry. Very easy to drink. Incredible.

Lupe, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of brakspear
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A former Supreme Champion beer in the UK, I think it is probably best to drink it in the US from a bottle rather than the nitro can. While the nitro can many give it a creamy smooth head, the colder serving temperatures required by the can mars the great chocolate flavors and aroma in the beer.

The stout pours inky black with a moderate tan head that lingers and then drops back to a generous collar on the inside of the glass. The aroma is mild chocolate, from both the chocolate malt used and the actual chocolate added to the beer. The taste is smooth and silky chocolate with a slight hop bite in the finish to balance the wonderful sweet flavors in the beer. This is a highly drinkable specialty stout for cooler temperatures and when you are looking for a beer to sip and enjoy.

brakspear, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just love the way the nitro-can beers seem to have the head cascade down through the beer and back up to the top. The head on this beer takes well over a minute to settle out from the nitro can, and it stays thick and creamy throughout the entire time you drink it. When it is too cold, there is very little flavor. As it warms, the chocolate and earthy hops aromas arise. The flavor exhibits a bitter, dark chocolate or cocoa taste with roasted malt and a very thin yet creamy mouthfeel. It has a nice bitterness on the finish with a hint of sweetness and that dark chocolate note. A good beer with not as much chocolate as I presumed it would have, which is a good thing.

aaronh, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful chocolate beer here. Just made for a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Not sweet, except for a supple slither of alcohol sweetness in the mid-palate. The chocolate is of the Hershey's cocoa variety. Who can argue with chocolate in their stout? Especially when it isn't over done...

putnam, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer three time and have been dissapointed every time. I could not taste anything to do with Double Chocolate or infact, any kind of chocolate flavor or aroma. It was lacking in just about everything. Is there something I'm missing? Just a blah brew! Where's the chocolate? Double!

BeerManDan, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of Mick
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is really good stout. Very rich appearance, nice head and less milky than other stouts. A strong cocoa aroma sets the drinker up for the chocolate and toffee flavors that this stout is named for. Very smooth, glides across the palate. This is great all around stout for die-hard fans or first timers.

Mick, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding head … all canned nitro brews are like this right? Smells of powdered hot chocolate, hint of alcohol, kiss of roasted grain and some sweetness. This pretty much goes the same for the flavour but add a vague fruitiness, a bitter twang from the hops and roasted malt, and a remarkable smoothness. I prefer this on tap so much more but this is not too bad.

Jason, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of HopheadEd
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great color, that's the first thing I noticed. So dark it's black, with a great head, tannish white, about an inch, that stays almost to the bottom. A true bishop's collar. Just a light presence of malt and chocolate in the aroma. A little more noticeable in the taste. Lace throughout, with a pretty good finish. A good example of the style, much more enjoyable than a Guiness.

HopheadEd, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a nice looking tan head over deep, deep brownish-red liquid. Nose is predominately roasted malts with some tanginess noted. Taste is roasty, a bit chocolate, slight coffee notes. Not as full-bodied as I had hoped for...but nice nonetheless. Finishes a bit more chocolately than malty, no real hop flavors come to the front. A nice beer, but that's about it.

beerluvr, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a delicious chocolate aroma. goes down rich and smooth just like a stout should with a creamy goodness. then you get a blast of chocolate that just hits the spot.

ElGuapo, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The worst thing you could do for yourself is drink this too cold. I didn't let it sit long enough before sampling last time, and it had been a while since I'd last tasted it. As a result, I was unpleasantly surprised at a somewhat weak and astringent aroma, combined with a less than pleasant finish. And I once thought it was a great beer!

After 10 minutes or so, the beer really began to show its character. The combination of roasty chocolate malt and real chocolate began to come through in the aroma, and the decadently sweet flavor picked up a nice, slightly hoppy finish.

There's a real danger of over-doing it on the sweetness in a drink like this, but Young's managed to balance out this beer quite nicely. The chocolate is wonderful, and something you won't find in many other beers, but the body is fairly light (perhaps a bit too light for a stout) and the finish is dryer than one would expect. Perhaps a bit thin for something billed as a luxury double chocolate stout, but it works! Very drinkable.

mzwolinski, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of beernut7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to this beer all night. I have been looking for a good solid robust stout for a long time and I figured Young's wouldn't let me down. Was I ever right. The deep dark color and thick foamy lasting head were the introduction I was yearning for. The first taste of this heavy bodied brew was just liquid heaven. The smooth roasted tootsie roll chocolate flavor is jsut what I was hoping for and made my day. The mellow latent bitterness helps balance out the sweet to create a fantastic stout.

beernut7, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of stcules
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toasted, but not so intensive. You can found in the smell the chocolate... but you must drink it for tasting the real soul of this beer! Dark and bitter chocolate. The smell is not particular as taste, but when you drink it, you can find the same flavour of the taste. Pure chocolate! Great!

stcules, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After looking for a while, I finally found myself a good chocolate stout. And this one is quality. The appearance is what you would expect, black with an enormous brown fluffy head. For some reason, I found the smell to be a bit off, and IMO it certainly did not fit with the thick sweetness of the beer. This stuff tastes delicious however...the chocolate is clearly present as is a sweet flavor of coffee and vanilla, but none overpower the beer. And its smooth as silk. Oooh mama.

IrishRedRock, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of Suds
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A local resturant has this beer on their menu, and it's become one of my favorite after-dinner beers. Pours nearly black with a respectable, lasting head that produces a fair amount of lace. The taste is very smooth and rich...like fudge. Unquestionably a desert beer. Complex and enjoyable, but not for every occation.

Suds, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This dark ruby colored brew pours a huge brown head, foamy and rocky. Aroma is of cocoa bean and java. You can actually taste the chocolate in this brew (maybe because they actually use real chocolate in the recipe). Can taste baking chocolate. Bittersweet is predominant. Coffee and vanilla bean tones also surface. Pretty light in body for a stout. Maybe medium at best. I used to think more highly of this beer years ago, untill I started getting a taste of what the truly high quality stouts taste like (i.e., Kalamazoo).

Bighuge, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a bad experience with Breckenridge's chocolate beer I was a little apprehensive about trying this, but I am glad I did. I can't wait to try the bottled version! This had the perfect hint of chocolate in my opinion. The coloration was also perfect and conveyed what to expect in the flavor exactly. This is a great example of bold flavor with subtle accents to make a great brew.

Dogbrick, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of tigerpaws
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While stouts are not my fav. type of brew I loved this one. From the dark brown appearance and thick foamy head, to the sweet choc. aroma. Had a good mouthfeel and I can see why they call it double choc.so smooth and sweet tasting. Great color of cans also Clemson colors (orange and purple), try this beer its great..................CHEERS

tigerpaws, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of bmacaskill
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally. Truth in advertising.

I grow mint for my gin and tonics. One variety is apple, another is chocolate... and they both taste like mint.

Young's Double Chocolate, on the other hand, actually has a chocolate aftertaste. And this is a beer that actually *looks* like it's good for you -- it's a rich brown (almost black), sweet and thick tasting. Just the thing for fattening you up.

Nowhere on Young's website do they mention the Double's caloric count, nor do they mention stout's storied history as a Victorian "fattener-up" for expectant mothers. They *do* mention why it tastes like chocolate:

"Pale ale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggles and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence. Melted chocolate bars are added to the boil and the essence is added after filtration."

And gad, it's good! It rivals Young's own Oatmeal as my favourite stout. And it has a great label.


bmacaskill, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with moderate tan head. The aroma was of coffee and chocolate. The flavor was more of roasted coffee and the chocolate faded to the background. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavor lessens and becomes more roasty with maltiness coming through. A good stout, although I do not like it as well as my drinking buddy Bigemail.

ryanocerus, Aug 07, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep, opaque brown/black color with a thick tan head that holds up well and gives some nice Belgian-lace. The aroma is of a slightly sweet dark malt like bittersweet chocolate. The medium body and restrained carbonation level give a soft, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very lightly sweet with just a touch of roastiness against a light bitterness. Well balanced but somewhat lacking in character for it - not very much punch. The finish is light and leaves a pleasant, lightly dry and roasty aftertaste. Immensely drinkable. I once felt that I preferred the nitro-can version because it has such a soft, silky-smooth and creamy character, but I now feel that the bottled version is more enjoyable as it appears less sweet and slightly more complex.

NeroFiddled, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of Jdiddy
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now we're talking. Great deep dark color, chocolate malt scent. Like a Guiness with Hersheys syrup. I LOVE this beer. Very smooth as well. Not something you want to drink all night but a few do the trick.

Jdiddy, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ChocoLOT man! Dude, where's my chocolate. Dude it's in my beer. Sweet! Pours a very very dark color (maybe black...but hard to tell in this low light). The head started out at 2 fingers and with a rather dark color for a head and dissipated fairly quickly. The smell, well there's definitely chocolate in it. The taste, well there's definitely chocolate in it..and surprisingly, it is rather good. It isn't the most balanced beer and as rich as the chocolate is, I would have to stop with this one after a couple or four. It was a pleasant experience for a change. Choco-Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 08, 2002
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.