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

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5,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,063
Reviews: 2,243
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 152
Gots: 461 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jarmby1711
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I over anticipated what I was about to drink, but this was an average stout only with the barest hint of chocolate aftertaste
If chocolate wasnt on the label I would not have picked it.
The colour was jet black with a tan foamy head.The smell was malt dominated and harsh.The first taste is gingerish and bitter nd finishes with a smoothish hint of chocolate.
There was virtually no carbonation and an indistinct bitterness in the mouth.
This was disappointing for the high aspirations I held ,however a reasonable stout all the same

Photo of pootz
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown-black ale with a frothy brown cap and modest carbonation. Delishious aroma of cocoa, nuts, coffee and sweet malts. Rich creamy texture, malt biased with layers of chocolate, coffee, burnt treacle and light grassy hop tones. Finish is long with a fruity fig like decernment that turns dry and bitter in the after taste...a very nice stout , very drinkable but there is a phoneyness about the choclate tastes that you can’t get past...other than that it would be one of the world best stouts.

Photo of pentathlete
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, opaque, with hints of lighter tones at the edges. Small head, lasts for a couple of minutes, then a residual ring. Nose is milk chocolate (vs. a more bitter smelling dark chocolate) with liquid coffee (vs. bean) odors. Taste is mild watery chocolate with the coffee bitterness balancing the sweet. Finish is again more in the coffee realm and doesn't last too long. The mouthfeel is a slight disappointment, not full, not really medium, and thin on the sides. Yet, this is a highly drinkable stout. Have it for desert. Or pour a glass of this and a glass of, say, a Lindeman's Framboise and enjoy with a french vanilla ice cream.

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

500 mL bottle, best before the end of January '06 - served chilled in a mug. The pour leaves a big 3 finger tan head that lingers awhile and leaves moderate lacing. The body is black with ruby/brown coming through at the edges when held to light. The smell has chocolate, coffee, a roasted character, and a milky sweetness along with a bit of hops. The taste follows this but with hop nuances - mostly pine and floral - and a nice bitterness that lingers. The flavor isn't too strong but it is strong enough. It has a medium body with a nice carbonation and is somewhat creamy. Delicious.

Photo of ypsifly
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro can with a best by date of1/24/06 ink jetted on the bottom of the can, poured into an imperial pint.

Thick ass nitro head with that trippy cascade effect. Black as expected with the inside of the glass coated by a thick, very light tan sheet.

Nice pairing of malt and chocolate in the nose. Not very strong at all, but pleasant.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose, malty upfront with chocoalte joing in midway and taking over into a rather dry finish. Nice velvety mouthfeel. I could drink this one all night. Good after dinner drink as well.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice looking brew that's just a few steps away from perfection. A lovely jet black stout color, with a decent froth, though the carbonation is rather light. The scent is probably the worst feature, being a tad astringent, which carries over slightly into the taste, but not too badly. For the most part, the taste is wonderful, a nicely toasted stout flavor with a hearty amount of chocolate. It lacks the harsh bite that comes with most dark stouts, and goes down remarkably smooth, making it really about the most drinkable stouts I've had in a while. Highly recommended.

Photo of BamaScholar
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had always heard great things about this brew, and it does not disappoint.

Pour was fine...perhaps it was the milk content but this stout wasn't quite as clingy as some others. *However,* this brew smelled and tasted absolutely delicious. The chocolate character is not a strong one and it is a mild, hazelnutty flavor indicative of the European tradition.

The chocolate/buttery richness is delicious but hurts the drinkability slightly, as one bottle is plenty filling.

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

A nice, deep rich, stout. I just know I would like this more if it were from the tap, but the bottle is what I had to deal with so here goes...

It was very dark, but not completely black for a stout and it smelled complex, almost like bitter chocolate bars but no surprise, there was a little hint of alcohol . Mouth was typical sweet stout. A little thin and watery but foamed nicely. Tasted like a richly roasted chocolate malt, with a twinge of the alcohol with a plesant choclate finish and slight bitterness. Good stuff.

Drinkability: Average for me. I probably would pick some of the other/local beers I've reviewed rather than getting this based on price, but this was a good stout.

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

Poured a dark brown liquid with a head that lingers.

Smelt of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

Taste pretty much the same as above. Roasted malt flavour accompanied by a smooth chocolate/coffee finish.

Not overly carbonated so that the flavours can be enjoyed. If I had any complaints is the fact that it was a little watery.

Not a bad beer.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Purchased in June 2005, poured from a 14.9oz nitro can with production date (2 March 2005) stamped on the bottom. There was a little nitro widget in the can. Poured a creamy, milk chocolate color that turned to a pitch black. A neat "reverse cascade" effect brought about a finger-thick head with good retention. It was definitely a good-looking beer. The scent was of chocolate and lactose, with ever-so-slight roasted malt characteristics.

Tasting: Hints of sweetness came across on the front of the tongue, followed by roasted malt flavoring and chocolate on the back. I detected a slightly "metallic" taste as well - perhaps it was the effect of the can, but I'm not sure. It took a little away from the beer itself. Just the slightest hop bitterness came across. It was a thick beer with a decent viscosity and a full body. It left a good aftertaste.

I think this beer really does a great justice to the Milk / Sweet Stout style. I would recommend it for those who are interested in trying a Stout for the first time and want a little sweetness as well. It also would go well with food. Perhaps it's better on tap or in the bottle. I'd recommend those styles before the nitro can, but this isn't bad by any means.

Photo of JackStraw22
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark black body, nearly completely opaque, but not quite. Decent head, stuck around some, no lacing. Huge roasted malt aroma, very nice. Sweet, creamy cocoa comes through as the glass warms. Some hops in the nose was well, but just a hint. Only drawback is the mouthfell. It is quite thin for a stout, a little dissapointing. Sweet and milky, chocolate is obviously in the forefront. Clean bitterness balances the beer nicely. Worth a try, but lots of other stouts I like better.

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stout poured a dark black with just the slightest red in the edges when held up to the light. There was a small 1/2" creamy head that disappeared too quickly(nothing beats seeing this head rise up when poured on tap!). There was some light lacing on the glass.
The smell was predominantly roasted malt at first, as the stout warmed up some of the chocolate aroma started to come out.
The taste, I think, was delicious. The liquid has a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. The brew has a medium carbonation. The first taste is a earthy, roasted flavor. As the beer hits mid mouth the sweet milk chocolate flavor envelops the tongue. A nice roasted bitter finish lingers around for a long, long time. This beer is the bomb on draught, and it is very good from the bottle.
Very drinkable stout, I enjoyed this one after dinner while watching Band of Brothers for the third time. Very nice beer from Young's and probably still my favorite English brew yet.

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

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN.

Pours from the nitro-can the way all nitro-can beers do, slowly turning from that dark brown color into the black, black body with a pure-white head on top. The head is extremely creamy and no bubbles are immediately visible; it almost looks like a layer of milk on top of the stout. The head sticks around for the entire length of the beer, even if consumed slowly. Very nice presentation.

The smell is quite sweet, has a milky, vaguely chocolatey aroma that is pleasing to the nose. As the beer warms, this becomes more pronounced -- I'd recommend letting this one almost reach room temperature before pouring, unless you're taking your time with it and give it time to warm in the glass.

Taste is good but not exactly great. I don't know if it was the nitro can, but my beer had a kind of metallic taste at first, although that aspect went away as I got deeper into the beer. Chocolate and coffee notes noted, but somehow muted -- this tasted more like an ordinary stout than a sweet stout to me, although the hop bitterness was also minimal. Relaxing and soothing, especially after a long day when I just need something to help me relax. Best by itself without food or as a dessert pairing.

I've read other reviews of this that describe an almost chewy mouthfeel, but for me this beer was thin and watery. Not unpleasant, for the thinner mouthfeel did make it easier to drink, but I think a stout should generally be a bit thicker than this. It may be that the nitro-can affects the carbonation and, thus, the overall mouthfeel here.

A very drinkable brew. I only had one at this sitting, but I'm hoarding the other three for another time -- this beer isn't available in my area, and I'm not planning another trip to Nashville anytime soon.

I'm going to try this beer in bottles first chance I get, and I think it might be better on-tap. While the nitro-cans improve the overall experience of Guinness and others, I suspect that this one would be better in a bottle -- when I have a chance to try it, I'll review it.

Photo of bark
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is pinch black, the head is pale brown, two finger thick, uneven and stable.

The smell is a bit bitter with an apparent note of cocoa powder and some cream. Maybe there is a hint of coffee too? Could have been stronger, though.

The taste is very creamy with a fine, bitter taste of chocolate. There is also a bitter touch and some cream-like sweetness. The aftertaste got notes of bitter chocolate and cappuccino, but not very much of “beer”.

The carbonation is rather simple, more like a standard lager, it could have been creamier.

A nice and different stout.

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a thick dark roast malt. Nice. Less of the nitro can aroma, so I'll give it extra credit.
Great show! Great cascade. Thick firm creamy looking head. Black as night. Lacing.
Less impressive flavors than appearance and aroma. Farily simple with a strong nitro presence. Dark malt with less roast than aroma. Adequate dryness in the middle along with a bitterness that remains through the finish. In time it takes on a chocolate quality, but not really that much.
Nice creamy feel in the head and body. Smooth and silky (as it says on the can). Medium overall feel.
Overall a nice drink. Just wish the flavor would match the other aspects.

Photo of Luigi
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored with a massive creamy light brown head.

Smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark malts, and a little hop bitterness.

The taste is dominated creamy chocolate, smoky malt, and a nice little hop twang that lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is very creamy and drinkable is lost perfect.

Overall, this stout is near perfection, Dark chocolate is dominate but the balance the this ale is what I look for.

Thumbs Up!!!

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

This beer pours near black with a thick foamy tan coloured head. The head recedes some but never really fades away.

The smell is more like a dry stout than a sweet one, though, as the beer warms, it takes on more and more of a chocolate flavour.

The taste is excellent. Lightly sweetened up front with a bitter chocolate finish. All flavours have some staying power and leave me very satisfied.

Mouthfeel I would say is as good as it can get. Creamy with light carbonation. It is perfectly complimentary to the taste. Drinkability is off the charts, as I can't imagine myself turning down this beer.

This is one of my favorites, and I tend to keep at least one bottle around at all times to treat myself.

Photo of ski271
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno's in State College, PA

Appearance: Black with a medium-large, creamy, light brown head that has great retention and clings to the glass leaving thick rings of lacing. VERY inviting.

Smell: Dominated by chocolate. Nice roasted malt smell.

Taste: Wow! Now that’s chocolate! Sweet and malty, but a little hollow-tasting. The finish is lightly bitter but not as big or long-lasting as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected as well. The nitro pour give it that wonderful velvety texture I love, and it really works with the sweetness that it makes you almost reluctant to swallow.

Drinkability: I had heard that this is a good beer to go with desert, and I agree that it would go well with a brownie or chocolate chip cookie, but I think it could qualify as a desert itself. I enjoyed it, but prefer a heavier stout, but that's just a personal preference, so I guess I need to take that into account when rating it.

Photo of beersarang
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black that is pretty damn dark with an also very dark tan head. Quite nice. Head is creamy, with huge sheets of lace down the glass. Nitro for sure.

Smells like dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate envelope the nose.

Roasty toasty barley hits the toungue, with just a dash of flowery hops that blend into the malt background, probably kent goldings, chocolate presents itself and fades into more dark roasted barley. Finishes a little dry and astringent.

Creamy creamy creamy, just the right amount of nitro carbonation. Overall very good and pretty drinkable.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has a best before end of Feb 2005 on it... oops. Should have checked that before I bought it I guess, oh well let's see how it fares.

Appearance - A very dark almost black beer with only highlights of red around the rim of the glass where the light manages to penetrate. There is a quarter inch of fluffy off-white head that diminishes quickly and is replaced with some decent lacing.

Smell - Lots of malt and chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted grains and nuts.

Taste - There is the taste of coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. My overall impression is that it is very dry. The finish is rather bitter also.

Mouthfeel - The body is good, not great. Rather thinner than I had expected.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. I enjoyed sipping this beer and trying to uncover all the subtle little flavors this one has.

I will have to find a fresher example of this and see how different the age makes.

Photo of BeerFink
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a nitro-powered creamy white head. Chocolately, creamy, aroma, along with that nitrogen smell. Overall, the taste is very smooth. Lots of sweet chocolate jump out in the taste, along with a little roasted grain. Some hops are apparent in the finish, but definitely take a back seat to the sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is similar to other nitro-powered stouts - smooth and creamy. However it is fuller than some others I have tried.

Photo of whynot44
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium/Heavy bodied, very dark, almost black with some nice red highlights against the light and a respectable creamy tan head.

The aroma is mild caramel malt and a hint of cocao.

The taste is fantastic - rich deep roasted malt, caramel, espresso coffee, dark chocolate with a bit of apple. Rich, creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Starts slightly sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

A great desert/after dinner drink.

Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to get head (huh?) on this one (may have been somewhat old). But the dry, almost powdery chocolate/coffee quaff with some bourbon undertones made up for it. Excellent medium body with a carb tingle – smooth and savory all the way down the glass. Could have drunk many more than 1 pint of these babies.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark, almost opaque black color with minimal head. Smell is of roasted grains with a hint of chocolate. The taste is of coffee mixed with dark chocolate. (a chocolate bar in a bottle ??). Tastes great. a very drinkable stout without being overly sweet

Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours moderately viscous black with a foamy and creamy tan head and minor amounts of lacing. Smells of deeply roasted coffee with lots of sweet grainy malts and a touch of dried cocoa. Flavors are quite good. Sweet and malty initially, building toasted coffee flavors, and finishing with sweet powdered chocolate and a slight hop bite. Creamy smooth in the mouth and incredibly easy going down.. A nice session or after-dinner stout.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 5,063 ratings.