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

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Reviews: 2,291
Hads: 5,434
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 209
Gots: 781 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of WoodButcher
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours an almost black color. Hold it to the light and there are no hues that shine through. This is black like used oil. Mmmmm. The head is a dense tan, creamy with some larger bubbles that leave a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit muted, but has chocolate and coffee tones.

Taste is like the nose, but much more pronounced. The coffee and chocolate are followed by a slight hop bitterness with some smokiness and mild tobacco. This is truly yummy and with low alcohol makes a fine session beer with some rich foods (or without).

The mouthfeel is fine carbonation, but with a nitro pour it is like silk. This is one great beer.

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Photo of interzen
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Look: Opaque black with a bubbly tan/khaki head - the head has a fair bit of retention and leaves behind a fair bit of lacing. When I say 'opaque' I mean exactly that - hold it up to the light and you'll see nothing but blackness. It's a stout alright.

Smell: Roasted malts and dark chocolate - for me, the benchmark chocolate stout is Sam Smiths, and the Youngs doesn't have that in-yer-face chocolatiness that the Sams has, and it also has a few more dark fruity notes.

Taste: Roasted malts up front with the chocolate flavours following fairly close behind. Some slight bitterness but the chocolate/malt flavours are dominant. Again, not as full-on chocolatey as Sam Smiths but pretty damned good.

Feel: Good stout feel - carbonation isn't too excessive and it goes down extremely smoothly.

Overall: For me, Sam Smiths make the perfect chocolate stout - this runs it fairly close but doesn't quite match it in my opinion. It's probably worth pointing out that I'm definitely a stout fan and, along with the Sam Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout, this is going to become a regular on my shelf.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can. Color as expected, lackluster head (thin to non existent). Slight stout scent. Mild taste, think guinness lite...hint of chocolate. Not a bad beer but something I won't go out of my way for.

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Photo of Decko
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate malty aroma and pours with a nice coffee coloured head but it doesn't last long. Good mouthfeel with a balance of carbonation and stouty fullness. The rich malt and fruity chocolate flavours come through well and I thoroughly enjoyed this but just felt it was missing a little something to be really great. Hard to describe but a little bit thin in some way. That said I really enjoyed the sweet aftertaste and while chocolate stouts aren't usually my thing I would definitely have this one again.

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

Appearance: dark as night; pours a sticky, chocolate milk coloured head that unfortunately doesn't stick around for long

Aroma: chocolate, dark and bitter/tart; some licorice

Taste & Mouthfeel: chocolate is there but not as much or as rich as hoped for given the name; instead a vanilla sweetness leads the flavour profile, very syrupy; medium/light body is a tad watered down, but glides across the palate

Overall: frankly this stout could use more backbone, it's not living up to it's name...

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Photo of myelo
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pure from a 500 ml bottle at ~55 F

A: Very dark brown with tan 2 inch head and sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate

T: Initial creamy chocolate sweetness with mild spicy floral bitter finish.

M: Medium body, mild ethanol warmth

D: Smooth, drinkable and well balanced

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very creamy from the nitro. Flavor is most definitely dark chocolate on the back of the palette, but no lingering sweetness that would come from actual chocolate. Enjoyable.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Opaque black color. The brown foamy head dies fast but creates strong legs. Visually a little dull.

Aromas and flavors of cocoa, coffee, nuts, herbal spices. Extra rich toasty and strong bitter taste of chocolate and coffee. Overwhelming spices and too bitter for my taste, should be more sweet.

Creamy heavy body with faint carbonation. Chalky with chunks of detritus.
Very long bitter and strong invading mouth coating.

An average beer with a treacherous smell. I find it hard to drink and tasted better local chocolate beers...Disappointed!

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Photo of Fantalek
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Surprised that this beer is so highly rated. It taste like beer and chocolate tin cans. Perhaps only because of the broad availability and rated as a comparison to other stouts? Compared to the quality microbrews of this variety, I find it inferior.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color. A thin white to off white foamy head appeared and dissipated within seconds barely leaving any lacing.
The smell had a large amount of roasty chocolate-ness. Light coffee intrudes in a decent way.
The taste was basically the same and had a sly coffee/chocolate aftertaste leading to the same sort of finish.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp through the carbonation but smooth as it carried itself over my tongue.
Overall, in my opinion, I like this milk/sweet stout. I'd have it again as dessert.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours near black with a brown head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell is full of sweet cream and chocolate, very heavy. The taste is equally heavy with chocolate being the star of the beer with lighter notes of coffee on the end.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours near black with a brown head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell is full of sweet cream and chocolate, very heavy. The taste is equally heavy with chocolate being the star of the beer with lighter notes of coffee on the end. Very decadent but overall a nice after dinner beer. For more fun, make a black and tan with this and Well's Banana Bread Beer for a chocolate covered banana black and tan, really tasty.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Deeply dark with a heavy 2 finger head of dirty tobacco foam head supported by light streaming CO2 comprised of tiny bubbles. the head has good retention but eventually dies off to a sticky lace cover and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell - Very heavy chocolate aroma as you would expect from the name of the beer. Some toffee like aroma and some bitter coffee hints in the back end.

Taste - Deeply chocolaty and very well balanced between sweet and bitter elements. There are some burnt characteristics in here but the beer is essentially exactly what it promises to be. Also some very sweet Rum or Porte like elements are in here... I wish I could be more specific in this respect but I am not much of a drinker when it comes to anything other than beer but this one does reminds me of rum in some ways.

MF - Mildly metallic and astringent at the start in the mouth this beer is medium bodied and has plenty of tingle with a drying finish. The beer is also pretty creamy as it goes down.

Overall - A very good beer that seems to do more or less exactly what it is setting out to do. Well balanced and a pretty decent mouth feel this beer is one I would recommend to others and will actively seek out again. Seems to pair well with sweet dishes.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap, had this twice in a couple of days. Strangely, on the 2nd visit, this seemed to lack all the chocolatey goodness - to the point where my gf and I both questioned and received samplers of this and other stouts on tap to compare. Seems others have noted some inconsistencies as well. Anyhow, I love chocolate and I love stout, so this really puts it together well!

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Photo of Daefido
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Wow, A self-brewing Canadian friend recommended this beer. So I drank it right now. I bought this beer at Fonthill's LCBO in Pelham, ON, Canada. Its colour and look seem very strong but it is not. Usually I feel stout is little bit strong to me, but this is not. very drinkable and nice taste. Like everybody here said, it has sweet chocolate smell, too.

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Photo of moviedawg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Poured black with a tan-colored head. It's very difficult to see through this beer when holding it up to a light but there appears to be a moderate level of carbonation based on the amount of bubbles rising to the surface.
S: There's a gentle aroma of chocolate with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is both creamy and somewhat sweet and filled with flavors of milk chocolate. There are also some hints of roasted malts. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry.
D: It's very easy to drink and goes down very smoothly; this is definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Tar black color, with a decent head.

Roasted, sweet malt aromas, hints of fig and chocolate.

Very creamy, smooth stout. A bit on the sweeter side, with bitter chocolate, and again, lots of cream. Carbonation is a little too high, distracts from the smooth overall impression. Chocolate becomes very flashy in the end, mingles well together with coffee notes. Metallic carbonation is still a little unpleasant. Creamy, bitter, long lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of Giuseppina
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all: it's a sweet stout, it's not dry neither should be. I drank mine at room temperature (18°C) because I think it enhances the smell and taste.

Look: Very dark brown colour. Nice thick light brown head that disappears after a while leaving a thick lace.

Smell: Well, the name gives it away, it smells of chocolate and malt. Coffee also is quite strong (maybe even more than chocolate).

Taste: Bouchet and aftertaste of chocolate, here the coffee is less present. Very strong also the bitterness of the hops, that gets stronger during the aftertaste.

Feel: Reeeeally smooth and drinkable, despite being rather complex and bitter. Medium low carbonation. Probably the feel would benefit from drinking it at a lower temperature (well, I chose a compromise).

Overall: extremely pleasant, can be enjoyed with a variety of foods (I drank mine with french cheeses and a salad and it was fitting perfectly). Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Draft. Pours medium chocolate brown. Lots of carbonation. Takes a few minutes to settle. Aroma of slight chocolate and coffee. Not good coffee. Maxwell house. Ready light for a stout. Barely any chocolate or coffee taste. English stout. You can drink a bunch though. Like my stout more robust and thick. This is not either. Football stout.

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Photo of corywalston
2.05/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A. Average poor 2 inches of thick tan head. Good carbonation. Color is same as a cola.
S. Stout, artificial chocolate flavor. I’m already not liking this beer.
T. Like a stout with artificial chocolate flavor, mild coffee, alcohol.
M. Watery, little syrup.
O. Not very good especially for the price of $12 a 4 pack. Good buzz for 5.2%.

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Photo of Jgldillon
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Like a Guiness but thicker. Meaty was the first thought. Cocoa flavor but not sweet. Kind of flat mouthfeel. Expected it to be phenomenal per a friends recommendation. Not what expected. I was expecting the strength of a Founders Breakfast Stout but this it is not.

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Photo of wmardis
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Simply waving a Hershey bar over a can of Guinness doesn't make it a "Double Chocolate Stout." The closest this comes to double anything is a double of Guinness, which I like. The poor rating is because it **pretends** to be something else. Do yourself and wallet a favor and just have a Guinness.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Chocolate fills the mouth
With acid trailing off and
Retronasal sweet

A: Really dark brown, almost black--thin head but well-retained(3/3)
S: Dark chocolate, very sweet, with slightly acrid dark malt(9/12)
T: A little bit of dark malt balances a very strong chocolate middle with a bittersweet finish that lingers for a while (16/20)
M: Pretty bubbly with a medium amount of dryness on the finish (5/5)
O: Definitely a chocolate stout, but not as one-dimensional as the Samuel Smith’s chocolate stout. This has a much more complex character, and it asks my mouth and nose more questions than it answers. (7/10)

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Photo of DoktorEd
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured into a tulip glass, this semi-thick and very dark stout is very tasty. The name is not a misnomer; you can really taste the dark undertones of rich chocolate underneath a very complex landscape of roasted malt. Head retention was decent, almost a quarter inch that remained for the entirety of the glass. Very drinkable, not incredibly heavy on the alcohol content. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a long time. Here goes:

A: Very nice, actually. Pitch black with a nice, creamy head that lingers for the duration of consumption. Also leaves a ton of lacing. The beer actually looks quite splendid.

S: Slight coffee notes with a milk chocolate background. Actually, this beer smells like a chocolate candy bar. However, the smell isn't very robust; it's quite moderate by my standards. More malt would give the beer a better smell.

T: Very good. Mellow coffee gives way to milk chocolate. Many beers have a bitter aftertaste; this beer is the exact opposite. The aftertaste is one of solid milk-chocolate and this gives the beer a highly-drinkable quality.

M: As with many English pub ales, the mouthfeel is a little light for my liking. While the head is rich and creamy, the body is quite light and watery. Would've liked a much fuller mouthfeel.

O: A solid beer. Will have again.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.