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

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

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4,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 4301
Reviews: 2188
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%

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 jhawth


3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a solid black with a beige, finger-width head. The head looks incredibly creamy.

Aroma: Roasted malt notes, but just a ton of sweetness as well, and of course a good deal of chocolate. Smell like a bar of milk chocolate.

Taste: Roast malt shows up first but is quickly followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Slight bitterness from roast malt shows up again in the finish. I get a slight metallic astringency as well, but it seems to disappear as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, super creamy.

Overall: An old favorite from time spent in England, this is first time I've had this from a can. Seems less chocolately than I remember it being on tap at The King's Arms in Oxford, but still an enjoyable and easily drinkable sweet stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-21-2013 02:16:11 | More by jhawth
Photo of PorterPro125

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked this one based on the overwhelming number of positive reviews on beeradvocate.com

Serving Type: 500 mL bottle

A- Pours a non-transparent black liquid that is crowned by an attractive dark tan head that never quite goes away.

S- >80% Cacao chocolate and dark roasty malts with a smidgen of sweetness in the background; similar to vanilla.

T- Roasted malts and dark roast coffee up front with an appropriate bitter finish that resembles a beautiful dark chocolate.

M- The body is quite light in comparison to other English Stouts but still appropriate nonetheless. Low carbonation joined by a remarkable smoothness.

O- Youngs Double Chocolate Stout joins a short list of my go-to stouts that I would encourage people to try. An excellent beer that will be in the front of my mind until I come across something better.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:01:29 | More by PorterPro125
Photo of OB1Kubota


3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Huge difference in taste and body between bottle, can and draft. Draft by far the best, followed a ways back by bottle, and the can was outright nasty. Not sure that many more words are necessary. Most reviews ramble on and seems like most people just want to hear themselves babble. Get to the point.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 00:41:48 | More by OB1Kubota
Photo of DJScroggins


3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

jet black. creamy, frothy mocha head. head is huge and stays. thick, foamy lacing.

dark chocolate and roasted coffee malts on nose. sweet vanilla hints.

taste is very close to smell. chocolate is there, coffee malts. vanilla emerges with repeated sips and black licorice hints appear as well.

very light bodied. no carbonation. smooth.

young's such a beautiful beer with its frothy mocha head. prevalent chocolate notes are a trait i value in stouts. unfortunately, the body of this stout is too thin, almost watery, and always leaves me wanting more. an above average milk stout that remains a sentimental favorite.

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 02:06:55 | More by DJScroggins
Photo of rtrasr


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I love Youngs now Wells and Young. My first truly English Beer. Pours beautiful foamy head that never stops. Looks like a geyser. Heavy mouthful, smell cocoa, taste cocoa with a hint of coffee. It is very sweet, I wonder if there is some lactose in it. A typical English Sweet Stout, one of the first English brews. It holds a soft spot in my heart.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 00:56:41 | More by rtrasr
Photo of whitty


5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my perfect beer. Dark rich beer that carbonates to a full rich head which delivers a strong and rich aroma of a proper stout. Its appearance also delivers on taste. A rich stout with a subtle chocolate taste if not also coffee. I have introduced many to this beer and have never had any complaints. Some have said upon their first taste that they usually don't like dark beers but particularly like this one.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 23:33:48 | More by whitty
Photo of Nikxed58

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this in a Carrefour in China. This beer's packaging stood out even among the import section.

A - poured a jet black that I couldn't see through even with direct light. The head was a nice brown similar to what you find floating on an espresso.

S - smells of dark chocolate with a bit of roasted coffee flavor.

T - tastes similar to how it smells with a nice coffee aftertaste. It just lacks a little bit compared to the smell, so I wish it had a bit of a stronger taste.

M - at first sip, there was a very full body, something I really like.

O - very enjoyable beer that I would come back to again and again. Had this as a dessert some time after eating Chinese hot pot and it proved to be a nice contrast to the spice I had earlier.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 13:19:57 | More by Nikxed58
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Beautiful bottle! A deep black with the faintest light coming through at the edges. A big tan head. Nice lacing as the glass empties.

S - Loads of dark chocolate. Then some vanilla, coffee and cream (lactose?).

T - More dark chocolate with hints of coffee. A moderate sweetness with a mild lingering roasted malt bitterness. The chocolate and sweetness work well in this interesting stout.

M - Velvety smooth. Somewhat thin and fine but it works. A well behaved carbonation.

O - A classic English ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 14:25:13 | More by GJ40
Photo of dowen17


3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with some red hues when held up to the light. Huge head. Had to stop pouring a few times to finish a full pour.

Smell is a little gross actually. Has a pukey smell with some chocolate in the background. Kind of repulsing to be honest.

One of the sweeter stouts I've had. Luckily, nothing like the smell. Milk chocolate and sweet malts. Some bitterness after I swallow.

Extremely thin for a stout. Not much thicker than water. Nothing special.

This is just an okay beer. Definitely wouldn't buy again. I guess I could drink it again if offered. Again, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 06:15:01 | More by dowen17
Photo of artoolemomo


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a bunch of head in a slow but beautiful rush. The head appears to have good retention and is a light creamy beige. The body is a dark chocolate black that is opaque. And when I write that this has good retention, I really mean that this is downright obstinate. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very typical nitro can aroma. Small hints of smoke and roasted malts. Think Guinness. Stronger notes of chocolate and roasted malts from the can. Roasted notes become stronger from the glass as I await the stubborn head to dissipate.

Taste- Roasted notes with a slight sourness begin the flavor profile. A slight bitter chocolate flits around the edges. Slight coffee on the finish. A bit thin such that it lacks presence and complexity. Really pretty boring. Chocolate that tastes more of cocoa hangs around the edges and underneath the finish. Not bad but nowhere near impressive. An above average stout. Honestly, I would prefer a Guinness or a Murphy's.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth but also a little bit watery. The finish is dry and the carbonation is rather minimal. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easy going. It's so smooth that it practically drinks itself. Only problem- Guinness and Murphy's are cheaper.

Overall- Above average milk stout. Nothing that amazes but still a highly drinkable beer. Give it a try; just don't expect a whole lot of chocolate- it simply isn't there.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-18-2013 03:56:29 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of fizzgig


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle.

A: Totally black, almost flat with no head to speak of.

S: Chocolate, naturally, and roasty coffee malts that lingered for quite a while.

T: Surprise, chocolate and roasty malts that remains consistant throughout. No real bitterness to be found.

M: Comes and goes without a lot of notice. Hard to find any carbonation, maybe even a little watery for a stout.

O: A change of pace, but was wanting more from a stout. The lack of any head made it look like flat Coke. Not bad, but found myself wanting more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:04:38 | More by fizzgig
Photo of jtw004


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A straight black with a light foam that is tinted as if chocolate infused

Smell: A deep smell that is very light

Taste: An excellent standard dark stout flavor at first followed by a powerful chocolate flavor throughout and afterwards

Mouthfeel: A smooth feel with very light carbonation. Rolls easily throughout the mouth for a chocolate-esque experience

Overall: A fantastic winter beer or surprisingly enough an excellent evening summer beer. Fantastic if paired with heavy pasta dishes.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 23:39:27 | More by jtw004
Photo of admiral


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice stout with great taste and balance

aroma - mild malt and chocolate

taste: dark malt, dark chocolate, some lemon/citrus and slight smoke and spice

taste was excellent - the dark chocolate really stood out with great balance overall and not too sweet as some stouts in this category can be

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 11:09:36 | More by admiral
Photo of Johnlikeshefe


4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great stout! I had it as an after dinner drink at the Yard House in Denver (and again at the Yard House in Phoenix.) It's like liquid dessert. If you can find it on tap then give it a try.

It was smooth with a great texture, color and feel. It was perfectly "stout." The chocolate flavors blend nicely. It's a milk stout, so it's creamy and kinda sweet. A perfect after dinner beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:54:45 | More by Johnlikeshefe
Photo of mikefuski17


4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This milk stout was awesome. I am a chocolate fiend and really enjoyed this beer. The smell was excellent and full of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Not as much chocolate as I anticipated though. The pour was extremely smooth and the consistency was thick. The color was very dark, almost black with virtually no head. The flavor was great, again not as much chocolate as I would have liked but great none the less. It is not very strong but great flavor with great consistency.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:42:51 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of Alextricity


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2.49 single bottle. Best by 11/04/13. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Just about black. Not much lacing or head at all, but it doesn't even need it.

Smell: Roasted coffee. A lot of caramel notes. Chocolate, but not as much as I thought there would be.

Taste: Wow. A lot of that caramel, but there's also a great amount of coffee and chocolate blended in there. There's even a minor black licorice sort of flavor that I get as well.

Feel: I can't imagine how smooth this would be on nitro. Very mild carbonation, super smooth, easy drinking. Fantastic.

Brief review, but it doesn't need to be long... I just want to keep sipping this. Worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 14:54:55 | More by Alextricity
Photo of mjurney


4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, some ruby red highlight. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Dark roasted malts, sweet, chocolate, coffee.

Bitter-sweet chocolate throughout the taste. Rich, dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, coffee. Finish is slight bitter, a little dry. Body is silky, creamy, very smooth, semi-dry.

It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 06:38:47 | More by mjurney
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Double Chocolate Stout pours a black color with a large lacing tan head. There is a slight roasted and malty aroma, but rather weak. The taste is strong with chocolate flavors, very creamy and some roasted malt flavors make it through as well. Nice and creamy, just a tad on the watery side. Overall a very nice chocolate stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-28-2013 04:39:48 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours nearly pitch black with a one-finger foamy dark tan head, good retention and some short lasting lace

S- chocolaty cocao powder, dark chocolate bar, roasted chocolate malt and a bit of husky graininess

T- the flavors of the chocolate follow the aromas, slight tang mid palate provides a bit of fruitiness, dry-yet-chocolaty on the finish with a nice roasted chocolate malt linger

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy and bubbly mouthfeel with a crisp finish

O- very eay to drink, not overly bitter, would make a great compliment to dessert but does just find on its own. This one is a classic

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:16:22 | More by Treyliff
Photo of ElSid


4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Freshness Date: 10/12/13

A: Classic pitch black with a light brown head of foam. The head is resilient and fluffy and leaves and thick film on the glass.

S: Toasted malt and chocolate come through smooth and thick. There are also notes of caramel and toffee on a background of earth and leaves.

T: The malt is thick and coupled with a bittersweet chocolate presence. The malt is burnt grain, brown sugar, and caramel. There is some bitterness and that is leafy and earthy adding balance to the sweetness from the chocolate.

M: Smooth as milk chocolate with nice supporting carbonation.

O: The chocolate pairs well with the stout base. The touchstone of chocolate stouts and one that sports wonderful chocolate notes without being overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 04:06:44 | More by ElSid
Photo of Hermanater


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few points off for appearance but only b/c Rivertowne Northshore served it in a plastic frat cup. Little disappointed with that and it shouldn't reflect negatively on the beer so I offer the appearance score only based on what I've had from the nitro-can prior and the head from my latest experience with the beer at Rivertowne.

AP: thick and creamy head. I bet you could stand a spoon up in the stuff or even shape it. Very inviting.

AR: bittersweet chocolate is obvious to the nose as well as heavily roasted malt characteristics.

M: incredibly silky smooth. Milkshake like viscosity!

T: The chocolate stout that sets the standard for others. I highly recommend trying this from the nitro-tap if you get the chance. Seems even silkier than I remember from the can or bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-20-2013 21:18:23 | More by Hermanater
Photo of Libationguy


3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color. Very thin tan head and low carbonation. Almost no head retention.

Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, nutmeg, caramel, coffee, hazelnut.

Dark chocolate, espresso, Nutella, roasted malt.

Medium+ bodied with a creamy texture. Light bitterness keeps everything clean on the finish.

Aromas and flavors make you feel like the beer should be sweet. While there is some residual sugar in the beer, the light hop bitterness balances nicely against the richness of the beer and keeps everything clean.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-20-2013 17:35:37 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml can. Pours a rich thick black with a medium beige head. Has very good head retention and lacing that last throughout. Aroma of dark chocolate malt some caramel. Taste is sweet dark chocolate malt some mild roasty flavor with light bitterness. Palate is a full rich creamy, slightly oily mouth feel, mild carbonation. Has a nice dark chocolate malt. mild roasty lightly bitter ending. A very rich, creamy and flavorful brew, very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 19:57:51 | More by Samp01
Photo of Czheck


5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been my favorite beer for a few years now

A: Pours very dark and malty,good head
S :Chocolate and stout aromas
T: Amazing Stout flavor, has different taste/body for the nitro cans which are also good
M: Heaven. Malty,Stout
O: My Favorite beer

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:34:35 | More by Czheck
Photo of machalel


3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, with hints of amber highlights. A large tan head that reduces down to about 5mm of foam. Leaves consistent and strong lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, a bit of sweet malt, some minor roastiness. I didn't get quite as much of a "hit" as I was expecting.

Taste: A bit chocolaty, almost like a good dark chocolate but with a touch more sweetness, but nowhere near as much as I would have thought. I little bit of coffee roastiness in the background, and slight toffee hints also. Had a weird and slightly harsh bitter aftertaste in the upper palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-low carbonation. Probably a bit too thin for the style in my opinion.

Overall: I was disappointed to be honest, but my expectations were high. It is not a bad stout, that is for sure, however it falls short of the mark in too many areas. The aroma isn't nearly strong enough, the chocolate taste isn't nearly prominent enough, there is not enough sweetness for a sweet-stout, the body was too thin, and subtle but weird harsh aftertaste. As mentioned by a few other less-than-positive reviews, maybe it was just an old bottle?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:46:26 | More by machalel
Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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