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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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2,295 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,295
Hads: 5,474
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 217
Gots: 823 | 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 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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Photo of MrCharlieMops
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Dark, Black and 100% opaque with about a 4cm off white head.
Aroma: Malts, Roasted Barley and slightly chocolatey. Almost creamy/milky?!
Taste: Quite sweet and smooth, feels abit watery in my mouth which is a bit of a let down as I expected it to be creamy but the slight tingle on the tongue is good and leaves a bit of a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Very malty with hints of coffee, caramel and a bitter dark chocolate on the aftertaste. The sweetness of this stout masks the strong bitterness.
Overall: A fantastic winter evening beer which is great accompanied with a mars bar! Not a session beer as its quite heavy but 1 or 2 go down a treat.

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Photo of BeardRage
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours dark, almost black, with about one finger of tan head.

Aroma and taste have hints of coffee, but really this is all about that dominant dark chocolate taste. It's pretty one-dimensional, with a thick, sweet, chocolate malt and minimal hop contribution. For chocoholics like me, though, this makes for a wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -8%

11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted, bready malt, coffee and some dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Toasted malt, bread crust, dark fruit, herbal hops, coffee and double chocolate fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Lucky me, I found these in a singles cooler and bought the three they had left and put it in an $9.99 mix-a-six. I think these are about $12 for a four pack, no?

Appearance (4.5) : Super dark chocolate milk colored head about three fingers tall; a tightly knit creamy density. The body is coffee brown/coffee black with 100% opacity. The head leaves generous lacing all the way down as it recedes at a snails' pace.

Aroma (4) : Chocolate milk, cocoa bean, fresh plant, some esters, more milk chocolate, and some roasted coffee bean. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : Very smooth. Roasted coffee bean with some milk chocolate and hoppy bean bitterness. Some faint char and roasted malt remains on the palate on the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : A little more watery than I expected, so that's a let down. But what is there is creamy, smooth, and oh, so yummy. It's got a medium bodied mouthfeel with some tangy zippy carbonation that zaps the tongue.

Overall (4.08) : I'm glad I bought this and if they stock more, I'll go back again. This is a nice, potent, lovely aromatic and full-flavored stout. There's not a whole lot of chocolate like the name suggests, but it's a damn good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Beautiful black color body with a nice tan head.
Aroma is of dark chocolate.
Taste is chocolate first then a little roasted malt and then some lactose come to play
Nice and smooth and a great milk stout.

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Photo of Shandirra
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Overly sweet. Cloying. Disgusting. Vomit inducing.

I love a GOOD chocolate stout; ie: Brooklyn Brewery's seasonal - Black Chocolate Stout.

However, this stuff is foulness personified. People can moon on about the composition and characteristics but what matters is the taste. This beer should be poured down the drain. You couldn't pay me to drink this crap.

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Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Harmonized with bonbon milk. Appearance: black, opaque, no foam perhaps be stupidly cold; Aroma: very light chocolate, roasting; Taste: I felt more chocolate in the aroma than in the flavor, but helped enhance harmonization, hops this full bodied. With the chill last night fell well!

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Photo of Nightwing
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Very nice chocolate and coffee aromas. Pours black with tan head. Medium to heavy bitter taste. Full bodied with creamy texture, soft carbonation, and bitter finish. Pretty good, but slightly to bitter for my taste.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a nitro can into a mug..

A: 4.25 - Pours very dark with a CREAMY one-finger head. It's cool to watch it all float up to the top after the pour.

S: 4.25 - Malt with a lot of sweet, milky chocolate.

T: 4.5 - SO good! Malty with chocolate upon chocolate.

M: 4.25 - More watery than I remembered, but awesome nonetheless. This is a beer I tend to drink pretty fast since it goes down so easy. Super creamy, super drinkable.

O: 4.3 - You get what you pay for with this beer. You buy this expecting chocolate and that's exactly what you get. Very tasty beer that I think mostly anybody could enjoy.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml funny-shaped bottle into goblet. best before april 23, 2015, enjoyed on september 13, 2014

a: aside from very apparent caramel-ruby hues at the bottom through some light, this is a very dark and black beer. an aggressive pour yields just over a finger of latte-esque head or something

s: well, you know, chocolate. bits of coffee and roasted malt as well

t: chocolate and not much else. it's not called "double chocolate stout" for nothing. just kidding. there are tastes of dark fruits (i'm thinking figs and cherries) right after the chocolate, and roasted malt. some sort of sweet syrup and maybe even hints of vanilla notes. there's a fair bit of black coffee flavour in here as well which is nice. finish appropriately dry, reminiscent of a coffee-like bitterness. the coffee notes dominate as the beer warms

m: a bit watery with medium-ish carbonation which is somewhat odd for a stout

o: a tasty beer with a subpar mouthfeel

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Photo of hophugger
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Was told I had to try this, so here it is. Pours a light black, unable to see through. Nice tan head that holds on for a long time. Aroma is of light barley and hot chocolate. Taste seems a little watery, but overall, a good flavor with highlights of milk chocolate and a hint of bitterness. Nice and crispy and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Almost tastes like an actual cup of bittersweet hot chocolate with some marshmallows. Nice brew but anything that could be drunk in multiples. Glad I tasted

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Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big, spongy dark brown head. Retention is good; the head leaves super sticky lacing down the glass. Brew is solidly black.

Aroma is mostly roasted barley, and has a slightly boozy grape character - odd for the low ABV. Dark cacao is definitely present, as well.

Flavor is overall very light. Milk and cream up front and mid palate; a layer of roasted and toasted malts throughout, featuring chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes; very bitter dark cacao on the back end. There's a hint of sweetness, but very little. Bracing, earthy bitterness.

Fairly thin but oily mouthfeel. There's plenty of bite, but that's not what I'm looking for in a beer called Double Chocolate Stout. Fairly smooth and creamy.

This is a well crafted and absolutely beautiful beer, and I appreciate the low-ABV, but I was definitely expecting more of a dessert stout with this name. Actually, it might make a much better breakfast stout.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 4 - black with a creamy brown head that holds decent retention
S/T 3.5 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, cream, vanilla
M 4 - creamy and smooth, finishes with some earthy hops and a bit of a peppery prickle
O 3.75 - a classic, easy drinking sweet stout. Nice to come back to every once in awhile.

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

500 ml. bottle. Served in pint glass, pours a dark colour, with red hints when held to the light. Rch and creamy biege head, leaving a beige lace. Smell of mocca, chocolate, candy and dark fruits, maybe coriander.
Rich and creamy too in the palate, not much carbonation, and no needed.
Taste is like the smell: chocolate, mocca, dark fruits. And alcohol.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

A very cool looking 500ml bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, light brown head. Good stickage. An absolute thing of beauty.

Smell - It actually smells like a semi-sweet chocolate bar (I'm not kidding).

Taste - It tastes like a semi-sweet chocolate bar, too!

Mouth - Oily. A bit tart. Good carbonation. Substantial.

Overall - A nice, malty stout with just a touch of bitterness. Despite the big nose and roasted malt flavor, the beer is relatively light and easy drinking. The beer reminds me, a little, of a German Doppelbock.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

revisiting this beer after about a year still one of the finest , stouts on the market, the double chocolate in name is a little misleading, chocolate is natural and faint. much better in the Nitro can ,than in the bottle. Just picked up a case yesterday and the only flaw in this case is, that they tend to disappear fast than any other beer I buy.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

From 500 ml bottlePours dark opaque, even when held to the light, with thick tank head.
Nose not as pronounced as expected, but malt and some roasted and cream tones.
Taste is, as the bottle says, silky rich and creamy smooth. Reminded me a little of a root beer float. However, there is not much real flavor behind all that silky smoothness. Malt, some dark chocolate and roasted flavors, but overall a bland feel to it. Good mouthfeel, but it really left my tastebuds wondering when the real flavor would hit. Some lingering finish, but no real standout tones.
Probably the kind of stout my wife would like, since she doesn't drink stouts. Decent, but not memorable other than the rootbeer float like creamyness.

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Photo of kfh227
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

color - I'd say black if it were not. It is definitely a brown color but you can not tell unless you look at it in a glass for a while. No head. Very Opaque.

Taste - good. Not a great chocolate beer. The chocolate in it is not a good taste. I'll probably have it again but not soon.

Smell - Nose isn't working lately.

Mouthfeel - nice and heavy as it should be with this type of beer in my opinion.

Overall - One of the few beers where I put the mouthfeel as a bigger draw to have this beer again than the taste. I usually care about taste most and smell a distant second.

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Photo of djsnowman06
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award-winning rich dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience. Silky rich & creamy smooth.”

Very black and very opaque, with low levels of carbonation. Produced only a quarter inch of yellow head. The retention was okay; dissipated within a couple minutes, but a nice ring lace stuck around for much longer.

Hard to say. On the malts, I got just a sweet, roasty chololate aroma, and the hops had very little leafy scent, if any.

Whoa. The chocolate is very prevalent. Also some roast at the back and maybe some caramel or toffee. Again the hops were hard to detect, maybe a little leafy or grassy taste.

Flirting with the heavy side. It had good carbonation for its style. A smooth drink with a touch of a buttery feel. Screams “Dessert”

Overall Impression
I had this sitting in my fridge for 5 days while I went out of town. While I am impressed with this beer , I may have hyped it up a little in my own head, maybe a touch let down. Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice beer. There is a little aroma of chocolate but man does it ever come out in the tasting. I also probably served it too cold; I really should set up a dedicated beer fridge. Even still, the aroma only intensified mildly as it warmed. Was not overly sweet and was certainly indulgent, just as the label claims. Would make an excellent dessert beer. I also think that it would be a fantastic beer on nitrogen, just to amplify the creamy texture they were trying to achieve. Overall I was very happy with this superb beer.

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Photo of Gear54
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass

A: pour is extremely dark with no light penetration. Two fingers if this head kaki in color. The head fades quickly for how thick it was. Sticky lace rings all the way down the glass.

S: roasted malts and tons of chocolate and sweet notes.

T: taste follows smell well. This is sort of like drinking smoky chocolate milk with carbonation. Not exactly what I expected but it's a really tasty extremely complex beer. The malts and smoke and coffee and chocolate complement each other really well.

M: my only complaint is that the flavors don't stick around longer. It would be a bit easier to rap your head around all the complex flavor if t lasted a bit longer in the tung.

O: fantastic!

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
90 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.