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

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Reviews: 2,291
Hads: 5,437
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 208
Gots: 784 | 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 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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Photo of watchnerd
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Blech! I thought the word ’chocolate’ would be metaphorical, or just a slight hint of cocoa, much like ’coffee’ is often used to denote a subtle influence. But, no, this is actually chocolate beer. I usually like beers with fruit, funk, yeast, sourness, spices, or other unusual elements. And I like porters and stouts, with Old Rasputin being one of my regular faves. But this stuff? If you like the idea of chocolate milk mixed with beer, maybe you’ll like this. Me? I poured the rest down the drain.

EDIT: My tastes have changed since the original review, having become a more widely-sample stout drinker. New scores reflect current opinion.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer late night on a sunday to get some strenght for the coming week. The label and the shape of the bottle really screams sweet promises of decadent stout. Poured the beer in a pint glass with a widget which keeps the head a bit longer with the constant streams of bubbles.

Small 1/2'' tanny head that doesn't stay very long. Color is deep black with the color taking more of a very dark brown when held up to a light. Seems pretty clear and opaque. First smell reveals a nice balance of smoked malts with some bittersweet chocolate mixed in. I get a faint nutty sweetness on the end.

It' got a good thickness. I might have liked a bit more but thats my taste. It does leave your mouth quite coated in stout goodness.

Now for taste, I get the smoked taste up front with the mid sweet chocolate following closely. I must admit that the first sip left me wanting for a bit more. I get a slight peppery end from time to time which is not so bad. A tiny trace of hops that rounds out the sweetness and add a bitter bark. Aftertaste is slight coffee with the chocolate coming back.

The chocolate caracter of this beer really intensify the warmer the beer gets so I would let it sit for a while if your just pulling it out from the fridge. I also found that the more you drink it, the more the chocolate creeps up on you. Really nice. It does deserve the name Double Chocolate.

Had some Bobbas Bounty loaded in a Kayfun while having this beer. It brought out some nice graham crackers and even chocolate.

Overall a good decadent stout thats well worth the reputation. Get one!

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Photo of tlennon0815
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Youngs double chocolate stout surprised me in a very pleasant way! The appearance is that of a dark stout. Smell is roasted malts with very strong scent of a bittersweet chocolate. Taste is by far the best part, with bittersweet bakers chocolate coming up front along with the malt, with a slightly bitter hit at the end. The chocolate stays with you throughout the entire experience. Excellent beer for desert or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was recommended to me by a dark beer drinking friend that said I had to try it.

A - Nice black color typical of a stout. Very clear for a dark beer. Awesome nitro induced super fine off-white head that seemed to stay forever and trail lacing down the entire glass.

S - Tons of chocolate both milk and dark with roasted and malty smells bringing up the back. The nitro can seemed to really accentuate the rich chocolate tones.

T - A very chocolately and sweet brew as the name suggests very similar to a hot chocolate that was cold or a chocolate milk shake without the milk or as much sugar. There is a roasted flavor that comes second and some alcohol third but the chocolate nature holds supreme. Only a slight inclination that you are even drinking a beer since it is really sweet and roasty. Some bitterness from the roasted malt but no discernible hops. A good desert beer if that is all you are going to have.

M - Thick mouth-feel it is sticky and cloying that coats your mouth in the dark beer. Really no balance and I couldn't drink more than one . Moderate "nitration" that makes it silky and smooth but the grain bill makes it sticky.

Overall, a good beer if you want a sweet cocoa inspired beer that is very novel. Similar to a milk stout with the sweetness and mouth-feel but is very chocolatey for a beer. It's definitely not my favorite but I know that there would be a time and a place to have this again. I did love the nitro can with plastic balls inside. Getting drunk while everyone is drinking a milk shake seems like a good time for this beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 440 ml (15 ounce) nitro-can into a shaker pint glass. There isn't as much pressure as opening a Guinness, so I go with a moderate pour which produces a solid one inch head, with the usual extra-creamy pale tan cascading head. The color is a very dark ruddy brown that scarcely admits the light of a Mini-Maglite flashlight.

Very strong and delicious chocolate aroma-flavor right off the bat, which smooths out as the beer progresses (but never really fades), allowing some nice roasted coffee and nutty flavors to emerge. You can taste some very obvious hazelnut and even pecan tones with some butteriness underlying it all. All in all, this is like eating a dank brownie made of organic goodness. Chocoholics will love this.

This is quite possibly the best sweet stout I've ever tried and I give it very high marks. It is hands down the best chocolate beer I've tried. Purchased as part of a four pack of 440 ml cans for right around 9-something. I want to pass on some kudos to Hennessey Market in Butte, Montana for bringing more variety in all good things, most especially in beer. Cheerio!

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