Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Eagle Brewery

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
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Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #323
Ranked #9,725
4.02 | pDev: 12.69%
Saturday at 10:56 PM
Feb 06, 1999
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
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4.16 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Saturday at 10:56 PM
4.68 by Beecham from California on May 14, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Wilmington Brewing Company Can Glass

The beer pours nearly pitch black with only the lightest ruby highlights, and about two fingers of dense light tan head that slowly recedes into a cap that lasts throughout the session, and a minimal amount of lacing

The aroma is dark & milk chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malts. Very pleasant and inviting.

The taste follows the nose quite closely. The chocolate is complimented with the roasted malts. As the beer warms I start to get some coffee and more pronounced milk chocolate flavors. Light/medium bodied and velvety smooth. Lightly carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is a really nice beer, that is very smooth and easy to drink. Quite enjoyable

May 12, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by SSS from Canada (QC)

A-Dark earth in color with a thick moka head that linger thanks to the nitrous in the bottle
S-Notes of raisins, rum and plum. With a dark chocolate underlay of fragrance
M-Lower end carbonation with a watery mouthfeel. Body is somewhat resinous.
T-Sweet lactose upfront with a chewy bitterness that resembles very dark chocolate
O-Solid beer!

Apr 09, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours a very deep, dark brown. The look is black, but held to a light you can see the deep ruby shades going through. No beer so far that’s been nitro’d has the ability to pour as big a nitro head as Guinness — but Young’s comes very close, with a thick, dense finger tall head that looks a little more watery and a little more creamy than other nitro stouts. Hard to ever rate nitro beers low on the looks department.

Wonderful aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate dust, cacao beans, roasted coffee, caramelized sugar in sticky toffee pudding, and light burnt and toasty malts. What can you say? It’s good!

Taste follows the nose, but is regrettably more watery with a thinner body than the nose suggests. They do not lie about the chocolate, dark chocolate intermingles with milk chocolate on the finish, which is a bit sweeter. Gentle bitterness from the roasted malt on the front. Earthy with a nice almond-esque nuttiness throughout.

Based on the style I’m almost tempted to say this is a lighter bodied stout but I’d say it’s square in the medium bodied category. This is straight up nitrogenated, there is barely even a tickle of the tiny bubbles on the palate. Not quite flat, however, this creates a very very smooth mouthfeel. As smooth as you can possibly get, even more than other nitro stouts. Semi-dry finish that leans to the sweet side.

I will be honest, I came into the review a little disappointed. I am used to Young’s like the picture on BA, the nice dark glass in the regular carbonation. Ironically, I actually love nitro stouts. But years ago when I first started drinking good beers, I loved to split Young’s with a friend. One of the first real chocolate stouts on the market, and it was so good. Not sure if I’ll ever find a bottled one again.

That all being said, this was still not bad. You sacrifice certain aspects and bolder flavours for the smoother ride of the nitro when you go for the widget can. This is still a remarkable beer, one that is actually pretty easy drinking for people used to stouts and nitros. Could easily have a few in a night. The flavours are subtle but varied and complex enough to make a great beer.

Mar 23, 2022
4.57 by Sam88 on Mar 17, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a dark, nearly black, color with a moderate light tan head. SRM of 22-23. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of English cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, some earthy black malts. Smooth lactose. (3.75)

Flavor: Smooth flavors of bittersweet chocolate upfront. Some tobacco & smoke. This smooths into a milk chocolate, dark malt, and creamy lactose on the end. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter bodied. Low carbonation. Drinks sort of flat with tobacco bitterness and cocoa lingering on the finish. (3.50)

Compared to Founders' Porter 3/7/22: Pours a similar color, milder and lighter head. Milder aromas. More bittersweet chocolate, tobacco bitterness. Less chocolate, espresso, lactose. Lighter body.

Overall: An English Stout for sure with the bittersweet chocolate and tobacco notes intermixed with the chocolate. Lighter-bodied and under-carbonated in my opinion. Has the English flavors, but that was about the only thing I found enlightening about this beer. (Final Rating: 3.73)

Mar 07, 2022
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DanO1066 from Maryland

4pk of 12oz bottles (Best before 23 JAN22) picked up at the Arundel Preserve Wine and Spirit: Hesitated a long time prior to trying this, "Double Chocolate" sounded like way too much chocolate. Frankly, could barely smell it and even that might have been "peer pressure". More, but thankfully NOT overwhelming chocolate on the tongue with some malt thrown in. A smooth drinker, but I don't think I'll be coming this way again anytime soon.

Mar 05, 2022
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4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Christianriveraaa

The pour was a very smooth dark chocolaty pour. The smell reminds me of a very strong malt chocolaty smell on the nose. The taste was actually very surprising as you could taste the malts and chocolates. Over all this stout is very unique in it's own way and I would definitely enjoy a bottle every weekend!!!

Feb 16, 2022
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from New York

Pours a beautiful, inviting head with aromas similar to a chocolate milk, rather than chocolate itself. On the palate, the beer is much more straight forward with a heavy blend of both milk and dark chocolate qualities and roasted malts, much to my surprise of the rather subtle aroma. Moderate carbonation with a perfect lingering finish. Extremely creamy and smooth; like a Nitro brew. The smoothest beer I've had which actually blows my mind. Beautiful combination of a strong chocolate taste without being too heavy or sweet, which comes unexpected from the much lighter aroma.

Jan 30, 2022
4.04 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Jan 18, 2022
4.25 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 10, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours jet black with a 0.5" tan head, settling out to a solid ring, nice streaky lacing. Nose is chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, and light roast. Taste is milk chocolate, a bit of bitter baking chocolate, and some deeper roast notes. Mouthfeel on the thin side, but helps avoid this from getting too heavy. Delivers noticeable chocolate flavor without becoming overly sweet or heavy. Warrants respect for its subtlety.

Oct 30, 2021
4.18 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Aug 14, 2021
3.84 by Budlum from Maryland on Jul 24, 2021
3.88 by GRhoads from Ohio on Jul 14, 2021
4.11 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Jun 28, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

I've had this beer in both cans and bottles. The cans I purchased locally in winter '19-20 and found that the taste was negatively effected. It was slightly metallic. While in London at a Young's pub in summer 2019, I had a 500 ml bottle. It was very nice -- smooth, creamy, with chocolate notes. I was surprised it was not on draft, but perhaps it was because it was summer. Still, it was a cool and rainy day in mid-June.

Jun 16, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: This was poured from widget can, so the bottle pour might be very different. Pours a rich dark brown on hair below black. Pours like a Guiness with all the seperation expected. BIg 2 finger tawny head. The head lasts forever still a finger high at 5 minutes. The head is dense and marshmellow like. Sticky as can be.

Smell: Dark chocolate, but so subtle. Maybe the head is holding it in but way to subtle to be appreciated.

Taste: Watery up front, both dark and milk chocolate, with hints of almond nuttiness.

This beer is a total enigma. Phenomenal look, disappointing smell, decent taste, and a mouthfeel that starts out weak but picks up some steam in the end. As a big fan of chocolate stouts, this is kind of disappointing. I'd say this beer is far too muted. It earns a B-

Feel: Very watery up front, but it finishes with a creamy dryness.

Jun 05, 2021
4.1 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jun 03, 2021
4.37 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 26, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Elemental19xx from Illinois

Pours similarly to a Guinness, just a lot darker. Smells mostly like cocoa, with a slight coffee aroma. The taste is very chocolaty, and with the bitterness of the beer, its like a very dark chocolate. Like an 80% dark chocolate. The beer is extremely creamy, and creates a wonderfully pleasant feeling. The perfect carbonation for a stout. Almost smoother than a nitro brew. This beer is very good and i would highly recommend it to a fan of stouts.

May 06, 2021
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Teika_Takahashi from California

Look: So dark that light can't pass through it. Like my soul :3c nice persistent foamy head
Taste: It has chocolate flavor, but is missing the creaminess that I personally associate chocolate with. Notes of malt and black coffee. Strong black coffee/dark chocolate aftertaste.
Feel: Not much carbonation. Pretty smooth and dry. Would not go on a second date with a man like this.
Overall: One of the better stouts I have drank, but I am not much of a stout cat. Its not too dry which I like, and the flavor is not intense so it is very drinkable.

Mar 20, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by staubot from Canada (MB)

Looks great. Dark with smooth creamy head. The Widget really does its job. Scent is too weak, even taking into account the thick head. I liked the roasted slight hint of chocolate taste but I'm not a chocolate and coffee beer enjoyer. I feel for the style the chocolate could have been group out more prominent. Smooth perfect bitterness feel.

Feb 27, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a jet black with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - grainy roasty malts, cocoa, coffee bean, earthy and leafy hops, dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig), and earthy yeast.

Taste - grainy roasty malts, cocoa, and coffee bean upfront. The earthy and leafy hops come through next followed by the dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig). The earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes creamy with all elements lingering.

Overall - A flavourful sweet stout that delivers on all flavours. I am impressed on how velvety smooth this beer is with all the bold elements in it. A stand out in this category and deserving of a try from those that haven't sampled it yet.

Feb 27, 2021
4.14 by Truegent2004 from Minnesota on Feb 24, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by evanwoertz from California

the head is perfect, super smooth.

Feb 15, 2021
4.11 by PepRyan from Louisiana on Feb 14, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BillAfromSoCal from California

Bottle split between two pint glasses to share. Pours just barely off-black with two fingers of tan to dark tan head. It dissipates faster than I would have guessed, based on the thick appearance of the head. some lacing. Not a lot of smell considering this is "double chocolate". Not a lot of chocolate in the taste, either. A bit of bitter chocolate coming through. Nice balanced mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to let you know it is not flat. Overall pretty good....but sooooo many better stouts to choose.....

Jan 29, 2021
4 by ShawnL from Wisconsin on Jan 06, 2021
3.87 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 29, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

Youngs was my local brewery for a few years of my life. I still remember what a revelation Double Chocolate was when it first came out in bottle.
I recently found this in can with a nitro capsule. It is not remotely the same beer. Pours a very appealling black with a creamy tan head. Follows with fabulous fragrant nose. Then it is all downhill, very thin and entirely missing the big chocolate hit. So disappointing.
Search this out in bottle and give the can a wide berth.

Dec 13, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head. This brew was really cool to pour, all the carbonation seemed to fall in waves to the bottom of the glass.
S: Very rich smells of dark chocolate, nice roasted grains from the malts, has a cream aroma as well.
T: Taste follows the nose, has a nice bitter coffee like aftertaste.
F: Full-bodied, very low carbonation, thick & creamy mouthfeel.
O: Not a bad stout, much like Guinness. None of the flavors really stood out to me though.

Dec 12, 2020
4.11 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2020
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