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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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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#3,202
Reviews:
2,373
Ratings:
5,792
pDev:
12.94%
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4.14
 
 
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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

nitro-can served into a pint glass

It looks perfect. Pitch-black. Dense, khaki head that never ever goes away ever. Nitro beers always look tremendous. This is no exception.

This beer doesn't really give off much when it comes to aroma. Cocoa bean, watery roasted malt. Maybe some lactose sugar. Maybe the canned version does something to tighten the nose? It's fine, but not expressive.

The taste is better. Lots of milk chocolate, a small bit of watered-down Maxwell House, a sort of dairy note, and sugar sweetness. Again, not complex. But this beer isn't going for complexity.

The mouthfeel, given what this beer wants to do, is also perfect. It's smooth as...nah, it's not smooth. It's smoove. Smoove. And quite full-bodied for a milk stout. So smoove.

Overall, this is a tasty little milk stout. "Double Chocolate" suggest something bigger/more flavorful than this beer actually is, but you won't regret buying this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, Hort's bar, Bristol - Pours blakc with a large tan head which disapates fairly quickly. Nice lacing. Smell - light chocolate, roasted coffee. Taste - slight sweet choocolate feel, not overpowering, roasted malts. Nice easy drinking stout.

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Photo of coldseamonster
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is dark cocoa bean espresso. Appearance is dark night molasses. Its a beautiful looking stout. Head is tan about a finger. Taste is dark chocolate bean and some toasted malt, in no way overpowering , just perfect. This is a world class stout. Enjoyable through and through. I had this beer with fresh caught striper cooked in beer batter breading. Pure greatness together. I was surprised that it paired with seafood so well. Stoked.

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

Decanted from 440 ml/14.9 fl oz nitro can into a conical pint glass. Pours a dark brown to black with typical pattern of clearing with a solid and lasting 1/2 inch head. Nose: bitter chocolate, toffee, banana; palate: remarkably dry with nice balance of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, with anise notes. Medium bodied with full, creamy mouthfeel. Really a impressive drinking experience.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 IvoryFoxhole
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Figured it was time to give it a try. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

L: Pour gives you 2+ finger very light tan head, very strong retention, lacing, ring. Beer is very dark.

S: Roasted coffee, roasted malts, unsweetened cocoa. All weakish.

T: Follows nose with creamy dairy addition per its style. Weakish and watery. For something labelled double chocolate, you really don't get a whole lot of it.

F: Light to medium bodied (too light). Watered down taste. Low ABV gives watery finish, though moderate carbonation (too high) tries to help with that. Definitely not what you like in a stout.

O: So I tried it and now I don't have to do so again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First things first...how did I get almost 1300 beers into BA without having tried this classic? Shame on me.

Pours a pitch black color with a nice thumb and a half of root beer head. Retention is excellent and there is some fantastic lacing. The smell is sweet fudgy chocolate, malty goodness and some vanilla. The taste follows the nose fairly closely with the chocolate being dominant. Feel is much thinner than expected, not a bad thing just not expected, and the carbonation is fine.

A good sweet stout. Would pair nice with some cookies or a plain donut at dessert. A classic, and now I understand why.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Classic velvety nitro pour with lush head. Medium dry baker's chocolate on the nose with a little wet malt behind it. Taste is just some medium roasted malt and some milk chocolate. Understated, maybe to a fault as none of the flavors really assert themselves. That said, there is nothing off about it and it checks all the boxes, Could have been creamier on the feel.

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Photo of The_Meme_Lord
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz glass bottle.

Look - pretty much opaque black, even in front of a bright light source. Sturdy 0.75" foam head forms from the pour into a stout glass.

Smell - Bitter-sweet chocolate tied with maltiness.

Taste - Bitter-sweet chocolate tied with maltiness, a tiny bit of sweetness, a fair amount of dryness.

Feel - Perfect carbonation level IMO. Feel is medium thickness, tingly and dry.

Overall - Pretty OK chocolate stout, nothing too special about it to separate it from other chocolate stouts. I prefer chocolate stouts to be sweet, and this one doesn't have that level of sweetness I look for. But if you prefer dryer, less sweet stouts, then more power to ya and this is definitely something you might like.

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a creamy tan head; tiny bubbles galore, great retention and good lacing

Smell: Smells like...chocolate milk

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor; after the swallow some modest bitter elements kick in, providing a slightly balancing effect

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, although the flavor is not as interesting as the bottled version

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Loos very dark-brown almost black, with light brown head.
S: Smells like chocolate, dark fruits, some acid notes, coffee, sherry and wood.
T: Tastes like dark bitter chocolate, the bitterness of the chocolate is not very pleasant, not as smooth as the hops, so I found it hard to drink, aftertaste is aggressive.
F: Has medium body and low carbonation. Not as creamy as other milk stouts.
O: This is a good example of a double chocolate stout that you can find at the super market here in Mexico. You can find much better chocolate stouts in specialty stores.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
10/11/2012
AROMA: Coffee Chocolate
LOOK: Dark Pour with a big thick head
TASTE: Dark Chocolate; Coffee
FEEL: Great carbonation. Bubbles make for a great mouthfeel. A favorite.
**
04/12/2016
Update. Had this on tap at Blend in a sampler and it was on Nitro. I have to say I was pretty disappointed considering I really liked this beer in the past and I've had great experiences with nitro added to beers. Nitro gave it kind of a odd chemical aftertaste. Ratings adjusted to average.
**

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Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour with a generous tan head. The nose is nicely highlighted by cocoa and mild chocolate. The taste is of cocoa and light, un-sweetened chocolate. Semi-bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very light and lacked body & richness. As for being a "double chocolate stout" i would say that Rogue and Storm King live up to that name sake more so than this beer. The drinkability is poor b/c if i want a stout, i don't really want something this light and easy drinking.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color and creamy-looking. The head is rather modest but showed excellent retention.

Smell – The good, solid, dark malts are very pleasing and well-accompanied by the promised chocolate notes.

Taste – The dark chocolate flavor is right on for the style. It is slightly sweet and noticeably bitter. The big malt from the nose eases up at the taste but is still prominent.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied but doesn’t quite make it. The lasting bitter character though makes it seem a little bigger than it is.

Drinkability – This is a nice, low-ABV stout that can be enjoyed several times over in a night.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Turbo
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once you've had Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout everything else is second fiddle. I had Young's Double Chocolate Stout and I thought it was much more bitter and watered down compared to Samuel Smith. There seemed to be a lot more coffee flavor in it too. If I had the choice between the two I'm taking SS.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mull0263
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Reviewed from notes I made on 3/29/11.

Poured into a snifter, this stout appears very dark brown with a giant, fluffy, dark tan head. Lacing left on the glass is clumpy, splotchy, and streaky.

A lightly roasted single stout aroma blends with a not-overpowering dark chocolate/cocoa aroma. To me, it smells a lot like cocoa powder. A little bit of toffee and a chocolate-banana bread that I once enjoyed jump out of the glass, too.

A slightly twangy, roasty malt flavor lands on my palate at first, followed by a cocoa and toffee, and finished off with a good balance between decadent dark chocolate and a slightly acidic roasted malt flavor. Solid.

The mouthfeel is mostly roasty and acidic- just slightly biting, but with a nice medium-bodied creaminess to counteract. It's a pleasant, soft feel with just enough of a bite.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable, sessionable stout. I don't think it would be my first chocolate stout choice, but it wouldn't be too far behind in the pack.

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Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the nitro-can it pours opaque black with a milky tan head that leaves a curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tastes and smells similar to an English chocolate biscuit, simple but pleasant.

The taste is light, so I would score the bottle higher overall. That being said, it's still wonderful and enormously drinkable out of the can. I've always been a fan of this beer.

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