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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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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Reviews: 2,353 | Ratings: 5,721
Photo of deaconsmith
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is heaven. it is to this day one of my all time favs. a very rich slightly heavy stout. very frothy and thick head. and they balanced it to perfection with a hint of dark chocolate. i have drank this beer many times and will definatly drink many more. youngs oatmeal stout is excellent as well..

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Photo of Minotaur
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first 5x5 star rating. This rating is based on Young's Double Chocolate on tap at Ship Inn, Milford NJ. There was simply nothing more I could have wanted from a stout.

Instead of elaborating on the excruciating details I will state how this was exceptional even compared to the bottled version.

There was a finger and a half dough-colored lacing that sat atop a full pint of pure black. The lacing sustained through out the entire draft.

The aroma was licorice, deep bitter chocolate, grainy malt and a bit of earthy floral aroma. Notes of cavendish tobacco.

The flavor was dry and smooth compared to other stouts. Dark, hints of deep cocoa and earthy licorice. Some vanilla and a bit of toasted flavor came through.

Thick, bready mouthfeel. Smooth, endlessly drinkable. Nothing else I could want from a stout. Simply the best stout I've had and superior on tap.

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Photo of mrpivo
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolutely favorite beer. Young's has done a fantastic job combining chocolate malt and real chocolate into this wonderful stout. The addition of chocolate doesn't make this stout overly sweet by any means. The nitro charge creates a dense milky brown head and creamy appearance to the stout upon initial pour. After the nitro bubbles in the stout settle out you're left with this magnificent head that remains throughout the glass. As it's drank the glass is coated with beautiful lace.

An additional note: I've had this in both bottle and can form and personally feel that this stout is better from the can. Not only do you get the nitro charge, but the taste out of the can is better.

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Photo of Mark
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I revise my opinion which was given under anonymous previously. This is the second best stout, giving way only to the incredibly smooth delicious Oatmeal Stout from none other than Youngs. Very pleasing to look at as well as drink. Leaves solid sheets of lace on my Young's glass. These two beers have made me love winter time. Love it on a cold winters night after dinner, with chocolate peanut clusters

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful black beer with a very chunky tan head. It smells chocolaty and malty...A liquid dessert... It has a very sharp flavor...chocolate followed by a bitter dark roasted/chocolate malt kicks the whole experience into overdrive. This is a very drinkable beer if you like mild stouts. I love Young & Co's Brewery and I hope they continue to make their awesome beers for a long time.

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Photo of ronniebruner
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as good as a beer can get. Of all the chocolate and oatmeal stouts available, there is no equal. This beer has a beautiful ebony color, gorgeous rich foamy head, an aroma to die for, and a taste that is superior. I am in love with this beer. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, give me some Young's.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very close to pitch black with a full creamy brown head that lasts and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma of real Dark Chocolate and hints of coffee. Big rich dark chocolate flavors without being overly sweet. Medium-full (leans full) bodied and creamy smooth with a bitter chocolate finish.

Simply Amazing !!

Per label: "Chocolate Malt and real Dark Chocolate" & 5.2% ABV

Per Young's website: Pale ale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggles and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence. Melted chocolate bars are added to the boil and the essence is added after filtration. 5.0% ABV

Best Before (end): 10/04
Tasted: 07/06/04

($2.79 / 16.9 oz.)

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Photo of jimhonnaker
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The still, deserted night of an Appalachian night that bleeds warm, wet Carolina clay at the edges of the glass. The head is considerable, but not as creamy as you would think. It sticks around for a bit. The smell is of cocoa, pure and simple. At times, the scent of dark cherry or plumb pokes in for a visit, but it's most likely the imagination. It hits the mouth with a cheery lightness and burst of milk chocolate that dissolves into bubbly roasted-malt bitterness. The finish is of dry, dark chocolate.

For me, drinking beer is about an experience. This is what most art is about. There is no more delightful experience than a glass of Young's Double Chocolate. Sitting quietly and sipping it brings peaceful and wise thought patterns to the surface. Its pleasant texture is soothing in an almost spiritual way. It is a robust, sensual and soulfully satisfying experience.

Consumed from a tulipesque Aventinus man-glass.

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Photo of 3nlightenedfool
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is special. It does not taste like a beer. It tastes more like a root beer...a chocolate root beer. This is like dark chocolate cream soda...but it's secretly a beer. And that fact, that this is delicious chocolate soda with 5.2% alcohol by volume makes this an astounding accomplishment.

When you pour it, it looks like a stout alright. I was tempted to downgrade the appearance due to the large and sickly looking bubbles in the head, but I truly do not care about he appearance of a beer and will not hurt it's score for that reason.

When you smell this beer, it's like a mocha latte. When you taste it, it lives up to the taste.

The mouth-feel is thick, rich, and creamy. It's smooth as buttery-silky-milk. It's like carbonated chocolate cream.

Overall...This is amazing. You must try this if you haven't yet. It's special.

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Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down, IMO, the best "first sip" on the planet! If heaven has a taste, a first sip from one of the puppies IS IT. Also the best chocolate flavored beer EVER. I have had this on tap at least a dozen times in half a dozen establishments, and it has never let me down.

The nitro can is good too, but CHECK YOUR DATES please; I have found old cans in places where the stock doesn't move, and the taste was not up to par. Personally, I would avoid the bottle though---something gets lost there.

Don't let the ABV fool you---this is not a macho session beer---it's far too rich.

It pours beautifully from the tap (and nitro can), exactly like a Guinness. The resulting head is thick and creamy with a perfect depth. I have sat and pondered this feat several times :-) All I can say is if there was ever a perfectly "engineered beer", this would have to be it.

I personally like it at the same temp as a properly tapped Guinness. The richness of the flavor seems to decline with the as the temperature drops. If you pour this from a nitro-can, I recommend allowing it to settle, and then let it sit another couple of minutes. Why? I can't say exactly. If nothing else it just seems more professional !

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Photo of Fatheranderson
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer. That's all that I can say about it for general analysis. Honestly, it's cheap, tastes amazing, and it's just downright refreshing.

Appearance: chocolaty, kinda like a lighter version of crude oil. Not unpleasant at all.

Smell: chocolate, earth, malts, a hint of caramel and coffee.

Taste: Wow. This beer floored me with its taste. It reminds me of a really good chocolate coffee with a hint of caramel. Maybe creme brulee. Kinda reminds me of a much less boozy Bailey's Irish Creme.

Mouthfeel: creamy, delicious, smooth. Goes down easy, stays down easy.

Drinkability: Like I said, it goes down easy, and stays down without a problem.

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Photo of mralphabet
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time.... this can only be described as yummy!!!! A must buy in the can version only...

Served in tall chilled glass

Nice white head

Very dark almost black...

Taste is very Guinness like, but with a hint of chocolate (not overpowering) and notes of creamy coffee

The feel in the month is very creamy

Nice finish with a slight chocolate aftertaste...

A must have beer if you enjoy stout type beers... Drink and enjoy.

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Photo of funkengruven
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A surprising find at the LCBO, this poured a dark black with a nice tan head, now what makes this lovely black creation so special is that it has the virute of being the only beer I have ever seen that light cannot penetrate at all, I even put it in front of a lamp and nothing gets through this. Also as I drink it, it's leaving tons of nice lacing on the glass. The smell is really delicious, the roasted malts make the base but the chocolate makes the substance. Flavor is wonderful, roasted malts with a enough chocolate to complement this stout perfectly. By far the smoothest stout I've ever had, it goes down nice smooth and silky, the bottle called it luxurious and let me tell you that is no lie. Drinkability? Hell I could drink this all day all night and never get tired of it.

I've never given any beer a perfect score. But this is one of those beers that in the context of it's style there is absolutely nothing they could improve upon. As far as stouts go this is by far the best I have ever had.

Must have more.

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Photo of Czheck
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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

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Photo of whitty
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of charliedango
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are already so many reviews detailing the experience of this fine beverage that I couldn't add anything that would better express it's greatness only to say that this is my current favorite stout. It's definitely not the kind of beer I would recommend to a person inexperienced with stouts as they would expect it to be like a typical dry stout a la Guinness. If there is a better chocolate stout out there, I haven't tried it yet.

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Photo of KlimaxPayne
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Supersmooth, taste is very rich, but not as intensive as Pale Ales or Strong stouts have. You feel like it's quite heavy, but you can easily get 3 pints without a being too drunk or full. Great experience, I tried nothing similar. You'll love it or hate it, but you do need to taste it!

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Photo of thrash420
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

smell - roasted malts and dark chocolate are very apparent, mixed with coffee and toffee makes a wonderful smell

taste - deep dark malty chocolate taste. id love to enjoy this with a chocolate malt next time, im sure it would compliment it very nicely. don't taste any hops really, it's all overpowered by the chocolate aroma and flavours.

appearance - black in color, thick and creamy. nice head and beautiful lacing. A+ appearance

mouthfeel - light carbonation but a thick creamy smooth feel. Feels exactly like it looks.

drinkability - oh man, this was awesome. best beer of the night, of which ive had 3 (porter, stout and IPA) i can drink this over and over at dessert time, the head was so thick I want to scoop it onto some chocolate ice cream with a spoon. It would also go great with a steak. Almost no bite and goes down so easy. This 16.9oz was gone too quickly

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Photo of skibumdc
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was camping and brought a bunch of different single bottles bought from Total Wine & More Springfield, VA.

Wasn't able to pour this into a glass, but this was the BEST Chocolate Stout I have ever had. Very drinkable, definite chocolate taste and not burnt.

Highly recommended

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Photo of chipachu2
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was a very delightful risk. I have had bad experiences with chocolate ales being too bitter but this one is a balanced, blended, tasty stout, even thrist quenching.
A - poured in to a snifter coffee black with brown cream head
S- great choclate hops and malts without being overwhelming
T- no coffee but only choclate and a mild beer. I did not taste a tang but a gentle awareness of the alchohol content
M- nice gravity, somewhat light for a chocolate stout. very nice for sipping at night!
D- this is a repeat beer for the simple reason that it is afordable, available and delicous. give it a try!

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Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving-1 pint glass bottle

Appearance-Very tan frothy foam,color is jet black

Smell-Very chocolaty,mild coffee,hints of malt

Taste-First you get a real chocolate hit then it settles to a coffee flavor then you really get a chocolaty aftertaste

Mouthfeel-Very rich and creamy

Drinkability-Really smooth and enjoyable

Notes-I really cant say this is the best chocolate stout i have had,since this is my first time having one.So with that said this is a damn good beer,it is everything it says to be.I also look forward to trying this again and again!!! Also i highly recomend this for everyone who is a fan of chocolate stouts!!!

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Photo of Daefido
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Wow, A self-brewing Canadian friend recommended this beer. So I drank it right now. I bought this beer at Fonthill's LCBO in Pelham, ON, Canada. Its colour and look seem very strong but it is not. Usually I feel stout is little bit strong to me, but this is not. very drinkable and nice taste. Like everybody here said, it has sweet chocolate smell, too.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 1/22/12

Pours black with swirling creamy khaki head. Smells of tons of roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate, very low carbonation, taste of chocolate and TONS of it!! crazy awesome good, wowee wow wow wow!! super smooth and silky on the old kisser!

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Photo of SteveoNY
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - Attractive embossed bottle with best before date, nice metalized labels, 17 oz.

A - Opaque Black with dark Amber edges in color with nice creamy tan head, and sticky lacing.

S - roasted malt, cholcolate, toffee, espresso goodness. maybe a hint of mint.

T - lovely roasted flavor of semi-dark chocolate/espresso, slightly dry bitter finish. Not overly sweet just the right amount of roasted malt chocolate taste to swing it from an ale to a pleasant stout.

M - crisp and creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

D - excellent cold weather sipping beer to introduce to friends, wish I had another one to enjoy, but these are only 17 oz.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I love nitro can pours and this one did not disappoint. As this dark chocolate/black beer settles it left a dense finger high, spongy, flat, tan head. The awesome thing is that it stuck around until the very end.
Smell: Chocolate. Some mild malt aroma is barely detectable through the chocolate, but it's there along with some milk notes. The chocolate is the dominant character and made me think of chocolate cake or cocoa powder.
Taste: Mild sweet chocolate flavor with mild dry malts. Just a slight toastiness with some alcohol notes as it warms. There is a slight fruit flavor like red raspberries and some milk flavor, but it is mostly chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Dry, smooth and silky.
Drinkability: Love it. A great stout.

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