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

2,346 Reviews
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

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Photo of Sleepisforthewik
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smell- Smells of Chocolate covered Raisons with what I detect as a slight nutty undertone which I am not sure was the beer or my apartment.

Taste- DARK chocolate; the taste is smooth and reminds me immensely of Lindt's 85% cocoa bars.

Mouthfeel - I would call it middle of the road thickness that is definitely creamy.

Appearence - 1/2" thick head that is light and creamy looking, dark black and completely opaque.

Drinkability- Exceptional. I feel this would be paired excellently with some Black Forest Cake or strawberries.

I feel this stout hit's its name pretty neatly on the mark and it lives up to the product the bottle is trying to sell. Bravo.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured black in color, with a 3-4 finger tan head, and had good lacing throughout. This is the best looking beer I've poured.

Heavy sweet chocolate, toasted marshmallow, smells like smores.

Taste is like heaven, wonderful sweet chocolate right upfront and fades to a very slight roasted malt and minimal bitter finish, asks you to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel was very very smooth and quite creamy.

Could drink these till I pass out on the floor.

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Photo of palliko
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved Young's Oatmeal Stout, so, thought I'd try their offering in the gorgeous purple and orange can. It soon became a favorite. I recently tried it on tap at the Yardhouse in Denver - and it is even better on tap than in the nitro-pack can. Especially in a tall ½ yard glass! Talk about a creamy, solid foam head - it never goes away! The massive clouds of foaming brew forms slowly as the soft brown cascades of carbonation struggle to the top. When the beer settles down, it is an opaque coffee brown – and the aroma contains coffee. And chocolate - with a hint of vanilla. But surprisingly the taste is more of a stout experience than sweet. Just right. Amazingly good. Okay, perfect.

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Photo of Generik420
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time this weekend. I usually am not in the mood for a stout style beer, and was really buying this for the bottle. I am a homebrewer and had 11 Young's bottles and wanted a half case for bottling my brews with. This was all they had from Young's so a little reluctantly I bought it.

I have to say, I was amazed at how good this beer was. First thing I noticed was the chocolate flavor. It is very pronounced and I found it very enjoyable. This beer goes down very smooth and didn't have a very harsh roasty bite that many other stouts have. Each sip begged for the next one to follow soon after. After a sip, I felt like I still had a chocolatey residue coating the inside of my mouth that faded away slowly. The hop flavors were fairly absent, although I can't imagine wanting the chocolate flavors to compete with hops, so in my mind it was balanced the way it should be.

After drinking this lone bottle, I longed for another. This beer will definitly find its way into my normal beer rotation.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich dark pour with a super dark brown creamy head. Very interesting to the eye.

First smell was of toasted malt, chocolate malt and mild hops. I didn't detect the cocoa in the first smell. After it warmed up and I got some air into it, cocoa was all I could smell and I was very ok with that.

Tasted at first like a sweet stout, good roasted malt, little caramel and a hint of espresso. After a couple sips, the cocoa became the dominant flavor. Very fun to drink. Lactose was also very apparent in the flavor and mouthfeel.

Great mouthfeel, nice and silky, but didn't stay in your mouth so I wanted more and more of it.
Amazing drinkability. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a nice winter or spring stout.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pitch black, slight brown head.

Smell: Sweet and strong, chocolate and dark fruits. After settling, hints of coffee and toffee enter the party.

Taste: Bitter on the tongue, dark fruits and a bit of sweetness going down, finishes with a creamy dark chocolate.

Feel: Light, mild but ever-present carbonation.

Drink: The light body makes it very drinkable, and the interesting flavors make you want to drink more! A preferable stout for sessions.

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Photo of travis3113
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: What a dark and tasty looking beverage. Super creamy head with some nice brown color to it. Almost black.

S: Aroma is outstanding. Tons of coffee and chocolate with great malt character.

T: Tastes wonderful! Each mouthful is an experience. It coats the entire palate with rich chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of bitter on the finish.

F: Very rich and full feel. Not too much carbonation but not too little either like some other stouts. The only time there is a slight thinness is just as you are swallowing.... Time for another sip!

O: Very enjoyable overall. Would drink any day of the week but pairs best on a cold day in front of the fireplace. Best stout I've ever had.

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Photo of Steaks
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i am all about this guy. he was my first beer of the new year, cracked open about 12:10AM on new years. the last one i had was drunk straight out of the can, but it is also delicious in a pint class. pours black as hell, iwth a nice brown head. the smell is chocolately as hell and the taste is fairly strong with a good thickness. you can taste some coffee and malts, but the aftertaste is where's its at. it feel like you just drank ten thousand gallons of hot chocolate. it feels AWESOME. the carbonation is pretty good, but it is definitely better in the nitro-can as opposed to in a bottle, which is still delicious.
this is my favorite beer right now. i can't get enough of it.

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Photo of Zogman100
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this gem last night for the first time and I must say it was an extremly pleasant surprise. Nice aroma of dark chocolate. Nice creamy sustained head. A very smooth stout beer. Not too sweet or not too bitter. Pleasant after taste. The aroma and flaver improve after warming in the glass. This is a highly drinkable stout and has moved to the top of my list as one of my favorites. Highly reccommended.

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Photo of dolzan
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beer drinkers nirvana. A wonderful, wonderful stout. It's not overly sweet, it's just that little hint of chocolate that makes you want to jump and round around in the celebration of the explosion of taste in your mouth. Or something. It's really that good, that mere words can not do it justice.

And not only that. This is a beer you can drink instead of a dessert. It's almost so good you can have it instead of starters, soup and main course as well. And drink another Chocolate stout with it to accompany it.

I don't know whether it has come across in this review, but this beer is really quite nice.

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Photo of brewyou2
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? If you want to see what someone thought that this beer looked like, read one of the other thousand reviews. If you want to see what this beer smelled like, read on of the thousand other reviews. If you want to know how it felt in my mouth, read some other review. If you want to know what I think of this beer and my overall review, keep reading.
It was wonderful. Like an unsweetened chocolate phosphate. This is what I thought Guinness would taste like the first time I tried it. Holy chocolate cow. This beer is the frickin' bomb. I expect to gain weight exponentially in the near future. Thank you Well's & Young! Fabulous.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a 12oz. tulip glass this beer was very dark. More so that other stouts and a deep 2 finger light tan head formed that would not quit.

Smell was of caramel, strong black coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Very inticing and made me want to dive right into the sample.

Taste was incredible, very well balanced and creamy on the palate. Chocolate malts cuts through the taste but is not over-powering like SA chocolate bock.

Very easy to enjoy, though also rather filling. Despite this, I could have easily enjoyed more than the 500ml offered from the bottle. A great stout and a great beer that I will be sure to have time and time again. Would be perfect with a chocolate dessert or alone as a dessert in and of itself. IMO as chocolate stouts go, perhaps only surpassed by Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of ash111
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It's one of the first beers I remember loving, and I've never looked back. It pours an opaque black with a thick head, typical of a nitro can. The head is a thing of beauty all by itself (and with a good bar tender ordering one of these becomes an experience in and of itself).

Taste is wonderful. Coffee, chocolate, malt are all present. Mouthfeel is a little watery for a beer this dark, but oh well. After a few beers at a place with a good beer menu, this is a great way to end a night.

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Photo of NYbeerwolf
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The apperance of motor oil, nice and dark. Head was a light tan color that faded slowly. Smell was of chocolate, malt and coffee.

Taste is like a brownie dunked in beer, is this the dessert? Good finish not to much hop, I thought it was just right.
Mouthfeel is smooth, let it roll around for a little bit.

I could drink this all day long....I'm talkin' all day long!
I'll get the 22oz. next time, if you like the stout's this one's for you.

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Photo of tom444
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out black, with a brownish-red hue visible against very bright light. Thick, rich, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, with plenty of chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Wow. Bitterness from the roasted malts, tastes strongly of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finishes smoothly, with an aftertaste a bit like a mocha latte.

An amazing stout, so tasty and goes down so easily.

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Photo of ericmunley
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is what would happen if Guinness and chocolate milk had a child. Served in a pint glass from a nitro-can, the first thing that strikes the drinker is the thick, chocolaty pour. The smell parallels the chocolate character of the pint. Excellent mouth feel...smooth, creamy, very little carbonation. Young's Double Chocolate Stout is an excellent dessert beer that I can't see myself getting sick of.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with a massive head and gobs of lace.
Smell: Chocolatey, cocoa powder, roasty maltiness, hops in the background.
Taste: Excellent. Not at all as sweet as I expected, very complex with lots of different chocolate flavors (dark, milk), a little bit of coffee and a nice hoppy finish. No fruityness or figgyness which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Creamy mouthcoating mouthfeel with tingly but restrained carbonation. Absolutely delicious chocolatey finish that lasts a while. This beer was way better than I expected. Very rich.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love Love Love Nitro caps, I'm a big supporter of head being an integral part of beer and with nitrogen widgets, it just makes for such an amazing head.

Pours almost solid black with a tan, one finger head. Head is not going anywhere anytime soon. Very thick lacing happening.

Smell is of well, chocolate. Coffee of course, molasses and roasted malts. Some vanilla.

Coats the mouth completely, very full stout. Can I have 5 more?

Very drinkable beer, with a low abv, it makes this delicious treat a perfect beer for a nice dinner with family and I may have to try stewing with it (just like the famous Guinness beef stew)

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Photo of Offa
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a declisious, full- bodied stout with a good smooth, rich feel and suprising complexity.

Almost black, it has a huge, dark brown head that shrinks very slowly and never vanishes, leaving good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, toast, prunes and raisins.

It has a pronounced chocalate element, but this is not overpowering and the beer has good balance of sweet and bitter, chocolate, toast, and rich, caramelized fruit, especially prunes. The body is rich and thick yet amazingly lively and the finish refreshingly light but tasty and complex. The chocolate is noticeable but mostly adds a richness with a little chocolate element to the overall chracter, and thankfully does not overpower the drink. It thus retains a well-rounded, complex character with nice subtle notes.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this in a nitro-can at the Franklin Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. Poured into a pint glass with a thick (1-2 cm) and very long-lasting and very creamy head that's off-white in color. The color is black, with some hints of red-brown under a light. Smells fantastic of sweet milk chocolate - like you stuck your nose into a bag of good milk chocolates - that's the dominant smell - hardly any roasted malt or smoke smell. There's some lacing, but not a lot. It has a great mouthfeel - creamy and delicious and hardly any bubbles - like drinking a glass of milk. The taste is really just like chocolate milk without much of an aftertaste. It smells stronger than it tastes - very drinkable. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of osi
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured very dark about two shades from black. The head grew about an inch and faded into a thick lace that hugged the glass all the way down.

S - Holy glory at the aromas coming from this brew. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, and deep dark malts. Vanilla accents trail in at the end. Alcohol is very subtle.

T - Light coffee, caramel and dark malts. Extremely balanced and extremely tasty. Dark chocolate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Light and creamy that slides down the whole way.

D - I would drink one of these any time any day. Excellent brew extremely balanced in all aspects. I encourage anyone who has a chance to try this to do so.

Although rather filling, I couldn't put my glass down until it was finished.

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Photo of Umbra
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Max's. Pours super dark brown, just about as un-transparent as one could get. Dark tan head with loads of retention and lacing. Very full roasted malt and chocolate nose.

This is the smoothest, most drinkable chocolate stout in memory. Flavor is gigantic, full of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Finishes surprisingly dry, which helps with finishing it. As with real chocolate, which was probably used in the manufacture, the vanilla brings out the fullness. Perfect carbonation and flavor make this one very drinkable. Had at the same time w/ a Brooklyn choco, and this one was hands down better.

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into tulip samuel smith pint glass 20 oz
A: pours thick black with a nut brown fluffly head with small bubbles
S: smells of very sweet roasted malt faint hints of chocolate too and bit of drying smell kind of hard to discribe
T: mmm very sweet then smooths out to a drying chocolate taste not like stout like actual chocolate yum this is to good
M: is little thick but not too thick and goes down like velvet and a nice bubbly tingleness when it hits your throat and your really thirsty
D: this beer is ritch and smooth also i can drink many of these no problem yum

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Photo of tdmillerjr
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: typical of a stout - very dark

S: very enticing - lots roasted cocoa and rich malty notes

T: absolutley amazing taste from front to back. aftertaste is not too strong but stays with you well after the last sip leaving you wanting more.

M: great feel, exceptionally light feel for a stout.

D: best beer i've had in a while. should have bought 2. more like a dessert than a typical beer.

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Photo of mevans05
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a smooooove stout! Chocolate malt gives this beer the taste of a dessert... that you can begin the night with or end the night with. Smell strongly of caramel, with a chocolate malt finish. Medium body. A delight. Can't wait to try the Young's Oatmeal Stout!!!

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