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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Reviews: 2,347 | Ratings: 5,704
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they really do add chocolate to it. Must be drunk last at meal end or at end of a session to appreciate. The colour and smell of chocolate.
Almost four years later, I had this on tap at Cole's and while it is thick foam that coats the mouth and there is chocolate and coffee there, it paled the new Ommegang chocolate and Rogue imperial porter. Beautiful chocolate black.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick two finger head on a dark black body with a little light passing through. Nice lacing. Aroma is robust with lots of roasted malt and a nicely represented chocolate aroma. Flavor is similar with a stronger coffee bitterness mostly in the finish. Thickening and thick bodied, one could drink this nonstop with how drinkable this beer is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap that lasts. Thin legs of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup in milk. Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Mild cocoa bitterness on the palate quickly fades. Due to the nitro-tap this beer is very thick and creamy. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not one I would get too often. I am glad I got to try this one on nitro-tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black into a stout glass with a 2 inch or more tan lacey head. smells heavenly, dark chocolate, sweet roasted malts, and a milk candy creamy feel. flavor is great, very very chocolatey, but not gimmicky. its incorportaed into the beer. the first time i had this i was amazed, because i was expecting a double stout, strong. but what i got was a double chocolate beer, which caught me off guard in a good way. there is also a gentle hop bitterness in the finish which is a nice contrast with the candy sweetness in this beer. mouthfeel is a little thick and syrupy for me, not as carbonated as i usually like in these beers, but i always go back to this. i find it much better in the nitro can than the bottle too.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ultimate dessert beers on the market today. This beer poured out of the nitro can as a milky brown color that surged into a deep blackish brown color. The head was creamy and thick like a Guinness typically looks. The smell is of some roasted malts and a ton of rich chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate too. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Overall this beer is kickass when drank at the right time.

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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 BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had higher hopes for this beer. Albeit good, I was expecting more. The beer exhibited good roasted barley qualities with solid bittersweet chocolate aromas with a twinge of lactose. The flavors were solid, but mellow. Not as rich in the lactose and chocolate as I expected. The body is where this beer really fell short with me. It wasn't as silky or smooth as I expected. The texture was a bit grainy and bitter (not from hops) and became watery into the finish. The chocolates never stood out enough to earn the name "Double Chocolate". Nevertheless, a good beer, I just expected more.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first try at a nitro-type container and it didn't go well. This beer looks great appearance wise, when you pour it's a tan color but then a dark color cascades down like a cloud and turns the beer all jet black.. pretty cool. I just couldn't get over how flat and watery the beer was. It was a fresh can, stored well and all, was I not pouring it right? Either way, it was so flat it made it almost drinkable.. nice lacing and all but its hard to taste the flavor when you have trouble swallowing it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. I have shared this with every woman I have known since discovering it (including my mother), and to a one, they have been enamoured with it - just sayin'.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight cola-hued edges, and a few fingers of very puffy and creamy brown head, which dissipates fairly slowly, rendering some spastic splotches of northward-reaching lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, thick, rich dark chocolate syrup, like when you've squeezed the Quik bottle just a little too strongly, mildly toasted, oily nuts, and condensed milk. The taste is mildly bitter, dark chalky cocoa, a bit of understated morning coffee and its associated creamy adjunct, roasted bready caramel malt, a further toffee sweetness, like in those mirror-world UK candy bars, and a slightly tangy, fruity hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, as expected, even though the carbonation is a tad higher (i.e., greater than zero) than anticipated, the oats kind of getting a raw deal. The body comes across as nice and full, giving a hefty gravitas to this reserved choco-beast. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolaty milkiness lingering with serious intent.

With a more than reasonable ABV, this goes down oh so very, very well, even in the absence of a nice dessert. And of course, the chocolate essence becomes even more prevalent as it warms.

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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 largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black with a huge, dense, tan-colored nitro head and lots of sticky lace. Head retention is remarkably good. Even amongst nitro beers, this one looks better than most.

Smell - The weak point of most nitro beers is the nose, and this one is no exception. Chocolate and burnt grains are faintly noticable but there are no subtleties at all here.

Taste - Milk chocolate, cream, molasses, coffee, burnt grains - a rich, complex and changing flavor. Slightly dry in the finish, with long-lasting dark chocolate and espresso notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a lot of richness and body provided by the head. Heavy on the palate.

Drinkability - An exceptional stout, but too rich to be a regular for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml nitro-can served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I've had this before in its other forms and it was pretty good. I'm glad they went with the nitro-can for this; it would probably be ruined in a regular can. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of lovely cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, nuts, and heavy cream. Moderately strong.

T: Very creamy but the chocolate is unfortunately restrained. Slight nuts. It's a bit bland and simple for a chocolate beer, but it's still pretty good. I preferred it on nitro-draught. Balanced but badly built.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Sort of suits the flavour, but not really.

Dr: They should just brew a cream ale and be done with it. The emphasis here isn't on the chocolate - contrary to the epithet. Very drinkable but also quite forgettable (at least out of the nitrocan). I won't be purchasing this again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark black beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Carbonation is very good with a lighter body then expected. Taste is very smooth with some roasted malts and chocolate taste with a light dry finish. This is a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. I remember having that beer about five years ago from a bottle and the chocolate taste was more pronounced. Overall, this is an easy to drink stout.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First nitro-can review... been awhile since having Guinness or Beamish in a can.

Poured into a tulip glass, at a cool temp of 45-50º, as suggested on the can. Slow reverse cascade effect as the head settles, creation a high contrast line against the black stout, as a result of the finely textured nitrogen bubbles. Long lasting foam, solid head retention on display here.

Who put hershey kisses in my Guinness... hollow milk chocolate sweetness, husky roast barley aroma.

Watery thinnish body, some creaminess from the nitro, still fairly flavorful though. Hershey kiss milk chocolate, mild coffee with cream and sugar, somewhat sweet though not overly so. Some mellow roastiness, though overall it's a bit flabby and watery. Where's the bitterness, where's the body? Not something i'd revisit, more of a novelty due to the can.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. A deep dark color with a thick tawny head.
You can definately smell the chocolate in the beer. However, there wasn't as much chocolate taste as I expected, especially considering the name.
It was a little dry in the mouth and rated fairly well in the drinkability category.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This has been one of my favorites for a long time.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a very little bit of light coming through around the edges. A finger of very nice looking thick tan head fades fairly quickly to just a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Not very strong. Smells a bit like a chocolate bar, but with some roast in there as well. A bit sweet.

Taste: Initially there is a nice sweet chocolate flavor. Good amount of chocolate flavor given the fact that this isn't a very strong beer. There is also a slightly bitter roasty flavor that I'm mostly picking up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Like I said before, this is one of my favorites. The body could be a little thicker, but not a lot to complain about. Of course I'll have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a very dark brown with a pretty cream head that lasts for a short while. The smell brings forward roasted chocolate, but not too much else. THe taste is quite similar with a bit too much of an astringent bitterness, which I assume is from the chocolate. The mouthfeel is somewhat saving, being a nice creamy ale; however, drinkability is fairly low as a result of the almost tannic dryness and bitterness to this.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

440 ml nitro can into imperial pint glass. best by 6/10/2012. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger super creamy light tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts forever. Thick and soapy lacing all over the glass as you drink. Aromas of big creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and light coffee. Nice and straightforward aromas with good strength. Taste of big creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, slight bitter coffee, light biscuit, and light herbal hop. Almost no bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and light coffee for a good bit. Great pleasant flavor balance and smoothness. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with an extremely velvety, creamy, and slick mouthfeel as expected for nitro. Alcohol extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a delicious nitro stout. No real complexity present, but it is extremely enjoyable and smooth. Very straightforward tasting as advertised in the name.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep, opaque brown/black color with a thick tan head that holds up well and gives some nice Belgian-lace. The aroma is of a slightly sweet dark malt like bittersweet chocolate. The medium body and restrained carbonation level give a soft, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is very lightly sweet with just a touch of roastiness against a light bitterness. Well balanced but somewhat lacking in character for it - not very much punch. The finish is light and leaves a pleasant, lightly dry and roasty aftertaste. Immensely drinkable. I once felt that I preferred the nitro-can version because it has such a soft, silky-smooth and creamy character, but I now feel that the bottled version is more enjoyable as it appears less sweet and slightly more complex.

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Photo of chinchill
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this, my favorite chocolate stout along with Rogue's, from a nitro-can, I find it is at least as great as the bottled version.

Liquid is opaque black, with a very nice and dense tan head

S - both cocoa beans and chocolate notes in the aroma.

T - plenty of good chocolate and cocoa flavor, well balanced and without the tasting like chocolate milk + beer, as do some lesser chocolate stouts.

M - exceptionally smooth and creamy; very good carbonation level; just a touch lighter than I think I would prefer.

O- IMO, the best chocolate stout I've had, with plenty of cocoa flavors, good sweetness, a creamy texture, and a superb dark chocolate finish.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts and milk chocolate with a slight touch of smokiness; it's simple but very nice.

T: The taste is sweet, very malty and full of milk chocolate as the name suggests. There really isn't much else to say about it other than that it simplifies a taste that a lot of bigger stouts ruin for the sake of being a "big" beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not as filling as most stouts, mild kick, very good representation of style. To be honest, I had lost some faith in how god stouts could be, but this beer has restored it to a certain extent. This is definitely one of the better stouts that I've had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: nitro-can from ?

Couldn't tell you where I first had this, but I've had it in the nitro-can and on tap at various venues. a good stout: a creamy, opaque black, cascading bubbles culminate in a solid beige head. Aroma of chocolate milk with some coffee notes. Taste is, well, look, it's not gonna taste exactly like chocolate milk as the name might imply. But it's still very smooth and chocolatey, with notes of coffee bitterness. Not much in the hop department of course, just lots of chocolate, malts, and roastiness. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and not only drinkable, but also good for making car-bomb cupcakes (with Bailey's icing of course).

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with the normal nitro-can cascading head. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that has great retention properties (barely any reduction over the drinking of the beer). Significant lacing is observed. Nitro-can beer shave such a cool effect when poured.

S: This beer has a mild aroma overall but there is a nice amount of complexity to the smell. I can detect some dark roasted malts, light elements of coffee, lots of milk chocolate, and just a hint of char.

T: The flavor really follows the smell with a really wonderful milk chocolate sweetness upfront There is a nice amount of complexity and the flavor is well balanced. There is a really nice balance between the milk chocolate sweetness and the dark roasted malts. There is a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable. The beer has a pleasant smell and a great flavor with such a smooth mouthfeel. I could easily session this beer and I really enjoy it. I have been drinking this beer for years and the nitro-can is my favorite format - I drink it at lots of family evenets as it is my mother-in-law's favorite beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a jet black body with a thick, though quickly dissipating tan head.

Smell: Fragrant and dessert-like, the aroma is primarily of melted milk chocolate. Beyond that, there's a thin measure of smoke, spice, and bitterness.

Taste: The taste is brimming with dusty, bittersweet chocolate flavor and sweet maltiness. Hints of espresso and smoke help to round out the flavor. There's a quick burst of dry, hoppiness midway, but it quickly settles into a chalky, chocolaty finish with a sour note on the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A beer so good, that I suspect someone will soon come barging in here and try to disrupt all the fun I'm having. That's how good I think it is!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Semisweet chocolate brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a medium tan, rocky head that slowly subsides to a fat disk and leaves a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is roasted malt and chocolate, but is too subdued. The flavor consists of roasted malt and moderately sweet chocolate. It becomes much more vivid as the beer warms. I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle much more than I did the top half and will be sure to let my next bottle get closer to room temperature before diving in.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it's a trifle lighter than expected. I like my stouts to be thicker and creamier. It could be smoother in the mouth as well, but to be fair, it does even out as it warms.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is a pretty good version. I'll definitely have it again. Note to self: next time, let it warm to near room temperature for maximum enjoyment.

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