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

5,722 Ratings
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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and god lacing. Smells of alcohol up front, sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Taste of slight grass first, sweet chocolate next, and roasted malt in the finish. Overall, not bad, but a little less quality than I expected.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle to a Founders Brewing snifter.

The appearance is a nice deep brown. About 2cm of khaki colored head. The smell is chocolatey malts. The taste is definitely chocolate and malts. Nice flavor. What I don't like is the mouthfeel. It is way too thin for me for a stout. Seemed watery. Also, it was a lot more carbonated than I would like. I felt like a chocolate soda.

This beer seems to have a cult following, but its not something I liked a lot. It wasn't bad, but I can get a lot better stouts out there. I'd drink it again, but I won't buy it just to have it on hand.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 from a 16 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes. Well, I expected much more from this beer. I'm not a huge stout fan, so maybe I need to try a few more in line with this beer. I have had a few other chocolate stouts and enjoyed them more than this one. It poured with a nice head and very nice lacing alnog the sides of the glass. Smells of deep dark chocolate. The carbonation ruined it for me though. Way too much for my taste. It was still good, but I'm used to the smoother ones. This one was rich and creamy, but the fizz was a bit too much for me. I also drank it a bit too cold I think. Just took it out of the fridge and drank it. Maybe I will try this one on tap if I can find it and re-rate.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro can, 16 ounce I think, with the ping pong inside into an imperial pint glass. No noticeable date on the can.

Beer is black and pours thick. A head quickly forms at the end of microscopic bubbles that cascade down the sides of the glass and the lacing in out of this world, it completely coats the glass. I can't tell what the aeration of the beer is, its too dark the bubbles are too small, but the head retention is great, there until the end.

Aroma is overall weak, but I can smell mostly chocolate. Its more chocolaty than I remember, smells good.

Beer is smooth and medium to full bodied. The flavor is primarily sweet with tons of chocolate. Its not as bitter as you'd expect a chocolate beer to be. It finishes cleanly and drinkability is high. I expect some roast from my stouts or some bitter from the grains or in this case the chocolate. I know this is a sweet stout and they achieved the sweet for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to everyone.

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

Appearance: In between brown and black, boasts mocha colored beautiful head, constant bubbling, displays real "activity"

Smell: pretty standard of a lighter stout, slight coffee, chocolate, and malt aromas

Taste: subtle chocolate flavor and very smooth

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, excellent finish

Drinkability: very drinkable, has good flavor and excellent mouthfeel

I'd recommend this beer, especially if mixed with a Back Road Brewery Blueberry Ale. The two mixed together form an "original black and blue" which is delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Nitro can purchased at Price Chopper in Albany, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy and foamy 2 inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells like pure, sweet, cloying chocolate. Doesn't smell much like beer, more like sugary chocolate milk.

The taste is similar. This one is just too sweet for my personal tastes. It's very smooth, and creamy in the mouthfeel, but it gets so fatiguing very quickly. Almost no "beer" flavor. Now I like sweet adjuncty stouts, but this is just boozy chocolate milk. Lots of lactose flavor.

This one was ok, but just not serious enough of a beer for me. Way too sweet.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.8 (?) ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Jet black, roasted coffee bean brown hues in the light, topped with a frothy and creamy light beige head.

S - Chocolate syrup, dark chocolate nibs, roasted coffee bean shells, white pepper.

T - Pure bliss (or luxury, as labeled on the bottle). This drinks smooth, creamy and mellow with tamed carbonation that's a perfect compliment for the delicate flavors this entails. Milk chocolate mid-palate with some light alcohol esters sticking around on the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy and mellow.

D - At 5.2% I was surprised to see alcohol here, so I knocked it down 0.5 point. Dangerously drinkable for it's flavors but I wish those heat esters would mellow out a bit more than they are. Maybe some age would do it well. Nonetheless, this is still a decadent milk and chocolately stout.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The chocolate advertised on the label comes through in spades in the flavor. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is dark chocolate, finish is dry with nice lingering sweetness on the palate. Worthy of it’s score....

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick 2" head. The head lasted through a good part of the drink. Thick lacing developed also. The aroma is of roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. The flavor is full bodied, as roasted malt is nicely balanced with a strong sweet chocolate tone. Coffee and a very mild hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start and ends smoothly. Feels like your tongue is coated thickly and the chocolate flavors last long into the aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and would go great with a nice chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

440ml Can
PD: 05/02/2015
BBD: 05 Feb 16

Been A Long Time!

Love The Pour Of This Brew!

Pours a very very nice dark brown color, with some awesome carbonation, with a very very nice thick creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which just leaves another, lol The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla note. The taste is very very nice, malty, milkshake like, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee notes, slightly vanilla touch. Medium body. Overall, this one is a treat to drink. Really liking it in a can. Recommended!

Best by Mar 07

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clear black color, nice carbonation, tiny tan head which left quickly, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and chocolate/caramel. The taste is very nice of malts, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout, makes a good session brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

Grabbed a pint to sip, although it took a minute for it to warm up. Really, this stuff tastes just like Guinness when its cold. Let it sit and a mellow dark chocolate flavor comes out. This beer looks great though. And you're really into appearance, the thick lacing and head on this can't be beat. Still I think this beer is a little over-rated. While the flavor is nice, I dont find it very complex or worthy of high marks.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a weizen glass. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Very mild chocolate smell, not much aroma. Flavor is also very mild with hints of chocolate and coffee. Creamy in the mouth and decent drinkability. My first chocolate stout, maybe not the beer for me.

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

I don't think I've seen this one on a tap that isn't nitro...wish I would someday. The nitro smoothes it out toom much, taking away the chocolate bitterness a bit. At the same time, the nitro head makes the beer look fantastic! Dark and light contrast.

Chocolate aroma is present and seems to dominate, but the roastiness is there, with some minerals. The taste is quite good, perhaps a little loose. I feel the nitro also thins it out a bit. Good dessert beer, or perhaps a beginer beer prior to some stouts

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Photo of WesWes
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick light tan head. The nose is of chocolate malts and not much else. The taste is good. There is a good balance between base and specialty grains. The chocolate taste is present, but not overpowering. The thick head adds a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is great. This is a medium bodied beer and a real drinker. An excellant stout.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another late night sampler, on to the beer:

The phrase Double Chocolate on the can should be all one needs to know about this beer. Take chocolate milk mix powder and thrown in some coffee beans. Mmm, good! Needless to say it's dessert in a glass. But I was still a bit dissapointed because I was waiting for that big rush of flavor which never came.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Out of the can, it pours in a wonderful dark brown/black color with a light tan head. It’s a beautiful beer as the nitro trickles down in its wonderful cascade. There’s a solid one finger head that just lays there beautifully. It’s very thick. It’s like Guinness with its appeal and look.

Smelling it, there’s a sweet milky creaminess with a lot of dry malt powder. There’s that very familiar oatmeal stout aroma.

As for taste, the head there is so important. It just sit there like a floating half inch of cappucino head. My can is about a month away from it’s Best By, so maybe that’s the reason I don’t really get too much chocolate. The flavor instead has this burnt maltiness.

On the back end, there’s a bitterness at the end. It’s almost metallic in its astringency, but not very offensive.

The body is actually quite light, which makes it very drinkable.

However, do listen to the can. It says to serve it cool instead of ice cold. They’re right. As I waited, the chocolate flavor slips in a bit. However, you do then start getting that metallic bitterness. It definitely becomes a more well rounded flavor with it being cool. However, I just can’t get past the body and the bitterness at the end. The lack of chocolate is very obvious. I wouldn’t get this beer for the “chocolate.” It’s more of a Irish dry stout with some round oatmeal stout characteristics.

It’s not what I expected, but knowing what you’re getting, it isn’t a terrible beer either.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 16oz Nitro Can into my Guinness Pint glass. Dark brown with a chocolate foam head. Attractive.

S. Toasted malt maybe a bit of hops.

T. Chocolate malt goodness. This is more like the most delicious milk shake, its a beer shake.

M. Creamy, fluffy, foamy. Good. Still surprisingly light for a stout.

D. Good stuff. Get it by the case.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice fine grained tan head that mostly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. There are aromas of vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, sherry, and a slight roastiness. The taste is smooth cocoa up front ans a sligght bitterness on the finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a reasonably substantial body. Good beer, but a little one dimensional to consume much of.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich black hue with a creamy off white two finger head. The stout featured good head retention and thick lacing. An overall nice and tempting appearance.

The smell consisted of a slight chocolate aroma with hints of caramel and a unpleasant metallic smell.

The taste was average and muted. The flavor did not jump out of the glass like in the case of an imperial stout. However, it was pleasant and suprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel, however, was a bit thick without the pleasure of a thick, rich taste. It coated the mouth with a dull sensation which lessened the desire for the next sip.

The poor mouthfeel and dull taste detracted from the beer's drinkability.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nitro Can poured into a plain pint glass. I don't remember the last time I had this.

A loud gunshot like sound when the CAN was violated, it was heard throughout the house. A pillow like foam was seen forming in the glass, I quickly poured this with vigor the correct way with the can sticking inside the glass. Once that was done a cascading brown foam hurricane formed eventually leaving a perfect tan head on top. Excellent notches of lacing.

Very chocolate rich up front with roasted malts following. The chocolate is a bit bittersweet and also syrupy rich with sweetness. There is a touch of cream in the distance. The aroma is bold but I CAN tell this is not going to be overkill like a certain chocolate stout brewing company in upstate NY.

If you read above that pretty much is ditto for the taste as well. It pretty much tastes like it smells. Besides the nice smooth rich chocolate the only difference is the malt addition seems to shine a bit more in taste. A very light chocolate milk for adults.

The feel is killer out of the CAN, probably the smoothest stout i've had in awhile. The nitro really does wonders. It has a good less than medium build with just some light watery spots here and there. For 5.2%, the body is amazing. I don't think it CAN get better than this.

Well, I'm sold, this did the trick, a lovely chocolate stout out of England in a CAN. I think I found a contender for a case pick up for the rest of the winter. The 5.2% helps things for the drink on this, either two or three a night.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer from the 440mL draughtflow can. Poured into a glass for a thick, creamy head.

Appearance: extremely dark amber with a thick, creamy head. Quite appetizing.

Smell: chocolate is the most prominent scent, to the exclusion of other characteristics; however, it is intriguingly appetizing.

Taste: malt is well-balanced with bitterness at first taste, though the finish is quite bitter indeed. Chocolate flavor not quite as prominent as the smell, a fact I quite like.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, but surprisingly thin for the style despite the nitro can.

Drinkability: the bitterness of the finish detracts a bit from what would otherwise be a well-balanced beer. This reduces the drinkability a bit in my opinion; perhaps paired with a relatively non-sweet dessert this could work quite well.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Black marble with some mocha highlighting. Despite being afforded the odd sneak-peek at colour, Double Chocolate Stout is opaque and uncompromising to light. Its head is thick and predominant, in this case a consequence of the nitro-tap but similar observations are made from bottled samples. Lacing drapes downward like a water fall.

Here's a word of advice on Young's Double Chocolate Stout: let it warm up. It may seem an unusual recommendation to casual beer drinkers but ales (like wines) benefit from air; don't judge this one until you've given it time to breath a little. You'll notice a lot more chocolate flavour emerge.

The aroma showcases cocoa and chocolate. It is that simple. It smells like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate and also imparts subtle hints of mocha and coffee. The chocolate comes in many forms: chocolate-covered wafers and biscuits are vividly sensed in the nose. Roasted dark (chocolate) malt can also be made out.

Each sip gratifies the palate with never ending notes of chocolate. Again, like a finely conched Swiss milk chocolate it is remarkably silky on the palate. Its texture is also quite biscuity. It has notes of bitter cocoa and mocha and also the impression of sugary hot chocolate powder; it is the epitome of bittersweet.

Young's have authentically replicated the flavour of chocolate like no other (with the only possible exception of Southern Tier's first batch of Choklat.) I don't know how they get it to taste this way, I don't know what they use, but I couldn't care less. I can't say enough - this tastes authentically like chocolate! And it's delicious each and every time I have it.

Few beers can procure flavour like Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It isn't complex but it need not be. If you have a sweet-tooth (or bittersweet-tooth) for high-quality Swiss milk chocolate then meet your match. There is something about this chocolaty biscuit profile that I seem to never tire of. I feel it deserves a spot right up there with the world's tastiest.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and mouthfeel is where this version of this beer really shines; the flavor is clearly lacking when compared with the bottled version. The nitro can makes for a picturesque, super creamy head with excellent retention and strong lacing; cascading bubbles and a rich black color. The aroma is lightly chocolaty with a subtle roast character and that’s about it. Not particularly aromatic.

The flavor of the nitro can leaves something to be desired; things are smoothed out to the point of blandness; very light taste with a pleasant milk chocolate note and mild sweetness. Not much else; definitely not as tasty as the bottle, which I feel to be a little overrated to begin with. Would love to try this beer on tap sometime.

Love the creamy mouthfeel of this one, however–it’s positively silken. Almost worth drinking just for that and for watching the pretty picture that unfolds when you pour it.

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

Best by date February 2007, Sampled August 2006
Pours with a creamy, almost mousse like, light brown head that I am able to contain to three-fingers thick. The beer is opaque and not quite devoid of color; there is a touch of brown to round out the deep blackness. The aroma smells like sweet chocolate liquor in some ways. It is not as sweet as an actual chocolate liquor and there is only a hint of alcohol, but the chocolate note is definitely there. A touch of burnt grain character is here as well as some spicy beer like notes that I can't quite put words to.

The taste is fairly light, and could in fact use a bit more creamy, mouth coating heft to it. Lightly sweet, with a chocolate note up front that quickly moves to a light-roast black coffee note. Some lightly spicy bitterness is here, but most of the bitterness seems to be contributed from roasted malt. The finish has a burnt grain acidity to it as well as a lightly burnt bitterness. Chocolate flavors are definitely noticeable and even linger long into the finish, but seem to not be at the depth that my memory of this beer remembers. Really a touch more body would help to round things out immensely.

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with this beer's customary fabulous, mocha colored, creamy pillow on tap. Head retention is exceptional, with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, but this is really the only place this beer falls off a bit. Nevertheless, I get an attractive nose of light vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. However, on the palate this beer once again flirt with perfection. The beer has something of a burnt toast flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by cherry vanilla and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. This beer is light, soft and creamy, with a nearly endless, smooth finish. Drinkability is just stunning. The alcohol is not at all noticeable, and yet it's nothing short of astonishing how much flavor this low abv. beer delivers. An absolute benchmark, especially on the nitro. Just excellent....

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,722 ratings.
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