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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
5,808 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,808 |  Reviews: 2,375
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.

 398 characters

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I poured this one out of a can with the widget so I got that cool upside down head that finally settles out to a very dark black with a nice creamy, frothy, two fingers of a tan head. The beer was black enough that I could not see any ruby notes around the base of my tulip glass.

The smell was pretty basic with some bitter chocolate, like bakers chocolate, and some hints of coffee.

The taste was much like the nose with that bitter chocolate and some coffee. The chocolate was sweetened somewhat by the lactose and nitro that made it just a bit sweeter than straight bakers chocolate.

Mouth feel was a medium creaminess with a wet finish. And also note because of that nitro the beer, in my opinion, tastes flat and blah.

I did not realize I was getting nitro cans and was dissapointed when I went to get the beer out of the fridge and heard that widget rattling around in the can. Sorry to all the folks that like them I just think that nitro kills the beer. Give me carbonation over that flat nitro flavor any day of the week. At least the wife enjoyed it a lot more as she actually likes the nitro. So there you go, two opposing views of the same beer.

 1,162 characters

Photo of liquorpig
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matuto
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer (I'm having it from 500 ml bottle, exp. 11/2017, with chocolate malt and chocolate flavouring in its ingredients). After a while coffee notes make room to hazelnut. It's worth letting it warm a bit.

 209 characters

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of zpakalnis
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not much of a head out of a bottle pour which wasn't a great way to start but was impressed after this. Nice caramel smell, fairly smooth with no alcohol bite though some carbonation. They were not kidding when they said double chocolate though! Big chocolate note mid-late palate with some additional sweetness. Probably that caramel coming through again. Overall no real issues with the beer and would drink again.

 418 characters

Photo of todaytastelikethis
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of claricealess
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter
L- Darkest brown with almost no light coming through. Mocha tinged head typical of the style
S- Rich and creamy chocolate, caramel, hazelnuts, espresso, actually smells a bit like a Caramilk chocolate bar. Also detecting a subtle pear smell.
T- The most velvety chocolate on first sip accompanied by espresso, caramel, toasted nuts, and cream. Maybe too heavy on the malts though
F- Incredibly creamy with a nice dry finish although i would prefer a more full body.
O- Solid milk stout that i can see myself buying again

 562 characters

Photo of Josher
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro! Pours dark brown with a 1/2 in head that has nice retention. Collars around the glass

Smell is roasted malts and chocolate. Sweet. Nuts

Taste includes roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, fig?, coffee

Overall a decent stout! A little bit too thin for my liking.

 277 characters

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.

 368 characters

Photo of matcris
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, a little ruby edge up to the light, and a lasting tan head with good lacing down the glass. Nose is big Tootsie Rolls. The flavor is a little cola-like at first, then big chocolate kicks in mid-palate. A nice subtle bitterness takes over from there and you get a nice combo of bitter and sweet chocolate. Slightly creamy and oily, dry on the finish, average carbonation, and medium thin body. Overall, it reminds me a bit of Boulder's Shake Chocolate Porter, with that big Tootsie roll vibe. Nice stuff.

 511 characters

Photo of ZagZagg
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

440 mL nitro can into globe

A: An aggressive pour yields a bodacious one and a half finger cream head with some light cascading. 100% opaque, deep granite. Very strong retention (impressive).

S: Light, creamy, mellow roasted malts. Has a particular dairy character, reminiscent of a milk stout? Undertones of caramel, traces of date following with notes of hazelnut. Prevalent coco essence blended with mulled raisins.

T: Does not betray the nose, sweet, almost as a coffee creamer. Repressed nuttiness, but teaming with malt character. A lot of milk chocolate play, with a certain level of pruininess. Not something I would call complex, and lacking a desired roasted facet. A little too much of a diacetyl profile. Finish is overly confectious, and overwhelmed by a lactic presence.

M: Way too light in my opinion, even if this was classified as a milk stout. Almost watery. The body is good, thanks to the nitro, light, frappe, easy drinking.

O: Not a favorite. There isn’t much else to say. Look to Left Hand.

 1,027 characters

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a thick foamy had that lasts and lasts. The beer smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malts though the smell is not as strong as other stouts. The beer has a strong taste of chocolate with a slight char of bitterness at the end. The beer is silky smooth.

 281 characters

Photo of BcCraft710
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with a creamy, tan head. Solid lacing. The aroma is chocolate, with some toasted malt and hints of caramel and vanilla. The flavor reminds me a bit like the smell of vanilla extract. Velvety chocolate, smooth and rich. A delicious treat any time of year!

 270 characters

Photo of Determined419
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,808 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.