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

A thick, malty beverage with a sweet, almost syrupy taste. More malty than hoppy. Not much head. Fairly filling; the 16.9 ounce bottle is perhaps just a bit more than I'd want to drink at one sitting; a great beer to share with a friend! I liked this stout quite a lot, and would recommend it highly to any beer lover who's willing to try something new and different.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color and creamy-looking. The head is rather modest but showed excellent retention.

Smell – The good, solid, dark malts are very pleasing and well-accompanied by the promised chocolate notes.

Taste – The dark chocolate flavor is right on for the style. It is slightly sweet and noticeably bitter. The big malt from the nose eases up at the taste but is still prominent.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied but doesn’t quite make it. The lasting bitter character though makes it seem a little bigger than it is.

Drinkability – This is a nice, low-ABV stout that can be enjoyed several times over in a night.

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Photo of jvajda
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky black body and a very small head.
Smell: Hints of roasted barley and chocolate, as well as alcohol.
Taste: A welcome hit of alcohol followed by roasted, coffee (mocha in this case) flavors. It finishes with some dark chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Warm and soft in the mouth.
Drinkability: One of the better stouts around, this is just as drinkable as any other.

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

Pours looking almost like chocolate milk, until the nitro-induced cascade effect separates it out into a very dark opaque brown liquid topped with a smooth, creamy tan head of about 2 fingers. Maybe nitro cans are gimmicky, but I think this puts on a good show which results in a great looking beer!

Smell was of roasted malt with chocolate. Taste was more of the same, roasted, almost burnt grain with smooth chocolate notes. A pleasant amount of sweetness is present with just a hint of bitterness.

Very smooth mouthfeel and moderately thick body which blends well with the creamy head as you drink. Just a bit of carbonation is apparent. Very drinkable for a sweet stout.

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

Pours a nice thick black colour with sadly just a little brownish head.

The smell is sweet with a huge dark chocolate feel, surprised? :P There are some traces of coffee.

Tastes dark chocolate, dark chocolate and dark chocolate. This really is like a chocolate cake in itself, sweet, a bit bitter, long lasting and delicious.

This is a heavenly delicious beer, but sadly for me too heavy. First time i drank it i could barely finish the bottle, the second time 2 bottlees managed to sweep through. The drinkability is really 5 but since i think its to heavy it gets a 3,5.

This is perfect to any desert that's based on chocolate, to a chocolate cake or just as a desert itself. Perfect double chocolate, really love it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque nearly black with a 1 1/2" firm, dark tan head with the tiniest bubbles. Head drops to a film after about 3 minutes but still provides decent lace.
Smell is a little weaker than I'm used to from a stout but nice aromas. Consists of dark chocoate,malt, coffee & hops.
Taste is, of course, dark chocolate (my favorite),roasted malt, coffee, hops and a hint of alcohol late. Good balance.
Mouthfeel is weaker than might be expected from a good English stout and the amount of carbonation is a bit higher. Have to say this is a light-bodied beer considering the style. If it were a bit chewier, more meaty, I would rate it much higher. Quite a creamy feel in the mouth though.
It's a fairly smooth drinking beer, one I've had repeatedly and will have again in the future. The chocolate is much more noticeable than in other stouts & I really like that. Also, the coffee is not so heavy as in others and I like that too. A really well balanced beer. Although not the finest example of the style, a consistently good one.

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

1pt 0.9oz brown bottle. drink before jan 05

This beer is opaque black in color with a thick tan head. The head is long lasting, leaving a lot of lace behind. The smell is mainly of chocolate. Upon tasting there again the chocolate and a hint of coffee. It is kind of sweet, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth. This is a very drinkable brew. This beer is an dessert in itself.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

fills the glass much like any nitro-can drink, beautiful reverse-cascading bubbles and incredibly dense head. the beer, once settled, is very dark, permits almost no light through, but is ruby around the edges.
smell is one-dimensional, and smells somewhat like chocolate, though i can't really pin it down. maybe a bitter chocolate?
taste is pretty pleasant, sweet throughout. mostly it has a good wholesome chocolate taste, well balanced and not overly sweet at all. just right. the aftertaste is of vanilla bean some chocolate taste remains.
this is a good beer i get on occassion when i just feel like having something relatively simple tasting that is unique. i think the mouthfeel for this beer is really wondeful with the nitro-can, and is truly a beer that benefits from that.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black body, light tan towering head. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts. The name is not being clever, this is really double chocolate. Like a glass full of chocolate frosting in beer form, with hints of espresso beans. Body is silky smooth, with light carbonation. Excellent dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking quite a few sweet stouts lately and was very excited to find some large (500 ml) bottles at Trader Joe's. After experiencing this unusual stout I'd say it was well worth the wait.

The pour was pretty much like any other stout - dark red / nearly black with a minimal tan head. The carbonation level was reasonably low which left little head or lacing on the glass.

The smell was certainly interesting and inviting. There were the typical roasted malt notes of a stout with additional hints of coffee. While very faint, there were notes of hops and yeast as well, creating a well-rounded nose.

The taste was interesting, though not the 'wow' that I expected. Major notes of coffee and malt with only a hint of chocolate. This a a pretty dry 'sweet' stout so it leaves a nice clean palate with a subtle hint of hops. As the glass warmed to the room, the flavors changed considerably and much to the improvement of the drink. Where there was once only bitter coffee notes were now complex dark chocolate notes with an unmistakable hint of vanilla. Young's manages to pull off a very delicate balance - this still tastes like a stout. They could easily have gone overboard and ended up with chocolate pudding but instead we have a very nice drinkable beer.

While this is a nice tasting brew, I can't imagine having one very frequently. It's a bit of a novelty act - chocolate flavored beer - and it pushes the boundaries just a bit far to be something I'd want to drink on a regular basis. Being the confirmed chocolate addict, I'll certainly keep one around for those rare moments where a chocolate stout would compliment a meal.

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

Very pleasant sight as it sits there in my goblet. Black as night with a head a solid tan color with a silky smooth texture to it and a a razor sharp edge between the head and body that I've never seen in a beer before. Hard to tell how much carbonation but the head is thick and has great retention, lace is pretty decent as well.
The smell is very close to chocolate milk mixed with bailey's cream, very sweet and mellow. A faint hint of hazelnut.
Taste very chocolaty yet the hops aren't faint at all, the aftertaste is of burnt chocolate beans, hazelnut and very subtle vanilla.
This beer is a delight to drink, or maybe I should say eat, as the head as well as the body has a firmness and fullness to it probably thanks to the nitro.
This is a beer you can drink all night, you wont get tired of it and you wont get drunk easily thanks to the low alcohol%. I had heard great things about the Young brewery and my expectations were definitely fulfilled with this fine brew.


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Photo of steinlifter
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black as night, nice thick head, with good retention, smell was malty with roasted, chocolate, notes.
taste: chocolate,malt, nice little tang on the ending,
mouthfeel: was much lighter than I had anticipated, very bubbly.
drinkability: very good, it is a beer that you would want to drink again, also a beer that you could drink more than one of, very nice!

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out just like one would expect a stout to, pitch black with a tan head on top. Smell is strongly malty with a definite chocolate tinge hanging around as well.

Taste is a softly sweet and creamy chocolate with a lingering, yet not over the top hop bitter. Not quite as depthy as I like my stouts, but still quality. Like most stouts it gains more character as it warms, so I would suggest letting it acclimate from fridge temperature for a skosh before partaking heavily.

Mouthfeel, well, lighter than I prefer for a stout, but it has some thickness going for it so I can't knock it down too far. The drinkability on this one is quite good as well.

For the price this stout is pretty impressive though it definitely falls short of other Milk stouts like the Bell's line (Kazoo & Double Cream) and Mackeson.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

14.9 fl. oz nitro can "Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout Draught".

Poured into a glass this stout has no equal in the appearance department. Pitch black body with a smooth, clean tan head. It almost looked too good to drink (almost being the operative word there).

Smells like Ma's kitchen when she's making chocolate cake. Tastes like a light fudge. After a few sips the heads still there, looking as good as new.

The head tingles the lips when it passes and chocolate goodness fills the mouth (half way done and the head is still hanging on).

A very nice treat of a beer. Not something I'm going to go out and buy on a regular basis though. Actually my non-beer appreciating girl friend brought home a 4 pack of these beers one night because she thought chocoate beer might be nice. She had one and really liked it. She likes Youngs, she likes me...what can I say? The girl has good taste.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown color with a rich foamy head, and was full of wonderful smells of carmel, chocolate, and coffee.

The taste was very good, a little bitter at first but subsided into a slite chocolate/cocoa taste, all while still holding a creamy malty stout taste.

Very good, one I would definitely recommend and will be getting again.

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Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick foamy tan head with a black body.

The nose was sweet with some bark, wood, chicory, chocolate earthy coffee smells.

The taste was medium bodied. A very sour chocolate milk taste at first. Sort of like sour chocolate milk or warm milk. Basically a very creamy taste. It actually starts sort of like a milk shake. Chocolate and creamy, then after a LONG pause it hits with a bitter, coffee, chicory overtone. Really quite interesting and bizarre at the same time.

Quite an interesting brew. An alcoholic chocolate milk with stout overtones. Bizarre but yummy at the same time.

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Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, with a foamy tan head. The head resided faster than expected. Left a small ring of lacing around the glass.

Smelled of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans and slight chocolate aroma.

Taste was very nice. At first, the taste is quite bitter, almost like something was burnt. Then a slight chocolatey sweetness comes through. This beer is very smooth, full bodied and best savoured as an dessert drink.

One complaint was that the carbonation was a bit much. Made this stout a little less creamy than it could've been. But overall, very finely crafted.

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Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a big fluffy brown head that falls to a finger size cap that leavves a light lacing down my glass. Aroma is roasted malt some coffee aromas and chocolate of course along with some citrus from the hops. Taste is great and stouty roasted malts lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and lightly bitter coffee flavor and a dose of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great smooth and creamy as it rolls around your mouth like drinking velvet. Drinkability is wonderful just a touch of chocolate to complement an already wonderful stout unlike another chocolate stout that seemed to be all chocolate. I would highly recommend this stout could drink these all night.

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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 tjd25
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fluffy and silky head; it seemed to fade quickly at first, but a finger of head remained on the beer for the time I had it in the glass. Quite impressive. The body is of an intense dark brown color.

The smell shows sweet notes of chocolate and cream, but citrus and straw also appeared together with a liquor aroma.

The chocolate flavor was not as developed as I expected. Sure, it tasted like chocolate, but with very sweet citric notes, hints of wood close to tartness, and light hints of cherries and flowers.

The mouthfeel was smooth and extremely creamy, rather rich than thick, quite enjoyable. Slightly floury, nicely warming. The label says it all: "silky, rich, creamy and smooth". However, I would enjoy more chocolate and less of that alcohol feeling.

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Photo of aracauna
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous stout. Deep ruby black with a thick, dense, rocky, tan head. That baby sticks around for the whole show as well. The aroma is largely chocolate and not a lot of roast or burnt aromas. The same goes for the flavor with the chocolate being dominant and not a lot of burnt or bitterness behind it. Nicely sweet and a great after-dinner sipper.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I love this stout. A dark thick brew with a creamy tan head that lingers. Decent lacing as it settles. Smells so sweet. It taste just like it is named, chocolaty. Although this is very sweet there is a small hint of hops lingering in the aroma and taste. A find this not as drinkable as other stouts, even though it is only 5.2%abv. It is rather heavy for me to consume too much.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this stout is tasty. huge head, all the way to the bottom. defining taste is the chocolate. the smell is chocolate. the whole goddamn is chocolate. mouthfeel is heavy....will fill you up fast. three is about my max but, just so good may have another against my better judgement. wha the hell i'll have another. one of the many fine brews at nahabinghi in youngstown. oh

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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 kbub6f
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very big, dark, tan, solid, foamy head leaves lots of sticky lacing. Sweet, dark, black chocolate and an illusion of coffee in the nose. Dark chocolate again in the front, of course, but some nice surprising fruit, too. It persists through the full, thick, milky middle. Finish is light, fresh cocoa. Excellent. This is proof that you should revisit the classics from time to time. I remembered this beer as pure sweet chocolate... a little too sweet for me. But this time it was just right. Maybe I was remembering the nitro can.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,721 ratings.
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