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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
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of beertaster13
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional chocolate stout.

Look: Comes in a 25 oz brown bottle with purple label, pours a dark mocha coffee look with a suble creamy head.

Smell: Smell doesn't have that flavor of chocolate like one would expect with a DOUBLE chocolate, but aroma isn't a big thing with me.

Taste: Taste is more of a mocha cofee taste that anything chocolate. I find it great however as this is my favorite and my wifes favorite. Great to must out on Valentine's day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Question: What does this Double Chocolate and a lite beer have in common??? The world needs another lite beer like BA needs its 300+ review of Young's 2x Choc. Never before has the word "Double" lived up to its fullest capacity as on this brew's moniker. Call it Triple Chocolate next time, Young's marketing dept. Jeese! On with the review...

Appearance wise, "Hey, barkeep! I didn't order a Guiness...did I?" Yupper. Looks like that marbled, rolling, eye candy pour. Must be a Nitro. Don't Nitros just have the coolest look? After seven years in the restaurant biz, I always say, "If it looks good, it BETTER taste good." Yes, it does.

Not too high of marks on the aromatic scale, but that's fine. I wasn't drinking this baby with a straw up my schnozola. Capiche? Smelled pleasantly creamy.

Here is the dumbest review entry I have ever written. Ah-hem - It tasted superflously chocolately. But let's go one step beyond. Smooth, velvety, sweet, rich dark chocolately, chocolate. Easy drinkin'. Here is my rub. Ever notice with these niche flavored brews (i.e. Pumpkin Stoudts) that the intensely hot flavor disapates 3/4's of the way thru. Boo hoo. The low carbonation style drinkability was delightful. I had zero lace, but this was a bre-pub. Dirty glass?

I reccomend Brooklyn Chocolate. It also has a cocoa-kick, just in time for Valentine's Day, too.

Beer is good. Happy brewing.

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

A fantastic stout. Everything a good stout should be. Almost black in colour with a thick frothy tan head. It had a strong chocolate aroma with a slight coffee scent. The taste reminded me of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz. It was a fantastic coffee flavor with strong chocolate tones. It is a true desert beer with a hearty dark chocolate and coffee taste.

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

For some reason I can't find the bottle verison of this anymore, did they all change to the nitro-can? Well anyway, who cares I guess, this is down right terrific. Nice thick head on this beer that lasts all the way down to the last drop. Smell consists of chocolate (duh) and some some malts underneath. Taste was super. Nice chocolate flavor with a little hop bite. Quite creamy, but just a little thin but that's ok. A little bitterness aftertaste and can still taste some of that chocolate at the end too. Very nice coco stout.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elegant 25 oz bottle pours a dark and opaque black with an enormous cocoa head. Globs of cocoa lacing are left down the glass. Aroma screams Chocolate, with burnt dark grain in the background. Velvety smooth, rich, and creamy in the mouth with adequate, but subdued, carbonation. Sweet, dark chocolate kicks off the taste. A complex mix of roasted coffee and more chocolate seem to be the backbone, but some fine English hops bitterness never let this become overly sweet. Very tasty, and finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note. A very well crafted stout that has lots of character.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin layer of dense cocoa-colored cream on dark chocolate beer.

My fridge is too cold to keep beer as I barely smell or taste much at first, and the body seems rather thin for a stout. Crystal and dark malts sneak up on my palate only after a swallow. Then the roasted barley bite keeps me trying for a while, but no I'm sorry. Lost interest about a third of the way in.

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

Midnight black in color with the typical creamy tan head settling on top of the beer after a beautiful waterfall cascade effect. The head left a solid wall of creamy lace on the glass as I drank. Dark chocolates, roasted coffee, toasted cocoa come out of an incredibly rich aroma.

The beer is a highly flavorful one, but remains pretty light. The body is medium with a cream like buttery texture to it. Roasted bitter finish. I’m a sucker for the nitro can. This is a real beauty of a beer, nitro or not.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour with a generous tan head. The nose is nicely highlighted by cocoa and mild chocolate. The taste is of cocoa and light, un-sweetened chocolate. Semi-bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very light and lacked body & richness. As for being a "double chocolate stout" i would say that Rogue and Storm King live up to that name sake more so than this beer. The drinkability is poor b/c if i want a stout, i don't really want something this light and easy drinking.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a beige head featuring tight bubbles, this stout is very inviting. Aroma wise, I was surprised by the cardboard and plastic smell presence. Additionally, I detected nearly no malt or hop. In the taste department, CHOCOLATE and lots of it. Also present: caramel (as in candy, not the malt). Nice hop finish resulting in a wonderfully balanced beer.

This is a thick and rich beer. It would be an excellent dessert beer, perhaps going best with some strong cheeses.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK ruby brown with a very finely texture tan head.

Smell is chocolate and coffee. There are also vanilla and toffee smells here.

Taste chocolate, coffee and malt. There is also a fruity undertone to this beer.

Best possible mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for so hearty a brew.

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Photo of jahred
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer for "dessert" after another beer, hoping that it would finish off the evening nicely ...

Pours dark black, with a medium brownish head that seems quite bubbly.

The scent? Maybe it was this bottle? This batch?I didn't get much of a scent. There was a slight, sweet malt scent, but not much else. Disappointing, definitely.

The taste? Like a creamy, malty milkshake in the back. Up front, not much. There's a sweet, lingering malt aftertaste that sticks around as well. As I keep sipping, there's more vanilla than chocolate. Maybe it's a vanilla-chocolate milkshake? Maybe cream soda? And the aftertaste gets a bit hoppy, with metallic notes as well.

The Double Chocolate Stout is certainly easy to drink, but it was not as thick and balanced as I'd hoped - and I didn't really detect much chocolate. As a dessert beer it was interesting, but overall a bit too sweet as well.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting product, has a quality all of its own found in the taste as well as the nose.
Black as coal with a thick tan ring and thin island lace. Full bodied with, I believe to be a light carbonation.
Nose is a combination of chocolate, coffee and nuts.
The taste equalls the nose and is very smooth going down.
Drinkability I find would be limited due to the sweetness and the body.

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

Man, this is one great beer. I picked up a couple of bottles at my local package store when I went to bring in a supply of some of my favorites. The pint and 9oz. bottle set me back $2.19. What an absolutely incredible investment. I enjoy good stouts to begin with, and the appeal of the added chocolate just made this a more tempting treat. Slight hop bitterness on the back end.

Pours well, with a half-inch head that doesn't hang around too long. Beautiful coloring, though. Dark and creamy looking, no light shining through at all when I hold it to the bulb. Nice nose, chocolatey and malty.

The first taste is a wonder. The malts really combine well with the chocolates. Very smooth character, carmel flavors abound. Gets a coffee-like taste to it as it warms a little. This is a rich beer, and I would not recommend slamming this one down, despite the fact that it's relatively low in ABV. This was great before a meal, but I would also recommend it as an after-dinner treat.

Good, hearty mouthfeel. This was almost a meal by itself. Very drinkable, despite it's richness. Not sure I'd make it a session beer, but I could drop a couple of bottles of this with no problem at all. Slowly though, taking the time to savor the experience.

Most excellent.

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

What a treat! This is a very fine beer.

Pours up a dark walnut colour with a solidly substantial dark tan head. Not much retention, buy very nice lace all the way down.

Roasted malts and tons of chocolate in the nose. A touch of hops in there too. Quite appetizing.

Mildly bitter to drink, malts, a hint of licorice and a savory lingering chocolate aftertaste. A delightful glass of beer.

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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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh bottle of this stuff....for about a buck 50....awesome! This is a jet black colour with a lovely beige head. The aromas are of chocolate, and roasty toasty malts. The taste is chocolatey and caramely with some lovely roasted malts and light hops in the mix as well. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and oh-so-excellent and the drinkability is simply out of this world. Awesome stuff!

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4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another fine offering from The Flying Saucer. Eighty- two beers on tap and I always come back to this one.

Black as night body doesn't allow any light. Thick foamy long standing mocha head. Lacing is present.

Chocolate malt and cocoa aroma with a fresh roasted coffee bean kick. Yum!

Taste is awesome...Roasted malts are welcomed by an incredible bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Cafe mocha with a hint of raspberry. A mild carbonation tingle near the end.

Creamy rich mouthfeel is very inviting. Overall, definitely better than the bottle.

Plainly, I love this beer. This being my preferred taste, I can drink these all night long, and I think I'll do just that.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmmm... Orgasm in a can (oops I can say that right?)

It poured a nice opaque black with a good thick head that lasted and laced down the glass.

It pairs chocolate roast for a malty coffee-y flavor with the sensuous taste of chocolate. Wow, what a dessert.

it finishes like godiva liquor, sweet and chocolatey

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

Wow, this isn't beer, this is a force of nature.

Appearance: Served in a can with one of those nitro-widgets in it. Pours a light-absorbing black with an absolute steamer of a head, lacing is a thing of beauty. Are the bubble supposed to go downwards? Phenomenal.

Smell: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, surprisingly delicate in the nose.

Taste: Deeply roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, and a taste that I can only describe as something like Jose Cuervo tequila in the background. Nothing is too overpowering, all the tastes, while quite forceful, are very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: This has to be the smoothest beer I've ever had. Carbonation is next to impossible to detect, and for a beer with only 5.0% ABV, what alcohol there is really makes itself known. This beer packs quite a wallop in this category.

Drinkability: Not something I'd want to drink more than one of at a time, but a very nice offering nonetheless. I suppose if I were having a chocolatey dessert, this beer would match quite well, but sitting here drinking it and eating a piece of sharp cheddar cheese, it's not quite the same.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft can from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA, wow, almost as nice as a nitro tap presentation. But we're not talking about tap, this is a draft can, so let's go...

Incredible head, amazing staying power, as expected. Super malty nose, dark look like you couldn't believe, smoothness to die for. Get if possible, on draft , draft can, or plain old bottle, whatever you can...

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Photo of hyuga
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nearly black and opaque brew with a very thick and creamy head of creme-color. Beautiful beer, and that everlasting nitro-head is a pleasure to look at, but not as much so as to sip and get the incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Huge toffee in the aroma along with a good deal of cocoa and some mild hops. Roasted malt greets your taste buds, and of course the generous amounts of chocolate and toffee. A nice mild English bitterness complements these perfectly. Again, wonderfully thick and creamy mouthfeel. Light to medium body, but rich for an English beer. Quite drinkable, would make a great session beer if you're in the mood for good bittersweet chocolate, and a great dessert beer on the same note. A pleasure on tap. Looking forward to having it again.

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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 Crosling
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty black cocoa with a deep and dense tan head. Nice retention and laces up pretty well but seemed to falter towards the end.

Woo! Nice aroma on this! I can smell this all night! Deep dark chocolate with cocoa, lots of cocoa. Truffle characteristics w/o sugar. Smells wonderful!

Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, walnuts with a hint of vanilla and a nice hop bite. This tastes great!

This has been my second tasting of this beer and either the beer has improved a lot (which I doubt) or my palate has improved a lot. We will go with number 2!

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Photo of steorn
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of this on tap at the Blue Nile in mpls.Dark sultry with medium off white head.The smell is dark chocolate malt and sweet sweet milk chocolate.I sip and its like a candy bar in a glass, yet not cloying or too strong.I have had this from a bottle and it was not nearly so balanced or choco good. It fills and coats the mouth nicely, so smooth and gentle.After dinner , as a snack, this one is so nice. Some gentle hops hover in the background as I ponder how nice to be alive and relax with Youngs D C S

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Photo of jed
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with a two-finger, creamy nitro head. The head retention is almost ridiculous: tons of lacing, and about a finger of head at the bottom of the glass after the beer.

Aroma: Obvious chocolate, toasted malt, a very slight hint of alcohol (far less noticeable than Brooklyn BCS), and some grainy sweetness.

Taste: Big, chewy roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some coffee bitterness and caramel sweetness in the nose. Just a little bit of hops. Dry finish with nice, lingering chocolate aftertaste. Chocolate flavor is never cloying or overpowering. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Very smooth, extremely creamy.

Drinkability: Neither a session beer nor a sipper, but it's easy to drink three or four of these without feeling the alcohol or any heaviness.

This beer has dethroned Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Rogue Chocolate Stout as my favorite chocolate brew. At $6.99 for a four pack, a bit expensive for a college student, but I'm sure I'll be buying it again and again.

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