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

5,757 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:
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4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black, but not cloudy (once it settles). Very nice 1/2" tan nitro head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: rich malty, slightly sweet. Vanilla and cocoa.

Taste: Strong roasted malt flavors. Very slight bitterness. Strong chocolate after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Not overly carbonated (a plus)

Overall: An excellent stout. Strong flavors with very slight bitterness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 500ml bottle.

Very thick, creamy appearance with a generously sized head. Dark and murky, with barely any light passing through. Carbonation seems plentiful. Definitely gives the appearance of scrumptious, inviting ale as described on the glass.

There are definitely notes of chocolate in the aroma, but for me, I picked up a lot more on the roasted malts and coffee-smelling notes than anything else. Indeed, the chocolate seems to provide sweetness, but it seems that malts overpower it completely here. Others I tried this with disagreed about the coffee, but no matter what, it's definitely a complex and lovely-smelling stout.

Despite all the varied flavors in the aroma, this stands to indeed be a balanced, well-tasting stout. The roasted notes are huge, but the combination of dark chocolate, coffee, and even vanilla flavors produce a fairly unique and tasty beer that must be tried for fans of this style. There's some light bitterness here, but this beer is all about the malts and roasted flavors, with a hint of caramel/chocolate sweetness. A little too thin for my liking, though, as I usually prefer my stouts to be creamier and fuller-bodied than this.

A surprisingly well balanced stout of high quality and fun experimentation. Not as "chocolaty" as I expected it to be, but definitely a good brew recipe. Any fans of stouts should try this one. Especially since it's nearly seassionable!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown in color (black to the naked eye) with a rocky head that's just on the brown side of tan ; ) Head drops very gradually and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. Judging by this first appearance in my globe, this ought to be a very good drink indeed!

Nose offers a blend of distinct impressions, with notes of light vanilla and lighter confectioner's (candi?) sugar, burnt toast, toffee, and espresso. What surprises me a little is that for a beer with "Chocolate" in its name there's precious little in the nose, only the lightest dusting of cocoa. Also worth noting is that I think of chocolate as being sweet (or at least bitter-sweet), and despite the lighter notes of sweet things I've already mentioned, this one doesn't "smell sweet". Hmmm.

Definitely bittersweet on the first sip, and with a light mineral aspect kicking in the background -- strange. Notes of chocolate become gradually more pronounced as this warms, but the vanilla and other notes (as were evident in the nose) are also more prominent.

Bitterness is more pronounced that I recall from past go-rounds with this beer; perhaps the change is due to the new brewery and owners of the Young's brands? I haven't had this one in years. At any rate, it's not a sweet beer as such now, and the bitterness stands out. There's a lighter 'sour' note that I get from this (although it's a reasonably fresh bottle) that I never noted in the past.

Lighter-bodied for the style, but the flavors really do fill the palate. Seeing as this is listed as a Milk/Sweet Stout, Double Chocolate seems like a rather tepid example of the style...

Altogether -and while it's not a bad beer at all- there are more interesting (if not 'better') examples of Milk/Sweet Stout out there. It's definitely worth a try if you're just getting your feet wet in the style (especially as there are a lot of distinct style variations on stout nowadays -- especially stronger ones).

Likewise, despite the slight changes I note from my impressions of past samplings (and I now see that I've reviewed this on Nitro as well!) it basically hasn't changed: I recall selling several case-loads of this per week at retail, and just because I'm not so impressed with it doesn't mean that others are not!

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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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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,757 ratings.
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