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

5,734 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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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown-black with a solid finger of tightly laced foam sitting atop. There’s a sweet chocolaty aroma, obviously, but I’m also picking up something akin to the smell of stale, burnt coffee. If I wasn’t concentrating I would have never noticed it, and it’s not present enough to be off putting, but it’s not the welcoming roasty coffee and espresso notes I associate with a stout, especially one I enjoy so much. Interestingly enough I don’t pick up on the bitter coffee when I drink it, only the chocolate sweetness that’s smooth and sippable, without being overpoweringly strong. Dessert has been poured!

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

Velvety black that shines pomegranate when backlit with a creamy rocky cafe au lait head that leaves mad chunks of lace. Nose is cocoa powder with hints of charcoal, blueberry and demerara sugar.
Pumpernickel and birch beer malts with a big milk chocolate coating, slight brown sugar sweetness, a roasty tightness in the middle and mild gingerbread spice hop end.
Carob finish and slightly numbing mint and bitter chocolate linger, dry overall.
Medium verging on surprisingly light, silky, some chew, some fizz.

Impressively not just chocolate, but some complexity. Maltesers/Whoppers come to mind. Smooth, balanced and drinkable - a bit compulsively so. Lots of other reviews comment on the lightness of the body, but it's to the benefit of drinkability in a very English way (ditto the moderate ABV.)

Benchmark for chocolate stout.

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Photo of osusullins
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw double chocolate stout and thought to myself, "self, you need to try this."

Poured out of a can into a pint glass.

Appearance is nice. It looks like a good stout. Black and milky with a tan head clinging to the glass.

Not much on the nose. The dark chocolate and vanilla are there, but very faint. Not much there regarding aroma.

The taste is very dry. The dark chocolate is pronounced initially, with a vanilla bitterness that finishes it off. Very creamy and full bodied. Extremely smooth. Think of a chocolate Boddington's and you would have this beer exactly. It is definitly dark chocolate as the cocoa flavor is bitter and dry. Not sweet at all. A very decent stout, but not as sweet as I would expect a milk/sweet stout to taste.

I don't think I would order this one again, however I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it. I expected a little more sweetness, but that is my fault not the beer's. Good beer.

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

can to pint.

A: dark, near black, 1/2" tan head that faded to a ring and island for the last 1/3 of the beer. sticky lacing.

S: roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and dark rum.

T: Sweet malt and milk chocolate, turn to roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter chocolate ending.

M: Smooth and creamy almost dairy like, medium carbination and body.

O: A real treat, don't drink many but always enjoy them when I do.

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

Nice pour into a shaker glass and my first try of Young's Double Chocolate Stout starts with a light tan head rising over a very dark body with no light passing through. The 4 inch head fades down to a finger or so that stays to the last.

There is a nice sweet chocolate smell that comes out first but doesn't overpower. The nose also has a faint coffee note with the malt and alcohol. The aromas are nicely balanced and serve to entice very well.

Flavors come out similar to the smell. Up front is a little sweetness with a cola like taste and then there is a mouthful of stout: bitter chocolate, light coffee, malt, alcohol.

As you might expect, it is very low on carbonation and the warmth of the alcohol is prominent. It is a bit thin for a stout, but I thought it seemed right for the flavors somehow.

Stouts are in my top 5 style choices, but Young's isn't going to make my top 5 stouts. It isn't hatable, but not lovable either.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL from the LCBO; best before July 2012. This is one I've been meaning to try for quite a while.

Pours black as night, with a finger of creamy, puffy tan-coloured head on top. It doesn't last terribly long, but it leaves behind plenty of lacing. The aroma is nice but very faint, with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar.

Great-tasting pint of beer. Roasted malts, oats and milk chocolate provide the bulk of the flavour, with toffee and baker's cocoa notes as well. Some coffee grind and earthy hops toward the finish, with a bittersweet aftertaste. Much more balanced than the phrase 'double chocolate' led me to believe. Medium-bodied, maybe a bit too thin, but a very creamy mouthfeel. Mildly carbonated.

A great stout, but not a flawless one. Very satisfying, highly recommended, and something I'll probably purchase again some time.

[Updated Dec. 10 2013]

I picked up another bottle, dated 03/09/2014 - not the first time since my last review, I might add. While this doesn't blow me away as much as it used to, it's still one of my favourite sessionable milk stouts from the limited selection available in this market - and the price isn't bad either ($3.50/bottle). It has plenty of cocoa and milk chocolate flavour, while remaining balanced enough to be consumable in large quantities. A very good beer, but not a great one.

Final Grade: 3.98, a solid B+.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance: Jet Black/Opaque with an inch head that sticks around. Stout beers don't get much darker than this. It leaves behind a lot of lacing.

Smell: Very rich milk chocolate & coffee smell with hints of malts. The coffee smell isn't overwhelming, which gives the beer a nice balanced smell.

Taste: The chocolate tastes more bitter than it smells, but it leaves a very sweet sftertaste. The coffee taste isn't as noticable in the taste as it is in scent. There is a hint of sweet cream and malts in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: This is an incredibly smooth stout. It's nice and creamy with only a slight bit of carbonation, almost to the point of not being noticed. It's slightly thicker, but that's alright because that adds to the overall smoothness of the stout

Overall: I hadn't had Young's Double Chocolate for almost 2 years up until I had it today. It's easily one of the best stouts out there, and one of the most flavorful.

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - Dark Brown with a mocha head

Smell - mocha, hazelnut, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean

Taste - Similar to the smell, dark chocolate, mocha, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness in the aftertaste, not as much chocolate in this as the name suggested

Overall - price considered, a bit of a letdown, I was expecting bolder flavors out of something called Double CHocolate Stout, not a bad beverage, certainly worth trying

Price point - $4.49/16.9oz

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

16 oz nitro-can, with date of 14/05/2011 on the bottom of the can.

appears opaque black with typical 1" creamy nitro-style head that is khaki in color. huge lacing as I drink the beer down. moderate aroma of cocoa & sweet sugar. nice, just not very potent.

tastes of milk chocolate & cream. like a milkshake. toasted marshmallow in the aftertaste. creamy and smooth in texture with medium carbonation. medium in thickness.

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Photo of MsRif
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every once in awhile, I really enjoy picking up a nitro can of this brew. It pours beautifully and turns pitch black as the beige head comes up to stay thick and creamy. The head retention is excellent, and this beer leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

The aroma is in a word, yummy. Chocolate, malts...sweetness. It tastes incredibly smooth and the chocolate flavor is very powerful and sweet. It is a tad more bitter in the finish, but not much.

Carbonation is light and this beer starts and finishes smooth. Simple, but very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a 2-finger, thinck, tan head that lasts a long time and leaves a great trail down the glass before ending in a solid lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee.

T: Very smooth and similar to the smell has chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee goodness flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Superior Chocolate Stout! Very smooth and malty.

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

Very very dark brown/black colour. About one finger brownish head looks really exciting. Smells like black coffe with milk. Milky chocolate taste at first and slight coffee bitterness aftertaste. After first sip, it is felt like not ordinary beer, at the end of the bottle i felt little tired of that coffee/chocolate tandem. All in all, this ale is great and worth your try on it.

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Photo of 3nlightenedfool
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is special. It does not taste like a beer. It tastes more like a root beer...a chocolate root beer. This is like dark chocolate cream soda...but it's secretly a beer. And that fact, that this is delicious chocolate soda with 5.2% alcohol by volume makes this an astounding accomplishment.

When you pour it, it looks like a stout alright. I was tempted to downgrade the appearance due to the large and sickly looking bubbles in the head, but I truly do not care about he appearance of a beer and will not hurt it's score for that reason.

When you smell this beer, it's like a mocha latte. When you taste it, it lives up to the taste.

The mouth-feel is thick, rich, and creamy. It's smooth as buttery-silky-milk. It's like carbonated chocolate cream.

Overall...This is amazing. You must try this if you haven't yet. It's special.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black in color. Decent one finger tan head on top that leaves some lacing. Dark chocolate is heavy in the aroma followed by a touch of cream and dark roasted malts. Sweet to the nose, very pleasant.

Light in body with a nice full flavor of both dark and milk chocolate. Dark roasted malts give it a good baseline for the chocolate malt and dark chocolate flavors to come out and shine. They give it a creamy sweetness that is somehow refreshing in feel. A light touch of coffee or hop bitterness resides in the back and tingles a little, giving it a crisp finish that actually does really well with this style. Creamy in feel, but with a higher carbonation level that increases drinkability, which is very also high for this beer. At 5.2%, it would be extremely easy to knock back a few of these. Very nice little beer, probably will be back for more when I'm in the mood for a good stout.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: As beautiful as any stout, with deep brown bordering on black (only the edges give it away), bubbles tumbling together as they rise to give the appearance of floating downward (a glorious optical illusion) until they gather at the surface to form a thick head the color of cafe au lait, a head that lingered to the point that 1/4" remained at the bottom of my glass after the last drop of beer was gone.

S: A nice, not overpowering mix of burnt caramel, chocolate, and (maybe) olive brine.

T: Ahhh, very nice. Toasted, almost burnt malt is the up-front taste. Bitter chocolate and coffee are also present. Hops is an afterthought in this mix.

M: Smooth, thanks in part to the micro-bubbles from the nitrogen widget (no wonder a recent poll in England ranked it the greatest invention of all time!)

O: One of the finest examples in the stout class, in my (not very) humble opinion!

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Photo of tony223366
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on August 23, 2011.

A: Beautiful, beautiful beer. Love the flowing of the nitro bubbles from the nitro can. Dark brown color once the creamy bubbles have subsided. The head is incredibly creamy and has a nice tan color. About 1 finger stuck around for the majority of time.

S: Very sweet milky smell with a slightly roasted grain. Milk chocolate.

T: Nice sweetness, roasty flavors and a huge chocolate kiss. Nice bitter hoppiness at the finish carries the beer.

M: Incredibly creamy body. Very rich almost like a milkshake.

O: Although with all the pros it falls slightly flat though, it feels a bit on the basic side. But it's very, very tasty and anybody who enjoys milk stouts will love this one.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a deep, dark brown color, completely opaque. It seems to lack the viscosity of a milk stout, but has a beautiful tan head which recedes to a gentle ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Rich, minty, sawdust tones over a heavy milk chocolate foundation. Slight bitterness. Just a touch of toasty oats.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A rich, milky carbonation provides the base for milk chocolate and a very, very gentle breakfast blend coffee flavor to dance across the tastebuds. Aftertaste is just mellifluous. Slightly bitter, and a general tasty beeriness.

Overall: I wouldn't say it beats the nitro-can (or, if you can get it, the nitro-tap) but it's definitely still got some spunk here.

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Photo of zimm421
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Bottle dated 05/04/12. Appears a solid dark black color with a brown head. The head is fluffy and leaves a bit of lacing. Doesn't stick around long though.

Nose full of chocolate, roasted malts and some nice balancing bitterness. Surprised at the bitterness level here, but I think it works well. Smell is fairly strong when first poured but then pretty much disappears after sitting for a minute. Taste starts out fairly sweet, but quickly becomes bitter with the dark chocolate and earthy hops. Very well balanced here. Also pretty complex with a good amount of flavors merging together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation, but not quite as smooth as I had hoped. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, a nice Milk Stout. Not too sweet like these usually are for me. Very enjoyable to drink on a cool evening.

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

Freshness dated : 13/04/12 (I love the Brits, but why can't they adopt M/D/Y ?)

Does not have a chocolate scent, more caramel instead. Pours opaque brown/black with good beige head. Laces the glass well. Taste does seem to be a dark bitter chocolate, not overly sweet. Nice bite in the aftertaste. Improves as it warms!

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Photo of GBRunner24
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only been actively drinking "good"/craft beers for a few months so I don't have much experience. Take my review for what it's worth.

A- Poured from a nitro-can into a tulip glass. Not much head at first, however after setting the glass down the head flows down into the beer for an awesomely presentable beer. Color is almost black with a dark head. Even on my last sip there was still almost a finger's worth of head left.

S- There is a great chocolate/coffee smell from the second you open the can. Only a small amount of "beer" smell, with a bit of maltiness.

T- This was like nothing I've ever had before. There is an intense chocolate flavor up front with the maltiness trailing behind. I had to slow myself down while drinking it because I kept wanting to get another sass. I believe it may have been too cold at first because it certainly got better with each warming sip. A great beer for the price.

M- Quite thick but nothing too remarkable. The head is the greatest part. Nice and foamy even to the last drop.

Overall an awesome beer for my first stout. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who likes beer, chocolate, or both. I certainly could not drink more than one at a time though.

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Photo of airforbes1
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I realize I shouldn't give the beer too much credit for this, but I went ahead and gave it a "5" for appearance just because the nitro cascade effect is so cool, and creates a delightful thick and creamy head on top. The aroma reminds me a lot more of coffee (cappuccino, perhaps) than chocolate. The aroma is pleasant, but isn't this supposed to be a chocolate stout, not a coffee stout?

At refrigerator temperature, I was disappointed by this beer as it tasted more like a coffee stout than a chocolate stout to me. It was at warmer temperatures that the dark chocolate tastes started to shine through. The best aspect of this beer is the thick, creamy mouthfeel. Guinness Draught has a mistaken reputation for being a thick beer. Now THIS is a thick beer!

This beer is a style benchmark, but will remain only a occasional beer for me.

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Photo of Keeton
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My opinion on this beer is it was served way too cold. I've heard nothing but good things about this beer but I think where I was served it must have been on ice? I didn't get much of the aroma and just a hint of the chocolate flavor... it was very smooth and enjoyable but not what I was hoping. I will review again once I let one warm up a bit.

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Photo of mooseo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pitch black with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Dark chocolate mixed with roasted malt.

T - Huge roasted malt flavor hits first, followed by a nice chocolately sweetness. A hint of toffee on the backend. The finish is kind of dry, with a lingering malt aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy, this is a full bodied stout with light carbonation.

D - Love the dark chocolate element here, very nicely done. The drinkability is good, and works perfect as a dessert beer. Overall it's a great brew.

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

Nitro-can poured into a snifter and compared to the bottled version of this beer.

Appearance: Dark black pour with an insanely creamy light cocoa head. The head is so creamy and dense that instead of foaming up, the head foams down into the liquid portion of the beer a good 1.5 inches, stirring up thousands of tiny bubbles that slowly rise and settle into the head, which is about 1/4 of an inch, but very dense and stiff. The retention is absolutely unparalleled, as I finished this beer with almost as full a head as when I first poured it, no exaggeration. Incredible. The lacing is equally as impressive, as a blanket of lace drenches my glass wherever the beer passes over. This is a truly amazing looking beer and fully deserves the 5.0 rating for appearance.

Smell: There is but a hint of roasted malt (the bottled version was much more pronounced), but lots of sweeter toffee-like aromas and loads of dark chocolate. Much more chocolatey than the bottle version, and there is no coffee detectable here. There are also some sweet fruits--especially caramelized banana that I am smelling as the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: The taste is largely of dark chocolate all the way through. It has a nice toffee sweetness near the end, with a bit of the aforementioned fruity taste as well, though it is just a hint. The finish is exceptionally smooth.

Mouthfeel: Only a medium body to medium-thick at best, though that's pushing it. The feel is super creamy--this is a VERY smooth beer. The finish is soft and creamy and is so smooth it is hard to tell both where the finish begins and where it ends. Carbonation is very mild in this beer, which in my opinion could use just a bit more. However, the creaminess of the beer can certainly help counter this quite a bit.

Overall: This is by far the smoothest beer I've had. Personally I would prefer a bit more carbonation. The taste is good, although I definitely prefer the bottle over the can as far as taste goes. The can kicks ass in appearance, smell, and mouthfeel though, so I think the ultimate young's double chocolate stout would be one with the taste of the bottled version combined with the mouthfeel, appearance, and nose of the nitro-can version. Either way you cut it, this is an excellent beer and certainly worthy of a comparison between the versions. I can't believe how different the two beers are--it's hard to believe they are the same beer. I would definitely be interested in trying out this beer on tap/nitro-tap as well to compare with these versions. All in all, a superb brew!

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

My father would not be impressed, him being a real ale devotee and this being a milk stout pretty much the antithesis of that.

But this is a fine example, and if every pub stocked this when there was no cask or it was off I would get a bottle of this.

Rich, certainly.

Pitch black and tight off white head.

Real good mouthfeel, thick and bitter and sweet.
My good lady does not like beer but enjoyed a little of this because of the coffee tastes and the dark chocolate finish.

If they made a bottle conditioned version I would be in heaven and probably buy my dad a case.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,734 ratings.
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