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

5,749 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 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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Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-can pour fills the glass with its cascade of beery goodness. Solid black body with a creamy and dense tan head.

Aroma contains notes of roasted malts, albeit lighter than I remember them being for this beer and a good dose of sweet chocolate. Little bit of lighter malts picked up in the background.

First sip brings on a wave of creamy chocolate and just a hint of roasted barley. Roast character seems to add a hint of tobacco but otherwise this one is pretty sweet. Chocolate ice cream in a can? Sure!

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth but always a bit odd coming out of a nitro-can. Overall, Youngs is always a good treat to have every once in a while. Nothing fancy here but solid nonetheless.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown color that is close to black. It has a thin, light brown head that has little retention but leaves solid lacing.

S: Rich, dark chocolate malts are complemented by a roasted malt aroma. There are some sweet scents that also accompany the richness of the malts.

T: The taste lacks somewhat when compared to the smell. Again there are the roasted malts and semi-sweet dark chocolate characteristics. These are all strangely muted though.

M: It is medium bodied and very, very smooth. It has a velvety and creamy quality to the feel that is quite pleasant. Only complaint in this aspect is it might be a little thin.

O: It wasn't as sweet as I initially thought it would be, but in spite of not meeting my expectations in this aspect, it was still a very good stout that I will certainly revisit again.

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Photo of aficionado
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown clear body with little lacing.

Chocolate malt balls and wet coffee grinds on the aroma.

Nice dark chocolate flavor. Smooth, yet bitter coffee follows along with some tabacco. Finishes with a really nice mellow milk chocolate flavor that lingers.

Thin body. I would like this to be a bit thicker and sweeter with more flavor. Overall though, it's a decent beer.

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

Nitro-can poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Typical, textbook nitro stout; opaque black body, creamy one-finger tan head sticks around and laces in solid sheets of browns all over the glass.

S: Roasted malt, tons of bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa, and milk chocolate...a fair amount of hop presence that comes off as earthy and bitter. Some coffee in the nose as well.

T: Loves the flavors of dark chocolate, hops and coffee (in that order) but I really think the nitro muddles the flavors here; it's almost watery at first and the flavors really aren't prominent like they should be.

MF: Creamy but still watery in a way. There is a decent amount of
dryness as you finish, which I really enjoy in a beer like this.

O: As chocolatey a beer as you'll find this side of Choklat; however this beer showcases the dark, roasty, bitter side of chocolate and isn't ad sweet as other chocolate stouts. A good beer overall, though I'm not a fan of the nitro.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one is a flagship beer for the Style.
The malt bill is Pale, Crystal and Chocolate, also with a blend of adjunct sugars.
Hops are British varietals Fuggle and Golding.
And, of course, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence (hence the "Double" title) to round up things.

It pours a very dark brown color, almost black. One can still see through the pour and if looked against the light, there are still some red hues. The tan head is amazingly creamy and persistent, leaving a good amount of foam on top of the beer for what it seems like forever. Lacing is also spot on.

Aroma is mainly of dark chocolate, cream/milk and cocoa. Less intense are roasted dark malts, cereal grain and a touch of vanilla. Very nice but lacking a bit of power.

Taste is way more centered on roasted dark malts that jump up front right away. Some caramel and bitter cocoa follow also with lactic and coffee notes. English hops then kick in with that slight bitter and earthy character towards the end. Finishes drier than most stouts thanks to hop and roast bitterness. There is no residual sugar and alcohol is not perceptible.

The mouthfeel is stellar and for sure the best part of the beer. Creamy, smooth with medium to low carbonation and body. It is definitely bigger than a Guinness but it still maintains that smooth quality without the Nitro help. Full marks.

Overall this is a textbook beer on this style: every so-called beer drinker should taste it to see what a sweet/milk stout is supposed to be: light, drinkable, creamy, with lots of flavor and balance.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at Sunswick on 9/23/11 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has 2-figners of light-tan head resting on top. The retention is so good that I could go to sleep, wake up in the morning, and it would still be there. It looks like a wonderful layer of cream. The smell has a nice roasted bitterness to it. There are also some chocolate and coffee aromas to it. The taste is roasty and dry. There are flavors of chocolate and coffee flavors just like the nose. The finish is roasty and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is excellent. It has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a super creamy feel to it. It is roasty and a touch dry. This has great drinkability. I could easily down some pints of this. Since the head never goes away and it is so smooth it is like having a layer of cream on top. wonderful. Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I was going to.

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Photo of jrarthur
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in 440 ml. can 4-pack, poured into 16 oz. pint glass.

A - Poured beautifully. Great initial carbonation "waterfall" which quickly subsides to leave about a third of an inch of a solid, creamy, white head on top. Nearly pitch black, but surely a little hint of brown.

S - Definitely smells like a Stout, but with a faint aroma reminding me of chocolate syrup. Smells delicious.

T - Very good. The chocolate character is strong, but not as overpowering as it may be on other chocolate stouts. Stays true to its dry stout characteristics, which barely avoids being overwhelmed by the sweet chocolate.

M - Feels very light and creamy, almost like whipped cream. Not as light a Guinness Draught, but certainly lighter than many other stouts I've tried. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall, very tasty. I really like this beer and would surely try it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to a stella glass. bottle dated 1/2/11

a- poured black with no light seeping through. half an inch of khaki head rose and fell pretty quickly. looks like a typical english stout

s- lots of bitter dark chocolate, some creaminess, some roasted malt

t- starts creamy milk chocolate, then moves to the more bitter stuff at the end. some coffee and more roasted malt. not terribly complex are deep flavors. for some reason I expected a bigger beer

m- a bit highly carbonated for what I would expect. nice dry feel to it. its a tad thin for what i expected, but not bad.

overall, I had read such great reviews on this brew and I was a little underwhelmed. not a real complex or bold beer. drinkability was high, but wouldnt go out of my way to pick it up.

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Photo of fostachild
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very very dark brown, inch and a bit of foamy tan head. good retention/lacing.

smell is sweet, chocolatey, has coffee aromas - pretty nice.

taste has a roasted coffee feel to it, only a bit of chocolate. sweetness kicks in about halfway through - good carbonation.

in my opinion there are better offerings out there but overall this was still pretty good.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,749 ratings.
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