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

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
5,785 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle (16.9 oz) poured into my Duvel Tulip. Time to finally review this beer having had it on tap multiple times; I decided to finally pull that old bottle out of the cellar.

Appearance: Dark brown, a very nice tan head of about 1” that recedes to a 1/8” and hangs around. Very nice sticky lacing.
Smell: Very big on the chocolate (no surprise) almost smells like Bosco or Hershey’s syrup mixed with a bit of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet and chocolaty without being “overly sweet”, not cloying at all. Nice notes of bitter chocolate on the finish. This beer executes the chocolate stout style very well, rich chocolate flavor yet well balanced. I think I may prefer this beer to Southern Tier Choklat. Great dessert beer with Cheesecake

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: A solid example of a Chocolate Stout the right beer for the right mood or perhaps time (dessert).

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Young's double chocolate has the typical nitro-tap-stout look to it. Cascading brown runs into a darker brown body. The body is opaque, and the head eventually settles into a very solid looking brown slab. Retention and lacing are both predictably great.

I've always felt that nitrogen kills the aroma on beers, and whether it's all in my head or not, I would say that happens here. Faint chocolate and dark malt.

The flavor has a good bit of chocolate, but it manages to avoid becoming one-dimensional or overly sweet. After the chocolate, a little bit coffee comes through, and then some sweetness from dark malt. Just a hint of roast.

Big smooth mouthfeel.

It's possible that this is the first time that I have tried Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is surprising considering it's the type of beer you can find in a lot of places. Maybe I've been hanging out in to many beer bars that think it isn't exciting enough to have on tap. Whatever the reason I haven't tried this one, I'm glad that I did. Pretty good beer.

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

Bottle from Beers of

First experience of this stout after reading so so many reviews. So here goes as my first pint glass is 75% finished....

A. Jet black with a biscuity beige frothy head - not a creamy head like I was expecting. Lacing is very slight on glass and head has almost gone.

S. I can smell bittersweet rich chocolate, Cadburys Drinking Chocolate, brown sugar, smoke, leather and hops.

T. I taste a hoppy, sweet chocolately flavour. Bittersweet with perhaps slightly more bitter than sweet. Forgive me but any burps that I have had are chocolately!!! After taste is more hoppy than chocolate.

M. Thinner than I expected but very smooth and easy to drink.

O. A very nice stout and definately up there with the Meantime and Saltaire chocolate creations. A bit disappointed, expected a bit more chocolate for my liking. I have 7 more bottles to get through, perhaps my review will be altered by that time...looking forward to them all!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black as night with a tan head. You gotta love the way a stout looks in a pint glass.

S - Ooh, lovely milk chocolate with a faint hint of blackcurrent.

T - You know that expensive bitter dark chocolate claiming to be from exotic far corners of the globe? Like that but tastier. A vague red grape flavour coming through with a trace of coffee. Nive balance of bitter and sweet. Very tasty.

M - Smooth but not as creamy as I had expected. Seems more carbonated than the stouts Ive had.

O - Love it. Wouldve been incredible I think with a slice of mudcake and a dollop of ice cream. Pair with a desert and dont drink it too cold.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite good looking. Very dark brown with a big brown head which retains fairly well.

S- Smells fantastic, with a very appealing milk chocolate scent followed up with beautiful dark fruit and coffee hints. Truly excellent.

T- Fantastic notes of milk chocolate laced with coffee and a nice hop presence. The dark fruit on the nose isn't quite as prevalent as I thought it would be but still, it tastes great. Quite sweet.

M- Double-edged sword here. For the style, it seems to have a too-thin, watery texture. However, if it was thicker, then it would not be so sessionable. Carbonation is at a pleasant level.

O- Perfect for a winters night. Tastes fantastic and highly drinkable. I am truly impressed by this. I suppose the weak mouthfeel is the only discernible hiccup.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This has been one of my favorites for a long time.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a very little bit of light coming through around the edges. A finger of very nice looking thick tan head fades fairly quickly to just a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Not very strong. Smells a bit like a chocolate bar, but with some roast in there as well. A bit sweet.

Taste: Initially there is a nice sweet chocolate flavor. Good amount of chocolate flavor given the fact that this isn't a very strong beer. There is also a slightly bitter roasty flavor that I'm mostly picking up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Like I said before, this is one of my favorites. The body could be a little thicker, but not a lot to complain about. Of course I'll have another.

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

Poured from on tap in to a pint glass.

The beer is a lovely espresso shade, but the head does not linger. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and toasted malts and the level of sweetness would be comparably to a very high-end dark chocolate bar.

Unfortunately the stout is very thin and it left me wanting something with a richer creamier texture to complement the flavor.

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

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black in color. Develops an impressive brown paper bag-colored head; about three fingers. Leaves good lacing, but the head dissipates fairly quickly.

A simple, yet pleasing aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

A perfect trifecta of chocolate milk, coffee and beer. Chocolate flavors are everywhere on the palette, along with subtle vanilla notes...even a hint of gingery spice up front. Well balanced with a dry, bittersweet coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit higher in carbonation than I'd like, but still creamy and velvety smooth.

A very delicious stout. I'd like to see how the bottled variety compares to a nitro-can or on tap.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this beer is one of my new-found favorite stouts..

Have enjoyed cans, bombers, and nitro tap up at the local pub..nothing compares to the nitro tap...

Color is real dark, nearly opaque with very little chocolate/creamy tan colored head Smell is of lots of chocolate and possibly some dark fruits..not much coffee or oats spilling over either. This is a really good chocolate offering. Smell is heavy chocolate and lots of malt. Mouthfeel is slippery but not as thick as most stouts I enjoy, but reminiscent of the thin-body of a guinness or something. This was the only drawback.

Overall - can't go wrong with this one. Awesome offering this one is.


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Photo of bayougutter
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the darkest of browns with no light peeking thru. Nice two finger head that left rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell is chocolate milk, roasted malts, dark fruits and some coffee.

Taste is chocolate milk thruout with roasted malts and some coffee ground bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout and a little flat at the end of the drink.

Overall this is a different but good take on a chocolate stout with good cocoa and chocolate flavors as the main charactors, a little thin but.... it has sone good points. worth a try.

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

16oz can with the widget into a snifter

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with a very nice tan creamy thick head that never fades to anything more than a large layering and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly creamy chocolate milk and slightly roasted malt. There's a slight coffee aroma in there as well.

T: The flavors are the same as the aromas. Big chocolate milky flavors with slight coffee and vanilla flavors as well.

M: It's very light bodied but extremely creamy from the nitro widget. I'd like it to be a bit fuller in body but I think it works.

O: Out of the bottle this thing is atrocious but from a nitro tap or nitro can it's wonderful. Amazing how good carbonation can save a super thin stout. I'd like a bit more from the flavor and aroma areas but they are no where near bad.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this once and was disappointed, but I decided to give it another go. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle to a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, completely opaque. Even with a moderately paced pour, there's almost no head. A thin film of off-white bubbles forms. Surprisingly, there's enough to leave some lacing.

Smell: Not overwhelming, but pleasant. I smell malt up front and a touch of hops. Finishes with sweetish chocolate. Maybe a little bit of booze.

Taste: The taste is bolder than I remember. (I think the first time may have been a can, whereas this is a bottle.) There's bittersweet chocolate up front followed closely by familiar dark, roasted malt. The front of the mouth is pretty sweet, while the finish is bitter. (The bitterness comes from the malt -- there's almost no hops to speak of.) Lingering acidic/metallic flavor is a small minus. Overall, it's sweeter than a dry stout, but doesn't have the lactic flavor of a milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Carbonation is light but prickly. Feel is slick.

Overall: Much better than the watery crud I got from the can. I'd love to try it on tap!

EDIT: I just tried it in can form again. It's got a widget, so there's a really impressive nitro feel to it. Unfortunately, it does rob a good portion of the flavor. Good, but too watery.

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

A- rich dark color with a milk chocolate head and no lace.

S- lots of chocolate, very rich milk chocolate to be specific. But also good roasty malts here.

T- Chocolate comes through here, but doesn't overpower the malts and roastiness here. Really good subdued chocolate flavor.

O- A classic that you can never go wrong with, great for dessert and a good way for me to convince my girlfriend to try some beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ultimate dessert beers on the market today. This beer poured out of the nitro can as a milky brown color that surged into a deep blackish brown color. The head was creamy and thick like a Guinness typically looks. The smell is of some roasted malts and a ton of rich chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate too. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Overall this beer is kickass when drank at the right time.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-Can poured into my Pittsburgh Pirates pint during the Pirates-Cubs game. Bucco's are currently up by 8; my hope is this beer does just as well:

A: Pours an awesome, cascading creamy dark color with a thick off-white head on top that neared settling in about 30 seconds or so... Impressive.

S: Muted notes of creamy sweetness... "roastiness" barely detectable. I don't really pick up much chocolate in the nose.

T: Big creamy sweetness sits on top of a delightfully light and smooth roasty beer. To be honest, this is a pleasant surprise for me. Lots of creamy sweetness, and the chocolate, although not dominant, is present in the creamy sweetness.

This beer has a lot of enjoyable gentle approachable flavors. Nothing "big" or "bold", and sometimes that's a nice thing.

M: Remarkably light and creamy. Lots and lots of "creamy head", but with no "distracting" carbonation, that really works for this beer. Very cool.

D/O: Very drinkable, surprisingly well even on a hot summer day. Overall, this beer doesn't "punch you in the mouth" like some stouts but is just super sweet and simple. Genuinely enjoyable.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours coffee-black with a big, rocky tan head of creamy carbonation that gradually settles to a thick cap of fine foam. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, bittersweet dark chocolate, caffe mocha, roasted malts, and a sweet hint of molasses.

T: Chocolate malt, cocoa, and a mild sweetness like icing sugar give way to robust flavours of dark chocolate and roasted malts with notes of coffee, nuts, butter, and toffee. Faint, slightly herbal, earthy hops come through in the finish.

M: Full, creamy body with minimal carbonation; somewhat chewy and slightly sticky. The long, bitter finish is nuanced - hops, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts all discernable - and balances the chocolatey flavour quite well.

D: An excellent stout characterised, but not dominated, by its nuanced chocolate flavour without it feeling too sweet or like a novelty. Quite drinkable despite the full body, it's a twist on the usual meal-in-a-bottle stout: instead, it's dessert.

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Photo of DavidST
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, packed date of 1-28-10 and a best before date of 1-28-11 (I really got to learn to start checking the dates on beer).

This pours a black color with a light brown finger width thick head with tiny nitro induced bubbles. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate, the smell is pretty mellow though. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy as expected from the nitro can. The taste is more watery that I remember (an effect of the nitro can or the past best date beer?). The main taste is of chocolate and roasted malts with a smoked / chocolate after flavor with a slight bitterness which lingers for a while. This out of a can is smoother and more session like than I remember from the bottle but its also more subdued and not as tasty. I'll stick to the bottles from now on. (I'll also edit my can review at a later date when I get a fresher can)

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Photo of leansean88
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This may very well be the darkest beer I've ever had. Pours a beautiful creamy drink, and smells smooth and smokey. The taste is equally as nice, with hints of cream, roast and chocolate.

It it a bit on the carbonated side, so the mouthfeel is a bit more bland than I had expected. This is okay because the after taste leaves a good feeling on the pallet.

Overall, very good. I almost feel like its a snack, rather than a drink.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black, with a thick, tan head. Stylish lace. A good note to start with!

Nose is rich chocolate. Dark cocoa and milk chocolate. Quite appealing.

Taste is smooth and chocolatey. There's a heavy body, with a nicely bittersweet (but not too sweet or sugary) tone.

A very tasty treat, and easily among the best couple of chocolate brews I've ever had (right next to Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout).

Re-review 5 years later:

First, this bottle was aged over 3 years past it’s “best by” date, so take that into consideration.

Appearance: Foamy black/brown with sudsy foam.

Aroma: Cocoa and some roasty malts. Not bad.

Taste: Very mild but definitely chocolate here. Body is quite light and watery, but definitely tastes of chocolate and cocoa powder through and through. Nicely drinkable, this light and sessionable stout isn’t of the heavier American nature, but actually very tasty and easy to get down. Solid.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay. I've had this beer a couple of times before this but finally decided to grade it.

Appearance - pours a nice black with a creamy head and heavenly lacing.

Smell - A rich smell of cocoa, coffee, and roasted goodness fills my nose. Young's has something going here.

Taste - Holy crap. I get the roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee followed with a sweetness that is undeniable. There is also a slight nutty and buttery yumminess to the brew.

Mouthfeel - This brew is medium to heavy in body and the creaminess is heavenly with little carbonation.

Overall - You really can't go wrong with this Choco Stout. It might just be the best one I've ever had. Pardon me, but I have to go and finish my glass...

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Photo of dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice now...the drink by date was in mid-April...the first one I had was in early May and was much better than the second one I had in late June. Both were poured into a pint glass., dark brown with yellowish tan creamy head. Both times, the foam ascended from the bottom to the top, creating a unique experience.

S=Hint of dark chocolate and malted barley.

T=A creamy stout, rich...hint of semi-sweet chocolate.

M=Smooth, low carbonation, rather drinkable. Not a session beer, but one you can enjoy.

O=I enjoyed both, but the first one was much more flavorful than the second. Will probably buy again after this 4-pack, which I will test for black and tans.

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

Best by: Feb, 2012

A: Pours a dark coffee ground brown with caramel color on the edge where light transfers through. Single finger of light tan head falls in a minute or two to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: dry cocoa up front and really not too much else here. Some hints of roasted malts and coffee, both of which are quite faint. Smells quite sweet.

T: Milk chocolate with hints of coffee, raisin, charred toast and a bit of dust. This is a good milk stout. I wish they didn't highlight the chocolate aspect of the beer so much because this is actually quite well done for a milk/sweet stout. The lactose really sweetens the ale and adds a silky feel; well crafted.

M: Heavy and velvety with resonating silken finish on the upper palate and tongue. A tad higher carb than I would prefer, but not particularly upsetting.

O: Really well crafted brew, I can see why this remains firmly in the beers of fame list. Really nice beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black withe a brown head. Good retention on this. Lacing is ring like and separated

S - Clean roasted coffee up front with chocolate undertones. Dark fruits in the background give it a fruit side note. Simple but aromatic and strong.

T - Lots of coffee in the taste more so than chocolate. There's a good hop bitterness to balance out the dark chocolate sourness. That roasted coffee still pushes through in the end. Should of been called dark coffee stout.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, carbonation is bordering high but feels right.

I haven't had this one in a while but I'm impressed. Seems to lean more towards coffee than chocolate but still is a damn fine brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a nitro-can.

Rich black pour, fluffy white head, disappeared slowly.

Nice subtle hints of chocolate, roasted, sweet malt. Almost a bit of a chocolate milk shake scent. Good!

Super smooth...velvety smooth, fresh tasting stout. Chocolate, but not overwhelming, some bitter malt...a good combination. Easy drinking, fairly low abv brew.

Easily sessionable, available everywhere...a great choice for a tasty stout.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a dark brown color with a pillowy off white head head. the smell is slightly slightly roasty and has a hint of sweetness. the flavor is watery and smooth with barely any hints of malt. the mouthfeel is super thin, overall this beer was a pretty big let down compared to how pepople review it.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,785 ratings
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