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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
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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 TheHoppiest
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Chocolate Bar in downtown Cleveland. This was the only beer offered that could even be half-way decently paired with their chocolate-dominated menu.

Poured from a can into a mug. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head that remained throughout the entire beer. The nitro-can really worked well to maintain the beautiful head on this beer.

Smells of barley malt, with a hint of dark chocolate.

Has a thin malt taste, with definite bitter dark chocolate notes. The chocolate taste is bitter enough almost to qualify as a baker's chocolate taste -- a bitternes that surely is helped along by the hop presence that finishes this beer.

Has a medium body mouthfeel, with a dry finish.

Decent beer, especially considering this is out of the can. Definitely need to let it warm so that the taste can really come through.

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Photo of bobhits
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Why do I keep going into coffee/espresso stouts and tasting chocolate and chocolate stouts and tasting coffee/espresso?

This one pours a rather thin and light mahogany which turns black in the glass and leaves Guinness levels of head, lacing and retention. Simply lovely looking head and lace with a touch light and thin body.

Smells of deep dark roasted espresso with dark bitter chocolate well in the back ground. A coffee forward nose to say the least.

Bitter, that’s the word for what I’m tasting here. Simi sweet chocolate opens this one, but it soon turns to a dash of hops and then a simply in your face coffee bitterness I haven’t experienced before. I think this beer shows for once a place where better flavors are created with less alcohol. The big coffee stouts put in so much malt that things balance. This one leaves things nice and bitter, the way the beer gods intended. As I drink this the coffee dies and the chocolate strengthens.

Perhaps the only flaw for me is the mouth feel. The carbonation doesn’t hold up past the pour and the body is somewhat light and watery. That said I think it does the job required.

I’ve had this before and simply doesn’t recall it being this good. Maybe it is the larger bottle, maybe this one is fresher, maybe I’ve gone mad. Either way this just really great beer and worth of the praise. 5.2% has simply never been this dark and this good (please read a beer this dark has never better this good at that abv, not that this is the best 5.2 or less abv beer, it isn’t). Price on this is a touch high, but we’ll ignore that aspect.

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

Apperance: Has a very dark brown for the color and leaves a dark creamy head.

Smell: Smell of roasted malts with dark chocolate and cocoa but the smell overall is somewhat faint.

Taste: Roasted malts and cocoa with a creamy chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium body beer with goes down smooth with a creamy mouthfeel at the end.

Overall: This is one of the better stouts that I have had and would drink this again on a cold night.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Think cool, creamy, flat - CHOCOLATE MILK! Delicious! I have had this in both a bottle (in England) and a can (in the US)...the can being 100% better. For some reason, it looses something when bottled that is captured when canned. This has a slightly sweet, milky and definitely chocolatey flavor. Pour it into a thin pint glass and let it settle out (similar to a Guinness)- sip slowly and savor, worth the time to pour and wait to sip and money investment for a 4 pack of this.

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Photo of Jerone
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark color, can't see any light around edged, very creamy chocolaty looking head, nitrogen cascade effect is cool as well.

S - Smells like chocolate and roasted malt, yum.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts on the flavor. I was disappointed in the taste and thought that it lacked a lot of flavor and seemed watery to me.

M - Nice mouth feel, very creamy, nitrogen bubble are nice too.

O - Would be great if they packed a bit more flavor into this brew. I did enjoy it though.

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

A – Pours a nice medium/dark khaki head with nice retention and lace. Body is a midnight brown with dark cola highlights.

S – Bold roasted malt aroma with soft burnt edges. Sweet dark chocolate drapes over the roast. Faint kiss of booze.

T – Roast malt opens the profile with edges just a touch shaper than the nose. Mid profile the roast builds into a cleaner bitter char note, as sweet chocolate pulls out from behind the malt to balance the mounting bitterness.

M – Medium full body. Sweet chocolate finish of medium intensity, with a lingering boozy tingle.

O – A great meal-time stout. Paired well with steak and char-grilled veggies.

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Photo of philly224
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Nitro can

Appearance: Gave this top marks for appearance, pitch black with an amazing creamy head that last through most of the beer.

Smell: I would give this a 4.5 easy if I was reviewing the version from the bottle. Not really sure what why but you can not smell the chocolate as much from the nitro can.

Taste: Starts with a very sweet chocolate taste ending with a bitter coffee/chocolate note.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: First time I have had it from the nitro can and I do prefer it to the bottle. You do not get this creamy head with the bottle but the smell does suffer a bit. Amazing dessert beer I will be revisiting!

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

I love that around here you can get this for only $3

A - dark murky black hole of a beer, some light can be found around the bottom of the glass, and what is visible is very very dark red. head is massive and chunky

S - sweet, dark cocoa fruitiness. nice

T - burst of hot cocoa flavor up front followed in succession by very tasteful sweetness, a strong bitter coffee edge, a generous and surprising brush of hops, and finally a rich malty finish combining all previous tastes

M - thick without being syrupy, and smooth, and you can almost chew on the thick, flavorful head. top notch excellence

D - No reason not to try this if you're a dark or strong beer fan. packs a punch but apologizes with some sweetness

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

Poured from a 14.3oz Nitro can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a completely opaque dark, deep brown with a milk chocolate head, thick head that barely moved leaving lacing so thick it coats the glass almost completely.

S: Dark toasty malts with caramel and cocoa are first and foremost with some bready yeast tossed in there for good measure. A very pleasant smelling milk stout.

T: Sweet caramel-ly malts with chocolate are again first in line with the flavors with obvious lactose notes as well.

M: Creamy, wonderfully medium bodied with little carbonation compared to the amount of tiny little bubbles that create the head and lacing.

O: A very nice dessert beer that I will keep readily available. What a treat!

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

14.3oz nitro-can. Glad to see this format come back in after a hiatus.

Pours dark brown to black with a typical cascading nitro effect, ends up with a one and a half finger tan head that leaves some walls of lacing behind and retains exceptionally well.

Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some bread. Rather subdued but this is typical of nitro beers in my experience.

Flavor is nice chocolate, most akin to semi-sweet chocolate chips, there is some coffee, roasted malt and caramel there as well but the chocolate is the star of course. Fair sweetness, zero bitterness or alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but very smooth and creamy thanks to the nitro pour.

I prefer this nitro-can version over the bottle for the better mouthfeel and appearance even though the aroma suffers a bit. A very tasty chocolate stout!

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

A: Dark brown with a ruby tint; thick tan, foamy head with okay lacing

S: Lots of chocolate syrup on top of a roasted malt backbone; some dark fruits but mostly just sweet--almost cloyingly so--fake chocolates

T: The chocolate comes off better than it smells--very chocolaty like chocolate milk actually; some roasted coffee and malt underneath but mostly just a chocolate and slightly sweet stout

F: Creamy up front but it thins out fairly quickly--a fairly decent amount of beer does manage to cling to the back of the mouth

O: The chocolate sweetness is sometimes too much but all in all this is a good, session chocolate stout; great for desserts or on a cold evening in front of the fire

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Photo of Illtryit
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle.

Last minute pick up and I'm glad I chose this one.

Pours black as black can get with a 3/4 inch toffee colored head. The foam lingers a bit then dissapates to a thin film which leaves tree ring like lacing on my mug.

Smell is that of roast and sweet, and if you sniff hard enough you can pull some licorice out too.

Taste is all malt with just slight chocolate, semi sweet chocolate to be precise after taste.

Silky smooth feel. Hearty.

Overall....Damn good stout. Hits the spot.

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Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 14.9 oz. nitro can that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.25 last night into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style gold rimmed goblet. Stamped on the bottom of the can:
BBD 10Feb 12 10:42
PD 10/02/2011 G4
Side of the can states: “Best before see base of can” so that leads me to think that it is best before Feb 10, 2012 but I am not sure what the other date (PD?) is.

A Pours an absolutely silky smooth head with maybe the smallest “nitro can” bubbles that I have ever seen. I mean really, only once before have I seen a silkier, smoother looking head and that was on a nitro Guinness. The body is jet black and it took several minutes for the head to settle up on the top. The look simply could not be improved upon. 5.0

S Dark, dark roast malt with a dark chocolate background. It does not, however, have the nice deep, even soft smell of my favorite from this style. 4.0

T Dark roast malt, the chocolate is there as it was in the smell but it is more thin tasting than I would like. I have found that to be the case in English beers and I think that this one falls in line with that quality. I have tasted better in the style and better Stouts with Chocolate added. The one within the style that I liked better was Samuel Adams Cream Stout. The chocolate stout that comes to mind is Southern Tier Choklat but there are probably others. 3.5

M The possibilities suggested by the excellent presentation were not realized in the taste but the feel remained welcomingly smooth. 4.0

D One and done for me but I did enjoy it. To me this is a dessert beer. 3.5

Notes: I am glad to finally buy, drink, and rate this beer as it is one of the most frequently rated here on BeerAdvocate and I must admit that I was curious.

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

Poured from a 550mL bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass.

A: The liquid pours a dark chocolate brown out of the bottle but resides pitch black in the glass. A bubbly 1-finger head recedes gently, leaving almost a full coating of lace. Very nice.

S: Dark toasty malt aroma, chocolate, charred molasses, bittersweet mocha, coffee, an extremely complex aroma here.

T: First sip reveals a big blast of chocolate, followed immediately by roasted coffee and finishes with more dark cocoa. Subsequent sips produce less chocolate up front, but it does make its appearance mid-stream, along with some milky hints.

M: Somewhat watery consistency, but low-medium carbonation adds some creaminess. Finish is dry with a slight bitterness to clean things up.

O: Outstanding! Very impressed with this brew, which was unexpected. I thought the chocolate would overwhelm the flavor profile, but thankfully it did not. Very well done overall. A bit pricey, but would be well worth buying as a treat every now and then.

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

Pours black with creamy 1 finger tan head. A little lighter (brownish) around and the edges. Great head retention and thick lacing.

Smells or roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is malty with a good balanced bitterness akin to a Guinness. Chocolate actually hits a little later. Long enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy.

Overall a delicious stout that makes a great after-dinner drink. This is one that I have always put off trying for some reason. It was worth the wait.

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Photo of Roke87
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.
Best before date: 18/10/11

Appearance- Pours a black colour pretty much completely opaque with no light getting through anywhere on this one. Has a big fluffy three fingers of tan head that slowly resides to a nice thick ring leaving lots of spider lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- Lots of roasted malts hit you right away paired with chocolate of course, and a hint of bitter coffee thrown in there as well

Taste- Just like the smells the taste comes through right away with a big thick wallop of roasted malts, then the bitter coffee comes into play balanced by the sweet chocolate and finishes off with more roast.

Mouthfeel- This stout has a medium mouth feel that is very smooth and creamy, very good carbonation that leaves a nice little top of bubbly foam right till the finish.

Overall- A very good stout, looks sexy, smells sexy, and the taste is there to match. Very good carbonation for a stout as well, I was pleasantly surprised by that not to mention the whole experience itself. When I first got this I thought it was going to taste like a watered down stout aka guiness but once I tasted it I was almost shocked, this rivals a lot of quality stouts that I have tasted before, my only gripe is the low ABV which is kind of unusual for stouts.

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

On the nitro at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with this beer's customary fabulous, mocha colored, creamy pillow on tap. Head retention is exceptional, with considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, but this is really the only place this beer falls off a bit. Nevertheless, I get an attractive nose of light vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. However, on the palate this beer once again flirt with perfection. The beer has something of a burnt toast flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by cherry vanilla and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. This beer is light, soft and creamy, with a nearly endless, smooth finish. Drinkability is just stunning. The alcohol is not at all noticeable, and yet it's nothing short of astonishing how much flavor this low abv. beer delivers. An absolute benchmark, especially on the nitro. Just excellent....

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

A: Pours black with an impressive 3 fingers of tan froth that sits on top. Head dissipates slowly and lacing paints the inside the of glass. Very delicious looking.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and coffee

T: Roasty. Dark chocolate upfront and coffee throughout. Also a bit of hop bitterness towards the end.

M: Thick and smooth. Could be a tad creamier, but otherwise really great.

O: Sort of straightforward, but very delicious. A great desert beer for any occasion.

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Photo of match1112
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poures a nice black color, no head just a khaki ring with a little lacing. smell and taste are both the same with chocolate, sweet malts and slight roasted bitter coffee. mouthfeel is a little thin but tastes more carbonated than the lack of head would suggest. overall a good beer.

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Photo of drewdoggydogg
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into my Guinness glass, it cascaded beautifully and had a quarter inch cream colored head. Has a nutty smell. In my opinion it has a decadent dark chocolate taste with the slight bitterness of coffee. It has a thick body yet not too filling. I love this beer as a dessert or just to savour at the end of a long day.

Try it as a chocolate truffle. approx. 2oz Lambic Framboise to 12oz Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark brown to black pour with the tan cascading bubbles typical of the nitro can. Thick, finger width, creamy head. Looks delicious.
S: Straight up coffee and chocolate here. The draught version is more pronounced but this is no slouch. Very sweet.
T: Roasted malts and coffee beans with the aforementioned chocolate. The chocolate starts out sweet but finishes with more of a dark chocolate flavor...bittersweet and roasty.
M: Thick, creamy and smooth. Superb.
O: Huge fan, but not as up to snuff as it's draught brother. The utter smoothness of this brew combined with it's outstanding flavor make this one to come back to again and again. Worth the cost.

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

I had this from a can while away for business.

A - Very dark, typical for a stout like this

S - Smells strong of chocolate and coffee. Wife loves the smell of this one!

T - Taste going in is great, but leaves a strange aftertaste from the chocolate; the chocolate aftertaste is a bit strong for me

M - Smooth drink, full flavor

O - Overall a good stout, not my favorite however. A bit strong on the chocolate taste, especially going down. Smooth just as I like my stouts, but I'd find some better ones out there before trying this again.

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Photo of ChanChan
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark cola color. The head is fluffy and mocha colored; it builds up to two fingers that quickly dissipate.

Aroma, dark chocolate, and malts.

Mouthfeel: More or less it has a thin mouthfeel.

Taste: This beer obviously tastes like chocolate, but it is a faint and pleasant chocolate.

Overall: A nice beer to drink on any occasion, and because of the low ABV one does not have to worry about getting overpowered by this beer. The price is also a plus!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small one finger light light brown head. The head is super creamy and isn't going anywhere, as would be expected with a nitro beer. The body is pitch black, no hues of red or anything, completely dark, completely non-see through. Overall it looks pretty damn good, but it is a nitro beer, so it should look good. The smell is very nice, sweet chocolate on the nose, I also get a noticeable deep malt smell and perhaps a sour smell, like there would be in a Guinness, so I don't know if that has to do with the nitro or not. Overall the smell is chocolaty, it's a pretty good smell all around! I've had this in the bottle and I think I like it more, the nitro version has that Guinness sour taste to it, kinda an unpleasant taste, I mean it works in Guinness because it's not a Guinness without it, but I don't know if it works in this beer. It's very smooth and creamy, but the sour just interrupts what would be a huge chocolate flavor. I wouldn't mind having a big chocolate punch and then a mild sour taste, but as it is now it's 50% sour, then 50% chocolate. Overall I get a nice malt taste, and a nice chocolate taste, but unfortunately a decent sour taste. Overall, the taste is ok, not a good as I was expecting though. Mouthfeel is hard to describe, because anyone who has had a nitro beer knows that it is a unique mouthfeel. It's a very thin beer, but at the same time it's really creamy and smooth, with almost no carbonation. So it's not a bad mouthfeel, in fact it's good, just not as big as you would expect with a stout. The drinkability is actually pretty high, the beer goes down pretty easily Overall on this beer, good beer, and it's actually gotten more chocolaty as the beer has progressed, but still not what I was hoping for. Good beer, but not great.

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

A: Pitch black with super head retention and lacing.

S: Dark malt aroma and not much on the hop side.

T: Definite chocolate flavor along with roasted barley/black patent favors. A touch of coffee as well. Some rye notes as well??

M: Full mouthfeel. No holding back here.

O: Very nice stout with a strong chocolate/coffee and even licorice flavor hidden there somewhere. Roasted malt supply a fair portion of the bitterness.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,791 ratings
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