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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, hops, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels fairly thin. Perhaps I am just used to the more powerful chocolate beers. I can taste lots of chocolate malts, coffee and some light hops. I can also pick up on a roasted/toasted flavour. The beer finishes with a coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - This is a highly drinkable chocolate beer that is very tasty. If you're a fan of the style it's worth checking out for sure.

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

I had this beer today as an after dinner beer at the Yard House in Dedham, MA. I chose this beer in lieu of dessert due to the fact that I thought it would be chocolatey and filling like a dessert.

I had had this beer before, but not in awhile. It was poured into a pint glass and its color was so dark brown that it appeared almost black.

The aroma was rich and strong of coffee/espresso and chocolate. There was a 3/4 inch foamy coca-cola color foam at the top.

This beer was smooth and creamy. I definitely could only drink one of these beers in a sitting.

Great stout!

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a solid black with a nice 2 fingers of tan creamy foam.

S: Chocolate and malt presence is awesome very light coffee aroma.

T: Bitter chocolates and cold black coffee .Mmmmm

M: A bit thin in the mouthfeel, slight warming in the finish which I found dry.

D: Good drinkability but sweet could drink them every night with a nice big piece of chocolate cake or browies with a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Mac McGee's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger cap of fine tan foam. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and strong dark chocolate and cocoa powder. It's up there with Rogue's Chocolate Stout as far as chocolate in the nose.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the chocolate isn't quite as robust. Smooth roasted malt and large chocolate malt flavors kick things off and the flavor profile skews quickly toward chocolate with the addition of robust milk chocolate and cocoa powder. The chocolate flavors smooth out midway through the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a heavy thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'm glad I finally made it around to trying this beer - better than I was anticipating and well worth a shot.

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

reviewed from notes....orignall consumed during the week between Christmas & New Years.

Pressure can poured into pint glass.

A: Black as night, with a bit of mohogany

S: Roasted malt, a little sweetness,cocao

T: chocolate,sweet, bitter hops. well balanced

M: thinner than Ii expected for a stout, a little bit of creaminess.

D: very good. A nice slow sipper that never gets boring...a nice, well balanced stout.

Note: i used this to cook a corned beef in my slow cooker and it was wonderful!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a snifter. Black and a solid inch of tan head.

S - Lots of burnt malt and some milk chocolate. Very nice.

T - Roasted and a bit of burnt malt. Hint of cocoa in the middle and ends with a slightly biting bitterness. Put together quite well.

M - Creamy but not syrupy. Thick body, low carbonation. This is a stout to eat, not drink.

D -It is not sweet at all, which is great. Well balanced. Excellently done.

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

I've been unlucky in finding a stout made with chocolate that tastes like it has been made with real chocolate AND taste good AND not have chili peppers in it. So someone told me to try this one and was surprised that I had tried it yet. So here goes.

It pours a deep, dark brown with a mocha-colored head with great structure, really good retention and spotty lacing. There is definitely chocolate in the smell, but it's not promising for tasting like real chocolate. It smells like the chocolate flavoring used in cheap candy. There are also roasty elements that remind you that this is more than just about the chocolate...this is a stout...and the roasted malts hint at coffee.

Bittersweet chocolate greets your tongue immediately along with the roasty/toasty malts. It's not overly sweet and that's a good thing. The chocolate does not taste like flavoring; it does taste like real chocolate was used despite the label stating that it is natural chocolate flavoring. The coffee flavor asserts itself again, but tastes a wee bit burnt.

A thin-feeling stout, but that's not uncommon for British non-imperial stouts. Unlike other stouts with chocolate flavoring, it doesn't leave with the sense that you just ate some third-rate penny candy. Instead the finish is of overly roasted coffee.

Still not the beer I'm searching for but the closest thing so far. Does anyone make a stout that delivers real chocolate flavor with a velvety mouthfeel? Am I looking for an alcoholic chocolate shake? Yes! Is that too much to ask? :)

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Photo of brendanbeer
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. nice sexy black malty black

s, ooo malty goodness. coffe a little, im straining for the chocolate.

t. there;s the chocolate. really beautiful complex coffee coming through. its really beatiful, except for the super light guinness feel....

m. light, nitro, carbon

d. its drinkable.

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Photo of SillyCheez
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A: nice dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head that remained.

S: absolutely intoxicating. For a beer called Double Chocolate, it certainly smells like it, with a backbone of nice roasted malts.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate on the front. Roasted malt in the middle, and a slightly sweet milk chocolate finish with a little lingering bitterness.

M: just to thin for me. I expected it to be thick and creamy, but it feels like a flat soda in my mouth.

D: its alright, not the best, but certainly not the worst. If this were thicker/creamier, I would probably love it.

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Photo of Gilly1980
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a thin, off-white head and minimal lacing.

S- Roasted malt with a hint of chocolate.

T- Rich and bitter up front with a light, sweet chocolate milk aftertaste.

M- Appropriately thick and creamy with moderate tingle from carbonation.

D- This beer is smooth and creamy but unremarkable. At about $3.50 a bottle it is much more affordable than other superior chocolate stouts though. I may buy this one again.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was a dark beigh color, smooth and very lacy. The color was 90 percent opaque with a brown highlight. The smell was a deep malted barley overtone dominated by a artificial chocolate aroma and hints of cinnamon, licorice and hazelnut. The taste was a very deep and robust combination of roasted malt barley and chocolate underlined by hints of cinnamon, hazelnut, flowers and nuts. Mouthfeel - heavy and full bodied and viscous. Drinkability - It definitly lives up to the stout name. It was full of complex aromas and flavors, but the chocolate taste had a artificial tones. Ok session, but in my personal taste, I'm not to fond of the beer and chocolate combination.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good chocolate stout, a bit thin and mono chord but fair overall.

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown capped bottle. Purple label with dark silver and Young´s orange branding. Neck label offers a small narrative about the ethos of the brewery, while the back notes the main characteristics of the brew.Shows best by date (18/06/11), and Alc. by Vol. 5.2%.

A - Black pour with brown edges, good light brown head with fair retention, nice surface memory, and a bit of lace.

S - Light chocolate nose, dash of malt, sweet and back to chocolate-milk.

T - Easy ride of confectionery chocolate, sweet in the backbone with that sense faint sense of lactose, light malt.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium to low carbonation, slight bitter sense in the finish.

D - It works well, and the nuances of chocolate and malt are well woven.

Notes: For me a lot of iconic imagery rides on this one, good brew but ultimately not that exciting or pleasing for me although I can recognize the general merits.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pressurized can poured into snifter

A: Amazing. Near black with deep mahogoany highlights. The foam builds from the bottom like an upside down snowstorm. There is a thick, soft tan head that just sits on top of this beer the entire time leaving foam in the bottom of the glass at the end. This may be my new benchmark for a "5" appearance

S: light sweetness, milk chocolate; light roast malt

T: very light sweetness to start. Comes through with creamy, authentic chocolate and again very sweet but balanced through the finish with some bittering earthy hops. I also got an unpleasant touch of sour on a few sips but not overwhelming.

M: thin even for a sweet stout. Near watery on the tip of the tongue. Builds through the finish and has perfect sustaing carbonation.

D: Very, very good. Slowly enjoyed this beer throughout almost the entire second half of the Packers/Eagles wild card playoff game. Controlled ABV, settles easy on the stomach, and a lot of chocolate flaor going on in this one.

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Photo of glassjaw25
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type Bottle

a - dark in color, small amount of head white/brown in color.

s - hint of chocolate and coffee.

t - extremely smooth beer

m - dense, creamy mouth feel

d - low A.B.V. makes this beer easy to drink more than a few

By far the best beer I've tasted thus far. My journey has not been long lived so there may be others that step in it's path. As for now, this is definitely my beer of choice.

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

P - Attractive embossed bottle with best before date, nice metalized labels, 17 oz.

A - Opaque Black with dark Amber edges in color with nice creamy tan head, and sticky lacing.

S - roasted malt, cholcolate, toffee, espresso goodness. maybe a hint of mint.

T - lovely roasted flavor of semi-dark chocolate/espresso, slightly dry bitter finish. Not overly sweet just the right amount of roasted malt chocolate taste to swing it from an ale to a pleasant stout.

M - crisp and creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

D - excellent cold weather sipping beer to introduce to friends, wish I had another one to enjoy, but these are only 17 oz.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with Euro freshness date

A - Extremely dark pour with a creamy looking mocha colored head. Excellent retention and moderately sticky lacing. This is pretty much what I expect a stout to look like.

S - Sweet, malty nose with big whiffs of dark chocolate. Malts have a heavily roasted character

T&M - Smooth, rather creamy and decadent. Big, cocoa-like chocolate flavors with earthy tones. Leaves a dryness on the palate with hints of chocolate in the finish. This beer rightfully belongs as the standard for it's category, and I think for stouts in general.

D - Just about everything is right on with this beer, and an extremely reasonable ABV to boot. Rich, delicious, and complex.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Finger-sized head that turns into lacing on top of a dark charcoal black brew.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and oatmeal.

Taste: moderately bitter up front with a dark chocolate-like aftertaste. Notes of coffee as well. Very smooth.

Drinkability: It's an interesting beer, but something that I'd drink all the time. I think it sticks to the style, but I don't think this is the best milk/sweet stout.

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Photo of TylerBGoode
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I fairly enjoy this beer in a bottle so I figured that I would also enjoy this same brew on nitro-tap. I was wrong. I had this at McNellie's in Tulsa on New Year's Eve. The beer had a rather nice appearance. Dark black with a never dissipating off-white nitro head floating on top, the Double Chocolate Stout was immediately inviting. The taste was another story. Sure I'm aware that the name of this brew is a Double Chocolate Stout, but it seems like this barely even qualifies as a beer. The overwhelming chocolate flavor is, of course, the first and predominant taste one gets when sipping on a nitro fueled chocolate stout. There's a slight bit of bitterness and malts that let you know that this really is a beer, but for the most this is just a glorified milk shake. Trust me, the best way to drink Young's Double Chocolate Stout is poured from a non-nitrogen induced bottle.

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

I've overlooked this a number of times in Alberta, but was pleased to see this in my hometown in Ontario.

A - Pours an opaque black with a magenta hue on the edges, thumb of mocha head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate with roasted espresso beans on the finish. Came across a touch musty / chalky, but was not overly offensive.

T - Dark chocolate and cocoa malts come through nicely with a touch of espresso that lingers on the finish. Nice and sweet and I really enjoyed the chocolate notes on this one.

M - No complaints here, creamy, smooth and wet on the finish.

D - The only thing that would make this better would be a higher ABV, but at its current level its easily drinkable / poundable. Highly recommended to any chocolate ale fan, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep not quite opaque black with a nice frothy khaki nitro head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with just a bit of chocolate. The taste is a smooth blend of roasted malts alongside slightly bitter cocoa. The beer is quite light and smooth, as you would expect on nitro. This is a respectable beer, one I should have a bit more often than I usually do.

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Photo of frog223
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautifully black, with a thick, creamy head that laced well and lasted to the end.

S- Chocolate, very roasty, coffee smells

T- Not as sweet as I had anticipated, very smooth, extremely flavorful. Flavor becomes bolder the longer it sits.

M- Silky, no bitter aftertaste

D- definitely a fine example of a dessert beer, very sip-able.

A covworker suggested Youngs Double Chocolate, and I'm glad he did!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolately and lovely, but I may well have been spoiled by a Southern Tier Choklat earlier this week... The much lower alcohol Young's version is more than half the flavour (impressive, at half the ABV), but understandably and noticeably thinner than the ST version.

Beautiful dark colour, nice aroma and complex, full palate taste. Nicely balanced, both sweet & bitter finish.

Overall a pleasant choclate stout - but with pesonal bias, as I'd far rather enjoy an APA...

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Photo of jims4210
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...

A: Very black with a nice two finger tan head which lasts till the end. Nice lacing on my Guinness pint glass.

S: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Also a hint of chocolate...

T: Obviously, chocolate. Caramel, coffee. Got more pronounced as the beer warmed up.

M: Creamy and smooth. Not too heavy or oily. Little carbonation.

D: Goes down easy. I could drink one of these every day without getting bored of it.

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Photo of jeeper2000
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured very dark brown with nice tan head which lasted through session
S- very rich chocolate
T- nice dark chocolatey taste some roasted notes with a coffee ending very well balanced
M- creamy and smooth but a little dry
D- heavy but easily drinkable this is a must try

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form 12oz bottle into a pint glass..

This beer has a surprisingly complex flavor and reminds me of Hershey's Chocolate Twizzlers. I'm usually not a fan of sweet stouts... I know it's not the same but usually I drink my coffee black if you know what I mean.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 5,775 ratings
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