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

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

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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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Photo of taylocd
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into imperial nonic glass. Date stamp (best-by) of 23/04/11.

Thanks to a family member for making this trade.

A - almost completely black body with small but dense dark tan head; head never completely dissipated and left incredible coat of lacing throughout the session

S - aroma was not especially powerful, but the scent was entirely chocolate; it smelled much like Hershey's chocolate syrup

T - the taste was mostly reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate, but there a good counter-balance of bitterness from a burnt flavor (like burnt malt ball?)

M - I can picture the brew coating inside of my mouth in much the same was as it coated the glass; it is smooth, but certainly had great texture

D - with a bit of a stronger taste, drinkability could have been higher, but it is still an easy drinker

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted dec. 2010 (review #1000 in BA).

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w some lacing).
Smell : dry malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malts, dark chocolate flavours.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Sweet stout.

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

A: the beer was really nice and deep in color.

S: also very deep with notes of coffee and of course chocolate.

T: a little bitter but as it warmed up the the coffee and chocolate came out.

M: smooth but not too much substance.

D: it is really good over all and will buy more

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

A- Black body, no light passes through. Thin light brown head that doesn't last very long.
S- Not as strong as I would have thought. I do not get much of that chocolate roasted scent but rather more of a light molasses or cane sugar.
T- Chocolate come through on the tongue though. Fine balance of roasted malt, bitter and sweet.
M- Creamy and creamy. Slight warming alcohol on the end.
D- For mr, one by the fire. But I could have one every night by the fire. Really good milk stout.

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

A very dark, unique beer. I got it to stretch my borders and this beer did that. A very drinkable, non-traditional beer. It has a great appearance and aroma upon initial contact. The flavor was very unique and the chocolate hints make it a beer worth testing. It's perfect as a closer or for something sweet and different. I'm glad I got it and feel confidant in suggesting it as a. beer to test the boundaries.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black as midnight body, two finger tan head, decent lacing.

S: blend of bitter dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted nuts.

T: sweet, with a hint of bitter chocolate, nice roasted nuts to cut the sweetness down.

M: med/heavy body, like a beer milk shake, goes down so smoothly. low carbonation.

D: Honestly, I hesitated to try this, thinking either this will be delicious or gross. It was divine; wonderful after dinner brew.
Treat yourself and have one of these.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass given off a very nice 2 finger head of a perfect light brown. Minimal lacing with a dark brown walnut body. Ring and bubble marks stay throughout leaving a nice light brown easy circle.

Smell of faint milk chocolate, some minor cream whiffs. not much else though, but it's quite pleasant.

Taste disappoints a bit, with a very soda pop tingle like carbonation on the tongue. Aftertaste is almost exclusively watered down club soda and carbon dioxide. Where is the flavor in this beer where did it go on the palate from what I smelled before? There is an extremely faint note of whipped chocolate on the end but it's nearly impossibly to detected because of all the fizz. This is also very wet in body. Malt where art thou?

Don't want another one.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; black, no chance of seeining through it. Thick and creamy beige head with outstanding, sticky lacing, that nearly covers the side of the glass. Head retains from start to finish.

smell; bitter dark chocolate and lactic coffee aromas. Some roasted sweetness. Very well balanced but overall kind of weak.

taste; fresh sweet cream, very lactic but the sweetness is not cloying because a dark chocolate bitterness bites and fizzles to a roasted malt and burnt finish. A chocolate aftertaste lingers with some hops and alcohol.

mouthfeel; surprisingly light and predictably creamy. Very smooth and slick in the finish. Little carbonation.

drinkability; This beer goes down so smooth and refreshing. It's rich without being over the top, can't be any better IMO.

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

Notes from 12/12/2010:

500 mL bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: This pours a completely opaque pitch black color with a billowing, two-finger, light khaki head with great retention and decent lace.

S: The nose is of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and caramel.

T: The taste is also that of dark and milk chocolates (surprising, I know), with some creamy dessert undertones.

M: The body is medium-thick and quite creamy.

D: This makes for quite a wonderful dessert.

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

On tap in a pint glass. Dark black body with a nice sticky dark tan head. Good lacing and rentention.

Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Pretty tasty blend of chocolate and malt. No doubt, the most chocolately brew I've ever had and pretty darn tasty. Good for dessert.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up earlier this year in Ontario at the LCBO. Best before March 4, 2011.

Pours a matte black with two fingers of thick, chocolate hued head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Scent is a sweet mocha flavor.The chocolate nature of this is pretty apparent.

Not as chocolaty as I would have expected, though chocolate is there. Very sweet up front. Slight coffee taste at the back. Somewhat creamy aftertaste.

Honestly, this reminds me of a cross between Dieu du Ceil's Aphrodasiaque and the Peche Mortel. Certainly not a bad thing. Good as a desert, not so much for general drinking.

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Photo of Axismundi
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint of this one over @ Blokes and Birds in Chicago.

Appearance - The place was a little dark where I was at, but when I held the glass up to a candle, there was no light coming through. Solid dark brown maybe even black. Slightly less than half a finger of dense creamy head on top, leaving spotting lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Pretty straight forward

Taste- Mostly dark chocolate up front & slight caramelized malt flavor. Not as sweet as I expected, since the beer and logo for the beer reminds me of something from Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory. A faint flavor of alcohol is present (as suggested by the smell) as well, but isn't a bad thing (it is beer after all). The whole flavor experience in the mouth is a surprisingly short, clean one. None of that lingering roasted flavor that is sometimes present in some stouts.

Mouth feel - Extremely smooth and creamy. This stout certainly shines in this department. The low level of carbonation and creaminess of the beer make it feel somewhat viscous in the mouth. Lovely.

Drink-ability - Pretty agreeable beer to drink. Pretty filling as well, could only drink one pint of this, or less. The alcohol flavor in there, too, may have reduced the drink ability for me, personally. Not exactly refreshing either.

Overall - I'd give it a B+ or A- because it's pleasant to have tried this, but stouts are not my most favorite style of beer, but it seems to be of high quality and thoughtfully made.

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

Poured into a guinness glass, an amazing dark almost not even see through color. The head was an milk chocolate color. Smelled like chocolate milk, with a little bit of roasted malts. The head tastes exactly like chocolate milk, and then the fullness of this beer comes out and is amazing. Has a nice coffee after taste
This is a wonderful stout that drinks a little like you would expect milk too. probably the most impressive part of this beer is its lacing. you can see lacing throughout the entire drink of this beer. I would love to try this beer on tap

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

I bought a couple of Imperial Pints of Young's Double Chocolate Stout in a grocery store. Poured into an American pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is nearly opaque. The head is a creamy light brown color, resembling a chocolate shake.

Smell is a semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with an earthy note. Peat perhaps or some sort of grain.

Taste is decidedly chocolaty, with a hint of coffee bitterness. The chocolate flavor is more milk chocolate than dark.

Mouthfeel is very good. Full bodied and smooth but not cloying.

Very drinkable and very sessionable brew. It's particularly good in the winter season. Reminds me of a now retired beer called Snow Plow from Widmer. I miss Snow Plow.

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

I had this beer at the yardhouse. the guy didn't pour it very well but it still has a minimal creamy tan head which tasted great. The beer was dark brown smelled vaguely like chocolate and a little more malty. The beer tasted very bittersweet chocolate with a nice lingering chocolate finish. Nothing too heavy or too sweet and not too much carbonation. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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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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