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

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
80.1%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 5,777 ratings
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

BEER STATS
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#3,080
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Ratings:
5,777
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4,626
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
12.94%
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Photo of gopens44
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark with a generous foaming head. When I say dark, I mean no light escaping through the glass. Thick, but not horribly so.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a touch of caramel that may have been more molasses in nature once I drank it, but it came across initially as caramel

T -Very nice. Smooth and lives up to the chocolate name. There is plenty of complexity here beyond the obvious. The coffee taste was held in check by the molasses flavor. The chocolate taste was similar to that of dark chocolate, but maybe not as bitter.

M - Creamy, smooth and of mid to low carbonation

I'll drink this every time I have a chance! I'll need to come up with some stout rotation though!

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Photo of ZacharyJ
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Flawless. Perfect pour from the nitro can. Pours a pitch black, with a solid 3/4 inch head that has serious staying power.

S- Strong chocolaty notes. Like a warm mug of hot cocoa.

T- Chocolate again. Aftertaste lingers for awhile. This is a good thing.

M- Very creamy. Can feel the alcohol a little.

D- Love this beer. I try and savor them, though they go down so smooth, it makes it hard.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle with a breakfast of ham and eggs.

Poured a solid black with a thin tan head. Retention was poor, and lacing was average.

Smells of dark roasted malts, and bakers chocolate.

Taste is strong, chocolately with a bit of sweet molasses. Bitter dark chocolate overtones.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy but not sticky. Heavy in body, carbonation is almost nonexistant.

Drinkability is good. I could easily have another of these and they go great with coffee and breakfast.

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Photo of jgnam
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on tap once a long time ago, remembered it being decent, and having enjoyed many chocolate stouts since then, I decided to revisit.

My first shot was the can, and it was a big disappointment. Mouthfeel was extremely watery; like Guinness Draught. The flavor was very feint compared to other chocolate stouts, though it was still at least slightly better than a macrobrew. Appearance was better than expected as the large can does not allow the same careful pour as a bottle; this caused extra foam, which mixed into the beer creating a rich creamy mocha look which was unfortunately not in keeping with the taste.

I decided to give the bottle a shot the next night thinking that maybe the can was just not the real deal. The mouthfeel was slightly better, with a heavier, grainier carbonation and slightly thicker consistency. Flavor was still very subdued, the chocolate notes seemed to get stronger towards the bottom of the glass but were still a mere fraction of what you get from other chocolate stouts. Appearance was not as forgiving as from the can; a careful pour produced virtually no head, exposing the stout's relatively meager consistency.

On the upside, both the can and bottle forms of this beer were at least fairly quaffable, owing to the watery consistency and unnoffensive (if unrewarding) taste. It was easy to drink but each sip left me unsatisfied, looking for more.

All in all I don't understand why this brew has been so well reviewed. The can version tastes like a mix of 2 parts Guiness Draught, 1 part Bell's Double Cream. The bottle feels like maybe a 50/50 mix. It's not the worst stout out there, but it's a far cry from other highly rated stouts. Bell's Special Double, Old Rasputin and Founder's Breakfast Stout all have a much more successful chocolate presence than Young's, aside from being far richer in all other respects. When you bring Southern Tier's various chocolate brews into the mix, there is not even a sliver of contest.

I can see how if you're used to Guinness and Murphy's, and haven't tried a lot of richer stouts, then Young's might seem more familiar and easier to take. If it's on tap and there aren't any other microbrew stouts on the menu, I might do it (I also remember the tap version being MUCH thicker). However, the fact that so many experienced beer fans have rated it so highly baffles me. Young's is also a little pricey; why pay more for a mediocre beer?

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Photo of TheStig
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Opaque and black like India ink; pouring it from a bottle into a glass produced a finger of full-bodied light-tan/ivory head.

s: Chocolate is most prominent, primarily because it's actually included in the recipe-- no hunting for smells or tastes here! A lot of "roasted" stout smells here too-- a coffee-type smell (as someone who lives off of coffee, this is close to coffee, but it's not.) is secondary.

t: A perfect balance of stout bitterness and chocolate sweetness. I wonder if they used unsweetened chocolate-- it's got the same bitterness and subtle sweetness of this stout. Now that I think about it, if you've ever had a piece of 99% dark chocolate but in a creamy liquid form, this beer is the closest to that.

m: Full and smooth, rich and creamy. It's a proper stout with the appropriate "heavy" feel. Like a chocolate beer milkshake.

d: Perfect. I'd drink this a lot more if it was more available in my area, but the secret is out about how great a beer this is.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with an inch creamy head. Black like oil.

S- Nice chocolate caramel smell.

T- a smoothe chocolate taste from the beginning to the end.

M- A medium mouthfeel. Went down in a silky way.

D- Enjoyed drinking this one. Because of the low ABV for a stout could session these. Looking forward to drinking this one again.

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

In a pint glass the beer was jet black with a moderately-sized tan head.
It had a pronounced chocolate arom, with a bit of roasted malt.
Chocolate taste, both sweet and dark. A little bit of coffee.
Surprisingly dry mouthfeel.
I drank this on a night where much beer and many varieties of food had been consumed, and still found this to be very flavorful.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not revisited this beer in some time so I bought a four pack of nitro cans. This stout is jet black with a white head that dissipates slowly into a thin line. Chocolate is the smell with a hint of lactose and some hints of roasty malts. The taste is pure chocolate in the center that is coated in coffee or roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is very disappointing to me. I did not remember the thin watery feel of this beer. The thinness distracted me from the perfect flavors.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really pure jet black color, with a really crisp finger-think line of head that just stays in place the entire time.

S - Notes of roasted coffee beans with a feint smell of chocolate also present.

T - Chocolate taste but not as strong as one would expect based on smell, though it is fairly present at the end. Malty the whole way through from beginning to end. The aftertaste is a bit bitter almost like a coffee aftertaste, but less sharp. Really balanced taste from start to end.

M - Amazingly smooth and creamy. Medium to medium-heavy body.

D - Rich and complex, while still staying smooth and easy to drink. An amazing stout that keeps body without sacrificing drinkability.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee color with a tan head, pretty much what a great stout looks like. Cocoa armoa was definitely there, as well as some roasted malts. Very low in bitterness, somewhat of a mix of dark chocolate and black coffee. Good thickness, could be a tad thicker, but I won't complain. Great desert beer as it's easy on the pallet , but it's also pretty pricey. Best for semi-special occasions/meals.

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

Pours a dark brown colour with thick tan head. Tons of lacing around the glass. Smells of mild sweet chocolate and some roasted malt. Flavour has a nice bitterness, balanced with the sweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. For a low alcohol stout, this packs a ton of flavour. One of my go-to stouts when I don't feel like drinking an imperial one.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The standard black color a person would expect from a good stout, that pours a thumb's width of head that lingers about 1/2 the size of a finger. The head lasts at least 2min, maybe longer but I couldn't wait to drink it. It laces a nice light tan curve off the glass right onto the surface of the beer as the head dies down.

S: There is very little smell, but the chocolate scent is there and I pick up a hint of roasted grains. Nothing spectacular here.

T: It has a much stronger chocolate presence than other chocolate beers I've had. Long after drinking the beer I can taste the dark flavor of the chocolate. There is zero bitterness in this beer.

M: It doesn't have a very strong mouthfeel. The chocolaty milky sensation happens after drinking the beer, not while inside the mouth. It coats fairly well, but it's not as milky as I'd expect. Also it doesn't wake up the mouth with any real sensation. As aforementioned there is a "wow" factor but it's after drinking.

D: This one is very drinkable, and it's because it leaves me craving the chocolate flavor after each drink. The low alcohol content (5.2% ABV) means you could drink this for a while before feeling the effects. It would make a good holiday beer when not wanting to get overly imbibed but retain the chocolate stout flavor.

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Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with a root beer float head that really lasts, leaving great lacing behind. Possibly the best looking Stout I have ever seen.

Smell: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and English spicy hops. While the dark chocolate is the main scent left after sitting in the glass awhile, it is slightly more subdued than expected.

Taste: In contrast to the aroma, the dark chocolate is very apparent in the taste, and augmented nicely by roasted barley, coffee, molasses and rich dark fruit. Ends somewhat spicy and bitter, with a slight metallic cast.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy smooth body that is just slightly too light. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Simply a delicious, session-like Stout. Surprised it took me so long to try this.

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Photo of Rasolante1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black appearance with a creamy brown head. The lacing was beautiful and stuck to the glass until the last sip.

Smell: Grainy, chocolately, slight roastiness, and a touch of sweetness. As the beer warmed I detected hints of maple syrup.

Taste: Lots of chocolate notes. The roast really comes through in the flavor giving it a great coffee character.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation and body make for a very silky and creamy feel.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer everyday! The alcohol and body are not too substantial making it a very easy drinker. This is one of the best stouts out there!

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

Another classic brew. A great brew as well.
Pours a deep brown color with a tan head (that never leaves) and insane amount of lacing. Smells wonderful, like a chocolate milk shake with coffee notes. Tastes of milk chocolate with chocolate malts and a little coffee bitterness to lessen the strong sweetness. Mouthfeel is great with a thick oily body. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of steveh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another past favorite, if not as far back as many others.

BA has this listed as a Sweet Stout, though I'm not sure the addition of chocolate wouldn't make this a specialty beer of some sort -- nonetheless.

Chose the bottle because I've always liked the body and character better than the nitro can. Best-by date of April, 2011.

A -- Opaque, inky black with a dense, long-lasting, dark tan, chocolate milk colored head. Mag-Lite® thru my glass shows ruby highlights.

S -- Creamed coffee and cocoa notes, some earthiness -- whether from hops or roasted malts isn't apparent. Light roasted malt character back.

T -- Roasted malts up front that blend into a coffee and cocoa bean character. Some candy sweetness balanced with the bitterness of the roasted malts and maybe some English hops -- Goldings, I'd guess. No real fruit esters to find through the roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

M -- Medium to medium-heavy body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D -- Very easy to drink, but more than two would probably become filling. Rich and satisfying, nonetheless. An eye-opener for people who think beer can't have character.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a SweetWater 420 shaker. Poured dark dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, coffee, slight caramel, and a nutty note. It had a heavy feel on the palate with no carbonation anywhere to be found. Overall this was a nice brew. However, the flavors were kind of light at least to me. If they would have been a little more intense this one could have been great. But still very nice regardless of this fact.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-bottle into a pint glass.

Reads on the bottle, "Pure Luxury". "Ale With Natural Chocolate Flavor Added". As a chocolate and beer lover, I'm expecting something of God.

A : Pours like chocolate milk, gulping, a very dark brown. A perfect frothy tan head appears, about a finger high. This is the beauty of the nitro-bottle. Absolutely fantastic.

S : Very feint smell, chocolate note, but a bit of roasty malt as well.

T : Surprisingly roasty. Chocolate is present, but not overpowering, and largely on the finish.

M : Creamy and smooth. Quite nice. Lighter body than one would expect, somewhere in-between a Medium and a Thick

D : A fantastic dessert beer, like a good glass of chocolate milk but not as sweet. Imagine Guinness, with chocolate added, and it's about right.

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Photo of bens0n
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 100% Opaque and black, with a nice amount of creamy tan head

S - Hints of unsweetened chocolate/roasted coffee beans.

T - Malty with an unsweetened chocolate taste and then finishes with a coffee like aftertaste.

M - Substantially thick with minimal carbonation.

D - Definitely a beer that is excellent down to the last drop, pretty filling though.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Pours pitch black with a big tan head. The head does not stick around but leaves thick sheets of lacing behind. Aroma is weak, some roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee...and something metallic. Taste of coffee and chocolate, nothing too strong and the chocolate is neither very bitter nor sweet. Leaves a nice aftertaste of more bitter chocolate and again, coffee. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is light which I prefer for this style. Not too heavy so drinkability should be okay. That being said, I much prefer the Black Oak approach of using cocoa to Young's "natural chocolate flavouring".

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Photo of mbusster88
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours real thick and creamy. Great nitro-effect with the rising bubbles. Head settles at about 2 fingers. Aroma is of malt, smoke, some bread and light chocolate. Taste is really subtle with the chocolate, malty and full. Beer is a good thickness, not to light but not overly heavy. Great for desserts and stand alone. Best as it warms up a bit, don't drink it cold! Overall a great stout and definitely a must have.

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

Appearance: Very very dark, can't see through it.

Smell: Chocolate, Coffee+Cappuccino, a lot of roasted malt, a bit of caramel.

Taste: Tastes like Cappucino, bitter chocolate, roasted grains. Aftertaste lasts for a while

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. looks thicker than what it feels.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Really enjoyed this beer, very drinkable for anyone.

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Photo of MattyV
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, opaque, jet black with a big dense mocha head.

Nose is a mixture of sweet milk chocolate and roasted dark malts.

Taste is of lots of chocolate. I'm hit with sweet milk chocolate upfront, and then the dark malts make themselves known. The finish is of bitter dark chocolate with a touch of earthy hops.

Full-bodied with mild carbonation yields a rich and creamy mouthfeel.

This is very easy drinking, but also very rich... one is plenty! Definitely a stout for chocolate fans to check out, big chocolate flavour without being overly sweet.

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Photo of case4816
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured very dark brown, almost black in colour. Quite thick as well. Head poured dark beige and very creamy that disappointed slowly.

S- Can detect the heavily roasted malts. Caramel, vanilla, and almost a creamy smell come to the front. Also a sweet chocolate smell is very strong making the beer smell almost like a sweet coffee, Cappuccino type drink.

T- Tastes just like a strong cappuccino. Very roasted malts, heavy sweet flavour and creamy texture. The Caramel and vanilla flavour blend in with the flavour of the coffee wonderfully. The chocolate flavour is also very strong and gives the beer a very sweet, smooth flavour and adds to the cappuccino flavour.

D- Very delicious. Not something that I could drink all the time but definitely a wonderful treat

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Photo of thrash420
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

smell - roasted malts and dark chocolate are very apparent, mixed with coffee and toffee makes a wonderful smell

taste - deep dark malty chocolate taste. id love to enjoy this with a chocolate malt next time, im sure it would compliment it very nicely. don't taste any hops really, it's all overpowered by the chocolate aroma and flavours.

appearance - black in color, thick and creamy. nice head and beautiful lacing. A+ appearance

mouthfeel - light carbonation but a thick creamy smooth feel. Feels exactly like it looks.

drinkability - oh man, this was awesome. best beer of the night, of which ive had 3 (porter, stout and IPA) i can drink this over and over at dessert time, the head was so thick I want to scoop it onto some chocolate ice cream with a spoon. It would also go great with a steak. Almost no bite and goes down so easy. This 16.9oz was gone too quickly

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 5,777 ratings
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