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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Ratings: 5,775 |  Reviews: 2,368
Photo of DaveBlack
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew about a year ago straight from the can and remembered it being pretty good, but I wanted to come back and do this right so i picked up a pint sized bottle. poured into a good ol' beer stein:

A: I like the way this looks: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Nice thick head that slowly fades leaving some nice lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate and deep, roasty malts. Not overly complex, but very pleasant.

T: They say double chocolate and that's no lie. The chocolate hits you right up front with a very intense flavor. As it fades I taste first coffee, then a vanilla flavor. It's a really good flavor, but I can't help but feel that it's a bit lacking. Like the aroma there isn't enough complexity to keep me really interested for two long.

M: Creamy, not overly sticky. Very nice and pleasant.

D: Overall a good beer. I would definitely try this one again. I am curious how the beer holds up in the cans compared to the bottle, but that is an experiment for another day. Overall this beer's a good solid brew: Not overly complex, great look and mouthfeel and it delivers double chocolate just as promised.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark brown, borderline black. Brown one-fingered head. Plenty of lacing left. Looks incredible.

S- A sweet chocolate, duh.

T- Onslaught of chocolate from start to finish. Almost teeters on too sweet/dare I say it artificial. Dash of coffee. Finishes nice and roasty.

M- Rich and creamy. Adequate carbonation without "biting" on the tongue.

D/O- I'd say for what it is this guy is very drinkable. A little disappointed given it's BA rating but enjoyed none-the-less. Would be a great beer for a "beginner" beer drinker who only knows a stout called Guinness.

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Photo of king75
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with a quickly dissipating creamy head

S-rich, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee present

T- amazing, the chocolate taste makes this beer so rich and creamy, while the coffee and toffee blend together to stop the beer from being to sweet. Very well balanced.

M- extremely smooth on the palate, a slight bitterness at times.

Drinkabilitity would be higher if it wasn't so rich. However, I would not change anything about this beer. It is not a session beer, but it is one hell of a good dessert beer.

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Photo of BigMike
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown. Not quite black but no light coming through. A minimal amount of tan head that's not there long.

S: I get one thing on the nose. Chocolate milk.

T: very light chocolate milk. A slight touch of iced coffee.

M: very light bodied. Almost watery. Smooth and clean though and easy to drink.

Overall: a very light and refreshing stout with a decent amount of chocolate. Nothing special and I probably wouldn't seek out again. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black appearance. Thick creamy lacing on glass. Pleasant Chocolately aroma. Very thin In feel. Extremely easy to drink for a stout. Clean finish. Awesome chocolate aftertaste, like drinking a well balance cold hot Chocolate. Extremely clear. Perfect carbonation for style. All out awesome beer. Characteristicslly much lighter than you would expect, but still awesome, especially for a beginner stout drinker.

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Photo of heebes
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, two finger head with lots of carbonation. Retention holds up well, some lacing.
Not a very strong smell emminating, but heavy on the malts and chocolates with some sense of coffee. Definately a roasty scent.
Creamy texture, goes down smooth. Not overly chocolatey but the taset lingers nicely. This is heavy on the palate.
Overall, a delicious tasting chocolate stout. Iv'e already returned to it several times and will again come the winter season. Great for after dinner.

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Photo of Natainos
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark brown/ black with a foamy dark tan head. The Bottle looks classic and almost candy like... like opening into a bar of dark chocolate.

S: Nice, malty, dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate galore, also plums or raspberry/ dark-berries. At first like bitter cocoa, but the taste becomes smooth.

M: smooth, lite fizz yet nice combination.

D: First taste is a little bitter but by the next sip the chocolate starts brewing in the pie hole, yummy.

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

Pours opaque black in color with a 1 finger creamy tan/brown head that lasted a while; good lacing that slid down the glass. This is what a stout should look like!

Smells of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, burnt wood, faint floral hops and brown sugar; really great aroma, and almost smells like a desert out of a bottle.

Tastes like it smells, with chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, burnt wood, faint floral hops, smoke or charcoal and brown sugar; pretty rich, smoky flavor that is very malty and smooth. Any fan of stouts will love this beer as there are just enough hops in play to balance out the malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light, with carbonation that is so light it's almost like water; slightly bitter aftertaste that leaves a nice chocolaty finish after sliding down easy.

Pretty light for a stout and enjoyable overall with good and easy drinkability. This is the rare stout like a Guinness that I could drink all night.

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Photo of satchmo91
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black and thick with a creamy, impervious head.

S - Faint chocolate smell, like baker's chocolate, but heavier stout aroma.

T - Stout, but not very strong. Very creamy and smoothe. Lightly chocolaty on the bitter-sweet side.

M - Thick, smoothe, and creamy.

D - This beer was absolutely delicious. The head was thick enough to eat with a spoon afterwards. Very clean brew, and nice balance of chocolate with the malty stout character.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 14.9 oz Nitro can.

A- Pours rich milky black. Great cascade of nitrogen after the pour. A very good looking beer with a dense creamy nougat colored head.

S- Sweet roasted grains, chocolate covered coffee beans, licorice, raisins and prunes. Kind of like a chocolate covered Fig Newton.

T-Sweet, chocolate malt and coffee. Simple, well balanced and well integrated. Its probably the most polished milk/sweet stout I have ever had. Really nice.

M-Nitro plain and simple. No Co2 burn, great smoothness and rich body.

D-A great well rounded, very tasty beer that is easily sipped or sessioned. Highly drinkable and infinitely enjoyable.

I am really into this beer as a great winter time session beer. I stepped out of my IIPA and Experimental beer repertoire and was really glad I did. Well recommended.

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Photo of Shaw
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice tan head that reduces to a quarter-inch in my imperial pint dimple mug.

Nice aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste features the same roasted flavors with a hint of dark chocolate at the end. The flavors are good, but a little light.

Body is lightly creamy. I wish there was a bit more heft to it.

Overall a pretty good sweet stout. Better options would be Samuel Adams and Left Hand's stouts.

This doesn't hold a candle to the best chocolate stouts: Rogue's Chocolate Stout and their Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of BBP
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark and thick. Light can only get through a quarter of an inch of it. Not too much head this time. Next time I would do a complete hard pour to create some. Still maintains the head quite well.

S- Chocolate first and foremost. Some malts. Almost a tinge of raisin. Coffee and vanilla.

T- Chocolate and malts come after you and get a solid hold on your tongue for a while. After it sits for a bit the malt flavor starts to expand on your tongue leaving hints of caramel, coffee, and vanilla. My only complaint is that it could be a bit less sweet and a tad more bitter. The taste improved as it warmed up as well.

M- Seems quite full and thin at the same time. It's like the body is thick, but it escapes down you without leaving too much of a trace. Considerably creamy, and has a very smooth feel. Again I'd recommend a hard pour, as more carbonation would do this brew well.

D- Very smooth and easy to down. Leaves a good amount of flavor behind, and is fairly elaborate. I would recommend drinking this somewhere between fridge temp and room temp. That being said, I don't think this is the beer for a hot summer day, but something I'd enjoy more during the other seasons.

All in all, I found it quite good. Definitely redeems stouts for me, seeing as my first stout was guinness.

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

Appearance- Black body with a tan head that is somewhat soapy.

Smell- Malts, dark chocolate, roasty smell, with some coffee as well.

Flavour- The initial flavour is sweet and malty with some molasses overtones, however the flavours fades into a smoky coffee/bittersweet chocolate finish. Also as I continued to drink this I noticed some milk chocolate along with the malts that became more predominant as the beer got warmer (I thought after leaving it out for 35 minutes I would be okay, but next time I would leave it out for 45 minutes). Overall the flavour of this beer is great, really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is fairly heavy bodied, but it does not come off as chewy, but is rather somewhat oily and a little sticky, but still quite smooth.

Drinkability- For a stout this is quite drinkable, but definitely not a session beer. The heaviness of this beer, gives it the characteristic of being a meal in a glass, and therefore one needs only one of these.

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Photo of bierguru
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - black color deep tan head and settles like a Guinness

S - strong malty chocolate nose

T - first taste you get is a swet malt taste then a smack of dark chocolate

M - very light and smooth

D - If you love Guinness you are going to love this and want to drink it every second you can lol Guinness is one of my favorite beers of all time but I am thinking this may have replaced it

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

A - Pours a one finger dark brown soapy head that dissapates rather quickly, although leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Complete opaque black complexion that you can't (or at least I could not) see through. Other than than pretty standard appearence for a chocolate stout.

S - The smell of this beer is very warm and inviting with LOTS of fresh chocolate in the nose. Not as potent as the Harpoon: Chocolate Stout or as rich smelling as the Southern Tier: Choklat but still a very appealing and delicious aroma in the nose.

T - Before taking your first actual sip you can taste the chocolate on your lips from just the head alone, just like the Harpoon. The taste is pure chocolate up front with no real bitterness on the finish. The taste seems to be more of a milk chocolate (although I don't know for sure), and doesn't have a bitter chocolaty taste, ala bakers chocolate, like the "Choklat", EVEN after it warms. All in all, VERY very tasty!! One of the best chocolate stouts, as well as stouts in general, that I have ever had the oppertunity to try.

M - The mouthfeel of this is fairly soft. This beer is medium bodied and doesnt have the thinness of most stouts (ALA Guinness, or Murphy's), but doesn't have an overpowering syrupy quality to it like Harpoon's Chocolate does.

D - The Drinkability on this beer is about medium. Im sure the average stout drinker would have no problem with this beer, but this beer is certainly NOT for the average beer drinker.

Final thoughts: Phenonminal Beer!!! Would definitely recommend, and would most certainly buy again!!

...I'm curious as to how this tastes from the can, for this review was done from the bottle.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Young's double chocolate stout is Black in colour and has a head that doesn't last very long. It is only very lightly carbonated. This beer is slightly sweet on the nose with the slightest hint of dark chocolate. The first taste you notice is bitter, dark chocolate which sweetens into a taste that resembles chocolate milkshake. This beer is milky in the mouth and the carbonation is only light.

If you like dark beers and chocolate, you'll probably love this.

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

A:Has a great blackness to it with a nice heavy half inch thick head left at the top which leaves some nice laceing all the way to the bottom.

S/T:Strong Dark chocolate smell with a little bit of roasted maltyness taste was a little diffrent then i expected not as strong of a dark chocolate taste as the smell.More of a milk chocolate taste or hersheys syrup like taste with a slight smokey flavor.

M: Good and smooth i love it. has good carbonation

D:very drinkable i could drink this all day and would buy agian when i had the chance.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black, with a one finger tan head that dissipates to a ring in a minute but remains at a nice sized ring until the brew is finished.

Smell is delicious. Nice blend of dark chocolate, coffee, slight hoppy undertones, a bit of milk chocolate, and a nice note of vanilla. Love this aroma.

Well a lot of times I can say that the taste follows the aroma, but unfortunately that is not the case here. The taste is still good, just not as good as the aroma. The milk chocolate and vanilla are completely gone, and the coffee is toned down a ton. I get mainly bittersweet chocolate and underlying hop notes. Maybe some earthy notes as well.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation that complements it nicely. Nice drinkability as well, fairly low abv with a good amount of flavor and a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of SquirrelBoy
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Good two fingers of head poured into a pint glass. Nice dark, chocolately look to the beer.

S- Not much smell, but when I did catch a whif, it was like a freshly opened dark chocolate bar.

T-More bitter than I expected. Very little chocolate taste, more of a coffee taste to it. This coffee taste only increased over time as I drank.

M-Smooth, thick, and slightly oily. With the creamy head it was very pleasant

D-Decreased over time. First few sips were great, but as I reached the end, became harder to finish the beer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A thick foamy milk chocolate head that settles in yeasty clumps above dark brown almost opaque body.

S - Initial smells from the bottle and the beer itself are light fluffy milk chocolate pastries. Chocolate cookies with chocolate frosting. Might be too sweet for some people. Malty roast flavors also present along with faint yeasty smells. Let it warm up to something closer to English room temperature and the sweet bakery smells come out even more

T - Yep it's chocolatey. The beginning and the finish are sweet milk chocolate. In-between there are some smokey roasted flavors and some paju hops maybe Irish moss.

M - Not too fizzy but also not as thick as I would imagine for a malty English stout. Just a bit of bitterness hangs around.

D - The sweetness with bitterness of this beer keeps it from being good anytime. But it is undeniably fresh and refreshing.

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Photo of aval89
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours an almost complete black. rich, creamy head that leaves a nice lace.

smell: roasty malts, dark cocoa, vanilla, toffee/caramel notes with slight metallic coffee hint.

t: dark chocolate, sweet malts, roasty malts, toffee, slight coffee bitterness.. very good.

mf: smooth and creamy mouth.. nice and chewy but not overly thick..

a damn easy beer to drink and an excellent one.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black and opaque with tan, but rather decent for nitro, creamy smooth head with nice lacing throughout the glass. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate taste. Consistency is watery, but howbeit beer is medium-bodied with slight sour aftertaste. Drinkable for all the seasons and times. Excellent stout!

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

A - This stout has a very appealing appearance. The colour is very opaque, a very rich dark brown and almost black. The head is definitely impressive on this, I gave it a hard pour and got 3 or 4 fingers of head. The head looks very smooth and bubbly and is a nice mocha colour, it starts to dissipate quickly. Settles down to a thin film over the surface with nice retention. Lots of head lingering on the glass as I drink it, certainly a very nice feature.

S - Dark chocolate is the most evident smell coming from the glass. Notes of coffee are also present. Has the smell you would expect from a stout, nothing really jumps out as unique but it's a good solid smell.

T - A rather dark and roasted chocolate flavour is certainly the most prominent flavour. The chocolate flavour is slightly bitter. I was expecting the chocolate flavours to be sweeter, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the slight bitterness that comes with darker chocolates. There are strong notes of coffee flavour to it as well. There are also more subtle flavours that are harder to detect thanks to the prominence of the chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is nice, a long lasting taste of the beer's original flavour.

M - Nice and smooth, but it could be a little bit thicker. All around though, it is pleasant to let linger and is a beer that you can enjoy and take your time with. Certainly an enjoyable feeling that surpasses a lot of other beers.

D - In terms of quality, this certainly has great drinkability. It's one of those beers that you want to drag out for a long time. Each swig is enjoyable and it took me quite a while to finish this just because I enjoyed it so much. In terms of quantity, one or two of these would be enough for me.

I am very pleased with this beer, I will certainly be trying it again.

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Photo of joegerards
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers I make sure to keep in my fridge at all times. To me this is great with food or on its own, summer or winter.

Appearance: Dark, dark color with a frothy off-white head. Definitely carbonated.

Smell: Nice hints of chocolate, caramel, maybe a little coffee?

Taste: Well balanced. You would think that from the smell it would be too much but definitely not an over-bearing beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Funny, because at first glance people tend to think this is like drinking mud but thanks to the carbonation and balance very, very smooth and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I think I just answered that....

Hands-down my favorite stout.


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Photo of cooch69
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout it pretty much black, and had a nice creamy nitro head. It's pretty much the same as Guiness in appearance maybe a nano shade darker. It has the aroma of semi dark chocolate with a bit of coffee as well. The flavers pull through really well on draft. It is smooth as can be and can be over indulged pretty easily. It always remains as one of my top stouts.

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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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