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

5,757 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 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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Photo of Nezzy
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: One finger toffee colored head and lacing through the whole beer. You can tell its carbonated and color is a pitch dark black.

Smell: Sweet with malt coming through and some caramel. Chocolate is present but not too strong.

Taste: Well hello dark chocolate. At first it reminds me of a simple nice stout then the chocolate hits and its delicious. It has some slight bitterness making it more like a dark chocolate versus sweet. Whats nice is the chocolate isn't overpowering as I can taste roasted malts balancing really well with the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's more carbonated then I expected it to be, but thats not a bad thing considering it breaks up the heaviness of the beer.

Drinkability: I was expecting this beer to be super heavy like many chocolate stouts are. Instead its actually somewhat light and very easy to drink. Tasty and simple, a great beer.

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

Pours an opaque black color, with a thin but tight head on it. Smells of roasted chocolate, although it isn't the most powerful smell at all.

Mouthfeel is very thick, akin to oil. Carbonation is very low.

Taste is like taking in a mouthful of cocoa. Very chocolatey in the front. Unlike some other chocolate stouts, the chocolate here has a sweet character, almost like a cold hot cocoa. This sweet cocoa continues into the finish, where some dryness and roasted dark chocolate assert themselves. Finish is rather dry, but pretty clean.

This is the king of chocolate stouts as far as I've tasted. Very tasty.

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Photo of HosP
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured black, not quite all the way opaque.

S - Nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Very nice sweet chocolate taste at the beginning. Towards the end got some bitterness which balanced the drink out very nicely. Love how the sweet shifts to bitter very smoothly.

M - A very smooth drink. Medium-full body.

D - Very drinkable beer. Just a solid all around beer. This one has got my wife wanting to look at beer more and more now. Gotta love that!

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

In Ontario, Young's double Chocolate Stout is my go to beer when I'm looking for a creamy, sweet, roasty chocolate stout. It's soothing, satisfying, and very savory and balanced with chocolate malt and smooth hops. For me, it's an excellent, if not close to perfect balance. There certainly are chocolate stouts out there with more chocolate character, but in terms of balance, quality, and pure enjoyment, time and time again the Double Chocolate Stout beats everything available in Ontario.

The Double Chocolate Stout is brewed by the historic Wells & Young's Brewing Company in Bedford UK and has won several awards in international beer competitions.

Wells & Young's does put it perfectly themselves, "Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award winning rich, full flavored dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience." It's all true; Wells & Young's combines Pale Malt, Crystal Malt and Chocolate Malts with Fuggle and Goldings hops, and pure dark chocolate to deliver a creamy and luxurious stout with balance and elegance. I do love it.

I get it at LCBO's in individual 5.2%, 500 ml dark bottles bearing a purple and pale gold label with Yong's standard ram's horn logo upfront. The Double Chocolate Stout pours smooth and black forming a short but firm tan head. The beer is almost pitch-black with a slightly amber hue. The nose is light and creamy with roast, dark chocolate, and slightly crisp hops.

Once I smell the chocolate on the nose, I'm instantly excited to taste the beer. It coats your palate cleanly and evenly with a creamy and luscious texture pouring light roast, bakers chocolate, and cocoa everywhere. It's got light sweet chocolate on the tongue, which balances out across the palate with roast and dry malts, than touches of floral hops that clean away the creamy stout. It actually creates a very refreshing and at the same time satisfying beer.

It's so balanced and overall delicious that it makes an amazing pairing with a huge variety of foods. Almost anything with chocolate is an obvious choice, but its immaculate with all varieties of cheesecake (especially classic New York Strawberry), any creamy and lightly funky cheese, grilled red meats, pastas with avocado or pesto, fish and chips, French onion soup, and more; the perfect balance of sweet, bitter, roast and savory just plays so well with so many dishes. Not to mention, try making pancakes with the Double Chocolate Stout rather than using milk or cream, and you will be in beer breakfast heaven!

The Double Chocolate Stout is with no question a game changer for me; it's one of the early beers that convinced me that real beer can force your palate out of hibernation, and it's one of the first beers that I offer to newcomers who are looking for excitement and to be entertained by their beer. I can't wait to find it somewhere on draught

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild milk chocolate aroma with a touch of vanilla.

Good, dark brown verging on black colour with a moderate sized, brown head.

The flavour is a bit of a let down. The chocolate flavour comes through but isn't supported in any way by other flavours.

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation.

A decent chocolate beer and the original but it fails to excite especially given some of the other chocolate beers now on the market.

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

Serving - Can

Apperance - black, with a 2 inch creamy head

Smell - english stout, mild chocolate and oatmeal

Taste - stout english ale + a herseys candy bar = youngs double chocolate stout! So smooth, so tasty, and real easy to drink!

MOuthful - very light stout, easy on the tastebuds, and super chocolate aftertaste

Drinkability - This beer gos down to easy. Its a very mild stout with a super chocolate aftertaste. This beer is a desert beer. I could pour this over any chocolate or coffee flavored desert and go to town! Also, i like the can better then the bottle. The widget flattens this beer and makes its smoother, were the bottle has a carbinated flavor that doesnt work

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Photo of foogerd
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a pitch black with a coffee colored head with lots of lacing
S-coffee roasted malts milk chocolate powder mix in a good way! some notes of dark fruits
T- sweet n bitter chocolate the bitterness also lending a coffee taste , a dry astringent sensation at the finish
M- really creamy perhaps a tad too carbonated
D- can go through plenty of these
Ive had this in the nitro can version before a few times never really enjoyed it like that i dont like the nitro effecting the carbonation. This is a vast improvement for me really a classic that everyone who's a BA should try.

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

Don't get me wrong- it's not just like drinking hot chocolate, it's drinking an outstanding Stout that actually has real chocolate done well.

A= dark and dense, nice modest head but lots of rimming and lacing.

S= real chocolate, coffee, toffee, hops florals.

T= immediate dark chocolate, something along the semi-sweet line rather than just uber-Swiss dark, nice dry coffee, toffee notes, something giving a rather bright nice taste on my tongue that I can't quite identify (maybe a hint of mint).

M= very nice, somewhat remniscent of the aftertaste of a high quality real-chocolate hot cocoa that doesn't just use milk chocolate; dry coffee traits lingering, plentiful salivation following it closely.

D= very drinkable, would be a great solo for dessert, drinkable in session if in the mood (and can afford it!), probably nice with roasted red meats, dark desserts or for the holidays.

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

on draught at Gambrinus in Owensboro, KY.

wow, this pours on draught like a work of art. black as night with a fluffy mocha head that looks like a dessert topping. caught myself staring at it for a few minutes before I took a drink.

espresso bean, charred oak & dark chocolate on the nose

roasted coffee bean, cocoa & a plosion of malt... finishes with that light smooth milky aftertaste very indicative of the class

medium body with light carbonation

very drinkable milk stout and has lots of flavor to be hovering at the 5% abv. I would always cap off an evening with a pint of this if I catch it on tap.

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

A - Solid black with the most minuscule amount of light coming through towards the bottom. Leaves a nice tan head for a little while that gradually becomes a layer.

S - Has the distinctive aroma of hot chocolate - a bit creamy. Also picking up strong toffee and caramel with a bit of an edge to it.

T - Boldness of dark chocolate upfront with a lot of big maltiness to go along. Mocha characteristic follow through with coffee taking over a bit. Everything this pushing and pulling on one another; I'm liking the activity of the tastes.

M - Creamy as hell with active mobility.

D - Though a modest ABV, I can't see the need of having more than one of these in a sitting - but that's just me.

Excellent stout. Was more than pleased with this and I am looking forward to enjoying the other three in the pack in the future.

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

Young's: Double Chocolate Stout (Best by: March, 2011) (Tasted 08/09/10)
16 oz. can, poured into a becker.

Appearance: Once the floor show is finished, I am left with an opaque, black beer with brown edges, topped by a creamy, solid mass of tightly knit mocha bubbles, frothy on top, great retention and lacing.
Odor: Powdered cocoa mix, muted acrid roastiness and a non-descript fruitiness.
Consistency: Medium bodied beer, malt and soft nitro carbonation make it seem fuller than it is though. Dry, slightly minerally character going on. Fat & sassy all around.
Flavor: Hot cocoa and general malt/lacto-ish sweetness play against a light kiss of hop bitterness and a solid roasted back-end that comes close enough to balancing without obscuring the overall flavor. Finish is bittersweet chocolate, lightly fudgey.

Fantastic beer, then, now and hopefully, always. Rich enough to satisfy a stout craving, but drinkable enough to be an everyday beverage.

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

Pours a near black with an impressive brown head. Pretty good lacing and decent head retention. Aroma is of coco beans with a hint of alcohol and roasted notes in there as well. Taste follows the double chocolate name. Sweet, chocolate syrup taste to start. Not too strong, but doesn't have many other flavors to compete against. A more unsweetened/dark chocolate malt is present at the end and faint roasted flavors. Simple chocolate stout, but tasty and not overdone. Creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich black hue with a creamy off white two finger head. The stout featured good head retention and thick lacing. An overall nice and tempting appearance. The smell consisted of a slight chocolate aroma with hints of caramel and a unpleasant metallic. The taste was average and muted. The flavor did not jump out of the glass like in the case of an imperial stout. However, it was pleasant and suprisingly dry. Mouthfeel, however, was a bit thick without the pleasure of a thick, rich taste. It coated the mouth with a dull sensation which lessened the desire for the next sip. The poor mouthfeel and dull taste detracted from the beer's drinkability.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Simply delicious stout. Well done.

A: Deep black color with a medium beige head which dissipates leaving a thin layer and many lacings around the glass
S: Fantastic. Dark chocolate is evident. Also coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Couldn't be better
T: Follows the nose. Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts are a must. Light bitter end
M: Light body. Medium carbonation and light bitterness
D: Good

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Photo of dolzan
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beer drinkers nirvana. A wonderful, wonderful stout. It's not overly sweet, it's just that little hint of chocolate that makes you want to jump and round around in the celebration of the explosion of taste in your mouth. Or something. It's really that good, that mere words can not do it justice.

And not only that. This is a beer you can drink instead of a dessert. It's almost so good you can have it instead of starters, soup and main course as well. And drink another Chocolate stout with it to accompany it.

I don't know whether it has come across in this review, but this beer is really quite nice.

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

Rating based on the draft I had at Closed for Business... Pours a beautiful black with a thick, light brown head. Looks so damn good! Smell is of brownie batter with some roasted grains and malt sweetness. Taste is chocolate-goodness all over the place, with some roasty / light coffee notes and an underlying sweetness kind of like an extra kick of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, full and creamy. So delicious, one of my favorite stouts... highly drinkable and pairs well with desserts / as dessert.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz nitro-can to standard pint.
Best by Feb. 2011

A: Slow poured, jet black with a beautiful 1-finger fine-bubble mocha colored nitro-head settling on top. Thick creamy lace clung o the glass throughout while a thick cap remained until the end.

S: Deep roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with an ever so slight aluminum note.

T: Follows nose with a bitter chocolate finish. Hop character subdued if not missing/overpowered by roasted malt. Coffee-like bitterness does linger throughout.

M: Super smooth and creamy in the full bodied range.

D: A nice relaxing dessert beer. The can nor the bottle compare to this brew off draft but this is a fine showing as well.

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

Pours a midnight black with a dark tan head that leaves mucho lacing.

Smell is chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate

Taste is chocolate, roasted barley malts and a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied , low carbonation with a dry finish.

A real desert beer. A chocolate milkshake disguised as a beer!

With the low ABV this would make a nice session beer, if you like drinking liquid chocolate all night. Too much chocolate for me to make this a good session beer, so I'll have to knock it down a few pegs on drinkability.

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