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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
5,790 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 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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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark, very dark, brown, a beige head that leaves lots of lacing.

In the smell we have some dried sweet fruits, bitter cocoa and coffee beans, and some burnt bread aromas. A musky aroma like old peas.

The smell has dry sweet fruits, figs and dates, burnt malt, overdone toast, smoke aroma like an old burnt tree plate, dry bitter notes as a finish.

Low carbonation, a very dry finish.

Almost a bit too dry, need some smoothing dessert to come to full right.

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Photo of VTaler
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - looks like any stout
S - not much smell. Hints of chocolate and roasted character
T - very mellow. Nice chocolate. Not very much hops. Tasted like im drinking a carbonated yoo-hoo with much less sugar. Overall a very good session stout
M - a little to carbonated
D - Extremely drinkable

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

A: Dark Brown and black body. Creamy head, that reminds me of guinness, of course its from a nitro tap.

S: Rich milk and dark chocolate, some coffee aromas and dark roasted malt. Some yeast detected, no hops at all.

T: Creamy rich milk chocolate, some coffee and toffee, some malt, no hops detected.

M: Medium body, with a milk after taste, again like cold hot chocolate milk.

D: Very drinkable. Sessonable beer, easy to drink 5 or 6.

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

11.2 oz bottle into a tumbler.

A- A bit disappointingly thin, not entirely opaque. Perhaps I'm spoiled by all of the Imperials that I usually drink. However, the tradeoff is that the head is a little more persistent and creamy than the typical high gravity guys.

S- Grainy chocolate malts dominate the added black bitter chocolate. Those are definitely the bulk of the aroma characters, but not as intensely chocolatey as one would expect. Opens up nicely as it warms up.

T- If you're looking for an intense chocolate experience, this is probably not it. The front comes off like watered down chocolate milk, and could really stand to have the volume turned up a bit. Lactic acid comes off a hint sour in the middle. Redeemed by what seems like a generous amount of tasty hop bitterness on the back end, which adds an interesting complexity in light of the other two major components. Added another .5 after it warmed up. Gets exponentially better with a little time to breathe, mostly attributable to the hop punch.

M- The creamy carbonation adds a little body to the otherwise thin mouthfeel.

D- Eh. Only in the absence of stronger alternatives.

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

A: Very beautiful beer to view. I do wish the head was a little more creamy to the eyes though.

S: Smells of chocolate with a slight hint of alcohol in the background.

T: Dark chocolate come to the fore right from the start and stays all they way through the finish. Hops are somewhere in there, balancing out the sweetness of the chocolate with a bit of bitter, but they don't seem to be meant to do anything but provide balance. You'd notice their absence more than their presence--a very subtle use.

M and D: The feel is good. Very creamy but with a slightly thinner finish than I'd like it to have. As for drinkability, I'd stick to one or two. It's not that it doesn't go down easy at first. It's just that it is basically a meal in a bottle. Not a session beer at all.

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Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good dark head, light brown that last some minutes to dissipate leaving trace behind. Almost no carbonation can be seen and a very dark color almost black that let no light go through.

S: You can feel a chocolate aroma that mixes with the toasted grain, not very sweet as expected.

T: Dark bitter Chocolate flavor mixed with toasted malts, bitterness ending very long.

M: not a very easy beer to drink when expecting a little more bittersweet balance.

For a sweet lover not really impressive.

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Photo of t00sl0w
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer, love it!

a- very dark, almost black, with a slight hint of brown. light brown head, with a ton of thick lacing.

s- chocolate, roasty, kinda malty.

t- wow, bittersweet chocolate, similar to cook chocolate. finishes with dark chocolate. roast coffee bean after taste.

m/d- extremely smooth, wow. wonderful beer, easily a session beer. no carbonation feeling at all!!

wonderful beer, highly recommend it

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

I had this on tap at a local Pizza joint. This is my first shot at a beer review, but here goes.

A - served in a pint glass. A very dark beer with a moderate amount of tan/cream colored head.

S - The smell resembled hersheys cocoa powder with a slight amount of hoppiness.

Taste - Some immediate cocoa flavors that were followed by slight coffee and vanilla undertones. Definetly a bittersweet chocolate flavor. There was not a great deal of hoppiness to the beer.

M - It was a lighter to medium bodied brew with slight carbonation.

D - This a unique beer that is better paired with a desert course. It goes down smoother than expected and is an overall great beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Neck stamped "21/11/10 A, L328 20 . 31"

Appearance: Poured into a tulip pint with lots of thick creamy tan head atop an opaque cola brown/black body.

Nose: Smells like oxidized chocolate bars (you know, when it gets that ash-y look to it), but not in a bad way. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla extract and some faint hops maybe?

Palate: Medium-bodied and not as creamy as I expected. Chocolate malts dominate the real chocolate and it's definitely in the bittersweet/baking chocolate realm of things. Some dried vanilla bean flavors and malted rye or "crunchy" grain flavors too.

Notes: Honestly, not as good as I remembered it being. I think the nitro-can makes all the difference for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer and a real deal too with how "cheap" it is, but it's not as full and rich as I'd like it to be. I miss the nitro-cans. Haven't had them in VT in over a year.

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Photo of Jfraser
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is one word that easily describes this beer: Yummm....
I usually pull this one out for those that do not like drinking beer, or are not familiar with stouts.

Very creamy dark stout with a wonderful head, it makes for a very appealing glass. The smell is slightly sweet with malt and a very light chocolate note. Taste is malt, chocolate, slight burnt toffee as it warms up. Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and smooth. Drinkability is very good, although as a stout it tends to fill you up after only a few.

This is a beer you will go back to again and again even if you previously were not a particular fan of stouts.
Note that this tends to be a little more expensive in certain areas, I typically see it for $9-$10 for a four pack of nitro-cans.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into my glass to a rich, creamy tan head that cascaded like a waterfall. This is a beautiful beer. It is almost black in color. The smell is dark chocolate. The taste is also rich, dark chocolate. This is the first "dessert" beer that I ever tried and have loved it since. The mouthfeel is creamy but a bit watery. I have also tried this beer in a bottle and in my opinion tastes completely different. This is just a great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of 2DaMtns
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a brandy glass. With a relatively aggressive pour, it filled the glass and the one-inch head just topped over the rim of the glass. It was a beautiful sight. Smell and taste are underwhelming for what I expected from the title, but it's still a good beer. It's more bitter than expected and the chocolate taste is muc more subtle than expected.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a very fluid nice brown color with an active tan colored head that is about 0.5 in. The heads recedes at a quick pace and leaves no noticeable lacing but stops at a nice thin film.

S - Mild chocolate powder aromas are very pleasant. Good sweetness in the nose followed by some mild roasted character. Not as strong as expected but still chocolatey.

T - Nice chocolatey powder sweetness and some chocolate bitterness as well. After the chocolate part there are some nice roasted notes that aren't too overwhelming and balance well with the chocolate. There is a bit of a dry finish with a nice lingering chocolate sweetness to the beer. There is that lactic quality that most milk stouts have.

M - Medium body and not as thick as expected but still very good and nice CO2. Very drinkable.

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

Pours as motor-oil black as they come, with a nice brown head that dissipates into a thin later after a bit, but leaves plenty of nice lacing.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate, but less so than I expected. Also has overtones of roasted malts, but nothing too distinct beyond that.

Now the taste is quite nice. Subtle roasted malts, smoke, sweet prunes, and coffee accent the pronounced, but not overbearing chocolate taste. It's almost like drinking a milk chocolate beer with a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. I really didn't notice much in the way of hops or bitterness other than a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feels almost like a milkshake in your mouth it's so thick and creamy. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but then the style doesn't demand it. Fairly dry.

Drinks down easy, not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for such a thick and creamy beer. I would definitely recommend it to stout lovers, and will certainly be drinking this one again.

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Photo of MMansfield
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 15/01/2008

Appearance: Black colour with a big tanned cap. Quickly started to settle, but eventually stay an inch with lots of lace.

Aroma: Cherry, chocolate, dark ripe fruit, sweet.

Taste: Milky, sweet, cloying nestle quick syrup flavour.

Mouthfeel: Thinner in body than expected.

Final Statement: Started off ok, but ended up being poured out. No drinkability for me at all.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 1/9/2009

50cl bottle into tulip.

$3.99 / ea.

S: Malty, bready scent. No chocolate to speak of, and perhaps a bit sour.

A: Big rocky dark tan head over a deep brown body. Good lacing and a creamy cover.

T: Dark roasted malt dominates, with just a hint of bitter chocolate and nuttiness. Good brew, but gets docked for not delivering the flavor that the name suggests.

M: Creamy. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very sessionable brew with a good flavor and pleasing mouth. Would work well with food or solo.

O: Was a bit disappointed that so little chocolate flavor was delivered, but disregarding the name it is a solid stout.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: 14.9oz nitro can poured (mostly) into a perfect pint glass.

A: Dark as night with just a hint of a chestnut brown highlights when held to the light. Thick, creamy tan head, seriously one of the best I've ever seen. The head diminishes but hangs around for the entire glass with a lot of lacing. Just beautiful to look at after the pour.

S: Faint chocolate with some bitterness to the nose. Some roasted malt. Nothing really jumps out at you here.

T: Roasted malt with some chocolate dominates the nose. A touch of bitterness at the end but not much. There's a little hop flavor but it's not pronounced, nor should it be in my opinion.

M: Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Chocolate milkshake anyone? I'm loving the smoothness of this beer, it's just fantastic.

D: Super smooth and creamy, great roasted malt and chocolate flavor. This is a really easy beer to drink and enjoy. It doesn't sit heavy in your gut like some stouts can. Very refreshing for a dark beer. This has rocketed to the top of my list of exceptional stouts.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,790 ratings
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