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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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







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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours like oil. One of the darkest beers I've seen. Light brown creamy head eventually dies down and leaves a crown of good sized strong bubbles. Some big but thin lacing.

S- Not much. Mineral water and a hint of chocolate but it's still relatively cold. Almond liqueur or Amaretto is starting to come out. Halfway through the glass and it kind of smells like a chocolate whisky.

T- Prune juice and red wine tannin. Some wooden barrel in here similar to whisky. A bit watery which I was not expecting. There's obviously some chcocolate or cocoa powder in here but not enough to call this Double Chocolate.

M- Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation. Dry finish. I'm undecided about this and having a hard time figuring out if I enjoy it or not. It's not the smooth creamy feel I waslooking for but it is a crisp refreshing one though.

D- Very good. Taste is fine and feels pretty light.

Reminds me of a schwarzbier which wasn't what I was looking for when buying a Double Chocolate Stout. Not rich enough.
A good beer but disappointing.
Oh, and really reminds me of whisky, but I like whisky so it's okay.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a nitro-fueled, super creamy beige head, the thing looks like a milkshake. Stays near a finger from start to finish and plasters the glass with lacing. Looks very impressive as expected, but I could never give a nitro a 5. It would just not be fair.

Smells very much like a dark chocolate Hershey bar. Some cream and a tiny bit of leafy hops. The chocolate scent is great and authentic.

The taste is a disappointment. Tastes very tinny right off the bat, not sure if this has anything to do with the can. The chocolate is obviously there but seems very watered down. It has a bit of a Hershey bar/chocolate milk vibe to it. The hops are grassy and a little bit earthy. A touch of caramel. Flavor is best in the aftertaste to me. Finish is sweeter and more enjoyable.

Head is very smooth from the nitro, but mouthfeel is too watery thin for me. Carbonation is high too.

Milk stouts aren't my favorite style, this one to me wasn't much better than the few others I've had.

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

Found on tap at the Fredericksburg Pub in Fredericksburg, VA this creamy looking beverage is a thick black color with a big, finely constituted tan head and very nice lacing. The aroma brings out a very tasty chocolate malt and just a hint of leafy hop. The flavor is a very chocolate malted clone with a subtle charcoal aftertaste. This stuff is velvetty smooth and medium bodied for a very sensually creamy experience. Sweet but balanced with a pleasant grass/leaf/citrus hop background. With all it's creaminess it offers a bit of an aqueous touch, with minimum carbonation, that adds to the decided drinkability of this nice brew. I've had this in bottles before, it seemed more syrupy and intense than this, but this may be better, and more sessionable. Very nice, a great desert follow up to dinner without being too sweet.

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

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured an opaque dark deep brown. almost black, with a 2cm chocolate milk coloured foamy head. Looks beautiful.

S - Dominated by a light sweet aroma of dark chocolate.

T - Very chocolaty and mildly sweet flavour throughout with a dark chocolate and hop bitter finish. There's also some toffee and coffee in the flavour. The chocolate is omnipresent but not overpowering the drink. Overall it's extremely delicious.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a crisp finish.

D - Very very drinkable. The best Stout I've drank so far.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque black color with good off-white to tan frothy head and good lacing that remains. dark chocolate smell and smooth chocolate taste. full bodied with a creamy texture. long flavor duration, chocolate flavor lingers for awhile. light sweet finish. exactly what i expected out of this brew. very good.

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

Nitro can poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown (might as well be black) with a centimeter of nut brown head after it finishes cooking and excellent retention but not really any lacing. Malty sweet scent with distinct milk chocolate notes and hints of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel but light bodied and very easy to drink. The taste starts out with a fairly straightforward malt sweetness and quickly matures into rich dark chocolate flavors. Great balance between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the dark chocolate. A definite winner and good session beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich brown with a lovely tan two finger head of medium sized bubbles. Head stays around a long time and leaves some lacing.

The smell is of potent milk chocolate, cocoa, with a bit of cream.

The taste follows suit, there is a strong finish of chocolate, I instantly think of M&M's when I try to describe the flavor of chocolate. There is some roasted malts in there as well, but the chocolate dominates.

The mouthfeel is smooth, no detectable carbonation due to the stout style. Very dry aftertaste, everything is in accordance to the dry stout style.

Drinkability is a little above average, I drank the first pint can in about a minute, but slowed down and got full considerably after the second pint.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - The pour is like 4 different shades of brown that look like a mud slide swirling around as the bottom starts taking on a dark brown color and fades into a super dense mocha head that stays until the very end. Turns to a very pretty black. Nice thick lacing.

S - Heavy milk chocolate aroma dominates. Very sweet smelling. Slight coffee notes.

T - The flavor is a slow build. Very subtle hits of milk chocolate up front, then coffee starts coming in, dark cocoa finishes it up. Nice coffee/dark chocolate aftertaste.

Not very complex but a great beer nonetheless. I thoroughly enjoyed this review. My only complaints is that the mouthful was a bit watery. Other than that, an outstanding stout.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a massive tan head that sticks around a good long while.

S: Rich chocolaty aroma with coffee and whipped cream stirred in.

T: Dry dark chocolate flavor dominates up front fading to a slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor.

D: Not bad but not the best sweet stout I've had either. Just a bit to bitter and the mouthfeel was slightly more watery than I was expecting.

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

500 mL bottle, best before 24-11-10.

Served cool into an imperial pint glass.

Double Chocolate Stout has a deep dark color, nearly black, with creamy bone-white head. Sturdy head and some nice lacing makes for a good looking beer.

Aroma is mostly roasty with a slightly sweet dark chocolate quality.

Flavor is actually pretty well done. I had this beer many years ago and was less than impressed. In the spirit of beer advocacy, I thought I should give it another try and I'm glad I did. There is a good balance of flavors between bitter chocolate malt and sweeter dark chocolate. Lots of character and taste for something so low in alcohol. This is a stout that doesn't need to shout to be heard.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is just a little over zealous. I would imagine that it would be fantastic on cask - softer on the tongue.

Overall a very solid English stout that deserves a try from any serious beer advocate, as over 1,800 of us already have.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap (nitro) at the Alamo Drafthouse in Katy, TX. Served in 16oz American pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with remnants of a smaller off-white head with lots of lace.

Smell: Roasted coffee with sweet chocolate.

Taste: Begins with a sweet, roasty flavor and finishes with a lightly hopped chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good stout. I would definitely drink more and would definitely recommend this.

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Photo of russellaaron69
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this beer is everything that it says it is. Pours an opaque black with two fingers of off white head. Smells of malt and chocolate. Taste was the same as the smell nothing but malt and chocolate. The mouthfeel was full and silky. Extremely easy to drink. My girlfriend actually enjoyed it and she really doesn't like stouts at all. Guess I'll have to keep this one around.

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Photo of saxman75
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Abbey Gastro Pub Jun. 3, 2010.

A- Black at a glance with med. tan head. I actually watched the head for a while, amazed that it appeared motionless and almost solid. Perfect pour!

S- Dark chocolaty with malt.

T- Fairly sweet then a dark chocolate kind of bitter. Definitely noted a dark coffee-chocolate on the exhale.

M- Not as creamy as I expected, but it is not a light texture.

D- I enjoyed this with a molten chocolate cake, and they paired well together. I do not know that I would drink this repeatedly or by itself.

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Photo of Dangus
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep dark red color, but black at first glance. Poured a nice creamy tan head with lots of little nitrogen bubbles.

Smell- Chocolate, light coffee hint and a small amount of maltiness. No hop aroma at all.

Taste- Delicious dark chocolate flavor with hints of coffee. Nice roasted malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied beer that balances well with the creamy head.

Drinkability- Good drinkability but probably wouldn't more than two though.

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Photo of dtivp
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appearance was a very dark brown with a nice tan head that dissipated into a nice ring of lacing.

Aroma and taste of chocolate and chocolate. The taste was leaning towards a sweet milk chocolate.

Medium body beer with mild carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

This is a sipping beer that you would only drink one, maybe as a night cap. Very sweet and a nice desert beer. The Yard House serves it as a desert poured over vanilla bean ice cream. A nice spin on a beer float.

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

Dark appearance, barely see through the imperial pint glass. Chocolate aroma, or should I say double chocolate aroma. Delicious chocolate flavor, very smooth feel. More of a sweet stout. Great beer to sip and enjoy the good life.

Drinkability: Easy to pass the time drinking a few of these.

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

Dark dark brown appearance, a little oily, not uber thick stout. This is a tan head. Grain and chocolate aroma.

More chocolate in the taste, and really, that's it. A little bit of roasting, not a lot of malt heft though. Even smaller amount of hops. A high degree of sweetness. Mouthfeel is good, but a feeling this would be phenomenal if it was thicker. Drinkable, cost effective, yet a tad too sweet to get itself out of the sipping/desert beer category.

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

Appearance: In between brown and black, boasts mocha colored beautiful head, constant bubbling, displays real "activity"

Smell: pretty standard of a lighter stout, slight coffee, chocolate, and malt aromas

Taste: subtle chocolate flavor and very smooth

Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, excellent finish

Drinkability: very drinkable, has good flavor and excellent mouthfeel

I'd recommend this beer, especially if mixed with a Back Road Brewery Blueberry Ale. The two mixed together form an "original black and blue" which is delicious.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,846 ratings