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

On-tap in Bombardier Bar in Riga

Pours black with creamy brown head up to the top of the glass that lasts till the of the pint, creamy and dense lacing. Aroma is mild sweet with some hints of roasted, some milk chocolate.

Taste is sweetish first, reminds of creamy milk chocolate with burnt flavours, slowly drying, even chalky finish and long lasting aftertaste full of the most bitter chocolate. Creamy and smooth body with almost no carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer, perfectly enjoyable on every occasion.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours like chocolate milk out of the can. Rich and creamy. Towards the end of the pour it comes out black as night. It stays that way. Foamy head pillows ontop the entire time I'm drinking.

Smell: No roasted malts. No hops. This is all about the milk chocolate.
Taste: Ah, there's the malt. Subtle and inviting. Beautiful chocolate aftertaste. This is sweet chocolate milk.

Mouth/Drink: Silky smooth. Light bodied, insanely drinkable.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours nearly pitch black with a mocha colored, one finger head. Not a very strong smell, but the cocoa is there. Tastes...actually kind of bland. I don't taste any sort of hops whatsoever. Its just muted chocolate. It feels really weird in my mouth. However, its ridiculously drinkable because it doesn't feel like you're drinking beer at all.

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

A- This one pours a fairly dark black, red tinges can be seen when held directly up to a light. The head is light tan in color, lacing is above average.

S- The smell is sweet, definitely picking up on some dairy. Milk chocolate mainly, not really picking up much bitterness or roastiness.

T- The flavors are mild but very enjoyable. Milk chocolate and some mild bitterness in the finish. Lots of chocolate and Cocoa carry through in the aftertaste.

M- This is probably the lightest body I've had in a stout, but it doesn't hurt it at all IMO. This is silky smooth.

D- This one just kept on getting better with the more I drank. I think this would be an excellent beer for anyone looking to try a darker beer, hell this would be a good choice for anybody looking to convert a BMC drinker.

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

500ml bottle 5.2%abv

Appearance: Wonderful, chocolate brown body topped by a good sized light-brown with head that has pretty good retention and leaves good lace.

Smell: Even as I pour I get a wonderful chocolate aroma coming from the beer. On closer inspection, fairly dark chocolate, vanilla pods, freshly roasted coffee beans and roasted malt. As the beer warmed the smells become more pronounced and creaminess is added.

Taste: Again dark, high cocoa % chocolate, roasted malts and roasted coffee beans that leave a lasting bitter note.

Mouthfeel: I find the beer a tad (and I do mean only a tad...) light, I prefer my stouts to be heavy rather than medium. The carbonation is moderate, smooth and very pleasant.

Drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable stout and one i would drink often if it weren't for the price - $US 5.00 a bottle...

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Photo of divineaudio
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - opaque dark brown with a thick, light brown head that dissipates slowly. leaves behind huge swaths of lacing too!

s - sweet but mellow with obvious chocolate and vanilla aromas.

t - fantastic! rich, dark chocolatey malts up front, followed by roasted malts and hints of vanilla, finished off by subtle hop character. definitely on the sweet side, but not too sweet.

m - medium bodied and very smooth with just a little carbonation.

d - could drink this all day (and have a few times)! great on cold winter afternoons, though it's light enough to be had most any time of year, or as an after dinner treat. near the top of the style as far as i'm concerned. a must try for any stout lover.

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Photo of association330
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. nitro-can, no freshness date

A - Pours dark, opaque brown with an index finger of creamy/nitrified light tan head. Lacing sheets the glass.

S - Dominated by milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malt

T - A touch of alcohol and roasted malt, with a gently dry swallow of sweet milk chocolate and slight bitter hop note.

M - Creamy and silky smooth.

D - All nitro-can brews taste this good, right? If there was ever a session dessert beer, this is probably it. Your waistline may not appreciate that though. :-)

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Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the nitro-can it pours opaque black with a milky tan head that leaves a curtain of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Tastes and smells similar to an English chocolate biscuit, simple but pleasant.

The taste is light, so I would score the bottle higher overall. That being said, it's still wonderful and enormously drinkable out of the can. I've always been a fan of this beer.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a goblet. It poured a deep dark black, with ruby edges, topped with a huge, creamy milk chocolate colored head. The foam lingered for a bit and then faded down to a small cap of foam. Little bits of lace noted throughout.
The aroma was mild powdered cocoa and a hint of roasted barley. There was a chocolatey sweetness throughout.
The taste is that of a nice dry stout, minimal roastiness, with a nice, mildly sweet chocolate middle and a bitter chocolate finish.
The beer had medium carbonation and felt a little thin. This is probably the weakest aspect of this bottled version.
This is a wonderful treat of a beer nonetheless. It would pair superbly with a dessert, or as dessert itself.

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

550ml bottle into snifter glass

A- Poured like a guinness. Dark brown/black body with a fluffy light brown 2 finger head that wouldn't quit. Took up most of the glass in the pour and it stayed that way throughout leaving insane amount of lacing as it went down. LLAB

S- Kind of dissapointed not to much going on with this one as expected. One I could get through the head the smell didn't really increase any. Average stout aroma of roasted malts with a sweet light chocolate backround. Thought it would smell like chocolate milk but had more of a burnt bitter stout smell to it.

T- Once again average bitter stout with a slight sweet chocolate finish. Not to complex and not as much chocolate as expected. Even when it warms up alot the bitterness comes out more than the chocolate does which kind of dissapointed me. But definitely something different and worth trying.

M- Got to say the mouthfeel was pretty decent however. Solid body with lower carbonation combined with the fluffy head make this brew insanely easy to drink. It's almost as though someone brewed a regular stout then put a scoop of chocolate ice cream in it to make it more drinkable. A Chocolate Stout Float perhaps.


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

I picked this up at Planet Liquor in Baytown, Texas. A small amount of dust had started to accumulate on the bottle, I wish I could have rescued the rest of them. Luckily, the brew still tasted pretty damn good.

Appearance was black, dark amber if you put a light through it. Head was a brown-tan color and very puffy; it dissipated relatively quickly but left lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma was pretty light but pleasing nonetheless. Obviously lots of chocolate notes, but also some bitter hops and alcohol. The taste was very much the same, but with more of the hops bitterness. My palate is not developed enough to identify the hops or even describe the quality, but there's a hint of bitterness upfront, then a flash of stronger bitterness, with a chocolatey finish. Not much is left of the taste afterwords, just faint chocolate.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly chalky, which I liked. Medium bodied, much lighter than I expected, but in a chocolatey beer like this, I think the high drinkability is genius.

Notes: beer may have been somewhat past its freshness, also, the taste changed a lot with temperature. The colder it was, the more chocolate I could taste (I had it in a glass as I took notes and drank what as left out of the bottle later, it was more chilled then).

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Photo of McDosey
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I need to preface this by saying that Young's is one of *the* transformative beers in my drinking history. Twice (Bier Markt in Toronto, Ginger Man in Dallas) I've had the draught version and twice I've been staggered by its rich and flavorful uniqueness. Unfortunately, the bottled version just doesn't stack up.

Bottle pours a chestnut-black, nearly opaque and topped by a small still head the color of the filling in a Three Musketeers bar. The head halves quickly and leaves wispy lacing as you drink.

Held to the standard of the draught version, the smell barely registers. Certainly not the overwhelming aroma of hot chocolate that I remember. Instead, I get a bit of coffee, a bit of red wine and some bitter cocoa only after significant warming and re-agitation.

Taste-wise, again, nothing compared to the draught version. Rather than the rich and velvety milk chocolate flood I remember, there's a comparatively meek thread of bitter baker's chocolate among an otherwise unspectacular stout. Again, there's a little more cocoa present after warming and re-agitation, but nothing unique.

None of the thick, coating mouthfeel here and ultimately, without its massive milk chocolate backbone, this becomes just another stout.

Fairly disappointed, though I will remain a devotee of the draught. If anyone has a suggestion on how to bring more out of the bottled version - please let me know!

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

Pours darker and creamier than chocolate milk with a deep-creamy tan head.
Smell is very sweet with a solid dairy element with some roasted malt.
Taste is sweet-very creamy-I have to imagine this is what unpasterized milk tastes like-some roasted chocolate.
Finish is a smidge thin with a sweet malt after-taste.
Drinks well-definitely a good car bomb beer for its creamy body.

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

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a deep brown borderline black with a tan head.

S- Obviously lots of chocolate up front with some roasted malt.

T- Chocolate on the sweeter side, nicely balanced with the malt, some subtly hop in the finish.

M- Quite smooth but somewhat thin. Decent carbonation.

D- Not bad, would I have another, of course, but I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout over this one.

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

a - pitch black in color. pours a frothy brown milkshake looking head. this beer looks thick and hearty, it makes you think twice before you dive right in.

s - aroma is of a vast amount of sweet and roasted malts. kind of sweet bread smell.

t - the taste starts off as a creamy chocalate flavor that is of the richest kind. as the sweetness quickly fades it is over taken by the roasted malts. the roasted taste gives off to a lingering bitterness that is ever so subtle. with the next sip the amazing process starts over.

m - fairly heavy in body, but anything this rich has to be heavy right?

d - i would like to but a bottle next time i make a beer run. i cant believe i have past this one up over the years.

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Photo of mklinger
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a couple snifters. Jet black with a one inch tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left some lacing behind. Nice looking beer.

Aroma was all chocolate, but I kinda get the sense it's the chocolate "essence" that is supposedly in here --smells strongly of chocolate but it's an ever so slightly artificial chocolate aroma.

Flavor was surprisingly milk. There is some unsweetened cocoa there, a bit of other roast flavor, but overall, quite mild in flavor. Quite easy to drink, though. Mouthfeel was fairly thick for a low ABV beer.

Pleasant beer.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Young's Double Chocolate Stout is surprisingly light, bubbly, and refreshing.

It poured black with a massive bubbly tan head. It left thick lace rings throughout the glass. The smell and taste were sweet subtle chocolate and the feel was airy and full of carbonation, similar to a soda. It did not have the smooth thick feeling of great stouts (e.g., FBS).

If a "double" chocolate stout could be a session beer, this would be it. Young's Double Chocolate Stout is easy to drink, refreshing, and as stouts go, would be enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Shadman
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Used Diesel oil would be green with envy @ how black this brew is. Sponge toffee in appearance, with a tan colour and amazing lacing.

Tad earthy, with muted chocolate notes.

Earthy malts mixed with roasted malt/chocolate undertones. Slight hop bitterness keeps the malt sweetness nicely in check. Mineral water twang detracts slightly from the over-all smoothness & balance.

Very easy to drink, shame it's so dang pricey. Well with seeking out and trying.

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Photo of biglite351
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - very dark and LONG lasting tight head.

S - chocolate but very mild.

T - all chocolate, but very mild and thin.

M - for how dark it is and the solid foam I was expecting a much heavier brew.

D - it is so thin that it almost seems like a light beer. Maybe as a mild dessert drink... but I will probably pass

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Photo of WOTO97
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rich dark chocolate with quickly dissolving head (creamy cappuccino in color) and very nominal lacing

S: lots of chocolate (almost overwhelming) and very faint earthy hop notes

T: lots of cocoa burst straight away, hint of some odd metallic note in the background, finishes with chocolate and acidic coffee bean notes

M: definitely not as chewy as I was expecting, but okay body for the style

D: been meaning to try this beer for some time and, admittedly, underwhelmed, decent but probably won't return to it

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

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Black in colour with brown hues and a ring of dark tan head. Speckles of lacing on the nonic. Smell is barley, baking sugar, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Excellent roasted malt flavour, charred and smokey, touch of chocolate, toasted oats (nutty), dry hop finish with some spice and chalk. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, a little bite followed by a parched and malty aftertaste. Very low bitterness. Sweet, dry, chocolatey, roasted. Ultra tasty stout. Nothing to dislike here, just a classic session brew.

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass feb9 2010

A dark but not black with a giant fluffy tan head that clumps up on the side of the glass

S if you like milk chocolate this is where its at I may pick up on a little coffee

T not far from the smell but not as strong and some raisin

M smooth and creamy, just thick enough to please

D went down pretty quick and that says something

well if you want chocolate this is a pretty decent beer well worth trying with little doubt

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

1 pt. 0.9 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured an opaque black/brown with two inches of caramel head. Lots of alcohol pitting from just the right amount of carbonation.

S: Semi-sweet dark chocolate malts, just like it's labeled.

T: Dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla. A good amount of roasted malts. Not too sweet but not too bitter. Tastes amazing.

M: Super rich with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A satisfying, one-and-done dessert in a bottle. Very well-balanced. Takes the phrase "I'm like a chocoholic, but for booze" to a whole new level.

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Photo of fff
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brew with deep brown head, dissipating about halfway through without much lacing.

S: Smells like smokey stout with creamy chocolate mixed in. Slight metallic smell.

T: A wonderful balance. Tastes like the best things in stouts with chocolate on top. Sublime interplay between the smoky beer taste and the sweet chocolate notes. Aftertaste of a little metal and chocolate milk.

M: Thick, rich mouth which sticks to your throat as it goes down. This beer lets you savor the aftertaste well.

D: It's a bit too sweet for me, but I know many people who would drink several of these in a session.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty awesome pour of a deep dark mahogony brown beer topped by a head of tiny bubbles forming a perfect head/beer boundary. Head is of cappucino color and hangs around forever.

S: Cocoa big time on the nose as expected, some sweet caramel, roasted malts. Besides the chocolate the nose is rather subdued.

T: After getting through the monstous head, the flavor is greeted by cocoa which overwhelms most of the taste. It is very good but also rather one dimensional.

M: Low carbonation, light bodied - really wish the body was more full.

D: For what this is, it is great. A nice chocolate beer which goes great with desert. I prefer a nice stout which has coca in there as well, but for the style not much to complain about here. I think I still prefer the Brooklyn chocolate though. The best thing about this beer is the head.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,793 ratings
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