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

5,735 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

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

A: This beer pours a dark, opaque black with a thick, frothy chocolate milk colored head. Moderate lacing and head retention.

S: Loads of dark chocolate on the nose with some coffee notes (the same coffee notes you would expect from a good dark chocolate).

T: Just more dark chocolate and coffee, without much of the bitterness you find in richer dark chocolates or coffees. No hop presence that I could detect.

M: Slightly watery, but just barely. Light body and carbonation. A very rich and creamy feel.

D: Too good. Like light, fluffy, rich chocolate cake. You know you shouldn't, but it's so easy to have too much.

This is a delicious beer. This is what I would call the epitome of a "dessert" beer. That is, a beer you have FOR dessert, not with it. It's only downfall is the lack of complexity, relying instead on sweetness to satisfy.

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Photo of Kelp
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK this beer has been reviewed 1000+ times now and believe me nothing i say can really add to what people have already said. That being said if you are really still reading this my only real thoughts are that its a good chocolate stout, just not as good as rogue. Though the price is tantalizingly good.

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Photo of degerbah
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black. So opaque I can't see any light through my glass at all. After a very aggressive pour there is about two fingers of head that leave a heavy amount of lacing. The smell is incredibly sweet, like smelling a pot of choclate. The taste istself is much more mild. Not nearly as much choclate taste. Still sweet though, but with more of a raoasted malt aftertaste. OMG the lacing around the head is ridiculous, it looks like spackle around the edge of my glass. It's very thick to drink, but also very smooth and dare I say, milk-like.

It's a very reasonably priced bomber $2.99, and I enjoyed drinking it, but it's not my personal preference. That said, I can easily seeing myself in the mood for this one on occasion.

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Photo of mwa423
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black, lots more dark tan head then most stouts produce. The head is quite sticky and a small amount stays on top of the beer the entire way.

S - TONs of chocolate and hints of coffee and dark rich malt.

T - Not nearly as much chocolate but the roasted malt really comes along with the lactose. This is a great example of a milk stout, the chocolate seems to be more of an afterthought in the taste.

M/D - The mouthfeel is quite thick and rich coating the mouth and tongue. This is as drinkable as a thin milkshake. Some have the stomach for it, some don't.

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


Paid around $2.50 for a single nitro-can...

The beer pours like a classic (perfect) Guinness, just a little less lacing on the glass. The aroma sticks out as a high-end bittersweet chocolate bar.

Tastes like evaporated milk mixed with a Ghiradelli dark chocolate bar, minimal carbonation, very light almost watery. Creamy goodness in the mouth and it's drinkable but not an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: I can understand it's popularity but don't see it as "upper echelon".

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Photo of SAABtech
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. i didnt look to see how it looks. its in a bottle. im more concerned with everything else.

S. smell is mild with clean aromas and hint of chocolate.

T. wonderful. i really enjoyed this beer. i was expecting a rich complex roasted flavor with a hint of chocolate bar sweetness but instead i got a less complex malt flavor body with a dark roasted cocoa bean flavor finish. it could have had some more flavor build in the beer but im not going to complain beyond that.

M. i cant remember.... i liked the taste sooo good that i really cant remember. i know it was good.

D. i found myself slamming this thing down. i could have easily has several more. and at 5+ abv, i would have only needed one or two more

great beer!

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Photo of cwps48
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Not quite opaque, as I can see through it at the right angles. Nice tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Head disappears to a brim.

S: Chocolaty and roasty. Smells like a grown-up Tootsie Roll. Smells slightly boozy too...

T: Not boozy at all. Roast malts and chocolate really come through. Taste is a bit underwhelming given the intensity of the smell.

M: Decently carbonated. Smooth, and has a wet finish.

D: Could definitely see myself going through a couple of these without even realizing it (except for the grabbing of a second bottle aspect). And wouldn't feel bad for the price...

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into a Guinness-branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: It's hard to beat the head that forms from nitro-cans and bottles. Pours a chocolate milk color initially but that turns into a pitch black color and the head surges to the top. Has a tight creamy tan head that never fully dissipates and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of bittersweet chocolates with hints of espresso and roasted malts.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter but finishes with strong chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors. This is one of the chocolatiest beers I've ever had. However, I have this sinking feeling that the nitro is dulling this flavor out.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost like drinking a smoothie.

Drinkability: An exceptional stout. This one is certainly a treat to have and goes great with dessert.

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Photo of berley31
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet-black with an average-sized, creamy light-brown head. Body is opaque due to the dark color.

S: Great, great aroma... lots of bittersweet chocolate coming through, as well as a nice, roasted smell.

T: The bitter chocolate is the main flavor here, which is what you'd expect. Nicely balanced with a roasted tang, ending slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: I was thinking I may find this stout TOO sweet, but the chocolate and slight bitterness came together perfectly.

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

A - Pitch opaque black with a creamy, fluffy tan head. The head doesn't retain forever but it does leave a decent tan cap that leaves better than expected lacing.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate.

T & M - Yummy! The malty body is enhanced with dark chocolate from the middle to the finish. A very, very slight hop finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel, you would almost expect it to be heavier. Carbonation may also be a bit high, precluding the creaminess you would expect from it.

D - Drinkability is (almost) through the roof with this beer! Very affordable, with a pretty low ABV, and as good as it tastes...I could drink it all day long. If you haven't had it yet, get it!

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Photo of WJVII
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful black color, completely nontransparent with a 3 finger light brown head that slowly crawled back down the glass leaving sticky goodness down the sides. The aroma was first full of alcohol, then some hints of roasted chocolate malts and a slight burnt caramel and doughy finish. The taste was smooth, with mild carbonation. The finish makes this brew. Dark chocolate, raspberry, warmth from alcohol, and a nice bitter balance. This is a tasty brew! Bonus that it comes in a 1 pint 9oz bottle, worth the $2.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 1 finger brown/tan head. Good retention and nice looking lacing.

Dark black in appearence. Its definiatly up there with the darkest ive seen.

Smell of dark roasted malts. Chocolate cocoa and slight coffee.

Tastes is perfect with the smell. Prominent Chocolate with a lesser coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with just the right amount of bubble.

Drinkability pretty high i wouldnt want this to be the only beer i ever drink. But I would drink a few in a night for sure.

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

Poured from a 14.9oz nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is after the cascading bubbles is a dark brown/black with a creamy one-finger tan colored head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is a nice light aroma of chocolate and coffee as well as nice toasted malt.

Taste is a nice blend of coffee and chocolate with a bit of dark chocolate bitterness in the end. The chocolate flavor is not as strong compared to the coffee in it but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied quite smooth with a pretty mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great! Definite session beer as I feel I could put away quite a few of these in short time! Avery nice example of the style. I'll have to try it in the bottle to see if I find difference but for now quite a nice brew.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap at SD Brewing Company the other night. Didn't even know it came in anything but the bottle...

A - Very dark nitro pour left it with a slightly darking look then the dark brown Guinness prototype and plenty of the wonderful nitro fueled head you'd expect. Looks like my kinda stout.

S - Wow, the chocolate and coffee notes are just MASSIVE. Especially the dark chocolate thing coming thru. My jaw dropped.

T - Nothing like it....Amazing how much chocolate is in here! Its a well balanced stout with little to no hops present and plenty of roasted flavors. The high chocolate content follows the intital roasty flavors and finishes like a good coffee / Swiss chocolate combo.

M - Great. Again this was a nitro pour and that helped to make it real smooth. I thought it got a little swishy towards the end, but overall a solid mouthfeel.

D - Pretty high. I'd have this again for sure. Maybe wouldn't want it all night but it was a great finisher and went really well with a burger too. I'm gonna try it in a bottle next time I see it just to compare... I suspect it shines on nitro much more??

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Photo of cagocubs
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured pitch black with a massive tan head that lingered and laced.

S: Rush of chocolate, coffee, toasty malts.

T: Coffee was a more dominate taste than chocolate. Reminded me of a coffee stout. Chocolate could be sensed. Another dominating taste was the toasted malts. Aftertaste was bitter coffee.

M: I felt the body was thin when related to its smell and taste. Still good carbonation and coating.

D: A strong beer (taste). The taste was good but it almost felt a little artificial at times.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One Delicious Beer!

Sustainable Chocolate and Malt flavor in every sip of this beer. Tasted better when closer to room temperature.

Served clean not so carbonated and definitely a small head after the pour. Great aroma of chocolate reaffirms the great taste in this stout. Slight bitterness in the end of every sip but overall a great drinking beer.

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

From Notes:

A- Pitch black with a tan head that is a good two finger.

S- Chocolate and mocha with roasted malts.

T- Sweet chocolate ending in a bitter sweet finish

M- Tad thin.

D- Very drinkable, could put six or more back at one time, if I was not careful.

Thoughts: I have had this beer in the bottle and in the nitro can. The bottle has a much better flavor but just doest have the same creaminess. I still like this beer, and will recommend it to anyone.

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

Poured a dark mahogany/near-black into a dimpled mug, with one finger of khaki-colored head, and great lacing. The smell was dominated by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder, but roasted malts and a hint of espresso were also evident. The taste was very good, but very one-dimensionally dominated by chocolate, with just a hint of roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was the best part: silky smooth and creamy thick; a perfect accompaniment to dessert. Drinkability? Definitely not a session beer; even this one can I shared with a friend.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz nitro-can

Pours a dark brown/black with a Guinness-esque head made up of thousands of tiny bubbles, characteristic of Nitro cans.

Smell is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso. Dry acidic smell underlying it. The chocolate comes out from hiding as it warms.

Taste is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Decent depth, but nothing mind-blowing. I feel like the nitro is dulling the flavours.

Mouthfeel is a little drier than expected. I was expecting something pretty heavy a la Milk Stout, however the creamy-ness from the nitro makes it slip along smoothly.

D- Very drinkable, not thoroughly enjoyable though. I was expecting a little more "umph" in the flavour department--whether that's due to the nitro, or just the beer I am unsure.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really let down by this brew - and I didn't even have any, let alone high, expectations going in. Poured well with a solid, yet quickly receding head. Smells like burnt nesquick. Tastes like chemical chocolate powder in water. WAY to thin of a body for the style. Overall, it seems like they went for some chocolate powder flavoring instead of properly malting a beer of this style. Would not return to again, especially at $6 for a bottle - I could have had 3 Victory Storm Kings for that!

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Photo of tofulegend
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearence - brownish creamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Deep brown color.
smell - a lot of chocolate and dark malts. I also think im picking up some hints of mint.
taste - again, a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. more sweetness than body. aftertaste is slightly bitter but overall a bit short on hops in my opinion. Chocolate feels a bit artificial.
mouthfeel - really could use a bit more body. if it wasn't for the roasted flavors I would say that it feels more like a dark lager than a stout.
drinkability - the sweetness of this beer would probably put me off after a few ones.

Overall - Nice brew but I could really use some more body here. Also, more chocolate malt and less chocolate flavoring would be nice. IMO Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a way better chocolate stout.

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Photo of Cresant
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came from a 14.9 oz. nitro can into a Guinness tulip. Dated 07 Mar 09. The pour created a creamy upwardly cascading head of fine foam. The huge tan head receded but a solid cap remained throughout. The body was clear of sediment and very dark brown.

Smell was roasted grains and chocolate.

Taste was chocolate but not too sweet. Light milk chocolate, not bittersweet. Lightly of caramel. Not complex but very tasty. Not overdone, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was creamy but somewhat thin. I will return to this one.

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Photo of thefarstrider
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Night sky over a Yorkshire Christmas Eve
Smell - Sharp and sweet, no barn smell
Taste - Old tobacco pipe of Dark Cavendish
Mouthfeel (such a pretentious word) - Silky and creamy, but not overly so
Drinkability - Too novel for common consumption, but worth saving for special occasions

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

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black, similar in appearance to Guinness. Finger thick light brown creamy, long lasting head. gives a nice beer mustache
S: sweet malts, along with heavy chocolate sweetness.
T: sweet malt up front. chocolate bitterness in the back
M: thick like whole milk, mild carbonation
D: easy dessert beer, worth picking up a four pack or two

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black, leaves a one inch thick tan head that sticks around as a thin layer throughout the sample. Lots of lacing.

The smell is terrific, milk chocolate, caramel, malts and light coffee. Very enticing.

The taste is even better. Truly terrific stuff. The chocolate doesn't dominate this beer; it enhances it, works with the other subtle flavours to produce a satisfying finish. Shaved dark chocolate, a bit of caramel, coffee and malts. Sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, carbonation is a little more than I'd expected, but I tend to like slightly higher carbonated stouts anyway, so this was a big plus. No chalkiness to speak of. Not overly dry.

Just a terrific beer, one I will get again and again. Although I was worried that the beer would simply taste like chocolate, I was most happily corrected! A real winner (the only drawback being that I doubt I could drink this brew for too often at a time)

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,735 ratings.
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