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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 brewmudgeon
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

young's double choc stout
4 opaque dark brown nearly black. short light brown head leaves a long-lived cap and ring, some lace.

3.5-4 at first i didn't smell chocolate at all, just roasted barley. now that the beer warms just a bit the chocolate is definitely coming out and reducing my disappointment. unfortunately, smells more like hershey's syrup than a quality chocolate bar.

3-3.5 not as much sweetness as expected, really fairly dry for a milk stout, though the perception of sweetness increases a little as it warms. but the taste (unlike the smell) of chocolate does not increase significantly. the finish delivers a medium bitterness with both roasted (primary) and dark chocolate (secondary) overtones.

3 mouthfeel could use more creaminess; a bit watery.

3.5-4 a very middle of the road stout plus mediocre chocolate aroma and relatively faint chocolate flavor. i like the idea of a chocolate porter or milk stout and this is very easy to drink, but i don't think this is quite the one for me.

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

Jet black pour with a large, creamy brown head that shows good persistence and lacing.
Aroma is quite delightful, with roasted malt, milk chocolate, sweet chocolate-flavour syrup and some almonds.
Very similar flavours: a bit of cocoa in amongst the roasted grains, more milk chocolate, and a finish combining the roasted malt bitterness and chocolately sweetness. Quite gentle and easy to drink.
Creamy body and carbonation. Perhaps the carbonation is a bit prickly for the style?

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

Pours black with a fluffy biege colored head. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Smells great, but I was hoping for a little more intensity in the aroma. Ver nice smooth, creamy chocolate flavor at first that gives way to a bitter coffee chocolate finish. For me there was a slight tang that kept it from being perfect. Great flavor, reminds me of yoohoo which I used to love as a kid. Carbonation is good but I can't help thinking how much better it would be with a nitrous kick. Very drinkable, but the sweet chocolate and coffee might get too much after a few.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the first glance I was fixated on a silky chocolate moussed head. This cap was rather dense with good retention. The body was mostly black, as far as I could tell. Maybe some deep orange browns existed in and around the bottom of the glass as well as the edges. Body looks solid and the cascading golden ripples only augmented its appearance. Milk chocolate colored spider web lacing was everywhere at the upper 1/3 of the glass

S: has a robust chocolate malt as the focal scent with softly roasted grains. The nose has really only one dimension and seems a bit laid back. I can pull some metallic whiffs after a few sips

T: chocolate flavors lend more than just regular cocoa notes. I started to taste a rich double chocolate truffle and imagined a bitter cocoa shell with a creamy milk chocolate center. The roasted notes hang around in the back and lend a good hand in stabilizing the chocolate notes. I still find this guy pretty chocolaty based, not a bad thing. I even pull out some faint dried/stale ground coffee beans and a shot of lactose sweetener to help add to its velvet-ness

M: in some ways as close to liquid gold as possible with a close to full body. However, I might make a stretch to find that the body might sit on the lighter side for a stout. This is not a problem, just me being picky and trying to find something wrong with the mouthfeel

D: I don't know, this is pretty tasty. I have rarely seen a nitro tap of this let alone the purple label double chocolate on tap. Good stuff!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Novare Res, poured into my Uprising chalice. As one would expect from a stout, this is a very dark beer with a slightly off-white, creamy head. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is of chocolate and coffee. I first wrote that there wasn't much bitterness, but as the beer warmed the bitterness became more pronounced; it never got very strong though. Also, there isn't as much sweetness as you'd expect. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good amount of carbonation. It is near perfect in my opinion, thanks in some part to the nitro tap. In summary, I recommend that you try this beer. Don't let the Irish control the market for European stouts. The Young's Double Chocolate show that there is some strong competition from across the Irish Sea.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, I love stout, love chocolate.... I saw this bottle at the liquor store, and though somewhat expensive, the combination just seemed to make sense. Came with best before Jan 2010 date, which is as fresh as it gets.

Pours an absolutely beautiful dark brown which eventually becomes black. Creates a fluffy brownish head which shrinks eventually but stays there for quite a while and leaves some lacing. "Look Ma', no nitrogen!". It's hard to beat the look of that espresso-like beer.

Strong cocoa smell, with some hop aromas lying in the back. It reminds of a traditional bitter chocolate drink.

Taste brings dark chocolate and hop acidity, and later some sweetness from multiple malts. Leaves a combination of a sweet finish and some hops to contrast. Exactly the same slightly bitter aftertaste I get in that chocolate drink I mentioned. Quite pleasant.

Excellent creamy consistency, and a bold, medium body. Just a pinch of carbonation to let you know it's actually there. The head contributes to a creamy feel in your lips while you're sipping. Wonder what it's like with some nitrogen....

Ah man, this is one awesome brew, it just somehow lifts the good spirits in you. Nothing overpowering, and a decent ABV make for a perfectly drinkable Stout. Excellent for dark chocolate lovers like me. If you like chocolate AND stout, this will be like palate porn for you.

Extremely recommended, and, enjoy your chocolate.

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Photo of hdofu
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on for the first time the other day... the beer was surprisingly chocolaty smelling to the point of smelling like it belonged in Hershey Park. It pour chocolate syrup brown with a thin tan head up top. Taste was matly and chocolatey but not so much as to be overly sweet but sweet enough to make it pleasent for those looking for sweet. Was pretty thick and smooth going down. Overall I'd say it was really drinkable. A good beer

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

From some grocery store in Fort Bragg.

A - Pours dark black, with a firm three fingered chocolaty head. Dissipates slow and leaves nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, lactose, flowery hops and a hint of light roast coffee.

T - Chocolate, light lactose, hints of patent malt, and light bittering hops.

M - Very creamy, but slightly thing. Very malty, but nice overall.

D - Being lactose intolerant, I will be an unhappy camper tomorrow. Damn you britons. Good beer, will be happy to suffer. Go Lakers!!

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Photo of DannyS
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Smooth, inky black that shows minimal translucence in the light. inch or so of tan, foamy had settles into a collar. little lacing.

S - roasty malts, candied brown sugar and chocolate, dash of coffee. Almost reminiscent of fresh baked cookies; A very decadent aroma.

T - Milky sweetness plays the backbeat to the upfront medley of chocolate, toffee, roasted malt and coffee. Not really that sweet, but enough to give it the dessert beer vibe.

M - Very peppy on the carbonation, adding a lot of levity to the medium-light body. A very ethereal stout.

D - Mmm...Oh so smooth and easy drinking. Low ABV and great taste make this such an easy sessioning choice or to compliment dessert. I kinda wish I had a brownie sundae or chocolate cake to go with this.

overall - A very pleasant treat. Milky & malty sweet combining with stout flavors to make something totally appropriate for dessert. now to seek out some chocolates to pair it with.

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

Poured from a 1pint 0.9oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears black, not to deep though, produces about half an inch of off white head that retains decently. Leaves sudsy, spotty lacing. Classic stout appearance, just a little thicker looking. Smells of fruity over ripened plum, raisin, dates, prune, black cherry's, very sweet & grainy malty notes. Toffee, chocolate & coffee notes, kind of like a Tootsie Roll aroma, rich and chocolaty overall! Very, very intriguing & inviting aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of syrupy molasses, toffee, buttery notes, sweet rich chocolate & toasted malts, coffee & dark chocolate like bitterness, again, as in the aroma there's some Tootsie Roll flavors in there! Some tart grape & raisins, wonderfully balanced, rich and sweet overall. Mouthfeel is semi creamy, bit of bite of carbonation on the tongue, smooth, just a tad silky, and medium-full bodied, but more on the medium side.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I don't know where to start, this beer is so decadent, so overly indulgent, such a treat, such a dessert! This beer pulls off a wonderfully rich chocolate aroma & flavor, and just like the bottle says ( It's never to sweet!) I wouldn't mind having a pint or two for dessert, nearly flawless flavors aroma, I would of appreciated more body though. Still, an indulgent treat, who needs chocolate cake? Not me, this is my chocolate cake! Cheers!

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured out a light brown color that quickly turned into a beautiful black color that you have no chance of seeing through. It poured with a beautiful thick finger and a half of darker tan head that just will not die down. There is also some really nice lacing. I mean this is just a beauty of a beer.

Smell: It has a sweet malt smell with some roasted odor and a bit of chocolate. This has a pretty solid nose.

Taste: A dark chocolate flavor for sure, with some coffee like bitterness and a little bit of coffee flavor. It also has some just creamy milk like flavor. Basically, if someone split up milk chocolate into its various components this would be it.

Mouthfeel: Not super thick for the style. Just medium body and medium carbonation. It however is very creamy.

Drinkability: I mean this is a pretty good beer, but I was expecting something thicker and a bit less creamy. I think it might be the nitro can that didn't make fall in love with this beer. It is smooth, and drinkable, and at a lower abv. I just didn't love it.

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

A - Opaque black appearance with a nice, creamy tan head. Head dissipates relatively quickly, and not much lacing.

S - All dark chocolate here. Not that much different from smelling a fresh pile of chocolate.

T - Some toasted overtones and coffee flavor, but dominated by chocolate. Dark chocolate from beginning to end. This is a nice treat after a meal or with sweets.

M - Some mild carbonation, but mostly a creamy mouthfeel. Good example of how a stout should feel.

D - Not a terribly heavy beer, which in combination with the sweetish taste makes for easy drinking. This beer doesn't fill you up, but doesn't skimp on the flavor either.

This is a great choice for an after-meal beer. Good, consistent chocolate flavors and not too heavy. I will certainly get myself some more of this.

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

Poured from a nitro-can into a mug. On a side note I have always hated nitro-cans I can never pour them properly and make a mess

Appearance: Opaque black, even with my messed up nitro can pouring abilities I got a decent head that lasts forever. Head is a milky and cappuccino like in color and feel. When it does settle it still looks like a beer with a small head. Kinda like a dark dark latte Can I get a spoon so I don't get it in my mustache?

Smell: not very strong, but you can defiantly smell a sweetness and chocolate roasted malt.

Taste: Sugary Sweet, with a roasted malt character that actually tastes very chocolately unlike many stouts that claim to have a chocolate flavor. Not overwhelming or densely complex, just smooth, sugary, and sweet.

Mouthfeel: barely carbonated, so its smooth very smooth, especially with all its milk like froth that clings to the glass.

Drinkability: Smooth and not as stomach occupying as one might thing for a beer as dense is this. However a pint or two of these might be a bit too much for me because of its dessert like sweetness. A stout I will go back to though when I want some creamy smoothness.

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

From a bottle, pours a really dark brown not quite black with a decent sized light tan head. Seem to pour pretty thick. The head starts to slowly go down within minutes after pouring. Little lacing is left however. Smells like chocolate which wasn't surprising. The smell at first was pretty strong, not only the chocolate but kind of roasted malt smell and it had me wondering if it was just going to be like a strong stout. After tasting it though the taste was quite different then the smell. Taste like chocolate for sure, almost like chocolate milk just with a beer kick. Really nice taste though, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. I poured it from a bomber so the first glass went by pretty fast and I will have no problem finishing it off right after. This is one I've been interested in trying for a while and was glad to pick it up finally, and it won't be the last time either.

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Photo of Wronsky
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, not completely black. Creamy brown head, dissipates very quickly. Some lacing on the side of the glass.
Nose: I mainly get hops in the nose, which is surprising. Some chocolate notes and a boozy smell too.
Taste: Sweet chocolate - like the chocolate easter bunnies. Not too much hoppyness in the taste as the smell indicated. A little coffee taste, but mostly chocolate.
Mouthfeel: It's pretty thick, but not too much. Very little carbonation - I think it could have used a bit more.
Drinkability: Pretty good, this never struck me as very heavy. I don't know what the ABV is, but it seems pretty low.
Overall: I thought this was decent. I may have served it too warm, but there didn't seem to be a very strong body to this one. Chocolate came through the most, but it lacked bitterness. On the other hand, it seems to be a more refreshing type stout. Not too heavy, but not a lot too it.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, baby, chocolate.

Great appearance---- dark brown head, motor oil black body.
smell- all sorts of chocolate.
taste-- milk chocolate, just the right amount of bitterness.
mouth-- a little bitter but the milky quality comes through.
drink-- amazing beer for a low abv%. Can drink a few of these and barely get a buzz. Much more suitable than an after dinner drink. Really like this beer becasue of its drinkability. Unlike other milk stouts that leave too heavy or too much milk. Right amount of sweet, with right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of julian1117
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual appeal: darker than the dark chocolate I have in front of me, respectable dark head, but I'd enjoy more effervescence dancing in front of me

Smell: fantastically sweet chocolate aroma (sugarhead, moi), slight toastiness from malts

Flavor: must have said, "Oh, my god" about 4 times; incredible chocolate creaminess

Mouthfeel: creamy, milky, and delightful, but I'd just prefer a bit more effervescence to tickle my palette

Drinkability: very drinkable, but I'd prefer to sip and savor the experience

I love the design of the ale vessel--fantastically dark glass with logo in relief on front, beautiful color scheme of dark purple, silver, and orange, and a stunning logo of rams heads menacing each other with an accent mark above. Please, try this with your favorite dark chocolate in whatever amount you deem proper, as I did. As you can guess, the two were made for each other! It took my a long time to find this stout, but it was worth it.

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

poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark motor oil brown with a two finger dark tan head. The head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind moderate lacing.

S - Good sweet smell of crystal and chocolate malt. With a hint of hops and a strong chocolate aroma.

T - Light milk chocolate flavor up front with a medium chocolate body. The finish is milk chocolaty with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has hints of a creamy texture, but really is not thick enough for the style.

D - A solid stout with a nice chocolaty taste. To me the body comes up way to thin and a little watery. A decent beer overall, but not worth the $4.25 a bottle price tag when there are better and cheaper stouts to be had.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P- Brass Rail

A- A gorgeous dark motor oil black pour with a chestnut brown head that is about 3 fingers. It is magnificent. A lush foam laces the glass. Quite opaque and a dark chocolate look to it.

S- an aroma of cocoa smell. Roased malts and barley come out as well. smell is also that of raisins or figs as well. wonderful smell!

T- a sweet milk cocoa powder flavor that is tasty on the lips. a dark roast coffee bean comes out in the flavor as well. This is great for flavor. well balanced with the malts as well.

M- creamy, smooth yet chewy and clean. This bad boy coats the lining of the mouth like a chocolate bar while drinking an irish cream like coffee.

D- i could literally drink this bad boy all day. A tremendously great brew and i would love to age one to try in 6 months. One of the best milk stouts i have ever had and i highly recommend.

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Photo of GreyMorel
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving was taken in a tumbler.

A - The brew poured a very dark black with ony the slightest tinges of carmel around the edges. The head was a solid tan color of single finger thickness, and was short lived.

S - The aroma was dominated by toasted malts and sweet fragrance with minor chocolate notes.

T - Chocolate sweetness was more distinguished in the taste, as well as sweet malts; other complexities come out of the woodwork as the brew warms up. Very pleasing taste, and exemplary of the style.

M - Mouthfeel was milk like; thicker than water but not heavy. Moderate level of carbination.

D - Drinkability of this beer is exceptional. It eagerly glides down your gullet without any objectionable flavors or lingering aftertastes. i could drink 6 of these if only they weren't $3+ :(

Very pleasent and textbook sweet stout. I will be cellaring a few of these.

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Photo of krunchie
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 23

A: Thick and creamy tar-like liquid. Matte, pitch-black with a tan, robust head.

S: Roasted barley, lots of chocolate and chocolate malts. Dark roasted coffee, high percent cocoa chocolate and raisins.

T: Wow, the first sip was fantastic! You're totally attacked by the chocolate taste. A lot like the smell. A bit roasty bitterness in the finish. Very little hops (if any)

M: Thick and robust.

D: Takes some time to drink, but that's ok. Very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass... rich dark brown color with a thick creamy beige head. Looks appetizing for sure.

The smell is pleasant... smells of roasted malt and definite chocolate. Very inviting.

The taste is nice, but a slight letdown... there's a definite chocolate presence, but it's a bit watered down and not much else jumps out. It's good... but could be better. This one has a bit of a metallic aftertaste... it hasn't been too long since it was bought so I'm not sure why that's there.

All in all a little disappointing... I'm not going to write this guy off yet, but if the next one isn't better, I might.

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Photo of moosiz
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a can into pint glass this brew has a falling cascade effect similar to guiness. left after the fall is a smooth 1/2" creamy beige head atop dark brown/black stout that light does not pass through.

smells of sweet chocolate and a slight coffee whiff as well.

chocolaty with a slightly bitter aftertaste that works very well. simply put this is a great example of "as advertised" on the label.

velvet smoothness with a dry finish makes this very drinkable.

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

500ml bottle. I have shared this with every woman I have known since discovering it (including my mother), and to a one, they have been enamoured with it - just sayin'.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with slight cola-hued edges, and a few fingers of very puffy and creamy brown head, which dissipates fairly slowly, rendering some spastic splotches of northward-reaching lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, thick, rich dark chocolate syrup, like when you've squeezed the Quik bottle just a little too strongly, mildly toasted, oily nuts, and condensed milk. The taste is mildly bitter, dark chalky cocoa, a bit of understated morning coffee and its associated creamy adjunct, roasted bready caramel malt, a further toffee sweetness, like in those mirror-world UK candy bars, and a slightly tangy, fruity hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, as expected, even though the carbonation is a tad higher (i.e., greater than zero) than anticipated, the oats kind of getting a raw deal. The body comes across as nice and full, giving a hefty gravitas to this reserved choco-beast. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolaty milkiness lingering with serious intent.

With a more than reasonable ABV, this goes down oh so very, very well, even in the absence of a nice dessert. And of course, the chocolate essence becomes even more prevalent as it warms.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep brown, almost black, body with brown highlights. On top a caramel-tinged, beautifully creamy, and dense nitro-assisted head that leaves brilliant curtains of lacing. Gorgeous presentation.

Aroma: Tons of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Not much else comes though, but that's okay.

Taste: Sweet, roasty malt with plenty of big notes of British milk-chocolate. Notes of toffee and coffee are also present, though in much lower amounts. There's a little hop bitterness towards the end to offer a bit of additional depth. Not thin, but not amazingly intense either. The aftertaste is sweet and roasty.

Mouthfeel: A body that's perhaps a little fuller than medium with smooth, light "carbonation." The "carbonation" level seems to be a little below the already low levels typical to beers served from a nitro-can, making it just a little flat. Coats the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: With moderate alcohol content, a relatively mild flavor profile, and a smooth mouthfeel this makes for a very sessionable brew.

Verdict: Young's Double Chocolate Stout is popular for good reason - it's a solid, sessionable Stout with a nice focus on chocolate flavors. As for whether it's better carbonated in a bottle or nitrogenated in a can, it's a tough call for me. While I certainly appreciate the smooth mouthfeel here, and feel that it compliments the flavor profile well, it just seems a little too flat to really top the carbonated version. It's pretty much a toss-up - but if forced to choose, I think I'd go with the carbonated bottle. I certainly didn't expect that!

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,792 ratings
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