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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Ratings: 5,775 |  Reviews: 2,368
Photo of cdizinno
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Outstanding head. Pitch black with the same falling carbonation/head as found on tap.

S: Creamy hot chocolate scent with a slight sweet aroma.

T&M: Very smooth and great flavour. roasted malt, and a remarkable smoothness.

I still prefer this on tap, but the nitro can is the closest I've tasted to tap. It's almost too close to call.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this one...

Appearance: Jet black with a billowy head

Smell: Chocolate and hints of toffee

Taste: Very chocolately, but with just a slight amount of sweetness. Similar to a >80% cocoa dark chocolate bar. Some bitter coffee appears at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but velvety smooth and only mildly carbonated

Drinkability: This is an outstanding beer. It was my first experience with a "chocolate" beer. I expected a highly viscous, goopy, overbearingly sweet mess, but this was very delicious and surprisingly drinkable...I could easily have 2 or 3 in succession.

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

Poured into pint glass

Pours jet black with a whole bunch of tan colored head. Smell is mostly malt with a bit of chocolate in the background. The chocolate really takes over in the taste. It puts the malt in it's place, way in the background. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. For a desert beer, I could easily drink a few of these and I might even skip the cake for 2-3 of these.

Overall a great milk/sweet stout, not over the top chocolaty as Rogue and Chokolat.

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Photo of SingleCell
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (best before: Dec 31/09) into a pint glass after warming out of the fridge for 20 mins.

A: Black as night, could not see any light through the glass when held up to the light. However, a distinct amber red colour could be seen through the light near the bottom of the glass. Head was about an inch and a half and tan. Also, the head was very chunky and stays around for about 5 mins before subsiding to about an eighth of an inch.

S:Weak coffee scent with hints of dark chocolate, bittersweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, little bit of alcohal in there, caramel, and a just a bit of mustiness.

T: Upfront I'm getting the coffee and bittersweet milk chocolate, more of the coffee though. Roasted malts coming through as well. Finish lasts about 5 mins; starts out strong with the roasted malt then progresses to bitterness (same bitterness as after drinking black coffee).

M: Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very thin, very watery. Could have been better with some more body.

D: Tasty beer, the mouthfeel could be better but a very drinkable beer.

Overall I'd say this was a solid beer. Could be sessioned if you were craving chocolate and beer. I would pick this one up again. Made for a great dessert after a light meal.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint tumbler.

Pours a midnight black with an aggressive three finger head that stays for a while and settles to a thick veil of lace.

Aroma is of caramel malts, dark roasted. Coffee and cocoa with a little maltiness, heavy vanilla aroma with a hit of baked bread.

Flavor is chocolate malts, heavy on the chocolate. There is some underlying date and fig flavors along with the coffee and dark roasted malt. Sweetness borders on cloying, but the malt roast balances. Very smooth in the flavor the chocolate is not cloying, but adds.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for something this substantial. Carbonation is soft and natural.

Good beer, I would look for it again.

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Photo of slk22
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours brown turning jet black once head forms. Head is cream colored, extremely thick, and inviting, remaining to the very last sip.

S - Smell is a bit hidden by head at first, but later exhibits a wonderful sweet chocolate and caramel aroma.

T - Taste is distinctly sweet, consistent with this style, having well balanced roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Flavors are a bit mild at first, but really come through as this beer rises in temperature. Probably should have started with it close to room temperature.

M - Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and chewy, with appropriately low carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. I found it hard to put down and with a low ABV, I didn't have to.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This review is from notes on January 2009. Purchased what I thought was a fresh bottle out of the Craft Beer cooler at The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. I always wanted to try this offering by Youngs but might have to try in the nitro-can the next time because i was not impressed with the taste, mouthful or drinkability. It did look very impressive on the pour and the smell had me thinking, MMM Goood! But it tasted like a watered-down Nestles Quik. I found it to lack character and I struggled just to finish the bottle.

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

A: Beautiful black pitch that turns just slightly coffee-colored when held to the light. Appreciable 2 finger of tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: General Hershey's chocolate-like sweetness (almost a toned down version of chocolate syrup) with gorgeous roasted malt notes that strive to reach your nose.

T: Slight sweetness and dark, roasted malts give way to espresso bitterness and dark chocolate aromas on the palate.

M: Slightly watery and milk-like consistency, but this is counterbalanced by its amazing smoothness.

D: Highly drinkable; This would make a great session beer if not for the fact that it's slightly outside of the definition of "session beer" (this one is slightly high ABV and doesn't have a clean, crisp finish).

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

Nitro-can, Best by 07 March 09.

A - Pours black with reverse cascading bubbles. Ends with thick, creamy light brown head. Looks inviting.

S - Roasted malts, alcohol, and chocolate.

T - Sweet and roasted with an aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. Has an initial dry bite, that mellows with each drink.

M - Thick, smoothe, rich.

D - Good beer. I could drink a couple.

Overall - I tend to like the nitro cans and bottles. It is as closed to being on tap as you can get without being there. This is a good beer.

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

Nice black color with thick creamy head. Get bitter chocolate taste up front with coffee in the end. Great beer although I did get a tad bit metallic taste buy not bad. Really really good stout. Really.

[fifty characters short?!, really, two hundred and fifty is a bit much, two hundred seems a bit more reasonable to me]

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint.

A: Very dark brown. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Fairly quickly settles leaving a slight layer of foam. Beer ring lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Malt is dark roasted, and dark chocolate flavor is prominent.

M: Robust, but has a bit of a watery feel. Aftertaste is kind of a baked bread, also has a pungent, musty twinge. A little stout and a little bitter.

D: Very good. The hearty feel in combo with the flavor makes you want to savor it.

Good atmosphere. Nice combo in the nose. Balanced flavor with a good mix of malt and chocolate. Pulls it off without really even being sweet. Hearty feel, but not too heavy. Very good quaff.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these for cooking, figured I'd review it as well. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Near-black dark brown color, with a touch of red-brown at the edges when held up to the light. Only the lack of retention keeps this one from a perfect score.

S - Smells like milk chocolate. There's the faintest bit of "beer" (malt barley) and dark fruits in the background. It smells good, but it's kind of a one-trick pony.

T - There's a bit more roasty coffee bitterness in the taste, while the chocolate is more of the baker's variety. The flavor is actually quite mild, and there's minimal aftertaste.

M - This is thin and quite carbonated - not a recipe for success in my book considering the style. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness.

D - The low ABV, thin body, and solid flavor make this almost chuggable. I think the carbonation would get to me, but not until after a couple servings. I might mix one of these into an evening at an English pub, or suggest it as a gateway beer.

I think this is probably better for making custard. Solid but unspectacular.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The enormous, dark, coffee, creamy head overwhelms my Otter Creek pint glass and turns to buckwheat pancake as it leaves patches of lace over a dark, black beer with red mahogany highlights when put to a bright light.

A rich, bittersweet chocolate with warm chocolate chip cookies is followed by notes of caramel and warm oatmeal after swirling.

The flavor closely follows the aroma with bitterness along for the ride and a long subtle finish of malted milk.

A full, creamy body coats the palate with hints of alcohol.

Wow! And did I say Wow!? Young's Double Chocolate Stout could accompany any occasion. Let it flow. It's even thirst quenching.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours very dark, dense, almost impenetrable. The dense foam head is long-lasting with some lacing. Made me think of chocolate milk.

Not a strong smell - earthy and of course, chocolate.

Tastes like drinking a chocolate truffle, although not as good.

Feels smooth and a little foamy in my mouth, thinner than I expected.

One is all I wanted. Sooo happy that I got a 4-pack in DE instead of a $50 case in PA.

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Photo of jdklks
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not impressed AT ALL

A- black body with brown edges and a white brown head.

S- the smell is dull. chocolate, maybe some dark fruits.

T- carbonation, chocolate, really really SWEET.

M- all carbonation, and very light by any stout standard.

D- it drinks fine. i wouldn't buy another one, but i could drink another if given to me.

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

Poured this from the 1 pint bottle. Poured a jet black appearance with a decent light brown head. Smells like what the label says, chocolate. Taste is sweet, defenatly get a good taste of the chocolate flavor, with about no hint at hops. Mouth feel is decent, a bit thinner that I was expecting but good. Great drinkability, goes down smooth. Mark this as a beer I will be getting when i am trying to get friends into better beer.

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

A- Awesome fudgy brown color with a fantastic cascading effect which is fun to watch :) A nice off white creamy head with a brown hue.

S- Chocolate both dark and a hint of milk; subtle roasted malts.

T- MMMM. A delicious brew. Chocolate malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge and a touch of caramel. Fantastic. Faintest bit of bittering hops. Finishes just a bit dry with a lingering chocolate/hop bitterness.

M- Unbelievably creamy and fudgey. Very slight carbonation. Oh so smooth gliding over the palate.

D- Wow, just a fantastic beer. Putting one of these down is effortless.

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

thick tan head on a pitch black beer, creamy head coats the finger.

smell is sweet chocolate and malt. some hints of vanilla.

taste is rich chocolate with a nice creamy finish, some vanilla notes and cream/milky nuances. such a treat anytime of day.

mouth is thick and smooth, such a creamy body that is unmatched. drinks quite well for such a heavy brew.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bit of this with a buddy tonight who bought some. I was skeptical, and it turns out I was right in my prediction. Nothing special, doesn't even touch the taste of Rogues Chocolate Stout, even though there were some similarities.

The appearance was brown, not thick at all. I was expecting something like chocolate syrup, and what came out was a thin 'brown ale' type consistency. This was not a good start to what turned out to be an average brew.

The smell was hard to pin point. It smelled obviously like chocolate, but not like a good hearty chocolate like Rogue. It smelled like a crisp light chocolate with a bit of hops in the aroma as well. The carbonation, when poured, brought out the smells, but nothing overwhelming. I also smelled a buttery oat smell that got to my nostrils also.

The taste was average. Nothing punching me in the mouth. It is only 5.2% and the 'Double Chocolate' was an overstatement. Nothing came out to me in this brew. It was crisp, but not in a good way considering I wanted something gooey and the look of syrup. What they should do is add TONS of more chocolate and age it in a...bourbon barrel for a year and resell it, then it might be worthy enough for my tastebuds. Overall an average brew that I will not buy.


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Photo of ajbick
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown. Nice tan head and lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet. Has a very nice chocolate smell along with some roasted malt.

Taste is of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of coffee. A little sweetness, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, not too carbonated.

Overall great drinkability. Nice body, but not too heavy or filling. Good after dinner type beer. Easy to drink a couple.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 1Pt 0.9 fl oz into my pint glass

Pours a dark black color the does not let any light through. Good 4 inch fluffy mocha colored head that has tiny bubbles. Great head retention that stays throughout the beer and leaves sticky lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell is of cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, slightly roasted malts, dark brown sugar, very sweet smelling stout. Smells like a delicious brownie that just came out of the oven. YUMMM!!!

Taste upfront has a slightly roasted coffee taste that is not really bitter at all, cocoa, milk chocolate, dark sugar, slight cola like taste. Goes down smooth

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, very mellow and smooth with a slight dry coffee aftertaste that lingers for a couple minutes.

I do not see myself picking up this beer again, it was good but nothing special.

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

A great change every once in a while. It's just an all around good tasting mouthfull of a beer. This is one,that when perplexed what I want to order next, can sit and enjoy while I think about it. Nothing complex here, just nice full body and chocolate goodness, always a helps that it's one of my wifes favorites also.

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Photo of mullenite
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Initially pours a light milk chocolate brown, stays this way while the head cascades up from the bottom. Once settled its a nice medium-dark brown with a one finger creamy smooth tan head.

Smell is non-distinct. Some roast malts, some chocolate and some booze but not a whole lot of anything.

Hard to get a clean first sip due to the awesome head retention.

Tastes like chocolate milk. Some roasted malt flavor comes in but mainly a sweet milk chocolate taste.

Ugh, I have a milk mustache thanks to this thing.

Clean finish with a dark chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste that balances well with the sweetness.

Fairly soft but noticeable carbonation, thick creamy mouthfeel just like chocolate milk.

I can have one of these before I'm ready to move on but it is a very nice beer that I enjoy as often as I can.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark black brew with a thick off-white head that doesn't fade away (nitro-can).

Smells of chocolate and coffee, although not as strong as from the bottle.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, but very light-bodied. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, and some fruit in the background.

Easy to drink due to the mild flavors and low ABV. Pretty balanced and flavors are quite tame.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an imperial pint glass from the 500mL bottle.

The beer pours deep deep brown, almost black with a well sized tan head. The head holds nicely as I drink the beer and leaves a good bit of lace. Really nice look

The aroma is of milk chocolate. There may be a bit of caramel in there, but chocolate really dominates.

The flavor is up front with chocolate as well. I almost want to compare this to chocolate milk. Chocolate malt and caramel malt make an appearance, but the "natural chocolate flavor" really dominates.

The beer displays a nearly full body with a low amount of carbonation. Really smooth and creamy.

Overall, its a tasty beer. The chocolate is a bit strong for my taste, but I would still go for this one again.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 5,775 ratings
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