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 sweetbrew82
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P: Completely opague body in direct light, with a light brown stream of light filtering through the very edges of the glass. The 2 fingered tan head is thick and creamy with good retention.

A: Double Chocolate is right! Sweet, creamy milk chocolate dominates the nose, while roasted malts and coffee barely manage to put in their 2 cents.

T: Flavors are pretty much the same as the nose. Tons of sweet, rich chocolate that smothers the palate. Roasted malts are there along with some coffee, but nothing in this brew gives enough variation to the overwhelming chocolate. This tastes very one-dimensional with no depth of character to speak of. Just too sweet and cloying for me.

M: This almost feels too light and watery to be a stout. But if it were any fuller, that cloying sensation would be even worse. So, I guess the mouthfeel is at fault to a benefit.

Notes: This one is just too sweet and one-dimensional for me. I do understand that this was probably what they were going for, but it's just not my cup of tea. I thought the Rogue Chocolate Stout I just had on-tap was much better.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours motor oil black with no transparency. Nice creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Strong bittersweet baking chochoalte with malt and a bit of coffee.

T- Roasted coffee bean malt flavor initially, giving rise to a chocholate finish. A bit of hazelnut and cocoa powder as well.

M- Smooth and creamy with a low amount of carbonation. Lighter than I expected. Roasted coffee aftertaste lingers a bit.

D- Not a bad brew, but I think the sweet flavor would get to me after a while.

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

I got this at the Boynton in Worcester. As part of the $6 make your own sampler.

A- A deep brownish black opaque, with a beige head.

S- dark chocolate.

T- malty, chocolatey, not hoppy at all, very smooth, left a nice mouth coating

This beer blew me away as far as taste goes definitely a dessert beer.

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

This is the first chocolate stout I've tried and I'm liking it. My girlfriend had this recommended at a bar in D.C., the waitress said it tasted like chocolate milk. I don't know what type of chocolate milk she drinks, but I want some.

It poured nice and thick and creamy with minimal carbonation. The head was thick and VERY creamy and lingered in the glass and on my goatee. Had a mild aroma of cocoa. It wasn't too heavy mouthfeel or body wise and had a nice cocoa/caramel mix.

I'm actually very impressed with this one.

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Photo of brianlg
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nitro can poured into my tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a beautiful gelatin looking creamy tan head. I've never seen a head like this, this is beautiful! Smells of stout.. malts, toffee, coffee, and a subtle chocolate. Mouthfeel before taste, the mouthfeel is sooo smooth. Wow. It's so soft and silky. The taste also follows suit, and is very chocolaty. This is one delicious beer. A good session beer, until you get tired of the sweet chocolaty taste. But, drinkability is definitely high. I need to try this with some icecream!

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

Appearance: Pours black with a thick, foamy head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: A roasted, smoky malt smell mixed with chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate (my favorite) with roasted/smoky malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: Yes! One of the best chocolate beers I've had. Could easily have two or more in a sitting.

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

Picked up a single at Central Park Liquors in Steamboat, around $2.50.

A: I love the look of a nitro beer as its poured, so cool! Dark brown, with lots of red and tan highlights when held to the light. About an inch or so worth of dense nitro head, light tan, not quite white. Excellent looking beer.

S: Nitro, bitter chocolate, almost a lactose sort of sweetness, the nitro really masks a lot in the nose, which is sad, but the underlying smells are pretty good.

T: Big time chocolate/cocoa right up front, with a nice milk flavor behind it. Yeah, I'm definitely getting the "adult chocolate milk" vibe from this one. A few minerally tastes in there, but I think I may have not got my glass quite dried out. Very sweet. A faint hint of bitterness at the end, but its quite faint.

M: Medium thickness, quite nitro-creamy, somewhat sticky in the mouth, with a bit of lingering bitterness. Not too shabby.

D: A little on the sweet side to throw a lot of this back, but I'd love to drink this as a dessert beer. Really sweet and tasty. Lots of good things going on, I can't believe that I had passed this beer by so many times. Quite nice. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of bwd110
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this last night at opening of Iron Abbey in Horsham, from notes.

A: Pours your standard black stout, doesn't look to viscous or overly dark. Nice tan, 2 finger head. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Definitely chocolate. Some sweet, but getting mostly the dark variety here.... Some roasted notes, a light scent of coffee. Smells like this one is gonna be good.

T: Simply put, very nice! Big dose of sweet and bitter chocolate which mixes well with the roasted, creamy malts. This one almost tastes like chocolate milk for adults... with alcohol. Finishes creamy smooth and sweet. Does not linger.

M: Very thin body for a stout, but that didn't bother me too much, because this one was velvety smooth. Washes over all the necessary taste buds, and then down the gullet disappearing as quickly as she came.

D: This could be a welcome session stout for me, one big bottle was not enough, I'll be going back for more.

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Photo of william5586
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Looked like chocolate milk when I first started to pour it. After it settled it became nice and black with 2 fingers worth of tan head sitting on top that lasted forever.The head leaves nice thick lace on the glass.

S- Very strong chocolate smell and some roasted malts.

T- Sweet and bittersweet chocolate totally dominates the taste at first. The finish is mostly of very lightly
roasted coffee and malts. After a while the chocolate started to taste artificial or added after the fact.

M- Felt very thin to me, almost watery. I am definitely a fan of heavier stouts and this one is just really light. It was very smooth however.

D- Very sessionable stout.

I would have this beer again but would not go out of my way for it. I would like to try it on tap though.

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Photo of mp33pm
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great taste if you're a chocoholic. I don't eat chocolate but decided that it'd be worth a try. Wasn't dissapointed but didn't WOW me. I like what Wells and Young are doing with their beer, taking it to a whole different perspective! They are doing great when it comes to taking food elements that you wouldn't see in a typical beer and making it into one. Great beer/stout (but not stout enough)!

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Photo of philipquarles
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

44cL can. Pours opaque ebony with a light beige foam head. Typical nitro cascade effect and resiliency. Smells like watered-down chocolate milk with a hint of bitterness. More malt in the taste, though it's still predominately cocoa. Quite sweet, becoming astringent towards the finish. Not very pleasant. Smooth, nitrogenous feel that isn't appealing. Lacks any real depth--just a mediocre stout infused with chocolate.

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Photo of YesFest
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick tan head, smells like cold hot-cocoa.

A well ballanced chocolate stout, not overly sweet, despite the undeniable chocolate throughout. It's just begging to be paired with something, or maybe that's just my fat-ass always wanting to be snacking. This puts me in the mood for a hot pork tenderloin and a cadburry egg.

Goes down ballanced and smooth, was a housewarming gift and I'm wishing I had another.

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Photo of JonMich13
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A = Black pour into a snifter. 2 fingers tan head. Some light wispy lacing.

S = Nice smell dominated obviously by chocolate and malts, with some subtle hops as well.

T = Taste was nice on the front with sweet malt and chocolate, but that's about it. Sort of a simple taste without much complexity. A little bitter finish.

M = Very disappointed with the feel. I want robust in a stout, and this was anything but. Watery and thin with too much carbonation.

D = As stouts go, this is drinkable. But its drinkability is more an indictment of the shortcomings of the beer rather than its strength. Make sense?

A little let down by this selection.

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

I have had this a few times in all forms, Can, Bottle, On-Tap. And I have discovered that drinking it on-tap is by far the best. Pours super black with a creamy dark tan head that last for a good while. Good lacing. Smells very chocolaty. Taste very chocolaty also. Almost like a toostie roll. Very creamy mouthfeel. super drinkable @ 5.2%

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Photo of Spidey13
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Young's Double Chocolate Stout pours a very dark brown with a nice, fluffy, light tan head. The nose is malty with some noble hop-type aromas. It almost smells like a pilsner. I didn't detect much chocolate in there.

The taste has some grainy/roasty malts in it and a bit of bitterness/astringency on the back. A hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is very thin with medium/high amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really didn't like this beer. It seems very simple and not at all what I expected.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Rich, dark color with a tan head that melted down leaving slight lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Light in the mouth with not much carbonation.Taste Is superb, with some hops at the front and rich chocolate throughout. Not too bitter. A beer you can drink all night if your up to it.

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Photo of CHL
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a stout, this is mild; not heavy, only lightly roasted malt. The malt isn't terribly bitter, and the hops don't interfere with the incredible chocolate tastes, although both of these elements contribute complexity, along with trace fruitiness in every sip. Very smooth, very accessible.

I don't even like chocolate, but I think this is the best dessert-appropriate beer I've ever had. Love it with spicy food.

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

The color is a deep, rich dark brown. The nitro can pours an incredibly thick, fat head that leaves thick lacing evenly in the glass. Very nice.
The smell is of rich dark chocolate right off with some toasty grains and sweetness.
Taste is much the same with more malt and some hops presence coming in the forefront along with the chocolate. There's even just the subtlest underlying fruit in the taste as well.
The mouthfeel is great: malty thick, amazingly smooth and rich with great body. Carbonation ends with less than it began with but gives a good feel overall. A prime example of a stout in itself with rich complexity. A must try.

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Photo of Offa
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a declisious, full- bodied stout with a good smooth, rich feel and suprising complexity.

Almost black, it has a huge, dark brown head that shrinks very slowly and never vanishes, leaving good lacing down the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, toast, prunes and raisins.

It has a pronounced chocalate element, but this is not overpowering and the beer has good balance of sweet and bitter, chocolate, toast, and rich, caramelized fruit, especially prunes. The body is rich and thick yet amazingly lively and the finish refreshingly light but tasty and complex. The chocolate is noticeable but mostly adds a richness with a little chocolate element to the overall chracter, and thankfully does not overpower the drink. It thus retains a well-rounded, complex character with nice subtle notes.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Came in a puprle pry off bottle with a logo that resembles a ram. Poured with a solid thumb of creamy looking head the sustains and laces very well. The beer itself is a dark brown, nearly black as night, but I can see little bubbles of carbonation. I can't think of anything bad to say, as the only way it could be better is if it was poured with a nitro tap.

Smell - Chocolate dominates the experience, which isn't surprising considering the name. Smokey roasted malts are in the background, with a slight almost fruity hop undertone. It could be a bit more diverse, but it's great so far.

Taste - Very nice flavor, as it starts with a light chocolate and then blends seamlessly into a richer bitter chocolate with slight touch of coffee taste. The experience ends with a slight kick of the hops leaving a fruity chocolate aftertaste that is reminiscent of black forest cake. Just a slight bit too bitter for my liking, but it is a stout, albeit a far tamer one then normal.

Mouthfeel - Nice head, solid carbonation, goes down smoothly and leaves a nice subtle aftertaste that does not build as you drink more. My only qualm is sadly the carbonation starts to die down around the 1/3 left mark. Still I'm a fan.

Drinkability - This beer is quite light, even if it is a stout. It doesn't sit heavy on the gut, and it goes down quite smooth. However, is it a little bit sweet which would make me only want a couple and a bit too bitter to be that amazing. Still I'd gladly take one of these any day.

Final Thoughts - I think this is pretty much the best dark beer I've ever had thus far, be it stout, porter or dunkel. I find it even more pleasant then old engine oil. This drink I would recommend to anyone who isn't a big fan of darker beers but wants to try something new and give them a second chance. Thumbs way up on this one.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super dark brown color with loads of light tan head,and lots of lacing when it finally receeds. Aroma of dark chocolate and almost burnt malt grain. Flavor is dominated by chocolate, both milk and bittersweet, with some coffee behind that and again the echo of roasted malt. The mouthfeel was ultra-smooth, the body slightly watery and the carbonation delicate, a slightly sweet coco aftertaste. Very sessionable and fun to try.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer pours a pitch black color with only minimal highlights when back lit, the off white head is creamy and smooth as only the nitro can could produce, and seems intent on sticking around. the aroma gives a nice bit of chocolate malt considering the head, that said there isn't a lot else going on there. the taste follows with great chocolate flavor and a nice sweet finish. the full body and nice carbonation make this a beer I could drink to excess.

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Photo of Capitalist
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is black. How much more black could it be, the answer is none more black. Thin brown head.
Smell, a bit sour.
Nice taste, mild stout, medium chocolate in it. Maybe slightly bitter.
Nice smooth stout, I'd drink more, maybe not in a single night.

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

On tap at The Big Hunt. Served in a pint glass.

A: Black with a minimal head. The glass is absolutely coated with lacing.

S: Bitter and sweetened chocolate with roasted malts.

T: Definitely chocolate, but it's not too sweet and it doesn't overwhelm the underlying roasted stout flavors.

M: Nice and creamy, kind of like chocolate milk. I think it gives the beer the impression of being sweeter than it really is.

D: Not bad at all. A bit too much to be sessionable, but still nice to have on a semi-frequent basis.

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Photo of Sensibud2488
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark chocolate color with a creamy tan head. Puts on a nice show as the nitro makes the head form. Awsome looking head as with most nitros.

S- Smells of milk chocolate and lightly rosted character as well.

T- Nice sweet chocolate taste with hint of coffee and roasted malt.Minimal bitterness left at aftertaste

M- Very light,compared to other stouts, but still creamy and nicely carbonated

D- The sweet,light,and creamy taste help this to be extrememly drinkable

Overall this a great delicious stout that is like dessert in a nitro-can!!!

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