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

I drank it straight from the bottle, so I didn't see how it poured. Not sure about its head but the taste was wonderful. Tasted like a very strong red ale or amber with hints of chocolate coffe. It has a great distinctive taste. It smells a lot like chocolate and black coffee. A very great stout.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A..Dark as molasses. Poured and resembled a good Guinness draught. Wonderful head, though not much lace left behind.

S..Certainly a chocolate presence, but I was not blown away by the scent.

T..The taste however, was incredible. "Double Chocolate" stout is correct; this beer is chocolate in a glass. Tastes of good quality dark chocolate, but not too sweet as to be like a dessert beverage or liquor. Good malt quality. This is what other chocolate brews should aspire to taste like.

M..A little light/thin, but certainly not bad. A heavier mouthfeel would be nice.

D..Easy to put away since the ABV is only 5%. I could make this a short-session beer. If you've never tried a chocolate beer, this double chocolate stout is the place to start.

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Photo of tlinner
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at my favorite bar, the Old Toad. I've had Young's out of the bottle and on-tap, and there's absolutely no comparison. It's creamy and rich and not at all "watery" like I've heard other people say. Sure, it's not as heavy as a typical stout, but that doesn't translate to a let-down. We've come to expect a more roasted or unsweetened-chocolate taste from our chocolate stouts, but Young's is a bit gentler, more rich and creamy. This is a great beer, both for experienced beer tasters, and for your friends who want to try something different.

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

From a 0.5L bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint. Aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee, figgy plum and a little roast. Color is a jet black with a creamy tan head that is leaving nice lace as it subsides. Bittersweet chocolate is in the front with a touch of sweetness that fades into the roast. Bitterness is firm but balanced. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a lingering roast/toast/bitter chocolate aftertaste that fades dry. An excellent stout that is complex and satisfying.

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Photo of TStandley13
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was referred to drink this beer by my brother, as he insisted it was like drinking a thinned out milkshake.

A - Jet black in color with a creamy brown head. Lacing was there but not very notable. Appeared thinner than I expected but the creamy head made it look tasty.

S - CHOCOLATE - hence the name...

T - Once again...Chocolate. Very malty. Delicious. At times I forgot I was drinking a beer. Reminded me of the Molten Cake at Chili's (best dessert EVER). ABV is fairly low, and there is no indication of any alcohol at all in this brew...(might be a bad thing?)

M - The thinness kind of took away from the mouthfeel, but it was still silky and smooth. Wish it was a bit more full-bodied however.

D - Could put away a few of these, but im afraid the calories may be high (though I can't say for sure as I havent researched it.) Definitely tasty, and if you are looking for REAL chocolate taste, definitely pick some up.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- comes out a black body with a quickly falling dark tan colored head. Solid lacing left on the sides of my nonic.

S- lots and lots of chocolate here. Milk and dark. Roasted malts as well.

T- compared to the nose, the taste is kind of a let down. I was expecting something along the lines of Choklat from southern tier, but this falls short. It starts out like a chocolate tootsie roll pop, but the flavor ends abruptly and finishes rather bland.

M- too thin and watery for a stout. The carbonation level is very high as well. Disappointing.

D- more of a novelty that I would try to convert some non beer drinkers with. Its not terrible, I just have been spoiled by beers that tackle the chocolaty as hell thing much better than this one. I doubt ill have purchase this one again, but im glad I tried it.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting to try this beer ever since I tried Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout, as I was told that this is THE chocolate stoute to have. I think the expectations and anticipations were raised after seeing the brew on so many dessert menus around the city.

Poured out not very heavy. Wasn't very sludge-like or thick. Smell was of the chocolate and roasted-malt flavors, but not very strong. Taste was a bit watered down. I really expected Young's to be a bit more sugary and heavy on the chocolate and sweet notes, but it just wasn't there. I was a bit taken a back. But then I guess that makes sense. Do you really want a super thick and heavy brew to drag down your light dessert?

Overall, I don't think it's the premier dessert/chocolate brew. It has great flavors and smells, but I think it has been greatly overshadowed by the likes of Southern Tier Chokolat and Redhook Double Bock.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,818 ratings