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

5,757 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 nokes
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flared pilsner's what was available. Looked suitably stout-like with a reasonable tan head that bubbled down pillowy-like and mottled in colour.

Can smell the chocolate, and the roastiness...smells good. Not as chocolaty as I would have thought, though, given the name and the fact that "natural chocolate flavour" is on the ingredients list (albeit last).

As with the smell, the chocolate is pretty understated. I was expecting (maybe even hoping?) for a bit more. Balanced and even, though...a good beer. I like it, but it's not amazing. It feels nice in the mouth, smooth but not as full as I find myself wanting it to be. Not over-sweet or cloying at all...definitely good in that way. A person could drink a fair bit of this without any problem.

In general, I like it. A nice beer worth trying for sure.

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Photo of LordHammer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two of these on tap at Jon's on South Street in Philly.

A: Solidly black with about an inch of cream colored head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Mostly chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of roasted malts. Smelled delicious.

T: Exactly what the name would suggest. Chocolate out front, followed by a layer of vanilla, and then some coffee notes from the grains at the end. No discernable hops, which is perfectly fine.

M: Thick, as it should be, but not too heavy to be drinkable.

D: I had two, and could easily done several more if not for having to go to a concert.

In all, a lovely beer that is all it claims to be. Definitely something I'll have again.

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

I first had this beer on tap last July and was blown away by the chocolate flavor. It seemed to be missing from the can, though.

This beer poured dark with slightly less head than I would have expected from a nitro beer -- prpbably due to the fact that its temp was about 34* when I poured it. It had an inviting aroma, ever-so-slightly roasted with some chocolate. (Much less chocolate than expected).

I could easily see this being a session beer as it was not too much of anything, not too sweet, not too bitter, not too chocolatey, not too "roastey." Overall, a well balanced stout with a moderate amount of chocolate. I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hard to define a pour of a stout. this one is black, big tan head with ample lacing.
smell is in a word, chocolate. this is amazing that what i would consoder a small beer( alc/malt content wise) cab
be this chocolaty!
taste is amazing in the chocolate, almost like carbonated chocolate.
a wonderfull beer.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can to a freshly washed Murphy's Stout glass. Jet black with a cascade forming head much like a guiness nitro pour. Formed a creamy light tan half inch head with a continual cascading effect. Moderate lacing.

Smell is raosty chocolate and slight noble hops.

Taste is interresting. Much like a dry irish stout with chocolate undertones. Roasty, crisp and dark chocolate with a clean finish. The creamy head is a bonus.

Full bodied and very drinkable.


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Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another beer that somehow passed beneath my radar, i could have sworn i had reviewed it before but i guess not.

looks great has a nice deep black color with a nice brown head on it

smell is very very chocolatey, just like the taste , probably the most profoundly chocolate tasting beer ive had, its great

mouthfeel is good as is drinkability

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the best palate of any beer I've ever tasted, just creamy chocolate with a hint of coffee and malt behind it. Tastes like a candy bar or maybe hershey syrup. I bet this beer would be outstanding over vanilla ice cream and think I should probably try that soon.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured into the glass this had a really dark brown color with a nice frothy head.

The smell had a coffee/roasted scent but with a nice hint of sweetness.

The taste was very similar to the smell but the best part was how it had a very smooth feel in your mouth. It was not flat but it had a mild carbonation which gave it a great feel.

This had a really nice flavor and feel but was filling so probably would be best in small amounts after a meal.

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Photo of sliverX
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poored a very dark brown, with a thin tan head
Smell was all chocolate and malts
taste is all chocolate followed by a slightly bitter burnt aftertaste possibly from the hops not real sure could also be overly roasted malts giving it that "carbon" taste
mouthfeel was medium, felt nice in the mouth
drinkability was very high, definitely recommend

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a terrific frothy head. Head sticks around for a while and left a bit of lacing.

Smells of cocoa and dark roasted malt.

Delicious toasted malt and chocolate flavors, almost creamy. Cocoa flavor comes in the second wave and finishes nice and clean. Wonderful stuff.

Mild carbonation allows this to coat your mouth. Nothing cloying or off. Again, a well made brew. Overall, you can kill a 6 of these and enjoy each to the last drop. Fine brew overall.

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

A: The beer poured nice and frothy with a solid head. The head was really thick and a very light brown/caramel color. The beer was much darker, a deep brown.

S: It smelled like a damn delicious stout should! Hints of coffee, malt and chocolate. Very milky.

T and Mouthfeel: Sooo tasty. I enjoyed it as dessert after a gyro and it was delicious. Very creamy, yet smooth and watery. Nice chocolate taste but not overpowering. I could probably drink down 2 or 3 no problem.

Tasty, filling beer, I would recommend it as a dessert to any meal!

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can into a euro pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice smooth frothy dark brown and hazelnut color. As beer settled and began to clear after about a 30 seconds, it left a nice 1 finger head that was unbelievably thick and full.

Smell: Smell is hidden slighly by the massive head that is so thick. I got a lot of dark and milk chocolate.

Taste: Delicious. I would want this with dessert for sure! Its good by itself as well, its nice and focused. Its got tastes for dark chocolate, a little bitter cocoa and coffee aswell. I taste sweet roasted grains and malt too.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and medium viscosity. Very low carbonation, perfect for a stout. Its very very smooth.

Drinkability: I would drink the crap outta this beer. Perfect for the cold weather, and perfect paired with desserts and i would probably pair it with some duck even!! Its got a nice backbone and its delicious.

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

By far one of my most favorite chocolate stouts.

Pours opaque black with a nice caramel colored head. This beer has a very rich and creamy taste to it and makes no effort to hide the chocolate flavor. Very smooth.

Always mean to try it in the can for comparison, can't go wrong with the bottle though.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/18/08. Can. Prettiest pour ever. Light chocolate brown descends and becomes a darker brown with a thick thick, foamy light tan head (so much prettier than Guinness haha). Aroma of nice bitter chocolate, tootsie roll. Flavor of lots of bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, although slightly watery. One of the best chocolate beers out there. An old favorite of can't go wrong with this one.
7/5/6/3/14 (3.5/5)

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

A - poured a dark brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that retained nicely and left a nice lacing effect around the glass

S - smelled like creamy milk chocolate and roasted malts

T - burnt coffee beans hints that are overpowered by the milk chocolate taste but is renewed with the slight hoppy aftertaste

M - creamy medium bodied with slight carbonation

D - very tasty and creamy stout

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

Poured a 4 finger tan brown head. The color was opaque brown/black, with deep ruby highlights when looked at in the light. Nice cascading action. Billowy head with tons of lacing down the side of the glass.

Hints of dark roasted malt, mild coffee, and chocolate dominate the nose and flavor profile. Hops are well balanced with the malt and are barely noticeable. The body is medium-thin.

Very drinkable chocolate stoudt that you could session with. The flavors open up a bit more as the beer warms. I gotta try this on tap. Very nice stoudt!

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

Appearance: pour out of the can (with widget) provided an excellent light brown head and fantastic cascading effect. Great lacing. Beer was a dark black/brown.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste: big on the chocolate, suprise. Not overly sweet, chocolate taste is balanced and dry.

Mouthfeel: creamy, I would compare it to Guiness, very smooth.

Drinkability: a tastey stout for lovers of hearty beers. This would also be a great intro-to-stout-beer for an inexperienced beer drinker due to the creaminess.

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Photo of fbandc
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exceptionally smooth. It poured with a creamy head and had a great chocolate/coffee malt aroma. The taste was not overpowering, but instead was more of a creamy, almost candy-like flavor. I would recommend this beer to any dark beer lover...

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Photo of khiasmus
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Invert-poured into a pint. beautiful cascade and tight head just like a Guinness. Body is pitch black, and of course the head is perfect and leaves a solid sheet down the walls of the glass.

Aroma, once again much like a Guinness- not a whole lot gets through that mammoth head. There's a bit of sweet cream, just a hint of chocolate, and some roasted grain, but it's all muted, like someone calling you through a rolled up carpet.

Flavor has some good stout elements, hints of roasted grain, and a good bit of lightly bitter chocolate. The sweetness is almost that of lactose, like a good cream stout. A bit of earth hints at a hop presence in the finish.

What can one really say about nitro mouthfeel? It's almost like cheating. So smooth and creamy, you'd think it was a double chocolate pudding instead of beer, and yet it's very slightly dry in the finish... which makes it ridiculously drinkable.

This beer is better than I remembered. Do yourself a favor and pick some up. Very well crafted and great for people that have only had Bud and say they "don't like beer."

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Photo of yesyouam
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(From a can with a widget) This stout has long been a favorite. Too bad I can't find it in the bottle anymore. It is a black beer with the creamiest khaki head you ever saw. Wow! maybe there's something to this little widget! The aroma is of faint roast. It's a bit muffled from the dense head. This beer always serves as my personal high mark for how good the palate of a beer can be. It's the smoothest thing ever. It's like drinking a melted chocolate bar. The flavor is of creamy milk chocolate and malt. Like a Frosty from Wendy's, but 1000 times better. An stout for all time! Long live it!
(rated Apr 17, 2007)

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

Pours a near black color with brown highlights, nice fluffy brown head that quickly settles into a sparse cap with some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate syrup, sweet but not too sweet. Plesant aroma not too overpowering. Nice smooth chocolate malt with added chocolate flavor, sweet and creamy but in balance. A little bit of roasted bitterness in the end. The feel is a tad thin for a stout but has an excellent silky texture, carbonation is soft. The stout is sweet but not dessert sweet. This is an insanely drinkable beer. Very smooth, a bit sweet but not sugary sweet, good subtle chocolate flavor.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Different beer. Pours dark brown with no real head, just randonm bubbles. Aroma of cream and Cocoa Puffs. Taste was like Bosco. All chocolate, but milk chocolate, not real chocolate. It was like a melted milkshake, but really watery. If they made "dessert beers" this would qualify. Very sweet, very chocolately, almost like a milkshake. Not really my style.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Off white head, almost black. Sudsy lacing.

S - Milk chocolate smell, with unsweetened cocoa.

T - Carbonated chocolate milk, with some malt and unsweetened chocolate added.

M - Creamy, smooth, sweet, nice.

D - Good for one, would bore me after awhile.

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Photo of beveritt
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amazing head! About 2 fingers of dark tan, pillowy beauty. Seettles very slowly to a blotchy coating with very little lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown, essentially back.

Smell: Smells like sawdust from cutting oak with hints of marshmallow sweetness.

Taste: Mellow and creamy smoothness. Lactose sweetness. Somewhat watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Always a favorite, this beer is just begging to be made into a float.

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Photo of echdk3
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, served in a pint glass

A_Tan one fingered head, creamy. Opaque black color. Leaves very thick lacing, almost like a nitro

S_Toasted bread, caramel, not very strong

T_Burnt toast, chocolate coffee beans, no real aftertaste

M_Ultra-smooth and creamy, so mellow, balanced, very little carbonation. Perfect!

D_Taste very little alcohol, nice and easy

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,757 ratings.
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