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 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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Photo of Fatduck
2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Bulldog in Uptown, rather unimpressed.

Appearance, is pretty good, its dark, and thick, and has a great head, but that's about where this beer stops. Smell is ok, a little roasted malt, but nothing special.

Taste, is crap, its like water with a huge chocolate blast at the end. This is one beer that I would never push on a friend, maybe a girl-friend, but only if they LOVED chocolate.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chocolate beer through and through. It even looks chocolaty.

Flavors are highly roasted and mostly sweet. It's more of a milk chocolate flavor rather than bitter dark chocolate, which is one of the only things keeping this brew from being among my favorites.

Feel is good, though a bit thinner than I expected. It's more oily than creamy. Overall a good beer that just isn't quite great.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured intp a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Looks like coca-cola pouring in, nice a dark with no transparency. Decent head with some lacing.

S - Some roasted malt in the nose and a little hops smell. Unless my nose isn't working there isn't much else going on here.

T - Probably the most chocolate I've every tasted in a beer. Milk chocolate to be exact. Little bit of coffee. this is a pleasant tasting beer.

M - For a stout, this is light, carbonation is a little to high as well.

D - Afraid this is just average at best for drinkability. Nees more oomph!

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

A: Poured from the nitro-can into a pint glass. It does the whole cascading thing -- chocolate brown on top, cascading down to a black body. A tan 1-finger head rests on top. Leaves good lace down the glass.

S: Not much in the nose -- cocoa powder and some weak roasted barley malt.

T: Cocoa powder and chocolate over roasted malt, with a hint of coffee. Finishes with a slightly metallic, burnt char sort of dryness, but the lingering taste is still of chocolate.

M: Thin and light in heft, though a moderately creamy feel to it.

D: Very drinkable.

Notes: Years ago, before the advent/discovery of Rogue Chocolate Stout, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence and, the ultimate, Southern Tier Choklat, I would've felt this was a great chocolate dessert beer. Now, my tastes have evolved to the fuller-bodied RISes and the more highly chocolatey goodness of those beers. As a result, this one's been knocked down a peg or two in my book. Still a good beer, but just too thin and a bit too burnt to be a top chocolate beer for me.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer with chocolate as additional ingredient, Look: Almost black color and coppery tones; Smell: Strong with essences to white chocolate, candy and nuts; robust body; the foam taste like chocolate ice cream, besides that is creamy and dark; the flavor is exquisite, of the one that chocolate is appreciated, coffee, milk and figs, with very tasty end of sweet chocolate; you feel like drinking "chocolate Grannie" with alcohol; enjoys itself more without food.

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Photo of RollingRocker
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

saw this one day an decided to try. big fan of the stout. natural chocolate flavoring you say? gotta try it!

first off it wasn't what i was expecting at all! had all the colors of a stout, held it up to the light and it sucked the light right out of the room... really couldn't notice much of an aroma at first. once i let i roll across my tongue could i noticed the almost coffee chocolate flavor...more of a dark chocolate aftertaste. texture was a little off for me i was expecting more of a guinness type feel seems lighter and foamier. could see myself drinking more if in a pinch. not my favorite but give it a whirl.


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Photo of JJBlanche
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can anyone say world-class? This beer is a benchmark for me. Certainly not the best brew I've ever had, but by the same token I keep coming back to it year after year.

A - A nitroed Double Chocolate Stout is the beer by which all others will be compared -- in terms of looks, that is.

S - Good smell. Nice roastiness, some of that choco-goodness. Very enticing.

T - Very good. Just the right degree of roastiness, some caramel, oatmeal, capped off by a kind of Cadbury chocolate in the nose. Sweet stouts best watch out.

M - Perfect.

D - I wanted to say perfect, but realistically it's not as drinkable as other beers and other styles (but certainly among the best as far as stouts go).

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with a a thick light cappuccino color at poor - settles down in a minute or so time

Smell: Sweet Milk Chocolte smell. Some fruit in the background possibly some raisin

Taste: Sweet with a deep malt flavor in the back. Slight malt aftertaste may be overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin when compared to some other stouts , but refreshing

Drinkability: Slow to warm up to, but like most dark stouts, once you settle in, they become more delicious by the sip

Overall, impressed, but dry malt aftertaste could be refined slightly

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

A - Nice dark color with a lot of creamy head.

S - Just a hint of chocolate, not overwhelming

T - Doesn't taste like much, but has strong undertones

M - Very smooth and easy to drink

D - Very enjoyable. I bought the cans thinking it would be gimmicky, but one of my favorites.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Thoroughly black with a good finger's dark cappuccino-colored head

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark berry, milky even. The way the berry and the coffee complement each other is uniquely pleasant.

T: Sweet with a burnt backbone complementing the chocolate. The fruitiness is raisin-like.

M: Disappointingly thin. Very slightly chewy.

D: Drinks a lot like a dark, dry red wine. Great complements on the flavors, but with a bit more body or maybe even a bit more alcohol, I think this beer would have the potential to be outstanding.

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

appearance: close to pitch black. fat head and great retention and lacing.

smell: a bit of roasted malts and a LOT of dark chocolate.

taste: barely tastes like alcohol. Kind of like a chocolate shake, but a little bit less sweet than that. taste goes in and out of semi-sweet/dark chocolate and toasted malts. not as sweet as i expected it to be. chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue.

mouthfeel: milky and smooth. little carbonation. thinner than you expect from it's appearance

drinkability: goes down pretty's just not something i would normally have with food or as a session beer. goes well with lindeman's framboise if you're into sweet fruity beers. hard to detect any alcohol in that mixture.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and god lacing. Smells of alcohol up front, sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Taste of slight grass first, sweet chocolate next, and roasted malt in the finish. Overall, not bad, but a little less quality than I expected.

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Photo of erz316
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

440 ml nitro can into sam smith pint glass. I'm going to give the canned version of this guy a try, just for kicks.

A - pours a nice one finger mid brown head, a chocolate milk colour. the body is very dark brown, not quite black, as there is a tad of light getting through the bottom. tremendous lacing and retention.

S - smells like cocoa powder, and some very sugary malts. but the cocoa is light and delicious smelling.

T - this is an amazing dessert drink. the initial taste is a bit bitter powdered cocoa with some sweet malty/chocolate hints. the finish is more bitter cocoa, then the after taste is wholly a sweeter chocolate.

MF&D - the feel is too thin, the bottle was thicker, and more of a sipper than this. this is like a sweet guinness, with out any of the (lame) dryness. along that line, the beer is really easy to drink. the only thing that keeps it back from being a chugger is the sweet flavour, nor would i want to have more than two of these, I think.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a two finger deep tan head. Okay lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Not as sweet tasting as I was hoping for. Tastes more like a regular stout to me. Lots of toasted malt. It has a dark chocolate taste, but not as much as expected with this name. Very small coffee taste as well.

Mouthfeel is full, milk like and smooth. Little to no carbonation.

Decent drinkability. Not overwhelmingly good, but still a solid beer.

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

I have had this several times before on tap and from a regular bottle but decided to review it from the Nitro Can since I had a couple sitting in my Beer Fridge.

What beer doesn't look good from a nitro can or bottle or tap? The cascading effect is always fun to watch and there is always a nice perfect size frothy head that stays on the beer the whole time. The head on this one is a nice capuchino like head that stays about 1/2" thick the whole way down the glass. Nice sticky lacing as well.

Smell is of sweet milky dark chocolate. There is like a roasted coffee/capuchino smell to it as well.

Taste is of semi sweet chocolate and an abundance of it. It has some nice roasted coffee flavors as well. The combo of the semi sweetness and the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors is nice.

Mouthfeel is a little low on carbonation but most Nitro beers are. It gives it a very smooth feel to it that is pretty nice.

All together a nice brew that will be enjoyed for a long time. Try it as Half Young's Double Chocolate and Have Lindemans Framboise and it gives it this raspberry chocolate flavor that is very good.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like chocolate milk pouring out of the can. Once in the glass, it is opaque mahogany. Thick creamy tan head that lasts and sticks to the glass like foam from a fire extinguisher.

N: Rich titillating chocolate, almost like red velvet cake with a wispy vanilla undercurrent. Light grassy hops.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malt. Chocolate stays throughout and is joined by grassy hops and a dry hop bitterness. Vaguely reminiscent of semi-flat chocolate soda with roasty beer flavor and hop bitterness.

M: Velvety-creamy, though oddly light after the head was gone. Low carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D: An all-around tasty beverage. Great with raisins. Healthier than a milkshake, and it tastes like beer! Great semi-sweet chocolate flavor balanced with hops. Not a session beer though. One is satisfying.

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Photo of Beejay
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy murky brown, but then settles very black. Nice bit of very creamy head on top. Looks delicious.

S: Bitter, malty, and chocolate.

T: Bitter to start off with, then the chocolate comes through. Nice burnt aftertaste.

M: feels almost a little watery..

D: Good, but not amazing. Not something I am going to buy a lot of, but good for something different.

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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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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,846 ratings