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

5,749 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 thespaceman
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 1pt bottle:

Appearance: A nice dark black, no clarity, and one helluva tan head. Pretty nice lacing as well.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolate and roasty aroma. A hint of yeast, esters and bready elements also appear. This one has a fudge brownie aroma throughout with a nice sense of bite with the alcohol tinge.

Taste: Mmmm.. this is like chocolate milk! Nestle chocolate milk, with a nice hint of dark roasted malt and hint of spice. It sounds bad but a little kid could have created something like this, almost like mixing Nesquick with carbonated elements. But what an enticing brew nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated, felt nice in the finish with the taste, not too overbarring, this brew is light to medium bodied yet has a great complexity on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is overly drinkable, at 5.2 ABV it's a low alch stout thats tasty enough to satisfy even a big Stout drinker. This brew has a nice chocolate taste I haven't had anywhere else in a choco stout, pulled off perfectly and gets my props!

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic tumbler from a nitro-can.

A - Creamy tan head, pours pitch black, very much like Guinness only without the red tint at the bottom.

S - Smells roasted like any typical stout, but no hint of chocolate whatsoever. Didn't really like the smell on this at all. Didn't smell bad, but didn't make me want to dive right in.

T - Slight roasted bitterness, and now the chocolate is coming through in the taste. Tastes like a beer chocolate milkshake, very drinkable.

M - Creamy mouthfeel due to the nitro, I don't mind nitro though. Turns a lot of people off, but it really helps this beer in my opinion. Wouldn't mind doing a side-by-side with the nitro and the bottled version of this beer.

Notes: Great session beer, something I could drink all night long. I know it's a different style, but I session Guinness often, and this kicks Guinness's ass. Not watery at all, actually tastes like a stout with chocolate added to it.

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

A good but not great chocolatey beer. It's certainly not a bad beer for the style, but that is not to say that a better job could not be done.

The beer pours dark brown with little to no opacity. The head is pretty sticky compared to what I was expecting. The nose is sweet and chocolatey. It's not altogether pleasant. Like a nestle kiss, the chocolate smells almost artificial. It's not horrible. I just wish that it wasn't so sweet. On the other hand, the experience is fairly clear early on.

The taste is a tad sweet but better than the smell. There are some good beer flavors, malts, hops, pushing the chocolate forward. The finish is surprisingly dry, almost acrid in a not unpleasant way.

The feel is, sadly, a bit thin. There's not enough creaminess to it. I would love to have one on tap at some point for a point of comparison. The drinkability mostly suffers for me because of the feel. It's just not something that I really would ever want a second glass of. It's not bad, but it's definitely dessert beer and not dessert flavors in a main course beer.

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Photo of gameface23
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head. Weak aroma of bitter chocolate. The taste was like chocolate coke or doctor pepper with chocolate syrup added. Both the aroma and the taste was somewhat lacking. It seemed to have very high carbonation. The entire experience reminded me of drinking soda.

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Photo of Guzzler78
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A nice 3/4 inch creamy tan head.
Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a nutty hint.

Taste great. Roasted malt flavors as well as chocolate and vanilla. A somewhat bitter finish like chocolate flavored coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice rich roasted feel.

This is a great tasting and drinking beer.

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Photo of gabe23
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown pour with great cascading nitro effect. Tan head stays with you to the end and laces nicely.

S - Mild aroma of chocolate, nuts, and malt.

T - Up front you get some bitter chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Sweet, but not overly so. Smooth finish with a little bite at the end, and not much aftertaste.

M - Creamy, rich, and smooth.

D - Great drinkability here, but the richness would probably limit me to no more than 2 per sitting. I didn't think I'd like this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised, and I'll be drinking more in the future.

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Photo of treble
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a pint beer mug, although I also have had this from the can. This beer looks like many stouts, it's very dark in color, brown almost black, and the head is tan, fluffy, a couple fingers wide. The head never completely disappears as you drink but a ring of foam remained til the end. Very sparse lacing, oddly.

The smell of this beer is really! Definite cocoa, smells like hot chocolate mix a little, sweet, and with hints of coffee. It doesn't really taste as sweet as it smells, though, there is quite a tinge of bitterness, more of the coffee flavors come through. Not bad, I don't exactly want my beer to be sweet like a hershey bar, but this could be smoother, less tangy.

Not bad mouthfeel, the liquid itself has a kind of creaminess, like a milk stout, but the carbonation throws it off. I liked the consistency more toward the bottom of my glass when the majority of the bubble were tapped out. They are too big, in my opinion, I feel in this area, also, things could've been a little smoother.

The beer is drinkable. It's not offensively chocolate-y and I could drink a couple of these, not a ton of them, but really good drinkability, especially with mexican food or barbecue.

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

1pt 0.9fl oz to tulip glass, pours an almost black shade with a cream colored head

smells of chocolate, roasty malts, smells goood

taste is of roasty chocolate malts, not heavy but not too light, loads of flavor, bitter, slight sweetness, great balance and nuances, creamy, raisins, plums

mouthfeel is silky and easy to drink, loads of great flavor

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a large, whispy coacoa colored head. Spotty lace all the way down. Smells of sweet chocolate, toasted malt and warm milk.

Mainly tastes of milk stout sourness, sweet dark chocolate and chocolate malt dryness. Thin body and a coffee mouth dry finish. Bitterness becomes less pronounced as the beer warms.

Good, but I was expecting something grand. The prominent bitter, sour, and sweet seamed to combat each other rather than unify the taste.

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

Pours an almost pitch black with red highlights. A creamy tan head that is about .5 inch remains. Smell is slightly of coffee and sugary malt. Taste is as the description says, chocolaty. There is a nice toasted malt flavor as well. I actually expected this beer to be sweeter, but it is quite nice as is. A hint of earthy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat of a disappointment, I really do not like nitro, the beer tastes rather flat. Drinkability is good though, an entire 16oz can is nice, but I personally find that to be enough, as the chocolate does begin to tire you. Overall a nice ale, I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of matt7215
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from the LCBO

pours black with a mid tan head.

aroma of sweet chocolate

the taste is all about chocolate but the sweetness is held in check very nicely. a great desert sipper.

the mouthfeel is a touch thin. a bigger body would be most welcomed on this one.

not something id drink in session but drinking one is no problem at all.

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

Excellent chocolate stout!

Color: Tootsie roll dark with a thick and creamy beige head.

Aroma: I definitely get the chocolate, caramel, and malt candy. It reminds me of a combination of Rolos with Whopper chocolate malt balls.

Flavor: Dark chocolate, not sweet at all...kinda like Mexican mole.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, it coats your mouth nicely and the finish is fairly long.

The low ABV makes it real easy to drink.

Great dessert beer with warm chocolate cake and raspberry jam on top!

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Photo of niz
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours jet black with slight ruby when held to light,
nice fluffy off white head.
smells of dark chocolate and deliciousness,
tastes amazing!! like chocolate cake in a glass,
mouthfeel is amazing, nice and oily, smooth and perfect amount of carbonation. i wish i could find it on tap here apparently its nitro! i can only imagine.
drinkability is insane, lower alcohol and high in taste = easy to throw a few back without fallin off your stool... or into it.

this is and will continue to be one of the best sweet stouts on the market, and since we get it in our liquor store, its available for $3.50 i will continue to buy it.


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

16oz nitro-can in nonic

A: Pours a completely black color with a ridiculous thick tan head that does not disappear, huge amount of lace.
S: Dark chocolate and a little bit of dried fruit, smells sweet like a chocolate milkshake.
T: Dark chocolate, a little bit of roasted malt provides a counter to the sweetness. The yeast definitely left a bit of sugar behind. The roasted malts and their astringency become more apparent as it warms up.
M: Creamy, rich, mouth-filling, smooth, slightly drying on the tongue, a low level of carbonation.
D: Goes down very easy, reminds me of a warm/melted chocolate milkshake. Doesn't come across as "heavy" or filling. This would probably be a great introduction to stouts for someone who "doesn't like dark/heavy beers". A great sweet stout, highly recommended.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a local bar. Beer was poured into a Young's pint glass.

A- Color was dark brown, almost black like motor oil. The head was two fingers thick and very creamy in texture. Absolutely beautiful.

S- Chocolates and sweet malt dominate.

T- Very nice combination of roasted malts and chocolates. There was a nice balanced sweetness that was just perfect!

M- Smooth and creamy. The texture was medium to full bodied.

D- Highly drinkable. Almost a sessionable beer considering the lower abv.

Overall, a very solid chocolate stout. Really glad this one is on tap. Definitely will be having this again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had a thick, black consistency. There was about a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing throughout.

S: Very strong smell of chocolate and malt.

T: One of the Alstrom Brothers mentioned that this tastes like powdered chocolate. That seems very apt. Also had roasted malt and some barley.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer. It's a little too sweet to drink a lot of, but still well done.

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Photo of stawn
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An oily black liquid drains from the bottle into my glass creating a dirty tan froth.

S - Smells of dark roast and chocolate, hint of alcohol.

T - Hershey syrup and smoke is my first thought. Very smokey aftertaste and bitter chocolate. Tiny hop on the back of tongue. Smoked wood is the prominent flavor here.

M - This beer is soft on the tongue, but bitter with a charred flavor.

D - Tastes too smokey for my liking. Probably won't have it again.

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

I poured a 16 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. It pours nice and dark with a thick white head. The smell is like fresh baking chocolate. I am a little disapointed by the taste. It was like a dark chocolate melted in beer, but I was wanting more. The beer is smooth and drinkable. I think I my expectations were just more than this beer had too give.

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

Poured an attractive dark color that was almost black with a nice tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Taste is also of chocolate with just a touch of coffee. It is sweet with not as much hop character as Rogue's offering. I thought the mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. I liked it, however, and it was pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/21/2006 (16.9 oz bottle):

Pours a black colored body, pitch black, with big head, tan colored and big bubbles good lacing. A strong aroma of dark chocolate & coffee. Good taste of chocolate, not bitter at all, no coffee taste. Kind of a watery mouthfeel. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with a decent caramel head that sticks around. Good lacing. Smell is of chocolate, lactose, and a very slight roasty smell. Taste is of more sweet chocolate, lactose, not much hops whatsoever. Big, malty, and sweet. Reminds me of Rogue's chocolate stout...especially the aftertaste. Slick, silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Shared this from a can with my father-in-law over the weekend. Poured into a pint glass a thick black color. Beautiful carbonation action and foamy head, with great retention during the drink, due to the nitro widget. Aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, blueberry sweetness. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as it looks, with no carbonation. Taste is vanilla and roasty bitter chocolate up front, with some fruity sweetness detectable toward the back, a very smooth finish with little bite. Drinkability is extremely high due to the smoothness.

This is a great beer. As a craft beer enthusiast whose gateway beer was Guinness Draught, I particularly enjoy this beer since all the characteristics it shares with Guinness are enhanced. Great as a dessert beer, as my father-in-law delighted in pointing out.

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

Thanks to BA Greggy for this one. Excellent.

Can You Say HEAD!!!

Fantastic appearance. Exactly what you expect from an English Stout.

Thick, Thick, Thick head that NEVER leaves. Incredible!!

Very good stout that lives up to its name. I love the bitter chocolate taste which is not too strong. Really good!

The beer is very thick and smooth. Not overpowering but just the right feel. I like that fact that this is a bitter Stout instead of a sweet stout. Too often, American Chocolate stouts mess this up. Too sweet. Great approach.

The only thing that I have a problem with is the fact that this beer is so thick and rich, there is no way I would be able to drink more than 2 of these in one sitting. Like a desert drink.

I will for sure have another one of these in the near future. Excellent.

In my book, beats Rogue Chocolate Stout hands down. Not as sweet. More complex.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that this is now one of my very, very favorite beers ever.

A: Thick black with bubbly, soda-like, tan foam that settles beautifully.

S: Chocolate, sweet, roasted coffee scent.

T: Rich chocolate. Sweet and smooth, not overwhelming, with coffee notes.

M: Creamy and silky smooth.

D: Refreshing, very drinkable.

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Presentation: 440ml nitro-can into a mug.

A- Very dark, nearly black/opaque. Nitro can provides a beautiful, cascading 2 finger head, which has excellent retention throughout entire consumption.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee. Fantastic.

T- Just as the smell predicts, sweet chocolate and coffee medley. "Delicious" seems to be the simple term to best describe this desert-esque sensation.

M- Somewhat watery, but smooth going down.

D- Extremely high. It's hard to get myself to slow down when I have one of these in hand.

Future outlook: Easy to find, dependable, and delicious. Barring premature death, repeat business 100% imminent.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,749 ratings.
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