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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

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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pDev:
12.94%
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - poured pitch black with a massive 1.5" fluffy tan head that retained well with thick lacing in a pint glass

S - dark chocolate, cocoa powder, expresso, hints of toast and molasses.

T - an immaculate blend of chocolate, toasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream.

M - full bodied, lightly carbonated. Silky and creamy smoothness

D - Extremely drinkable. Enough said.

Overall - Surprisingly tasty and silky stout. The sweetness is not cloying in any way. A nice coffeelike bitterness with dark chocolate makes for excellent balance. A great appetizer beer or a dessert beer. I could probably see it as a session beer too. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of KeefD
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost black with purplish red highlights around the edges. One inch tan colored head and some nice lacing. There's a lot of carbonation bubbles sticking to the glass which gives it a cola-like appearance. Aroma is slightly sour at first, but notes of chocolate and bitter roasted malt bring up the back end of the nose. Taste is metallic, slightly sour, and only hints of dry dark chocolate, and some underlying roasted malt. I'm not sure how they call this a "double chocolate stout" as chocolate seems to be the furthest thing from the front. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. This is just not a good beer. The best before date is 6 months away and there was a nice hiss when I opened the bottle, so I don't believe it has gone bad. I think it's just not good. Maybe I'm just not crazy about British stouts in general. I would not buy this again, even though I only paid $2.50 for it.

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

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

A: Very black. Can't see any light through it at all. Poured a perfect 1 inch light brown head and waves pulsed down through the glass.

S: Chocolate. Lots of it. Reminded me kinda of nestle quik. Smells like dessert.

T: Very chocolately. Slight coffee bitterness at the end but only a little. Very smooth.

M: Full thick but good. Like nestle quik.

D: Very smooth. Could easily drink a few.

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

Listen I love this beer. One of my all time favourites and I don't think I possess the words to do it justice.

It pours black with a huge solid beige head. It looks like a meal in a glass.

The aromas are of roasted malt and chocolate. Everything that I like in a stout but with that extra choc-iness that sets it apart.

Oh chocolate heaven. I seem to get to hits of it. A milk chocolate burst up front and then a more bitter darker wave later. Not sure which is from the malts and which is from the chocolate additive.

A creamy mouthfeel but I would like just a touch more. Perhaps a bit more Guinness like?

I really want to give this straight fives but I know that there is probably something better out there. Now I just need to find it!

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Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 ounce (440ml) nitro-can into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a 1 inch creamy cappuccino colored tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted and coffee from the malts with a little bit of chocolate sweetness.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell except that the roastiness comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Mouthfeel is fairly full but desperately needs some carbonation.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a marvelous head that sticks around for a while. Body is an opaque brown.
Smells like a frappachino from starbucks, or a milkshake. either way not beer, but delicious none the less.
This beer tastes fantastic, not to many beer characteristics, but great none the less. Chocolate, sweet milk drinks like a Friendlys fribble with whip cream.
This is were im torn. Head is flawless, very rich and creamy, body on the other hand is rather watery and very thin. I understand this is not an RIS but even so...
Fantastic beer that I will probably drink again in the near future.
Those crazy Brits have done it again.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark stout close to black but small traces of dark brown. A very nice tan head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing.
Not a very strong smell. Smells malty with less of a chocolate scent than the name would lead you to believe. The taste is very similar to the smell, malty with a bit of chocolate and small amount of coffee bitterness. As the drink gets warmer the chocolate begins to emerge more as does the alcohol. It was nice to have a chocolate stout that wasn't overwhelmingly chocolaty.
Not too thick with moderate carbonation. The drink changes a bit as you drink so it keeps it interesting. As said before its not too thick and not overpowering make for a very drinkable beer especially for the price! A no brainer to buy again.

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Photo of Grathan
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed drinking this. I could tell from the aroma when I first crakced open a can this beer was different. It almost smelled like candy. The whole nitro stout thing is very similar to the Guiness beer, but the taste is even creamier and the aftertase is kinda similar to milk chocolate.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is aptly named, as it comes across about as chocolaty as you could imagine. It's an attractive beer, deep brown to black with a nice thick foamy light brown head that persists remarkably well and forms a solid layer down the sides of the glass. The aroma is chocolate. The thick mouthfeel helps to spread the sweet chocolate over the palate, but there is a nice slight hop finish that clears the palate a bit. Moderately drinkable, but I could not go for more than two at one sitting. Great brew for cold weather.

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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 glass...hey...it'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.

Enjoy!

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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 mine...you 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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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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