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

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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
5,791 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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Ratings: 5,791 |  Reviews: 2,373
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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Photo of hoplover82
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I need more hops! The balance is way off to me. Way too sweet. Very cloying. I've had chocolate stouts that I like very much but not this one. Yuk!

Pours black with a fleeting tan head.

The aroma is a little chocolaty, and some roasted malts. And water.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and water and gritty malt too. I wish a brewery would do a dark chocolate oatmeal stout. Now that would be good!

Watery light bodied.

Not drinkable.

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours deep brown with a chocolaty brown head
S - smells like the name suggests. There are a lot of chocolate and malt tones. Smells delicious.
T - tastes like a chocolate milkshake with some burnt malts. I've noticed that the there is a lot more burnt malt in the bottled version versus when it is served on cask.
M - this is thin and the carbonation is a little high
D - This is one of my favorite beers. Makes for an excellent dessert. Out of the bottle, this was delicious, but I enjoy it even more on cask at Llewellyn's Pub down the street. It is not as chocolaty as the name implies, but of course there is a lot more chocolate than a normal stout.

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

Pours pitch black with tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Smell: milk chocolate. cocoa, caramel, roasted malt undertones. Taste: hot chocolate, unsweetened/bitter chocolate, roasted flavors, just enough earthy hops to keep from getting too sweet. Medium bodied, creamy, dry oat+cocoa-like finish.

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

Great! Have had out of the tap and can and enjoy equally both ways. Slightly smoother out of a nitrogenated tap. Some might say it is not a session beer, but if you're a stout/porter fan it can be done:) Murky brown pour, roast malt with mostly choclate aromas. Mostly chocolate with a velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, nearly black. Upon pouring, it leaves a decent size oatmeal colored head, which surprisingly does not stay very long. There is a small lace decorating the glass as I drink it through.

Smell: A lot weaker than I would have imagined, given the "Double Chocolate" name. The smell does not even suggest that much chocolate. It is caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and a very small amount of espresso, in that order.

Taste: I found the taste to be rather pleasant. The malt is what hits me first, with a roasted, nearly burnt malt taste. Then a quick dose of caramel. Chocolate finally bursts through but is not an overwhelming flavor. There is a little bit of coffee or espresso at the end, as the hops give it just a slight kick. The subtlety is a pleasant surprise; it has a great, smooth, chocolaty taste, but I am able to grasp the other flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Relatively low carbonation, but this is one very smooth beer. If the intent was to make this smooth and creamy to emulate a milkshake, this was a success.

Drinkability: This is a stout that is light enough to have a few, with a flavor that would expect you to. A good tasting stout, and definite props on the smooth chocolate taste.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Smith branded "full" pint glasses.

Appearance - pitch black, or close to it. Head poured very thick, but died down fairly quickly. Lacing, however, is totally out of control on this one.

Smell - chocolate is there, as you would expect, but not nearly in the front of the odor; primary smell is alcohol, then a cocoa scent.

Taste - chocolate, then chocolate, then alcohol bite, then more chocolate going down and a blooming chocolate after taste. The chocolate flavor is similar to the chocolate of a good milk shake; probably the fact that the best milk shakes are malted.

Mouthfeel - is fine. Beer goes down smooth, and is comfortable in the mouth. Given the taste, a *more* smooth texture might be expected, but then again, this isn't a milk shake, it just tastes like one.

Drinkability - if I had more than this one, I would probably drink them.

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

Pours a near black colour with a frothy, chunky off-white head. Great lacing on the glass.

The nose is burnt and roasted malted barley. Some sweetness and hops are somewhere in the background.

The taste is sweet caramel malt first. Really quite sweet and sugary. The taste moves into a bitter chocolate flavour and finishes pretty dry. Very milky. Expresso and coffee flavours are very upfront. Not much hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. The carbonation is medium and is somewhat sharp.

I took off some points for drinkability due to the sweetness but thats just me. Very good beer.

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Photo of Buebie
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz nitro can into an oversized snifter.
Wonderful bubbling dance done in the glass off the pour. Similar to a draft pour of Guiness, with multiple layers doing different things.
The head is so whipped creamy, light and fluffy, off white in color. 1 finger thick of retention, with thick all around cover laceing the entire surface of the glass.
Black as night in color.

Aroma of a cocoa poder mix, chocolate cereal grains and hints of lactose like dairy aroma.

Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy, with little to no carbonation. Its like drinking whole milk, same texture.
Starts sweet, switching quickly to a Bitter chocolate upfront with a metallic water flavor.
Smoked peat porter likeness in some of the flavors, hemp hop flavors, finish dry and bitter with coffee and chocolate going back and forth over my tounge.

Nitro cans are so cool, this is fun to crack open and hear the nitro bubble. Its better ontap, but this is still quite good.

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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 nice...wow! 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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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 5,791 ratings
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