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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Ratings: 5,775 |  Reviews: 2,368
Photo of cebeci88
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DragonXero
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is in competition for my favorite beer. I've noticed a lot of people talking about a nitro head and so on, but as far as I've ever tried this beer, it's been carbonated, the regular way. With carbon dioxide.

I've picked up a bottle of this for plenty of "me" times, because it's a great comfort beer. It's one of those fabled "you can drink it a little colder than room temperature" beers from England that we've all heard so much about. In fact, you really don't want it too cold, because the flavors are so varied and delicious.

Pouring this properly leads to a relatively weak head, especially for a relatively fizzy British beer, but you won't mind too much once you've had a few sips. The first whiff gives an almost woody inhale with a deceptively sweet finish, but the first quaff dispels the saccharine-sweet notion, replaced by a very-lightly sweetened, almost natural-tasting coffee flavor. This makes sense as cocoa and coffee aren't all that far off in terms of raw taste, with both being fairly bitter, robust pods originally drunk by dipping grindings with hot water. Both also contain caffeine, of course.

Others I've seen have compared this to Guinness. Why, I can only imagine. I'm guessing they may only have ever tried the Irish staple before and have no other stouts to compare this British great to. Perhaps in England this is served with a similar nitrogen bubble, but in the U.S., it seems to always be properly carbonated. It is a little flat compared to macro lagers, but against your standard pretentious microbrew, this is fairly carbonated. It's no soda, but it's definitely not a nearly-flat Guinness.

The mouthfeel, aside from the carbonation, is quite thick and creamy. It earns the term "milk stout". I remember as a younger man, hearing people often saying that Guinness is a meal in a can, but this stout is a 4-course royalty dinner in a bottle. You're not so much drinking as chewing this beer, which is actually rather enjoyable in this case.

Someday, when I don't feel like I'm wasting my money, I want to try this as a float. With Ice Cream. Until then, I'll continue to save up and buy a bottle when I get a chance. I suggest you do the same if you're looking for something tasty, different, and impressive. Dark as hell, thick, delicious, and still quite small. It's worth the ~5 dollars.

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Photo of Mousel
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eng_lee
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcpat1993
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too intense but nice even flavor

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a thin dark tan head which leaves little spotted lace on the glass. Great chocolate smell. Very smooth stout with just a little bitterness, and rather light bodied. Don't know if I'll try again at $4.49 per 500 ml bottle, but glad I tried once and I'm keeping the cool looking bottle.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At 5.2% ABV, this is as good as it gets as chocolatey stouts go. Bottled a month ago. Fresh & Delicious!! Highly recommended. If you are a craft beer aficionado, you have to knock this off your list. Nice chocolate, plumbs & roastiness to boot!! Great schtuff!

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Photo of dubnation
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pioppo
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, 03/29/2017

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Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoohMooh
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black, one finger tan head. Spotty lacing.

Smells of cocoa, coffee, milk. Kinda roasty. Pretty fragrant. Butter?

Taste is coffee first, then chocolate milk. Slightly peppery. Roasty/toasted bread. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Very "round" taste, feels rich without being too heavy.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body.

Pretty good, well-balanced. Needs more bite.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from 440 ml/14.9 fl oz nitro can into a conical pint glass. Pours a dark brown to black with typical pattern of clearing with a solid and lasting 1/2 inch head. Nose: bitter chocolate, toffee, banana; palate: remarkably dry with nice balance of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate, with anise notes. Medium bodied with full, creamy mouthfeel. Really a impressive drinking experience.

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

Photo of BeerBobber
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I poured this one out of a can with the widget so I got that cool upside down head that finally settles out to a very dark black with a nice creamy, frothy, two fingers of a tan head. The beer was black enough that I could not see any ruby notes around the base of my tulip glass.

The smell was pretty basic with some bitter chocolate, like bakers chocolate, and some hints of coffee.

The taste was much like the nose with that bitter chocolate and some coffee. The chocolate was sweetened somewhat by the lactose and nitro that made it just a bit sweeter than straight bakers chocolate.

Mouth feel was a medium creaminess with a wet finish. And also note because of that nitro the beer, in my opinion, tastes flat and blah.

I did not realize I was getting nitro cans and was dissapointed when I went to get the beer out of the fridge and heard that widget rattling around in the can. Sorry to all the folks that like them I just think that nitro kills the beer. Give me carbonation over that flat nitro flavor any day of the week. At least the wife enjoyed it a lot more as she actually likes the nitro. So there you go, two opposing views of the same beer.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matuto
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer (I'm having it from 500 ml bottle, exp. 11/2017, with chocolate malt and chocolate flavouring in its ingredients). After a while coffee notes make room to hazelnut. It's worth letting it warm a bit.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zpakalnis
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not much of a head out of a bottle pour which wasn't a great way to start but was impressed after this. Nice caramel smell, fairly smooth with no alcohol bite though some carbonation. They were not kidding when they said double chocolate though! Big chocolate note mid-late palate with some additional sweetness. Probably that caramel coming through again. Overall no real issues with the beer and would drink again.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 5,775 ratings
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