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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

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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Reviews: 2,338 | Ratings: 5,677
Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick foamy tan head with a black body.

The nose was sweet with some bark, wood, chicory, chocolate earthy coffee smells.

The taste was medium bodied. A very sour chocolate milk taste at first. Sort of like sour chocolate milk or warm milk. Basically a very creamy taste. It actually starts sort of like a milk shake. Chocolate and creamy, then after a LONG pause it hits with a bitter, coffee, chicory overtone. Really quite interesting and bizarre at the same time.

Quite an interesting brew. An alcoholic chocolate milk with stout overtones. Bizarre but yummy at the same time.

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Photo of baiser
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, with a foamy tan head. The head resided faster than expected. Left a small ring of lacing around the glass.

Smelled of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans and slight chocolate aroma.

Taste was very nice. At first, the taste is quite bitter, almost like something was burnt. Then a slight chocolatey sweetness comes through. This beer is very smooth, full bodied and best savoured as an dessert drink.

One complaint was that the carbonation was a bit much. Made this stout a little less creamy than it could've been. But overall, very finely crafted.

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Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a big fluffy brown head that falls to a finger size cap that leavves a light lacing down my glass. Aroma is roasted malt some coffee aromas and chocolate of course along with some citrus from the hops. Taste is great and stouty roasted malts lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and lightly bitter coffee flavor and a dose of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great smooth and creamy as it rolls around your mouth like drinking velvet. Drinkability is wonderful just a touch of chocolate to complement an already wonderful stout unlike another chocolate stout that seemed to be all chocolate. I would highly recommend this stout could drink these all night.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours jet black with a massive head and gobs of lace.
Smell: Chocolatey, cocoa powder, roasty maltiness, hops in the background.
Taste: Excellent. Not at all as sweet as I expected, very complex with lots of different chocolate flavors (dark, milk), a little bit of coffee and a nice hoppy finish. No fruityness or figgyness which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Creamy mouthcoating mouthfeel with tingly but restrained carbonation. Absolutely delicious chocolatey finish that lasts a while. This beer was way better than I expected. Very rich.

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Photo of tjd25
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fluffy and silky head; it seemed to fade quickly at first, but a finger of head remained on the beer for the time I had it in the glass. Quite impressive. The body is of an intense dark brown color.

The smell shows sweet notes of chocolate and cream, but citrus and straw also appeared together with a liquor aroma.

The chocolate flavor was not as developed as I expected. Sure, it tasted like chocolate, but with very sweet citric notes, hints of wood close to tartness, and light hints of cherries and flowers.

The mouthfeel was smooth and extremely creamy, rather rich than thick, quite enjoyable. Slightly floury, nicely warming. The label says it all: "silky, rich, creamy and smooth". However, I would enjoy more chocolate and less of that alcohol feeling.

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Photo of aracauna
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous stout. Deep ruby black with a thick, dense, rocky, tan head. That baby sticks around for the whole show as well. The aroma is largely chocolate and not a lot of roast or burnt aromas. The same goes for the flavor with the chocolate being dominant and not a lot of burnt or bitterness behind it. Nicely sweet and a great after-dinner sipper.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I love this stout. A dark thick brew with a creamy tan head that lingers. Decent lacing as it settles. Smells so sweet. It taste just like it is named, chocolaty. Although this is very sweet there is a small hint of hops lingering in the aroma and taste. A find this not as drinkable as other stouts, even though it is only 5.2%abv. It is rather heavy for me to consume too much.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this stout is tasty. huge head, all the way to the bottom. defining taste is the chocolate. the smell is chocolate. the whole goddamn is chocolate. mouthfeel is heavy....will fill you up fast. three is about my max but, just so good may have another against my better judgement. wha the hell i'll have another. one of the many fine brews at nahabinghi in youngstown. oh

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very close to pitch black with a full creamy brown head that lasts and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma of real Dark Chocolate and hints of coffee. Big rich dark chocolate flavors without being overly sweet. Medium-full (leans full) bodied and creamy smooth with a bitter chocolate finish.

Simply Amazing !!

Per label: "Chocolate Malt and real Dark Chocolate" & 5.2% ABV

Per Young's website: Pale ale malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggles and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence. Melted chocolate bars are added to the boil and the essence is added after filtration. 5.0% ABV

Best Before (end): 10/04
Tasted: 07/06/04

($2.79 / 16.9 oz.)

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Photo of kbub6f
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very big, dark, tan, solid, foamy head leaves lots of sticky lacing. Sweet, dark, black chocolate and an illusion of coffee in the nose. Dark chocolate again in the front, of course, but some nice surprising fruit, too. It persists through the full, thick, milky middle. Finish is light, fresh cocoa. Excellent. This is proof that you should revisit the classics from time to time. I remembered this beer as pure sweet chocolate... a little too sweet for me. But this time it was just right. Maybe I was remembering the nitro can.

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Photo of wyllder
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.

Is there any way to improve on the appearance here? Like a Guinness, it pours an opaque chocolate brown bordering on black. The head is big, thick, creamy and absolute delight to siphon off before getting to the real stuff below.

Smell is heady, with hints of coffee and caramel. But this beer isn't about hints, it's about chocolate and that's here in plenty.

The taste.. Here I'll have to say I had several beers before this, including Arrogant Bastard and Hopdevil so my experience is tainted. What I tasted began as a creamy-smooth stout with hints of alcohol & hops and a backbone of sweet chocolate malt. By midway through the glass it was all chocolate. The aftertaste reminded me of a dark chocolate yogurt, the bitterness of the chocolate balanced against the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel was wonderful, in a smooth & creamy sort of way.

Highly drinkable, provided you like chocolate.

Damn good stuff.


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Photo of masterbruewer
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly black with thick brown head that settled into a solid half inch. Decent lacing. Too dark to tell about carbonation.

The smell is a little malty, not much else I can detect.

Very smooth with a burnt coffee flavor. I'm not catching much else but maybe as it warms up. Yup, as it warms up, more of the chocolate flavor comes out in the smell and taste. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. No serious hop bite.

This is a highly drinkable beer. Very smooth and mellow, but flavorful.

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Photo of koolk
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black colour with a fluffy tan head that persists for quite sometime.

Nose is intial muted, but allowing to to warm in the glass the wonderful aromas of dark melted chocolate with hints of cherries filled the room. Beautiful stuff, that was intense without being over the top.

Flavours were more of roasted, dark malts with the chocolate only peering thru. However, after waiting 30 secs the aftertaste was that of having eaten some deep strong chocolate.

The palate didn't live up to the aromas, yet it was still a classy drop from start to finish, and went well with desert.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pure black; takes strong backlighting to bring out the true color, a very deep garnet. Good finger of thick rocky, tan head. Excellent head retention. Thin lacing. Carbonation not visible, very mild.

Smell: Apple yeast esters at first. These are soon overwhelmed by a wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts, and hints of vanilla. Terrific.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Immediate surge of unsweetened chocolate and sweet malts. Bitterness comes in to finish, biting and a bit smoky. It's fairly straightforward, but quite tasty. The mouthfeel is thin, but the carbonation is controlled, giving it fairly smooth texture overall.

Drinkability: It's pretty light and certainly tasty, but the strong chocolate flavor would make it tough for me to drink too many--it's dessert.

A fun, nice beer. Not the richest or most complex stout you'll run across, but it's one almost anyone can enjoy. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the usual real real dark stout color. Nice thick tan head settles out in the inperial pint glass.

Smells quite nutty and toasted. very pleasant. Bit of coffee in there too.

Lives up to the name. Quite a load of chocolate malt up front that starts off a little bitter then rolls over and gets quite sweet. Licorice and anise in the background. Nice burnt malt ending with that wonderful stout glow that just kind of lingers like cigar smoke.

Nice and full with a slightly dryer feel than a lot of stouts.

Highly drinkable.

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

Nice label, classy and simple, colored in rich purple. Expiration dating on back label with the government warnings.

Head pours thick and fast in the pour, sitting a dark brown atop a black, black beer. You won't need to agitate the brew to bring the head back - it's not going anywhere but your lips. Lacing is thick and tenacious. Only the strongest backlight reveals any sort of color, and even then its a dark brown-red. Lovely, mysterious, and thick.

The chocolate is in the nose, to be sure. Smells of pure, bitter chocolate and barley. The malt is there, lurking behind the chocolate. The aroma is inviting and promises a good payoff in the taste.

And Lord, it doesn't disappoint. Big mouthful of bitter chocolate supported by the sweet malt beneath. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and silky, and finishes in a tight bittersweet kiss of smoky chocolate. This one lives up to its name. You'll almost want to pour this into a brandy snifter and sip it by the fire on cold nights. This is not something to drink every night, but when you want something dark, rich, and extravagant, you'd do well to try this one.

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

From a $2.99 500ml bottle. Best by Feb 2005 notched on the back label, I like that.

Medium-sized head shows up late in the pour. Turns out creamy. Looks like a bit of retention and lacing here. Body is as pitch black as the beer gods say a stout should be.

Smell is subtle. A big whiff catches mostly roasted malt balanced by cocoa. A bit of fruit catches me at the end of it.

The taste is a nice combination of coffee and very fresh chocolate. The chocolate really stands out in the aftertaste. Not too sweet or too dark.

The mouthfeel is a surprising bit of carbonation at the very beginning. Kind of forces you to move the beer around the palate to capture that flavor. Finish is not as smooth as others but helps bring out the aftertaste. Almost like it was done on purpose. By no means harsh though.

This is probably best as a dessert beer but it isn't too extreme that it can't be drank in a session. A bit on the expensive side, though. Then again, it's about the price of a Bud in a bar so this isn't such a bad home beer.

Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Nathans in Washington DC. Poured a classic nitro stout black with white creamy head. Smelled a tad sour, I am wondering if this maybe had been around for awhile. Taste was good... sweet, chocolatey with a touch of maybe hazelnut. Not one of my favorite stouts because of how sweet it is, but definitely a nice beer to relax with for a nice conversation after dinner (what I was doing at the time).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark black beer with a nice foamy head with great retention. Carbonation is very good with a lighter body then expected. Taste is very smooth with some roasted malts and chocolate taste with a light dry finish. This is a very refreshing beer and easily drinkable. I remember having that beer about five years ago from a bottle and the chocolate taste was more pronounced. Overall, this is an easy to drink stout.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Chocolate covered hops.
Appearance: Black as tar, thick lasting nitro induced suede head that left traces of lace.
Flavor: A great stout that has chocolate in the middle and end. A bit heavy on the chocolate, it really drowns out the rest of the beer, but I don’t mind a bit. Too much chocolate to me is like saying “it’s too good”.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully creamy and medium-heavy body
Overall Impression: Only thing that slows down drinkability is the weight of the beer. It is filling and satisfying. I went to the fridge asking “Dessert or beer?” I had both with this gem. Try, and share. This is a great gateway stout, especially for the ladies.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in an elegant looking 0.5 liter brown bottle with a regal purple label that exudes an upper crust, classy quality. When poured into an imperial pint glass, the body is deep brown in color and borders on the verge of being completely black, but indicates chocolate colored highlights when held up against the light. Other than the highlights at the edges, not much passes through the dense liquid. The head is a towering layer of foam, at least two inches thick initially, and has the color of a chocolate milk shake. After it dies down, it leaves a rich brown lace around the glass. The aroma is pretty mild, and the chocolate smell is clearly present, but does not overpower the other roasty aromas. Taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so. The chocolate is supplemented by flavors of raisin, rum, and dark roasted coffee. The aftertaste is dry, and has a bit of bitterness to it. The beer is a bit thin on the palette for a stout and has an earthy to chalky mouthfeel. A dark, mild beer, which pacifies your soul as it touches your mouth.

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Photo of psyco1
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a foamy tannish-black from the nitro that settled into a nice black with a 1 inch tan head.

The smell was first of the roasted malts then a big chunk of alcohol covered chocolate hit me in the nose. wow

The taste was chocolate, then chocolate then some more chocolate. Almost like a beginning, middle and end....only the end had a bit of roasted malt flavor peeking in too. Then there was a chocolate aftertaste.

If I could find them more often, this would be my fall back <and> session beer. This is good stuff.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours quite dark and leaves a mid-sized tan (or khaki) head that gets smaller within ten minutes. The aroma is actually quite excellent, smelling malty and a little chocolatey. The taste doesn't quite live up to the beer's billing, though, because it seems a bit too sweet and the alcohol taste is not covered up by the malt. A bit more effort with the malt and this could be an excellent beer; however, it is still a relatively good beer and comes recommended to stout fans.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black body with a moderate tan head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is sweet and chocolatey...wow, shocking huh? Taste is crazy, sweet malts lead with a bittersweet chocolate middle gaining sweetness before a slightly bitter finish and powdery cocao end. Mouthfeel is spot on. This beer went down like a french prizefighter, I can't believe its gone already.

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

Appearance: An agressive pour into a beer-clean .5 liter glass resulted in one finger of a tan, creamy collar of foam. The nitro bloom lasted less than one minute and revealed an opaque black glass of brew. This beer is so dark that there is no hint of color, even at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: The nose is dominated by the same smell as that of unrefined cocoa with a nice malty undertone.Although the aroma is a tad understated...it invites one to want to dive right in.

Taste: No doubt that the chocolate malt dominates...but not in a sweet chocolate way. The taste fulfills the promise of the nose;cocoa...and lots of it in a very good way. This beer serves notice that chocolate does belong in a beer when in the hands of a very competant brewer.

Mouthfeel: Rich, robust, and dare I say...luxurious. Smooth, complex, and a very nice pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is hard to project just how this outstanding brew would play over the course of four or five...but I am willing to give it a shot!

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,677 ratings.
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