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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 q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

AROMA: Coffee Chocolate
LOOK: Dark Pour with a big thick head
TASTE: Dark Chocolate; Coffee
FEEL: Great carbonation. Bubbles make for a great mouthfeel. A favorite.
Update. Had this on tap at Blend in a sampler and it was on Nitro. I have to say I was pretty disappointed considering I really liked this beer in the past and I've had great experiences with nitro added to beers. Nitro gave it kind of a odd chemical aftertaste. Ratings adjusted to average.

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Photo of mkh012
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with an inch of frothy white head. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is a mild blend of chocolate and coffee, and the taste largely follows. Not as rich or well-rounded as Lancaster's Double Chocolate Milk Stout. This is very drinkable but lacks substance.

A flash of chocolate, coffee, and lactose up front, and a quick, biscuity finish. Not much "fuller" than Guinness unfortunately, but a solid dessert beer nonetheless.

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Photo of SilasCollins
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - A very dark black with a two finger head.
Smell - It smells like dark chocolate with slight notes of oats and coffee.
Taste - A rich, somewhat bitter dark chocolate flavour with an after taste of oats
Feel - Smooth and creamy very nice feel
Overall - This beer goes really nice with dessert due to the bitterness and smoothness of it, but it is a quite nice experience on it's own. Definitely would drink again.

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Photo of Spike
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with red edges. Lumpy, tan head reduces quickly to espresso crema and leaves mass of lacing.

Despite being on the cold side, smells of ample rich, dark chocolate and toasted malts.

Tastes less chocolaty than it smells. Sweet malt is prominent. Plus bitterness.

Sharp mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Overly light body.

Slightly disappointing end after a very promising start.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Figured it was time to give it a try. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

L: Pour gives you 2+ finger very light tan head, very strong retention, lacing, ring. Beer is very dark.

S: Roasted coffee, roasted malts, unsweetened cocoa. All weakish.

T: Follows nose with creamy dairy addition per its style. Weakish and watery. For something labelled double chocolate, you really don't get a whole lot of it.

F: Light to medium bodied (too light). Watered down taste. Low ABV gives watery finish, though moderate carbonation (too high) tries to help with that. Definitely not what you like in a stout.

O: So I tried it and now I don't have to do so again.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Once you've had Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout everything else is second fiddle. I had Young's Double Chocolate Stout and I thought it was much more bitter and watered down compared to Samuel Smith. There seemed to be a lot more coffee flavor in it too. If I had the choice between the two I'm taking SS.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle marked best by 4/8/16. Looks nice, opaque black with a finger of tan head. Smells of roasted malt. Thin, slightly creamy mouthfeel with some bitterness. Note that I haven't mentioned chocolate in the smell or taste... odd given the name. Good stout, but I think it's a bit overrated.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this bottle in fridge for about 3 months-best by March 23, 2016. I had this at a local pub about 5 months back and thought it deserved a second go round. Into a tulip it goes..Looks like a stout, not a long lasting retained head, but a tightly held together lacing that cascaded down slowly. This time first smell was chocolate mudslide with whipped cream. First taste was as it smelled..with a side of smoky roasted malts. Kinda reminded me of a hazelnut coffee blend I drink. For it smelling and tasting, to me, like a mudslide, the feel was the opposite, very thin for what I'd expect. That was the only let down. Not by far my favorite stout, but as this is a sweet stout I thought it was ok.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark beer with a creamy head that leaves gobs of lacing. The smell is massive roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is is only slightly sweet and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me.

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Photo of crisis1290
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Young's Double Chocolate Stout was better than expected. Poured this from the 16 oz nitro cans. The feel was heavy, creamy, high carbonation. The very active carbonation can be seen through the dark body of this gem. The aroma is dark cocoa, chocolate, cream and vanilla. Not overly strong but you know its there.
I would like to taste the diff between this can and a bottle. Not bad. Glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, best before date of 4/29/16. Pours brown with a large sized tan head. Smells mostly of vanilla and cocoa with some light hops. The taste follows closely with vanilla, cocoa, hops, roasted malt, and faint lactose sweetness. Thin body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a easy to find stout, but it needs a lot more flavor, body, lactose, and complexity. There are better Milk Stouts on the shelf.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured about half a finger of brown, somewhat creamy head. Entirely black and opaque, no light gets through.

Smell: Heavy on the dark chocolate (as expected) and roasted malt. subtle hints of coffee and molasses as well.

taste: Oh yeah, loads of chocolate. This beer definitely comes as advertised. Also contains hints of roasted coffee beans, and vanilla.

Feel: Heavy, creamy, medium carbonation.

This beer can be likened to taking a bite of high quality dark chocolate. It has heavy notes of bitter dark chocolate, and is creamy in character which works well with the style. Despite the creaminess, this beer retains a relatively high carbonation. Highly recommend this one to sweet stout lovers.

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Photo of Shanty76
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I hope this was a bad bottle. BARELY there nose...taste NO chocolate and very thin. I may revisit this as the other ratings are goid enough that hopefully this one is an anomaly....

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Photo of RavynX
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter

Look: Dark brown, almost black color. Pours out with minimal head which quickly fades. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Distinct dark chocolate milk and coffee aroma with vanilla.

Taste: Prominent chocolate notes and sweet creamy vanilla.

Feel: Very smooth and light feel, creamy taste with minimal carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Very enjoyable & unique.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The chocolate advertised on the label comes through in spades in the flavor. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is dark chocolate, finish is dry with nice lingering sweetness on the palate. Worthy of it’s score....

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black small mocha colored head dissipates completely some lacing.
Smell notes of chocolate malt not much else i expected a little more.
Taste bitter chocolate roasted malt
Feel light well carbonated smooth
Overall a decent beer would have liked a little more chocolate smell.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stone glass.Pours a very dark brown color.Smell is chocolate with a hint of coffee.Taste is chocolate up front coffee and maybe a touch of vanilla.I have had this many time.It is a very good tasting stout but what keeps it a little lower on the scale is the lack of ABV.5.0 for a stout is quite low.If your looking for a functional stout with a great flavor,this is for you.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pitch black with a creamy bubbly beige head. Low persistence but a thin layer of head stays until the last sip.
S- Dark cocoa, chocolate, cream, vanilla. Not overly strong, but a bit stronger would make it perfect.
T- Sweet bready chocolate, leaves a roasted aftertaste with a subtle hint of hops.
F- Full, rich. Not as creamy as expected. Easy drink.
O- Very good stout, expected a bit more.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown to almost black in color, the pour forms massive frothy tan head that everlasting stands until the last sip. It just slowly subsides to thick foamy layer covering atop while leaves plenty of refined lacings along the way down. Active carbonation can be obviously seen through its dark body.

The aromas consist of very rich chocolate, coffee, somewhat milky and creamy, vanilla, burnt sugar and a hint of licorice.

Big and rich chocolate in mouth, chewy and creamy sweet but not too overwhelm, roasted character mingles to balance along with some bitterness from hop. Complexity is added by a note of coffee and vanilla. The aftertaste is long lasting chocolate flavor, really tasty one.

Rather full body with super smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is low to medium which is properly fit and carries all the things well. Finish is a bit dry.

This beer deserves a try. It holds all the qualities of that great Stouts could have. Perfect pairing with chocolate.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the first chocolate stout I've ever tried.
It was wonderful. I"m almost converting to a stout drinker rather than an IPA drinker.
There was so much going on that I'd never experienced in a beer before.
2 thumbs up!

Look: Black, like your ex girlfriend heart.
Just kidding, she doesn't have a heart, do you... Elaine?!! but, I digress.

Very nice off white creamy head that stayed constant the whole time I was drinking from my grandfathers handle mug he won by winning a lawn bowls competition.

Smell: Ahhh, The fine bouquet of chocolate malt. Not too strong yet strong enough with just a hint of cocoa.

Taste. Once again that chocolate malt comes through, not overpowering and not cloying like some stouts can be. Rich and yet subtly sweet and smooth. I could drink it all day and night through winter.

Feel: creamy, very creamy. Almost like drinking the flavored topping you put on your ice cream. Not as thick of course. It has that hard feel to it though. Exactly what you'd expect from a good stout claiming to be a good stout.

OA: As I stated; this was my first chocolate stout.
I found it very easy to drink, something even non-initiated stout drinkers could enjoy.
The roasting is pleasant and not like your drinking a camp fire (which I don't mind at all) followed by the perfectly balanced sweetness of 80% pure cocoa.
Great mouth feel and a pleasure to watch the lacing as it creates a terraced garden effect down the side of the glass after each swallow.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany, almost black, with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head. Smells of dark chocolate fruit. Tastes like dark chocolate milk with a hint of dark fruit. Feel is creamy and light, with mild carbonation. Overall a pretty unique and tasty stout.

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Photo of travis3113
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: What a dark and tasty looking beverage. Super creamy head with some nice brown color to it. Almost black.

S: Aroma is outstanding. Tons of coffee and chocolate with great malt character.

T: Tastes wonderful! Each mouthful is an experience. It coats the entire palate with rich chocolate and coffee flavors with a touch of bitter on the finish.

F: Very rich and full feel. Not too much carbonation but not too little either like some other stouts. The only time there is a slight thinness is just as you are swallowing.... Time for another sip!

O: Very enjoyable overall. Would drink any day of the week but pairs best on a cold day in front of the fireplace. Best stout I've ever had.

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Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance- black as coal with a large tan colored head. Aroma- cocoa up front with a heavy dose of malt. Taste- chocolate and malt dominate, a very nice flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this in the cans and it was awful. No carbonation, no chocolate and very bitter. If you want to try this beer, attempt the bottle. By all means, the canned brew is a waste of money.

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Photo of Coop925
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming from Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout, which is what the waiter had recommended me this in exchange, a very nice clean flavor with not heavy tons of coffee and chocolate. I'll come back to this.

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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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