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Rating: 4.3/5 (16 votes cast)

Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Wells & Young's Ltd.
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  • Country: England
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  • Style: Milk / Sweet / Cream Stout
  • Malts: Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate
  • Hops: Fuggle, Golding
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBUs:
  • Tasting Notes: Chocolate
  • Preferred Glass: Pint
  • Food Pairing: Brownies, Chocolate
  • PHM Grade: A

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

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Chocolate and beer? Not only do these two comestibles stand proudly on their own, but My! how they deliver when combined. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is probably the most globally revered of its kind (along with an American counterpart brewed by Rogue Brewery in Oregon). The chocolate flavors are achieved by the use of darker, more aromatic chocolate malts. And in the case of Young’s, actual chocolate is also used. Very cool.

This was my first chocolate stout. Really, it was. I’d been told about Young’s many times, and decided to review it since what I’ve heard and read about the stuff is so consistently positive that it felt like the most logical place to start.

It pours a thick, milky, dark opaque with a two-finger head. I noticed the chocolate aroma from the moment I opened the bottle. This made me extremely eager. The smell is not as chocolatey as I thought it would be, but is still very strongly roasted and rich. As the head dwindled and became a froth, I stepped back from the glass one more time, hardly believing that what I was looking at was actually beer. Really, it doesn’t look like beer at all.

I remember rummaging through kitchen cabinets as a child and happening upon bricks of unsweetened baking chocolate. You’ve seen them before … wrapped in their paper bundles, looking oh so tasty, like remnants of a treasure trove. I can still remember crunching down on one, the first (and definitely last) time I’d ever make that mistake. Back then, my face twisted into all sorts of funny angles when I realized that it wasn’t sweet. But now, as I drink down this glass of Young’s, I am reminded of the depth and decadence of chocolate, and I can taste why hundreds of years ago, the stuff was used as currency.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is classified as a Milk / Sweet Stout, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re gonna be drinking chocolate milk. It is only faintly sweet. And WOW! is it chocolatey. Honestly, people. There’s a reason this ain’t called “Young’s Single Chocolate Stout.” There is definitely a double in there. It’s nicely carbonated, though I will admit that I looked forward to the last third of the glass the most, which I allowed to warm substantially. It really mellows out, and you’re left with a fantastic finish. The aftertaste is not unpleasant at all, and seems more coffee-like than chocolate. I don’t think I would want to drink more than one of these in a sitting. I think if this beer was actually sweet, it would be really good.

After finishing this brew, I am very interested in tasting Rogue’s Chocolate Stout to compare tastes. I’ve been told these two beers are neck and neck for the top spot. We’ll see how that plays out.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout, 4.3 out of 5 based on 16 ratings
  1. so good. also excellent from the draught can.

    Tom — December 30th, 2009, 11:24 AM
  2. agreed. excellent in the draught can. this beer is phenemonal. I’ve been lucky enough to have it on tap (nitro). Rogue’s Chocolate stout is amazing as well.

    Nate — December 30th, 2009, 2:50 PM
  3. I must try this beer sometime soon!

    Brett — January 5th, 2010, 11:32 PM
  4. An A for this stout is right on target. A very drinkable beer with an ABV of only 5.2.

    Barry — January 12th, 2010, 9:41 AM
  5. Young’s DCS in the can. Greatest beer I’ve ever tasted! Not exactly a session beer but I can drink a good 4 or 5 in a night and be happy.

    Mike D — February 17th, 2010, 5:25 PM
  6. I live in London and they now serve it on draught in the youngs pubs and it tastes even better than the bottle.

    marco — October 1st, 2010, 10:41 AM
  7. This is a nice, smooth stout, and for those of us who cannot easily get our hands on a variety of British beers, it’s a definite go-to, like some of Samuel Smith’s offerings. It’s a great “comfort beer”, paired with your favorite comfort food on a cold night.

    Wolf — September 9th, 2011, 5:34 PM
  8. This is the best of the two DCS’s mentioned and is my favorite beer outright!
    Paired with something like a korean bbq sandwich which leaves a sweetness on the palate you cannot deny this an all out gold medal and spot at the very top of any list.
    I enjoy this beer by itself, however, once you introduce a sweetness to the palate along with it it truly transforms into something remarkable.

    Jarrod — November 1st, 2012, 6:52 PM
  9. My favorite chocolate stout! Had this first in London at a pub and was happy to find it locally in the U.S. in nitro cans. If you’ve never had it you really should try it. Goes well with either hot or sweet food, I like it with a good curry.

    Stephan — June 9th, 2013, 12:29 PM
  10. Young’s is about the only stout I will drink. I’ve never understood the masses who enthuse over that unmentionable ashy Irish brew. In fact I use a bottle of Young’s double Chocolate Stout as one of the ingredients my homemade Chipotle Mango Hot Sauce. The Aztecs knew – chocolate and hot chili go so well together.
    29 March 2015

    Bill Lander — March 29th, 2015, 2:02 PM
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