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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Pours black, from a glance, with a nice head. Aroma is subtle of chocolate and coffee. Body is medium with a nice coating feel. Maybe a littel thin. Flavor is chocolate and the aftertaste is chocolate. Not overbearing though. You can almost tell that its dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate as it doesn't have that richness and caramel distinction. Once again, IMO, it has a strange taste to it that I can only assume is from the London water used or some type of agent added. Youngs Oatmeal Stout had that same characteristic. Still a fine brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 rerated on 2-6-2004 dark with a thin short lasting head. Sweet cream sodaish butterish nose. Sweet taste with an overly tangy bitter finish. The body is a sucking dry feeling. Interesting, i just dont like it though. Not very easily drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Aroma is reminiscent of chocolate and some sort of industrial cleaner - not awful but certainly not my favorite. The appearance is excellent - a deep dark brown (almost black) with thick, slowly dissapating head and some lacing. The flavor is nothing to write home about. It's a little chocolate, a little hoppy, but not enough of either. It's as if this beer can't decide what it wants to be. The palate leaves a little to be desired - this would make a better porter than a so-called stout. Not too impressed...maybe I'll bring the percentile down with this rating. Hey, I can at least dream.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Picture Perfect pour into glass nice flavor. Respectable tan head. Not as chocolately as I thought but very good. Little hints of bitter. Very nice drink. Doesn't overpower you. I can see how somebody could have this with desert as its very smooth. Some lacing. As one who isn't used to Stouts I honestly have to say if the rest are comparable to this quality it could be another regular to my beer refrigerator. It definitely looks from the exterior like a superior brew. In this case it lives up to the billing.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2003
This great beer poured out of the can in a gorgeous chocolate colored swirl that quickly surged into a frothy ice cream soda head. After a few minutes in the glass it resembled a giant shot of espresso topped with foamed chocolate milk. I cannot praise the appearance of this stout enough, in a pint glass it looked so good that I wanted to drink it with a straw. Sip by sip, gulp by gulp I fell in love as the smooth silky brew flowed over my tongue and made me smile, a wicked little smile. Chocolate, coffee, cream, and malt flavors filled my palate and dominated my senses until at last I was no longer just drinking a beer, I was seduced by that inviting aroma into the experience that is Young's Double Chocolate Stout. If Starbucks brewed beer it might taste like this; until then this will faithfully remain my desert of choice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 While this isn't horrible by any stretch, the chocolate seems to be missing. It's actually kind of a boring, overly-thin stout. If you want chocolate in your stout, check out Rogue's offering.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magnuts (1) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2003 does not count
What can I say? Just wonderful! A bit of chocolate, hint of coffee. Works just as well on a warm summerday as on a cold winter evening.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EgonB (19) - Halmstad, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2003
I must admit, I was really suspicious, but what a Stout ! Perfect to a chocolate dessert.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Bottle.This is a very fine stout.It's black.The head is huge and creamy and that dark tint of the bomb stout.The taste is very smooth crisp and chocolaty.THE FINISH IS DRY AND SLIGHTY BITTER LIKE CHOCOLATE AND HOPS.YUM.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Draught (can) : I served this pretty cool like it says to on the can. Dark brown, almost black due to the huge khaki head of fine bubbles blocking any light that might brighten the beer up. Kinda sour chocolate and coffee aroma. Tastes like you are sucking on a chocolate cloud. Really subtle milk choclate flavor the moment that it enters your mouth, subsides to a little nothingness before the finish. Very little after taste, but there is a bit of roasty bite and lingering mocha. Seems thin, but it acutally tastes and smells like chocoalte.


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