Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is not just a classic in this category; it’s a reminder of how well non-conforming ingredients can marry with traditional styles. The beer’s thick, creamy head sticks to the glass, emitting very sweet cocoa, vanilla, and soft, roasted aromas. Creamy chocolaty sweetness coats the tongue like liquid silk. The malty, chocolatey smoothness dives into roasted malt bitterness that tingles through the aftertaste: The chocolate’s truly the icing on this stout. A perpetual favorite for blends (with Lindeman’s Framboise, for instance), this brew’s also simply remarkable on its own.
96 points, Draft Magazine