Young's Oatmeal Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

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89
very good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 43
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of Loki
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle without a freshness date, however it did have a serving temp of 50-55 degrees F.

Poured a pitch black void that lets no light through with a cream coffee head. A huge biscuity, head with mountains, holes, and bubbles. Beautiful, truly beautiful head of beige color that just stayed and stayed. Leaves ribbons and spider webs of lacing. I didn't completely finish the second sample of the night, woke up the next morning and there was still a partial head covering. Now that's a head.

Aromas of chocolate, malt balls,and oatmeal with some hints of coffee, but mostly sweet chocolate.

The body was smoother than a baby's bottom. Rich, creamy, chewy, simply delicious. Tastes of chocolate, malt, and oatmeal with hints of vanilla and a faint smokiness like that of cooking bacon or grease. Very light hops, but enough for a slight bitterness on the finish for a very balanced brew. The body and mouthfeel are truly wonderful, balanced, and just roll around the tongue and all over the mouth.

A truly spectacular find. A new favorite of my and right up there on near the top of my list. Full flavor, full body oatmeal stout.

Photo of acrawf6
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 1Pt. 0.9oz. bottle with a best before date of sep. 26, 06.

Very dark ruby color, barely any light comes through the corners. Thick tan head.

Smells very much of roasted malts. a little coffee flavor and some semi sweet chocolate. very nice.

Taste is very nice, very smooth. roasted malts are dominant, but not that strong. Some coffee flavor is there, and like they said on the bottle, a toasted flavor comes out in the aftertaste. quite nice. I still seem to get a slight hoppy touch in the flavor, which is very nice.

Mouthfeel is great. very creamy and smooth. Great balance with the malts. Carbonation is quite nice, almost a nitrogen carbonation that gives it a very drinkable feeling.

Overall i think this is one great beer because it has this great mellow flavor, nothing jumps out and completely dominates. Nothing in it to make it shocking or very unique, just a great beer.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It poured a very dark brown. Almost brown that left a very this brown head with lacing all the way down. The smell was of dough and malt, with just a touch of spice. The taste is of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel was suprisingly light and crisp.Overall this is a very enjoyable beer and one I hope to enjoy agian and agian.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty black with a huge cake-like brown head that forms large craters after a minute or so. Ends up looking like a course sponge. Dissipates kind of fast leaving some stringy lace.
Smells roasty and nutty, with coffee and molasses notes and a faint metallic twang. As it warms it takes on an aroma almost like suede that someone spilled chocolate on.
Tastes like dark bread crust with butter. Nice heavy malt profile with a little char and a hint of smokiness. I love the nutty, bready quality of a good oatmeal stout and this one's got it. Maintains a great balance with almost no detectable hops. Bitter roasted malt and oat nuttiness cut the sweetness nicely. Buttery finish coats the tongue.
Smooth, creamy, full mouthfeel with just a slight tingle of carbonation.
Highly drinkable. Stays interesting all the way to the bottom.

Photo of maddamish
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Two finger width of a head when poured that retains well. Burgendy in color when poured that settles into a pitch black in the glass.

Smell: Malts, slight vanilla and coffee notes. But not as strong as you would get with an imperal stout.

Taste: You are going to get a smokey bready taste with this stout with a hint of fruit (Mild bananna). Like it says on the bottle it does have a toast like aftertaste which makes this a pleasurable experience. This brew is does not have a high ABV which makes it not only drinkable but one of the better session beers out there. Creamy and smooth in the mouth and it goes down very easy. No hint of alcohol at all.

Notes: This is a great oatmeal stout and overall compares well with other brews. I could see myself buying this often and encouraging others to try this. This is a newbie friendly beer that I would try to push on those who claim they do not like dark beer.

Photo of TheDM
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a pleasant aroma. When poured, it yielded a small brown head of fine bubbles that lingered around for a long time. It's body is black as night and opaque. Very smooth taste. I found myself liking it very much. It is hard for me to describe. I can't pick out the words for the flavor, but I like it. It was a very nice smooth stout with no harsh for or aftertaste. It was extremely good.

Photo of edchicma
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a verrrry smooth brew. It started with a nice creamy head on a base of chocolate brown to black. Chocolate and smoke were the flavors I could detect and the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. It left a slight linbger maltiness on the back of the palate that invited you to drink more. As I said before the went down verrrry smooth. A great offering from across the pond.

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was turned on to this lovely brew when my wife returned from a business trip to Oxford, England. She came back raving about this oatmeal stout that she had there, and this is a lady who usually prefers beers no darker than a Sam Adams. When I found it at my local beer distributor, I had to try it, and was not disappointed. Until recently, they only carried the 20 oz. bottles, but today I saw it in a 16 oz. nitro can, and since I'm a sucker for a creamy head, I got some.

It pours very nicely, a full, creamy dark beige head, and below, a color as black as a black hole, pulling you closer with its gravitational force-"Drink me, drink me..."

It tastes of strong chocolate and coffee, and mayhaps a hint of licorice. The finish has a hint of grapefruit/citrus tang, which is mellowed out by the slightly sweet chocolate flavor. My current favorite quaff!

(Please be gentle, this is my 1st review!)

Photo of darklager
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark, light impeding beer. It pours a nice thick tan head that clings to the side of the glass, refusing to go away. The aroma is a typical oatmeal stout that really doesn't prepare you for how good this brew really is. The flavor is complex, yet amazingly smooth and creamy. This beer feels like a beer should feel. The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing, and the taste is of a complex oatmeal stout, but somehow manages to be exceptionally smooth. This is one beer I will visit again, only next time, I'll be sure to invite more than one bottle.

Photo of murphyl
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured incredibly dark, almost pitch black, with a substantial tan head and almost no lace. Cascade was relatively short - most nitro cans I've dealt with (Guinness, Murphy's, etc) overflow if you don't start pouring the second you crack the can, and you have to wait five minutes for the pint to settle. This was ready to go in about a minute - good if you're impatient to try the stuff, not so good if you like watching the waterfall effect.

Smell: Very faint whiff of hops, followed by vanilla and coffee notes. Not as much on the nose as other stouts I've tasted.

Taste/Mouthfeel: At first I wasn't sure if I was drinking a stout or a beer milkshake. This stuff is creamy - roasted malt and coffee flavors up front, fading back into a slight oiliness from the oatmeal and an interesting smoky, almost Scotch-like flavor on the finish - heather, maybe? The overall effect is rather like drinking a really well-made Irish coffee.

Summary: Outstanding stuff. Even my mom liked it, and she normally dismisses anything darker than a pale ale as "that black $!&@ you and your father drink." That alone earns it top marks in my book. I can see why the beer guru at our local liquor store insisted on the widget-powered can, though - CO2 would wreck the mouthfeel entirely. All in all, a great effort from Young's.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at cellarman's before they couldn't get it anymore and now I hear they aren't making this anymore and im somewhat upset I haven't had a chance to drink this lately. Great tasting beer, Pours dark with a nice thick head that is there for a while.

Photo of oloughlinrj
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Ye Olde Forge, Lanesboro, MA. 16.9 oz bottle. My first oatmeal stout.

Pours out very dark, creamy head, looks a lot like Guiness.

Nice smell, not overpowering. Notes of chocolate and vanilla, coffee, and of course oatmeal.

The oatmeal really comes through in the taste, but it serves to push the other flavors forward as well. The burnt flavors typical of stouts come through nicely, creating a warm and welcome experience. Finishes smooth and sweet, just a touch of hops that bitters and balances out the malts.

Goes down smoothly. Very creamy, it lingers in your mouth. Light carbonation, but that seems to suit this beer very well.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. It gets better as it warms up a bit, and next time I would let it sit for a few minutes before drinking to allow it to warm. A little too heavy to be a session beer, it's a nice treat when looking for a rich stout. I would not hesitate to have it again.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation. 16.9 ounce bottle, Best Before End Date FEB 03. Pours like motor oil struggling to get out of the bottle, black as night, thin foamy head, clinging in massive patches throughout. Initial smell is of bread and licorice, quite pleasant. Strong taste of caramel up front with a nice twang of smokiness left resting on the palate; followed by somewhat of a sweet barley sensation. My only comment is the label states a distinctive finish reminiscent of toast; just didn?t finish that way for me, still outstanding, a quite drinkable stout.

Photo of Gump
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This can nearly exploded as I pulled the tab. Not too foamy, but alot of air came out.
Pours tight, and near black. Tight bubbles. White choco head.
I'd give it a 5 star just based on looks. Not only the look in the glass, but the look of the stylish can.

Thick, but not as thick as it looks.
Creamy, but not as creamy as some.
Clean dry earthy finish
The flavors of this stout don't scream at you. You have to go after it.
The more I taste, the more I like.

Photo of Dfunston
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of stoutman
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-brown color with a faint malt nose and dry malt flavor. Just a touch of smoke in the finish.

Photo of sammy44
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with parchment color head. Smelled of coffee and chocolate and a slight burnt smell. The taste was not quite what I expected. Had an almost chocolate covered bitter nut flavor. Must have a little more hop than typical of oatmeal stouts. The flavor was much fuller than most stouts with the typical velvety mouthfeel. The drinkability was good and I think I could put back a few more of these than I could a typical stout.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

453 reviews as of this writting. this is a classic english oatmeal stout and definitely worthy enjoying. the grass looks greaner but this classic is a fine choice everytime! I love how smooth this is and how rich in flavor this low abv beer is! I recommend this highly.

Photo of meechum
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint mug. Pours dark black and thick with a huge 3 finger tan head with tight bubbles that fell slowly leaving a good map around the glass

S - Heavy coffee smell with some roasted toffee or caramel in there as well

T - Initial bitterness from roasted malt but then quickly smoothes out to a sweeter taste of chocolate and toffee then a quick dry bite and the end with the hops

M - Thick from the oatmeal that coats the touge and bathes the mouth in the aroma from brew

D - Very drinkable if you are a fan of Oatmeal Stouts, this could possibly be very close to the benchmark for the style

Photo of Indybeer
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a massive head, that sticks around. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, coffee and a hint if chocolate. Taste is more of the same, creamy, sticky, smoothness, more like a meal. This is what I wish my oatmeal stouts could taste like. I could drink this all night!

Photo of rockdick
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers overall. Love the color, the taste, everything. Reminds me of why I love a good quality beer.
Personally, I like this one better than Samuel Smith's.

Peace, Love, and BEER

Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is silky smooth. Creamy and smooth. Complex and smooth. All of the flavors seem to mold into one great flavor. The hop bitterness seems to be lacking but that's ok because the malts are not overpowering. Oatmeal is noticed in the smell and again in the initial drink. Chocolate and coffee go hand in hand here. More sweetness maybe a dextrin sweetness comes into play. The sweetness is offset a bit by some oak flavors that dry it up a bit and make this one go down so easily. Finishes with a roasted barley flavor. Delicious.

Photo of clickpush
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: .5L bottle to tulip glass. Comes out a black beer with a full two finger tan head. Head's got a foamy, iridescent top that bubbles up and sticks to the glass during its very slow decent to a cap of excellent lacings.

Nose: Whew, I never realized how strongly a beer could smell of oatmeal until sampling this one. Piled up with chocolate and an acidic maltiness. Smells delicious without any help from hops.

Mouth: Big roast flavors, chocolate, oatmeal (like I could drink this one for breakfast), and a burnt cherry aftertaste. Really good!

Photo of Reanimator
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dense, frothy 3 fingers of light chocolate colored head. Great, thick head retention and lacing. Brew is all black.

S: Not much aroma really, caught a quick whiff of hops upon opening and that's about it.

T: Subdued compared to Samuel Smith's style, not as roasted. Some chocolate, sweet baked raisin flavors with hop bitterness coming through the end. The oatmeal comes through more in the mouthfeel than in the flavor.

M: Bit thin yet creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, smooth and not as intense as other stouts. I wish it had a more strongly roasted flavor, but other than that I would reach for this in a second if I were jonesing for a stout and couldn't find Sam Smith.

Photo of naterock
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dokel.
A: pours a deep opaque black. Absolutely no clarity even against a bright light.
S: Smells of barley and strong aromas of yeast and whole grain, like fermenting bread dough.
T: Oatmeal... duh! with chocolate
M: lightly carbonated and creamy. rolls over the tongue very slowly.
D: Nicely crafted, in the great tradition of Young's. I will definitely buy this one again.

Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.