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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

538 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 41
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of leeenglewood
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in the typical nitro can fashion black with a creamy head. Nothing exciting about the smell just a hint of dark malt and no hop smell. Tasted almost like a half fermented beer without the yeast. Hops arise but are there only for a second and disappear to sweetness. Mouthful was creamy and rich but drinkability suffers from the odd sweetness. Maybe if it were a little bitterer either from the use of hops, roasted malts, or barley I would enjoy this somewhat disappointing beer more.

leeenglewood, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Youngs Oatmeal Stout: in the half liter brown bottle. Great looking black beer, tan head with a tremendous amount of staying power. Very light chocolate aroma, but noticeable. Taste is very nice, mouthfeel is smooth, and it seems easy to drink. What’s the problem then? Well it’s a good oatmeal stout, very much middle of the road, but there is lots better. Average.

jackndan, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color covered by a nice layer of silky brown foam.

The smell is strong of coffee grounds. Grassy and herbal.

The flavor is very roasted and smokey. Coffee and molasses round out the palate. It has a hard water taste to it. I'm not sure if brewing with hard water shows up in a beer's flavor, but it has a rusty/iron/hard water flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but not bad. Drinkability is decent. This is not a bad beer, probably a slightly above-average beer that I was just expecting a little bit too much from.

jasonpeckins32, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown color with medium tan head that lingers through most of the glass and leaves good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, nuts and some malt, but fairly faint. Beer is smooth drinking, with a mildly chocolate malty flavor, but again, fairly faint. Leaves a smooth finish. Not bad, but I’ve definitely had better stouts.

kimcgolf, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As this is poured, a wonderful cascading effect appears and leaves a two finger head on top of the dark brown/black body. Hardly any lace though.
S: Some sweet bready malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Oats and chocolate come through as well. The aroma could be a more robust.
T: Bready malt again with some oats and chocolate as the taste lingers. This follows the nose pretty closely, and like the nose I wish it was more robust.
M/D: A bit thin and watery, but this is a very smooth and easy to drink stout.

This is a nice quaffable stout that I enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Houston. This is not the best stout I have ever had, but good none the less.

champ103, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I think big beers are ruining me. I can barely taste this one. Very attractive looking beer, some subtle "sweetish" (not swedish) vanilla aromas. As smooth beer that could be beefed up a little in the taste department. A decent mouthfeel, but I want to have to chew on an oatmeal stout. This reminds me somewhat of a dry stout, definately not the sharp black malt flavors, but definately a touched over hopped for an oatmeal stout I think. A bit of sour flavor, but all in all needs more to really satify my definition of an oatmeal stout.

cerevisiaephilus, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Large head. Aroma is kind of weak, touch of roasted grains and coffee. A lighter to medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, hints of coffee a touch sweet. Touch of spiciness. Fairly dry. Smooth taste. Nice drinkable stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is a very slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of originalsin
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass--looks quite nice in here I might just take a picture.
Down to business. The bottle notes: "A dark, ruby coloured stout almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Brewed with roasted malts, it has an exceptionally smooth palate and fruity aroma with a short but distinctive finish reminiscent of toast."

The description is obviously somewhat on the kind sight but is otherwise pretty spot on. From any farther away than a few inches you're looking at a pitch black beer but up close the ruby red tint comes through. The head off the pour wasn't nearly as frightening as I expect: The creamy espresso colored head inflated to about 1/2 an inch in height before settling down. It laces decently sip after sip.
The aroma is very clean and reminiscent of some dark fruits --cherry. Mahogany also comes through on the nose, as does dark roasted malt. All together it's very subdued and bland though, and I had to stretch my imagination to get a smell out of the beer.
This isn't a bad tasting beer: the palate is certainly 'exceptionally smooth' I was just hoping we'd get some more creaminess out of what looked like it really could've blown my socks off. The oatmeal of this 'oatmeal stout' really doesn't show at all. It tastes vaguely of flaked oats, yes, but more so of dark roasted grains with a slight hint of coffee flavors. More so, there's a nice amount of dark cooking chocolate present that balances the brew out relatively well: it's still just missing something.

On the whole: this isn't a spectacular oatmeal stout, but it's certainly a strong example of the style. I got the bottle for 2 bucks on clearance and might just go pick up a couple more for what it's worth.

originalsin, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jarmby1711
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark to black beer in the glass It had quite a lot of large bubbles clinging to the glass and made it look like a glass of cola.
The smells were pretty impressive.I thought i could detect rum chocolate cherries and coffee at various times.
The taste reflects the smells but add in the roasted malts to hold it all together.
The mouthfeel is where it all came undone for me.
If this was a dry or export stout , no worries, but where is the thick smoothy creaminess that an Oatmeal stout should have.
As a stout this is pretty good , as an oatmeal stout i was disappointed

jarmby1711, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of PeatReek
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark body, can barely make out some ruby highlights on the edges. Fine tan head reluctantly settles to a lid after several minutes.

Aroma: sweet and caramel up front. Nuts and coffee after a couple of sniffs.

Taste & mouthfeel: big fizzy attack evolves to a nutty sweet flavor. The coffee doesn't come out as well in the flavor as in the aroma; a bit of roast bite late in the sip leaves a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is actually a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, and definitely not quite enough to support that bitter tang in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: the roast bite and lack of sufficient thickness to support it... I'd probably just have one.

PeatReek, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Young's Oatmeal Stout.

A = Poured a rich dark brown colour with a thin light brown head. When not held in the light, its practically black as night.

S = Smelt of toasted oats, and ground coffee. Very nice on the nose. As you drank the beer, a soft dark chocolate aroma begins to linger through.

T = This is where I feel this stout lets you down a little. There is a nice roasted malt taste with an infusion of coffee and a dark chocolate finish. But somehow it all felt a little lack luster. Like hearing a good song on very low volume. It just lacked the punch.

M = A little on the watery side. I am told that this stout is more creamy from a nitro can. But the bottle version is quite watery.

D = Just above average. One I would buy once in a while for a change.

BeerNutta, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of mwearl
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful near black with the slightest light showing through, this beer had a 3 in head poured correctly with eternal lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity, detecting a tart grape odor as if aged in a wine barrel. Taste was rather dull yet balanced with little bitter taste and more coffee mocha than anything; very little complexity. Mouthfeel was suprisingly light leaving only some mild bitterness on the tongue. This is a drinkable beer but does not live up to its look and smell. Not bad, but there are better examples of Oatmeal Stouts out there.

mwearl, May 27, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a two-finger head, which leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt aroma with some suggestions of chocolate and coffee

T: Very earthy and gritty tasting with flavors of black coffee and roasted malt with a nutty and grainy finish. Slightly astringent.

M: Fairly light in body for the style. Not as smooth as I expected it to be. Very dry in the finish.

D: Everything about this beer is OK, except that it leaves the mouth feeling too dry. Not a bad oatmeal stout, but I don't find it to be one that I will actively seek out or recommend in the future.

klewis, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of dmamiano
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually had this for breakfast with eggs and sausage while vacationing on Hilton Head.
Pored nice with a small brownish head. Dark wit little light shining though the edges.
Smell was nice, roasted malts with hints of chocolate and deep fruits coming to mind.
Taste was ok but wasnt what I expected. Not as full in the mouth and creamy as I was thinking this stout should be.
Not a bad beer, but not epic either.

dmamiano, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours a very dark color with a thick tan head that takes some time to dissipate. Nice aroma - chocolate, coffee, and malts are what I get from it. The flavor reminds me of burned malts and caramel. Fairly smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was slightly above average. I see myself having this one again.

clvand0, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of cnally
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown on the pour with a nice tan head that laces with a soapy complexion.

malt bitters up front on the scent. almond and walnut lying underneath. very sweet smell.

weak smoky flavor. ashy and woodsy flavors abound initially but in the afterflavor, a surprising amount of hops comes out. I think it is a touch too smoky & burnt flavored for me to fully enjoy, but the ability to showcase its hops is a nice touch.

not very creamy. sort of dry feel.

I don't know, not great, but not bad. I could drink this, but there seem to be more flavorful and creamy examples of this style out there.

cnally, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of mightyjoemoon
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

young is a pretty large british brewery and fairly common on that side of the pond. over here they're mostly known for their desserty double chocolate stout. this beer pours a dark brown nearly black until you hold it up to the light. it has a thin head which fails to persist. its pleasingly smooth but has a bit of bite. definite chocolate malt notes here. not much much bitterness but the sweetness isn't overwhelming. over all its mild with a slight toasty aftertaste. i'd recommend this ale for someone who's looking to get into the style as its highly drinkable but typifies oatmeal stouts.

mightyjoemoon, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Maestro
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected a lot out of this brew. I would like to have it on cask instead of the gas can. Anyhow, the beer seemed to be a fairly simple stout. Dark brown to black in color. There was a thin, fizzy head that left almost no lacing. Roasted malts were present but seemed to be quite subdued, just like the hops. This was a very basic stout. No suprises.

Maestro, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of PatronWizard
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cracked with dinner.

Better looking than their Double Chocolate Stout. Near-black shade of dark brown. Big ass frothy oatmeal colored head.

Smell is disappointingly average, nothing distinctive at all. Taste is a little better but the fluid is thin as hell. I'll drink it but damn.

Oh it's not that bad, I've just been spoiled lately. Nuff said.

Overall: next!

PatronWizard, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewski's

This looks gorgeous with a pitch black body, a thick tan head that never dies and full-glass lacing. The aroma, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I just get a light, dusty smell without much coffee or chocolate. The flavor is also pretty mild, with most of the taste coming late with smooth but bitter cocoa.

tempest, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black, no visable light passes through. 2 inch tan head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing at all.

S - Rich aromas of roasted malts, molasses and has a sweet cream smell.

T - Lackluster, I was expecting rich, robust and toasted, what I got was half of that, it started off nicely but the flavors where quick to die off and left no aftertaste. I was a bit puzzled.

M - heavy and full bodied with a sily smooth finish.

D - Easy to drink but if left me wanting more.

trackstar1043, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of roller
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with red highlights. Little bubbles coalesce into larger ones which pop and leave little divots in the light brown two-finger head. Leaves rings of lacing as I drink. Aroma is dark roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors. Taste is roasted malt bitterness with milk chocolate. It's toasty with some caramel. The edges are nicely rounded by the oats. The biggest disappointment with this beer was the mouthfeel. I expect an oatmeal stout to be thick and chewy, velvety even. This one just wasn't. It was thin and watery. Was a little creamy, but didn't hang around on the palate long. Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable oatmeal stout, but not the first I'd reach for in this style.

roller, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive beer with a very dark brown body and a dense light brown head, but the flavor comes in a little thin. The aroma has whiffs of chocolate and the body is creamy enough to satisfy, I’d really like to see something a bit richer in flavor. The finish is a little bitter and slightly metallic.

aracauna, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an nonic)

A- This beer had a creamy tan head with a jet black body which separated in the famous nitro-tap style.

S- This beer has a chocolate malt hint that was smooth but the aroma was pretty faint.

T- This beer has a creamy pot caramel note with some dark malt flavors that were smooth. There was a faint bittering hops note that came through after it had warmed quite a bit.

M- This beer had a full creamy mouthfeel with a slight watery quality to the finish. The head added to the mouthfeel with each sip.

D- This beer has a thin mellow flavor and not much of interest or complexity.

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2006
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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