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

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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
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:
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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of usmittymc
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle with a best by date of 4/30/08. Purchased from Aloha Wine in Pensacola, FL.

A- Completely opaque used motor oil brown with a generous foamy tan head. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Sweet malt presence, but not as much as expected. Faint grainy aromas linger.

T- Mild malt sweetness with some caramel and faint coffee notes. Not as sweet as expected.

M- Surprisingly more carbonation than expected. Not unpleasant, just more than expected. A little slick/ oily. Not too heavy.

D- An excellent brew by all means. I prefer a sweeter version of an oatmeal stout, but would definitely not pass this up.

usmittymc, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a big frothy brown head. Sadly, that beautiful head dissipates quickly but lots of lacing is left behind to remind you. Smell is lightly hutty and milky.

Tastes of nutty roasted malt. Some oily but understated oats are evident. A light bitterness and the smatterings of coffee and milky chocolate you would expect. Smooth. Lightly creamy on the palate but mostly just damn smooth, especially for an oatmeal stout. Finishes lightly bitter. Oh so good and good for you.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep dark, fully black, and it rests below a large, active, dark tannish head. Aroma is on the sweetish side, notes of cream, nuts, cocoa. Smoooooth and silky sweet!
Mouthfeel, smooth and lush, nearly perfect, except...well, ...I could definitely use more from the hop department. Wait,..there they are...ooops, they're gone, again!
Malt is big, warm, generous, with a lasting, luxurious finish.
Smooth, delightful, delicious, very easy to drink. If drinkability were the only factor, it would be a 5, but when complexity enters this smooth Young's brew suffers a bit.
Still, an uplifting, happy stout!

feloniousmonk, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after about a year of drinking "real beers" now and reading the reviews here, this is my first review. Please be patient. I love the appearence of this beer, the deep dark color and the nice tan foamy head make for an inviting glass. The smell wasn't that impressive, but then again, not offensive. I really like the taste, very rich and smooth (just like the can says) but I expected a little more oatmeal taste and sweetness. Which is why I gave it only a 4.0 in the mouthfeel. Overall, I think it is a very good and very drinkable beer ! Very rich, nice lace falling down the side of the glass. After 12 hours of work today, I was thinking about this beer for at least 8 hours and it didn't let me down, however I think the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout has a better oatmeal malt flavor. The only thing lacking is the slightly thinner feeling and taste than the Samuel Smith version, which is the only other one I can compare it to. I will drink it again.

StevieW, Mar 23, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it disembogues from the bottle soot black, the head ponderous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light chocolate with the lace a satiny sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, and nice burnt grain aroma also present, quite a treat for the old schnozzle; start is ambrosial, rich in malt, the top middling to full in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and a great stout when you’re not into those “Imperials” we seem to have adopted as the “National Stout”!

Gusler, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always have a soft spot for the oatmeal stouts. I love st ambroise, love the sam smith, and now I love the Fuller's. Sweet, milky, roasty, smooth, mellow and full of chocolate and coffee flavours. Pours pitch black, with a large tan head, great retention. Easy to drink, great coffee aroma. What more can you ask for.

baiser, May 29, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black with light hints of brown on edges of glass, wow big brown head need a relaxed pour with this beer almost spilled some would have been sad. Smells of bitter coffee and burn malt with some oat sweetness coming thru. Tastes wonderfully smooth, beer seems to wash around your mouth if by magic departing sweet oats then bitterness mainly from burnt malt, with coffee and choclate flavors followed by light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great really smooth and creamy has good body but seems lighter at same time, the way this beer feels in the mouth definately enhances its taste, I was going to give a 4 but had to up it a half. Drinkability we will just say I am really sad I bought just one I will remedy this next time I make it to Boone.

mntlover, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a good session stout. Pours to a very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Has a huge fluffy mocha head that forms huge dimples. Lacing slides right back down the glass without even a chance of sticking.

The smell is interesting. For some reason it smells more like a pale ale than a stout. Only a hint of a chocolate and an even more vague roast. A surprising bit of hops.

The taste is very good. Smooth and creamy with some sweet chocolate and a very mild coffee-like roast. Nice subtle hops in the background. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

The body is full and creamy, though it could use a little more carbonation. Hugely drinkable. I think I might like this even more than the Double Chocolate Stout, though both are probably my two favorite English session stouts.

neonbrown82, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color, with a large tan head that has great retention and leave wonderful lacing. The aroma is creamy. The taste is fantastic, and very smooth. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than most stouts but good none the less. Overall, this is a very good beer. It looks great, tastes great, and is enjoyable to drink.

KarlHungus, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz classic brown bottle. Great design with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights. Nice tan head.

This beer smells great. Lots of roasted malt nose with hints of chocolate and toasted bread.

Great roasted malt taste. The beer definitely veers towards the sweeter side of the spectrum, but it is a very nice sweet, not sugary or cloying. There is coco in the background that adds a great subtly to the taste of the beer. The beer stays rock solid as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel is a wonderful mix of oily smoothness and softness. Drinakbility is also very good. Make sure and serve this one at the correct temperature as the tastes can get hidden if it is served to cold.

What a great example of a well made beer. I know of no oatmeal stout that can top this one, God bless the Ram Brewery!

Redrover, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a sturdy tan head that retains well and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Interesting combination of prune, chocolate and coffee, with an earthy tone and a hint of caramel

Taste: Opens with a combination of dark prune fruit and chocolate with a moderate earthy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors build, bringing along some caramel sweetness and oat to complement the moderate bitter flavors at the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice; it's been a while since I have tried this and I am even more impressed now than I was several years ago

brentk56, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of charliedango
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into pint glass. Dark, opaque appearance with light head that holds for some time before dissipating into a fine lacing. Smell is exactly what to expect of an oatmeal stout. Taste neither surprises or disappoints. Mouthfeel is very typical if not the atypical oatmeal stout - smooth and rich with minimal carbonation. Overall it's a pleasant drinkable stout that doesn't offend, but doesn't present pleasant surprises either.

charliedango, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two-finger tan head on top of a blackish beer and head left some lace patches. A sweet smell of roasted malts mixed with the oat, and a little coffee malt smell. This is one of the smoothest and creamiest oatmeal stouts I've had, and the taste is really packs a punch, also. It is a sweet taste, like chocolate or vanilla mixed with the oat malt and still just enough hops and roasted malts to give it a passing dry backbite. I could session this anytime.

clayrock81, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Scooter77
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one absolutely smooth beer. Pours a deep brown, almost black color topped off by a very thick and creamy tan head. Head fades away ever-so-slowly, leaving a thin, sticky coating of lace on the glass. Nose is full of roasted oats, toffee, and mild nutty undertones. The taste is very similar to the aroma, mildly sweet and very delicious. The mouthfeel is total smoothness. I highly recommend this brew to any lover of fine stouts.

Scooter77, May 26, 2003
Photo of palliko
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real find! This is excellent stout! I have tried a lot, but this comes as close to perfection as I have found.

It pours like Guinness, (takes a while to settle), but that is where the comparison ends. It looks like a black panther but purrs like a tabby.

"Mellow" I think defines this beer. There is nothing here to jangle or jar the senses. Just pure enjoyment.

palliko, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of beerphan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 0.9 US fl.oz. bottle -> imperial pint
best before 21 Mar 07

Pours nearly black with some golden brown edges in the light. A massive head appears after the initial pour, then settles to a nice fluffy blanket of suds. Lacing is dotted and minimal.

Nose: Strong dark fruits burst out initially, then are replaced with a nice roasted chocolate, some overdone coffee, and burnt grains and oats.

Taste: Flavor is roasted toasted malts meet smooth silky oatmeal. A mellow roastedness combines sweetly with chocolate and caramel. Not a huge flavor bomb, but a gentle subtle brew with a clean toasty finish.

Mouthfeel is silky creamy and semi-dry.

One of my first and still favorites Oatmeal Stouts. The relatively low ABV, makes for a great session stout, if you are so inclined. Great on cold PA Sunday afternoon.

beerphan, Jan 28, 2007
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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.

sammy44, Mar 21, 2006
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.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 28, 2008
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

meechum, Oct 27, 2007
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!

Indybeer, Jul 08, 2003
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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

rockdick, Nov 18, 2002
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.

granger10, Jul 24, 2003
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!

clickpush, Sep 26, 2006
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.

Reanimator, Jan 05, 2008
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.

naterock, Apr 13, 2008
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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