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

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538 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely dark chocolate with a frothy, quickly diminishing head.

S - A Chocolaty and oaty aroma.

T - This is lighter than a standard oatmeal stout. I was instantly greeted with a pleasant flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and oats across the palate.

M - A lighter feel than a standard stout. Not as rich or syrupy. It could have had a higher level of carbonation.

D - High level of drinkability for a stout. Not overwhelming or thick like the standard.

As a side note I also mixed some of this with a vanilla ale from the late, great brew house in Elgin, IL called Prairie Rock. It produces a great oatmeal cookie-like beer. 50/50.
Rich head that stuck around. Very good combo.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby brown/black with a creamy, frothy head and tons of beautiful, shimmering lacing.

Toasted malts were noticeable in the aroma.

Taste was was malty rich with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate detectable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

A decent overall beer. Unfortunately, I could not detect any hints of oatmeal in the aroma or taste.

Damian, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque, deep black color with a tan head. Well carbonated. Nose was roasty with some fruit and some yeast. Medium body. Flavor was mostly roasted malt with a bit of tartness late. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was good. Some late bitterness.

A nice stout. Had a bit of a twang to it; not sure if it was this bottle or if it’s supposed to be there. Will revisit someday.

shererjt, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hectic Sunday night: time to relax for the final few hours before another workweek arrives.
A: A moderate pour from the distinctive Young's bottle produces a rich, dark, opaque brown body with a large, pillowy, burnt tan head. Minutes pass as the foam descends down the glass with excellent lacing/streaking on the sides. Regardless of how much I drink or wait, a thin head remains over the entire beer. Due to the opaqueness, the mystery of carbonation and filtration remain, having to be experienced in taste only.
S: Roasted malt and weak coffe scents make up the rather mediocre scent profile of the beer. Not much else is detectable besides the standard and these seem undeveloped at best, too.
T: The beer opens up with the typical stout sweetness that is nicely accentuated with the use of the additional oatmeal sugars. Chocolate and coffee with cream are the center of the taste profile with faint hints of roasted, smoky malt. The aftertaste is interesting: a deep, butterscotch or buttered rum character that's quite enjoyable.
M: Smooth mouthfeel thanks to skillful brewing and blending of barley and oats. Moderate carbonation and a medium body makes this quite pleasant on the palate and easily drinkable. Smooth finish, with some dryness.
D: Taste and mouthfeel are on style, though the nose is somewhat lacking. Overall, the relatively low alcohol content and pleasing characteristics make this a rather enjoyable brew.

falloutsnow, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best stout, but its got some characeter, but a bit creamy on tap, which is the only way i've sample this beer, still nice, but not the best, nice roastiness, decent.

rastaman, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, opaque with minimal head. Lacing is readily apparent. Aroma is of sweet roasted grain with overtones of dark dried fruit. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. It has more of a dry taste, a roasty, bitter chocolate with a moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable even with nothing to eat. A good stand alone beer that I wouldn’t be ashamed to serve to friends.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 21, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

buzzed, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfect nitro can pour yielded a beautiful, deep, dark brew with a light tan head that, of course, retained perfectly and stuck all over the glass. Nutty aromas are detected in addition to mild coffee notes. Somewhat weak on the strength of the aroma though...I was a little disappointed.

The mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, as expected. Quite enjoyable. However, something seems to be lacking in the complexity of this brew. I think when I hear the words "oatmeal stout," I immediately think of a wonderfully dark, complex, delicious meal in a bottle (or nitro can). There are definitely flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted dark malts in this stout. Yet the body seems a tad thin, and I expected this to be a much more hearty brew, with stronger, more discernible flavors. I suppose I also can not help but compare this to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, in my mind, the king of all stouts. Young's is good, yet IMO is seriously lacking in comparison to many a stout I have had the pleasure to imbibe.

IrishRedRock, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Piason
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

nickfl, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Goobastic
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Goobastic, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown from the bottle. Forms a thin tan head in the glass and creates very minimal lacing. Smells quite sweet; toasted and slightly smoky malts with dark fruitiness. Tastes almost overwhelmingly sweet overall Toasty malts with hints of smoke, building into raisin-like fruits and finishing with drying roasted graininess. Medium bodied and rather creamy in the mouth.

A nice but not great stout in my opinion. A bit too sweet on the balance.

dgallina, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of drowland
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into an English pint glass. The pour is dark black with some light through the edges. The aroma is some sweet with a dash of sour and a good drop of salty soy. The flavor has many layers, starting with sweet and a bit of sour followed by chocolate, salty soy, and smooth cream. The mouthfeel is carbonated but smooth and slick, going down easy.

drowland, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of avylover
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out black with mahogony highlights. A tan head falls quickly but hangs around for awhile. Aroma is rather weak, with some roasted malt notes and english style hopping. Taste is dominated by diacetyl. this is no doubt a buttery tasting stout. Bitter roasted notes are in there, as well as some chocalate type flavors. I must say diacetyl dominates, but I've been known to be very sensitive to it. Decent full mouthfeel, and drinkablity is not bad if you enjoy the buttery tastes.

avylover, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of mrjimcat
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout from Young's was a slight disappointment for me. It was a fine brew but lacked a certain fullness that one looks for in this sort of beer. The bitterness was ample with tasty burnt flavors. The middle on the palate taste seemed weak. While it was a decent brew I much preferred the double chocolate version.

mrjimcat, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/27/05- Purchased at Bevmo in Redwood City, CA at a close out price of $3.99 for a 4 pack.

Presentation- 16.9oz nitro can with no dates. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour with a grayish-brown thick tight head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- Fairly light scent. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee/chocolate in the air.

Taste- Not even as thick as I thought it would be. The taste was fine. Deep roasted malts with an espresso-like coffee taste and maybe a touch of chocolate. Definite bitterness as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and slightly watery. Not that thick and creamy texture that I was expecting.

Drinkability- Nothing special, but will work fine to marintate pork ribs or something meat-like in overnight.

GClarkage, May 30, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoy Young's Double Chocolate Stout, so I thought I would give this one a try.

Appearance is pretty good, standard stout fare with a full tan head.

Smell is nice as well, similar to but not as strong or rich as the double chocolate. I didn't expect to smell the oats, but on closer inspection, I actually do get a hint of them.

Taste: not too bad! It is very smooth and goes down very easily. Slight coffee/toffee notes along with that characteristic black malt flavor. Oatmeal flavor not as strong as expected.

Mouthfeel is good, better than Guinness but not as good as the double chocolate.

Drinkability is medium; I could go for a few of these, no more.

Overall, a very solid brew. Sort of the bridge between the standard Guiness/Murphy's stouts and the exceptional Young's Double Chocolate/Samuel Smith Oatmeal stouts. I will get this again.

beertastegood, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan/khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt with some smoke and coffee highlights.
Taste is bitter coffee and roasted malt mellowed a bit by the oats. As the beer warms some raisin/date notes seems to appear. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than most Oatmeal stouts I've had.
Pretty good but not the best effort from this great brewery.

CRJMellor, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark garnet...bordering on black, but light does get all the way through.

Exceptionally retentive head, took several minutes to settle to a thick layer of lacing.

Smells mildly of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is far too subtle to merit a 4. A reserved roasted malt flavor with unusually low bitterness, and a hint of smoke. Very smooth, but I've had locally brewed oatmeal stout that was both smooth AND full-flavored. Maybe this brewery's water is very soft..it tasted like reverse-osmosis water that someone had steeped malt in. Faintly sweet, but dare I say watery.

A bit of a disappointment; although it was smooth and drinkable, I need stout to have a bit of oomph in it. This dry brit seemed bored and distant, and I won't be seeing her again.

shirfan, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black, much darker than you expect for the style. Nice puffy brown head that looks amazing. good head retention and lacing.

S: Smells faintly of roasted malts and chocolate with a lactose note.

T: Very similar to the smell but stronger. Nice roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and vanilla to it. The weird thing about this one is that it has some sort of metal taste, I noticed this in their double chocolate as well...

Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a medium body. Drinkability is very good on this one, for a stout I could have a few and it's by no means overpowering.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Stout is pure engine oil black in color with a big, retentive head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts come out nicely here and are mixed well with the classic oatmeal aroma. There is very little sweetness to the nose.

Taste – The dark malts from the nose come out strongly at the taste. The oatmeal though took a step back. The beer finished with the smallest hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Stout has a nice bitter roasty mouthfeel but was too thin for my preference of the style.

Drinkability – This one was even-keeled if uninspiring. I did enjoy the extremely dark, burnt nature of this offering from Young’s, though.

RoyalT, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1 pint, 0.9 oz brown bottle into a Hobgoblin pint glass. Both the label and the bottle display the Young's horns. The beer is described as "a dark, ruby colored stout almost black from a distance, with a beautiful, creamy head." Best before date of 19 Sept 2007.

Appearance: Pours with a huge light tan head. Takes several minutes to fill my glass as the head settles very slowly. When I finally get the contents of the bottle into the glass, I still have an inch of head that rises above the rim of the glass. The head is thick and viscous, there are waves and undulations from the multiple pours. They call this beer ruby, but it sure as hell looks black to me, maybe a litle ruby/brown along the edges, but in general it is a beautiful black.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted barley. A slight metallic tang.

Taste: At first sip, the head actually proves to be remarkably light and airy, it is easy to drink through. A hint of sweet malt/oats upfront, followed by the bitterness of roasted barley. Roastiness is strong at first, almost a burnt rubber taste, in a pleasant way. Slight hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is less than average, as expected for a British ale. Body is nice, but not great.

Drinkability: I would like a little more velvety smoothness from an oatmeal stout, the oats are barely present. Not bad, but nothing memorable. The best thing about thid beer is the looks.

beveritt, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to try Young's Oatmeal Stout considering it's spoken of highly. It stands up to my favorite oatmeal stout, Samuel Smiths, but i have misgivings.

It looks very nice in the glass. Good, solid, lasting, tan head.
Smells tasty as can be. Sweet and somewhat smokey.
Tastes like a sweet, chocolatey treat...until it gets closer to room temperature. At that point an unpleasant saltiness kicks in (wherein lies my misgivings).
Feels creamy and smooth, except when it gets warmer and a souring effect takes place.
Good and drinkable, except when reaches room temp.

I'll try this one again and drink it right next time!

JayTheFinn, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of jahred
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark black color with a medium-sized, smooth tan head. A nice, thick scent of vanilla malts is present.

The initial taste is toasty and of vanilla. The oatmeal is there, but it's very much an aftertaste and not the predominant flavor, thus the beer is nicely not too sweet. This tastes almost more like a regular stout than an oatmeal stout to me (perhaps a bit disappointing?). There's a slight hoppy taste, the stout-like tingle on the tongue that I love, and an earthy, woody flavor. As the beer warms, I also noticed some coffee flavors.

Alas - the beer is rather thin for a stout (or for an oatmeal stout), and I was kind of expecting more than regular-stout flavors. Not a bad beer, but not fantastic.

jahred, Feb 24, 2004
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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