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

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BA SCORE
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: 6 | 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 Quaffer
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle with a really cool, simple label.

Appearance: This beer was deep ebony and gave forth a tan head that topped out at over two fingers. It became fluffy as it settled down and its stickiness was apparent by the was it clung to the side of the glass. A thin layer of foam continued to endure through the entire drink and marked its trail with some nice lacing.

Smell: The smell was dark fruit overtones that floated on top of some classis stout aromas. There was bitter coffee, cream, and a light smokiness. Overall, the aroma was pretty light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied up in the front of the mouth, but it seemed to thin out immediately, becoming almost watery. I found that very odd. It was velvety smooth, though, just barely tickling the mouth as it passed through.

Taste: The flavor was that of a good classic stout, but somewhat subdued. Upfront was a charred smoke flavor combined with the tartness of dark fruit. Then in the middle came the dark roasted malt and cream. On the finish was a continuation of the cream, but a little sweeter, and a nice smokiness.

A good stout overall, but it didn't bowl me over. It was too subdued in both flavor and aroma, in my opinion. And I drank it pretty damn warm. I could imagine that it could be rather bland if drank cold.

Photo of DESTRO
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first it busts out with the cool cascade action but settles into a pitch black thick liquid. smells sweet and of coffee, toffee and light roasted malt. the taste is of light coffee, sweet malt, a bit of chocolate and the smallest hop touch. soft and very creamy in the mouth, finishes slightly dry, its a filling beer and this stuff is highly drinkable if your gut can hold it.

Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured just about as dark a brown as it could be without actually being black. Big light mocha colored head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Smell was of dark, chocolatey, coffeeish malts with a litle bit of fruitiness in the background. Taste begins with a bitter chocolate flavor, with a little fruitiness in the background that reminds me of cherries. Mmh, chocolate covered cherries... But I digress. There's a nice, black coffee finish to the proceedings. This is a little bit thin for a stout, but not to an alarming degree. Like you'd expect from an oatmeal stout, this is a rather filling beer. Unless you enjoy feeling like you need a crane to get you off the bar stool, I'd stop at one per beer session.

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 WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deep caramel brown with a decent sized quickly dissipating tan head, lacing is fine and webbed. Aroma: A fruity suprising alcohol tinged presence along with a creamy chocolate and mild coffe notes to top it off. Taste: Creamier than most stouts the dark roasted malts aren't as dominant a bit tame bit the chocolate flavor and coffee esque finish make this one a classic plus with an added bonus fruity overtones and a nice presence of alcohol in the flavor yum. Mouthfeel: Smooth even carbonation a bit dry in the finish, not as fluffy and full bodied as most oatmeal stouts but still very tasty. Drinkability: Solid a go to especially on nitro if nothing more intriguing is available either way I like this stout when I'm not in the mood for a chewy stout, this one is more drinkable no heavy thickness in the mouthfeel but still flavorful and has everything that makes stouts what they are.

Photo of dedalus
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this pint on tap at zeno's in state college.

the appearance is gorgeous, just solid black with a custard-colored head of thick, creamy foam that left a layered, clingy lace all down the sides of the glass, and stuck around until the pint was drained. my last tip of the glass was all thick, creamy foam.

the mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and smooth, so smooth, in fact, that the only beer that surpasses its smoothness is young's double chocolate stout.

the smell is restrained, light, cool roast and stout toastiness, with a hint of mineral tang.

the flavors are simple and subtle, but very full and satisfying: oily oatmeal maltiness, light roasted barley malt, and, strangley, an inky chalkiness in the finish. this last flavor was surprising at first, but once my taste buds acclimated themselves to it, it became a pleasant, integral part of the flavor profile. no real hops to speak of in nose or flavor, but the malt never becomes cloying at all, so there must be just enough hop to keep the malt from becoming overpoweringly sweet.

a great, satisfying beer, smooth as can be, that manages to be restrained without tasting or smelling weak. a great english stout that i recommend to all lovers of the style. and don't worry, the ink and chalk in the aftertaste is subtle, and you'll get used to it quickly. if you need boatloads of hops in your beer, stay away from this one, but otherwise, try it if you can find it, and you won't regret it.

cheers,

s.d.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cascading is cool, plain and simple. This beer is dark molasses black in color with a thick cream colored head. Quite beautiful. Its got the burnt malt and oatmeal smell, but its not quite as strong as other oatmeal stouts. This head isn't going anywhere, I wonder if I'll get a milk mustache when I drink it! Feels like it, but I don't wanna waste any, better lick my lips, yum. This beer is soo smooth. I'm not just talking about the feeling of those little nitrogen bubbles, the taste is smooth too. It tastes like a creamy stout, leaving just a bit of oatmeally goodness on the back of your tongue. For such a dark beer it's quite mellow, almost too mellow. I'm giving it high marks for drinknability because its easy drinking, but even more than that the laid back flavor has me drinking more and more so I don't loose the flavor. Oatmeal stouts are one of my favorite styles, and this one is up at the top.

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NitroCan with best by date (Dec. 13, 2003).
Aroma: Classic stout smell of dark roasted malt with a light alcohol edge
Appearance: Black as night. When seriously backlit, showed edges of ruby, but not much. Creamy mocha colored head of microscopic bubbles. Head lasted longer then the beer and laced.
Flavor: Richly roasted grains mingle with a hearty oat, but not a hint of sweetness. As the beer warmed I noted a trace of hop deep in the aftertaste, but by no means bitter. This nice balance lets the earthy grains be experienced, but doesn’t let them overpower with a sappiness that you might expect.
Mouthfeel: While the creamy head covers your nose while getting to the beer, the beer itself is just about flat. No carbonation prickle, no hop prickle, nothing. Completely inert. Has medium-heavy body, on the edge of a chew, and a very dry finish. It does leave an oily/oatmeal coating behind, but not unpleasant.
Overall Impression: Yum! Drink your Oatmeal! Good and good for you! A little dry for an oatmeal stout, but this dryness invites sip after sip. Deep flavor, but somewhat one-dimensional. Seemed a touch too flat, but I don’t expect a stout to sparkle. The filling aspect of this hearty beer slows drinkability; this is a meal. Had to work at finding things to take points from this beer. Recommended!

Photo of Mustard
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; "best before end" warning -- in this case "April" -- notched on the rear label's bottom periphery; purchased for $2.99 from "No. 1 Liquor Mart" on Aviation off PCH.

Appearance: Completely opaque; good-sized, mocha-hued head; a solid b-cup's worth of lace; nice head retention.

Aroma: Pleasantly of chocolate and cherries; faintly vinous and roasty.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with a soft, rolling, coffee-like bitterness in the finish; primary flavors are of a gentle, bittersweet chocolate and a mild espresso; secondary characteristics include a slight, acidic twang, hints of dark fruit and an ever so mild touch of grain; soft, velvety mouthfeel; medium bodied.

Notes: Enjoyed this a good deal, though wasn't entirely blown away.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Bottle design is a major plus.

Hats off to the brewery for this wonderfully crafted and multi flavored stout.

Pours a wonderful dark brown. Light is impenetrable. An amazingly thick tan head with lacing residue that looks like an areial view of the Bahamas. Scents are burnt and smokey at first. Sweet malts and oats find their way through the cinders nicely.

Roasted sweet oats are at the forefront. A good strong grain flavor. Some sweet carob in the middle. The burnt charcoal with its smokey flavor bring us to the end. A simple yet multi faceted range of flavors.

This stout is medium bodied. It does stick to the innermouth a bit. It is a nice smooth slow drinker. A crisp finish make this a wonderul stout to enjoy anytime. I would prefer this one for after dinner or late night.

Very enjoyable.

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 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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy, tan foam that was very long-lasting. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of fruitiness. The taste was sweet: caramel malt, cocoa, some banana, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation feel. Overall a nicely enjoyable stout.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Had a dark, boggy brown color with brick-red edges and an inch-thick, creamy beige head that endured to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.
Smell was loaded with burnt chocolate malt, coffee and caramel.
Taste was kind of bittersweet, starting with a sweet caramel toffee flavor before being overtaken by the dark chocolate and coffee grounds flavors. Just the mildest alcohol note in the finish.
Feel was full, creamy, thick and smooth.
I'm really getting into the stouts, imperial stouts, and porters these days and this one from Young's was a real pleasant experience. I'll be looking for this one again.

Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly dark, dark brown. Actually a transparent ruby when viewed with a backing light. Thin but persistant tan dome.
Cola sweet and bready nose.
Bready intially. Pumpernickel loaf. Not much in way of roastiness, which earns this demerit points in my book. Yeastier and continually bready midsection. Vaguely smoky. Out of place sweetness. Not especially oaty (though oats are noticed, lightly), mostly just a slick and greasy cola sweetness with sassafras notes. Some chocolate notes pop up late just to prove that this is, in fact, a stout. Hop dryness at the end, but little associated flavor.
Oily in the mouth. Overly thin right away, but bolsters itself slightly as it sits.
I can't say I am too impressed here. It's lacking in several key catagories and has some odd (off?) flavors to boot. I'll pass.

Photo of hungryghost
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rich color, tight lasting head.
This beer does not flow out of the can and build up like Guinness.
Really no smell to speak of, a slight malt aroma.

This is a fine, smooth beer in taste and mouthfeel. Very pleasing to the pallet.
Gentle, hearty feel with a hint of coffee and sweetness. Like most Oatmeal Stouts, Young's is kind of filling,but not in a bad way.

If you like the style this is an easy to enjoy beer. For me, nothing about it stands up and shouts, but if you offer me one, I couldnt say 'No'.

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.

Photo of byrd
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful cascading creamy head of tiny, frothy bubbles. The head was only about a half an inch thick, but it stayed for quite a while. The lacing was always rather thick and stuck to the sides of the glass. The color was solid black and couldn’t be seen through at all – even when held to the light. Aroma of fairly subdued malts. The mouthfeel was SO smooth and velvety, yet seemed to be a little on the thin side. Flavors of nice sweet malts with a dry and slightly roasty, bitter finish. Very slight carbonation on the tongue. This one seemed a little bland to me at first, but got better and better through the glass. By the end, I was wanting another.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer. I sampled this from the bottle and enjoyed every bit of the experience. This beauty poured a very deep dark color that appeared opaque and created a thoroughly impressive beige head. The head lasted throughout the glass and left quite a beautiful lace effect. One of the most good looking pours I've seen from a stout. There was also afairly visible carbonation effect that clung to the inside of the glass after the pour.

The aroma was rich, mainly of toasted chocolate, but also giving off both caramel and alcohol scents. This smell was confirmed in the taste which was rich and creamy and tasted of caramel and chocolate and had substantial edge, probably from the alcohol that came through in the aroma.

Obviously the feel was of the rich and creamy variety and left a very good impression. The drinkability is great, being a result of good taste, nice feel, and a relatively low alcohol content. I think I could drink this beauty for hours, not unlike that other great oatmeal stout from Samuel Smith.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half a liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of tan head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in burnt chocolate malt, coffee, and caramel. It is a very sweet smell. The taste starts out with sweet toasted malt and a little bit of caramel and toffee. There is a bit of hops to the finish, not too much, just enough for balance. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, very smooth and heavy as well. The drinkability is also very good. A very nice representation of the style.

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.

Photo of TripelJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Young's Oatmeal Stout

This is one of those beers that I have had countless times, but never bothered to review. Tonight I jot down some notes on this memorable brew. Near perfect appearance--the deepest opaque mohagny with zero chance of light through the glass. The head is consistently thick providing a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Aroma is malty with a definite coffee theme. Taste is sweet, with a definite coffee aftertaste. One of the better english oatmeal stouts, but not better than Samuel Smith's.

Overall: An excellent, drinkable oatmeal stout.

Photo of grynder33
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, couldn't coax much of any kind of aroma out of it, the mellow chocolate taste made the biggest impression, along with the very smooth mouthfeel. It seemed to get less bitter at the end thenmost stouts of this kind. A great sipping alone brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original draft and bottled version of the Oatmeal Stout is quite a different animal than the nitro version. It's appearance is similar, with the body being black in color with brownish highlights at the base of the pint. But the head is darker tan, and it doesn't hold quite as well. The lacing is roughly the same, but the nitro version does win out in this category. And temperature comes into play as the bottled version needs to be served warmer (or allowed to warm once poured) before the head really comes up. And similarly, the bottles need to warm a bit before revealing their complete flavor, whereas the nitro version seems to loose some of it's crispness once warmed and is actually quite nice cold. The aroma offers the standard Young's fruitiness over a lightly caramel maltiness (and seems a bit more pronounced than the nitro version). The body is light; and it leaves a gentle tingle on the tongue with its moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers a lightly acidic (low pH from the dark malts), some yeasty fruitiness, a deep caramel malt, some delicate vanilla, a light chocolate note, a drying roastiness, and firm bitterness. It's flavors are more pronounced than in the nitrogenated version, and the bitterness appears a bit higher (although it's probably actually the very same beer!). The finish is dry, with a gently lingering bittersweet chocolate roastiness. This is an excellent example of how carbonation levels affect beer! I prefer the straight CO2 version as it brings out a bit more of the bitterness, and reveals it's full range of flavors; but the nitrogen version can also be quite pleasing at times. Well worth trying!

Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An astonishingly great stout. The head retention on this brew is simply amazing. As the DD, I only had the one beer last night, and I took plenty of time with it. But a half-inch layer of head remained atop my beer for the entire time period. Creamy, milky, vanilla sweet aromas. Very light roasted aromas buried underneath. Fluffy like a milkshake. Very light roasted finish that lingers just a bit. Spectacularly easy to drink -- full-bodied, yet creamy and not overbearing. Very nice.

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