Young's Oatmeal Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd
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4/5 rDev +0.5%
Very smooth stout, mostly smooth roast. Balanced , just on the sweet side, with definite chocolate malts.Liked this better than the St. Ambroise and perhaps the Brooklyn Chocolate. A bit past expiry date in October, but not the worse for wear as carbonation was understatedly appropriate..
04-03-2005 21:57:45 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
Deep dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights visible at the bottom edge of the glass. The largish head is light milk chocolate in color and is creamyfirm with a mild stickiness. It stays humped in the center as it falls and deposits a modest amount of lace in thin wisps. A good look.
The nose is of cocoa powder, chocolate liqueur and coffee beans. It could be stronger, although I'm trying my best to assess it through a thick, creamy cap of foam. The flavor is enjoyable, but I find myself comparing it (unfavorably) to Samuel Smith's version. Also, I find that it's closer to a dry stout than it is to an oatmeal stout. As in the nose, chocolate and chocolate liqueur hold sway.
Coffee is a subtle member of the flavor profile, as is the barest hint of smoke (odd that). Also, it's too bitter and too acidic; characteristics that don't really fit the stated style. The body isn't light exactly, but is lighter than a stout ought to be in my considered opinion. For all that, it's smooth and is easily drinkable.
I don't want to be too hard on Young's Oatmeal Stout since it is a decent version. It does, however, fall a little short of its better known and better tasting competition.
06-21-2004 17:38:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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
03-15-2008 00:09:58 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate roasted malt is pretty interesting. Taste of chocolate malt with some sweetness and a light dry bitter finish is enjoyable. Body is slightly above average with a great creamy texture. Well done overall and something I wouldnt mind indulging in again.
12-21-2006 18:29:49 | More by Phyl21ca
2.7/5 rDev -32.2%
Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, foamy light tan head.
Smell: Faint aroma of chocolate and licorice with a very unappealing sour quality to it.
Taste: Dark chocolate flavor with a hint of root beer and a shot of water. The finish is thinning and watery.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not nearly as full-bodied, complex, or flavorful as other oatmeal stouts.
09-09-2007 18:26:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
A nice addition to Brixx Pizza,pours a creamy black with a some reddish tint with a creamy nitro head.Aroma is on the sweeter side with some dark roast coffe thrown in,what a smooth creamy mouthfeel near perfect.Taste has a nice big bitterness up front but becomes more tame as u drink more some dark roast coffeee and ubsweetened chocolate with anice underlying softness.Man how drinkable is this beer on nitro damn I could drink this all night and did.
10-25-2004 00:41:50 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours out black with a mocha colored, 3-finger head. It left a little lacing, too.
S - It smelled of grains and roasted malt.
T - It had a fairly strong coffee taste. It was also malty. There was also a burnt flavor to it. I was also surprised that it wasn't very bitter.
M - It had a soft, creamy mouthfeel. It is heavy-bodied.
D - The taste wasn't typical of most oatmeal stouts, but it was good.
08-16-2006 14:30:16 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
08-07-2003 00:49:41 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with the Ram Brewery emblem right below the neck. “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.
Appearance: Nice lather of tan bubbles that hug to the inside of the glass, this is one dark brew as no light can be seen through the pitch black colour.
Smell: Faint liquorice root, vague vanilla, sweet creamed coffee and a ghost like charred smokiness in the aroma from the roasted malts and oatmeal.
Taste: So damn smooth with a creamy back, the soft carbonation literally curls around the tongue and caresses it showing an out standing mouth feel. A push of mild charcoal with a touch of smokiness, hints of dark chocolate and suggestions of vanilla is a result of roasted malts and the malt and oat sweetness. Hops a light but pitch in to balance the brew out. Slight puckering from the dry roasted malt character that throws some easygoing burnt flavours as well as a trace coffee. Semi dry finish lingers long with light roasted tones.
Notes: A top notch oatmeal stout, not so heavy to take away from the drinkability and does not lack in flavour or complexity. One of my favourite beers from Young’s and one I frequent when I am looking for a full flavoured stout.
07-04-2002 13:13:18 | More by Jason
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-24-2003 23:28:29 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev -2%
16.9 oz with a BBD of 24 Oct 06. Plenty fresh!
pours deep mahogony wotha tight 2 fingers+ tan head. some lacing and head retention
Smell: Roasted malts & fruitiness. Chocalate notes
Taste: Sweet, fruity & grainy/bitter chocalate up front.
MF: Nice fullness with good carbonation. Slight oilyness. Finishes sweet/dry
Pretty drinkable, but more of a session ender than one you'd drink all night. Nice example of the style, but a little more smoothess is needed
04-07-2006 03:45:20 | More by russpowell
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
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!
04-17-2003 00:04:17 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev -2%
The beer pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is of roasted black barley and oats. The taste is smooth with a refreshingly crisp finish. There are flavors emitting from the darker malts and a destictive oatmeal mouthfeel and taste. The mouthfeel is good. This is a medium bodied beer that drinks well for a darker ale.
08-01-2003 20:49:21 | More by WesWes
3.78/5 rDev -5%
best before 30 Aug 07
Pours almost black with a thick off-white head that slowly descends to a thin, bubbly cover.
The smell is of roasted grains and an underlying fruitiness.
The taste is of sweet malt balanced by a mild roasted character. Sweet roasted barley dominates with some underlying dark fruitiness. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. The finish is rather short with some residual acidity.
The body is full, creamy and smooth. Rather drying.
This is a nice oatmeal stout, though not one of my favorites. To me, the flavors weren't quite as robust as I would like. Still, it's enjoyable enough and would make a nice accompaniment to a brunch.
02-11-2007 20:33:59 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Best by date October 2006, Sampled August 2006
The beer pours a deep, not quite black, brown color that shows a brilliantly clear rich chocolate color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice chocolate note to it, which moves to a nice, light roast coffee type note. A touch of sweet malt character yields a subtle note of burnt figs & raisins.
A creamy, lightly sweet malt notes yields quickly to a prickly carbonation and a bitter burnt grain note. The beer is a touch colder than I would like, but a bit of time will fix that. Light and quaffable on the palate, yet still rich and full of flavor. Sharp with a roast malt derived bitterness and even some hop bitterness. The combined bitter notes create ample balance to the evident malt sweetness. There is a touch of in the finish of this beer that is also a result of the roast character. As the beer warms up a bit more the chocolate note even become a bit more noticeable. Quit tasty, though it definitely benefits from being served on the warm side of things.
08-06-2006 04:35:49 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours black with a soft but firm tan head, full lace immediately and all the way down the glass. Great looking pint.
S: Sweet notes of fermented oats, brown sugar, hint of smoke and chocolate.
T: Sweet milk chocolate and oats, classic flavours for this style simply put. Creamed coffee mid-palate, gets a little more bitter burnt charcoal of a flavour at the finish, but a sweet beer overall.
M: Not cloying from the sweetness which I liked, creamy and smooth, medium/full-bodied even. A bit of acridity at the end prevents me from taking it to the next level.
D: The bottles still in the US are holding up well, I just wish Young's would come back with their full lineup, I miss them.
12-17-2009 02:08:44 | More by Halcyondays
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
05-30-2005 23:11:43 | More by GClarkage
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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