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

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 46
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m a big fan of Young’s in general (London Porter, Ram Rod, Special and Winter Ales, to name a few). However, I’ve become quite enamored with Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout as of late…which made me all the more curious about this one when I saw it on the shelf.

Poured a deep, opaque ebony with a creamy caramel-brown head. Quite drinkable, with a smooth, solid mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate and coffee – a nice balance without being cloying. Has a smoky, dry finish, though as noted by other reviewers, I wouldn’t let this one sit for long as the flavors go flat when warm.

Still, a big and tasty oatmeal stout, especially nice on a cold night, with a fire in the fireplace.

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

What an odd little oatmeal stout. This is one of my favorite styles, along with sweet stouts, and there just aren't that many great ones out there. Had this on draft at the Ginger Man in NYC, and it poured a beautiful midnight black with a tan, creamy, sexy head. The reason I say this is odd is because the first five to ten sips are sooo good, just an absolute orgy of dark roasty coffee chocolaty flavors tempered by a nutty sweetness that just makes the beer slide down your throat. As the beer warmed and disappeared from my glass, it just became more average. Now I know that this has to do with tastebuds adjusting and what not, but it just seemed a different beer to me. Thinner, but very drinkable still. Maybe it's a trick by the brewery to get you to drink more by always desiring that fresh pint. Overall, a very good oatmeal stout, and one I'll have to seek out more fequently. I bet the nitro can is damn fine, too.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours on opaque black even when held to a light. The tan head is a inch thick with good reteantion and moderate lacing. The aroma is lightly of coffee and chocolate and somewhat sweet. It tastes mildly of burnt coffee with a little chocolate. This is a medium bodied beer with a nice sort of creamy mouthfeel. As for drinkability, give me more. A wonderful brew.

Photo of elmocoso
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Head is very fine and about a finger thick. It lasts longer than the drink. Almost static and clings a lot better than the non-nitro bottle.

The smell of the canned is dissapointing compared to the bottle. Reminded me of nitro-Guinness. A little planer.

Though there IS a difference, this being more flavorfull and complex, he flavor is the same as the smell: Guinness-like to my senses. Very dissapointing. It lost a zing that the bottled version has. Seems to be hidden behind the upfront effects of the nitro widget.

mouthfeel is better here: very smooth on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability not as high as the bottled version, but a good beer.
Can has instructions for consuming, and no ABV%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaquely darkest brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights. Big tan head that leaves some good residual lacing. Toasty, roasty, scorched malt, and trace oatmeal aromas, some typical stout aromas (like coffee and chocolate) creep into play, too. Very roasty tasting, oatmeal flakes take the backstage, but are cameoed. Slight minerally water background, consistent with English brewing practices concerning water hardness. Very nice, smooth and enjoyable. There are better oatmeal stouts out there, but this one's a good one. I've experienced this beer on nitrogenated draught, and the bottle's better, IMHO.

Photo of flaminghomer
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this has some nice sweet chocolate aromas and the appearance is really good. taste is smooth, mild and very well balanced. nothing stands out too much in the taste because it seems so balanced. though there seems to be some coffee after taste. i like this better than their dirty dick's and it should be noted that this sample is five months past the best before date.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Draft at Cornwall's Boston

This brew poured a deep black color with a super creamy chocolately head that just looked so nice. Initial aromas were roasty and malty with just a hint of oats and cocoa. For flavor this brew started off quite roasty with just a slight astringency. Following a nice array of chocolate, more roasty malts, and oats mixed well together to lead to a full flavored taste, though the body of this brew was surprisingly thin. The brew was for the most part sweet throughout with only a slight bitterness in the end. Though the body was a tad bit thin, the mouthfeel was still somewhat creamy which was quite nice. Overall a nice offering to try, but I wish this brew has just a little more body to it.

Photo of sutcliff
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good example of this style. Rich and smooth with a thick head. This bottle was similar to Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout but not as hearty or rich. The color was ruby black and the presence of aroma hops was minimal. The mouthfeel was pleasant and the finish was subtle.

Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is almost identical to the Young Chocolate Stout. Very dark with only a faint maple syrup color where the goblet is narrow enough to allow a little light through. The head chocolate tan and comprised of tiny bubbles, has a very silky look to it.
Nice retention and good lace.
Pleasantly sweet chocolate scent with a little oatmeal in it, a little nougat in the nose as well.
Oh man this is a great great example of an oatmeal stout. Sweet and strong with a hoppy bite to it. Lingering aftertaste of hops and oats. Malts and hops in good harmony together with the oats.
A chewable beer no doubt, very full body and keeps a presence even after it's gone down. More of a kick than I'd expect from a beer this low in Alcohol but great nonetheless.
This will be a regular in my fridge.


Photo of Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours to a clear black, but quite brown during the pour. Forms a modest light cocoa colored head with average retention and lacing. Has the trademark Young's aroma...hard water, sweet cream butter, toffee, milk chocolate, butterscotch. Mouthfeel is much different than the nitro-can for sure...flittery with a medium body. Taste echoes the aroma...lots of butter. A sickly cloying, mineralized & oxidized ruddy mouthfeel of wet cardboard is inescapable. I notice a little bit of smoke on first sip that has since become less prevalent. Bitterness is oxidized and mild. There's a bit of roasted astringency towards the end. As it warms, it gets worse. Tastes like a soggy buttered cardboard sandwich dipped in cigarette ashes.

To think that 10 years ago, I thought this was good stuff. OK, so maybe I'm babied by awesome stouts, but this one sucks. The ruddy mouthfeel and oxidized taste are awful, compunded by the year-old butter taste. Ugh. Down the sink it goes.

Photo of nortmand
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, cascading, nitro pour, looks like Guinness, but tastes much better. Leaves some lace on the glass, and smells full, roasty and oatmealy. Tastes great, sweet, creamy, and smooth, very nice.
Quite drinkable, good with food, or by itself. Great deal for the price.

Photo of silenius
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! Wonderful cascading in the foam. A light tan creamy head that is so perfect that when I took a sip it was like whipped cream! A true luxury among beers! A dark brown beer that is dark without appearing black. The head lasted the entire pint and light lacing graced the glass froim rim to bottom. This one is a winner.

Smell is light roastiness with a creamy coffee profile. Pleasant and no hop aroma detected. Spot on for the style.

Taste is exceptional. This is not a behemoth beer, mind you, but a wonderfully balanced stout that juggles creamy coffee, roasty nut, and a light milk chocolate taste. A slightly roasty-bitter aftertaste cleans up. Beautiful. I did not expect this at all!

Mouthfeel is next to exceptional. I get a full-bodied creaminess where carbonation is more downy or silky than actually perceptible as bubbles. Only drawback is a thin wateriness on the edges. Still very, very nice.

I could drink these all night. I wish I has a nitro-tap of this in the house. Great, great beer.

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

Aroma seems a little light and soft. Yet what's there is pleasing as heck with a real chocolatey malt presence with just a hint of roast.
Pours pitch black with reddish hues on the edges. One inch head that's only moderately long in life. No lacing.
Flavor is classis for style. Malt start to finish yet never overpowering or excessive. I appreciate the chocolately aspects the best, but there is also a acidy quality at the end, a mild bitterness and some roast.
Extremely smooth with an intensity offered by the very fine carbonation. Generally soft. Very little sense of oiliness.
With imports it's always tough. The dating states best before Sept. 04. Somehow this sample lacked the intensity and complexity I'd hoped for. But don't let that stop anyone from trying it.

Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of avylover
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black and meets all the expectations of a good looking stout. Nice foamy tan head that lets me know that this stout means business. I pick up smells of carmel and nuts. Again, classic in it's presentation. Very nice, balanced taste of carmel, malt, and carbonation. Pretty straight forward. I think the more I drink, I come to the conclusion that it looks better than it tastes. It's definitely a good stout but to me it just seems too safe. I think I'd reach for a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or an Oak Barrel Stout before this one again. Worth a try if you are getting into stouts and definitely a classic example. But I've seen it done better other places.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of psyco1
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black in the somewhat underlit room I was in. There was nearly no head at all.

The smell was of a bit of roasted barley, then the chocolate took over, then smoothness, if that's a taste.

Thin for a stout, but not bad. Almost no carbonation.

It reminds me of Sam Smith's Oatmeal, which I really like. I could drink this too, probably until I had to crawl home.

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

Pours an incredibly dark ruby - almost looks black. Nice tan head that is thick and creamy.

Aroma is of roasted hops and a chocolatey caramel.

Taste is yeasty, roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, toast finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, and although pretty drinkable it is a little heavy on the stomach.

Photo of murphyl
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured incredibly dark, almost pitch black, with a substantial tan head and almost no lace. Cascade was relatively short - most nitro cans I've dealt with (Guinness, Murphy's, etc) overflow if you don't start pouring the second you crack the can, and you have to wait five minutes for the pint to settle. This was ready to go in about a minute - good if you're impatient to try the stuff, not so good if you like watching the waterfall effect.

Smell: Very faint whiff of hops, followed by vanilla and coffee notes. Not as much on the nose as other stouts I've tasted.

Taste/Mouthfeel: At first I wasn't sure if I was drinking a stout or a beer milkshake. This stuff is creamy - roasted malt and coffee flavors up front, fading back into a slight oiliness from the oatmeal and an interesting smoky, almost Scotch-like flavor on the finish - heather, maybe? The overall effect is rather like drinking a really well-made Irish coffee.

Summary: Outstanding stuff. Even my mom liked it, and she normally dismisses anything darker than a pale ale as "that black $!&@ you and your father drink." That alone earns it top marks in my book. I can see why the beer guru at our local liquor store insisted on the widget-powered can, though - CO2 would wreck the mouthfeel entirely. All in all, a great effort from Young's.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Young's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- black with a skimpy brown head.
Smell- roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and ash.
Taste- roasted burnt coffee beans. Watery and smooth with a slight bitterness. After 3-4 sips the taste becomes more and more watery.

Overall- a mediocre stout that I would prefer over Guiness but wouldn't purchase again.

Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of IceAce
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APEARANCE: Jet-black, opaque, and capped with a dense one finger collar of long-lasting foam. This beauty is exceptional!

AROMA: Deep aroma of truly fine-roasted barley malt. The smell of hand-crafted London quality just makes one want to dive right in...

TASTE: Almost not enough o's in smoooth to describe this one. While the absence of CO2 exposes the flaws in other beers...it exposes everything that is right with this one.

MOUTHFEEL: Unobtrusive and a bringer of joy! A superb oatmeal product with an unassuming robust taste that leaves one always wanting more...

DRINKABILITY: All day...all night...any day...any night...

Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.