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

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89
very good

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 Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Mahar’s, it was poured to a nice dark black color that would not let any light through. It was topped with a nice cream tan colored head that had very nice retention and left excellent lacing through out the entire brew.
The aromas of this brew were of coffee, chocolate, fruit and a bit of a hoppy smell. Very nice smelling brew that goes nice on a damp cool evening, at least the brew was making the day better!
This brew is silky smooth, creamy with its slight carbonation. The taste starts sweet from the chocolate but goes away quickly and finishes very dry. Additional hints through out of licorice, light coffee, charcoal, and a smoky aroma. All of the different aspects of this brew come together giving a very nice brew that I could enjoy all evening long.
This is a great oatmeal stout and one to try on tap if you get a chance. I would love to try this brews versions at the same time, on-tap, nitro can and bottle to see the differences. Sounds like a nice experience!

Photo of 57andcounting
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich chocolate colored, bubbly head that sticks around to the last. The color is deep, dark brown as expected. Not too much smell, nice malt, beer smell. The taste is a complex mix of chocolate, malt and tar with an alcohol kick on swallow. The mouth feel is full and thick with a clean after glow. This is a real nice beer for that end of a hard day relaxation. This fits a pattern of good brews from Young's Brewery.

Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this can in a gas station in Port Roberts Wash. as this is only available in bottles in Canada.

A big nitro head that makes it look like Guinness makes one think that this beer is all about easy drinking. The easy drinking is there but the malty burnt flavour shows depth that few Irish Stout's can match (Biddy Earl?). I really liked the dryness and great balance that raise this Stout to a high level. The widget changes this beer in ways that add rather than subtract from this great beer.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as the heart of a scorned woman. With dark clouds floating above soon break into nothing except a spiderweb lacing the sides of the glass. But with your eyes, you can only see so much.
I close my eyes and inhale it's dark chocolate aroma. Subtle hints of coffee intertwine with all the other scents, thus forcing me to drink.
Dark chocolate and oats flow over my palate. The chocolate, ever so sweet, yet ever so bitter. The infussion of oatmeal balances the taste nicely.

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

Pitch dark ale the pours with a rich, shaving-cream-like, walnut colored head. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, leather and smoke. The act of smelling this reminds me somewhat of a walk-in humidor.

Initially, flavors of burnt caramel, dark roast coffee, smoke, and vanilla shoot through. A sweet, but balanced, milky flavor. There is a mellow aftertaste that is svelte and dark chocolate-like. A small amount of chew adds a pleasant texture. The hops, for an oatmeal stout, are plentiful and add a tiny note of zap to the backdrop of the overall substance.

Why is a medium cheddar so damn good with this? Because it is. I've made a homemade macaroni and cheese dish and used this in my cheese sauce base (A combo of: extra sharp and medium cheddar, blended with a golden roux...along with a clove of fresh garlic and generous amounts of black pepper...along with a good dose of Young's). Perhaps I should peruse over to the recipe section and add this. !

Anyhow...it's a smooth sippin' oatmeal stout. Cheers.

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

Almost black. Nice clarity. Nice creamy long lasting brown head. Nose consists of some burnt cocao, roasted malts and in contrast, some sweet milky tones. The taste is soothing and comforting. A nice blend of lactic sweet tones and bittersweet chocolate tones. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is velvety and the body is about medium full.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I think big beers are ruining me. I can barely taste this one. Very attractive looking beer, some subtle "sweetish" (not swedish) vanilla aromas. As smooth beer that could be beefed up a little in the taste department. A decent mouthfeel, but I want to have to chew on an oatmeal stout. This reminds me somewhat of a dry stout, definately not the sharp black malt flavors, but definately a touched over hopped for an oatmeal stout I think. A bit of sour flavor, but all in all needs more to really satify my definition of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of jahred
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark black with brown tints and a thick foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet dark chocolates and burnt malts. Taste is extremely smooth with a silky chocolate flavor. There is a nice earthy tone to this brew that plays well. The oats and malts work very well together. Body is pretty full with a very mellow feel. This is a great beer and what you compare oatmeal stouts to. Very pleasing chocolate coffee aftertaste. Again this is a great beer.

Photo of nomad
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a deep black never showing light, covered only by a thin foam head that disappears quickly. No other signs of action - for me, Young’s beers rarely pour well from a bottle, mostly from its basically flat carbonation.

Smells of soft roastiness paired with sweet but dark chocolate. Thin and shy to my nose. The taste is a pure roasty flavor with no acridness or burnt qualities, accompanied by a small sense of darker chocolate. Has some fruitiness too, a soapy/herbal hop touch, and a nice roasted malt finish. With just enough smooth oats, this beer has an almost silky thin mouthfeel. Very straightforward, very easy, it drinks like a textbook of the style - maybe too much so.

A quaffable though fairly mild and pedestrian stout, it is great depiction of how roasted malt can have that flavor without noxious effects. I could drink this all night with no ill effects. Went impeccably well with a dinner of potato & cheese pierogies and veal & mushroom pierogies covered in sour cream, pumpernickel bread, and a nice plate of Beef Stroganoff.

Photo of Zorro
2.56/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a big BAD stout can just barely pass light through it.

Smell is Almost nothing! Very disappointing, I expected a lot more! I Smell More but nothing is There!

Big smoky Charcoal Taste. And that is about it.

Mouthfeel, OK.

Drinkability. Too one dimensional.

Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours with a rich, lavish dark brown cascade, finally settling into an opaque black. A thick dollop of cream colored head blankets the beer, lasting forever in typical nitro fashion. Loads of sticky lace cling to the glass, completely obscuring the empty space within.
The aroma is absolutely delicious. Warm, inviting oatmeal mellowness smooths out mocha scented roasted malt. A bit of pure cocoa, with some mashy grain odor. Faint plum and pear esters settle over the malt. Perhaps a touch of bready yeast, but it's difficult to tell. A bit thin from the nitro, but no noticable metallic odors. Very smooth and supple, the aromas blending together as one.
The flavor starts out exceptionally smooth. This is one of those beers that I take a sip of, and immediately need to take another. The oatmeal is immediately apparent, lending a soft, lactic smoothness throughout. Mild roasted malt settles in for the ride, producing rich coffee and chocolate flavor throughout. Some fruitiness becomes apparent on the top of the tongue, mostly over-ripe plum and a suggestion of pear. The hops are very mild, almost nonpresent, adding a slight earthy bitterness to the finish, coupled with a yeasty flavor reminiscent of cookie dough. Milk Coffee and oatmeal rest on the tongue, sticking around long into the aftertaste. A touch of hazelnut towards the end of the pint. Medium bodied, with smooth, easy drinking nitro carbonation.
One of my favorite nitro beers. Sursprisingly flavorful, the malt and oatmeal seem to survive the nitro pour well. No tinny flavor. A very smooth, easy drinking stout. Not the most complex, but it's a great session beer. I don't care for the canned version much, but on tap it's fine by me.

Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, non-transparent, with a biege, thick, foamy head that rises up an inch high in the glass. Low aroma of malt and hops. Chewy mouthfeel, full and creamy. Malty, not too sweet, a bit chalky with some smoke. A bit of vanilla and toffee in the finish, and a slight hint of banana hangs on the palete. Interesting flavors that come and go as you move through this one. None very strong or dominant though. The head hangs in there for the duration and leaves fine lacing all the way down.

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

Pours black with a really creamy, almost cloud-like tan head that slowly dissapated. Left good lace. Classic OS smells of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. A spicy nuance as well.
Semi sweet taste of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with hints of dark caramel, licorice and a bit of fruit. Mild spicy hop presence in the finish.
Light to medium bodied. Chewy, full mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Great drinkability.

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

Appearance was excellent, midnight black with a creamy tan head. Head retained quite nicely, and left nice lacing. Smell was a combination of toasted barley and grain with slight alcohol undertones. Taste was also toasted barley and malt with a very slight sweetness. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I expected, not quite as creamy as I would have liked. But not bad. Drinkability was good, although I would find it kind of hard to drink more than two of these bottles being that they are full pints. A nice offering, I would recommend it to oatmeal stout fans.

Photo of hyuga
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with mahogany hued edges and a dense and creamy but small nitro head of creme color. The head settles to about half a finger after a bit. Subtle roasted malt aroma with an oaty, almost caramel sweetness and hints of light hopping. The flavors are equally mild. Roasted and slightly sweet with a slight hop presence. Touches of caramel sweetness here and there. Flavors are very mild in this nitro version, but do still come out better as it warms. Light-bodied. A pleasant crispness from the hops and the smoothness and creaminess make for a great mouthfeel and extreme drinkability. This would be a great session beer.

Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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”!

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

Presentation: Like the bottles from their neighbors Fuller’s, the offerings from Young’s are of the highest standard. A marvelously crafted, high quality heavyweight brown glass bottle contains 1pt 0.9fl.oz. The cream black and brown label simply states “Young’s Oatmeal Stout” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo at the bottom. The bottle is one of those that contains many details that are often missed. A relatively tall, thin necked bottle, embossed with the Brewery’s Logo on the shoulder with the words “Est. 1831” either side of it. Also embossed with the words “Young’s Ram Brewery” and “London, England”. It seems such a shame to recycle it. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of March 2004. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: A dark brown-black pour creates a creamy looking darkish tan brown head. Some deep ruby-red transient shades can be seen when backlit with a powerful light. The head is very smooth and lasts; indeed it has a nitro- look about it at times, with only a few large bubbles to break the slightly rocky velvet looking surface. Not much conditioning in the beer, but enough not to cause any real concern. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose: The nose is very nice, lots of soothing smooth aromas that are not strong but nicely blended. Lightly roasted malts, toasted porridge oats and some dark coffee hints.

Taste: The start has a building malt dimension, which increases in strength right through to the middle when the smooth oastness from the barley which is toasted in character, but not overtly so, takes over. After a few mouthfuls and a nice build up of some beery residue on the tongue, I started to detect an increased bitterness, like that from dark cooking chocolate, mixed with some liquorice traits & coffee. Smooth finish, bitter but smooth. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel: This is such an incredible brew. If feels so smooth, creamy and light in the mouth, yet it has a decent enough complexity of flavors and sufficient depth of character as to astound at times.

Drinkability: A wondrously drinkable Oatmeal Stout, which given its 5% ABV, makes it a damn good session beer.

Overall: A solid all round Oatmeal Stout. Whilst it doesn’t exactly “knock yer socks off”, it doesn’t need to, this is a beer that is somewhat understated and it takes time to pick up all of nuances. It certainly does not disappoint and is a very easy drinking smooth, incredibly tasty Stout that I continue to enjoy.

173 years old, or is that young?
A New Year soon beckons – amid a very turbulent period in English Brewing which has seen all of the Big Boys fall prey to overseas mega-corps; my New Year’s wish is that Young’s continue to brew fine Ales & Stouts and keep putting quality before the bottom line. Hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best beers ever to come out of a nitro-can. As far as appearances go, it goes out a nice, impressively murky dark-brown, from which little light seems to escape. Head isn't big, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in smooth, nitro blended creamyness.

Smells just fine, and tastes nice and toasty. A good, solid stout backed up by a striking smoothness. Perhaps not as heavy as a few other stouts I've tried, the taste has a good, strong, burnt chocolate edge to it.

Nice and cheap too, one of the better stouts you can get at this price. Definately worth a try.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, nearly black with thin slivers of crimson brown highlighting, thin tan head appears quickly and fades the same, fast dripping lace with minimal stickage. Aroma is subdued of roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee, and burnt cookies. Taste is mildly mixed of a light roastyness thats favorably easy and mixing well with some sweet chocolate and light coffeeness, notes of banana softness enter in just after midway and has a small hold just before the chocolatey roasted drying finish. A nice mild smooth taste with just enough energy and roast to keep it to the lips. Feel is pretty soild in the mediumness area, has a slight sharpness of carbonation in there. A nice drinker, liked the smooth mildness this has but could be a bit sweeter for an oatmeal stout though.

Photo of Jables
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this beer many times at Bentley's in Champaign, a new bar thats modeled to look like an English pub, but finally got around to reviewing it.

Can't see through the pitch black oblivion with a firm creamy, khaki head perched on top. Smell is fantanstic with strong notes of burnt coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is creamy, though the mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but no so much it hurts the experience. Taste is again roasted malt and burnt coffee but also hints of bitter dark chocolate come in. A wee bit of alcohol can also be detected if the beer is let to linger on the tongue.

This beer has always been one of my faves to sip pints of when out with friends. It is a superior stout to the others I typically see out (Murphy's, Guiness, Beamish, etc.) I think the nitro-tap is best, then the bottle, then the draft can.

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.

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

Dark ruby-black, with 2 finger khaki head, laces well
Roased malt and oatmeal aromas, slightly smoky.
Roasted malt continues into the taste and becomes sweeter as the oats appear. Dark fruits come out as you drink.
Very smooth and creamy, only slight bitterness, medium-full feel thats very flavorful and drinkable

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous, classic nitro pour tops off with a beige pillow of dense, tiny bubbles about a finger deep. Bubbles cascading down sides of glass in marbled rosewood and mahogany patterns. Lace sticks hard to edges of glass and dries out into beautiful crusts of bubbles. Aroma contains hints of sweet, dark malt over a strong oatmeal warmth, finishing with characteristically English hops that are not particularly subdued. Flavors of big, oatmealy, dark wheat toast closed out by more English hop flavor. Slightly espresso-ish and is that a hint of peanut butter high in the middle of the palate? Big mouthfeel: smooth and resiny, yet light in actual body and viscosity; finishes with a slight oily slickness. Velvet smoothness over the tongue. With its lingering bitterness, this is a beer to keep reaching for; however, it is probably too massive for session drinking. A pleasant pint.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was the hugest fan of Young's while studying in London in 2003. I haunted many a Young's public house, and my collection only has a few cellared beers - including the Young's Special London. So i'm a wee-bit biased.

That being said, the only Young's in this area are the Oatmeal Stout and Double Chocolate stout, in the hefty close-to-bomber bottle. I recently found a pub that sells the Oatmeal! Rejoice!

This beer pours a generic stout ruby, with a nice tan nitro head. No lacing throughout the beer. The taste starts with a nice roasted malt flavor, then moves into a sweet, slightly sour blend. Nothing to remind you that this in fact an oatmeal beer. A nice malty flavor finishes up the beer, but a not-too-special offering from Young's. Definetely along the lines of a classic British stout instead of the American counterpart.

If you are looking for a great introductory British stout, here it is. But for those of us spoiled with the variety of stouts (especially 3Floyd's Dark Lord) in this country, you might want to keep looking. Especially for the price.

But my palate still seeks the satisfaction I was rewarded with almost everyday in a nice Young's AAA from the cask...

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