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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of Zorro
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

Zorro, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

UnionMade, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

far333, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

rkhaze, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.98/5  rDev 0%

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.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

hyuga, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

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”!

Gusler, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

SetarconeX, Dec 23, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev -2%

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.

tavernjef, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of Jables
4.22/5  rDev +6%

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.

Jables, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

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 mschofield
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

mschofield, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.7/5  rDev -7%

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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of GreenWBush
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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...

GreenWBush, Dec 06, 2003
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Really nice tan nitro head that look like a capuccino. Has a mildly sweet biscuity nose with a hint of tartness. Sweet oat toasty flavors to start with a slightly dry and bittersweet chocolate finish. Did notice some prune and currant flavors.This stout is very nice and very drinkable. Would love to try it on tap.

OatmattStout, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.7/5  rDev -7%

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.

Quaffer, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

DESTRO, Oct 25, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev 0%

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.

woemad, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Gump
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Gump, Oct 25, 2003
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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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 24, 2003
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4.18/5  rDev +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.



dedalus, Oct 23, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +6%

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.

HappyHourHero, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +8%

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!

HardTarget, Oct 22, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Mustard, Oct 20, 2003
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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