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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 marburg
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mickeymac
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very close to black with just a hint of brown, it pours with a thick tan head that goes away quickly. It smells of chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, and just detectable raisins. Although it's fairly complex, the taste is very mellow. This stuff is as smooth as the prom queen's thigh and goes down easy. Unfortunately, it's on the thin side.

Photo of palliko
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real find! This is excellent stout! I have tried a lot, but this comes as close to perfection as I have found.

It pours like Guinness, (takes a while to settle), but that is where the comparison ends. It looks like a black panther but purrs like a tabby.

"Mellow" I think defines this beer. There is nothing here to jangle or jar the senses. Just pure enjoyment.

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

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.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can - freshness date clearly marked on bottom.
Pours dark black, with some brownish higlights. Beautiful nitrogen cascade forms a dense tan head, that lasts to the end. Leaves behind a thin sheet of lace. Aromas of burnt grain and raisins. Seems to be a bit on the thin side.
Clever interplay of sweetness, burnt grain, dark chocolate, espresso, and raisins. Understated, with just enough hops to keep it honest.

Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is silky smooth. Creamy and smooth. Complex and smooth. All of the flavors seem to mold into one great flavor. The hop bitterness seems to be lacking but that's ok because the malts are not overpowering. Oatmeal is noticed in the smell and again in the initial drink. Chocolate and coffee go hand in hand here. More sweetness maybe a dextrin sweetness comes into play. The sweetness is offset a bit by some oak flavors that dry it up a bit and make this one go down so easily. Finishes with a roasted barley flavor. Delicious.

Photo of fattychubs
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer was served pitch black with a beautiful thick frothy tan stout head. Smell was toasted malts, oats, chocolate and cream. Taste is a creamy texture, of dark chocolate, smooth toasted malts, and dark roasted coffee beans in the back. Very small hop presence, but still there. Finishes with a bit of dryness, and nice aftertaste.

The flavor wasn’t intense but seems like a solid drinking stout, and my wife's new favorite. They almost go back to easy.

Photo of Indybeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a massive head, that sticks around. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, coffee and a hint if chocolate. Taste is more of the same, creamy, sticky, smoothness, more like a meal. This is what I wish my oatmeal stouts could taste like. I could drink this all night!

Photo of TheDM
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a pleasant aroma. When poured, it yielded a small brown head of fine bubbles that lingered around for a long time. It's body is black as night and opaque. Very smooth taste. I found myself liking it very much. It is hard for me to describe. I can't pick out the words for the flavor, but I like it. It was a very nice smooth stout with no harsh for or aftertaste. It was extremely good.

Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich tan head that towers above the very deep reddish-brown liquid for quite some time. The nose upon first pouring has a lush fruity quality that gives way to some metallic or even iron-like notes after a spell in the glass. Some very light roasty chocolates percolates behind all of that. The taste gives flavors of sweet malt, some liquorice, roastiness, chocolate with not very much of a hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is nice and rich...very smooth. The finish is silky and quite palatable, a very good drinking stout.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eyeing all of the Young's brews at the store for months now but other beers have always taken priority. This is the first Young's I've tried, and so far, they're looking pretty solid. The Oatmeal Stout is very good, but at the same time I doubt it's their best beer.

The first thing worthy of mention is the head. It isn't very big to begin with, but it retains the same thickness from start to finish.

As far as the taste... Well, it's an oatmeal stout, plain and simple. It's good, but I was kind of hoping for something that would rock my socks off the same way Sam Smith's oatmeal did.

It's a very fragrant beer, that's for damn sure. As far as whether I'd buy it again or not, I most likely will, but not in the near future, and probably not very frequently. It's pretty difficult to find a bad stout and Young's is just one of many. It's a face in the crowd, but a very comely one at that.

Photo of Loki
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle without a freshness date, however it did have a serving temp of 50-55 degrees F.

Poured a pitch black void that lets no light through with a cream coffee head. A huge biscuity, head with mountains, holes, and bubbles. Beautiful, truly beautiful head of beige color that just stayed and stayed. Leaves ribbons and spider webs of lacing. I didn't completely finish the second sample of the night, woke up the next morning and there was still a partial head covering. Now that's a head.

Aromas of chocolate, malt balls,and oatmeal with some hints of coffee, but mostly sweet chocolate.

The body was smoother than a baby's bottom. Rich, creamy, chewy, simply delicious. Tastes of chocolate, malt, and oatmeal with hints of vanilla and a faint smokiness like that of cooking bacon or grease. Very light hops, but enough for a slight bitterness on the finish for a very balanced brew. The body and mouthfeel are truly wonderful, balanced, and just roll around the tongue and all over the mouth.

A truly spectacular find. A new favorite of my and right up there on near the top of my list. Full flavor, full body oatmeal stout.

Photo of yosh
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC

This beer was a nice smooth beer. It was a dark, black color when it came to us with a nice head that left a lace all the way down the side of the glass. There was a mixed chocolate and coffee smell and a chocolate taste to this beer. I got this beer to get a free glass (Youngs Brewery) and I enjoyed the beer. They give a free glass away every week and rotate the brewery's at this place.

Photo of budgood1
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the slow nitro pour produces a deep dark and just plain black as night hued brew. no light penetrating thia one. thick and rich cream coloured head. not much aroma to this beer...just some burnt malt. tastes sublime in it's gentleness. charred malt, ghost like suggestions of dark chocolate...some smokiness...almost too smooth and creamy from the nitro can, i'm thinking the it might be getting in the way of letting the flavours bloom. there are hints of coffee and kahlua, too. as it warms the flavours become more pronounced. the body is full and the mouthfeel silky smooth. really can't go wrong here for stout satisfaction. i'll have to try the bottle for the full flavoured effect. damn tasty and highly recommended.

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

Young's oatmeal stout actually reminded me of a good porter. Relatively thin-bodied, nice taste. Very clean and smooth, more sweet than bitter. Exhibited that nice port-like taste that many good English beers have, but ultimately a little to thin and mild to be a great stout.

Photo of BierReise
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany with slight tan head wich dissipates quickly and leaves only a faint and spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with a faint hint of caramel and a slight hop presence. A little thin on the palate with a weakened malt flavor which finishes on the dry side. Overall a pretty average stout and not as nice as their Double Chocolate Stout which I found impressive.

Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one absolutely smooth beer. Pours a deep brown, almost black color topped off by a very thick and creamy tan head. Head fades away ever-so-slowly, leaving a thin, sticky coating of lace on the glass. Nose is full of roasted oats, toffee, and mild nutty undertones. The taste is very similar to the aroma, mildly sweet and very delicious. The mouthfeel is total smoothness. I highly recommend this brew to any lover of fine stouts.

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

This is a very dark, light impeding beer. It pours a nice thick tan head that clings to the side of the glass, refusing to go away. The aroma is a typical oatmeal stout that really doesn't prepare you for how good this brew really is. The flavor is complex, yet amazingly smooth and creamy. This beer feels like a beer should feel. The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing, and the taste is of a complex oatmeal stout, but somehow manages to be exceptionally smooth. This is one beer I will visit again, only next time, I'll be sure to invite more than one bottle.

Photo of marcobrau
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Just about jet black in color with an off-white nitro-induced head. Faint dusty aroma of chocolate and perhaps coffee. There's something a bit off in the aroma that I can't quite pin down. A bit thin in body, especially once the nitrogen dissipates. This doesn't bother me too much in a stout of this strength. The dark malt flavors of this stout lean towards dark chocolate and coffee in that order with a bit of a bitter finish. The finish is fairly long and tastes of chocolate tinged with heavily roasted coffee and finally hops A very smooth, drinkable oatmeal stout with medium long bitter finish. Not too bad.

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

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!

Photo of ElGuapo
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep dark brown topped with a creamy off-white to tan head that cascades to the top out of the nitro can. It lingers there for a while, but eventually dies and only the lace on the glass remains. Aroma is pretty weak, but it has a nice bit of roasty malts with some coffee and a bit of chocolate.

The body is a bit thin on this one, and the flavor is lacking. The creamy mouthfeel is excellent, but I would really like some more flavor. Roasty malts with a bit of chocolate in small portions cover the basics, but I would like more. Not at all a bad stout, but it is definitely a weak one.

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

Notes: Nitro Can-Best Before December 2002...darnk in March 2003-oops! Well this beer poured with that lovely cascading effect that only a nitro can (or bottle) can deliver. This smelled of roasted malts, hops, coffee, chocolate and smoke and it tasted like more of the same. Wonderful flavors can be found in this beer and yet it is also extremely well balanced and easy to drink. This would probably be better non-nitro or tap as the nitro takes away from the aroma and taste a bit. Not bad despite the fact that it was past its best by date. This had a very creamy, heavy mouthfeel and a nice drinkability as well...My first Youngs and it was quite nice!

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served at the BC Beer Café in Helsinki. Beer is pitch black (okay, VERY dark brown), low to no head. There's some irritating carbonation that pricks on the tongue - if given the choice, I would most likely prefer some nitrogen in a beer of this style (I know that many of you will disagree with me on that!) Moderate roast aroma, the rounded flavour has some coffee notes with a strong oatmeal presence, hardly any bitterness to match the sweetness. Porridge aftertaste. Very filling - I had it 1 hour after a solid breakfast, and it was like having another full meal ("liquid oatmeal porridge"). Of course it's not a bad beer, but as my expectations were sky high, you'll have to forgive me for being a bit disappointed.

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

Appearance: solid dark brown, lush creamy head with nitro cascade effect. Head settles down to a solid half inch & sticks around well.

Smell: chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted grain. Good stuff, not as strong as you might like, but solid & a very unified aroma over all.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: very nicely put together flavor. Has a smooth solid taste start to finish, even caramel coffee, toasty goodness everywhere. A pleasure to drink, a flavor that keeps developing as it goes, keeping you always tasting a new shade of the same thing.

Drinkability: rather heavy, certainly a winter warmer. If you’re in for more than 4 or 5 I would say eat light, but overall a very satisfying brew.


Photo of Denali
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Croxley Ales in Franklin Square, New York.

Appearance: Dark opaque black/brown with thick tan head.

Smell: Toffee and Chocolate.

Taste: Initial toffee and chocolate flavors. This was followed by a metallic taste that I did not like at all. A nice nutty flavor also came through. Unfortunately, the metallic taste ruined the taste of this beer for me because the other flavors were otherwise very good.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy (due to the nitro draught) but also somewhat thin.

Drinkability: The metallic taste hurt the drinkability for me.

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