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

Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

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very good

527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%

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.

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Photo of jarmby1711


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark to black beer in the glass It had quite a lot of large bubbles clinging to the glass and made it look like a glass of cola.
The smells were pretty impressive.I thought i could detect rum chocolate cherries and coffee at various times.
The taste reflects the smells but add in the roasted malts to hold it all together.
The mouthfeel is where it all came undone for me.
If this was a dry or export stout , no worries, but where is the thick smoothy creaminess that an Oatmeal stout should have.
As a stout this is pretty good , as an oatmeal stout i was disappointed

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 01:45:27 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of champ103


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As this is poured, a wonderful cascading effect appears and leaves a two finger head on top of the dark brown/black body. Hardly any lace though.
S: Some sweet bready malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Oats and chocolate come through as well. The aroma could be a more robust.
T: Bready malt again with some oats and chocolate as the taste lingers. This follows the nose pretty closely, and like the nose I wish it was more robust.
M/D: A bit thin and watery, but this is a very smooth and easy to drink stout.

This is a nice quaffable stout that I enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Houston. This is not the best stout I have ever had, but good none the less.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2008 23:47:50 | More by champ103
Photo of originalsin


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass--looks quite nice in here I might just take a picture.
Down to business. The bottle notes: "A dark, ruby coloured stout almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Brewed with roasted malts, it has an exceptionally smooth palate and fruity aroma with a short but distinctive finish reminiscent of toast."

The description is obviously somewhat on the kind sight but is otherwise pretty spot on. From any farther away than a few inches you're looking at a pitch black beer but up close the ruby red tint comes through. The head off the pour wasn't nearly as frightening as I expect: The creamy espresso colored head inflated to about 1/2 an inch in height before settling down. It laces decently sip after sip.
The aroma is very clean and reminiscent of some dark fruits --cherry. Mahogany also comes through on the nose, as does dark roasted malt. All together it's very subdued and bland though, and I had to stretch my imagination to get a smell out of the beer.
This isn't a bad tasting beer: the palate is certainly 'exceptionally smooth' I was just hoping we'd get some more creaminess out of what looked like it really could've blown my socks off. The oatmeal of this 'oatmeal stout' really doesn't show at all. It tastes vaguely of flaked oats, yes, but more so of dark roasted grains with a slight hint of coffee flavors. More so, there's a nice amount of dark cooking chocolate present that balances the brew out relatively well: it's still just missing something.

On the whole: this isn't a spectacular oatmeal stout, but it's certainly a strong example of the style. I got the bottle for 2 bucks on clearance and might just go pick up a couple more for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 05:35:26 | More by originalsin
Photo of BeerNutta


3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Young's Oatmeal Stout.

A = Poured a rich dark brown colour with a thin light brown head. When not held in the light, its practically black as night.

S = Smelt of toasted oats, and ground coffee. Very nice on the nose. As you drank the beer, a soft dark chocolate aroma begins to linger through.

T = This is where I feel this stout lets you down a little. There is a nice roasted malt taste with an infusion of coffee and a dark chocolate finish. But somehow it all felt a little lack luster. Like hearing a good song on very low volume. It just lacked the punch.

M = A little on the watery side. I am told that this stout is more creamy from a nitro can. But the bottle version is quite watery.

D = Just above average. One I would buy once in a while for a change.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 12:53:26 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of PeatReek


3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark body, can barely make out some ruby highlights on the edges. Fine tan head reluctantly settles to a lid after several minutes.

Aroma: sweet and caramel up front. Nuts and coffee after a couple of sniffs.

Taste & mouthfeel: big fizzy attack evolves to a nutty sweet flavor. The coffee doesn't come out as well in the flavor as in the aroma; a bit of roast bite late in the sip leaves a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is actually a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, and definitely not quite enough to support that bitter tang in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: the roast bite and lack of sufficient thickness to support it... I'd probably just have one.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 03:27:46 | More by PeatReek
Photo of klewis


3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a two-finger head, which leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt aroma with some suggestions of chocolate and coffee

T: Very earthy and gritty tasting with flavors of black coffee and roasted malt with a nutty and grainy finish. Slightly astringent.

M: Fairly light in body for the style. Not as smooth as I expected it to be. Very dry in the finish.

D: Everything about this beer is OK, except that it leaves the mouth feeling too dry. Not a bad oatmeal stout, but I don't find it to be one that I will actively seek out or recommend in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 20:21:09 | More by klewis
Photo of mwearl

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful near black with the slightest light showing through, this beer had a 3 in head poured correctly with eternal lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity, detecting a tart grape odor as if aged in a wine barrel. Taste was rather dull yet balanced with little bitter taste and more coffee mocha than anything; very little complexity. Mouthfeel was suprisingly light leaving only some mild bitterness on the tongue. This is a drinkable beer but does not live up to its look and smell. Not bad, but there are better examples of Oatmeal Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 02:50:27 | More by mwearl
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually had this for breakfast with eggs and sausage while vacationing on Hilton Head.
Pored nice with a small brownish head. Dark wit little light shining though the edges.
Smell was nice, roasted malts with hints of chocolate and deep fruits coming to mind.
Taste was ok but wasnt what I expected. Not as full in the mouth and creamy as I was thinking this stout should be.
Not a bad beer, but not epic either.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 14:44:03 | More by dmamiano
Photo of clvand0


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours a very dark color with a thick tan head that takes some time to dissipate. Nice aroma - chocolate, coffee, and malts are what I get from it. The flavor reminds me of burned malts and caramel. Fairly smooth and enjoyable. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was slightly above average. I see myself having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2003 19:02:24 | More by clvand0
Photo of Maestro


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected a lot out of this brew. I would like to have it on cask instead of the gas can. Anyhow, the beer seemed to be a fairly simple stout. Dark brown to black in color. There was a thin, fizzy head that left almost no lacing. Roasted malts were present but seemed to be quite subdued, just like the hops. This was a very basic stout. No suprises.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-04-2005 01:28:38 | More by Maestro
Photo of PatronWizard


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cracked with dinner.

Better looking than their Double Chocolate Stout. Near-black shade of dark brown. Big ass frothy oatmeal colored head.

Smell is disappointingly average, nothing distinctive at all. Taste is a little better but the fluid is thin as hell. I'll drink it but damn.

Oh it's not that bad, I've just been spoiled lately. Nuff said.

Overall: next!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 04:35:35 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of mightyjoemoon


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

young is a pretty large british brewery and fairly common on that side of the pond. over here they're mostly known for their desserty double chocolate stout. this beer pours a dark brown nearly black until you hold it up to the light. it has a thin head which fails to persist. its pleasingly smooth but has a bit of bite. definite chocolate malt notes here. not much much bitterness but the sweetness isn't overwhelming. over all its mild with a slight toasty aftertaste. i'd recommend this ale for someone who's looking to get into the style as its highly drinkable but typifies oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 17:00:37 | More by mightyjoemoon
Photo of cnally


3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown on the pour with a nice tan head that laces with a soapy complexion.

malt bitters up front on the scent. almond and walnut lying underneath. very sweet smell.

weak smoky flavor. ashy and woodsy flavors abound initially but in the afterflavor, a surprising amount of hops comes out. I think it is a touch too smoky & burnt flavored for me to fully enjoy, but the ability to showcase its hops is a nice touch.

not very creamy. sort of dry feel.

I don't know, not great, but not bad. I could drink this, but there seem to be more flavorful and creamy examples of this style out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 00:21:27 | More by cnally
Photo of trackstar1043


3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black, no visable light passes through. 2 inch tan head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing at all.

S - Rich aromas of roasted malts, molasses and has a sweet cream smell.

T - Lackluster, I was expecting rich, robust and toasted, what I got was half of that, it started off nicely but the flavors where quick to die off and left no aftertaste. I was a bit puzzled.

M - heavy and full bodied with a sily smooth finish.

D - Easy to drink but if left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 20:29:14 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of tempest


3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewski's

This looks gorgeous with a pitch black body, a thick tan head that never dies and full-glass lacing. The aroma, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I just get a light, dusty smell without much coffee or chocolate. The flavor is also pretty mild, with most of the taste coming late with smooth but bitter cocoa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2008 04:57:14 | More by tempest
Photo of aracauna


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive beer with a very dark brown body and a dense light brown head, but the flavor comes in a little thin. The aroma has whiffs of chocolate and the body is creamy enough to satisfy, I’d really like to see something a bit richer in flavor. The finish is a little bitter and slightly metallic.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 01:04:11 | More by aracauna
Photo of roller


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with red highlights. Little bubbles coalesce into larger ones which pop and leave little divots in the light brown two-finger head. Leaves rings of lacing as I drink. Aroma is dark roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors. Taste is roasted malt bitterness with milk chocolate. It's toasty with some caramel. The edges are nicely rounded by the oats. The biggest disappointment with this beer was the mouthfeel. I expect an oatmeal stout to be thick and chewy, velvety even. This one just wasn't. It was thin and watery. Was a little creamy, but didn't hang around on the palate long. Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable oatmeal stout, but not the first I'd reach for in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 19:25:54 | More by roller
Photo of falloutsnow


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hectic Sunday night: time to relax for the final few hours before another workweek arrives.
A: A moderate pour from the distinctive Young's bottle produces a rich, dark, opaque brown body with a large, pillowy, burnt tan head. Minutes pass as the foam descends down the glass with excellent lacing/streaking on the sides. Regardless of how much I drink or wait, a thin head remains over the entire beer. Due to the opaqueness, the mystery of carbonation and filtration remain, having to be experienced in taste only.
S: Roasted malt and weak coffe scents make up the rather mediocre scent profile of the beer. Not much else is detectable besides the standard and these seem undeveloped at best, too.
T: The beer opens up with the typical stout sweetness that is nicely accentuated with the use of the additional oatmeal sugars. Chocolate and coffee with cream are the center of the taste profile with faint hints of roasted, smoky malt. The aftertaste is interesting: a deep, butterscotch or buttered rum character that's quite enjoyable.
M: Smooth mouthfeel thanks to skillful brewing and blending of barley and oats. Moderate carbonation and a medium body makes this quite pleasant on the palate and easily drinkable. Smooth finish, with some dryness.
D: Taste and mouthfeel are on style, though the nose is somewhat lacking. Overall, the relatively low alcohol content and pleasing characteristics make this a rather enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 03:32:59 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Damian


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby brown/black with a creamy, frothy head and tons of beautiful, shimmering lacing.

Toasted malts were noticeable in the aroma.

Taste was was malty rich with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate detectable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Carbonation was a bit overdone.

A decent overall beer. Unfortunately, I could not detect any hints of oatmeal in the aroma or taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 03:46:25 | More by Damian
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an nonic)

A- This beer had a creamy tan head with a jet black body which separated in the famous nitro-tap style.

S- This beer has a chocolate malt hint that was smooth but the aroma was pretty faint.

T- This beer has a creamy pot caramel note with some dark malt flavors that were smooth. There was a faint bittering hops note that came through after it had warmed quite a bit.

M- This beer had a full creamy mouthfeel with a slight watery quality to the finish. The head added to the mouthfeel with each sip.

D- This beer has a thin mellow flavor and not much of interest or complexity.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2006 18:19:53 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of shererjt


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque, deep black color with a tan head. Well carbonated. Nose was roasty with some fruit and some yeast. Medium body. Flavor was mostly roasted malt with a bit of tartness late. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was good. Some late bitterness.

A nice stout. Had a bit of a twang to it; not sure if it was this bottle or if it’s supposed to be there. Will revisit someday.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 03:29:38 | More by shererjt
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely dark chocolate with a frothy, quickly diminishing head.

S - A Chocolaty and oaty aroma.

T - This is lighter than a standard oatmeal stout. I was instantly greeted with a pleasant flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and oats across the palate.

M - A lighter feel than a standard stout. Not as rich or syrupy. It could have had a higher level of carbonation.

D - High level of drinkability for a stout. Not overwhelming or thick like the standard.

As a side note I also mixed some of this with a vanilla ale from the late, great brew house in Elgin, IL called Prairie Rock. It produces a great oatmeal cookie-like beer. 50/50.
Rich head that stuck around. Very good combo.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:36:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best stout, but its got some characeter, but a bit creamy on tap, which is the only way i've sample this beer, still nice, but not the best, nice roastiness, decent.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-01-2002 06:51:22 | More by rastaman
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfect nitro can pour yielded a beautiful, deep, dark brew with a light tan head that, of course, retained perfectly and stuck all over the glass. Nutty aromas are detected in addition to mild coffee notes. Somewhat weak on the strength of the aroma though...I was a little disappointed.

The mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, as expected. Quite enjoyable. However, something seems to be lacking in the complexity of this brew. I think when I hear the words "oatmeal stout," I immediately think of a wonderfully dark, complex, delicious meal in a bottle (or nitro can). There are definitely flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted dark malts in this stout. Yet the body seems a tad thin, and I expected this to be a much more hearty brew, with stronger, more discernible flavors. I suppose I also can not help but compare this to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, in my mind, the king of all stouts. Young's is good, yet IMO is seriously lacking in comparison to many a stout I have had the pleasure to imbibe.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2003 18:31:46 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, opaque with minimal head. Lacing is readily apparent. Aroma is of sweet roasted grain with overtones of dark dried fruit. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. It has more of a dry taste, a roasty, bitter chocolate with a moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable even with nothing to eat. A good stand alone beer that I wouldn’t be ashamed to serve to friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 21:36:30 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.