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

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89
very good

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 9 | 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 neobassman
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by this beer, a product of an English brewery with a long and rich history. Admittedly I am an newcomer to oatmeal stout, so some of my being enamored with this brew may be in part a new affection for the style. However... Having tried stout many times over the years, I have felt bad, maybe even inadequate, for having mixed feelings about stout. Aren't true beer aficionados supposed to love stout? For me, I always came away with an appreciation that feel well short of fondness. This beer, however, may turn me from a dabbler to a true stout fan. This beer pours from the bottle with a full, tan-colored head and a characteristically black color. Even held up to a strong reading light this beer passes very little light. Color, where it can be seen, is reddish brown, mostly brown with not much red. No sign of cloudiness. "Looks like Guinness..."

The smell is full and balanced, and the taste - well - I encourage readers to give this one a try, even if you are not a fan of stout. There is a clear essence of oatmeal, a characteristic malty, roasted flavor, but relatively little of the burnt, salty sharpness that I have struggled to come to terms with in past stout encounters. Perhaps this is characteristic of oatmeal stouts, and if that's the case, count me in. This brew is somewhat dry on the tongue late in the taste, but not at all unpleasant. I like this beer for the same reason I like a lot of American porters, but this clearly one-ups porter with its fuller, darker taste but without becoming an ordeal. I would choose this over Yuengling Porter, for example, on any day my beer budget could support this import.

My only regret is that I bought only one bottle. Certainly this will be on my recommended list, and, with future confirmation, it could easily be a favorite. The brewer's website describes a recent merger with Wells, and today I could not find mention of the Oatmeal Stout on their list of brews. I hope this does not foretell the loss of this great beer from their line.

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

16.9oz bottle, Best By date printed on back label. Beautiful glassware, Young's ram logos nicely embossed twice below the neck.

Pours very dark, almost black. Brown creamy head, sticks around through the drink. Aroma is beautiful malt, a tiny bit of milk and even coffee. Taste is creamy and light, but enough malt strength to make an impact. Primarily sweetness (but not overly so), led by a light chocolate, finishing up with the right amount of bitterness to balance. Some faint smoke in the background? Begs for another drink.

Paragon of the style. Lots of craft in this beer, even a bottle that makes it all the way to California.

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

From Notes

16.9 oz into my favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pours black with a four finger creamy light brown head. Head retention is some of the best I have seen. Leaves lace all the way down.

S: Toasty maltiness. Fruity hoppiness. Chocolate coffeeness.

T: Very smooth. Roasty chocolate coffee malts and balanced very well with hops. Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

M: Nice and creamy. Medium to full bodied.

D: Two bottles of this on a cold night with a hearty winter's stew is what my Doctor ordered when I called him and said I felt bad. It did the trick.

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

A Manly, Malty Brew! Young's Oatmeal Stout is a thick, rich beer with lots of malty body and taste. It's a very dark brew, the color of strong coffee, and pours out with a thick, creamy brown head that lingers quite a while. The odor and taste are both on the sweet side. This is a wonderful beer, perhaps a bit rich for everyday consumption, but a real treat for special occasions!

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

poured into an imperial pint, this brew pours a solid black, with a couple inches of tan head that remain through the consumption. lacing is left around the rim of the head. couldn't be better in its appearance.

smell is not very strong, but a light roastiness and a touch of chocolate are present. the malts are the strongest of the aromas, but remain rather subtle overall.

taste is roasty up front, with undertones of coffee and chocolate to finish. the taste is neither sweet or bitter, and takes on a bready taste after the roastiness is realized.

aftertaste is dry and bitter, with the roastiness sticking around. almost as good as the liquid itself.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, which leaves lacing in the mouth as well as in the glass.

drinkability is very good. this one does not overpower the nose or the tounge, and in fact remains rather subtle in both departments, which makes it so drinkable.

overall, this is a perfect brew for drinkers who are unfamiliar with oatmeal stouts, and need a more restrained brew before trying the more rich ones. for oatmeal stout fans, this one does an exceptional job with handling the roastiness, coffee and chocolate notes, while not getting too bitter or sweet. Young's did a great job with this one.

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

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with the Ram Brewery emblem right below the neck. “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Nice lather of tan bubbles that hug to the inside of the glass, this is one dark brew as no light can be seen through the pitch black colour.

Smell: Faint liquorice root, vague vanilla, sweet creamed coffee and a ghost like charred smokiness in the aroma from the roasted malts and oatmeal.

Taste: So damn smooth with a creamy back, the soft carbonation literally curls around the tongue and caresses it showing an out standing mouth feel. A push of mild charcoal with a touch of smokiness, hints of dark chocolate and suggestions of vanilla is a result of roasted malts and the malt and oat sweetness. Hops a light but pitch in to balance the brew out. Slight puckering from the dry roasted malt character that throws some easygoing burnt flavours as well as a trace coffee. Semi dry finish lingers long with light roasted tones.

Notes: A top notch oatmeal stout, not so heavy to take away from the drinkability and does not lack in flavour or complexity. One of my favourite beers from Young’s and one I frequent when I am looking for a full flavoured stout.

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

I always have a soft spot for the oatmeal stouts. I love st ambroise, love the sam smith, and now I love the Fuller's. Sweet, milky, roasty, smooth, mellow and full of chocolate and coffee flavours. Pours pitch black, with a large tan head, great retention. Easy to drink, great coffee aroma. What more can you ask for.

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 neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a good session stout. Pours to a very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Has a huge fluffy mocha head that forms huge dimples. Lacing slides right back down the glass without even a chance of sticking.

The smell is interesting. For some reason it smells more like a pale ale than a stout. Only a hint of a chocolate and an even more vague roast. A surprising bit of hops.

The taste is very good. Smooth and creamy with some sweet chocolate and a very mild coffee-like roast. Nice subtle hops in the background. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

The body is full and creamy, though it could use a little more carbonation. Hugely drinkable. I think I might like this even more than the Double Chocolate Stout, though both are probably my two favorite English session stouts.

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 brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a sturdy tan head that retains well and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Interesting combination of prune, chocolate and coffee, with an earthy tone and a hint of caramel

Taste: Opens with a combination of dark prune fruit and chocolate with a moderate earthy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors build, bringing along some caramel sweetness and oat to complement the moderate bitter flavors at the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice; it's been a while since I have tried this and I am even more impressed now than I was several years ago

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into pint glass. Dark, opaque appearance with light head that holds for some time before dissipating into a fine lacing. Smell is exactly what to expect of an oatmeal stout. Taste neither surprises or disappoints. Mouthfeel is very typical if not the atypical oatmeal stout - smooth and rich with minimal carbonation. Overall it's a pleasant drinkable stout that doesn't offend, but doesn't present pleasant surprises either.

Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two-finger tan head on top of a blackish beer and head left some lace patches. A sweet smell of roasted malts mixed with the oat, and a little coffee malt smell. This is one of the smoothest and creamiest oatmeal stouts I've had, and the taste is really packs a punch, also. It is a sweet taste, like chocolate or vanilla mixed with the oat malt and still just enough hops and roasted malts to give it a passing dry backbite. I could session this anytime.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle with a best by date of 4/30/08. Purchased from Aloha Wine in Pensacola, FL.

A- Completely opaque used motor oil brown with a generous foamy tan head. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Sweet malt presence, but not as much as expected. Faint grainy aromas linger.

T- Mild malt sweetness with some caramel and faint coffee notes. Not as sweet as expected.

M- Surprisingly more carbonation than expected. Not unpleasant, just more than expected. A little slick/ oily. Not too heavy.

D- An excellent brew by all means. I prefer a sweeter version of an oatmeal stout, but would definitely not pass this up.

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

1pt 0.9 US fl.oz. bottle -> imperial pint
best before 21 Mar 07

Pours nearly black with some golden brown edges in the light. A massive head appears after the initial pour, then settles to a nice fluffy blanket of suds. Lacing is dotted and minimal.

Nose: Strong dark fruits burst out initially, then are replaced with a nice roasted chocolate, some overdone coffee, and burnt grains and oats.

Taste: Flavor is roasted toasted malts meet smooth silky oatmeal. A mellow roastedness combines sweetly with chocolate and caramel. Not a huge flavor bomb, but a gentle subtle brew with a clean toasty finish.

Mouthfeel is silky creamy and semi-dry.

One of my first and still favorites Oatmeal Stouts. The relatively low ABV, makes for a great session stout, if you are so inclined. Great on cold PA Sunday afternoon.

Photo of StevieW
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after about a year of drinking "real beers" now and reading the reviews here, this is my first review. Please be patient. I love the appearence of this beer, the deep dark color and the nice tan foamy head make for an inviting glass. The smell wasn't that impressive, but then again, not offensive. I really like the taste, very rich and smooth (just like the can says) but I expected a little more oatmeal taste and sweetness. Which is why I gave it only a 4.0 in the mouthfeel. Overall, I think it is a very good and very drinkable beer ! Very rich, nice lace falling down the side of the glass. After 12 hours of work today, I was thinking about this beer for at least 8 hours and it didn't let me down, however I think the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout has a better oatmeal malt flavor. The only thing lacking is the slightly thinner feeling and taste than the Samuel Smith version, which is the only other one I can compare it to. I will drink it again.

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 KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color, with a large tan head that has great retention and leave wonderful lacing. The aroma is creamy. The taste is fantastic, and very smooth. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than most stouts but good none the less. Overall, this is a very good beer. It looks great, tastes great, and is enjoyable to drink.

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

453 reviews as of this writting. this is a classic english oatmeal stout and definitely worthy enjoying. the grass looks greaner but this classic is a fine choice everytime! I love how smooth this is and how rich in flavor this low abv beer is! I recommend this highly.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint mug. Pours dark black and thick with a huge 3 finger tan head with tight bubbles that fell slowly leaving a good map around the glass

S - Heavy coffee smell with some roasted toffee or caramel in there as well

T - Initial bitterness from roasted malt but then quickly smoothes out to a sweeter taste of chocolate and toffee then a quick dry bite and the end with the hops

M - Thick from the oatmeal that coats the touge and bathes the mouth in the aroma from brew

D - Very drinkable if you are a fan of Oatmeal Stouts, this could possibly be very close to the benchmark for the style

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!

Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.