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

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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
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:
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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Mustard
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Rumrunner
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Bottle design is a major plus.

Hats off to the brewery for this wonderfully crafted and multi flavored stout.

Pours a wonderful dark brown. Light is impenetrable. An amazingly thick tan head with lacing residue that looks like an areial view of the Bahamas. Scents are burnt and smokey at first. Sweet malts and oats find their way through the cinders nicely.

Roasted sweet oats are at the forefront. A good strong grain flavor. Some sweet carob in the middle. The burnt charcoal with its smokey flavor bring us to the end. A simple yet multi faceted range of flavors.

This stout is medium bodied. It does stick to the innermouth a bit. It is a nice smooth slow drinker. A crisp finish make this a wonderul stout to enjoy anytime. I would prefer this one for after dinner or late night.

Very enjoyable.

Rumrunner, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a verrrry smooth brew. It started with a nice creamy head on a base of chocolate brown to black. Chocolate and smoke were the flavors I could detect and the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. It left a slight linbger maltiness on the back of the palate that invited you to drink more. As I said before the went down verrrry smooth. A great offering from across the pond.

edchicma, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Large head. Aroma is kind of weak, touch of roasted grains and coffee. A lighter to medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, hints of coffee a touch sweet. Touch of spiciness. Fairly dry. Smooth taste. Nice drinkable stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is a very slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy, tan foam that was very long-lasting. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of fruitiness. The taste was sweet: caramel malt, cocoa, some banana, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation feel. Overall a nicely enjoyable stout.

UncleJimbo, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Had a dark, boggy brown color with brick-red edges and an inch-thick, creamy beige head that endured to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.
Smell was loaded with burnt chocolate malt, coffee and caramel.
Taste was kind of bittersweet, starting with a sweet caramel toffee flavor before being overtaken by the dark chocolate and coffee grounds flavors. Just the mildest alcohol note in the finish.
Feel was full, creamy, thick and smooth.
I'm really getting into the stouts, imperial stouts, and porters these days and this one from Young's was a real pleasant experience. I'll be looking for this one again.

Boilermaker88, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly dark, dark brown. Actually a transparent ruby when viewed with a backing light. Thin but persistant tan dome.
Cola sweet and bready nose.
Bready intially. Pumpernickel loaf. Not much in way of roastiness, which earns this demerit points in my book. Yeastier and continually bready midsection. Vaguely smoky. Out of place sweetness. Not especially oaty (though oats are noticed, lightly), mostly just a slick and greasy cola sweetness with sassafras notes. Some chocolate notes pop up late just to prove that this is, in fact, a stout. Hop dryness at the end, but little associated flavor.
Oily in the mouth. Overly thin right away, but bolsters itself slightly as it sits.
I can't say I am too impressed here. It's lacking in several key catagories and has some odd (off?) flavors to boot. I'll pass.

cokes, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of hungryghost
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rich color, tight lasting head.
This beer does not flow out of the can and build up like Guinness.
Really no smell to speak of, a slight malt aroma.

This is a fine, smooth beer in taste and mouthfeel. Very pleasing to the pallet.
Gentle, hearty feel with a hint of coffee and sweetness. Like most Oatmeal Stouts, Young's is kind of filling,but not in a bad way.

If you like the style this is an easy to enjoy beer. For me, nothing about it stands up and shouts, but if you offer me one, I couldnt say 'No'.

hungryghost, Sep 18, 2003
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.

clvand0, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of byrd
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful cascading creamy head of tiny, frothy bubbles. The head was only about a half an inch thick, but it stayed for quite a while. The lacing was always rather thick and stuck to the sides of the glass. The color was solid black and couldn’t be seen through at all – even when held to the light. Aroma of fairly subdued malts. The mouthfeel was SO smooth and velvety, yet seemed to be a little on the thin side. Flavors of nice sweet malts with a dry and slightly roasty, bitter finish. Very slight carbonation on the tongue. This one seemed a little bland to me at first, but got better and better through the glass. By the end, I was wanting another.

byrd, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer. I sampled this from the bottle and enjoyed every bit of the experience. This beauty poured a very deep dark color that appeared opaque and created a thoroughly impressive beige head. The head lasted throughout the glass and left quite a beautiful lace effect. One of the most good looking pours I've seen from a stout. There was also afairly visible carbonation effect that clung to the inside of the glass after the pour.

The aroma was rich, mainly of toasted chocolate, but also giving off both caramel and alcohol scents. This smell was confirmed in the taste which was rich and creamy and tasted of caramel and chocolate and had substantial edge, probably from the alcohol that came through in the aroma.

Obviously the feel was of the rich and creamy variety and left a very good impression. The drinkability is great, being a result of good taste, nice feel, and a relatively low alcohol content. I think I could drink this beauty for hours, not unlike that other great oatmeal stout from Samuel Smith.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half a liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of tan head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in burnt chocolate malt, coffee, and caramel. It is a very sweet smell. The taste starts out with sweet toasted malt and a little bit of caramel and toffee. There is a bit of hops to the finish, not too much, just enough for balance. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, very smooth and heavy as well. The drinkability is also very good. A very nice representation of the style.

SheepNutz, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in the typical nitro can fashion black with a creamy head. Nothing exciting about the smell just a hint of dark malt and no hop smell. Tasted almost like a half fermented beer without the yeast. Hops arise but are there only for a second and disappear to sweetness. Mouthful was creamy and rich but drinkability suffers from the odd sweetness. Maybe if it were a little bitterer either from the use of hops, roasted malts, or barley I would enjoy this somewhat disappointing beer more.

leeenglewood, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Young's Oatmeal Stout

This is one of those beers that I have had countless times, but never bothered to review. Tonight I jot down some notes on this memorable brew. Near perfect appearance--the deepest opaque mohagny with zero chance of light through the glass. The head is consistently thick providing a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Aroma is malty with a definite coffee theme. Taste is sweet, with a definite coffee aftertaste. One of the better english oatmeal stouts, but not better than Samuel Smith's.

Overall: An excellent, drinkable oatmeal stout.

TripelJ, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, couldn't coax much of any kind of aroma out of it, the mellow chocolate taste made the biggest impression, along with the very smooth mouthfeel. It seemed to get less bitter at the end thenmost stouts of this kind. A great sipping alone brew.

grynder33, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original draft and bottled version of the Oatmeal Stout is quite a different animal than the nitro version. It's appearance is similar, with the body being black in color with brownish highlights at the base of the pint. But the head is darker tan, and it doesn't hold quite as well. The lacing is roughly the same, but the nitro version does win out in this category. And temperature comes into play as the bottled version needs to be served warmer (or allowed to warm once poured) before the head really comes up. And similarly, the bottles need to warm a bit before revealing their complete flavor, whereas the nitro version seems to loose some of it's crispness once warmed and is actually quite nice cold. The aroma offers the standard Young's fruitiness over a lightly caramel maltiness (and seems a bit more pronounced than the nitro version). The body is light; and it leaves a gentle tingle on the tongue with its moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers a lightly acidic (low pH from the dark malts), some yeasty fruitiness, a deep caramel malt, some delicate vanilla, a light chocolate note, a drying roastiness, and firm bitterness. It's flavors are more pronounced than in the nitrogenated version, and the bitterness appears a bit higher (although it's probably actually the very same beer!). The finish is dry, with a gently lingering bittersweet chocolate roastiness. This is an excellent example of how carbonation levels affect beer! I prefer the straight CO2 version as it brings out a bit more of the bitterness, and reveals it's full range of flavors; but the nitrogen version can also be quite pleasing at times. Well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

marburg, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

mickeymac, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of palliko
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

palliko, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

WesWes, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

xgrigorix, Jul 28, 2003
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.

granger10, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

fattychubs, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Indybeer, Jul 08, 2003
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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