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

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Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 38
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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2003 20:42:46 | More by Boilermaker88
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 08:24:37 | More by cokes
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District of Columbia

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'.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2003 04:26:27 | More by hungryghost
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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 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.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2003 13:13:27 | More by byrd
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:40:13 | More by AtLagerHeads
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 04:38:57 | More by SheepNutz
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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2003 19:35:19 | More by leeenglewood
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 01:46:54 | More by TripelJ
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 12:26:38 | More by grynder33
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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 00:49:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-03-2003 18:46:32 | More by marburg
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 03:55:24 | More by mickeymac
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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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2003 23:07:29 | More by palliko
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 20:49:21 | More by WesWes
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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-28-2003 16:59:15 | More by xgrigorix
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 18:21:31 | More by granger10
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-10-2003 19:41:05 | More by fattychubs
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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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 19:10:33 | More by Indybeer
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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 07:51:45 | More by TheDM
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 18:02:57 | More by beerluvr
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-26-2003 23:11:47 | More by 86MonteSS
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 08:46:14 | More by Loki
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2003 20:21:42 | More by yosh
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-14-2003 05:51:57 | More by budgood1
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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