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

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89
very good

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Reviews: 453
Hads: 554
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 50
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light brown head leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is nutty. Starts with a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor and finishes smooth with just a hint of dryness. $2.50 for a 12oz bottle, from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (285 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep oily black hue with a two finger creamy tan head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with a mild sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront burnt grain with a good coffee element. There was a nice residual smokiness as well.

The mouthfeel was full and very smooth.

Overall a superior stout. Beautiful setup, excellent flavor profile and superior drinkability. (443 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 21 Mar 07

Poured into a Aventinus glass a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, a nice 2 finger plus tannish foamy head which then left some sticky lacing. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is slightly dry and malty. There is also a nice touch of sweetness/bitterness to the flavor. Medium body. Very drinkable, only my second Young's brew to date. Highly recommend. (415 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

14.9oz nitro can bought as a single from Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a super-dense 3/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Had the whole nitro cascading thing going on, as expected, that I always like to watch. Head is SO thick, lasts and lasts, with superb full-coverage lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, but frankly not much going on here. Taste is chocolate malts and oats, with a slight bite of hops coupled with a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel's got both the oatmeal and nitro working for it, hard to beat that combo, and drinkability is great as well. Always enjoyable. (664 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque black with a frothy 2 finger light beige head with good retention.

S: dark chocolate, warm roasted malt and dark coffee beans

T: For flavor there was a deep roasted flavor, dark chocolate, and a strong coffe flavor with a vanilla creamer sweetness. On the fade was a lingering roasted and hop bitterness.

M: The mouthful was very creamy, and light on the tongue with a very light carbonation.

D: Very smooth, light, but rich in dark roasted flavor makes this an oatmeal with good smooth drinkability (530 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby black, with a tan head. Not much retention, but plenty of lace.

S: Dark, chocolatey malt, some fruity esters from the British yeast.

T: Well balanced, with a bittersweet aftertaste. Dark chocolate, a little coffee and fruit bread. Pleasant, smooth roastyness.

M: Velvety smooth, slight acidity, slight oily residue in the aftertaste. Good body for it's weight, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah! (431 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with brown highlights and a dense, light brown head. Both retention and stickage were quite good, as expected for a stout. Malt was all over the aroma, with generous amounts of roasted and coffee, as well as a bit of chocolate and toffee.

Perceived hop bitterness was moderate, with a considerable contribution from malt sweetness and roasted (some coffee) character. The finish is quite roasted and some bitterness at this point is clearly coming from the grain. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body and a little graininess. Texture was on the creamy side.

Overall, the bitterness was more pronounced than expected and the malt character was balanced a little too strongly towards roasted coffee. Still, a nice stout. Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber. (783 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Nice clarity. Nice creamy long lasting brown head. Nose consists of some burnt cocao, roasted malts and in contrast, some sweet milky tones. The taste is soothing and comforting. A nice blend of lactic sweet tones and bittersweet chocolate tones. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is velvety and the body is about medium full. (336 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts for a short time. Aroma is one of roasted grains/oatmeal with even some hints of coffee. Taste is pretty much similar with a lot of coffee/oatmeal flavor to it. Nice, smooth and roasty. I don't get to try too many oatmeal stouts but I do think this one is decent. (317 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is extraordinary. The color is dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. Head is large, thick, sticky, and creamy. Retention is excellent. The aroma, however, is just a little bit disappointing. A quick whiff of sweet dark malt is joined by a hint of roasted coffee. The taste provides plenty of sweet, creamy malt flavor. An earthy malt flavor combined with a roastiness adds to the layers of flavor here. A pleasent dryness makes an appearance in the finish. This is great stuff, the layers of flavor blend nicely and a creamy mouthfeel adds another enjoyble element. (606 characters)

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was once one of my favourite beers in my teens (no I wasn’t like the other youths…), and it should be interesting to drink it again for the first time in 15 years…

The colour is pitch black; the foam is pale brown and it sinks down to a very uneven head with massive lacing.

The smell is very roasted with notes of black coffee, sweet fruity flavours (cocoa?). Maybe there is a hint of alcohol too?

The taste is not as heavy as I had expected. The label says “Brewed with roasted malt”. Without a doubt; the roasted malt dominates the flavours with notes of sweet malt, nuts, black coffee, (very) smoked ham, dry crème caramel with caramel sauce. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild with roasted malt (toasted bread) and some alcohol.

The carbonation is medium. Medium sized bubbles.

I am a little disappointed, I though the oat malt should be more present in the taste. Still a very good beer! (923 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours very dark brown, close to being black with a 1/2 inch tan head. It smells like roasted coffee, malt, and a hint of oatmeal and some chocolate. The main flavor I could taste was coffee, with chocolate and malt in there too. I can't really explain it too well, but there was a weird sweetness and bitterness at the same time, but I liked it a lot. It has an oily/creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. With full flavor and a good body to the beer, this is something I could drink pretty often. Overall, it's a pretty good well balanced beer that I would recommend to others. (605 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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”! (576 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a thick texture. Some foamy, long-lasting head and a good lacing.

S: A typically (for British beers) underplayed smell, with traces of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal mingling together.

T: Flavor consisted of coffee and chocolate up front and malt, hops and oatmeal once it hits the back of your throat. A good combo of flavors.

M: High carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Like others of this style, it weighs you down, but it's still a well done brew. (574 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Presented as dark brown (almost black) and opaque. Luscious cocoa-colored head, fluffy and thick, with generous lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose, with the addition of coffee undertones. Full, silky mouthfeel, but not at all chewy. Very refreshing and crisp finish; somewhat uncharacteristic of the style in which flavors tend to linger. Very drinkable oatmeal stout; definitely one of the better that I've had. (495 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, nearly black with thin slivers of crimson brown highlighting, thin tan head appears quickly and fades the same, fast dripping lace with minimal stickage. Aroma is subdued of roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee, and burnt cookies. Taste is mildly mixed of a light roastyness thats favorably easy and mixing well with some sweet chocolate and light coffeeness, notes of banana softness enter in just after midway and has a small hold just before the chocolatey roasted drying finish. A nice mild smooth taste with just enough energy and roast to keep it to the lips. Feel is pretty soild in the mediumness area, has a slight sharpness of carbonation in there. A nice drinker, liked the smooth mildness this has but could be a bit sweeter for an oatmeal stout though. (805 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby red highlights and a nice creamy brown head. Light roasty aroma. Burnt roasty malt flavor. Medium bodied with a light alcohol finish.

I prefer this English Oatmeal Stout over Samuel Smith's but neither are really robust enough for my tastes... prefer the American versions if given a choice.

Freshness date did not appear to make a difference when tasted new or old.

(16.9 oz)

Best Before: 11/02 Tasted: 01/26/03
Best Before: 05/03 Tasted: 01/26/03 (477 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Stout is pure engine oil black in color with a big, retentive head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts come out nicely here and are mixed well with the classic oatmeal aroma. There is very little sweetness to the nose.

Taste – The dark malts from the nose come out strongly at the taste. The oatmeal though took a step back. The beer finished with the smallest hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Stout has a nice bitter roasty mouthfeel but was too thin for my preference of the style.

Drinkability – This one was even-keeled if uninspiring. I did enjoy the extremely dark, burnt nature of this offering from Young’s, though. (683 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a handsome ecru head. Aroma is toasty and roasty, lots of breads and grains and coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate and black coffee with a medium roasted bitterness and a light acidity. Mouthfeel is light but moussey in texture, making it easy to drink. (279 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1%
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!
Cheers!,
F. (671 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Like the bottles from their neighbors Fuller’s, the offerings from Young’s are of the highest standard. A marvelously crafted, high quality heavyweight brown glass bottle contains 1pt 0.9fl.oz. The cream black and brown label simply states “Young’s Oatmeal Stout” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo at the bottom. The bottle is one of those that contains many details that are often missed. A relatively tall, thin necked bottle, embossed with the Brewery’s Logo on the shoulder with the words “Est. 1831” either side of it. Also embossed with the words “Young’s Ram Brewery” and “London, England”. It seems such a shame to recycle it. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of March 2004. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: A dark brown-black pour creates a creamy looking darkish tan brown head. Some deep ruby-red transient shades can be seen when backlit with a powerful light. The head is very smooth and lasts; indeed it has a nitro- look about it at times, with only a few large bubbles to break the slightly rocky velvet looking surface. Not much conditioning in the beer, but enough not to cause any real concern. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose: The nose is very nice, lots of soothing smooth aromas that are not strong but nicely blended. Lightly roasted malts, toasted porridge oats and some dark coffee hints.

Taste: The start has a building malt dimension, which increases in strength right through to the middle when the smooth oastness from the barley which is toasted in character, but not overtly so, takes over. After a few mouthfuls and a nice build up of some beery residue on the tongue, I started to detect an increased bitterness, like that from dark cooking chocolate, mixed with some liquorice traits & coffee. Smooth finish, bitter but smooth. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel: This is such an incredible brew. If feels so smooth, creamy and light in the mouth, yet it has a decent enough complexity of flavors and sufficient depth of character as to astound at times.

Drinkability: A wondrously drinkable Oatmeal Stout, which given its 5% ABV, makes it a damn good session beer.

Overall: A solid all round Oatmeal Stout. Whilst it doesn’t exactly “knock yer socks off”, it doesn’t need to, this is a beer that is somewhat understated and it takes time to pick up all of nuances. It certainly does not disappoint and is a very easy drinking smooth, incredibly tasty Stout that I continue to enjoy.

173 years old, or is that young?
A New Year soon beckons – amid a very turbulent period in English Brewing which has seen all of the Big Boys fall prey to overseas mega-corps; my New Year’s wish is that Young’s continue to brew fine Ales & Stouts and keep putting quality before the bottom line. Hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it. (2,818 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (369 characters)

Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.