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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

540 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/27/05- Purchased at Bevmo in Redwood City, CA at a close out price of $3.99 for a 4 pack.

Presentation- 16.9oz nitro can with no dates. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour with a grayish-brown thick tight head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- Fairly light scent. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee/chocolate in the air.

Taste- Not even as thick as I thought it would be. The taste was fine. Deep roasted malts with an espresso-like coffee taste and maybe a touch of chocolate. Definite bitterness as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and slightly watery. Not that thick and creamy texture that I was expecting.

Drinkability- Nothing special, but will work fine to marintate pork ribs or something meat-like in overnight.

GClarkage, May 31, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: nitro-can.

Pours a dark brown color with amber edges and a thick, foamy beige head. Aroma of oatmeal, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor very similar to aroma again dominated by roasted chocolate maltiness, caramel and oatmeal. Dry finish.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle sampled, has freshness dating notched onto the label. Pours the expected black, with light coming thru the edges, with a tan head and some sticky lacing on the glass after every sip. Nose is light licorish, and some burnt grain. Dark chocolate, mocha, minerally slate notes. World renowned smooth mouthfeel evident and noted on the tongue and entire mouth, vanilla in the finish. Classic dark brew, understated and British in attack. Fine, tasty quaffer, well worth a try.

Billolick, Apr 03, 2005
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.

tempest, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Something is terribly wrong here. This is one of the higher rated Oatmeal Stouts on this site but it tastes terrible to me. There must be a problem with the bottle or something. I am cooling down a Sam Smith OS right now to get some perspective. If this is the way it is supposed to taste then wow Sam Smith OS blows it out of the water. I have noticed many other reviewers have had a similar problem and questioned the integrity of the beer. The roasted barley is nice but thats all.

barleywinefiend, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I got this bottle finally at the Young's brewery tap... Been hunting for this beer for a long time and only have I seen it once at the (previous) Pitfield Beer Shop. Suppose it's mainly shipped over for the lucky US BAs? Tried it on nitro-tap at the brewery tap and it was o.k. Now is time to reveal if the bottled (though filtered and pasteurised) version is indeed superior. BB 02/03/07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: ebony colour with faint ruby hints against light; the tan beer head comes effervescent and thick frothy, with great retention and settling slowly to a consistently creamy and thin layer on the top.
S: a creamy aroma of dark malts upfront: coffee-milk, Horlic, toffee fudge, backed by a lovely yet restrained burned edge of roasted barley, a flow of creamy and sweet grainy flavour, while vanilla powder, treacles/caramel, and date jam further add to the complexity. Overall, the aroma is a bit like milk stout, given its sweetish edge, but only finer, with more depth.
T: a smooth and light flow of dark maltiness treads lightly on the palate upfront, very slowly leading to more assertive, leatherish, coffeeish, roasty, bittersweet maltiness and a sweetness like smashed dried dates, balanced by a touch of sourness of roasted barleys... Roasty, nutty, and licorice aroma+palate of mixed grains linger well all over the palate, but the sweetness and bitterness are both in check by a residual dryish hops which stay low in the end up for grabs.
M&D: the ever so mild and gentle fizziness results in a silky smooth and even clean-ish texture, while a medium-firm body is retained as a solid platform. All flavours are intertwined skilfully, plus a body not quite thick for the style, this beer really is easy to quaff and utterly enjoyable. This bottled version, served at the ideal temp. (for English ales) at home, is way better than the chilled, tap version I tried at the Young's Brewery Tap. Lucky me to finally track it down! Will try the second bottle closer to its BB date, though I wonder if this filtered beer could evolve/mature any further...?

wl0307, Apr 24, 2006
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle and ironically poured into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

The beers pours a thick black, with a good head that lasts. The smell of roasted barley is very strong in this brew, bringing out a strong coffee scent and burned toast. Sweet chocoalte notes are hinted in the taste, but it revolves around the bitterness of the roasted barely. Mixed in is a hop leaf flavor, and as the beer warms up, the alcohol adds a mixed fruit flavor to the profile. A bitter lingering on the palate brings flavors of bitter coffee and chalk. Overall, I enjoyed this surprisingly strong offering from Young's.

DoubleJ, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Zorro
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a big BAD stout can just barely pass light through it.

Smell is Almost nothing! Very disappointing, I expected a lot more! I Smell More but nothing is There!

Big smoky Charcoal Taste. And that is about it.

Mouthfeel, OK.

Drinkability. Too one dimensional.

Zorro, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

brandoman63, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

plaid75, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Latarnik, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Bighuge, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

DrJay, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Derek, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tobelerone, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  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”!

Gusler, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Brad007, Jun 20, 2007
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.