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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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(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

03-16-2013 00:33:24 | More by Liana
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured a very dark, opaque brown with four fingers of fluffy tan head, reminiscent of a root beer float sans heavy carbonation. The head took a long time to settle down to just under a finger, then remained.

odor: hard to compare with familiar smells, but similar to other oatmeal stouts I've tried - a bit fruity like a red wine and a bit malty.

taste: the first thing I tasted was the alcohol, but this was quickly chased down by a fruity layer, then oatmeal, then malt and coffee. Very nice!

I took a few gulps, then let it sit awhile, and discovered that this is a beer best consumed near or at room temperature with considerable breaks between each gulp. Drink too fast or too cold and the bittersweet red winey flavor is overpowering, while the malt and coffee flavors are also heavily present. Slow down and these flavors are still strong, but the oatmeal becomes more noticeable and the overall mix is more balanced.

mouthfeel: light on the carbonation (a good thing for me), heavy on the alcohol (not so good), aftertaste reminiscent of a cup of black coffee, only malty.

drinkability: I don't think I'll ever encounter a stout with a drinkability of 5, and an oatmeal stout that breaks 4 would be a shocker. This beer is very tasty, especially when savored, but it's also strong on the alcohol and has some intense flavors and is something I have to be in the right mood to drink. I'll have no trouble finishing a bottle, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 23:44:52 | More by instrumentality
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3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black, no visable light passes through. 2 inch tan head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing at all.

S - Rich aromas of roasted malts, molasses and has a sweet cream smell.

T - Lackluster, I was expecting rich, robust and toasted, what I got was half of that, it started off nicely but the flavors where quick to die off and left no aftertaste. I was a bit puzzled.

M - heavy and full bodied with a sily smooth finish.

D - Easy to drink but if left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 20:29:14 | More by trackstar1043
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-19-2013 22:26:40 | More by LuckyLyle
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle into a snifter. A smallish tan head that didn't like sticking around too long, but when she was there, she was about one finger thick. Dark body, but can see the red coming through the edges, when it got close to being finished, the red was very pronounced. Smelled of malt, some chocolate and coffee and hops. Taste was of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smooth, light coffee and a mild hop kick. Think body, this is my first Oatmeal stout, so I'm assuming the style is supposed to be like this. Went down smoothly, didn't have too much of a buzz or anything when I was done with the pint 9 oz that came in the bottle. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 04:07:19 | More by HoboAGoGo
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt, with some hints of fruit also present. Taste is roasted malt with a smooth coffee background up front, before giving way to some hints of nuts, caramel, and a pleasant alcohol warmth....then it washes away fairly clean for the style, very nice! Mild carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to put down 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.

I am fairly new to the world of good stouts, but I find this one to be quite tasty!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 00:55:31 | More by jockstrappy
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3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Croxley Ales in Franklin Square, New York.

Appearance: Dark opaque black/brown with thick tan head.

Smell: Toffee and Chocolate.

Taste: Initial toffee and chocolate flavors. This was followed by a metallic taste that I did not like at all. A nice nutty flavor also came through. Unfortunately, the metallic taste ruined the taste of this beer for me because the other flavors were otherwise very good.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy (due to the nitro draught) but also somewhat thin.

Drinkability: The metallic taste hurt the drinkability for me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-09-2003 20:16:46 | More by Denali
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-17-2013 16:48:25 | More by klimoja
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very bready beerlike delicious smell. Long lasting tan head. Smooth as glass mouth feel that is also chewy as all get out.Characteristic roast flavors. Great complex flavor with a balance hop approach. Subdued licorice and leather flavors. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 21:49:40 | More by LordChesterfield
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Pours jet black with a tan rolicky head that slowly dissipates. Not alot of aroma present, slight hint of oats and roasted barley. Slight lacing present. Taste starts dry and finishes slightly chocolatey. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 04:05:05 | More by TheBCrew
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Poured a dark brown with a thick 3 finger tan head. Had great lacing.

Had a good bread and oat smell with a slight roast.

Taste and feel was a creamy and smooth lightly sweet malt and nutty roast, with a slight hop finish.

Could drink this all night long.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:48:21 | More by GoodKnight1220
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with deep coper tones. Dark tan foamy head. Black and brown.
S: Dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, hint of vanilla. Caramel. This smells of candy. Very dark chocolaty tones. Like chocolate fudge.
T: Smoke, roasted malts, ash, vanilla, bitterness, dark chocolate. Metallic tone (good). Taste and aroma work so well together it is almost hard to distinguish taste from aroma after a while. Somewhat dry aftertaste.
M: Very good. Lighter body than the taste would suggest. Tiny bubbles of carboration. Moderately carborated. Lovely stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 21:06:11 | More by Hammarby
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed Young's Oatmeal Stout, because of the rich but also smooth taste that it has. It pours a dark brown with a tan head and it's possible to smell the malts and chocolate. This is also one of the more fuller-bodied stouts that I have tried, which provided an overall solid taste. Not much after-taste either. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 16:14:30 | More by germanbeer1
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usualy start the reviews of stouts the same way: I am very partial to them.

Dark brown to black. No light shines through this brew. The head is very think and darker tones. It smells of chocolate, barley,alcohol and a slight burned tone. Mouthfeel is great to me; love the thickness and the warmth going down. And the taste of chocolate and the barley is great. I went out and bought a 4 pack of cans today (2 days after having this bottle).
Will be trying the other Young's beers soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 20:45:23 | More by halo21
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a twelve-ounce pub glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with an appealing brown head that lingers for some time.

Smell: The classic roasted-malt scent of a good oatmeal stout. Nothing fancy here.

Taste: Again, nothing fancy: just a solid, classic, roasty flavor with very little bitterness, although there is a discernable hop presence, rounding things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and rather creamy, as I'd expect from a beer of this kind. The finish is pleasant, if a bit short.

Drinkability: Except that I tend to dislike drinking more than one of the same thing in a row, I could easily put away a few of these in a session with no complaint.

This is the first time I've tried Young's oatmeal stout, and I wish I'd sprung for it sooner. Overall, this is a damn fine beer, comparable in quality to Sam Smith's oatmeal stout - and I can't give much higher praise than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 03:24:57 | More by Thiestru
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, nice tannish-brown head.

Smells sweet, roasted

Tastes excellent, this stout manages to have a ton of roasted flavor without being overbearing with the coffee tones, it tastes as if you had baked fresh bread and somehow poured that aroma all over your tongue... with a surprising array of nutty flavors as well...

Mouthfeel: slightly chewy and thick, but finishes very nicely with a roasted warmness... it feels like the hot cocoa of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:01:03 | More by PBBC
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, mmmm! This is one fine beer!

Young’s Oatmeal Stout pours a dark, dark brownish black. I can’t see any light through this one at all. A flashlight might help, but then again, who cares. The head is creamy but quickly falls. It leaves lots of lacing though.

Its fragrance is of roasted malty goodness with traces of coffee, vanilla and (surprise) oatmeal. It even smells creamy.

The taste is distinguished. It has tones of roasted malts and fine dark chocolate and an insinuation of smoke. Very smooth with a great mouth feel; I think that they got the carbonation just right on this one. One of my favorite things about this stout is that it is not overly heavy, making for a beer that could be handled all night long.Lots of flavor and great complexities make for a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 18:43:20 | More by Mitchel
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into an English pint glass. The pour is dark black with some light through the edges. The aroma is some sweet with a dash of sour and a good drop of salty soy. The flavor has many layers, starting with sweet and a bit of sour followed by chocolate, salty soy, and smooth cream. The mouthfeel is carbonated but smooth and slick, going down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:41:28 | More by drowland
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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark chocolate brown with a thick tan head and cascading carbonation. Smell of coffee and caramel and very mild hops. t
Tastes of caramel, smoke, chocolate, licorice(spelling?), vanilla, roasted malt, slight hop.
Finishes dry with a good aftertaste.
This I would take over a Guiness anyday. Very good full flavor stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-10-2005 00:52:49 | More by metallistout
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hints, solid 1" tan head which diminishes into a soft ring with decet lacing for the remainder of the beer.

Aroma: Nice, light roasted aroma with a little sweetness to it.

Taste: Very smooth, medium feel, begins and ends bitter sweet.

Overall: A very nice oatmeal stout which goes down fast and smooth. At 5.2%, it won't knock you over right away. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:12:21 | More by scalffd
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit that I am a young beer advocate and have not yet much explored the world of stouts, but this seems to be a great start. I really enjoyed this beer from the very first sip. Wonderful color. It's very dark and full bodied. Its smooth and hearty. Of course I have no prior frame of reference but this seems to be an excellant oatmeal stout. I might even have to replace my usual bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with this. Just kidding.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 15:27:49 | More by tang214
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dense, frothy 3 fingers of light chocolate colored head. Great, thick head retention and lacing. Brew is all black.

S: Not much aroma really, caught a quick whiff of hops upon opening and that's about it.

T: Subdued compared to Samuel Smith's style, not as roasted. Some chocolate, sweet baked raisin flavors with hop bitterness coming through the end. The oatmeal comes through more in the mouthfeel than in the flavor.

M: Bit thin yet creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, smooth and not as intense as other stouts. I wish it had a more strongly roasted flavor, but other than that I would reach for this in a second if I were jonesing for a stout and couldn't find Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 02:31:16 | More by Reanimator
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Beer is dark brown, head is a little darker than a light brown, more of a tan. Head is evaporating fairly fast.

S. Roasted Malt, a hint of fruit.

T. Chocolate, I also get a bit of sweet malt taste. Very refreshing.

M. Very nice smooth on the mouth.

D. Perfect to have a pint or two of this stuff. One pint is enought for me today.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 22:22:16 | More by mattffrost
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

03-23-2012 01:13:42 | More by Cattafin
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with parchment color head. Smelled of coffee and chocolate and a slight burnt smell. The taste was not quite what I expected. Had an almost chocolate covered bitter nut flavor. Must have a little more hop than typical of oatmeal stouts. The flavor was much fuller than most stouts with the typical velvety mouthfeel. The drinkability was good and I think I could put back a few more of these than I could a typical stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:23:51 | More by sammy44
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