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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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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 46
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 HopheadEd
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark pour, almost black, with a nice tan head in the beginning, that fades slowly. A little lace, but not much. The smell of chocolate is predominate, over roasted malt, coffee, maybe a little toffee, or caramel? A little more bite than the double chocolate, creamy, but with a lightly noticeable hop finish. I've been on a stout kick lately, and this is a good one.

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

1pt 9oz bottle

Appearance – Dark black color. Solid little head. Retains well.

Smell – Bready malts, come chocolate. Sweet aromas also.

Taste – Dark burnt malts. Some dark fruits and sweetness. A slight bite at the end from the carbonation and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – Rich, full mouthfeel. Full body and very smooth.

Drinkability – Big rich stout. Highly drinkable but no session beer. Seek it out. I want to try another.

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was turned on to this lovely brew when my wife returned from a business trip to Oxford, England. She came back raving about this oatmeal stout that she had there, and this is a lady who usually prefers beers no darker than a Sam Adams. When I found it at my local beer distributor, I had to try it, and was not disappointed. Until recently, they only carried the 20 oz. bottles, but today I saw it in a 16 oz. nitro can, and since I'm a sucker for a creamy head, I got some.

It pours very nicely, a full, creamy dark beige head, and below, a color as black as a black hole, pulling you closer with its gravitational force-"Drink me, drink me..."

It tastes of strong chocolate and coffee, and mayhaps a hint of licorice. The finish has a hint of grapefruit/citrus tang, which is mellowed out by the slightly sweet chocolate flavor. My current favorite quaff!

(Please be gentle, this is my 1st review!)

Photo of Jables
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this beer many times at Bentley's in Champaign, a new bar thats modeled to look like an English pub, but finally got around to reviewing it.

Can't see through the pitch black oblivion with a firm creamy, khaki head perched on top. Smell is fantanstic with strong notes of burnt coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is creamy, though the mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but no so much it hurts the experience. Taste is again roasted malt and burnt coffee but also hints of bitter dark chocolate come in. A wee bit of alcohol can also be detected if the beer is let to linger on the tongue.

This beer has always been one of my faves to sip pints of when out with friends. It is a superior stout to the others I typically see out (Murphy's, Guiness, Beamish, etc.) I think the nitro-tap is best, then the bottle, then the draft can.

Photo of Liana
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of ControlledBurn
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It poured a very dark brown. Almost brown that left a very this brown head with lacing all the way down. The smell was of dough and malt, with just a touch of spice. The taste is of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel was suprisingly light and crisp.Overall this is a very enjoyable beer and one I hope to enjoy agian and agian.

Photo of amicar
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark dark dark into the glass with a fine browned head. I think the room actually gets a little darker when you open the bottle. Slight roast barley and burnt marshmallow smell, with a little sweet smelling undertone. As for the taste, the roastiness is in effect, but none of it overdone for my tastes- they've balanced all the dark/ roast malts nicely so it is not acrid. Again, dark toast/ marshmallow/ coffee, and very very slight undertones of chocolate and even less of the 'beef jerkey' stout flavor (barely detectable and is nice to taste in this case). Fills the mouth with tingling flavor, with that slight oatmeal oiliness, but not overwealmingly heavy. Nice to drink on a cold night with the heavy slippers on.

Overall, very nice version of the style. Quite tasty. Would be happy to buy it again, when I'm in that stout mood.

Photo of swamiswamu
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on this one new lets up. When I finished the beer, there was still some creamy head on top. Totally amazing. The lacing was also huge. This is one of thte better OS out there. The malt is huge, but is nicely balanced. It is sweet but not cloying. The beer is about as drinkable as they come. A perfect pub beer.

Photo of ChuckD
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical handsome Young's 16.9 oz brown bottle. Best Before date of April 06.

The pour is dark - as it should be. Nice organic head color and lacing. From the look - it gives the appearance of a monster stout.

The nose is virtually nonexistent. My top oatmeals will give some type of smoky, burnt grainy smell - but this one was very tame.

In the mouth, this stout is not as full as it should be - but not bad either. It seems to be a little light for the style. However, the taste is exactly how I like it. The smells lacking in the nose come out strong in the taste. The roasted malts and almost praline-like oats are fantastic. There seems to be just enough hop character to clean out the finish. The taste of this oatmeal is as good as any on the market.

Musings: I have tried the nitro version of this stuff and I would recommend staying away from it. The tastes out of the bottle far exceed the can. I love oatmeals - with my current favorites being McNeills and Wolaver's from VT. The Young's to me is just a notch below these more throaty brews, but nonetheless is a pretty tasty stout.

Photo of jamesdergen
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, coffee color with a nice foamy tan head that looks just like what you would except from pouring a bottle of Coke. Once in the glass, the beer is almost an opaque black with some hints of ruby coming through when I hold it up to the light.

Smell: Smells of coffee and bitter cocoa with some darker malts.

Taste: Starts out somewhat tart, but then the cocoa and coffee flavors come in. The hops are there throughout, but they are subdued by the darker, roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; fizzy but very smooth. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it is a pleasant flavor.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper. Not a high ABV brew, but it sits kinda heavy. I will finish this bottle, but I wouldn't drink more than one. I don't think this beer was meant to be a session beer.

Definitely a nice experience for my first foray into the stout style in quite some time. Probably would make a great dessert beer with it's chocolately and coffee flavors.

Photo of johnyeast
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in color with a 2 inch brown head. Typical smells of a stout. Malt. Slight sour smell. Sweet and thick in taste. It's got a bit of a bite in the end but good flavor. A good beer. Drinkable. Good lacing on the glass. Good presentation for a stout. Would like to have this one on tap to get the true flavor. I feel I'm missing something in this bottle. And now, I'm starting to get the roasted-ness. Getting better as it warms up. Actually. Much better.

Let this one warm up. Super cold, no go. Flavor really comes out now...

Photo of usmittymc
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle with a best by date of 4/30/08. Purchased from Aloha Wine in Pensacola, FL.

A- Completely opaque used motor oil brown with a generous foamy tan head. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Sweet malt presence, but not as much as expected. Faint grainy aromas linger.

T- Mild malt sweetness with some caramel and faint coffee notes. Not as sweet as expected.

M- Surprisingly more carbonation than expected. Not unpleasant, just more than expected. A little slick/ oily. Not too heavy.

D- An excellent brew by all means. I prefer a sweeter version of an oatmeal stout, but would definitely not pass this up.

Photo of AMo
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Young's Oatmeal Stout pours a dense dark black. The smell is rather average, yielding a moderately strong roasted malt aroma. The taste is mildly malted and has no bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and mildly carbonated. This seems to be a rather smooth and mellow Oatmeal Stout making it quite pleasant to drink.

Photo of instrumentality
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of LuckyLyle
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of klimoja
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of Denali
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Hammarby
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.

Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.