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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 39
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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bark

Sweden

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 20:20:37 | More by bark
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 14:18:15 | More by avalon07
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 00:10:16 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 03:06:32 | More by tavernjef
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.6%

12-22-2012 14:33:53 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-13-2013 14:01:09 | More by WOLFGANG
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 16:43:07 | More by RoyalT
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 09:36:14 | More by RBorsato
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champ103

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2008 23:47:50 | More by champ103
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illidurit

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 09:45:25 | More by illidurit
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2011 04:50:32 | More by barnzy78
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2003 09:59:34 | More by francisweizen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 04:45:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:39:43 | More by Jwale73
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Got this one as a Christmas gift, and it's just slightly out of date (Best by end Nov. 05), but I don't think it tastes any the worse for its extra 6 weeks in my cellar.

Pours out an almost-black brown with a thin, tight head of beige bubbles. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Smell is roasty, with lots of bitter coffee and chocolate, and a bit of a English hoppiness in there as well.

Flavor is similarly roasty, but not overly so, and well-tempered by some chocolate and plum flavors. The hoppiness is light, but that is pretty good for the style. Mouthfeel is very smooth, if a bit thin.

Overall: Tasty yummy stuff, maybe not the best oatmeal stout I've ever had, but certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 03:43:29 | More by whartontallboy
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 16:56:54 | More by clayrock81
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 16:48:03 | More by KarlHungus
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Brent

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full bodied but does not weigh you down like a ton of bricks. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced. I usually think of an oatmeal stout as a beer for winter, but this is a good year-round brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2001 09:47:04 | More by Brent
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Picked up this can in a gas station in Port Roberts Wash. as this is only available in bottles in Canada.

A big nitro head that makes it look like Guinness makes one think that this beer is all about easy drinking. The easy drinking is there but the malty burnt flavour shows depth that few Irish Stout's can match (Biddy Earl?). I really liked the dryness and great balance that raise this Stout to a high level. The widget changes this beer in ways that add rather than subtract from this great beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2004 04:09:45 | More by canucklehead
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -24.6%

03-21-2013 00:24:01 | More by BGsWo22
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

Solidly good beer, but not exceptional. Pours nearly black with a medium, tan-colored head. Head quickly fades. It's well balanced with medium body. Roasted malts stand out in flavor, with hints of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 12:36:39 | More by Suds
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy, tan foam that was very long-lasting. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of fruitiness. The taste was sweet: caramel malt, cocoa, some banana, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation feel. Overall a nicely enjoyable stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-14-2003 06:10:30 | More by UncleJimbo
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Vancer

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, this one had great promise and started out fine: Ruby black pour, creamy tan head, cute lit’ laces all the way down the glass. Good aroma too, sweetish chocholate malts. Taste was a fooler : a somewhat dry/gritty quaff with a charcoal/toast kick – but not near enough malts for an Oaty.

Pretty thin bodied, although properly carbonated. I mean, it was fairly smooth and tasty, just not malty stout enough. The import price will send me back to some US made Oaty stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 13:30:06 | More by Vancer
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

The explosion from the can resulted in a black brew with tan foamy head that would not leave. Smell is of caramel, coffeen and prunes. Taste is toasty with a nice dry edge. Finishes a bit dry in the mouth with a nice dark fruitiness mixed with coffee. A good solid brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-04-2005 00:05:32 | More by tgbljb
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.