Young's London Stout
Eagle Brewery

Young's London StoutYoung's London Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #57
Ranked #6,739
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Eagle Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Young's London StoutYoung's London Stout
Notes: Formerly Young's Oatmeal Stout
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Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 579
Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing 12 Labors of Hercules 2. Pleasant soft coffee roastyness in both aroma and taste, with a good smooth feeling. Highly drinkable but I prefer the fuller's one.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drier than I expected, this is definitely a dry stout all the way. I figured, why have a Guinness when there are lesser known beers to be tried? Similar in taste, but not quite as commonly available. Very big foamy head, some chocolate taste but not overpowered by it. Decent balance, though not my favorite type of stout.

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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro in London. Creamy tan head. Lace. Color is near black.

Taste has a bitter chocolate flavor to it and has an off flavor that is slightly medicinal that I don't like.
Roasted malts. Fairly smooth and creamy.

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Photo of janubio
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white creamy head, that lingers on. Great lace. Almost black colour, with some red hints when held to the light. Smell of licorice, dried fruits, prunes or figs, chocolate. A bit thin body and not much carbonation. Taste of chocolate, licorice, dried fruits.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours near black with a small brownish head. Aroma mild chocolate and coffee. Taste Roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate and some notes of coffee in the finish.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Marquess of Anglesey. Pours near black with a dense short head (typical English pour). Nose is lighter than expected. Straining to get some roasty malt and coffee notes. Flavor is a bit watered down, but flavorful enough. A refreshing stout? Enough pleasing creamy roasted malt notes to make this pleasant. Goes down easy, without a lot to contemplate...if that's what you are looking for in a stout. A reasonable choice on cask...expect it would not be good as a keg/bottle option

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg, Hort's bar, Bristol - ABV 4.3%. Pours dark with a medium creamy head producing some lacing. Medium carbonation. Smell - Roasted coffee and malts. Taste - Sweet, touch of coffee with malty finish. Drinkable stout.

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Photo of BoljaBoy52
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is incredible. I had it on tap in Cambridge, England at a little Thai restaurant. It was pitch black, full bodied, velvety, and thoroughly refreshing. It was the closest thing to a Guinness I've ever had in terms of a dry stout. I'm sure the score would be a lot higher if more than 3 people had rated it.

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Photo of Tresha
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am extremely fond of desserts and have a major sweet tooth, which is why this beer fascinated me from the very beginning. The aroma is surely chocolate and coffee, sounds delicious! The flavours are also pretty sweet, chocolatey and a bit of licorice. I am looking forward to using this when I whip up my next chocolate based dessert!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (no date) into english pint. Pours a black appearance. Very creamy white head. A pretty ridiculous amount of very thick lacing. Roasted malt aromas, grain, caramel, slight chocolate, and an overall feeling of cereal. Sweet, grainy malt flavors. Big-time oatmeal. Chocolate, too. Body is smooth and creamy. Easy drinking, and balanced well.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
A- Very dark, black in fact, with a thin, yet persistant tan head.
S- Coffee, roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Something of a smoke smell exists as well.
T- Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and just a faint hint of hops. Very well balanced and great flavor thoroughout.
M- Gentle carbonation and creamy. That oatmeal really smooths this one out.
D- Not too heavy for the style and rather drinkable. One of my favorite stouts and certaintly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of atis
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap in BombardierBar in Riga

Pours solid black with creamy dense off-white head till the side of the glass, lacing fully covers the sides of the glass and it arranges itself layers afters each sip, simply beautiful. Aroma is weak roasted malt with some sourness, slightly soapy.

Taste is sweetish roasted malt with notes of chocolate that dominate over bitterness, long lingering bittery aftertaste, medium-dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, low carbonation.

Very good looking beer with excellent flavour qualities.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft but firm tan head, full lace immediately and all the way down the glass. Great looking pint.

S: Sweet notes of fermented oats, brown sugar, hint of smoke and chocolate.

T: Sweet milk chocolate and oats, classic flavours for this style simply put. Creamed coffee mid-palate, gets a little more bitter burnt charcoal of a flavour at the finish, but a sweet beer overall.

M: Not cloying from the sweetness which I liked, creamy and smooth, medium/full-bodied even. A bit of acridity at the end prevents me from taking it to the next level.

D: The bottles still in the US are holding up well, I just wish Young's would come back with their full lineup, I miss them.

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Photo of drowland
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 30th, 2008. I'm wondering how this much time on such a low ABV beer will change the flavor. Considering where I purchased it the odds of being properly cared for are slightly better than even.

Wow, this beer is pretty. Pours jet black with a huge fluffy chocolate head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smells of coffee and bitter chocolate. There is also a hint of dusty metal. Thankfully it fades a little with time. If it wasn't for that it would be an outstanding beer.

The taste is also of coffee and dark chocolate, but wuth a sweetness hidden by the unwelcome odors. The dust comes through in the mouth, but, thankfully, the metallic character stays in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied. Nice feeling in the mouth.

Nice drinkability. Thankfully I have a few more of these as I hear rumors that the production was shut down. If these rumors are true I hope it is merely temporary.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50th Review!

A: Pours pitch black with a thin ring of off-white head. A little foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts. Pretty sweet on the nose, nice.

T: Pretty much just like the nose: dark and milk chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee, and molasses. Reminds me of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

M: Nice medium body, a little chewy, and o so smooth from the oatmeal.

D: Good flavor, great feel. Drink it and enjoy!

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Shovelbum25
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth to the taste, almost like drinking a rich chocolate milk. A bit of a smoky nutty aftertaste. Incredible silky texture. This is definitely one of the better stouts I have tried in a while. The alcohol was well hidden. I had it on tap and it came out great. I would definitely suggest it.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too bad this isn't available in the US anymore...or the Winter Warmer, 2 of my favorite from Youngs. Almost opaque, poured into a Sammy Smiths pint glass, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry silky palate. Bittersweet smoke finish, this and Sammy Smiths Oatmeal stout are exceptional Stouts. Is anyone out there able to trade either one of these Beers?

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Photo of originalsin
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass--looks quite nice in here I might just take a picture.
Down to business. The bottle notes: "A dark, ruby coloured stout almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Brewed with roasted malts, it has an exceptionally smooth palate and fruity aroma with a short but distinctive finish reminiscent of toast."

The description is obviously somewhat on the kind sight but is otherwise pretty spot on. From any farther away than a few inches you're looking at a pitch black beer but up close the ruby red tint comes through. The head off the pour wasn't nearly as frightening as I expect: The creamy espresso colored head inflated to about 1/2 an inch in height before settling down. It laces decently sip after sip.
The aroma is very clean and reminiscent of some dark fruits --cherry. Mahogany also comes through on the nose, as does dark roasted malt. All together it's very subdued and bland though, and I had to stretch my imagination to get a smell out of the beer.
This isn't a bad tasting beer: the palate is certainly 'exceptionally smooth' I was just hoping we'd get some more creaminess out of what looked like it really could've blown my socks off. The oatmeal of this 'oatmeal stout' really doesn't show at all. It tastes vaguely of flaked oats, yes, but more so of dark roasted grains with a slight hint of coffee flavors. More so, there's a nice amount of dark cooking chocolate present that balances the brew out relatively well: it's still just missing something.

On the whole: this isn't a spectacular oatmeal stout, but it's certainly a strong example of the style. I got the bottle for 2 bucks on clearance and might just go pick up a couple more for what it's worth.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half liter bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy light tan foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of bitter sharp roasted grains, molasses, milk chocolate, and caramel malt. A notch above medium in body and a bit creamy with medium carbonation.

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Photo of cnally
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown on the pour with a nice tan head that laces with a soapy complexion.

malt bitters up front on the scent. almond and walnut lying underneath. very sweet smell.

weak smoky flavor. ashy and woodsy flavors abound initially but in the afterflavor, a surprising amount of hops comes out. I think it is a touch too smoky & burnt flavored for me to fully enjoy, but the ability to showcase its hops is a nice touch.

not very creamy. sort of dry feel.

I don't know, not great, but not bad. I could drink this, but there seem to be more flavorful and creamy examples of this style out there.

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I originally reviewed this under the old Young's entry, but since this is the current entry for this beer under its current production status, I shall add my review here, too.

This is an incredible stout, smooth, easy to drink, silky, full of ruich flavour, yet fairly light.

Opaque, almost black, brown, it has a bdig, dense, light brown head that slowly shrinks and leaves fairly good lace.

The aroma is yeasty dough, toasty, and full-bodied with fruit and caramel.

The taste is thick caramelly malt, fresh toast, dark chocolate fudge, with a mild coffee and drier chocolate coming up near the end. It is fairly sweet with only light bitterness. It's full-bodied and silky in feel.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black, much darker than you expect for the style. Nice puffy brown head that looks amazing. good head retention and lacing.

S: Smells faintly of roasted malts and chocolate with a lactose note.

T: Very similar to the smell but stronger. Nice roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and vanilla to it. The weird thing about this one is that it has some sort of metal taste, I noticed this in their double chocolate as well...

Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a medium body. Drinkability is very good on this one, for a stout I could have a few and it's by no means overpowering.

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