Young's London Stout
Eagle Brewery

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #61
Ranked #7,866
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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vinicole from England

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keg. Almost black with a thick creamy head.
Robust aroma of charred toast and liquorice. Quite jarring.
Dark chocolate comes through upon tasting.
Quite thin but smooth nevertheless.
The forced dispensation does not do it any favours.

Nov 09, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

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.

Apr 15, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

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.

Jun 08, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

Mar 26, 2016
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janubio from Spain

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.

Dec 17, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

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.

Oct 26, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

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

Sep 15, 2015
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DJ-Hophead from England

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.

Aug 23, 2015
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BoljaBoy52 from Texas

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.

Mar 14, 2015
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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!

Jun 20, 2012
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

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.

Feb 09, 2011
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

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.

Aug 16, 2010
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atis from Finland

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.

Jan 12, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

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.

Dec 17, 2009
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drowland from Georgia

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.

Dec 03, 2009
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RomaniIteDomum from Florida

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.

Nov 29, 2009
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MrDanno96 from Ohio

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!

Nov 26, 2009
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illidurit from California

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.

Nov 23, 2009
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Shovelbum25 from Maryland

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.

Nov 15, 2009
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beergod1 from Ohio

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?

Nov 10, 2009
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originalsin from California

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.

Jun 11, 2009
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 23, 2009
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cnally from Indiana

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.

Apr 08, 2009
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Offa from California

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.

Mar 27, 2009
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 26, 2009
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