Young's London Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's London StoutYoung's London Stout
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Young's London StoutYoung's London Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Young's Oatmeal Stout

Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 461
Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the bottled version, although the store had the cans available too. Not sure which is better.

Anyway, nice looking beer. Standard pint glass, poured the usual stouty opaque brown/black. Good, creamy tan head that stuck around while I drank it.

Aroma is milk chocolate, candy, grains, and raisin bread or cake. Also, oddly enough, caught some very earthy or even 'beach-like' or 'ocean' aromas in there. Not sure where that came from... can't remember where I actually drank this, but it wasn't on a beach!

Great creamy mouthfeel. Initial sips have metallic note to them. Flavour is bitter chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Higher carbonation than expected and a somewhat unpleasantly tart aftertaste lowers drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice addition to Brixx Pizza,pours a creamy black with a some reddish tint with a creamy nitro head.Aroma is on the sweeter side with some dark roast coffe thrown in,what a smooth creamy mouthfeel near perfect.Taste has a nice big bitterness up front but becomes more tame as u drink more some dark roast coffeee and ubsweetened chocolate with anice underlying softness.Man how drinkable is this beer on nitro damn I could drink this all night and did.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout looks awesome in the glass. It's so dark it's almost black with a rich syrupy likeness and a light brown foamy head. The nose was rather malty, as you might expect from the physical attributes I described earlier. The first taste seemed sharp to me, with an interesting balance between the chocolate malts and sharpness of the hops clearly coming through. The finish is long and dry but still sharp and clean. Very nice.

This is a nice contrast to Young's Double Chocolate Stout which is considerably smoother and sweeter. The Oatmeal has a nice clean bite to it that I like. I don't know that I would want to drink this one often but in my humble opinion this one is very good.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.74/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love getting head like this. Big, bold beautiful head. The color of, well, oatmeal.

I'm not picking up too much of anything distinct in the nose. The label refers to a "fruity aroma," but I smell no such thing.

The taste is surprisingly disappointing. Just not a whole lot going on. Kind of mild and forgettable. It is smooth, though. I'll give it that. It gets a little better as it warms toward room temperature. I'm picking up a bit of a "toasty" finish now.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and disappointing as well. Not thick & chewy, which is how I like my oatmeal stouts.

I wouldnt want another of these, frankly because I wouldnt want to waste my time.

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Photo of grynder33
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, couldn't coax much of any kind of aroma out of it, the mellow chocolate taste made the biggest impression, along with the very smooth mouthfeel. It seemed to get less bitter at the end thenmost stouts of this kind. A great sipping alone brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with the Ram Brewery emblem right below the neck. “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Nice lather of tan bubbles that hug to the inside of the glass, this is one dark brew as no light can be seen through the pitch black colour.

Smell: Faint liquorice root, vague vanilla, sweet creamed coffee and a ghost like charred smokiness in the aroma from the roasted malts and oatmeal.

Taste: So damn smooth with a creamy back, the soft carbonation literally curls around the tongue and caresses it showing an out standing mouth feel. A push of mild charcoal with a touch of smokiness, hints of dark chocolate and suggestions of vanilla is a result of roasted malts and the malt and oat sweetness. Hops a light but pitch in to balance the brew out. Slight puckering from the dry roasted malt character that throws some easygoing burnt flavours as well as a trace coffee. Semi dry finish lingers long with light roasted tones.

Notes: A top notch oatmeal stout, not so heavy to take away from the drinkability and does not lack in flavour or complexity. One of my favourite beers from Young’s and one I frequent when I am looking for a full flavoured stout.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle sampled, has freshness dating notched onto the label. Pours the expected black, with light coming thru the edges, with a tan head and some sticky lacing on the glass after every sip. Nose is light licorish, and some burnt grain. Dark chocolate, mocha, minerally slate notes. World renowned smooth mouthfeel evident and noted on the tongue and entire mouth, vanilla in the finish. Classic dark brew, understated and British in attack. Fine, tasty quaffer, well worth a try.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with a large , creamy head. Left nice bands of lacing. Smell is slighty roasty ,milky, bit of chocolate and coffee , also some earty tones. Taste is super creamy blend of some vanilla , chocolate , dark roasty maltyness and very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is extremly smooth and silky-soft. Damn tasty! Very drinkable Oatmeal stout from Young's.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 magictrokini
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous dark brown, nearly black, with a short-lived beige head. Aroma of cocoa, oatmeal, roasted malt, and some coffee. More malt and semi-sweet chocolate in the taste with strong smoke flavors. Leather, Fuggles, and oats follow. Long, sweet finish. Very nice.

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Photo of sammy44
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of mattffrost
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, non-transparent, with a biege, thick, foamy head that rises up an inch high in the glass. Low aroma of malt and hops. Chewy mouthfeel, full and creamy. Malty, not too sweet, a bit chalky with some smoke. A bit of vanilla and toffee in the finish, and a slight hint of banana hangs on the palete. Interesting flavors that come and go as you move through this one. None very strong or dominant though. The head hangs in there for the duration and leaves fine lacing all the way down.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from a 14.9 oz nitro can...agree that the aroma is even influenced by oatmeal...very creamy, cascades downward in the pint glass for a long time. Very pleasant body and mouthfeel and a not-too-sweet but discernably choco-malt mid taste flavor. Enjoyed...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deep caramel brown with a decent sized quickly dissipating tan head, lacing is fine and webbed. Aroma: A fruity suprising alcohol tinged presence along with a creamy chocolate and mild coffe notes to top it off. Taste: Creamier than most stouts the dark roasted malts aren't as dominant a bit tame bit the chocolate flavor and coffee esque finish make this one a classic plus with an added bonus fruity overtones and a nice presence of alcohol in the flavor yum. Mouthfeel: Smooth even carbonation a bit dry in the finish, not as fluffy and full bodied as most oatmeal stouts but still very tasty. Drinkability: Solid a go to especially on nitro if nothing more intriguing is available either way I like this stout when I'm not in the mood for a chewy stout, this one is more drinkable no heavy thickness in the mouthfeel but still flavorful and has everything that makes stouts what they are.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a slight ruby tint. It has a very thick and fluffy head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer as a malty sweet aroma. It smells slightly of chocolate. A subtle molasses aroma is also present. It has a slight yeasty aroma also.

This beer has a malty caramel like flavor. It tastes of dark fruits. Raisins, plumbs, figs. No hop flavor is present.

This beer goes down smooth, leavign a malty sweet aftertaste. This beer is very thick and creamy. It is low carbonated.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes good. I doubt it would get old or grating any time soon.

Overall: I like this beer. It is good to drink, and it is good to cook with. I have had it many times, and will continue to have it in the future.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a robust mocha head over a black body. The head recedes quickly. Light aromas of sweet and toasted malt with a hint of vinous fruit. Flavor is mildly sweet with some residual mineral traces and bitterness toward the finish. Smooth oatmeal mouthfeel accompanied by a slight crispness from the hops as well as faint mineral slickness.

A mild, yet hearty stout. Well-balanced, but its still has that distinct London mineral character. And as always, the Young’s ram’s head on the bottle and cap kicks ass.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best stout, but its got some characeter, but a bit creamy on tap, which is the only way i've sample this beer, still nice, but not the best, nice roastiness, decent.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an nonic)

A- This beer had a creamy tan head with a jet black body which separated in the famous nitro-tap style.

S- This beer has a chocolate malt hint that was smooth but the aroma was pretty faint.

T- This beer has a creamy pot caramel note with some dark malt flavors that were smooth. There was a faint bittering hops note that came through after it had warmed quite a bit.

M- This beer had a full creamy mouthfeel with a slight watery quality to the finish. The head added to the mouthfeel with each sip.

D- This beer has a thin mellow flavor and not much of interest or complexity.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Dface
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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