Young's London Stout
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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #59
Ranked #7,106
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 by whartontallboy:
Photo of whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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Got this one as a Christmas gift, and it's just slightly out of date (Best by end Nov. 05), but I don't think it tastes any the worse for its extra 6 weeks in my cellar.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.

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Photo of sutcliff
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good example of this style. Rich and smooth with a thick head. This bottle was similar to Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout but not as hearty or rich. The color was ruby black and the presence of aroma hops was minimal. The mouthfeel was pleasant and the finish was subtle.

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

5/27/05- Purchased at Bevmo in Redwood City, CA at a close out price of $3.99 for a 4 pack.

Presentation- 16.9oz nitro can with no dates. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour with a grayish-brown thick tight head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- Fairly light scent. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee/chocolate in the air.

Taste- Not even as thick as I thought it would be. The taste was fine. Deep roasted malts with an espresso-like coffee taste and maybe a touch of chocolate. Definite bitterness as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and slightly watery. Not that thick and creamy texture that I was expecting.

Drinkability- Nothing special, but will work fine to marintate pork ribs or something meat-like in overnight.

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, foamy light tan head.

Smell: Faint aroma of chocolate and licorice with a very unappealing sour quality to it.

Taste: Dark chocolate flavor with a hint of root beer and a shot of water. The finish is thinning and watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not nearly as full-bodied, complex, or flavorful as other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of despond
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of hero27
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Best before Oct 29, 2005. 5.2% abv.

Roasted malts and thick molasses ooze from the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. Good flavors round out this brew..very appealing tastes of chocolate, molasses, and roasted barley..the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it is very creamy, which helps make this a sessionable brew, and a tasty oatmeal stout at that.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch Black and opaque with a lighter colored creamy head, moderate lacing, and moderate carbonation.

S - Notes of bread, grain, and roasted malt. Faint hints of coffee.

T - Superb. Starts slightly bitter with serious oaty taste; soon after the taste expands to coffee, mocha, and deep malt.

M - Somewhat thin and dry. Leaves the pallete with a mild aftertaste, but still very clean.

D - Tremendous drinkability. This beer is not too bitter, and not too sweet. It goes down smooth and clean. The ABV isn't only slightly over 5% leaving it extremely sessionable.

I may seem biased towards this beer, but thats only because I am biased towards this beer. It is one of my all time favorite beers and will, undoubtably, continue to be throughout my life. For me, it defines the Oatmeal stout genre and gives me a point of refrence for reviewing other similar stouts. Try it- its extraordinary.

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Photo of dgallina
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown from the bottle. Forms a thin tan head in the glass and creates very minimal lacing. Smells quite sweet; toasted and slightly smoky malts with dark fruitiness. Tastes almost overwhelmingly sweet overall Toasty malts with hints of smoke, building into raisin-like fruits and finishing with drying roasted graininess. Medium bodied and rather creamy in the mouth.

A nice but not great stout in my opinion. A bit too sweet on the balance.

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Photo of justin7742
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a full creamy dark tan head - good carbonation.

Roasted malt with maybe a hint of chocolate

Great taste! Dark roasted malt - hardly any hops - maybe a slight hint of coffee - and a light but noticable alcohol finish.

Great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation but definitely not flat.

Extremely smooth well crafted beer. Very easy to drink I could put several of these down without realizing it. I am now a fan.

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Photo of halo21
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usualy start the reviews of stouts the same way: I am very partial to them.

Dark brown to black. No light shines through this brew. The head is very think and darker tones. It smells of chocolate, barley,alcohol and a slight burned tone. Mouthfeel is great to me; love the thickness and the warmth going down. And the taste of chocolate and the barley is great. I went out and bought a 4 pack of cans today (2 days after having this bottle).
Will be trying the other Young's beers soon.

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Photo of Meandmymonkey
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost oil black which was a pleasant surprise. Medium/thick lumpy head that reveals most of the aroma right off the bat. A good mix of coffee and wood nose but also hides something else that I just can't quite put my finger on. Young's says the finish is similar to toast and I can't really disagree. Except maybe burnt toast, but not in a bad way. More like the burnt toast that you end scraping all the black off and buttering up and eating anyway. Wasn't too impressed with the actual taste. It lacks that true oatmeal stout creamy/dreamy mouth feell. I'm a big fan of Young's brews and maybe my expectations were a little too high.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Kookiekwan
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown has a tan one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of smokey roasted malt and toffee. The beer is smooth and creamy, the flavor is malty caramel with hints of chocolate. The finish is smokey and sweet this beer was hardly bitter at all.

Reflection: This is a very tasty stout and it's good for a change if like me you drink a lot of beers that are loaded with hops and very bitter.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jp32
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color covered by a nice layer of silky brown foam.

The smell is strong of coffee grounds. Grassy and herbal.

The flavor is very roasted and smokey. Coffee and molasses round out the palate. It has a hard water taste to it. I'm not sure if brewing with hard water shows up in a beer's flavor, but it has a rusty/iron/hard water flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but not bad. Drinkability is decent. This is not a bad beer, probably a slightly above-average beer that I was just expecting a little bit too much from.

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Photo of erz316
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is no longer brewed by Young & Co. PLC, it has moved to Well's & Young's Brewing; this is why I have added it as a new beer to the W&Y line up.

the standard size 1pt .9 floz bottle poured into old speckled hen pint glass.

A - pours a real bubbly dark liquid, wholly opaque with no light getting through even at the bottom of the glass. the head is big and solid, if I shake the glass the head kinda moves like jell-o or pudding. the dark tan head simmers down slowly to form this nice crackled surface and a superb coating of lace.

S - there is a good roasted malt character to the initial smell of the beer. there is lingering strong coffee and dark chocolate in the background.

T - this tastes almost identical for to the double chocolate stout by W&Y, minus the sourness. the initial tastes are of the most exquisite dark chocolate, real bitter but with enough sweetness to not have a 'bitter chocolate face' (yeah, you get it? like a keystone bitter beer face, but not. because chocolate this damn good would be able to buy one a far better beer than keystone). the finish presents one with a strong burst, initially, of the dark chocolate, a bit of dry alcohol, though to say this is predominant in anyway would be the greatest exaggeration. the finish is a bit of sweet malts, and the lingering bitterness of the malts. this beer does not quite size up to what I know as an oatmeal stout, it is more like a hybrid between a breakfast stout and something else, maybe a regular ol' Irish Dry stout.

MF&D - no true complaints here, no real praise either. the feel could have been a bit thicker for to complement the intense taste of choco. the carbonation is great, real crisp. A good beer that I could drink quite often if given sufficient funding.

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

Nice dark ruby colour. Black throughout with sort of a glowing dark ruby outline. Thick, fluffy tan head that takes a very long time to thin out. Bland smell: faint roasted malt, chocolate. Good stout smell, but not all that strong in the smell department.

Taste is decent. No particularly suited to an oatmeal stout, but it has all the elements. Roasted malts, dry chocolate with a weak trace of creamy oatmeal sweetness. Decent, but overall not outstanding. A bit of wateriness in there.

Okay mouthfeel. A bit thin for a stout. Easy to drink, but not nearly as rich or enjoyable as their double chocolate stout.

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Photo of corby112
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: nitro-can.

Pours a dark brown color with amber edges and a thick, foamy beige head. Aroma of oatmeal, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor very similar to aroma again dominated by roasted chocolate maltiness, caramel and oatmeal. Dry finish.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle poured into a pint glass. It has a nice dark, almost midnight black color. The nose on this beer is awesome, vanillia, some maltiness, and maybe even some butterscotch. The mouthfeel is great too, nice creamy with just the right amount of bubbles. Nice stout, I probabaly could only put down a few before I got extremely full.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle, poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Appearance- the bottle describes it as "ruby, nearly black from a distance," but holding my glass to the light, I get a very-nearly-black with nice ruby hints where the light is. Head is tan, and falls fairly quickly, leaving just a wisp of head..

Smell- malt. Very malty. Not noticing much else, besides malt. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to give high marks to. Note that I use "3" here as it is listed, "average," not as a slam or an insult.

Taste- first taste is almost like cream, with a malt flavor coming in very clearly, but the milky-ness never going away. Swallow is malty with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, and the aftertaste is a mellow, smooth semi-sweet hop-and-malt combination.

Mouthfeel- very smooth. Carbonation is low, which makes the beer feel smoother and softer in the mouth, full-bodied and slightly mouth-coasting, but not syrupy or clinging. Like the taste, the mouth is similar to milk, maybe a 3%; which I mean in the best way possible.

Drinkability- high. Not a session beer, I definitely couldn't drink more than two a night, if that many, but Young's Oatmeal will be returning to my fridge very soon.

Summary- very smooth, very creamy, very flavorful, very drinkable. This is a very good oatmeal stout, and personally, I enjoy it even more than Young's very popular Double Chocolate. Please note that as it warms, the beer gets maltier and maltier tasting; in my opinion it is best slightly cooler than normal, and not allowed to over-warm.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Recently had from the bottle at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Ma. The menu here both tap and bottle had been pretty stagnant of late so I was very pleased to see they finally changed up their selection and this appeared on the bottle list.

Poured from the black bottle into a pint glass yielding a 1 finger cream-beige colored head atop a pitch black color beer. No light was able to get thru. As I drank the sample, thick rings of lace lined the glass all the way down.

Smell was roasted heavy malt, coffee, and grain.

Taste was oh so smooth and velvety creamy. Malty and tastes of slight coffee, roasted chocolate, oat, and cream. Very smooth with no bitterness and supurb balance.

Moderate to heavy on the palate but not overly thick. Almost no carbonation.

Very very drinkable. So smooth and creamy I only had one at this sitting but could have had many more. I'll be back to try this one again and again.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

young is a pretty large british brewery and fairly common on that side of the pond. over here they're mostly known for their desserty double chocolate stout. this beer pours a dark brown nearly black until you hold it up to the light. it has a thin head which fails to persist. its pleasingly smooth but has a bit of bite. definite chocolate malt notes here. not much much bitterness but the sweetness isn't overwhelming. over all its mild with a slight toasty aftertaste. i'd recommend this ale for someone who's looking to get into the style as its highly drinkable but typifies oatmeal stouts.

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