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

Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout
558 Ratings
Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Photo of jtslay
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black as night into a pint glass leaving a head that could stay for weeks. The aroma is not strong but is full of roasted malt and other subtle flavors. The taste is smooth first, bitter later, but not too bitter. You could spend a whole night trying to figure out what this tastes like as it seems very familiar. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Presto82
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of trentley87
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1pt 9oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A somewhat vigorous pour (I already sampled and RIS tonight) yields a pitch black beer with 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Extremely dark...looks like a good stout should. Generous lacing.

S: Very faint...some malts and roasty bitterness with maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: Flavors are mild but fairly well balanced. Lots of malts up front with just a hint of burnt bitterness to balance it out. I expected more burnt bitterness from this one to be honest. There is a barely detectable oatmeal flavor. I would like some more flavor in this one...everything seems to muted.

M: Fairly thin for a stout...could be more full bodied with a little more carbonation.

D: This one isn't what I expected, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I would drink it again. This one got a lot better for me over the course of 40 minutes of warming.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bomber into a working glass

The pour is so darkly brown as to be black unless up against a bright light. The cap is a rocky, light-chocolate colored froth that leaves thick lacing as it falls. Very heavy in appearance. The nose is fairly light. Grainy, backbone of sweet coffee and barely hints of oatmeal. The coffee notes come through strong in the mouth. Very light banana notes, maybe. The coffee bittering is well balanced and not overpowering. Fairly strong toasted and short dry finish. Very smooth, coats the mouth. Oatmeal is present in this brew, both in nose and feel, lightly in taste.
Overall very smooth and drinkable, not overly bitter or strong in any one characteristic.

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Photo of StefanosG
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of fattychubs
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer was served pitch black with a beautiful thick frothy tan stout head. Smell was toasted malts, oats, chocolate and cream. Taste is a creamy texture, of dark chocolate, smooth toasted malts, and dark roasted coffee beans in the back. Very small hop presence, but still there. Finishes with a bit of dryness, and nice aftertaste.

The flavor wasn’t intense but seems like a solid drinking stout, and my wife's new favorite. They almost go back to easy.

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Photo of rotsaruch
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a faint brownish hue near the bottom of the pint. The nitro-induced head is full, very creamy appearance and tan in color. The head retention is excellent with very good lacing. The aroma provides a hint of fruitiness and caramel maltiness.The taste is noticeably smooth and silky mouthfeel which is primarily provided by the nitro-induced carbination. The flavor is of a delicate fruity, caramel malt with some distinctive vanilla overtones. A subtle milk chocolate matliness and an underlying hop bitterness is also apparent. The finish is soft, with an underlying bittersweet chocolate roastiness. Even with the artifically induced, nitro-carbonation, it may have smooth, soft mouthfeel, but appears a little thin in texture than other stouts. I still found it to be a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Optimat0r
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

my first oatmeal stout. it poured dark and thick as hell, didnt notice the smell, didnt know what to expect tastewise but hoping for the best. i was greatly disappointed. compared to so many other dark beers its just so...bland. in fact it lives up to its name, it tastes like it was made out of plain oats. nothing was standout bad or anything, it just lacked the rich flavors and complexity of, say, a good dopplebock. i just dont see the advantage of drinking this one when theres so many more flavorful beers out there.
again theres nothing standout bad about it; if this is your thing im sure its a good one, but for me it was just extremely plain tasting.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Barleyhoppers in Riverview. One of three Young's offerings they have on tap. This one was a BEAR for the bartender to pour, but it was worth the wait once it warmed up. This ale is dark. dark as in you look into it to long and you will lose your soul dark. Pitch black with a coffee and cream color head that sticks the whole way down the pint. This has a clean cream and coffee flavor that is very pleasant . I'd say this is pretty well balanced in that it isn't very dry or icky overpoweringly sweet. This makes for a very drinkable stout!

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Photo of Ave
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid dark brown, lush creamy head with nitro cascade effect. Head settles down to a solid half inch & sticks around well.

Smell: chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted grain. Good stuff, not as strong as you might like, but solid & a very unified aroma over all.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: very nicely put together flavor. Has a smooth solid taste start to finish, even caramel coffee, toasty goodness everywhere. A pleasure to drink, a flavor that keeps developing as it goes, keeping you always tasting a new shade of the same thing.

Drinkability: rather heavy, certainly a winter warmer. If you’re in for more than 4 or 5 I would say eat light, but overall a very satisfying brew.


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Photo of DFN
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Manly, Malty Brew! Young's Oatmeal Stout is a thick, rich beer with lots of malty body and taste. It's a very dark brew, the color of strong coffee, and pours out with a thick, creamy brown head that lingers quite a while. The odor and taste are both on the sweet side. This is a wonderful beer, perhaps a bit rich for everyday consumption, but a real treat for special occasions!

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Photo of StargherKing
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark, rich black with dark brown tinting at the sides. Full, dark cream colored head slowly falls to a 1/8 inch disc. Smells of coffee, barley, and cocoa. Taste is very much the same, with the inital flavor one of coffee and roasted barley, giving way to a brief hoppy taste, and finishing with a somewhat crisp cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is full and creamy without feeling heavy, and the beer goes down very smooth. Drinkability is amazing, I could easily drink this one all night if I paced myself. Overall, this is definitely a beer I'll be having again in the future. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Smells earthy and smoky to me, with coffee and roasted notes.

Taste: Tastes of chocolate, roasted oatmeal. Leaves a light dry chocolate after-taste that is quite pleasant.

Eyes: Black with a small ruby haze around the outside edges when shown against the light. A 2 finger head when poured into my Weizen glass (it's all I've got). Head recedes to a fine bubble with a decent lace up the glass in a light tan.

Mouthfeel: Feels of thick and creamy chocolate, very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but very hard to actually drink more than perhaps 2 in a sitting for me. It would be one of those beers that I would have on a special occasion. Christmas, Thanksgiving, something like that, paired with a dark desert.

Overall this is the first of the kind that I've tried, and it'll definitely bring me back to Oatmeal Stouts as a style I'd like to continue tasting in the future.

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Photo of Matthew
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delaney's tap room. Big 2 inch frothy, creamy head poking over the top of the glass. Very dark brown to a blackish beer.
Smell: Smokey, slightly sweet, faint chocolate type aroma.
Taste: Very nicely balanced great tasting beer. Big smoked character, definatley can taste an oatmeal type flavor that fades into a chocolate type undertone. There is a very light hop flavor that is a bit bitter/sour in the very end. The flavor left in my mouth was a very hearty one. The smokey character, oatmeal, and chocolate undertone blend together quite nicely to that slight hop character.
This is a thick and rich beer but its hearty thick characteristics dont really take away from its drinkability. All and all a good beer!

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Photo of MTMugs
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a lovely dark, dark brown and held the head for a nice long time (not that long - drank it rather quickly). It's beyond me how this can be such a sweet taste yet have that hops bitterness that I adore. Each sip brought out a different nuance - caramel, coffee... Just pure yummy.

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

A - pours dark blackish, with some red notes in the right light...the head is big, tan and rocky.

S - roasty malts and a bit of fruityness here

T - deep roasty malt flavors with just enough hop balance

M - smoooth

d - very drinkable, modust alcohol and delicious flavor

notes - is it just me or is youngs just a massively underrated brewery?

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Photo of Eucrid
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of 57andcounting
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich chocolate colored, bubbly head that sticks around to the last. The color is deep, dark brown as expected. Not too much smell, nice malt, beer smell. The taste is a complex mix of chocolate, malt and tar with an alcohol kick on swallow. The mouth feel is full and thick with a clean after glow. This is a real nice beer for that end of a hard day relaxation. This fits a pattern of good brews from Young's Brewery.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what an Oatmeal Stout should be.

It poured into a pint glass dark, creamy, and smooth, with a persistent head.

The nose is of coffee grounds and damp earth. Once in your mouth, you taste toffee and tannins with a sweetness on the tail.

My wife remarked that it looked like a root beer float in a pint glass.

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

got this pint on tap at zeno's in state college.

the appearance is gorgeous, just solid black with a custard-colored head of thick, creamy foam that left a layered, clingy lace all down the sides of the glass, and stuck around until the pint was drained. my last tip of the glass was all thick, creamy foam.

the mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and smooth, so smooth, in fact, that the only beer that surpasses its smoothness is young's double chocolate stout.

the smell is restrained, light, cool roast and stout toastiness, with a hint of mineral tang.

the flavors are simple and subtle, but very full and satisfying: oily oatmeal maltiness, light roasted barley malt, and, strangley, an inky chalkiness in the finish. this last flavor was surprising at first, but once my taste buds acclimated themselves to it, it became a pleasant, integral part of the flavor profile. no real hops to speak of in nose or flavor, but the malt never becomes cloying at all, so there must be just enough hop to keep the malt from becoming overpoweringly sweet.

a great, satisfying beer, smooth as can be, that manages to be restrained without tasting or smelling weak. a great english stout that i recommend to all lovers of the style. and don't worry, the ink and chalk in the aftertaste is subtle, and you'll get used to it quickly. if you need boatloads of hops in your beer, stay away from this one, but otherwise, try it if you can find it, and you won't regret it.



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Photo of mwearl
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful near black with the slightest light showing through, this beer had a 3 in head poured correctly with eternal lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity, detecting a tart grape odor as if aged in a wine barrel. Taste was rather dull yet balanced with little bitter taste and more coffee mocha than anything; very little complexity. Mouthfeel was suprisingly light leaving only some mild bitterness on the tongue. This is a drinkable beer but does not live up to its look and smell. Not bad, but there are better examples of Oatmeal Stouts out there.

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Photo of wanker
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely fresh tasting, which one doesn't always find in bottled beer in Texas. Wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Very crisp bitterness on top of a very smooth base. Nice dark tan head and lacing. I can't say enough good things about this beer. Absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, it didn't show as a product on Young's web site when I checked on 10/9/06, so it may be retired.

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Photo of leeenglewood
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in the typical nitro can fashion black with a creamy head. Nothing exciting about the smell just a hint of dark malt and no hop smell. Tasted almost like a half fermented beer without the yeast. Hops arise but are there only for a second and disappear to sweetness. Mouthful was creamy and rich but drinkability suffers from the odd sweetness. Maybe if it were a little bitterer either from the use of hops, roasted malts, or barley I would enjoy this somewhat disappointing beer more.

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Photo of danny013
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an English style pint glass. Pours a rich, 2 finger light brown head that sticks with the beer for most of the pint. Body is dark, lets no light through save for a few dark red hues in the corners of the glass. Nice lacing. A beautiful looking stout.

Smell is very nice. Some sweet hints around the edges with some roasted grains, but the main smell is a gentle dark chocolate sweetness. There are some fruity esters, but I can't pick them out.

Taste is excellent. Light malt sweetness up front followed by delicious dark chocolate flavors. Roasted grains creep through to round out the beer and balance it out a bit. Roasted grains fade slowly, leaving a nice, faint hoppiness that pulls through and lingers with the roasted grains. Not too sweet, not to bitter from the roasted grain/hops. I don't think you could want much more in an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is great. Body is medium-heavy with a decent amount of carbonation and a great velvety smoothness. I would love to try this beer on nitro; I think it would only make it better.

Drinkability is also good. A very good beer with a great balance of flavors; one or two would go down great. I left it at a 4 becuase I'd be so full after the first two I couldn't drink more. Truly a classic example of the "meal in a bottle" cliché of stouts.

Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout. A great combination of all flavors that mix well and don't overpower any aspect of the brew. My favorite oatmeal stout. Highly reccommended!

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Photo of charliedango
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into pint glass. Dark, opaque appearance with light head that holds for some time before dissipating into a fine lacing. Smell is exactly what to expect of an oatmeal stout. Taste neither surprises or disappoints. Mouthfeel is very typical if not the atypical oatmeal stout - smooth and rich with minimal carbonation. Overall it's a pleasant drinkable stout that doesn't offend, but doesn't present pleasant surprises either.

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Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 558 ratings
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