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

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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

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Photo of Nesued
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 0.9 US fl oz brown bottle. "Best Before" date stamped on the back as 31 Jan 08.

Appearance - Dark brown pour with a rich tan head the forms upon pour. About a one-inch pour with lacing that retained for several minutes after the initial pour.

Smell - Strong coffee aroma with some vanilla presence as well. Very bold presences with a bit the roasty malt smell filling my nose.

Taste - In a word: smooth. Rich silky body with a lasting malt presence long after the pull. I was expecting more of a body for a medium to full-bodied offering. This did come across a bit light to me.

Mouthfeel - Did I mention smooth? Coated my mouth very well with a slight acidic kick toward the end. Left a bit of a bite, but ot much at all.

Drinkability - This is a beer I would love to sample right from the tap. This is an excellent representation of the style and is presented well via a bottle offering. Nicely done.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a 20oz glass, this appears very dark, almost black, with a full, dark brown head that subsides after about five minutes to leave a thin film of colour on top of the beer throughout the duration and which leaves a good degree of lace on the glass. The nose is delicate and pleasant with notes of coffee and the roasted malt that hits you with the first mouthful. This is a very pleasant beer indeed. Mouthfeel is good with a nice finish as the beer goes down, leaving an aftertaste that takes a long time to vanish. If you like dark beers this one is definitely worth adding to your repetoire.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Presented as dark brown (almost black) and opaque. Luscious cocoa-colored head, fluffy and thick, with generous lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose, with the addition of coffee undertones. Full, silky mouthfeel, but not at all chewy. Very refreshing and crisp finish; somewhat uncharacteristic of the style in which flavors tend to linger. Very drinkable oatmeal stout; definitely one of the better that I've had.

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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 auxiliary
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark black color with a nice creamy fluffy tan head, and left some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Has a coffee, caramel, oatmeal smell here.

taste - Roasted malt and kind of a try taste too, some hops present at the end. Smooth beer.

mouthfeel - Full body beer that coats the mouth.

drinkability - Pretty good beer, had this with a steak and cheese sandwich. Good try, but might not buy again, because it wasn't that good. Or maybe I just need to try more oatmeal stouts to comprte it to.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Winter time will be here in a few weeks, and while I've got some winter warmers socked away, there's nothing like a good ol' stout to beat the chill of fall. A moderate pour gave me about three fingers of dense, khaki head that resembled memory-foam. Damn near completely black in color, letting in no light whatsoever, just the way I like it. Nice thick layer of lace as the beer in consumed as well.

S: Malt all the way, smelling hearty but not particularly pungent. Grainy character is highlighted, of course, as it is an oatmeal stout. Smells lighter in body than it looks, but both can be deceiving when it comes to beer.

T: Burnt malt flavor up front that has a coffee resemblance, very nice, with that oaty flavor blended in quite deftly. Eases off in the finish, and leaves a surprisingly subtle aftertaste for such a malty beer, with the malt and oat notes gently chiming in at the aftertaste. That, in and of itself, is a notable feat, and something that I appreciate greatly.

M: Enough carbonation to give it some bubbliness on top and make it somewhat creamy, but a slightly viscous texture and a medium-heavy mouthfeel.

D: I haven't had an oatmeal stout in some time, and was pleased to be able to enjoy this one. So many quality characteristics in this beer make it drinkable, from its flavorful yet gentle taste, to its delightful mouthfeel, this is a great oatmeal stout. Nothing kicks away the chill of fall or winter like one of these.

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

A: Deep opaque black with a tan 2-finger head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Very small bubbles in the foam.

S: Toasty oatmeal malt with hints of chocolate and hops. Very sweet smelling.

T: Initial taste of flowering hops and a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste brings out the perfectly roasted grains along with a warming smoke flavor.

M: Initially clean and medium-bodied, then bubbles up to a creamy texture. A tad bit over-carbonated. A tiny bit astringent. Good overall.

D: Very drinkable - will buy again and again.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. The beer pours black, the bottle claims it only appears black from a distance, that’s wrong, its black from right up close. It has a smallish head, but with pretty decent retention. The foam clings to the glass long after the beer has descended. The bottle claims a fruity aroma and a sense of toast (breakfast beer, awesome), but I detect neither. If there is any fruit, it is very faint. Both in smell and taste, it’s the roasted malts that identify this beer. Maybe the slightest hint of chocolate, maybe very light coffee tones. I dropped it some point in the mouth-feel department because the beer is a bit crisp, a little too much tingle on the palate for me. A nice roasted malt after taste that lingers on the tongue rounds out this beer.

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

From Notes

16.9 oz into my favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pours black with a four finger creamy light brown head. Head retention is some of the best I have seen. Leaves lace all the way down.

S: Toasty maltiness. Fruity hoppiness. Chocolate coffeeness.

T: Very smooth. Roasty chocolate coffee malts and balanced very well with hops. Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

M: Nice and creamy. Medium to full bodied.

D: Two bottles of this on a cold night with a hearty winter's stew is what my Doctor ordered when I called him and said I felt bad. It did the trick.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, opaque with minimal head. Lacing is readily apparent. Aroma is of sweet roasted grain with overtones of dark dried fruit. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. It has more of a dry taste, a roasty, bitter chocolate with a moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable even with nothing to eat. A good stand alone beer that I wouldn’t be ashamed to serve to friends.

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Photo of AlephNull
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black color with a slightly red hint. The nice, thick, off white rich head has fantastic staying power. When it's poured, the "waterfall" effect looks great.

S - The scent isn't too strong. It's a bit of a burnt, chocolate flavor. A fairly sweet scent, but the hops are dominated to just a faint trace.

T - This is a nice, sweet beer. The sweet oatmeal flavor blends really well with a roasted chocolate malt. A little bit of bittering hops rounds out the flavor a bit.

M - Wowzers, this is a beautiful creamy, thick beer. I love it. The beer coats your mouth well, but it doesn't leave a lingering aftertaste. It has a nice, medium body for something so creamy and low carbonation.

D - This is a fantastically drinkable stout. Good with food or alone.

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Photo of JArami
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as black can be. You can't see through it. The head is thick, i got three or four fingers, then again I poured it into my wheat glass (it was the only pint worthy glass i had). Dark tan head, very fluffy.

S: I was a little let down, you can sense the hops, but the roasted malts get trapped by the turbulent head.

T: Burnt and roasted, dark notes of possible chocolate and caramel. The oatmeal is delicious and sweetens the mix. Very roasted and not too bitter.

M: Awesome. Not as thick as some other stouts, carbonation is unbelievably smooth. The aftertaste is short and leaves the mouth a little dry, but residue of the roasted dark malts are nothing to complain about.

D: Very drinkable, so smooth, wish i had some dark chocolate to go with it.

I wanted some Old Rasputin, but the Fresh Market I go to was out so I tried something new. Good choice.

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

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Map Room 9/22/07.

A: Black, black, black. One finger head of pure cream. Wonderful looking cascade.

S: Mainly a roasted malt aroma with with some bitter dark chocolate and/or cocoa thrown in for good measure.

T: Pretty complex flavors of roasted chocolate malt, bitter hops, and overripe dark fruit (raisins and plums come to mind).

M: Pure velvety cream at first that takes an unexpected, yet welcome, bitter and spicy turn towards the finish.

D: A wonderful session stout!

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

I was surprised by this beer, a product of an English brewery with a long and rich history. Admittedly I am an newcomer to oatmeal stout, so some of my being enamored with this brew may be in part a new affection for the style. However... Having tried stout many times over the years, I have felt bad, maybe even inadequate, for having mixed feelings about stout. Aren't true beer aficionados supposed to love stout? For me, I always came away with an appreciation that feel well short of fondness. This beer, however, may turn me from a dabbler to a true stout fan. This beer pours from the bottle with a full, tan-colored head and a characteristically black color. Even held up to a strong reading light this beer passes very little light. Color, where it can be seen, is reddish brown, mostly brown with not much red. No sign of cloudiness. "Looks like Guinness..."

The smell is full and balanced, and the taste - well - I encourage readers to give this one a try, even if you are not a fan of stout. There is a clear essence of oatmeal, a characteristic malty, roasted flavor, but relatively little of the burnt, salty sharpness that I have struggled to come to terms with in past stout encounters. Perhaps this is characteristic of oatmeal stouts, and if that's the case, count me in. This brew is somewhat dry on the tongue late in the taste, but not at all unpleasant. I like this beer for the same reason I like a lot of American porters, but this clearly one-ups porter with its fuller, darker taste but without becoming an ordeal. I would choose this over Yuengling Porter, for example, on any day my beer budget could support this import.

My only regret is that I bought only one bottle. Certainly this will be on my recommended list, and, with future confirmation, it could easily be a favorite. The brewer's website describes a recent merger with Wells, and today I could not find mention of the Oatmeal Stout on their list of brews. I hope this does not foretell the loss of this great beer from their line.

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Photo of meechum
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint mug. Pours dark black and thick with a huge 3 finger tan head with tight bubbles that fell slowly leaving a good map around the glass

S - Heavy coffee smell with some roasted toffee or caramel in there as well

T - Initial bitterness from roasted malt but then quickly smoothes out to a sweeter taste of chocolate and toffee then a quick dry bite and the end with the hops

M - Thick from the oatmeal that coats the touge and bathes the mouth in the aroma from brew

D - Very drinkable if you are a fan of Oatmeal Stouts, this could possibly be very close to the benchmark for the style

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick black with a big light brown head. The smell is sweet and caramel – perhaps a bit of roasted notes can be detected. The taste is initially very roasted/burnt coffee tasting which mellows quickly. There is a malty sweetness that helps balance the initial bitter shock. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side. Overall, this is a nice roasted tasting stout that I would consider drinkable because of the smooth finish.

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Photo of Hemi
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in appearance under incandescent light but I'll take the breweries description as being ruby to almost black appearance as gospel. Fruity roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate with some residual toasted characteristics. Toasted barley taste with a bit of a fruity taste I cannot break down specifically but definitely exists. Smooth thick mouthfeel with decent but not excessive mouthfeel for the style. Okay drinkability, I can have a few of these.

Overall I like this beer, with an okay drinkablity. It a very nice mouthfeel. The taste is not overpowering in any way. Reminds me more of a regular stout but I can feel the oatmeal existed within the mash. I like the smell as it is sweet but not overly as it would seem unsweetened chocolate exists. By the time my beer was gone the lacing decipated to nothing but a couple spots.

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body poured into a 500ml stein with an inch of tan head. Lacing rings left down the glass.
S - Definate roasted malt smell as well as a toffee note.
T - The roasted malts come through in the taste even stronger. It is backed up with some coffee, chocolate and toffee like the smell.
M - Medium bodied with a lowish carbonation.
D - Not my first choice oatmeal stout but still good. If I was in London during winter again I'd probably drink this fairly often.

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Photo of shererjt
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque, deep black color with a tan head. Well carbonated. Nose was roasty with some fruit and some yeast. Medium body. Flavor was mostly roasted malt with a bit of tartness late. Mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was good. Some late bitterness.

A nice stout. Had a bit of a twang to it; not sure if it was this bottle or if it’s supposed to be there. Will revisit someday.

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

A- Really thick dark tan head on a black body.
S- Big roasted malts and oatmeal. Some English malts come through along with a English yeast strain. Maybe a few off aromas but that's probably just getting shipped from England.
T- Follows the aroma. Really smooth feel to it, almost creamy. Oatmeal and light coffee to it also. The roasted flavors make for a dry aftertaste along with just a light bitterness on tip of tongue.
M- Medium/thin body with low carbonation. Silky body to it.
D- I think it is a good brew but there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of inbeertruth
2.69/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours very dark, almost pitch black with a rust-colored head with PLENTY of lacing (My wife actually joked and said, “What are you drinking now? Soy sauce?).

B: Smell didn’t do much for me. Smelt musty (someone said something about foot odor), with the faint aroma of stale chocolate.

Taste: Dark, cocoa and coffee notes with malt.

MF: Very smooth and watery.

D: I don’t think I will be trying this again. I got the bottle at Spec’s for over three dollars, and at my dinner party tonight during cocktail hour, I ended up giving the rest of my pint to my mother-in-law who “doesn’t care for beer” but “liked whatever it was I was drinking,” after letting her try it. I wanted to try and find something for fall drinking, so it looks like I’ll have to keep looking. Then again, I’m not usually a stout drinker.

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Photo of Chaz
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber-brown in color, opaque to the casual observer, with a dark tan head (like espresso creme) and excellent lacing. On the first impression the nose is bittersweet and very lightly lactic-sour, with a hint of mineral-laden hard water and a touch of iodine. Burnt, roasted, and carmelized malts, earthy and with very light smoke. Alcohol is here, but makes for a minimal impact on the nose. Very slight vegetal quality as well (see also "earthy" above.) Smooth, rather light, and bittersweet on the first sip, and although it is lighter in body it thoroughly coats the tongue and palate, expressing more smokiness than is apparent on the nose. The light vegetal qualities emerge next, and are quickly smoothed over by the creamy texture imparted by the oatmeal. Quite creamy and quaffable. Notes of vanilla emerge somewhere in the aromatics after the mid-palate and I've never noticed those before! Amazing interaction between the smoke and roasted, bitter malts. Leans a little bit toward 'sweet' at one moment before the lingering bitterness catches back up at the end. Very refined and even-tempered; I recall this as being a bit more 'drinkable' to the first-time oatmeal stout experiencer, at least in relation to the only other oatmeal stout I could get at the time (late 1980s Minnesota), and that being Samuel Smith's. The good news is that there are now plenty of domestic craft offerings in the style. The better news is that this one still stands the test of time - although this might not be a "perfect five", it remains my favorite imported oatmeal stout (Samuel Smith's remains a close second). Another 'breakfast stout' for when you run out of coffee and chicory : )

[served chilled, in a bulb]

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
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 AndoBrew
2.67/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*didnt like wouldnt buy*

app: looks weak, but dark. looks kind thin. small head and decent lace. whatever that means.

smell: smells of mild sour feet with some earhty bitter coffeeish stout flavors in the background.

taste: smokey, simple, not very complex or intresting. very 1D nothing bad nothing good. down the middle as an ok stout that is a lil smoked.

mf: fine for a small stout. maybe a bit thick in the back of the mouth for such a lil guy.

drinkable?: not for me, its not bad but not good.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Young's Oatmeal Stout is a very well balanced example of one of my favorite styles. Not the best out there but you can surtenly do worse. The beer pours with a thick fluffy tanned head it. Good lace work as the foam tries to hold on. Has a very dark color, almost black.

I must admit that this beer was a bit to warm at first so I let it sit for a little bit. And the nose developed into a blend of caramel, coffee, malt and chocolate.

The taste is malty with some chocolate making way for a dry finish. The mouth feel is slightly acidic but still very drinkable.

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Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
3.98 out of 5 based on 557 ratings.
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