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

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Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking a room temp sample from a bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown with a beige creamy and frothy head foaming up 1 cm easy. Head fades to a surface layer slowly. Aroma is fairly sweet with some roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar and molasses mixing with some general grainines as well. Maybe some light earthy hops as well.
Just as I take the first sip I get a bit of chocolate milk aroma.
THe first sip reveals a creamy textured brew with fine yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is as expected with malt dominating getting mostly choc and roast malt flavors on the start with some oaty hits in the middle and then the roasted malt covers my palate for the finish. Body seems to lighten a little on the swallow, maybe just the ease of consumption but takes away on the mouthfeel score for me. Overall a nice drinkin brew.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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 heidelbeerg
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Pours out a very dark brown. Nice creamy looking tan head. Looks like it will be absolutely fantastic. The smell is subtle and mostly roasted grains. The taste is full flavored roasted malts with incredible smoothness. The mouthfeel is awesome. Wonderfully rich and creamy with perfect carbonation. A luxurious texture in the mouth. The drinkability is also very good due to it's low ABV , great taste and wonderful richness. Great oatmeal stout!

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

Ordered this beer at the Moan and Dove last night not knowing what to expect. It's basically a Guinness in disguise. Very similar - nice coffee colored appearance, bit of milky head on top(I didn't catch any cascading effect though). Smells pretty nondescript, but some nice malt characteristics in there. Taste is nice, maybe a little sweeter than Guinness. I don't really mean to be comparing the two, but they're very similar. Real smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied I'd say. And of course very drinkable. A nice alternative.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Skidz
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the dusty books of beers past.... Nitro-Can...woo.

Pours dark, creamy brown and sits nearly black with dark, amber sides and a thick foamy light tan head.

Yeasty build and roasted grains found the aroma. Some soft traces of hops, not bad.

Tastes slightly sweet up front and moves in to the roasted grains and a thick, gelatenous oatmeal flavor with our mistress bitterness taking role call. Slightly bitter finish with hints of brown sugar.

Impecably smooth and inviting. Good overall feel. Quite sweet and thick. Not bad, but out of the can, it's slow going.

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

An attractive beer with a very dark brown body and a dense light brown head, but the flavor comes in a little thin. The aroma has whiffs of chocolate and the body is creamy enough to satisfy, I’d really like to see something a bit richer in flavor. The finish is a little bitter and slightly metallic.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another stellar Young's beer. Pitch black in color and very little carbonation and a head that leaves very soon after pouring the beer. The beer reeks of dark malts and the sweet sugar notes that almost always accompany a oatmeal stout. It is not the best oatmeal stout in the world, but it is always available where I live so I drink it when I am in the mood for a good oatmeal stout. You just cannot go wrong with Young's beers.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 TheLiterati
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m a big fan of Young’s in general (London Porter, Ram Rod, Special and Winter Ales, to name a few). However, I’ve become quite enamored with Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout as of late…which made me all the more curious about this one when I saw it on the shelf.

Poured a deep, opaque ebony with a creamy caramel-brown head. Quite drinkable, with a smooth, solid mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate and coffee – a nice balance without being cloying. Has a smoky, dry finish, though as noted by other reviewers, I wouldn’t let this one sit for long as the flavors go flat when warm.

Still, a big and tasty oatmeal stout, especially nice on a cold night, with a fire in the fireplace.

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

What an odd little oatmeal stout. This is one of my favorite styles, along with sweet stouts, and there just aren't that many great ones out there. Had this on draft at the Ginger Man in NYC, and it poured a beautiful midnight black with a tan, creamy, sexy head. The reason I say this is odd is because the first five to ten sips are sooo good, just an absolute orgy of dark roasty coffee chocolaty flavors tempered by a nutty sweetness that just makes the beer slide down your throat. As the beer warmed and disappeared from my glass, it just became more average. Now I know that this has to do with tastebuds adjusting and what not, but it just seemed a different beer to me. Thinner, but very drinkable still. Maybe it's a trick by the brewery to get you to drink more by always desiring that fresh pint. Overall, a very good oatmeal stout, and one I'll have to seek out more fequently. I bet the nitro can is damn fine, too.

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

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours on opaque black even when held to a light. The tan head is a inch thick with good reteantion and moderate lacing. The aroma is lightly of coffee and chocolate and somewhat sweet. It tastes mildly of burnt coffee with a little chocolate. This is a medium bodied beer with a nice sort of creamy mouthfeel. As for drinkability, give me more. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Head is very fine and about a finger thick. It lasts longer than the drink. Almost static and clings a lot better than the non-nitro bottle.

The smell of the canned is dissapointing compared to the bottle. Reminded me of nitro-Guinness. A little planer.

Though there IS a difference, this being more flavorfull and complex, he flavor is the same as the smell: Guinness-like to my senses. Very dissapointing. It lost a zing that the bottled version has. Seems to be hidden behind the upfront effects of the nitro widget.

mouthfeel is better here: very smooth on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability not as high as the bottled version, but a good beer.
Can has instructions for consuming, and no ABV%

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

Pours opaquely darkest brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights. Big tan head that leaves some good residual lacing. Toasty, roasty, scorched malt, and trace oatmeal aromas, some typical stout aromas (like coffee and chocolate) creep into play, too. Very roasty tasting, oatmeal flakes take the backstage, but are cameoed. Slight minerally water background, consistent with English brewing practices concerning water hardness. Very nice, smooth and enjoyable. There are better oatmeal stouts out there, but this one's a good one. I've experienced this beer on nitrogenated draught, and the bottle's better, IMHO.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this has some nice sweet chocolate aromas and the appearance is really good. taste is smooth, mild and very well balanced. nothing stands out too much in the taste because it seems so balanced. though there seems to be some coffee after taste. i like this better than their dirty dick's and it should be noted that this sample is five months past the best before date.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Draft at Cornwall's Boston

This brew poured a deep black color with a super creamy chocolately head that just looked so nice. Initial aromas were roasty and malty with just a hint of oats and cocoa. For flavor this brew started off quite roasty with just a slight astringency. Following a nice array of chocolate, more roasty malts, and oats mixed well together to lead to a full flavored taste, though the body of this brew was surprisingly thin. The brew was for the most part sweet throughout with only a slight bitterness in the end. Though the body was a tad bit thin, the mouthfeel was still somewhat creamy which was quite nice. Overall a nice offering to try, but I wish this brew has just a little more body to it.

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Photo of sutcliff
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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 RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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 oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is almost identical to the Young Chocolate Stout. Very dark with only a faint maple syrup color where the goblet is narrow enough to allow a little light through. The head chocolate tan and comprised of tiny bubbles, has a very silky look to it.
Nice retention and good lace.
Pleasantly sweet chocolate scent with a little oatmeal in it, a little nougat in the nose as well.
Oh man this is a great great example of an oatmeal stout. Sweet and strong with a hoppy bite to it. Lingering aftertaste of hops and oats. Malts and hops in good harmony together with the oats.
A chewable beer no doubt, very full body and keeps a presence even after it's gone down. More of a kick than I'd expect from a beer this low in Alcohol but great nonetheless.
This will be a regular in my fridge.


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Photo of Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours to a clear black, but quite brown during the pour. Forms a modest light cocoa colored head with average retention and lacing. Has the trademark Young's aroma...hard water, sweet cream butter, toffee, milk chocolate, butterscotch. Mouthfeel is much different than the nitro-can for sure...flittery with a medium body. Taste echoes the aroma...lots of butter. A sickly cloying, mineralized & oxidized ruddy mouthfeel of wet cardboard is inescapable. I notice a little bit of smoke on first sip that has since become less prevalent. Bitterness is oxidized and mild. There's a bit of roasted astringency towards the end. As it warms, it gets worse. Tastes like a soggy buttered cardboard sandwich dipped in cigarette ashes.

To think that 10 years ago, I thought this was good stuff. OK, so maybe I'm babied by awesome stouts, but this one sucks. The ruddy mouthfeel and oxidized taste are awful, compunded by the year-old butter taste. Ugh. Down the sink it goes.

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Photo of nortmand
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, cascading, nitro pour, looks like Guinness, but tastes much better. Leaves some lace on the glass, and smells full, roasty and oatmealy. Tastes great, sweet, creamy, and smooth, very nice.
Quite drinkable, good with food, or by itself. Great deal for the price.

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Photo of silenius
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! Wonderful cascading in the foam. A light tan creamy head that is so perfect that when I took a sip it was like whipped cream! A true luxury among beers! A dark brown beer that is dark without appearing black. The head lasted the entire pint and light lacing graced the glass froim rim to bottom. This one is a winner.

Smell is light roastiness with a creamy coffee profile. Pleasant and no hop aroma detected. Spot on for the style.

Taste is exceptional. This is not a behemoth beer, mind you, but a wonderfully balanced stout that juggles creamy coffee, roasty nut, and a light milk chocolate taste. A slightly roasty-bitter aftertaste cleans up. Beautiful. I did not expect this at all!

Mouthfeel is next to exceptional. I get a full-bodied creaminess where carbonation is more downy or silky than actually perceptible as bubbles. Only drawback is a thin wateriness on the edges. Still very, very nice.

I could drink these all night. I wish I has a nitro-tap of this in the house. Great, great beer.

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

Aroma seems a little light and soft. Yet what's there is pleasing as heck with a real chocolatey malt presence with just a hint of roast.
Pours pitch black with reddish hues on the edges. One inch head that's only moderately long in life. No lacing.
Flavor is classis for style. Malt start to finish yet never overpowering or excessive. I appreciate the chocolately aspects the best, but there is also a acidy quality at the end, a mild bitterness and some roast.
Extremely smooth with an intensity offered by the very fine carbonation. Generally soft. Very little sense of oiliness.
With imports it's always tough. The dating states best before Sept. 04. Somehow this sample lacked the intensity and complexity I'd hoped for. But don't let that stop anyone from trying it.

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

Pours a black with light hints of brown on edges of glass, wow big brown head need a relaxed pour with this beer almost spilled some would have been sad. Smells of bitter coffee and burn malt with some oat sweetness coming thru. Tastes wonderfully smooth, beer seems to wash around your mouth if by magic departing sweet oats then bitterness mainly from burnt malt, with coffee and choclate flavors followed by light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great really smooth and creamy has good body but seems lighter at same time, the way this beer feels in the mouth definately enhances its taste, I was going to give a 4 but had to up it a half. Drinkability we will just say I am really sad I bought just one I will remedy this next time I make it to Boone.

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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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