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

This oatmeal stout pours just about perfectly, with a smooth creamy head from the nitro widget. It is a coal black beer, and topped with the neautiful atn head that doen not subside, it is nearly picture perfect. The aroma seems to suffer slightly in my experience with nitro cans, and this one reveals a faint malt aroma topped with a hint of hops and chocolate, but no more. The beer tastes terrific, with a smooth chocolate flavor atop a strong roasted malt base. The hops are well balanced and round out the flavor profile wonderfully. This has a very clean finish for a stout, almost too clean. Not much of the roasty flavor is left in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing for a stout, but lacks the chewiness many stouts present. This leads to a very superb drinkability, but not quite as much a memorable experience as many other stouts. A very good stout that may be the smoothest drinking example on the planet. Give me a sixer of these any day!

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose on Young’s Oatmeal Stout is faint licorice, vanilla, and coco; tasty roasted malt and sweet oatmeal. The flavors were lovely with roasted malts meshing with sweet oatmeal, licorice, vanilla, and very faint charred wood. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, filling yet soft; finishes somewhat dry. The tan head was lacking… the dark brown body was ideal. It’s drinkable to a fault; tasty… this is an outstanding Stout, it’s a real winner!

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Photo of rockdick
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers overall. Love the color, the taste, everything. Reminds me of why I love a good quality beer.
Personally, I like this one better than Samuel Smith's.

Peace, Love, and BEER

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

Pours a uniformly dark tone with dark currant hints at the bottom of the glass. Fine, bronze head disapears rather quickly with minimal lace. First smell reminded me of merlot with its rich fruitiness. As the beer warmed, tones of chocolate and roasted grain were more prominent. Taste is smooth and surprisingly crisp--a traditional stout profile with less of the creamy fullness one often gets. That quality lends this beer a very nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with Neal's Mosul meat pies.
Pale brown head. Pretty sweet aromas of oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, macaroons, cigar smoke, and biscuits. Not so much creamy as it is silky and pliant. Nicely articulated coffee extract and Mediterranean spices on the finish. A great food/session beer.

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Photo of Jordan
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Roasted oats; cocoa sweet malts. Fuggles and Goldings hops make for an intriguing elliptical balancing. Certainly, the malts are more assertive as would be expected, but this beer would be simple without the select hops to create subtle complexities. Soft burt persimmon dryness in the finish. Incredibly smooth and palatable. An intersting mix of nutty and fruity aromas. A fantastic stout. (for future reference; please dont sample this cold)

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

A deep dark pour, almost black, with a nice tan head in the beginning, that fades slowly. A little lace, but not much. The smell of chocolate is predominate, over roasted malt, coffee, maybe a little toffee, or caramel? A little more bite than the double chocolate, creamy, but with a lightly noticeable hop finish. I've been on a stout kick lately, and this is a good one.

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Photo of tang214
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit that I am a young beer advocate and have not yet much explored the world of stouts, but this seems to be a great start. I really enjoyed this beer from the very first sip. Wonderful color. It's very dark and full bodied. Its smooth and hearty. Of course I have no prior frame of reference but this seems to be an excellant oatmeal stout. I might even have to replace my usual bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with this. Just kidding.

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

Extremely dark, no light come through it at all. Dense tan head and generous lace rings. Roasted aroma with hints of coffee, chocalate, caramel, and vanilla. Wow! Very smooth and creamy. Rich malt taste along and finishes with a coffee flavor. Excellent mouthfeel and not too heavy. More drinkable then some other stouts. A solid brew.

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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 BillyBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig the oatmeal stout. Nearly black with a brown, foamy head that evenly covers across its top. Smooth roasted malts and rich grains along with a shade of alcohol. Great roasted and caramel malts with an oaty sweetness, only a mere shade of bitterness. Very smooth medium body with a sharp bite.

Who wants a nasty dry stout when you have deleicious (and nutritious?) oatmeal? A solid oatmeal stout. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Superb! I can consume my weight in this stuff...just don't ask me any questions that require logic after I do it. This brew pours a dark coffee color with a full 3 finger head that hangs in there quite nicely. The smell is that of a hoppy beer althought the hops are balanced superbly in the taste. Possibly hints of slight coffee tones and creamy throughout the taste and the mouthfeel. Did I mention that this is good stuff? CHEERS, dudes!

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 goindownsouth
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very satisfying and robust stout. The aroma is the forst thing that grabs me...a very roasty-malty kind of thing. Thsi si a good knife-and-fork beer - the beer that drinks like a meal. One of the best British stouts I have tried!

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Photo of psugrad98
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown/black with thick tan head. Rich dark malt give a pleasant roasted smokey aroma. Taste is full and rich with a slightly toasted taste, almost burnt, but not in a negative way. Nicely bitter with a full alcohol flavor. Finishes slightly dry and mouth biting.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solidly good beer, but not exceptional. Pours nearly black with a medium, tan-colored head. Head quickly fades. It's well balanced with medium body. Roasted malts stand out in flavor, with hints of sweetness.

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

Okay, the color is very dark, with a slight maroon hue. The head is a medium tan color. The body is lighter than I prefer on this style. I like the taste, but still doesn't beat Samuel Smith or more my local favorite Barley's. Worth checking out, though.

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

This beer is an incredible pour, lots of head due to the nitro device in the can. The head is a thick and creamy off white that threatened to escape a long pint glass when poured, with perhaps half a centimeter remaining after a few minutes and lots of thick lace. The color is a brown so deep that it appears to be black. The aroma is very pleasant, rather sweet, the oatmeal very prominent, fruit and roasted barley less so. Very smooth taste with lots of roasted barley initially and then the oats, slight hoppiness and a mild bitterness from the barley at the finish. This beer has a wonderful mouth feel, as creamy and smooth as milk, a fine beer.

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

Black in color. Thick and creamy head. Mild roasted grain aroma. Medium sweet and medium dry with the complexity of dark roasted grains. Medium hop bitterness very well balanced with the malt. A hint of nuttiness. I am not a fan of the nitro widget. A little thin and lack-luster flavor but still a good beer and I really enjoyed the ones that I had.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 StevieW
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after about a year of drinking "real beers" now and reading the reviews here, this is my first review. Please be patient. I love the appearence of this beer, the deep dark color and the nice tan foamy head make for an inviting glass. The smell wasn't that impressive, but then again, not offensive. I really like the taste, very rich and smooth (just like the can says) but I expected a little more oatmeal taste and sweetness. Which is why I gave it only a 4.0 in the mouthfeel. Overall, I think it is a very good and very drinkable beer ! Very rich, nice lace falling down the side of the glass. After 12 hours of work today, I was thinking about this beer for at least 8 hours and it didn't let me down, however I think the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout has a better oatmeal malt flavor. The only thing lacking is the slightly thinner feeling and taste than the Samuel Smith version, which is the only other one I can compare it to. I will drink it again.

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

A nice beer. Pours a very dark brown with a decent head that doesn't stay that long. Roasted barley and oatmeal in the nose. Smooth oatmeal with a little less roasted barley on the tongue. A nicely balanced beer. Not really any perceptable bitterness but enough so that you aren't complaining of too much sweetness. Smooth and creamy in your mouth and somewhat drinkable. I like this beer. It isn't exactly one of my favorites but I like to grab a bottle or draught can every now and then.

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Photo of marc77
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thick initial head dissapates into a thin but creamy tan head that leaves Belgian lace until the last sip. Almost black in color with just a tinge of brown when held to light. Slight chocolate malt and roasted barley aroma is discernible, but that awesome Young's fruity, estery nose from the yeast strain actually dominates. Roasted barley character dominates initially, then is followed by a silky smoothness from oats. Could use a touch more malt complexity and body. Hop bitterness is only a foundation and is not in the forefront. The brew finishes with roasted barley bitterness on the tongue like many stouts do. As with most of Young's brews the drinkablility is unsurpassed. Although this is certainly an above average oatmeal stout, I was expecting a bit more from this fine Brewery. It's a notch or two below fresh Samuel Smith's OS. Still better than the majority of American microbrewed oatmeal stouts, however.

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on-tap)The aroma has very light hints of oatmeal. You get the common dark black color that comes along with most stouts, and a nice fluffy tan colored head. On the palate is nice flavors of roasted/burnt malt, followed by very light but nice oatmeal sweetness, making the stout very pleasant to drink.
Overall pretty good stuff! Had this at nice hangout called the Black Sheep here in Philly.

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