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 avylover
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out black with mahogony highlights. A tan head falls quickly but hangs around for awhile. Aroma is rather weak, with some roasted malt notes and english style hopping. Taste is dominated by diacetyl. this is no doubt a buttery tasting stout. Bitter roasted notes are in there, as well as some chocalate type flavors. I must say diacetyl dominates, but I've been known to be very sensitive to it. Decent full mouthfeel, and drinkablity is not bad if you enjoy the buttery tastes.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black and meets all the expectations of a good looking stout. Nice foamy tan head that lets me know that this stout means business. I pick up smells of carmel and nuts. Again, classic in it's presentation. Very nice, balanced taste of carmel, malt, and carbonation. Pretty straight forward. I think the more I drink, I come to the conclusion that it looks better than it tastes. It's definitely a good stout but to me it just seems too safe. I think I'd reach for a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or an Oak Barrel Stout before this one again. Worth a try if you are getting into stouts and definitely a classic example. But I've seen it done better other places.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a big frothy brown head. Sadly, that beautiful head dissipates quickly but lots of lacing is left behind to remind you. Smell is lightly hutty and milky.

Tastes of nutty roasted malt. Some oily but understated oats are evident. A light bitterness and the smatterings of coffee and milky chocolate you would expect. Smooth. Lightly creamy on the palate but mostly just damn smooth, especially for an oatmeal stout. Finishes lightly bitter. Oh so good and good for you.

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Photo of psyco1
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black in the somewhat underlit room I was in. There was nearly no head at all.

The smell was of a bit of roasted barley, then the chocolate took over, then smoothness, if that's a taste.

Thin for a stout, but not bad. Almost no carbonation.

It reminds me of Sam Smith's Oatmeal, which I really like. I could drink this too, probably until I had to crawl home.

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Photo of Doiv
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly dark ruby - almost looks black. Nice tan head that is thick and creamy.

Aroma is of roasted hops and a chocolatey caramel.

Taste is yeasty, roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, toast finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, and although pretty drinkable it is a little heavy on the stomach.

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Photo of murphyl
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured incredibly dark, almost pitch black, with a substantial tan head and almost no lace. Cascade was relatively short - most nitro cans I've dealt with (Guinness, Murphy's, etc) overflow if you don't start pouring the second you crack the can, and you have to wait five minutes for the pint to settle. This was ready to go in about a minute - good if you're impatient to try the stuff, not so good if you like watching the waterfall effect.

Smell: Very faint whiff of hops, followed by vanilla and coffee notes. Not as much on the nose as other stouts I've tasted.

Taste/Mouthfeel: At first I wasn't sure if I was drinking a stout or a beer milkshake. This stuff is creamy - roasted malt and coffee flavors up front, fading back into a slight oiliness from the oatmeal and an interesting smoky, almost Scotch-like flavor on the finish - heather, maybe? The overall effect is rather like drinking a really well-made Irish coffee.

Summary: Outstanding stuff. Even my mom liked it, and she normally dismisses anything darker than a pale ale as "that black $!&@ you and your father drink." That alone earns it top marks in my book. I can see why the beer guru at our local liquor store insisted on the widget-powered can, though - CO2 would wreck the mouthfeel entirely. All in all, a great effort from Young's.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Young's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- black with a skimpy brown head.
Smell- roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and ash.
Taste- roasted burnt coffee beans. Watery and smooth with a slight bitterness. After 3-4 sips the taste becomes more and more watery.

Overall- a mediocre stout that I would prefer over Guiness but wouldn't purchase again.

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

16.9 oz classic brown bottle. Great design with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights. Nice tan head.

This beer smells great. Lots of roasted malt nose with hints of chocolate and toasted bread.

Great roasted malt taste. The beer definitely veers towards the sweeter side of the spectrum, but it is a very nice sweet, not sugary or cloying. There is coco in the background that adds a great subtly to the taste of the beer. The beer stays rock solid as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel is a wonderful mix of oily smoothness and softness. Drinakbility is also very good. Make sure and serve this one at the correct temperature as the tastes can get hidden if it is served to cold.

What a great example of a well made beer. I know of no oatmeal stout that can top this one, God bless the Ram Brewery!

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

APEARANCE: Jet-black, opaque, and capped with a dense one finger collar of long-lasting foam. This beauty is exceptional!

AROMA: Deep aroma of truly fine-roasted barley malt. The smell of hand-crafted London quality just makes one want to dive right in...

TASTE: Almost not enough o's in smoooth to describe this one. While the absence of CO2 exposes the flaws in other exposes everything that is right with this one.

MOUTHFEEL: Unobtrusive and a bringer of joy! A superb oatmeal product with an unassuming robust taste that leaves one always wanting more...

DRINKABILITY: All day...all night...any day...any night...

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

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Mahar’s, it was poured to a nice dark black color that would not let any light through. It was topped with a nice cream tan colored head that had very nice retention and left excellent lacing through out the entire brew.
The aromas of this brew were of coffee, chocolate, fruit and a bit of a hoppy smell. Very nice smelling brew that goes nice on a damp cool evening, at least the brew was making the day better!
This brew is silky smooth, creamy with its slight carbonation. The taste starts sweet from the chocolate but goes away quickly and finishes very dry. Additional hints through out of licorice, light coffee, charcoal, and a smoky aroma. All of the different aspects of this brew come together giving a very nice brew that I could enjoy all evening long.
This is a great oatmeal stout and one to try on tap if you get a chance. I would love to try this brews versions at the same time, on-tap, nitro can and bottle to see the differences. Sounds like a nice experience!

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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 canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this can in a gas station in Port Roberts Wash. as this is only available in bottles in Canada.

A big nitro head that makes it look like Guinness makes one think that this beer is all about easy drinking. The easy drinking is there but the malty burnt flavour shows depth that few Irish Stout's can match (Biddy Earl?). I really liked the dryness and great balance that raise this Stout to a high level. The widget changes this beer in ways that add rather than subtract from this great beer.

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

Black as the heart of a scorned woman. With dark clouds floating above soon break into nothing except a spiderweb lacing the sides of the glass. But with your eyes, you can only see so much.
I close my eyes and inhale it's dark chocolate aroma. Subtle hints of coffee intertwine with all the other scents, thus forcing me to drink.
Dark chocolate and oats flow over my palate. The chocolate, ever so sweet, yet ever so bitter. The infussion of oatmeal balances the taste nicely.

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

Pitch dark ale the pours with a rich, shaving-cream-like, walnut colored head. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, leather and smoke. The act of smelling this reminds me somewhat of a walk-in humidor.

Initially, flavors of burnt caramel, dark roast coffee, smoke, and vanilla shoot through. A sweet, but balanced, milky flavor. There is a mellow aftertaste that is svelte and dark chocolate-like. A small amount of chew adds a pleasant texture. The hops, for an oatmeal stout, are plentiful and add a tiny note of zap to the backdrop of the overall substance.

Why is a medium cheddar so damn good with this? Because it is. I've made a homemade macaroni and cheese dish and used this in my cheese sauce base (A combo of: extra sharp and medium cheddar, blended with a golden roux...along with a clove of fresh garlic and generous amounts of black pepper...along with a good dose of Young's). Perhaps I should peruse over to the recipe section and add this. !'s a smooth sippin' oatmeal stout. Cheers.

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

Almost black. Nice clarity. Nice creamy long lasting brown head. Nose consists of some burnt cocao, roasted malts and in contrast, some sweet milky tones. The taste is soothing and comforting. A nice blend of lactic sweet tones and bittersweet chocolate tones. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is velvety and the body is about medium full.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I think big beers are ruining me. I can barely taste this one. Very attractive looking beer, some subtle "sweetish" (not swedish) vanilla aromas. As smooth beer that could be beefed up a little in the taste department. A decent mouthfeel, but I want to have to chew on an oatmeal stout. This reminds me somewhat of a dry stout, definately not the sharp black malt flavors, but definately a touched over hopped for an oatmeal stout I think. A bit of sour flavor, but all in all needs more to really satify my definition of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of jahred
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark black color with a medium-sized, smooth tan head. A nice, thick scent of vanilla malts is present.

The initial taste is toasty and of vanilla. The oatmeal is there, but it's very much an aftertaste and not the predominant flavor, thus the beer is nicely not too sweet. This tastes almost more like a regular stout than an oatmeal stout to me (perhaps a bit disappointing?). There's a slight hoppy taste, the stout-like tingle on the tongue that I love, and an earthy, woody flavor. As the beer warms, I also noticed some coffee flavors.

Alas - the beer is rather thin for a stout (or for an oatmeal stout), and I was kind of expecting more than regular-stout flavors. Not a bad beer, but not fantastic.

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Photo of stewart124
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark black with brown tints and a thick foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet dark chocolates and burnt malts. Taste is extremely smooth with a silky chocolate flavor. There is a nice earthy tone to this brew that plays well. The oats and malts work very well together. Body is pretty full with a very mellow feel. This is a great beer and what you compare oatmeal stouts to. Very pleasing chocolate coffee aftertaste. Again this is a great beer.

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Photo of nomad
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a deep black never showing light, covered only by a thin foam head that disappears quickly. No other signs of action - for me, Young’s beers rarely pour well from a bottle, mostly from its basically flat carbonation.

Smells of soft roastiness paired with sweet but dark chocolate. Thin and shy to my nose. The taste is a pure roasty flavor with no acridness or burnt qualities, accompanied by a small sense of darker chocolate. Has some fruitiness too, a soapy/herbal hop touch, and a nice roasted malt finish. With just enough smooth oats, this beer has an almost silky thin mouthfeel. Very straightforward, very easy, it drinks like a textbook of the style - maybe too much so.

A quaffable though fairly mild and pedestrian stout, it is great depiction of how roasted malt can have that flavor without noxious effects. I could drink this all night with no ill effects. Went impeccably well with a dinner of potato & cheese pierogies and veal & mushroom pierogies covered in sour cream, pumpernickel bread, and a nice plate of Beef Stroganoff.

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Photo of Zorro
2.56/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a big BAD stout can just barely pass light through it.

Smell is Almost nothing! Very disappointing, I expected a lot more! I Smell More but nothing is There!

Big smoky Charcoal Taste. And that is about it.

Mouthfeel, OK.

Drinkability. Too one dimensional.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours with a rich, lavish dark brown cascade, finally settling into an opaque black. A thick dollop of cream colored head blankets the beer, lasting forever in typical nitro fashion. Loads of sticky lace cling to the glass, completely obscuring the empty space within.
The aroma is absolutely delicious. Warm, inviting oatmeal mellowness smooths out mocha scented roasted malt. A bit of pure cocoa, with some mashy grain odor. Faint plum and pear esters settle over the malt. Perhaps a touch of bready yeast, but it's difficult to tell. A bit thin from the nitro, but no noticable metallic odors. Very smooth and supple, the aromas blending together as one.
The flavor starts out exceptionally smooth. This is one of those beers that I take a sip of, and immediately need to take another. The oatmeal is immediately apparent, lending a soft, lactic smoothness throughout. Mild roasted malt settles in for the ride, producing rich coffee and chocolate flavor throughout. Some fruitiness becomes apparent on the top of the tongue, mostly over-ripe plum and a suggestion of pear. The hops are very mild, almost nonpresent, adding a slight earthy bitterness to the finish, coupled with a yeasty flavor reminiscent of cookie dough. Milk Coffee and oatmeal rest on the tongue, sticking around long into the aftertaste. A touch of hazelnut towards the end of the pint. Medium bodied, with smooth, easy drinking nitro carbonation.
One of my favorite nitro beers. Sursprisingly flavorful, the malt and oatmeal seem to survive the nitro pour well. No tinny flavor. A very smooth, easy drinking stout. Not the most complex, but it's a great session beer. I don't care for the canned version much, but on tap it's fine by me.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, non-transparent, with a biege, thick, foamy head that rises up an inch high in the glass. Low aroma of malt and hops. Chewy mouthfeel, full and creamy. Malty, not too sweet, a bit chalky with some smoke. A bit of vanilla and toffee in the finish, and a slight hint of banana hangs on the palete. Interesting flavors that come and go as you move through this one. None very strong or dominant though. The head hangs in there for the duration and leaves fine lacing all the way down.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a really creamy, almost cloud-like tan head that slowly dissapated. Left good lace. Classic OS smells of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. A spicy nuance as well.
Semi sweet taste of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with hints of dark caramel, licorice and a bit of fruit. Mild spicy hop presence in the finish.
Light to medium bodied. Chewy, full mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Great drinkability.

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

Appearance was excellent, midnight black with a creamy tan head. Head retained quite nicely, and left nice lacing. Smell was a combination of toasted barley and grain with slight alcohol undertones. Taste was also toasted barley and malt with a very slight sweetness. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I expected, not quite as creamy as I would have liked. But not bad. Drinkability was good, although I would find it kind of hard to drink more than two of these bottles being that they are full pints. A nice offering, I would recommend it to oatmeal stout fans.

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

Midnight black with mahogany hued edges and a dense and creamy but small nitro head of creme color. The head settles to about half a finger after a bit. Subtle roasted malt aroma with an oaty, almost caramel sweetness and hints of light hopping. The flavors are equally mild. Roasted and slightly sweet with a slight hop presence. Touches of caramel sweetness here and there. Flavors are very mild in this nitro version, but do still come out better as it warms. Light-bodied. A pleasant crispness from the hops and the smoothness and creaminess make for a great mouthfeel and extreme drinkability. This would be a great session beer.

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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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