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

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Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wellsandyoungs.co.uk

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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3.98
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Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it disembogues from the bottle soot black, the head ponderous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light chocolate with the lace a satiny sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, and nice burnt grain aroma also present, quite a treat for the old schnozzle; start is ambrosial, rich in malt, the top middling to full in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and a great stout when you’re not into those “Imperials” we seem to have adopted as the “National Stout”!

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

Presentation: Like the bottles from their neighbors Fuller’s, the offerings from Young’s are of the highest standard. A marvelously crafted, high quality heavyweight brown glass bottle contains 1pt 0.9fl.oz. The cream black and brown label simply states “Young’s Oatmeal Stout” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo at the bottom. The bottle is one of those that contains many details that are often missed. A relatively tall, thin necked bottle, embossed with the Brewery’s Logo on the shoulder with the words “Est. 1831” either side of it. Also embossed with the words “Young’s Ram Brewery” and “London, England”. It seems such a shame to recycle it. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of March 2004. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: A dark brown-black pour creates a creamy looking darkish tan brown head. Some deep ruby-red transient shades can be seen when backlit with a powerful light. The head is very smooth and lasts; indeed it has a nitro- look about it at times, with only a few large bubbles to break the slightly rocky velvet looking surface. Not much conditioning in the beer, but enough not to cause any real concern. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose: The nose is very nice, lots of soothing smooth aromas that are not strong but nicely blended. Lightly roasted malts, toasted porridge oats and some dark coffee hints.

Taste: The start has a building malt dimension, which increases in strength right through to the middle when the smooth oastness from the barley which is toasted in character, but not overtly so, takes over. After a few mouthfuls and a nice build up of some beery residue on the tongue, I started to detect an increased bitterness, like that from dark cooking chocolate, mixed with some liquorice traits & coffee. Smooth finish, bitter but smooth. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel: This is such an incredible brew. If feels so smooth, creamy and light in the mouth, yet it has a decent enough complexity of flavors and sufficient depth of character as to astound at times.

Drinkability: A wondrously drinkable Oatmeal Stout, which given its 5% ABV, makes it a damn good session beer.

Overall: A solid all round Oatmeal Stout. Whilst it doesn’t exactly “knock yer socks off”, it doesn’t need to, this is a beer that is somewhat understated and it takes time to pick up all of nuances. It certainly does not disappoint and is a very easy drinking smooth, incredibly tasty Stout that I continue to enjoy.

173 years old, or is that young?
A New Year soon beckons – amid a very turbulent period in English Brewing which has seen all of the Big Boys fall prey to overseas mega-corps; my New Year’s wish is that Young’s continue to brew fine Ales & Stouts and keep putting quality before the bottom line. Hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best beers ever to come out of a nitro-can. As far as appearances go, it goes out a nice, impressively murky dark-brown, from which little light seems to escape. Head isn't big, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in smooth, nitro blended creamyness.

Smells just fine, and tastes nice and toasty. A good, solid stout backed up by a striking smoothness. Perhaps not as heavy as a few other stouts I've tried, the taste has a good, strong, burnt chocolate edge to it.

Nice and cheap too, one of the better stouts you can get at this price. Definately worth a try.

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

Color is a very dark brown, nearly black with thin slivers of crimson brown highlighting, thin tan head appears quickly and fades the same, fast dripping lace with minimal stickage. Aroma is subdued of roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee, and burnt cookies. Taste is mildly mixed of a light roastyness thats favorably easy and mixing well with some sweet chocolate and light coffeeness, notes of banana softness enter in just after midway and has a small hold just before the chocolatey roasted drying finish. A nice mild smooth taste with just enough energy and roast to keep it to the lips. Feel is pretty soild in the mediumness area, has a slight sharpness of carbonation in there. A nice drinker, liked the smooth mildness this has but could be a bit sweeter for an oatmeal stout though.

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Photo of Jables
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this beer many times at Bentley's in Champaign, a new bar thats modeled to look like an English pub, but finally got around to reviewing it.

Can't see through the pitch black oblivion with a firm creamy, khaki head perched on top. Smell is fantanstic with strong notes of burnt coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is creamy, though the mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but no so much it hurts the experience. Taste is again roasted malt and burnt coffee but also hints of bitter dark chocolate come in. A wee bit of alcohol can also be detected if the beer is let to linger on the tongue.

This beer has always been one of my faves to sip pints of when out with friends. It is a superior stout to the others I typically see out (Murphy's, Guiness, Beamish, etc.) I think the nitro-tap is best, then the bottle, then the draft can.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan/khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt with some smoke and coffee highlights.
Taste is bitter coffee and roasted malt mellowed a bit by the oats. As the beer warms some raisin/date notes seems to appear. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than most Oatmeal stouts I've had.
Pretty good but not the best effort from this great brewery.

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

Dark ruby-black, with 2 finger khaki head, laces well
Roased malt and oatmeal aromas, slightly smoky.
Roasted malt continues into the taste and becomes sweeter as the oats appear. Dark fruits come out as you drink.
Very smooth and creamy, only slight bitterness, medium-full feel thats very flavorful and drinkable

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous, classic nitro pour tops off with a beige pillow of dense, tiny bubbles about a finger deep. Bubbles cascading down sides of glass in marbled rosewood and mahogany patterns. Lace sticks hard to edges of glass and dries out into beautiful crusts of bubbles. Aroma contains hints of sweet, dark malt over a strong oatmeal warmth, finishing with characteristically English hops that are not particularly subdued. Flavors of big, oatmealy, dark wheat toast closed out by more English hop flavor. Slightly espresso-ish and is that a hint of peanut butter high in the middle of the palate? Big mouthfeel: smooth and resiny, yet light in actual body and viscosity; finishes with a slight oily slickness. Velvet smoothness over the tongue. With its lingering bitterness, this is a beer to keep reaching for; however, it is probably too massive for session drinking. A pleasant pint.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was the hugest fan of Young's while studying in London in 2003. I haunted many a Young's public house, and my collection only has a few cellared beers - including the Young's Special London. So i'm a wee-bit biased.

That being said, the only Young's in this area are the Oatmeal Stout and Double Chocolate stout, in the hefty close-to-bomber bottle. I recently found a pub that sells the Oatmeal! Rejoice!

This beer pours a generic stout ruby, with a nice tan nitro head. No lacing throughout the beer. The taste starts with a nice roasted malt flavor, then moves into a sweet, slightly sour blend. Nothing to remind you that this in fact an oatmeal beer. A nice malty flavor finishes up the beer, but a not-too-special offering from Young's. Definetely along the lines of a classic British stout instead of the American counterpart.

If you are looking for a great introductory British stout, here it is. But for those of us spoiled with the variety of stouts (especially 3Floyd's Dark Lord) in this country, you might want to keep looking. Especially for the price.

But my palate still seeks the satisfaction I was rewarded with almost everyday in a nice Young's AAA from the cask...

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

Really nice tan nitro head that look like a capuccino. Has a mildly sweet biscuity nose with a hint of tartness. Sweet oat toasty flavors to start with a slightly dry and bittersweet chocolate finish. Did notice some prune and currant flavors.This stout is very nice and very drinkable. Would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle with a really cool, simple label.

Appearance: This beer was deep ebony and gave forth a tan head that topped out at over two fingers. It became fluffy as it settled down and its stickiness was apparent by the was it clung to the side of the glass. A thin layer of foam continued to endure through the entire drink and marked its trail with some nice lacing.

Smell: The smell was dark fruit overtones that floated on top of some classis stout aromas. There was bitter coffee, cream, and a light smokiness. Overall, the aroma was pretty light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied up in the front of the mouth, but it seemed to thin out immediately, becoming almost watery. I found that very odd. It was velvety smooth, though, just barely tickling the mouth as it passed through.

Taste: The flavor was that of a good classic stout, but somewhat subdued. Upfront was a charred smoke flavor combined with the tartness of dark fruit. Then in the middle came the dark roasted malt and cream. On the finish was a continuation of the cream, but a little sweeter, and a nice smokiness.

A good stout overall, but it didn't bowl me over. It was too subdued in both flavor and aroma, in my opinion. And I drank it pretty damn warm. I could imagine that it could be rather bland if drank cold.

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

first it busts out with the cool cascade action but settles into a pitch black thick liquid. smells sweet and of coffee, toffee and light roasted malt. the taste is of light coffee, sweet malt, a bit of chocolate and the smallest hop touch. soft and very creamy in the mouth, finishes slightly dry, its a filling beer and this stuff is highly drinkable if your gut can hold it.

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

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured just about as dark a brown as it could be without actually being black. Big light mocha colored head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Smell was of dark, chocolatey, coffeeish malts with a litle bit of fruitiness in the background. Taste begins with a bitter chocolate flavor, with a little fruitiness in the background that reminds me of cherries. Mmh, chocolate covered cherries... But I digress. There's a nice, black coffee finish to the proceedings. This is a little bit thin for a stout, but not to an alarming degree. Like you'd expect from an oatmeal stout, this is a rather filling beer. Unless you enjoy feeling like you need a crane to get you off the bar stool, I'd stop at one per beer session.

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Photo of Gump
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This can nearly exploded as I pulled the tab. Not too foamy, but alot of air came out.
Pours tight, and near black. Tight bubbles. White choco head.
I'd give it a 5 star just based on looks. Not only the look in the glass, but the look of the stylish can.

Thick, but not as thick as it looks.
Creamy, but not as creamy as some.
Clean dry earthy finish
The flavors of this stout don't scream at you. You have to go after it.
The more I taste, the more I like.

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

Appearance: Pours deep caramel brown with a decent sized quickly dissipating tan head, lacing is fine and webbed. Aroma: A fruity suprising alcohol tinged presence along with a creamy chocolate and mild coffe notes to top it off. Taste: Creamier than most stouts the dark roasted malts aren't as dominant a bit tame bit the chocolate flavor and coffee esque finish make this one a classic plus with an added bonus fruity overtones and a nice presence of alcohol in the flavor yum. Mouthfeel: Smooth even carbonation a bit dry in the finish, not as fluffy and full bodied as most oatmeal stouts but still very tasty. Drinkability: Solid a go to especially on nitro if nothing more intriguing is available either way I like this stout when I'm not in the mood for a chewy stout, this one is more drinkable no heavy thickness in the mouthfeel but still flavorful and has everything that makes stouts what they are.

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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.

cheers,

s.d.

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

Cascading is cool, plain and simple. This beer is dark molasses black in color with a thick cream colored head. Quite beautiful. Its got the burnt malt and oatmeal smell, but its not quite as strong as other oatmeal stouts. This head isn't going anywhere, I wonder if I'll get a milk mustache when I drink it! Feels like it, but I don't wanna waste any, better lick my lips, yum. This beer is soo smooth. I'm not just talking about the feeling of those little nitrogen bubbles, the taste is smooth too. It tastes like a creamy stout, leaving just a bit of oatmeally goodness on the back of your tongue. For such a dark beer it's quite mellow, almost too mellow. I'm giving it high marks for drinknability because its easy drinking, but even more than that the laid back flavor has me drinking more and more so I don't loose the flavor. Oatmeal stouts are one of my favorite styles, and this one is up at the top.

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

NitroCan with best by date (Dec. 13, 2003).
Aroma: Classic stout smell of dark roasted malt with a light alcohol edge
Appearance: Black as night. When seriously backlit, showed edges of ruby, but not much. Creamy mocha colored head of microscopic bubbles. Head lasted longer then the beer and laced.
Flavor: Richly roasted grains mingle with a hearty oat, but not a hint of sweetness. As the beer warmed I noted a trace of hop deep in the aftertaste, but by no means bitter. This nice balance lets the earthy grains be experienced, but doesn’t let them overpower with a sappiness that you might expect.
Mouthfeel: While the creamy head covers your nose while getting to the beer, the beer itself is just about flat. No carbonation prickle, no hop prickle, nothing. Completely inert. Has medium-heavy body, on the edge of a chew, and a very dry finish. It does leave an oily/oatmeal coating behind, but not unpleasant.
Overall Impression: Yum! Drink your Oatmeal! Good and good for you! A little dry for an oatmeal stout, but this dryness invites sip after sip. Deep flavor, but somewhat one-dimensional. Seemed a touch too flat, but I don’t expect a stout to sparkle. The filling aspect of this hearty beer slows drinkability; this is a meal. Had to work at finding things to take points from this beer. Recommended!

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

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; "best before end" warning -- in this case "April" -- notched on the rear label's bottom periphery; purchased for $2.99 from "No. 1 Liquor Mart" on Aviation off PCH.

Appearance: Completely opaque; good-sized, mocha-hued head; a solid b-cup's worth of lace; nice head retention.

Aroma: Pleasantly of chocolate and cherries; faintly vinous and roasty.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with a soft, rolling, coffee-like bitterness in the finish; primary flavors are of a gentle, bittersweet chocolate and a mild espresso; secondary characteristics include a slight, acidic twang, hints of dark fruit and an ever so mild touch of grain; soft, velvety mouthfeel; medium bodied.

Notes: Enjoyed this a good deal, though wasn't entirely blown away.

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

16.9 oz. bottle. Bottle design is a major plus.

Hats off to the brewery for this wonderfully crafted and multi flavored stout.

Pours a wonderful dark brown. Light is impenetrable. An amazingly thick tan head with lacing residue that looks like an areial view of the Bahamas. Scents are burnt and smokey at first. Sweet malts and oats find their way through the cinders nicely.

Roasted sweet oats are at the forefront. A good strong grain flavor. Some sweet carob in the middle. The burnt charcoal with its smokey flavor bring us to the end. A simple yet multi faceted range of flavors.

This stout is medium bodied. It does stick to the innermouth a bit. It is a nice smooth slow drinker. A crisp finish make this a wonderul stout to enjoy anytime. I would prefer this one for after dinner or late night.

Very enjoyable.

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

This was a verrrry smooth brew. It started with a nice creamy head on a base of chocolate brown to black. Chocolate and smoke were the flavors I could detect and the mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. It left a slight linbger maltiness on the back of the palate that invited you to drink more. As I said before the went down verrrry smooth. A great offering from across the pond.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Large head. Aroma is kind of weak, touch of roasted grains and coffee. A lighter to medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, hints of coffee a touch sweet. Touch of spiciness. Fairly dry. Smooth taste. Nice drinkable stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is a very slightly bitter.

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

This stout poured a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy, tan foam that was very long-lasting. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of fruitiness. The taste was sweet: caramel malt, cocoa, some banana, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation feel. Overall a nicely enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Had a dark, boggy brown color with brick-red edges and an inch-thick, creamy beige head that endured to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.
Smell was loaded with burnt chocolate malt, coffee and caramel.
Taste was kind of bittersweet, starting with a sweet caramel toffee flavor before being overtaken by the dark chocolate and coffee grounds flavors. Just the mildest alcohol note in the finish.
Feel was full, creamy, thick and smooth.
I'm really getting into the stouts, imperial stouts, and porters these days and this one from Young's was a real pleasant experience. I'll be looking for this one again.

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Photo of cokes
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly dark, dark brown. Actually a transparent ruby when viewed with a backing light. Thin but persistant tan dome.
Cola sweet and bready nose.
Bready intially. Pumpernickel loaf. Not much in way of roastiness, which earns this demerit points in my book. Yeastier and continually bready midsection. Vaguely smoky. Out of place sweetness. Not especially oaty (though oats are noticed, lightly), mostly just a slick and greasy cola sweetness with sassafras notes. Some chocolate notes pop up late just to prove that this is, in fact, a stout. Hop dryness at the end, but little associated flavor.
Oily in the mouth. Overly thin right away, but bolsters itself slightly as it sits.
I can't say I am too impressed here. It's lacking in several key catagories and has some odd (off?) flavors to boot. I'll pass.

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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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