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 MrHungryMonkey
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intense rich and creamy malt aromas of chocolate, heavy roast with burnt notes, and a molasses (blackstrap? - perhaps) feel. Touch of hop provides fruity and fresh character.

Essentially pitch black with a tasty-lookin' creamy head that falls just short of being moderately tall with minimal retention.

The attack manifests all the malt aromas into the realm of flavor, only with a more subtle demeanor. Bitter chocolate, dense molasses, and some heavy roast/borderline burnt notes that contribute a mild but sharp astringent flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, I keep expecting that I'll have to spit out some trub or something. A touch of hops in the midpallet provides a slight tartness and fruit splash before giving way to a full on expression of hop bitterness in the finish. It almost feels like I'm chewing on used hop leaves during the last fleeting moment of flavor.

All in all, a good beer this brew. Although the summed magnitude of flavor was expectably subdue as many English offering are, the direction that flavor took was right on. Delicate, unrefined, soft, boisterous, seductive, and distant all describe this beer. I couldn't enjoy it on an everyday basis, but every once-and-a-long-while it really hits the spot.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in color with a 2 inch brown head. Typical smells of a stout. Malt. Slight sour smell. Sweet and thick in taste. It's got a bit of a bite in the end but good flavor. A good beer. Drinkable. Good lacing on the glass. Good presentation for a stout. Would like to have this one on tap to get the true flavor. I feel I'm missing something in this bottle. And now, I'm starting to get the roasted-ness. Getting better as it warms up. Actually. Much better.

Let this one warm up. Super cold, no go. Flavor really comes out now...

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

453 reviews as of this writting. this is a classic english oatmeal stout and definitely worthy enjoying. the grass looks greaner but this classic is a fine choice everytime! I love how smooth this is and how rich in flavor this low abv beer is! I recommend this highly.

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

Wells and Young 1 pt bottle. Cant believe I have never rated this one before. Almost deep black in appearance but at closer glance this has garnet accents, nice looking tan head. Nice toasty,roasty malt aromas with a good deal of cereal in the back Again toasty malt dominated flavours, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and again the cereal. Well carbonated for a stout but still nice on the palate. A nice drinkable stout.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It poured a very dark brown. Almost brown that left a very this brown head with lacing all the way down. The smell was of dough and malt, with just a touch of spice. The taste is of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and chocolate undertones. The mouthfeel was suprisingly light and crisp.Overall this is a very enjoyable beer and one I hope to enjoy agian and agian.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle with a best by date of 4/30/08. Purchased from Aloha Wine in Pensacola, FL.

A- Completely opaque used motor oil brown with a generous foamy tan head. Sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Sweet malt presence, but not as much as expected. Faint grainy aromas linger.

T- Mild malt sweetness with some caramel and faint coffee notes. Not as sweet as expected.

M- Surprisingly more carbonation than expected. Not unpleasant, just more than expected. A little slick/ oily. Not too heavy.

D- An excellent brew by all means. I prefer a sweeter version of an oatmeal stout, but would definitely not pass this up.

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Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour basically, with a thick brown staying head. Pours viscous and almost syrupy. Smells a touch sweet, roasty, malty, rich, and hearty. Has a rich, creamy mouthfeel, with some nice light oat flavor. Overall it is actually a touch bland and the flavors don't pop out at you. Not the most flavorful stout, but it is rich, creamy and easier to drink than most. After reading the bottle, I did notice the slight toast like aftertaste, and its something I could definitely have again.

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Photo of robg2251
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very sweet malty smell, almost syrupy. Pours solid black in color with a nice creamy thick head that sits around a while. This beer has an awesome taste to it. Roasted grains with a chocolate/coffee finish. Mouthfeel is a bit sharp up front, mild carbonation and finishes creamy and smooth.
I don't know what I was expecting drinking this, but I was extremely surprised at my first taste of this beer. "Awesome" was the first words out of my mouth. The roasted grains really come through. A medium body to this beer makes it really drinkable. I only wish now I would have bought two of them.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oatmeal Stouts are my poison. I have yet to find one I don't love.

The appearance of this one was similar to most... Pitch black with a small tan head.

This beer is noticably sweeter than other Oatmeal Stouts, both in smell and taste. Yes, it has the similar dark chocolates, roasted coffees, etc. But in place of the bitterness is some nice, creamy, sweet flavors. It's the ice cream of beers.

The feel was smooth as well, complimenting the flavor. It literally complimented the flavor, and then gave it a friendly pat on the back.

It may have been a little too simple in the feel. And while it's not the best Oatmeal Stout I've ever had, it's certainly the most drinkable.

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

Young's Oatmeal Stout pours a dense dark black. The smell is rather average, yielding a moderately strong roasted malt aroma. The taste is mildly malted and has no bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and mildly carbonated. This seems to be a rather smooth and mellow Oatmeal Stout making it quite pleasant to drink.

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

500 ml bottle purcahsed from La Bodega in Riverside, CA in January 2008 for $4.99(?). Pours a rich deep brown/black, with a nice tan/brown head that sticks around nicely for a while.

Aroma of roasty malts, almost a burnt-bread smell (in the right way), slightly sweet, and pretty nice overall. Flavor is malty, moderately in between dry and sweet, a bit of caramel and toasted nuts. A nice hops ending keeps it from being a sweet beer. Remember the Boston Baked Beans candy by Brachs? Some of that too.

Nice rich mouthfeel without being too much is one of the highlights of this beer.

On first taste, I would have to say that this is one of my favorite stouts. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout looks awesome in the glass. It's so dark it's almost black with a rich syrupy likeness and a light brown foamy head. The nose was rather malty, as you might expect from the physical attributes I described earlier. The first taste seemed sharp to me, with an interesting balance between the chocolate malts and sharpness of the hops clearly coming through. The finish is long and dry but still sharp and clean. Very nice.

This is a nice contrast to Young's Double Chocolate Stout which is considerably smoother and sweeter. The Oatmeal has a nice clean bite to it that I like. I don't know that I would want to drink this one often but in my humble opinion this one is very good.

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Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As this is poured, a wonderful cascading effect appears and leaves a two finger head on top of the dark brown/black body. Hardly any lace though.
S: Some sweet bready malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Oats and chocolate come through as well. The aroma could be a more robust.
T: Bready malt again with some oats and chocolate as the taste lingers. This follows the nose pretty closely, and like the nose I wish it was more robust.
M/D: A bit thin and watery, but this is a very smooth and easy to drink stout.

This is a nice quaffable stout that I enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Houston. This is not the best stout I have ever had, but good none the less.

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Photo of DragYourBone
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, thick and rich with a slight brownish tinted foam that quickly settles into a light film.
Scent of a slightly sweet roasted malt.
Taste of subtle slightly sweet roasted malt.
Goes down thin, slick and wet with a slight fizziness on the tongue.
It was a little less full bodied than I had hoped and what I anticipated- especially based on the look of the glass.
This is something between a Grays and a Sam Smith. Grays is a bit more subtle, softer almost. And Sam Smith's is more full-bodied w/less sweetness and a more malty roastness.
Still quaffable nevertheless.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Pours jet black with a tan rolicky head that slowly dissipates. Not alot of aroma present, slight hint of oats and roasted barley. Slight lacing present. Taste starts dry and finishes slightly chocolatey. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

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Photo of trentley87
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1pt 9oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A somewhat vigorous pour (I already sampled and RIS tonight) yields a pitch black beer with 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Extremely dark...looks like a good stout should. Generous lacing.

S: Very faint...some malts and roasty bitterness with maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: Flavors are mild but fairly well balanced. Lots of malts up front with just a hint of burnt bitterness to balance it out. I expected more burnt bitterness from this one to be honest. There is a barely detectable oatmeal flavor. I would like some more flavor in this one...everything seems to muted.

M: Fairly thin for a stout...could be more full bodied with a little more carbonation.

D: This one isn't what I expected, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I would drink it again. This one got a lot better for me over the course of 40 minutes of warming.

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

Black as espresso with a beige head, just like an exemplary stout should be. Aromas of toasted malt and coffee in the nose. Taste is smooth, chocolatey (but not like the utterly disgusting Young's Chocolate Stout), and creamy. Only the barest hint of alcohol on the finish. I can't really taste the oatmeal, per se, but I assume some of the creaminess is due to it. A fine, straight up the middle stout, highly drinkable. Better than Guinness? I think I'd have to drink them back to back to really tell the difference.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a good, enjoyable oatmeal stout, but certainly not the best representation of the syle... this sample has nothing on Samuel Smith's.... nice, ebony, jet-black appearance with a tan, frothy head... smell, as expected, is complete with dark cocoa and espresso notes... taste strongly complements the aroma, with dark, burnt-chocolate, dark-cappuccino flavors that are rich and tasty... would certainly go great with sweets and chocolate candy... not as sweet as I was hoping for... somewhat bland compared to other Oatmeal Stouts I've sampled... good stuff, and not bad at all... Young's Winter Warmer was superb, and although this was not disappointing, wasn't the best depiction of the style... better out there, but this was certainly worth a try...

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has long been a favorite beer of mine and i have had it numerous times in the past but i am just now getting around to reviewing it. the beer pours with some of the most substantial tan head i have ever seen in any beer. It floats on a deep black body. The nose is of coffee with hints of alcohol and dark roasted malts with a dark chocolate sweetness. The taste is first of roasted coffee flavor followed by sweet toasted malts and grain. Really simple but really well balanced. The mouthfeel is classic stout. It is creamy and smooth with just a slight bit of carbonation. The beer on the whole is incredibly well balanced with simple flavors topped off with a gorgeous appearance.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.66/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Something is terribly wrong here. This is one of the higher rated Oatmeal Stouts on this site but it tastes terrible to me. There must be a problem with the bottle or something. I am cooling down a Sam Smith OS right now to get some perspective. If this is the way it is supposed to taste then wow Sam Smith OS blows it out of the water. I have noticed many other reviewers have had a similar problem and questioned the integrity of the beer. The roasted barley is nice but thats all.

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Photo of tkach
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This a very black beer maybe a hint of brown to it, can't even see any light come through when held in front of a ceiling light. Head is a nice brown color.

I personally didn't find there to be too much to the smell, maybe it was just the beer being in the bottle or my senses. I smelled a very faint sweet smell and couldn't even make anything out. Possible that the bottle had been sitting a while?

Taste was very delicious regardless of there being poor scent. It had a rich but not too rich taste and was very flavorful! There definitely was no oatmeal taste and that is great. The delicious malty flavor is just delicious to say the least.

Mouthfeel was prefect for me. The ideal amount of carbonation for this that makes your mouth tingle to compliment the amazing flavor. Did not leave too sticky a feeling in the mouth and left a decent creamy aftertaste to help the flavor last.

I found this beer very drinkable and I've not been a huge stout fan in the past. The flavor was just delicious enough and not too harsh that I could keep drinking it at the pace I wanted. This beer I tend to favor a bit too much for the flavor savoring but it was overall a very delicious and well made beer.

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a bubbly head that was a bit brownish red in color. The head faded into a cap crown, which lasted throughout.

S - Toasted malt with chocolate hints followed by what were light hops. Not too overpowering, I'll admit it was a small let down.

T - Alcohol up front followed by rich roasted chocolate with coffee overlays.

M - Medium bodied with smooth and creamy path.

D - Very pleasant stout. Easy to drink when the temperature dips. I think it actually cured a wee cough I had.. :)

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

A: Pours dense, frothy 3 fingers of light chocolate colored head. Great, thick head retention and lacing. Brew is all black.

S: Not much aroma really, caught a quick whiff of hops upon opening and that's about it.

T: Subdued compared to Samuel Smith's style, not as roasted. Some chocolate, sweet baked raisin flavors with hop bitterness coming through the end. The oatmeal comes through more in the mouthfeel than in the flavor.

M: Bit thin yet creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, smooth and not as intense as other stouts. I wish it had a more strongly roasted flavor, but other than that I would reach for this in a second if I were jonesing for a stout and couldn't find Sam Smith.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Pours black with nice thick, fluffy, mocha head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is rich in chocolate, roasted grain, and what seems to be a touch of raisin or tart fruit. There also seems to be a french vanilla smell as well, like a coffee creamer. Taste is good but a little watery I thought. Strong taste of nuts, chocolate, toasted grain, and a slight coffee presence. Very thick mouthfeel and suprisingly left a somewhat dry feel in the mouth which seemed out of place. Overall a very good beer, if it were a little bit more creamy then this would be a contender for a perfect 5.

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

When poured, the head was about 1/4 inch and lasted about 30 seconds. It looked a lot like I had poured a can of coke. The foam sticks to the side of the glass. Very black - can't see through it when held up to a light.

It has a very mild roasted malt smell. Not as strong as I would have expected based on what it looks like.

At first I can taste some fruity flavors then the roasted malt is really strong towards the end. Very nice aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, but with a little carbonation. Not as smooth and milky as some other stouts but very good. Has smooth and creamy finish.

I could definitely drink a few of these. I would recommend this to anyone that likes darker beers.

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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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