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 grynder33
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, couldn't coax much of any kind of aroma out of it, the mellow chocolate taste made the biggest impression, along with the very smooth mouthfeel. It seemed to get less bitter at the end thenmost stouts of this kind. A great sipping alone brew.

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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 Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a rich dark brown and leaves a huge three finger head.The smell is a little malty with coffee and chocolate,which leaves this a little sweet.This has a sweet coffee,chocolate and malt taste,not bad but not great.This has a nice full m/f and is a beer I would try again.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich tan head that towers above the very deep reddish-brown liquid for quite some time. The nose upon first pouring has a lush fruity quality that gives way to some metallic or even iron-like notes after a spell in the glass. Some very light roasty chocolates percolates behind all of that. The taste gives flavors of sweet malt, some liquorice, roastiness, chocolate with not very much of a hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is nice and rich...very smooth. The finish is silky and quite palatable, a very good drinking stout.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate roasted malt is pretty interesting. Taste of chocolate malt with some sweetness and a light dry bitter finish is enjoyable. Body is slightly above average with a great creamy texture. Well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind indulging in again.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours jet black with a very fine head.
smell was tyically oatmeal stout, roasted malt with a sort of oiliness of the oatmeal.
Taste was roasted malt, full bodied, pure bitter chocolate, slightly smokey and not very hop bitter, rather maltbitter.
A very drinkable beer, a classic!

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Photo of crwills
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the bottled version, although the store had the cans available too. Not sure which is better.

Anyway, nice looking beer. Standard pint glass, poured the usual stouty opaque brown/black. Good, creamy tan head that stuck around while I drank it.

Aroma is milk chocolate, candy, grains, and raisin bread or cake. Also, oddly enough, caught some very earthy or even 'beach-like' or 'ocean' aromas in there. Not sure where that came from... can't remember where I actually drank this, but it wasn't on a beach!

Great creamy mouthfeel. Initial sips have metallic note to them. Flavour is bitter chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Higher carbonation than expected and a somewhat unpleasantly tart aftertaste lowers drinkability.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a handsome ecru head. Aroma is toasty and roasty, lots of breads and grains and coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate and black coffee with a medium roasted bitterness and a light acidity. Mouthfeel is light but moussey in texture, making it easy to drink.

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with brown highlights and a dense, light brown head. Both retention and stickage were quite good, as expected for a stout. Malt was all over the aroma, with generous amounts of roasted and coffee, as well as a bit of chocolate and toffee.

Perceived hop bitterness was moderate, with a considerable contribution from malt sweetness and roasted (some coffee) character. The finish is quite roasted and some bitterness at this point is clearly coming from the grain. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body and a little graininess. Texture was on the creamy side.

Overall, the bitterness was more pronounced than expected and the malt character was balanced a little too strongly towards roasted coffee. Still, a nice stout. Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep opaque brown with a nice creamy head. Best before Oct 29.

Smell: Subtle roasted malt smell, nothing too crazy.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium light body. Slightly bitter finish. Taste is subtle chocolate and coffee with a twangy almost steel like component. Hop presence is subtle, but sufficient to balance this brew.

Closing thoughts: I can't help but think this beer is mildly skunky, but maybe it is supposed to have this steely aftertaste. Quite drinkable and palatable, but not one of the best tasting oatmeal stouts I've had.

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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 xgrigorix
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can - freshness date clearly marked on bottom.
Pours dark black, with some brownish higlights. Beautiful nitrogen cascade forms a dense tan head, that lasts to the end. Leaves behind a thin sheet of lace. Aromas of burnt grain and raisins. Seems to be a bit on the thin side.
Clever interplay of sweetness, burnt grain, dark chocolate, espresso, and raisins. Understated, with just enough hops to keep it honest.

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

This beer pours a dark black, I don't know why the bottle says "ruby." Great look, with a perfect head that remains the entire time. Aroma is heavy with a sort of cream coffee smell, some chocolate hints and roasted malts. The roasted malts really shin in the taste, with a lot of vanilla and milk chocolate. This beer is creamy and smooth, very drinkable.

Not my favorite oatmeal stout (I'll still choose Sam Smith's), but this a very solid brew to enjoy.

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Photo of enfield249
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark black, with a dark tan head 1 finger thick.

S - Not getting much, just some roast smells

T - Roast, oatmeal, coffee.

M - Full, thick, but not cloying. A goodly amount of carbonation, that makes it slightly sharp.

D - A really nice example of the style, I like it but it some how doesn't match the hype. A good beer and worth trying.

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Photo of waldowin
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark amber, almost brown. The beer looks black, until held up to the light, at which point amber and ruby highlights show through. Light brown head that fades quickly to a ring, and stays all the way down.

Smells a bit of oats (not surprisingly), and malt.
Tastes a bit of dark malt up front, followed immediately by oats and a bit of a biscuit taste. A fair bit of hop bitterness in the wash, a little stronger than it needs to be, considering the low profile of the malts. A slight aftertaste of bitterness and toasted sourdough.

Just slips across the tongue, and slides down the throat. Feels bigger than it is, and almost chewy. This is definitely made from oats. There is a tail of alcohol astringent at the end, which detracts somewhat from the experience.

It's a pretty good example of an oatmeal stout, with more stout than oatmeal. Easy to drink, and a bit rewarding for the effort. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had, but a good try.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1 pt 0.9 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
A: Initially appears black, but with backlighting is a very dark garnet. Thin tan head forms and quickly dissipates.
S: Cream, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee and licorice.
T: Roasted malt and coffee. Not as sweet as I was expecting. Hint of grain (barley I guess) at the end. Not as good as the aroma.
M: Light body and taste is unfortunately quickly gone (I find it surprising that even the bottle comments on it's "short...finish"). Dry finish.
D: Light and drinkable, but I'd have to give a nod to any of a half dozen other oatmeal stouts above this one. Above average and drinkable if nothing else is around.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served at the BC Beer Café in Helsinki. Beer is pitch black (okay, VERY dark brown), low to no head. There's some irritating carbonation that pricks on the tongue - if given the choice, I would most likely prefer some nitrogen in a beer of this style (I know that many of you will disagree with me on that!) Moderate roast aroma, the rounded flavour has some coffee notes with a strong oatmeal presence, hardly any bitterness to match the sweetness. Porridge aftertaste. Very filling - I had it 1 hour after a solid breakfast, and it was like having another full meal ("liquid oatmeal porridge"). Of course it's not a bad beer, but as my expectations were sky high, you'll have to forgive me for being a bit disappointed.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark black with ruby highlights. Medium tan head that doesn't last long.

Quit surprised by the aroma. First thought was 'cherry stout'.

Flavor was enjoyable. A roasted malt base with caramel. It was sweet with dark fruits, dates, and chocolate. It also had an oaky wood flavor, and a smoky aftertaste.

Mouth was a bit too foamy. I think this one needs to be served a little colder to keep it together.

Drinkable and enjoyable. Although I've had better, I was pleasantly surprised fromt his very available & popular beer.

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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 silver0rlead
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost-opaque black with a thick tan head that retains well, an enticing looking stout for sure. Smell however is somewhat lackluster, some sweet barley aromas and a hint of cream but nothing exciting or complex. Taste includes notes of roasted coffe, sweet molasses burnt toast and plumb. Pretty tasty oatmeal stout, but not one of the best i've had. Mouthfeel is appropriately creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Drinkability is good. A solid oatmeal stout, but not in the same league as Sam Smith's or Troeg's.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, poured 45F, reviewed 45F-65F.

The head is light cream/tan, almost a little grayish. It's fairly dense and leaves spotty lacing. The beer itself is solid black.

The nose is fruity with hints of coffee and a slight sourness. The front is toffee, with chocolate kicking in as the beer warms up. The middle is sweet and milky and again, chocolate is more noticeable at higher temps. The finish is mildly bitter and slightly sour.

This is a good beer, but not my favorite oatmeal stout. I find both Samuel Smith and St. Ambroise more interesting, more full-bodied and just plain better tasting.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep dark brown topped with a creamy off-white to tan head that cascades to the top out of the nitro can. It lingers there for a while, but eventually dies and only the lace on the glass remains. Aroma is pretty weak, but it has a nice bit of roasty malts with some coffee and a bit of chocolate.

The body is a bit thin on this one, and the flavor is lacking. The creamy mouthfeel is excellent, but I would really like some more flavor. Roasty malts with a bit of chocolate in small portions cover the basics, but I would like more. Not at all a bad stout, but it is definitely a weak one.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Barleyhoppers in Riverview. One of three Young's offerings they have on tap. This one was a BEAR for the bartender to pour, but it was worth the wait once it warmed up. This ale is dark. dark as in you look into it to long and you will lose your soul dark. Pitch black with a coffee and cream color head that sticks the whole way down the pint. This has a clean cream and coffee flavor that is very pleasant . I'd say this is pretty well balanced in that it isn't very dry or icky overpoweringly sweet. This makes for a very drinkable stout!

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bomber into a working glass

The pour is so darkly brown as to be black unless up against a bright light. The cap is a rocky, light-chocolate colored froth that leaves thick lacing as it falls. Very heavy in appearance. The nose is fairly light. Grainy, backbone of sweet coffee and barely hints of oatmeal. The coffee notes come through strong in the mouth. Very light banana notes, maybe. The coffee bittering is well balanced and not overpowering. Fairly strong toasted and short dry finish. Very smooth, coats the mouth. Oatmeal is present in this brew, both in nose and feel, lightly in taste.
Overall very smooth and drinkable, not overly bitter or strong in any one characteristic.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Really thick dark tan head on a black body.
S- Big roasted malts and oatmeal. Some English malts come through along with a English yeast strain. Maybe a few off aromas but that's probably just getting shipped from England.
T- Follows the aroma. Really smooth feel to it, almost creamy. Oatmeal and light coffee to it also. The roasted flavors make for a dry aftertaste along with just a light bitterness on tip of tongue.
M- Medium/thin body with low carbonation. Silky body to it.
D- I think it is a good brew but there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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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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