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

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557 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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557
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453
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
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Photo of danny013
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an English style pint glass. Pours a rich, 2 finger light brown head that sticks with the beer for most of the pint. Body is dark, lets no light through save for a few dark red hues in the corners of the glass. Nice lacing. A beautiful looking stout.

Smell is very nice. Some sweet hints around the edges with some roasted grains, but the main smell is a gentle dark chocolate sweetness. There are some fruity esters, but I can't pick them out.

Taste is excellent. Light malt sweetness up front followed by delicious dark chocolate flavors. Roasted grains creep through to round out the beer and balance it out a bit. Roasted grains fade slowly, leaving a nice, faint hoppiness that pulls through and lingers with the roasted grains. Not too sweet, not to bitter from the roasted grain/hops. I don't think you could want much more in an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is great. Body is medium-heavy with a decent amount of carbonation and a great velvety smoothness. I would love to try this beer on nitro; I think it would only make it better.

Drinkability is also good. A very good beer with a great balance of flavors; one or two would go down great. I left it at a 4 becuase I'd be so full after the first two I couldn't drink more. Truly a classic example of the "meal in a bottle" cliché of stouts.

Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout. A great combination of all flavors that mix well and don't overpower any aspect of the brew. My favorite oatmeal stout. Highly reccommended!

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Photo of cracgor
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-very dark, nearly black with ruby around the edges of the glass. The head is thick, tan, and creamy. Excellent head retention.

Smell-sweet, nutty aroma.

Taste-sweet oatmeal, bitter coffee, and a sour aftertaste build this brew. If you are afraid of any of these descriptions, they balance each other very well and create a wonderfully smooth taste.

Mouthfeel- fullbodied with little carbonation. I won't call it syrup, but it is definitely thick.

Drinkability-very drinkable. I drank a pint of this and could probably have 3 or 4. The style needs a slogan like, "Easy enough for a nursing mother to down, but strong enough for a man."

Enjoy, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what an Oatmeal Stout should be.

It poured into a pint glass dark, creamy, and smooth, with a persistent head.

The nose is of coffee grounds and damp earth. Once in your mouth, you taste toffee and tannins with a sweetness on the tail.

My wife remarked that it looked like a root beer float in a pint glass.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

From a 500ml bottle and ironically poured into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

The beers pours a thick black, with a good head that lasts. The smell of roasted barley is very strong in this brew, bringing out a strong coffee scent and burned toast. Sweet chocoalte notes are hinted in the taste, but it revolves around the bitterness of the roasted barely. Mixed in is a hop leaf flavor, and as the beer warms up, the alcohol adds a mixed fruit flavor to the profile. A bitter lingering on the palate brings flavors of bitter coffee and chalk. Overall, I enjoyed this surprisingly strong offering from Young's.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is completely black in color. A one inch tan head forms on top but sinks to a skim quickly. Some moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is very fruity, with a roasty edge kind of like chocolate, with a creamy note kind of like a milk stout.

Taste has the fruitiness up front with the roasty flavors entering in the middle. It's initially like coffee but there's also some nutty flavors coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly creamy with a nice carbonation level.

I hope this one didn't get retired. This is an excellent Oatmeal Stout, right up there with Samuel Smith.

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

Pours a complete black color, cannot see through this beer even when held up to the light. Huge tan head, thick and foamy with nice retention and thick lace.

Smells sweet and fruity. Faint malts, not what I was expecting. I assumed the smell would be big and bold but it's not.

Wow that's smooth! Nice soft, easy on the palette taste. subtle hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel and a nice roasted or burnt maltiness flavor to it. Very clean finish with no aftertaste. Very fresh and delicious.

Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Low carbonation.

This is a very fine stout that is extremely drinkable. I do love a big heavy imperial stout but this is just so smooth and refreshing that it's a wonderful change for me for a stout. Drink up!

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

I was surprised by this beer, a product of an English brewery with a long and rich history. Admittedly I am an newcomer to oatmeal stout, so some of my being enamored with this brew may be in part a new affection for the style. However... Having tried stout many times over the years, I have felt bad, maybe even inadequate, for having mixed feelings about stout. Aren't true beer aficionados supposed to love stout? For me, I always came away with an appreciation that feel well short of fondness. This beer, however, may turn me from a dabbler to a true stout fan. This beer pours from the bottle with a full, tan-colored head and a characteristically black color. Even held up to a strong reading light this beer passes very little light. Color, where it can be seen, is reddish brown, mostly brown with not much red. No sign of cloudiness. "Looks like Guinness..."

The smell is full and balanced, and the taste - well - I encourage readers to give this one a try, even if you are not a fan of stout. There is a clear essence of oatmeal, a characteristic malty, roasted flavor, but relatively little of the burnt, salty sharpness that I have struggled to come to terms with in past stout encounters. Perhaps this is characteristic of oatmeal stouts, and if that's the case, count me in. This brew is somewhat dry on the tongue late in the taste, but not at all unpleasant. I like this beer for the same reason I like a lot of American porters, but this clearly one-ups porter with its fuller, darker taste but without becoming an ordeal. I would choose this over Yuengling Porter, for example, on any day my beer budget could support this import.

My only regret is that I bought only one bottle. Certainly this will be on my recommended list, and, with future confirmation, it could easily be a favorite. The brewer's website describes a recent merger with Wells, and today I could not find mention of the Oatmeal Stout on their list of brews. I hope this does not foretell the loss of this great beer from their line.

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

16.9oz bottle, Best By date printed on back label. Beautiful glassware, Young's ram logos nicely embossed twice below the neck.

Pours very dark, almost black. Brown creamy head, sticks around through the drink. Aroma is beautiful malt, a tiny bit of milk and even coffee. Taste is creamy and light, but enough malt strength to make an impact. Primarily sweetness (but not overly so), led by a light chocolate, finishing up with the right amount of bitterness to balance. Some faint smoke in the background? Begs for another drink.

Paragon of the style. Lots of craft in this beer, even a bottle that makes it all the way to California.

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

From Notes

16.9 oz into my favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pours black with a four finger creamy light brown head. Head retention is some of the best I have seen. Leaves lace all the way down.

S: Toasty maltiness. Fruity hoppiness. Chocolate coffeeness.

T: Very smooth. Roasty chocolate coffee malts and balanced very well with hops. Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

M: Nice and creamy. Medium to full bodied.

D: Two bottles of this on a cold night with a hearty winter's stew is what my Doctor ordered when I called him and said I felt bad. It did the trick.

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

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours on opaque black even when held to a light. The tan head is a inch thick with good reteantion and moderate lacing. The aroma is lightly of coffee and chocolate and somewhat sweet. It tastes mildly of burnt coffee with a little chocolate. This is a medium bodied beer with a nice sort of creamy mouthfeel. As for drinkability, give me more. A wonderful brew.

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

A Manly, Malty Brew! Young's Oatmeal Stout is a thick, rich beer with lots of malty body and taste. It's a very dark brew, the color of strong coffee, and pours out with a thick, creamy brown head that lingers quite a while. The odor and taste are both on the sweet side. This is a wonderful beer, perhaps a bit rich for everyday consumption, but a real treat for special occasions!

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

poured into an imperial pint, this brew pours a solid black, with a couple inches of tan head that remain through the consumption. lacing is left around the rim of the head. couldn't be better in its appearance.

smell is not very strong, but a light roastiness and a touch of chocolate are present. the malts are the strongest of the aromas, but remain rather subtle overall.

taste is roasty up front, with undertones of coffee and chocolate to finish. the taste is neither sweet or bitter, and takes on a bready taste after the roastiness is realized.

aftertaste is dry and bitter, with the roastiness sticking around. almost as good as the liquid itself.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, which leaves lacing in the mouth as well as in the glass.

drinkability is very good. this one does not overpower the nose or the tounge, and in fact remains rather subtle in both departments, which makes it so drinkable.

overall, this is a perfect brew for drinkers who are unfamiliar with oatmeal stouts, and need a more restrained brew before trying the more rich ones. for oatmeal stout fans, this one does an exceptional job with handling the roastiness, coffee and chocolate notes, while not getting too bitter or sweet. Young's did a great job with this one.

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Photo of palliko
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A real find! This is excellent stout! I have tried a lot, but this comes as close to perfection as I have found.

It pours like Guinness, (takes a while to settle), but that is where the comparison ends. It looks like a black panther but purrs like a tabby.

"Mellow" I think defines this beer. There is nothing here to jangle or jar the senses. Just pure enjoyment.

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

Color is a deep dark, fully black, and it rests below a large, active, dark tannish head. Aroma is on the sweetish side, notes of cream, nuts, cocoa. Smoooooth and silky sweet!
Mouthfeel, smooth and lush, nearly perfect, except...well, ...I could definitely use more from the hop department. Wait,..there they are...ooops, they're gone, again!
Malt is big, warm, generous, with a lasting, luxurious finish.
Smooth, delightful, delicious, very easy to drink. If drinkability were the only factor, it would be a 5, but when complexity enters this smooth Young's brew suffers a bit.
Still, an uplifting, happy stout!

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

I always have a soft spot for the oatmeal stouts. I love st ambroise, love the sam smith, and now I love the Fuller's. Sweet, milky, roasty, smooth, mellow and full of chocolate and coffee flavours. Pours pitch black, with a large tan head, great retention. Easy to drink, great coffee aroma. What more can you ask for.

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

Pours a black with light hints of brown on edges of glass, wow big brown head need a relaxed pour with this beer almost spilled some would have been sad. Smells of bitter coffee and burn malt with some oat sweetness coming thru. Tastes wonderfully smooth, beer seems to wash around your mouth if by magic departing sweet oats then bitterness mainly from burnt malt, with coffee and choclate flavors followed by light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great really smooth and creamy has good body but seems lighter at same time, the way this beer feels in the mouth definately enhances its taste, I was going to give a 4 but had to up it a half. Drinkability we will just say I am really sad I bought just one I will remedy this next time I make it to Boone.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a good session stout. Pours to a very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Has a huge fluffy mocha head that forms huge dimples. Lacing slides right back down the glass without even a chance of sticking.

The smell is interesting. For some reason it smells more like a pale ale than a stout. Only a hint of a chocolate and an even more vague roast. A surprising bit of hops.

The taste is very good. Smooth and creamy with some sweet chocolate and a very mild coffee-like roast. Nice subtle hops in the background. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

The body is full and creamy, though it could use a little more carbonation. Hugely drinkable. I think I might like this even more than the Double Chocolate Stout, though both are probably my two favorite English session stouts.

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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 brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a sturdy tan head that retains well and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Interesting combination of prune, chocolate and coffee, with an earthy tone and a hint of caramel

Taste: Opens with a combination of dark prune fruit and chocolate with a moderate earthy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors build, bringing along some caramel sweetness and oat to complement the moderate bitter flavors at the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice; it's been a while since I have tried this and I am even more impressed now than I was several years ago

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into pint glass. Dark, opaque appearance with light head that holds for some time before dissipating into a fine lacing. Smell is exactly what to expect of an oatmeal stout. Taste neither surprises or disappoints. Mouthfeel is very typical if not the atypical oatmeal stout - smooth and rich with minimal carbonation. Overall it's a pleasant drinkable stout that doesn't offend, but doesn't present pleasant surprises either.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two-finger tan head on top of a blackish beer and head left some lace patches. A sweet smell of roasted malts mixed with the oat, and a little coffee malt smell. This is one of the smoothest and creamiest oatmeal stouts I've had, and the taste is really packs a punch, also. It is a sweet taste, like chocolate or vanilla mixed with the oat malt and still just enough hops and roasted malts to give it a passing dry backbite. I could session this anytime.

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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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