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 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 aubuc1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured in to an imp pint glass.

Classic black body with a nice pillowy tan head.

Roasted malt smell with chocolate traces in the back.

Smooth stout taste with light sweet.

Silky oatmeal feel that is very easy to drink.

Not quite Samuel Smith's, but just below. The British really no how to make a semi macro quality stout.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick onyx color with a hearty tan head, both body and head contain hints of ruby, while faint head remains throughout the beer.

Smokey malt aroma, very faint hints of dark fruit sweetness as well as toast.

Solid roasted malt, smokey bread, and just a hint of bitterness and chocolate in the aftertaste.

Thicker than most, yet smooth with a pleasant warming quality.

Excellent drinkability, great overall, one beer that offers many qualities throughout the beer.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Smells earthy and smoky to me, with coffee and roasted notes.

Taste: Tastes of chocolate, roasted oatmeal. Leaves a light dry chocolate after-taste that is quite pleasant.

Eyes: Black with a small ruby haze around the outside edges when shown against the light. A 2 finger head when poured into my Weizen glass (it's all I've got). Head recedes to a fine bubble with a decent lace up the glass in a light tan.

Mouthfeel: Feels of thick and creamy chocolate, very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but very hard to actually drink more than perhaps 2 in a sitting for me. It would be one of those beers that I would have on a special occasion. Christmas, Thanksgiving, something like that, paired with a dark desert.

Overall this is the first of the kind that I've tried, and it'll definitely bring me back to Oatmeal Stouts as a style I'd like to continue tasting in the future.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, opaque. Two fingers of brown head with decent retention and some lacing. Falls to a thin film.

S - Buttery roasted malt backed by hints of smoke and coffee. Aromas of dark bread and nuts as well.

T - A burst of semi-sweet, borderline bittersweet chocolate hits followed by wood and smoke working to dry this beer out. Alcohol pops up near the finish, ending with a lingering coffee-like bitterness.

M - Low carbonation, medium to full bodied, and very smooth. Very hearty and one of the smoothest beers I've had.

D - Stouts have always been a little too intense for me, but this one balances very well. I certainly rather have a night of these than other stouts I've tried.

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Photo of JayQue
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with no light able to get through anywhere on the glass. A thick tan head with heavy ladder like lacing on the glass.

Smell is very mild - roasted malts. Tastes good. Roasted malts and a little coffee. Not much bitterness or sweetness, balanced just right for a session beer. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but once again very smooth. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable stout. Flavorful and light enough for a session beer, Tasty enough to enjoy sipping just one as well. My favorite oatmeal stout is Samuel Smith, but if i was going to be swilling pints all night - I would take this one.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured as much as I could without spilling from the bottle into my pint glass.

A- Easily one of the best looking beers I know of. Very dark brown, pretty much black with an impressive tan head.

S- Roasted malts seem to dominate with hints of sweetness.

T- Nice roasted malt flavor with a nice sweet oatmeal flavor.

M- Fairly thick, and moderately carbonated.

D- One of my favorites. Maybe not quite as good as Sam Smith's but its debatable. I have had a hard time finding this beer as apposesed to the chocolate stout which is easy to get. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewski's

This looks gorgeous with a pitch black body, a thick tan head that never dies and full-glass lacing. The aroma, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I just get a light, dusty smell without much coffee or chocolate. The flavor is also pretty mild, with most of the taste coming late with smooth but bitter cocoa.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a twelve-ounce pub glass.

Appearance: Opaque black with an appealing brown head that lingers for some time.

Smell: The classic roasted-malt scent of a good oatmeal stout. Nothing fancy here.

Taste: Again, nothing fancy: just a solid, classic, roasty flavor with very little bitterness, although there is a discernable hop presence, rounding things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and rather creamy, as I'd expect from a beer of this kind. The finish is pleasant, if a bit short.

Drinkability: Except that I tend to dislike drinking more than one of the same thing in a row, I could easily put away a few of these in a session with no complaint.

This is the first time I've tried Young's oatmeal stout, and I wish I'd sprung for it sooner. Overall, this is a damn fine beer, comparable in quality to Sam Smith's oatmeal stout - and I can't give much higher praise than that.

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

Pours a deep brown, nice tannish-brown head.

Smells sweet, roasted

Tastes excellent, this stout manages to have a ton of roasted flavor without being overbearing with the coffee tones, it tastes as if you had baked fresh bread and somehow poured that aroma all over your tongue... with a surprising array of nutty flavors as well...

Mouthfeel: slightly chewy and thick, but finishes very nicely with a roasted warmness... it feels like the hot cocoa of beer.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black, no visable light passes through. 2 inch tan head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing at all.

S - Rich aromas of roasted malts, molasses and has a sweet cream smell.

T - Lackluster, I was expecting rich, robust and toasted, what I got was half of that, it started off nicely but the flavors where quick to die off and left no aftertaste. I was a bit puzzled.

M - heavy and full bodied with a sily smooth finish.

D - Easy to drink but if left me wanting more.

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

Nearly black opaque body with a thin dark tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Roasted malt with a touch of sourness in the aroma. A little subdued, but good.

Of course a roasty taste again with a little sourness and nice even bitterness at the back of the swallow.

Creamy initially with mellow carbonation. Surprisingly drying.

Definitely a prime example of the style, one to seek out. I would like to try it in the can sometime as well.

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

Appearance- Black body, nice 2 finger tan head that very slowly recedes to a nice cap.

Smell- A bit sweeter and creamier than I expected, but also some toasty grains, dry chocolate, and just a touch of coffee (super light).

Taste- The dryness is right up front with the very dry baking chocolate, hint of coffee, and a touch of cream. Very well done.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, low/low-medium carb works well with creamy body.

Drinkability- @ 5.2%, a great oatmeal that is dry, but has some nice sweetness as well.

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Photo of naterock
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dokel.
A: pours a deep opaque black. Absolutely no clarity even against a bright light.
S: Smells of barley and strong aromas of yeast and whole grain, like fermenting bread dough.
T: Oatmeal... duh! with chocolate
M: lightly carbonated and creamy. rolls over the tongue very slowly.
D: Nicely crafted, in the great tradition of Young's. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 11/30/08

Forcefully poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A nice head with LOTS of lacing.

A nice dark color with no light peeking through.

A nice sweet malt aroma with a hint of coffee and grain...can't put my finger on it but it's there.

Creamy, sweet taste with toasted malts, a slight caramel and almost cola taste. VERY DRINKABLE.

A very good stout and very drinkable. Well worth the purchase

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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 SargeC
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black brew with a dark tan head that sticks around.

Smell: Good roast malt presence, coffee, toffee and caramel.

Taste: Bold roast malt flavor with a good balancing touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Thinner than expected, but still satisfying

Drinkablity: Great flavor in an easily available brew.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Young's Oatmeal Stout pours a black as night color with a thin foam head that leaves occasional sudsy lacing. There is a drink by date on the bottle.

The aroma is lovely roasted malt, oak, vanilla and a creamy chocolate.

The flavor is money. Smooth, creamy and delicious. It has a shortness in the mouth and doesn't stay long but the thought of how good it was is still in your mind. You taste a faint chocolate as well. Overall a wicked solid brew. I would recommend it anyone who is a Oatmeal Stout fan.

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Photo of Atch
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful dark brown, a little red at the bottom of the glass when held by a light. Tiny bubbles floating up the sides of the glass. Poured 3 finger cola colored head.

Smell: Sweet and smoky. Cedar?

Taste: It tastes just like it smells. Nice roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Not particularly my style, but I think it would be good in the fall with a bonfire or something.

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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 erosier
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts, some toasted oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. The taste delivers the same for this beer with a rich roasted malt backbone, hints of toasted oatmeal, a nice sweet chocolatey hint, and then balanced out with a slight hoppy bitterness. It has a very velvety and smooth mouthfeel that warms as it goes down. The drinkability is very good as this is one excellent oatmeal stout. Definately worth the try, I just wish I could try it in the Nitro-Can.

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

A - pours dark blackish, with some red notes in the right light...the head is big, tan and rocky.

S - roasty malts and a bit of fruityness here

T - deep roasty malt flavors with just enough hop balance

M - smoooth

d - very drinkable, modust alcohol and delicious flavor

notes - is it just me or is youngs just a massively underrated brewery?

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

Pours a very nice opaque/black color with a huge head, nice lacing, and quite a bit of carbonation. It has a very nice burnt grain/oatmeal scent, although very slight. It's a very smooth stout, slightly creamy, with a nice burnt grain and bit of oatmeal flavor. It's extremely smooth and an excellent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of trpng0bily
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark red, with a sizable tan head that sticks around with some solid lacing. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. Tastes the same, with some hops thrown in, right on target. This is one rich oatmeal stout - an extremely pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much, as I don't really enjoy their double chocolate stout, but this is terrific brew.

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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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