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

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89
very good
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
557
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
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62
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19
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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best before 30 Aug 07

Pours almost black with a thick off-white head that slowly descends to a thin, bubbly cover.

The smell is of roasted grains and an underlying fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet malt balanced by a mild roasted character. Sweet roasted barley dominates with some underlying dark fruitiness. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. The finish is rather short with some residual acidity.

The body is full, creamy and smooth. Rather drying.

This is a nice oatmeal stout, though not one of my favorites. To me, the flavors weren't quite as robust as I would like. Still, it's enjoyable enough and would make a nice accompaniment to a brunch.

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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 GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/27/05- Purchased at Bevmo in Redwood City, CA at a close out price of $3.99 for a 4 pack.

Presentation- 16.9oz nitro can with no dates. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour with a grayish-brown thick tight head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- Fairly light scent. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee/chocolate in the air.

Taste- Not even as thick as I thought it would be. The taste was fine. Deep roasted malts with an espresso-like coffee taste and maybe a touch of chocolate. Definite bitterness as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and slightly watery. Not that thick and creamy texture that I was expecting.

Drinkability- Nothing special, but will work fine to marintate pork ribs or something meat-like in overnight.

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

Best Before 21 Mar 07

Poured into a Aventinus glass a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, a nice 2 finger plus tannish foamy head which then left some sticky lacing. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, and caramel. The taste is slightly dry and malty. There is also a nice touch of sweetness/bitterness to the flavor. Medium body. Very drinkable, only my second Young's brew to date. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 tommy5
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

The beer pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is of roasted black barley and oats. The taste is smooth with a refreshingly crisp finish. There are flavors emitting from the darker malts and a destictive oatmeal mouthfeel and taste. The mouthfeel is good. This is a medium bodied beer that drinks well for a darker ale.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 plaid75
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep oily black hue with a two finger creamy tan head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with a mild sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront burnt grain with a good coffee element. There was a nice residual smokiness as well.

The mouthfeel was full and very smooth.

Overall a superior stout. Beautiful setup, excellent flavor profile and superior drinkability.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

A: Dark, ruby black, with a tan head. Not much retention, but plenty of lace.

S: Dark, chocolatey malt, some fruity esters from the British yeast.

T: Well balanced, with a bittersweet aftertaste. Dark chocolate, a little coffee and fruit bread. Pleasant, smooth roastyness.

M: Velvety smooth, slight acidity, slight oily residue in the aftertaste. Good body for it's weight, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah!

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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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date October 2006, Sampled August 2006
The beer pours a deep, not quite black, brown color that shows a brilliantly clear rich chocolate color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice chocolate note to it, which moves to a nice, light roast coffee type note. A touch of sweet malt character yields a subtle note of burnt figs & raisins.

A creamy, lightly sweet malt notes yields quickly to a prickly carbonation and a bitter burnt grain note. The beer is a touch colder than I would like, but a bit of time will fix that. Light and quaffable on the palate, yet still rich and full of flavor. Sharp with a roast malt derived bitterness and even some hop bitterness. The combined bitter notes create ample balance to the evident malt sweetness. There is a touch of in the finish of this beer that is also a result of the roast character. As the beer warms up a bit more the chocolate note even become a bit more noticeable. Quit tasty, though it definitely benefits from being served on the warm side of things.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zorro
2.56/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a big BAD stout can just barely pass light through it.

Smell is Almost nothing! Very disappointing, I expected a lot more! I Smell More but nothing is There!

Big smoky Charcoal Taste. And that is about it.

Mouthfeel, OK.

Drinkability. Too one dimensional.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft but firm tan head, full lace immediately and all the way down the glass. Great looking pint.

S: Sweet notes of fermented oats, brown sugar, hint of smoke and chocolate.

T: Sweet milk chocolate and oats, classic flavours for this style simply put. Creamed coffee mid-palate, gets a little more bitter burnt charcoal of a flavour at the finish, but a sweet beer overall.

M: Not cloying from the sweetness which I liked, creamy and smooth, medium/full-bodied even. A bit of acridity at the end prevents me from taking it to the next level.

D: The bottles still in the US are holding up well, I just wish Young's would come back with their full lineup, I miss them.

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Photo of KAF
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours with a one-finger light brown head leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is nutty. Starts with a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor and finishes smooth with just a hint of dryness. $2.50 for a 12oz bottle, from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

A: Poured a dark opaque black with a frothy 2 finger light beige head with good retention.

S: dark chocolate, warm roasted malt and dark coffee beans

T: For flavor there was a deep roasted flavor, dark chocolate, and a strong coffe flavor with a vanilla creamer sweetness. On the fade was a lingering roasted and hop bitterness.

M: The mouthful was very creamy, and light on the tongue with a very light carbonation.

D: Very smooth, light, but rich in dark roasted flavor makes this an oatmeal with good smooth drinkability

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

Black with ruby red highlights and a nice creamy brown head. Light roasty aroma. Burnt roasty malt flavor. Medium bodied with a light alcohol finish.

I prefer this English Oatmeal Stout over Samuel Smith's but neither are really robust enough for my tastes... prefer the American versions if given a choice.

Freshness date did not appear to make a difference when tasted new or old.

(16.9 oz)

Best Before: 11/02 Tasted: 01/26/03
Best Before: 05/03 Tasted: 01/26/03

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a thick texture. Some foamy, long-lasting head and a good lacing.

S: A typically (for British beers) underplayed smell, with traces of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal mingling together.

T: Flavor consisted of coffee and chocolate up front and malt, hops and oatmeal once it hits the back of your throat. A good combo of flavors.

M: High carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Like others of this style, it weighs you down, but it's still a well done 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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