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

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Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout
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3.98/5
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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:
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Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Ranking:
#4,544
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
558
pDev:
10.3%
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4.35
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ThreePistols
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color. Thick and creamy head. Mild roasted grain aroma. Medium sweet and medium dry with the complexity of dark roasted grains. Medium hop bitterness very well balanced with the malt. A hint of nuttiness. I am not a fan of the nitro widget. A little thin and lack-luster flavor but still a good beer and I really enjoyed the ones that I had.

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Photo of Gump
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This can nearly exploded as I pulled the tab. Not too foamy, but alot of air came out.
Pours tight, and near black. Tight bubbles. White choco head.
I'd give it a 5 star just based on looks. Not only the look in the glass, but the look of the stylish can.

Thick, but not as thick as it looks.
Creamy, but not as creamy as some.
Clean dry earthy finish
The flavors of this stout don't scream at you. You have to go after it.
The more I taste, the more I like.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous, classic nitro pour tops off with a beige pillow of dense, tiny bubbles about a finger deep. Bubbles cascading down sides of glass in marbled rosewood and mahogany patterns. Lace sticks hard to edges of glass and dries out into beautiful crusts of bubbles. Aroma contains hints of sweet, dark malt over a strong oatmeal warmth, finishing with characteristically English hops that are not particularly subdued. Flavors of big, oatmealy, dark wheat toast closed out by more English hop flavor. Slightly espresso-ish and is that a hint of peanut butter high in the middle of the palate? Big mouthfeel: smooth and resiny, yet light in actual body and viscosity; finishes with a slight oily slickness. Velvet smoothness over the tongue. With its lingering bitterness, this is a beer to keep reaching for; however, it is probably too massive for session drinking. A pleasant pint.

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Photo of Doiv
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly dark ruby - almost looks black. Nice tan head that is thick and creamy.

Aroma is of roasted hops and a chocolatey caramel.

Taste is yeasty, roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, toast finish.

Mouthfeel is awesome, and although pretty drinkable it is a little heavy on the stomach.

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Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sauron681
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark brown/light black. Good slight off-color head that leaves quicker than I feel it should have. Alright lacing but that kind of left quik as well. A strong aroma of chocolate is immediate. The flavor spreads quickly all across tongue in a thick roasted taste. As the beer warmed, the chocolate really seemed to stick out, and a hint of perhaps coffee. A somewhat dry aftertaste, but not to bad. This would go great with a thick T-Bone.

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

This beer pours dark brown has a tan one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of smokey roasted malt and toffee. The beer is smooth and creamy, the flavor is malty caramel with hints of chocolate. The finish is smokey and sweet this beer was hardly bitter at all.

Reflection: This is a very tasty stout and it's good for a change if like me you drink a lot of beers that are loaded with hops and very bitter.

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Photo of Liana
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Lance87
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

A deep dark pour, almost black, with a nice tan head in the beginning, that fades slowly. A little lace, but not much. The smell of chocolate is predominate, over roasted malt, coffee, maybe a little toffee, or caramel? A little more bite than the double chocolate, creamy, but with a lightly noticeable hop finish. I've been on a stout kick lately, and this is a good one.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9oz bottle

Appearance – Dark black color. Solid little head. Retains well.

Smell – Bready malts, come chocolate. Sweet aromas also.

Taste – Dark burnt malts. Some dark fruits and sweetness. A slight bite at the end from the carbonation and a little hops.

Mouthfeel – Rich, full mouthfeel. Full body and very smooth.

Drinkability – Big rich stout. Highly drinkable but no session beer. Seek it out. I want to try another.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was turned on to this lovely brew when my wife returned from a business trip to Oxford, England. She came back raving about this oatmeal stout that she had there, and this is a lady who usually prefers beers no darker than a Sam Adams. When I found it at my local beer distributor, I had to try it, and was not disappointed. Until recently, they only carried the 20 oz. bottles, but today I saw it in a 16 oz. nitro can, and since I'm a sucker for a creamy head, I got some.

It pours very nicely, a full, creamy dark beige head, and below, a color as black as a black hole, pulling you closer with its gravitational force-"Drink me, drink me..."

It tastes of strong chocolate and coffee, and mayhaps a hint of licorice. The finish has a hint of grapefruit/citrus tang, which is mellowed out by the slightly sweet chocolate flavor. My current favorite quaff!

(Please be gentle, this is my 1st review!)

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Photo of Jables
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this beer many times at Bentley's in Champaign, a new bar thats modeled to look like an English pub, but finally got around to reviewing it.

Can't see through the pitch black oblivion with a firm creamy, khaki head perched on top. Smell is fantanstic with strong notes of burnt coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is creamy, though the mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side but no so much it hurts the experience. Taste is again roasted malt and burnt coffee but also hints of bitter dark chocolate come in. A wee bit of alcohol can also be detected if the beer is let to linger on the tongue.

This beer has always been one of my faves to sip pints of when out with friends. It is a superior stout to the others I typically see out (Murphy's, Guiness, Beamish, etc.) I think the nitro-tap is best, then the bottle, then the draft can.

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Photo of klimoja
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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 amicar
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark dark dark into the glass with a fine browned head. I think the room actually gets a little darker when you open the bottle. Slight roast barley and burnt marshmallow smell, with a little sweet smelling undertone. As for the taste, the roastiness is in effect, but none of it overdone for my tastes- they've balanced all the dark/ roast malts nicely so it is not acrid. Again, dark toast/ marshmallow/ coffee, and very very slight undertones of chocolate and even less of the 'beef jerkey' stout flavor (barely detectable and is nice to taste in this case). Fills the mouth with tingling flavor, with that slight oatmeal oiliness, but not overwealmingly heavy. Nice to drink on a cold night with the heavy slippers on.

Overall, very nice version of the style. Quite tasty. Would be happy to buy it again, when I'm in that stout mood.

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

The head on this one new lets up. When I finished the beer, there was still some creamy head on top. Totally amazing. The lacing was also huge. This is one of thte better OS out there. The malt is huge, but is nicely balanced. It is sweet but not cloying. The beer is about as drinkable as they come. A perfect pub beer.

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Photo of ChuckD
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical handsome Young's 16.9 oz brown bottle. Best Before date of April 06.

The pour is dark - as it should be. Nice organic head color and lacing. From the look - it gives the appearance of a monster stout.

The nose is virtually nonexistent. My top oatmeals will give some type of smoky, burnt grainy smell - but this one was very tame.

In the mouth, this stout is not as full as it should be - but not bad either. It seems to be a little light for the style. However, the taste is exactly how I like it. The smells lacking in the nose come out strong in the taste. The roasted malts and almost praline-like oats are fantastic. There seems to be just enough hop character to clean out the finish. The taste of this oatmeal is as good as any on the market.

Musings: I have tried the nitro version of this stuff and I would recommend staying away from it. The tastes out of the bottle far exceed the can. I love oatmeals - with my current favorites being McNeills and Wolaver's from VT. The Young's to me is just a notch below these more throaty brews, but nonetheless is a pretty tasty stout.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, coffee color with a nice foamy tan head that looks just like what you would except from pouring a bottle of Coke. Once in the glass, the beer is almost an opaque black with some hints of ruby coming through when I hold it up to the light.

Smell: Smells of coffee and bitter cocoa with some darker malts.

Taste: Starts out somewhat tart, but then the cocoa and coffee flavors come in. The hops are there throughout, but they are subdued by the darker, roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; fizzy but very smooth. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it is a pleasant flavor.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper. Not a high ABV brew, but it sits kinda heavy. I will finish this bottle, but I wouldn't drink more than one. I don't think this beer was meant to be a session beer.

Definitely a nice experience for my first foray into the stout style in quite some time. Probably would make a great dessert beer with it's chocolately and coffee flavors.

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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 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 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 instrumentality
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured a very dark, opaque brown with four fingers of fluffy tan head, reminiscent of a root beer float sans heavy carbonation. The head took a long time to settle down to just under a finger, then remained.

odor: hard to compare with familiar smells, but similar to other oatmeal stouts I've tried - a bit fruity like a red wine and a bit malty.

taste: the first thing I tasted was the alcohol, but this was quickly chased down by a fruity layer, then oatmeal, then malt and coffee. Very nice!

I took a few gulps, then let it sit awhile, and discovered that this is a beer best consumed near or at room temperature with considerable breaks between each gulp. Drink too fast or too cold and the bittersweet red winey flavor is overpowering, while the malt and coffee flavors are also heavily present. Slow down and these flavors are still strong, but the oatmeal becomes more noticeable and the overall mix is more balanced.

mouthfeel: light on the carbonation (a good thing for me), heavy on the alcohol (not so good), aftertaste reminiscent of a cup of black coffee, only malty.

drinkability: I don't think I'll ever encounter a stout with a drinkability of 5, and an oatmeal stout that breaks 4 would be a shocker. This beer is very tasty, especially when savored, but it's also strong on the alcohol and has some intense flavors and is something I have to be in the right mood to drink. I'll have no trouble finishing a bottle, however.

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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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