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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
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

Presentation: Like the bottles from their neighbors Fuller’s, the offerings from Young’s are of the highest standard. A marvelously crafted, high quality heavyweight brown glass bottle contains 1pt 0.9fl.oz. The cream black and brown label simply states “Young’s Oatmeal Stout” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo at the bottom. The bottle is one of those that contains many details that are often missed. A relatively tall, thin necked bottle, embossed with the Brewery’s Logo on the shoulder with the words “Est. 1831” either side of it. Also embossed with the words “Young’s Ram Brewery” and “London, England”. It seems such a shame to recycle it. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of March 2004. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: A dark brown-black pour creates a creamy looking darkish tan brown head. Some deep ruby-red transient shades can be seen when backlit with a powerful light. The head is very smooth and lasts; indeed it has a nitro- look about it at times, with only a few large bubbles to break the slightly rocky velvet looking surface. Not much conditioning in the beer, but enough not to cause any real concern. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose: The nose is very nice, lots of soothing smooth aromas that are not strong but nicely blended. Lightly roasted malts, toasted porridge oats and some dark coffee hints.

Taste: The start has a building malt dimension, which increases in strength right through to the middle when the smooth oastness from the barley which is toasted in character, but not overtly so, takes over. After a few mouthfuls and a nice build up of some beery residue on the tongue, I started to detect an increased bitterness, like that from dark cooking chocolate, mixed with some liquorice traits & coffee. Smooth finish, bitter but smooth. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel: This is such an incredible brew. If feels so smooth, creamy and light in the mouth, yet it has a decent enough complexity of flavors and sufficient depth of character as to astound at times.

Drinkability: A wondrously drinkable Oatmeal Stout, which given its 5% ABV, makes it a damn good session beer.

Overall: A solid all round Oatmeal Stout. Whilst it doesn’t exactly “knock yer socks off”, it doesn’t need to, this is a beer that is somewhat understated and it takes time to pick up all of nuances. It certainly does not disappoint and is a very easy drinking smooth, incredibly tasty Stout that I continue to enjoy.

173 years old, or is that young?
A New Year soon beckons – amid a very turbulent period in English Brewing which has seen all of the Big Boys fall prey to overseas mega-corps; my New Year’s wish is that Young’s continue to brew fine Ales & Stouts and keep putting quality before the bottom line. Hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it.

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Photo of cokes
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly dark, dark brown. Actually a transparent ruby when viewed with a backing light. Thin but persistant tan dome.
Cola sweet and bready nose.
Bready intially. Pumpernickel loaf. Not much in way of roastiness, which earns this demerit points in my book. Yeastier and continually bready midsection. Vaguely smoky. Out of place sweetness. Not especially oaty (though oats are noticed, lightly), mostly just a slick and greasy cola sweetness with sassafras notes. Some chocolate notes pop up late just to prove that this is, in fact, a stout. Hop dryness at the end, but little associated flavor.
Oily in the mouth. Overly thin right away, but bolsters itself slightly as it sits.
I can't say I am too impressed here. It's lacking in several key catagories and has some odd (off?) flavors to boot. I'll pass.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a Christmas gift, and it's just slightly out of date (Best by end Nov. 05), but I don't think it tastes any the worse for its extra 6 weeks in my cellar.

Pours out an almost-black brown with a thin, tight head of beige bubbles. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Smell is roasty, with lots of bitter coffee and chocolate, and a bit of a English hoppiness in there as well.

Flavor is similarly roasty, but not overly so, and well-tempered by some chocolate and plum flavors. The hoppiness is light, but that is pretty good for the style. Mouthfeel is very smooth, if a bit thin.

Overall: Tasty yummy stuff, maybe not the best oatmeal stout I've ever had, but certainly a good one.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby black with a thick poofy tan head. Sweet creamy aroma of toasted malts and some light fruit. Dark roasted chocolate flavor, very smooth not only in the mouth but in the flavors, awesomely balanced. Dry and sweet followed by some apple in the finish. Creamy, lightly carbonated mouthfeel...a little thin, which is a shame. Smooth like crazy though...a very enjoyable stout.

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

Wells and Young 1 pt bottle. Cant believe I have never rated this one before. Almost deep black in appearance but at closer glance this has garnet accents, nice looking tan head. Nice toasty,roasty malt aromas with a good deal of cereal in the back Again toasty malt dominated flavours, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and again the cereal. Well carbonated for a stout but still nice on the palate. A nice drinkable stout.

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

Picked up this can in a gas station in Port Roberts Wash. as this is only available in bottles in Canada.

A big nitro head that makes it look like Guinness makes one think that this beer is all about easy drinking. The easy drinking is there but the malty burnt flavour shows depth that few Irish Stout's can match (Biddy Earl?). I really liked the dryness and great balance that raise this Stout to a high level. The widget changes this beer in ways that add rather than subtract from this great beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 16.9 oz bottle at AJ's back in January for $2.79.

Pours black as night with ruby undertones when held up to the daylight. A fine 2 inch head developed but quickly went away. Nose has hints of chocolate. Taste is good, a solidly complex beer. There is a wonderful blend of toasted malts, chocolate, and just the right amount of hop bitterness that keeps you wanting another sip. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Overall drinkability is very good. This beer gets better with each sip! Unfortunately it is the only one I have.

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

Poured from the bottle a dark opaque brown. The head fades quickly and a nice lacing forms.

The smell is bread, caramel, and sweet malt all mildly roasted.

I like a stout tlike this – dry and not sweet. Oatmeal driven but I sense a hint of cherry or berry as I drink. I also note a a tinge of bitterness at the finish.

Dry and smooth with very light carbonation.

This is a very drinkable stout. Mild and dry without the sweetness if that's you're thing.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma seems a little light and soft. Yet what's there is pleasing as heck with a real chocolatey malt presence with just a hint of roast.
Pours pitch black with reddish hues on the edges. One inch head that's only moderately long in life. No lacing.
Flavor is classis for style. Malt start to finish yet never overpowering or excessive. I appreciate the chocolately aspects the best, but there is also a acidy quality at the end, a mild bitterness and some roast.
Extremely smooth with an intensity offered by the very fine carbonation. Generally soft. Very little sense of oiliness.
With imports it's always tough. The dating states best before Sept. 04. Somehow this sample lacked the intensity and complexity I'd hoped for. But don't let that stop anyone from trying it.

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Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full bodied but does not weigh you down like a ton of bricks. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced. I usually think of an oatmeal stout as a beer for winter, but this is a good year-round brew.

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

This stout poured a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy, tan foam that was very long-lasting. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of fruitiness. The taste was sweet: caramel malt, cocoa, some banana, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation feel. Overall a nicely enjoyable stout.

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

Being a big fan of Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout I thought I'd give their oatmeal stout a try. This beer pours black with a thick creamy foam head the color of coffee ice cream. When held to the light you can see some ruby red colors in the beer. The aroma is faint and smells of malts and chocolate. Each sip of this full bodied creamy beer has a taste of roasted malts and chocolate. It almost reminds me of a mild version of the chocolate stout, but has characteristics more like Guinness. There is a very mild bitter aftertaste.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and quite tasty. However, I think I was looking for more malty and oat flavors than what I found.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking a room temp sample from a bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown with a beige creamy and frothy head foaming up 1 cm easy. Head fades to a surface layer slowly. Aroma is fairly sweet with some roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar and molasses mixing with some general grainines as well. Maybe some light earthy hops as well.
Just as I take the first sip I get a bit of chocolate milk aroma.
THe first sip reveals a creamy textured brew with fine yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is as expected with malt dominating getting mostly choc and roast malt flavors on the start with some oaty hits in the middle and then the roasted malt covers my palate for the finish. Body seems to lighten a little on the swallow, maybe just the ease of consumption but takes away on the mouthfeel score for me. Overall a nice drinkin brew.

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Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, this one had great promise and started out fine: Ruby black pour, creamy tan head, cute lit’ laces all the way down the glass. Good aroma too, sweetish chocholate malts. Taste was a fooler : a somewhat dry/gritty quaff with a charcoal/toast kick – but not near enough malts for an Oaty.

Pretty thin bodied, although properly carbonated. I mean, it was fairly smooth and tasty, just not malty stout enough. The import price will send me back to some US made Oaty stouts.

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

The explosion from the can resulted in a black brew with tan foamy head that would not leave. Smell is of caramel, coffeen and prunes. Taste is toasty with a nice dry edge. Finishes a bit dry in the mouth with a nice dark fruitiness mixed with coffee. A good solid brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Perfect. Deep ominous black body with thick creamy dark tan head. The head retention is excellent and a coating of lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Deep robustmalty smell. Some dark chocolate and coffee.

T- Good balance. Oatmeal can be detected. Some robust coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is clean. Taste is suprisingly light.

M- Thick syrupy body and low carbonation. Incredibly smooth and goes down easy.

D- This is a very drinkable stout. I would not hesitate to have this one again. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours to a clear black, but quite brown during the pour. Forms a modest light cocoa colored head with average retention and lacing. Has the trademark Young's aroma...hard water, sweet cream butter, toffee, milk chocolate, butterscotch. Mouthfeel is much different than the nitro-can for sure...flittery with a medium body. Taste echoes the aroma...lots of butter. A sickly cloying, mineralized & oxidized ruddy mouthfeel of wet cardboard is inescapable. I notice a little bit of smoke on first sip that has since become less prevalent. Bitterness is oxidized and mild. There's a bit of roasted astringency towards the end. As it warms, it gets worse. Tastes like a soggy buttered cardboard sandwich dipped in cigarette ashes.

To think that 10 years ago, I thought this was good stuff. OK, so maybe I'm babied by awesome stouts, but this one sucks. The ruddy mouthfeel and oxidized taste are awful, compunded by the year-old butter taste. Ugh. Down the sink it goes.

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

Appearance: Dark dark brown brew with a solid, long-lasting head and thick lacing across the glass.

Aroma: Light scent of malt, slightly grainy.

Flavor: Malt, mostly lightly roasted, with slight chocolate. Low bitterness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Nice oat astringency.

Not bad, but fairly ordinary compared to the other beers from Young's lineup.

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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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a brownish off-white head which rose tall and moussy and laced the glass.

The aroma was lightly fruity and estery through the tall head. The aroma was chocolate with a sizable caramel component. Some dry roast character was notable as well as an ester character of cherries.

The flavor was quite dry from the get go with chocolate and some coffee and an acrid bittering from grains. The flavor also had a grassy bittering character after the first flush of chocolate. The flavor was fruity and quite estery with more cherries and other ale fermentation characteristics.

The finish was quite dry with a lasting bit of coffee and chocolate with fruity esters into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and quite creamy from the moderate carbonation. The body was very well done, the rest was good, but not leading the pack.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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

This beer is an incredible pour, lots of head due to the nitro device in the can. The head is a thick and creamy off white that threatened to escape a long pint glass when poured, with perhaps half a centimeter remaining after a few minutes and lots of thick lace. The color is a brown so deep that it appears to be black. The aroma is very pleasant, rather sweet, the oatmeal very prominent, fruit and roasted barley less so. Very smooth taste with lots of roasted barley initially and then the oats, slight hoppiness and a mild bitterness from the barley at the finish. This beer has a wonderful mouth feel, as creamy and smooth as milk, a fine beer.

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

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Map Room 9/22/07.

A: Black, black, black. One finger head of pure cream. Wonderful looking cascade.

S: Mainly a roasted malt aroma with with some bitter dark chocolate and/or cocoa thrown in for good measure.

T: Pretty complex flavors of roasted chocolate malt, bitter hops, and overripe dark fruit (raisins and plums come to mind).

M: Pure velvety cream at first that takes an unexpected, yet welcome, bitter and spicy turn towards the finish.

D: A wonderful session stout!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan/khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt with some smoke and coffee highlights.
Taste is bitter coffee and roasted malt mellowed a bit by the oats. As the beer warms some raisin/date notes seems to appear. Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than most Oatmeal stouts I've had.
Pretty good but not the best effort from this great brewery.

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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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