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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63
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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.66/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Something is terribly wrong here. This is one of the higher rated Oatmeal Stouts on this site but it tastes terrible to me. There must be a problem with the bottle or something. I am cooling down a Sam Smith OS right now to get some perspective. If this is the way it is supposed to taste then wow Sam Smith OS blows it out of the water. I have noticed many other reviewers have had a similar problem and questioned the integrity of the beer. The roasted barley is nice but thats all.

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I got this bottle finally at the Young's brewery tap... Been hunting for this beer for a long time and only have I seen it once at the (previous) Pitfield Beer Shop. Suppose it's mainly shipped over for the lucky US BAs? Tried it on nitro-tap at the brewery tap and it was o.k. Now is time to reveal if the bottled (though filtered and pasteurised) version is indeed superior. BB 02/03/07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: ebony colour with faint ruby hints against light; the tan beer head comes effervescent and thick frothy, with great retention and settling slowly to a consistently creamy and thin layer on the top.
S: a creamy aroma of dark malts upfront: coffee-milk, Horlic, toffee fudge, backed by a lovely yet restrained burned edge of roasted barley, a flow of creamy and sweet grainy flavour, while vanilla powder, treacles/caramel, and date jam further add to the complexity. Overall, the aroma is a bit like milk stout, given its sweetish edge, but only finer, with more depth.
T: a smooth and light flow of dark maltiness treads lightly on the palate upfront, very slowly leading to more assertive, leatherish, coffeeish, roasty, bittersweet maltiness and a sweetness like smashed dried dates, balanced by a touch of sourness of roasted barleys... Roasty, nutty, and licorice aroma+palate of mixed grains linger well all over the palate, but the sweetness and bitterness are both in check by a residual dryish hops which stay low in the end up for grabs.
M&D: the ever so mild and gentle fizziness results in a silky smooth and even clean-ish texture, while a medium-firm body is retained as a solid platform. All flavours are intertwined skilfully, plus a body not quite thick for the style, this beer really is easy to quaff and utterly enjoyable. This bottled version, served at the ideal temp. (for English ales) at home, is way better than the chilled, tap version I tried at the Young's Brewery Tap. Lucky me to finally track it down! Will try the second bottle closer to its BB date, though I wonder if this filtered beer could evolve/mature any further...?

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an nonic)

A- This beer had a creamy tan head with a jet black body which separated in the famous nitro-tap style.

S- This beer has a chocolate malt hint that was smooth but the aroma was pretty faint.

T- This beer has a creamy pot caramel note with some dark malt flavors that were smooth. There was a faint bittering hops note that came through after it had warmed quite a bit.

M- This beer had a full creamy mouthfeel with a slight watery quality to the finish. The head added to the mouthfeel with each sip.

D- This beer has a thin mellow flavor and not much of interest or complexity.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours very dark brown, close to being black with a 1/2 inch tan head. It smells like roasted coffee, malt, and a hint of oatmeal and some chocolate. The main flavor I could taste was coffee, with chocolate and malt in there too. I can't really explain it too well, but there was a weird sweetness and bitterness at the same time, but I liked it a lot. It has an oily/creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. With full flavor and a good body to the beer, this is something I could drink pretty often. Overall, it's a pretty good well balanced beer that I would recommend to others.

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Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

14.9oz nitro can bought as a single from Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a super-dense 3/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Had the whole nitro cascading thing going on, as expected, that I always like to watch. Head is SO thick, lasts and lasts, with superb full-coverage lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, but frankly not much going on here. Taste is chocolate malts and oats, with a slight bite of hops coupled with a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel's got both the oatmeal and nitro working for it, hard to beat that combo, and drinkability is great as well. Always enjoyable.

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

This was once one of my favourite beers in my teens (no I wasn’t like the other youths…), and it should be interesting to drink it again for the first time in 15 years…

The colour is pitch black; the foam is pale brown and it sinks down to a very uneven head with massive lacing.

The smell is very roasted with notes of black coffee, sweet fruity flavours (cocoa?). Maybe there is a hint of alcohol too?

The taste is not as heavy as I had expected. The label says “Brewed with roasted malt”. Without a doubt; the roasted malt dominates the flavours with notes of sweet malt, nuts, black coffee, (very) smoked ham, dry crème caramel with caramel sauce. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild with roasted malt (toasted bread) and some alcohol.

The carbonation is medium. Medium sized bubbles.

I am a little disappointed, I though the oat malt should be more present in the taste. Still a very good beer!

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Presented as dark brown (almost black) and opaque. Luscious cocoa-colored head, fluffy and thick, with generous lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose, with the addition of coffee undertones. Full, silky mouthfeel, but not at all chewy. Very refreshing and crisp finish; somewhat uncharacteristic of the style in which flavors tend to linger. Very drinkable oatmeal stout; definitely one of the better that I've had.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts for a short time. Aroma is one of roasted grains/oatmeal with even some hints of coffee. Taste is pretty much similar with a lot of coffee/oatmeal flavor to it. Nice, smooth and roasty. I don't get to try too many oatmeal stouts but I do think this one is decent.

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with brown highlights and a dense, light brown head. Both retention and stickage were quite good, as expected for a stout. Malt was all over the aroma, with generous amounts of roasted and coffee, as well as a bit of chocolate and toffee.

Perceived hop bitterness was moderate, with a considerable contribution from malt sweetness and roasted (some coffee) character. The finish is quite roasted and some bitterness at this point is clearly coming from the grain. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body and a little graininess. Texture was on the creamy side.

Overall, the bitterness was more pronounced than expected and the malt character was balanced a little too strongly towards roasted coffee. Still, a nice stout. Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber.

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

Solidly good beer, but not exceptional. Pours nearly black with a medium, tan-colored head. Head quickly fades. It's well balanced with medium body. Roasted malts stand out in flavor, with hints of sweetness.

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

Almost black. Nice clarity. Nice creamy long lasting brown head. Nose consists of some burnt cocao, roasted malts and in contrast, some sweet milky tones. The taste is soothing and comforting. A nice blend of lactic sweet tones and bittersweet chocolate tones. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is velvety and the body is about medium full.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As this is poured, a wonderful cascading effect appears and leaves a two finger head on top of the dark brown/black body. Hardly any lace though.
S: Some sweet bready malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Oats and chocolate come through as well. The aroma could be a more robust.
T: Bready malt again with some oats and chocolate as the taste lingers. This follows the nose pretty closely, and like the nose I wish it was more robust.
M/D: A bit thin and watery, but this is a very smooth and easy to drink stout.

This is a nice quaffable stout that I enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Houston. This is not the best stout I have ever had, but good none the less.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it disembogues from the bottle soot black, the head ponderous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light chocolate with the lace a satiny sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, and nice burnt grain aroma also present, quite a treat for the old schnozzle; start is ambrosial, rich in malt, the top middling to full in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and a great stout when you’re not into those “Imperials” we seem to have adopted as the “National Stout”!

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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely dark chocolate with a frothy, quickly diminishing head.

S - A Chocolaty and oaty aroma.

T - This is lighter than a standard oatmeal stout. I was instantly greeted with a pleasant flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and oats across the palate.

M - A lighter feel than a standard stout. Not as rich or syrupy. It could have had a higher level of carbonation.

D - High level of drinkability for a stout. Not overwhelming or thick like the standard.

As a side note I also mixed some of this with a vanilla ale from the late, great brew house in Elgin, IL called Prairie Rock. It produces a great oatmeal cookie-like beer. 50/50.
Rich head that stuck around. Very good combo.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color, with a large tan head that has great retention and leave wonderful lacing. The aroma is creamy. The taste is fantastic, and very smooth. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little lighter than most stouts but good none the less. Overall, this is a very good beer. It looks great, tastes great, and is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Color is a very dark brown, nearly black with thin slivers of crimson brown highlighting, thin tan head appears quickly and fades the same, fast dripping lace with minimal stickage. Aroma is subdued of roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee, and burnt cookies. Taste is mildly mixed of a light roastyness thats favorably easy and mixing well with some sweet chocolate and light coffeeness, notes of banana softness enter in just after midway and has a small hold just before the chocolatey roasted drying finish. A nice mild smooth taste with just enough energy and roast to keep it to the lips. Feel is pretty soild in the mediumness area, has a slight sharpness of carbonation in there. A nice drinker, liked the smooth mildness this has but could be a bit sweeter for an oatmeal stout though.

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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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