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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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5,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,657
Reviews: 2,144
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 229
Gots: 523 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Reviews by ChopperSmith:
Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml brown bottle into a clear Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark opaque brown (looks nearly black) with a two finger tan creamy foam head that receded slowly and left good sticky lacing behind. Receded to a frothy cap that lasted throughout. A thing of Beauty.

Smell: Sweet and malty with scents of coffee, cream, fresh baked bisquits and a little clove-like spice.

Taste: Delicious. The sweet dark roasted malts are right up front with that coffee and molasses flavor, with hints of spice. Then a little hops bitterness followed by a creamy sweet and smooth finish from the oats.

Mouth feel: Medium to full body with a creamy light carbonation that works well for the style.

Overall: I've had this Stout many times throughout my life and it's always a pleasure. A simple, yet complex, recipe that has been around for ages. It's easily one of my favorite Stouts out there, and quite possibly my favorite overall. Samuel Smith Brewery makes some excellent beers, and this is definitely one of their best! Cheers.

ChopperSmith, Nov 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the best of the oatmeal stouts out there,pours a deep brown with a nice tan colored head that sticks very well.The aroma is very much like brown sugar and and roasted malt.The taste also has a brown sugar taste but a little more subdued with a nice roasted coffee taste ending nice and soft.Drinking this beer is a beer lovers experience.

oberon, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black pour with a generous tan head that slims donw after a few moments.

Smell: plenty of roasted malt and enormous hints of cocoa. i little chocolatey as well. a very apetizing nose.

Taste: again, a nice roatsed flavour of oates and malt. hints of cocoa and chovolate give the beer nice body without being heavy. a very nicely, lingering finish that leaves a chalky-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth with still a hint of liveliness. leans toward a dry and fullfilling finish.

Drinkability: world class. one of the best oatmeal stout sin the world, hands down.

Popsinc, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -5.2%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Oaty Stout is black as night with a good, decent head that left clumps of pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated, dark roasty malts were terrific. They were complimented by some good, raw sugar and maybe even a hop or two for balance.

Taste – The big, roasted malt flavor came out nicely. It is very dark in here. The nice raw sugar from the nose came out at the taste as well along with a subtle hop balance. The oatmeal flavor was light and in the background.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied and bitteringly roasty with some good dryness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, heavy stout that’s light on the oatmeal but well-balanced nevertheless.

RoyalT, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cam477, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm...This is good.

This beer pours so well into my glass that I start to drool. The color is simply atramentous, pure ink. The head is thick, frothy, and the color of sunned saddle leather.

I sit back and take a whiff. Nothing. It’s too cold. I wait a while and try again. There it is, sweet and tangy coffee. Lots of Southern attitude like Maxwell House and sarsaparilla tea on a white veranda.

I taste it and it’s like oats and cream poured over bluenose silk. The body is full and it slides over my tongue crisply. Dark roasted coffee notes dominate while subtle English herbs swish around my mouth, rosemary, lavender, and peppercorns. The finish is Portuguese bootleg, strong wine served with sharp cheese and cherries. I dig it and my belly does too.

It feels great. My mouth is tickled pink drinking this. It screams, “Give me more!” My stomach too tells me to keep this one coming. It coats the inside of my gullet making me feel warm and strong. Tastes like health.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beerhunter13, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours a super-deep midnight shade of black with a deep, tan head that retains excellently, lasts until the end of the glass, and leaves slight traces of lacing all the way down. It smells very nice; roasted malts, deep caramel and toffee, hints of espresso, loaded big-time with oats and grains. The taste is absolutely amazing - sweet, toasted malts, earthy goodness, caramel, oats and oatmeal, hints of espresso/coffee beans, faint reminders of cocoa beans, and a touch of bitterness to bring it all together. Lots of carbonation, giving the beer its god-like head, along with a smooth, thick, creamy body, make this beer quite a pleasure to drink.

One of the most recognizable oatmeal stouts out there, and for a good reason. Nicely done, easy to get, and reasonably prices. Often considered the "benchmark" for oatmeal stouts, and I think I can see why.

tectactoe, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

ExtraStout, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in nonic.

look (4.5/5) - poured a jet black color. Huge head rose up to two or three fingers and was moussy/creamy in texture and khaki color. Stand was truly amazing! Clarity was good, but only seen when held to direct light.

smell (4/5) - really great smell, although it was a bit more mild than I would have expected. Flavors were of roasted grains with a bit of burnt malt in there. Sweetness was medium, which gave a coffee-and-cream or mocha aroma. I bit of a hint of melanoidin fruitiness, but nothing too strong.

taste (4/5) - similar to the smell, fairly sweet with a hint of fruitiness. The oat flavor (a nit nutty with a slight bitter richness) plays well with the roasty and burnt malt notes. The finish is molasses with a bit of dark fruit. Balanced well and mild.

feel (3.5/5) - medium-full body; a little light for the style. Lighter carbonation and the oats give a very silky, creamy feel. Decent for the style, but a tad light.

Overall, really good. The flavors were deep and complex and played well with each other into an awesome fugue. So tasty, I'd say it was hugely drinkable as a sipping brew. Great for a cold november night, contemplating exams.

Rijtjeshuis, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jono0101, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No matter how many times I have this beer, I always forget the bottle is clear until I pour it. The beer is so totally opaque that it just looks like a black bottle. Its a straight up 8-ball blackbeer with about three fingers of rich, creamy, tan head that thins quickly but never goes away. No lacing this time around.

The nose is alcohol, fresh grain, dark chocolate, and a touch of that famous green apple. Taste starts with a mild dark chocolate/hop bitterness infused with a bit or green apple tartness. Goes metallic for just split second before that dark malt profile comes parading down the tounge. Actually got just a touch of oat in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. I have a few bottles of this old stand-by a year and it usually makes me wonder why I bother with anything else. Many thanks to Jwff for the Sam Smith gift pack.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head with little retention.

S: Sweet maltiness with a touch of stock feed &

T: Bitter finish, with a roasted woody taste w/
touches of coffee and bourbon.

M/D: Good carbonation with a rich body & almost
dry finish.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 17, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tbryan5, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

TimBeaulieu, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Breen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Breen, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown - almost black and opaque apart from lovely golden dark brown edges when held up to the light. Nice chocolate head that reduces to a thin head. Even after sipping slowly, it retained a nice thin lacing to the last.

S: Coffee, Molasses, Malty

T: Definitely a complex flavor. The taste is what you would expect from the smell but then you get a really interesting balance of sweetness and bitterness. I hadn't detected fruit in the smell but there is a dominant fruitiness to the taste that then leaves you with a bitterness that was a little too sour for my taste. 

M: It is smooth, creamy and feels clean in the mouth. There was a little sharpness to the carbonation hitting the tongue - could have done without that. It felt to thin at the end.

D: Loved this beer but the combination of the tanginess and sour bitterness at the end makes this an "in moderation" drink for me. A quality stout for sure.

sgoodship, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown color, carefully poured produced a light brown foamy head at about 1/2" of depth and left good lacing down the glass. The smell yields some nice but faint aromas of dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and some additional aromas of lighter malts. The taste is this brew's strong point. An even mouthfeel, slightly chewy and very creamy, and a complex mix of malty goodness combine well with the relatively light carbonation all add up to an excellent experience. Samuel Smith's typically produces high quality brews and this is no exception. Very good.

SIRIUS2, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of blackwingedhorde
4/5  rDev -5.2%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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