1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,924 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4924
Reviews: 2089
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
View: Beers (28) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,924 | Reviews: 2,089 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
PorterLambic

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with red hanging around the edges. A two-fingered, fluffy medium tan head develops from the pour into a slightly tilted pint glass. Head dissipates to less than a single finger width in under 60 seconds but leaves some decent lace behind. Head is but a thick film after a few more minutes.
Smell is malty with notes of peat, cardboard, sourness, smoke and coffee with a whiff of white grape. Decently balanced and complexity as expected of such a highly rated beer, though the grape and sour notes are unexpected.
Taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and maybe some caramel(?) with a medicinal note in the aftertaste. Well balanced.
Less body than I anticipated, not really much more than medium, effervescence is appropriate, just under middle-of-the-road with a sharpness on the tip of the tongue. A beer you could easily drink several of over the evening due to the low ABV but I just don't get the appeal of this brew. I'm sure its better on tap (what isn't) but this is just not grabbing me. Though it is better than standard Guinness, it's less than Guinness Foreign Extra and many others.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:15:41 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
Photo of Chucker17
Chucker17

South Dakota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-23-2014 01:16:07 | More by Chucker17
Photo of KDubzMP
KDubzMP

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-23-2014 00:53:56 | More by KDubzMP
Photo of Jofroi
Jofroi

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-23-2014 00:53:28 | More by Jofroi
Photo of Soomars
Soomars

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2014 14:46:05 | More by Soomars
Photo of jonothehut
jonothehut

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-20-2014 15:38:56 | More by jonothehut
Photo of hopswap1
hopswap1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-19-2014 20:12:24 | More by hopswap1
Photo of NorCalAussie
NorCalAussie

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

04-18-2014 23:32:46 | More by NorCalAussie
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
Bonsall_Phil

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-18-2014 01:13:14 | More by Bonsall_Phil
Photo of RoyFokker
RoyFokker

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-18-2014 00:44:51 | More by RoyFokker
Photo of Beric
Beric

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 11 April 2014

Appearance: Dark, nearly pitch black with a dirty brown, foamy head that dissipates to a good half-finger and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Smells sweeter than I'd expect for an oatmeal stout, with some milk chocolate and slightly roasted notes.

Taste: A great improvement from the nose- this one is no milk stout though it almost smelled that way. Nice complex overlays of roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors (despite neither of these being actually present in the beer). Somewhat smoky at times, but with a nice soft edge from the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel: The oat really adds some nice, soft smoothness. Good carbonation for the style too.

Overall: Another good beer by Samuel Smith's and one I would definitely recommend trying. I love the low ABV in this one- it's a tastefull, delicious beer and at 5% won't leave you crawling after such a big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 20:10:18 | More by Beric
Photo of beerios07
beerios07

Utah

5/5  rDev +18.5%

04-17-2014 00:43:20 | More by beerios07
Photo of ramrod666
ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-16-2014 19:12:40 | More by ramrod666
Photo of shacawgo24
shacawgo24

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black body crowned with a two finger khaki-manila head. Fluffed and cloud-like the head is. Wow. Spotty lace.

S-Milk. Syrup. Cinnamon. Raisin. Sour on warming akin to prunes. Not too much here, just a standard stand-out stout.

T-Sweet, sugary. Bitter dark roast coffee. Bitter cocoa. Cereal. Obvious oats. Lactose notes. Slight dark fruit sour ending. Pinnacle of a stout in taste.

M-Great medium body sips thick and smooth. Low-high to Medium-low carbonation. Feel is grainy, dusty and powdery thanks to the flaked oats. Body could use more fizz, but this stout sips well regardless with an inky cool feel. Bitters, sours and sweets keep the tongue interested as well.

O-A classic for a reason. Not just a great oatmeal stout but a great stout period. A great beer. Plays it safe in a few categories but that's just this stouts' style. Good as is.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 10:47:18 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of douginromeo
douginromeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-15-2014 02:07:15 | More by douginromeo
Photo of marmstrong1212
marmstrong1212

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-15-2014 01:09:10 | More by marmstrong1212
Photo of TJP21
TJP21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-13-2014 20:20:13 | More by TJP21
Photo of themind
themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.9%

04-13-2014 16:58:00 | More by themind
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-13-2014 14:03:19 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
Photo of markgugs
markgugs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-13-2014 13:08:34 | More by markgugs
Photo of wolf_switzer
wolf_switzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

04-13-2014 05:29:36 | More by wolf_switzer
Photo of DKRowden
DKRowden

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into point glass. It's dark to almost black with a nice inch head with little lacing. Really nice sweet malty smell. It has a great sweet caramel taste on the palate with light roasted notes. It has a sticky thick mouthfeel with semi dry finish. Overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:41:14 | More by DKRowden
Photo of hickmancase
hickmancase

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-11-2014 05:14:38 | More by hickmancase
Photo of Qwest_35
Qwest_35

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-10-2014 22:48:10 | More by Qwest_35
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-09-2014 20:58:39 | More by Mikeluzzjr
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 4,924 ratings.