Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
550ml clear bottle.
Pours a near opaque black as midnight rich-looking beer, crowned with a frothy tan foam head; sturdy retention and a slight stick to the glass. Head remains all the way through the drinking experience. Outstanding.
Aroma is very soft and gentle on the nose with notes of earth, blackstrap molasses, nuts and some dark roasted malt astringency akin to coffee.
Firm, thick, milky smooth mouthfeel, paired with a very high dextrin sweetness and feel, that's not sickly sweet, but nonetheless ample, defining and bold. Oats are noticeable, giving the beer depth and lending a touch of starch in the flavour. A slight acrid character is lifted from the palate by the beer's prickly carbonation. Robust. More rich blackstrap molasses with undertones of coffee, unsweetened bitter dark cooking cholocate, deep earth flavours, real faint aniseed, a mark of herbal (rosemary?) and a leafy/woody character from the hops that carries over into the mouthfeel; bitty, coarse, a bit pear-like. Bit of a "cola" edge appears where the beer peaks and begins to fade. Mineral flavours pull out of the thickness and embed themselves in the sweet-ish / woody finish.
A meal in a bottle, this one is. A classic English stout with all of the complexities expected from much touted Old Brewery Tadcaster. Certainly not the best stout in my opinion, nor the best example of the style, but it is damn good.
01-16-2003 18:13:41 | More by Todd
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Ink black with a wonderful light tan lace which leaves rings all the way down the glass.
Smell: Mildly acidic dark malt twang, a little earthy and some sweetness also.
Taste: Smooth as silk with a crisp full body to boot. A strong roasted malt flavour pushes everything aside ... to make way for a creamy sweetness. There seem to be an hidden earthy undertone throughout ... most likely from the Yorkshire yeast. Hop bitterness is vague yet keeps the sweetness in check. A semi dry falls on the palate as soon as the sweetness fades. Dark roasted coffee, over caramelized buttery toffee and dark sweetened chocolate flavours swirl around the tastebuds to make for a bitter sweet finish.
Notes: A cult classic among beer geeks dating back to 1980 ... lets have a moment of silence in honour of this fine brew ... if you want to jump into the world of stouts give this one a try, you might be surprised and actually love it ... I did that is for sure.
09-12-2001 23:09:50 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
08-19-2003 03:02:34 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-18-2003 20:24:13 | More by Popsinc
4.22/5 rDev 0%
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 thats light on the oatmeal but well-balanced nevertheless.
10-12-2004 14:50:47 | More by RoyalT
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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. Its 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 its 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.
09-24-2005 00:24:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-02-2012 00:59:07 | More by tectactoe
3.53/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
06-12-2009 23:51:19 | More by ExtraStout
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-21-2011 01:05:55 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
02-01-2006 18:27:51 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.05/5 rDev -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
07-17-2009 00:17:18 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-19-2008 03:32:13 | More by sgoodship
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-03-2008 02:19:44 | More by SIRIUS2
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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