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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,919 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4919
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)
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Todd

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 18:13:41 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2001 23:09:50 | More by Jason
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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.

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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.

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