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

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94
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5,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,215
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 320 | FT: 5
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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kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first encounter with the famous Sam Smith Oatmeal stout. Thanks to the holiday gift pack I get to try one. I've heard really good things about this beer.

Pours just beautifully into my giant pilsner. A huge 2 inch head that foams up, but eventually settles down to cover the surface of this deep reddish-brown opaque brew. Lots of lacing.

Smells like a good stout should. Malt, coffee, and earthy. Roasty nature to the smell. Promises wonderful things ahead...

Taste is very good. A fantastic balance of bitter and sweet. Delivers on everything the smell hinted at. It’s rather sweet for a stout, reminds me a lot of Mackeson's XXX. Great aftertaste and a pleasant warming feeling in the back of your throat. Creamy and oh-so smooth. Not terribly complex, but what is there is splendid.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal is a great stout. I have two issues with this beer. First, there is no dating information on the bottle (or any of Sam Smith's brews) so you have no idea if what you buy is 2 or 24 months old. Secondly, they use a clear glass bottle, which I suspect has been a factor in the few funny tasting bottles of Sam Smith I've had. I know, I know, a lot of microbrews are guilty of these same faults, but really -- if I'm going to spend $3 per bottle, it's not asking too much.

That said, this is a fine beer and certainly worth a try. It's my favorite of Samuel Smith's brews and I'll certainly buy it again.
If you can’t afford this, an excellent alternative is the aforementioned Mackeson’s.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 00:00:33 | More by kkipple
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A- Pours pretty dark black, when held to light there is a slight amount coming through on the edges revealing a deep coffee brown. Two finger mocha head.

S- Getting some fruity chocolate notes, maybe a little dried cherry, light dark roast.

T- Similar to aroma, bittersweet chocolate, fruity acidity, light coffee. Finish is a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate.

M- Medium, silky and smooth. Really nice for a 5% beer.

O- This is maybe the best sessionable stout I have come across and I'm glad I can easily find it at my local grocery store, it's even on sale from time to time. I do wish I could find it on tap more though. All of Samuel Smith's dark beers are impressive and I suggest everyone try them at least once. One of the best things about this beer is the mouthfeel, the oatmeal really gives it that silky texture that I love in my dark beers. This is also one of the first beers I had when I was getting in to craft beer, back when I wasn't really into IPAs.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,215 ratings.