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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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94
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6,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,080
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 297
Gots: 859 | FT: 7
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Ratings: 6,080 | Reviews: 2,223
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany/black with a thick, creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention

Smell; Chocolate, honey, fruiity & vanilla notes

Taste: Bitter choclate, licorice & grainy bitterness. Fruitty/quinching finish

MF: Perfect, silky smooth & great carbonation

Great quaffability, I highly reccomend this ressurection (decades ago) of a classic from sam smith's

More User Reviews:
Photo of doktorhops
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not only am I about to consume an Oatmeal Stout for your reading (and my tasting) pleasure but this is none other than Samuel Smith's much celebrated and widely known in all the counties of England and further ashore including Ireland, the Isle of Man and Jersey Islands invigorating, energising and revitalising Oatmeal Stout†. Or something along those lines - the label did look like it had been designed in the 1850’s. And you know what? Frugality like that (i.e. not paying for rebranding in over a hundred years) is rare these days and Samuel Smith has it in spades, cheers Mr. Smith!

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Well I accidentally hard poured a khaki head of 2 inches... looks good though with its deep dark cola body. Can’t wait to dive in... yep *taps fingers*. 8/10.

S: Espresso coffee notes mingle with hints of dark fruit and a melange of roasted barley and rolled oats... possibly the most porridge-like beer my nose has inhaled. I like it when my Oatmeal Stouts have oat aromas, like a big glass of breakfast! 8/10.

T: Damn tasty. More on the dark fruit side than coffee/chocolate with those oats really coming in to play with flavour and body. They (the oats) take on dry/tannic qualities towards the finish and there is an amalgamation of bitter/dry/sour/sweet characters that really make this fine Stout shine. Did I mention this is ‘damn tasty’? Oh... right... well this is Stouts finest hour. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly lively carbonation. Oats = Chewy. 8/10.

D: Again I’m a big fan of the Samuel Smith’s ales, they’ve all so far been like getting inside a time machine and going back to the 19th century where men were men and women were men too (everyone was a bit hardier back then overall). If you want a real damn tasty and luxurious Stout then look no further. 10/10.

Food match: Back in 1852 when you had to work 16 hrs a day you would generally eat gruel and drink 18 pints of Stout, people wore hats that contained small anvils to help strengthen their neck muscles. Today however beef stew is a better option.

†Thesaurus Nazis will have noted that the three words ‘invigorating’, ‘energising’ and ‘revitalising’ all mean the same thing, congratulations‡. *slow clap*

‡Syntax Nazis will have noted that I used the ‘dagger’ character BEFORE and instead of the ‘asterisk’ character for my footnote, congratulations. *slow clap*

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +1%

App: poured into pint glass, dark brown with faint effervescence and thin off white tan lace

Smell: strong malt, earthy biscuit , burnt sugar
Taste/Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost milk like with some carbonation to lighten and prevent it from becoming syrupy. Strong roasted malt up front, followed by nutty, coffee notes and caramel sweetness. Earthy without being pungent, very mild hops at the end followed by a clean palate.
Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable stout, much more complex than Guinness in its array of flavors, a very enjoyable beer. I would definitely put this as a tasty, go to oatmeal stout. Never having been a stout fan before, this beer was so good, its piqued my interest in the genre -

Photo of hosehead83
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black pour leading to a big rocky head of inviting tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle cocoa
Taste-Toasted malt, milk chocolate, "Yorkshire Square" subtle mineral stonyness that adds a depth of character, creamy smooth finish. A classic example of the style.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 &
oakiness.

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.

Photo of sgoodship
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JMD71
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with traces of cherry-red. Thick, 1-finger head when poured. Lacing tight around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very vinous, boozy, alcohol smell. The fermented grains (oats?) are dominant in the aroma which is almost overpowering & unpleasant, Past the alcohol smell, you can note the roasty malts & toasted oats. It would be nice for that character to be more present over the alcoholic smell.

Taste: Wondefuly creamy, smooth flavor with very little of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. Slightly smoky, roasty character augments the oaty, malty base accompanied by a slight espresso tinge. A slight bitter hop flavor is noted in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth & creamy. Clings to the sides of the mouth as it goes down....smoothly. Finishes with a slightly cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a great late night sipper. Would be wonderful on a cold night before a fire to warm the bones after a day skiing. One to be enjoyed slowly & with appreciation of the numerous flavors contained in this carefully crafted stout.

Comments: I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout having never had one, of any brand, before. Initially, I was a bit put off by the aroma. The strong alcohol smell was overpowering to such an extent that it overcame the rest of its aromatic character. Once past the aroma, the wonderful flavor quickly charmed & endeared me to this stout. I would like to try others in the same style...

Photo of Dmann
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One word comes to mind when I drink this brew...smoothe! This beer poures a dark dark brown with just a little light being able to sneak through the edges and a nice tan head that leaves a nice lace down to the last drop. The smell has hints of roasted toffee and carmel and a little bit of coffee scent as well. The taste is out of this world, not only is is the smoothest stout you could ask for, it tastes just as it smells with a carmel, toffee and coffee flavor but with just the right ammount of sweetness to round it out. This is a great dark beer to give someone to introduce them to the stout/porter style.

Photo of blackearth
2.81/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured an extremely black body with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma was roasted malts and I detected wet cardboard too. Mouthfeel was full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth. The flavor is very different, it reminds me of soil - the smell translated to taste of course. I may be a beer nerd, but no one has ever made me eat dirt. This cardboard aroma and soil flavor lead me to believe this bottle is old or infected, I'm not really sure. Too bad because I really like oatmeal stout and WANT to like this one, but it wasn't good.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest Oatmeat Stouts to exist.

Lovely oatmeal-colored (duh) frothy head leaving lots of lacing. Lots of malt & grain in the nose.

Tastes extraordinarily smooth, rich, and full. But still maintaining a magnificant balance. Deep and with plenty of complexity.

Pricey, and worth it. You can easily drink the entire 4-pack in one sitting.

Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of dill
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 335ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - dark brown with a tan head on top.
S - a bit sweet with the oat present as well.
T - nice, rich flavor. a bit of mocha.
M - very smooth.
D - it's not one of my favorites, but i will definitely enjoy it again. a really good oatmeal stout.

Photo of grynder33
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to fall in line with just about everyone else on this one.The tempting darkness of the brew is gothicly beautiful, as is the teasing carmel oatmeal aroma.Sweet carmelly aste floats right with you for the entire glass.Bitterness never showed its face. I thought the mouthfeel was just a little to high charged, but that just made it a thirst quencher, instead of just a sipping beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, until held up to light and it appears very dark brown, with a huge frothy/creamy tan head that retains beautifully. Tremendous lacing decorating my glass as I enjoy this masterful stout.

Smell is of roasty toasty dark malts, roastiness, chicory aromas, dark chocolate, french roast coffee, and reminds me of outdorr BBQ aromas. Quite complex and stunning.

Flavor is of roasty dark malts, ripe dark fruits, mild chocolate, coffee, chicory, oakiness, burgandy, ending slightly dry. Again, wonderfully complex and hugely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is wondrous as well. Very silky smooth, creamy, rolls around on your tongue and medium carbonation. The perfect stout mouthfeel.

HIGHLY drinkable. At 5.0% abv, and the robust and addictive flavors presented therein, this beer is breathtaking and you cannot get enough of it. A classic amongst classic when it comes to stouts.

Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After hearing about this for a long time I finally tried it. Wow. This is good stuff. Pours black with a large dark creamy head. Taste is very malty, with chocolate accents. Not a boring stout here. This has a nice, thick mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with a nice lingering sweetness. Wow

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 6,080 ratings.