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

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Ratings: 5,805
Reviews: 2,161
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 251
Gots: 595 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Reviews by weizenbob:
Photo of weizenbob
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 550 ml bottle was taken from a Samuel Smith gift pack, which is really the best value for acquiring Sam Smith. You get three bottles of beer and a tulip-shaped brewery logo pint glass for less than the cost of buying the three bottles individually. This stout was bottled September 16, 2011 (oddly, this was much fresher than the India Ale from the same gift pack). It was served around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into the accompanying glassware.

A standard pour (horizontal bottle, 45-degree glass) yielded a nice big three fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head. Retention is very good. Delicate lacing glides down the glass as the head recedes. The brew is very dark with just a hint of translucence noted at the thinnest point of the glass. It is very nice looking, near perfect in fact.

It gives off a pleasant aroma as well. Impressions of chocolate are strong. Roasted malts are subtly noted. It smells slightly watery. Though the alcohol is well hidden, its scent is detectable enough to add some nice spicy character to the roasty chocolaty proceedings.

This flavor is very good. Hershey syrup sweetness crashes into a mildly warming alcohol leaving a pleasant impression on the tongue. Malts are roasty without screaming, "Hey, I'm burnt!" There is little to no hop bitterness. It is full flavored while maintaining restraint and tasteful balance. You don't find them like this in America.

The feel of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It is very creamy and goes down smoothly despite having a viscosity that much thinner than my American palate has come to expect. The carbonation level is low, but perfect. It is very easy drinking.

All things considered, this is my favorite oatmeal stout. I wish that I could find a domestic example that was this good, as $4-$5 a bottle for Sam Smith makes it unrealistic as a daily driver. Though it is generally excellent, nothing about this beer stands out in a way that justifies the inflated import pricing. That is really the Achilles heel and great tragedy of the whole experience. I'll drink a few of these every year; but as is, I'm still on the lookout for the perfect, reasonably priced, oatmeal stout.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I enthusiastically give two Schlitz for Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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 oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.33/5  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 davemarc87
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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 cam477
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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 beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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 OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -4%
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 tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Breen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sgoodship
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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