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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

4,917 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4917
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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grdahl

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer on earth. A bit pricey but well worth the price. Drink slowly and enjoy every sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2001 23:20:51 | More by grdahl
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guinness33

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely amazing oatmeal stout. Incredibly smooth. Perfection...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2001 10:55:43 | More by guinness33
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stoutman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt - the best brew in the world. A perfectly balanced stout. Even if you don't like stouts this is one worth trying-you just may become a convert.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2001 20:28:05 | More by stoutman
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esprit

United States

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When my mom used to try to shovel down the Quaker stuff I would gag...if only she'd known about Mr. Smith....this is wicked stuff and, without question, one of the finest stouts I've ever tried...big, bold and beautiful...the Irish drink pony pee by comparison!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 16:55:05 | More by esprit
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thick smooth and simply sexual. i love this beer like it is my own little kid. i would like to take long walks on the beach with sammy smith's oatmeal stout and follow it up with some sweet lovin because i am that excited by the taste of this beer. it is quite possibly the best beer i have ever had.

pours dark as night with a rich brown head that will stick with ya as you fall in love with this beer. smells roasty and like coffee with some oats hanging around.

it is very rich and dark with great coffee and oat flavors jumping all over you. man this is a stout. i would love to find a beer that i enjoy more than this. i am partial to stouts, but as they go, this one is the top of the top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 18:11:27 | More by ElGuapo
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Mick

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arguably today’s premier stout and there is no wonder to it's popularity. Dark as midnight this one his the mouth with a take-force flavor but parts the way for a rewarding creamy sweetness that keeps inviting you back for more. A deep coffee and dark chocolate mix. Goes down as smooth as ice cream. I usually find myself having a few in a row before realizing it!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 12:34:16 | More by Mick
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, booming tan head, and a color as black as the darkest night. Aroma is all things good: fresh, nutty, dry, coffee, espresso, the very essence of roastiness. Texture is smooth, with late bitterness coming through on the palate, very chewy and substantial. Comes on sweet, warm, and wonderful, a comforting stout.
Honestly, how do they do it? There are many who attempt this style, but no one comes close to Samuel Smith's when it comes to flavor, to taste, to utter perfection. Nothing less than happiness can result from drinking this fine brew. Always to find a spot among my Top Five. Absolutely perfect!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 23:51:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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Zorro

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a proper Guinness glass so that it can be properly evaluated.

Pours a super dark brown/black, holding it up to strong light shows that this is in fact clear with red highlights.

Smell is Wow this is a Stout? Smells intensely fruity and complex like Belgian Strong brown ale. Probably 100 individual smells in this, coffee, toffee, orange, cinnamon, peaches, tutty fruity, and more. Probably one of the most fragrant brews in the world.

Tastes strongly of coffee and chocolate. Fruit flavors are here too, lots of apple, a bit of caramel, earthy flavors like olives.

Mouthfeel is hearty and thick.

Super drinkable. I don't normally really like Stout beer; this brew changed my point of view on this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 02:01:38 | More by Zorro
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Bouncingsoul1682

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Among all the beers I've tried...this is still probably my favorite which says a lot. Deliciously dark stout, organic, oaty flavor that is just plain and simple. I've sampled plenty of oatmeal stouts and they honestly can't hold a candle to the magic that samuel smith puts into ever pint. It set a new standard for my enjoyment of stouts in general...as a side note, i haven't had a bad beer from samuel smith yet and i've sampled all but maybe two of them it is truly a fine brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 05:08:56 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
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Whitley

Vermont

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are many stouts and oatmeal stouts about, but this is hands down my favorite. The aroma, the taste, the color, it just seems perfect. I like to chill this beer just slightly, then pout it into a nice thick beer mug. I could be happy with this beer if it was the only one available forever more! I love it !!!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 18:58:15 | More by Whitley
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johnsonkr

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated immediately, minimal lacing.

S- Smells of rich, molasses;

T- One to cherish! The palate is adorned with deep molasses,
a hint of chocolate, nutty, light bitterness and a smoky ending

M- Dangerously smooth. This will not be last tonight! Excites the senses.
D- One to enjoy, quite expensive for this four pack of "victorian bottles". But I should say well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 18:07:04 | More by johnsonkr
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jazztoloc

Mexico

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. dark bottle with the golden foil on top. Could not find a freshness date or an ABV sign.

A: Very dark with some tones of red when some light hits the glass. Light brown and creamy looking head. Beautiful light lacing on my pint.

S: Smells wonderful! Very light sugar cane . Chocolate and coffee. Very delicate but consistent.

T: Hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice acidity and bitterness mixed with the expected sweetness. 12 oz isn't enough for my paladate, after the last sip, you wish you could have at least 4 more (sips). Delicate is a word to describe the experience, this must be what earth's blood's could taste like (and now I feel like a poet...well, love to beer could do this to you, I guess!).

M: Nice body, oily, silky...I don't want to let go.

D: I think this beer could relate to any palate. Yes sir, I could drink this Day and Night...Night and Day!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 23:03:31 | More by jazztoloc
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tharper178

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pres: Comes in a 4 pack. The gold foil is cool. First time I tried this beer, I unwrapped the foil by hand. It was tedious. Next time, I just opened the bottle normally, and the foil cut off perfectly. Bottle poured into a mug.

App: Black, brown hue when held up to light, great head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Very complex and interesting malty/bready.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. Complex. I tasted coffee, caramel, creaminess.

Note: I loved this beer! I've been looking for it for a while, and it's been sold out, so I was excited when I finally found it. I wanted to try it based on the great ratings I've seen. I'd love to go to the brewery in England for a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 15:25:09 | More by tharper178
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templar316

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light khaki head, and settles to a deep dark chocolate with only a hint of ruby when held to the light. The nose starts with an acohol warning, developing into a dark fruit, rich and inviting. The flavor of figs and dates bubbles acrossed the tongue, falling back into a complex flash of caramel malts and soft sweet oatmeal, before finishing with the brewery's characteristic granite finish. Begging for another sip, I could drink the case tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 05:36:19 | More by templar316
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coonmanx

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I simply love this beer and just drove to three separate liquor stores to find it. It pours a beautiful dark brown color with a tan head that remains on the glass. The taste starts with a roasted flavor and finishes smooth with some caramel notes. I don't find this beer overly sweet at all. It isn't hoppy, but instead is well balanced like any English ale should be. I just drove twenty miles to find this beer and it is so smooth and well worth it. No American beer can match it. In a class by itself. I only wish I had another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:21:23 | More by coonmanx
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jellis00

Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite foreign beer! This is a very tasty beer, I recommend it to anyone desiring a beer for pleasure. Out of all of my oatmeal stout choices, I place this one on the top.

Appearance: Very dark, nice head.

Smell: As expected, oatmealy.

Taste: Best bottled beer. Period.

Mouthfeel: You know that it is in your mouth, it has a very strong presence.

Drinkability: I was drinking 4 a week for several months.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:04:12 | More by jellis00
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CaptDavyJones

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle, a nice dark brown color as it pours , hold it against light and it is absolutely pitch black. Mild smell of oats as the bottle cracked open, tan head with very good retention. Oats, a hint of coffee and chocolate somewhere in the back make this stout downright delicious. Smooth as silk, each sip leaves you wanting more, every sip is a revelation. It is the most well balanced oatmeal stout, period. Drinkability is exceptional, I can never get enough of the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Hands down the best oatmeal stout on the face of the earth.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:30:55 | More by CaptDavyJones
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mcdevster

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We are all a little biased when it comes to our favorite beers but since that is consistent all around the map - nothing to worry about..
appearance: beautiful black.. a little red when held to the light but one of the blackest beers you will find.
smell: big sweet dark (and dried) fruit.. hints of mollasses and caramel.. coffee (and here it is very relative- I get almost a complex African coffee)
taste:sweet, tart.. maybe black current.. slightly sour.. beautiful berry undertones.. are they black, blue? - you decide! wonderful maltiness.
mouthfeel: big syrupy feel..nectar!
drinkability: surprisingly easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:49:15 | More by mcdevster
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SteveoNY

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 550 ml embossed brown bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found, but stamped daycode on bottle.

Appearance: dark brown to black, not transparent at all, wonderful tan head thats 1 finger or less in a pint glass. lace that leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: malty carmel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, slight banana, nutty sweetness.

Taste: WOW WOW WOW smooth yet just the right amount of carbonation, creamy sweetness, Hop bitterness is present 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: My new favorite stout, picked up a 3 pack of 550 ml btls. box set for $11, came with a nice gold stamped glass, 2 coasters and a smith's guide to their respected beers. well worth the price compared to the same stores price of $4.59 for singles @ (Wegmans)I will be getting many more...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 22:36:39 | More by SteveoNY
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brown2cu

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice ebony with burgundy highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A nice chalky head forms that dissipates to a thin sheen of froth with some thicker patches of foam. Lacing is subdued but present nonetheless.

S: Roasted malt, Chocolate malt, a hint of brown sugar and maybe a little bit of caramel there as well. Nice sweet grain smell.

T: Incredible! Tasted sweet, but not syrupy sweet nor light fruit sweet. It was something akin to dark chocolate with a touch of caramel and brown sugar. Hop bitterness is just barely detectable. It stays around just long enough to cleanse the pallate and leave you wanting another sip.

M:Not heavy, which is kind of what I was initially expecting. It is nice and crisp which complimented the body perfectly. A quenching dark beer. Not so much of a warmer which I didn't altogether mind considering how wonderful it was otherwise.

D: I could easily go through any number of these. This beer is the epitome of great beer, and I would not change a thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 06:04:25 | More by brown2cu
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Jinholic

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance - 2 finger brown head jet black thin lacing.

Smell - Dark malts with coffee, chocolate in the back end.

Taste - Same as the smell, dark roasted malts with coffee in the middle and chocolate on the finish. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - The oats in this make in so smooth and silky its unreal no bite to it but I for one hate that in a stout.

Overall - I can't find anything wrong with this beer the craftsmanship is outstanding go grab one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 06:45:25 | More by Jinholic
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bohemiandonut

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the greatest beer on earth. Imagine if this was staring you in the face every time the only reasonable option
seriously, the ONLY one in the bar,
is Guinness.
Yes, the world would enter a new phase of consciousness. This company also makes the best pint glass on earth.

It's black earth, it's powdered bark, it's topped with raisins. The modest 5.00% we hit just holds up even higher the utter oddness of this beer. Little can one do to improve upon it, without creating entirely new beer styles. And that's exactly what we did.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 09:02:17 | More by bohemiandonut
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mtwhitney

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All beer lovers should bow down to the legendary Charles Finkel who revived Samuel Smith’s brewery with his Merchant du Vin distribution Company. (Google “Charles Finkel merchant of beer Alan Moen” for a great article about this marketing genius).

That said…why drink this stout? Only if you want to transport yourself to the countryside of Yorkshire without actually getting on an airplane.

I am convinced that one could survive on this beer only (without food) longer than any other beer on the market.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:50:01 | More by mtwhitney
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steveh

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed one tonight because I want to review Road Slush soon and wanted to check out an original Oatmeal Stout -- surprised I've never reviewed an old favorite.

A -- Deep, dark black with ruby highlights that only show with a flash light. Dense, mousey, long-lasting, light brown (not tan) head.

S -- Roasted malt with sweet undertones cream & coffee and light licorice and caramel.

T -- Roasted malt up front with that cream & coffee smooth sweetness following then finish with a mellow roasted malt bitterness. The oat character comes out with warmth and compliments the other flavors nicely.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and silky but finishes mildly dry. Body is medium.

O -- Overall, this is the stuff -- the benchmark for the style. I've never given all 5s to a beer before, but this one is deserving.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:24:11 | More by steveh
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Maltmaiden

Alabama

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge 3 finger thick head that stays around and leaves a film that lingers for the entire time.
Completely black and I can’t see through it.

I smell toasted caramel malts, breadiness, oats, some hops, some chocolate, and a little bit of molasses. Very inviting.

Just as delicious as I remember it being. Very toasty malts, not burnt though. Pretty much all the aromas come through in the flavor in a very thoughtful way. Very well crafted.

Very smooth medium/thick mouthfeel but easy to drink.

Overall: This is an old friend so I'm glad to be reviewing it now. I would buy this all the time but then I wouldn't be able to try other beer haha. This my perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:13:33 | More by Maltmaiden
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