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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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5,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,206
Reviews: 2,106
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 313 | FT: 5
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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:
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Photo of WillCarrera


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, topped with a thick inch of creamy, cake-like tan head, which has excellent retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S- Mild aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted grain, a bit of fruity sweetness.

T- Sweet milk chocolate, oats, mild coffee flavors, along with roasted grain and mild fruitiness. It's a nice balance of sweet chocolate and fruit flavors along with roast and hop bitterness. Also has a milky, creamy flavor to it.

M- Medium-bodied, has a wonderfully smooth, silky and creamy feel.

O- A great beer, it's very flavorful but also balanced and drinkable enough that I would recommend this very highly to someone who had never had a stout before, it's worth buying and then buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 10:28:35 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of dhd1491


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with hints of copper around the edges. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste is mildly smoky and sweet, but not cloyingly so, with some flinty English water taste. Gradually toffee and raspberries pop through. Mouthfeel is light, non-oily, and alcohol is virtually undetectable.

I've not found many English beers that I would rank among my favorites. Not sure what it is, maybe the water. This one is the best I've tasted so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 21:43:40 | More by dhd1491
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with some hints of brown. A big solid looking head. Tons of brown lace.

S - Syrupy dark sweetness and milled oats too. Some cold coffee and roasted grain notes. Slightly chocolaty, somewhat nutty, and very much like molasses.

T - Some chocolate flavors are there too, and they are backed up by a balancing twinge of sour roasted grain bitterness and some gentle leafy hops. I also noticed some very slight grapey flavors somewhere in there.

M - It's extremely well built and feels weighty in my mouth. The carbonation is almost non-existent, and this brew feels really silky and rich in my mouth. Satiny.

D - Excellent. Eminently quaffable. At five percent ABV, this has session written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 00:24:43 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of Moonraker7

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, almost black. About a 2 finger head which dissipates slowly and leaves a significant amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, sweet roasted malt.

T: At first, its a little sweet, with some chocolate. It then opens up to roasted malt, roasted chocolate and some coffee.

M: Very creamy, and smooth with a pretty low amount of carbonation. This is my favorite part of the beer.

D: Fantastic, could drink this one all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:51:53 | More by Moonraker7
Photo of william5586


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black but light around the edges. Not much head at all, but im pretty sure my home fridge is way to cold. I wish i had another to let it get tot he proper temperature before pouring.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee.

T- Great roasted malt, almost burnt taste. Some dark chocolate adds a touch of sweetness. Dry finish

M- Nice and thick. Smooth and chewy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very high. Goes down so easy. The low abv is a big plus too.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 04:41:29 | More by william5586
Photo of natelocc787


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old school favorite of mine.

This beer is a beautiful pour, gargantuan creamy head or subdued 1 finger that crest the glass like the picture on the box. Let the head die down so you can view the magnificent black body with dark brown bubbles. Sweet vanilla and cinnamon buns in the nose backed up by a roasty sweet malt aroma. Tastes like an un-bitter, roasty milk chocolate oatmeal beer. Molasses drizzled coffee beans are big in the taste followed by milk chocolate covered roasted sweet oats. Mouthfeel is creamy. silky and luxurious-heavy as well. As drinkable and tasty as they come, alcohol hidden even for a 5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:28:57 | More by natelocc787
Photo of suretolose


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass almost pure black. Left a half inch of cream colored head.
Aroma is nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Not as strong as I would have liked.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malt. Very smooth and slightly creamy.
Coats the mouth, but could have been a little heavier.
A great oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 23:46:03 | More by suretolose
Photo of PeterM


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark, molasses color with a tan, 2 finger head that lasted well, leaving a thin layer atop the beer until the last sip. Smells of vegemite and chocolate. Sweet, complex, yeasty taste, slight coffee undertones. Thinner mouthfeel, leaving a clean palate. Loved this beer - complements a meal to perfection, holding its own, without overpowering the food.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 03:26:00 | More by PeterM
Photo of haazer


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Mud thick dark brown, not quite black. Probably the thickest head I've seen. Leaves lacing on the glass, takes a long time to dissipate. Large bubbles burst on the top as it drops down.

S- Like sticking my nose into a loaf of bread. Also picked up hints of nuts, malts, raisin.

T- Caramel, malts, toffee, the slightest hint of chocolate. Bread is coming through too, I picked up rye. Strong coffee aftertaste. No hop presence at all.

M- Rediculously smooth, very very creamy, not overly rich though. Almost like milk at first, slightly chewy midway through.

D- Could drink this all night. Good taste followed by an excellent mouthfeel make this easy going down. Such a good brew though you want to savor it slowly. The abv is low enough to have multiple of these. A spoiled session beer if you make it one!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:25:11 | More by haazer
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a creamy white head. Looks pretty viscous as it pours. Off white head retains and stays laced up top the whole time.

Smells of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Coffee as well.

The mouthfeel is very silky smooth and not too heavy at all. Not like the way it looks when it pours. It tastes of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, Nutty, dark fruits that almost seems like cherry. Roasted malt and fresh hops finish it out.

An awesome beer. Not too heavy, not too light, perfect!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 01:57:49 | More by jhammel01
Photo of mcallister


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet but here we go. Great looking stout especially considering this is only 5% ABV. Black in color and absorbing all light. A large fluffy tan head, sticky and resinous in retention and lacing.

Light coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, oat, blackberry and prune aromas with a earthy ester at the end.

So soft and smooth in the middle and finish, just amazing mouthfeel. Thick and creamy and delicious. Velvety on the tongue from the oats. Medium roast with coffee and dark chocolate dominating the middle. Black figs, and raising, unmalted barley, earthy resinous hops on the long droning finish. A bit leathery and hints of tobacco. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 21:36:56 | More by mcallister
Photo of ONUMello


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger tan head that slowly settles
S: Dark malt, some caramel & latte
T: Rich roasted malt, toasted nuts, some caramel, oats and a hint of coffe. Complex and very tasty
M: Medium-bodied, just a hair thinner/crisper than I expected but quite enjoyable nonetheless
O: Delicious, complex and sessionable, what more could you want?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:58:06 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Kallessin


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Very large creamy tan head with nice lacing around the glass.

Has a strong milk chocolate and cocoa aroma with some light roasted malt. Some light earthy hoppiness.

Very rich milk chocolate up front with a bittersweet dark chocolate finish. It's very sweet with only the slight hint of hop bitterness with some roasty flavors in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and very silky smooth as advertised. Has light carbonation and is moderately dry and sticky.

This is a very nice rich, flavorful stout. It has an amazing texture that I really look forward to in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 00:23:26 | More by Kallessin
Photo of PerroGrande


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red color that appears to be nearly black until illuminated. This beer produces a traditional and expected thick, tan foam. The foam dies away fairly quickly leaving telltale lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Not overpowering, but hints of chocolate and coffee are present, as are hints of malt. As the beer has a chance to breathe, some citrus hints are also present.

Taste: Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt blend together in a fine example of an oatmeal stout. Let this beer breathe a bit and warm up, and some of the citrus hints in the aroma appear in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with some hints of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent! Tasty, refreshing, but with all the character expected from a stout.

I've saved this for just such an evening -- the first truly cool fall-like night to hit our area. A pint of this is an absolutely perfect compliment to not only dinner, but the evening. Let this beer breathe and warm up a bit, and its smoothness and complexity will be revealed. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 23:12:47 | More by PerroGrande
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (from a mixed four pack)

This one looks a whole lot like the Taddy Porter, maybe a little more brown than red when held to the light. Nice and dark, with a large tan head. This one has lots of lace too.

Smell is chocolate malt, dark fruit, nuts and caramelized sugar.

Taste is smooth and clean. Malt, dark fruits, a little bit of a coffee acidity.

Body is much lighter than a expected, in a good way. The carbonation is low to medium-low and just rolls on the tounge.

I could drink this all the time, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 05:10:02 | More by hobbes2112
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout... I've been longing for this for a while. Got it in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black with a huge froathy tanned brown cap. Retention is awesome.

Aroma: A rush of sweetness. Huge chocolate aroma hits you like a ton of bricks. Big roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and earthy aromas including a tiny bit of pine.

Taste: Very sweet, lots of malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bitterness, very well constructed, solid oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Velvety with great level of carbonation, not too creamy, just dense enough. Not as thick as I've heard.

Final Statement: Lived up to the hype. The jury is out on which is better, this or St. Ambroise, but Sam Smith's put together a real winner here. I only wish it were available here on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 03:57:02 | More by MMansfield
Photo of Giovacchini


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 2.7 Oz bottle into a 16oz. tulip.

A- black with a thick tan head.

S- yeast, roasty toasty malt, chocolate, dried fruits.

T- coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, yeast, toffee, bread. I had oatmeal w/ raisins for breakfast and this beer has the same minerally and bready flavor complex.

M- creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Alcohol is present.

O- This beer is my first oatmeal stout and I liked it a lot. It has a nice complex flavor and has potential to be my next go to sipper. It is also cool to have a good stout that's an import.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:45:29 | More by Giovacchini
Photo of BaerBeer


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, as I always do. Black in color, with a nice mochaish head. Excellent lacing, great body...like your mom. Very sweet tasting for a stout, nodes of burnt coffee and chocolate, nice malty taste and excellent drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Really good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 05:21:15 | More by BaerBeer
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had something from Sam Smith. This was the last Oatmeal Stout sitting on the shelf, so I figured it must have been a sign from the beer gods.

Perfect pour (if I don't say so myself) into my american pint glass. Full figued mocha colored head that was slightly bubbling out over the top. Head has taken it's sweet time to recede, and so far great lacing.

Very nice roasted malts and dark chocolate on the nose.

Taste is ultra smooth. A hint of roasted malts, but a lot of sweetness. Haven't had many oatmeal stouts, but I don't remember them being this sweet. Not a bad thing at all. Quite pleasant actually.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but what do you expect from a 5% beer? Mild carbonation as well. These guys know what they are doing.

Super drinkable. It was really nice to find a beer under 6% that tastes as good as this one does. Went down really smooth, my 4-pack is going to be gone in no time.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 03:41:04 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, the charm of Yorkshire, England. Not only is it a beautiful, misty, mysterious, moor-laden land, it has fascinating mediaeval history; and, of course, the Tadcaster Old Brewery. I cannot help but love this brewery, and this particular product they produce. Pouring with a very large, creamy, dimpled head, it quickly falls to an ample brown/red blanket on this black, or dark dark brown stout beer. The lace is patchy and viscous, large bubbled AND small bubbled. Even on a machine-washed pint glass, the lacing is extraordinary. The appearance, for a stout, is almost perfect. There are a myriad of aromas: coffee beans, syrup, molasses, raisins, oatmeal(of course), dark roasted malt, chocolate, and many others. The hops are not in the background either: they add a very distinct grassiness to the smell. The taste is ambrosial, delivering fully on the aroma. I taste malt, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, such as raisins or plums, with a very slight sour/tart finish, almost like yogurt or milk of some sort. It is creamy, grainy, and full on the palate. Sublimely flavourful and rich, but exceptionally drinkable--the richness and fullness is not overwhelming, but appetising. This is such a wholesome drink, I am sure 3 or 4 could replace a dinner or large meal. The choice is yours: eat a loaf of whole-grain bread, or drink an Oatmeal Stout. The latter for me, please.

Paired interestingly with young French Brie cheese. It seemed to bring out the hardness of the water and add a metallic sourish tinge to the taste. The earthiness of the brie brought out the sweet fruitiness of the yeast and malts.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 06:43:56 | More by Cwrw
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass, allowed to warm to the proper temperature.

On pouring, my first impression was how thick and jet-black this beer is, like oil. The head is considerably thick, leaving a nice ring on the side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

The nose on this one is what I expected: dark malts, coffee, sticky-sweetness, and a slight earthy edge. It wasn't quite as strong as I was hoping, but the flavor was in no way reflective. The beer is chewey enough as far as body goes, but still easy, and light on the palate, drying as it leaves. At first, there's a rush of molassesy, chocolaty goodness, but it's balanced by the earthiness mentioned earlier. As it sits, the earthy flavor melds with hints of coffee in the back of the mouth. The one thing missing is creaminess, which I really makes or breaks a stout for me.

A great stout, needless to say. I find, however, that one of these is plenty (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), so it gets a 4 on drinkability. Likewise, there could be more heft, and more creaminess to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 23:41:44 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of GeoffW


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Very very black with not much a head that dissipated rather quickly. Not too much lacing either.

Aroma was exceptional, very malty and "earthy". My beer lingo isn't good enough for me to describe it any other way.

Taste was awesome. Very malty with a bit of oatmeal (who would have guessed) and a nice roasted, bittery flavor.

Mouthfeel was good as well. The bitterness wasn't overwhelming at all, nor was the alcohol very apparent.

Drinkability was good, this isn't my style of choice but I could easily see myself going out and buying a bottle of this on occasion.

Overall this beer was excellent, I prefer the belgian style ales but this stuff was damn good. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 01:31:10 | More by GeoffW
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember back in the early 90's the founder of Crooked River told me this was his favorite - a perfect example of the style. holding my current sample up to that yardstick, it falls short. Still, I rated it highly out of respect and memory of lots of better bottles.

Perhaps this one saw too much light. It has a little bit of a nasty after bite and a boozy flavor. This seemed to mellow as it sat in the air. That would be a first for me - a beer that needs to breathe.

Certainly, if you are not familiar with this beer you need to try it, and if you haven't had one in a while, stop and have one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 18:46:36 | More by schoolboy
Photo of DannyDan


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a pitch black with a large tan head that maintains great retention, and some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer.
S. Roasted oats, and chocolate.
T. At first get a chocolate taste followed by some hops and than more chocolate with some oats, some coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too bitter thanks to the oatmeal providing some sweetness to this stout.
M. Very nice and smooth and creamy.
D. A full body beer that is very filling, so have to drink it slowly and enjoy it. This is a must try oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 06:41:23 | More by DannyDan
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very drinkable, very smooth stout. Poured from the brown bottle with gold foil.

Completely black, tab head, slight lacing, with an intoxicating smell. Very deep tofee, chocolate smell with an almost coniac scent mixed in.(maybe it's just me). A great beer from an old brewery. What would you expect?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 00:28:27 | More by wmaldridge
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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