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

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5,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,147
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 183
Gots: 296 | 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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GeoffW

Texas

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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schoolboy

Ohio

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
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DannyDan

Michigan

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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wmaldridge

Florida

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
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Northsider

Illinois

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

From a bottle.

Appearance is dark dark black, no light shining through.

Smell is completely malty, roasted. Coffee and chocolate.

Taste is slightly sweet with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Slightly bitter, but not enough to detract me.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth, just how I like my stouts. Very good in this regard.

Overall a great stout that I'd try again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:23:30 | More by Northsider
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark brown, almost black. has a nice tan head that stays but no lacing.

S-smells like sweet chocolatey oats. smells quite milky as well, its not a strong scent.

T-comes in with a very smooth and a strong hit of chocolatey oats. its a really strong and pronounced and bold taste. the taste stays and continues as the after-taste along with some milkiness. the darky roasted malts are very noticeable throughout the taste. this is a great stout with absolutely no negative side tastes.

M-its fairly heavy for the ABV. it has a nice smooth medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.

D-rarely can i get a stout with so much flavor and not so much alcohol. it a really nice treat and this one disappeared quite quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:41:24 | More by AdamBear
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

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

Appearance: Dark black beer with a thick tan head after the pour. Ends up with a good layer of foam that lasts for most of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma with a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Like the nose, you get a nice sweet, creamy, and roasty coffee flavor. Good malty flavor toward the end of the sip as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good oatmeal stout. This beer is very balanced and very smooth. Definitely a good, traditional example of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 00:15:42 | More by hellcatsjg
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TitanTake

Tennessee

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

I had purchased 2 other Samuel Smith beers recently (Taddy Porter and Nut Brown Ale) and loved them both. So, I had to give this one a try.

A - extremely dark, chocolate color; nice creamy coffee colored head; head lasted and didn't dissipate immediately; nice lacing

S - heavy charcoal aroma; small hint of flowers; also a nice dark chocolate aroma underlying

T - strong charcoal with hops within; slightly burnt flavor; bitter, but to the point of wanting more

M - immediately fills the mouth with more of a meal than a drink; thick; slightly effervescent

D - This is the beer drinkers beer; if you like the darker side of the beer world, then this has to be in your bank of beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:46:31 | More by TitanTake
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barknee

New York

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

Pours a dark espresso brown with very active carbonation visible in the narrow base of the glass. A gen-u-ine chunky deep mocha colored head with excellent retention hangs hard atop of the glass. Aromatics of burnt caramel & tar greet the nose along with freshly sawed pine enveloping the whole package. Delectably smooth & plush on the mouth; slightly sweet from the generous malting and just the right amount of hops to bring this brew into focus. Surprisingly understated in weight vs. its heavyweight appearance. This stout flows effortlessly down the gullet, providing potentially endless lip-smacking enjoyment.
Jolly good mate!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:30:54 | More by barknee
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AltBock

Ohio

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

500ml bottle in a 3 pack that came with a Samuel Smith pint glass and beer coasters
Appearance: Poured an opaque color with some ruby coloring. Had a nice head of foam with little or no lacing in the glass.
Smell: An excellent chocolate malt-coffee like aroma.
Taste: Has a sweet malty chocolate taste that I liked very much. Samuel Smith said that this had an IBU of 32, but I couldn't really taste that much bitterness. I liked that it didn't show it, because it might have ruined it.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation, and has a slight roasted malt aftertaste.
Drinkability: An excellent oatmeal stout that people should try. Becareful when buying because it comes in a clear bottle and you don't know how long it's been sitting out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 04:19:20 | More by AltBock
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Westsidethreat

California

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

A: Pours a dark auburn brown with a substantial two finger khaki head.

S: Sour, sort of whiskey like. Hints of licorice, vanilla, caramel and red beets.

T: A fine crafted beer this is. Perfect mix of coffee, cola, milk chocolate, hops and sweet malts. Very sweet on the tongue much like red grape juice. Finishes with sugary raisins and cotton candy.

M: Medium body with solid carbonation.

D: Legendary. Outstandingly good. A prize of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 04:47:20 | More by Westsidethreat
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originalsin

California

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

Alright. Here we go. The famed sammy smith's oatmeal stout. Just finished a bottle of their nut-brown ale, which I enjoyed immensely. Coupled with what I've heard about this beer and my experience with Sammy Smith as of the past 20 minutes I've got really high hopes for this beer.
The pour is a really opaque black. I wish the head was more forthcoming for me, but it just isn't and it won't stick around either. Oh well.
It's got a nice earthy smell- some notes of coffee, roasted malt...this beer smells silky smooth. Otherwise, though, the smell is sort of boring.
I'm waiting on the oatmeal here but it doesn't come through as much as I'd expected it too. A lot of roasted grain, some dark dark chocolate. Molasses is prevalent for sure, and adds some really serious texture and depth to this beer.
It's got a medium mouthfeel and is a relatively drinkable beer.
mmm I've got a newfound love of Sammy Smith . beers. Certainly not lacking in taste at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:02:40 | More by originalsin
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

I had this out of a 12 oz clear bottle and served it in a pint glass. Classic Samuel Smith gold foil on the top of the bottle and cap area. The label reads that this stout is "The Celebrated ".

The appearance is a dark and wholesome black. Nice head with perfect lacings evenly across the pint glass.

Captivating aromas of sweetness, espresso and molasses are evident.

Taste is very sweet and smooth. Minimal carbination makes this so easy to consume. Very deep flavors and a drinkability that is hard to compare as far as stouts. Just the right amount of bitterness underneath the sweet flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 02:08:59 | More by Hibernator
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vhiggins

New York

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

I have heard many raves about this stout and I have to say I have never
had the opportunity to try it until today.

and...

It lived up to the hype!

First. It was a very fresh beer. Only the freshest from hercules nyc

A: Great pour, exceptional head it actually lined the entire inside of my glass all the way down. Poured a dark brown that created a mocha head with alot of carbonation evident.

S: Smells like Oatmeal! Very subtle nutty, grainy scents

T: I have nothing to say but YuM! Very tasty beer. Tastes like bitter oats that finish with a sweet aftertaste that is very smooth.

M: Medium to full body beer.

D: I am on my way back to the store for a case! I can drink this beer all night long. This is my type of beer. Not to strong but goes down very smooth. Even though it has a heavy feel i do not find myself filling up. Very Very Tasty.

This beer will be in my home for the holidays for sure!!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:41:59 | More by vhiggins
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alkemy

Ohio

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

Pours a really dark ruby brown with a big pillowy tan head with pretty good retention. Lots of roasty chocolate on the nose along with raisin, molasses, and vanilla extract. Cocoa and vanilla extract are the dominant flavors. There's a smoothness and taste that is reminiscent to an oak aged stout. This is a killer beer and silky smooth going down...very impressed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:03:05 | More by alkemy
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alankwak

Florida

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

Yummy...like Guinness on steriods.

A: Very dark red..nearly black...as it should be. Oh my....talk about head retention and lacing. This is awesome. The hallmark of good beer. Good head retention and lacing on a clean glass. This beer has it.

S: Very slight hop/malt mix on the nose. Not very strong and it shouldn't be.

T: Awe...light coffee and chocalate flavor...perfect. A tad hoppy but very good. Malt taste is there in good proportion.

M: I've never had a beer with such mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer in this regard. This is why I gave it a 5 in mouthfeel. Wonderful.

D: Very good. I mean I couldn't down these all night like a light lager or pils but it sure is a fine beer and very drinkable. Above average here.

Overall: It's true(as I've been told) Samuel Smith makes the highest quality brews. And this is one of them. Like Stout? Try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 03:30:11 | More by alankwak
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TongoRad

New Jersey

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

Dark translucent brown/black with a tall finely bubbled tan head. It settles down to about 1/4" and stays there.

Lovely aroma- roasty, nutty, fruity, malty- with a strong, but not overbearing, impression of butterscotch underneath it all. Added up it all comes together like a spice cake or a dessert.

Very soft flavor redolent of dried fruits and nuts with a long roasty finish- essentially it tastes the way that the aroma promises it will. There is just as much bitterness as is required to keep things grounded, and not a touch more. It starts to feel a bit thin by the end of a glass, but that is a minor complaint.

This is a smooth, well made beer, and an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 02:41:12 | More by TongoRad
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crazeddaffy

Massachusetts

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

Thoroughly hated this when paired with chocolate cake as a chemical taste pervaded; however, when drank alone it is quite good.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Black as oil, no light penetration with a 1.5 finger head when poured. 1/3 finger head that remain with nice lacing.

S: Weird smell I cannot describe but somewhat chemical, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and oats.

T: Taste is exactly how it smells with toffee and an extremely light hop flavor that is barely distinguishable. No bitterness at all that can be too sweet.

M: Medium carbonation that is watery and creamy at the same time.

D: Tasty when not paired with chocolate cake. Extremely sweet and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 10:28:03 | More by crazeddaffy
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fattychubs

North Carolina

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

Pours black, with a frothy tan head that laces nicely. Burnt malt and oat and a little chocolate make up the pleasing aroma. Taste starts dominated by a great roasted malt taste, nice bitter chocolate and coffee notes, buttery oats and a good sweetness that’s very balanced with bitter hops, finishes dry but smooth. Body is medium and smooth. As it warms up a bit more it takes on a little more alcohol in the taste.

Overall a really enjoyable experience, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 19:00:44 | More by fattychubs
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

Dear me, this was good! Looked great. Pitch black. Nice frothy, creamy head which lasted quite a while.

As someone who is not a stout fan, I have to say: really good! This didn't have the typical astringent taste I associate with stouts. Incredibly smooth. Which gives is a very high drinkability. The taste was pretty mellow however, which I liked. But at the end of the day, something like that cannot get a 5 for taste.

Well done. I'll definitely be having more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 19:15:11 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Gish

South Carolina

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A beautiful inky black with a tan head with good retention

S - bread and honey

T - Just like it smells, bready with a bit of sweetness. A bit of bitterness comes out to keep it well balanced.

M - smooth and creamy, slight carbonation bite

D - incredibly tasty and easy to drink, highly recommended

An enjoyable experience. Sets the standard for oatmeal stouts in my opinion. You can't go wrong with Sammy Smith's!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 05:45:40 | More by Gish
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rwrk42

New Jersey

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

Pour: Nearly black with a nice tan head the lasts and sticks to the glass
Smell: Not very strong, malty, sweet with coffee undertones
Taste: Very smooth with a sweet malty taste with oats & coffee. Not at all bitter and little hop taste.
A very good Oatmeal Stout that I would recommend

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:50:45 | More by rwrk42
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Pencible

Virginia

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

This poured an opaque ruby with dark tan head. It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate with sweet cream and a hint of oats. It tasted like milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasted bitter coffee, and dry toasted oats. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice, complex flavor that was well balanced, quite clean and definitely tasty. It had good body, and was very drinkable. There was honestly nothing extreme or exciting about this beer, but it's a perfect benchmark for what an oatmeal stout should be. No frills, just solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:17:48 | More by Pencible
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whynot44

Missouri

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

A really full bodied ale.

Black, rich roasted malt flavor. Slightly sweet, fruity with just a touch of hops.

Smooth. Seemed to actually taste better as it warmed up to "cool" rather than "cold".

A drink to sink your teeth into. Drink it by itself or with hearty food that can stand up to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 06:03:54 | More by whynot44
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divineaudio

Michigan

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

a - pours a nearly opaque dark brown with just a hint of red highlights. forms a thick, foamy, tan colored head that sticks around and leaves fairly complex lacing patterns in the glass.

s - slightly nutty, chocolate malt, faint vanilla, faint mineral character.

t - rich and complex. roasted malts prevail, but do not overpower the oats. notes of chocolate, vanilla, and cola are also present with ample hop bitterness for balance.

m - full bodied and kinda chewy, but not quite heavy. adequate carbonation, however the co2 profile is a bit on the coarse side for my liking.

d - this is a great session beer and an excellent example of the style. could drink this all day if i pace myself, especially so in the cold michigan winter months. also, this beer pairs especially well with drier cheeses like sharp cheddar and provolone.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:02:04 | More by divineaudio
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,147 ratings.