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

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Reviews: 2,183
Hads: 6,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 309
Gots: 949 | FT: 6
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of Marty30
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle.Poured into A Founders snifter at about 55 degrees.

A. Pours a dark brown into the glass,once poured body turns black,no light shines through.Nice inch and a half tan head that recedes down to a nice cap. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of sweet oatmeal and hints cherries and maple syrup.

T. First I get roasted malts and some coffee followed by the sweet oats,ends with some hop bitterness to balence things out a bit.

M. Kind of on the thin side,very well carbonated.Bitter on the pallet ends a sweet dry finish.

Overall nice example of an oatmeal stout,my only complaint is that the mouthfeel is pretty thin. (655 characters)

Photo of 401J
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass 0n a Tuesday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone and shared with a female red head ripe with scorn from a mid level altercation we had earlier in the evening but had been resolved minutes before tasting..

Enjoyed with some French Brie, baguette, and a Johnsonville Summer Sausage with a post apocalypse expiration date..

The appearance of this beer was quite lovely.. A dark chocolate/ruby color when held to light topped by a thin toddler pinkie head that disipates rather quickly.

Nice , mild nose with cherry, chocolate, oatmeal, and chocolate syrup.

The flavor was lighter than expected. Well balanced, a bit sour on the back of the tongue that rounded out with a mild oatmeal. I guess I was hoping for a more full bodied taste with a bit more of an oatmeal presence. A good well balanced brew though. (873 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Very dark color, almost appears black. Almost no light can be seen through it when held up to one. Small head that leaves nice lacing after every sip

S- Has a sweet malty smell... not overpowering

T- Has a toasty stout taste, but seems pretty dry tasting compared to other oatmeal stouts

M- Little watered down in my opinion, and over carbonated for a stout

D- Good enough to drink a bunch, but have had better

CHEERS (455 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, but nothing spectacular. Poured to a deep black with tan head that faded quickly. Deccent lacing as I drank. Aroma was hints of chocolate, but faint. I enjoyed the flavor, especially at mid-glass, but the body seemed light, and slightly watery. Had an okay finish, but nothing to write home about. Enjoyed the SS Taddy Porter and Impy Stout more. (368 characters)

Photo of babayaga
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 355mL bottle into a footed "stout glass."

Appearance- Big tan head that lasts a long time. Sparse lacing. Cloudy black with a hint of ruby. Can't see through without a light.

Aroma- Molasses and cookie. A bit of roastiness. Smells sweeter than it finishes.

Taste- Earthy choc, coffee-like, slightly sweet but finishes dry. Nice malt flavor. Something there as well that I just don't have the vocab to describe.

Mouthfeel- Creamy texture, medium body.

Enjoyable, but not remarkable. I was expecting more maybe because this one's considered a benchmark. (569 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Nice medium tan head. Black, with a golden brown glow at the bottom.

S: Light coffee. That's it really.

T/MF: Light blackened oats. Slight coffee/very dark cocoa. Very faint sweetness.

Not much to this one. Not bad, but doesn't blow me away.

Poured from a 550mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (335 characters)

Photo of eporter66
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml Bottle into pint glass

My first Sam Smith was the Imperial Russian Stout, which I know most wont consider strong, but I found a boozy flavor which was a turn off. Seeing that this had a normal range ABV, and such great ratings, it was time to try again.

A - Great appearance, black body, with brownish thick 2 finger head.

S - Underwhelming, I did not get much aroma

T - A good flavor, roasted malts, some chocolate, but again, with all the praise, I was just not blown away. There is a bitter character in the back of the mouth, aftertaste. I have had better more robust stouts in my limited samplings

M - Average, a little heavy on the carbonation for a stout to me.

D - Not a heavy beer, so it has a good drinkability.

Having read all the ratings & reviews first, my expectations were too high. Definitely a good beer/stout, and I will buy this again, but I guess I was expecting to find the Holy Grail of stouts, and I just dont see this as standing out above the pack. (986 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good beer, but maybe I'm missing something. I just dont think it's that great.

Poured from a bottle, a nice deep-red black with a light brown head. Head pretty much all faded and left little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet, but for some reason smells dusty (wtf?). Overall, kind of faint and not that great.

Taste didn't come out until the beer really warmed up. Little bitterness and a little sweet. Its nice but kind of thin overall.

Very easy drinking and feels nice.

I could easily drink a couple of these, however, I wouldn't recommend it for the price. It was smooth but there really wasn't much going on with this beer. Give it to someone that thinks Guinness is too much. I don't understand the hype on this one, but if you'd like to send a bottle to reconsider, I'll gladly drink it. (796 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark raisin brown with a one finger, creamy beige head. When picking up the aromas the first thing I think of is Newcastle. It's very, very malty and there are slight dark fruits, namely raisin. The flavors are very malty and sweeter than expected. There's light chocolate, light dark fruits, and light roasted malty sweetness. The flavors are just meh. The mouthfeel is perfect though. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It drinks well but for an oatmeal stout I've had quite a few that're better than this. The flavor just throws me off a bit. It's still solid, just not worthy of the rating in my opinion. (627 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm... Up until now, Samuel Smith's dark beers have been spot on for me across the board. Not to say the Oatmeal isn't good, but it was just very mild and underwhelming compared to their others. Reserved nose, some chocolate and oats. There's a lot of people claiming tons of smokiness in this and I really don't get it. Mild chocolate and toasted oats. I would like to taste more oats to be honest. Body is smooth and silky. This is a very easy drinker, delicious and true to form. (482 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, basically black, with two full fingers of khaki colored fluffy foam. The foam takes a bit to settles, leaving a nice rocky layer across the top of the beer and on the edges of the glass. There is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, soaked bread, and bit of caramel, and a touch of vanilla. It's smells alright. The bready nature of this beer is the dominate scent. The rest are just underlying players in the game.

T: It starts out sweet with bread notes and chocolate in the mix. I get that caramel and vanilla in the middle. As it moves the back end it gets sweeter, but it's still very bready.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and silky. It's a bit thin, but spot on for an oatmeal stout. The flavors coat the palate and slide off nicely. Nothing lingering for too long after the beer is gone.

O: This is an alright beer. It's not exactly my favorite style, but it's ok. I can respect this beer for what it is, but I don't see myself buying this one again. (1,017 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown in color, almost black, but not quite. There is a nice 2.5 finger, light weight head that is very light cappuccino in color. Moderate head retention and excellent lacing.

S: There's a little bit of sweet malt on the nose, but overall this is one of the absolute very least fragrant beers I have smelled, especially for a stout. Totally uninteresting and bland.

T: Not much in the flavor other than some toasted malt and oats. This is not a very deep or interesting beer. Although there is absolutely no hop profile, this is not an overly sweet beer either.

M: I was somewhat surprised/impressed that this beer had a decent viscosity as I was expecting it to be on the thin side.. It sat on the tongue well and was appropriately carbonated.

D: This is a very easy to drink beer. The tastes are good, it is smooth, and as a low ABV. Not incredibly interesting, but enough so that I could drink a lot of this in one night. (989 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the other half of my comparison between Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout and Mackeson’s XXX Stout and is my 3rd review of this excellent Stout.

Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with an impressive brownish tan head, though watery and not thick on the pour like Mackeson. There’s a nice malt/sorghum nose, though again not quite as complex or pleasing as in Mackeson’s offering. Flavor is good, slightly bitter with a strong presence of toasted malt. It’s a pleasantly liquid beer, going down easily but not as thick or substantial as I’d prefer. The finish is pleasingly bitter. Again, I find this to be a superior stout, but I believe that Mackeson edges it out in several important areas including appearing, taste, and mouthfeel. (742 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with slight ruby highlights, this richly-carbonated ale pours with a thick and frothy head of fine, tan bubbles. Lace is thick and spotty.

Nose is slightly sweet (almost sour), and somehow nutty. I also get some acidic quality. Not too appealing.

Taste, however, is nice and smooth! I get a lightly roasted nut overtone, with some astringency. Thin-bodied, but ultimately quite drinkable. Not as coffee-like as some oatmeal stouts, but this is more than sessionable. Solid overall. (495 characters)

Photo of bbb099
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Almost all black with brown hue. Mocha colored head. Moderate amount of lacing.

S - Roasty, coffee aroma accompanied by some medicinal, cough syrup odor. Alcohol presence is also noticeable.

T - Bitterness from the roasted oats comes through first but finishes with an incredibly sweet candy and dark fruit flavors. I also found it a little watery.

M - Low carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Not great.

D - Meh. There wasn't anything special. The sweetness was a little odd and it was quite watery for a stout. (542 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks great. Poured into a glass, has a nice dark chocolate-colored body with amber highlights/ Nice light brown thick head with pretty lacing. Yeah, I said pretty.

S- Sweet, chocolatey, very roasted.

T- Not particularly impressed. Strong bready and chocolate fkavours, but there's a very strong back of throat-slash-palate feel of acid, as if drinking a strong black coffee. Good for some, many even, but not I.

M- Oh, just look above.

D- I can drink one and move on. Would visit again in the future. (508 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/15/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a very nice, thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roast, coffee. Flavor is super sweet, with lots of oatmeal, and some roasted malts. The first time I had this I really enjoyed it, but this time I found it too artificially sweet. Ok beer, but I'm not impressed. Palate is a little watery too.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5) (364 characters)

Photo of setexascustoms
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pretty much black with creamy tan head. Respectable retention and lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts.

T- Sweet, smooth, nice roasted malts and easy to drink for a stout. Slight roasted malt bitterness, like bakers chocolate.

M/O- I was expecting more due to the hype, I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had just found it, rather than it coming so highly recommended. I was a little let down, I expected it to be a little more creamy with less carbonation. Good beer none the less, and quite easy to drink, good session beer for stout fans. Oh, did I mention it was sweet? (616 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12 ounze bottle from Michael's Deli in King of Prussia and poured into a pint glass. The sound it made when it poured made you believe it was thicker than it actualy was (altough it was thicker than the normal stout). It produced a good bit of head, with a decent rate of retention. The smell was very malty and sweet. The mouthfeel was a little harsh. The taste wasn't as malty as the smell was, I guess it was blended more toward taste than smell. Don't drink and review. (484 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black color with quite a bit of fluffy tan head on it. Smells like grain and alcohol. Not really a pleasant aroma. Tastes like some coffee, molasses, maybe some caramel. Medium body, a little thickness to it. The flavor in this beer isn't really my cup of tea. It's pretty drinkable, just not for me. (332 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 17 2011...yikes...lets hope this holds up.

A - Pours a mahogany/black to a dark brown body with some clarity and red light through the edges. A big frothy offwhite head.

S - Sweet malts - caramel, toffee, a vegetal note. It's not balanced and its very sweet.

T - Better than the smell, thankfully, and has some nice dark malt profile to it. That sweetness is still here, and its off-putting. This also moderately resembles a cola.

M - Medium body, dry ish, a bit gritty.

O - this probably needs to be more fresh, but it's not too bad. (551 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: 1.5" generous head - tight retention. Medium sized bubbles all the way up, with tiny ones on top. Color is a very light tan/sand. Dark dark crimson when held up to light.

Smell: Very sweet, almost cola-like smell - reminiscent of a supersweet chocolate. Not really smoky. Cherry or chocolate twizzlers.

Taste: Full bodied, but cloyingly sweet for the style. Chocolate and candied malts. Bananas foster. Aftertaste reveals some roasted coffee roundness.

Mouthfeel: Medium - not smooth, not silky. Average.

Drinkability: Due to its over sweetness, this beer is only a one-pinter.

A good oatmeal stout, but I was expecting more from such a highly rated beer. I would rather spend the money on the Troeg's or Barney Flats! (853 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nice from the bottle with a fair amount of head, even if it's not as much as I'm used to seeing from a stout. Nice dark tones, but again not as dark as I'm used to seeing in a stout. It has a slight stout aroma, but nothing as strong as I'm used to seeing from a stout, just a hint of bitters and a very, very slight waft of oatmeal. It does go down smooth, it's texture being its best quality in my opinion. It has a nice stout flavor, but there is not one flavor that really comes out, making it a mild stout. (517 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice and dark. Can't see through this beer. Dark black at first glance. When I raise light behind it, it shows through as a dark ruby red. two and a half finger frothy tan head. Exceptional lacing.

S- Coffee and caramel are hidden behind a predominant smell of, surprisingly enough, oatmeal. toasted malts as well.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell on this one. caramel mocha oatmeal. Haven't seen that style of Instant Quaker Oats on the shelf yet. May have to write them a letter. There's a slight bitterness in the aftertaste from the toasted malts. Kinda tires the mouth out about halfway through a glass

M- starts out creamy but turns to a watered down feeling as you swallow.

D- It's not a bad beer. Good flavor and mouth appeal. Everything is great to me about this beer except when I swallow. I just get tired of that flavor it leaves behind. Unfortunately could not finish this one. (903 characters)

Photo of mcmidc
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After pouring this stout, the head settled down to almost nothing, not the slight creamy head I was looking for. It was a dark stouty color with not an over whelming amount of odor. There was slight hints of oatmeal and maybe some chocolate in the smell. Mouthfeel was milky and smooth, probably the beers strong point. I didn't encounter anything special in the way of taste, a sweet stout with a little oatmeal and coffee hints but nothing that really jumps out at you. To me, it didnt drink like a stout, too light and not very robust. A smooth beer that goes down easy and drinks easy, but not exactly what I'm looking for in a stout. (638 characters)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,183 ratings.