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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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5,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,235
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 327 | 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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Photo of jabocu


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black coffee color with deep brown-orange highlites. Two finger light tan cap that dissipates slowly. Aroma is distinct coffee, cocoa, toffee, grain, licorice, slight cherry fruitiness, and a hint of earthiness. Flavor is dark carmal maltiness with some slight sour cherry and wheat right up front. Followed with cocoa, coffee, and roasted barley. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low bitterness and medium-light carbonation. Highly drinkable beer with just the right amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:43:19 | More by jabocu
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown/black into TEKU glass. Very light tan head with lots of lacing.

Smell is toasted oats, sweet malt, molasses, with a hint of coffee.

Taste follows the smell well. Lots of molasses and toasted oats. A hint of alcohol warmth comes through. Very mild bitterness late.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a fabulous, complex oatmeal stout. An old favorite. Just now getting around to rating it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 21:56:15 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of ethosx19


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice chocolate flavor and typical dark stout appearance. Low carbonation and light body (for an oatmeal stout) made it easy to drink. The price is a bit high and will keep me from drinking too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 17:15:02 | More by ethosx19
Photo of aubuc1


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in to an imp pint glass. Pours dark bron with a tan head that is holding strong. Chocolate and roasted malty smells. Some sweet on top of malty taste with roast in the background. The oatmeal creates a great mouthfeel that is a little sticky. Very easy drinking stout because of the great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 21:20:59 | More by aubuc1
Photo of dkrusekontrol


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is something different...I poured it into a pint glass. Black with tan head. Leaves lacing.

I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but this beer is silky smooth yet thick and creamy. Very nice.

Smell: Molasses and faint chocolate. Not too strong.

I'm having a tough time pinning down the taste. Good roasted malt flavor, some dark chocolate and molasses. There's some bitter herbal quality.

Quite complex. I enjoyed the change from other stouts (non-oatmeal), even if I struggled to identify it completely.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:52:47 | More by dkrusekontrol
Photo of thorvale

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review on here so here it goes...

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - very dark and almost opaque, like a typical stout should be. Nice tan head.

S - very sweet. Definitely picking up some roasted malts and a hint of coffee

T - again, sweet, but a decent bitterness to balance it out. Can't taste the oatmeal that much, although the presence of roasted oats can be detected, definitely picked up some hints of dark chocolate and caramel. It starts off sweet, then the heavier roasted malts come in, and finishes off with a slight bitterness.

M - hits the palate in all the right places, to put it simply. Does not feel overly heavy on the tongue but is definitely thick and almost syrupy, which I personally like

D - a very drinkable beer in my opinion. goes great with a meal or on it's own. it's also not a particularly strong beer at 5% abv, so one could easily drink a few of these in one night

Overall opinion - One of my favorite beers that I drink regularly. I enjoy stouts and dark malty beers, so this was a real treat. And the price is spot on. Considering the quality of this beer, I think it's a steal. I would recommend this to a person that loves stouts, or even a person just getting into them. It's a great "beginner stout" since it doesn't really attack the palate like some stronger stouts might.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 05:15:35 | More by thorvale
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: A dark black/brown coloring, minimal light coming through at all. A nice two finger foamy tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts, some oats, caramel and chocolate smells.

T: A good tasting of oatmeal, dark chocolate and some milk chocolate.

M: A very thick yet slightly slick beer. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: A low ABV, a great choice as a session beer as it is not really heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 13:34:23 | More by IronCitySteve
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium to dark brown body topped by a vicious head of tan standing at a few inches tall. An inviting look indeed.

S - Chocolate and cocoa fill my nose.

T - This is a great Oatmeal Stout. There are an array of flavors mixing in this beer. It starts out as mild chocolate and moves on to an tasty almond. It then brings in a slight dark cocoa flavor before finishing up with smooth milk chocolate once again.

M - The feel is supple and wet as is goes down smooth.

~ I can't believe it took me so long to try this great beer. This is going to be a regular from here on out. If you haven't had a chance to drink one of these fine beers, do youself a favor and indulge.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 20:19:37 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into its own glass, tan head a frothy one finger with good lacing. Smells of a chocolate cake, sweet brown sugar. Burnt coffee taste had nice balanced bitterness and with air took on a nuttier, bitter chocolate taste and feel. A few hints of molasses in the mix as well as a biscotti chewiness. Considering the taste, I found the body lighter than expected, smooth mouthfeel, a bit of dryness in the finish, brazil nut. Overall, this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout well deserving of a place in your cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:27:04 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of OutFox

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Trappe glass.

A - Super black, with a creamy colored tan head. Looks like heaven.

S - Oatmeal is predominate with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate.

T - Just fantastic. Truly one of the better stouts out there, but thats to be expected coming from Samuel Smith. Tastes exactly like the nose which is exactly what I was hoping for. Love the amount of oatmeal you get.

M - Thick, rich, creamy. Great stout feel.

O - Love this beer. One of the firsts stouts I ever had years ago, and truly sets the bar for an oatmeal stout. Such a treat in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:24:30 | More by OutFox
Photo of baos


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Bottle into favorite Mason jar.

A: Pours dark brown with a nice 2 finger head. good lacing and good head retention.

S: Dark maltiness, coffee, and burnt caramel. Very faint aroma and very fresh smelling.

T: Roasty maltiness, smooth mellow scorched caramel with a bit o' dryness at the finish.

D: Very nice indeedy laddy. Blokes learned by spying on the Emerald isle to the west. Aye! drink up!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:31:52 | More by baos
Photo of custardcb


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Imperial Stout several times and really enjoy the deeper and richer flavors that it offers, however I find this to be just as enjoyable. The high quality of this stout is obvious and much appreciated. Many brewers attempt for a stout at this level and usual come short.

A: The rich black color is impeccable with smooth head that slowly settles.
S: The aroma of toasted oats and barley is evident and well rounded.
T: There is a perfect balance of smooth and bitter flavors. I slight tinge of smokey flavor is there to compilent the brew.
M: An extremely rich mouthful that takes some getting use to it. This isnt a stout for beginners.
D: While it does have a low ABV I really wouldn't call it a session beer. It is just too rich to drink too many of them. Two of them is enough for me in one. night

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 03:34:19 | More by custardcb
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, only a code stamped on the bottle. The stout poured a deep, brown with a foamy, sustained tan-head. Intricate lacing formed on the glass as the head slowly subsided.

The aroma was slightly spicy and sweet like molassas and licorice.

The intial flavor is soft and chocolately sweet with a bit of hoppy tanginess in the background. There is a slight roastiness, but largely sweet, yet always refreshing. In fact, this stout is extremely balanced and never becomes cloying even as it warms in the glass.

The mouthfeel is smooth with surprisingly spritzy carbonation that only adds to the refreshing flavors on the palatte.

This is truly a quaffable stout that one could easily enjoy any time of the year. If you want to explore the world of oatmeal stouts, you should start here - the benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:18:09 | More by jkrich
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce glass bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, opaque black color with nice thick tan head. Upon pour head is already sticking to the sides of the glass. Very nice.

S - Roasted malts with aromas of caramel and coffee coming through. The careml aroma really comes to the forefront for me and makes this one of the most pleasant/inviting smelling beers I've ever encountered.

T - Very creamy taste with a lot of chocolate coming through. Extremely malty but not overly sweet. Some bitterness balances it all out.

M - goes down nice and smooth, I prefer a little more carbonation, but still a nice smooth full body.

D - A nice sipper, like many stouts I've tried I could definitely sit and enjoy two or three of these at the end of the night.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:55:22 | More by EStreet20
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in appropriate glassware.

Appearance: Very dark brown beer, with a darkly-tan head.

Aroma: Sweet coffee aroma.

Flavor/Body: Dry, slightly chocolaty malt flavor, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Medium body, perhaps slightly oily/watery, with low carbonation.

Not my favorite style, but it's the first chilly day of Autumn we've had in this unseasonably warm Texas fall, and this makes a perfect accompaniment to the cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 01:15:28 | More by allengarvin
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark opaque brown with a big 3-fingered tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A light oatmeal note is present in the aroma, under a big chocolate and caramel malt smell that is also accented by some dark fruits, a hint of coffee, and a slight hop note.

Taste: The front of the tongue is a sweet/salty oatmeal taste that is more dominant than in the smell, which gives way to a wallop of chocolate malts and a small fruity taste and finishes up with a coffee note and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with low carbonation and absolutely velvety smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and not very filling. Leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: A delicious dessert stout that is well-rounded and not overly alcoholic. I'll be drinking this again, for sure. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:41:48 | More by bagpiper2005
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 450ml bottle into a pint glass producing a beige colored 1/2" head that laces the glass quite well as I drink. The color is deep deep brown/black. Excellent after dinner beer with the rich creamy flavor of roasted toffee and oats. Alcohol is balanced perfectly. This beer is rich in flavor and goes down very smoothly. This is an outstanding example of and oatmeal stout. Smells just like it tastes. Toffee and oats. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is perfect for a stout. Drinkability is good. Yummy

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 13:57:32 | More by hoppheadIPA
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I rated this brew too high, but it is a great brew.

Pours a nice black brew but looks dark brown on the edges, A light tan head.

Earthy tones mellow out the dark roast, also smell a touch of sweetness in the background.

A smooth brew to drink that is for sure, a nice melding of flavors, nothing is fighting to be out in front. The dark roasted malt as I said before is subdued by an oaty, earth taste. Like a medium roast coffee with a touch of sugar to take the edge off.

A good session beer, I could drink this all night, not heavy at all just a little more than medium bodied.

I think this is a good beer to to turn people on to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 12:55:13 | More by dippy
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (35.5 cl.) purchased from "Le souffleur de bières", first tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black brown color, with tan creamy and foamy head.
Smell : coffee and roasted barley aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : creamy sweet flavors, with a nice well balanced bitterness finish.
Drinkability: a very good beer in the style Oatmeal Stout. To drink at cellar t° (13 °C) with a chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:37:47 | More by thierrynantes
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with a two finger mocha colored head. Plenty of decadent lacing as the beer is drank down.

Toffee and brown sugar on the nose with a touch of raisin, roast, and oatmeal. Smells a lot like oatmeal cookies, unsurprisingly.

Opens up the palate with light toffee and light roast coffee flavors, quickly moves into more sweet flavors like milk chocolate and raisins. Finishes a dry flavor combination of more toffee and sweeter malt.

Medium bodied with a sticky body. Low carbonation, with a touch of dryness.

Awesome lighter dessert like flavors in a beer that's highly quaffable. The quintessential oatmeal stout. Brewers these days are so obsessed with pushing the flavor and ABV boundaries in stouts, when this is just as satisfying and not nearly as intoxicating or calorie dense.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:07:39 | More by auroracrisis
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To date one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had. This stout retained it's head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Pours out a dark brown that you can barely see through if you hold it up to the light.

Alcohol, caramel and oats dominate the aroma. The oatmeal really stood out when I got around to drinking it. The thickness is perfect for this style of ale and went down smooth.

Overall, a great stout that I will be seeking out again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 05:09:18 | More by maddamish
Photo of mlazzaro


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to drink this beer all the time back in college. One of the first heady/craft beers I found palatable and got into. I since have strayed away to explore, and because English beers tend to stay on the self to long in America, and typically go bad. This bottle being in a clear bottle certainly doesn't help.

Clear for a stout, what you can see through is a beautiful cherry color. Under a light brown head that seems to be having trouble holding up in my glass. Smells of chocolate and dark sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal addition. Dark, flavorful, but balanced and easy to drink. Tastes as good as I remember five or so years ago, even though my palate has changed quite a bit since then. There is a slightly odd aspect to the mouthfeel at the end of the sip, but regardless it is impressive beer.

I think it would be even better fresh. Difficult to achieve over here in the states.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 18:18:37 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of qbushido


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that struck me about this stout was the aroma, Very complex, almost sweet, with what I thought could have been vanilla among other things. The #1 surprise was the texture and consistency of this beer, I was expecting something much thicker, more like guiness, and boy was I surprised, a much smoother, lighter consistency with a great taste and just enough flavor to let you know you are drinking something quality without being over whelming. It took me more time to get a good overall sense of this stout then I would have expected, a compliment to the complexity of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 16:58:33 | More by qbushido
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my favorite stouts.

I originally had this beer for the first time in High School and just recently found a place around where I live that carries it. Needless to say I snatched it up if for no other reason than nostalgia.

Anyway, the beer pours a deep rich brown, nearly black. The head was nice and thick and the lace stuck to the edge of the glass until it was finished.
I am a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and this one an all around good stout. I highly recommend it. The taste is great and unlike some beers you can spend your time on it without it tasting awful on the last bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 04:34:56 | More by LuckySevens82
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites although I haven't had it in a while.

Pours a dark , but not opaque, molasses and supports a very nice tan head that eventually faded but left a cap for many minutes. Little lacing but that can be forgiven.

Roasted malt and molasses aromas, classic stout nose.

Brilliant flavor balance, with an up front sweetness from the malts offset ideally with excellent flat bitterness. Warms you up for the next sip.

Shockingly not that think. In fact I would go so far to say they could increase the weight of the body on this beer and I would like it more.

If they increased the weight though the beer wouldn't be nearly as drinkable as it is. At only 5% ABV, this is relatively light and highly consumable stout. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 16:40:01 | More by Chizoad
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