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

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Reviews: 2,175
Hads: 6,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
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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 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)

Photo of BeerRun13
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a tan head that filled up 3/4 of the glass. I thought it was my pour, but the next one was no different.
Sweet and dark roasted, malty aroma. Smells okay.
Their is definately a roasted malt flavor along with some sugary flavor. I tasted a bit of a nutty quality in the beer. A little oatmeal taste and some sort of hoppiness. *Maybe a bit skunked?
Lighter in body than I would have expected. It when down pretty good.
It seemes fairly well balanced, and drinkable.

I am a firm believer that clear bottles can hurt a beers flavor, and I defineitely get the same thing in here that I got in their Nut Brown Ale. I think Samuel Smith would be better served with using dark bottles, but thats just my $.02. I would still try other brews of theirs, but won't grab for this first if I had other options. (826 characters)

Photo of Pundarquartis
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black liquid contrasted by a cream colored head towering about 1,5 inches. The aroma is earthy with a hint of roasted coffee and chocolate, however rather bland and weak. The taste is light but complex with a lot of grains and a hint of coffee, though I must say I felt a slightly metallic aftertaste which brings down the grade a notch.. It is smooth to the palate and makes a rather easy beer to drink, perfect session beer. Overall it is a great beer with some minor flaws, deeply recommended. (506 characters)

Photo of MrNuggets
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head is giant and creamy. Very full earthy aroma, can't help but noticed something off. Is it alcohol I smell? Taste is a fine mix of rolled oats and unsweetened chocolate. Nuttiness moves into a bitter sweet after taste that is unrewarding. Feels fuller in the mouth than it looks in the glass. (295 characters)

Photo of tkeHijacker
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark Black with amber highlights.Thick creamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little to no lace. Bubbles still coming up.

S: Deep chocolaty malt smell, slight oat nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, light flowery/fruity bitterness, sweet and smooth oat nuttiness present but not overpowering. (some reason my taste buds give me an almost grape flavor in there.

M: Medium to heavy body (more on the medium side though), smooth enough that you could take nice big mouthfuls at a time. Nice carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, but too heavy in the stomach to have more than one (550 ml) in a sitting. Higher ABV would be a nice complement to the flavor experienced here. (695 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - black and opaque, half inch head from well controlled pour, lacing stays.

Smell - maple syrup, caramel, oats, burnt chocolate, light hops

Taste - was a dissapointment here. looked and smell pretty nice, but the taste wasn't doing much wowing. tasted like a pretty average oatmeal stout. not on the sweet side, bitter grains, burnt chocolate, minor caramel but all of it is very light.

Mouthfeel - first sip was very carbonated, dies off. way to thin and crisp for my preferences with oatmeal stouts. (515 characters)

Photo of dubman003
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout is my favorite kind of beer, but after drinking several other oatmeal stouts, I can't give this beer my seal of oatmeal stout approval. I think it's not as rich as an oatmeal stout can be.

Unfortunately, I think because oatmeal stouts are so good anyway, Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout gets a really good rating, but in the specific category, it just can't stand up to some of the smaller brews I've had. But, at the grocery store, Samuel Smith's the one oat stout you can be sure is going to be there. (517 characters)

Photo of foles
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, given the reputation of the brewery and the quality of the other beers they have on offer.

I must say I was slightly disappointed. The presentation was immaculate - fluffy tanned head, jet black. But I found the taste a little one dimensional. A straight out bitterness from the lips to the back of the palate, a simple roasted quality, a bit of cocoa, and not a whole lot else in terms of complexity. I did like the muddy slippery feel to it though

The bottle expires in Nov 08, so wasnt out of date, but wasnt fresh either. A solid offering, but I have had better oatmeal stouts . (616 characters)

Photo of Mechphisto
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour, dark and opaque brown/black with a nutty brown head that's reasonably thick and lasts a reasonable amount of time that leaves a nice lacing. It's my second favorite looking beer.
I really couldn't get much of a scent from it. I don't think I'm experienced enough to really catch the notes yet. A deep deep inhale I can smell something, faint, and it's nice, but I can't place the spice or floral or what it is. It's like a richness that's right on the edge of perception.
The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected, but this was my first oatmeal stout. Didn't know what to expect, but I like my Apple and Cinnimon Oatmeal breakfast, so I think I expected something sweet subconciously. *grin*
There's a sharp bitterness, almost a burnt taste. Like what I would expect burnt oats to taste like. But it's only slightly annoying. More interesting, actually.
I found I had to drink it a little colder than I normally like dark beers. Just under or at refridgerator temp. (What, about 50F I think?) (1,023 characters)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.