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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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Reviews: 2,189
Hads: 6,213
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 313
Gots: 981 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 BierStein711
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip

This beer pours jet black, smells of malt and hops. There is some oatmeal. The taste is at first very bready, then there is a semi-sweet finish. Head retention is not that good, which surprised me. Maybe I had an expired bottle, but I did not see any clues to freshness. No expiration or freshness dates were given.

I may have this again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at a D`Agostino`s grocery store in Westchester, New NY.
The appearance is dark with a thin head.
The smell is rich, similar to dark chocolate.
The taste is sweet, a hint of cinnamon. with the flavor of a very rich stout to it. The mouthfeel is of cinnamon and brown sugar, again very rich.
Drinkability is decent on this, but it is rich, that I could never conceive of drinking more than two of these oatmeal stouts in one evening.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a very dark black/brown body with a mocha one finger head that lingers.

S: Burt grains are dominate here. Heavy smoke and roast with some sweet toffee in the background.

T: Similar to Black Butte Porter. There is a roast flavor that dominates the beer. Very little chocolate and coffee in the background.

M: A little thin on the body for a stout but great carbonation.

O: Overhyped. It is a good beer just like black butte porter is a good beer, but this is not worth seeking out.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks dark brown-black in the glass. Not much head, but it's khaki colored.

S: Roast and the typical oaty notes found in oatmeal stouts.

T: Light roast, oats, and a hint of an odd wine-like flavor. Mild tasting overall.

M: Smooth, but kind of light for my tastes on an oatmeal stout.

O: I think there was a time when this was a comparatively great beer, but I don't think it measures up to today's stouts. I hate to rip on a classic, but there are so many better American stouts out there for better prices.

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Photo of Long813
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black body, only some light shines through the edges of the glass. Head is thin, mocha coloured. Leaves very little lacing and retention is alright.

S: Well blended aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Not as strong as the aroma, but full of milk chocolate, roasted malts and grainy hops.

M: Very thin, water like texture. There is medium-low carbonation. I was expecting this to be a thicker texture and feel due to the oats, but I don't notice it.

O: I was expecting much more out of this stout due to the great reviews. It's not bad, but just not as good as I was expecting. Would enjoy the texture to be thicker.

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

Dark as crud colour with tan creamy head, that takes it's time lacing to the side.

Smell is not too strong but is pleasant. Dark molasses sweetness with earthy aromas.

The taste is malty, molasses sweet, with coffee like bitterness. An earthy oatness comes afterwards. Deep, rich, and bitter sweet.

Cola-like body leaves flavours lingering in your mouth. A bit sticky, but the taste makes you want to keep it on your taste buds as long as possible.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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?

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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.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.