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

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5,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,540
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 472 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really dark brow, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy white head that fades to a light ring. I just love the bottles (20oz) design and label.

S - Dark roasted malty goodness. Sweet to the nose with Carmel overtones.

T/M - Saaa-mooth, rich and creamy. The initially approach to the palate is full bodied, expanding upon sipping and filling the mouth with a smooth complexity. The finish is well, smooth again, with earthy toffee infusion that makes you put the glass down and slowly take in the flavors.

D - Highly enjoyable, 1 20oz bottle was just perfect for a nightcap. Not a session beer but definitely worth revisiting, highly recommended.

shabbtastic, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Josievan
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The color is a dark brown with deep red flashes thrown in at the bottom of the glass. There's a soft tan head, and the lingering foam becomes more of a wall than lacing.

Smell: Sweet oatmeal is prominent, with underlying roasted malts.

Taste: Lots of namesake oatmeal, with a tad bit of maple syrup sweetness. Finish is sweet as well, with only a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability: Despite lots of flavor and a full body, it doesn't weigh you down at all. An utterly drinkable stout.

Notes: Well, I'm finally getting around to reviewing Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. It was the first Sam Smith beer I had and the first oatmeal stout I had. It remains my favorite oatmeal stout, and is one of the standouts in Samuel Smith's excellent arsenal of beers. This is considered the quintessential oatmeal stout, and for good reason.

Josievan, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of les1721
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence was very dark with a nice tan head that remains and sticks to the glass.
Smell was sweet with notes of toasted malt.
Taste was very very creamy and then very rich. The malt character is very complex with chocolate, toasted and mollasses flavors. Hop flavor and aroma was unnoticeable but did keep the malt profile from being overly sweet. The oats add a creamy sweet flavor making this an exceptional beer.
Mouthfeel was medium and the drinkability high for such a sweet beer.

One of my favorite all-time beers. And also very good for breakfast.

les1721, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of eagles22
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a not so tannish white head

Smell: oatmeal and also lots of caramel and toffee...hints of chocolate

Tatse: o man this is wonderful ..i absoultley love this beer...hints of toffee and wonderful dark smooth chocolate and good amount of oatmeal

Mouthfeel: is very nice smooth and goes down great..also a great aftertaste no bitter taste in your mouth

Drinkability: is very high

eagles22, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of industrialswill
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is about as dark as dark can get...almost black. Pours with a great, big head.
It smells like it looks, roasted grain.
I was greeted initially with a vinegar taste. As the sips went by the flavor evened out, but my over all impression is that I'm sitting here with a slightly over average beer.

January 2012

I'm giving this guy another try.
No vinegar taste, I taste good ol' roasty malt met with just the right balance of hop bitterness and the bitterness you get from charred grain.

industrialswill, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown. dense, and sticky body that is not quite opaque with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Thick tall khaki head formed easily and receded to a quarter inch thick layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Wonderful lacing and head retention and medium carbonation. Smells like lightly roasted grains, caramel, and honey. Flowery hops with very mild bitterness. Taste leans definitely towards toward the fruity sweet end of the spectrum, with a mixture of plums, raisins, and cherries. Warming and soothing with a mouthfeel that is a bit thinner than most stouts. A restrained sweet stout that is easy to drink.

rajendra82, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of mick303
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a compact tan head, with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell has sweet roast malt, a subtle apple chocolate fruitiness. hops are there in the background, bitter chocolate and coffee notes, altogether a bit sweet, subtle and complex.

Taste has a lemony roast maltiness, sweet chocolate and eathiness notes. A crisp bitterness, with some fruity floral esters, makes this a really interesting drink. Flavour has a lot of subtle complexity and it shows a lighter side that has plenty to offer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, carbonation is a plentiful, and this has a real crisp feel, drinkability is really sessionable. Creaminess from the oats is very nicely incorporated and it retains enough bite to make is not over-sweet.

Really good stuff, this beer deserves to be tried, not overwhelming in body but plenty of interesting things here.

mick303, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this beer in my goal of reviewing all 100 in the Beers of Fame. I've had this beer a few times before. It is about time that I actually review it. I am happy to have paired this with a prime NY strip steak. Big shock that a stout goes well with red meat.

I poured the 550ml bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a perfect black with a lighter tan head. The body is nicely thin as expected for an oatmeal stout.

The smell is spot on. You get a bunch of malt, some coffee, and a little sweetness.

The flavor is perfectly subdued. You get roasty notes and more malt. The coffee is there, but it is not overwhelming. I like the way it balances out.

The aftertaste eases off really well. I like the way that the feel of this beer makes this very easy to drink.

Samuel Smith has a very good history for making quality beers. This is one of the great flagship offerings.

ummswimmin, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of steverx8
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

steverx8, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass

L: dark brown, almost black, hints of amber highlights only when held up to light and only on the very edges; huge 1- to 1 1/4-inch head of caramel/tan ... super thick, holds on for awhile, and is super sticky ... lots of stick *and* lace; the liquid is clear, not opaque, despite being almost black-looking with no light on it. amazing brew to look at.

S: malt ... so much sweet malt, a bit of the red wine smell that leads into licorice, but with loads of chocolate that keeps it sweet. never gets into the Belgian strong dark range of raisins/licorice BUT it is a darker malt smell -- soured grapes/wine also for a slight liquour smell

T: toasted chocolate ... toasted barley. so much good malt -- the aftertaste has a very nice burnt taste to it, burnt sweet chocolate that offers a kind of semi-sweet chocolate note. lots of nuts -- walnuts, peanuts, pecans ... they're in there, not always overpowering. slight (very slight) coffee notes; it is NOT a full-on espresso-style stout, but it's got a hint of a coffee note

F: perfect. i'm not a fan of the slick, lumpy feel of stouts, but this one just feels like a perfectly-brewed midweight beer ... wonderful. loads of carbonation keep it very drinkable.

O: boy, this one could make you a fan of the stout. it's VERY approachable, not overly dry, not overly dark, not overly sweet -- it's a good blend of darker malt notes without going too far on the dark side.

i've always been the half-assed kind of stout drinker who REALLY had to be in the mood to handle it -- guiness was my only stout experience. then Great Divide's Yeti and Lakewood's The Temptress taught me how sweet the milk /russian imperial stouts can get, but those brews are LOADED with alcohol. so too are some great American porters I've tried. But THIS ... this yet another great offering from Samuel Smith gives you so many of the same great chocolate/coffee/sweet malt notes with a much lower ABV.

i get it. so many BAs love this brew and call it their favorite Samuel Smith beer, and i get why.

Premo88, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of dmgeng
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first brew that I tried to copy with homebrew.

A - Deep brown/black/maroon color. Pours thick with dark creamy head with good lacing.

S - Strong malty smell with a roasted, grainy, oatmeal smell.

T - Great flavor having a robust character with a malty, roasty, chocolaty, and some like toffee/caramel taste. There is some faint bitterness from the black malt and hops but is very malt heavy and sweet.

M - Robust mouth-feel with low carbonation. Silky feel and a lingering sweetness that makes it a great winter beer.

Overall, this oatmeal stout is the gold standard in this style. It isn't as heavy as a RIS but it is a tasty brew. It has everything for the dark beer drinker. It's also a nice change of pace if you are used to drinking dry stouts like Guinness. I would strongly recommend this to anyone that likes darker beer.

Glass- Stein

dmgeng, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of grynder33
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to fall in line with just about everyone else on this one.The tempting darkness of the brew is gothicly beautiful, as is the teasing carmel oatmeal aroma.Sweet carmelly aste floats right with you for the entire glass.Bitterness never showed its face. I thought the mouthfeel was just a little to high charged, but that just made it a thirst quencher, instead of just a sipping beer.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle into a Guiness Tulip

A: Very dark with a big fluffy off white head.

S: Roasted Barley & a touch of alcohol.

T: Wonderful. The barley comes through with excellent chocolate and coffee flavors. A mild sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Dead-on for a Stout.

D: Excellent. Everything seems to be in balance, making this a very drinkable brew.

mondegreen, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark with a nice head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Chocolate and toffee with Dark malts in the background.

Taste: Flavors come in waves one after the other. Chocolate and dark malts, then toffee and then the oat smooth ending that is also a little buttery. Fantastic and complex.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly as a desert beer.

wmtxbb, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of californiakulak
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into my Anchor Steam pint glass.

A. Very dark chocolate color. Huge tan head and great lacing.

S. Faint smell, coffee, chocolate and oatmeal.

T. Wonderful beer. Sweet with chocolate and roasted flavors. Caramel and toffee.

M. Best part of the beer. Light carbonation, rich smooth mouthcoating sensation from the oatmeal.

D. My favorite oatmeal stout in the world. Very drinkable.

californiakulak, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of nano
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a guinness glass from a 330 bottle that i buy in The BeerBox Monterrey.

A- deep black color, qith a 2 fingers brown head

S- chocolate malts, and a little bit sweet

T- very sweet, with chocolate finish

M- medium body, nice carbonation

D- i can take 3 of this one with no problem, a amazing brew

nano, May 28, 2010
Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice dark black color with a lite velvety head

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with hints of english hops. A thick malty aroma that is very inviting.

Taste: big bodied with a nice smooth taste. Its slightly sweet in the begining but soon become mildly bitter. The taste is creamy and lite on the tongue with a nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Overall a wonderful oatmeal stout, a must try

Elemental, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for something to drink on this cold, snowy, and brisk day. Picked up a bottle of Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout to warm me up.

A- As dark brown as you can get, bordering on black color. Tan head, think cappuccino color, small lace. Looks amazing.

S- Smell was very malty and sweet almost like a chocolate cake with some caramel.

T- Taste was unexpectedly sweet with very mild bitter hop notes. I tasted some vanilla (ice cream flavors), chocolate, coffee. Oats and barley also present.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and filling. This stuff went down easily and drank like a dessert.

D- Very drinkable stout. This stuff certaily suited my enviornment at the time. I enjoyed the blance and sweetness of the stout.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Sudsy89
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, slightly cold

Pours a solid black with a nice three-finger tan head. Low level of carbonation and creamy medium mouthfeel. Has a definite malty aroma, smell and taste is sweetish fruit, chocolate. Oat flavor is also noticeable and adds a nice dimension to the taste. This is surprisingly refreshing and for a stout I find it less bitter than expected. Would be highly drinkable, has a lower ABV than most stouts at 5%. A bit "tamer" than I expected, but still a damn delicious stout, looks pretty too. I would love to try this on tap in England someday. Price for me is around $10 for a four-pack, so not really expensive but still much more than other choices, so it's a special treat.

Sudsy89, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of imasloth
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- I poured it into a flared pint glass, down the middle. The beer provided more than ample head, making me understand the recent row over top-ups at Samuel Smith's pubs in Britain. The foam is light and airy, the color of a cafe au lait and leaves thick lacing as it slowly falls. The beer itself is pitch black and allows no light to shine through.

S- A very nice smell. Roasted chocolate malts, a hint of anise, a touch and alcohol and just a whiff of bittering hops.

T- I love its flavor. First you get hit with a wave of delicious malt, with the chocolate taste the scent portended. The anise is gone but the bitterness and the alcohol appear in the finish in the perfect quantities.

M- Rich, and creamy. Medium to heavy-bodied with little after-feel. Very smooth.

O- A very nice beer, and not a bit overrated.

imasloth, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this fine brew. Poured into a pint.

A - A deep, milky brown hue with a big finger tan head. Nice retention and frothy consistency.

S - Oatmeal mixed with the dark malts, complimenting a touch of espresso.

T - Flavors of warm molasses and coffee blended with chocolate, absolutely excellent. Some oatmeal becomes noticeable when the beer begins to warm. A pleasure to enjoy.

M - A lighter-medium body with a bit too much carbonation if I may say so. However, it is rich and smooth, bringing high drinkability.

O - I really can say this is one of my favorite brews from this historic brewery. Perhaps the porter outranks it, but that should not take away from how great this beer is. (Not to mention the superb value and availability)

mscudder, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby black with a large, thick, dense, creamy head. Looks quite appealing. Smells of sweet roasty malts, chocolate notes, light fruitiness. Very full bodied aroma. Tastes rich and robust - like a good dessert. Bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet malts. Full, very smooth, with a slightly bitter finish.

A classic...good reputation for a reason. Always satisfying and highly recommended. Great stout.

wedge, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of CBlack85
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown (nearly black), with lots of ruby highlights. About three fingers worth of dark tan head seems to last forever, and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate mostly, quite a bit of coffee comes through once you get past the chocolate. The smell is very nice, but it seems a little weak.

Rich and smooth with lots of chocolate, molasses and coffee. The oatmeal really shows in the smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Very good overall. A perfect example of the style

CBlack85, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of mullenite
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle in to a 20oz Samuel Smith shaped pint with a 3 and a half finger light cocoa colored head. The head stuck around for a while and was very creamy and frothy.

Smell was interesting, not sure I would say I could smell the oatmeal but there was something different. Slight chocolate to the smell as well.

Taste was sweet oatmeal and chocolate and overall delicious.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, medium carbonation and very easy to drink.

Overall a well rounded stout.

mullenite, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of RoninTK3
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a perfect, thin layer of head.

S - Sweet, roasty malts and a hint of cocoa and alcohol.

T - Oats, cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, and just a hint of alcohol. A lot of cocoa in the aftertaste. The oatmeal in this oatmeal stout is very much on display.

M - Very smooth and not heavy at all. This beer is creamy, extremely drinkable, and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is just about a perfect oatmeal stout. Very balanced, smooth, and drinkable. Samuel Smith has got to be one of the best bangs for your buck in beer.

RoninTK3, Jan 08, 2013
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,540 ratings.