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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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5,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,329
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 200
Gots: 381 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: black pour with a generous tan head that slims donw after a few moments.

Smell: plenty of roasted malt and enormous hints of cocoa. i little chocolatey as well. a very apetizing nose.

Taste: again, a nice roatsed flavour of oates and malt. hints of cocoa and chovolate give the beer nice body without being heavy. a very nicely, lingering finish that leaves a chalky-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth with still a hint of liveliness. leans toward a dry and fullfilling finish.

Drinkability: world class. one of the best oatmeal stout sin the world, hands down.

11-18-2003 20:24:13 | More by Popsinc
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Big fluffy head with a deep tan color. Also had a thin white color around the edge.
Aroma- coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, not chocolate. A faint whiff of hops was present with a swirl of the glass.
A nice hop bitterness hits the palate but is gone quickly as the dark malts take over. I also tasted tannins but in a GOOD way. A good froth in the mouth sweetens it up and you can feel the silkyness that I believe is imparted from the oats. I used to drink this stout all the time before it became the norm. Upon my return I am pleased to find it robust in malt and balanced in hoppiness. The aroma alone defines this stout as excellent. And I do say this stout is actually very good when fresh from the fridge in summer, for me anyway. Cheers, Joe

07-27-2006 12:10:32 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of 89Vision


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

The color of the beer is a deep, deep brown, with a medium tan head. I was a little disappointed, as it poured not even a one finger head, but there was good lacing throughout.

The smell of oatmeal is definitely noticeable at first. Other aromas are dark fruit, and a little of the roasted malt.

The taste is excellent. The oatmeal taste isn't very predominant, and instead, I taste a lot of the dark fruit and roasted malt, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian quad. There is very little bitterness, though it still is pretty well balanced and isn't overly sweet. Its very smooth and velvety, very nice. I think it could have gone with a higher abv (maybe around 7-8%?), but overall very nice.

10-31-2010 01:33:44 | More by 89Vision
Photo of aval89


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: very dark almost black.. Nice thick tan 1.5 finger head.. Ruby color is visible on the walls of the glass.. Almost looks like soda with the carbonation rising..

Smell: black licorice.. Caramel.. Toffee..sweet coffee notes.. Hints of warm oatmeal.. Little nutty.. Figs/raisins on nose.. Dark roasted malts

Taste: dark roasted malts.. Oatmeal.. Milky.. Black licorice, nutty, figs, bits of caramel, semi sweet, finishes with a coffee bitterness.. Also some brown sugar.. Leaves a burnt resin taste in mouth.. Smooth..

Mf is smooth.. great carbonation.. full bodied but goes down easy.

A nice sipper that is very easy to drink.. Very well put together brew.. Definitely worth the buy

Really enjoyed this beer


06-20-2010 09:06:47 | More by aval89
Photo of beerboy21


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

French Roast in color. Big bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt in the nose. Medium to full-bodied. Chocolate and light smoke run through the finish. This is one of those "Dessert in a glass" beers, and I wish I had another. It was nice to finally get a decent sample of this stuff, has been two or so years... thankfully my local "beer store" is running SS as their brewery of the month.

08-17-2002 18:30:35 | More by beerboy21
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

550 ml bottle poured to a standard pint glass

appearance: Black with 1-2 finger cappuccino colored head

smell: Sweet, milky with coffee/chocolate undertones

Taste: Mix of milk chocolate with hints of caramel and dextrose, you can definitively taste the malty oats

Mouthfeel: Smooth as chocolate milk but a slightly lighter body

Drinkability: Easy as they come, there's no alcohol or any bite to this, perfect session stout

Notes: This has to be the classic oatmeal stout, once again samuel smith elegantly sets the bar for a style, there are no crazy undertones or bells and whistles with this beer, just classic stout.

01-14-2009 22:34:15 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a very dark brown with a frothy head that lasts forever. leaves some serious lacing down the glass.

The smell is complex but a little light. Smells like roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. there is some bitter hops in the scent as well.

The flavor of this beer is incredible. tastes like its aroma, just with more substance to it. The roasted malts balance its bitter hops nicely. there are definitely some roasted nuts in the flavor as well, and a hint of coffee, with a thick creaminess that makes it drink like a meal. Oatmeal character is definitely noticeable in the flavor and the feel.

07-13-2009 00:01:36 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of TAMU99


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This one certainly deserves its place on the Top50 list.

A: Dark brown, attractive color, a meedium off white head is slow to fade but leaves littel lace down the glass

S: Fruity smell with a deep overtone that defies recognition (at least I couldn't identify it). Very nice

T: Wow! Sweet caramel and raisins with a complex, well crafted malt profile. Each mouthful highlights just a little different taste in the beer. Sure keeps you interested.

M: Smooth and creamy, it lingers just long enough without interfering with anything else.

D: Very drinkable, I hnestly expected a bitter taste, but not at all.

Highly recommended, this is a GREAT beer.

10-24-2003 19:54:40 | More by TAMU99
Photo of PSUBeerman


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a large tulip glass from bottle.

Pours in nice and dark, similar to the color of a cola (without the carbonation). There was deep garnet tone when held up to light. The creamy off-white head was nice and left some lacing.

The taste is exceptional with a hint of sweetness and bitterness. Also a little roasty. This is a very drinkable brew and goes down easily. I would recommend this to a first timer looking to try a stout.

The mouthfeel is thick, but definitely not the thickness of other stouts I have tried. Not to repeat myself, but it is very drinkable.

02-19-2009 02:55:45 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of pBRale


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Dark coffee brown color with a deep tan head that settles slowly and leaves a fine lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, burnt sugar, and nutty aromas.

Taste: Brown sugar, oats, nuts, and coffee notes blended amazingly well to create a delicious combination of flavors on the palate. A delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, medium-bodied, with a delicious creaminess that leaves the mouth wanting more.

Overall: Fantastic oatmeal stout that everyone should try if given a chance. Thank you Samuel Smith's for another excellent beer!

08-03-2011 23:28:13 | More by pBRale
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from the into a pint glass.

Monster head which falls pretty quickly. Light cocoa brown head with some retention. Pours a nice dark mahogany and a near dark red brown body. Excellent brown lacing rings on this beer as well.

Faint malt bouquet and soy sauce saltyness. Buckwheat noodle smell and body with some dry qualities. What is this soba beer? Good thing I like Soba noodles! Tasting of the beer brings out more of its fruit upon smell.

Upon taste is a wash of sweet cherry fruit with just the right body. Malty borderline sweet caramel and a faint dense roast feel. How can roast be dense? But this is. Really interesting composition with this beer, not what I expected from the nose. This almost feels like out of the bottle like it comes from the cask.

Drinkability is solid, and this is a real inexpensive beer. Sam Smith for the win again.

02-17-2011 23:54:31 | More by smakawhat
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This was the first oatmeal stout I'd ever had and got me drinking them, all thanks to a buddy from work. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass it pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with almost a ruby color around the edges. With the pour comes a decent sized off white, light tan head that goes down fairly quickly after the pour but still leaves a small head for a while leaving some nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is fairly the same with the chocolate and roasted malt and is kind of sweet. Has a sort of medium feel to it and is a little creamy. With a low ABV I think this one is very drinkable, seems to go down really fast. I would love to have another. Another top beer from Samuel Smith. I've had a handful of Oatmeal Stouts and I think this one is definitely one of my favorites.

04-19-2009 03:25:18 | More by dismal
Photo of lordbrad1

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Dark reddish hue that you can't really see unless you hold the glass about 1-2" from a light bulb or open window. It's fucking dark. Nice thick head that slowly dissapates leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Has a very inviting "dark beer" look to it when it's in the glass.

Smoky, roasted malt smell is very dominant. There's also a sweet caramalized sugar smell that is lying just below the smoke, and roast. It reminds me of Amish friendship bread, or bananna nut bread (home made of course.) All in all it has a very nice aromatic quality to it.

It tastes good lol. Again the smoky roasted smells come through in the taste. Come to think of it I dare say that the comments on smell can pretty much be interchangable with the taste. Smoky, sweet, and very satisfying.

It's a heavy beer. It coats the tongue which bugs me a bit, but it's not a bad thing just my personal preference. It goes down very smooth, and has a very pleasant after taste. You don't get the weird alcohol aftertaste you get with many dark beers. I find that "chewing" the beer a bit really sets off the flavors, and smells. It's carbonated just right. All in all it's pretty pleasant.

It goes down smooth, it tastes great, it would pair perfectly with a sunday roast, or other heavy meals. You can definately put down 3-4 without much effort, but I don't think I'd go so far as to call it a session beer.

Final thoughts:
I love this stuff, it's delicious, smells good, and generally warms the soul, and takes the edge off the day.

05-23-2008 02:04:06 | More by lordbrad1
Photo of hiikeeba


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Dark black with ruby highlights. Tan, creamy head dissapates quickly to a thin cap of bubbles.

Aroma/Bouquet: Malty. (Do I smell oatmeal or am I imagining it?) No hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth and silky. A hint of hops, but roasted malts dominate. A little sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeeel: Creamy and thick and silky.

Drinkability: I like stout. This is a really good stout. Mild, smooth and creamy. I could have several of these in a sitting.

08-08-2007 19:23:48 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This beer is sweet! both figuratively and literally. It pours a very dark
color with a nice tan head than receded into a film that followed the beer
down the glass to the last sip. Smelling it brought out some nice coffee
flavors and just a little hint of the oatmeal. Tasting produced a nice
sweet effect on my palette and the oatmeal was very apparent. the only thing that caught me off gaurd was the thin mouthfeel it had, it was not at all thick. This cost me a little more than I usually spend, but it was well worth it.

01-27-2003 08:27:15 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of arguemaniac


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an opaque black with a rocky, full-bodied and well-retained tan head that leaves a sticky, sprawling lace. The aroma is very sweet and quite roasty. The rich flavor includes a deep roasted profile (coffee, chocolate, etc.), that sweet and sour, acidic lactic quality, some caramel, a touch of sweet fruitiness, and some strong burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and the carbonation mildly active.

Like some many of Samuel Smith’s beers, it’s classic of the style and I personally haven’t found too many other oatmeal stouts that I can honestly say are better. Highly recommended.

01-11-2006 03:48:45 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

I'm really hesitant to give 5's to anything, but I can't think of anything that I'd expect out of this beer that I'm not getting.
Black body, but with clear, ruby red highlights at the edges, and a super thick, long lasting and sticky head. It's a beauty.
A bit chocolaty on the nose. You've got the dry, roasty baker's chocolate thing going on, but it also has a bit of sweetness. too.
Taste is smooth, sweetish, chocolaty, just really nice. Mouthfeel is rather thick, with super nice carbonation and smoothness. The only downfall on drinkability is that it's a bit heavy.

11-01-2006 01:53:16 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of meathookjones


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This poured out a nice thick dark black with about half an inch of tan head. The head dropped fairly quickly and didn’t leave much lace. Aroma is packed full of chocolate and malty goodness with a bit of coffee thrown in the mix. Very sweet and creamy tasting with chocolate standing at the forefront and a roasted malt and coffee flavor blending in. A good blend of bitterness and sweetness balances this out fairly well with sweetness being more dominate, the finish is slightly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel was a good medium body and creamy feel to it. Very good drinkability as I had no problem downing a few of these. Excellent Oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone.

08-06-2004 14:27:16 | More by meathookjones
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

18.7 bottle poured into an imperial nonic.

A- Pours jet black with a substantial two finger tan head.

S- Dark fruit, chocolate and bit of roasted malt/coffee.

T- Chocolate, and roasted malt with a bit of oat and hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Really smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink. The smooth mouthfeel and full flavored but light qualities of this beer really contribute to this. Definitely a gateway beer for me and one I'm glad I revisited.

10-31-2009 01:10:56 | More by samie85
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard Belfast

Pours a very deep brown colour. Head is quite tan and full – lasts quite a while..

Aroma – chocolate, coffee, slight hint of dark fruits (raisins, figs?)…

Taste – Quite sweet, hints of brown sugar, coffee, slightly bitter, some cookies ?…

Mouthfeel – quite thick but not too heavy.. fairly smooth.. very drinkable..

Overall – one of my favourite oatmeal stouts… highly recommended if you like this style…

06-21-2005 14:14:39 | More by mdagnew
Photo of NODAK


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Smell is of a lot of roasted malts, with some dark chocolate, and perhaps a hint of coffee.

Pours black with a rather thick, dark brown head.

Taste is much of the same. Thick, with powerful roasted malts all over the place. There's also definite dark chocolate notes...with a bit of tanginess that I would categorize as a licorice character. A small bitterness is noted on the backend. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for style, however.

I didn't remember this beer as being as full flavored as it is. However, it's spot on for style and drinks very well. This is a stout among stouts.

07-23-2010 02:13:43 | More by NODAK
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This is one easy-drinking stout! Not too over the top or overpowering (maybe empowering if anything) a great stout to start with, gorgeous flavor without being too brazen.

Pours a medium bodied (for a stout) pitch black with a one finger off-white head, beautiful. Nose is roasty, with wafts of chocolate and a nutty quality. Taste is smooth and delicious, very easy to drink. Chocolate, almonds, vanilla, roast and even a bit of a lactose-like character are all present.

This is a quintessential example of the style, very good, as always.


03-07-2005 11:40:53 | More by Gaisgeil
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle into nonic.

I haven't had one of these in years... Was at my local the other and had to grab one forth sake of nostalgia.
It's a little thinner than I remember, but the body works well enough. There is a slight oily slickness that reminds me of cola. The nose and flavor both hold notes of roasty malts and sweet oats. Rich and delicious with a good bitter and drying bite on the back end.

Overall, this beer was, is, and remains, an absolute classic. This could very well be the benchmark of the style, the oatmeal stout by which all others are judged.
This DESERVES an A, and any beer better than this is truly a masterpiece.

It's nice to be reminded that in a world where people only get excited about the next limited release, there is a spectacular beer like this lurking on a shelf in every store around.

08-17-2011 03:07:20 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of TwinButte

South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a Newcastle glass.

Pours very dark with a fluffy creamy head that didn't stick around long. Picking up some dark chocolate, cocoa and almost coffee aromas. The taste is similar to the smell with a slight cocoa or espresso hint in it. The flavors are subdued, very subtle and its fun to try and pick them out. I get a little coffee type bitterness after a few drinks but not much hop bitterness at all. It's very smooth probably from the use of flaked oatmeal and lactate.

Very nice!

04-18-2012 02:21:20 | More by TwinButte
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into mug.

Beer is dark brown and almost completely opaque. The head crests a full inch and settles to about a third. Foamy, sticky, toffee colored head with some lacing.

The beer smells like a caramel apple - heavy, syrupy caramel notes over sweet and sour fruityness. Roasted coffee notes come through behind.

Flavor is roasted coffee, caramel, and toast. Slight bitter finish, like a good espresso. The beer doesn't linger overmuch, but fades out without any hurry. The beer takes on a creamy note as it warms, and the coffee becomes more pronounced. Dark chocolate comes through on the finish as well.

This is one smooth beer. Gently carbonated, slightly foamy, with a flowing, creamy mouthfeel. Almost like drinking milk. Wonderful, beery milk. Like mother used to make, or would have if God had been thinking properly. I digress.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. While not exactly "session" material, it's easy to drink and I could see having several over the course of a long evening.

10-06-2009 06:24:24 | More by TheMadJack
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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