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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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Ratings: 6,003
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 292
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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 Cozzatoad
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

A- Pours a very dark deep brown, almost black. A two finger soft light brown head leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but quite assertive aroma of sweet malts, with nut, coffee and liquorice notes

T- Malts on the sweet side with a very delicate creamy nut feel and a hint of roastiness to them. Some classic stout notes of coffee and dark chocolate, along with some liquorice. Very sweet overall, the oat malts are definitely quite assertive, but despite their strong character they also bring an amazingly delicate creaminess and the beer never feels too sweet. Hops just bring balance, with maybe a faint hint of tea-like bitterness

M- Possibly the softest beer i ever had. The creamy, dense, delicate mouthfeel lasts on both palate and tongue for seconds, while flavours spread all over the mouth. The beer feels both delicate and big in body

O- Highly drinkable. Thick, strong in body and flavour but still very delicate on your mouth. Wonderful

Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a nice frothy tan head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The brew itself is ink black. Everything a stout should look like.

Very strong dark malt smell. I get scents of a dark bread, like rye or even pumpernickel. There is only a hint of this though, so I found it pleasant despite my dislike of pumpernickel. Also it is balanced by more cakey malt smells. There is a little bit of that acidic espresso scent in there, but not nearly as much as many of the other stouts I've been drinking lately.

The taste doesn't surprise, and it definitely does not disappoint. Lots of dark malt flavours. Savoury dark bread malts mixing well with sweeter heavy cake like malts. Just enough hops to balance things, though it definitely isn't a main player. There is an acidity in the flavour. Maybe a little too much for me, it leaves me with a slightly rough feeling in my throat. I also wish there was a little bit more in the way of chocolate and coffee flavours. Keep in mind these aren't gripes, but merely the factors missing that would have otherwise netted the taste a 5 from me.

Very full body, very creamy, for the most part very smooth (aside from that acidity that added a little roughness). Definitely a meal in a beer.

A great sipping stout. Will be stocking up on these when winter comes around again.

Photo of twelvsies
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should really drink more of this stuff. Appears a really dark color that I will now coin as "pitch brown." Basically as close as you can get to black without actually being totally black darkness... I think you all know what I mean. The brown head lasts and lasts til the beer is gone, all the way down my friends. Smell is totally sweet and creamy, which carries over to the taste. In addition to the milky sweet cream taste there's a nice roasted malt and cocoa taste, and a low bitterness profile. Whereas their imperial stout has that burnt bitter flavor, this one is all about the soft buttery taste. Mouthfeel is nice and I would even say thin for a stout, but that's the way I like my stouts, not chewy. That's not to say that this beer isn't hefty though. Sure is. A really superb beer that I'll remember next time I'm craving a good stout.

Photo of OldDirty
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danny1217
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's maybe slightly lighter than your average stout with a nice brown head

S - Creamy oatmeal. MMM

T - Toasted oats. A slight sweetness to it. It's amazing

M - Light mouthfeel for a stout. Just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink this all day.

O - Possibly my favorite beer.

Photo of joeskirkie
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I poured it into my Samuel Smith nonic pint glass because, come on what else am I going to use?

It's black, completely opaque. Lets put it this way, I keep forgetting the bottle is clear until I pour it. It has a thick, dare I say, voluptuous head of tan.

A nice roasty toasty malt nose with dark chocolate.

It's creamy, milky, and chocolatey across the palate. It's like a bite of chocolate followed by a quick swig of milk, which in and of itself is a delight.Oh my yes.

Quite full bodied with a velvety smooth feel. This one would make a terrific night cap or dessert beer, if you will.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep black with two fingers of tan head. Head had great retention for the entire beer, and it left nice lacing on the walls of the pint glass. Great nose for an oatmeal stout with scents of sweet malt, coffee, toasted grain, and a bit earthiness as well. Strong coffee and cream flavor mixes well with roasted malt, chocolate and a slight grain/oatmeal flavor lingering at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is like silk across your palate with a medium body on it. At only 5.0% ABV the drinkability is holds up very well. I could drink several of these and be just fine.

Exceptional for the style. Great beer.

Photo of Brunite
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night. Truly opaque. A nice 3 finger khaki head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate.

T - Wow, this top notch. A great roasted malt taste with the added benefit that you actually pick up a touch of "oatiness". Other flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of bitter. Nice residual sweetness.

M - Thick body...extremely creamy & chewy.

O - This is one of the best. The standard for Oatmeal stouts. Very drinkable. A great gateway into stouts. Solid!

Photo of TheBrewo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour delivers a beer of the deepest brown, which holds a two and a half finger mocha colored head. When held to the light there is visible translucency towards the edges and bottom of the glass, but it is otherwise dark. The head is light and foamy, slowly receding to leave a thick, batter-like lacing down the glass. The aroma is composed heavily of malts, with oats clearly peaking through. There is also a sweetness of dark fruits, such as figs, and a faint twinge of metallic fragrance. The taste begins with grains. The frontrunner here is malty, but there is a soothing swirl of oat and lighter grain which calm the malts down. As the sip progresses through to the middle, there is an enormous sweetness, coupled with a nice roasty flavor. The sip concludes on the anticipatory notes of dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The mouth is left semi-dry, gently coated, and cooled. The liquid itself has medium to high carbonation and a thicker body, but goes down with an unexpectedly slick smoothness. Because of these characteristics and the standard abv, the drinkability is quite good.

Overall, the absolute best thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. It is silky smooth, and curiously curbs some of the admittedly robust flavors into easier drinking components. This brew exhibits the full gamut of aromas and flavors, and then some, expected of a stout, helping propel it as an exceptional beer.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/black color with a huge light tan head that lasts a while then fades to a thin cap leaving loads of lacing down the sides of the glass.Aroma has lots of sweet chocolate,some vanilla and licorice notes and a hint of grain.Flavor is kind of like those chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies with a hint of vanilla,smoke,and a kiss of bitter coffee at the finish.A medium to full creamy mouthfeel,with just the right amount of carbonation. A well built stout , by any measure.

Photo of iNHaze
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red/black with burgundy highlights against very strong light. Had 1/2" of creamy head, but settled to 1/8" with some nice lacing.

Smells very rich, like roasted coffee, breakfast oatmeal, chocolate, and walnuts.

Taste is good. Very low hoppiness, but distinctive malts which start very sweet and crystaly, and move slowly over the palate to well balanced smokiness of roasted barley, then lingers on the finish with an almost chocolatey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is round and extremely smooth, esepcially for a beer this dark. Carbonation is good, yet this is one of the smoothest beers I've had the pleasure of quaffing.

Drinkability is very high here, I could drink this from the second the sun went down until I couldn't drink any more. Don't think I could handle this one outside on a hot day though, as with most stouts.

Photo of bminor7
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz from Savemore. I can remember, once working in the reclamation dept. of a distributor, and an old coworker would always cringe when disposing of this when out-of-code. That's the hype for me.

A - brown/black...not as dark as an RIS but close. a good pour gives an inch of head that settles to tiny bubbles and sticks to the glass.
S - molasses, dark malts, some hops.
T - sugary, chocolate. i can never tell how the oatmeal works here. the sweetness is excellent. great flavor.
M - light, crisp. effortless. the carbonation is the only downside, but I seem to have that issue commonly and may not be pouring hard enough!
D - for a dark beer, the drinkability is oustanding. a good balance - great but not overwhelming flavor. the light abv is important to this.

would buy again and will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SLAWLOR70244
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smcreator
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of oats, butter, and chocolate.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

Photo of clickpush
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Came out with about a finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left strong lacings and a large foamy ring around the outside of the glass. The color is dirty-oak-tree-bark dark: just a couple shades from black, and slightly cloudy within.

nose: The aromas of mint and chocolate overtook me from the glass as I was noting the appearance. Predominately chocolate and oats with the light addition of red fruits or berries.

mouth: Enters with a smokier feel than I'd anticipated (but not overwhelming or unpleasant). Strong flavors of bittersweet chocolate and mint - alternating between sweet and sour. The hops seemed to be a bit sour in place of the usual bitterness, but it balances well with the sweetness. In terms of mouthfeel, the beer enters strong and fizzy but as it moves back in the mouth it settles into a creamy oatmeal-y flavored mouth cover that is so damn enjoyable I don't want to swallow. The non-aggressive warm exhale concludes this excellent gastronomic experience.

Photo of BaerBeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, as I always do. Black in color, with a nice mochaish head. Excellent lacing, great body...like your mom. Very sweet tasting for a stout, nodes of burnt coffee and chocolate, nice malty taste and excellent drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Really good beer here.

Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear deep, dark brown (almost black). A small amount of light sneaks through towards the bottom of the glass in the right light. A thin dark tan head fizzes up on pouring and dissipates almost as quickly.

S- very malt intensive nose. Not any really distinctive notes but decidedly roast through and through. Some earthiness, as well.

T- big malt flavors again. A nice blend of the bite from the chocolate malt tempered nicely by the oatmeal.

M- thinner feeling on the palate but not lacking in any way. A slight slickness on the finish.

O-a great flavored Oatmeal Stout, melding the big flavor of stout with the mellow characteristics of oatmeal.

Photo of pavandal
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this fella into a big Troegs Brewery mug. It looked great, a great visual representation of what a stout should look like. the head was about half an inch thick, with a nice cream color. There was a great lacing in the glass as I enjoyed, a beautiful ripple going down the glass. The beer was black, no light coming through this sucker!

The scent was a little chocolatey, with a gentle citrusy crispness. If you really get a good, big whiff of it, you can smell a little bit of a coffee smell as well. Not bad!

The taste was very complex! hints of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and a very very slight grapefruit-ish taste as well. I really enjoyed the taste and wanted to really explore the complexity of this brew, but it just tasted so damn good!

It actually felt very light for a stout, which is nice considering that the beer comes in a 550ml bottle. It tastes wonderful and is light enough that you can enjoy the whole bottle without feeling like you ate a steak dinner!

This is a fantastic beer, one that I'd love to have over and over again.

Photo of Kyboy17
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a deep black color with a huge two fingered head of khaki colored foam. The head stuck around for a good while and them faded down to a good looking cap of foam. Clumps of sticky lace clung to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts, roasted barley, a clean bitterness, a touch of chocolate, and a light mineral note in the background.
The taste of the beer is excellent. Roasted barley and light coffee tones lead, mixed with sweet malts, bittersweet chocolates, clean bitterness, and a light coffee aftertaste.
The feel of this beer is silky and smooth, rich, luxurious and filling. As my cousin put it, "like drinking some birthday cake."
This is a wonderful and highly drinkable beer and worth every penny you pay for it.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my very first Oatmeal Stout.

Pour gave way to a black body with amber hues when seen through direct light. Head was big and tan,while carbonation gave it good head retention and lacing.

Smell was earthy and filled with dark malts and a hint bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and oatmeal when it warmed up.

Taste delivered in a BIG way. Very smooth up front delivering roasted malts, chocolate, and dark sugars, with a heavy hand. Breaks way from sweetness to wonderful creamy smoothness all the way to the end leaving a taste of caramel, coffee beans, and chocolate on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was fantastic! It gives the illusion of being a big beer. The smooth creamy finish is so damn tasty!

This is gonna be a new favorite in my fridge. The mouthfeel really pushes this beer over the edge, while still being a great sipper that does not becoming cloying at any time. Marvelous!

Photo of Larsonfromdublin
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a large (clear) bottle of this Oatmeal Stout at my newly-opened local beerpub, Mary's, and I savored its thick, dark, earthiness over delightful conversation with one of the pub's owners on a serenely slow Tuesday night. The stout poured an almost jet black (just a slight shimmer of red--but the lighting was low) with a deep tan head. It had a distinct musty smell and only the slightest hint of fruit. The mouthfeel was excellent; it was viscous and even creamy with little carbonation. The taste had a heavy maltiness, like caramel, and again the subtle citrus fruitiness lingered on the back of my buds. I liked it a lot, so I ordered another, and it continued to charm me--in all, a good choice from start to finish.

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 1/2 finger frothy tan head. Black body

S- sweet chocolate, smooth malt, tiny bit of roastyness in the back

T- sweet and prodimenent but not overwhelming chocolate. Followed by a spicy ness that is immediately overtaken by a smooth non-astringent roastyness. A slightly dry finish. Sweet chocolate is either forefront or undertone the entire time.

M- Smooth. If the carb was toned down a hair this would be a 5 instead ofy 4.5

Overall, a fanatastic stout. 2nd only to Old Rasputin for me so far. But I guess I should try more Oatmeal Stouts...

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