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

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Ratings: 5,809
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of webmanspidey
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is dark, rich, and thick with a solid inch of head. The smell doesn't offer much, but has a faint sweet aroma hiding in the background. Taste is very sweet, combining semisweet dark chocolate chips, raisins, and the namesake oatmeal. This features a thick, creamy mouthfeel and awesome drinkability.. almost no alcohol presence whatsoever. This is a very solid easy-drinking stout.

Photo of Jables
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with thin tan head.

Aroma is sweet, aromatic and a hit of tartness.

That tartness comest through a little bit in the flavor but it's mostly sweet, smooth, and really creamy.

The mouthfeel, you guessed it, smooth and creamy, really awesome stuff.

The drinkability is great, yeah it's roasted like most stouts are but the oatmeal makes it so smooth you can just sit back, relax and enjoy this one.

Photo of Jablonski
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: pours black, and almost completely opaque. Decently large light brown head with a minimal lacing.

S: roasted malts, caramel, chocolate

T: has a bit of a chocolate taste throught each sip. I can also note some darker fruits, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee

M: excellent; good carbonation and creamy body

D: low ABV, decent taste

Photo of Larsonfromdublin
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This ours from 550ML bottle a very dark brown with a large offwhite head of foam that just won't quit. And...there's plenty of lacing so it's really a very nice brew when looking into my glass.

The smell hits my nose with a lot of sweet and roasted malt and is very nice.

The taste follows the nose to a T. A big abundance of roasted malt with some sweet tones followed by a nice oatmeal flavour and lesser notes of anise and citrus tang. Wow, the mix of flavours really work well together and *force* me to take sip after sip. Very drinkable and it makes for an *excellent* session brew. I could drink this one all night long. The carbonation is medium light and the mouthfeel is silky smooth. I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this before as it's simply an outstanding example of the style and is easy on the wallet. Highly recommended!!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with orange-brown shades around the edges. A small, creamy, tan head sits on top. Low head retention, and no lacing. Also, more body transparency than I'm used to seeing in oatmeal stouts. EDIT: Looking at the other reviews, I'm guessing that Wiseman Zach just poured this one shittily (rhymes with Italy). When he handed me the glass, it hardly had a head at all. Oh well.

Smell: Oatmeal, ripe banana, flowery hops, mocha, and spices. Much more fragrant and complex than other oatmeal stouts I've come across.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe banana... maybe that's vanilla. Prickly, floral, hops emerge midway through. Maybe some berries in there as well. The tasted has a much stronger roasted character than the smell, but they're nearly equal in complexity. Caramel and a little whiskey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not very thick or creamy. Kinda slick actually; definitely finishes dry. Moderate mouth coating. ABV feels a little higher due to the warmth and dryness. Not bad overall, but not good either.

Drinkability: Light and very tasty for an oatmeal stout. I can easily see why this is one of BA's most sessionable brews.

Photo of yelterdow
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in the brewery's imperial pint glass. 550ml bottle purchased as part of a special 4-pack of Samuel Smith brews.

Appearance- A showstopping display... the beer pours a rich toffee brown with ruby port highlights, then the head begins to develop. My glass is 50/50 beer to crown, and the structure is exceptional. Small, evenly dispersed bubbles gather together and eventually meld, popping and hissing into a soapy mat. A few bits of lacing here and there, but the eyes on this beer are a winner.

Smell- Wonderfully big, uncompromising aromas of chocolate, cream, coffee, sugar, and even berries... the latter being dense and jammy. A meal in itself, the nose is amazing on this beer.

Taste- First and foremost, the English character imparted largely from the brewery's water source is a huge factor in this beer's uniqueness. Crisp and dry, it paves the way for the flavors... an abundance of roasted malt, followed by suggestions of coffee and chocolate... finishing with a spritz of berryish fruit and a nice, mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- On the palate, this is dreamy. A light, relatively thin entrance onto the tongue expands and swells into a beautiful, mouth-filling delight... full, active, yet subtle simultaneously. Effortless... a classic in its category, and worth trying and enjoying again and again.

Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great oatmeal stout. Very balanced and extremely drinkable.

A: Dark brown, bordering on black. Rocky tan head isn't too big, but has decent retention. Only a little bit of lace. Probably the beer's only weak spot.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and brown sugar. Quite sweet overall, but not overly so. Oak quality seeps in as well.

T: Yet more chocolate, plus a nice burnt bitterness. Burnt flavor is more woodsy than charcoal. Very balanced bittersweet flavor overall, with a certain bread-like quality. There is also a hint of acidity. Finishes somewhat dry in the mouth. Bitterness lingers for a little while.

M: Thick body feels great. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. Too bad it's so expensive. I always keep a look out for it going on sale.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 550ml bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass, served at room temperature.

A: Pours an almost black body, but it isn't impenetrable to the light. The head is fantastic, it's a light leather color that starts off at four fingers (due to my aggressive pour, and stays at one finger for quite a duration. Excellent (almost maddening) retention and lacing overall.

S: Baker's chocolate, roast, and a tiny bit of dark fruit and licorice. This is gonna be great...

T: Not quite as chocolatey as the nose would dictate. There's more of a roasted malt flavor as the dominating note, with generous hints of chocolate, coffee, licorice, smoke, and perhaps a little raisin appearing on the palate at various points. Quite complex, and quite delicious!

M: Medium carbonation, and I have to say, a little thin textured. Not watery by any stretch, though. The oats give it an excellent creaminess - though perhaps not quite as silky as I would have liked, and the finish is just dry enough to satisfy immensely. The drinkability factor is disturbing...I'm having to refrain from guzzling this down in one sip.

O: Once again, Sam Smith nails it. A bit pricey to be an everyday drinker, but cheap enough to make a fantastic once-a-weekend treat. Personally, I like the Sam Smith impy stout a hair more, but really, this is a must have for dark beer fans.

Photo of drnknmnky
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark brwon color, nice tan head,

S - oats, sugar, not very hoppy or malty

T - Delicious beer balanced well by a bit of bitterness One Tasty beverage.

M - Again good beer. Mouthfeel is very good.

D - Highly drinkable.

Solid all-around beer . Very good. Worth trying if you haven't and worth trying again if you have.

Photo of burnstar
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma is like sweet chocolate. There are some light roasted notes and herbal hop notes in the nose as well. Taste is sweet dark malt with a little roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate. Light herbal hops. Substantial mouthfeel but not too heavy. Very drinkable. Great beer overall.

Photo of uustal
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a hint of a deep red hue. Three-finger brown head which does a nice job lasting and sticking to the glass. Milk chocolate aroma, nice sweet smell. Very enjoyable flavor. Milk chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness to start. Roasted oats and a hint of vanilla along with more chocolate round out the beer which finishes with a lingering roasted coffee flavor long into the aftertaste. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours black with a creamy two finger head that settled to small ring around the glass. Drank this in a pint glass.
The aroma is black licorice, oatmeal and roasted malt.
The taste easily outdoes the nose here. There's initially some fruity flavours, cherry, apple skins, sweet and sour black licorice flavours in the middle. Good roasted barley flavour is there and some hops are faintly detectable. The finish is dry as expected. There is some nuttiness and some oatmeal characteristics too.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, milky. Moderate to heavy body and a low, soft carbonation. As expected.
Very enjoyable, and highly sessionable at the abv. I could drink a few of these. Great beer.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull black color with two fingers of light brown foamy head. Ever-so slowly deflates to a solid cap. Not sure this could look much better than it does. Classic stout. The only fault is a lack of lacing.

S: Roast and milk chocolate, a touch of coffee. The aroma is very nice but restrained.

T: Lighter bodied chocolate, like you’d get from chocolate milk, a touch of roast, finishing with a little tang and slight coffee bitterness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Superb, an archetype of the style. Highly drinkable and well put together.

Photo of Biggness
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is made with the finest ingridients and has the taste to prove it. This may be the smoothest beer I have ever tasted. Samuel Smiths beers are very pricey but it is not hard to figure out why after you have tasted it! This is a great started beer, but unless you are Bill Gates I would not suggest drinking this all night. Great novelty item beer, a god beer to oh and ah beer mates. Try it if you can afford it :)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost an opaque color, with a small tan colored head that dies really quick and leaves a nice lace. Mouth feel is smooth and body is medium. On the nose, the aromas consisted cereal grains, oats and slightly acidic. On the palate; grains, oats, nice sweetness, caramel, and a bit of toffee flavor. The finish is slightly sweet and slightly dry. Overall has to be one of the best oatmeal stouts I ever had, I thought it may be over rated at first… but not anymore.

Photo of billab914
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a thick tan head to it. The head kept a nice covering on top of the beer as I drank it and left some excellent lacing as well.

The aroma has a smooth oat and chocolate flavor to it. It's not overly complex or extreme, but it's a very solid and appealing flavor.

The taste shows a big oat flavor to it that is similar to an oatmeal cookie. It has a roasty and rich milk chocolate flavor to it as well that is very nice. Pretty balanced with sweet and bitter in the finish. I typically love oatmeal stouts, and they really don't get much better then this.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good for me. I love the oat flavors and what it adds to the mouthfeel. Excellent beer overall and pretty much a benchmark for the style for me personally.

Photo of zornbeast
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful Oatmeal stout!

Deep Brown color with good head retention, Great aroma of dark caramel, coffee, chocolate and a hint of roasted barley. Rich flavors from start to finish that balance superbly to make this brew very drinkable for style.

A must have for Stout lovers, i wish it was more readily available out here in hawaii.

Photo of maxpower
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black color, creamy head, aroma of sweet chocolate and well roasted malts. Medium body with a creamy, silky texture. Great flavors of roasted malts and chocolate, I like the Imperial a tad better, still you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of mpedara429
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a cola color with two to three fingers of light brown head. The head didn’t last very long, but left draping lacing in it’s wake

S: A nice, sweet smell of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T: Heavy on the coffee portion here, but also embodies everything else in the nose. Also catching subtle hints of vanilla. The overall sweetness from the nose is also present here.

M: Medium heavy body that is creamy and chewy. Carbonation is on the softer side with a microbubble type feel.

O: My first, my last, my everything. This was the first real stout I had and I always find myself coming back for more. A classic that is delicious, affordable, and readily available.

Photo of John101475
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of microbrewlover
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a two finger mocha colored head which does not last too long but mocha colored lacing stays on the glass until the end.

The smell is oatmeal, coffee, chocolate and nuts.

The taste starts with sweet and roasted malts. This is followed by coffee, chocolate the oatmeal. The hops then come in; not too strong, there are just enough hops to balance out the sweetness; which is considerable. The hops are followed by a buttery taste. There is also a final hint of oatmeal on the extreme back end.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, buttery and creamy.

This is my second oatmeal stout and I find it to be delicious, better than the first one I tried, by Sierra Nevada; which was quite good too. Everything is very well blanced. I will be trying more brews in this style and more brews my Samuel Smith.

Photo of Danny1217
4.39/5  rDev +4%
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 TastyAdventure
4.39/5  rDev +4%
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...

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the best of the oatmeal stouts out there,pours a deep brown with a nice tan colored head that sticks very well.The aroma is very much like brown sugar and and roasted malt.The taste also has a brown sugar taste but a little more subdued with a nice roasted coffee taste ending nice and soft.Drinking this beer is a beer lovers experience.

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