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

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5,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,893
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 262
Gots: 661 | FT: 5
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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 NEhophead
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear bottle.

Creamy tan head that fades to the sides after a moment. Thin and spotted lacing with average strength. Dark brown/opaque black in color.

Strong vanilla, milk chocolate, and rolled oat aromas. A mildly sweet caramel maltiness as well. Great aromatics.

Semi-sweet vanilla and caramel flavors that lead to a dark oat and grain bitterness. Notes of milk chocolate throughout. A very pleasant vanilla and roasted oat aftertaste.

A mellow oatmeal stout with great flavor. Smooth and warming on the palate; not heavy at all.

A very drinkable version of the style given how tasty and mild on the palate it is. One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. One I'd be happy to drink anytime.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.39/5  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 Rayek
4.39/5  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 monkeybeer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a think extremely dark brown black with a creamy tan head and nice sticky lacing

S- Roasted oats with a sweet malt smell

T/M- This is a very smooth stout. The taste has a nice sweetness to it that lingers very nicely. The carbonation is right on with this one

D- This is a good heavy stout. It is very drinkable, and one that you could drink all night.

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

Just cracked open a year old bottle and poured into pint glass. I'm not sure why I was worried about its age. It poured black as night with a beautiful huge foamy tan head. This brings me back as I used to drink this in my youth. Clearly a Classic oatmeal stout. Dark dark color, almost black. Smooth and silky.

Serving type: 12oz bottle

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

1 pt. 2.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge head from a vigorous pour. Stays at about 1" as I drink. There's a lot of clumpy lacing, too, which I suppose goes with the territory of the vigorous pour. Color is dark dark amber, and the head is mocha.

Smell: Lots of nice sweetness from the oats, with some dark, sweet chocolate, not overpoweringly toasted and burnt malt, and hints of coffee or mocha in there too. Also some hop bitterness creeps in as it warms a bit.

Taste: Much initial oat, malt, and chocolate sweetness in the beginning. Soon it mellows out and the sweetness becomes quelled a bit by the hops. Finishes sweet at first, then goes into toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, the oat sweetness, and finishes long and complex with all of that and some hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, fairly full-bodied, and awesomely creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation to lessen the possibility of the cloying nature, which here isn't present.

Drinkability: Definitely one of the best of the style. It may not be the best, but it's not overrated. And especially for the price, this is a sipper and a treat to boot. Quality stuff all around, and the perfect amount of alcohol so you can have a few in a session too if you're going that route.

Photo of Inglum515
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Deep, deep brown with ruby-brown edges and a coffee-cream colored head. Low on carbonation, head disappears quickly.

Smells of sweet yeast or breads.

Definite roasty taste, with a bit of licorice at the back end.

Incredible mouthfeel, reminiscent of a cream ale. Smooth, velvety texture keeps the licorice in check.

Overall, very satisfying. Definitely worth buying again.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pouts as black as night. There is a thick large bubble foam head. The head last for aroma time and dwindles down to nothing. The aroma is a sweet and sticky. Hints of coffee and molasses are present along with roasted malts. The taste is smooth and a bit creamy leaving a smooth feeling across the pallet. The sweetness of the molasses comes across with a nice roasted malt flavor and a sweet finish. One fine brew. Can’t understand why I waited so long to try this one.

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

Poured into a mug, 2 finger head.

Reminded of soy sauce on the nose.
Tastes of coffee, a bit nutty (pecans?)

Appearance -Dark. Darker and thicker than the bottle itself.

Smell - At first, soy sauce. Then coffee, and a bit of a nutty smell.

Taste - Coffee, pecans, a grapefruit-like bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, and creamy.

Overall - I regret that I only bought one bottle, it's a wonderful beer.

Photo of fes1
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never tried an Oatmeal stout and was looking forward to
trying this product. The description on the box was interesting
mentioned that outmeal stout used to be consumed by
athletes training for events.

Tasted very nice, not overpowering.
Full bodied flavor and a very rich head.
The aroma was pleasant, and the taste was amazing.

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

the last time i tried Samuel Smith, it was Imperial Stout. I didn't get the carbonation that i was longing for. i was worried about this beer having the same quality. thankfully, i was wrong! this beer has an exellent tan head that lasts a good time.

it tastes as good as it looks. (typical quality stout flavors and smells abound)

the thing that really got me about this beer was it's aftertaste that lingers and transforms from one great thing into another. maybe more experienced beer lovers get that from alot of differant beers, but for me it was the first time. another thing a like about this beer is it's drinkablity, tons of flavor, but light in the mouth and in the stomach. i'm used to drinking Guiness Extra Stout for my stout fix. this beer is a welcomed change.

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Viscous brown-black opaque color with a light brown fluffy head. Lots of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, bits of dark fruit.

T: Same as nose with a little bit of a hop bite in it.

M: Full bodied, creamy, seems low'ish carbonation but I can feel enough with each sip. For how thick and robust this beer is, it goes down with ease.

O: Best stout I've had yet. After trying the Taddy Porter and loving it, I had a good feeling about this beer.

Photo of vinicole
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful tan head and leaves lace all the way down the glass. Smell some roasted sweetness and a nutty aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, very smooth. Has a unique taste and it does not have the amount of bitterness many stouts do. This is a real treat.

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a shade or two off-black, some deep red notes when held to the light. A few fingers of light tan head, with solid retention and moderate lace. Nose has some roast grains, mild chocolate, coffee, light caramel and liquer-like sweetness at times I picked up. Taste is roasty and chocolatey, caramel, light metallic notes. Slightly drying and mildly bitter finish. Full and creamy feel, succeeds at coating the mouth. Great balance between the sweeter caramel notes and bitter roastiness. Great beer and the quintessential oatmeal stout.

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

Paid $11.79 for a 3pk. (550mL) gift set with pint glass and two coasters...

The appearence of this is quite remarkable. The base is of a deep brown color but the head is what this beer is about. The head appears a little chunky, mid-to-large sized of an oatmeal color with excellent lacing throughout the drink. The smell is kinda like a mocha candy bar but roasted, no real hints of oatmeal.

The taste is out of this world; so much going on let's see what we've got here: Dark roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, slight grain, extremely smooth in the mouth. The drinkability is extremely high. I drank this one in about 10-15 minutes for 550mL of beer and loved it every margainally sized sip of the way.

Final Thought: This is really hard to beat, one of the best beers available on the market.

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

Impressive and lasting rocky head. Excellent lace on the side of the glass. Nearly black in color.

Strong caramel aroma--semi-sweet. Some chocolate and cocoa. No hop.

Awesome balance of dark and light malts. Not as sweet as the smell suggests. Some hop in the finish but the swallow is mostly black patent malts. Very full body--almost like whole milk. Low carbonation, but perfect for how dry this beer is.

This is one of the best stouts in the world and worthy of tasting in a flight of the world's best.

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

Poured from the bottle into several small 5 oz tasting glasses.

Poured a deep brown that appeared pitch black with a thick creamy tan head in the glass.

Smelled of beautifully roasted coffee beans, hints of dark cacoa, ild hops, and sweetness. The beer tasted much the same, being really smooth with no hints of booziness or bitterness. Full bodied, not too thick, yet very rich and delicious. Tops.

Drinkability is superb.

Photo of aking32753
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Excellent English Oatmeal Stout. Very mellow brownish appearance greets me upon opening this beer. Smell is very pleasant, like newly baked bread with a cinnamon smell. Upon decanting it to a fine Guinness ale glass, it tastes rich and mellow with hints of clove, oatmeal, and a nice, malty finish. It is strong but never has any bite to go with the alcohol. It's very drinkable for a stout. Less bitter than Guinness bottled (the only good versions for me were on tap and in the Draught bottles and Cans with the Widget). Mellow, easily drinkable, rich, complex taste, and easily quaffable. Too interesting to be a session beer. I would give Samuel Smith an A- for this beer. Makes me feel warm and friendly drinking one. Recommended for most drinkers.

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

Surprised how long it took me to get around to trying this based on its reputation.

Appearance - dark and beautiful with smooth thin head.

Smell - surprised in the amount of bourbon-like alcohol in the nose, which is stronger than the malt. It isn't particularly alcoholic in taste though.

Taste - everything comes together amazingly well. The alcohol evident in the nose isn't as noticeable in the taste. The carbonation that seems a bit too much in mouthfeel is right with the blending of flavors. The bitterness from the hops comes in to balance the malt very well.

Mouthfeel - a little more carbonation than I expected or look for in this style.

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

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle. Forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black colored pour with a creamy 3/4 inch head. Nice staying power of a good 1/4 inch with nice patchwork left behind.

Smell- Roasted malts, rolled oats, milk chocolate and a dusting of nuttiness.

Taste- Very slight chocolate dusting meets you at every sip. Oatmeal and roasted nutty malt meets you as well. All combine for a breakfast like meal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel, even with the low abv.

Drinkability- I've had this before, but finally got around to rating it. Class oatmeal stout with few as good.

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

Pours with a thick, creamy head. Head settles nicely. Extremely dark brown. Smells... "oaty"! Some nuts, too. Well rounded, complex, but soothing taste. Toasted oats are obvious but not over the top. Slight, pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable. I could go a night drinking only this.

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

I would love to have this beer fresh on the tap. Maybe someday, for today I had to settle for a bottle.

A- Wonderfully dark. Fine head retention and carbonation.

S- Nice roast smell. Subtle chocolate. No hop smell present, which for this beer is great.

T- Yes. Very well balanced malt taste. Not really picking up astringent bitterness from the dark malts and that makes me happy.

M- Yes. Mouthfeel is beautiful.

Ahhh oatmeal stouts. This is one of my personal favorite beer categories and this one is up there with the best.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,893 ratings.