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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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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 389 | 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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours black with ample tan head. Despite the lack of head retention, there is some lacing.

S: Dark malt, slightly tar-like.

T: Very well balanced, bittersweet throughout. Chocolate, with a slightly fruity tang. Roasty, but not at all harsh.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

09-15-2005 00:12:51 | More by Derek
Photo of chocosushi


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

From Pint Bottle
Poured Into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass

/Love this brew/

A ~ Dark Auburn. Can barely see through glass. Gorgeous large khaki Head.

S ~ Mostly Sweet Notes with some bread. Alotta Molasses.

T ~ Brown Sugar, Burnt Toast, Buttery Oatmeal w/ Coffee Lingering. Why i consider this a 'dessert brew'

M ~ V e l v e t y!!! I love the carbonation, the small bubbles make me want to 'swish' this beer all day and ask for seconds.

D ~ Could drink this not really all day, but definitely all night.

Overall, this is a good beer to end a night with after a long one, or just a good brew to have w/ a bowl of ice cream after a long long eve of work.


05-07-2011 05:04:36 | More by chocosushi
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/3/2012. Pours crystal clear almost opaque dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, cocoa, molasses, oatmeal, dark bread, toast, light apple, floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with some light fruitiness. Taste of caramel, molasses, cocoa, oatmeal, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, oatmeal, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt notes with moderate hops; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

04-14-2013 07:43:49 | More by superspak
Photo of ramseye4


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Luckily my local grocery store has this in abundance, figured I'd see what all the fuss is about. Poured into a SN pint glass.
Appearance- Now that's what I like to see. Pours with huge dark tan head, with a completely opaque extremely dark brown color, and great lacing This just looks delicious, hopefully the rest will hold up.

Smell-Oatmeal, gentle spice, chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee all blend together to make this absolutely incredible and complex smell, easily one of the most pleasant tasting beers I have had the pleasure of sampling.

T= smooth oatmeal, toffee, a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, very bitter, with a bit of a metalllic twang to it. Good, but not as good as the smell.

Mouthfeel-Thick, full bodied, and chewy, perfectly complements the taste

D=Outstanding, the sweet taste and 5% abv make this one I could come back to two or three times during an evening

Good, well rounded oatmeal stout, with an incredible aroma to boot. Highly recommended.

12-02-2010 02:13:05 | More by ramseye4
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of the most acclaimed beers around, and with good reason. Simply put, drinking this beer is like drinking a desert. What surprised me was that this was more mellow than I anticipated. If this beer was kicked up a few more notches my grade for it would be even higher. I took this one out of the case, so my sample was pretty much guaranteed to be fresh.

This oatmeal stout pours a very dark brown/black color with some slight amber hints. A milk chocolate colored foam forms and retains well, but leaves minimal lace. I thought there was some dark red wine smell in the aroma, along with roasted notes, alcohol, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with light carbonation. The first flavors I detected were of chocolate covered cherries and other dark fruits, with some rum raisin. The flavor is definitely sweet. The sweetness struck me as tea-like, and even had a hint of vanilla to it. Some light espresso, mocha and hazelnut notes show up, and there is some alcohol flavor here that strikes me as being slightly brandy-like. All these flavors meld into mellowness, and the finish has a roasted, slightly bitter dryness to it. The aftertaste is clean with some roasted dryness and bitterness as the only lingering qualities. This one finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this surprised me with its mellowness and drinkability. This is a myriad of flavors and textures, and to anybody who says they don't like beer I would point them toward this one. A classic.

12-30-2003 22:21:05 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

550ml clear bottle, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark dark brown body, little light penetration, good foaming head, tan in hue

Smell, coffee aromas, thick malty sweetness

Taste, sweet, milky body, slight coffee bitterness also coming though

A good example of the style, mabye a little sweet but that is the style, full of flavour

07-14-2004 23:36:31 | More by cypressbob
Photo of JCaweinstein


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark brown, I would say black if not for the reddish tint at the bottom of the glass. Two finger tan head with some big bubbles.
It smells sweet and nutty. I get notes of chocolate, dark fruit and oatmeal. It smells fantastic.
I taste oatmeal along with a slight bitterness. Also taste raisins and a hint of sweet chocolate.
This is a very smooth beer and coats the mouth. Smooth from start to finish where I get a bittersweet aftertaste. It's light bodied and leaves somewhat of a raisin/dark bitter chocolate aftertaste.
SS Oatmeal Stout is a good smelling and tasting beer with a fantastic mouthfeel. I picked this up as a gift pack with two other offerings and a glass for 10 bucks. A world class deal at a price that can't be beat.

03-03-2012 20:30:26 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of brdc


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A black, tar beer with a beautiful dark brown, foamy head.
The smell is marvelous: first a few hints of coffee, followed by sherries, roasted malt, plums with hints of alcohol.
The taste is also remarkable: starts with coffe as well, but develops a delicate sherry sweetness finishing with a cleamsing but mild acohol bitterness.
It feels great on the mouth, silk and creamy.
Very easy to drink for what it is.

11-10-2006 03:12:37 | More by brdc
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark brown body that allows light to pass through the edges, but not the center of the body. At least two fingers of tan head that has some good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A lot of malty sweetness in the smell with chocolate notes.

Like the nose there is a big sweetness here. A combination of sweet malts and the sweetness imparted by the oats comes together. Chocolate notes are there also.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Oats always seem to give a stout a nice mouthfeel, but this one is exceptional even considering that. Smooth, silky, creamy. Full-bodied but not overly heavy or dead. The mouthfeel alone would make me want to try this beer.

Pretty drinkable beer. Tasty with a great feel.

02-13-2008 22:36:42 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

550ml bottle poured into pint glass sept21 2010

A looks black until I hold it to the light where it has a clear ruby red almost purple look with plenty of bubbles feeding a three finger head tan that quickly falls to a 1/2in film that hangs around for a while leaving a few patches of lace

S a little dark fruit with some chocolate, raisin, and molasses

T not far from the smell but with some chocolate milk and faint coffee, a little sweet but quite pleasant

M thin but good carbonation gives it a creamy finish after a silky entry

D well rounded and good flavor in a session worthy beer I could drink this all day

a classic brew that I'm a little surprised I've never reviewed before. everyone should try this beer at some point if they get the chance

09-21-2010 19:57:23 | More by wordemupg
Photo of sholland119


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Stone Levitation glass (cause why not?)

A-a nice deep brown, amber-y at the bottom when you hold it to the light. Tan head that started at about an inch but quickly dissipated. Very little lacing but a little bit sticky to the side of the glass.

S-mocha, malt, a little bit of coffee. nice.

T-very smooth. some coffee, some maltiness and a little bitter on the finish.

M-Light with smooth carbonation. a little of the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D-goes down nice and easy. A good session dark beer.

I had not had this in a while until a friend brought a case to a party (and left it behind). This is a very nice English style stout. Nicely malty, highly drinkable. One of the first out-of-the-mainstream beers I ever tried, it holds up very nicely after many years and lots of beers.

Reminiscent of the Edmund Fitzgerald porter to me. I rated this higher than that, probably because my expectations were different. Go figure.


02-28-2008 19:29:45 | More by sholland119
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Sepia toned black with splotches of dark burgundy when held to the light. These highlights are well concealed but astounding when they do bleed through. This stout falls on the light end of the dark side of the beer spectrum. A respectable proportion of both foam and bubbles, all cocoa stained, sit idly on both the top and sides of the glass.

The aroma required some warming before revealing notes of dry, well-roasted malts and stale black coffee. There is just a hint of bittersweet cocoa to give a faint impression of chocolate syrup. I'd also accept the notion of molasses. The bouquet is far too simple, however, to make any really convincing deceptions - this is largely just the smell of roasted malt... but it's good!

The flavour works on similar lines. It is simple and straightforward. It's enough to conjure the thought of certain flavours but not enough so to truly be deceiving. Fortunately these nutty, chocolaty impressions definitely come forth more with some warming.

What I might think I'm tasting in roughly this order: stale cold coffee, hazelnut, cocoa beans, and finally, molasses. This is a cast of tastes that work well together; they can sort of play off one another and combine for a very sweet profile. It's one that'll certainly have you taking big mouthfuls at a time - and plenty of them.

The chalky, mineral-rich Yorkshire water doesn't exactly work to your favour when you're trying to brew something to be velvety smooth. Especially not a beer with this high level of roast. But you'd be well in line to call this 'bittersweet' and more than fair in saying this mouthfeel is creamy and silky enough to pair to its rich flavours.

If you're not exactly 'new' to craft beer than chances are good that you've already a stout that is fuller, richer, and a heck of a lot more decadent than this; I can think of handful in the same oatmeal stout category. But Samuel Smith is who we have to thank for reviving the style after it had gone extinct before the First World War and considering the success their Oatmeal Stout has had at it, I think that's got to say something.

10-25-2008 22:38:30 | More by biegaman
Photo of Quaffer


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: The beer was black, with some faint ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light. The head was dense and settled down quickly. It left a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma was very mild. Chocolate and cream were the dominant components, with just a little bit of coffee. There was also a bit of a bite on the nose that I couldn't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Terrific. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Taste: This brew had a milder flavor than I remember. It started off with the taste of sweet chocolate, and then faded into a mild, bitter coffee flavor. There was not much of an aftertaste at all. Just a little bit of sourness left in the mouth.

This is a delicious, mild stout. Very creamy and smooth.

02-23-2003 15:59:59 | More by Quaffer
Photo of cagocubs


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Poured very dark. Black with burgundy highlights when held to light. Beige head that stuck around for a short time.

S: First impression was cocoaish and toasty malts. Other hints of flavors are present like coffee and nut.

T: I love oatmeal stouts and found Sam Smiths very tasty but short of leaving a complex aftertaste that I expected from the smell and appearance. Sweet, roasted and toasty taste.

M: Smooth with good carbonation. Creamy mouthful.

D: Easy to drink with great taste and decent aftertaste.

I was expecting this to dominate other Oatmeal stouts I like but found for the price I will stick to cheaper os althought this is a great beer.

01-08-2009 18:53:17 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Dools9


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Jet black color almost like motor oil. Tan colored finger and a half head. Great lacing, looks very inviting.

S: Roasted malts with hints of cream candy, cocoa.

T: Sweet raosted malts, light coffee and chocolate notes with and oaty, nutty lingering finish.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, very smooth.

O: Terrific stout, almost like having a meal/desert, but very sessionable at the same time.

12-03-2011 20:01:25 | More by Dools9
Photo of kashmoney


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle bought at local wine/beer shop in Chicago, IL

A - Opaque brown pour with a two finger creamy, light brown head. Good retention.

S - Malty with a hint of chocolate.

T - Malty followed a intense sweetness finished with a mouth cleansing bitterness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth.

D - Nice drinkable beer. Something to have with a meal and then have another aftewards to enjoy the post meal coma with.

12-10-2010 03:40:50 | More by kashmoney
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Poured out of a 550 ml (18.5977 ounces my calculator tells me) bottle into a nonic glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a dark mahogany color that has garnet highlights when backlit and it's a fair shade darker than the Highland Oatmeal Porter I had earlier and a lot darker than the Guinness I had yesterday. A large, thick, oatmeal colored (dark tan) head with a soft, pillowy texture jumps to the surface of the beer and showcases the good amount of carbonation in the bottle. The head remains in a light ring around the surface of the beer all the way down the glass and leaves an enormous amount of Belgian lace.

Smell: The nose of this beer is fairly subdued compared to other stouts I've had, but it still has a very malty character with strong notes of blackstrap molasses, oatmeal, and nuts. There is also a bit of a coffee-like earthiness, the earthiness present in brewed coffee as opposed to freshly ground coffee.

Taste: This is definitely a very sweet and mild-flavored stout, and it starts off with rich roasted malt and molasses flavors with light notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. This moves to a cola-like taste and carbonation midway through that fades to a moderately dry, sweet finish. In fact, this sweetness is present throughout this beer (thank the oatmeal for this), and there isn't much hop bitterness to speak of in the finish. Overall a fine tasting beer, I just wish it were a little more flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: This beer is incredibly smooth, with a medium-full body. Just as I assumed from how readily the head formed there is a good amount of carbonation in this one (for a stout, at least), but it's not so much that takes anything away from the mouthfeel score.

Drinkability: This is a nice, pleasant, and easy to drink stout for when you don't want something that beats you over the head like some Russian Imperial Stouts do. The smoothness, the creaminess, and the fact that the taste is on the lighter side for a stout, combined with only 5% alcohol make for one superbly drinkable beer.

Notes: This is the third time I've tasted Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and each time it impresses me with how easily it goes down. It isn't the best looking, the most flavorful, the smoothest, or even the best example of the style out there, but it's still a darn good beer. I prefer my stouts a little less sweet and a little heavier, but if you're looking for an introduction into stouts this is definitely the way to go.

03-27-2009 00:58:03 | More by johnmichael712
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Been enjoying this one for years. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut brown color with about an inch of tight, fluffy ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, caramelized malts, molasses, milk chocolate, a touch of toffee and mocha. Full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. This beer never dissapoints. A world class beverage.

04-04-2009 04:29:30 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with three-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet alt and a bit of hops.

T: Solid sweetness and light bitterness. Dark chocolate and coffee. Nice roasted flavor. Some fruity esters too.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O: This Oatmeal stout had a nicer head and lacing and was definitely the creamier of the two, but Wolaver's had a richer aroma and flavor. I call it a tie. Both are excellent, but then again, I love Oatmeal stouts.

01-06-2012 03:15:54 | More by SolipsismalCat
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

550ml bottle into sam smith pint glass

the brew pours relatively thin with a huge head and much lacing. the foam is a light tan colour, and the body is dark dark brown; it would be black except for the fact that light can get through it, even the center of the beer. mostly a malty smell, pretty light in intensity. it is not a 'clean' nose, but it is hardly trying to make a big impression. just kind of a malty, slightly oatmealy nose. the taste is much more oatmeal than one would expect in the nose. malts decently sized, and are complemented by an almost even amount of oats, which make the brew taste a bit sour. I like it quite a lot. the feel is a most a light-medium, but there is a very crisp carbonation that makes things a bit more exciting. the lightness of the beer, but the intensity and darkness of the taste make an interesting combination that I find quite chugable.

11-11-2009 21:49:41 | More by erz316
Photo of gonzo138


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A- pours a dark black with a nice brown head that retained well and laced nicely

S- rich sweet malty smell, a little chocolatey, a little bit fruity as well

T- complements taste, sweet, chocoaltey, with just a touch of bitterness at the finish

M- medium/light body, good carbonation, flavor doesnt stick around too long in mouth

D- a very drinkable beer, goes down nice and easy, a good beer, would like to try off tap

10-19-2006 07:03:36 | More by gonzo138
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a regular pint glass. Pours a thin black with a very light head. This one doesn't smell too strong, but you can smell the oatmeal. This is a very easy drinking stout, almost a beginners stout with very little bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer, very smooth, semi-sweet. I could drink a 4 pack and go back for more!

05-12-2009 13:15:53 | More by greg202stewart
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a very dark brown with a very small, light brown, foamy, mostly diminishing head. The smell is quite good. Sweet chocolate malts accompanied by aromas of molasses, butter, light spruce, raspberries and a touch of prune-like tawny port. The taste is of course very malt-dominant bringing in flavors of chocolate and coffee. There’s just the slightest hint of citrus making the hops presence just barely noticeable, but they add a nice bitterness to the finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and very low carbonation. I found this to be a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but otherwise it is very enjoyable.

12-21-2005 20:38:15 | More by ski271
Photo of bfflo


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Pour: Pitch black with fluffy cream-white head. Decent retention and smooth lacing. Smell: Bready, sourdough almost; yeasty and grainy, with a soft, sweet, sugary toffee caramel note; molasses, maybe? A bit of a metallic edge, though. Taste: Smooth, sweet-ish, medium body, but with some character. A bit watery entering the mouth before a creamy, toffee-sweet character usurps the palate. Fairly clean and very smooth; silky and buttery; and just a pinch of hops and grassiness, as well as a pinch of gassy metallic sourness, in the finish. This is pretty nice, a winning, easy drinker. Pretty mellow, but still complex. There is a bready sweetness that sticks out, and gives it an almost candy-tinged character. I am on the fence as to whether this is a positive or negative. Like their Imperial, this Samuel Smith leans a tad sweet for my liking, though not to the point of ruining anything; and like their Taddy Porter, there is a slight, weird pungency in the background, which I'm not sure how to feel about exactly. Still, there's no question this is a quality brew that makes for some good, pleasant sipping. Of the oatmeal stouts I've tried, this remains one of the best.

12-12-2010 08:50:45 | More by bfflo
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Poured into a pint glass a solid black with a 1.5cm beige head that slowly disipates leaving lots of sporadic lacing.
S - The smell is a good mix of roastiness, milky chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.
T - The taste is quite similar to the smell; roasty & chocolate with some dark fruit touches. Also a bit of a nuttiness & some vauge herbal notes.
M - A smooth, pretty full bodied beer.
D - Not something I'd drink anymore than one of in a night but I could see myself drinking this pretty often. Yummy stuff.

08-18-2008 11:00:03 | More by brendan13
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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