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

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Reviews: 2,185
Hads: 6,175
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 309
Gots: 952 | FT: 6
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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 Suds
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly excellent beer. Dark and heavy with a medium, rocky, tan head. Complex roasted malt and cereal aroma. The beer has a full, rich taste, which is sweet but not cloying. I love this beer. (204 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black, not pitch black, but just black, with a tan head that sticks around for a good while, leaving a crazy lace.

Chocolately sweet aroma, with a lesser presence of roast. A little smokiness. Hearty and inviting, though a tad sweet.

Equal parts dark chocolately sweet and smokey roasty malts. I was actually surprised at how smokey it was, but that part made it that much better. Not super complex, but what it has is super well balanced and authentic tasting. Three parts of perfection, love it.

Pretty heavy, moderate carbonation, everything I've come to expect and enjoy in a hearty stout. Oh, and it's SUPER smooth and creamy.

I really love the three-way balance here between sweet, roast and smoke. Definitely one of my favorite oatmeal stouts out there. (766 characters)

Photo of sarick84
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of an oatmeal stout. It set the bar high for every other oatmeal stout ive had.

Its so smooth and delicious i wish i could take a bath in it. Drink while eating a steak and mash potatoes or while watching the game it doesnt matter you will enjoy it all the same. (284 characters)

Photo of TheBeerLovesYou
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: I don't know how long this beer has been sitting in the store I picked it up from. It's just a deli, so it's probably not as reliable as someplace specializing in beer or a place that prides itself on freshness like whole foods or the like.

a: this stuff looks really awesome in the glass. It's got a rich brown texture that, under the light, really stands out. Under further examination, it's clear that this beer has multiple layers and the texture is something that's going to be quite a joy for all the senses. This beer screams out "drink me".

s: There's a great dark caramel, nut, and oatmeal mixture with a hint of alcohol that creeps in out of no where. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so. No burnt or stale smell here. Just a lot of body and boldness that you wouldn't normally expect from an oatmeal stout.

t: Sadly, the taste is not quite as complex as the smell. That being said, this oatmeal stout is no slouch in the taste department. The alcohol stands out right in front, which is nice, I think. Behind that there's a clear oat and nut base and a smooth finish with just a hint of tart and lip smack at the very end. It's not a refreshing beer, but it's certainly hearty.

m: Your mouth won't know what hit it. Smooth in the front, tart in the back, and dry going down. Like I said for taste, you'll need a glass of water after this beer, either to hydrate (hah) or prep for some other beer. In the end, this beer wants to be enjoyed and your mouth will certainly thank you for enjoying it again and again.

d: With such a wonderful flavor and texture, not to mention a pretty nice ABV, this beer is certainly one worth enjoying again and again. This beer gets top marks for drinkability. Now excuse me, I'm going to get back to enjoying this wonderful beer. (1,785 characters)

Photo of Yaz8
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite beers for a long, long time. Great looking, it's dark brown with a strong off-white head. Subtle aromas of chocolate and oatmeal and sweet malt. Taste is consistent with the aroma, only more definite. Sweet aftertaste is pleasant, not overpowering. This beer has texture unlike anything else - very smooth, rich and creamy. A most agreeable drinking experience. (394 characters)

Photo of nmglick
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer as a part of a gift pack and poured it into the glass provided in the pack (not sure if I marked that right).

This beer is black, with a lively, foamy head. It has a bitter smell, with sweet hints of cinnamon sugar and nuts. It lies heavy in the mouth, yet not too heavy - much like a bold, rich coffee. A variety of tastes fill the palette. This beer has a slight sweet twist with a heavy coffee aroma and flavor. Very smooth, flavorful, and goes down easy.

For a darker brew, this beer is very easy to drink, and is incredibly enjoyable. (558 characters)

Photo of beersands
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - No light can pass through this stout, it is the same hue as any stout. Tan lumpy head which initially settles just over a finger thick and ebs to a centimeter with sticky lacing.

S - Vanilla then chocolate then sweet cookie dough.

T - Starts out with a slight rotten fruit flavor but this disappears instantly and gives way to a perfectly sweet flavour- the sweetness is not nasty, burning, or cloying its just perfect. SMOOOTH. Finishes light chocolate with the bitterness of a fine chocolate bar.

M - Perfect, it is smooth and finished slightly slick. Theres a tad of oaty graininess which is cleaned out by the slickness. I want to drink this. At 7% it is still very, very drinkable

D - I could drink this for the rest of my life. It tastes so fresh and yet it shipped from so far away. (805 characters)

Photo of Byeast
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is awsome! Im so glad that Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980 , as the last time it was drank before that was before the first World War. Once poured into a pint glass , color is very dark brown. (basically opaque black unless held to light, which reveals deep red around the edges) Nice thick tawny head which becomes moderate , made up of tiny bubbles with larger ones throughout. Taken to the nose , very nice roasty odors of chocolate , coffee, barley , and maybe even a little raisin. The taste is a very complex , very roasted , smooth blend of choclate , dark fruityness , and coffee which finishes bittersweet and extremely smooth! The mouthfeel is fairly silky and heavy. As far as drinkablity goes i could drink this beer everyday. Id probably get fat but who cares , its SO GOOD!

You may have discerned from my name that i love Samuel Smith beers! (883 characters)

Photo of ramonjkk
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The best oatmeal stout I've ever had and the standard which other oatmeal stouts are measured by. It was the first oatmeal stout I ever tasted and have not found one that even comes close. Hearty and not too sweet. Hints of chocolate, coffee and heaven. (253 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice head that lingers well. Great smell with hints of molasses with chocolate. Taste is fantastic, so smooth and well balanced. There is little to complain about here, possibly the best Oatmeal Stout around. I've had this case for a while and it just seems to get better. (303 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 20 imp oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, pours a very dark red brown with a huge tan head that lingers leaving excellent lacing, clear

S: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, slight hops, vanilla, coffee

T: sweet malt profile up front, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness

M: oily and thick with a great mouth coating, lighter carbonation but far from flat

O: this sets the bar for oatmeal stouts, flavors are balanced and not overpowering, low alcohol content keeps it refreshing (530 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. Its massive whitish tan head lingers around long after the beer is gone. The aroma is everything that can be hoped in an oatmeal stout. Creamy, nutty, chocolaty, roasted malt. The taste is quite simply as perfect as the aroma. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is smooth beyond discription. Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever had. (428 characters)

Photo of SacredBeverage
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle.

A: Awesome ultra dark black with a nice brown head with some good lacing. Personally, I think that the head for the most part depends on how you pour it. I pour it the right way so that their is not so much head. But anyway, a very good appearance.

S: A nice molasses aroma with chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. Also a nice coffee aroma. Overall a pleasant smell.

T: Wow, what can I say? I was a little hesitant about an oatmeal stout but damn was it worth it! It has a slight oatmeal taste with your usual flavors, coffee, chocolate, molasses. It also has an earthy tone throughout it that really brings it all together.

M: Very creamy, but not so milky if that makes sense. It has a great body to it, very rich.

D: I could definitely sit down and savor the four-pack I bought it in. It is rich but not so overwhelming that you can only drink one.

Notes: I was really impressed with this Beer. If you have not tried this, go and find out where to get one, it's worth it. (1,004 characters)

Photo of david131
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Almost nearly pitch black, but when held to a light you can see some ruby hues around the edges. The head is nice and thick and delicious looking with some amazing retention. The head is so heavy it dimples the top of the beer.

S- There is a lot going on here and I am loving it. Chocolate, raisins... a very complex aroma. Sweet with a hint of roastiness and brown sugar.

T- Very tasty. Some chocolate and assorted darker fruits, very light coffee flavor. There is something really special here and I absolutely love this. Has a slight English ale flavor to it, which is usually not my thing, but it is brilliant here.

M- Very light and creamy on the palate, perfect.

D- I was amazed by this, I am almost speechless. This makes me want to go back and revisit their Imperial Stout. The best oatmeal stout I have come across. I could drink this all night. (861 characters)

Photo of Nezzy
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - solid brown and nearly black but if you look closely you see some red and brown. Toffee colored head which was sizable and tons of lacing.

Smell - strongest is the malts and barely followed immediately by the oats. It's a very sweet scent and it only gets better in it's taste.

Taste - the oats come through with the malt and it is absolutely delicious. With the malt you get the slightest hint of bitterness and it tastes like a real stout. You don't get anything like coffee or chocolate just pure oats.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is upfront but then fades. Perhaps my only critique is unlike other stouts its very thing and light where as traditionally it is a thicker consistency.

Drinkability - could easily drink a few in a night before it got too heavy for me. Truly a delicious oatmeal stout and will continue to drink it again and again. (860 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.
Oh, a good one!
The head came alive, thick, off white and didn't go away.
Color was deep brown/black, good balance between head and body.
Smell had caramel, coffee, nut, and flower.
Taste was outstanding. Hints of chocolate, caramel, anise, nut and dark fruit. Someone mentioned raisins, I didn't quite get that.
Very easy to drink...after the first sip. Your tongue has to wake up. (409 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark black stout color with a rich tan head
Smells of coffee and caramel
This Oatmeal Stout has a very rich thick almost gritty mouthfeel
Nice creamy taste and a sweet caramel finish. The lower carbonation alows you to pour this beer easily.
Very good oatmeal stout one of my favorite and at $3.99 a bottle it better be! One of my favorites (350 characters)

Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing rave reviews about this one for a while, but I've just recently been enjoying stouts, so thought I would give it a try.

Pours thick with a medium, creamy coffee head. The beer itself is thick, oil like. Smells of heavy malt with a lot of chocolate tones. The taste is fantastic, with a lot of chocolaty roasty malt, with a bitter finish, coming in the form of roasted coffee.

Great stout, will be drinking again. (429 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - pitch black body under four fingers of dark tan/light brown frothy head; excellent lace; beautiful!

S - rich caramel and toasted malt; coffee; oats; nuts; a faint fruity note

T - roasted malt with caramel sweetness; bitter chocolate/coffee flavor balances this brew very well, especially in the creamy, bittersweet finish.

M - smooth and velvety; medium body with average carbonation; great mouthfeel!

O - Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout got me addicted to craft beer. It looks beautiful in the glass, smells inviting, feels great on the tongue, and offers a very complex and well-balanced flavor. Worth every cent! (671 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Samual Smith. I was also amazed by this thick, rich, black brew.I also never would of guessed it came in a clear bottle.Its dark, full of body,tan head and glass lace was very drinkable. Nice for dessert.Now I cant wait to try an Imperial Stout! (263 characters)

Photo of usmittymc
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 355ml bottle. No freshness date.

A- Pours an incredible opaque dark drown. Nice bubbly 3 finger head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue!!

S- Strong malt presence on the nose. Sweet caramel notes.

T- Malty sweet with caramel/ toffee notes. Not too sweet, it doesn't linger.

M- Very smooth on the front and crisp carbonation at the back that cleans the palate and leaves you wanting another sip.

D- This is a very impressive beer. I can't believe that I waited this long to try it. I can see myself enjoying this beer often- in small quantities. One or two per session would suffice for me. All around on e of the best that I have had yet. (677 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - black, black as night with a nice head

Smell - not alot of smell, very mild stout with a little sour oatmeal smell.

Taste - Oh yes, Dark chocolate hits you first, then semi sour oatmeal and rasberry finishes your platte.

Drinkability - This is a amazing beer. It has everything. Its sweet then sour, then stout, then mild. Its a all in one beer that is a pleasure to drink. I usually pick up a 4 pack monthly. I cant go many days without enjoying one of these. Ive yet to drink a better oatmeal stout! (542 characters)

Photo of xenolithic
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to Swigger for the brew, it was a trade from our last tasting (finally just felt right).

Look: Poured into my pub glass a dark brown with a three finger caramel cola head with dissipation to a 1 finger head that lingers.

Nose: Roasted malts, slightly oaty. A hint of bitter chocolate?

Taste: Well balanced and smooth on the pallate, all the oat and bitter chocolate notes come back in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, just like I believe an Oatmeal stout should be.

Drinkability: Superior drinkability. If, that is, I'm feeling like a slightly sweet beer, I could probably drink this all night. But on a college budget, I can't really afford to.

This was the overall best in show at our recent tasting of 11 totally different brews at my place among about a dozen people who aren't normally beer drinkers outside the Macro stuff, but considering some people came back for more. I'm pleased to see that this helped launch some of my friends, including my significant other into darker beers. (1,022 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Beautiful pour of deep brown with ruby highlights. Nice frothy head. Excellent aroma of toasted grain, mocha, fruit and on and on. Words don't do the taste justice... Flawlessly smooth and silky presence on the palate. Perfect semi sweet finish which makes this brew so completely drinkable. Bar none a marvelous creation that deserves the attention. (380 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark to where no light can go through. It barely had a head to it. It has a very sweet smell to it. Able to taste the roasted malts. A lot better as it warms. (171 characters)

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