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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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Reviews: 2,202
Hads: 6,268
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 323
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 Linkn
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about a good as you can do. Dark, roasty, sweet, smooth. A tan head that follows you all the way down the glass. I remember the first one of these I ever had, it was like opening my eyes for the first time. There isn't a lot that can be said about Samuel Smith besides- "Wow" and "Yes, please." Also, considering there are a couple of bars here in Omaha where you can get a pint for under $5, it is a no-brainer go to beer.

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Photo of katdaddy210
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So great, so dark. This beer doesn't speak of evil though. So much flavor, I'm at a loss. A beer to try, you must. You will not be disapointed with the flavor, if you love a black beer. It has so much more character than a stout of any kind, yet lets you feel like you already ate breakfast. This beer is worth the investment. A great cold weather friend. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this after cellaring for around a month. I really just wanted to wait for a nice occasion to break into it. poured to a widening glass without a meal to go with it.

A-Frothy foamy head jumps up as soon as the beer is poured. After the full pour it has about a four finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing after several minutes. Wonderful black color which the light hardly penetrates and only on the side. Elegant looking beer, strong and independent.

S-lighter aromas hit the nose. Malted barely and tracing of hops appear at first. Undertones of an earthy soil also are present in each sniff. I expected a more pronounced smell, but this was pleasant and went along with how the beer came together as a whole.

T-Mmmmm, this is sweet. The malted and roasted barely add the firm sweetness while the oatmeal pumps up the sugars even more. It is a fantastic rich flavor which is well balanced with the hops that add a bittersweet finish at the end of the drink.

M-This is the highlight of the beer. It was incredible to taste a beer that was so smooth. I didn't even think is possible to make a beverage so easy to drink, so easy to go down. This blew me out of the water. The medium body and light carbonation complimented the overall character of the beer. However, let me say once more that this beer takes the cake as far as going for the "smooth" crown.

O-I definitely recommend for all stout drinkers and new drinkers. I love this beer and am sure to have more. Congrats Samuel Smith! you continue to amaze me.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a crystal mug the beer is very dark in color with little light shining trough. The off white to beige head is building nice, but does not stick around to long. Nice lacing.
The smell hints the sweetness the label on the bottle predicts.
Now the taste of this beer surprises with a perfect balance and smoothness of barley and hops.The oatmeal is certainly recognizable and adds to the smoothness of the beer. Sweet aromas like caramel chocolate , and I swear I taste some apple, dominate in the beginning, until the bitterness of the hops balances the sweetness into a bittersweet beautiful aftertaste, which is just asking for more beer. It is very drinkable and I must say that this beer is one of the best beers I have tasted. Great job!

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Photo of BitteBier
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth black pour with substantial, foamy head that sticks around for a while and laces very nicely. Full, smooth nose highlighted by creamy roasted notes and and light chocolate. A wonderfully full flavor profile that invites my third use of the word "smooth." Initial sweetness reminds me of Spaten Optimator but doesn't ever fully give way to the dry crispness of alcohol. Creamy, carmely middle with a lighter version of the typical stout profile. Drink after drink, and I just can't pin down the flavors (and that ain't a bad thing). A pleasant mouthfeel and good drinkability top off this wonderful experience.

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Photo of Luigi
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bitch black color with a giant light brown head. Smells very sweet, like chocolate and dark malts. The Taste! let me get to the taste! wow! Silky full bodies with strong chocolate and butterscotch flavors. Some coffee and oats too. A little bit of hop background. This beer is almost perfect! I could drink this beer for breakfast everyday!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a thick creamy light-brown/off white foam. Slow dissipation.

Oaty/hoppy smell.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and creamy, thick oat taste, mild chocolate, slight hop finish. Low carbonation in the mouth. Chewy. Delicious.

Almost too drinkable fpr something this tasty. Stay away from the 12oz bottles and stick to the big boys.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black with lots of tiny bubbles rushing up to form a nice khaki head. About a fingers worth. Nice lacing. Looks a little bit like cola

Aroma: Sweet chocolate. Good amount of molasses. Slight roasted coffee to balance the sweetness. A tad grainy. Overall very nice. I really like it

Taste: The oats do their job here. Very sweet but nowhere near cloying. Very smooth, well-rounded flavor. Big chocolate - more sweet than bitter - with creamy bittering coffee. Never gets more of one than the other. Very consistent. slight earthy hop finish. Bittersweet chocolate coats the pallate for a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, big flavor but very fefreshing. Not drying as some oatmeal stouts can be. Not that the abv is high but I was honestly expeccting lower than 5% with how smooth it is. A tad watery which isn't necessarily bad just a little offputting for a stout

Overall: Probably one of the smoothest stouts I've had. Very well balanced. Really nice flavor. Would recommend. Wish they came in 6 packs because I could easily put away 6 of these in an eveneing. Highly recommended either way. Very refreshing

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Photo of MisterClean
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550 millies from Bel Air super market. Way to carry this one.

A - Pours dark brown, with medium, mocha colored head. Head disspates slowly with virtually no legs. This is excellent.

S - Mocha, coffee beans, and nutmeg.

T - Mocha, dark roasted coffee beans, and the slightest bit of ginger. Incredible beer.

M - Bready, warming, but no alcohol feel.

D - This one will be drank quickly. Must check out their other beers. Very pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of Steaks
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome. i really doubt a better oatmeal stout exists. it comes in a tight bottle with foil and class all over it. it pours dark brown and smells like nuts and malts. the taste is awesome and has a little bit of coffee, with some nuts, and a ton of OATS. i feel like a horse. the feel is awesome, and for a decently thick stout, it goes down smooth as hell. i'm down with the carbonation as well. great times.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black with dark root beer brown hues escaping the edges. Big creamy brown head that got chunky as it slowly fell. Great lace. Nice start. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Hints of caramel and spiciness.
Sweet and tangy flavors of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.
Finishes bittersweet with hints of caramel and molasses/licorice. Beautifully balanced by mildly citric hops. Outstanding!
Medium bodied. Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel and zippy carbonation make for an extremely quaffable offering.
Top of the line Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of irisier
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black body that has some barely visible reddish tinge through the light. Ok tan head after a strong pour.

Smell: Creamy coffee and chocolate. A little bit of bitter and roasted smell. Deliciously aromatic.

Taste: Pretty strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Milky sweetness comes next with some very slight hop bitterness at the back. Coffee and roasted bitterness emerges toward the end leaving a somewhat dry finish with maybe a hint of woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body with medium/low carbonation, but as smooth as they come.

Impressions: Excellent. Lovers of stouts or any dark beers need not hesitate in buying some of this.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As anyone can tell by my high rating numbers for this beer, I really am a fan of Smith's Oatmeal Stout. The number one seller for me is the richness of its taste. I really enjoy its full mouthful, and that coupled with a caramel, chocolate, and coffee-like flavor, makes me happy when I pour a glass of this into my favorite mug. The head is full, and the latticework is enticing. Darn good beer!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with a tiny amount of ruby red shining through the bottom. Has a good tan head that fades into a firm layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark dried fruits with cinnamon and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and coffee and maybe hops.

Taste: Sweetness from the dark fruits up front followed by roasted malts and hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has a slightly bitter kick. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and slightly thick.

Overall: An outstanding beer that is the standard for oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of dalion037
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for an oatmeal stout, this is the only beer you should be drinking. This is the best OS on the market bar none. It taste just like a bowl of cold soupy oatmeal. The best part of these beer is the fact it is readily available and fairly reasonably priced.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.