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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours black under a 3” frothy tan foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Not a lot of aroma, some light roast.
T: Dark malts, roast, coffee, oat creaminess, cola, faint fruit. A light grainy astringency and mild hop bitterness balance the light sweetness from the malt.
F: Very creamy, moderate carbonation and full body. Has the oatmeal stout silky texture.
O: Very easy to drink with a good balance of flavors in a rich creamy texture.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an amazing beer. It pours a nice dark color. There was a very nice head which lasts for a long time. The small was of nice sweet malts. The mouthfeel was amazingly smooth, and the taste was exceptional. This is a stout which everyone must sample. Enjoy!

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured 550mL bottle with foil wrapped top into 34oz mug. Oily brown pour, jet black in the glass with thick tan head that sticks around. Smell is creamy coffee with a bit of chocolate. Taste is like the smell; creamy and sweet at first, then roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with a bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. It's no wonder this is the top rated beer of its style on here.

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Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance: Almost completely black with a nice, mild carbonation and a lovely tan head that dissolves into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Strong malts upfront with a much more reserved earthy, biscuity smell on the tale end. A touch of coffee his the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very light on the tongue and goes down incredibly easy.

Taste: A great, roast flavor from the get-go. A nice, roasty taste comes next with caramel and some coffee notes. A great, mild hop flavor on the tail end with a clean finish provided by the oatmeal.

Overall: An excellent offering of this particular style, one of my favorite oatmeal stows out there and one of the best overall dark beers I've yet to taste. Far better than other offerings such as Guinness.

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Photo of Glennam
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite all time beers. Had it on tap in Boston several years ago and never looked back. Undeniably one of the best stouts you will ever drink. Smooth, creamy and so good it can be dangerous. Bottles not quite as good as on tap so if you can find it in a bar do not pass it up!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy light brown head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Nearly perfect here.

4.5 S: Plenty of strength in the aroma for a 5% stout. Oatmeal is very apparent with healthy amounts of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Also, this is surprisingly nutty, which I wholey welcome. Very nice.

5.0 T: Again, very flavorful for such a small beer. Light lactose-like sourishness. Roasted and toasted malts. Coffee is full force with nuttiness right behind. Some molasses and just a touch of breadiness. Really good!

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Moderate, but lively carbonation. Super smooth, but I wish the body was a bit thicker making this creamier. Still, not bad for how light it is.

5.0 D: Even with some minor issues in the mouthfeel, this is one hell of a beer. Sam Smith is pretty much the king of UK. Just about everything I've had is tops for the country. This is exceptionally tasty given how small of a beer it is and allows you to drink plenty of it, which is why I wish I had more.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice dark stout, that when held to light I only imagine that there's a little reddish-brown color around the outsides of the glass. I light tan head that stuck around for a while and left a nice sticky lace down the sides. The flavor is sweet and malty with a hint of bitter-chocolate. Nice and creamy with a very clean finish and with only 5% abv this is one that I can drink all night. The only reason that I left room for improvement in my score is that it's not GLBC Ohio City.

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Photo of JimBird
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with an off-white half-finger of head that quickly sunk to a tan coloured lace.
Smelled very strongly of rich dark malt with a faint roastiness. Tasted and felt satisfyingly heavy and smooth; very nutty and buttery flavour that just made me want more with every gulp.

Overall, it was great, with a good balance between big stout taste with the bite of astringency imparted by the oats.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why don't I drink this more often? Well, I will now. Anyway, unlike my experience with the benchmark Tripel, by Westmalle, this benchmark Oatmeal Stout is full of wonder (not that Westmalle wasn't good...)

Poured from the large bottle (22.7oz) into a Sam Smith's pint glass, the fallow-hued head shot up tall and fierce and the definition of 'cottony', with overzealous stickiness (as in, lacing). Below, 91 1/2% pitch black, though if you want, hold it up to the light to reveal its prismic highlights of deep burgundy. Or don't.

My, what rich, soft, brown sugary, dark roast coffee, round smooth supple malt aromas! Kind of sporting a fresh-baked muffin quality. Effortless to take in such bold bouquet. Not much in the way of hoppy or roasty bitterness. Quite inviting.

The first thing I noticed when I took a sip is how wonderfully the malty sweet liquid encompasses the palate and rolls thickish yet clean and smooth across the tongue. The flavor is none too shabby, either. Homemade, densely hearty-grained, oatmeal-cookie-flavored coffee comes to mind. A little toffee, a good bit more coffee and molasses. Hardly cloying in its (exactly as the label mentions) bittersweet follow-through and finish.

Kept me feverishly wanting more after every sip, but presented or balanced in such a way that I was helpless in my desire to savor each sip. Excellent, and perhaps the Old Brewery's best offering.

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Photo of DackZ
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark, nearly opaque
S-Lighter than one might guess; all the usual suspects here (choc, toffee, coffe), but held down by a pleaseant astringent note.
T-Stupidly good. Sweet and dry. Rich,yet not cloyingly so. Dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, some leather(?), dust(?) and some alcohol peeking through. Just excellent.
F-Good weight, but floats on the palate without being too heavy. Bubbles are there, but they aren't "loud".
O-The Gold Standard of Oat Stouts. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

This is top-of-the-line beer paradise. A thick, hearty, porridge that is somehow as easy to quaff as a light lager. Beautiful to the eye and a delight to the palate, this is as good as it gets people.

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Photo of greenborn
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is, in my opinion, one of Samuel Smith’s best offerings. The smell is this wonderful roasted barley smell which carries over very well into its flavor as does its silky smooth feel in the mouth. The oatmeal provides a complex flavor to the malted barley and hint of hops. After a sip you might notice an almost dry bittersweet after taste. Truly a grand ale from a grand brewer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black, and completely opaque. Not even a hint of highlights at the edge of the glass. This was topped by a dense, creamy, light brown head that showed good retention and stickage.

Smell: Rich aroma with some sharpness from the hops and a bit of earthiness. Maltiness consisted of roasted, caramel, and mild chocolate.

Taste: The malty aromas are echoed in the flavour, but with a little less roasted (although dryness from the roasted barley is present) and a little bit of fruit. Bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and the hop character is on the earthy side. Overall, it starts crisp followed by chocolatey, malty sweetness and finishes with more bitterness and some nuttiness. Great!

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body, aided (I assume) by the oats without making it overly heavy or slick. The low carbonation is just about perfect -- tiny bubbles form in the beer during a sip and add to the velvety texture.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would certainly have another if given the opportunity. I could drink this all night. I'll definitely be looking for it again.

550 mL clear glass bottle. No freshness date.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(from blog - Written September 28, 2012)

Appearance – Pours dark dark brown with a nice sized creamy tan head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell – Sweet, chocolate, slight coffee.
Taste – Sugary, mocha, vanilla, coffee, oatmeal.

Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout is like a scoop of coffee ice cream. It is like a sweet piece of velvety chocolate cake with coffee icing resurrected as a beer. Since I think I overdid myself expressing just how damn sweet this beer is, I should also add that it drinks like a Smooth Criminal (lame I know.) An overall amazing beer, looks amazing, smells amazing, tastes amazing and feels amazing.

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Photo of showell
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very black color with about 1" head.

The taste is just awesome. I didn't think that stouts were my favorite beers, but this could come close. If they have beer in heaven, this one will be on tap. I got two of the 1 pint bottles, one for me, and one for my partner, and we both wish we had gotten more. I know where to get them for the future though.

The drinkability is just great too. The only problem is that it costs a bit much for everyday. I think I'll just save this one for special occasions.

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Photo of wray7276
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ST=1 pint bottle poured into glass mug
A=very dark almost black/well over 4 finger head/very thick malt head/no carbonation.
S=sweet chocolate
T=not too sweet but there is sweetness
M=very light bodied
D=very smooth and delicious

i would drink this again,its sweet,very flavorful,and smells really sweet.

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Photo of AHNUBIS
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I buy this at BevMo for 3 bucks. Its a pint bottle. Love everything about the appearance including the bottle and label. Thick dark head. A BETTER GUINNESS. Alcohol is rough on my body and drinking something of this quality keeps the creepy crawly awful hangovers from happenin. You ain't gonna get drunk too quick and its something that your body can process better than some hypercarbonated mass produced high fructose $h*t. This is the go-to dark beer my Nubian bruthaz.

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Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a light black, very little light getting through. Nice 1.5-2 finger head. Retention down the glass well after the beer is gone.

S - A nice roasted malt smell. Hints of molasses and chocolate.

T - Amazing. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. Starts strong and finishes smooth

M - Thick like any great stout should be.

Overall - I would recommend this beer to any stout lover! I am more of a Russian Stout man myself but I am in love with this beer. I wish I could find something wrong with it, but I just can't!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer. This pours a very dark black, maybe shaded with some brown, and a big creamy tan head that settles to a cap pretty quick. Can regenerate quite a nice cap upon swirling too. The beer smells pretty simple up front- dark roasted malts and maybe some sweet sugar. The taste and mouthfeel are just outstanding. Smooth and slick roasty sweetness with not much of a lingering aftertaste, except maybe a little sweetness that coats your tongue. Carbonation is pretty low, helping to give it a nice smooth mouthfeel.

3-9-07 update
Some definite acidity and more of a carbonation bite. More of a bittering roastiness picked up here, but still quite smooth.

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Photo of againes
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

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Photo of JacStance
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife picked me up a Samuel Smith Gift Pack this past Christmas. All three were delicious, though the Oatmeal Stout, in my opinion, was the superior brew.

The color is a very deep, dark brown with ruby undertones that certainly looks black. In fact, only holding it up to a light will reveal that it’s not. The head is a light brown, which itself is darker than most beers on the market, and is intensely creamy with incredible lacing.

The smell is less intense than a lot of stouts, and may fool you into thinking this beer will lack complexity or flavor. Thankfully, that is not the case. You can pick up the usual stout aromas of chocolate and coffee, as well as molasses and oatmeal, though less pronounced.

The taste is outstanding. I fell in love with this beer after one sip and now just need to solve the problem of finding a steady supply near my hometown. You can taste the oatmeal right away, and the chocolates and coffees and brown sugars melt away to a nice toffee finish.

It may be a little heavy for someone unaccustomed to the style, but it is much lighter on the palate than many other stouts out there, and incredibly drinkable.

Overall, I can’t recommend this beer highly enough. If you are a fan of the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try. Best of all, it’s pretty widely available and inexpensive.

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Photo of J30wang
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Came out like a diluted gasoline and a solid, foamy head. The oatmeal in this gem doesn't come until after the sip, slight burnt flavors of popped rice and barley following a long, roasty complex consisting of mostly smoky tannins. Tart on the mouth--not a heavy stout, but solid and crisp. Very drinkable--only the brits know how to do a good stout, I feel.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep impenetrable black with a sort of latte head that holds awhile, laces a bit and starts to settle nicely into a thick veneer.

a sweet dark fruit and toastiness greets the olfactory senses nicely. i catch a nice breadiness with ligonberry jam or something.

again, why should i be surprised at another Samuel Smith offering. they are so on with everything. excellent mouthfeel of sparkly creaminess allows the full crafted flavor to be delivered unhindered. the toastiness in the nose is deepened and spread out in the taste with the slight dark dried fruit sense also deepening but mellowing to exactly where it needs to be. another perfect formula by the brewmasters!

i noticed, as it warms, the 'sweetness' becomes a husk that reveals a nice sour, hoppy bite. mmmm.

so drinkable. session this. after you session half of the lineup from this brewery. amazing. one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When i saw this beer on a bottle list at a bar, the bartender was shocked i ordered it, and in reply i told him i love trying new beer...but as uncommon as my order was my review will be quite common i think...It was a dark almost espresso like color, and had a mouth feel very similar to such. It did have a chocolate and coffee taste about it, almost like a milk stout. It was definately heavier than most of my choices but an excellent one at best. It tasted great and I would definately have it again...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ML bottle, there was a small layer of fine head that disappeared fairly quickly. Hold it up to the light and you wouln't see much through it.

Love that outmeal stout smell, sweat kind of oatmeally caramel scent. Haven't found an outmeal stout I didn't like, but this is still one of my favorites. The taste is just short of rich, sweet at first, and then the oats roll in and smooth it all out. I can feel those tiny little bubbles of carbonation roll along my tongue with each sip.

If you haven't tried this one yet, you should already be on your way to the store.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,240 ratings.