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

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5,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,884
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 655 | 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 Jkharris200634
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Abra
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was so excited to learn this beer is vegan...definitely a plus, Sam Smith's!

Pours a very deep, dark brown, almost black with a perfectly generous lacy, light mocha head.
Aroma is noticeably sweet with caramel malts and hints of chocolate.

The sweetness doesn't translate into the taste. The hops cancel it out, but not in an overly bitter way. It comes off as very clean and crisp with a heavy carbonation.

I definitely agree with the a previous review of letting it warm up a bit. It gets much smoother as it warms...very drinkable.

Did I mention it was vegan??

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice appearance; thin head, not much carbonation
S: cherry chocolate; very fragrant
T: nice, classic stout--molasses throughout, but directed in a Dr. Pepper direction; not very complex; not very sweet
M: silky, smooth, mealy

This is an excellent stout with broad appeal.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head with little retention.

S: Sweet maltiness with a touch of stock feed &

T: Bitter finish, with a roasted woody taste w/
touches of coffee and bourbon.

M/D: Good carbonation with a rich body & almost
dry finish.

Photo of dditto2
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Swedes21
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! Special thanks goes out to Spinrsx for his knowledge sharing and willingness to take on an understudy!

550 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a nice brown, fairly dark. The head is a gorgeous 3-4 fingers on the pour and is fairly light in appearance. It is hard to tell carbonation, although light does pass through the beer.

Smell - I can smell some coffee/expresso, toffee and hints of chocolate. A very well balanced smell that is not overpowering yet distinct in each of its scents.

Taste - very smooth on the tip of the tongue, almost sweet followed by a good kick of bitterness. The deep undertones come through here, chocolate and that expresso flavour. The toffee is present right at the start. The back end features the bitterness that is lasting.

Mouthfeel - very complex with the added carbonation, the beer is offering a deep velvet feel with a full bodied taste.

Drinkability - One of those beer that u must try and is good for those cold nights. This was a fantastic choice for my 100th beer.

Photo of krberg
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers. Thick and black with a tan head I alway think of it as a grown-up's Guinness. It has a wonderful roasty taste that is almost over-powering, but falls short and disappears into a smooth sweetness that reminds me of milk stouts. I have been drinking this beer longer than any other craft beer and it has yet to disappoint me. It feels appropriately thick and rich and really just satisfying. I don't think any stout lover would have difficulty putting quite a few of these away.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #159
Served On: 04/27/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: smudged

Found this at Westview Liquors in Frederick, MD - $3.99 for 18.2 oz bottle.

Look: Was a very dark brew with deep red highlights around the edges. A 1-finger of sticky tan foam made up the head.

Smell: Rich dark fruits, semi-sweet dark chocolate notes, a hint of toffee or some caramelized brown sugar. Aroma was similar to the Sam Smith's Imperial Stout.

Taste: First off was the caramelized brown sugar. Then hit a wave of toasted malts. The backend was a nice semisweet chocolate with some creamy espresso notes leading into the finish. A subtle bitterness appeared in the aftertaste.

Overall this was a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. This was also my first experience with the style, so I really don’t have a good frame of reference. Regardless, it was a very tasty brew!

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice cap, leaving behind some soapy haze.
Smell - Dark malt, chocolate, toasted oats, and a touch of grassy hops.
Taste - Similar to the nose, roasted dark malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a bit of coffee beans. So smooth and drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and incredible creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation.
Overall - Such a classic, amazing Oatmeal Stout. Benchmark of the style!

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark chocolate body produces a hefty three fingers of thick dark tan head - great lacing, great retention.

Lots of sour coffee, creme brulee, chocolate milk, Hershey's, Cheerios, some honey notes, very mellow and very appealing.

Oats. Lots of oats. Oatmeal topped with brown sugar, super smooth, rather lactic, a bit of honey or molasses, super balanced.

So easy to drink - love it.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a cap of brown, creamy head. Scent is mild - roasted and charred malts, hints of earthy, smoke, grain. Taste is a little more aggressive with the same roasted grain, hints of charm, smoke, earth, chocolate, nuts. Nice smooth and mildly creamy body, touch of dryness on the finnish. A nice, classic beer done right, would welcome one at any time.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge head of a whole hand, dark black color with no real light coming through.

N: Rich malts, oats, chocolate milk and milk chocolate, slight sweet malts.

T: Rich and very creamy, lots of chocolate milk, oats, velvet chocolate oats, some rich malts and lightly sweet, lush.

M: very creamy and rich, almost velvety, decent carbonation.

F: Still a little somewhat sweet, some roasted flavors come out as it warms, the milk chocolate lingers with a very slight bitterness.

Photo of tedpeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with a huge head that subsided to a 1/4 inch, light tan head. Light lacing.

S - Malty, slight chocolate smell

T - Toasted malts at start, mild chocolate finish. Slightly sweet.

M - Heavy, sweet, lightly carbonated.

D - One or two of these

Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin coffee colored head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Plenty of rich roasted malt in the nose and a few charred scents.

T- A very light sweetness makes an appearance briefly before a wave of full roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The oats are actually a bit more pronounced than I would have thought, but they do add a bit of body and sweetness overall. As the glass warms, I'm noticing some light floral and dark fruit flavors coming through.

M- Smooth and creamy with ok carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden.

D- A very easy drinking Oatmeal Stout that I will revisit often.

Photo of AmishT
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with some ruby highlights. A two finger tan head that retains fairly well. A little bit of lacing left behind.

S - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all prevalent. A very bold nose, for sure.

T&M - Begins with complex toasty malts that blend in with carbonation. Finishes with a mild bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Medium to full bodied. Smooth, and the flavors endure very well. Clean finish

D - The only thing that limits the drink is the slightly heavy body. All in all, the low ABV and great flavors make this a pretty solid session beer

Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz with no date

Pours a deep, dark brown with a small mocha head. Smells like chocolate and blueberry syrup. Taste is slightly bitter cocoa powder, hazelnut, and some bitter. Some sweet malt as well. Mouthfeel is medium but creamy and great.

Good beer, maybe a tad overrated.

Photo of JDV
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with a good tan head atop. Smell is slightly sweet, and hearty oatiness. Light sweet almost caramel like flavor with oat and high carbonation from the bottle initially, but which reduced drastically after sitting out for 15 minutes. A really flavorful, smooth, easy to drink oatmeal stout with more umph to it that Young's milder flavored version of the Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of hunteraw
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with red hues, one finger tan head, good retention. Opaque. No lace, but honestly, I think that's because I didn't clean my glass very well.

Smell: I probably didn't let it warm up enough, so it's a little more subdued than it should be, but I can smell oats, earthy English hops, dark roast malts.

Taste: sweeter than I expected (reminiscent of a milk stout), but with lots else going on, too. some chocolate, molasses, a touch of fruit at the tip of the tongue. hop flavors are pretty subdued, a good portion of the bitterness seems to be coming from the roast malts. Oats show up more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but lighter than I'd anticipated or I would probably prefer.

Drinkability: on the whole, not as good as Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but good. a little too sweet to be highly drinkable, for me.

Photo of dsigmon
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours very viscous with the *glug glug* of motor oil...mmm mmm good

S: Initial earth tone then that of coffee and caramel and roasted malt

T: ohhhh so good. the rich taste of roasted malt and coffee with faint hints of chocolate

M: Probably my favorite part of this beer. I love the thick, velvety, chewiness of this beer. Very little carbonation makes it just coat your mouth and literally slide down your throat...think childhood days with the hershey syrup bottle when mom wasn't looking (and do go let your mind wander)

D: I love these, I could drink them slowly all evening.

Photo of psugrad98
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with thick foamy head. Smells rich. Taste is full-bodied with hint of alcohol flavor, sweet but not too sweet, and goes well with food.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a nice fluffy head that laces quite nicely.

Aroma is of sweet candy sugar and molasses. Dark syrup and honey. Lightly floral aroma from the hops. Super malty dextrose smells. Delightful.

Flavor is dark roasted malt, chocolate and raisins. If I didn't know any better I would think this is an alcoholic, pureed Chunky candy bar.Coffee sneaks in and marries with a slightly burnt toffee and caramel smokiness.

Mouthfeel is lush, smooth and viscous. Carbonation is spot on and the lushness of the beer makes it that much better.

Excellent, I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 550 ml bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours black with ruby highlights. A big, white fluffy head forms that will just not go away. The nose is sweet with hints of coffee and black licorice. The black licorice really comes through on the first sip, the finish is sweet and crisp. A medium bodied beer with a wonderfull creamy mouthfeel. The beer is meant to be sipped, but I would not have a problem quaffing this one. A very good beer.

Photo of maxk
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a snifter

Looks like black coffee, no light gets through this one. Poured with a nice head which settled down to a light bubbly coating atop the beer, leaving a trail down the sides of the glass as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and caramel.

Tastes somewhat like it smells. Lots of chocolate, some coffee and caramelized sugar. There's a little bit of roasty/smoky flavor. This beer really shines in the mouth feel. It's incredibly rich and creamy.

I view this as the benchmark for oatmeal stouts. It's simple and a prime example of the style. Delicious and rich beer.

Photo of mwrseeley
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome 550ml bottle, purchased from the LCBO as part of a Samuel Smith boxset (pint glass included), this oatmeal stout featured a foamy beige cookie of a head. The body was opaque.

On the nose I detected coffee and feedmill-like molasses. The taste reminded me of the same and was sweeter than I expected, and, therefore, not as enjoyable as I had hoped for. A dry stout is more to my liking. I gradually took to the taste and by the last sip I was enjoying my drink.

This gently carbonated beer is rich on the tongue, nicely balanced and has a long finish.

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The jet black body is topped with a one-finger khaki head. The lacing is incredible.

The smell is coffee and dark chocolate.

This oatmeal stout is extremely smooth and has a substantial mouthfeel. It's surprisingly sweet yet chalky with chocolate and tobacco notes. A slight coffee-like astringency keeps it all in balance. The aftertaste is round with some residual chalkiness and burnt toast.

I was expecting a much drier stout, mainly due to my lack of experience with anything but Irish stouts. This is a little sweet for a session, but enjoyable none the less.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,884 ratings.