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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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5,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,791
Reviews: 2,156
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 247
Gots: 583 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of bmoraymond
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tjd112
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Smith's nonic, and this beer came with the gift set. The appearance is a black coffee colour with an off-white head and the smell is of coffee and prunes. The taste is, you guessed it, OATS galore. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry. Overall, a superb drink,

Photo of Stocean1
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a frothy one finger head with great retention into a large wineglass. It is deep chocolate brown with thin sticky lacing. The bottle is also a beauty.

S - Sweet malt and caramel dominates the bouquet

T - Sweet malt, caramel, coffee comes through with some bitter hops, molasses and oats.

M - full bodied, bitter (not too), smooth.

O - Just a really well made oatmeal stout. I expected a lot and was not disaapointed. It is well balanced and i will go back to this I am sure from time to time when it is available.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a lot of visible carbonation. Very light head that slowly turned in to light brown bubbles.

S - Roasted malts with a sweet nutty scent.

T - The first few sips taste very coppery ... As I drink more: roasted malts with a nice chocolaty taste. Sweet, but not too sweet. A nice well balances oatmeal stout.

M - medium body with visible carbonation.

D - A very enjoyable oatmeal stout.

Photo of Squelch
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very smooth beer. Pours dark and is amber when shining through a light. The head is tan or brown and is large and lingering which is suprising given it has oats. Smells exactly as it tastes. Make sure you drink this at the right temperature. When I let the glass warm up I got a taste of toffee and Caramel up front with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the finish. Smoothness from the oats is evident in the mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of minterro
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle

A: light brown thick foamy head. Heads leaves lacing that hangs around for a bit, but eventually falls back. Dark black colored beer

S: malts and coffee

T: molasses (which is where I’m probably tasting the iron from), sweet malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, maple syrup. A tad of bitter hops at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

M: super smooth & creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation. Buttery texture.

O: easy to drink despite the fully body. Overall super solid, didn’t blow my mind but, hard to find any weak points to this beer.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting one of my first beers...Poured from a euro-sizing bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark near black with the perfect amount of latte-coloured head.

S: Smells of milk chocolate, roast, oats and caramel.

T: Sharp and decadent; with chocolate chip cookie notes and the undeniable prick from the oatmeal.

D: Goes down smooth and warming. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky.

Overall: A classic and a hallmark of style. This is a great introduction to darker beers and craft beer in general.

Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark enough apperance to make me think they used a black/brown bottle for it. once in the glass, it lets a tiny bit of reddish light shine through. tan, almost brown, foamy head with good retention and lacing.

nice roasted aroma. some coffee bean as well.

taste has some hints of coffee bitterness and a smooth finish. mostly getting frozen italian coffee flavors.

as expected, mouthfeel is very smooth. seemingly no carbonation, and a nice stout overall.

Photo of DarienMcl
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bob3701
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a gift pack poured into pint glass provided. Very dark brown that lets just a tiny hint of light shinning through. Nice thick creamy tan head that slowly disperses into a film. Only minor lacing. Aroma very neutral with just a hint of roasted malts. Very smooth to drink, feels great in the mouth. Very dry in taste with just a hint of roasted bitterness. A very chuggable stout and one that you can drink many of.

Photo of Spidey13
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours a beautiful black with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is big and tan. There is a lot of roasted coffee on the nose, along with chocolate. I'm reminded a bit of Kahlua.

The taste has a lot of roasted grain and chocolate. Some graham cracker is also there. It actually tastes a bit like s'mores with a bitter aftertaste. Some coffee-flavored whipped cream flavor also shows up. The mouthfeel is graet, full, creamy, and thick.

This is one tasty stout.

Photo of TimErickson
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of draco8176
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of weizenbob
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 550 ml bottle was taken from a Samuel Smith gift pack, which is really the best value for acquiring Sam Smith. You get three bottles of beer and a tulip-shaped brewery logo pint glass for less than the cost of buying the three bottles individually. This stout was bottled September 16, 2011 (oddly, this was much fresher than the India Ale from the same gift pack). It was served around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into the accompanying glassware.

A standard pour (horizontal bottle, 45-degree glass) yielded a nice big three fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head. Retention is very good. Delicate lacing glides down the glass as the head recedes. The brew is very dark with just a hint of translucence noted at the thinnest point of the glass. It is very nice looking, near perfect in fact.

It gives off a pleasant aroma as well. Impressions of chocolate are strong. Roasted malts are subtly noted. It smells slightly watery. Though the alcohol is well hidden, its scent is detectable enough to add some nice spicy character to the roasty chocolaty proceedings.

This flavor is very good. Hershey syrup sweetness crashes into a mildly warming alcohol leaving a pleasant impression on the tongue. Malts are roasty without screaming, "Hey, I'm burnt!" There is little to no hop bitterness. It is full flavored while maintaining restraint and tasteful balance. You don't find them like this in America.

The feel of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It is very creamy and goes down smoothly despite having a viscosity that much thinner than my American palate has come to expect. The carbonation level is low, but perfect. It is very easy drinking.

All things considered, this is my favorite oatmeal stout. I wish that I could find a domestic example that was this good, as $4-$5 a bottle for Sam Smith makes it unrealistic as a daily driver. Though it is generally excellent, nothing about this beer stands out in a way that justifies the inflated import pricing. That is really the Achilles heel and great tragedy of the whole experience. I'll drink a few of these every year; but as is, I'm still on the lookout for the perfect, reasonably priced, oatmeal stout.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I enthusiastically give two Schlitz for Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of pweis909
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no expiration date.

Poured a dense tawny foam in black liquid. Looks like stout!
Within 5 minutes of pouring, the foam mostly disappeared. Who cares? This stuffs good enough that you won't sit around staring at the head.

Chocolate is the prevailing smell and taste. This stout is sweet, Not much roasted flavor.

Oatmeal is supposed to add proteins that boost the mouthfeel and body of a beer. Seems to me that the texture effect is pretty subtle. This is fine, because I find the creaminess of a Guinness a little bit phony.

Very quaffable.

Photo of BricksandPorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an American Pint Glass after being left in the fridge to cool for about an hour.

Look - A dark ruby/chestnut brown with good clarity and tone. The head is phenominal, with a chocolate cream feel. Lots of carbonation makes for a slow, even pour. Very inviting, almost intrigueing...makes you want to know "What's this taste like?" Defenitly a winning start.

Nose - Smell is very organic and nutty. Hints of coffee and chocolate and even alittle piney, but not overpowering for a Stout. There is a definite sweetness to this. Not bursting with aroma, but just enough to keep you interested.

Taste - First sip - WOW! This is how beer should taste. Starts with a smooth toffee blast, mixed with dark chocolate and mellows to the sweetness caught in the nose and follows through with notes of banana, butter and more coffee as it warms. The end of the glass tastes better than the beginning - I will have the next one closer to room temperature.

Mouth - Smooth and surprisingly light for an Oatmeal stout. The only downside is a tinge of overcarbonation - but this also adds to a flavorfull burst once it hits the tongue.

Drinkability - Defenitly one of my favorite beers. Although not one that can be enjoyed in quantity, the second and third are as good if not better than the first.

NOTE: May be better enjoyed warm(er) than 50-60 degrees F.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Had a nice appearance to it. Not too dark for an oatmeal stout and didn't have too much of a foam head that was an off white color, it lingers around sticking to the glass even after your done. It seems to look better after you start drinking it. Has a nice chocolate, molasses, and grainy aroma to it. Feels very nice on the pallet, almost drinks like a porter, seems a bit more carbonated than most stouts, it's also surprisingly drinkable for a stout as well.

Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle.

Pours black with dark red edges and a thick, lingering tan head

Smell is pleasant, molasses and some coffee, but less obvious than some. A pleasant smell, but wasn't strong for me.

Taste is of dark malts, a vague oatmeal and chocolate background, and a lingering dry woody sweetness. Very balanced, a nice variety of roasted smoky flavors without going off too much in one direction. Quite pleasant, perhaps a bit understated in the beginning, but as it warms more flavorful with a longer-lasting bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and creamy. Nice depth in beginning, seemed to thin out as beer warmed.

I'm quite impressed with this one.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle into a giant snifter...pours a rich black with a decent head...I've only had this once or twice before with a dear friend who really likes it...smell is tons of oatmeal and a complex malt-backbone. Not too bitter, not too sweet...well balanced if on the less bitter side of a sessionable low-alcohol stout like this...excellent, highly recommended. A classic of the style.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, amber highlights, nice tan head leaves good amount of lacing.

Smells are good, carmel, coffee, chocolate. Taste is very well balanced. There are the obvious chocolate, coffee malty flavors, but a slight hop taste and great mouthfeel and body balance this brew out nicely.

If you are a fan of stouts this is a definite must try.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a very thick puffy tan head.

Smell has a strong berry presence. Also get a nutty smell.

The first few tastes off of this one gives a metallic flavor off the head. Once I break though that I get the same berry taste that I smelled, almost like a grape soda. This is very smooth beer with no bite what so ever. Now as the beer settles I am getting a nutty flavor. I also pick up a grape taste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and this one is an easy drinker that goes down nice and smooth.

Photo of vermilcj
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby red or black with a khaki head and great retention. Sticks to the glass like a pro. Smells of milk or lactose and mocha.

Tastes are coffee and sweet malts, but with a milky coffee mouthfeel that kind of melts in your mouth. Very smooth beer with a pleasant coffee taste in the front and a little hop kick in the finish that totally balances out this beer perfectly.

I get the feeling that this is one of those quintessential stouts that may not be the best beer in the world, but one of those staples in the stout world, and I can certainly see why. This beer is more than solid; it's the embodiment of a stout.

Photo of bjohnson
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep deep brown color with a frothy one finger caramel colored head. Nice retention with a decent amount of lacing.
S: Roasted malt with a nutty, earthy aroma. Slight sweet notes in there also.
T/M: Wow. Extra smooth in the mouth with a good thick body and soft creamyness. Oatmeal and roasted malt are noticeable. Caramel sweetness and roasted coffee notes play hide and go seek. Slightly bitter finish and sweet aftertaste—very faint. Firm and bold body with a zap of carbonation.
D: Hands down a great Oatmeal Stout from Olde England. Definitely a necessary purchase during the winter months.

Photo of hunteraw
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,791 ratings.