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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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5,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,440
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 215
Gots: 418 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of beveritt
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 18 oz bottle into a plastic cup. Not my first choice fro serving beer, but it was all the bar had. At least it was the high quality clear plastic style.

Appearance: Dark. Slight hints of brown around the edges, but basically this is a dark, black beer. Nice, creamy light brown head. Took awhile to settle, but stayed around as a thin layer for the whole beer.

Smell: Smelles of malts and roastiness. You can detect a hint of sweetness in the smell.

Taste: Nice malt flavor, much sweeter than I expected. But not overly so. Very little bitterness, incredibly smooth. Tastes strongly of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Still had a decent level of carbonation left, even after a hard pour. Perfect level to balance out the sweetness.

Drinkability: This is a great, easy drinking stout. Nothing to over the top as far as roastiness, hops, or malt, just a nice balanced blend.

beveritt, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Sleek solid black w/ a thin tan head the remains throughout and doesn't fade... Dancing carbonation...

S - Coffee... Malt... Chocolate... Hint of black cherry...

T - Dark grains... Expresso... Bitter hops on the finish... Smokey after taste...

M - Creamy and Lush... Smooth and Silky... Fantastic...

D - Very drinkable... Enjoyable stout... Another top notch offering from the folks at SS...

philbe311, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I grabbed this beer since it was an oatmeal stout and I was curious. I didn't realize it was the same maker of Nut Brown Ale and I wasn't disappointed since that beer is fantastic and drinking this, it proved the same.

Appearance - A very dark amber with a thick head and lacing.

Smell - Sweeter smell than a usual stout. Probably owing to the fact that oatmeal stouts are sweater. The bitterness comes as an after taste but it's a good bitter.

Taste - Tastes like a quality stout that's less bitter and a sweet.

Overall - A great stout for someone who is new to stouts like me. Not really bitter and more sweat but it still retains its stout characteristics.

Graham_D_Dillon, May 20, 2014
Photo of krberg
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

krberg, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a yummy oatmeal stout. Thick and delicious.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4

S: Roasty with a very carby, oatmeal base. 3.5

T: Roasty malt with some sourness and slightly bitter charcoal. Lovely carby base. From the oatmeal? Some brown sugar flavour. 4

M: Foamy and pretty thick. 4

O: 4

vandemonian, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of sitbooboosit
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby to black colour with a really nice looking inch of mocha, tan head.
At first the smell was a little vinous which got me worried, however the smell of roast barley soon made its way through the fog and into my head although not as pronounced as I was expecting.
Tastes of roasted barley with nice carmel tones. lots of coffee flavour, although the slight tartness i'm getting off this beer is making it taste like day old coffee.
The mouthfeel is absolutely great; lucious foamy velvet sliding down my throat. yum.
An easy beer to drink a few of although rather filling. I enjoyed the beer, but would like to have another bottle from a different batch. it tasted a little old to me. understandable vancouver is a ways away from Jolly Old.

sitbooboosit, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of u2carew
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Pours with a finger thick dark tan head. Slowly settles. Lacing is thin, creamy and sticky. Nearly opaque body. When held to the light has a dark cherry tint.
S) Chocolate. Roasted coffee. Smoked grains.
T) Bready with chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes sweet with a hint of caramel.
M) Smooth and creamy. Not too heavy.
D) A delicious brew. I would definitely have another one of these!

u2carew, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark concotion with very little brown to off white suds. No lacing here yet.
Smell is a dark carmelly coffee with a plum/cherry fruity aroma.
No alcohol present in the nose.
Taste is a grainy coffee bitterness with a fruity sweetness like a grape or plum. The bitterness finishes it off.
The hops are pretty prevalant here and the taste is never sweet.
This is Samuel Smith's best brew and rightfully so.
So many flavors happening here.
When you put the pint glass to your face you smell a burnt coffee aroma and the taste finishes that off nicely.
With the low ABV I could see this beer as a perfect session beer.

peabody, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of evlu1441
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black, and only reveals hints of ruby when held up to a direct light source. The head is nice and fluffy and chocolaty in colour.

The aroma is slightly toasty with some sweet vanilla notes smoothing things out. Some chocolate is noticeable in the background.

The flavour is dominated by the toasty malts come through, followed by some bitter molasses flavours and a touch of sweetness. It is very smooth, and has consistent and inviting sweetness. It's perhaps a bit to aggressively toasty for my tastes.

Overall, this is a nice stout. Highly drinkable, while still having nice complex flavours and maintaining body and smoothness.

evlu1441, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of tan head. It is dark brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is dark cocoa and coffee. The taste is dark chocolate and finishes with some rich coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is another great beer from Sam Smith's. I've had three of their beers so far, and they have all been winners.

buschbeer, May 31, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome Samuel Smith offering!!
A: Pours a rich, opaque black color with amber highlights in the light. Leaves an off-white, tan color head that retains well and leaves a nice patchy lace on the glass

S: Very strong notes of dark fruits, namely figs, dates, raisins...also, molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee

T: Very similar to the nose, which I appreciate. Heavy roasted malt notes with chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit...This beer is very sweet, which is a surprise to me, as I was expecting more of a bitter-sweet brew...

MF: Mediumin body, silky and creamy going down...The aftertaste is of darkfruit and roasted malts.

D: Eh, the drinkibility of a beer is always subjective, but I feel that the drinkibility of this brew is substantially higher to other oatmeal stouts due to its superb balance

I actually got some beer novices to appreciate the color and taste of this beer!! Awesome

scottyshades, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of BZero007
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite Oatmeal stout I have had yet. Pours a great black with only the slightest of light highlighted brown. Body is thin not to thick wich I feel compliments this brew greatly. Aroma is of a roasty oats/malt with the slight hint of a dark chocolate background. These two aromas compliment each other greatly with providing the desired smell/taste up front with the undertone armoa/taste he;ping to stand these main charectors threw. The carbonation is good if only sometimes a slight over. Drinkability is great due to the body and alcholo level. Would recomend this brew to someone looking to step foot in to Oatmeal Stouts.

BZero007, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a big mug.

Appears very brown, almost black. Kind of reminds me of CocaCola. Nice off-white head.

Smell is of oatmeal and maybe some chocolate. The beer does not have the strongest of aromas, I really have to stick my nose in to smell it.

Taste is so smooth and more of the oatmeal than chocolate. Not much carbonation. Low on hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth and thirst-quenching.

This is a great beer, especially for the winter. I imagine myself at a British pub enjoying this. Tastes like a classic English beer. Very heavy... it's like a meal in a glass.

MrIncognito, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of BWH3
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with thick, creamy, and everlasting light brown head. Still as the night. Well done

S: Mild roasted grain and coffee flavors. The sweetness has a creamy note. Reminds me of a sweetened espresso and cream

T: Slightly sweet but fairly dry. Maltiness is strong on the oat flavor. The tasting ends with a dry fruity bitterness to balance the initial sweetness.

M: Creamy, full bodied. Slick oat contribution. Still and great head retention.

D: A variant of stout that too few brewers produce. The flavor is not as sweet as a sweet stout and not as dry as a dry stout which makes it a great beer to enjoy several. However, balance has its price and few would rate this as their all time favorite stout.

BWH3, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Mark
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep color was topped by an airy tan head that disappated, lacing was thin and very smattered. Nice roasty smell with some sweetness. Silky creamy mouthfeel, mellow roasted flavor, a nice nightcap. Upper echelon stout but I don't agree with the majority of my fellow advocates who consider this the king. Young's is. My opinion folks.

Mark, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of aracauna
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't have the burnt bitterness of the dry stouts, but it has the other flavors typical off a stout. I like it, but it doesn't floor me.

aracauna, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of Groomsy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Thomas for giving me a bottle of this. Euro-sized bottle poured into a pint glass. No clue how fresh or old this bottle may be. Review taken from notes, consumed on 09/09/2011.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black. The body barely allows any light to shine through, but contains highlights of dark crimson red. Topped by a thick and frothy tan head of two fingers, the beers leaves chunks and walls of lacing as it's consumed. An excellent looking stout.

Aroma: I get the feeling that this is not a fresh bottle, but what's in the nose is still very nice. The roasted malt is definitely there, and there are hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There's also just a kiss of some floral/earthy hops and a vague sweetness from the oatmeal. A little more mild on the nose than I was expecting; smells like a toned-down stout with a smack of oatmeal.

Taste: Good stuff, which follows the nose in a fairly linear way, but much bolder in flavor than it is in the nose. Hearty roasted malt leads to a mix of coffee and chocolate notes on the middle of the palate, which transitions to a barely-there kiss of earthy and slightly bitter hop presence. The beer goes down with a smooth sweetness from the oatmeal. An excellent brew and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth body that isn't too heavy for a stout. Low carbonation kick with some lingering and residual sweetness from the oatmeal. Best thing about the beer.

Overall: Great beer, but I would love to try this fresh to see how much bolder some of the flavors may be. I would definitely revisit this, especially with the colder months quickly coming up.

Groomsy, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my large snifter yeilding a black pitch. An offwhite head sticks around parts of the glass but does not fill the top surface. Some lacing is evident, but not exceptional

The smell is odd for a stout. Plenty of chocolate malts but I'm getting an off sour note. I'm guessing this is an older bottle. There is also some roasty and cookie notes.

For a single stout, this is a solid offering. Plenty of chocolate malts, oatmeal, roasty notes. A mild coffee like bitterness comes in at the end for a good balance.

Medium-full in the mouth with medium carbonation. Some stickiness in the end.

This is a solid drink and very drinkable.

TCgoalie, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man...this is one impressive 5% brew.

Love the look. Dark brown, nearly black...a very heavy head...light tan, sudsy, lasts quite a while. Pretty spotty lacing throughout.

Rich, sweet malty scent...oatmeal, a touch of coffee, chocolate...maybe even cinammon?

Taste follows. The oatmeal pops. Quite good! Rich creamy mouthfeel as it warms. Makes you want to take another sip immediately...the sign of a very good beer.

I've passed this one up many times but finally picked one up at the Round Rock HEB. I'll be sure to grab a few for my upcoming fantasy football draft to share.

obrike, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black ale with amber highlights and a thick light brown 1½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and cocoa powders fill the nose. Pleasant aroma – not overwhelming – but refreshing.

T: Dark rich ale with nice roasted malt sweetness. Nice chocolate and coffee overtones compliment this nice malt background. Only slightly hoppy and smoooth. Alcohol is present but in the right amount.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Very well balanced and refreshing. This is how an oatmeal stout should taste.

ckollias, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produced a very dark brew, some mahogany edges and a giant, fluffy head. Smell is not strong, some roasted malts, maybe some vanilla sweetness, expected more. Taste makes up for the lack of smell. First thing I notice is that it is not a heavy stout, but a rather thin one. Molasses taste is up front, roasted malts are present, not overly bitter, some acidity may linger on the palate. Very drinkable, matter of fact, I had to force myself to slow down, but at 5%, no matter. Overall, a really nice Oatmeal Stout.

gskitt, Feb 19, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours black witha full tan head that is well retained. The aroma is of dark malts. There is something in it that I just can't put my finger on; maybe it's the yeast or an aromatic specialty grain. The taste is excellant. A good stout with that oatmeal flavor. Chocolate malts overpower me in a good way. It is such a balanced ale. A real pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is med/heavy body, but a real drinkable beer. A low abv. (5%) means that many can be had without getting too loose. Another great brew from this respected brewery.

WesWes, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of Duhast500
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt bottle into a glass pint.

The color is A very deep dark black with a light brown foamy head.

The smell is of chocolate, a little toffee and roasted malts

The taste is smooth, creamy, a malty flavor is very deep in the background with a toffee tone.

This beer is quite smooth. Goes down real nice and is one the best stouts I've had. The overall feel is strong but does not overpower.

Duhast500, Jan 17, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.9 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Looks like a stout should - dark, thick, with a one inch tan head that disapears to a skim quickly. Decent lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt, a little oatmeal, and faint hops.

The taste surprised me - thick, sweeter than your average stout, not much hops at all in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick, without being chewy. There's a solid amount of carbonation, but nothing overpowering.

Drinkability is high, because it's so smooth and balanced. I approve.

iheartfreetshirt, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What more can be said about this old stand-by.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with some blood red edges when held to a light. The creamy mocha head is a full inch that recedes leaving a fair amount of lace rings.

The aroma is not a strong as I would have expected. Roasted malt,coffee,cocoa mild bitterness.

The flavor is oh so yummy. Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate and raisins. A bitter black coffee bitterness rounds things out in a good way.

Medium to full chewy body. Not much carbonation, which makes it velvety smooth.

Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout. I could drink this all day.

beerwolf77, Nov 25, 2009
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,440 ratings.