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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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5,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,367
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 394 | FT: 5
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:
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Photo of Pamola


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a simple black, brown around the edges, letting in some light. minimal head that fades to a lingering film. Smells a little nutty and crisp. Flavor is downright amazing. nutty, oaty, and a very nice twang of alcohol hidden in the crispness. Plays around in the mouth, sucks to the top of the palate. That and it's chewy as a shitty hotel's continental breakfast oatmeal, which i think is superb. Goes beyond body into meatiness.

They are the original and the best for a reason.

01-10-2009 22:01:14 | More by Pamola
Photo of Cylinsier


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

From a bottle.

Pours a dark black that looks coffee brown held up to the light. Moderate off-white head doesn't disappear too quickly.

Smells like oats and butterscotch with a hint of caramel.

Tastes like malted oats and butter with an aftertaste of smokeiness like crisp toast.

Crisp and full mouthfeel resulting from good carbonation.

A bit heavy to throw back a lot, nevertheless the best oatmeal stout I've tried yet and one I'll definitely be going back to when I get the chance.

04-27-2009 12:20:14 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of nklatt


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark brown, not quite opaque color with a big ol', creamy head. Strong caramel smell carries over into a (too) mellow, sweet taste - needs more hops :) Mouthfeel is watery, for a stout. I'll take my oatmeal a la Rogue, unless I want to drink all night.

08-01-2002 17:52:35 | More by nklatt
Photo of Phelps


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A frothy half-finger head the color of light cocoa powder sits atop for a minute before crackling away to a thin top layer.

Brilliant nose. Smoky pork, milk chocolate, sweet oatmeal, vanilla, coffee with heavy cream and even some toasted wheat. Perfect.

The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but exhibits many of the same characteristics. I get oatmeal, vanilla, slightly tangy chocolate, hints of smoky pork. It leans slightly to the sweet side, but has just the right amount of earthy hops that emerge before the smooth, bready, medium-dry oatmeal finish.

The body is a bit of a letdown, as I expect creamy fullness in my oatmeal stouts. This one displays moderate carbonation and soft fizziness inside a body that’s just a bit too thin. Clean finish for what it is.

I’m flabbergasted it took me this long into my beer drinking career to try Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. I understand its popularity — it’s got great flavor, it’s easy to drink, and I would smell it all night if I could. It’s now the oatmeal stout against which all others will be judged.

06-09-2011 21:24:16 | More by Phelps
Photo of MrDanno96


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a dark, dark brown (not quite black) that lets no light in. Started with about 2 fingers of head and exhibits pretty good retention - still about a finger of tannish head several minutes in. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet scent seems to dominate the nose (dark fruits and molasses) along with some roasted malts. Pleasant, but nothing really special.

T: Roasted malts, burnt coffee, caramel, molasses, subtle fruit, and just hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Nice balance overall.

M: Oatmeal makes this o so smooth all the way down. It's really quite nice. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: A well balanced, smooth, and great tasting beer. This, along with the 5% abv make this extremely drinkable. You gotta love how smooth this is.

11-12-2009 18:59:17 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of beerlovergirl


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Beautiful dark pour with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. An earthy smell and a mixed taste of caramel, chocolate and nuts blasts the senses. This beer is extremely smooth going down and leaves an aftertaste of oats. This is a very drinkable beer and one that I will definitely add to my list of favorites.

11-10-2004 02:43:53 | More by beerlovergirl
Photo of Winter


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Comes in a clear 12 oz bottle. The gold foil wrapped over the cap and part of the neck of the bottle is a nice touch. Pours black with a thick light brown creamy head. Aroma is sweet with scents of raisins, dark chocolate and coffee. The texture is smooth and full-bodied as it flows over the tongue. Lacks dryness of most stouts-- which isn't a bad thing. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with roasted malt, fruit, and slight soy taste (I also noticed this, like the previous reviewer). This is an amazing stout and a great session beer.

11-06-2002 08:55:11 | More by Winter
Photo of Scrapss


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured in a wide mouth champagne flute from the chilled bottle.

A: Black. Dark as the darkest cola you've seen. Some light transmission if you try hard with a strong light. one finger head that dissipates quickly to a 2 mm disc. some lacing.

S: mild roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oatey breadiness.

T: Smooth and follows nose. Layers of malt on top of malt. First coffee, then oatmeal, caramel and milder roasted malt. Touch of vanilla on swallow.

M: Medium and well balanced mouth-filling quality. Slightly fizzy on the side of the front tongue. very very very slight chalkiness at finish. satisfying.

O: A great example of the style. Nothing too offending or pretentious, just solid.

11-10-2013 23:58:36 | More by Scrapss
Photo of FormatKid


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

I picked up a single of this from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. I’ve noticed this beer is very appreciated on this site so I am looking forward to trying it. I’m worried about the beer being light struck since it’s in a clear bottle, but I’ll just cross my fingers and go.

This beer pours out jet black to the naked eye with an ample creamy head at least three fingers high. When held up to light dark ruby tinges become apparent.

Unfortunately there is a hint of skunk in the aroma but it is not too noticeable. The nose is deep with charred, sweet malts and a sparkle of earthy bitterness about the edges.

This tastes different than any stout I’ve tried so far, but it’s hard to put my finger on it. I think the oats come across as a smooth, cured, nuttiness almost. Lightly charred malts are evident and a taste like coffee with a healthy dosing of sugar. An earthenly bitter, dry aftertaste is left in my mouth, pretty good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is light but pleasing.

Overall a very solid stout, and one I would definitely enjoy to revisit.

04-25-2004 03:21:21 | More by FormatKid
Photo of DocJitsu


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with glints of cola brown around the bottom and edges when held to the light. A large, fluffy, dark caramel-colored head forms quickly and retains a little better than average. Once it dissipates, splotchy and spiderweb lacing is left on the edges of the glass, while a thin cap sits atop the beer. Aromas are comprised primarily of sweet chocolate and sorghum. While these aromas come through distinctly, they are not overly bold. There are also notes of roasted malt and ripe cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not too viscous. The mild hop on the finish accentuates the light carbonation scrubbing. Flavors come through almost as distinctly as the aromas. However, everything is mild. In a time of craft brewers competing for the biggest beer, it's nice to sip a stout that has a lot of flavor in different varieties without having my palate overwhelmed. Mild chocolate, sorghum, and ripe fruit esters occur, essentially in that order. I regard this a quintessential stout.

10-26-2012 00:40:12 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Bottle into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a relatively big two-finger medium thick tan head. Dark brown / black with some ruby hints around the bottom edges of the glass. Relatively opaque. Head is very persistent, slowly fading into a thick film. Minimal lacing is left behind.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and a bit of chocolate in there. The oats are also noticeable in the background. Nose is medium strength; not quite big enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt initially, gives way to a smoky pure chocolate taste. Very nice. Oats are there too, but not dominant. A pleasant smoky chocolaty aftertaste arrives late and fades nicely. Good job.

PALATE : Medium-thick body goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end. Medium carbonation and finishes pretty dry.

OVERALL: A very good stout, very drinkable. I can certainly see why it's "celebrated." I would say it's not quite as good as the Tadcaster Porter, but definitely a great brew worth stocking up on. It's got an ABV that could definitely make it a prime session beer. One worth seeking out.

12-16-2008 08:23:58 | More by Jeffo
Photo of afinepilsner


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

550 ml clear glass bottle
This beer is black with hint of red-brown when held to a light. It has a very nice thick creamy head that is tan in color and lasts. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. It is mildly sweet but well balanced. This a very drinkable medium-full bodied beer.

08-29-2004 17:54:49 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of meowmix


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a rich, opaque, black. It's head is a very thick tan color that nearly overflowed from the glass.
(A beautifully dark beer with a generously frothy head- 4.0)
Its aroma is a fairly muted roastiness.
(A subtle yet luring aroma- 3.5)
It has the robust flavor of roasted coffee and finishes with hints of bittersweeet chocolate.
(A deliciously robust beer- 4.5)
Its a medium bodied stout with a silky texture and mild carbonation.
(A pleasently silky beer- 4.0)
It has a high drinkability which makes Sam Smith's an obvious choice for any fan of Oatmeal Stout.
(High drinkability- 4.0)

Overall, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a deliciously well balanced stout with a pleaseant texture and high drinkability.

03-30-2010 08:41:40 | More by meowmix
Photo of July2Nov


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Dark like a great stout should be and tends to have a lace that sticks to the glass.
S: Deep-roasted, nutty, sweet aroma.
T&M: Has a slight carbonated taste upfront, then the frementation comes through. It finnishes with a deep and hardy roasted aftertaste.
D: Richness is the name of the game for this brew. It will put some fullness into your body, but God help me if I can't put it down.

05-18-2007 17:41:53 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Admittedly, I have not enjoyed too many oatmeal stouts and have only recently begun seeking them out more after trying Samuel Smith's take on the brew.

Overall the appearance was akin to most other stouts/imperial stouts that I have tried, so it looked nice to me. (Poured from bottle into standard pint glass)

Smell was enticing, and had a pleasant nutty, toasted aroma.

Very suprised by the taste, a touch of sweet alongside traditional smoky stout flavors. No one element overtakes another.

Mouthfeel was smooth over the tongue and palate.

Drinkability is the only thing that didn't stand out as much as other attributes. However, it's a really good beer, and served as a good starting point for trying oatmeal stouts.

12-27-2007 21:09:20 | More by Nickls
Photo of spitInTheOcean


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

big malty aroma here. roasted malts. low low hop aroma. no fruits. no real coffee aroma.

this beer is black as pitch. thick creamy persistent brown head. opaque.

initially a roasted bitterness. biggest flavor is that of roasted grains. do not taste the oatmeal but uts presence is noticed in the mouthfeel. breifly sweet in the middle. taste definitely tends towards bitterness, but more of the roasted bitterness than the hops. finishes with a nice balance of hop bitterness, roasted bitterness, and malt sweetness.

smooth. medium-full body. medium carbonation.

i dont taste the oatmeal and that makes me sad.

10-21-2011 04:58:12 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of nomomentwasted


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this poured from a stubby bottle into a pint glass. Served a little cooler than room temp to let it open up a bit.

Appearance: Dark and with a nice one-finger off-white head that laced nicely. Stout color and quality.

Smell: The oatmeal is right up front and with a hint of chocolate and notes of plum-raisin, almost a prune.

Taste: Not overly bitter, but certainly packs a wallop taste-wise. Notes of oatmeal and cocoa chocolate come first, with a bit more of the fruity nature on the back-end. A hint of smoke and layers its flavors very, very well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, and coats nicely on the finish.

Drinkability: I'd say this is where it bogs down a bit, as I'd have a hard time putting too many of these back due to it's nature. The ABV is low but drinks harder than that. Still, an excellent beer for a dessert pairing or hell, as dessert itself.

07-18-2009 18:39:12 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of Bighuge


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer appears black and has great tan head with great retention (which I have not seen lately from a bottled beer). Beautiful cocoa/coffee aroma. The brew rolls over the tongue like velvet. Taste of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate dominate. There's a nice bitterness here. The hops aren't distinguishable, but the bitterness is. I think the bitterness is probably more due to the roasted malts. Great Oatmeal Stout.

03-28-2002 00:15:04 | More by Bighuge
Photo of astrasday


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Rich, near black color with two finger tan head.

Coffee, nuts and almost a sweet apple scent follows through to the taste. Chocolate rings true in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice tight carbonation.

High drinkability and an overall enjoyable experience. Great beer.

11-26-2008 22:49:22 | More by astrasday
Photo of LiquidBread219


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A=Nice color it poured black with some red highlights to me. Had a nice mocho head on it with some lacing.

S=Smell was pretty good some strong toffee was noticed on the nose of this one. I also noticed some Roasted malts on the nose of this one.

T= Taste was pretty good on this one I liked the Roasted malts and toffee thought it tasted good it's what I would expect from a oatmeal stout.

M= To me it was a little light, low carbonation, and I didn't expect that from this beer.

D= Decent beer I expected a little more from this one bet over all pretty decent. I wouldn't want more than one of these in one sitting though.

11-07-2010 00:40:15 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of RobertColianni


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Black with a creamy brown head. Red when held up to direct light.

S: Smells like a sticky, Irish bar smothered in Jameson and Bush Mills.

T: Honestly, it just tastes like Jameson and Bailey's. A little bit of black coffee. Dry.

M: Creamy and dry.

OVERALL: Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout makes me feel like I'm 17 and sitting in that dark, private booth at the Irish pub, again. It's beautiful. The gold standard.

NOTE: Live review.

12-31-2011 01:13:52 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of Scooter77


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

What can I say, but Holy Freakin’ Cow. This is one absolutely smooth beer. Pours a deep brown color topped off by an incredibly thick and creamy head. Head retains itself for the entire duration, leaving a thin, sticky coating of lace on the glass. Nose is full of roasted oats, toffee, and mild nutty undertones. The taste is very similar to the aroma, mildly sweet and very delicious. The mouthfeel is total smoothness. I highly recommend this brew to any lover of fine stouts.

03-29-2003 04:20:38 | More by Scooter77
Photo of endovelico


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into Nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a black brew with red hued highlights and thick persistent mocha colored head with good lacing. Non perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium high in strength. Aroma is reminiscent of oatmeal, cookie doe and toffee on the front with some roasty charcoal on the back.

Taste: Medium high in strength. Roasty, toffeish, caramelly, coffee, cookie doe. Complex enough, although i do find the roasty character a bit too prominent.

Palate: Medium to medium high bitterness. Somewhat acrid. Medium low carbonation. Medium to medium full body. Bittersweet finish with lingering doughie taste. Coating and smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: Great example of the style: Complex, intriguing, great balance. Excellent on a purely technical level. On a personal level, though, i would have a liked a bit more restrained roastiness.

11-05-2010 14:02:28 | More by endovelico
Photo of Bajasith


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer pours like a stout should, dark heavy. Head was not as thick as I anticipated and it dissapeared rather quickly...
Appearance/Smell: Very dark amber looking as sunlight tried to peirce thru glass. Smell was like dark roasted caramel with slight hint of sweet aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel: very rich almost creamy roasted malt flavor with hint of sweetness and relaxing carbonation at the end.
Very drinkable Oatmeal Stout as flavor is very balanced making this 550ml easy to enjoy till the end.

11-07-2009 23:17:27 | More by Bajasith


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Served from a chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. Head is thick and tan, about 3.5 fingers from a hard pour. It took a good 3-4 minutes for the head to subside with some moderate lacing left behind. The beer itself is exceptionally dark, midnight black even when held to the light.

The smell is a bit lighter than I had hoped, but still is rich in roasted oatmeal, cream, hints of chocolate, and burnt coffee.

It tastes fuller than the smell might indicate, with the burnt coffee, chocolate, and roasted oats coming to the forefront and then a slightly creamy roasty slightly sweet finish that is qute nice.

This beer has a remarkable feel. Silky smooth, only light carbonation which balances perfectly with the soft and full texture. My surprise was in the finish, where it becomes much lighter and doesn't leave much if any residue.

I could easily see myself drinking these all day due to the rich body yet surprisingly smooth and light finish.

12-19-2007 19:15:16 | More by THEBEERBAR0N
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,367 ratings.