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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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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 389 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Re-Review 03/22/05

I thought I'd re-review this beer since my tastes have improved over the last year or so. The appearance is excellent, the color is about one shade less than black and the head is tan and creamy. Plus the head leaves a nice layer of cream once it has dissapated. The aroma isn't very strong, but has a nice subtle sweet smell with a dark chocolate undertone. The taste is very full-flavored. A sip starts with dark chocolate sweetness which rounds to a more general roasted sweetness. Sip concludes with sweet roasted coffee taste. I have definently come to appreciate and love this beer since my initial sample. I still find it a little bit too filling, but it isn't as much of an issue to me this time around.

Original Review 5/16/04

Ah, my first stout, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I think about it. First off, this is some seriously dark beer, its almost pitch black. The aroma is nice, a little sweet, but not overpowering. SInce this is my first stout, I don't have much to compare to, but I do enjoy the taste. This beer starts off really smooth in my mouth and leaves a nice, mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall, I can definently tell that this is a good brew, but I'm still not sure if stout is a style that I really like. I'll probably have to try this again with some food to see what happens. I can definently tell this isn't something I'd want to drink a whole lot of in one sitting.

05-16-2004 01:05:34 | More by Gagnonsux
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Feb 1, 2009 Updated: Feb 2, 2009
Brown/Black pour. 2 finger light brown head. smells, well, like a stout. taste pretty dang good, Extremely smooth, and a nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not even close to being sickly. Taste like dark roasted coffee in the end for me. Hops shows up just enough to balance this one out. Nice Brew! i really like this one...

02-27-2009 03:11:54 | More by webbcreative
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery

This oatmeal stout is dark brown, almost black. However, hints of red emerge when light is shone through the glass. A decent off white head recedes rapidly creating intermittent snowflake patters on the surface. Spotty lacing remains after the head clears.

The sweet smell of toffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and coffee are detectable. Nothing extraordinarily bitter, most of the fragrance is sweet.

A mild, sweet, malt flavor is present up front. A hint of alcohol is detectable in the finish with traces of chocolate, toffee, and roasted caramel. The aftertaste is dry with a roasted coffee flavor.

Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout has a thick, medium to heavy body with noticeable carbonation that foams nicely.

This beer is rather thick and heavy, despite the delicious flavor, it would be difficult to drink more that two in one sitting.

07-11-2008 01:13:13 | More by Ben4881
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Tick, tick, tick.

A dark brown pout with a light tan head. About three fingers of head, very creamy looking, fluffy, good retention and lacing....a very strong aroma that hits me once the cap is off, very malty, mostly sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla on the finish, pretty good, lacks depth...The taste is more of the same, mostly malty but overpowering or to sweet. Light coffee finish rounds this off. A fuller feel than most English beers. Easy to drink.

This is tasty, and abover average in all aspects, however I'm just not super impressed. I'd probably have again but can't strongly recommend it.

08-19-2010 15:00:53 | More by jrallen34
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured this from a brown 12 oz brown bottle with trademark gold foil. Pitch black with tinges of ruby where very little light shines through. Two-finger khaki head that takes a while to get settled down. Solid lacing. Smell is both sweet and roasted. Toffee, caramel, coffee, oats. Very well done. Quite complex and a joy to breathe in. Taste is good, but it isn't nearly up to par with the delicious smell. A bit acidic in character. Slightly sour towards the end. Medium body and light carbonation. Not bad at all. My first experience in the genre of oatmeal stout. I must try others.

01-24-2008 21:40:18 | More by atrus138
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,356 ratings.