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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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Reviews: 2,203
Hads: 6,270
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 324
Gots: 1,033 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh me oh my. Believe the hype! This Oatmeal Stout looks so delicious...black, big frothy head...and then you have a sip! Ohhhhh mmmmm. Wow. My favorite beer in the entire world. Words cannot express how I feel about this beer. Words would not do it justice. Just get a bottle for yourself and experience ecstasy.

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Photo of msolar
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite arguably my favorite beer.

A very rich, dark color that always surprises you the bottle is clear glass (and not tinted). A thick pour that leaves a nice ½” of head at the top. Creamy with a nice bitter flavor.

An Oatmeal Stout + beautifully grilled steak and I’m in heaven.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a deep, barely translucent, aubergine-colored ale topped with a huge, dry frothy head that looks the color of cinnamon sugar. The retention and lacing are tenacious. The aroma is of warm cookies, soft, sweet herbs and roasted malt. It's very soft and even. A soft, heavy texture slides down the throat. Despite the rich, sweet flavor of this, the tongue is left a bit dry. The first flavor is sugar and caramel. Then comes an herbal element that is somewhere between fennel and tarragon; perhaps licorice. The lengthy and marked aftertaste is of chocolate malt. Yes, there is a reason this is an old favorite. They sure can make stouts in England.
(rated Jul 23, 2007)

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Photo of bum732
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Rich milk chocolate with a prominent herbal note, subtle fruits.

L: Black with a light tan tight head, solid retention and lacing.

T: Rich toffee and chocolately sweetness yields to a medium low bitterness. Light roasty dryness ups the drinkability without too much sweetness. some subtle dark fruits as it warms.

m: Medium carbonation, medium full creamy body.

Just amazing, full rich flavors with enough bitterness and carbonation to keep it in check. Unbelievably smooth.

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Photo of Knaub
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is simply amazing. Try it to find out. People who hate dark beers love this one... you will too!

It has a slightly fruity smell, that is low on malt and hop profiles, but has a nice oatmeal scent. There is a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate as well.

The taste follows more into the coffee and chocolate, bitter at first, sweet like butterscotch, and than bitter from the oatmeal at the end. The finish is dry and chalky, but in the best sense of the word.
It is hardy and satisfying, with no watery feeling to it at all.

The mouthfeel is pearly and rich from lots of carbonation and oil from the oatmeal.

Best beer ever. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Squaretooth
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smiths oatmeal stout

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Nice even lacing all the way down that lightly coats the sides of your glass with a fine oily film. Pleasant chocolaty smell. Tastes of chocolate, oats, light coffee. Lightly carbonated. This is about as perfect as a stout can get, which is no surprise considering the perfect Imperial Stout made they also brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours as dark as a moon less night, black as a Raven, darker than the inside of a cow, I think you get the picture, head is Bunyanesque in size, spumous in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the resultant lace a thick and glutinous blanket to obscure the glass. Ah that smell, rich sweet malt, toasted grains, coffee, earthy, sweet milk chocolate, a treat for the ocular and olfactory sense, start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hops delectable and the aftertaste a blend of malts, hops and toasted grains, quite dry and pleasant, a long time favorite stout that never fails to please, and one that always occupies my DBF.

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Photo of MrBen
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like this one needs another review!

Well, here's the classic English Oatmeal Stout -- the one that introduced so many to the style. While it's true that there are other oatmeal stouts I would prefer to drink all day than Sam Smith's version, this is still one of the benchmarks to which all other oatmeals can be compared.

Dark, rich, expertly balanced, and savory. Very approachable. American brewers take this ball and run with it, accentuating some of the subtle notes in this enjoyable brew, such as the patent malts, with their flinty and almost ashy flavor. Some Americans also push the oats and flaked barley, making for a more full, slick mouthfeel. But if you're looking for a traditional, consistent oatmeal stout, this is one to admire.

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Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Note the beer was initially way to cold. It was still good, but it because great the closer to the optimal serving temperature, which IMHO is just slightly, slighty chilled or between 60-70 degrees F.

Poured a deep, dark brown almost black with a slight reddish tinge to it. The head was frothing and creamed coffee in color. Good lacing through out the sample.

Aromas of roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee with hints of earth and peat.

Taste is wonderful, full bodied roasted sweet malt flavor dominates the palette. The texture is creamy and silky smooth with hints of earth and peat that give way to a dry coffee bitterness that finishes with just the slightest hint of hops for balance. There are also undertones of toffee, caramel, and chocolate throughout the flavor profile that hit hear and there as this incredibly smooth and easy drinking stout go down way to quickly. I tried to slow down and savor the flavors, but this stout just glides across the tongue, through the mouth, and down the throat.

Truly a wonderful brew and a well crafted stout. Two Pints Up!

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Photo of iamtyler
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know if there's much more that I could really say about this beer. It's easily one of the very best stouts I've ever come across and a gem from Sam Smith's.

The appearance of this beer is very rich looking. It pours very dark and the head forms a darker tan color, a little less than in inch in height and remained through more than two-thirds of the beer.

I really enjoyed the smell upon pouring and throughout the beer. It was a strong smell to go along with a rather strong flavor. As with the flavor, such a delicious taste. I had high expectations going in and the flavor most certainly did not disappoint.

There is some molasses taste and coffee but the oatmeal really stands out as you drink. The further along you go, the more prevalent the oatmeal taste becomes and this beer really comes full circle into an outstanding flavor and smell.

I loved this beer, I may be willing to say this could now be my favorite as of right now. I will be keeping a few pints of this on hand at all times for any and all occassions. I even got my dad to give it a try and he isn't much for stouts and he says that it's one of the most flavorful and delicious beers he's ever tasted. Drinkability? This beer is the epitome of drinkable. I love it!

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Photo of horndecker
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is a deep, absolutely opaque, english-walnut-to-black color. Stolid tan head with a ruby or purplish tinge to it. The fine head fades slowly to clumpy islands of frothy murk. Mmmmm.
The nose is at first slightly grassy - gentle hops to the fore, I suppose - followed quickly by robust chocolate, coffee and raisin aromas.
The taste is of unsweetened cocoa powder, stewed fruit, toasty malt in the middle with a lightly hoppy finish. All this contained in a wonderfully smooth and silky mouthfeel.
Absolute yum. Ultimately drinkable, a favorite.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nearly opaque black, just a touch of reddish light shining through on the bottom. A thick beige head tops the liquid, leaving some sticky cobwebby lace as your drink the beer down.
The aroma is very roasty, with a solid hearty oatmeal presence. Plenty of chocolatey aroma, with a Fruity Pebbles like esteriness. Light caramel and some mocha, with a trace of goldings hopping.
Flavor is creamy and sweet, with a big oatmeal flavor all the way through. Chocolate malt right up front, providing a bittersweet baker's chocolate flavor, melding into mocha coffee towards the middle. Some light plum and cherry fruitiness comes through in the middle, with a vague fruity pebbles feel to the esters. Mild hopping provides some dryness in the finish, although the bitterness mostly comes from the roasted barley. A rich, luxurious oatmeal flavor in the finish, continuing into the aftertaste, where it blends with some sweet mocha, lingering for a while. Smooth british carbonation, with a medium to full body.
Probably one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever tried. Perfect balance, excellent flavor. Absolutely world class.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed @ home, 1/11/09, bottle>pint glass
A 4.5 - black/brown opaque in color, impressed with the beautiful creamy 2 finger head and the endurance of the head retention
S 4.5 - Sweet creamy oat aroma, malty foundation with hints of cola sweetness
T 5.0 - Creamy oaty-ness, solid malty finish, tastes as it smells
MF 4.5 - medium to full body, medium carbonation for a stout
D 5.0 - I don't love stouts in general - but I do love this one. It scores high in every category, and I really dig the tastes which would make it my first choice to date for a oat stout. This could be a sessionable stout if needed!

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Photo of Garzan72
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first oatmeal stout I have had. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. This was a great beer. It smelled wonderful, tasted awesome, and felt great when I drank it. as far as drinkability I am going to get some more of this tomorrow.

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Photo of RppIII
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter
Appearance: A dark coffee color topped with thin wisps of an off white head. Oil on water is a good analogy of the remaining head floating atop an obscure black mass of beer.

Smell: A lot of malted barley gives this beer a distinctive coffee odor, which plays on a sweet malted toffee flavour.

Taste: Watered down coffee flavours play on creamy earth tones, and a slight bitterness of hops. Sweet toffee, roast coffee, dark malts and a hint of a bitter finish create an aesthetically pleasing experience. A moderately dry beer makes one feel that the alcohol content of this beer is greater than it actually is.

Mouthful: Beautiful and light this beer has an essence of cream milk with a glow of carbonation.

Drinkability: An extraordinary drink, this beer is a staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! At 5% alcohol I can drink this beer all night and a classic among beer aficionados. When I woke the next morning I could still taste this beer and was very tempted to have a pint for breakfast.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know what the magic mineral is in that ancient well that Sam Smith credits as the secret to their delicious brews, but it works wonders here. I consider this to be the standard against which I measure all other stouts. I suppose that should make it a perfect 5, but I think each individual characteristic could actually be improved upon. The head could be a little bigger or the smell could be a little more dynamic. Taken as a whole however, everything comes together perfectly.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just a perfect looking oatmeal stout. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Head looks frothy and is retaining well. Smell is of very roasty malts, oatmeal and a nice Fuggles aroma. Seems like the perfect nightcap after a night of fantastic beers New Years Eve. Easily my favorite traditional oatmeal stout. Huge oat flavor along with the roasted barley and malts. Nice bittersweet chocolate flavor that gives the beer a dryness. Just fantastically well rounded, gently bittered and perfectly roasty. Not thin like many oatmeal stouts tend to be. Perfectly creamy and chewy. Breakfast in a glass. Low ABV, so this one is superbly drinkable. I could see putting a few of these back while fending off the cold.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has always been a classic favorite beer, and one that I recommend to almost anyone looking to get into darker stuff, without sacrificing drinkability and gutting their wallet. A consistent, well rounded and exceptionally well crafted beauty of an oatmeal-stout.

A-Fluffy, permanent creamy head of an off white nature rests mightily upon a pitch black mass which, if held up to the light, produces an array of brown to mahogany highlights.

S- Almost gouda-like fruity notes, with some beautiful chocolate flashes here and there.

T-balanced roast, with some chocolate, a lingering sweetness that is not cloying but provides a long relaxing finish, mixed with some fizzy carbonation which gives way to a sweet smokey flavor. AWESOME!

M- medium, but just enough to create firmness amongst all of the different flavors. Not watery, not thick, just relaxing and beautiful.

D- Its affordable and common enough to be an every day drinker. Why I don't drink this every day? I like trying new stuff, but its an old time favorite and was a great way to smooth out a hectic day.

Cheers, SS!

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very black pour, like a black hole with just the slightest hint of a tan head reminding us that there's life out there somewhere. Extremely roasty mouthfeel that warms the palate and the belly as it slides on down. This beer just makes a guy feel loved and at home with the world. Superb.

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Photo of LebronJeremy
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sits like a work of art in the glass. Black with a tan caramelly looking head.

S: Not very earthy smelling but the hops are clearly present. The coffee and chocolate makes this just smell mouthwatering. It's not too rich, though; it's nicely balanced by the roast.

T: Perfect. I have yet to have a better tasting beer. Incredibly balanced flavor with the sweetness of the malt and the chocolate being countered by the roast of the coffee and the very mild bitterness that disappears as soon as this is swallowed. Completely clean finish.

M: I'm being a stickler by only giving it a 4.0. The mouthfeel is pretty standard for an oatmeal stout--thicker than a lager but it's not milk. I just want the creaminess of a Belhaven Scottish Ale mixed with the flavor of this beer. It'd be like a milkshake.

O: Everyone in my family likes this beer, and NO ONE else in my family likes beer. It may be the perfect stout for me.

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Photo of Portertime
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another premium beer from Samuel Smith Brewery. Enjoyed this one slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep baker's chocolate brown. Nose had a beautiful bouquet of roasted malts, some faint oats, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste was thick and chewy with dark cocoa, roasted malt, and brewed coffee notes. At the top of my list of favorite dark beers.

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Photo of monkaass
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find myself seeking out this beer over and over again. This is an incredible Oatmeal stout with such a wonder presentation that starts with a smokey roasted coffee smell with a hint of chocolate that gives you a warm inviting feeling before drinking.

It tastes incredibly hearty with a tart but sweet oatmeal overtone that snaps you back to reality with a crisp hop like finish.

I love this beer.

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Photo of Glazed144
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep brown. Nice head, dissipates slowly, keeps a rim. Smells nicely of roasted malt, definitely smells like a stout. Very smooth mouthfeel, slightly bitter-sweet aftertaste. Light stout with respect to mouthfeel but maintains a full taste. Very very drinkable, excellent brew.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, deep brown with garnet highlights. Short lasting beige head. Laces glass beautifuly. Deep malty aroma. Tastes excellent, with just the right, very slightly, bitter aftertaste.I persuaded my wife to try it; (her favored choice is Miller Lite!), and she said " not bad for one of those heavy black witches brews you drink!"

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Photo of beerphan
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml BROWN bottle -> pint
part of the holiday gift pack 2006 (thanks dogg)

Pours black with some scarlet hightlight in the light. I giant mocho head settles to a thick mat of tight suds and leaves chunky bunches of lace.

Nose: Oh the memories, one of the first stout i ever drank and first nose i ever appreciated. Roasted malts, a little nutty, a little oatey and little caramelly full wonderful nose.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate malts, caramel, toffee and a little ground coffee beans. Hints of sweet cherry soda pop and a little burnt smoke. Nuts, butterscotch and oatmeal linger off stage and emerge gently as the beer warms. Bitterness is slight but present.

Mouth: Smooth and creamy.A light feel but it swallows thick.

Reminds me of a parking lot in a time long ago.... This beer drinks sweet and smooth. Even after all this time, still a world class stout.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.