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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: 2,219
Hads: 6,363
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,094 | FT: 4
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 againes
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

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Photo of JacStance
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife picked me up a Samuel Smith Gift Pack this past Christmas. All three were delicious, though the Oatmeal Stout, in my opinion, was the superior brew.

The color is a very deep, dark brown with ruby undertones that certainly looks black. In fact, only holding it up to a light will reveal that it’s not. The head is a light brown, which itself is darker than most beers on the market, and is intensely creamy with incredible lacing.

The smell is less intense than a lot of stouts, and may fool you into thinking this beer will lack complexity or flavor. Thankfully, that is not the case. You can pick up the usual stout aromas of chocolate and coffee, as well as molasses and oatmeal, though less pronounced.

The taste is outstanding. I fell in love with this beer after one sip and now just need to solve the problem of finding a steady supply near my hometown. You can taste the oatmeal right away, and the chocolates and coffees and brown sugars melt away to a nice toffee finish.

It may be a little heavy for someone unaccustomed to the style, but it is much lighter on the palate than many other stouts out there, and incredibly drinkable.

Overall, I can’t recommend this beer highly enough. If you are a fan of the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try. Best of all, it’s pretty widely available and inexpensive.

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Photo of J30wang
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Came out like a diluted gasoline and a solid, foamy head. The oatmeal in this gem doesn't come until after the sip, slight burnt flavors of popped rice and barley following a long, roasty complex consisting of mostly smoky tannins. Tart on the mouth--not a heavy stout, but solid and crisp. Very drinkable--only the brits know how to do a good stout, I feel.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep impenetrable black with a sort of latte head that holds awhile, laces a bit and starts to settle nicely into a thick veneer.

a sweet dark fruit and toastiness greets the olfactory senses nicely. i catch a nice breadiness with ligonberry jam or something.

again, why should i be surprised at another Samuel Smith offering. they are so on with everything. excellent mouthfeel of sparkly creaminess allows the full crafted flavor to be delivered unhindered. the toastiness in the nose is deepened and spread out in the taste with the slight dark dried fruit sense also deepening but mellowing to exactly where it needs to be. another perfect formula by the brewmasters!

i noticed, as it warms, the 'sweetness' becomes a husk that reveals a nice sour, hoppy bite. mmmm.

so drinkable. session this. after you session half of the lineup from this brewery. amazing. one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When i saw this beer on a bottle list at a bar, the bartender was shocked i ordered it, and in reply i told him i love trying new beer...but as uncommon as my order was my review will be quite common i think...It was a dark almost espresso like color, and had a mouth feel very similar to such. It did have a chocolate and coffee taste about it, almost like a milk stout. It was definately heavier than most of my choices but an excellent one at best. It tasted great and I would definately have it again...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ML bottle, there was a small layer of fine head that disappeared fairly quickly. Hold it up to the light and you wouln't see much through it.

Love that outmeal stout smell, sweat kind of oatmeally caramel scent. Haven't found an outmeal stout I didn't like, but this is still one of my favorites. The taste is just short of rich, sweet at first, and then the oats roll in and smooth it all out. I can feel those tiny little bubbles of carbonation roll along my tongue with each sip.

If you haven't tried this one yet, you should already be on your way to the store.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rich and dark black, easily manageable head that leaves lots of DNA on its way down.

Malted, earthy, burnt/toasted bready characteristics.

Wow Wow Wow! this is silky smooth. Yeast is a big factor as it leans to the side for a creamy, buttery middle followed by a chocolate, nutty, toasted finish. What an amazing beer. I will leave my mind open to another oatmeal stout being on this level but for now this is the greates beer In this style in my book.

Notes: I think this would be the easiest stout to enjoy. Let the rooks sample this as it has an ease about it that cant be matched. I have, and would welcome sessioning this bitch anyday.

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Photo of CarlP2
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my tall "test mug"

A- Dark black, no light coming through. Thick fluffy tan head, some lacing left too. Agitating the beer a bit brings back some head, even as the glass is nearly empty.

S- This smells like something gods would drink. Smells sweet and slightly fruity. Reminds me of ice cream and oatmeal. I also get a hint of cough syrup, kind of a sweet medicine smell. I wish I had an air freshener that smelled like this oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is a slight bitter finish, maybe some hops. The balance of sweet and roasted with the finish is just right. This makes a great dessert beer for after a meal.

M- Medium to thick body. I almost want to chew it. Very smooth, like drinking silk. I'm still amazed after every sip.

D- I could sit around and smell this beer all night. I'd rather drink it all night, and I could easily do that. The taste and smoothness combine to make a very drinkable beer. And at 5% ABV, it won't knock me down if I put a few away.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer during our New Year's Eve Party on 12/31/06. Was given to me for winning a bet. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Nice black color through the bottle.

Smell: Roasted coffee and very malty.

Taste: Delicious! Very robust and silky smooth

Mouthfeel: A meal in a glass. The kind of beer you want to bite into.

Drinkability: Very smooth. Excellent aftertaste.

This just might be my favorite beer. My only tasting came during a party in which I tasted a few beers for the first time but this one has stayed in my mind as the best of the night and I don't recall ever tasting a beer that I enjoyed as much as this one.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black w/ a huge tan head, that took 3-4 minutes to fall.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. A little alcohol. Some hops. Slight, slight cherries; or other tart smelling fruit. Coffee and Chocolate.

T: Absolutely delicious. Perfect balance of coffee, chocolate, hops and sweetness from the malt. Just a tinse of bitter. Yummy!!!

M: Creamy and smooth. Very chewy. Coats the tongue very well. With a great, lasting after taste.

D: I don't know if I could drink 10 or 12 of these in one night, all though I sure am willing (and wanting) to try; But this was delicious. A Meal in a Glass!!!

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout is a sweet, easy to drink excellent example of the style.

I poured mine into an imperial pint glass. This beer is black - but not thick like Ten Fidy. The head was full and creamy and seemed to dissapate a little too quickly. I think I might have my beer a little too cold to sustain the head.

The aroma is fresh and malty. I can smell the sugar in this beer.

The mouthfeel is full and inviting. I can tell that a four pack of this could evaporate quickly if it didn't cost so much. I would say this is the best beer I can get in Mississippi.

The taste is sweet, malty, and a little fruit after taste. A light hint of hops rests on the back of the throat.

This beer goes down smooth. Enjoy this one all you want. I would call it a very sessionable oatmeal stout. In fact if you closed your eyes you might mistake this one for a much lighter beer.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very good. Appearance is just perfect: dark, dark color, slight amber in bright light. Dark brown, creamy head with lacing on the side. Now this is an oatmeal stout! Aromas are roasty and herby cocoa, hops, grains, potatoes, caramel, malts. Its a menagerie of great smells! Taste is creamy and sweet with a dry, bitter finish to it that is infectious. Like I said, very creamy for the mouthfeel, a perfect light, airy desert. Overall, one of the best.

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

I typically drink this beer out of a 12 oz. glass mug.

Appearance: Extremely dark - I'd say it's black. Very respectable, creamy head. This is a rather thick beer, and it leaves quite a noticeable residue around one's drinking vessel.

Smell: Slightly chocolatey. The scent of malt is strong. Very promising....

Taste: Utterly fantastic. It has a strong malt character, again with the slightly chocolatey aspect. It never gets too sweet, however, and it finishes up with a little tang. Also prominent is a somewhat burnt flavor, as should be in such a beer as this. Every swig is completely satisfying, like it's a whole brew in itself. Wonderfully balanced. Great oatmealy aftertaste that lingers for some time.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and hardy, and also very smooth.

Drinkability: High. However, it is a stout, after all, and so is quite filling. I have no problem drinking three or four of these in a row, though, so if your stomach can handle all the epic beer it's receiving, your mouth will certainly be able to savor more than one of these mighty stouts in a sitting.

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

Sampled on 9/5/03.

Appearance: Black, Dense, Opaque, you get the idea. The solid dark brown head hangs around for a while and eventually becomes a slight tan ring at the edge of the glass.

Smell: Glorious! Chocolate, caramelized malt, nuts, raisin, and of course oats.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, plum, roasted malt, barley. The finish goes on and on.

Mouthfeel: Big. Oily and smooth, coats the palate and wont let go.

Drinkability: MORE PLEASE!

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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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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.