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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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5,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,672
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 233
Gots: 532 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Bamarooster, Apr 23, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, basically black, with two full fingers of khaki colored fluffy foam. The foam takes a bit to settles, leaving a nice rocky layer across the top of the beer and on the edges of the glass. There is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is chocolate, soaked bread, and bit of caramel, and a touch of vanilla. It's smells alright. The bready nature of this beer is the dominate scent. The rest are just underlying players in the game.

T: It starts out sweet with bread notes and chocolate in the mix. I get that caramel and vanilla in the middle. As it moves the back end it gets sweeter, but it's still very bready.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and silky. It's a bit thin, but spot on for an oatmeal stout. The flavors coat the palate and slide off nicely. Nothing lingering for too long after the beer is gone.

O: This is an alright beer. It's not exactly my favorite style, but it's ok. I can respect this beer for what it is, but I don't see myself buying this one again.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

JHurley, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

gueuzedreg, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Goobastic, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kmoen, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Fubar1453, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of JamesQuaff
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith Becker pint.

Pours a lovely brown/black with a generous 2 finger cappuccino colored head that leaves gobs of thick lacing. The tiniest bit of light comes through so you can see it's not just an opaque syrup.

Very nice aroma. Caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate. Smells slightly Belgian.

Roasty caramel/chocolate sweetness up front, followed by a nice hop bittering, with a slightly long grainy/doughy finish with a hint of oats. I keep going back for the finish, it's my favorite part.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being thick. Carbonation is perfect. So sessionable. Goes down so smooth it's almost scary.

I've tended to avoid Samuel Smith's for a long time due to a number of bad experiences with lightstruck beers from the clear glass bottles. This bottle came in a boxed 3 pack, all in the darkest brown glass bottles I've ever seen. After sampling all 3, my opinion on this brewery is now completely changed. Quite possibly the best oatmeal stout I've had.

JamesQuaff, Apr 19, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought one 550 ml bottle from local BevMo, cool old fashioned looking bottle... Looks like a tonic bottle or some kind of old fashioned remedy.

Poured into a Stone Brewing pint glass. This beer is dark with a thick frothy head that dissipates slowly and clings to the side. It smells great, like most stouts but I am not detecting any oatmeal in the scent... maybe my nose isn't that fine tuned.

It is heavy stuff, but goes down very smooth, and I think I tasted the oatmeal underneath all of the coffee, chocolate and other sweets in this brew. Finished the whole bottle in thirty minutes and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is definitely my go-to stout from now on... it blows Guinness out of the water.

I wish i could find stuff like this on tap in the states, but I know there is not much chance of that happening.

ScottyS, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Kips, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Satan70, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Apr 18, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up last week at Top Hops, having never had this classic before. Even though I couldn't taste the oatmeal in this, this was a great beer and a much more easygoing Stout than I was accustomed to. The flavors and mouthfeel almost made me think that this was a Belgian-style beer but alas, there was just enough of a roasted taste and texture to remind me that this indeed, was an Oatmeal Stout.

The pour to this was a dark brown with just a hint of garnet around the edges. Not a lot of head to this and even less lacing, but that probably had to do with the carbonation. Although it was present, it wasn't overpowering and the mouthfeel of this beer almost felt like a relatively light soda. There was some oat to be felt, but it was overpowered by roasted malt, bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla extract, and dark fruits including currant, plum, and cherry. There even seemed to be a hint of yeast in here, helping this feel like a Belgian rather than a British beer. Because the bubbles weren't that present, only a bit of scrubbing could be felt after every sip and the dark fruits faded into an espresso-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Not many Stouts can be considered session beers but this fit that bill. Although I only bought one bottle, I could have had another during my sitting since this went down pretty easily and smoothly. I expected this to be a bit more filling and strong but even though it wasn't, I enjoyed it a lot and can see why it's rated so highly. There's a lot to like here and something in it to appeal to everyone. Nearly every aspect of this beer lends to it's status as a classic.

JerzDevl2000, Apr 17, 2013
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,672 ratings.