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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: 6,271
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 324
Gots: 1,034 | 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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as chewy and more drinkable thant St. Ambroise. Dark brown with sudsy head. Drink your oatmeal! Taste is strong in-you-face. Almost thought it was a higher alcohol content. Nice with my roast beef lunch. Had a second almost two years later and my mates didn't like it, but I liked understated stout taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours the color of dark coffee with a cola fizz colored 2 inch head. There is good lacing on this beer as I drank it down.

S - Smells of oats, chocolate, and black licorice as it warmed.

T - Coffee, oatmeal, with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M - This beer is extremely rich, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation on this beer is not very noticable.

D - This is a very easy to drink stout. There is a certain tasty thickness to it but that doesn't deter from the fact that it is extremely quaffable. There is little bitterness to this beer and it makes itself known as more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of acurtis
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just cracked open a year old bottle and poured into pint glass. I'm not sure why I was worried about its age. It poured black as night with a beautiful huge foamy tan head. This brings me back as I used to drink this in my youth. Clearly a Classic oatmeal stout. Dark dark color, almost black. Smooth and silky.

Serving type: 12oz bottle

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a creamy tan head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts, oatmeal and some sweetness.
T: The taste has a good mix of flavors including chocolate, nuts, oats and roasted malts. The overall taste is somewhat sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate.
D: This beer is very drinkable and would be an easy one to put down a few of when the temperature is cold.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the best european oatmeal stout bar none. pours rich thick hersey's syrup brown with a small tan head. aroma is espresso and burnt malt with a delicate bitter hop interruption. taste is very rich and the flavor of the oats is apparent. bittersweet chocolate rounds it out. mouthfeel is great, if just a tad undercarbonated. its smooth and drinkable and bold. a classy beer that i get excited for when i see it on a menu.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was good, first time I had it was at the Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown Pa. The beer is nice rich and dark. The aroma and taste reflect the look of te beer. This beer had a bit of a metallic flavor at first which faded in time. I liked the strong roasted flavors it had running through it. It was a good beer for sure. Enjoyed it even more the second time I had it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, despite its color lets some ruby highlights through; plenty of lacing webs the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats

Taste: The cereal flavor is present up front, with roasted grain and oat flavors, joined by the mocha and dark chocolate, by mid-palate; after the swallow, dark fruit flavors arrive to add complexity, but the balance in the finish is remarkable

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance of this stout really sets it apart from most other renditions

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bar that I compare other Oatmeal Stouts with. Pours a nearly opaque black. Only very dark ruby highlights shine through. Forms a stiff tan head that remains and laces. Smells mildly of barley malt, roasted malt, chocolate, and cappuchino. Throw in some mild souring as well. No hop aromas. Flavors are similar to those in the nose, only much more bold, rich, and full. Never gets astringent or grainy. Big body finishes with flavors of plumbs and grapes (not wine). Finishes silky smooth, modestly sweet. The oatmeal rarely shows flavors but adds to the richness and smoothness of the beer. I highly recomend.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dark brown with a fairly-nice tannish head with some lacing. The smell is lots of malty bread with a bit of a roasted character. Taste adds a little bit of chocolate to the mix. The mouthfeel is very, very nice with a beautiful smoothness from the oats. Very drinkable. A beautiful cold weather session brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a pitch-black brew with a nice dark foamy head. Aroma is very sweet with linger of maltness. Taste is very sweet with some coffee and chocolate. No strong aftertaste or bitterness. This is a very creamy, easy beer. You can go wrong with that oatmeal stout if you’re a fan of the style.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black in the glass, nearly impenetrable to light, with a thick head of tan foam. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, brown sugar and hints of coffee. Oatmeal cookie with raisins as it warms. Really nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Right in the middle of sweet and dry, some sips bring to mind dark roasted coffee, while others make me think semi-sweet chocolate. Oats lend a velvety smooth texture, and the moderate level of carbonation only reinforces that. This stuff only grows more complex and interesting as it warms, bringing out notes of toasted nuts and dark fruit; I recommend letting it warm up a bit before uncapping the bottle.

Notes: A real classic of the style. I'm not sure why I don't buy this stuff more often, especially at the very reasonable price of $3 per 550ml bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle, something to sip on whilst dinner melds.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark brown colour, with prominent red highlights, and three fingers of dense, foamy, and puffy beige head, which renders some random inkblot lace around the glass as it slowly meanders away.

It smells of fruity, musty, and lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, an oily nuttiness, percolating coffee, wet ash, and mildly floral, earthy hops. The taste is more faintly toasted caramel malt, oaten cereal, milk chocolate, dried orchard fruit, almond-flavoured coffee, and some mild woody, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a lulling minor frothiness throughout, the body rather creamy, smooth, and inhabiting the north end of medium weight. It finishes off-dry, the dark fruity malt and fading cocoa notes pushing through.

A lovely, lovely sipper - quaffer - drinker - whatever, this goes down oh so very well, the oatmeal softening, and at times, leading the way. Not hard to see why this is considered to be among the progenitors of the style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a light tan head which retains well and leaves spotty lace. Mild roast malt aroma with a nutty and chocolate flavor. Creamy and smooth finish.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a foamy, capucino-like head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee beans.

T - Great chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a mild bitterness from the oats. It also had a slight nutty quality and floral notes.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great oatmeal stout with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep, dark mahogany brown with lighter brown, almost ruby, highlights. The cap has the color and surface texture of a freshly-baked oatmeal cookie. It's frothysticky, reasonably persistent and leaves a few small sheets and a few wisps of lace behind when it fades.

The nose is a little more subdued than some stouts, but a chocolate-covered coffee bean character is evident. Flavors include warm molasses cookies and coffee, along with very little chocolate. Oatmeal comes to the forefront as it warms and the beer becomes even more delicious as a result.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft, smooth and not especially creamy. There's a little too much carbonation for my tastes.

This is supremely drinkable beer that I'm enjoying immensely. Here's the short version of this review: Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a widely available, easy drinking, delicious version of an oatmeal stout and is one that will always have a place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the best of the oatmeal stouts out there,pours a deep brown with a nice tan colored head that sticks very well.The aroma is very much like brown sugar and and roasted malt.The taste also has a brown sugar taste but a little more subdued with a nice roasted coffee taste ending nice and soft.Drinking this beer is a beer lovers experience.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sorry but this has to be one of the best beers ever made. A staple of my early craft years, I had long forgotten how good it was. I picked up a bottle on the local shelf on my way home tonight and cracked it open after dinner, poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/13/2010.

Perfect dark brown color with a creamy tan head that reached about an inch up the side of the glass and had incredible retention. One of the best looking beers of any style I have ever seen, looking at it now some twenty minutes in the thick coating all along the glass is immense.

Aroma is sweet roasted malts, oasts, chocolate, rich an creamy caramel and vanilla. So full and rich, with a creaminess to the feel that is unmatched in the style. Each sip starts with a smooth, almost mousse like feel across the tongue, which evolves into rich chocolate and incredible depth of roasted malts. Light touches of hops come across on the finish giving it the slightest hint of bitterness in the finish before the final taste of sweet malts wrings itself out across the palate.

Overall it really does not get better then this, the hallmark people should strive for.

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Photo of oline73
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through. There is a finger and a half of thick tan head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt and a bit of caramel. Mild roast. Not a super strong smell overall.

Taste: Very malty and not as much roast as I remembered. A bit nutty with some dark fruit notes. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked more roast but still very good and smooth. I will probably have another given the chance.

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Photo of nickfl
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large, tan head that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Dark brown to black body with ruby highlights.

S - Toasty malt with some chocolate. Sweet oatmeal aroma with slight roast and a hint of hops.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet malt with oatmeal. Milk chocolate, balanced by a slight hop flavor in the middle. the finish is roasty with moderate malt and hop bitterness.

M - Thick and oily body with moderate carbonation and a moderately sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer. Sweet and malty overall with a nice, malty chocolate flavor. Not quite enough roast in the aroma.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, creamy, light yellowish head.

Smell: Sweetish, malty aroma with hints of milk-soaked, cinnamon-sugar coated bread crusts and red wine.

Taste: The flavor is predominately sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. There's also a slight roasty balancing bitterness, though it still manages to finish semi-sweet as the chocolate emerges once more.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a soft carbonation, but its silky smooth, I must say!

Drinkability: A nice, light, sweet stout fit for any time of day, including 8:30 in the morning!

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge head of a whole hand, dark black color with no real light coming through.

N: Rich malts, oats, chocolate milk and milk chocolate, slight sweet malts.

T: Rich and very creamy, lots of chocolate milk, oats, velvet chocolate oats, some rich malts and lightly sweet, lush.

M: very creamy and rich, almost velvety, decent carbonation.

F: Still a little somewhat sweet, some roasted flavors come out as it warms, the milk chocolate lingers with a very slight bitterness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color and topped by a creamy dark tan head that holds well and leaves very good lace. When held to bright light ,some clear, brown highlights can be seen. The aroma offers a bright fruitiness, some light chocolate, a mild roastiness and a hint of butterscotch. The body is light-medium with a very fine, restrained carbonation that gives it a silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty with a good dose of fruitiness up front, followed by some bittersweet & dark chocolate notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing with a more noticeable bitterness, some nuttiness, and a long lasting gentle roastiness. Clearly balanced toward the sweet side. There's a mild diacetyl here that seems to pull the whole thing together. It never appears to become more than just a light butterscotch note, but it helps to round everything out so nicely - smoothing out the roastiness, and maybe even helping to keep the sweetness in check.(?) A very nice, and highly enjoyable beer, that is soft & sweet & light but also offers alot of character - allowing it to fill a variety of different roles. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at Trader Joe's as part of their 3 beer/1 glass for $9.99 pack. 550 ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its current ratings and reputation as the best oatmeal stout in existence.

Served nearly straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger light tan colour head of good cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Not quite jet black, but it's very dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks as it should for the style.

Sm: Roasted barley, chocolate malt, dark malts, and caramel. The roast is particularly attractive. Very evocative and inviting. I don't detect alcohol or yeast. I'm looking forward to this one.

T: Roasted barley, chocolate malt, dark malts, fired kiln malt, caramel, chocolate, milk, and cream. Some cream. A balanced, enjoyable flavour all around. Well layered. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Any hopping is floral and backgrounded at best. Tasty. Oats come through as it warms; I didn't detect any in my initial pass. Some cola notes throughout, even some herbal character as it warms. Oddly enough, I get some pear fruit. Some earthiness at the base, but subtly executed. Some vanilla/creme brulee hits in the late second act - a highlight of the beer, but one that directly challenges style conventions; it's ballsy, but I like it.

Mf: The coarseness of the roast duels with the rolling smoothness of the oats; the only winner is the consumer. Ideal thickness and carbonation. Wet enough to keep it drinkable but dry enough to satisfy the needs of the style and to complement the flavours. Above all, it's balanced and tailored with/to the flavour profile. A bit heavy on the palate for the modest ABV, but it suits the flavour. It could use more cream.

Dr: Quite drinkable considering its heavy bold flavours and assertive mouthfeel. I rather fancy it. A solid oatmeal stout, and one I'd love to try on nitro/draught. Tasty and enjoyable. A satisfying brew from Samuel Smith's. Is it their best beer? Possibly. I look forward to finding out.

I'd like to try this side by side with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout also available at Trader Joe's. I worry that I'm rating this a bit high based on outside influences, but it's so yummy.

High B

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 18.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a very dark brown with a thick, beige head and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: You smell a chocolate & coffee sweetness and a roasted malt aroma with just a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste isn’t as sweet as the smell containing a smoky coffee flavor. No bitterness at all and a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, with a heavy body and light/medium carbonation. I’ve seen the word “chewy” thrown around in other reviews and this is the first beer that I’ve had that identifies with that term. I’m considering that a good thing.

D: Despite being heavy and a bit filling, this beer goes down very easy. It’s very flavorful and not over-powering. This is a beer that you can just chill out and relax with.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most drinkable oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. I enjoy the results of fermentation in slate tanks. It has the best appearance, taste, and smell of them all. I like the fact that it is not too strong, so you can have several. I enjoy that it has no cloying sweetness and a crisp aftertaste. This stout has a luxurious mouthfeel and can be counted on to deliver everytime.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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