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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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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 263
Gots: 649 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour resulted in a nice black beer which was a deep garnet red when held to light. A thick inch and a hlaf head of chestnut color shrank to about a quater of an inch, but stayed until bottom of the glass. No carbonation can be seen in the dark color. Nice lacing rings.

A very nice aroma started to hit me from the open bottle before the pour even began. A very sweet malt scent knocks at the nose. Definitly an oat finish to every sniff. A very nice balancing blend of hops helps balance the smell of this beer out extremely well. Hints of fruits include plums, figs, and surprising a light lemon scent.

A very sweet initial taste that is easy to enjoy. A taste of oat is very light and only helps to highlight other flavors. There is a very nice taste of raisins and plums. With the oatmeal hints it is almost like eating a nice homemade trail mix. A very nice bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. The major sweet flavors are helped from being overpowering by a nice hops balance.

A nice thick stout. Almost no carbonation to help not moving taste on the tongue. Taste clings to the sides of the mouth.

A very nice treat for all the senses. This would be one of my top picks to enjoy as an after dinner beer without a dessert, as it is almost sweet enough on its own merits. A very good choice to introduce yourself to the style.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of TheDM
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a mild hoppy malt aroma. Invigorated pour with a light brown head of small to medium bubbles and a opaque dark brown body with a receding lacing on the side of the glass. It has a surprisingly smooth flavor with very subtle taste. Hard to place the flavor, but it went down very easily and was very much to my liking.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%

Really enjoyed this one. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head. The smell was full of oatmeal and malt, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate in there too. The taste was heavy and a bit decadent with a milkshake like consistency. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee flavors through out. Overall was very nice and very rich. Loved it.

Photo of shoretaxi
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of scooter231
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More goodness from Sam. Deep, deep dark color. Smells sour, almost a red wine vinegar scent- odd, but intriguing. Tastes of coffee, toffee, and malt. Roastedness, and a sour/tart/tangyness that I really enjoy. Oats also add to the character of this brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and chewy. The sourness becomes a bit hard to stomach after a while, almost starts to remind me of cough syrup- but overall not a bad experience.

Photo of PintOHops
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick looking oil black color with about 2/5 of an inch of beige head, can't see through this one. Fair head retention, and leaves some broken spotty lacing. Smells of semi bright fruity citrus notes, grapes, apple, pair, raisins, a wonderfully rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel follow. Oats, wheat bread, lightly toasted malts on the finish, indulgent & sweet dessert like aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lite fruity apple, grape, and pair, followed by a rich blow of overly indulgent toffee, mild coconut, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Pretty much has a dark chocolate bitterness, some wheat bread & oat flavors, as well as some nuttiness on the finish. Very sweet & rich overall, wonderful! Mouthfeel is hardy, smooth, silky, creamy, thick & full bodied! I think I even felt some sediment going down, I could be wrong though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstanding stout! I was blown away with the richness of this beer, as well as the outstanding mouthfeel! I loved everything about this Stout, this thing hits the spot. Nearly flawless, and did I mention that it was overly indulgent? I could definitely have a couple pints on a toasty evening, sitting in front of a fire, ah. The drinkability is very high on this one, and I highly recommend that you try this. Cheers!

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a puffy, 3 finger, tan head. Leaves a ton of thick, sticky lacing

S - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, and oats. Faints hints of chocolate and mocha.

T - No taste is too strong. Nice notes of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, oatmeal, toffee, and even a hint of vanilla, quite nice.

M - Almost silky. It's got some body, but it's quite smooth. Leaves the throat a bit dry.

Overall - I thought it was a pretty good beer. It was unoffensive, so it was good, but at the same time, it left me wanting a bit. But it was very solid. I think this would be a great beer to introduce to new beer drinkers to stouts and particularly, oatmeal stouts.

Photo of goalie33
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Opaque black beer with 2 fingers of tan head. A fair amount of lacing in the glass.
S: Roasted malts
T: Nice roasted flavors with a sweetness that I can't quite describe, but it is very tasty.
M: Very soft, medium to full body, very smooth.

This is a very tasty stout. Nice roasted malt flavors with a hint of sweetness that makes this stout very enjoyable to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a pitch black with a large tan head that maintains great retention, and some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer.
S. Roasted oats, and chocolate.
T. At first get a chocolate taste followed by some hops and than more chocolate with some oats, some coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too bitter thanks to the oatmeal providing some sweetness to this stout.
M. Very nice and smooth and creamy.
D. A full body beer that is very filling, so have to drink it slowly and enjoy it. This is a must try oatmeal stout.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola black with a vigorous tan head made of tiny bubbles that starts out enormous but quickly settles to a half finger or so. Decent retention; sparse lacing.

Roasted nuts, cereal, weak coffee odors and bitter chocolate. It is a very strong nose, but is not aggressive at all.

Bitter chocolate and coffee with nutty malt flavors and a quick semi-bitter almost-medicinal finish with very strong oatmeal flavors.

Bubbly and smooth with a medium body and a quick dry finish.

Very good oatmeal stout.
This is a round and almost bare-bones oatmeal stout. It is definitely one of the better ones I have had and IS the style as far as I am concerned.
It is neither the best looking beer nor does it have the best feel, but it is a quite delicious and interesting beer both in the nose and the flavors. Lots of soft, yet harsh roasted malt flavors.
Would have again; worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.