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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,157 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,157
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 296 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a large offwhite crown.

Chocolate chip cookies, vanilla extract, and some coffee in the nose.

Big sweet chocolate flavors upfront. Brown sugar, vanilla, some esters (blackberry-ish) and slight espresso flavors in the middle. Finishes with a bit of acidity. Chalked full of flavor.

Chewy mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation bite, can't say I expected that from an English ale (nothing a vigorous pour can't take care of).

One of my favorite English beers so complex yet so downright drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 04:48:51 | More by bosco7
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TychoNDC

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-10-2013 19:02:25 | More by TychoNDC
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-11-2013 13:02:32 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black/red with just a hint of light coming through. Alcohol is the first thing I smell followed by some cherry and fig.

The taste is quite earthy and smokey. I definitely get some dark fruit in there as well. Plum maybe? Very smooth and solid mouthfeel, with an almost too dry finish for an oatmeal stout.

Very complex and tasty, but I think it's a little overhyped.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 00:13:32 | More by yankeeheel
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass pitch black. Not even a hint of light through the beer. Thick, frothy brown head with excellent retention.

Nose is of thick toasted malts, chocolate and molasses, coffee, and as it warms up, obviously, oats.

This is very sweet for a stout. Very sweet molasses and coffee bean at first, with a somewhat earthy yeast undertone and a light bitter finish for balance. As with the aroma, the oatmeal comes out as this brew warms up.

Heavy-bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, and with a relatively low ABV, though the drinkability is hindered because this beer is just so heavy. Too filling, it feels more like a meal than a beer. Excellent treat, just don't expect to session this one. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone... actually, come to think of it, I already do.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 01:46:16 | More by Phocion
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-23-2013 02:46:59 | More by pastramionrye7
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-31-2012 01:00:35 | More by Nutwood
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goldbot

District of Columbia

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

Dark brown to completely black in color. Thick, fluffy brown head. Great head retention with ample lacing on the glass.

A nice malty aroma, some milk chocolate and a touch of roasted coffee. Subtle floral hops round out the aroma. It has a sweet, nicely rounded-out chocolate flavor. Great balance with roasted coffee bitterness. No hop flavor that I can detect.

Full bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is an awesomely balanced stout. Hits the perfect spot between the chocolate-y sweetness and coffee/hop bitterness, along with the fantastic chewy body from the oats.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:20:25 | More by goldbot
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-03-2014 18:07:33 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-29-2013 22:45:08 | More by xseanprimex
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth black pour with substantial, foamy head that sticks around for a while and laces very nicely. Full, smooth nose highlighted by creamy roasted notes and and light chocolate. A wonderfully full flavor profile that invites my third use of the word "smooth." Initial sweetness reminds me of Spaten Optimator but doesn't ever fully give way to the dry crispness of alcohol. Creamy, carmely middle with a lighter version of the typical stout profile. Drink after drink, and I just can't pin down the flavors (and that ain't a bad thing). A pleasant mouthfeel and good drinkability top off this wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 19:20:29 | More by BitteBier
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-10-2014 23:13:13 | More by wvbrewcrew
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-24-2013 22:09:14 | More by hotsudge
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -28.9%

03-06-2014 02:35:39 | More by bulldogg915
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GregoryMo

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-09-2013 04:04:28 | More by GregoryMo
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my favorite stouts.

I originally had this beer for the first time in High School and just recently found a place around where I live that carries it. Needless to say I snatched it up if for no other reason than nostalgia.

Anyway, the beer pours a deep rich brown, nearly black. The head was nice and thick and the lace stuck to the edge of the glass until it was finished.
I am a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and this one an all around good stout. I highly recommend it. The taste is great and unlike some beers you can spend your time on it without it tasting awful on the last bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 04:34:56 | More by LuckySevens82
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally time to review a standard.

Appearance : Two fingers of a light brown colors. It looks creamy and inviting. There is a bit of carbonation, thus yielding a nicely retained head. Yes there is a dark body which is par for the course.

Smell: Roasted/Toasted/Chocolate malt, There is some caramel sweetness and yes there is some oatmeal in there. It is familiar like a Christmas sweeter - its not always wanted but its still so right when the proper time is here.

Taste: Just like the nose but with cream and a touch of the herbal bittering hops. Its a classic.

Mouthfeel: Its smooth like a bowl of oatmeal. - Just bear with me. There is the creaminess of the oats with the texture of the various other malts which are like the flavors. The mixture works and has the right amount of carbonation.

A perfect cold weather session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 23:47:33 | More by TubaManJack
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-10-2012 02:43:07 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-29-2012 22:48:54 | More by LouDogg114
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-01-2014 18:54:20 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-08-2013 02:29:21 | More by bigpoppa67
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -23%

12-31-2012 04:02:19 | More by RandyBoBandy
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-30-2013 04:34:17 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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caverog

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-25-2012 03:04:43 | More by caverog
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-09-2013 19:13:54 | More by ThrashMaster
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,157 ratings.