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

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94
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5,533 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,533
Reviews: 2,130
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 220
Gots: 469 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

oberon, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

largadeer, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

SocalKicks, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

zeff80, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Ink black with a wonderful light tan lace which leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Mildly acidic dark malt twang, a little earthy and some sweetness also.

Taste: Smooth as silk with a crisp full body to boot. A strong roasted malt flavour pushes everything aside ... to make way for a creamy sweetness. There seem to be an hidden earthy undertone throughout ... most likely from the Yorkshire yeast. Hop bitterness is vague yet keeps the sweetness in check. A semi dry falls on the palate as soon as the sweetness fades. Dark roasted coffee, over caramelized buttery toffee and dark sweetened chocolate flavours swirl around the tastebuds to make for a bitter sweet finish.

Notes: A cult classic among beer geeks dating back to 1980 ... lets have a moment of silence in honour of this fine brew ... if you want to jump into the world of stouts give this one a try, you might be surprised and actually love it ... I did that is for sure.

Jason, Sep 13, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Textbook pour with a full two fingered tan head to complement the deep ruby almost black color of this magnifcant beer full even rings of lacing nice. Aroma: Deep chocolate tone with a biscuity edge to it and fruit ridden coffee tones what a complex oat filled aroma awesome beer here folks. Taste: Creamy milk tones with fruit and robust coffee and chocolate textures a mild taste of alcohol presence running through it just so easily balanced this beer is tops in the style. Mouthfeel is fluffy the body has increased texture due to the oatmeal this is perfected. Drinkability: Smooth creamy easliy imbibed a must try that not matter the price tag next time I'm in the mood for a Oatmeal Stout this is my choice.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  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.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany/black with a thick, creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention

Smell; Chocolate, honey, fruiity & vanilla notes

Taste: Bitter choclate, licorice & grainy bitterness. Fruitty/quinching finish

MF: Perfect, silky smooth & great carbonation

Great quaffability, I highly reccomend this ressurection (decades ago) of a classic from sam smith's

russpowell, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Slatetank, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

jlindros, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, booming tan head, and a color as black as the darkest night. Aroma is all things good: fresh, nutty, dry, coffee, espresso, the very essence of roastiness. Texture is smooth, with late bitterness coming through on the palate, very chewy and substantial. Comes on sweet, warm, and wonderful, a comforting stout.
Honestly, how do they do it? There are many who attempt this style, but no one comes close to Samuel Smith's when it comes to flavor, to taste, to utter perfection. Nothing less than happiness can result from drinking this fine brew. Always to find a spot among my Top Five. Absolutely perfect!

feloniousmonk, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. There is no date on the bottle so I will assume it is relatively new. This is a beer I've had on several occasions but have never bothered to review it. Here it goes.

Beer is dark black and forms a brown head of medium and small bubbles. Head dynamics are pretty good, and it leaves some lacing on the glass. I don't know about carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak. There is a mild roast to the aroma, disturbing the beer produces some more, its smells fine, its just small.

Beer is medium bodied and has a great flavor to it. I can't taste the oatmeal as much as some other beers but it gives it good body. Nice roast in the back. There is nice connectivity in the palate but not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. It doesn't really need it. Drinkability is high. I like this beer and highly recommend to everyone interested in stouts.

drabmuh, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

oline73, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours black witha full tan head that is well retained. The aroma is of dark malts. There is something in it that I just can't put my finger on; maybe it's the yeast or an aromatic specialty grain. The taste is excellant. A good stout with that oatmeal flavor. Chocolate malts overpower me in a good way. It is such a balanced ale. A real pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is med/heavy body, but a real drinkable beer. A low abv. (5%) means that many can be had without getting too loose. Another great brew from this respected brewery.

WesWes, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mendvicdog, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark dark brown color, almost black, with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, coffee, and some vanilla or cream.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, oats, chocolate, and light coffee and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy and goes down easy.

d - Overall a very good, very drinkable oatmeal stout. Was glad to have it and enjoyed the roasted notes and chocolate in the smell and taste. The mouthfeel and the low ABV makes this one you can drink a lot of. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,533 ratings.