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

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Ratings: 5,815
Reviews: 2,163
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 252
Gots: 599 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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

I was skeptical that this beer could live up to it's reputation, but it truly is a wonderful stout. The color was spot on and the head nicely colored and creamy. Nice full body with a fair amount of complexity. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors mixed with flavors I could not identify. The beer finishes smooth and dry with only the slightest hint of bitterness. Overall, the best oatmeal stout I have had.

Photo of EPseja
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: 1.5" generous head - tight retention. Medium sized bubbles all the way up, with tiny ones on top. Color is a very light tan/sand. Dark dark crimson when held up to light.

Smell: Very sweet, almost cola-like smell - reminiscent of a supersweet chocolate. Not really smoky. Cherry or chocolate twizzlers.

Taste: Full bodied, but cloyingly sweet for the style. Chocolate and candied malts. Bananas foster. Aftertaste reveals some roasted coffee roundness.

Mouthfeel: Medium - not smooth, not silky. Average.

Drinkability: Due to its over sweetness, this beer is only a one-pinter.

A good oatmeal stout, but I was expecting more from such a highly rated beer. I would rather spend the money on the Troeg's or Barney Flats!

Photo of biglite351
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: drank with bottle at room temperature.

A - slice of red around the edges. Tall creamy head leaving some lacing.

S - solid malts and oatmeal. Some underlying fruit. no bitterness.

T - Never had it this warm before. A raison taste comes out. Solid malts with an undertone of raison, vanilla and chocolate. much more complex than when chilled.

M - solid coating but only a tiny bit of tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night, but there are a few that I would reach past this to grab.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mintjellie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in colour, but you really need to look at a bit to notice it's brown tone. Very dark. Almost opaque. It's espresso look-a-like body is crowned by crema-like head, tightly-formed with a rich tan colour. That cap of foam shows excellent retention and clings thickly to the walls of your glass. Deep brown sugar aroma underpins notes of coffee and raisins. Tastes more breakfast roast than french. Initial coffee flavour gives way midpalate to fruit and semisweet chocolate. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Throughout, there is an underlying gentle sweetness. While not the heaviest stout around, the oats do give it some noticeable weight on the palate. It feels much heavier in the mouth than it does in the stomach. Very smooth and velvety, with very little carbonation. Well-rounded and flavourful, and a pleasure for all the senses. Outstanding.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice, pours jet black with off-white head, not too thick and moderate retention. Smell is muted, but has a nutty and cocoa scent to it. Taste is good. Tastes of choclate, toasted grains, some dark malt. Extremly creamy, both in taste and mouthfeel. Its hard to describe but there is an overall creamy aspect to the beer. Overall a very good beer, the low ABV makes it an easy drinker that left a great overall impression.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of chocosushi
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Pint Bottle
Poured Into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass

/Love this brew/

A ~ Dark Auburn. Can barely see through glass. Gorgeous large khaki Head.

S ~ Mostly Sweet Notes with some bread. Alotta Molasses.

T ~ Brown Sugar, Burnt Toast, Buttery Oatmeal w/ Coffee Lingering. Why i consider this a 'dessert brew'

M ~ V e l v e t y!!! I love the carbonation, the small bubbles make me want to 'swish' this beer all day and ask for seconds.

D ~ Could drink this not really all day, but definitely all night.

Overall, this is a good beer to end a night with after a long one, or just a good brew to have w/ a bowl of ice cream after a long long eve of work.


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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of shroompod
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rocky off-brown head. Some lacing.

Smell is a faint chocolate caramel.

I can taste chocolate , slight coffee , dark malts , no hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to light , somewhat drying.

I could drink these all day without a problem.

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of trevorwideman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Black brew pours with a massive tan head that just won't quit. Carbonation is likely aggressive, I can't see it. Incredible bitter roasted malt aroma that combines with lots of grounded earthiness and a little bit of tobacco sweetness. Plum, raisin, and fig aromas begin to appear as the beer warms to ideal serving temperature.

Taste is just unreal. Sweet off the top with lots of juicy fruit flavours, and there's that chewing tobacco bittersweetness that comes through right after. Roasted malt is subdued but does lend a pleasant bitterness. Earthy aroma hops come through in spades, and then a butteriness just to keep it all mellow. This is so complex but exceptionally balanced. A beer that has all these brilliant flavourful aspects but manages to blend them and keep them in harmony is truly art. Mouthfeel is so smooth and the carbonation is British and restrained, but it's perfection for the style. Body is Medium, just enough to give you something to ponder but not ever too thick or syrupy. At 5% it's sessionable, and Lord knows I'd like more than one, but this is all I get. I dread the end of the glass.


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

pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Came out with about a finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left strong lacings and a large foamy ring around the outside of the glass. The color is dirty-oak-tree-bark dark: just a couple shades from black, and slightly cloudy within.

nose: The aromas of mint and chocolate overtook me from the glass as I was noting the appearance. Predominately chocolate and oats with the light addition of red fruits or berries.

mouth: Enters with a smokier feel than I'd anticipated (but not overwhelming or unpleasant). Strong flavors of bittersweet chocolate and mint - alternating between sweet and sour. The hops seemed to be a bit sour in place of the usual bitterness, but it balances well with the sweetness. In terms of mouthfeel, the beer enters strong and fizzy but as it moves back in the mouth it settles into a creamy oatmeal-y flavored mouth cover that is so damn enjoyable I don't want to swallow. The non-aggressive warm exhale concludes this excellent gastronomic experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,815 ratings.