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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of AlexMunse
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown color, not as dark as most stouts I've had. Nice one-finger tan head with good lacing and retention.

The smell is a heavy chocolate malt with a little sweetness. Theres a lot of raosted grain coming through with a little alchohol.

Theres a bit of bitterness and sweetness to it. It's a bitlighter than I like my stouts, but still good. Theres a pretty good spicing to it as well.

The first sip is very smooth with an even flavor and nice carbonation. Nothing is too overpowering, I'd say this is a perfectly balanced feel for this beer.

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Photo of mtschmitz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown almost completely opaque with brown that refracts through the glass when the light hits it just right. Good head that stays with a thin layer.

S - Almost like a nut brown, with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T - Great roasted malts roll over the tongue with a sweet finish. A pleasant coffee aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and a bit dry.

O - A very enjoyable stout which I continuously pick up at the market. A good hearty drink. Maybe not the best but one that you keep coming back to..

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Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first taste it reminded me of a better version of yuengling bock, then kind hit me as more of a brown ale, then just liquid awesome. Its just so tongue pleasing you beg for more. Definitley one of the best beers I ever had. In the top 3 for sure. A must for darker beer lovers.

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Photo of BillyPirate
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Disappointing. Even with a vigorous pour, the head is minimal and quickly recedes to a thin film with poor lacing. Suitably dark.

S: Underwhelming. Barely able to discern any prominent notes of anything so rather than guess, I will simply say the bouquet is basically nonexistent.

T: Definitely the strong suit. Impressively complex with a highly complimentary blend of mocha, chocolate and oats. The finish is mild, sweet and extremely pleasant.

M: Superb feel. The oats are deliciously chewy and the carbonation is spot on.

O: What this beer lacks in head retention and aroma it makes up for with superior taste and mouthfeel. Very accessible for an oatmeal stout and overall a great offering.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout. Looks nice, thick, and black, as a stout should. Smells...like a stout. Ha! Tastes sweet, toasty/burnt, hints of coffee, caramel and fruit. Excellent smooth mouth feel thanks to the oatmeal! Enough hops that they aren't prominent, but keep the sweetness in check and superbly balanced for a stout.

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Photo of builder53
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby accents. Has a good rich thick head with no effort with the pour, and moderate lacing. Essences are of caramel/coffee/malts.Taste is a very smooth mixture of malts/fruits, maybe figs/dates with hints of coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, big and creamy. Moderate hops lend to a dry finish that is quite quick and clean for a stout. All said, this is a very well crafted oatmeal stout!

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Photo of dyingwrist
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into pint glass. Dark as night with about 2 inches of mocha colored head. Some head retention that boils down to a small coating on top with little to no lacing. A very "malty" nose. Great roasted flavors that make me think of dark chocolates and rich coffee. I'd take this over any coffee after dinner or for breakfast. Initially very smooth and velvety then the carbonation takes over. Low carbonation which I think gives it a heavier feel. Nice crisp bitter finish. Man I can drink this all day.

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Photo of Steaks
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome. i really doubt a better oatmeal stout exists. it comes in a tight bottle with foil and class all over it. it pours dark brown and smells like nuts and malts. the taste is awesome and has a little bit of coffee, with some nuts, and a ton of OATS. i feel like a horse. the feel is awesome, and for a decently thick stout, it goes down smooth as hell. i'm down with the carbonation as well. great times.

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Photo of againes
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

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Photo of Garzan72
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first oatmeal stout I have had. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. This was a great beer. It smelled wonderful, tasted awesome, and felt great when I drank it. as far as drinkability I am going to get some more of this tomorrow.

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

A- Dark with near ruby colored transparency. Moderate head that disapates slowly, leaving a small cap and lacing.

S - Coffee roast, molasses, caramel, slight chocolate

T - Smooth coffee roast, slight vanilla and chocolate accents.

M - Slight carbonation bite gives way to smooth medium mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry

D - Moderate, certainly not the type of beer you would want to speed through, much better when enjoyed slowly giving it time to warm. The light, pleasant taste paired with overall good mouthfeel makes this stout easy to have a few of in one sitting.

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Photo of JimBird
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with an off-white half-finger of head that quickly sunk to a tan coloured lace.
Smelled very strongly of rich dark malt with a faint roastiness. Tasted and felt satisfyingly heavy and smooth; very nutty and buttery flavour that just made me want more with every gulp.

Overall, it was great, with a good balance between big stout taste with the bite of astringency imparted by the oats.

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Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a light black, very little light getting through. Nice 1.5-2 finger head. Retention down the glass well after the beer is gone.

S - A nice roasted malt smell. Hints of molasses and chocolate.

T - Amazing. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. Starts strong and finishes smooth

M - Thick like any great stout should be.

Overall - I would recommend this beer to any stout lover! I am more of a Russian Stout man myself but I am in love with this beer. I wish I could find something wrong with it, but I just can't!

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Photo of ncredible1
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle to Glass

A. Dark coffee appearance with a descent dark Tan head.

S. Very welcoming aroma. Sweet roasted malty smell. The smell actually made my taste buds anxious.

T. The beers appearance doesn't do the taste justice. Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight balnced Hops in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. This is one of the best tasting Oatmeal Stouts I've had to date.

M. Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. However, it's not as silky as I expected.

D. I'm sold on this style. Extremely drinkable. However not a session beer because of the fulness that comes along with dirnking this style. Great sipping beer which i Have paired with pizza.

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Photo of femmebiere
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is affordable and delicious (even to someone who does not enjoy stouts too much). It does start with a slight smell of soy sauce, but that is quickly gone. With the first taste came a sweet rich stout with a smooth chocolately finish. It is quite smooth for a stout, but not for anyone who enjoys a light see-through beer.

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Photo of KJay1408
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

A: Beautiful Dark stout, near black, with an off white head about two fingers thick.

S: Sweet and malty, coffee and nutty notes. Smells like a good solid stout

T: Much like the smell: Sweet and Malty with coffee notes as the beer settles the Oat flavor comes out to make this beer amazing. A great balance of Sweetness, malt flavor, Oat/Grain, with hints of nutty and coffee notes.

M: A little on the thin side but not too bad. The only thing that could be a downside of this beer.

O: A easily and A. The taste is well balanced, and amazing if you like stouts you NEED to try this beer, if you don't like Stouts try it and it may just change your mind.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At 50°F poured into a clean Nonic Pint glass, palate and nose cleansed.

Appearance: This pours Black but when held eye level there is natural light penetration presenting a Darker Browner tint. There is an index finger of “glittering”, foamy head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Initially the nose presents, to me, the usual ancient well water smell followed by roasty, bready malt and as it warms the other usual characteristics of a stout present itself, mainly the cocoa.

Taste: The taste is concurrent with the smell, that of bread, oats and a nice cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight crisp, drier feel to it at the back of the throat.

Overall: The balance of the stout flavors and oats are excellent. As a novice I have grown to really appreciate the basic styles brewed right. Samuel Smith’s, as a brewery, is one of my anchors when I become fatigued with the complex experimentations of others. While my only critique is the lack of viscous mouthfeel of their stouts I have learned how to appreciate it. This is another great offering from Sam Smith which I will keep in my regular rotation throughout the year.

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

Found this bad boy in a local spirit shop (must confess, I was looking for Founder's breakfast stout which was unavailable at the time). Purchased in the 550ml brown bottle.

Cracked this one open and it poured a viscous midnight black into a smooth pint glass. When held to the light the body did have hints of amber and copper to its color - but when held in hand... this one practically sucked the light from the room. The thick creamy head had wonderful retention, and settled into a nice thin halo above the brew throughout the entire drink.

The aroma is immediate here. Deep rich tones of chocolate, caramel, and coffee all pull through, along with hints of vanilla and all the malty goodness.

The taste is smooth and carries the aroma into its palette; with the beginning tastes of chocolate and caramel deliciousness, the ending notes of, what I can only describe as, bready tang (maybe hints of dates in there?) compliment it well. I could definitely feel the carbonation, which felt a tiny bit too much for me in this stout. I don't think I could do more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting, but very good nonetheless.

A thick, well-balanced drink with minutiae flaws - barely worth noting, even. A classic drink, it seems - and one I will definitely return to in the future. In fact, the very near future.

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Photo of nano
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a guinness glass from a 330 bottle that i buy in The BeerBox Monterrey.

A- deep black color, qith a 2 fingers brown head

S- chocolate malts, and a little bit sweet

T- very sweet, with chocolate finish

M- medium body, nice carbonation

D- i can take 3 of this one with no problem, a amazing brew

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Photo of crazeguy
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from a 355ml(12oz) bottle.

First time drinking this, heard great things, hoping it lives up to the hype.

A- Dark amber/black. Barely able to see through it. Nice head that fades continuously.

S - Overwhelming. Having trouble deciphering all the scents. On top of the usual Stout suspects, think I smell a tiny bit of fruit. My nose could just be off. Smells awesome though.

T - Light surprisingly. I was hoping for some more bold flavors so I'm a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel - Nothing remarkable.

D- Seems like it could be a session type if its a cold winter night.

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

have read the reviews and been meanin to give
this a try.

didnt notice anything too intense from the smell, mostly dark fruit some vanilla.

mouthfeel was really nice, very full and creamy.

taste is like a 3-course meal...dark fruit,vanilla,creamy thick oatmeal.

this stout was very good but just too filling for me...very smooth and creamy but much prefer a stout that is bolder and lighter.

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Photo of Albianfire
2.37/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look: pours like a standard stout. Dark almost opaque with about a finger of head (gentle pour) that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Not much there. Some roasted notes from the dark malts and dark chocolate. Not much fruit for me. Alcohol is present.

Taste: Again, not much there. Little hops (appropriate to style). Mild burnt coffee, a hint of chocolate. I find myself searching for more but unable to find the depth of a great stout. Some alcohol on the finish but not in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and pretty full. The best point in my opinion. I enjoyed the body.

Overall: Disappointed twice now on this stuff. I know it is rated high and everyone has different taste buds. Mine are just not firing here. I would like to have pulled a few more aroma and flavor notes out here. It is one step up from a Guinness extra stout for me but no more. Will not venture to this again.

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Photo of 401J
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass 0n a Tuesday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone and shared with a female red head ripe with scorn from a mid level altercation we had earlier in the evening but had been resolved minutes before tasting..

Enjoyed with some French Brie, baguette, and a Johnsonville Summer Sausage with a post apocalypse expiration date..

The appearance of this beer was quite lovely.. A dark chocolate/ruby color when held to light topped by a thin toddler pinkie head that disipates rather quickly.

Nice , mild nose with cherry, chocolate, oatmeal, and chocolate syrup.

The flavor was lighter than expected. Well balanced, a bit sour on the back of the tongue that rounded out with a mild oatmeal. I guess I was hoping for a more full bodied taste with a bit more of an oatmeal presence. A good well balanced brew though.

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Photo of HistoricalMan
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently from a 355ml (12oz) bottle in to a tasting glass at my local brewpub.

Appearance: Dark with two finger of creamy khaki-colored head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Heaps of molasses and dark fruit, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of bitter chocolate.

Taste: The molasses dominates the palate followed by raisins, figs, coffee and a hint of creamy sweetness coming from the malts and chocolate.

Mouth: Smooth with a medium body. It goes down well.

Although not my favorite, a great oatmeal stout with a wonderfully complex arrangement of flavors.

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Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance: Almost completely black with a nice, mild carbonation and a lovely tan head that dissolves into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Strong malts upfront with a much more reserved earthy, biscuity smell on the tale end. A touch of coffee his the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very light on the tongue and goes down incredibly easy.

Taste: A great, roast flavor from the get-go. A nice, roasty taste comes next with caramel and some coffee notes. A great, mild hop flavor on the tail end with a clean finish provided by the oatmeal.

Overall: An excellent offering of this particular style, one of my favorite oatmeal stows out there and one of the best overall dark beers I've yet to taste. Far better than other offerings such as Guinness.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.