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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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5,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,221
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 186
Gots: 321 | 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-26-2014 05:17:27 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-22-2013 06:50:34 | More by JDM44
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-08-2014 01:52:36 | More by WiserBud
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black with dark root beer brown hues escaping the edges. Big creamy brown head that got chunky as it slowly fell. Great lace. Nice start. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Hints of caramel and spiciness.
Sweet and tangy flavors of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.
Finishes bittersweet with hints of caramel and molasses/licorice. Beautifully balanced by mildly citric hops. Outstanding!
Medium bodied. Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel and zippy carbonation make for an extremely quaffable offering.
Top of the line Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:20:44 | More by rkhaze
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear bottle poured into tall glass.

As has been said, this beer is very dark. Pretty much black. The head is of decent size and duration, and has that nice brownish color that I love in beers of this style.

The aroma is that of roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and is sweet.

The flavor of this beer is great. It is sweet and roasty with a nice clean and bitter finish. I am not much of a coffee drinker, so I like that this stout does not have too much coffee flavor or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is also fantastic. Very smooth and almost creamy.

The alcohol is a bit noticeable, and I think it takes a bit away from the drinkability. I don't think I'd want more than one bottle at a time, but that one is very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 23:16:48 | More by AaronHomoya
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New York

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a nice dark and opaque black, with a large amount of head that dissipates after a while. Also leaves a generous amount of lacing while drinking. Smells great - toasted malts and roastiness like a coffee and has a hint of chocolate throughout. Tastes even better, with a sort of creaminess at first and a chewiness towards the end. Definite tastes of molasses or brown sugar, with some lingering tastes of oatmeal in the mouth! Damn delicious beer. Definitely a stout to look for.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 13:20:04 | More by infi
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks great. Poured into a glass, has a nice dark chocolate-colored body with amber highlights/ Nice light brown thick head with pretty lacing. Yeah, I said pretty.

S- Sweet, chocolatey, very roasted.

T- Not particularly impressed. Strong bready and chocolate fkavours, but there's a very strong back of throat-slash-palate feel of acid, as if drinking a strong black coffee. Good for some, many even, but not I.

M- Oh, just look above.

D- I can drink one and move on. Would visit again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:26:31 | More by wcintula
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have now had numerous beers from Samuel Smith's and so far all have been very good including this one.

A: Deep dark amber that is only detectable when held directly to a bright light. A hard pour produced a one and a half finger dirty off white head.

S: Sweet wet malts almost resembling a tootsie roll, slight burn to the nostrils with beautiful hops at the end.

T: Lots of malts and barley in this one that stayed relatively dry for a stout. Aftertaste fades quickly leaving your pallet begging for more.

M: Thin, slightly filmy, tingles on the tongue from carbonation.

O: Solid beer that I enjoyed drinking, did notice that all Samuel Smith's do kinda taste the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 16:00:21 | More by tjkinate
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 01:39:54 | More by VaterRoss
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-05-2012 03:50:35 | More by Doyle
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-22-2013 00:39:00 | More by plinythederek
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-16-2014 12:21:37 | More by TooGood
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-18-2014 00:23:53 | More by DrMindbender
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has got to be one of my favority beers...delicious cold and at the standard serving temp.

Dark pour, brown with red hints. Nice head

Smells slightly hoppy and sweet note of coffee and hazelnut.

Delicious taste, well balenced not over carbonated.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but nice and full bodied

Drinkability is good, nice winter beer or for a rainy night.

Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 01:19:25 | More by bs870621345
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-10-2012 23:46:24 | More by Mullinger1980
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-30-2013 23:19:13 | More by cwreay90
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #159
Served On: 04/27/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: smudged

Found this at Westview Liquors in Frederick, MD - $3.99 for 18.2 oz bottle.

Look: Was a very dark brew with deep red highlights around the edges. A 1-finger of sticky tan foam made up the head.

Smell: Rich dark fruits, semi-sweet dark chocolate notes, a hint of toffee or some caramelized brown sugar. Aroma was similar to the Sam Smith's Imperial Stout.

Taste: First off was the caramelized brown sugar. Then hit a wave of toasted malts. The backend was a nice semisweet chocolate with some creamy espresso notes leading into the finish. A subtle bitterness appeared in the aftertaste.

Overall this was a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. This was also my first experience with the style, so I really don’t have a good frame of reference. Regardless, it was a very tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 15:57:49 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Jet black color almost like motor oil. Tan colored finger and a half head. Great lacing, looks very inviting.

S: Roasted malts with hints of cream candy, cocoa.

T: Sweet raosted malts, light coffee and chocolate notes with and oaty, nutty lingering finish.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, very smooth.

O: Terrific stout, almost like having a meal/desert, but very sessionable at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:01:25 | More by Dools9
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-16-2012 02:30:01 | More by zapahoppa
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-21-2012 01:13:51 | More by sabitu
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully, nice dark black. Provides a 2-3 finger head, nice and soapy. Head lasts a good while. When held up to light, produces a nice red-brown. Smells like molasses cookies, sweet but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel surprisingly. Not too heavy, but assertive. Strong molasses taste, but hops keep sweetness in check. Great beer, could definitely put a few back if it were just a little less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:20:58 | More by Southernbrew
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-23-2011 07:01:17 | More by Antnyd82
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3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:51:19 | More by ExtraStout
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-22-2013 02:47:10 | More by beerhast
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with an amber tone peeking through in the light. There was a thin head and lasting lace. It's aroma is of chocolate, coffee, dark toast and a hint of smoke. The flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and some mild anise. A bit of maple shows up in the finish. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout is a good brew, complex and very well balanced. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 21:19:50 | More by B967ierhunter177
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,221 ratings.