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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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5,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,354
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 389 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-06-2014 21:23:14 | More by Duesler
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

06-12-2010 22:20:25 | More by goldbot
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-03-2014 18:07:33 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-25-2013 15:26:06 | More by BrewClint
Photo of BitteBier


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

11-01-2002 19:20:29 | More by BitteBier
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

12-24-2003 04:34:56 | More by LuckySevens82
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours black with a toasty tan, sticky head of large bubbles, that renders solid lacing and and very good retention.
Aroma leads with earthy, roasty, bready malts. Just a touch of some spicy hops are present.
Taste of malts and molasses, coffee, sweet, full bodied but also smooth. Sweetness is followed by a dry finish and that is a nice combination.

05-27-2010 22:54:01 | More by jadpsu
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-24-2012 23:47:33 | More by TubaManJack
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-05-2013 20:42:32 | More by ScottieD
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-09-2013 19:13:54 | More by ThrashMaster
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-14-2013 22:38:48 | More by JohnG190
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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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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

08-20-2014 03:44:38 | More by Nbdreher
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

As I pour this beer into the glass I see a beauty of a brew. Dark black w/ an almost red hue as the light shines on it. A seductive 1/2 inch creamy head crowns the top and dissipates to 1/8 inch a few minutes later. Very inviting indeed.

The aroma of this beer is great, but it doesn't take me away like I feel it should. Maybe its looks threw me off? As I let it warm up a bit, the aroma comes out more. Roasted malts, mild tones of coffee, toffee and even a bit of caramel scents.

The flavor of this beer is great. A light bitterness initially, but is backed up w/ a pleasant chocolately sweetness. I do taste a hint of molasses and even some banana in this one. Very well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is great as well. As you would expect this beer is the quintessential example of creamy smoothness. It hits the lips crisply, but finishes smooth and soft.

Overall this beer is a must have if you enjoy stouts. If you are new to Oatmeal Stouts and want to try one, this is one you definitely must try. Extremely drinkable. I could finish the 4-pack right now!

11-28-2007 02:40:48 | More by brewdoc75
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

03-11-2012 07:15:35 | More by Dweedlebug
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

03-10-2012 20:37:08 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

09-12-2013 15:23:15 | More by neorunner
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Reviewed from notes:

black, though not impenetrably so, with brown edges and a light brown head.

smells of coffee beans and dark fruit sweetness.

taste is very sweet up front with the dark fruit coming through. afterwards there is a hint of coffee and chocolate. a subtle, not overwhelming flavor.

very smooth and on the light side of full-bodied. i would like it to be a little thicker than it is.

it is very drinkable, especially for a stout, though like i said, it is thiner than a lot of stouts which may add to that.

01-28-2009 05:28:17 | More by jdklks
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

Just a perfect looking oatmeal stout. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Head looks frothy and is retaining well. Smell is of very roasty malts, oatmeal and a nice Fuggles aroma. Seems like the perfect nightcap after a night of fantastic beers New Years Eve. Easily my favorite traditional oatmeal stout. Huge oat flavor along with the roasted barley and malts. Nice bittersweet chocolate flavor that gives the beer a dryness. Just fantastically well rounded, gently bittered and perfectly roasty. Not thin like many oatmeal stouts tend to be. Perfectly creamy and chewy. Breakfast in a glass. Low ABV, so this one is superbly drinkable. I could see putting a few of these back while fending off the cold.

01-02-2010 05:09:23 | More by kiddynamite920
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3.2/5  rDev -24.2%

Shared from a a bomber with my boss Jay, poured into 2 tulip glasses.

Appearance: Nice and dark, midnight color with a small hue of burgandy in there. Minimal head, medium lacing. No clarity whatsoever.

Smell: Roasted cherry aroma in the front as soon as it hits the nose, a good hint of spicy malt, some coriander leaks through with a bit of a musty bread smell, pretty grainy.

Taste: Coriander & cherries, a nice malty, yeasty backdrop, kind of weak on the finish, yet satisfying. A tinge of esters wakes you up on the finish. No hop profile whatsoever, yet the consistent use of malt brings this beer back up to level. Consisitent taste from start to finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light, to medium carbonation, stays pretty constructive on the tongue, a bit grainy when it sits but opens nicely.

Drinkability: For an stout, this one is defintley drinkable, although for the style there is definetley better choices, this one is still a good one to fall back on. Fairly sessionable for a stout. A tad boring for an stout yet the maltiness and the good mouthfeel make this a better brew. Not one I would seek out on a regular basis but I'm glad I tried it.

12-09-2008 02:29:13 | More by thespaceman
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a simple black, brown around the edges, letting in some light. minimal head that fades to a lingering film. Smells a little nutty and crisp. Flavor is downright amazing. nutty, oaty, and a very nice twang of alcohol hidden in the crispness. Plays around in the mouth, sucks to the top of the palate. That and it's chewy as a shitty hotel's continental breakfast oatmeal, which i think is superb. Goes beyond body into meatiness.

They are the original and the best for a reason.

01-10-2009 22:01:14 | More by Pamola
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

02-29-2012 21:19:50 | More by B967ierhunter177
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-13-2014 03:17:08 | More by Swaino
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: Pours dark brown with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours very viscous with the *glug glug* of motor oil...mmm mmm good

S: Initial earth tone then that of coffee and caramel and roasted malt

T: ohhhh so good. the rich taste of roasted malt and coffee with faint hints of chocolate

M: Probably my favorite part of this beer. I love the thick, velvety, chewiness of this beer. Very little carbonation makes it just coat your mouth and literally slide down your throat...think childhood days with the hershey syrup bottle when mom wasn't looking (and do go let your mind wander)

D: I love these, I could drink them slowly all evening.

02-11-2008 21:24:10 | More by dsigmon
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-26-2011 05:18:49 | More by AApparel
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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