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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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2,203 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,203
Hads: 6,269
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 323
Gots: 1,032 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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

this IS a good stout for sure. i dont think its THE stout like people say, tho. i mean the bitterness is just there a WEE bit too much for the perfect score i think. maybe its just my own tastes (I love young's double choc for example) but i think theres a littl e room for improvement here.
it does have nive coffee flavors, is very smooth on the palate, and is a bit more drinkable than many in the family tho i wouldnt say its a session.

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Photo of zornbeast
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful Oatmeal stout!

Deep Brown color with good head retention, Great aroma of dark caramel, coffee, chocolate and a hint of roasted barley. Rich flavors from start to finish that balance superbly to make this brew very drinkable for style.

A must have for Stout lovers, i wish it was more readily available out here in hawaii.

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Photo of dteal1
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool looking skinny bottle. pours black with the slightest hint of amber. has a finger and half rocky tan head that died down quickly. smells like toffee and hops. tastes like it smells with an aftertaste of coffee and a slight metallic taste. a little over carbonated(i'm not big on carbonation) with a fizzy mouthfeel that's slightly sticky. very drinkable beer especially when it's cold outside. pretty filling and overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer but it doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of Oatsoda
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Oatmeal Stout pours a tall dark chocolate milk-colored head of foam on top of a dark, nearly-black body with some red-amber on the edges.

It gives off a very mild aroma that I would describe as "sweet-smelling".

Toasty and pleasant, without any strong overwhelming flavors, it finishes with a subdued bitterness.

This Stout has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation and body make it seem a lot lighter than its color suggests.

Overall, a very drinkable beer-- not as assertive as it's appearance would lead you to believe.

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Photo of BaerBeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, as I always do. Black in color, with a nice mochaish head. Excellent lacing, great body...like your mom. Very sweet tasting for a stout, nodes of burnt coffee and chocolate, nice malty taste and excellent drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Really good beer here.

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Photo of huguey
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 550 ml bottle, split between me and my brother.

Great head, very light tan, persists for seemlingly ever.

A: Black, good lace.

S: Very mild and doesn't give much of a hint about what is to come.

T: Unharsh, salty, oaty (of course), a long with very hidden maltyness.

M: No oily-ness makes this one easy to go down.

D: I restrained myself, but the drinkabililty is quite exceptional.

Overall, very solid brew. Got it on sale and it was worth every scent.

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Photo of hayes31
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 550ml bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A gorgeous beer with an average head. Great smell about it, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste, it was almost a little sour. But a very strong oatmeal flavor to it, which I enjoyed.

Overall, it's a good beer but not for me, I much prefer something dryer.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle.

A: Awesome ultra dark black with a nice brown head with some good lacing. Personally, I think that the head for the most part depends on how you pour it. I pour it the right way so that their is not so much head. But anyway, a very good appearance.

S: A nice molasses aroma with chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. Also a nice coffee aroma. Overall a pleasant smell.

T: Wow, what can I say? I was a little hesitant about an oatmeal stout but damn was it worth it! It has a slight oatmeal taste with your usual flavors, coffee, chocolate, molasses. It also has an earthy tone throughout it that really brings it all together.

M: Very creamy, but not so milky if that makes sense. It has a great body to it, very rich.

D: I could definitely sit down and savor the four-pack I bought it in. It is rich but not so overwhelming that you can only drink one.

Notes: I was really impressed with this Beer. If you have not tried this, go and find out where to get one, it's worth it.

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Photo of gildo9
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first bottle i picked up as a single on the road and was forced to drink out of the bottle , but it was quite good. A nice pleasant malt/ vanilla flavor. I was quite impressed. However I bought a 4 pack and busted one out and poured it in a glass and it was not quite as good as the one I had had before. Possibly a bad bottle. Not terrible , just not as good. Still would recommend if you can find at a decent price. I think i overpaid at 12.99 a 4 pack

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Photo of fes1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never tried an Oatmeal stout and was looking forward to
trying this product. The description on the box was interesting
mentioned that outmeal stout used to be consumed by
athletes training for events.

Tasted very nice, not overpowering.
Full bodied flavor and a very rich head.
The aroma was pleasant, and the taste was amazing.

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Photo of ChefSchipull
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near pitch black with a light tan head that fades quite slowly.

Smell: Bitter hops with hints of oats and caramel.

Taste: The bitterness is more prevelant in the taste than in the smell. Roasted flavours and oatmeal are evident as well. Sweeter than most stouts due to the oats in the mash.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, a little thin for my expectations of a stout, though that may be the style since I have not had too much experience with oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: I couldn't have too many of these because of the intensity of the bitter flavors but its a good "once in a while" brew that would go very well with all sorts of food.

I would recommend, but would also love to try this on-tap to see the difference.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black. Very black. Not quite like, say, the wine dark sea, but it's a damn dark beer. Head was a beautiful brown and fairly substantial, about 2.5 fingers. It stuck around for a while, and reduced to lace that remained long into the drinking.

S: Very roasty, with a dark chocolate and coffee aroma dominating. Also has hints of some sweetness; caramel maybe?

T: Wow. This is an awesome beer. Full roasty body, with coffee and a bready, oaty, nutty taste. Very smooth and a bit sweet; there is minimal hop character, but not really enough to reduce the malt character. The finish is somewhat dry, with a slightly bitter, dark chocolate taste.

M: FULL. This is a substantial brew, a meal in and of itself. A single sip of this beer feels like eating an entire slice of hearty 12 grain artisan bread. It definitely needs to be enjoyed slowly, to recover from each massive mouthful.

D: Its sweet and smooth character makes this an incredibly drinkable beer; the sheer fullness of its body does limit your ability to drink it. Definitely not doable if you have a very substantial meal as well.

Really, this beer is virtually a side dish. I love it. One of the best oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of beerlassie
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful dark brown color, with a creamy light brown head.

The smell is a very subtle hint of malt. I found the beer's aroma almost non-existent.

A malted, nutty flavor with a delightful smoky aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Great mouthfeel, with a good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. One of the better Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted and definitely lived up to the hype I've heard about it.

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Photo of richago1
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a English dimpled mug.

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick brown head fading to sheets of lacing. Smells of tobacco, chocolate, roasted coffee.Taste of burnt bitter coffee for a moment, then sweet chocolate/coffee with a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel smooth with a medium body. Wonderfully easy to drink, the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout was one of the first Stouts I ever drank and along with their Imperial Stout is still one of my favorites.

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Photo of Guitarctica
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass from a pint bottle.

A - Very dark, almost opaque brown with a hint of red at the bottom of the glass. Produced a thick and foamy tan head that was at least two fingers that slowly dissipated.

S - Coffee at first, some sweetness and just a little bit of alcohol when i cup the glass.

T - Great taste; like coffee and roasted malts. Theres oats and some nuttiness in there as well. Finished with subtle (but appreciated) hoppiness that didn't linger. Tried as I could, I didn't detect any chocolate or dark fruit flavors like others could.

M - Silky and smooth. Medium body with not much dryness dispite hops in the finish. Sort of coats the mouth nicely.

D - Good drinkabilty due to the incredible smoothness. However this seemed like a meal in a glass. I don't think I could drink too many more pints even if I wanted to.

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Photo of K7online
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice dark stout with great carbonation a good head that lasts. A slight metallic smell that comes from the old traditional pots that are used. None of that is infused into the flavor though.

The first thing that comes to mind after a small sip is walnut. That flavor is followed by chocolate and of course oatmeal. Those flavors cover well the bitterness that is found in stouts.

Samuel Smith stouts have always been great and this beer is nothing less than excellent. It is pleasurable in the mouth and does not leave a bad aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer with every sip.

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

My favorite beer. It reminds me of simpler times. It's simple. So simple, it's perfect. I can drink this every day, at any temperature, with any meal. This is the definition of a beer. No bells, no whistles, nothing pretty. This is BEER.

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Photo of dieselboy914
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this oatmeal stout simply because it was a Samuel Smith... and usually their stuff is really good. But there were both ups and downs to this interesting brew.

It poured pitch black into a regular glass, with very little head quickly disappearing into a fine lace around the rim.
The scent is quite strong with the obvious oatmeal and hints of raisin... someother fruit that i can't point my finger on, thought it's not fig. Very pleasant and nice to look at, but that's where the pleasantries end.
You take a sip and initially the mouthfeel is mild and underwhelming, with a grainy malty taste. Not much to get excited about, and then the aftertaste hits you when you swallow. A little on the bitter side, and quite bland with no taste.
I can see this as a nice addition to a meal... but on it's own it's a little bit disappointing. Not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of hbh739
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a distributor giving samples of this stuff at the local beer store.
Tried it then bought a pint.

It poured dark dark dark. No light to be seen through the glass. It had a frothy tan head with incredible creaminess and staying power. Left lots of lacing.

The smell was of roasty malt and oats with a touch of hoppiness.

The taste was incredible. It was sweet and coffee and malty all at the same time. I was eating italian at the time and this beer could not have paired better with anything else. It made me have seconds of the chicken parmesan and another pint. Had to send my pregnant wife back to the beer store (not really i had one in the fridge)

The mouthfeel was as I would expect from a oatmeal stout very creamy and full.

Overall this is a stout I will drink over and over again. It is great with or after a meal. I can't say anything bad about it.

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Photo of beersands
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - No light can pass through this stout, it is the same hue as any stout. Tan lumpy head which initially settles just over a finger thick and ebs to a centimeter with sticky lacing.

S - Vanilla then chocolate then sweet cookie dough.

T - Starts out with a slight rotten fruit flavor but this disappears instantly and gives way to a perfectly sweet flavour- the sweetness is not nasty, burning, or cloying its just perfect. SMOOOTH. Finishes light chocolate with the bitterness of a fine chocolate bar.

M - Perfect, it is smooth and finished slightly slick. Theres a tad of oaty graininess which is cleaned out by the slickness. I want to drink this. At 7% it is still very, very drinkable

D - I could drink this for the rest of my life. It tastes so fresh and yet it shipped from so far away.

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Photo of smudgewhat
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

believe the hype. This is an awesome oatmeal stout. Sweet, rich, not too thick, which lends to drinkability. Pours dark coffee to black. Sweet like chocolate up front with slightly bitter aftertaste Complex taste and good both cold and slightly warmer. Not too high on the alcohol content, which prevents it from losing taste. A classic.

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Photo of Linkn
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about a good as you can do. Dark, roasty, sweet, smooth. A tan head that follows you all the way down the glass. I remember the first one of these I ever had, it was like opening my eyes for the first time. There isn't a lot that can be said about Samuel Smith besides- "Wow" and "Yes, please." Also, considering there are a couple of bars here in Omaha where you can get a pint for under $5, it is a no-brainer go to beer.

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Photo of CMitchell
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Thick, dark, nice tan head that disappears shortly. Still looks gorgeous

S: Malts, oats, slight chocolate and coffee notes. There is a hint of off, like soy sauce or sherry, perhaps due to oxidation.

T&M: Thick and creamy, nice mouthfeel, again some oxidation.

D: Have had this many times, and I don't think the beer is taken care of very well. Seems like it always tastes slightly off due to oxidation. Would love to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of wray7276
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ST=1 pint bottle poured into glass mug
A=very dark almost black/well over 4 finger head/very thick malt head/no carbonation.
S=sweet chocolate
T=not too sweet but there is sweetness
M=very light bodied
D=very smooth and delicious

i would drink this again,its sweet,very flavorful,and smells really sweet.

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

Appearance: Opaque black, no light shining through when held up. Beautiful tan head that lasts the entire pint.

Smell: Oats, sweetness, vanilla ice cream, raisins.

Taste: Sweet, malty, creamy, slight bitter roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Not much else like it, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High for a stout. Drank it with pizza and hot wings, passed the test.

Overall, one of the best examples of the style against which all others are measured.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,203 ratings.