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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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5,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,243
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 330 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark as coal beer poured a three finger head of light chocolate brown tight bubbles. When the head settled it left very clinging lace. The color is a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. This is the darkest beer I have ever rated. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some earthly smells of damp places where mushrooms and moss grow. Tastes of dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, very dark molasses, clover, sweet malts and roasted oats. Good creamy feeling in my mouth with just a little attention getting zing. Maybe a little heavy for drinking all the time, this beer does offer great flavor and body and a great beer for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:19:08 | More by beerprovedwright
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4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; black witha thick and stiff tan head. Slowly dissipates to a tan film that golds up thoughout the drink.

smell; Amazing! Sweet dark rum and oats with a bit of malt.

taste; Mildly sweet malts with smooth oats, leaves a sticky sweetness. Balances at the same time with a yeasty bitterness that is ever so slight but enough to keep the sweetness for getting too strong. Almost a lactic bitterness in the aftertaste, that is very gentle, smooth, and sticky. Notes of milk and vanilla extract.

mouthfeel; dairy-like smoothness that's creamy and thick on the palate.

drinkability; love this stuff and could drink all night based on the wonderful taste alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:54:38 | More by Sachsenfreude
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Note the beer was initially way to cold. It was still good, but it because great the closer to the optimal serving temperature, which IMHO is just slightly, slighty chilled or between 60-70 degrees F.

Poured a deep, dark brown almost black with a slight reddish tinge to it. The head was frothing and creamed coffee in color. Good lacing through out the sample.

Aromas of roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee with hints of earth and peat.

Taste is wonderful, full bodied roasted sweet malt flavor dominates the palette. The texture is creamy and silky smooth with hints of earth and peat that give way to a dry coffee bitterness that finishes with just the slightest hint of hops for balance. There are also undertones of toffee, caramel, and chocolate throughout the flavor profile that hit hear and there as this incredibly smooth and easy drinking stout go down way to quickly. I tried to slow down and savor the flavors, but this stout just glides across the tongue, through the mouth, and down the throat.

Truly a wonderful brew and a well crafted stout. Two Pints Up!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 07:36:46 | More by Loki
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one poured dark but was amber with light behind it. poured with a decent head that didnt stand up well, i guess to be expected with the oats.

smell was mild, roasted malts, not much of a hop profile.

taste as of roasted malts, milk chocolate, maybe even a touch of caramel as it warmed up.

Creamy... very creamy. The oats worked well in this one. It was a little thinner than I would have liked, but creamy nonetheless.

One of these was enough, as it is in a 550 ml bottle, but it was very easy to drink the whole thing, and rather quickly at that. i will certainly go back to this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 11:03:36 | More by tayner
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United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL dark brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pure black beer sits underneath a charcoal-beige thick foamy head. Head dissiplates very slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: rich and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: the chocolate and coffee come through a bit more but with a hint of liqueur a la Tiramisu. Very sweet and rich with some oatmeal bitterness on the finish.

M: rich and syrupy.

D: great!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 14:51:26 | More by fullsweep
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-08-2013 01:51:40 | More by mtnwesdew
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-21-2012 01:13:51 | More by sabitu
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-20-2014 16:17:09 | More by Klebe
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-26-2013 06:22:51 | More by TheLevi4000
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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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District of Columbia

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

This, my first oatmeal stout, was a fantastic spot to start.

This was poured from a big bottle and had a great color and substance. The appearance and smell are pretty good for a stout, though the head is a bit light.

The taste is really very rich and the appearance of the oats really round out the mouthfeel and finish. It has a dark-roasted chocolate syrupy taste with a bit of sweetness, though the pre-eminent flavor was the feel of the oats in one's mouth and the subsequently incredibly smooth finish. The drinkability is slightly affected by the tiny bit of bitterness before the grains kick in, but the beer is as smooth as butter.

Fantastic, really.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 21:53:20 | More by TLove
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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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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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4.1/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-10-2012 23:46:24 | More by Mullinger1980
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-10-2013 19:10:38 | More by byronic
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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