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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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5,536 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,536
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 470 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a massive three finger, creamy tan head with the strongest retention I have ever seen in any beer. This if followed by a sticky and copious lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued chocolate and roasted malts, slight coffee, oatmeal, and a hint of hops.

T-Flavor is reminiscent of warm oatmeal raisin cookies with slight coffee and chocolate notes. Delicious.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied, creamy, and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. Even sessionable at 5%ABV. Well done.

velosuds, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of beertardis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

beertardis, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sweet! both figuratively and literally. It pours a very dark
color with a nice tan head than receded into a film that followed the beer
down the glass to the last sip. Smelling it brought out some nice coffee
flavors and just a little hint of the oatmeal. Tasting produced a nice
sweet effect on my palette and the oatmeal was very apparent. the only thing that caught me off gaurd was the thin mouthfeel it had, it was not at all thick. This cost me a little more than I usually spend, but it was well worth it.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -28.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -28.9%

beerbtl, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of dwtyler
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

dwtyler, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of TychoNDC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

TychoNDC, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the bomber at the Eats Ave. Wegman's. It poured a deep black colour with the perfect head of a dark tan hue. The smell was of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight bit of hops. The taste was wonderful with the taste of chocolate ant coffee being the strongest part of it. There was also hints of roasted grains and malts. Just the right amount of hops were also added were I could taste them, but not too much. It went down smooth. Maybe too smooth because I want more.

CBFanWish, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of jar2574
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle. Jet black beer with a great two inch head. Tiny bubbles, but they take quite a while to settle. Nice coating on the way down.

Typical oatmeal stout smell. Nothing remarkable there.

Very smooth mouthfeel, with less roasted malt taste than I'm used to in a stout. I like it, the roasted malts aren't so overpowering.

That said, the taste isn't mind blowing or anything, it's fairly run of the mill. Nothing disagreeable. Malts and oatiness. Didn't catch any sweetness or hops, really.

Very drinkable, especially for a stout. Nice work. Great session beer.

jar2574, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Dark in color - completely black with light behind it. Head was about a finger-width upon pouring at about 40F. May have been a little cold for this beer. Head dropped to a nice lace in about 3 minutes. The smell is a little harder to pick up than some stouts, but it has a nice roasted aroma. Upon tasting, I found that it has a strong roasted grain flavor with bitter and alcoholic undertones. The alcohol does not stand out, and you have to search for it to find the taste. This drinks very well, better than Guinness in my opinion. The mouthfeel is thick and coating, which is expected of this style.

ralree, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout | 550 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2009

Brewer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), England
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Glass: pint

Classic Sam Smith bottle. The label art is starting to feel a bit dated. A refresh might be in order.

Almost ink black. It evidences deep red highlights. It has a beautiful creamy 1" head that never quite disappears, and it leaves a modest trail of clingy lacing down the glass.

Dark malt twang, earthy, sweat, with a hint of oats. Mild.

Delicious but subdued. The soft roasted malt flavor hangs in the foreground, eventually giving way to a mild, earthy sweetness. Towards the end, there is a sort of milky taste -- similar to oatmeal. The hop bitterness is minimal in the finish. Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee swirl around giving the Oatmeal Stout an inexplicably nourishing and full flavor towards the end.

Silky smooth and creamy with a medium-full body. The carbonation adds just the right amount of zing in the finish.

I am a big fan of this stout. It's very mild and subdued, but that doesn't imply a lack of complexity. Drinking it is calming, but at the same time, I can appreciate the many flavor combinations. The "oatmeal" aspect to the stout comes through quite nicely (though not as obviously as I would have assumed).

Bottled on: December 2009 (5 months ago)
Price: ?
Value: ?

BeerNemesis, May 23, 2010
Photo of bigpoppa67
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bigpoppa67, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Stumpy29er, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JohnG190, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Swaino
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Swaino, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of MJR
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black body that shows off a bit of really dark garnet and brown when held up to a strong light source. A nice, creamy tan head sits on top and sticks fairly well.

Smell: I pick up on roasted grains and a touch of burnt chocolate. Not nearly as strong as some stouts in the aroma department.

Taste: Well-roasted malts and a faint chocolate sweetness is the first impression I get. A decent amount of butterscotch/diacytel too. There's a small amount of hop flavor as it rushes down my throat. I like the smooth flavor imparted by the addition of oats...adds a bit of creaminess to the flavor. Great aftertaste. There's a lot of flavor in there, but it's more of a laid-back type of flavor. It doesn't demand your attention like, say, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. I know...different type of stout, but that one reaches out and pulls you in. This beer has a very relaxed demeanor.

Mouthfeel: I think it's a bit thin for being an oatmeal stout: I expect a huge body and a thick, chewy mouthfeel and this one falls a bit short in this area.

Drinkability: Very good. Goes down smooth and easy.

A damn good stout, but in the Samuel Smith range, I'd take an Imperial Stout or Taddy Porter over this. I find this beer to be a bit 'overrated'...

MJR, Nov 23, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dan027, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jbdpsu82, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Nbdreher, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of auroracrisis
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with a two finger mocha colored head. Plenty of decadent lacing as the beer is drank down.

Toffee and brown sugar on the nose with a touch of raisin, roast, and oatmeal. Smells a lot like oatmeal cookies, unsurprisingly.

Opens up the palate with light toffee and light roast coffee flavors, quickly moves into more sweet flavors like milk chocolate and raisins. Finishes a dry flavor combination of more toffee and sweeter malt.

Medium bodied with a sticky body. Low carbonation, with a touch of dryness.

Awesome lighter dessert like flavors in a beer that's highly quaffable. The quintessential oatmeal stout. Brewers these days are so obsessed with pushing the flavor and ABV boundaries in stouts, when this is just as satisfying and not nearly as intoxicating or calorie dense.

auroracrisis, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep impenetrable black with a sort of latte head that holds awhile, laces a bit and starts to settle nicely into a thick veneer.

a sweet dark fruit and toastiness greets the olfactory senses nicely. i catch a nice breadiness with ligonberry jam or something.

again, why should i be surprised at another Samuel Smith offering. they are so on with everything. excellent mouthfeel of sparkly creaminess allows the full crafted flavor to be delivered unhindered. the toastiness in the nose is deepened and spread out in the taste with the slight dark dried fruit sense also deepening but mellowing to exactly where it needs to be. another perfect formula by the brewmasters!

i noticed, as it warms, the 'sweetness' becomes a husk that reveals a nice sour, hoppy bite. mmmm.

so drinkable. session this. after you session half of the lineup from this brewery. amazing. one of my favorite breweries in the world.

mempath, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of DocJitsu
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with glints of cola brown around the bottom and edges when held to the light. A large, fluffy, dark caramel-colored head forms quickly and retains a little better than average. Once it dissipates, splotchy and spiderweb lacing is left on the edges of the glass, while a thin cap sits atop the beer. Aromas are comprised primarily of sweet chocolate and sorghum. While these aromas come through distinctly, they are not overly bold. There are also notes of roasted malt and ripe cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not too viscous. The mild hop on the finish accentuates the light carbonation scrubbing. Flavors come through almost as distinctly as the aromas. However, everything is mild. In a time of craft brewers competing for the biggest beer, it's nice to sip a stout that has a lot of flavor in different varieties without having my palate overwhelmed. Mild chocolate, sorghum, and ripe fruit esters occur, essentially in that order. I regard this a quintessential stout.

DocJitsu, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This old stalwart sure looked and smelled tasty. Lightish dark chocolate and creaminess on the tongue but it seems to lack the complexity and dimension I remember . Rather four square really. Certainly competitive but not exactly 'Jurassic Park'. Will this ever be offered on cask?

Zimbo, Sep 17, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,536 ratings.