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

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5,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,690
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 235
Gots: 543 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of Portertime
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another premium beer from Samuel Smith Brewery. Enjoyed this one slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep baker's chocolate brown. Nose had a beautiful bouquet of roasted malts, some faint oats, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste was thick and chewy with dark cocoa, roasted malt, and brewed coffee notes. At the top of my list of favorite dark beers.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of TychoNDC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

TychoNDC, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of xgrigorix
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like black espresso with one finger of tight tan head floating on top.

Mostly roast coffee aromas.

Smooth & creamy, full bodied. Like velvet.

Tastes of raisins, coffee, & chocolate mix well with the lucious roast malt flavor. Finishes smooth & bittersweet, with a very sublte hop character that keeps the sweetness in check.

I could drink this all night!

xgrigorix, May 09, 2003
Photo of mpyle
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Big creamy tan head, with reasonably good retention. Dark reddish brown color (like cola) with excellent clarity

aroma - Chocolate, and some nice smoke - very roasty smelling. Also some toffee-malty sweetness

flavor - Initial dark malt sweetness turned a bit smokey and floated very gently into a creamy, smokey finish. Balanced but overall more bitter than malty. No hop flavor apparent, which is fine for the style.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, but light enough to be quite creamy. No alcohol warming.

overall - Glad to find that three years after my first (negative) review this beer is what I remember. Smokey, creamy, and flavorful without being overpowering.

mpyle, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of depechemode1983
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours black with some red hues when held to the light. The head is a light brown color and has plenty retention. Lacing is minimal. Just a bit here and there.

S - Oats take the center stage on this one. Still you get a good amount of toasted malts faint hops and some coffee undertones.

T - Sweet and grainy to start. Getting also a slight bitterness from the hops, plenty of toasted grains coupled with sweet chocolate, and some mild coffee profiles.

M - Medium to full bodied, velvety smooth and softly carbonated.

O - Why the hell do I not drink this more often. I have seriously overlooked this beer. Which is weird considering I absolutely love everything else Samuel Smith puts out. This is an excellent Oatmeal Stout. Highly recommended.

depechemode1983, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with some faint leather highlights on the edges. A creamy caramel colored head falls to a thick covering of creamy foam, leaving little lacing.

S: Bold, rich chocolate with some mild coffee. A hint of buttery diacetyl comes through, as well--all those beers from the Tadcaster brewery seem to have it.

T&M: A pleasant sweetness with toffee and butterscotch gives way to some lightly toasted chocolate malts. A general earthiness runs throughout, as well. Very tasty. Body is medium with faint carbonation that makes for a silky smooth taste. Finish is long and lingering with notes of chocolate and roasted malt--most excellent.

D: This is a highly drinkable oatmeal stout. The sweetness never becomes cloying, the flavor is well-balanced and interesting, and the feel is top-notch. An excellent pair for anything sweet or sugary, also a nice late-night beer. Could be sessionable.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of WMEugene
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black (brown-base) with a tan/beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer, but with good lacing

S - Sweet malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate, a little milk or cream. Very sweet.

T - A nice blend of chocolate and cream flavors. Some other malt flavors are present; well-balanced. The bread and oatmeal flavors come through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. A little thinner than I was expecting, but very smooth with a nice finish. Very drinkable.

O - I found Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to be an enjoyable and very drinkable take on the style. It's definitely on the lighter side of stouts, but it still has lots of flavor.

WMEugene, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

YobroitsJoe, May 24, 2013
Photo of GregoryMo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GregoryMo, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

d5001986, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of JesseLara
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JesseLara, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of cfadams17
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark and has a nice tan head that sits about a half inch tall. It smells like molasses, malt, and a little alcoholic. It has a great flavor. Tastes of malt, roasted barley, chocolate, and as it hits the back of you pallat you get that bitterness of the hops. I like the mouthfeel a lot. Good amount of carbonation and it coats the mouth nicely. This a very good beer and very drinkable overall. I would recommend to anyone. This is the first stout that I really got my girlfriend to enjoy and thats saying a lot because she is not a stout drinker at all.

Brian700, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of plinythederek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

plinythederek, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of BrewSTL
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BrewSTL, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Satsuma
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Satsuma, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of shoretaxi
4/5  rDev -5.2%

shoretaxi, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Nbdreher
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Nbdreher, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, okay, big beer, big BA numbers, big legend. Lived up to the hype- to an extent.

I'm going to start in reverse in reviewing this beer. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty is way down. The burnt acidic oaky flavor make this one a little tough to get down. Very sweet, unjustly so.

Nice oak and earthy flavors. Big time whisky afterbite. In the world of stouts, Oatmeal Stouts just don't do it for me.

Not sure why, but my reivews of BA's top 100 end up being a little low!!????

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle...

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black color with a 1 finger beige head that held nicely for a while and left a considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma consists mostly of chocolate with a touch of caramel and some bready notes.

Taste builds on the aroma as you experience many of the same things in a more pronounced manner. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit all come through in the taste. Pretty good stuff here.

A very smooth feel but maybe a bit rich for some. I'd cap it off at one bottle per sitting but that is not to say I would not want another later on down the line. Overall a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

Vengeance526, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Jason_Quad
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Jason_Quad, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of nasty15108
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 2.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a huge head of tan foam, that stay throughout the pint.

S - Rich aroma of roasted malts with hints of ripe friuts and dark chocolate.

T - Slightly sweet with a rich malty flavor. Definite flavors of dark ripe fruit and chocolate.

MF&D - An absolute classic. Hands down the best oatmeal stout out there. You could drink this one all day.

nasty15108, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle poured into the SN tumbler. This beer has been on my lenghty list to try, so I'm very excited to give the sammy oatmeal stout a try.

The stout from Tadcaster pours a deep brown color with a tan frothy head after an aggressive pour. Lots of lacing lines the glass. The pour is quite pretty. The nose is quite sweet with the usual stout aromas of chocolate and coffee but this also contains some grainy nuts as well as malts. Taste is sweet as well with lots of chocolate. Where is the oatmeal?? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crispy. Overall this is a very complex but well balanced that provides much more than the average stout.

abrand, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brown head that goes away quickly but with the high carbonation it makes a slight silky smooth film that lingers. This beer is not totally opaque, some dark ruby red colors can be seen.

Sweet aroma of roasted hops, molasses and oatmeal. This has a great smell.

The body is silky smooth and really light. A little carbonation.

The taste is quite good. Sweet taste of roasted malts, hops and barley. A slight toffee and molasses background.

Drink ability is quite decent. It does get a little heavy towards the end of the beer. It does have a good taste.

9InchNails, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with ruby tones visible around the edges when held up to direct light. The tan coloured head is very frothy and leaves a fair about of laces before settling as a collared film.

Aroma is of molasses, chocolate syrup and coffee with a fairly pungent ripened fruit smell.

The taste is fairly bitter up front with hints of baker's chocolate and coffee and a slight smokey wood note. The finish brings a subtle, plum-like dark fruit taste.

The beer is full-bodied with a mild, but distinct carbonation level and the mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of oatmeal and wood.

This beer really shines after it's had a chance to breathe and warm up a bit and is one of the smoothest, most drinkable stouts I've tried.

bryehn, Nov 07, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,690 ratings.