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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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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of dippy
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel like I rated this brew too high, but it is a great brew.

Pours a nice black brew but looks dark brown on the edges, A light tan head.

Earthy tones mellow out the dark roast, also smell a touch of sweetness in the background.

A smooth brew to drink that is for sure, a nice melding of flavors, nothing is fighting to be out in front. The dark roasted malt as I said before is subdued by an oaty, earth taste. Like a medium roast coffee with a touch of sugar to take the edge off.

A good session beer, I could drink this all night, not heavy at all just a little more than medium bodied.

I think this is a good beer to to turn people on to stouts.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with a thin beige head. Just like the mcneills oatmeal stout, you can grab the oatmeal just by smelling. Deep malt profile full of chocolate, licorice, brown sugar sweetness and something powdery alike flour. There's no mistake on the tongue, this is a sweet stout, with caramelic peaks, tons of oatmeal, some powder sugar perhaps and nevertheless a great balance due to subdued english hops. Silky medium body, highly quaffable, definitely the most obvious definition of the style I've faced. On the other hand, it never comes close to approaching the imperial stout in terms of complexity.

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Photo of psyco1
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a small tan head that stayed for about a minute. At first glance it's black as night, but holding it up to the sun it showed a dark ruby through the bottom corner.

A burnt and sour smell came through more than anything.

It tastes more like a porter than a stout to me with the slight sourness coming through, which is good, since I like porters more.:) A little chocolate , coffee, burnt flavor, alcohol and a bit of sour came together to make a nice combonation.

I could drink quite a few of these if I could find them. I think it'd go well with a roast.

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Photo of IceAce
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An agressive pour from clear glass bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass rsulted in two and 1/2 fingers of light tan foam. As the collar of foam began to reduce, an elegant pattern of lace was left behing. The beer below the foam is midnight black.

Aroma: A very heady and earthy nose...full of promises of deep, rich roasted barley. To say the nose is inviting is like telling someone in the path of a tidal wave 'to expect miosture'.

Taste: OK, I admit it. While I evaluated the aroma, I actually lost control an took a sip. I couldn't help it...and I deeply apologize. How to describe the taste? How about this. "There just aren't enough o's in smoooth to give this fantastic brew its fair due". Malty richness fills the palate as the tongue begins to dance. Simply superb.

Mouthfeel: The finish left behind only one thing...


Desire. Must have more.

Drinkability: They seldom come any better than this. If heaven has beer...it's probably a lot like this.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with small tan head. Aroma was a little bit faint but notes of malt and chocolate were notable. The taste is huge on roasted malts. A smokey chocolate character is present, but this is a pretty well balanced beer. No flavors were too strong or really propelled me to ponder this brew any further. I can see this as a nice session brew. It's a nice staple to have close by at all times and it's available in all types of places. It would be on my must try list.

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

I am not particularly a stout fan- I enjoy stouts much as I enjoy lots of other styles. But wow- this one is something. Pours a chocolate-brown to black that is unlike any other color I have seen in a stout- with a medium tan-off-white head that is beautiful to behold. My first 5.0 for appearance.

Aroma was not strong (I had the wrong kind of glass), but it was chocolatly (bitter European dark chocolate, not wimpy American milk chocolate) and my friend correctly noted "smoky". In fact, smoky look, smoky aroma, smokey flavor. Wonderful. Other flavors included almost a meaty quality, although there was some sweetness and chocolate. Mouthfeel was moderately creamy, with a very nice body, and drinkability was right on. An excellent brew!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice black,black beer with a great chocolatey tan head that lingers with some nice lacing all the way down the glass.Wonderful aroma of chocolate,brown sugar and a hint of coconut?DAMN!!!What a flavor-nice roasted notes but not astringent.Nutty,chocolate and a hint of caramel.Silky smooth-slides right across the palate and down.An amazingly quaffable beer-one you could enjoy even in the heat of summer.Quite a brew.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. Perhaps the best i have ever tasted. It is black with a strong aroma of roasted malts. It pours with a fine head that lingers along the galss long after it has gone down. The taste is remarkable. Initially, it is a strong roasted malt flavor. Later there is a slight cream flavor as well as earthy flavor. There is a pleasant lingering aftertaste of roasted malts and coffee. Very feint earthy taste. There was no freshness date, it came in a pint size bottle and then was poured into a glass.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially those that enjoy dark beers. guinness is crushed by this beer, and while i still enjoy guinness, i will quickly grab the samuel smith oatmeal stout anytime.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this is an excellent stout. An impossible dark impenetrable brown in color. The head is a slow evaporating with tight, bown bubbles. A stubborn lace clings to the glass.

The beer has what I would describe as an aged chocolate taste. The malt flavor is not so much thick as it is bold. The aftertaste makes me think of walking around old basement. It's a nice taste because it reminds me of working on the farm as a kid.

I'm not usually fond of stouts, but I definitely would make an exception for another one of these.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fresh sample with the recently added bottled-on date.

Surprisingly horse-mane black coloring for such a smaller ABV beer. Giant liquid-cookie head that bubbles up, comes back to earth and really lingers.

Nothing but sweetness on the nose. I can only slightly tune into the roasted malts. No hop presence at all, but none expected. A few shards of oats, or maybe i'm persuaded by the bottle color.

Could this be one of the sweetest beers ever? Not a stout to my tastebuds, closer to Young's Double Chocolate than their interpretation.

Thick mouthfeel but tongue cannot ignore the cloying sweetness.

Good starter beer for macro-freaks, but otherwise avoidable except for dessert settings. Might make a good beer ice-cream dessert.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I was a young associate attorney at a big downtown law firm, I loved Starbuck's coffee. When you are expected to bill 2500 hours a year, a good caffeine jolt in the early morning is great. I realize now that I am older (and hopefully wiser), that my Starbuck's obsession was not so much because of the great flavor of the coffee, but that the buzz from said coffee was so intense that it made it seem better than it actually was. Add to that the fact that those coffees were 6 bucks a pop, and it really puts into perspective what a bunch of hype and elevated expectations can do for a drink. So goes the SS Oatmeal Stout. The head on this beer is nominal. The taste is OK, the smell is phenomenal. Overall, this beer is good, but not great. It will give you a good buzz, and tastes delicious. The aroma is fantastic, and the color is darker than Darth Vader. I still think that it's high listing is a self-fulfilling prophecy, though. There is no way this beer is better than Chimay.

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Photo of palliko
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like a black coca cola. A foamy cream brown head, some lacing. Soft aroma of molasses and roasted malt, slightly sharp, like black coffee. This is a thin stout, much thinner than Guiness. It has a mildly carbonated mouthfeel, some sweetness and a mixture of (as they kindly explain to you on the label) (baker's) chocolate and cherries. Oats are present, as is an acidity, and undertones of molasses and coffee. After taste is earthy, mildly Guiness-like and softly sweet.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber sized bottle at the local grocery store for $2.79. This black beer poured a fine head that left a nice lacing down my 22 oz glass. Very sweet smelling for a stout. This is an extremely smooth stout, very interesting and complex. The oatmeal must make it smooth. The mothfeel wasn't as thick as advertised. This was a very enjoyable brew, one I have had on and off over the years.

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Photo of Stimack
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew came in a 550ml clear bottle. No freshness dating seen.

The brew ported to a jet-black color and would not let any light through. Has a excellent fluffy tan head that stayed around for a long time and broke down to chunky lacing through out the entire brew.

The aromas coming from this brew are dark maybe smoked malts, bit of coffee wrapped around a sweet smell of molasses. A very nice smell to this beer.

The beer makes a statement with the roasted malt, as it is the dominant flavor to this brew. Can notice flavors of coffee and chocolate as well with a bit of a hop. Over all a real nice tasting brew.

This is a beer that eats like a meal; wow this is a filling brew. Over all for me it is a classic and another fantastic offering from Samuel Smiths. This brew is what I use to judge all other oatmeal stouts by. Simply fantastic!

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Photo of twilight
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass reveals this beer to be dark dark black, with a nice thick dark head. It smells sweet, with hints of caramel/butterscotch, but without being too overbearing. The sweet flavor is yummy. It's not syrupy, but there is a roasted taste with caramel notes and a definite dry roasted aftertaste with the lingering sweetness following at the very end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still good. Carbonation does not get in the way, but complements the roasted finish. This one goes down well, I could drink it all night.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

$2.50 for a bottle.

I was excited about trying this too, but ended up being disappointed. The smell was strong of vinegar and slight fruit (cherries) behind it. Taste was good, very complex for a stout, but too influence by the smell. Maybe another bad bottle for me, I don't know. There are better stouts out there, at better prices.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is like black coffee.
smell is somewhat sweet with a hint of coffee.chocolate notes.
taste is rather smoothe but definitely had a taste of alchohol on the finish, again coffee is the taste I sense most.well balanced hops and malt,a very good tasting beer.
mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little chewy,also creamy.
drinkability:I really enjoy this beer,I would describe it as a nice sipping beer,great on a cold night! also this is probably the best stout I have tried. I like it much more than Guiness. if you like stouts I would recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, but not as thick as some of its counterparts. A nice, beefy dark tan head, with noticeable carbonation. Smells almost chocolately. Tastes delicious with a chocolate, but not too dark taste. This beer goes down so smooth. I could drink maybe 2 or 3 of these, but they are quite filling so I would prefer to savour each one. A fantastic beer! Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large clear bottle, pours black with a manly dark tan head, ecxellent head retention and nice foamy lacing. Sweet roasted malt in the nose. Smooth malt, toasted malt and burnt malt. Chocolate, cafe au lait and cocoa notes. Some chalky hops in the finish. Smooth, silky, coating mouthfeel. This one is wonderful to savor and enjoy. I enjoyed some spicy BBQ chicken and a piece or two of chocolate with this one. A fine brew, go out and get some.

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Photo of necoadam
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out ink black with some decent amount of head on this beer. Gotta be careful with those gold wrappings around the cap, a little piece fell into my beer. Smell consisted of some sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and some creaminess of some sorts. Taste is very good. So silky smooth and creamy. Almost like buttery chocolate in your mouth. It's so good. This beer barely had a chance to get to room temperature, it was gone before I knew it. It's true what the others say, this is an amazing beer. Always keep a 4 pack of this beer in your fridge/cellar. One of the best beers out there.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pouts as black as night. There is a thick large bubble foam head. The head last for aroma time and dwindles down to nothing. The aroma is a sweet and sticky. Hints of coffee and molasses are present along with roasted malts. The taste is smooth and a bit creamy leaving a smooth feeling across the pallet. The sweetness of the molasses comes across with a nice roasted malt flavor and a sweet finish. One fine brew. Can’t understand why I waited so long to try this one.

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

Ahh, the charm of Yorkshire, England. Not only is it a beautiful, misty, mysterious, moor-laden land, it has fascinating mediaeval history; and, of course, the Tadcaster Old Brewery. I cannot help but love this brewery, and this particular product they produce. Pouring with a very large, creamy, dimpled head, it quickly falls to an ample brown/red blanket on this black, or dark dark brown stout beer. The lace is patchy and viscous, large bubbled AND small bubbled. Even on a machine-washed pint glass, the lacing is extraordinary. The appearance, for a stout, is almost perfect. There are a myriad of aromas: coffee beans, syrup, molasses, raisins, oatmeal(of course), dark roasted malt, chocolate, and many others. The hops are not in the background either: they add a very distinct grassiness to the smell. The taste is ambrosial, delivering fully on the aroma. I taste malt, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, such as raisins or plums, with a very slight sour/tart finish, almost like yogurt or milk of some sort. It is creamy, grainy, and full on the palate. Sublimely flavourful and rich, but exceptionally drinkable--the richness and fullness is not overwhelming, but appetising. This is such a wholesome drink, I am sure 3 or 4 could replace a dinner or large meal. The choice is yours: eat a loaf of whole-grain bread, or drink an Oatmeal Stout. The latter for me, please.

Paired interestingly with young French Brie cheese. It seemed to bring out the hardness of the water and add a metallic sourish tinge to the taste. The earthiness of the brie brought out the sweet fruitiness of the yeast and malts.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Great nose, little funky, lots of character, kinda leathery but more appealing than that. Good rich flavor, a bit funky, really satisfying. Good chocolate malt flavor with the rich earthy funk really make this beer enjoyable. Could be a little sweeter or something to up the mouthfeel, but other than that, I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle, with foiled cap, part of the Samuel Smith's Selection Box, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a frothy tan head forms on top of a barely translucent dark mahogany liquid. The head was impressively sized, and showed good staying power. Nice strong aroma, mainly of heavy dark malts, and the taste echos that, with the hearty taste associated with those grains. An aftertaste lingers of chocolate, with a slight undertone of coffee as well. A thoroughly enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully, nice dark black. Provides a 2-3 finger head, nice and soapy. Head lasts a good while. When held up to light, produces a nice red-brown. Smells like molasses cookies, sweet but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel surprisingly. Not too heavy, but assertive. Strong molasses taste, but hops keep sweetness in check. Great beer, could definitely put a few back if it were just a little less expensive.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.