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

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Reviews: 2,189
Hads: 6,210
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 312
Gots: 980 | FT: 4
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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 SheepNutz
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip style glass. The color is a deep black with 2 fingers of dark tan head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet roasted coffee maybe. The taste is very sweet, not hoppy at all. Almost a mix of toffee and coffee in this. Nice sweet finish that is just great. The mouthfeel is very strong, I love it! The drinkability is a little low for a 5.0%. Great stout though that I will enjoy again soon.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense opaque stout, that's for sure. Direct sunlight has an effort trying to permeate it. It pours out with a dark bubbly cake of a head that doesn't last the ride, but leaves a fairly impressive lace.
It possesses a sweet, sweet nose--is there any lactose in there?
A bittersweet flavour, but in reverse (sweet/bitter?), with a somewhat boozy acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a bit of an acidic edge at the very end, which doesn't make it as velvety as it looks. However this is still a good stout, although I could only handle one per sitting, and I was weened on Guinness
(which is by no means an exemplar of the style, just a starting point). A fine specimen for those with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light ink black in color with a two finger foamy head. Aroma of burnt malts and some chocolate. Sweet and creamy, slippery smooth, somewhat acidic and smokey. Some dark roast coffee and a slightly dry finish, leaves you yearning for more. Incredible stout, should own it's own category.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A big, dense brown head hosts little explosions. The beer is dark black with deep garnet highlights. The lacing is thick and sticky.

The sweet toffee smell is echoed in the front of the beer. The middle is sweet and malty, just a little oily. Just a touch of smoky coffee shows up in the finish. This is a good beer. It's almost a little too sweet for me, though it dries a little and gets creamier with temperature.

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Photo of far333
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown, with a foamy brown head. The head lingers a bit and leaves, but produces good lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, and the flavor matches the aroma, but then throws in a hint of hop bitterness, with nuances of coffee and chocolate. Very well-balanced, very nice creamy mouthfeel. These guys just make really good stuf.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black as night, only small amount of red shows through when held up to the light. Loads of lacing. Well what can i say, this is a fine beer. Very nice sweet taste, the hops are there if youre looking, otherwise they complement the beer very nicely. This shaint be the last of these that i consume.

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

Pours with a thick, creamy head. Head settles nicely. Extremely dark brown. Smells... "oaty"! Some nuts, too. Well rounded, complex, but soothing taste. Toasted oats are obvious but not over the top. Slight, pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable. I could go a night drinking only this.

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Photo of jlervine
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is gorgeous - thick and black, with a ruby hue when (and if) the light can get through. Not much noticeable in the aroma, almost a roasted malt smell. The taste is nice and thick, slowly developing the hops and roasted grains in the middle of your tongue while titillating the edges of your tongue with fizziness. Very thick and relaxing.

I am glad that this bottle wasn't skunked, as it is very enjoyable - probably the most enjoyable of the 4 Samuel Smith brews I have had this evening.

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Photo of dmarch
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This should be given to anyone who thinks that all stouts taste like guinness. Black in color with a thin tan head. I found little to know aroma at all. This is it's only downfall. The taste though, is fantastic. It's a very robust molasses like taste that lingers on my tongue for quite some time. The mouthfeel is very thick and it goes down smooth. Certaintly one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of kwill
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the obvious thick black like any good oatmeal stout should. The head was almost non-existant, but I think it could have been better had I poured more vigorously from the beginning. Smell is sweet and malty, but there is more chocolate than oatmeal in the aroma.

Unfortunately the taste didn't deliver on everything that the smell promised. There was a definite malty sweetness, but only faint hints of outmeal and chocolate, and there was more of a burnt flavor than anything else. The mouthfeel isn't quite as thick as I was hoping from a good stout.

Not a bad beer, and definitely drinkable, but not one that I will order again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light brown moonscape head sits upon black gold. This beer is
one of the greats with its chocolate biscuit mouthfeel and burnt
notes that increase as the beer warms up. What makes this beer
great is the balance between all the flavours and the desire to
slow down and enjoy every sip. One of my favourite beers I haved

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Photo of John
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, nearly opaque color. Head is steady, tan in color. A slight skunky smell taints the aroma. The skunk dissipates (or the senses acclimatize), but the nose is faint. Only with a vigorous swirl is there any aroma generated. Sweetish oatmeal and some chocolate notes are detected. Many of the characteristics of the aroma are noted in the taste and are a bit more pronounced. Body is light, mouthfeel smooth and drinkable. A slightly above average oatmeal stout IMHO.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, but Holy Freakin’ Cow. This is one absolutely smooth beer. Pours a deep brown color topped off by an incredibly thick and creamy head. Head retains itself for the entire duration, leaving a thin, sticky coating of lace on the glass. Nose is full of roasted oats, toffee, and mild nutty undertones. The taste is very similar to the aroma, mildly sweet and very delicious. The mouthfeel is total smoothness. I highly recommend this brew to any lover of fine stouts.

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

This oatmeal stout poured a very, VERY deep amber almost black. It was clear when held to a light. The ample dark tan head held on for the entire time it took to drink the clear 550 ml bottle. The roasted aroma was muted but very nice. The roasted flavor grabbed my tongue. It semi sweet taste lingered long after the liquid was swallowed. There was almost a wee heavy aspect of the roasted and chocolate combination. The mouthfeel was creamy and clung to my tongue. This is an exceptional beer and I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After hearing about this for a long time I finally tried it. Wow. This is good stuff. Pours black with a large dark creamy head. Taste is very malty, with chocolate accents. Not a boring stout here. This has a nice, thick mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with a nice lingering sweetness. Wow

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

I ordered a large (clear) bottle of this Oatmeal Stout at my newly-opened local beerpub, Mary's, and I savored its thick, dark, earthiness over delightful conversation with one of the pub's owners on a serenely slow Tuesday night. The stout poured an almost jet black (just a slight shimmer of red--but the lighting was low) with a deep tan head. It had a distinct musty smell and only the slightest hint of fruit. The mouthfeel was excellent; it was viscous and even creamy with little carbonation. The taste had a heavy maltiness, like caramel, and again the subtle citrus fruitiness lingered on the back of my buds. I liked it a lot, so I ordered another, and it continued to charm me--in all, a good choice from start to finish.

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Photo of darklager
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an extremely black color with a beautiful brown head which laces the glass all the way down. It has a mild chocolate nose with whiffs of sweetness. This beer is smooth and yet has the most complex flavor of any oatmeal stout I've had yet. I can taste the oats, chocolate, roasted goodness and even some hoppiness. This brew has a nice thick mouthfeel that helps keep the flavor lingering until you are ready for the next drink. This is without a doubt the best Oatmeal Stout I've had to date. While it is a little on the expensive side, it is definitely something I will treat myself to again.

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

Comes in a clear bottle so you see the deep brown with light red tones right in the bottle. Pouring it into a glass I immediately smell the oats and malt, very fresh and doughy sweet, like walking into a bread bakery, yum. Taste is very good and smooth with great balance of dark sweet malts. It even lingers in the mouth and throat after swallowing with oats and solid malty flavors. Great creamy finish with some cocoa and some nut-like notes and a slight twingey dryness. Has a smooth body feel with more then enough texture, super yum. Absolutly excellent. Recommendation is high for this UK keeper.

Rivisit Aug. 29th - Tweeked the numbers a bit - color of used motor oil and nearly pours as thick, finger high head of yellowish cream of spongyness, crumbles fast, spotty lace that sticks like glue. Aroma is strong of oats and molasses, some sweet bitter chocolate and lots of solid roasted malts with cherry and plum notes. Enjoyably wafting stout nose. Taste really smacks of nice sweet oat character the whole way through, almost too much, its sweetness is chewy and strong. Roasted malts play secondary on the palatte along with some darl fruityness of plum and very light bitter chocolate notes which alll mostly come through near the finish. Feell is super creamy smooth, medium body with the center being more full. Has a easy, relaxing calm smooth finish thats lightly dry. Lending this oatmeal stout to be smoothly drinkable, goes down easy; a sweet chewy treat.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought in the clear glass 550ml bottle ( why clear?)
This beer looks pretty darn good right from the first pour..seems to pour heavy it musters a large tan frothy head..but that only lasts a minute of two before it dissapates down to a thick lace around the glass edge.
The beer it self is a deep dark mahogany brown..with some ruby highlights...nice.
the smell is malty and fresh..can maybe sense some oats.
This beer has a great chewy long lasting tatse for one so low in alcohol..good job.. i taste some malt, some choclate ( milk chocolate for a change) some coffee undertones and a creamy taste right at the end..very well done.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth yet not lacking in taste bud tingling!!
My Lord a very drinkable stout..if this were not so exspensive i could see me downing quita few of these most weekends!!
Overall great beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not normally a dark beer drinker I think this great beer helps to change my mind about the darker brews. This is an outstanding drink that looks good and tastes great. It has great black coloring with a decent dark tan head. Smooth and silky it has no single flavor that overwhelms the palate. A creamy, rich delight that is nicely packaged, but for the clear bottle. Definitely would be great with many different foods and could stay through the evening without overstaying its welcome.

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

Oh, man, I think I'm in love! My favorite Oatmeal stout used to be Young's, but now that I've had a Sammy, I may have to change my allegiance...

The beer came in the 550 ml clear bottle, and came as part of a Samuel Smith's Beer Nut package. This kept the beer in the dark, so it didn't have a chance to get light-struck, like most Sammies. The beer poured deep black, with a big fluffy, tan head that left lots of lace on the Samuel Smith's pint glass that came in the package. I served the beer straight from my cellar, not from the fridge, so it was about 55 degrees or so.

Most of the time, I don't notice much aroma in a beer, but this brew had a nice strong aroma of sweet malt. The predominant flavors are malt and caramel, with a couple of fleeting cafe au lait and citrus notes. Some mild cola notes appear as the beer warms. The finish is a spirited discussion between the malt and oatmeal sweetness, and a mild, hoppy bitterness. Outstanding mouthfeel, creamy, almost syrup-y, definitely thicker than many other stouts.

I can see why this brew is rated so highly. It's definitely more complex than many other stouts, and would make a great introduction to someone just getting into stouts.


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Photo of Quaffer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer was black, with some faint ruby hues around the edges when held up to the light. The head was dense and settled down quickly. It left a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma was very mild. Chocolate and cream were the dominant components, with just a little bit of coffee. There was also a bit of a bite on the nose that I couldn't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Terrific. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Taste: This brew had a milder flavor than I remember. It started off with the taste of sweet chocolate, and then faded into a mild, bitter coffee flavor. There was not much of an aftertaste at all. Just a little bit of sourness left in the mouth.

This is a delicious, mild stout. Very creamy and smooth.

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

Appearance = opaque, brownish-black. Creamy-tan head, nice lacing.

Nose = mocha (dark roasted coffee beans, cocoa) molasses and hickory nuts

Taste = sweet, dark roasted malts, molasses, dark roasted coffee. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. VERY tasty, very filling. I'm ready for my next bottle.

A 550 ml clear glass bottle of yummy oatmeal stout. Rather spendy, worth every penny.

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Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, bubbly, tannish head on top of inky liquid. Sweet smelling raisiny malt with additional notes of toasted grains and chocolate. Not really any hops to be found in the nose. Silky smooth in the mouth with tiny pearly bubbles. Beer tasted roasty and sweet, at times reminding me of a Butterfinger of all things! There certainly was some coffee and some indescribable yet delicious ripe fruit.

Rich, complex, and classic brew. It’s less sophisticated than their Imperial Stout, but it still creates enough havoc in the mouth to keep you very, very interested. This is one of my sentimental favorites, so even if they get bought out by AB I’ll still drink it!

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.