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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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4,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 4912
Reviews: 2088
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%

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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Photo of Theheroguy


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts off fairly thin and steadily increases into a full and creamy body. There is a constant semisweet chocolate flavor which is balanced by an earthy hop bitterness. The finish is sweet with roaster malt character and baker's chocolate. The aroma was pleasant and malty, virtually no hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:42:07 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of Dave2010


2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For an Oatmeal Stout I was quite disappointed in this beer. Why would you even make an Oatmeal Stout with only a 5% alcohol content? I won't say it's a bad beer, but why it gets such high ratings on here, I cannot understand why. It has high carbonation which is ok, but it lacks kick or punch that good oatmeal stouts have. The head was not very dark, so it just seemed weird to have such a dark beer with a light head. Some people might enjoy this beer and I think those that do do not like strong tasting beers. If you are looking for a step up from a Guinness beer this might be for you, but if you like strong intense beers, which I expect from an Oatmeal stout, this beer isn't for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 11:22:23 | More by Dave2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy caramel head.

Smells of burnt sugar - caramel, and dark fruit - raisin currant. Backed by a slight floral bouquet.

Taste follows the nose. Caramel malt punch backed by dark fruit raisin, currant, plumb with a slight floral hop bitterness. Very creamy in the mouth and finishes dry with subtle oakiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:35:38 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of MDDMD


4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-brown black color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, earthy, hint of molasses, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-classic oatmeal stout, great flavor and body

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:57:07 | More by MDDMD
Photo of IronLover


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown in color with dark red hues on the edges of the glass and good clarity. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate, toffee, and cereal aromas. Thick, creamy smooth feel with subdued, but tangy carbonation at the back end. Roasted and toasted malts with bready cereal flavors up front. Hop bitterness slowly emerges through the middle and expands to the end converting the malt notes to dark ripe fruit flavors. Roasted malt and hop flavors quickly exit from front to back with an incredibly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:52:01 | More by IronLover
Photo of Dayman766


3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Black, though I did notice that when held up to a light, you can make out a dim, amber outline of the light source.
S- One of the nicer, more prominent smelling stouts that I've encountered. I mostly detect the sweet smelling dark malts. Try as I may, I cannot make out any coffee, as indicated by other reviewers. Nevertheless, this beer is a pleasure to sniff.
T- Comparing to other generic stouts, I'd described this taste as being "toastier" - in the best way. Other flavors in the mix include vanilla and light chocolate.
M- Medium and smooth, leaves a dry aftertaste
O- My first oatmeal stout, so I figured I'd start with one of the best. Wasn't disappointed - plenty of sweet and malty flavors to keep your interest.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:17:17 | More by Dayman766
Photo of admiral


3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout from a great English brewery

aroma: spicy roasted malt. A little disappointing as weaker than I expected

taste: smooth and creamy with roasted malt, brown sugar, chocolate, dark fruit, raisin and coffee all coming through

Enjoyable beer with great taste - nice and smooth

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 07:24:05 | More by admiral
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass.

A- Black cherry color with a thick and fluffy 3f head. It has a bit of the cascade action as the head forms. The head never quits, tapering to a very thick film and leaving plenty of lacing along the glass.

S-Strong coffee and bitter dark chocolate. I'll cite "creamy" as a smell, too. There' some licorice, roasted malts, and a touch of warm alcohol.

T- Coffee and roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutty.

M- Just right. Lots of body yet smooth and drinkable. There's some carbonation tingle and a nice clean finish of sweetness and flavor.

O- It hits all the right notes for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:46:33 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Weston19


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Almost black with a very slight hue of red. Pours with a big mocha colored head that eventually turns into about a pinky sized head. Looks beautiful.

S: Smells like latte, vanilla cappuccino, roasted barley, and it gives me the scent of a chocolate/coffee cake. You can't ask for a better smelling stout.

T: Caramel, latte, vanilla coffee, some hop kick to the back of the palate, sweetness and some breadiness mid palate, it's is perfectly balanced and the experience of drinking something like this is wonderful.

MF: Heavy MF, creamy, well carbonated to keep you burping and not feel so full.

O: Amazing. Simply stunning. Looks great, smells great, tastes great, it's perfectly balanced with hops and malts and none overpower each other. It was a hell of an experience drinking this beer and would recommend this to anyone who likes stouts or is looking for one of the best stouts out there. The perfect beverage on those cold winter nights when you need something to warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 07:41:59 | More by Weston19
Photo of CMUbrew


3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks dark brown-black in the glass. Not much head, but it's khaki colored.

S: Roast and the typical oaty notes found in oatmeal stouts.

T: Light roast, oats, and a hint of an odd wine-like flavor. Mild tasting overall.

M: Smooth, but kind of light for my tastes on an oatmeal stout.

O: I think there was a time when this was a comparatively great beer, but I don't think it measures up to today's stouts. I hate to rip on a classic, but there are so many better American stouts out there for better prices.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:30:22 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the most reviewed/rated beers on the internet (RB & BA): I hadn't had one since the mid 90's while working in Alaska and thought I'd better treat myself to a bottle again.

This bottle (550ml) was bought at 'Beers of Europe' and poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during November 13.

Deep, dark brown body, leaning towards black unless held to a light source: on top a large tanned blanket of foam.

Lots going on in the aroma (and taste): dark chocolate bar with fruit and nuts, coffee, liquorice and caramel notes appeared in the nose and mouth.

This is a well made, complex brew that excites the taste buds and nasal sences: I can see why it's so popular.

The body is fairly smooth and slips down far too easily: a very nice beer in deed.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 12:33:14 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of delta490


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear deep, dark brown (almost black). A small amount of light sneaks through towards the bottom of the glass in the right light. A thin dark tan head fizzes up on pouring and dissipates almost as quickly.

S- very malt intensive nose. Not any really distinctive notes but decidedly roast through and through. Some earthiness, as well.

T- big malt flavors again. A nice blend of the bite from the chocolate malt tempered nicely by the oatmeal.

M- thinner feeling on the palate but not lacking in any way. A slight slickness on the finish.

O-a great flavored Oatmeal Stout, melding the big flavor of stout with the mellow characteristics of oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:28:55 | More by delta490
Photo of TastyAdventure


4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 1/2 finger frothy tan head. Black body

S- sweet chocolate, smooth malt, tiny bit of roastyness in the back

T- sweet and prodimenent but not overwhelming chocolate. Followed by a spicy ness that is immediately overtaken by a smooth non-astringent roastyness. A slightly dry finish. Sweet chocolate is either forefront or undertone the entire time.

M- Smooth. If the carb was toned down a hair this would be a 5 instead ofy 4.5

Overall, a fanatastic stout. 2nd only to Old Rasputin for me so far. But I guess I should try more Oatmeal Stouts...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:44:16 | More by TastyAdventure
Photo of hopmashian


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into SA glass it's black with a one inch head, which leaves streaks as it disappears. Smell is dark fruit, maybe prune. Taste seems bitter and coffee-like at first, then it seems to evaporate in your mouth leaving a slight taste of dark fruit. MF is medium, no alcohol and carbonation noticed. Very smooth. OA a tasty beer on the very slightly bitter side. I could easily --- " have more than one"!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:42:20 | More by hopmashian
Photo of JohnnyJam


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml brown bottle with no freshness date code visible into a pint glass and get a huge head.

A: Pours black and virtually opaque. I get a huge tan head that settles fairly quickly to leave more than just a soapy residue on the top of my glass but a small 1/32 of a head that sticks around to the end. There is plenty of nice, sticky lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom.

S: Smells of molasses and licorice and milk chocolate.

T: I taste some sweet coffee that is a little nutty and finishes a little bitter.

M: Medium bodied and feel lightly carbonated and creamy.

O: I liked this beer and I wanted to review it having tasted it before. Having said that, I liked the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout better. I think it had more to offer and I was left wanting another sip. This beer is outstanding. It is just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:25:18 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of Scrapss


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a wide mouth champagne flute from the chilled bottle.

A: Black. Dark as the darkest cola you've seen. Some light transmission if you try hard with a strong light. one finger head that dissipates quickly to a 2 mm disc. some lacing.

S: mild roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oatey breadiness.

T: Smooth and follows nose. Layers of malt on top of malt. First coffee, then oatmeal, caramel and milder roasted malt. Touch of vanilla on swallow.

M: Medium and well balanced mouth-filling quality. Slightly fizzy on the side of the front tongue. very very very slight chalkiness at finish. satisfying.

O: A great example of the style. Nothing too offending or pretentious, just solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:58:36 | More by Scrapss
Photo of mpedara429


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a cola color with two to three fingers of light brown head. The head didn’t last very long, but left draping lacing in it’s wake

S: A nice, sweet smell of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T: Heavy on the coffee portion here, but also embodies everything else in the nose. Also catching subtle hints of vanilla. The overall sweetness from the nose is also present here.

M: Medium heavy body that is creamy and chewy. Carbonation is on the softer side with a microbubble type feel.

O: My first, my last, my everything. This was the first real stout I had and I always find myself coming back for more. A classic that is delicious, affordable, and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:06:26 | More by mpedara429
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull black color with two fingers of light brown foamy head. Ever-so slowly deflates to a solid cap. Not sure this could look much better than it does. Classic stout. The only fault is a lack of lacing.

S: Roast and milk chocolate, a touch of coffee. The aroma is very nice but restrained.

T: Lighter bodied chocolate, like you’d get from chocolate milk, a touch of roast, finishing with a little tang and slight coffee bitterness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Superb, an archetype of the style. Highly drinkable and well put together.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:07:07 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of turbotype


4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled, but not frosted pint glass. Very dark brown, almost black. medium head, low retention. Very roasted, almost sweet smell. Molasses smell perhaps. Taste is great. Hints of oats, grapefruit, coffee and chocolate. Sweet, but not in a bad way. slightly creamy, but not thick. Very, very smooth. Not a session brew, more of a desert item. Would be fantastic with meat, stews or even pasta. Will most certainly purchase again. My advice.. serve this at a "cellar" temperature w/ some meat and potatoes. It will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:28:13 | More by turbotype
Photo of dcmchew


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black, medium head, nice lacing and retention. The roast dominates the smell, along with vanilla and dark fruit.
The taste follows, very roasted malts, sweet also, with big dark chocolate notes, big coffee and some mild caramel. There is also a stronger grainy note. Dark fruit follows, with sweet dark fruit (raisin, dried fig, dates) and some mild acidity (red apple). Big dark spices, like cocoa, cinnamon, with vanilla, but also a faint anise and piney note. Probable because of the hops, with some green herb coming through, and creating a great bitterness, a bit dry in the aftertaste.
The beer is creamy, but does have a bit of carbonation, just enough for the alcoholic content to pinch, not just warm up.
A beautiful (oatmeal) stout, balanced perfectly if not for just a tiny bit of extra sweetness, but i guess it's a matter of taste. And i loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 12:32:34 | More by dcmchew
Photo of beerdrifter


3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one's been in the cellar for nearly two years. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading one finger beige head with minimal lacing. Somewhat subdued roasty nose with hints of toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and nuts. The taste is roasty and nutty with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, tobacco, dark fruits, toffee, oats, and some subtle vinous notes as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and fizzy at first, but as it warmed it became thicker and creamier with a slightly sweet finish. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts, and this just didn't have enough body for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 15:38:30 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of a0lbudman


4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 3-pack of Samuel Smith's beers with a pint glass for $12.99
A-Dark black that you could not see though when held up to a light
S-some roasted oat, and toffee with some light fruit
T- roasted malt sweetness or creamy chocolate that turned into a bittersweet aftertaste that then turns back to a sweet taste
M-creamy, slick, and high carbonation
O-great beer that has many things going on. I was writing notes all the way to the last drop

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:49:29 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 3-pack of Samuel Smith's beers with a pint glass for $12 at Trader Joe's, seemed like a great deal.

The beer is dark black and produces a massive head that surged out of the glass. Once under control, the head formed into a sort of peak well above the lip of the glass and rested there for nearly 5 minutes. Such a splendid sight and really it was impressive to see such persistence in a head before.

As for the smell, the beer is sweet, molasses-like and has roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes to it.

The taste is again sweeter than I expected, but it's a good sweet, much like a milk stout. Add to this the incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel and this beer starts to resemble a dessert. Yet, the booze does show up and, alongside the darker roasted malt notes, rein in this beer before it becomes too much like drinking a milkshake. It's a great balancing act that the beer achieves and on smoothness and creaminess, I don't think I've ever had a beer anything quite like this.

Outstanding beer and one that I'm glad I revisited.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 21:05:24 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of Dsimenson


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz champaign flute. Builds a sturdy 3/4" head that eventually reduces to lovely lacing. Color is dark brown, which reveals a deep ruby tinge when held up to a bright light. Aroma is rich and complex, malt, coffe and hops. Flavor is deep, complex, with roasted malt, coffe, hops, a bit piney, and a little fig. Mouthfeel is medium full. Overall this is a terrific oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:07:39 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - deep black with some carbonation bubbles present; thick, creamy vanilla head! Thick rings of lace.
Smell - meh...typical oatmeal stout. A hint of spice which salvages the score I gave.
Taste - creamy, dark malts, oats, spice, hint of roasted coffee flavors.
Feel - medium body, carbonation is noticeable; smooth and easy drinking.
Overall - clearly a classic oatmeal stout. A very good brew, but I prefer many other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:37:37 | More by DenverHopHead
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