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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,416 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,416
Reviews: 2,118
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 212
Gots: 412 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bigalsd, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nightrain87, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

cirtap, Jan 11, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance... Pours a dark brown or black color.

Smells... Of vanilla. Malty.

Taste... Malty. Well balanced. Not much complexity here, but a plain simple excellent stout. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel... A little watery. Good carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice easy drink. Not very complex or challenging. I enjoyed it and can easily drink a few without even thinking about it.

negroobserver, Jan 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

bonbini26, Jan 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jordanmckell, Jan 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4%

A moderate pour yielded a two-finger head. This was the color of froth on top of a mocha latte. Body is a deep dark brown. When the head starts to die down it goes to about a half finger and just sits there- lovely.

Deep roasted malt, a grainy smell that I take for oatmeal and sweet maple syrup greet the nose upon the first whiff. Strong caramelization comes through afterward, and a whiff of alcohol, which is surprising on a beer with ABV this low. A subtle hint of baker's chocolate tops it off.

Caramel and roasted malt make up the bulk of the body of flavor. The malt flavor really explodes in the middle, with a little hint of floral flavor to balance it off. Ending is baker's chocolate.

Medium bodied, the carbonation helps push it over the tongue but makes it almost watery at times. Coats the mouth but isn't sticky, finish is drying.

CFHMagnet, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

effixx, Jan 09, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

This 550 ml bottle was taken from a Samuel Smith gift pack, which is really the best value for acquiring Sam Smith. You get three bottles of beer and a tulip-shaped brewery logo pint glass for less than the cost of buying the three bottles individually. This stout was bottled September 16, 2011 (oddly, this was much fresher than the India Ale from the same gift pack). It was served around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into the accompanying glassware.

A standard pour (horizontal bottle, 45-degree glass) yielded a nice big three fingers of fluffy, khaki-colored head. Retention is very good. Delicate lacing glides down the glass as the head recedes. The brew is very dark with just a hint of translucence noted at the thinnest point of the glass. It is very nice looking, near perfect in fact.

It gives off a pleasant aroma as well. Impressions of chocolate are strong. Roasted malts are subtly noted. It smells slightly watery. Though the alcohol is well hidden, its scent is detectable enough to add some nice spicy character to the roasty chocolaty proceedings.

This flavor is very good. Hershey syrup sweetness crashes into a mildly warming alcohol leaving a pleasant impression on the tongue. Malts are roasty without screaming, "Hey, I'm burnt!" There is little to no hop bitterness. It is full flavored while maintaining restraint and tasteful balance. You don't find them like this in America.

The feel of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It is very creamy and goes down smoothly despite having a viscosity that much thinner than my American palate has come to expect. The carbonation level is low, but perfect. It is very easy drinking.

All things considered, this is my favorite oatmeal stout. I wish that I could find a domestic example that was this good, as $4-$5 a bottle for Sam Smith makes it unrealistic as a daily driver. Though it is generally excellent, nothing about this beer stands out in a way that justifies the inflated import pricing. That is really the Achilles heel and great tragedy of the whole experience. I'll drink a few of these every year; but as is, I'm still on the lookout for the perfect, reasonably priced, oatmeal stout.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I enthusiastically give two Schlitz for Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

weizenbob, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

fvoegtlin, Jan 08, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Had this on 2012-01-08 in Marietta, PA at McCleary's

A - Dense but not completely opaque black with a 1/2-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Initally not much smell but it improved quite a bit as it warmed. Roasted grain, light coffee, spice.

T - Lots of flavors including dark chocolate, light coffee, molasses (but not sweet), roasted chestnuts, anise, light tannin, mild bittering hops. In a way, it reminded me of a dunkle with some coffee and anise flavor.

M - It was much thinner than I expected but this and the lowish ABV makes this as sessionalble as a wheat beer.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this brew and my wife really liked it. Had it side-by-side with a Founders Breakfast Stout, which is a significantly more interesting beer, but this SS Oatmeal Stout hits a nice spot between lots of very good flavors and being sessionable.

Tucquan, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

brenjames, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

fergster75, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

danielp215, Jan 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mmmaaattt, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

DaveRTP, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Rdstarr, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

beerslushy, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

rdb4942, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,416 ratings.