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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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5,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,884
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 653 | FT: 5
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of Jash
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this beer in my goal of reviewing all 100 in the Beers of Fame. I've had this beer a few times before. It is about time that I actually review it. I am happy to have paired this with a prime NY strip steak. Big shock that a stout goes well with red meat.

I poured the 550ml bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a perfect black with a lighter tan head. The body is nicely thin as expected for an oatmeal stout.

The smell is spot on. You get a bunch of malt, some coffee, and a little sweetness.

The flavor is perfectly subdued. You get roasty notes and more malt. The coffee is there, but it is not overwhelming. I like the way it balances out.

The aftertaste eases off really well. I like the way that the feel of this beer makes this very easy to drink.

Samuel Smith has a very good history for making quality beers. This is one of the great flagship offerings.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish,black with a hint of garnet around the edges. Great looking cookie colored finger width head.
S: Sweet, chocolatey scents accompanied by roasted malt. A faint dark fruit smell also is evident, reminiscent of a belgian dark. Interesting.
T: follows the nose minus the fruit overtones. Sweet malts start up front and blends with a dry roatsed malt flavor at the back. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind.
M: silky smooth, full bodied. Dry finish with a sticky hang.
O: a good straightforward stout. Nothing fancy. Its gets down to business with great roasted malt flavor and brings you back for more with a great mouthfeel and finish. Reminds you that great beer can be found right in front of you with the most simplistic and traditional of recipes.

Photo of TheBeard89
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Stored at 60 degrees in my cellar for a few weeks and refrigerated for about 45 minutes. This was a good serving temperature.

The color is a deep-dark coffee with a two-finger head. The smell is bright lemon with hints of oatmeal. The oatmeal becomes slightly more prominent after the beer warms further.

The mouthfeel is zesty, tangy, with a pleasant tartness.

The finish is extraordinary: lemony, with slight coffee undertones.

Overall, a great beer which I will look forward to drinking again-hopefully on tap, or nitro-tap.

Photo of djcira
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Pexkool
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Pours a big head of about 4 fingers, beige/caramel brown color. The beer itself is jet black, a beautiful and absolute black. The head leaves traces along the glass, but just a little.

S - Mostly vanilla and just a hint of red fruits of sort.

T - Reminds me of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout... but more drinkable. Kind of the same flavor I gathered from that beer: licorice, anise, roasted malts and a coffee and semisweet chocolate aftertaste. Hints of vanilla and alcohol. Hops present but not overwhelming.

M - As the label says, "wonderfully silky and smooth textured". They're completely right, it feels like velvet going down your throat leaving small hints of carbonation (almost indiscernible).

Overall, an exceptionally good stout. As I said, it's kind of like the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, but this one doesn't burn your throat as it goes down. A wonderfully crafted brew that is a must-drink for aficionados and connoisseurs alike.

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of KornWallace
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 10/27/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Black in color with a tan/brown carbonation head with below average retention. The beer hints at some brown notes when tilted and even allows a little light in. Some carbonation lacing when the beer is swirled.
Aroma: Roasted barley hits first followed by other malt aromas of toast, bread crust and some chocolate. A touch of souring gives it a dark fruits/licorice flavor.
Taste: Flavors are at least twice the potency of the aromas. The roasted barley was bordering on cappuccino coffee and soured milk. The fruits and licorice become more plumb and prune like.
Mouthfeel: This is an oatmeal stout and as such it is very smooth, despite the aroma telling me about the impending coffee flavors. Medium bodied, light medium carbonation. The carbonation really doesn't seem to play much of a role in moving the flavors around. A touch of dryness from the souring.

Notes- Original tick of this beer scored it at 4.

Photo of MrBillyMac
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of joshtrich
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ant880
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout has a very thick, creamy beige head and a dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark cherries, grain husks, dark chocolate, and dark-roasted coffee. Taste is of coal, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, deep-roasted barley, sweetness, hop bitterness, and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout finishes mostly dry and surprisingly highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


Photo of maltycorona
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheCondor
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I have had this brew before and knew it was tasty, this was before I really began to concentrate on beer and all its wonderful qualities. I was still in my "more is better for cheaper" phase, so I did not appreciate Smauel Smith's like is necessary. That being said, I happened upon a pint in the gorcery store picking up some sour cream for my semi-world famous black bean soup recipe, and snagged it up.

Appearance - Ultra black, no way to see through it even holding it up to the light. Big rich tan three finger head on it. No sign of lacing. Looks excellent.

Smell - Powerful aroma of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, even a tinge of milkiness. The brew smells fantastic, much in the manner of Founders Breakfast Stout, which is an impressive beer.

Taste - Perfectly balanced. Malts, oatmeal, toffee, chocolate. Everything the Creator imagined when he passed the Oatmeal Stout to us mere mortals. Awesome.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully done. Almost a milky sensation, leaves an incredible toffee aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know which is better, this or Founders. I think I have to give Samuel Smith's the nod, although Founders is much cheaper. This beer actually gets better the closer it gets to room temperature. Although I served it warmer than most beers, it continued to advance in flavor and aroma complexity as it warmed. Just a fantastic beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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