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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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5,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,231
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 325 | 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:
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4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

A: This beer looked great. Poured into a Dogfish Head glass and was wonderful. Almost pitch black with a beautiful 3 finger head that leaves outstanding, i repeat OUTSTANDING, lacing.

S: The smell is wonderful malts and chocolate. Some smokey hints.

T: This is the best I've ever had!! Smooth all the way through with wonderful smokey hints of chocolate and malts. Wonderful balance. Nice bittersweet finish.

Overall this is so far the best oatmeal stout I've tried. It embodies the style so wonderfully. Great beer and a fore sure buy again.(Off to get one now before the stores close!) Great Beer Samuel Smith Old Brewery!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:39:59 | More by midwestbrewers
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Pours with a finger thick dark tan head. Slowly settles. Lacing is thin, creamy and sticky. Nearly opaque body. When held to the light has a dark cherry tint.
S) Chocolate. Roasted coffee. Smoked grains.
T) Bready with chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes sweet with a hint of caramel.
M) Smooth and creamy. Not too heavy.
D) A delicious brew. I would definitely have another one of these!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 00:52:16 | More by u2carew
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice ebony with burgundy highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A nice chalky head forms that dissipates to a thin sheen of froth with some thicker patches of foam. Lacing is subdued but present nonetheless.

S: Roasted malt, Chocolate malt, a hint of brown sugar and maybe a little bit of caramel there as well. Nice sweet grain smell.

T: Incredible! Tasted sweet, but not syrupy sweet nor light fruit sweet. It was something akin to dark chocolate with a touch of caramel and brown sugar. Hop bitterness is just barely detectable. It stays around just long enough to cleanse the pallate and leave you wanting another sip.

M:Not heavy, which is kind of what I was initially expecting. It is nice and crisp which complimented the body perfectly. A quenching dark beer. Not so much of a warmer which I didn't altogether mind considering how wonderful it was otherwise.

D: I could easily go through any number of these. This beer is the epitome of great beer, and I would not change a thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 06:04:25 | More by brown2cu
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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass from a pint bottle.

A - Very dark, almost opaque brown with a hint of red at the bottom of the glass. Produced a thick and foamy tan head that was at least two fingers that slowly dissipated.

S - Coffee at first, some sweetness and just a little bit of alcohol when i cup the glass.

T - Great taste; like coffee and roasted malts. Theres oats and some nuttiness in there as well. Finished with subtle (but appreciated) hoppiness that didn't linger. Tried as I could, I didn't detect any chocolate or dark fruit flavors like others could.

M - Silky and smooth. Medium body with not much dryness dispite hops in the finish. Sort of coats the mouth nicely.

D - Good drinkabilty due to the incredible smoothness. However this seemed like a meal in a glass. I don't think I could drink too many more pints even if I wanted to.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:12:19 | More by Guitarctica
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout Pint glass, 12oz bottle.

Pours a very dark opaque brown/black, creamy tan head with minimal bubbles.

Smells are heavy on the chocolate and coffee. Smells sweet and roasty. Malts, vanilla, wood.

Taste is chocolate and coffee. As it warms, dark cherry sweetness emerges. Vanilla. Dark roasted malts. At the finish there is a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, not dry.

Highly Drinkable Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 16:07:37 | More by Scotchboy
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I buy this at BevMo for 3 bucks. Its a pint bottle. Love everything about the appearance including the bottle and label. Thick dark head. A BETTER GUINNESS. Alcohol is rough on my body and drinking something of this quality keeps the creepy crawly awful hangovers from happenin. You ain't gonna get drunk too quick and its something that your body can process better than some hypercarbonated mass produced high fructose $h*t. This is the go-to dark beer my Nubian bruthaz.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 07:46:34 | More by AHNUBIS
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, with some hints of brown. Virtually opaque
S: Toasty.
T: Roasty. Moderately sweet. Earthy hops in the background. Finish is bit sweet and astringent.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: A fantastic oatmeal stout. The roasty bitterness is perfectly matched with moderate sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:56:21 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Smith glass.

A: Dark, almost black with a thin tan head.

S: Chocolate, roasty malt, and some dark fruits.

T: Strong on dark fruit and raisin. Finishes with a bit of chocolate and oats.

M: Smooth, medium body. Nice level of carbonation.

D: High. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:30:04 | More by RunForYourBeer
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a pitch black with a large tan head that maintains great retention, and some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer.
S. Roasted oats, and chocolate.
T. At first get a chocolate taste followed by some hops and than more chocolate with some oats, some coffee and a slight caramel sweetness. There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too bitter thanks to the oatmeal providing some sweetness to this stout.
M. Very nice and smooth and creamy.
D. A full body beer that is very filling, so have to drink it slowly and enjoy it. This is a must try oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 06:41:23 | More by DannyDan
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a Dundee Ales and Lager tall pint glass @ 50`( I like em cool :) ).

A.- Black as coal with a 2 finger head of tan foam that SLOWLY converts to a thin skin of foam and excellent lacing that stays with you till the very bottom of the Glass.

S.- Malt barley, oatmeal, slight coca, hint of espresso, some fruity hints (of Cherry?).

T.- Tad bitter at first(although not overly so), rapidly sweetening to that perfect balance tastes of oatmeal up front, followed closely by chocolate covered rasinettes and a hint of espresso.

M.- Smoooth and drinkable. Coats the mouth with the flavor of chocolate-oatmeal rasin cookies dipped in fresh coffee.

D.- Extremely drinkable. Quite enjoyable!!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 23:57:05 | More by phlaptaylor


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

550mL bottle to tulip.

A: Pours with a large head of 3 fingers. Creamy, medium-dark brown in color, with mediocre retention and very little stick. The body is as black as black gets and completely opaque, all the way to the edge of the glass. Spare lacing.

S: The aroma is completely malt driven with almost no detectable hops. Malts include roasted notes of chocolate, coffee, oats and grain. The yeast profile adds scents of earth and well-conditioned leather.

T: Fruit expressions of plum and fig are included on the palate, layered in between the roasty notes that the nose suggested. The flavors last fairly long on the tongue with a touch of sweetness and finishing with an acrid bitterness followed by off-putting metallic notes. Sammy's oatmeal stout is respectably flavorful for 5% ABV.

M: Medium-full body and creamy texture. The carbonation is fizzy, perhaps providing a bigger tingling sensation than I prefer.

D: Not a bad quaff, however, this bottle is more than likely my last purchase of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 14:51:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Crate and Barrel Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a jet black with a nice beige creamy head. As the head is receding its leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Nice and malty, with a hint of sweetneess. Faint traces of dark chocolate.

T - This is a great English Stout. Very malty with some hint of European hops. Has the nice chocolate and caramel tones as well.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation. The sweetness lingers for a while.

D- Very drinkable. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:45:24 | More by dubinsky
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite Oatmeal stout I have had yet. Pours a great black with only the slightest of light highlighted brown. Body is thin not to thick wich I feel compliments this brew greatly. Aroma is of a roasty oats/malt with the slight hint of a dark chocolate background. These two aromas compliment each other greatly with providing the desired smell/taste up front with the undertone armoa/taste he;ping to stand these main charectors threw. The carbonation is good if only sometimes a slight over. Drinkability is great due to the body and alcholo level. Would recomend this brew to someone looking to step foot in to Oatmeal Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:40:28 | More by BZero007
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a nice one finger tan head nice retention and very little lacing on the glass

Aroma of oatmeal with very slight hints of chocolate and dark malt

Taste started sweet with the oat and chocolate then a slight smoke ending with the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body with very light carbonation, very smooth.

This is a very nice beer at a low abv, I do prefer stouts to have a little more bitterness, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 04:53:07 | More by dtivp
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout guy, but trying to expand my horizons beyond Guiness.

A: pours black with a thick tan head that lasts the whole time, leaves significant lacing.

S: to be honest I didn't pick up much if anything. Maybe some slight bready notes, but very little.

T: not nearly as dry and intimidating as it looks! Obviously heavy on the malt notes, the taste of dark toast with just a tiny bit of sweetness that finishes with just a slight dryness

M: this one is full bodied, like a meal in a glass, thick and creamy

D: pleasantly surprised by this one. Obviously Guiness gave me a one sided example of the style. Quite drinkable!

I still would not call myself a stout guy, but this definitely improves my opinion of the style. Much more drinkable than Guiness, I am not left w/ the cottonmouth, burn toast aftertaste that I get from it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:03:41 | More by Rmason104
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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was not a fan of this the first time I had it, but some time passed and I gave it another go, much to my satisfaction this time around.

A: Pours black with two fingers of foamy head. I guess I'm used to American and Russian Imperial Stouts; this is considerably less viscous.

S: Tart and earthy, smells of oatmeal (as one might expect), with a bit of chocolate.

T: Similar to smell but more enjoyable; slightly tangy with roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but still creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: I may be used to the aforementioned Imperial styles of stout, so this seems very drinkable. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the taste, I keep going back to this one for sip after sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 09:33:11 | More by AwYeh
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass, this brew pours a very deep mahogany brew with a medium tan head. The head is pretty thick and impressive....seriously this thing will not go away!

S: The nose is excellent on this brew. Oatmeal is strait up front, with subtle notes of chocolate. This brew smells like a fresh baked oatmeal cookie.

T: The flavor is heavy in the oatmeal, which smooths out the English malt bill which tends to be a little rough. This is a full flavored stout. When they say oatmeal, they mean it!. Pleasant notes of chocolate with a little bitterness on the finish round off this brew.

MF: The mouthfeel complements this brew well. Creamy, but can be a little fuller.

D: At 5%, you're dam right this stout is drinkable.

Overall, Samuel Smith's own a special place in my heart. When I started drinking craft, their beers were some of the first I gravitated towards. It's just fitting that this classic is my 100th review (completely by accident....not by choice).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:33:13 | More by TKEbeerman
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. One-finger tan head quickly dissipates into a thin lacing which lasts throughout the life of the beer.

Smell: Alcohol, cherry and raisin. As the beer warms the raisin smell becomes richer, almost chocolately like a Raisinette.

Taste: Raisin character remains in the taste, along with a roasted flavor that I did not pick up in the smell. Interesting and complex.

Mouthfeel: Again the raisin taste is left lingering, along with some hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: Definitely a different tasting beer. Complex, sweet, and surprisingly low in ABV unlike most "unique" beers brewed today. A little pricey in my opinion, but it does have a nice presentation which makes me feel somewhat stately just for buying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 04:21:13 | More by tburus
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the holiday sampler pack, as I had a craving for this beer. Poured from 550ml bottle into the Samuel Smith pint glass that came with the pack.

Appearance: Pours a blackish-brownish mixture with a fluffy khaki head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I pick up oatmeal, a nice slightly roasted malt, some chocolate and nice earthy notes in the nose.

Taste: Sweet oat, chocolate, roasted malt that gives a slight subtle smokiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: An old favorite that often gets overlooked by me for other beers. Every time I go back to it, I ask myself why do I not drink more of this? A very smooth and flavorful stout at 5% that I can drink over and over again. Time to put this back into the regular rotation again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:42:48 | More by Axic10
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with some reddish brown edges and a frothy, dense, tan head. The aroma is chocolaty rolled oats, brown sugar, a hint of coffee, and a little rum raisin bread. The flavor is creamy chocolate and oats with some brown sugar and hints of toffee, coffee, and dark fruit. The body is creamy, medium, with soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:26:16 | More by punkrkr27
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown pour. The most impressive thing about the appearance of this beer is the gorgeous head. A finger and a half of brown head with excellent head retention and some lacing.

S: You really get the oatmeal in the nose. Toasted malt. A little bit of sweetness. A touch oxidized but not that bad. Chocolate. Oatmeal cookies.

T: Not as complex as the nose. The oatmeal is there as is a nice rich bakers chocolate. Nice toast and a sweetness. Well balanced though not the most complex example of the style I have had.

M: Super creamy and smooth. Carbonation is a little prickly in the middle.

D: A classic. One of the best examples of the style out there. Would love to have this on cask in the UK.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 23:54:15 | More by aerozeppl
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black color. Stupendous, dense head that clings to the glass like marshmallow fluff. Smells earthy, roasty, peaty and slightly sweet. The flavor and mouthfeel really shine: rich, creamy, ultra-fine carbonation, smoky, rich, chocolaty. There is a slight bitter dryness on the finish which leaves your palate and tongue clean for the next swig. Very up front flavors and very satisfying. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 23:01:00 | More by MNJR
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite locally attainable brews I can get. Pours a very dark black color. Its just a very creamy, well crafted looking beer and that also comes out in the smell. This stout is a slightly earthy, and chocolaty brew. A little cherry comes out in the finish but its not overly sweet. Not too heavy.. not too light and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:23:07 | More by alkchrios
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color. Poured a 1 finger brown head that slowly settled to a thick skim. Laced in sticky patches.

S: Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Faint fruity yeast aroma.

T: Just like the nose. Smooth, creamy and rich. Lingering bitter coffee in the finish.

M: Full to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Solid oatmeal stouts. Easily drinkable, moderate ABV. A bit filling.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:59:14 | More by Haybeerman
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, pitch black with a great 2 finger head that sticks around forever and leaves lacing until its gone

S: Smells great, malted barley with some nice oatmeal notes

T: Nice and bitter at first followed by a wave of sweetness, no doubt due to the oatmeal. Not overly sweet by any means, though

M: Silky smooth, the carbonation is perfect

D: I could drink this all day at 5%. Great brew

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 22:47:43 | More by BEERMILER12
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