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

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5,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,782
Reviews: 2,154
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 247
Gots: 578 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of D11
2.78/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from bottle into tulip

A- pours black with a two finger cocoa head that doesnt last long

S- yeast, licorice, some banana and some coffee

T- yeast, some coffee and banana

M- somewhat thin despite appearance. felt a bit runny imo

O- i was pretty much very dissapointed with this brew. it was my first oatmeal stout and i was not impressed. ive heard a lot on this site about the style and was eager to try one(not a lot of variety in my area).. but you get what you pay for, and this was rather cheap. im hoping maybe it was a 'not so good' bottle or that other oatmeal stouts will taste better. there really wasnt much i liked about it other than the appearance.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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

This stuff is about as dark as dark can get...almost black. Pours with a great, big head.
It smells like it looks, roasted grain.
I was greeted initially with a vinegar taste. As the sips went by the flavor evened out, but my over all impression is that I'm sitting here with a slightly over average beer.

January 2012

I'm giving this guy another try.
No vinegar taste, I taste good ol' roasty malt met with just the right balance of hop bitterness and the bitterness you get from charred grain.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of beyah
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night, tan head decent lacing.

S - Malty, woody, molasses.

T- Chocolate, Coffee, slightly sweet. Flavors intensify as the beer warms.

M - Mouth feel is perfect, smooth and Smooth and perfect level of Carbonation.

O - Excellent drink-ability goes down like liquid silk. Gets more complex as it warms up.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first oatmeal Stout.

A very dark brown, nearly black beer with a slightly tan, rocky head. Amazing retention. Truely beautiful.

Smells slightly roasted, quite hoppy; typical British hop aroma's, some of the typical stout stuff in the background; milk chocolate mainly.

A surprising flavour, much less full flavoured as I expected but that must be because most stouts I have had were Imperial Stouts.

It has a rather mild taste of roasted malts, not much sweetness; it is quite bitter because of the British hops used (even though they used cane sugar in the brewing process) as well, so it has a what I call a rather 'agressive', metallic, earthy hop profile. I could also be because of the oatmeal though.
A well balanced, easy to drink beer.

The body is rather creamy, medium full with medium carbonation.

As with most typical British beers (like bitters) this beer lacks sweetness. If you like sweet beers you might not really like this. But it is a well balanced, easy drinking oatmeal stout. I don't really know what the oatmeal actually does with the flavour but it has made it nice and creamy. A nice beer.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice two finger head that settles to a thin cap of milky brown. Color is a very dark brown. Carbonation appears to be moderate with great lacing and retention.

S: Milk chocolate, espresso, woody grain, molasses, sour biscuit.

T: Fruity, chocolate, coffee, cracker. Flavors intensify as the beer warms. They blended the ABV very well.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy. Carbonation adds a nice mouth massage to the party. Excellent.

O: High in the drinkability factor, this is the best oatmeal stout I have had to date. Another great beer by Samuel Smith.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

All beer lovers should bow down to the legendary Charles Finkel who revived Samuel Smith’s brewery with his Merchant du Vin distribution Company. (Google “Charles Finkel merchant of beer Alan Moen” for a great article about this marketing genius).

That said…why drink this stout? Only if you want to transport yourself to the countryside of Yorkshire without actually getting on an airplane.

I am convinced that one could survive on this beer only (without food) longer than any other beer on the market.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the best european oatmeal stout bar none. pours rich thick hersey's syrup brown with a small tan head. aroma is espresso and burnt malt with a delicate bitter hop interruption. taste is very rich and the flavor of the oats is apparent. bittersweet chocolate rounds it out. mouthfeel is great, if just a tad undercarbonated. its smooth and drinkable and bold. a classy beer that i get excited for when i see it on a menu.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,782 ratings.