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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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5,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 207
Gots: 397 | 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:
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Photo of bayougutter


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Got out of 45 degree beer fridge and sat out about 20- 30 mins then poured into a tulip.

appearance; black mostly opaque with a perfect 2 finger creamy tannish head which hung around awhile with good lingering lacing

good roasted malt smell at first then wet oats, coffee and cocoa. all in a good way

taste like it smells with a bit of fig/date toward the end with a little hop bitterness at finish

good creamy medium mouthfeel

This is a very example and a go to beer. easy to drink. I'm aging a couple, let you know in a year.

03-21-2011 13:58:34 | More by bayougutter
Photo of AgentMunky


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12 February (not sure which year...it says L10308).

A: Great looking stout, with a massive three-finger tannish head that seems intent on sticking around. Coco-Cola red-brown edges, with a dark black-brown core. Opaque. Scattered lacing in the wake of the head.

S: Rich, roasted malts. Some creaminess? Dry and pleasant.

T: Well-balanced. Malty-sweet, with mere hints of drier coffee bitterness on the aftertaste. The true beauty of this beer lies not in the taste, but the mouthfeel, which is creamy and silky smooth. The maintaste is round and firm with a sweetness that is clearly oats.

M: Full, robust, and truly exceptional.

O: A really good stout. Light enough to be easy drinking, flavourful and rich enough to merit attention. I approve of the larger bottle size; I enjoyed every drop. Definitely recommended.

03-20-2011 21:12:41 | More by AgentMunky


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Pint Glass: Dark brown close to black, 1 inch foam.

S: Nutty, oats, pleasant. Not too strong a scent.

T: Bitter, oats, roasted malt & a bit of coffee.

M: Minimal carbonation, smooth yet a bit thin.

D: I think it's better on tap, Velvet Merlin has surpassed it in my opinion. I used to love this beer years ago but my palate has grown. Give it a shot but try it on tap if you can. Drink up!

03-18-2011 23:16:38 | More by SQUIDPORT
Photo of DovaliHops


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours black with a light tan colored head that disappears fast. Scent is a bit grainy with faint hints of oat and chocolate. Taste is like Guinness but a WHOLE LOT BETTER! There are some flavors of chocolate, grain, oatmeal, and light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is still pretty light and although not nearly as watery as Guinness, it isn't as great as Velvet Merlin of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stouts. Drinkability is high, as this beer is tasty and low ABV.

03-15-2011 07:35:59 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black buut lets some light in with a finger and a half of tan head that does not have very good retention or lacing.

S: Wet oats, chocolate, moderate roastiness, lactose, and caramel.

T: It is pretty complex; it begins chocolatey with sweet, dark fruits and finishes with a taste of oatmeal cookies and cinammon.

M: It has a creamy, medium-light body with average carbonation, and a relatively clean finish. With a brew so complex, I expected some lingering flavors.

D: This tastes great and is light enough to have 3 or 4.

03-14-2011 13:07:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Looks black to me, with a retaining tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Malt, bitter chocolate, and a bit smokey.

T - A nice subtle smokiness, while very malty. Still a bit of bitter chocolate. Nice!

M - More carbonated than I epected, but pleasantly so. Medium body, creamy (while carbonated...weird!)

O - Very enjoyable. Can sip or have a few. Good beer.

03-14-2011 01:51:38 | More by yourchoice
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle while sitting back enjoying some tunes.

App: Dark black poured to about 2.5 fingers of off-white head that receaded quickly leaving fantastic sticky lacing. That remained throughout the drink.

Smell: Grains & coffee nothing special.

Taste: Interesting taste, I primarily get a very grainy taste with mild chocolate and coffee.

MF: Very rich, very creamy.

Drinkability: I like this beer, and am glad that I could probably only stomach 2 per sitting.

03-13-2011 19:10:53 | More by mdr4669
Photo of Homebrew35


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Dated Sept 20 2010. SI20J1
Pours a jumbo 5 finger head of dense creamy tan head. This sinks down to a nice one finger yogurt looking head. Deep maroon body when held up to the light. Streaming bubbles come from the bottom to keep this head a float. Smells sweet, roasty, some dark chocolate, minearly, english yeasty. Tastes sweet and malty, touch of roast, chocolate, bready, some english hop notes. Creamy full body, medium high carbonation, some lingering bitterness. Finishes dry yet oily, not too much lingering bitterness. Quite a nice beer, it feels balanced and quite drinkable.
$4 a 500ml, a bit pricey to get on a regular basis but will give it another go when I'm in the mood.

03-10-2011 02:43:50 | More by Homebrew35
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: A very dark red, almost black, with a good sized head, that dissipates at a moderate pace, and leaves considerable lacing, with some head staying until the end.

Smell: Oats and semi-sweet roasted malts

Taste: Oats, roasted malt, some sweetness, some bitterness. Hints of coffee and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, reasonable carbonation, slightly dry finish

Drinkability: Easy session beer. I could drink this all night, and would love to if I bought more than just the 550ml bottle.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Love it, and its great that it doesn't need to have a high abv to be good.

03-08-2011 00:59:23 | More by MadCat
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

1 pt, 2.7 oz bottle, shared a bit of it with the wife, though most of it ended up in my glass. Should have split it with her even Steven because she loved it.

Drank it out of a Bruges style glass (that's what Crate & Barrel called it at least), basically a tulip.

A - Deep tan nutty looking head with very good retention. The beer is almost pitch black, with lingering brown hints. Solid sticky lacing as it went down.

S - Coffee and chocolate aromas, with a bit of raisiny fruitiness.

T - The coffee like flavor really comes through with a bit of peppery spiciness and mild bitterness on the back end

M - Silky and creamy, light pleasant oiliness.

D- Fairly solid. Goes down easy, but feels right taking your time with it too.

Very enjoyable stout.

03-07-2011 03:46:10 | More by hiku7
Photo of BobZ


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black with small 1/16" head which sticks around, decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and big on the roasted malt with some molasses noticeable.

Taste: Very good, the molasses like sweetness is there, also roasted malt flavors are strong, a little bit of caramel sweetness is in there too.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, almost creamy on the palate.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, good session beer.
Very good stout one and a solid example of the style.

03-06-2011 23:01:31 | More by BobZ
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black with ruby opaqueness to light. The head of the beer is tan about 1 finger high. Good head retention noted.

Smell: The aroma of dark roasted malt and cocoa rise out of the glass. A bit of lactic sweetness noted with a something lightly smelling metallic.

Taste: The flavor of the beer has all the expected roasted malt moderately roasted coffee beans wrapped in cocoa. The beer goes to the sweet side almost giving up a butterscotch type flavor. Yet the beer still has a nice earthy undertone. Finish of the beer dries out.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full and very smooth. Carbonation is on the lower side but works out very well. A very enjoyable beer drinking experience. I could settle down for an evening with several of these on hand.

03-06-2011 13:39:20 | More by nlmartin
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%


Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A dark and rich mahogany brown that forms a mountainous wall of head. The head looks thick and imposing yet pillowy, luscious and soft at the same time. When it eventually subsides, the glass is left a tad sticky with lace and you're left with a gorgeous stout.

A simple, inviting, and appropriate aroma of roasted coffee, some chocolate, a hint of bready sweetness, and Whopper malt balls candy.

The flavor leans toward the sweet side but does have a touch of bitterness near the end. Predominantly sweet malts, perhaps some character from the oats, a touch of fruit, and then a mild bitterness. A tame and refined flavor.

A medium to thin body without an aggressive amount for carbonation. Makes for shockingly quick drinking.

A high-quality, highly-drinkable, highly-delicious oatmeal stout I don't have to think a lot about. It's simple and does that simplicity extremely well. This is a daily-drinking stout if there ever was one.

03-06-2011 05:22:00 | More by ehammond1
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz into pint glass.
This stout pours a classic near-black with no light coming through, even on the edges. Small tan head forms with a hard pour. Smells super roasty with a few sweet caramel notes. Palate features dark chocolate, roasted malts, oats and caramel. Quite tasty and works so well. Full bodied with a silky mouthfeel. This easy drinking stout is great from start to finish. Benchmark for the style.

03-05-2011 15:22:10 | More by JunkYardJake
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3.38/5  rDev -19.9%

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Almost all black with brown hue. Mocha colored head. Moderate amount of lacing.

S - Roasty, coffee aroma accompanied by some medicinal, cough syrup odor. Alcohol presence is also noticeable.

T - Bitterness from the roasted oats comes through first but finishes with an incredibly sweet candy and dark fruit flavors. I also found it a little watery.

M - Low carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Not great.

D - Meh. There wasn't anything special. The sweetness was a little odd and it was quite watery for a stout.

03-03-2011 04:32:08 | More by bbb099
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance is nearly black, topped by a good 2 fingers of tan head.
Smells and tastes of of chocolate and coffee with an ever present malt character. Dominated by a sweet, roasted oats flavor.
On the palate this stout is medium bodied with a smooth, perfectly carbonated feel.
This beer is very drinkable and satisfiying, with a full flavor that which is grand and memorable.

03-03-2011 03:22:34 | More by Tundruth
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A-dark brown, almost black. has a nice tan head that stays but no lacing.

S-smells like sweet chocolatey oats. smells quite milky as well, its not a strong scent.

T-comes in with a very smooth and a strong hit of chocolatey oats. its a really strong and pronounced and bold taste. the taste stays and continues as the after-taste along with some milkiness. the darky roasted malts are very noticeable throughout the taste. this is a great stout with absolutely no negative side tastes.

M-its fairly heavy for the ABV. it has a nice smooth medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.

D-rarely can i get a stout with so much flavor and not so much alcohol. it a really nice treat and this one disappeared quite quickly.

03-02-2011 00:41:24 | More by AdamBear
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Black colored with a dark tan head of foam that leaves plenty of lace.

Chocolatey and roasty malts. An lactose-like sweetness as well.

The perfect blend of roast and sweet. Not too sweet and not too roasty. Notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. So very tasty in an almost simplistic and straightforward way.

Creamy smoothness due in large part to the oatmeal. The body feels somewhere between medium and heavy. Quite impressive for a five percent beer.

An all around solid brew. Funny and somewhat sad that it has taken me this long to discover this gem. Drinks so very well all the way through. I will need to have this on a more regular basis in the future.

03-02-2011 00:31:46 | More by jera1350
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

I bought this beer from a total wine store, and poured it into a tulip style glass.
It made a huge head at first, but quickly deflated and left almost no lacing. (glass may not have been super clean)
It smells, as expected, of roasted malt. With some cocoa and a faint metalic scent that might be part of the malts.
The taste and feel to me are perfect. not super thick, but still able to coat and linger. a well balanced flavor not too sweet or bitter, and carbonation that lasts to the bottom.
These bottles are pretty big, looks like 18oz. the one gave me a little buzz, but i could see fitting in 3 or 4 of these in an evening.

03-02-2011 00:24:39 | More by bworley
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Pours a deep dark color with a oatmeal colored two fingered head that is quite foamy.

S: A hint of molasses, dark fruits, some of that Belgian yeast. Also picking up some coffee notes, light chocolate, and some, but not a lot, oats.

T: Mostly oatmeal in the taste with some chocolate-y flavors and a little bit of maltiness as well. Not too much else going on.

M: Whoa. Smooth, with a light amount of carbonation, very, very good.

D: Superbly drinkable. Very, very tasty, I would definitely buy this again, and I think in fact, that I will.

03-01-2011 01:22:38 | More by Daktyls
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3.38/5  rDev -19.9%

Poured a very dark brown almost black color with quite a bit of fluffy tan head on it. Smells like grain and alcohol. Not really a pleasant aroma. Tastes like some coffee, molasses, maybe some caramel. Medium body, a little thickness to it. The flavor in this beer isn't really my cup of tea. It's pretty drinkable, just not for me.

02-28-2011 23:39:24 | More by richkrull
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance - Beautiful, thick caramel head with fair retention. Black body with only the faintest glimmer of ruby light visible when held up to a lightsource.

Smell - Brown sugar, caramel, and wood.

Taste - Slight sweetness behind a hard to indentify, complex taste. I want to say something woody, but that doesn't seem to be describing it right.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium bodied. Slightly metallic aftertaste, but barely noticable. Could just be residual effects from the (possibly) bad bottle I had of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale immediately beforehand.

Drinkability - A little too flavorful to be a session, but easy enough to finish a full bottle without feeling overloaded.

02-28-2011 03:04:04 | More by ZenAgnostic
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Served in a 12oz bottle.

A: Awesome ultra dark black with a nice brown head with some good lacing. Personally, I think that the head for the most part depends on how you pour it. I pour it the right way so that their is not so much head. But anyway, a very good appearance.

S: A nice molasses aroma with chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. Also a nice coffee aroma. Overall a pleasant smell.

T: Wow, what can I say? I was a little hesitant about an oatmeal stout but damn was it worth it! It has a slight oatmeal taste with your usual flavors, coffee, chocolate, molasses. It also has an earthy tone throughout it that really brings it all together.

M: Very creamy, but not so milky if that makes sense. It has a great body to it, very rich.

D: I could definitely sit down and savor the four-pack I bought it in. It is rich but not so overwhelming that you can only drink one.

Notes: I was really impressed with this Beer. If you have not tried this, go and find out where to get one, it's worth it.

02-27-2011 20:46:11 | More by SacredBeverage
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4.72/5  rDev +11.8%

A nice dark stout with great carbonation a good head that lasts. A slight metallic smell that comes from the old traditional pots that are used. None of that is infused into the flavor though.

The first thing that comes to mind after a small sip is walnut. That flavor is followed by chocolate and of course oatmeal. Those flavors cover well the bitterness that is found in stouts.

Samuel Smith stouts have always been great and this beer is nothing less than excellent. It is pleasurable in the mouth and does not leave a bad aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer with every sip.

02-27-2011 19:38:12 | More by K7online
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

It is affordable and delicious (even to someone who does not enjoy stouts too much). It does start with a slight smell of soy sauce, but that is quickly gone. With the first taste came a sweet rich stout with a smooth chocolately finish. It is quite smooth for a stout, but not for anyone who enjoys a light see-through beer.

02-27-2011 04:30:09 | More by femmebiere
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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