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

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5,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,465
Reviews: 2,123
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 216
Gots: 427 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Viscous brown-black opaque color with a light brown fluffy head. Lots of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, bits of dark fruit.

T: Same as nose with a little bit of a hop bite in it.

M: Full bodied, creamy, seems low'ish carbonation but I can feel enough with each sip. For how thick and robust this beer is, it goes down with ease.

O: Best stout I've had yet. After trying the Taddy Porter and loving it, I had a good feeling about this beer.

ReelBigwigFish, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black body, with a medium size, light tan head that leaves a thick wall of lace.

S: A simple and light roasted chocolate malt aroma with notes of nuts, coffee, and oatmeal.

T: A nice rich flavor of roasted chocolate malts, toasted nuts, chewy oatmeal, coffee, and sweet brown sugar. There's also a sweet cream flavor.

M: Full body; low carbonation; thick and chewy mouthfeel, yet creamy and velvety on the palate.

O: This is a good beer and one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. Very sessionable and easy to drink quite a few. Great beer.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle with no apparent freshness date poured into a goblet. Pours a midnight black with a nice creamy khaki head of 3 fingers that coats the glass with a lacy film as it dissipates.

Nose is absolutely divine. Oats, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, coffee ice cream. Perfect oatmeal stout smell.

Taste upfront is sweet and roasted malts that delivers a bitter and milk chocolate tour-de-force. Milky, earthy, richness transitions to a bitter finish. Magnificent balance. Iced coffee, oatmeal, caramel...and the list goes on.

Mouthfeel is substantial, rich, smooth, and decadent.

Oatmeal stout lovers, the search is over.

JohnnyP3, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark pour with a tan two inch crown and thick lace rings.

S- coffee, maltiness, some bitter hops, dark chocolate.

T- along with the other notes in the smell, there is some toasted grains and subtle vanilla. Roasty coffee and bitter chocolate make this a really nice, soft flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and medium-bodied.

O- An absolute classic, an old faithful for me.

Tschnab, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into nonic.

I haven't had one of these in years... Was at my local the other and had to grab one forth sake of nostalgia.
It's a little thinner than I remember, but the body works well enough. There is a slight oily slickness that reminds me of cola. The nose and flavor both hold notes of roasty malts and sweet oats. Rich and delicious with a good bitter and drying bite on the back end.

Overall, this beer was, is, and remains, an absolute classic. This could very well be the benchmark of the style, the oatmeal stout by which all others are judged.
This DESERVES an A, and any beer better than this is truly a masterpiece.

It's nice to be reminded that in a world where people only get excited about the next limited release, there is a spectacular beer like this lurking on a shelf in every store around.

AleWatcher, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Roke87
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pours like a black hole, no light penetrating this one from any angle. Average pours yields two fingers of soapy, bubbly tan head that somewhat quickly dissipates to a bubbly top and a nice thick ring around the glass, leaving lots of nice spider lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the nose, the only things I can really pick out are mild roasted malt and alcohol, and maybe a bit of a sweet toffee aroma coming through as well.

Taste- Very sweet right off the bat with a toffee taste to it, again I can really taste the alcohol which is weird for such a low ABV stout. Roasted malts and oatmeal are next to make an appearance on the scene, with an ever so mild chocolate and coffee taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation, this stout is very smooth going down.

Overall- I don’t think I should have reviewed this one after drinking such an amazing beer before because this one is definitely a lot more average than I expected for “the celebrated oatmeal stout” Very much a british style stout, and very basic in both the tastes and smells unlike its north american counterpart. It is a nice stout don’t get me wrong but nothing amazing to be honest.

Roke87, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black into a dimple mug with a finger and a half of tan head that leaves some beautiful lacing.

S: nice chocolate and rich coffee, oatmeal, brown sugar, some charred wood, and leathery.

T: malty sweet chocolate, the oatmeal is noticeable but realply acts well to make the bold chocolate not too bitter. a grassy taste is left in the mouth.

MF: heavy body, crisp flavor, good moderate carbonation.

O: when I thought life couldn't get any better than Guinness (20-21 years old) some one bought a bottle of this for me. I love this beer, it has so many good things going on for it I usually can't pass it up!

nickthetick, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This thing is black as night with a small bit of a reddish hue. It has a big, thick, mocha colored head that retains an 1/8 inch puck throughout. It leaves full rings of lacing, pretty nice.

S: Up front mostly roasted malts come through. As you drink you start to notice more subtleties in the smell which include coffee, sweetness of chocolate, oats, and a bit of a hop finish.

T: Once again, the malts come through strongly. There is also a pronounced nuttiness and oatmeal taste. It has a nice amount of sweetness and a little sting from the hops at the end.

M: It is very, very smooth. It's like drinking silk. The amount of carbonation is flawless and its body is on the lighter side. There is a slight crisp finish from the hops that acts as a good palate cleanser for your next tasting.

O: This definitely became one of my new favorites. An exceptional beer. Not much to dislike about this one.

BilbosNuts, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of kwc017
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown. Pretty much looks like coffee.

S - Malt and faint alcohol. Spice as well.

T - Wonderful toasted malt, bread, coffee and a bit of tobacco maybe. Coffee and malt dominate the aftertaste.

O - This is pretty much the beer that all oatmeal stouts are measured against. This beer has so many nuances, it tastes a little different after each sip. Wonderful brew.


kwc017, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man...this is one impressive 5% brew.

Love the look. Dark brown, nearly black...a very heavy head...light tan, sudsy, lasts quite a while. Pretty spotty lacing throughout.

Rich, sweet malty scent...oatmeal, a touch of coffee, chocolate...maybe even cinammon?

Taste follows. The oatmeal pops. Quite good! Rich creamy mouthfeel as it warms. Makes you want to take another sip immediately...the sign of a very good beer.

I've passed this one up many times but finally picked one up at the Round Rock HEB. I'll be sure to grab a few for my upcoming fantasy football draft to share.

obrike, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of pBRale
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark coffee brown color with a deep tan head that settles slowly and leaves a fine lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, burnt sugar, and nutty aromas.

Taste: Brown sugar, oats, nuts, and coffee notes blended amazingly well to create a delicious combination of flavors on the palate. A delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, medium-bodied, with a delicious creaminess that leaves the mouth wanting more.

Overall: Fantastic oatmeal stout that everyone should try if given a chance. Thank you Samuel Smith's for another excellent beer!

pBRale, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of leansean88
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And at last we've reached the last of the big five Samuel Smith's brews. How will it hold up?

A - Tall, dark and handsome. Looks kind of like a black bear.

S - Smooth, roasty character that does not overpower.

T - Bold, rich flavor of coffee, toasted almonds and (gasp!) oatmeal. Blends nicely.

M - It's pleasant to say the least. No interfering carbonation, but not as creamy a character as the Imperial Stout. I really just think it's my expectations.

O - At long last, I've found an Oatmeal Stout I like. And who better to bring this goodness unto me than one of my favorite micro breweries. It's a very bold, very enjoyable beer with a ton of character. It's finally undone the damage Saranac Oatmeal Stout did to me years ago.

leansean88, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bought a single 550mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $3.79 in Summer 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with a frothy light brown head that sticks around for the longest time. Chock-full of robust scents there is roasted malts, sweet carmel malts, as well as many other nutty flavors. Working my way past the frothy top, the beer is full of great, smooth, and mellow flavors. The ingredients are so well blended together its hard to pick out certain flavors but there's the obvious robust malts, oatmeal, roasted barley, and yeast as indicated on the back of the bottle. Quite a fine beer and a must drink for any beer advocate member.

Lemke10, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Samuel Smith switching to brown bottles.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes, with some lactose and oats mixed in. I also somewhat surprisingly get some cinnamon notes which go very well with the other flavors. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice Oatmeal Stout.

Mora2000, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of WrathsU
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with thick cream colored head. Head recedes rather quickly. 3

S - Definitely oatmeal and brown sugar notes. Roasted coffee also resides in this beer. 4

T - Sweet brown sugar up front with a mid ranged roasty bitterness. Bit of an alcohol taste as it goes down. 3.5

M - Great carbonation, alcohol burn is prevalent. 3

D - Pretty good oatmeal stout overall. Would definitely drink a ton any given night.

WrathsU, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have now had numerous beers from Samuel Smith's and so far all have been very good including this one.

A: Deep dark amber that is only detectable when held directly to a bright light. A hard pour produced a one and a half finger dirty off white head.

S: Sweet wet malts almost resembling a tootsie roll, slight burn to the nostrils with beautiful hops at the end.

T: Lots of malts and barley in this one that stayed relatively dry for a stout. Aftertaste fades quickly leaving your pallet begging for more.

M: Thin, slightly filmy, tingles on the tongue from carbonation.

O: Solid beer that I enjoyed drinking, did notice that all Samuel Smith's do kinda taste the same.

tjkinate, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Danny1217
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It's maybe slightly lighter than your average stout with a nice brown head

S - Creamy oatmeal. MMM

T - Toasted oats. A slight sweetness to it. It's amazing

M - Light mouthfeel for a stout. Just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink this all day.

O - Possibly my favorite beer.

Danny1217, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee or cola color: deepest brown--almost black--with red showing through at the furthest edges. It has a very nice espresso crema head, about an inch and a half tall that falls down to about a quarter inch that really sticks and leaves some cling. The bouquet has big roasted malt right up front--extremely rich and somewhat smokey. Coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate are all well-represented, as well. There's also a more subtle butterscotch scent in the mix. The nose on this beer is really something special. Perhaps it's owing to this amazing smell that the taste is something of a letdown. There are muted roasted malt flavors at the front. Just a suggestion of the coffee and chocolate notes from the nose in the flavor. There's much more pronounced nuttiness than the nose suggests. Very smooth and balanced flavors throughout, ending on a more clear alcohol taste and a bit of hop bitterness. A bit of metallic flavor in there, as well. The feel is medium-bodied and actually much more viscous than I expected. Smooth and creamy, with very little sense of syrup. Some bright acidity and nice crispness at the close.

This beer has quite a reputation, and justifiably so. It is a very well-crafted stout that hits all the right notes. Having such high expectations, however, I was a bit underwhelmed by the flavor. This tasted to me like all the rich and powerful notes in the nose were turned down about three notches on the palate. However, this is still among the best stouts I've had, and it's certainly a beer I will return to.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of gatorbreath
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark and not as thick as some stouts..smells of dark fruit, malt, caramel, possibly some dark fruits oats and whatnot, really good on the nose this brew is..Taste is reminiscent of any other oatmeal stout but the moutfeel is what keeps this beer standing alone. The other beers out there, in my opinion and mostly, yield solidity on the palate, this beer just slides right down, perfectly carbonated, awesome this one is. I enjoy one of these often and will probably continue to do so for some time.

If this is one of those beers that you've seen on the shelf and just have never flocked to it, run up on it. You won't be disappointed.


gatorbreath, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a substantial tan head. There is something about reviewing the appearance of stouts which is not particularly exciting!

Smell is creamy and is indeed reminiscent of oatmeal. Chocolate and coffee are present as well.

Taste is great. The oat-based, roasted malt comes through clearly, with some chocolate surrounding. Moderately bitter finish, but there is a sweetness present as well. The finish contains more chocolate than the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel is nice and robust, though not super heavy. Carbonation is fairly low, which is also nice. Feels very good.

Overall- a really great beer. In a way, it is a simple beer, but is extremely good at what it is. You really can't go wrong with it when you want a stout.

jrenihan, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with streaks of ruby red. Nearly opaque. There's a two-finger khaki head that looks wonderfully foamy; it leaves a great deal of lacing. (If I didn't have the bottle in front of me, I could have guessed it came from a nitro-tap!)

Smell: Very hearty malt aroma, imparting a sweet bread and oats scent. In the background are hops and alcohol.

Taste: The sweet oaty malt is the first thing I get. There's also a pleasant charred-meat flavor to add a bit of darkness to what is otherwise a lighter flavor balance. I also detect a little bit of sweet chocolate. The finish is long and drier due to a helping of floral and grassy hops. The hops give necessary balance, but the finish still has some malt sweetness. My only complaint is a mild lingering acidity.

Mouthfeel: Very unusual for a bottled stout with no added nitrogen. The feel is light, almost fluffy, and fairly watery. The carbonation is pretty mild and doesn't overpower the flavors at all. The most "drinkable" stout I've ever had.

Overall: If every aspect of this beer was just 10% bolder, this would be an unbeatable beer for its style, in my opinion. But if you prefer the restrained English style, you probably won't find any fault here.

fountainofyouth, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle with classic label work, gotta love Samuel Smith's artwork. Served around 50 degrees.

Poured aggressively into big snifter with a wollop of head - a big viscious pillowy coffee khaki head that sticks to the glass. Color on this is dark brownish black but can see amber hues on the edges when held to light.

Smells milk cream sweet with alot of roasted oats and molasses in the nose. Muted chocolate malts blend with pale malts & oat.

Creamy mouthfeel is immediate & just really sets the tone for the taste. Oat & nutty chocolate milk sweet. Up front is that sweet and smoothe oat presence with chocolate malt hints throughout. The back of this is a nice drying bitterness I am guessing from some hopping & those dark chocolate components leaving a little bittering bite at the end.

The body is just too light for me. I think a thicker body on this stout would greatly enhance it. Well carbonated & works perfectly with the as-is thinner body style.

Got this 550ml bottle for $3.99 - can't really beat that price, it is a beautiful beautiful thing.

hoptualBrew, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of minterro
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle

A: light brown thick foamy head. Heads leaves lacing that hangs around for a bit, but eventually falls back. Dark black colored beer

S: malts and coffee

T: molasses (which is where I’m probably tasting the iron from), sweet malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, maple syrup. A tad of bitter hops at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

M: super smooth & creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation. Buttery texture.

O: easy to drink despite the fully body. Overall super solid, didn’t blow my mind but, hard to find any weak points to this beer.

minterro, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great find at the LCBO - Samuel Smiths brews are always welcome on liquor store shelves! Though perhaps not the best brew to enjoy in the midst of a July heatwave, I'll take it!

Poured into my trusty Duvel chalice. Dark, nearly black, with some sharp caramel hues around the rim. Leaves a frothy inch-high off-white head that survives fairly well, and leaves some flecks of lacing and a solid ring towards the end of the pint.

Nose is lovely coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted marshmallow, toasty malts and other fantastic examples of deliciousness.

Rich, hearty, full of flavor, its no wonder Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout has developed such a great reputation. No chance of any flavor retreat here - the coffee, chocolate, toasted malts and caramel notes are amped up as high has they deserve to be, making each sip a joy.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, silky, and coats the palate wonderfully. I opened the first bottle too early out of the fridge and it was very 'hot' and over-carbonated. A night in the cold, then a few minutes to warm a little made all the difference for this beer.

Great stuff, easily in my top five oatmeal stouts. As flavorful as an imperial stout, but light bodied and low enough in alcohol to allow for several pints worth. Will be back for more.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a frothy one finger head with great retention into a large wineglass. It is deep chocolate brown with thin sticky lacing. The bottle is also a beauty.

S - Sweet malt and caramel dominates the bouquet

T - Sweet malt, caramel, coffee comes through with some bitter hops, molasses and oats.

M - full bodied, bitter (not too), smooth.

O - Just a really well made oatmeal stout. I expected a lot and was not disaapointed. It is well balanced and i will go back to this I am sure from time to time when it is available.

Stocean1, Jul 08, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,465 ratings.