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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,665 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,665
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 231
Gots: 527 | 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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Photo of hopsolutely
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear chocolate colour with ample coffee-coloured head. Aroma is predominantly roasted malts and oats - very nice. The flavours are well balanced roasted malt tones, with underpinnings including chocolate and vanilla. The pleasantly dry finish is redolent of oatmeal. Doesn't have the creamy mouthfeel of some in this genre, but at 5% ABV it is truly a delight to drink.

hopsolutely, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of swooshjtb
5/5  rDev +18.5%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jeffthepony, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
5/5  rDev +18.5%

jayhawk73, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

deapokid, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of DrSuds
5/5  rDev +18.5%

DrSuds, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Dools9
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Jet black color almost like motor oil. Tan colored finger and a half head. Great lacing, looks very inviting.

S: Roasted malts with hints of cream candy, cocoa.

T: Sweet raosted malts, light coffee and chocolate notes with and oaty, nutty lingering finish.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, very smooth.

O: Terrific stout, almost like having a meal/desert, but very sessionable at the same time.

Dools9, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mellowmark
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mellowmark, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
5/5  rDev +18.5%

NeutroMan, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Amp
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Amp, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jcanddr
5/5  rDev +18.5%

jcanddr, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev -5.2%

MikeDre, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +18.5%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with slight ruby highlights, this richly-carbonated ale pours with a thick and frothy head of fine, tan bubbles. Lace is thick and spotty.

Nose is slightly sweet (almost sour), and somehow nutty. I also get some acidic quality. Not too appealing.

Taste, however, is nice and smooth! I get a lightly roasted nut overtone, with some astringency. Thin-bodied, but ultimately quite drinkable. Not as coffee-like as some oatmeal stouts, but this is more than sessionable. Solid overall.

secondtooth, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -5.2%

tbeq00, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

andrewj17, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of blange3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brewpig
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

have read the reviews and been meanin to give
this a try.

didnt notice anything too intense from the smell, mostly dark fruit some vanilla.

mouthfeel was really nice, very full and creamy.

taste is like a 3-course meal...dark fruit,vanilla,creamy thick oatmeal.

this stout was very good but just too filling for me...very smooth and creamy but much prefer a stout that is bolder and lighter.

brewpig, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550 mL bottle. A classic that I have intended to review for a while.

Pours pitch black with some reddish tinges under the light, topped with a puffy, beige-coloured head of truly prodigious size; over three fingers thick. Good retention, with a silky-smooth cap remaining on the surface for much of the drink, and tons of lacing on the sides. Decent aroma, but nothing all that special contained within - lots of roasted doughy malts, mixed with honey-oatmeal mush.

To be honest, much like the aroma the taste is pretty straightforward but still satisfying. More dark roasted, doughy or biscuity malts and lots of oats, alongside faint notes of coffee and milk chocolate. Hazelnuts come to mind as well. Bittersweet finish with lingering roasted maltiness. Solid mouthfeel, pushing full-bodied for sure, with mild carbonation and typically minerally English well water. Thick, chewy, and very creamy on the palate. Unbelievably smooth.

The original oatmeal stout, this makes for a wonderful pint all around - easy to casually enjoy but there is enough going on to satisfy even the most anal of beer geeks. This stuff is my first choice when I'm in the mood for a sessionable stout and I will always recommend it for that niche. There are better stouts, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that is more easy-drinking. Give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

[Updated Nov. 11 2013]

I've had at least 10 bottles of this since I first reviewed it, and I am always completely satisfied. It is rich-tasting but balanced, with a silky mouthfeel that is absolutely heavenly. The gold standard for the style, and a stout that every BA should enjoy if given the opportunity.

Final Grade: 4.45, a rock-solid A.

thehyperduck, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DiffuseTheBob
4/5  rDev -5.2%

DiffuseTheBob, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,665 ratings.