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

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5,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,440
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 215
Gots: 418 | 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:
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Photo of DrewV
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees.

A: A moderate pour produces a 2-finger bubbly tan head that recedes rather quickly, leaving a fairly dense lacing. Color is reddish-chocolate brown during the pour and resides jet black in the glass.

S: Dark fruit, some sweet oatmealy grains, light molasses. Something else that smells tasty, but I can't quite put my finger on it (toffee maybe?).

T: Rich chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, mocha coffee. Very sweet and relatively mild. Lacing clings to the glass after sipping and does not want to let go. Sweet roasty malt remnants remain in the cheeks to be sucked out at a later time.

M: Creamy for sure, very fine carbonation aids in the creamy feel, slightly oily finish. Neutral dryness.

O: Great stout, almost porter-like in its presentation, but not quite as bitter or flat. A change-up from the Russian Imperials and a welcome dessert treat for me. No alcohol to be found anywhere, this could be a session beer no doubt. Different enough from Sam Smith's Imperial Stout so that there is room for both of them in your beer fridge. A solid "A" for the style. Very tough to find a better example at your local beer store.

DrewV, May 12, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The oatmeal stout is the finest of its kind.The appearance is dark brown,an inch of tan colored head that quickly fades away.The TASTE is smooth and malty, one of the finest in the town.I like to drink this while eating barbecue beef sandwiches.Overall I love it, I wish there were six instead of four in the pack. Not that I could all four in one night.O'well. THats life or beer for ya.

BrewStoutMagic, May 09, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with a tiny amount of ruby red shining through the bottom. Has a good tan head that fades into a firm layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark dried fruits with cinnamon and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and coffee and maybe hops.

Taste: Sweetness from the dark fruits up front followed by roasted malts and hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has a slightly bitter kick. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and slightly thick.

Overall: An outstanding beer that is the standard for oatmeal stouts.

MattyG85, May 08, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly the first real beer I ever had. New year's eve in the 1980's sometime. Needless to say I was taken aback. I couldn't believe how good it smelled and tasted.

Jump forward over 20 years. Poured in a Sierra Nevada Becker. Sea foam, lace, dark and real! Smells of rich, roasted malts. Not much hop character to speak of, more of the old-fashioned English stout, sweet and luxurious.

The mouth feel is not too thick, but not at all watery. Perfect carbonation. I could session a few of these easily. One of the great beers despite all the progress made in America over the last 10-20 years.

airheadmtrcycle, May 07, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Pint Bottle
Poured Into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass

/Love this brew/

A ~ Dark Auburn. Can barely see through glass. Gorgeous large khaki Head.

S ~ Mostly Sweet Notes with some bread. Alotta Molasses.

T ~ Brown Sugar, Burnt Toast, Buttery Oatmeal w/ Coffee Lingering. Why i consider this a 'dessert brew'

M ~ V e l v e t y!!! I love the carbonation, the small bubbles make me want to 'swish' this beer all day and ask for seconds.

D ~ Could drink this not really all day, but definitely all night.

Overall, this is a good beer to end a night with after a long one, or just a good brew to have w/ a bowl of ice cream after a long long eve of work.


chocosushi, May 07, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a dark brown with a cream-colored one-finger head. The retention was underwhelming. Lacing could have been better as well.

S: Dark fruits come through most prominently up front, with a bit of oatmeal in the finish. The smell could have been stronger to make the beer more appealing in my opinion.

T: Pleasant dark fruits up front leading into a caramel and toffee finish. Very mild in terms of bitterness, and a pleasantly sweet lingering aftertaste. I didn't get any oatmeal in the flavor.

M: Fairly creamy with a full body. Very light on the carbonation. I would have enjoyed a slightly creamier feel.

D: Easier and easier to find (I saw this in a Duane Reade the other day), but a bit on the pricier side. I would be happy drinking several of these in the same night.

schlimenhaumer, May 07, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a large dark tan head that settles down to just a thin layer of foam. I can see some carbonation creeping up the sides of the glass. Lases well.

S: I notice right away a grape, almost wine-like aroma. Along with prunes and other dark fruits. I also get some faint oatmeal smell with some maltyness. Even get some milk chocolate scent, although no coffee to speak of.

T: I remember my first sip. It had me saying "wow, this is GOOD!." Big malt backbone that carries dark fruit flavors across the palate. When swallowing you get a grape/wine tartness that lingers for a bit, making you want to take another swig. Not bitter or dry in any way, shape, or form.

M: Medium-Full body thanks to the oatmeal and carbonation. This beer is so silky, and creamy and smooth its hard to describe until you try it for yourself. Its also slightly chewy. Doesn't get much better than this.

I've always liked oatmeal stouts, but this is THE oatmeal stout IMO. I highly recommend picking this one up, it won't disappoint if you like the style. I can find no flaws with this beer.

iDrinknewglarus, May 05, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Dark brown with a 1 Big Toe mocha head that dissapates fairly quick but leaves beautiful lacing. Thin filmy head rests on top throughout the whole experience, this beer is picture perfect.

Smell-Light chocolate and coffee notes along with a very sweet brown sugar kick.

Taste-Initially got some booze, and then remember this beer was not a Russian Imperial, but it works. After the kick hit of booze it mellows out. Get some light chocolate and a very rich sweetness but gets balanced with some dark fruit and a light bitterness on the backend. A light Oatmeal taste rests on your tongue until your next sip.

Mouthfeel-Creamy and smooth, feels real nice. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Just a bit too thin.

Overall-This beer is awesome, this is the standard I judge the few Oatmeal Stouts I've had on. Well crafty, nicely balanced. Definitely an "A" Oatmeal Stout.

SWMeyer4141, May 05, 2011
Photo of Pundarquartis
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black liquid contrasted by a cream colored head towering about 1,5 inches. The aroma is earthy with a hint of roasted coffee and chocolate, however rather bland and weak. The taste is light but complex with a lot of grains and a hint of coffee, though I must say I felt a slightly metallic aftertaste which brings down the grade a notch.. It is smooth to the palate and makes a rather easy beer to drink, perfect session beer. Overall it is a great beer with some minor flaws, deeply recommended.

Pundarquartis, May 04, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never had anything from Samuel Smith, but this particular brew has been on my list for quite a while. The name “Oatmeal Stout” is different, yes, and it definitely used to turn me off (I’m not a fan of oatmeal in the slightest). Now, however, I find it nothing less than intriguing.

A: This one pours a thick, syrupy black. There’s only the tiniest bit of light that’s getting through the body. The head is big and dark brown. Intimidating.

S: There’s a ton of sugar in the nose. Brown sugar and cinnamon – not surprising for oatmeal. Chocolate and the bitter hints of yeast.

T: There’s a nice dry breadiness that comes across the entire palate. Not as sweet as the nose, but I like that; it allows more of the mellow barley flavors to come out. The sweet is in the form of milky chocolate and wheaty banana. It’s a good blend of simple flavors, but it’s a bit bland at times. It’s smooth and balanced in a way that doesn’t let a whole lot of flavors emerge. Still, a nice sipper.

M: The flavors almost beg for this to be a thick drinker. Its syrupy look is quite contrary to the in-mouth texture. Just because it’s surprising, though, doesn’t mean it’s bad. In this case, it doesn’t serve the palate in the best way.

O: I really wanted to love this beer. Unfortunately, it had the elements I don’t like about oatmeal – improper texture and taste that, at times, is pretty bland. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s definitely not in my hall of fame.

BarryMFBurton, May 01, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Rich milk chocolate with a prominent herbal note, subtle fruits.

L: Black with a light tan tight head, solid retention and lacing.

T: Rich toffee and chocolately sweetness yields to a medium low bitterness. Light roasty dryness ups the drinkability without too much sweetness. some subtle dark fruits as it warms.

m: Medium carbonation, medium full creamy body.

Just amazing, full rich flavors with enough bitterness and carbonation to keep it in check. Unbelievably smooth.

bum732, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Fatheranderson
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. When I saw this priced at $3 a bottle, I figured "Eh, it's cheap, it can't be THAT good". I never knew I could be that wrong before (I really should've learned from Young's Double Chocolate that cheaper beer can be good beer)


Pitch black, thick, similar in color to tar. Just like a stout should be! The only reason it missed a perfect 5/5 is because it could be a shade lighter and it wouldn't hurt anything. 4.5/5


I'm getting a nose full of... hmmm... prunes... and a hint of grape. Maybe a little bit of plum. Smell is incredibly inviting. 5/5


Smooth, delicious, dry. That plum comes back strong and segues into a dry oatmeal style flavor. It cuts off the sweetness at just the right time to keep it from ruining the flavor. 4.5/5


Thicker than average, but I would've liked it to be just a little tiny bit thicker. It needs to be almost chewy to make it perfect. 4/5


WOW. For the price, I can only say that this beer is one of the better choices on the market. I'll be enjoying this for years to come. 4.5/5

Fatheranderson, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How have I not had any Samuel Smith yet?? Crazy. Picked up at KJ Baarons.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, darkdense black colour with nice thick two finger dark tan head that quickly faded to a mocha halo.

S - Typical oatmeal stout aromas here, roasty malts and oats with a faint coffee smell too. Oddly there are some dark fruit aromas as well.

T - Deep roasty malts with a light coffee and chocolate flavour. Again, those dark fruits make their odd appearance. Definately picking up on the milky taste/feel.

M - Creamy, yet still a slightly higher amount of carbonation keeps this from falling flat and always remain crisp not heavy.

O - Overall, this is a nice oatmeal stout. I can see why people enjoy this so much. Still though, the random dark fruit notes I kept getting kinda killed it for me.

rudzud, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby red or black with a khaki head and great retention. Sticks to the glass like a pro. Smells of milk or lactose and mocha.

Tastes are coffee and sweet malts, but with a milky coffee mouthfeel that kind of melts in your mouth. Very smooth beer with a pleasant coffee taste in the front and a little hop kick in the finish that totally balances out this beer perfectly.

I get the feeling that this is one of those quintessential stouts that may not be the best beer in the world, but one of those staples in the stout world, and I can certainly see why. This beer is more than solid; it's the embodiment of a stout.

chodinheaven, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - pitch black body under four fingers of dark tan/light brown frothy head; excellent lace; beautiful!

S - rich caramel and toasted malt; coffee; oats; nuts; a faint fruity note

T - roasted malt with caramel sweetness; bitter chocolate/coffee flavor balances this brew very well, especially in the creamy, bittersweet finish.

M - smooth and velvety; medium body with average carbonation; great mouthfeel!

O - Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout got me addicted to craft beer. It looks beautiful in the glass, smells inviting, feels great on the tongue, and offers a very complex and well-balanced flavor. Worth every cent!

lwillitz, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep dark brown with a nice light coffee hued head on top. able to see some light through it when held to light. great retention on the head.

S: rich with roast and coffee notes. however it does have a subtle smooth sweet maltiness to it. cocoa powder.

T: surprisingly simple stout body. more sweet than dry. the chocolate is gentle and smoothed out from the oats. a little bit of nuttiness.

M: medium body with a fairly soft carbonation. the smoothness is actually a bit too soft in my opinion.

D: i remember this one being way richer in the past. maybe it is just my palate, but something seems to be lacking. still a good oatmeal stout, but i like more body on mine!

Jimmys, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I stored this bottle in the fridge, but I let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before pouring it into a tulip-shaped snifter-style beer glass.

The beer gives a bountiful light tan head standing firmly over a deep, dark mahogany liquid. Nice gentle woodsy aroma. A little cocoa. Something else I can't quite put my finger on. Oats? Very subtle.

The taste is very smooth and creamy. Very rich and velvety mouthfeel. I taste nuts, raisins, toffee, sarsaparilla, cola, and a hint of vanilla. It's got a fair amount of sweetness to it, but there's enough bitterness to balance it out and remind you of what you're enjoying. This baby is smoooth. It doesn't bite at all. Unfortunately, the finish doesn't last all that long and you quickly want another sip.

I haven't had this beer since college, but it's just as I remembered it - very easy to drink. When I'm in the mood for stout, I usually go for something more substantial, but this is still one delicious brew. It's very satisfying without being heavy or overwhelming.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the first craft beers I ever bought. I have been sitting on this for over two years.

Appearance – Pours into my glass with a dark chocolate, semi see-through color. About a finger and a half of dark tan head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of chocolate, oats, barley slight vanilla, maple/caramel, and dark fruits such as raisin.

Taste – I was expecting the flavor to be a hint more sweet from the aroma. Bittersweet cocoa, rich roasted malts, slight licorice and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium to a hint lighter bodied. Slightly creamy yet still, as stated, a bit lighter mouthfeel.

Overall – A good rendition of the style, though honestly I probably wouldn’t get it again. Crazy I have held on to this as long as I have.

SpdKilz, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark drown with 2 finger fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing thoughout

S-Has a nice strong coffee smell wit some hints of vanilla and raisin in there. No oatmeal smell really

T-Bam, hints you with a nice coffee taste right at the beginning followed by some nice sweet chocolate notes, Near the end i get the oatmeal flavor and thickness or chewyness of oatmeal. its great

M-Medium Body with decent carbonation

D-Overall this is a very drinkable beer. Love that the smell is not overpowering of oatmeal but you def. still catch that taste when you drink it. Any body that loves beer and coffee will love this beer. Great beer samuel Smiths, Well Done

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a puffy, 3 finger, tan head. Leaves a ton of thick, sticky lacing

S - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, and oats. Faints hints of chocolate and mocha.

T - No taste is too strong. Nice notes of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, oatmeal, toffee, and even a hint of vanilla, quite nice.

M - Almost silky. It's got some body, but it's quite smooth. Leaves the throat a bit dry.

Overall - I thought it was a pretty good beer. It was unoffensive, so it was good, but at the same time, it left me wanting a bit. But it was very solid. I think this would be a great beer to introduce to new beer drinkers to stouts and particularly, oatmeal stouts.

BeerBuckeye, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just stopped by East Milton Liquors to try something different and grabbed this and West Coast's Imperial Stout. Going to be smooth and chill night.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger off yellow head and the color is pitch black. Leaves lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: I can smell some chocolate and the roasted aromas produced from the malt.

Taste: Delicious. This beer has a nice blend to it. It is smooth and silky. You got hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a little oatmeal, and a little vanilla. It all mixes well with each other and make me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a little bit of carbonation. It went down smooth and finished dry. So good, I took many more sips to let it wander.

Overall: I have had this beer before and would purchase it again. Very easy to drink and would buy another bottle or order it on draft if it were ever available. Sammy Smith has been around for hundreds of years ans this is a good staple from their beer selection. I am happy I bought it tonight.

Flounder57, Apr 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is something different...I poured it into a pint glass. Black with tan head. Leaves lacing.

I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but this beer is silky smooth yet thick and creamy. Very nice.

Smell: Molasses and faint chocolate. Not too strong.

I'm having a tough time pinning down the taste. Good roasted malt flavor, some dark chocolate and molasses. There's some bitter herbal quality.

Quite complex. I enjoyed the change from other stouts (non-oatmeal), even if I struggled to identify it completely.

dkrusekontrol, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of teromous
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours dark brown with a substantial foamy head. It looks very creamy with fine bubbles...almost indistinguishable.

S: It smells slightly yeasty but very metallic. I noticed at the end of the bottle, a little more character came out (malty scent and a little bit of vanilla).

T: It tastes like a mellow stout, light on bitterness and slightly roasted. There's a slight vanilla flavor.

M: It's dry and has a little sting to it. I was surprised it's not as smooth as it looks in the glass.

O: Overall it wasn't bad, it's a very non-distinct stout which is pleasant. I wish it had better character in the scent because it really detracts from the overall appeal getting a nose full of metal when drinking. At the end of the bottle the scent got much better.

teromous, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Stout pours a dense looking dark walnut brown color that only lets light penetrate through when I tip the snifter and hold it up to a light. The head is a thing of beauty with its latte’ color, creamy texture and excellent retention. Lacing is also quite good, leaving plenty of foam art on the sides of my glass.

The aroma is strikingly fruity with a nice raisin character that hits the nose first before the more stout like chocolaty and slightly roasty notes come through. Oats also play a pretty major role in the nose with their hearty aroma showing much more than in most oatmeal stouts I have had.

The flavor is still quite fruity with a definite sweet character to it and some raisin notes, but it has a bit more of a roasty bite to it. Bitter cocoa and some coffee notes blend well with the fruity character, some toffee and a nice molasses sweetness. This stout is far from in your face and all the flavors meld together well, offering up a very enjoyable drinking experience.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I had expected after seeing how thick the beer looked. It is squarely medium but has an amazingly silky texture that makes this a joy to imbibe. The finish is slightly fruity and chocolaty with a definite sweetness lingering.

I had this beer once a long time ago and remembered being a bit disappointed. While not as roasty as I tend to like my stouts, this is a very tasty beer that was super drinkable and had some great flavors to it. It is a must try, as well as a beer that I will most certainly revisit in the future.

zoso1967, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of machostacos
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my favorite tulip glass. My first Samuel Smith brew, and surely one to be remembered.

A: completely opaque with a sticky tan-colored head. Great lacing.

S: Undeniably English. Roasted oats, raisins, molasses, and an earthy, herbal, almost floral sweetness.

T: Dark roasted malt, molasses, some chocolate, and a big helping of sweet, fruity, estery English yeasty goodness and a slight earthiness. Finishes a little tart with a full, round sweetness balanced lightly by a weak bitterness.

M: "Light" for its jet-black color and oh-so-smooth. Light carbonation keeps it slick and velvety. Lovely.

O: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a classic and is definitely like tasting a little bit of history (especially considering this beer was reintroduced nearly a decade before I was born!) I personally prefer the American Oatmeal stouts (there's something about genuine English beers that are cloying to me - their unmistakable flavor profile gets old quickly to me for some reason) - maybe American beers are just a bit "crisper" or "cleaner." Whatever it may be, I'm happy to try the Oatmeal Stout By Which All Others Are Measured, and I'm sure I'll revisit it someday, but for now I think I'll stick to the American versions.

machostacos, Apr 09, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,440 ratings.