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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,418
Reviews: 2,118
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 212
Gots: 412 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of kashmoney
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle bought at local wine/beer shop in Chicago, IL

A - Opaque brown pour with a two finger creamy, light brown head. Good retention.

S - Malty with a hint of chocolate.

T - Malty followed a intense sweetness finished with a mouth cleansing bitterness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth.

D - Nice drinkable beer. Something to have with a meal and then have another aftewards to enjoy the post meal coma with.

kashmoney, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of sugit
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Very dark brown color with a couple fingers of long lasting thick head.

S: Roasted malts and molasses.

T: Lots of bitter chocolate, touch of coffee, some sweetness

M: Med body, very creamy, very smooth, with very little sticking on the lips. Little carbonation outside of intial pour.

D: I could put these down one after another. Very easy drinking. Excellent value. Would recommond to someone as a replacement for Guinness.

sugit, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of schoolglue
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Smell: Has a very thick and sweet molasses type smell. Got a whiff of dark chocolate and dark coffee in there as well. After a few sips a roasted barley aroma became much more apparent. A slight metallic odor cutting through the sweetness.

Taste: Opens with a distinct bittersweet dark chocolate taste. leaves a fine and long lasting toffee aftertaste. Oatmeal taste becomes much more prominent towards the end. Finishes nicely with a hint of bitterness.

schoolglue, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.43/5  rDev +5%

The pour delivers a beer of the deepest brown, which holds a two and a half finger mocha colored head. When held to the light there is visible translucency towards the edges and bottom of the glass, but it is otherwise dark. The head is light and foamy, slowly receding to leave a thick, batter-like lacing down the glass. The aroma is composed heavily of malts, with oats clearly peaking through. There is also a sweetness of dark fruits, such as figs, and a faint twinge of metallic fragrance. The taste begins with grains. The frontrunner here is malty, but there is a soothing swirl of oat and lighter grain which calm the malts down. As the sip progresses through to the middle, there is an enormous sweetness, coupled with a nice roasty flavor. The sip concludes on the anticipatory notes of dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The mouth is left semi-dry, gently coated, and cooled. The liquid itself has medium to high carbonation and a thicker body, but goes down with an unexpectedly slick smoothness. Because of these characteristics and the standard abv, the drinkability is quite good.

Overall, the absolute best thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. It is silky smooth, and curiously curbs some of the admittedly robust flavors into easier drinking components. This brew exhibits the full gamut of aromas and flavors, and then some, expected of a stout, helping propel it as an exceptional beer.

TheBrewo, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of jrc64
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

This one has aromas of malt and oatmeal! Smells like a hearty beer and it does not dissapoint!

A great assortment of flavors here. Malt, hints of chocolate and good old fashioned oatmeal! Wonderful Stout from one of my favorite breweries!

Do not miss this one! Great on a cool winter night!

jrc64, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mountsnow1010
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle into chimay goblet.

A - Root beer - lots of carbonation around bottom of glass, nice thick head. Head is more viscous than if this were root beer, of course.

S - Oats with some molasses in the mix for good measure. Malty. Not really any hops presence. Some sort of prune smell or something too.

T - Tastes like slightly toasted and charred oatmeal. Nice. Not overly flavorful (maybe somewhat under-flavored). Bit of a metallic flavor present, too, though. Not a fan of that, but it isn't too bad. Also got a nice taste of fruitcake soaked in rum (post-lighting). Fruity caramelized sugars there.

M - Very nice. Almost feels light in the mouth..."fluffy"? Definitely creamy.

D - If I were at a bar with this on tap I'd probably have quite the headache the next morning - this is a very pleasant beer to drink.

mountsnow1010, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.43/5  rDev +5%

A - Black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves a slick coat of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and molasses. I get a burnt aroma that reminds me of a campfire.

T - Sweet malt, roasty, Dark chocolate with hints of burnt coffee grounds. Becomes creamy in the finish with a lingering oatmeal aftertaste.

M - Medium body and creamy with just a touch of stickiness.

D - Very smooth and well balanced.

brewcrew76, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle served at the Sharp Edge Creekside. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A - Poured an almost completely opaque black. Some light seeps through on the edges showing a nice dark brown color. A nice creamy thick 1.5 finger light brown color head forms. Nice retention.

S - Oatmeal is quite noticeable (I was hoping so!). Roasted malts, some slight coffee aromas, and the slightest bit of chocolate. A really nice full nuttiness comes through as well which is quite warming.

T - Roasted malts and a nice sweetness that almost seems lactose like. Nice nuttiness comes out on the taste as well. Slight molasses and toffee come out rounding things out quite nicely.

M - Lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. For a regular style stout (aka not a thick hearty stout where I would expect a lot of body), it is quite nice.

D - Rerally great beer and very very drinkable. This is my personal favorite oatmeal stout and I think the best interpretation ofthe style.

KAP1356, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Luckily my local grocery store has this in abundance, figured I'd see what all the fuss is about. Poured into a SN pint glass.
Appearance- Now that's what I like to see. Pours with huge dark tan head, with a completely opaque extremely dark brown color, and great lacing This just looks delicious, hopefully the rest will hold up.

Smell-Oatmeal, gentle spice, chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee all blend together to make this absolutely incredible and complex smell, easily one of the most pleasant tasting beers I have had the pleasure of sampling.

T= smooth oatmeal, toffee, a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, very bitter, with a bit of a metalllic twang to it. Good, but not as good as the smell.

Mouthfeel-Thick, full bodied, and chewy, perfectly complements the taste

D=Outstanding, the sweet taste and 5% abv make this one I could come back to two or three times during an evening

Good, well rounded oatmeal stout, with an incredible aroma to boot. Highly recommended.

ramseye4, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Brown head that goes away quickly but with the high carbonation it makes a slight silky smooth film that lingers. This beer is not totally opaque, some dark ruby red colors can be seen.

Sweet aroma of roasted hops, molasses and oatmeal. This has a great smell.

The body is silky smooth and really light. A little carbonation.

The taste is quite good. Sweet taste of roasted malts, hops and barley. A slight toffee and molasses background.

Drink ability is quite decent. It does get a little heavy towards the end of the beer. It does have a good taste.

9InchNails, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of MattyV
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a near-opaque jet black with 1.5 finger frothy khaki head that leaves a few spots of lacing but recedes rather quickly.

Nose is full of gentle bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt, smell is a bit sweet overall. The taste is oh so smooth-- sweet and creamy upfront with a pronounced roasty/chocolate maltiness. Toffee and nuts start to show up as it warms. Light bitterness (and a touch sour?) in the middle keeps the rich malt in check perfectly, leading to a finish that is neither sweet nor bitter, but begs for another sip.

Silky, luxurious body with a nice a creamy mouthfeel. I remembered loving this when it came available last year around the holidays, and I wasn't let down this time around. I'd recommend this to introduce newbies to the style, it packs a whole lot of flavour, is complex, and is also well-balanced so it is likely to appeal to many.

MattyV, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
5/5  rDev +18.5%

We are all a little biased when it comes to our favorite beers but since that is consistent all around the map - nothing to worry about..
appearance: beautiful black.. a little red when held to the light but one of the blackest beers you will find.
smell: big sweet dark (and dried) fruit.. hints of mollasses and caramel.. coffee (and here it is very relative- I get almost a complex African coffee)
taste:sweet, tart.. maybe black current.. slightly sour.. beautiful berry undertones.. are they black, blue? - you decide! wonderful maltiness.
mouthfeel: big syrupy feel..nectar!
drinkability: surprisingly easy to drink

mcdevster, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.43/5  rDev +5%

This dark as coal beer poured a three finger head of light chocolate brown tight bubbles. When the head settled it left very clinging lace. The color is a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. This is the darkest beer I have ever rated. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some earthly smells of damp places where mushrooms and moss grow. Tastes of dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, very dark molasses, clover, sweet malts and roasted oats. Good creamy feeling in my mouth with just a little attention getting zing. Maybe a little heavy for drinking all the time, this beer does offer great flavor and body and a great beer for special occasions.

beerprovedwright, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of goalie33
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Opaque black beer with 2 fingers of tan head. A fair amount of lacing in the glass.
S: Roasted malts
T: Nice roasted flavors with a sweetness that I can't quite describe, but it is very tasty.
M: Very soft, medium to full body, very smooth.

This is a very tasty stout. Nice roasted malt flavors with a hint of sweetness that makes this stout very enjoyable to drink.

goalie33, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ztaylor1
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance- an opaque black/brown with a tan head that rises high and falls slowly. Very good retention.

Smell- dark chocolate in front with a bit of coffee followed by sweet, sweet malt.

Taste- hint of chocolate, lots of coffee bitterness that lingers while the malt balances.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy.

Drink- while its fairly easy to drink, I can never drink more than one.

ztaylor1, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy light brown head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Nearly perfect here.

4.5 S: Plenty of strength in the aroma for a 5% stout. Oatmeal is very apparent with healthy amounts of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Also, this is surprisingly nutty, which I wholey welcome. Very nice.

5.0 T: Again, very flavorful for such a small beer. Light lactose-like sourishness. Roasted and toasted malts. Coffee is full force with nuttiness right behind. Some molasses and just a touch of breadiness. Really good!

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Moderate, but lively carbonation. Super smooth, but I wish the body was a bit thicker making this creamier. Still, not bad for how light it is.

5.0 D: Even with some minor issues in the mouthfeel, this is one hell of a beer. Sam Smith is pretty much the king of UK. Just about everything I've had is tops for the country. This is exceptionally tasty given how small of a beer it is and allows you to drink plenty of it, which is why I wish I had more.

DavoleBomb, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Served in a mug

A: pours a dark dark brown close to black. Ample head that is quite foamy and is a light brown or coffee color. The head begins to dissipate quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing scattered around the glass

S: a nice bright almost sweet scent, has a buttery note as other ba's have indicated

T: beautiful taste, strong coffee and chocolate notes, little to no oatmeal taste however when compared to other oatmeal stouts like browns brewing. Still a great tasting stout

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, nice smooth drinking brew, leaves a nice smoothness on the tongue, deep brew that drinks like you would expect it to

BigPlay1824, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark, really dark pour. Near pitch black, but with a bit of translucence when shined through like giving a garnet hue. Head is mocha, with a good few fingers of head. Lacing is nice, leaving a clear trail. Nice.

Buttery smell with a burnt character, lacking though, but a mild coffee character. Mild sweetness and earthy tones.

Roasted malt goodness delivers with a smoothness that can't be beat. Oatmeal does justice here, as the roasted malts are smoothed over, providing a very refreshing stout. Sweetness is there, but is suppressed by a mild hop profile.

Creamy finish leaves quickly making you want the next sip more and more. Alcohol is nonexistent, and at 5%, you won't feel bad knocking back a few. Awesome

Delicious, a "go to" for me if there is one. hands down a great beer to introduce a non-geek into beer, as this one will get someone off the Guinness bandwagon in a heart beat.

Cheesemoose, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of slayer3604
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

This has always been a classic favorite beer, and one that I recommend to almost anyone looking to get into darker stuff, without sacrificing drinkability and gutting their wallet. A consistent, well rounded and exceptionally well crafted beauty of an oatmeal-stout.

A-Fluffy, permanent creamy head of an off white nature rests mightily upon a pitch black mass which, if held up to the light, produces an array of brown to mahogany highlights.

S- Almost gouda-like fruity notes, with some beautiful chocolate flashes here and there.

T-balanced roast, with some chocolate, a lingering sweetness that is not cloying but provides a long relaxing finish, mixed with some fizzy carbonation which gives way to a sweet smokey flavor. AWESOME!

M- medium, but just enough to create firmness amongst all of the different flavors. Not watery, not thick, just relaxing and beautiful.

D- Its affordable and common enough to be an every day drinker. Why I don't drink this every day? I like trying new stuff, but its an old time favorite and was a great way to smooth out a hectic day.

Cheers, SS!

slayer3604, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Drank from my Bombardier Conic Pint Glass

A - Pours a deep ebony colour that has an oily appearence. The head is frothy and tanned but dies rather quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee and milk chocolate dominate this brew.

T - This is a very credible stout, and is a perfect balance of coffee and milky chocolate with an oatmeal undertone, a tiny little bitterness on the finish.

M - The best part of this beer. Is low carbonation and such a dark smoothness to it with a full body.

D - This is top draw Oatmeal stout and I doubt you will find any better.

eric5bellies, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance - Opaque dark brown almost black color. Luscious, tan, thick, flamboyant head. Prolific amount of lacing left behind. A new ring after each sip. Dark ruby/red highlights visible only when held directly to the light.

Smell - Roasted coffee malt that smells of cream and dry oats. A delicate sweetness comes forth from the cream. Even uncovering a chocolate milk scent. Outstanding.

Taste - Dry roasted oats opening the taste. The coffee is inconspicuous at first, but really shines as the beer crosses the palate toward the throat. The silky smooth chocolate milk is more distinguished in the the taste. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry with a pronounced warmth after the swallow. Smooth and creamy. Precise and approapriate. An almost slippery or oily finish that I found very delectable.

Drinkability - Wow!!! That's about all I can say. Truly an extraordinary Stout. I really don't see how Sam Smith's makes such well rounded beers. The only reason I didn't score this as a perfect brew is because if I find a Stout that is better, I want to leave myself some wiggle room. Other than that. It's the best Stout I have had thus far on my short journey.

Shrews629, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

A: three fingers of light tan. Dark brown body with a ruby color in the light.

S: pungent and wonderful. Lots off roasted aroma with a bit of oat and dark fruit smell.

T: there is a touch of astringency at the end. It is incredibly smooth. There is a prominent chocolate flavor and general roasted goodness. Lots of dark fruit flavors like a bit of cherry.

M: Great carbonation and medium body. Wonderful.

D: super drinkable. Just a really enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel and just smoothness are something special.

OnThenIn, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

This brew poured a wonderfully smooth, black color. As you look with light, there is a bit of a dark brown highlights, that fall near the lower half of the glass. There is nice, thick, bubbly tan head, that disappears some what quickly. There is some nice, spiderweb like lacing that follows throughout.

The smell isn't overbearing at all. There is a nice aroma of coffe and roasted barley. That follows with a nice deep aroma of heavy grains. This beer isn't complex, but given the style, its a great respresentation thus far with a brew that seems to have a great focus on the great and malt profiles. I am not really detecting any presence of hops.

As stated above, this brew is not complex, but for the representation of this brew, its probably one of the best I have seen. Its balanced perfectly and goes down smooth. The flavor that his you first are the grains and the coffee. Once you get that nice roasted coffee flavor, it follows up with the barley and oatmeals flavors that just give this brew a wonderful flavor. At the close of the brew this is a bit of a bitter, alcohol taste, but its very light, and goes well with the brew.

The mouthful is amazing. There rich, darkness of the beer covers the carbonation. The carbonation though, makes everything just blend well. Its a little heavy, but the ABV is relatively low. Its a nice smooth brew, and a great finish.

As I stated a few times above, this brew is a fantastic representation of the style. Its a great creamy beer, that is just smooth and comes together and has a nice finish. The look on this brew is a bit scary at first, but the drink is actually pretty easy and I certianly could do a few of these in a session with the lower ABV and the fact that its that smooth. Great brew.

mattgreger, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark with a nice head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Chocolate and toffee with Dark malts in the background.

Taste: Flavors come in waves one after the other. Chocolate and dark malts, then toffee and then the oat smooth ending that is also a little buttery. Fantastic and complex.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly as a desert beer.

wmtxbb, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of katybee
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

Hmmm. Well, I can say I preferred this over the slightly bitter-sour taste of Guinness stout...but for a "celebrated oatmeal stout" by an English brewery, it wasn't quite as expected.

Poured the classic dark coke brown, with not excessive 1/2" tan head...minimal lacing...standard.

Only trace hint of malt smell as the beer warmed...barely anything at all.

Having recently tasted Guiness, I was expecting this oatmeal stout to be much sweeter and medium bodied in comparison. Instead, it had barely a flavor at all, even on outbreath. Not malty at all. Perhaps slightly "bready", like a dinner roll, with honey....No toasty carmels, although some malted flavor did come forward with warming to room temp. Exceptionally "plain" --no untoward aftertastes of either malt or hops towards sourness or bitterness or any flavors at all...which would make it a good session beer or combined with any food, even finer pastas.

Nice thick carbonation foaming inside the mouth, but still not the slippery creaminess or thickness of some; I'd say this had a thin-medium body comparable to Guinness.

Very drinkable; almost "dry", a little sweet; good in combination with any food. Just not as "memorable" as some other microbrews or a good doppelbock.

katybee, Nov 16, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,418 ratings.