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

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5,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 476 | 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 dkrusekontrol
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
Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance pours a deepest amber-red, almost black with 2 fingers of bubbly, chocolate-tan head that lasts a little while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Roasty oats and malt with a little cocoa and a hint of herbal hops.

Taste. Roasty malt, a little chocolate and coffee. Just a little sweetness and bitterness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Lighter-medium body, good carbonation. Great.

Overall. Pretty much the benchmark for oatmeal stouts. Nothing really fancy here, just a very well-crafted beer.

Rutager, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown near black colour, slight off white head, light lace spots. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee, faint alcohol and subtle chocolate notes, there is also a metallic presence that is there. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee initially, a light chocolate and mild acidity show up after that, there is also a light astringency in there. Good mouthfeel light creamy feel, medium carbonation. Drinks pretty good overall, not my favorite but quite a solid effort that is worth trying or revisiting.

peensteen, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ToddT
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a thick tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, toffee, wood char, and molasses.

T- Roasted malt at first with a lot of earthy undertones that carry on throughout until the finish, which is dry and biting with a slightly acidic quality. As it warms the oats becomes more of a standout on the palate and a smoky peat moss and tobacco quality becomes more noticeable in the undertones.

M- Creamy and silky, very smooth and full bodied, the carbonation is low as expected.

D- Very drinkable and at 5% ABV you could try to session this one, it is a meal in itself though.

Excellent oatmeal stout and one of my favorites.

ToddT, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of bpw28
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Tan-Chocolate Nice Big Head, Deep Deep Brown Color, Great Lacing.

Nose: Bannana, Nutmeg, Clove, Light Roasty.

Taste: A nice fullness, pretty smooth, get that bannana with an interesting flavor I couldn't put my finger on chalking it up to oatmeal. Mid quickly goes into finish. Mid had a black berry like taste to me, finish had a nice sweet then hoppy finish.

Final Thoughts: Good Stuff. It's suppose to be pretty much baseline oatmeal stout, and I can see why.

Food Pairing:Pork any style, Mild Lamb Dishes, Yellow and other lighter flavored cakes, Mellow Chicken dishes, Cream based Sauces, Strong Pastas like Putanesca.

bpw28, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet but here we go. Great looking stout especially considering this is only 5% ABV. Black in color and absorbing all light. A large fluffy tan head, sticky and resinous in retention and lacing.

Light coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, oat, blackberry and prune aromas with a earthy ester at the end.

So soft and smooth in the middle and finish, just amazing mouthfeel. Thick and creamy and delicious. Velvety on the tongue from the oats. Medium roast with coffee and dark chocolate dominating the middle. Black figs, and raising, unmalted barley, earthy resinous hops on the long droning finish. A bit leathery and hints of tobacco. Great beer.

mcallister, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours black with a ton of soft, pillowy thick tan head. Dark brown edges makes this guy look malty and inviting. Rings the edges the entire beer.

S : starts with a slight skunkish smell. Hope it's not old! Chocolate and Almost caramel scent.

T : no skunk! Starts watery for half the beer, then a bittersweet chocolate and smooth finish. The oatmeal isn't big and chewy but leads the mothfeel instead. The finish is sweet and pops a bit from the carbonation. There is a very small hint of smokey vanilla towards the very end.

M : the effervescence seems a little high for a stout, but it carries the second half of the beer's flavor through so nicely. The oatmeal also helps the feel.

D : I can drink it forever and ever...

A great beer that is drinkable and delicious!

Thads324, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a finger of brown head with largish bubbles. A bit of lacing but not a ton.

S- It's a really great smell that's a little hard to describe. A dark sweetness with notes of toffee, molasses, dark maple syrup. Some licorice, spiced rum with cinnamon and bourbony vanilla. Really nice and strong and complex.

T- The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. There's some raisin, wood smoke, rye bread. Much more of a char character like an astringent Baltic porter compared to the sweet smell which resembled more of an Impy stout.

M- Good carbonation level. It's a scoatch syrupy but not very much.

O- A great smelling beer that really changes flavors with the taste. I don't get the "slimy" aspect of oats that's often mentioned so I'm not sure if this can really be the benchmark, but still delicious and enjoyable.

zdk9, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance - 2 finger brown head jet black thin lacing.

Smell - Dark malts with coffee, chocolate in the back end.

Taste - Same as the smell, dark roasted malts with coffee in the middle and chocolate on the finish. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - The oats in this make in so smooth and silky its unreal no bite to it but I for one hate that in a stout.

Overall - I can't find anything wrong with this beer the craftsmanship is outstanding go grab one and see for yourself.

Jinholic, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of LebronJeremy
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sits like a work of art in the glass. Black with a tan caramelly looking head.

S: Not very earthy smelling but the hops are clearly present. The coffee and chocolate makes this just smell mouthwatering. It's not too rich, though; it's nicely balanced by the roast.

T: Perfect. I have yet to have a better tasting beer. Incredibly balanced flavor with the sweetness of the malt and the chocolate being countered by the roast of the coffee and the very mild bitterness that disappears as soon as this is swallowed. Completely clean finish.

M: I'm being a stickler by only giving it a 4.0. The mouthfeel is pretty standard for an oatmeal stout--thicker than a lager but it's not milk. I just want the creaminess of a Belhaven Scottish Ale mixed with the flavor of this beer. It'd be like a milkshake.

O: Everyone in my family likes this beer, and NO ONE else in my family likes beer. It may be the perfect stout for me.

LebronJeremy, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle served in a large glass beer mug.

L - black as night with a tan head that took a long time to thin out and left a few spots of lacing.

S - dark roasted malts.

T - rich and roasty all the way through with subtle notes of chocolate licorice.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

O - overall a very good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Ommy
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oatmeal Stout is poured dark and frothy. The head seems to dissipate in a minute or two until it reaches a thin top layer, leaving behind a beautiful lacing. It is fairly opaque and appetizing.

On the nose I get a mocha-chocolate mix, with some cream aspects at the end. The hops are very much in the background, accentuating the darker flavors nicely. The whipped cream from a pie comes to mind.

The taste is quite different that I had expected. I seems partly subdued in the beginning, a fair strength taste of roasted barley in the midtaste, with a decent bite on the finish. The aftertaste is not bad, it reminds me of the feeling and taste you get after eating a banana.

The mouthfeel is very interesting. It is sort of a mix between smooth, and stingy. The brew washes over the taste buds like silk, but then attacks them with the bitterness of the hops. I like it a lot!

Overall I would say this beer is very nice. The taste on the beginning is a little lackluster, but not underwhelming in the least. The other aspects of the beer more than make up for it and provide a good stout I would recommend trying.

Ommy, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Ochsenblut
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The jet black body is topped with a one-finger khaki head. The lacing is incredible.

The smell is coffee and dark chocolate.

This oatmeal stout is extremely smooth and has a substantial mouthfeel. It's surprisingly sweet yet chalky with chocolate and tobacco notes. A slight coffee-like astringency keeps it all in balance. The aftertaste is round with some residual chalkiness and burnt toast.

I was expecting a much drier stout, mainly due to my lack of experience with anything but Irish stouts. This is a little sweet for a session, but enjoyable none the less.

Ochsenblut, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night. Truly opaque. A nice 3 finger khaki head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate.

T - Wow, this top notch. A great roasted malt taste with the added benefit that you actually pick up a touch of "oatiness". Other flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of bitter. Nice residual sweetness.

M - Thick body...extremely creamy & chewy.

O - This is one of the best. The standard for Oatmeal stouts. Very drinkable. A great gateway into stouts. Solid!

Brunite, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was good, first time I had it was at the Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown Pa. The beer is nice rich and dark. The aroma and taste reflect the look of te beer. This beer had a bit of a metallic flavor at first which faded in time. I liked the strong roasted flavors it had running through it. It was a good beer for sure. Enjoyed it even more the second time I had it.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is dark brown with ¼" of tan foamy head that persists well and leaves sticky patches and patterns of lacing. Sipping leaves nice lacing on the glass and the head persists pretty much to the end of the beer in the form of small sheets and some slender leggy lacing..

Smell: The aromas include some chocolate, roasted malt, brown bread, and traces of toffee and coffee.

Taste: The flavors include some dark chocolate semi-sweetnes and roasted malts with traces of molasses and coffee. The hops show mostly in the finish and are not particularly prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium and smooth but just a bit on the prickly side from the carbonation. The finish includes some bitterness and ends with a touch of sweetness

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I've enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Each sip was enjoyable and left me wanting another. I'll have this beer again in the future. My overall impression is of a well made beer that deserves the high regard in which many people hold it. It is well balanced and worth drinking.

drtth, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The coffee scent hits you when you open the bottle, like opening a bag of coffee beans. Color is completely opaque with a modest tan head. The initial flavor is a subtle maltiness, but picks up to a bitter-sweetness toward the finish. Coffee is prominent with an earthy undertone. Very enjoyable stout.

DeltaGolfSierra, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bayougutter, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AgentMunky, Mar 20, 2011
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

SQUIDPORT, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DovaliHops, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 14, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.