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

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5,584 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,584
Reviews: 2,135
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 222
Gots: 489 | 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 woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am continuing to drink my way through the Samuel Smith's oeuvre, thanks to a recent inspiration in one of the forums. Just in case anyone wondered what I was doing ...

From the bottle: "An opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex, medium dry palate and bittersweet finish. rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted barley,oatmeal, yeast and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'. Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a style benchmark revived by Samuel Smith's and the inspiration for hundreds of commercial oatmeal stouts."; Captioning a picture: "Knocking down the lively head of yeast formed during fermentation in 'stone Yorkshire squares'."

My pour created two foamy fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. It looked like the top of a root beer float. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty, chocolaty sweetness, not really dark chocolate, but more like chocolate and smoke or chocolate and charcoal. Mouthfeel was more active with carbonation than I would prefer from a beer whose brewers are calling "silky". Taste was rich, chocolate and a light smokiness, to me more of a dessert beer than an everyday beer. I have to agree with them about the "bittersweet finish", but it was more sweet than bitter. I tend to think of bittersweet in terms of chocolate and this was somewhat sweeter than that, but there was also a modicum of bitterness.

woodychandler, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a light black, very little light getting through. Nice 1.5-2 finger head. Retention down the glass well after the beer is gone.

S - A nice roasted malt smell. Hints of molasses and chocolate.

T - Amazing. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. Starts strong and finishes smooth

M - Thick like any great stout should be.

Overall - I would recommend this beer to any stout lover! I am more of a Russian Stout man myself but I am in love with this beer. I wish I could find something wrong with it, but I just can't!

GavDomDadGH, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a pint bottle poured into tumbler. Poured a dark mahogany to black color with a khaki-colored, frothy, 2-finger head. Decent amount of carbonation with small bubbles. I enjoyed the remainder of my beer with some chocolate and they complimented each other perfectly.

The nose consisted of roasted and smoked malts. I also picked up some sweet black licorice notes along with a little coffee.

The taste consisted of roasted and smoked malts with an only slightly bitter coffee and oat taste. Not as much oat notes as I expected and it was a little less creamy than I had hoped for, but those are the only two knocks on it. This is a very drinkable, medium-bodied stout.

Overall this is a fine stout and I would suggest this to anyone who fancies the style.

BeerFiend2002, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jkrich
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, only a code stamped on the bottle. The stout poured a deep, brown with a foamy, sustained tan-head. Intricate lacing formed on the glass as the head slowly subsided.

The aroma was slightly spicy and sweet like molassas and licorice.

The intial flavor is soft and chocolately sweet with a bit of hoppy tanginess in the background. There is a slight roastiness, but largely sweet, yet always refreshing. In fact, this stout is extremely balanced and never becomes cloying even as it warms in the glass.

The mouthfeel is smooth with surprisingly spritzy carbonation that only adds to the refreshing flavors on the palatte.

This is truly a quaffable stout that one could easily enjoy any time of the year. If you want to explore the world of oatmeal stouts, you should start here - the benchmark.

jkrich, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black ale with amber highlights and a thick light brown 1½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and cocoa powders fill the nose. Pleasant aroma – not overwhelming – but refreshing.

T: Dark rich ale with nice roasted malt sweetness. Nice chocolate and coffee overtones compliment this nice malt background. Only slightly hoppy and smoooth. Alcohol is present but in the right amount.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Very well balanced and refreshing. This is how an oatmeal stout should taste.

ckollias, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of tkelley
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

A - I got too much of a head, because I had this bottle in my cabinet and not the fridge, and I forgot that a warmer beer might have more head. Yikes. Once it died down, it stayed about half a centimeter of consistent light brown foam. The body was dark brown, almost like a cola.

S - Toasted malts mostly. Caramelly and bready,

T - Very good. Again caramel and bread/biscuit type flavor, but also light bitter chocolate or coffee too. Not as much oatmeal as in other versions.

M - Really nice in the mouth. Very smooth, but with lingering bubbles that help with any lasting bitter roast flavors.

D - Just an excellent beer. I am really glad I bought this on a whim the other day, and Im also glad I didnt put it in the fridge.

Cheers!

tkelley, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a fantastic one and half finger deep beige colored rocky head; dissipation was easy and controlled; body was a deep black color, absorbed all light; not much lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; some carbonation comes up

S - Great scents of roasted malt and some smokiness on the back-end; initially your most glands are hit with scents of licorice sweetness, opens your sinus like Vicks-vapo rub; never smelled that in a beer; tiny scents of dark, dark chocolate; clean and refreshing

T - Espresso/coffee flavor; roasted malts; bitter coffee flavor washes over the tongue; rustic root flavor; ginger?; very, very small amount of hop flavor, could be confused with burnt malt taste

M - Slightly smooth; not much carbonation to this beer; plenty of aftertaste though; coffee and smokey malt flavor coats the back of the throat; good balance of burnt/roasted flavors; watery; thin body rinses the palate rather quickly

D - Lots of hype for this one; I was saving this for a long time; maybe it requires more aging to develop a full body and sweeter roasted malt flavor; a bit watery if you ask me

ferrari29, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Black. No light shines through. 1 finger head. Light tan. Great lacing.

S: Very tinny (less tinny as it warms up). Almost smells like a soda. Oaty. Very light roasted caramel malts. Faint chocolate.

T: Roasted malts up front. A mocha espresso taste. Very oaty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good coating all around the mouth.

O: Pretty decent Oatmeal Stout. Don't know what was up with the smell. Smelled as if it had been sitting in a pop can for a while. Other than that great beer. I'll definitely buy another bottle to retest the smell.

doughanson78, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

Black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A frothy half-finger head the color of light cocoa powder sits atop for a minute before crackling away to a thin top layer.

Brilliant nose. Smoky pork, milk chocolate, sweet oatmeal, vanilla, coffee with heavy cream and even some toasted wheat. Perfect.

The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but exhibits many of the same characteristics. I get oatmeal, vanilla, slightly tangy chocolate, hints of smoky pork. It leans slightly to the sweet side, but has just the right amount of earthy hops that emerge before the smooth, bready, medium-dry oatmeal finish.

The body is a bit of a letdown, as I expect creamy fullness in my oatmeal stouts. This one displays moderate carbonation and soft fizziness inside a body that’s just a bit too thin. Clean finish for what it is.

I’m flabbergasted it took me this long into my beer drinking career to try Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. I understand its popularity — it’s got great flavor, it’s easy to drink, and I would smell it all night if I could. It’s now the oatmeal stout against which all others will be judged.

Phelps, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - black and opaque, half inch head from well controlled pour, lacing stays.

Smell - maple syrup, caramel, oats, burnt chocolate, light hops

Taste - was a dissapointment here. looked and smell pretty nice, but the taste wasn't doing much wowing. tasted like a pretty average oatmeal stout. not on the sweet side, bitter grains, burnt chocolate, minor caramel but all of it is very light.

Mouthfeel - first sip was very carbonated, dies off. way to thin and crisp for my preferences with oatmeal stouts.

claytong, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Northsider
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle.

Appearance is dark dark black, no light shining through.

Smell is completely malty, roasted. Coffee and chocolate.

Taste is slightly sweet with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Slightly bitter, but not enough to detract me.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth, just how I like my stouts. Very good in this regard.

Overall a great stout that I'd try again and again.

Northsider, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml (One pint) bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appears black as hell like an Imperial Russian Stout and quite thick, though not as thick as one, which is good as a pint of Imperial Stout would be nigh on impossible to drink easily.

Smells malty and sweet, lip-smackingly appetising. I'm looking forward to this.

Upon tasting I get malt, chocolate, a general sweetness though this is not overpowering or indeed very pronounced at all. It is fairly dry yet earthy and rich, complimenting the sweetness, both working to ensure neither one is too overbearing.

Overall a wholesome, classic English brew which I definitely will be purchasing again.

CwrwAmByth, May 25, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle.Poured into A Founders snifter at about 55 degrees.

A. Pours a dark brown into the glass,once poured body turns black,no light shines through.Nice inch and a half tan head that recedes down to a nice cap. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S. Smells of sweet oatmeal and hints cherries and maple syrup.

T. First I get roasted malts and some coffee followed by the sweet oats,ends with some hop bitterness to balence things out a bit.

M. Kind of on the thin side,very well carbonated.Bitter on the pallet ends a sweet dry finish.

Overall nice example of an oatmeal stout,my only complaint is that the mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Marty30, May 25, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color (amber tones against light) forming a medium and bubbled beige head. Medium retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Great smell of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, brown sugar, oatmeal and roasted malts. Notes of brown bread and yeasts

T: Slightly sweet and quite roasted upftont. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, brown sugar, oatmeal. Quite malty beer. Mild roasted bitter end

M: Medium creamy body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. One of the best British beers I've ever had

eduardolinhalis, May 24, 2011
Photo of shambeano
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint Glass.

A- Pours a dark black, only letting a little bit of light through when held to the light. with about an inch of fluffy off-white head that slowly subsides. some lacing. looks pretty good.

S- on the nose, Dark chocolate, coffee and roasty bitterness. smells pretty damn good as well.

T- about a second of sweetness before heaps of roasted malt kicks in, chocolate and coffee a touch of slightly grassy hop at the end, before a very big roasty bitterness to finish off. touch of astringency (but not in a bad way, adds to the overall experience). really like this one. Great.

M- Full bodied and creamy, slight prickly carbonation in there, has some great length, the bitterness especially lingers for a while. very nice.

O- very nice beer, great body and great flavours. and could while away a cold evening sipping on these. nice.

shambeano, May 23, 2011
Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly an amazing stout. I took this to a BYOB restaurant and poured it into a regular beer glass. It would have been nice if they had a tulip of snifter, but it was still a great beer...

a: pours a dark chocolate color with about a finger of head. i'd recommend pouring this pretty hard for future reference. nice look in the glass but head disappears quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

s: in addition to the standard chocolate and coffee flavors of this style, this beer has rich, smooth, sweet aromas of oatmeal and molasses.

t: sweeter and richer than it is bitter. tastes like it smells, with maybe a little extra roastiness in the mouth. no real hint of hops.

m: very creamy and frothy in the mouth. one of the better feeling stouts that you can get poured out of a glass. rich and full bodied. no alcohol bite that i could find.

o: one of the best widely-distributed stouts you can buy.

GoldenVIKE, May 21, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black stout body with a light tan colored head. Fluffy and semi-sticky in texture, about 2-3 inches to start.

Aroma has some roasted notes that are hidden by a stronger molasses and brown sugar sweetness. English ale yeast seems to provide some fruity notes as well.

Wonderful variety of flavors come across and is accompanied well by a creamy silky smooth texture. Sweet and malty upfront with hints of toffee and brown sugar before a roasty coffee note comes in. Chocolate notes can also be detected more as the beer warms. Sweetness also has a fruitiness that I don't normally see in stouts but I'm definitely enjoying it.

Overall, Samuel Smitsh Oatmeal Stout is a classic example of a delicious style. Smooth, creamy, and rich make this an excellent dessert beer.

Kinsman, May 18, 2011
Photo of bohemiandonut
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the greatest beer on earth. Imagine if this was staring you in the face every time the only reasonable option
seriously, the ONLY one in the bar,
is Guinness.
Yes, the world would enter a new phase of consciousness. This company also makes the best pint glass on earth.

It's black earth, it's powdered bark, it's topped with raisins. The modest 5.00% we hit just holds up even higher the utter oddness of this beer. Little can one do to improve upon it, without creating entirely new beer styles. And that's exactly what we did.

bohemiandonut, May 16, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour--almost completely black with smallish head that lingers. Smells of molasses, curdled milk and toasted grains.

Very creamy velvet mouthfeel with a mild carbonation bite.

Sweet-tasting: flavours of dark chocolate, molasses, caramel and a little bitter malt.

Very filling but completely satisfying.

Matt1516, May 14, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big sexy cocoa head. The nose is roasted malts, raisins, plums, oats?. Clean, clean, clean is the word of the day. Carrying through the flavor is a refinement and clean flavor - and the beer finishes very clean. The oatmeal creaminess and roasted malt flavor shines in its subtlety and combines with a slightly sweet dark fruit flavor. The body is a little thinner than desired normally, but with good carbonation. I wish there was a touch more assertiveness in the flavor - a bit more roast or chocolatiness, but more importantly, there is a slight flavor in there that I do not like. I want to say it is a touch of sweet smokiness? Don't hold me to that, but there is something in there that brings it down a notch for me. Regardless, this is a good beer.

seeswo, May 12, 2011
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.

Prost!

chocosushi, May 07, 2011
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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