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

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5,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,801
Reviews: 2,161
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 250
Gots: 594 | 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:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,801 ratings.