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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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5,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,468
Reviews: 2,125
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 217
Gots: 428 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of BZero007
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite Oatmeal stout I have had yet. Pours a great black with only the slightest of light highlighted brown. Body is thin not to thick wich I feel compliments this brew greatly. Aroma is of a roasty oats/malt with the slight hint of a dark chocolate background. These two aromas compliment each other greatly with providing the desired smell/taste up front with the undertone armoa/taste he;ping to stand these main charectors threw. The carbonation is good if only sometimes a slight over. Drinkability is great due to the body and alcholo level. Would recomend this brew to someone looking to step foot in to Oatmeal Stouts.

BZero007, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a nice one finger tan head nice retention and very little lacing on the glass

Aroma of oatmeal with very slight hints of chocolate and dark malt

Taste started sweet with the oat and chocolate then a slight smoke ending with the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body with very light carbonation, very smooth.

This is a very nice beer at a low abv, I do prefer stouts to have a little more bitterness, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

dtivp, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Rmason104
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout guy, but trying to expand my horizons beyond Guiness.

A: pours black with a thick tan head that lasts the whole time, leaves significant lacing.

S: to be honest I didn't pick up much if anything. Maybe some slight bready notes, but very little.

T: not nearly as dry and intimidating as it looks! Obviously heavy on the malt notes, the taste of dark toast with just a tiny bit of sweetness that finishes with just a slight dryness

M: this one is full bodied, like a meal in a glass, thick and creamy

D: pleasantly surprised by this one. Obviously Guiness gave me a one sided example of the style. Quite drinkable!

I still would not call myself a stout guy, but this definitely improves my opinion of the style. Much more drinkable than Guiness, I am not left w/ the cottonmouth, burn toast aftertaste that I get from it.

Rmason104, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was not a fan of this the first time I had it, but some time passed and I gave it another go, much to my satisfaction this time around.

A: Pours black with two fingers of foamy head. I guess I'm used to American and Russian Imperial Stouts; this is considerably less viscous.

S: Tart and earthy, smells of oatmeal (as one might expect), with a bit of chocolate.

T: Similar to smell but more enjoyable; slightly tangy with roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but still creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: I may be used to the aforementioned Imperial styles of stout, so this seems very drinkable. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the taste, I keep going back to this one for sip after sip.

AwYeh, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass, this brew pours a very deep mahogany brew with a medium tan head. The head is pretty thick and impressive....seriously this thing will not go away!

S: The nose is excellent on this brew. Oatmeal is strait up front, with subtle notes of chocolate. This brew smells like a fresh baked oatmeal cookie.

T: The flavor is heavy in the oatmeal, which smooths out the English malt bill which tends to be a little rough. This is a full flavored stout. When they say oatmeal, they mean it!. Pleasant notes of chocolate with a little bitterness on the finish round off this brew.

MF: The mouthfeel complements this brew well. Creamy, but can be a little fuller.

D: At 5%, you're dam right this stout is drinkable.

Overall, Samuel Smith's own a special place in my heart. When I started drinking craft, their beers were some of the first I gravitated towards. It's just fitting that this classic is my 100th review (completely by accident....not by choice).

TKEbeerman, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of tburus
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. One-finger tan head quickly dissipates into a thin lacing which lasts throughout the life of the beer.

Smell: Alcohol, cherry and raisin. As the beer warms the raisin smell becomes richer, almost chocolately like a Raisinette.

Taste: Raisin character remains in the taste, along with a roasted flavor that I did not pick up in the smell. Interesting and complex.

Mouthfeel: Again the raisin taste is left lingering, along with some hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: Definitely a different tasting beer. Complex, sweet, and surprisingly low in ABV unlike most "unique" beers brewed today. A little pricey in my opinion, but it does have a nice presentation which makes me feel somewhat stately just for buying it.

tburus, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the holiday sampler pack, as I had a craving for this beer. Poured from 550ml bottle into the Samuel Smith pint glass that came with the pack.

Appearance: Pours a blackish-brownish mixture with a fluffy khaki head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I pick up oatmeal, a nice slightly roasted malt, some chocolate and nice earthy notes in the nose.

Taste: Sweet oat, chocolate, roasted malt that gives a slight subtle smokiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: An old favorite that often gets overlooked by me for other beers. Every time I go back to it, I ask myself why do I not drink more of this? A very smooth and flavorful stout at 5% that I can drink over and over again. Time to put this back into the regular rotation again.

Axic10, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with some reddish brown edges and a frothy, dense, tan head. The aroma is chocolaty rolled oats, brown sugar, a hint of coffee, and a little rum raisin bread. The flavor is creamy chocolate and oats with some brown sugar and hints of toffee, coffee, and dark fruit. The body is creamy, medium, with soft carbonation.

punkrkr27, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown pour. The most impressive thing about the appearance of this beer is the gorgeous head. A finger and a half of brown head with excellent head retention and some lacing.

S: You really get the oatmeal in the nose. Toasted malt. A little bit of sweetness. A touch oxidized but not that bad. Chocolate. Oatmeal cookies.

T: Not as complex as the nose. The oatmeal is there as is a nice rich bakers chocolate. Nice toast and a sweetness. Well balanced though not the most complex example of the style I have had.

M: Super creamy and smooth. Carbonation is a little prickly in the middle.

D: A classic. One of the best examples of the style out there. Would love to have this on cask in the UK.

aerozeppl, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of MNJR
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black color. Stupendous, dense head that clings to the glass like marshmallow fluff. Smells earthy, roasty, peaty and slightly sweet. The flavor and mouthfeel really shine: rich, creamy, ultra-fine carbonation, smoky, rich, chocolaty. There is a slight bitter dryness on the finish which leaves your palate and tongue clean for the next swig. Very up front flavors and very satisfying. Great stuff.

MNJR, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of alkchrios
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite locally attainable brews I can get. Pours a very dark black color. Its just a very creamy, well crafted looking beer and that also comes out in the smell. This stout is a slightly earthy, and chocolaty brew. A little cherry comes out in the finish but its not overly sweet. Not too heavy.. not too light and very drinkable.

alkchrios, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color. Poured a 1 finger brown head that slowly settled to a thick skim. Laced in sticky patches.

S: Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Faint fruity yeast aroma.

T: Just like the nose. Smooth, creamy and rich. Lingering bitter coffee in the finish.

M: Full to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Solid oatmeal stouts. Easily drinkable, moderate ABV. A bit filling.

Haybeerman, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, pitch black with a great 2 finger head that sticks around forever and leaves lacing until its gone

S: Smells great, malted barley with some nice oatmeal notes

T: Nice and bitter at first followed by a wave of sweetness, no doubt due to the oatmeal. Not overly sweet by any means, though

M: Silky smooth, the carbonation is perfect

D: I could drink this all day at 5%. Great brew

BEERMILER12, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured black in color with a nice foamy thick long lasting tanned head. The aroma was that of molasses, dark fruit and chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. Medium body with sweet malt, dark fruits (cherry) flavor in the beginning, followed by coffee bitterness and some chocolate. Finish is short but well balanced. Good Stout.

mikeg67, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass at a hotel bar

A: I was in a poorly lit bar so all I can saw is that it was dark. No lace left on my glass. Thick, dense pouring head fades fast.

S: Sweet, fruity, chocolate. Almost smells of a Belgian yeast strain.

T: Milky with a defined aftertaste that reminded me of the aftertaste of strong coffee. Rich. Slight metallic note detected.

M: Medium carbonation. Nice viscosity.

D: This is the standard of oatmeal stouts. A few rough edges from what I remember in the past but altogether a very enjoyable brew!

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! Special thanks goes out to Spinrsx for his knowledge sharing and willingness to take on an understudy!

550 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - beer pours a nice brown, fairly dark. The head is a gorgeous 3-4 fingers on the pour and is fairly light in appearance. It is hard to tell carbonation, although light does pass through the beer.

Smell - I can smell some coffee/expresso, toffee and hints of chocolate. A very well balanced smell that is not overpowering yet distinct in each of its scents.

Taste - very smooth on the tip of the tongue, almost sweet followed by a good kick of bitterness. The deep undertones come through here, chocolate and that expresso flavour. The toffee is present right at the start. The back end features the bitterness that is lasting.

Mouthfeel - very complex with the added carbonation, the beer is offering a deep velvet feel with a full bodied taste.

Drinkability - One of those beer that u must try and is good for those cold nights. This was a fantastic choice for my 100th beer.

Swedes21, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour only produces small 1 finger light tan head...quickly dissipates with some lacing Color is dark reddish brown. Flavors of toasty, nutty goodness. Grainy and semi sweet malts well balanced with hops. Mouth is full of carbonation, making the flavors dance and pop. It is a bit thin, could be chewier, but feels very good. Overall a winner.

JohnWaynes44, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why don't I drink this more often? Well, I will now. Anyway, unlike my experience with the benchmark Tripel, by Westmalle, this benchmark Oatmeal Stout is full of wonder (not that Westmalle wasn't good...)

Poured from the large bottle (22.7oz) into a Sam Smith's pint glass, the fallow-hued head shot up tall and fierce and the definition of 'cottony', with overzealous stickiness (as in, lacing). Below, 91 1/2% pitch black, though if you want, hold it up to the light to reveal its prismic highlights of deep burgundy. Or don't.

My, what rich, soft, brown sugary, dark roast coffee, round smooth supple malt aromas! Kind of sporting a fresh-baked muffin quality. Effortless to take in such bold bouquet. Not much in the way of hoppy or roasty bitterness. Quite inviting.

The first thing I noticed when I took a sip is how wonderfully the malty sweet liquid encompasses the palate and rolls thickish yet clean and smooth across the tongue. The flavor is none too shabby, either. Homemade, densely hearty-grained, oatmeal-cookie-flavored coffee comes to mind. A little toffee, a good bit more coffee and molasses. Hardly cloying in its (exactly as the label mentions) bittersweet follow-through and finish.

Kept me feverishly wanting more after every sip, but presented or balanced in such a way that I was helpless in my desire to savor each sip. Excellent, and perhaps the Old Brewery's best offering.

Bouleboubier, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes reviewed on 11/20/10 and 12/13/10:
12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Bottled on 7/15/10

A: Black, completely opaque, dark mahogany when held to the light. 2 finger mocha frothy head, good retention and lacing.

S: Very dark roasted malt, a little chocolate and espresso (probably more "burnt" than espresso), prune.

T: Very dark roasted malt coming through as almost burnt coffee (Starbucks anyone?), some chocolate, prune, slight caramel-like sweetness, smooth oats in the background. Has a slight metallic aftertaste. Very little hop character, fairly rich and creamy. Reminds me of a Guinness, but far more complex, balanced, and heavier body.

M: Very smooth and creamy, medium body, fairly light carbonation, a little chewy. Has a light, dry finish; bittersweet.

D: This is a very easily consumed stout. It isn't heavy like big stouts can be, yet is very flavorful and balanced.

Satchboogie, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch Black it appears with a large creamy light brown head.

It smells of slightly smoky malts, chocolate, and oats.

It tastes of caramel, coffee, mild chocolate, smoky malts. The taste ends with a bit of bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate low and it has a smooth present mouth feel.

The drinkability is very good because it has a nice smooth mouth feel and the flavors of the beer blend together very nicely.

This is not a fancy Oatmeal stout but it is a damn good one and one of the best classical examples of the style.

chumba526, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice presentation - have to give props to the nice bottle with the gold-colored foil. Poured into a tulip getting a nice dark black color with a two finger tan head. Leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma of sweet molasses, roasted malt, and chocolate. A hint of yeast.

Good mix of flavors. Prominent flavors follow the aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Solid overall brew that is very drinkable.

FanofHefe, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of bfflo
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pitch black with fluffy cream-white head. Decent retention and smooth lacing. Smell: Bready, sourdough almost; yeasty and grainy, with a soft, sweet, sugary toffee caramel note; molasses, maybe? A bit of a metallic edge, though. Taste: Smooth, sweet-ish, medium body, but with some character. A bit watery entering the mouth before a creamy, toffee-sweet character usurps the palate. Fairly clean and very smooth; silky and buttery; and just a pinch of hops and grassiness, as well as a pinch of gassy metallic sourness, in the finish. This is pretty nice, a winning, easy drinker. Pretty mellow, but still complex. There is a bready sweetness that sticks out, and gives it an almost candy-tinged character. I am on the fence as to whether this is a positive or negative. Like their Imperial, this Samuel Smith leans a tad sweet for my liking, though not to the point of ruining anything; and like their Taddy Porter, there is a slight, weird pungency in the background, which I'm not sure how to feel about exactly. Still, there's no question this is a quality brew that makes for some good, pleasant sipping. Of the oatmeal stouts I've tried, this remains one of the best.

bfflo, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was one of the beers that got me addicted to craft beer. I've never bothered to purchase a bottle for reviewing though, so thanks to Jim for swinging one my way.

Pours a deep brown with two fingers of bubbly mocha head and spider web lacing.

The aroma is of lightly toasted bread, cocoa powder, faint floral hoppiness, and peanuts.

The flavor follows suit quite nicely. Not a huge flavor profile, but a very well rounded one with toasted malts, nuttiness, and cocoa powder.

The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate.

Overall this is a fantastic session beer and one of the best session stouts on the market. Nothing here will knock your socks off, but it is not designed to. I have had a couple bottles in the past with a metallic flavor which were drainpours, but I'm sure they were handled poorly. Far more often then not they survive the trip to America perfectly fine. A great beer to drink with dinner!

alcstradamus, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of afksports
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Sammy Smith's Oatmeal for a recent class I had where I presented on some integration of RFID and beer. Needless to say, presentation went well. Especially because no one popped this bottle and I get to drink it now.

I'm tired of all these highly rated stouts being big. It was about time someone came around and did a nice one at 5%. Thank you, Samuel Smith (who apparently has done this for some time...).

It pours a rich malty dark brown with a sweet tan head of about a finger's depth. That head remains on top of the beer throughout with a tasty ring. The aroma is malty, chocolate, and oats fully in there. Taste has a nice bite of hops that keep it from being too sweet, and that's complemented nicely by chocolatey bitterness. It feels like a stout should, but it's not too thick that you don't feel like you could have more than one. Best part, you can have it after a workout and not feel terrible. I bet it's low-cal too.

Ok... maybe that last one is stretching it too far.

afksports, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of SteveoNY
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 550 ml embossed brown bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found, but stamped daycode on bottle.

Appearance: dark brown to black, not transparent at all, wonderful tan head thats 1 finger or less in a pint glass. lace that leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: malty carmel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, slight banana, nutty sweetness.

Taste: WOW WOW WOW smooth yet just the right amount of carbonation, creamy sweetness, Hop bitterness is present yet keeps the sweetness in check. A semi dry falls on the palate as soon as the sweetness fades. Dark roasted coffee, over caramelized buttery toffee and dark sweetened chocolate flavours swirl around the tastebuds to make for a bitter sweet finish.

Notes: My new favorite stout, picked up a 3 pack of 550 ml btls. box set for $11, came with a nice gold stamped glass, 2 coasters and a smith's guide to their respected beers. well worth the price compared to the same stores price of $4.59 for singles @ (Wegmans)I will be getting many more...

SteveoNY, Dec 10, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,468 ratings.