1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,882 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 650 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (27) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,882 | Reviews: 2,178 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oneturbucfan
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of windypete
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of WMEugene
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black (brown-base) with a tan/beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer, but with good lacing

S - Sweet malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate, a little milk or cream. Very sweet.

T - A nice blend of chocolate and cream flavors. Some other malt flavors are present; well-balanced. The bread and oatmeal flavors come through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. A little thinner than I was expecting, but very smooth with a nice finish. Very drinkable.

O - I found Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to be an enjoyable and very drinkable take on the style. It's definitely on the lighter side of stouts, but it still has lots of flavor.

Photo of bezakjon
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of luisv
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of randalem
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of VaterRoss
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of wyonono
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Dubber55
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a 1/2 finger of soapy beige bubbles

Smells like roasted cereal grains, hops, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee.

Taste starts of with some light roastiness and bitterness. This is followed by bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some coffee. This finish has more roasted malts and bitterness from hops. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light to medium- a little creamy from the oats. Low carbonation which works well. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I like for a stout but this is only 5% abv so it makes sense that it's not thick and chewy.

Overall this is a very easy drinking, nicely balanced oatmeal stout- I could drink a lot of these in one night. This is a classic- would definitely buy again.

Photo of AnavelGato
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter poured out of the Bottle, purchased at Total Wine.

Appearance: Dark, Like I’m talking pitch-black Dark, almost no light penetration. The head poured a good inch, which slowly dissipated to a constant covering of the top of the brew. Head is a light Tan, closer to khaki beige than it is to café con leche. The head leaves very nice thin lacing without having it “crust up” on the side after a while.

Aroma: Light Chocolate scent, very dry aroma. Lots of fruity notes again very dry. Trace notes of nuts and roasty scents.

Taste: very well balanced stout, every flavor has it’s counter part. The mild roasty flavor at the beginning is counter balanced by a good deal of bitterness. Chocolate and oatmeal along with a mild sweetness connect both extremes with subtlety as an underlying flavor throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I like my stouts to be; however and excellent level of effervescent constant carbonation which keeps a thin head present all the time. Very smooth mouthfeel, which doesn’t dry out your palate or overwhelm it.

Overall: A very VERY well balanced beer. It manages to keep it’s maltic sweetness in check against the bitterness of the hops. And at a modest 5.00% ABV it doesn’t overwhelm the drinker, that’s not to say it’s sessionable but it’s definitely light by stout standards.

Photo of stouty5
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of amrozga
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sevenarts
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark burgundy/brown/black, glistens red in the light. Modest head that quickly fades. Very bubbly and carbonated.

S: A nice sweet, sugary, fruity aroma.

T/M: The taste mirrors the smell, with fruits and sweetness dominating. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout, very prickly from the carbonation rather than smooth or creamy.

O: This is a very good beer that has a sweet but rather complex flavor profile, and a very fruity, almost wine-like taste and feel for a stout. It's delicious, and goes especially well with barbequed foods.

Photo of glasscleaner
2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-SSOS looks good in the glass,has a lingering head,dark coffeelike,this is the best aspect of the brew.
S-Not very pronounced,a meager whiff of oatmeal cookies,nothing stands out.
T-Taste is a weak point as this is so balanced that its flat with no commitment to anything,
M-Smooth but unexceptional.
O-Vastly over rated at $3.99 + a bottle in NY there're far better values elsewhere.

I've tried SSOS numerous times,and don't get the same appeal the majority of reviewers got from the experience.

Photo of railman
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of eddiechilton
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

973rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz/ 550 Ml

Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- Nearly dark brown with some lighter brown on the bottom of the glass with some crimson edges. A good mocha one finger head with very little retention but falls to a pond layer.

Smell- A good bit of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, whipping cream and malts, coffee, and a little bit of smoke.

Taste- A good oatmeal stout that I remember tasting just a tad better. This had a nice dark chocolate with a little bit of whipping cream mixed in. Mix in some more oats and voila you have this one. The flavors blend well and are balanced on the palate. One of the classics, nice smooth and simple. I think this is where I find my wanting to rate higher but cant.

Mouth- A good light medium body with a creamy smoothness on the finish. A little bit of a medium low carbonation level. Good, simple and clean residual flavors of chocolate and grain.

Drink- Ah, Samuel Smith you do some great classic beers. Simple, smooth and well balanced. A very easy drinking small stout with a good blend of layered flavors. Would never turn this one down.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky, virtually opaque black with a thick, compact khaki head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and oatmeal are present on the nose. The smell is very simple, smooth, and straight-forward. Don't expect a ton of complexity here.

T: Gentle notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and heavy cream dance across the palate. The finish is delicate and smooth with cream, oatmeal, and chocolate notes. The little bit of sweetness present on the palate makes this ale very appealing.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth. Carbonation is present, but not particularly fizzy or distracting. This beer is almost too easy to drink.

O: As far as stouts go, this one is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. This isn't the most complex stout in the world; in fact, it's very simple and straight-forward. That, however, is far from a knock. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is utterly delightful in its smoothness. That little bit of creamy, chocolaty sweetness really puts it over the top for me.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.