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

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5,470 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,470
Reviews: 2,125
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 217
Gots: 429 | 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 Sudsy89
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, slightly cold

Pours a solid black with a nice three-finger tan head. Low level of carbonation and creamy medium mouthfeel. Has a definite malty aroma, smell and taste is sweetish fruit, chocolate. Oat flavor is also noticeable and adds a nice dimension to the taste. This is surprisingly refreshing and for a stout I find it less bitter than expected. Would be highly drinkable, has a lower ABV than most stouts at 5%. A bit "tamer" than I expected, but still a damn delicious stout, looks pretty too. I would love to try this on tap in England someday. Price for me is around $10 for a four-pack, so not really expensive but still much more than other choices, so it's a special treat.

Sudsy89, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Erish
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: nearly opaque burnt sienna color, robust and rocky 3-finger tan head that slowly and gently falls into a thick and persistent cap with very good lacing.

S: sweet Turkish coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, soy sauce, Cheddar cheese, earth, toasted caramel.

T: chocolate and sweetened condensed milk hit up front, but there is an odd, semi-metallic note in the middle, as well as a woody, herbal note, the finish is slightly chalky, cheesy, and features a woody/earthy hop/yeast note.

M: medium-bodied, satiny to watery, the carbonation is gentle and appropriate to the style, there is a hint of a metallic feel in the middle and finish.

D: Not bad, but not great, either. The Taddy Porter is a much better beer.

Erish, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out pitch black. A small golden tan head quickly disappears to naught.

Smells of malts and sweet fruits.

Tastes sweet and slightly bitter, dark cherry and malty and a little bread, also samuel smith glass, for some reason I taste it in their brews.

Mouthfeel is a minute sticky, complementary low carbonation and a medium small body.

Average drinability, I would recommend a pint to someone who has never had one, drink it warmer it is substantially more complex that way. I don't really want to knock it as many love it but... it was not that intriguing.

Decent price, semi cheap for a three dollar pint bottle.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of wray7276
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ST=1 pint bottle poured into glass mug
A=very dark almost black/well over 4 finger head/very thick malt head/no carbonation.
S=sweet chocolate
T=not too sweet but there is sweetness
M=very light bodied
D=very smooth and delicious

i would drink this again,its sweet,very flavorful,and smells really sweet.

wray7276, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this brew a few times before so time for a review. I cracked this bottle watching the Pats game it was a nice day for a stout. Bottle poured into a imperial pint glass gave me a perfect two finger tan colored head that sticks around for a long time. Then it just leaves this sticky lace clinging to the glass. The body of the brew is black as one expects from a stout.

The nose on this brew is good you get some nice roasted coffee and chocolate to it. The flavor is roasted but with a nice sweet molasses note as well. The mouthfeel is thick and full so your mouth feels like you should be chewing this brew. This brew got me into Oatmeal stouts and it sets the standard for me.

I can do two bottle of this at a time but you just get to full from it to do any more. I think of it more as a meal in a glass than a drink

joepais, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark dark brown color, almost black, with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, coffee, and some vanilla or cream.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, oats, chocolate, and light coffee and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy and goes down easy.

d - Overall a very good, very drinkable oatmeal stout. Was glad to have it and enjoyed the roasted notes and chocolate in the smell and taste. The mouthfeel and the low ABV makes this one you can drink a lot of. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of suretolose
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass almost pure black. Left a half inch of cream colored head.
Aroma is nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Not as strong as I would have liked.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malt. Very smooth and slightly creamy.
Coats the mouth, but could have been a little heavier.
A great oatmeal stout.

suretolose, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Black with a dense and creamy light tan head. Lots of bubbles form at the top of the head. Leaves a a thick cap as the head dies off. Nice thick levels of lacing.

S: A very nice roasted malt, sweet cream, chocolate and coffee. Smells kind of like a roasted chocolate milkshake. Excellent.

T: Sweet grains and oats balanced perfectly by roasted malt bitterness and creamy coffee goodness. Dark bittersweet chocolate is found throughout and there is some dark fruit qualities near the finish as well. Finishes slightly sweet with a creamy coffee bitterness aftertaste. This is a sweeter oatmeal stout, but its oh so good!

M: Medium to fuller body. Moderate carbonation, not as silky as I would like, but still good.

D: Damn smooth and tasty. So much flavor for being 5%. One of the best oatmeal stouts.

herman77, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle and standard pint glass

A: Exremely dark brown, bordering on black. Nearly opaque except around the edges. Nice thick and creamy off-white head about two or three fingers with a slow decay. Good lacing.

S: Not all that much going on here. Roasted malts are pretty much all there is in this extremely gentle aroma.

T: Very good. Roasted malts, a bit of starch from the oats, and an earthiness in there. Sweet, but not overly so.

M: The crowning moment for this beer is the extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is exactly what you want from an Oatmeal Stout.

O: Not as heavy as one would expect. It goes down smooth and easy. I could knock back two or three of these 550ml bottles in an hour if I wanted to, but it'd be a bit of a stretch.

ryantaussig, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out the same as any other stout, nice dark opaque color, with a wonderful light brown head. Head is about two fingers and is very present through the whole beer. Aroma is that of caramel, dark malts, toasty and some bread. Very roasted sent coming off this beer. Taste is very nice, lots of malts, some toffee and even coffee. Very nice flavors in the mouth, with a very nice finish. Very sweet throughout and pleasant. Towards the end getting some more bread and earthy flavors. For sure a beer you want to try as this has the makings of one of the best stouts! Definitely one of the best I have had yet.

mbusster88, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel.

A - Black as coffee with a nice tan creamy head. Great lacing.

S - Nice malty smell with just a bit of sweetneess. Faint traces of dark chocolate.

T - Wonderful tasting. Has the nice chocolate hints along with what tastes like caramel.

M - Creamy. Leaves just a hint of sweetness on the tongue that you feel you can savor forever.

D- Hell yes. Drink in abundance.

GallowsThief, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Beerislife652854
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Super dark brown, almost black opaque body with a moderate coffee-colored head that fades to a thin patch.

S - Very slight hints of roasted grains and coffee.

T - Smokey and roasted hops with a delightful hint of sweet cocoa at the finish.

M - Smooth with a trace of very finely defined carbonation.

D - A bit on the heavier side, but not as heavy as it could be. Great with spicy Thai food.

Beerislife652854, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a medium black brown color that has a slight visibility to it. Leaves a big 3 finger fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing but recedes very slow. Nice look. The aroma is very roasty and has a nice oat flake component that mellows it out. Nice malted chocolate and steamed milk come up too. The flavor has a nice roastiness to it and goes down super smooth. Very nice creamy mouthfeel and the carbonation recedes to leave a nice silky finish. Really can't believe I have passed this up sommany times. Really great stout and a new staple.

Augustiner719, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just can't imagine a tastier Oatmeal Stout. Appearance and smell is good but not outstanding in comparison to other oatmeal stouts. Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout has a great mouthfeel from the oats, rich chocolate and mocha from the roasted malts and just enough hop bitterness to balance the caramel sweetness. It is also a really good value when you consider a 550 ml bottle retails for about $3 here on the East Coast.

Soonami, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; black witha thick and stiff tan head. Slowly dissipates to a tan film that golds up thoughout the drink.

smell; Amazing! Sweet dark rum and oats with a bit of malt.

taste; Mildly sweet malts with smooth oats, leaves a sticky sweetness. Balances at the same time with a yeasty bitterness that is ever so slight but enough to keep the sweetness for getting too strong. Almost a lactic bitterness in the aftertaste, that is very gentle, smooth, and sticky. Notes of milk and vanilla extract.

mouthfeel; dairy-like smoothness that's creamy and thick on the palate.

drinkability; love this stuff and could drink all night based on the wonderful taste alone.

Sachsenfreude, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark with only the faintest of reddish brown on the edges. Big ass tan head, very good retention and lacing.

Sweet condense milk with roasted malts and milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate and roast malts, sweet milkiness, some sourness that was slightly offputting. Mettalic water taste and a nice bitterness from the hop.

Smooth as a baby's bottom

Nice, flavouful stout. Maybe too sweet for some.

Shadman, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ncredible1
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle to Glass

A. Dark coffee appearance with a descent dark Tan head.

S. Very welcoming aroma. Sweet roasted malty smell. The smell actually made my taste buds anxious.

T. The beers appearance doesn't do the taste justice. Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight balnced Hops in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. This is one of the best tasting Oatmeal Stouts I've had to date.

M. Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. However, it's not as silky as I expected.

D. I'm sold on this style. Extremely drinkable. However not a session beer because of the fulness that comes along with dirnking this style. Great sipping beer which i Have paired with pizza.

ncredible1, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is very pleasing. The standard roastiness and chocalte notes, but very nice. The color has a dark brown/black tinge, but for a stout it was somewhat opaque;light could be seen through the beer. the taste is sweet, full bodied, roasty and malty. The mouthfeel is on the thick side. The palate is a tad bitter, probably from the bitersweet chocolate. This gives the beer a nice balance. Definitely enjoyable.

hophead247, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. The body is very dark brown with a light tan head that leaves sticky lacing and is very bubbly. The nose is full of sweet dark malts, it's really sweet up front and reminiscent of brown sugar or molasses; pretty much something to that nature that I really can't place my finger on. It's not the most complex aroma, but it's very pleasing and well done. The taste is sweet through and through. It's not bad but the flavor seems a bit bland. I can detect the dark sweet malts and a slight flavor of oak. It finishes with a bit of a coffee taste. Like I said, it seems bland, maybe subtle is a better word, but this is really an enjoyable drink. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, honestly what I would want from an oatmeal stout. This is a great readily available beer, and at five percent, real easy to enjoy over a period of time.

Bendurgin, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of bens0n
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Almost black and opaque but has a slight brown tinge that lets a tiny bit of light through. Very nice light creamy head that laces the glass on the way down.

S - I almost want to say it has a nutty smell, definitely something roasted, with a sweet but subtle sugary smell, not a very potent aroma though.

T - Slightly malty flavor followed by a bitterness then ends with an almost sweet brown sugar flavor.

M - Perfect viscosity and thickness, very smooth.

D - Very drinkable, the best of the oatmeal stout's I have tried.

bens0n, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another great brew by Sam Smith and an excelent example of the style. Very drinker friendly.

Poured a nice dark brown brew on my pint glass along with a brown creamy full crown. The oatmeal dominates the aromas, with some hops and barley touches too. Very little carbonation with full body. Smooth oatmeal taste that starts you up followed by the roasted malts and barley ending in a dryish hoppy aftertaste. Nice drinkabilty.

MeMyselfNAles7, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of glazeman
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown in color, almost black, but not quite. There is a nice 2.5 finger, light weight head that is very light cappuccino in color. Moderate head retention and excellent lacing.

S: There's a little bit of sweet malt on the nose, but overall this is one of the absolute very least fragrant beers I have smelled, especially for a stout. Totally uninteresting and bland.

T: Not much in the flavor other than some toasted malt and oats. This is not a very deep or interesting beer. Although there is absolutely no hop profile, this is not an overly sweet beer either.

M: I was somewhat surprised/impressed that this beer had a decent viscosity as I was expecting it to be on the thin side.. It sat on the tongue well and was appropriately carbonated.

D: This is a very easy to drink beer. The tastes are good, it is smooth, and as a low ABV. Not incredibly interesting, but enough so that I could drink a lot of this in one night.

glazeman, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.48/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt oatmeal malt smell that's so damn common with this style. It doesn't really hit that coffee or chocolate note imo that many claim. I just get burnt malt and a sweet note that well reminds me of an oat meal stout. Clearly I don't eat enough different foods for describing things other than beer.

Big pillowy light tan head. Dark brown body that turns opaque in the glass. Good but not grate lacing, but at this abv what more can you ask?

Interesting example of the style. Opens with a very limited burnt flavor that comes out somewhat dark chocolate like. Then instantly turns overly sweet and finishes somewhat quickly thanks to an oat like flavor. Boring? You bet!

Really creamy and nice mouth feel.

I'm bored. I've had better oatmeal stouts. I've had better porters. I could use some hops or just a bit more bitter in anyway. It's too sweet. It isn't overly strong. This is really that well thought of? I had an Edmund Fitzgerald tonight on draft...5.5% alcohol and 10x more flavor and complexity than this beer could ever hope for. Again just don't get it. That said no alcohol impact here. It's a touch too thick to really drink much of and I'm not sure that I'd call this a sipper.

bobhits, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Almost dark roast coffee black with a great full bodied head and excellent carbonation. What I expect a stout to look like.

S- Malty, almost in a boozy way at first, I suspect it to be brown sugar. Also there were bits of coffee and oats.

T- Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. You can notice hops in the aftertaste about a minute after your sip has been downed. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. All of these flavors seem to work in harmony without overpowering each other. It's not enough to kick this one up to a 5 for me, but I admire the work it must have took to create that balance.

M- INCREDIBLY SMOOTH. Good body, and carbonation is just right.

D- A great all around stout, sadly it's not available where I live, and where it is available, the price is slightly steep, but you get quality for what you pay. Do not pass this one up.

BBP, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wtf? I coulda swear i wrote a review for this many moons ago. Hmm anyways, its always nice to come back to this one.

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a super massive frothy brown colored head, that i can already see is leaving some nice spotted lace. Many describe this brew as being pitch black which it isn't. Its a very dark brown but it certainly lets light through. Has it changed over the years possible?

Aroma is jam packed with oat, vanilla, brown sugar and lotsa roasted malt. There is also some sourness goinh on here, possibly from the yeast.

Taste is similar to the smell, but a nice bitter chocolate flavor kicks in with lots of deep roasted malt flavor.

Feel is creamy but not as thick as i remember. Light carbonation.

Not bad, but not what i remember from past tastings.

kbnooshay, Oct 05, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,470 ratings.