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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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5,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,237
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 327 | FT: 5
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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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3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Thick, dark, nice tan head that disappears shortly. Still looks gorgeous

S: Malts, oats, slight chocolate and coffee notes. There is a hint of off, like soy sauce or sherry, perhaps due to oxidation.

T&M: Thick and creamy, nice mouthfeel, again some oxidation.

D: Have had this many times, and I don't think the beer is taken care of very well. Seems like it always tastes slightly off due to oxidation. Would love to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:39:47 | More by CMitchell
Photo of Richardberg

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark amber bordering black. Small fizzy head disappears after a minute.

S: wow, lots going on here. Caramel malts, mocha, raisin/fig, toast.

T: kind of thin relative to the smell, more like a particularly toasty porter. alcohol is fairly present considering it's only 5%

M: not bad but doesn't have the characteristic creamy feel I expect from oatmeal

D: despite flaws, still a very worthy contender in this category

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:26:56 | More by Richardberg
Photo of crazeguy


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from a 355ml(12oz) bottle.

First time drinking this, heard great things, hoping it lives up to the hype.

A- Dark amber/black. Barely able to see through it. Nice head that fades continuously.

S - Overwhelming. Having trouble deciphering all the scents. On top of the usual Stout suspects, think I smell a tiny bit of fruit. My nose could just be off. Smells awesome though.

T - Light surprisingly. I was hoping for some more bold flavors so I'm a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel - Nothing remarkable.

D- Seems like it could be a session type if its a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:43:52 | More by crazeguy
Photo of infi

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a nice dark and opaque black, with a large amount of head that dissipates after a while. Also leaves a generous amount of lacing while drinking. Smells great - toasted malts and roastiness like a coffee and has a hint of chocolate throughout. Tastes even better, with a sort of creaminess at first and a chewiness towards the end. Definite tastes of molasses or brown sugar, with some lingering tastes of oatmeal in the mouth! Damn delicious beer. Definitely a stout to look for.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 13:20:04 | More by infi
Photo of originalsin


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright. Here we go. The famed sammy smith's oatmeal stout. Just finished a bottle of their nut-brown ale, which I enjoyed immensely. Coupled with what I've heard about this beer and my experience with Sammy Smith as of the past 20 minutes I've got really high hopes for this beer.
The pour is a really opaque black. I wish the head was more forthcoming for me, but it just isn't and it won't stick around either. Oh well.
It's got a nice earthy smell- some notes of coffee, roasted malt...this beer smells silky smooth. Otherwise, though, the smell is sort of boring.
I'm waiting on the oatmeal here but it doesn't come through as much as I'd expected it too. A lot of roasted grain, some dark dark chocolate. Molasses is prevalent for sure, and adds some really serious texture and depth to this beer.
It's got a medium mouthfeel and is a relatively drinkable beer.
mmm I've got a newfound love of Sammy Smith . beers. Certainly not lacking in taste at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:02:40 | More by originalsin
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with dark amber around the edges. Not much of a head.

S: An appetizing mix of chocolate and roastiness.

T: Roasted malts and bitter and sweetened chocolate. Very nice.

M: Rather thin, actually. A bit of a letdown.

D: Easily the best non-imperial stout I've ever head. It's amazing how a beer this small can pack so much flavor. If only Samuel Smith Imperial Stout were this good.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:33:42 | More by BarrelO
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

Pours a dark black that looks coffee brown held up to the light. Moderate off-white head doesn't disappear too quickly.

Smells like oats and butterscotch with a hint of caramel.

Tastes like malted oats and butter with an aftertaste of smokeiness like crisp toast.

Crisp and full mouthfeel resulting from good carbonation.

A bit heavy to throw back a lot, nevertheless the best oatmeal stout I've tried yet and one I'll definitely be going back to when I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:20:14 | More by Cylinsier
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4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Ayotte's in Hudson, NH.

Back in the day (early 90's in this case) this was the craft beer. We could get Guinness, Harpoon and the like in the Boston area, but this beer was also readily available, and somehow much more exoctic because it was an unknown. Guinness, even pre-markenting push, was a major player, and there was some status in drinking it ("I won't drink anything I can see through"). I always saw this beer on the shelves, usually dusty, but I think only tried it once. Now seemed like a good time to revisit this beer, that somehow seems to be taken for granted.

The pour is a wonderfully deep, dark black with a thick and creamy head that leaves a coating of lace rarely seen these days.

Malty, bready/oatmeal, some fudge and lightly of figs. Tastes very much the same.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

This is the quintessential session beer. At 5% you're not going to find many other session brews so tasty and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:44:48 | More by fdrich29
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, as I always do. Black in color, with a nice mochaish head. Excellent lacing, great body...like your mom. Very sweet tasting for a stout, nodes of burnt coffee and chocolate, nice malty taste and excellent drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Really good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 05:21:15 | More by BaerBeer
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.7oz bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of chocolate and toffee, along with a bit of nuttiness. Tastes dark and roasty with a lot of chocolate character and some metallic notes in the background. Some strange, almost vegetal notes from this bottle. Sweet finish. Thick, creamy body. Pretty impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:16:30 | More by philipquarles
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first oatmeal stout I'd ever had and got me drinking them, all thanks to a buddy from work. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass it pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with almost a ruby color around the edges. With the pour comes a decent sized off white, light tan head that goes down fairly quickly after the pour but still leaves a small head for a while leaving some nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is fairly the same with the chocolate and roasted malt and is kind of sweet. Has a sort of medium feel to it and is a little creamy. With a low ABV I think this one is very drinkable, seems to go down really fast. I would love to have another. Another top beer from Samuel Smith. I've had a handful of Oatmeal Stouts and I think this one is definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:25:18 | More by dismal
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a small head.

The nose is strong chocolate, coffee, and oats with some hops. It smells roasty and slightly smoked.

On the palate, there's a roasty, deep oat flavor that tastes almost burnt--and I find it strangely appealing. However, it does feel a bit watery.

Not something I'd usually be in the mood for, but let's call it a top choice for breakfast or dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:09:52 | More by IMincedTheKing
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful two finger tan head atop a deep brown, almost black, body that even has an amber hue at the edges of the glass where the light hits. The head left good lacing that stayed, and there was decent head present throughout.

Initial nose is milk chocolate and roasted with mild coffee flavor even. Sweet malts present. I even picked up some vanilla as it warmed up 2/3 way through.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but it is about medium body overall. The aftertaste, however, is somewhat creamy and milky with slight syrup stickiness. Could be a little less fizzy in carbonation.

Definitely gets better as it warms, the sign of a good brew. I didn't want to finish it quick, because I only had one...

Very satisfying finish - has a very light bitterness, like that of chocolate but not quite dark chocolate. Sweetness is present throughout and it makes you want more like a chocolate cake or milkshake or ice cream.

I'm not sure how drinkable oatmeal stouts typically are, but man I want another one of these so I think that says a lot!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:05:57 | More by pandashaver
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an almost opaque dark-brown/black with a little chocolate-colored head. Not too much head, laces ok. Pretty standard look.

S- Roasted oats, coffee, some dark chocolate. Pretty strong and good. Smells very sweet.

T- A punch of roasted oats, sweet/roasted malt, and coffee up front. Fades into a dark chocolate/coffee finish. Nice, but maybe too subtle for me. Still, sweet and enjoyable. A little woody too. Slight hoppy bite at the end. Grainy, oat-y aftertaste with a little coffee.

M- A little thin, but creamy. Very smooth. Mild to low carbonation.

D- Definitely a good session beer, in my opinion. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Subtle and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:13:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured a completely clear black, with a two finger light brown head. Head is creamy/foamy with good retention. Not much lacing, but maintains a head layer all the way down.

Smell: Nose of very strong dark roasted malts, nuts, and a hint of coffee. Some molasses sweetness, but not much. Very simple, but appealing.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts and oats, with some nuts and coffee following the nose. Simple but kind of complex at the same time. Good taste front to back in the mouth. Little bit of a bite. Taste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and not overly filling. Smooth and creamy, with some chewiness.

Drinkability: A very good stout. Very easy to drink and very smooth. Not as sweet or creamy as some stouts and with more bite, but very good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:26:45 | More by jonziefle
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a thick creamy light-brown/off white foam. Slow dissipation.

Oaty/hoppy smell.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and creamy, thick oat taste, mild chocolate, slight hop finish. Low carbonation in the mouth. Chewy. Delicious.

Almost too drinkable fpr something this tasty. Stay away from the 12oz bottles and stick to the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:26:06 | More by KTCamm
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i liked this beer alot. i find that samuel smith's are almost always spot-on when it comes to meeting expectations on their style. nothing amazing, but solid and very good. i poured from a cold 550 ml bottle into a room temp pint glass. appears dark, with nice amber hues when held to the light. a thick, foamy head makes an appearance, but doesn't stay for too long, leaving just a bit of lacing. smells are fairly subtle: roasted malts, light on the hoppiness, and some coffee like smell, but nothing real sweet. tasted great. very creamy, with a nice roasted flavor with oats and balanced by a little hoppy bitterness (that doesn't linger long) at the finish. didn't notice much else except some burnt coffee/caramelesque flavors. mouthfeel was creamy and silky, just a mild bit of carbonation to keep it lively. not too heavy, but certainly not thin, i found it drinkable but not in a way that i would want to put down 2 or 3 bottles. a satisfying oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 19:37:34 | More by jizdepski
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been enjoying this one for years. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut brown color with about an inch of tight, fluffy ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, caramelized malts, molasses, milk chocolate, a touch of toffee and mocha. Full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. This beer never dissapoints. A world class beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 04:29:30 | More by ClockworkOrange
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer probably 150 times over the past 18 years and now I've decided to finally review it.

A: Deep, deep russet - thin tan/white head with a moderate pour - tight tiny bubbles.

S: Very distinctive yorkshire yeast smell, black currants, English toffee, New England brown bread from the can (raisin of course!)

T: biscuity malt, prune, caramel, a slight roast coffee flavor, just under-ripe bartlett pear.

M: Silky smooth, slightly thin.

D: Very high, a supremely smooth version of an Oatmeal Stout and certainly the benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 23:04:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 550 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A - Dark amber with slight ruby hints. Poured into a 2 finger thick and frothy head that descended to a good sticky lacing.

S - Oats, malt, and vanilla on the nose. The oatmeal really comes through. Hints of coffee and cocoa.

T - Dry, roasted malts mingle well with a hearty oatmeal serving that touches on vanilla.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied for an oatmeal stout. Smooth and lighter than you'd expect. Creamy too.

D - It's medium body lends itself well to drinkability in the oatmeal stout category.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 18:42:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, despite its color lets some ruby highlights through; plenty of lacing webs the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats

Taste: The cereal flavor is present up front, with roasted grain and oat flavors, joined by the mocha and dark chocolate, by mid-palate; after the swallow, dark fruit flavors arrive to add complexity, but the balance in the finish is remarkable

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance of this stout really sets it apart from most other renditions

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:23:01 | More by brentk56
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark into my weizen glass. Big head that stayed.

A- dark, opaque, tan head

S- roasted malts

T- sweet oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, something sweet

M- coats the mouth and taste stays

D- great beer easy drinking, glad to try it.

It was voted the number 4 session beer so i got myself one and wasnt dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 15:54:02 | More by SpencerSauce
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a gold wrapper covering the cap. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours thick with a very heavy head. Deep dark brown, looks almost black. Strong head retention. Weak lacing down the side.

Smell: A little medicinal. Roasted nuttiness and coffee, hint of caramel. A bit of burnt notes, though.

Taste: Creamy taste of oats and malt. It has a malty taste to it, and a bit of a bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly silky creamy texture. Not gritty or watery, just pure magic.

Drinkability: This one goes down very easily and enjoyably. A brilliant beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:45:18 | More by KenC411
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige colored head. Good lacing down the glass. There are chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aromas. Good mouthfeel, not too watery and not too thick. Roasted malt, chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Great flavor and perfectly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 19:09:17 | More by Kromes
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured it out into a glass from a 355 ml slender bottle with a golden foil around the neck and cap.this is the first beer i came across that has it`s own review,history and serving suggestions on the back of the bottle.nice touch.

A,this stout is midnight black or as close as you can get to it, with a thick deep tan frothy head that diminishs almost completely although it does leave some web lacing .

S,the aroma is dark roasted malt slightly sweet like chocolate, perhaps coffee with a little milk and sugar some grainy oats and leafy hops .

T,medium to full body, malty it certainly has a sweeter then i thought side but not overwhelming . i can taste the oatmeal flavor the brew is aiming for and the hops and yeast are inviting .

M,it`s sweet and malty also pretty hoppy for a stout with a grainy yeast spice on the palate with a tad bit of a bitter dry after taste

D, this is the first beer i`ve had from samual smith. i have had it more then once so i do find it drinkable .grab a few of these and get yourself some pizza.cheers .

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 14:11:57 | More by goblet
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