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

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Ratings: 5,812
Reviews: 2,163
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 251
Gots: 597 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of ToddT
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a thick tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, toffee, wood char, and molasses.

T- Roasted malt at first with a lot of earthy undertones that carry on throughout until the finish, which is dry and biting with a slightly acidic quality. As it warms the oats becomes more of a standout on the palate and a smoky peat moss and tobacco quality becomes more noticeable in the undertones.

M- Creamy and silky, very smooth and full bodied, the carbonation is low as expected.

D- Very drinkable and at 5% ABV you could try to session this one, it is a meal in itself though.

Excellent oatmeal stout and one of my favorites.

Photo of bpw28
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Tan-Chocolate Nice Big Head, Deep Deep Brown Color, Great Lacing.

Nose: Bannana, Nutmeg, Clove, Light Roasty.

Taste: A nice fullness, pretty smooth, get that bannana with an interesting flavor I couldn't put my finger on chalking it up to oatmeal. Mid quickly goes into finish. Mid had a black berry like taste to me, finish had a nice sweet then hoppy finish.

Final Thoughts: Good Stuff. It's suppose to be pretty much baseline oatmeal stout, and I can see why.

Food Pairing:Pork any style, Mild Lamb Dishes, Yellow and other lighter flavored cakes, Mellow Chicken dishes, Cream based Sauces, Strong Pastas like Putanesca.

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet but here we go. Great looking stout especially considering this is only 5% ABV. Black in color and absorbing all light. A large fluffy tan head, sticky and resinous in retention and lacing.

Light coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, oat, blackberry and prune aromas with a earthy ester at the end.

So soft and smooth in the middle and finish, just amazing mouthfeel. Thick and creamy and delicious. Velvety on the tongue from the oats. Medium roast with coffee and dark chocolate dominating the middle. Black figs, and raising, unmalted barley, earthy resinous hops on the long droning finish. A bit leathery and hints of tobacco. Great beer.

Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : pours black with a ton of soft, pillowy thick tan head. Dark brown edges makes this guy look malty and inviting. Rings the edges the entire beer.

S : starts with a slight skunkish smell. Hope it's not old! Chocolate and Almost caramel scent.

T : no skunk! Starts watery for half the beer, then a bittersweet chocolate and smooth finish. The oatmeal isn't big and chewy but leads the mothfeel instead. The finish is sweet and pops a bit from the carbonation. There is a very small hint of smokey vanilla towards the very end.

M : the effervescence seems a little high for a stout, but it carries the second half of the beer's flavor through so nicely. The oatmeal also helps the feel.

D : I can drink it forever and ever...

A great beer that is drinkable and delicious!

Photo of zdk9
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a finger of brown head with largish bubbles. A bit of lacing but not a ton.

S- It's a really great smell that's a little hard to describe. A dark sweetness with notes of toffee, molasses, dark maple syrup. Some licorice, spiced rum with cinnamon and bourbony vanilla. Really nice and strong and complex.

T- The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma. There's some raisin, wood smoke, rye bread. Much more of a char character like an astringent Baltic porter compared to the sweet smell which resembled more of an Impy stout.

M- Good carbonation level. It's a scoatch syrupy but not very much.

O- A great smelling beer that really changes flavors with the taste. I don't get the "slimy" aspect of oats that's often mentioned so I'm not sure if this can really be the benchmark, but still delicious and enjoyable.

Photo of Jinholic
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance - 2 finger brown head jet black thin lacing.

Smell - Dark malts with coffee, chocolate in the back end.

Taste - Same as the smell, dark roasted malts with coffee in the middle and chocolate on the finish. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - The oats in this make in so smooth and silky its unreal no bite to it but I for one hate that in a stout.

Overall - I can't find anything wrong with this beer the craftsmanship is outstanding go grab one and see for yourself.

Photo of LebronJeremy
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sits like a work of art in the glass. Black with a tan caramelly looking head.

S: Not very earthy smelling but the hops are clearly present. The coffee and chocolate makes this just smell mouthwatering. It's not too rich, though; it's nicely balanced by the roast.

T: Perfect. I have yet to have a better tasting beer. Incredibly balanced flavor with the sweetness of the malt and the chocolate being countered by the roast of the coffee and the very mild bitterness that disappears as soon as this is swallowed. Completely clean finish.

M: I'm being a stickler by only giving it a 4.0. The mouthfeel is pretty standard for an oatmeal stout--thicker than a lager but it's not milk. I just want the creaminess of a Belhaven Scottish Ale mixed with the flavor of this beer. It'd be like a milkshake.

O: Everyone in my family likes this beer, and NO ONE else in my family likes beer. It may be the perfect stout for me.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle served in a large glass beer mug.

L - black as night with a tan head that took a long time to thin out and left a few spots of lacing.

S - dark roasted malts.

T - rich and roasty all the way through with subtle notes of chocolate licorice.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

O - overall a very good example of the style.

Photo of Ommy
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oatmeal Stout is poured dark and frothy. The head seems to dissipate in a minute or two until it reaches a thin top layer, leaving behind a beautiful lacing. It is fairly opaque and appetizing.

On the nose I get a mocha-chocolate mix, with some cream aspects at the end. The hops are very much in the background, accentuating the darker flavors nicely. The whipped cream from a pie comes to mind.

The taste is quite different that I had expected. I seems partly subdued in the beginning, a fair strength taste of roasted barley in the midtaste, with a decent bite on the finish. The aftertaste is not bad, it reminds me of the feeling and taste you get after eating a banana.

The mouthfeel is very interesting. It is sort of a mix between smooth, and stingy. The brew washes over the taste buds like silk, but then attacks them with the bitterness of the hops. I like it a lot!

Overall I would say this beer is very nice. The taste on the beginning is a little lackluster, but not underwhelming in the least. The other aspects of the beer more than make up for it and provide a good stout I would recommend trying.

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The jet black body is topped with a one-finger khaki head. The lacing is incredible.

The smell is coffee and dark chocolate.

This oatmeal stout is extremely smooth and has a substantial mouthfeel. It's surprisingly sweet yet chalky with chocolate and tobacco notes. A slight coffee-like astringency keeps it all in balance. The aftertaste is round with some residual chalkiness and burnt toast.

I was expecting a much drier stout, mainly due to my lack of experience with anything but Irish stouts. This is a little sweet for a session, but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of Brunite
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night. Truly opaque. A nice 3 finger khaki head with great retention and excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate.

T - Wow, this top notch. A great roasted malt taste with the added benefit that you actually pick up a touch of "oatiness". Other flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of bitter. Nice residual sweetness.

M - Thick body...extremely creamy & chewy.

O - This is one of the best. The standard for Oatmeal stouts. Very drinkable. A great gateway into stouts. Solid!

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was good, first time I had it was at the Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown Pa. The beer is nice rich and dark. The aroma and taste reflect the look of te beer. This beer had a bit of a metallic flavor at first which faded in time. I liked the strong roasted flavors it had running through it. It was a good beer for sure. Enjoyed it even more the second time I had it.

Photo of drtth
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is dark brown with ¼" of tan foamy head that persists well and leaves sticky patches and patterns of lacing. Sipping leaves nice lacing on the glass and the head persists pretty much to the end of the beer in the form of small sheets and some slender leggy lacing..

Smell: The aromas include some chocolate, roasted malt, brown bread, and traces of toffee and coffee.

Taste: The flavors include some dark chocolate semi-sweetnes and roasted malts with traces of molasses and coffee. The hops show mostly in the finish and are not particularly prominent.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium and smooth but just a bit on the prickly side from the carbonation. The finish includes some bitterness and ends with a touch of sweetness

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I've enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Each sip was enjoyable and left me wanting another. I'll have this beer again in the future. My overall impression is of a well made beer that deserves the high regard in which many people hold it. It is well balanced and worth drinking.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The coffee scent hits you when you open the bottle, like opening a bag of coffee beans. Color is completely opaque with a modest tan head. The initial flavor is a subtle maltiness, but picks up to a bitter-sweetness toward the finish. Coffee is prominent with an earthy undertone. Very enjoyable stout.

Photo of bayougutter
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got out of 45 degree beer fridge and sat out about 20- 30 mins then poured into a tulip.

appearance; black mostly opaque with a perfect 2 finger creamy tannish head which hung around awhile with good lingering lacing

good roasted malt smell at first then wet oats, coffee and cocoa. all in a good way

taste like it smells with a bit of fig/date toward the end with a little hop bitterness at finish

good creamy medium mouthfeel

This is a very example and a go to beer. easy to drink. I'm aging a couple, let you know in a year.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Best before 12 February (not sure which says L10308).

A: Great looking stout, with a massive three-finger tannish head that seems intent on sticking around. Coco-Cola red-brown edges, with a dark black-brown core. Opaque. Scattered lacing in the wake of the head.

S: Rich, roasted malts. Some creaminess? Dry and pleasant.

T: Well-balanced. Malty-sweet, with mere hints of drier coffee bitterness on the aftertaste. The true beauty of this beer lies not in the taste, but the mouthfeel, which is creamy and silky smooth. The maintaste is round and firm with a sweetness that is clearly oats.

M: Full, robust, and truly exceptional.

O: A really good stout. Light enough to be easy drinking, flavourful and rich enough to merit attention. I approve of the larger bottle size; I enjoyed every drop. Definitely recommended.

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint Glass: Dark brown close to black, 1 inch foam.

S: Nutty, oats, pleasant. Not too strong a scent.

T: Bitter, oats, roasted malt & a bit of coffee.

M: Minimal carbonation, smooth yet a bit thin.

D: I think it's better on tap, Velvet Merlin has surpassed it in my opinion. I used to love this beer years ago but my palate has grown. Give it a shot but try it on tap if you can. Drink up!

Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light tan colored head that disappears fast. Scent is a bit grainy with faint hints of oat and chocolate. Taste is like Guinness but a WHOLE LOT BETTER! There are some flavors of chocolate, grain, oatmeal, and light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is still pretty light and although not nearly as watery as Guinness, it isn't as great as Velvet Merlin of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stouts. Drinkability is high, as this beer is tasty and low ABV.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black buut lets some light in with a finger and a half of tan head that does not have very good retention or lacing.

S: Wet oats, chocolate, moderate roastiness, lactose, and caramel.

T: It is pretty complex; it begins chocolatey with sweet, dark fruits and finishes with a taste of oatmeal cookies and cinammon.

M: It has a creamy, medium-light body with average carbonation, and a relatively clean finish. With a brew so complex, I expected some lingering flavors.

D: This tastes great and is light enough to have 3 or 4.

Photo of yourchoice
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks black to me, with a retaining tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Malt, bitter chocolate, and a bit smokey.

T - A nice subtle smokiness, while very malty. Still a bit of bitter chocolate. Nice!

M - More carbonated than I epected, but pleasantly so. Medium body, creamy (while carbonated...weird!)

O - Very enjoyable. Can sip or have a few. Good beer.

Photo of mdr4669
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle while sitting back enjoying some tunes.

App: Dark black poured to about 2.5 fingers of off-white head that receaded quickly leaving fantastic sticky lacing. That remained throughout the drink.

Smell: Grains & coffee nothing special.

Taste: Interesting taste, I primarily get a very grainy taste with mild chocolate and coffee.

MF: Very rich, very creamy.

Drinkability: I like this beer, and am glad that I could probably only stomach 2 per sitting.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated Sept 20 2010. SI20J1
Pours a jumbo 5 finger head of dense creamy tan head. This sinks down to a nice one finger yogurt looking head. Deep maroon body when held up to the light. Streaming bubbles come from the bottom to keep this head a float. Smells sweet, roasty, some dark chocolate, minearly, english yeasty. Tastes sweet and malty, touch of roast, chocolate, bready, some english hop notes. Creamy full body, medium high carbonation, some lingering bitterness. Finishes dry yet oily, not too much lingering bitterness. Quite a nice beer, it feels balanced and quite drinkable.
$4 a 500ml, a bit pricey to get on a regular basis but will give it another go when I'm in the mood.

Photo of MadCat
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very dark red, almost black, with a good sized head, that dissipates at a moderate pace, and leaves considerable lacing, with some head staying until the end.

Smell: Oats and semi-sweet roasted malts

Taste: Oats, roasted malt, some sweetness, some bitterness. Hints of coffee and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, reasonable carbonation, slightly dry finish

Drinkability: Easy session beer. I could drink this all night, and would love to if I bought more than just the 550ml bottle.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Love it, and its great that it doesn't need to have a high abv to be good.

Photo of hiku7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt, 2.7 oz bottle, shared a bit of it with the wife, though most of it ended up in my glass. Should have split it with her even Steven because she loved it.

Drank it out of a Bruges style glass (that's what Crate & Barrel called it at least), basically a tulip.

A - Deep tan nutty looking head with very good retention. The beer is almost pitch black, with lingering brown hints. Solid sticky lacing as it went down.

S - Coffee and chocolate aromas, with a bit of raisiny fruitiness.

T - The coffee like flavor really comes through with a bit of peppery spiciness and mild bitterness on the back end

M - Silky and creamy, light pleasant oiliness.

D- Fairly solid. Goes down easy, but feels right taking your time with it too.

Very enjoyable stout.

Photo of BobZ
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black with small 1/16" head which sticks around, decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and big on the roasted malt with some molasses noticeable.

Taste: Very good, the molasses like sweetness is there, also roasted malt flavors are strong, a little bit of caramel sweetness is in there too.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, almost creamy on the palate.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, good session beer.
Very good stout one and a solid example of the style.

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