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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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5,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,679
Reviews: 2,146
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 234
Gots: 538 | 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:
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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas are sublte yet inticing; very slight hints of roasted grains and coffee.
The taste is great. Flavors are a nice combination of roastiness, sublte bitterness and some slight sweetness; it goes down super smooth. Very nice creamy mouthfeel and the carbonation recedes to leave a nice silky finish.
Best oatmeal stout on the planet, period.

claspada, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of endovelico
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a black brew with red hued highlights and thick persistent mocha colored head with good lacing. Non perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium high in strength. Aroma is reminiscent of oatmeal, cookie doe and toffee on the front with some roasty charcoal on the back.

Taste: Medium high in strength. Roasty, toffeish, caramelly, coffee, cookie doe. Complex enough, although i do find the roasty character a bit too prominent.

Palate: Medium to medium high bitterness. Somewhat acrid. Medium low carbonation. Medium to medium full body. Bittersweet finish with lingering doughie taste. Coating and smooth on the tongue.

Drinkability: Great example of the style: Complex, intriguing, great balance. Excellent on a purely technical level. On a personal level, though, i would have a liked a bit more restrained roastiness.

endovelico, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of kylers
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black, no light shining through when held up. Beautiful tan head that lasts the entire pint.

Smell: Oats, sweetness, vanilla ice cream, raisins.

Taste: Sweet, malty, creamy, slight bitter roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Not much else like it, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: High for a stout. Drank it with pizza and hot wings, passed the test.

Overall, one of the best examples of the style against which all others are measured.

kylers, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a crystal mug the beer is very dark in color with little light shining trough. The off white to beige head is building nice, but does not stick around to long. Nice lacing.
The smell hints the sweetness the label on the bottle predicts.
Now the taste of this beer surprises with a perfect balance and smoothness of barley and hops.The oatmeal is certainly recognizable and adds to the smoothness of the beer. Sweet aromas like caramel chocolate , and I swear I taste some apple, dominate in the beginning, until the bitterness of the hops balances the sweetness into a bittersweet beautiful aftertaste, which is just asking for more beer. It is very drinkable and I must say that this beer is one of the best beers I have tasted. Great job!

Hopfenpeter, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of psnare
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this from a 550ml bottle. I found it a great dark beer with excellent full head. Rich coffee and malt aroma. Excellent flavour. Taste is chocolate, slightly nutty with nice smooth mouthfeel from the oats.This is an easy drinking, delicious beer. Worth a second bottle!

psnare, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of jellis00
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite foreign beer! This is a very tasty beer, I recommend it to anyone desiring a beer for pleasure. Out of all of my oatmeal stout choices, I place this one on the top.

Appearance: Very dark, nice head.

Smell: As expected, oatmealy.

Taste: Best bottled beer. Period.

Mouthfeel: You know that it is in your mouth, it has a very strong presence.

Drinkability: I was drinking 4 a week for several months.

jellis00, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with thick tan head and some lacing down the glass. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and caramel. Lots of roasted bitterness in the flavour, but still quite sweet. This is delicious. Very smooth mouthfeel. I bought this as part of a 3 bottle pack with glass from the LCBO in Ontario. I wish this was available year round and I could buy it in singles.

kwjd, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of 89Vision
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

The color of the beer is a deep, deep brown, with a medium tan head. I was a little disappointed, as it poured not even a one finger head, but there was good lacing throughout.

The smell of oatmeal is definitely noticeable at first. Other aromas are dark fruit, and a little of the roasted malt.

The taste is excellent. The oatmeal taste isn't very predominant, and instead, I taste a lot of the dark fruit and roasted malt, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian quad. There is very little bitterness, though it still is pretty well balanced and isn't overly sweet. Its very smooth and velvety, very nice. I think it could have gone with a higher abv (maybe around 7-8%?), but overall very nice.

89Vision, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of jpkoch1962
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby-red almost opaque mahogany. The head was a dirty white, which left decent lacing. The aroma was a combination of sweet malts, molasses, and choclate, and was somewhat subdued. The taste was a complicated mixture of a Belgium Brown, Engligh Mid, and a milk stout. Sweet malts, black strap molasses, plumbs, and a hint of dark roasted coffee made up this complicated brew. Not much esthers, but plenty of character nonetheless. The body was smooth, full, and the finish was a bit dry and satisfying.

A very nice ale, but it does miss the stout category, as the typical roasted malts were very much in the background. If one added some Fuggles and dry hopped Goldings this would make an outstanding Porter. In any event, this is one of finest Dark English Ales one can find no matter what one calls it.

jpkoch1962, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to review this classic.

Appearance- Pours a nice black. About two inches of thick, meringue like mocha head. Settles into a solid inch.

Smell- Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee bean as well. A little mellow.

Taste- Follows the nose, pleasantly. Starts off with a chocolate covered coffee bean. It has a nice sweetness from the oatmeal. Sort of like a coffee ice cream. Has an almost cola finish. It's really pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Very creamy.

Drinkability- Very easy.

This really is a classic. It's rich, a little sweet, a little roasty, and it goes down easy. No wonder everyone loves this beer.

callmescraps, Oct 29, 2010
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
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,679 ratings.