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

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5,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,581
Reviews: 2,135
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 222
Gots: 489 | 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 ujsplace
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Big tan colored head sitting on top of near black brew.

Smells of sweet roasted molasses, mild coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes incredibly smooth. Roasted molasses, mild sweetness, hint of dark chocolate, coffee, oats, mild herbal slightly bitter hops. Possibly a hint of sweet dark fruit.

Thick and silky smooth in the mouth - perfect.

This is one amazing oatmeal stout. If you haven't tried this, give it a shot. I could settle in with this any time...amazing brew.

ujsplace, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark opaque brown with a big 3-fingered tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A light oatmeal note is present in the aroma, under a big chocolate and caramel malt smell that is also accented by some dark fruits, a hint of coffee, and a slight hop note.

Taste: The front of the tongue is a sweet/salty oatmeal taste that is more dominant than in the smell, which gives way to a wallop of chocolate malts and a small fruity taste and finishes up with a coffee note and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with low carbonation and absolutely velvety smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and not very filling. Leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: A delicious dessert stout that is well-rounded and not overly alcoholic. I'll be drinking this again, for sure. Recommended.

bagpiper2005, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of jporf911
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550ml (1 pint, 2.7oz) bottle into a standard glass. No freshness date provided. The back label shows a man beating down what appears to be an entire vat full of fluffy, foamy yeast head. That's a good sign.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. Very dark, almost opaque, rich black with a fluffy tan two-finger head that has admirable retention, lasting almost the entire time as I drank it. The lacing is thick and sticks everywhere.

Smell- 4 out of 5. The scent is surprisingly soft and mild for a beer this dark. It mainly reminds me of molasses with a nutty undertone.

Taste- 4 out of 5. This is a bold flavor with a strong, powerful taste of roasted dark malt, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee. There are earthy and woody undertones that are almost acrid in their bite. The eponymous oatmeal is evident and adds a rich bit of starchiness. The dark fruit and slight pear flavor is lost in the stronger flavors mentioned before. It's a very robust taste that can be intimidating to drinkers unaccustomed to Stouts, so be careful.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. The body is thick; the carbonation is strong; and the finish is dry. Very full and filling.

Drinkability- 3 out of 5. This stuff is good, but I wouldn't want more than the bottle (which gives about 2 glasses once poured).

jporf911, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a light tan head that leaves just a thin coating after settling down.

It smells and tastes of toasted malts...smoky sweet, if that makes any sense...to stout drinkers it certainly does. The taste leaves a bitter aftertaste even after warming up a bit. The bar I had this at served it a bit too cold.

The body is medium and has a silky mouthfeel due to the oatmeal. No nitrogen here to keep the carbonation active, the bubbles are natural.

A typical stout from the British Isles, not very heavy and light on the alcohol. Classic! Very drinkable and one of the best stouts from the UK...well, until you get to the ones from Brew Dog which will make your toes curl.

Naugros, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a seemingly opaque pitch-black, but closer inspection with the light reveals a clear garnet tone. The head is thick and creamy--a dark tan color.

The smell is sweet and roasty with delicious malty notes and a slight fruitiness.

Sweet and malty, this stout is on the sweet side, with very little roasted bitterness or coffee flavors. The beer has a nicely thick body to it, but not so much syrupy as it is grainy. Drinkability is excellent.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of jzm2500
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown w/ a one-inch head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S/T/M- This brew has a sweet, creamy, and nutty character up front followed by tones of molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Maybe a bit of caramel. The finish is a lingering sweetness and mild to moderate hop bitterness. Feels very smooth and creamy in the mouth..not too thick.

D- Good.

I really enjoy this beer but have to be in the mood. It's a tad sweet for me at times. There's a lot of complexity though, and it's different for me every time. Great beer.

jzm2500, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of fischerr3
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

definetly something i can sit down to a good video game or movie or bon fire or even have next to me while on the grill...

this beer doesnt leave you wishing they did something different... as a matter of fact i tried samual smiths taddy porter and i thought i would never like any of there other beers any more... then.... one day there it was on the shelves of the Alteck beer store... 4.50 a bottle... thats about average for a good beer here in okinawa... so i hoped it would live up to its price... and let me tell ya

at close range with a 12 gauge shotgun... this beer hit taddy porter right in the face and nocked it off my list of top 5... because this just raised the bar on a good beer... it sits up there with the 3 chimays and lion stout damn good beer...

fischerr3, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, ebony with amber highlights and a thick oatmeal colored head that leaves scrappy lace on the glass. Rich molasses and cocoa with a touch of raisiny oatmeal. Dark fruit, dark but sweet chocolate and cocoa flavors with a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and creamy, silky smooth from the oats. A textbook example of the style. Delicious.

biggred1, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to thank my friends Cade and Julia, who brought a 4-pack of this and some other beers to me as housewarming gifts. 12oz bottle with classy gold foil top poured into a pint glass.

Color is dark brown with dark red highlights when held up to light. After an aggressive pour I am left with a massive tan head that settles at 1 finger. Looks solid the whole time and leaves some nice lacing.

Scents I can pick up are grain, oats, cream, Irish Dry Stout-esque. There is also some sour and hop notes.

Tastes are much better than the smell. I still get a Irish Dry Stout vibe, but this is much more flavorful. Oats, chocolate, light hops. Oatmeal cookie and brownie crumbs. Some light fruit and a bit of earthiness. Really nice when it starts to warm up. Lots of flavor and body for a 5% beer. Nice sweetness and nuttiness on the finish.

I reckon this is probably the epitome of an oatmeal stout. I think I'll pour my last bottle into some oatmeal sometime.

Chico1985, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a creamy white head. Looks pretty viscous as it pours. Off white head retains and stays laced up top the whole time.

Smells of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Coffee as well.

The mouthfeel is very silky smooth and not too heavy at all. Not like the way it looks when it pours. It tastes of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, Nutty, dark fruits that almost seems like cherry. Roasted malt and fresh hops finish it out.

An awesome beer. Not too heavy, not too light, perfect!

jhammel01, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of SteelerChris
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers and beer styles. Most of the other reviews hit the nail right on the head with the description of its richness straight out of the bottle. The color is a very dark brown and the head is strong and stays frothy throughout the drinking experience. The aroma is nutty and smells like fresh brownies. The taste is smooth and velvety with a medium body. You can expect flavors of coffee, fortified dark fruits, roasted figs, touch of caramel, and of course cooked oats with a swirl of brown sugar. The carbonation is noticeable while the mouth feel is not too overwhelming and the alcohol is not noticed unless you have more than 4. I prefer to drink this slightly below room temperature, because if too cold you will not get the nutty and creamy flavors. There is a brilliant balance of gusto because you can differentiate the singular essences of hops, chocolate, coffee, and etcetera alone, but they are harmonious with one another on the palate.
I usually drink this beer alone or with hearty foods, but I have been experimenting with paring beer and dessert. For this review I decided to pair this beer with Camembert. I wrapped Camembert with puff pastry and blackberry compote and baked it until crispy the drizzled a balsamic/strawberry reduction over it. These rich fruity flavors complimented the beer nicely and brought out a new level sweetness and roundness to this brew and I am very happy with the outcome. I hope others will try this pairing. It really shines the beer in a new light.

SteelerChris, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 550 ml bottle into my snifter.

It was a beautiful black with a tan 1 finger head that left some nice lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted chocolate.

It tastes nice and roasty, some cocoa and a hint of coffee and oats.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick. It drinks very well, not too heavy at all.

JMad, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark almost black.. Nice thick tan 1.5 finger head.. Ruby color is visible on the walls of the glass.. Almost looks like soda with the carbonation rising..

Smell: black licorice.. Caramel.. Toffee..sweet coffee notes.. Hints of warm oatmeal.. Little nutty.. Figs/raisins on nose.. Dark roasted malts

Taste: dark roasted malts.. Oatmeal.. Milky.. Black licorice, nutty, figs, bits of caramel, semi sweet, finishes with a coffee bitterness.. Also some brown sugar.. Leaves a burnt resin taste in mouth.. Smooth..

Mf is smooth.. great carbonation.. full bodied but goes down easy.

A nice sipper that is very easy to drink.. Very well put together brew.. Definitely worth the buy

Really enjoyed this beer


aval89, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to completely black in color. Thick, fluffy brown head. Great head retention with ample lacing on the glass.

A nice malty aroma, some milk chocolate and a touch of roasted coffee. Subtle floral hops round out the aroma. It has a sweet, nicely rounded-out chocolate flavor. Great balance with roasted coffee bitterness. No hop flavor that I can detect.

Full bodied with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is an awesomely balanced stout. Hits the perfect spot between the chocolate-y sweetness and coffee/hop bitterness, along with the fantastic chewy body from the oats.

goldbot, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium to dark brown body topped by a vicious head of tan standing at a few inches tall. An inviting look indeed.

S - Chocolate and cocoa fill my nose.

T - This is a great Oatmeal Stout. There are an array of flavors mixing in this beer. It starts out as mild chocolate and moves on to an tasty almond. It then brings in a slight dark cocoa flavor before finishing up with smooth milk chocolate once again.

M - The feel is supple and wet as is goes down smooth.

~ I can't believe it took me so long to try this great beer. This is going to be a regular from here on out. If you haven't had a chance to drink one of these fine beers, do youself a favor and indulge.

cdkrenz, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black into a Duvel tulip with three fingers of frothy tan head.

Nice mild roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel. Low to moderate carbonation with a light and slightly thin mouthfeel. The flavor begins with breakfast, featuring coffee and oat malts. This is followed by a full chocolate sweetness and then a return to slightly bitter, earthy malts on the finish. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

grittybrews, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of JimBird
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with an off-white half-finger of head that quickly sunk to a tan coloured lace.
Smelled very strongly of rich dark malt with a faint roastiness. Tasted and felt satisfyingly heavy and smooth; very nutty and buttery flavour that just made me want more with every gulp.

Overall, it was great, with a good balance between big stout taste with the bite of astringency imparted by the oats.

JimBird, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly thin head, but nice and creamy. The beer itself was pretty black. This might've been the bar I had it in, though.

S - Oats dominated I thought, but also hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - I thought it was fairly bland. I didn't taste very much besides some roasted malts.

MF - Pretty thin. Not much in the way of carbonation, which is good. Very smooth and not much in the way of bitterness.

D - Pretty solid. Very easy going down and this could be a decent session beer.

SkunkWorks, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful 3" Head of Rich cream colored foamy goodness on top of a black beauty of a brew.

Smell - Roasted chocolate with a nice oat and coffee scent.

Taste - Rich dark roasted malts with an amazing smokiness. The oats and toffee finish it off oh so nicely.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation and full body of this creamy smooth gift from the beer gods are balanced out just right.

Drinkability - I love it!!! This would make an amazing float with a nice big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I do not think anything i have ever drank is worthy of a 5.0 but this is the closest i have had yet.

SAtaMi, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark ruby brown with a big pillowy tan head with pretty good retention. Lots of roasty chocolate on the nose along with raisin, molasses, and vanilla extract. Cocoa and vanilla extract are the dominant flavors. There's a smoothness and taste that is reminiscent to an oak aged stout. This is a killer beer and silky smooth going down...very impressed by this one.

alkemy, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of tan head. It is dark brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is dark cocoa and coffee. The taste is dark chocolate and finishes with some rich coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is another great beer from Sam Smith's. I've had three of their beers so far, and they have all been winners.

buschbeer, May 31, 2010
Photo of AlexCorleone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Deep red highlights. Creamy head that never quite disappears, and it leaves a modest trail of clingy lacing down the glass.

Coffee, caramel and chocolate mats earthy, sweat, with a hint of oats.

Soft roasted malt flavor hangs in the foreground, eventually giving way to a mild sweet. Good balance between bitter and sweet. Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee swirl around giving the Oatmeal Stout.

Silky smooth and creamy with a medium-full body. The carbonation adds just the right amount of zing in the finish.

Is to drink in peaceful place, out of noise and distracters, take with old cheese and black olive.

AlexCorleone, May 29, 2010
Photo of irisier
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black body that has some barely visible reddish tinge through the light. Ok tan head after a strong pour.

Smell: Creamy coffee and chocolate. A little bit of bitter and roasted smell. Deliciously aromatic.

Taste: Pretty strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Milky sweetness comes next with some very slight hop bitterness at the back. Coffee and roasted bitterness emerges toward the end leaving a somewhat dry finish with maybe a hint of woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body with medium/low carbonation, but as smooth as they come.

Impressions: Excellent. Lovers of stouts or any dark beers need not hesitate in buying some of this.

irisier, May 29, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks great. Poured into a glass, has a nice dark chocolate-colored body with amber highlights/ Nice light brown thick head with pretty lacing. Yeah, I said pretty.

S- Sweet, chocolatey, very roasted.

T- Not particularly impressed. Strong bready and chocolate fkavours, but there's a very strong back of throat-slash-palate feel of acid, as if drinking a strong black coffee. Good for some, many even, but not I.

M- Oh, just look above.

D- I can drink one and move on. Would visit again in the future.

wcintula, May 29, 2010
Photo of nano
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a guinness glass from a 330 bottle that i buy in The BeerBox Monterrey.

A- deep black color, qith a 2 fingers brown head

S- chocolate malts, and a little bit sweet

T- very sweet, with chocolate finish

M- medium body, nice carbonation

D- i can take 3 of this one with no problem, a amazing brew

nano, May 28, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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