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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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5,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,227
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 186
Gots: 323 | 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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Photo of Wackyfoot


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very black pour, like a black hole with just the slightest hint of a tan head reminding us that there's life out there somewhere. Extremely roasty mouthfeel that warms the palate and the belly as it slides on down. This beer just makes a guy feel loved and at home with the world. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 00:17:16 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of jazztoloc


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

12 oz. dark bottle with the golden foil on top. Could not find a freshness date or an ABV sign.

A: Very dark with some tones of red when some light hits the glass. Light brown and creamy looking head. Beautiful light lacing on my pint.

S: Smells wonderful! Very light sugar cane . Chocolate and coffee. Very delicate but consistent.

T: Hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice acidity and bitterness mixed with the expected sweetness. 12 oz isn't enough for my paladate, after the last sip, you wish you could have at least 4 more (sips). Delicate is a word to describe the experience, this must be what earth's blood's could taste like (and now I feel like a poet...well, love to beer could do this to you, I guess!).

M: Nice body, oily, silky...I don't want to let go.

D: I think this beer could relate to any palate. Yes sir, I could drink this Day and Night...Night and Day!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 23:03:31 | More by jazztoloc
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- Frothy finger and a half head, nearly pitch black with a hint of ruby around the edges.

S- Sweet grainy nose with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Chocolatly malt sweetness with mellow roasted notes dominates followed by a subtle yet profound sweetness at mid point. Finishes mellow and smooth, reminiscent of mocha.

M- Smooth as a baby's ass.

D- Something this smooth goes down real easy.

Truly fantastic, be sure to try this if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 20:58:17 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. Dark black body with a half-inch tan head and thorough, sugary lacing all throughout the glass. A perfect looking stout. Smell is sweet nuts, faint hop aroma, and oatmeal. Taste is roasted malt, piny hops, black licorice, leather, toasted oats, and a charred, bitter hop aftertaste that hangs around for a while. Velvety, silky mouthfeel has a crisp, dry finish. One of the smoothest beers I've ever tasted. Impressive. Overall, there are better oatmeal stouts out there (St Ambroise, Southern Tier) but this is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:24:09 | More by cratez
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mocha head sits on top of a black pour. No light passes through the snifter.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, coffee and chocolate come through

T: Sweet roasted malts come through up front, almost buttery, chocolate, coffee and caramel flavoring to finish.

M: Full body, medium carbonation. Very little alcohol detected. Rather viscous, coats the tongue well.

D: Very tasty, could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:46:15 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with no visibility, with a caramel heading,leaves a beautiful caramel lacing. Smells of mollases and roasted coffee beans,and hint's of honey. Taste bready with hint's of chocolate and caramel. A very smooth watery mouthful that goes down very smoothly. So far this has been the best stout I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:46:29 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass.

Pours a jet, ink black body with a great coffee colored head that holds well. Tiny bit of light seeps through when held to the light. Good looking.

Smells of sweet malts, splash of honey, molasses, roasted coffee. Very complex, but it's very soft and extremely well blended. Smells absolutely awesome.

Brew starts off with a wave of sweetness (honey, molasses) followed by a nice roasted coffee bean flavor, then it finishes with an outstanding oatmeal blast with a dash of hops that balances the sweetness in the beginning. Outstanding.

The beer is medium/full bodied on the palate with a chewy, rich, yet smooth mouthfeel. It goes down extremely well, which I kind of expected from its low ABV, but either way it's a great oatmeal stout. Top of the line.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 16:39:29 | More by TMB0424
Photo of Bootscraper


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This particular beer was recommended to me at another forum, and I do not regret picking one up whatsoever.
Served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass, listening to Jesu- "Why Are We Not Perfect?". I am wondering why this beer isn't perfect, because it comes damn-close. Here was my humble thoughts:
Upon pouring, a very creamy, frothy, tan head a few inches in length arose to meet the top of the glass. This was very pleasing, considering that I presume this brew has very low carbonation. It sat in my glass BLACK. There was some slight deep red tendencies bouncing off my glass when I held it up to the light, but this beer is quite opaque. After a good 10 minutes, the head got down to about 1 cm, and stayed that way until it met the bottom of my glass. I was kinda disappointed in the lacing though, as there wasn't much of any at all.
Poking my nose in the glass gave me a very rich smell of a sweet loaf of bread. The sweetness was composed from nut to molasses, and vanilla to honey ranges. Pleasantly subtle, I might add as well.
The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, but now working in hand with the signature stout "roasted" flavor. It's not quite "burnt" hops either, which would usually come across too harsh in other more common stouts. Rather, it's present more as a coffee flavor... one that comes alive a little bit during the finish. I found slight hints of savory caramel throughout each sip as well. Not much in the way of an after-taste. Pretty damn-well balanced this beer is though, even if there is nothing extravagant going on.
It's medium-bodied once it was in the mouth, and it was smooth as silk. Seriously, this is the quickest beer I have consumed so far for a review, and I could easily move through some of this like water on a hot summer day. That is quite remarkable, considering it's other stout qualities (I may have found my new favorite beer!). My only discrepancy, I suppose, was that I wish they could make this beer how it is, but with a stickier mouth-feel. No, it certainly is not a Miller Lite, but it came across as a bit thin for a beer of this caliber.
Skip the pretzels, go straight for snackin' on some oatmeal chocolate cookies when enjoying one of these!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 02:36:40 | More by Bootscraper
Photo of ssam


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep dark color, not totally black but pretty black. perfect sized head but the dark tan ole thing didnt stay long

S- sweet smell of honey and very bready

T- YUM- that oatmeal characteristic lives up to its good reputation. my criticism is that it should have more oatmeally goodness

M-i love the oatmeal smoothness

D- gotta say, this one lived up to my expectations. but i think i can find better representations of the style. REALLY good though

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 21:10:56 | More by ssam
Photo of Gish

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A beautiful inky black with a tan head with good retention

S - bread and honey

T - Just like it smells, bready with a bit of sweetness. A bit of bitterness comes out to keep it well balanced.

M - smooth and creamy, slight carbonation bite

D - incredibly tasty and easy to drink, highly recommended

An enjoyable experience. Sets the standard for oatmeal stouts in my opinion. You can't go wrong with Sammy Smith's!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 05:45:40 | More by Gish
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black colour with huge tan head. Good looking stout. Good retention.
Smell - sour, bready, has some unpleasant notes.
Taste - bready with some raisin notes, some chocolaty malts. Much better than aroma.
Smooth, well balanced. Decent oatmeal stout, still pretty drinkable. I'd have it again.
Thanks a lot to jac5084 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 04:29:58 | More by Voonder
Photo of hockeyblades


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- light black very little head
smell- roasted malts and coffee
taste- the first sip is filled with chocolate malts accompanied by caramel malts. the aftertaste is a a bit astringent but overall an evenly balanced beer
mouthfeel- a good amount of carbonation and somewhat thick
drinkability- a lot of flavor that comes together i could definately sip on this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 20:54:34 | More by hockeyblades
Photo of katan


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a moderately opaque black color. Head formation is very strong, and is mocha colored. Head is well retained.

S - Light in smell - at best i can detect some of the roasted malts and a yeasty scent.

T - Starts off with a mostly sweet flavor, not that balanced. Mid-stream is more of the same, with some bitterness forming. Finishes with more of the trademark oatmeal astringency that I come to love w/ this flavor of beer. There is some of that acidity that I've seen in this style before that is not necessarily pleasant.

M - Moderate body - light for today's stout. Carbonation that was obvious in the appearance isn't as much in the mouthfeel. Little residue from the beer.

D - Easy to drink - ABV is not high for the beer style. Not overly filling by any means. Flavors are muted, so it wouldn't become a wear on the tongue. Only knock here is the existence of that acidity that just doesn't go well over a session.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 22:06:30 | More by katan
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/15/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a very nice, thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roast, coffee. Flavor is super sweet, with lots of oatmeal, and some roasted malts. The first time I had this I really enjoyed it, but this time I found it too artificially sweet. Ok beer, but I'm not impressed. Palate is a little watery too.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 15:58:50 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a deep, barely translucent, aubergine-colored ale topped with a huge, dry frothy head that looks the color of cinnamon sugar. The retention and lacing are tenacious. The aroma is of warm cookies, soft, sweet herbs and roasted malt. It's very soft and even. A soft, heavy texture slides down the throat. Despite the rich, sweet flavor of this, the tongue is left a bit dry. The first flavor is sugar and caramel. Then comes an herbal element that is somewhere between fennel and tarragon; perhaps licorice. The lengthy and marked aftertaste is of chocolate malt. Yes, there is a reason this is an old favorite. They sure can make stouts in England.
(rated Jul 23, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:52:03 | More by yesyouam
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/23/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark pitch black colored body, with a huge tan brown head. Has an aroma of chocolate, and some oatmeal. Has a taste of some roasted malts, oatmeal, and more chocolate. Has a creamy mouthfeel. A medium body palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:27:13 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

Trying to knock off most (if not all) of what Sam Smith has to offer. 550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

One quarter thick, viscous and creamy toffee colored head. A pretty looking stout, ruby brown, a touch of black ink nestles beneath the head. This beer might just be radioactive because it is emitting some supernatural aromas. Like most Sam Smith beers very vinous, even a bit winey, hard water, rich and smooth caramel malts, dates and figs, cinnamon raisin bread. Tastes a bit like the Taddy Porter, a bit creamier though with more pronounced dark fruity flavors. Not very much oatmeal but it is there in places. Rather though this beer seems to be built on the fruitier aspects and is even slightly herbal and a bit earthy.
I like everything this beer has to offer, tasty with a good mouthfeel, an easy drinker any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:29:25 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of dalion037


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for an oatmeal stout, this is the only beer you should be drinking. This is the best OS on the market bar none. It taste just like a bowl of cold soupy oatmeal. The best part of these beer is the fact it is readily available and fairly reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 05:10:56 | More by dalion037
Photo of william5586


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black but light around the edges. Not much head at all, but im pretty sure my home fridge is way to cold. I wish i had another to let it get tot he proper temperature before pouring.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee.

T- Great roasted malt, almost burnt taste. Some dark chocolate adds a touch of sweetness. Dry finish

M- Nice and thick. Smooth and chewy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very high. Goes down so easy. The low abv is a big plus too.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 04:41:29 | More by william5586
Photo of DIM


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

a: This was a very dark brown with clear ruby edges. It pours with a large, long lasting, fluffy tan head.

s: Slightly smoky barley, oats, and a slightly sour poter like note.

t: Slightly bitter up front with flavors of heavily roasted malt. The finish is slightly sweet and silky smooth.

m: Lush carbonation and a wonderfully velvety body.

d: This richly deserves it's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 21:17:28 | More by DIM
Photo of magictrokini


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark-brown pour with a one-finger tan head. And its see-through. Aroma is nice; breakfast oatmeal with cocoa powder, some cream. More cocoa and cream int he taste, with a smaller helping of oats. Middle is kind of like a "Whopper" chocolate candy. Oaty, dry finish. I had to knock this beer for the mouthfeel. Its just too loose and watery for a stout, oatmeal or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:12:44 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Bottle into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a relatively big two-finger medium thick tan head. Dark brown / black with some ruby hints around the bottom edges of the glass. Relatively opaque. Head is very persistent, slowly fading into a thick film. Minimal lacing is left behind.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and a bit of chocolate in there. The oats are also noticeable in the background. Nose is medium strength; not quite big enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt initially, gives way to a smoky pure chocolate taste. Very nice. Oats are there too, but not dominant. A pleasant smoky chocolaty aftertaste arrives late and fades nicely. Good job.

PALATE : Medium-thick body goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end. Medium carbonation and finishes pretty dry.

OVERALL: A very good stout, very drinkable. I can certainly see why it's "celebrated." I would say it's not quite as good as the Tadcaster Porter, but definitely a great brew worth stocking up on. It's got an ABV that could definitely make it a prime session beer. One worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 08:23:58 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Bung


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

Bottle. Always reliable Sam Smith. Pours a black/brown, light tan colored head. Smells of a slightly overcooked oatmeal cookie. Nice roast coffee and chocolatey tones. Could have more grain and oat characteristics. Just enough carbonation. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Warms very well. Finish very clean.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 02:31:10 | More by Bung
Photo of Pencible


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque ruby with dark tan head. It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate with sweet cream and a hint of oats. It tasted like milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasted bitter coffee, and dry toasted oats. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice, complex flavor that was well balanced, quite clean and definitely tasty. It had good body, and was very drinkable. There was honestly nothing extreme or exciting about this beer, but it's a perfect benchmark for what an oatmeal stout should be. No frills, just solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:17:48 | More by Pencible
Photo of mcsquint


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

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black with creamy two finger tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing that fully coats the glass.
S - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate,and coffee.
T - Tastes pretty much like it smells. Some dark fruit that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Bittersweet aftertaste; but that's not a bad thing.
M - Not slick like some oatmeal stouts. More of a dry stout with the edge taken off. Carbonation comes through just enough to make it a bit lively on the tongue.
D - Another great Samuel Smith product. Traditional and delicious. Would love to try this from a nitro tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:48:34 | More by mcsquint
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,227 ratings.