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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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5,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,152
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 295 | FT: 5
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 orcasteve

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is sweet and filling, this is like everything that i love in a hot fresh loaf of oatmeal breed brewed into a beer of extrodnary flavor and complexity. this is like a meal in a glass. this is as close to a purfict 5.o as you can get. this is top ten of all time and the greatist oatmeal stout i have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 15:41:03 | More by orcasteve
Photo of brendan13


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

A - Poured into a pint glass a solid black with a 1.5cm beige head that slowly disipates leaving lots of sporadic lacing.
S - The smell is a good mix of roastiness, milky chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.
T - The taste is quite similar to the smell; roasty & chocolate with some dark fruit touches. Also a bit of a nuttiness & some vauge herbal notes.
M - A smooth, pretty full bodied beer.
D - Not something I'd drink anymore than one of in a night but I could see myself drinking this pretty often. Yummy stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 11:00:03 | More by brendan13
Photo of xenolithic


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to Swigger for the brew, it was a trade from our last tasting (finally just felt right).

Look: Poured into my pub glass a dark brown with a three finger caramel cola head with dissipation to a 1 finger head that lingers.

Nose: Roasted malts, slightly oaty. A hint of bitter chocolate?

Taste: Well balanced and smooth on the pallate, all the oat and bitter chocolate notes come back in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, just like I believe an Oatmeal stout should be.

Drinkability: Superior drinkability. If, that is, I'm feeling like a slightly sweet beer, I could probably drink this all night. But on a college budget, I can't really afford to.

This was the overall best in show at our recent tasting of 11 totally different brews at my place among about a dozen people who aren't normally beer drinkers outside the Macro stuff, but considering some people came back for more. I'm pleased to see that this helped launch some of my friends, including my significant other into darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:48:20 | More by xenolithic
Photo of palmdalethriller


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pour down the middle of the glass produces a finger's worth of tan head that fits with the style. The head leaves a thin lace on the glass, while most of it slides down into the beer. It looks so good that you want to dip your finger in the foam and taste it.
The beer is very dark, almost completely black.
There is roasted barley and a sweet nose, although the smell of this beer is pretty mild.
The first sip blew me away. I like stouts, but realized just how limited my knowledge of them was when I tasted this one. The sweetness of the rich dark malts is so tasty, and the finish hits you right in the back of the tongue with the roasted barley. It feels heavy on the palate, but not too thick. It's smooth, with just enough bubbles and body to balance each other out.
It's dark and sweet and it makes it hard to mentally justify drinking many of these, but it tastes so good that I could drink it all night.

550 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:53:22 | More by palmdalethriller
Photo of kzoobrew


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

Pours a deep black color. Big fluffy tan head. Retention is very good, leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is not big by any means, very subtle. Malt is picked up maybe some molasses smells.

There are alot of things going on here, and all good. Nice roasted malt taste compliments the creamy sweetness of the brew. Coffee and Chocolate flavors are more noticeable on the back end.

Mouth feel is definitely full, but very creamy and smooth.
Makes this brew very easy to drink and equally enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:20:05 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 2.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a huge head of tan foam, that stay throughout the pint.

S - Rich aroma of roasted malts with hints of ripe friuts and dark chocolate.

T - Slightly sweet with a rich malty flavor. Definite flavors of dark ripe fruit and chocolate.

MF&D - An absolute classic. Hands down the best oatmeal stout out there. You could drink this one all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:55:15 | More by nasty15108
Photo of PatronWizard


3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4-pack at BevMo, gave one to a friend, took three home...

Wow, look at that head! Big time froth, hung out for awhile.

Pours a way dark brown slash black.

It has a smell. Reminds me of the other Sam Smith beers I've tried. Distinctive brewery smell? Rich? Coffee? More? Maybe the alcohol?

Coffee beer! Actually the first stout I've tried to objectively look at. Hope my review doesn't step on any toes, but if it does I'll be OK.

I'm having this puppy for breakfast and I'm probably drinking too cold, but it's nice enough. I'll take this over a Starbucks anyday.

Overall: good choice, made a good breakfast. Don't know how many I'd drink in a row, but I'd definitely have one for breakfast again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:36:26 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of ReadyFireAim


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

Found this bad boy in a local spirit shop (must confess, I was looking for Founder's breakfast stout which was unavailable at the time). Purchased in the 550ml brown bottle.

Cracked this one open and it poured a viscous midnight black into a smooth pint glass. When held to the light the body did have hints of amber and copper to its color - but when held in hand... this one practically sucked the light from the room. The thick creamy head had wonderful retention, and settled into a nice thin halo above the brew throughout the entire drink.

The aroma is immediate here. Deep rich tones of chocolate, caramel, and coffee all pull through, along with hints of vanilla and all the malty goodness.

The taste is smooth and carries the aroma into its palette; with the beginning tastes of chocolate and caramel deliciousness, the ending notes of, what I can only describe as, bready tang (maybe hints of dates in there?) compliment it well. I could definitely feel the carbonation, which felt a tiny bit too much for me in this stout. I don't think I could do more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting, but very good nonetheless.

A thick, well-balanced drink with minutiae flaws - barely worth noting, even. A classic drink, it seems - and one I will definitely return to in the future. In fact, the very near future.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 16:51:20 | More by ReadyFireAim
Photo of daythree16


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

Poured into a dimpled mug. The beer is not quite completely black in color with a tan two-finger head that doesn't leave much lace.

Smells of coffee and cocoa. The taste is some roasted malt with an underlying sweetness followed by a coffee-like bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it does stick to the mouth. Drinkability is out of this world, and paired with my elegant PB and banana sandwich, I'm pretty sure I could drink this one every morning for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 04:26:32 | More by daythree16
Photo of nem2006


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

Poured very dark brown with a good strong khaki head which faded a little, but not entirely.

The nose was a little smoky with a hint of sweet. Caught the malts.

This is a medium/heavy-bodied beer with some sweetness from the malts to start, followed by a little smoky flavor. It then finishes with a slight bitterness at the end. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:17:19 | More by nem2006
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

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

One of the first craft beers I ever enjoyed oh so long ago. Gotta love those guys at Phish shows selling these, among other things.

Pours an extremely dark brown with mahogany highlights and a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a skim coat. A random web of lace left behind.

Smell is roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, red-wine like tart fruits, molasses and flaked oats.

Taste starts off with some tart red fruits and roasted coffee beans, before some smooth oatmeal, sweet chocolate and caramel. Finishes with a little bit of burnt espresso and more tart fruits.

Mouthfeel is near perfect. Medium-bodied and smooth. For the style, it is a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Overall a great beer. Great drinkability and very enjoyable. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 16:42:10 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Zadok


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

A-Poured a deep brown bordering on black with slight ruby highlights when held up to the light. A 2 finger deep tan head resides at the brim with nice lacing.

S-Main smell is sweet roasted malt.

T-Nice roasted malts and loads of coffee with a sweet tingle on the aftertaste. Frapachino comes to mind while drinking this.

M-Very silky and smooth with low carbonation.

D-Very enjoyable stout, could only foresee having one of these in a setting for sure. First experience with SS and will be looking forward to trying some other products.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:42:31 | More by Zadok
Photo of fitzy84


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

Very, very good. Appearance is just perfect: dark, dark color, slight amber in bright light. Dark brown, creamy head with lacing on the side. Now this is an oatmeal stout! Aromas are roasty and herby cocoa, hops, grains, potatoes, caramel, malts. Its a menagerie of great smells! Taste is creamy and sweet with a dry, bitter finish to it that is infectious. Like I said, very creamy for the mouthfeel, a perfect light, airy desert. Overall, one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:01:11 | More by fitzy84
Photo of kinger


3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For all of the hype surrounding this beer I would consider this no more than average in overall quality. I was so excited to open this up but after a few pulls I realized that although this is a good stout it is merely average to me. Next time I will spend less money on a better stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 19:43:13 | More by kinger
Photo of spointon


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

I poured this one from a big (550ml) brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark nearly black color with ruby red highlights around the edges. The dark tan head poured 1/2 inch but quickly dropped to a thin frothy skim. Decent lacing down the glass.

S= Smelled of sweet dark malts, mollases, and a pleasant earthiness.

T= This stout was delicious and had a nice complexity of flavors. The maltiness dominated with a pleasant combination of sweetness and roasty flavors. Finish was a bit dry, but appropriate and pleasant.

MF= This one feels very creamy and smooth on the tongue. Lower carbonation is dead on for the style and adds to the silky feel.

D= This is a damn fine stout and one of my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 23:56:31 | More by spointon
Photo of bbeerman


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, dark pour, much like a Guinness draft in my opinion. Very good head, though no Belgium lace left behind.

S: A little above average. I was hoping for more of an Oatmeal scent, but perhaps my expectations were too high in this category.

T: Wonderful taste, again much like a Guinness draft from a good keg, though significantly better than any Guinness I've ever had from a can or bottle.

D: This beer is/was very easy to drink. Not too heavy, as some stouts can be, but certainly not a light beer either. Smooth from start to finish, as all good beers should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 09:02:44 | More by bbeerman
Photo of Spidey13


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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours a beautiful black with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is big and tan. There is a lot of roasted coffee on the nose, along with chocolate. I'm reminded a bit of Kahlua.

The taste has a lot of roasted grain and chocolate. Some graham cracker is also there. It actually tastes a bit like s'mores with a bitter aftertaste. Some coffee-flavored whipped cream flavor also shows up. The mouthfeel is graet, full, creamy, and thick.

This is one tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:12:06 | More by Spidey13
Photo of yemenmocha


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed relative to style.

Pours black with very light tan head, but is actually a brown color when held to direct light.

Nose is hard to beat - soft oats, cocoa powder, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a sweet nougat aroma (think of 3 musketeers bar).

Palate is soft, roast focused with bitterness to balance it out. Carbonation is just right, mouthfeel is pleasant, and for a full flavored beer it is surprisingly drinkable.

Probably the best widely available Oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 20:48:34 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

Poured a very dark cola color. Very thick with a huge foamy tan head that held throughout the drink. Good webbing along glass side.

Smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, some malt.

Has a slight metallic bite to the taste. Very thick and chocolate-like, a little dry. Very heavy drink. Wouldn't recommend this bad boy with a meal, it's a meal in it's own right.

Overall, pretty good brew. Though it's not my favorite style, I'd reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 12:49:33 | More by Onenote81
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Bought this for $2! I guess they are trying to move them off the shelves because no one on my AFB was drinking it.
Poured jet black with a decent dirty, tan head to it. Nose was a little roasty, chocolte, toffee and maybe some espresso. The taste followed with the nose. It was rather malty and much deeper than previous bottles I had consumed. I know these bottles had been sitting on the shelf for almost a year. It tasted quite nice, much maltier, thicker and fuller.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 18:47:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery

This oatmeal stout is dark brown, almost black. However, hints of red emerge when light is shone through the glass. A decent off white head recedes rapidly creating intermittent snowflake patters on the surface. Spotty lacing remains after the head clears.

The sweet smell of toffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and coffee are detectable. Nothing extraordinarily bitter, most of the fragrance is sweet.

A mild, sweet, malt flavor is present up front. A hint of alcohol is detectable in the finish with traces of chocolate, toffee, and roasted caramel. The aftertaste is dry with a roasted coffee flavor.

Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout has a thick, medium to heavy body with noticeable carbonation that foams nicely.

This beer is rather thick and heavy, despite the delicious flavor, it would be difficult to drink more that two in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:13:13 | More by Ben4881
Photo of happygnome


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

a: pours a nice dark black color that is not transparent when held to the light. an aggresive pour produces about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear too fast but when it does leaves a thick layer of lacing that completely covers the beer in the glass. as the level of the beer drops, sticky lacing stays stuck tot he glass
s: cocoa and sweet roasted oaty malts
t: cocoa, roasted malts a little sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer with no too much carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed thisbrew

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 19:28:08 | More by happygnome
Photo of roadhouse


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

Pours near black with red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy two finger tan head drops down to a centimeter and lasts the whole session and leaves some lacing along the way.

Aroma is sweet overall. Tones of chocolate, coffee, and a slight fruitiness.

Flavor is of roasted malts, lots of chocolate and some coffee. Some fruit towards the end that isn't quite distinguishable because the hops come through and coat the tongue.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I would say silky. Excellent carbonation.

Everything comes together well in this brew. To me this is the standard for oatmeal stouts and I highly doubt I will find one better tasting than this, hence the rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 18:22:22 | More by roadhouse
Photo of foles


3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, given the reputation of the brewery and the quality of the other beers they have on offer.

I must say I was slightly disappointed. The presentation was immaculate - fluffy tanned head, jet black. But I found the taste a little one dimensional. A straight out bitterness from the lips to the back of the palate, a simple roasted quality, a bit of cocoa, and not a whole lot else in terms of complexity. I did like the muddy slippery feel to it though

The bottle expires in Nov 08, so wasnt out of date, but wasnt fresh either. A solid offering, but I have had better oatmeal stouts .

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 11:54:31 | More by foles
Photo of Garzan72

South Carolina

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

This was the first oatmeal stout I have had. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. This was a great beer. It smelled wonderful, tasted awesome, and felt great when I drank it. as far as drinkability I am going to get some more of this tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 00:37:11 | More by Garzan72
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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