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

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5,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,540
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 472 | 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 bminor7
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz from Savemore. I can remember, once working in the reclamation dept. of a distributor, and an old coworker would always cringe when disposing of this when out-of-code. That's the hype for me.

A - brown/black...not as dark as an RIS but close. a good pour gives an inch of head that settles to tiny bubbles and sticks to the glass.
S - molasses, dark malts, some hops.
T - sugary, chocolate. i can never tell how the oatmeal works here. the sweetness is excellent. great flavor.
M - light, crisp. effortless. the carbonation is the only downside, but I seem to have that issue commonly and may not be pouring hard enough!
D - for a dark beer, the drinkability is oustanding. a good balance - great but not overwhelming flavor. the light abv is important to this.

would buy again and will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack.

bminor7, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with an impressive tan head which leaves rings that won't budge down the side of the glass. Nice, thick, and sticky.

S: Some roasted barley and oat malts sweetened by molasses, hot chocolate powder, and brown sugar.

T: Strong roasted malts, some cacao powder, toffee, molasses, chocolate milk, and coffee. I can taste some oats, but their flavor isn't prominent. Much more of the roasted barley malt shines through as with a typical English stout.

M: Very smooth with almost negligible carbonation.

D: An excellent stout, though a bit heavy and taking a while to finish. I really enjoyed this and wouldn't mind more.

thekanna, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of huricrane47
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown color with a caramel colored head.
Smell- sweet cocoa
Taste-similar to a cup of roasted coffee with a little chocolate and milk added.
Mouthfeel- medium water content
Drinkability- Very drinkable- finished this one within 5 minutes. Very enjoyable, complex, and flavorful.

The first thing I tasted with this beer is a medium bitterness. The bitterness is then taken over by a creamy, semi-sweet, roasted coffee/chocolate flavor. Its almost like if you were to put a little dark chocolate and a splash of milk in a cup of coffee. Although, most oatmeal stouts tend to have a more neutral acidic flavor than chocolate or coffee stouts. This beer is no exception- the acid flavor goes up and then comes back down with the coffee and chocolate. This is an excellent beer that is very well made.

huricrane47, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What more can be said about this old stand-by.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with some blood red edges when held to a light. The creamy mocha head is a full inch that recedes leaving a fair amount of lace rings.

The aroma is not a strong as I would have expected. Roasted malt,coffee,cocoa mild bitterness.

The flavor is oh so yummy. Smooth roasted malt with hints of chocolate and raisins. A bitter black coffee bitterness rounds things out in a good way.

Medium to full chewy body. Not much carbonation, which makes it velvety smooth.

Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout. I could drink this all day.

beerwolf77, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Nezzy
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - solid brown and nearly black but if you look closely you see some red and brown. Toffee colored head which was sizable and tons of lacing.

Smell - strongest is the malts and barely followed immediately by the oats. It's a very sweet scent and it only gets better in it's taste.

Taste - the oats come through with the malt and it is absolutely delicious. With the malt you get the slightest hint of bitterness and it tastes like a real stout. You don't get anything like coffee or chocolate just pure oats.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is upfront but then fades. Perhaps my only critique is unlike other stouts its very thing and light where as traditionally it is a thicker consistency.

Drinkability - could easily drink a few in a night before it got too heavy for me. Truly a delicious oatmeal stout and will continue to drink it again and again.

Nezzy, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ludachris
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last of the Samuel Smiths 3-pack. The last two were good, so lets see how this one fairs.

Pours a deeep chestnut brown, boardering black. I would have thought it was black if I didn't hold it up to the light, where ruby red and mahogany highlights were showcased. 2 fingers of creamy, khaki coloured head with solid retention top this beer leaving some nice, sheet like lacing.

Roasted malts, burnt molasses, brown sugar, powdery cocoa and a subtle but strange sour apple presence. Still a solid smelling beer.

Molasses, roasted malt, cocoa, grain, light oats, brown sugar with a hint of coffee and buttery malt making an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Reminded me a bit of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Excellent balance, with the sweetness being perfectly stated. Light to medium bodied and RIDICULOUSLY easy to drink.

Overall, an excellent beer. By far the best of the 3 pack (which includes their EBA and EPA),d easily placed in the top ten beers I've ever had. St. Ambroise version of this is great, but I enjoyed this one much more. A perfect dessert beer but I could see myself having this on almost any occasion. I think this will be one of my favourites for a long time.

ludachris, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I must have walked passed this stuff a million times between all of the beer runs I have been on. The gold leaf cap and neck always catch my eye. Maybe because because of price or lack of interest by the group I'm usually with I never have had a chance to bring a bottle back to my place. I finally picked one up... here it goes...

A- Dark as dark can be, 2 finger head with creamy body that stuck around for quite a while and left a hearty lacing as it settled.

S- Chocolate, malt, toast (kinda bready but more toasted than yeast bread scent)

T- Honestly a little disappointed at the overall flavor, I'm tasting chocolate, cream, and something a little sour/sweet like ripe fruit. I can't pick up any of the "oatmeal" but I'm not entirely sure how much flavor of oat should actually be present in this beer. An average stout for taste

M- I have to say that this beer feels great in the mouth. Perfect body and carbonation and a warming feel not from the alcohol but from the rich texture of the beer itself. I really wish the flavors were a little more palatable to match the mouthfeel.

D- Average, mouthfeel is great but with its heavier qualities I might be taking a breather before I drink any in a session, one was like a liquid dessert

smallbatchbrewer, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of mjw2808
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost black with a big 2 finger off white head. The smell is very strong of chocolate and roasted malt. So is the taste, with a little bit of bitterness as its going down. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, almost creamy. Extremely great stout,highly recommend it.

mjw2808, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thin brown that collects into a black body. The redish brown shows through on the sides a little. You can already tell this is going to be a very sessionable stout.

The head rises to a beautifully thick and airy light tan cloud. It has exceptional retention and all the lacing anyone could ask for. This is one good looking beer.

S- Letting this warm slightly will strengthen the aromas. Smooth chocolate malts, powdery cocoa. It smells great but it is still a little subdued.

T- Grainy chocolate malts at first, some sweetness in the middle and a roasty bitterness to finish it off. The oatmeal comes in slightly at the end and hangs on in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy and delightful. Thin body, medium to low carbonation.

D- Really sessionable and extremely enjoyable. This isnt too heavy or too light. Its a perfect session beer.

Everything I have tried from Sam Smith has been spot on. They usually set the benchmark for most English styles. The oatmeal stout is no exception.

MbpBugeye, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in colour, but you really need to look at a bit to notice it's brown tone. Very dark. Almost opaque. It's espresso look-a-like body is crowned by crema-like head, tightly-formed with a rich tan colour. That cap of foam shows excellent retention and clings thickly to the walls of your glass. Deep brown sugar aroma underpins notes of coffee and raisins. Tastes more breakfast roast than french. Initial coffee flavour gives way midpalate to fruit and semisweet chocolate. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Throughout, there is an underlying gentle sweetness. While not the heaviest stout around, the oats do give it some noticeable weight on the palate. It feels much heavier in the mouth than it does in the stomach. Very smooth and velvety, with very little carbonation. Well-rounded and flavourful, and a pleasure for all the senses. Outstanding.

mintjellie, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of veritas88
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I did a terrible pour the first time, so the head was huge. Second time head was much better, poured a very dark brown with a hint of dark red, and the head was a nice tan color, didn't last long but had lots of lacing.

Smell wasn't very strong at first, got but stronger as it got warm. Smells like bread, maybe a little bitter. Reminds me of some sort of food roasting in the oven.

Tastes surprisingly light for how dark the color is. Very smooth. Tastes a little smoky or roasted. Just a tad sweet, and not as bitter as I was expecting from how it smells. I keep getting a little bit of metallic aftertaste, which I don't really like. Metallic taste keeps getting stronger the more I drink it.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. Almost creamy, but not annoyingly so. Very good.

Drinkability: the alcohol is very warm to me, but I don't taste it. I think it's a little heavy to drink a lot of, but it's definitely worth trying.

Overall it's pretty good, the mouthfeel is great.

veritas88, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of thejewthatbrews
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Deep, deep brown with ruby-brown edges and a coffee-cream colored head. Low on carbonation, head disappears quickly.

Smells of sweet yeast or breads.

Definite roasty taste, with a bit of licorice at the back end.

Incredible mouthfeel, reminiscent of a cream ale. Smooth, velvety texture keeps the licorice in check.

Overall, very satisfying. Definitely worth buying again.

thejewthatbrews, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having never had an Oatmeal Stout before, and having just purchased a convenient Samuel Smith's mix pack, I thought I'd start from the top on this style.

Appearance: A body as black as night, just as ever good stout should be. Two and a half fingers of creamy head. Solid head retention, but not very much in the way of lacing though.

Smell: Rich chocolate dominates the nose with dark roasted malt to back it up. Has the barest note of oatmeal to it but really the big problem is it is all so subdued and warming didn't really help it out.

Taste: Sweet chocolate with a touch of grain to start, switching to a sweet molasses, brown sugar and a small amount of oatmeal taste and ends with a smooth light floral hop and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth transistioning, slight chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste that leaves a slight creaminess in the mouth. The only thing I can take away from it, is the carbonation turns lax at around the one third left mark.

Drinkability: Wow, the oats must be what is making this beer so smooth, as very few stouts go down this well. It is a stout so I suppose it is expected to be a bit heavier on the gut, but it's fairly good as far as stout's go. Refreshing enough, but clearly a winter beer.

Final Thoughts: All in all, solid stuff here, nothing really to complain about. This would be great to have by a fireplace at the cottage or at Christmas. I'm not sure I'd say it's incredible, but it's certainly worth trying at the very least.

TheHammer, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, dark brown (not quite black) that lets no light in. Started with about 2 fingers of head and exhibits pretty good retention - still about a finger of tannish head several minutes in. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet scent seems to dominate the nose (dark fruits and molasses) along with some roasted malts. Pleasant, but nothing really special.

T: Roasted malts, burnt coffee, caramel, molasses, subtle fruit, and just hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Nice balance overall.

M: Oatmeal makes this o so smooth all the way down. It's really quite nice. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: A well balanced, smooth, and great tasting beer. This, along with the 5% abv make this extremely drinkable. You gotta love how smooth this is.

MrDanno96, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of beervana1858
2.45/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had pretty high expectations for this beer and after the first taste I thought it would be a beer that I would buy again. About halfway through however, there was an off flavor of sorts which could only be compared to rotting fruit. I did finish it but I was tempted to pour it out. Perhaps the fact that I spent $3.99 on it kept me from not finishing it. Overall, a very disappointing purchase.

beervana1858, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of yuriruley
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark with reddish/carmel colors, with a very light tan head. Good amount of lacing. Head retained well.

Smell - Brown sugar/molasses smell right off the top, roasted malts. I liked the smell, simple and pleasing.

Taste - Pretty sweet with a roasted after taste. As I got further down the glass it seemed to taste better, almost had a fruit flavor in there. Not much bitterness

Mouthfeel- Not too heavy, kind of creamy. Good feel over all.

Drinkability- Really easy for me to drink, could drink quite a few of these.

Notes: I rather enjoyed this, was my first oatmeal stout. Will be buying more from this company as I just found they have several of their beers at my local fred meyer.

yuriruley, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into sam smith pint glass

the brew pours relatively thin with a huge head and much lacing. the foam is a light tan colour, and the body is dark dark brown; it would be black except for the fact that light can get through it, even the center of the beer. mostly a malty smell, pretty light in intensity. it is not a 'clean' nose, but it is hardly trying to make a big impression. just kind of a malty, slightly oatmealy nose. the taste is much more oatmeal than one would expect in the nose. malts decently sized, and are complemented by an almost even amount of oats, which make the brew taste a bit sour. I like it quite a lot. the feel is a most a light-medium, but there is a very crisp carbonation that makes things a bit more exciting. the lightness of the beer, but the intensity and darkness of the taste make an interesting combination that I find quite chugable.

erz316, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of VTaler
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark, thick beer with a nice thick tan head that stuck around for a while.
S - smelled like sweet brown sugar and chocolate, but also smelled like beer
T - Amazing. Tastes like heaven going down you throat. It is somewhat sweet but also malt and somewhat bitter. The hops are present just so you know there are hops in the beer but they are not a big component of the beer. The main part of the taste is the dark chocolate and i want to say caramel malts. There is def some roasted baraley but it is overall a great and complex beer
M - thick and great
D - ya its drinkable. Ive never had more than two oatmeal stouts in one sitting so i dont know how much of there i could have but it seems pretty drinkable

VTaler, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of mnrider
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. Brown bottle with gold foil around cap. Pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a large tannish brown head which leaves great lacing down the glass.

S: Simple aroma. Coffee leads to sweet malts and bit of acidic aroma.

T/M: Oh yeah! this one is good. Smooth and full bodied. Oatmeal is noticeable and tasty. A light bitterness from the hops which are faint, leads to coffee, milk, chocolate and butter.

D: Excellent stout that everyone should try at least once. Very hearty and full of taste. I will be drinking this one again for sure.


mnrider, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Bajasith
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours like a stout should, dark heavy. Head was not as thick as I anticipated and it dissapeared rather quickly...
Appearance/Smell: Very dark amber looking as sunlight tried to peirce thru glass. Smell was like dark roasted caramel with slight hint of sweet aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel: very rich almost creamy roasted malt flavor with hint of sweetness and relaxing carbonation at the end.
Very drinkable Oatmeal Stout as flavor is very balanced making this 550ml easy to enjoy till the end.

Bajasith, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of zoso493
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours deep, dark, mysterious brown with a huge, three-finger, foamy head.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, caramel and some sweet molasses. There are some hints of chocolate, too. A second sniff reveals some brown sugar and some cinnamon. Very inviting scent.

Taste: The taste for me is a bit bland, as it's one of the lighter stouts I've had. Tastes of sweet malts up front and finishes with some roasted malts and a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A touch too thin, I feel, but still nice and medium-bodied and a little slick as well.

Drinkability: I wouldn't drink a lot of these, but this 550 ml bottle will go down quickly.

zoso493, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of advill88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a two finger tan head.

S - Brown sugar with hints of dark chocolate and strong hints of molasses.

T - Bold roasted malty sweetness up front with some chocolate, hints of vanilla, and a small hit of hoppiness at the back to balance it out.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied with not quite light, and not quite medium carbonation. Oatmeal adds a very creamy texture.

D - Very rich, but I could drink at least a couple of these in one sitting. I've never had an oatmeal stout before, and this is absolutely fantastic.

advill88, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle as part of a gift pack. Pours a dark brown with a luxurious thick tan head pillowing up, great retention and sheets of lace down the glass.

Nose is light, not overly bold. Anise, brown sugar, light brown ale notes, not a lot of roast.

This is certainly on the light end of stouts but still packs a complex burst of flavor. Brown sugar and molasses body, hints of wood, nuts, oatmeal, all overlayed on a light roasty malt base. Lightish/medium body but at 5% no surprise there; almost milk stout sweetness. Would gladly sit an English pub and quaff this most of the evening; it's a solid beer.

ritzkiss, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.7oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Black, ruby-highlighted body with a 1+ finger dark-coffee head. The head was thick, creamy, and unrelenting, lasting till the end.

S: Chocolate primarily, with that good oatmeal grain complement. Good, sweet toffee and caramel, which are subtle but welcome. Smoke is a nice touch.

T: Sweet and smoky, a nutty chocolate with perhaps a touch of coffee bitterness. Toffee is nice and subtle. The oatmeal works well, rounding it out.

M: Crisp up front, but very creamy throughout thereafter with a good chewy finish. Very good.

D: With all the flavors, it's somewhere between a candy bar and a sandwich. The smoke is a little too strong, but it's overall great anyway. It's smooth and creamy, it's very easy-going, and it's well-rounded, with no flavor presenting itself too heavily. I love this stout.

dudecandle, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of bnes09
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is opaque black with red tint when held up to light. A thick tan head appears on the pour with excellent retention and leaves a blanket of lace behing.

Smell is pleasant and consists of a mild roasted character with a hefty dose of molasses as well.

The taste was slightly disappointing for me and I would only place it slightly above average. Molasses sweetness arouses the palate immediately followed by the roasted malt and finally the oats. The roasted character comes through in the form of coffee and dark chocolate but is slightly weak for a stout in my opinion. Hops are also hardly detectable. Brew finishes dry and mildly bitter.

Although there is a bitter, dry finish, the mouthfeel is very smooth. It has a light to medium body with a hint of carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Due to the lighter body and smooth mouthfeel, this one is very drinkable.

Overall, a solid choice for an oatmeal stout. My only real complaint is that it provided less of a bold roasted malt character that I love so much about stouts. Nonetheless, it boasts a complex flavor, solid appearance, and is exceptionally easy to drink. I would suggest trying it if you have not already.

bnes09, Nov 05, 2009
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,540 ratings.