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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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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 650 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of eat
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last bottle from a Samuel Smith gift box, poured into it's branded pint glass. The pour looks thinner than I was expecting for an oatmeal stout. An opaque, black body retains a thin cover of mocha coloured head.

Tons of dust/must (box of old clothes from the attic) up front on the nose while it's cold straight out of the fridge. A little cheese, some dark malt, apple juice, light caramel. As it warms, milk chocolate emerges along with more of a roasty character. I don't know what to make of this one. As odd as that combination may sound, it doesn't smell at all bad; though it's definitely unexpected.

This is nothing like what I was expecting. I like it but it's completely different from any other oatmeal stout I've tried. I actually did a double take looking over at the bottle to make sure I was drinking what I thought I was drinking. Lots of apple cider-like sweetness, light flavours of roasted malt, Samuel Smith well-water minerals (I love the character of their water; very distinctive), dark earthy hops. Subtle on the oat presence. Most of the stout character to be found here is on the finish with lots of dusty cocoa to dry your mouth. Actually as I drink this beer I'm enjoying the cocoa finish more and more; the cocoa really intensifies as it warms.

For an oatmeal stout I find this to be too thin-bodied. A decent medium body nonetheless with very light carbonation.

I'd have to say this beer is drinkable more than anything else. Not really what I'm looking for in an oatmeal stout but it is fairly tasty and would totally be sessionable. I had been wanting to try this beer for a while and was hoping to be blown away; I'm a big fan of their imperial stout and brown ale. Sadly I'm only left thinking it was all right. I'd drink it again but won't be seeking it out.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle. Pours a very deep, dark brown color with a big frothy tan head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is earthy with some caramel and vanilla. Taste is a blend of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and coffee flavors. Not nearly as earthy as the smell would indicate. Slight tangy flavor. Rather heavy mouthfeel. Basically the benchmark by which other Oatmeal Stouts are measured, this is a great beer at a fair price.

Photo of aasher
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark raisin brown with a one finger, creamy beige head. When picking up the aromas the first thing I think of is Newcastle. It's very, very malty and there are slight dark fruits, namely raisin. The flavors are very malty and sweeter than expected. There's light chocolate, light dark fruits, and light roasted malty sweetness. The flavors are just meh. The mouthfeel is perfect though. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It drinks well but for an oatmeal stout I've had quite a few that're better than this. The flavor just throws me off a bit. It's still solid, just not worthy of the rating in my opinion.

Photo of CountJustinian
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a nicely contrasted thick foamy beige head. Completely opaque. Nose of sweet malt and coffee. Thin mouthfeel for a stout, with less "chewiness" than others, but made up for with added flavor complexity. Malt swirls with coffee and bread grains for a hearty taste even if a bit liquidy. Carbonation is on the light side but crisp. There's definitely a place for this one in the world of stouts.

Photo of jj311
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, with slightly visible brown outer-hues when in the right lighting. Has a healthy, frothy, tan three-finger foam-head which disappears after a while, leaving decent lacing behind.

Smell: Mellow on the nose. Sweet, Earthy hopps with notable molasses and dark roasted malt. A hint of coffee.

Taste: Right off the bat I get a gust of twangy hoppiness, followed by a sweet, roasted malt flavor. Oats/grain with dark chocolate and coffee undertones. Has a dry, bitter-sweet finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: A slick, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a sharp, prickly carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: Better than good drinkability.

Overall: This was quite the treat. I am a fan of Outmeal Stout, and this is one that I would certainly recommend.

Photo of bamadog
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 2/5/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: When it comes out of the bottle, the pour looks a little thin and watery; color is a dark coffee brown and it starts with a creamy tan head that fades very quickly to nothing other than a thin skim and an uneven, but full, ring around the surface; body is dark and nearly entirely opaque; leaves one big wash of lacing along the sides of the glass that eventually drips down into spots.

Smell: Smell is quite good, and I'm saying that when I'm sampling this with a pretty bad head cold -- nice roasty and slightly burnt coffee-like smells; definite presence of chocolates, some slightly bittersweet and some kind of milky sweet; slight cherry-esque presence as well and much like the SS Imperial Stout, I'm reminded of chocolate covered cherries.

Taste: Pretty good, but I don't think it's quite the same caliber as the SS Imperial Stout -- nice burnt and roasty coffee-like malts that have just a touch of bitterness to them; bit of an earthy nuttiness to it as well as some oat; slight chocolate that has more of the bittersweet or bakers' chocolate flavor; I feel the cherry aspect that is present in the nose is there in the mouth, but that it's rather muted. Overall, very solid, but if I had to choose, the IS would take it.

Mouthfeel: My assumptions based upon the look of the pour prove correct -- the body does come across a little thin and watery; carbonation is prickly and lively; a moderately thick sticky and semi-dry coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; slight grittiness is left on the teeth.

Drinkability: Certainly solid enough -- a great set of scents and pretty decent flavors to follow; body isn't as thick and smooth as I would like, but it also doesn't come across heavy at all and with the moderate ABV of 5%, I would say it would be easy enough to get through a couple of these in a night with little to no problem.

Photo of uustal
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a hint of a deep red hue. Three-finger brown head which does a nice job lasting and sticking to the glass. Milk chocolate aroma, nice sweet smell. Very enjoyable flavor. Milk chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness to start. Roasted oats and a hint of vanilla along with more chocolate round out the beer which finishes with a lingering roasted coffee flavor long into the aftertaste. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of tbern007
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, opaque. Ruby highlights when held against the light. Very large thick light brown head, heavy lacing.
Smell is of chocolate, malt, prunes, earth.
Taste is complex: chocolate, molasses, prunes, oatmeal, bread, even a very slight mint. Better as it warms.
M & D - very drinkable. No bitterness. Sweet, low carbonation.

Photo of mckeowbc
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown that looks black in the glass. Tons of creamy off white colored head, that leaves good lacing on the glass. Very similar in appearance to their Imperial Stout, but the head is a little closer to white.
S - Smell is complex and a little sour, very similar to the Imperial Stout.
T - Taste is full, malty almost no hoppiness. A little sour in the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy without being unctuous and has a nice dryness to it.
D - This beer is very similar in all respects to their Imperial Stout, but I think it is more drinkable because the sourness seems to have been cut by the dryness of this beer. Overall it's a more enjoyable brew that goes down easier for me. The lower alcohol content also helps the drinkablility.

Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a small mocha colored head. Decent minmal head retention and little lacing.

S- Hints of coffee.

T- Coffee, cola, chocolate.

M- Nice and creamy.

D/O- This may be the most drinkable widely available oatmeal stout. Very smooth. I'd say this is a classic beer for the style.

Photo of justintcoons
3.02/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with one finger of tan head and low carbonation.

N: Not much, maybe a little cocoa and dark fruits.

T: Grapefruit, plums, cookie dough and rolls into some burnt toffee with a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Creamy and very balanced.

D: Very easy to drink these but would prefer a more roasty stout.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear black/brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There isn't much carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation and it feels creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of malt flavour mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. I can also pick up on a dark fruit sweetness, caramel, and it also reminds me a little bit of a cola. It finishes with a malty bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - This beer had terrific balance and was extremely drinkable. Worth seeking out.

Photo of chilly460
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Inky black with a light tan lace which leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts with some earthiness from the grain.

Taste: Smooth and sweet with plenty of malts and toffee. Great vanilla in there as well, this is a easy smooth beer without being too sweet. Hops provides a nice balance but never really come to the front of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, perfect carbonation, slick.

Drinkability - Nice beer, balance makes it easy to drink. Inherent sweetness of the style limits "session" ability.

Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember back in the early 90's the founder of Crooked River told me this was his favorite - a perfect example of the style. holding my current sample up to that yardstick, it falls short. Still, I rated it highly out of respect and memory of lots of better bottles.

Perhaps this one saw too much light. It has a little bit of a nasty after bite and a boozy flavor. This seemed to mellow as it sat in the air. That would be a first for me - a beer that needs to breathe.

Certainly, if you are not familiar with this beer you need to try it, and if you haven't had one in a while, stop and have one.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beerpours a black color with a creamy tan head. Smells malty; strong. A real nice rich creamy taste. Finishs very nice, doesnt have the water taste like some stouts. Easy to drink but still a full flavor. Overall a great oatmeal stout, a must try.

Photo of bboelens
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a guinness pint glass.

A-Black, truly and honestly opaque black. I held it up to my lamp and it totally blocked out the light, just incredible looking with a thick creamy khaki head that had incredible retention and left excellent lacing. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, slight dark fruit hints.

T-Wow, this is an amazing tasting beer. The malt hits with an added oatmeal punch, it's like breakfast in a glass. Coffee, caramel, slight vanilla and chocolate, dark fruits once again. This is sheer bliss for my taste buds.

M-Thick and creamy, low carbonation just the way a fantastic stout should feel.

D-This very quickly became one of my favorite beers of all time. Incredibly drinkable with fantastic flavor and an average abv, I could easily drink this all night. Thank you so much Mr. Smith for your fantastic Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light tan head that stays throughout the drink.

S - Caramelized malt smell

T - Exceptional taste! Right amount of bitterness. Nice roasted malt. Just the right amount of sweetness.

M - Firm thick taste.

D - Solid drinkability, minus .5 because I feel guilty drinking such a good beer back to back

Overall - fantastic oatmeal stout, actually one of the best stouts out there

Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 1/15/11

A: roasted malts, and not much else

Ap: dark brown with a reddish hint, 2 finger head, dissipates quickly, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, kind of thin, smooth

Af: roasted malts, hints of chocolate and toffee

O: wish it were slightly more dense, but good taste


Photo of brewymcgee
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Blackish brown with a creamy tan head reducing to a thick lace

Aroma: A chocolatey coffeeish nose with a hint of liquorice and spices. It adds a lot to the overall flavour as you are taking a sip as well.

Taste: Full bodied chocolate with the oats really coming through on the finish. It starts with a molasses tinted sweetness but dries off towards the finish with some light hops poking through.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth but not too heavy.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful stout with an excellent balance of flavours and textures, entirely enjoyable and a potential new favourite of the style!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - near solid black, tall mocha head left consistent sticky lacing
S - soft odours of dark roasted malt, earthy with a light sweetness
T - strong smooth roasted malt flavour dominates, sweet and bitter molasses, savoury oatmeal, finishing with dark chocolate, cola, and just enough hop hint to balance, outstanding
M - a surprising carbonation kick, creamy smooth chewy that moves to a balanced dry bitter finish
D - a hearty brew with a myriad of flavours, like comfort food in beer form, a great take on the style and very drinkable

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into dimple glass. Pours black with a medium quickly fading head and great lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and the signature Sammy rusty water aroma I get from all their beers. Flavor matches aroma with the oatmeal and chocolate standing out. With a little cocoa powder for good measure. Palate is creamy, then dry and ashy. A classic and tasty stout.

Photo of humbleevenstone
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I like meals in a glass you can't see through. I wanted to see how a stout from the British Isles measured up. This one is awesome.

The texture of the off white head reminded me of the frothed milk you get on a really good latte. It was smooth and thick and unfortunately didn't last all that long. The dark almost black brew looked great.

There wasn't a powerful aroma but a gentle touch is sometimes all you need.

After the first drink it felt like sweet and acidic notes were messing around just waiting so that the second drink would melt around those flavors. The nutty, roasty flavor works its shift and leaves the sweetness and that little tang so it can start the process all over again.

The liquid feels substantial in your mouth, just a slight effervescence to stimulate the taste buds. Its rich without feeling too heavy.

Delicious drink. Always a good idea to try an old master that has been around awhile.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is one of the best, if not THE best, examples of a properly brewed Oatmeal Stout.

Pours a deep black. Extreemly nice creamy looking head. Looks very sticky like an oatmeal stout should.

Nice stout, roasty aroma but I think the aroma could use a little more kick.

Taste is creamy and smooth. Nice roast with a good caramel sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Nice and creamy and perfect carbonation. I just wish this was sold in some sort of nitro container.

Overall an awesome oatmeal stout that if you like oatmeal stouts or stouts in general, you can't go without having this one.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a deep, deep brown that is heading toward black. Though the back label says it is opaque, a lot of light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of tanned head developed and dissipated to leave a lacing of thick spots and a ring around the edge. It looks very creamy.

Smell: A nice blend of sweet caramel, slightly roasted dark chocolate, oatmeal, brown sugar, black licorice, and butterscotch. Though this is obviously much darker, the sweet caramel reminds me of Fuller's London Pride.

Taste: Wow. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy; it seemed like my first sip slowly and hesitantly rolled off the edge of the glass. The taste is a heavenly blend of elements from the smell; the roasted dark chocolate is most prominent, and it leaves a nice bitterness, but added to that backbone are flavors of oatmeal, brown sugar, and butterscotch. The sweet caramel is there as well, likely keeping the roasted bitterness in check, but it does not announce itself for me as much as it did in the smell.

Drinkability: Damn good stuff. It is certainly worthy of celebration.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb, rich brew with all the drinkabilty of a lighter beer. Sizable head leaves lots of lace after a slow fade. Could be brown but looks black to me. Aromas of toffee and roasted malts. Some butterscotch and an earthy scent. Light hop florals. Taste follows nose with a lovely dry finish that showcases the blend of malted barley and oats. A bit of chocolate blended in. Feel is silky smooth and light on the tongue. Carbonation is light and delightful. Super drinkable and just short of perfect

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