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

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5,685 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,685
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 233
Gots: 541 | 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 AlexCorleone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Taste:
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.

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

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

Pours black with a toasty tan, sticky head of large bubbles, that renders solid lacing and and very good retention.
Aroma leads with earthy, roasty, bready malts. Just a touch of some spicy hops are present.
Taste of malts and molasses, coffee, sweet, full bodied but also smooth. Sweetness is followed by a dry finish and that is a nice combination.

jadpsu, May 27, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a cap of brown, creamy head. Scent is mild - roasted and charred malts, hints of earthy, smoke, grain. Taste is a little more aggressive with the same roasted grain, hints of charm, smoke, earth, chocolate, nuts. Nice smooth and mildly creamy body, touch of dryness on the finnish. A nice, classic beer done right, would welcome one at any time.

rfgetz, May 24, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout | 550 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2009

Brewer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), England
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Glass: pint

Presentation:
Classic Sam Smith bottle. The label art is starting to feel a bit dated. A refresh might be in order.

Appearance:
Almost ink black. It evidences deep red highlights. It has a beautiful creamy 1" head that never quite disappears, and it leaves a modest trail of clingy lacing down the glass.

Aroma:
Dark malt twang, earthy, sweat, with a hint of oats. Mild.

Taste:
Delicious but subdued. The soft roasted malt flavor hangs in the foreground, eventually giving way to a mild, earthy sweetness. Towards the end, there is a sort of milky taste -- similar to oatmeal. The hop bitterness is minimal in the finish. Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee swirl around giving the Oatmeal Stout an inexplicably nourishing and full flavor towards the end.

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

Harmony:
I am a big fan of this stout. It's very mild and subdued, but that doesn't imply a lack of complexity. Drinking it is calming, but at the same time, I can appreciate the many flavor combinations. The "oatmeal" aspect to the stout comes through quite nicely (though not as obviously as I would have assumed).

Bottled on: December 2009 (5 months ago)
Price: ?
Value: ?

BeerNemesis, May 23, 2010
Photo of hayes31
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 550ml bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A gorgeous beer with an average head. Great smell about it, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste, it was almost a little sour. But a very strong oatmeal flavor to it, which I enjoyed.

Overall, it's a good beer but not for me, I much prefer something dryer.

hayes31, May 14, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a deep black color with a huge two fingered head of khaki colored foam. The head stuck around for a good while and them faded down to a good looking cap of foam. Clumps of sticky lace clung to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts, roasted barley, a clean bitterness, a touch of chocolate, and a light mineral note in the background.
The taste of the beer is excellent. Roasted barley and light coffee tones lead, mixed with sweet malts, bittersweet chocolates, clean bitterness, and a light coffee aftertaste.
The feel of this beer is silky and smooth, rich, luxurious and filling. As my cousin put it, "like drinking some birthday cake."
This is a wonderful and highly drinkable beer and worth every penny you pay for it.

KrisPaulk77, May 12, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color but looks black once in the glass. Thick bone-colored head sticks around for a long time and leaves a sheet of lace on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and roasty. The sweetness is almost like red apples.

Flavor is very good with lots of great roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and super smooth. The oatmeal definately helps in that respect.

Overall a really tasty, easy drinking stout. Very enjoyable.

GilGarp, May 06, 2010
Photo of GregPearson33
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SAMUAL SMITH OATMEAL STOUT
Smell/Appearance: Totally opaque - dark, dark brown-black with a thick, appealing cream colored head that left solid lacing as it (slowly) receded. Roasted chocolate and toffee malts smell absolutely delicious. Not hoppy, but with a discernable bitterness. Looks fantastic, time to drink!

Taste: Delicious, but much stronger on the chocolate/smoky flavors than I got from the nose. Medium-low level of carbonation and a reasonably thick body make this more of a sipper, but I almost like that better for this decadent brew.

Drinkability: There's a robust mouth coating that leaves one wanting for another sip, and I'm seeing the glass disappear pretty quickly. Therefore, I can't deny its drinkability, but it's probably not my new session beer.

GregPearson33, May 05, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nearly black and opaque, with a mohogany edge against strong light. The head is attractive, dark tan, and the lace holds in descending rings.

S- Light notes of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark fruits.

T- Roasted malt, toasted grains, coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Finishes with a pronounced mineral/stony/slate flavor, probably from the squares & local water.

M, D- Creamy and extracted. Neither thin & fully dry, nor sweet & sticky.

Another S.S. classic.

WhiteOak, May 01, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: As dark as ruby can get but still remain ruby body under a half finger of head that retains forever and laces well. Interestingly, this beer looks English.

S: Liquid baker's chocolate laced with vanilla, and a touch of milk chocolate. Nearly smells like an Ice Cream shop, or a bowl of high quality chocolate gelato. Some highly roasted malts hide underneath all the chocolate. A wonderful nose...

T: Smooth, rich, soft, and mellow. Those are the first four adjectives that come to mind when thinking of the flavor of this beer. Chocolate and roasted malts celebrate matrimony in an inspiring way. Vanilla and the slightest bit of oak show up to join the party along the way, and the whole experience dies slowly away in wonderful mellow-but-rich aftertaste of dark roast barley, chocolate, oats, and hints of coffee grounds.

M: Possibly the most full bodied session beer I have ever tasted. Smooth, velvety, coat the mouth excellence. This is the first '5' I have ever awarded for any category for any beer. Wonderful, sweet, subtle, complex and thick without being overly heavy or sticky.

D: Astounding drinkability... one of the greatest session stouts ever brewed.

Overall: A true benchmark classic, and no doubt one of the best (or the best) oatmeal stouts in the world. My hat is off to Samuel Smith's...

allforbetterbeer, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A lot like Guinness Extra Stout, but not as dark...You can actually see through this stuff a bit. Great head retention with a nice pour. No apparent carbonation. Like foamy coffee overall. Excellent lacing!

Smell: Lots of chocolate and coffee malts. The perfect mixture of these two elements in my opinion. Could be better if the smell didn't dissipate at the end.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant taste. Again, chocolate malts with a strong coffee presence. Not too strong overall though. Good taste! Very smooth as well, but not that thick, so that explains it a bit.

Drinkability: Filling and more difficult to drink as you finish. That's the only bad part. The pleasant taste and feel prop this up a lot.

Overall: Not terribly thick, but very heavy. Good to great stout!

tjsdomer2, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice opaque brown color with a nice coffee colored head.
Smell: Nice aroma of dark malt and oats.
Taste: A nice roasted oat flavor just explodes on your tongue with notes of coffee. It fades into an almost oatmeal cookie like flavor.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Good weighted stout, drinkable and filling. Good crisp carbonation.

pzrhsau, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with clear ruby highlights, soapy tan head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet toffee.
Taste - Roasty, smooth cocoa.
Mouthfeel - Creamy medium/full body, light-moderate, scrubbing carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking with good flavors, in particular for a beer with only 5% abv.

Aenema, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: almost entirely black but for some rich red hue shown when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of tan foam which dissipated slowly leaving a nice lace. An attractive brew.

Smell: rich dark fruit aromas which chocolate thrown in. This smells like a rich dessert ... fantastic.

Taste: flavor is much like the aroma. Flavors are rich without being heavy; almost like a lower density RIS or baltic porter. A nice bitterness comes in at the end to let you know you're having a beer. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice creaminess and a nice silkiness. Quite nice.

Drinkability: highly drinkable. Fantastic flavor and not so heavy that you can't have a few.

flagmantho, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a creamy tan head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts, oatmeal and some sweetness.
T: The taste has a good mix of flavors including chocolate, nuts, oats and roasted malts. The overall taste is somewhat sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate.
D: This beer is very drinkable and would be an easy one to put down a few of when the temperature is cold.

metter98, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of tripelx
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For a $3.99 bottle of beer, it does not get any better than this.

A - rich dark brown with a phenomenal long lasting head and excellent lacing.

S - milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, espresso beans, with hints of figs and raisins.

T - Very tasty. Notes of chocolate, malts, and coffee. Very similar to the fumes.

M/D - Rich, creamy, and chewy mouth feel; and a very delicious beer. Definately a favorite of mine.

tripelx, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Kildares in Newark, DE.

Quick story. I ordered the oatmeal stout and the guy brought out a nut brown ale. I pointed out the mix-up hoping to get a free a nut brown ale. Instead I watched him dump it down the drain. :( So anyway he hands me the bottle with no glass. I ask for a glass he brings out a frozen one. :( Didn't matter, this beer would be good if it were served on a plate.

Poured black with a big brown head.

Aroma was mostly sweet and malty with maple syrup scents floating around. As with most stouts chocolate and coffee were there as well.

The taste had more character than most other stouts. The usual cocoa and espresso are there along with roasted nuts, dark fruits and oats.

This stout was light and sweet. The low abv is a plus as well. Looking forward to re-visiting this beer again in the future.

pwoody11, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought it was high time for an oatmeal stout.
Appearance is dark cola brown with some red highlights. Rocky beige head that settles into a nice thin froth. Roasted barley and burnt coffee are the main components of the aroma, along with a little fig and nutty characters. Flavor starts with a dry roastyness that moves into some dark fruit and molasses. A touch of bitter coffee lingers on the finish.
Mouthfeel is the weak link with this beer for me - thin and overcarbonated, to the point of being bubbly. Would be decent if it was a porter, but there's little, if any indication in the body that oatmeal is used in this beer.
As a whole, while not my ideal stout body-wise, Sam Smith's is flavorful, yet easy drinking option that's nice to have around.

GeezLynn, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth creamy, bubbly tan head, deep dark black coloring.

s- mmm, fresh brewed coffee, rich toffee, slightly roasted malt.

t- really good, sweet bittersweet chocolate, toffee, slight roasted notes, coffee, finish is mildly dry, bitter, and sweet all rolled into one. this is one tasty beer.

m- silky smooth, creamy, really appealing.

d- this was one killer beer that i will definately be buying again. i had my eightynine year old grandmother (and beer loather) try some and she enjoyed it! the drinkability here is awesome, so smooth, refreshing, and satisfying all at once.

thecarster1, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL dark brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pure black beer sits underneath a charcoal-beige thick foamy head. Head dissiplates very slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: rich and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: the chocolate and coffee come through a bit more but with a hint of liqueur a la Tiramisu. Very sweet and rich with some oatmeal bitterness on the finish.

M: rich and syrupy.

D: great!

fullsweep, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of kicktothehead
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark coffee color with good lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, with slight oat.

T - Roasted coffee with chocolate with a light oat flavor.

M - A rich, smooth creamy chocolatey coffee, that has a slight slickness from the oats.

D - An awesome stout. Chocolatey roasted coffee flavors are creamy with the oatmeal giving a silky goodness. The premier example of this style. I could drink 1 or 7 of these anytime of the year.

kicktothehead, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Jet black with a 2 finger, puffy mocha colored head. The lacing is incredible, leaving nice puffs along the side of the glass. Can't look much better!

S- Roasted malts and dark coffee...and it is intoxicating.

T- Its got this great roasted flavor...the oatmeal adds something beautiful to it. I'm not getting overwhelmed by anything, everything is in perfect harmony...a little coffee, a tad bit of chocolate, and tons of roasted malt goodness.

M- Definitely thick. However, its the good kind of thick...not syrupy, just full of flavor.

D- Oh HELL YEAH. If Sam Smith beers weren't so expensive by the case, I'd bring this to every party I go to. Its the perfect oatmeal stout.

bigfnjoe, Apr 09, 2010
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,685 ratings.