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

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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 263
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of MattyV
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near-opaque jet black with 1.5 finger frothy khaki head that leaves a few spots of lacing but recedes rather quickly.

Nose is full of gentle bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt, smell is a bit sweet overall. The taste is oh so smooth-- sweet and creamy upfront with a pronounced roasty/chocolate maltiness. Toffee and nuts start to show up as it warms. Light bitterness (and a touch sour?) in the middle keeps the rich malt in check perfectly, leading to a finish that is neither sweet nor bitter, but begs for another sip.

Silky, luxurious body with a nice a creamy mouthfeel. I remembered loving this when it came available last year around the holidays, and I wasn't let down this time around. I'd recommend this to introduce newbies to the style, it packs a whole lot of flavour, is complex, and is also well-balanced so it is likely to appeal to many.

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

We are all a little biased when it comes to our favorite beers but since that is consistent all around the map - nothing to worry about..
appearance: beautiful black.. a little red when held to the light but one of the blackest beers you will find.
smell: big sweet dark (and dried) fruit.. hints of mollasses and caramel.. coffee (and here it is very relative- I get almost a complex African coffee)
taste:sweet, tart.. maybe black current.. slightly sour.. beautiful berry undertones.. are they black, blue? - you decide! wonderful maltiness.
mouthfeel: big syrupy feel..nectar!
drinkability: surprisingly easy to drink

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

This dark as coal beer poured a three finger head of light chocolate brown tight bubbles. When the head settled it left very clinging lace. The color is a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. This is the darkest beer I have ever rated. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some earthly smells of damp places where mushrooms and moss grow. Tastes of dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, very dark molasses, clover, sweet malts and roasted oats. Good creamy feeling in my mouth with just a little attention getting zing. Maybe a little heavy for drinking all the time, this beer does offer great flavor and body and a great beer for special occasions.

Photo of goalie33
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Opaque black beer with 2 fingers of tan head. A fair amount of lacing in the glass.
S: Roasted malts
T: Nice roasted flavors with a sweetness that I can't quite describe, but it is very tasty.
M: Very soft, medium to full body, very smooth.

This is a very tasty stout. Nice roasted malt flavors with a hint of sweetness that makes this stout very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- an opaque black/brown with a tan head that rises high and falls slowly. Very good retention.

Smell- dark chocolate in front with a bit of coffee followed by sweet, sweet malt.

Taste- hint of chocolate, lots of coffee bitterness that lingers while the malt balances.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy.

Drink- while its fairly easy to drink, I can never drink more than one.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy light brown head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Nearly perfect here.

4.5 S: Plenty of strength in the aroma for a 5% stout. Oatmeal is very apparent with healthy amounts of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. Also, this is surprisingly nutty, which I wholey welcome. Very nice.

5.0 T: Again, very flavorful for such a small beer. Light lactose-like sourishness. Roasted and toasted malts. Coffee is full force with nuttiness right behind. Some molasses and just a touch of breadiness. Really good!

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Moderate, but lively carbonation. Super smooth, but I wish the body was a bit thicker making this creamier. Still, not bad for how light it is.

5.0 D: Even with some minor issues in the mouthfeel, this is one hell of a beer. Sam Smith is pretty much the king of UK. Just about everything I've had is tops for the country. This is exceptionally tasty given how small of a beer it is and allows you to drink plenty of it, which is why I wish I had more.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

A: pours a dark dark brown close to black. Ample head that is quite foamy and is a light brown or coffee color. The head begins to dissipate quickly. Leaves a small amount of lacing scattered around the glass

S: a nice bright almost sweet scent, has a buttery note as other ba's have indicated

T: beautiful taste, strong coffee and chocolate notes, little to no oatmeal taste however when compared to other oatmeal stouts like browns brewing. Still a great tasting stout

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, nice smooth drinking brew, leaves a nice smoothness on the tongue, deep brew that drinks like you would expect it to

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark, really dark pour. Near pitch black, but with a bit of translucence when shined through like giving a garnet hue. Head is mocha, with a good few fingers of head. Lacing is nice, leaving a clear trail. Nice.

Buttery smell with a burnt character, lacking though, but a mild coffee character. Mild sweetness and earthy tones.

Roasted malt goodness delivers with a smoothness that can't be beat. Oatmeal does justice here, as the roasted malts are smoothed over, providing a very refreshing stout. Sweetness is there, but is suppressed by a mild hop profile.

Creamy finish leaves quickly making you want the next sip more and more. Alcohol is nonexistent, and at 5%, you won't feel bad knocking back a few. Awesome

Delicious, a "go to" for me if there is one. hands down a great beer to introduce a non-geek into beer, as this one will get someone off the Guinness bandwagon in a heart beat.

Photo of slayer3604
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has always been a classic favorite beer, and one that I recommend to almost anyone looking to get into darker stuff, without sacrificing drinkability and gutting their wallet. A consistent, well rounded and exceptionally well crafted beauty of an oatmeal-stout.

A-Fluffy, permanent creamy head of an off white nature rests mightily upon a pitch black mass which, if held up to the light, produces an array of brown to mahogany highlights.

S- Almost gouda-like fruity notes, with some beautiful chocolate flashes here and there.

T-balanced roast, with some chocolate, a lingering sweetness that is not cloying but provides a long relaxing finish, mixed with some fizzy carbonation which gives way to a sweet smokey flavor. AWESOME!

M- medium, but just enough to create firmness amongst all of the different flavors. Not watery, not thick, just relaxing and beautiful.

D- Its affordable and common enough to be an every day drinker. Why I don't drink this every day? I like trying new stuff, but its an old time favorite and was a great way to smooth out a hectic day.

Cheers, SS!

Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier Conic Pint Glass

A - Pours a deep ebony colour that has an oily appearence. The head is frothy and tanned but dies rather quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee and milk chocolate dominate this brew.

T - This is a very credible stout, and is a perfect balance of coffee and milky chocolate with an oatmeal undertone, a tiny little bitterness on the finish.

M - The best part of this beer. Is low carbonation and such a dark smoothness to it with a full body.

D - This is top draw Oatmeal stout and I doubt you will find any better.

Photo of Shrews629
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque dark brown almost black color. Luscious, tan, thick, flamboyant head. Prolific amount of lacing left behind. A new ring after each sip. Dark ruby/red highlights visible only when held directly to the light.

Smell - Roasted coffee malt that smells of cream and dry oats. A delicate sweetness comes forth from the cream. Even uncovering a chocolate milk scent. Outstanding.

Taste - Dry roasted oats opening the taste. The coffee is inconspicuous at first, but really shines as the beer crosses the palate toward the throat. The silky smooth chocolate milk is more distinguished in the the taste. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry with a pronounced warmth after the swallow. Smooth and creamy. Precise and approapriate. An almost slippery or oily finish that I found very delectable.

Drinkability - Wow!!! That's about all I can say. Truly an extraordinary Stout. I really don't see how Sam Smith's makes such well rounded beers. The only reason I didn't score this as a perfect brew is because if I find a Stout that is better, I want to leave myself some wiggle room. Other than that. It's the best Stout I have had thus far on my short journey.

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

A: three fingers of light tan. Dark brown body with a ruby color in the light.

S: pungent and wonderful. Lots off roasted aroma with a bit of oat and dark fruit smell.

T: there is a touch of astringency at the end. It is incredibly smooth. There is a prominent chocolate flavor and general roasted goodness. Lots of dark fruit flavors like a bit of cherry.

M: Great carbonation and medium body. Wonderful.

D: super drinkable. Just a really enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel and just smoothness are something special.

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

This brew poured a wonderfully smooth, black color. As you look with light, there is a bit of a dark brown highlights, that fall near the lower half of the glass. There is nice, thick, bubbly tan head, that disappears some what quickly. There is some nice, spiderweb like lacing that follows throughout.

The smell isn't overbearing at all. There is a nice aroma of coffe and roasted barley. That follows with a nice deep aroma of heavy grains. This beer isn't complex, but given the style, its a great respresentation thus far with a brew that seems to have a great focus on the great and malt profiles. I am not really detecting any presence of hops.

As stated above, this brew is not complex, but for the representation of this brew, its probably one of the best I have seen. Its balanced perfectly and goes down smooth. The flavor that his you first are the grains and the coffee. Once you get that nice roasted coffee flavor, it follows up with the barley and oatmeals flavors that just give this brew a wonderful flavor. At the close of the brew this is a bit of a bitter, alcohol taste, but its very light, and goes well with the brew.

The mouthful is amazing. There rich, darkness of the beer covers the carbonation. The carbonation though, makes everything just blend well. Its a little heavy, but the ABV is relatively low. Its a nice smooth brew, and a great finish.

As I stated a few times above, this brew is a fantastic representation of the style. Its a great creamy beer, that is just smooth and comes together and has a nice finish. The look on this brew is a bit scary at first, but the drink is actually pretty easy and I certianly could do a few of these in a session with the lower ABV and the fact that its that smooth. Great brew.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark with a nice head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Chocolate and toffee with Dark malts in the background.

Taste: Flavors come in waves one after the other. Chocolate and dark malts, then toffee and then the oat smooth ending that is also a little buttery. Fantastic and complex.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly as a desert beer.

Photo of katybee
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm. Well, I can say I preferred this over the slightly bitter-sour taste of Guinness stout...but for a "celebrated oatmeal stout" by an English brewery, it wasn't quite as expected.

Poured the classic dark coke brown, with not excessive 1/2" tan head...minimal lacing...standard.

Only trace hint of malt smell as the beer warmed...barely anything at all.

Having recently tasted Guiness, I was expecting this oatmeal stout to be much sweeter and medium bodied in comparison. Instead, it had barely a flavor at all, even on outbreath. Not malty at all. Perhaps slightly "bready", like a dinner roll, with honey....No toasty carmels, although some malted flavor did come forward with warming to room temp. Exceptionally "plain" --no untoward aftertastes of either malt or hops towards sourness or bitterness or any flavors at all...which would make it a good session beer or combined with any food, even finer pastas.

Nice thick carbonation foaming inside the mouth, but still not the slippery creaminess or thickness of some; I'd say this had a thin-medium body comparable to Guinness.

Very drinkable; almost "dry", a little sweet; good in combination with any food. Just not as "memorable" as some other microbrews or a good doppelbock.

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

Been a while since I had something from Sam Smith. This was the last Oatmeal Stout sitting on the shelf, so I figured it must have been a sign from the beer gods.

Perfect pour (if I don't say so myself) into my american pint glass. Full figued mocha colored head that was slightly bubbling out over the top. Head has taken it's sweet time to recede, and so far great lacing.

Very nice roasted malts and dark chocolate on the nose.

Taste is ultra smooth. A hint of roasted malts, but a lot of sweetness. Haven't had many oatmeal stouts, but I don't remember them being this sweet. Not a bad thing at all. Quite pleasant actually.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but what do you expect from a 5% beer? Mild carbonation as well. These guys know what they are doing.

Super drinkable. It was really nice to find a beer under 6% that tastes as good as this one does. Went down really smooth, my 4-pack is going to be gone in no time.

Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a nice gift set at Wegman's the other day. Included this, the Nut Brown Ale, and Pale Ale, along with a nice imperial pint glass. I was interesting in trying the Oatmeal Stout again, and this deal was too good to pass up at $10.99. Each bottle separately is around $5 so you pretty much get a free beer and glass this way. Nice!

A - Pours a silky smooth, oil black with only a smidge of dark brown highlight at the bottom of the glass. Builds about a 1-fingered head that surprisingly disappears within minutes. Low to moderate lace trails. Can see traces of carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is relatively mild. Getting bits of coffee and roasted barley and deep, heavy grains. Not complex but enjoyable given the low ABV. All around really centered on the grain and malt profiles almost no appearance of hops.

T - Taste is again, not incredibly complex or robust but it's insanely balanced and goes down so easily. As in the nose, the flavors are predominantly coffee and earthy grains. Really get the barley and oatmeal flavors behind the coffee. Touches of bitter and alcohol at the end but only very faintly.

M - Mouthfeel is fantastic. The blackness of this beer really conceals the carbonation, which is active in the mouth to make everything blend that much better. Coffee flavor sticks around and it's relatively heavy bodied considering it's not a 'giant' beer. Coats the mouth with its long finish.

D - Drinkability is amazing as well. The adjective I can best describe this beer is 'creamy' and 'velvety smooth'. Everything about it comes together quite well and as I finish this review I am almost done with all 18.7oz. Scary drinkable, but thankfully the low ABV keeps you standing.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice jet black with an inch of coca color head

S - Slight chocolate and a bit of ash.

T - Ow wow that's creamy! I get a nice roasted coffee with a bit of burnt-ness. You get a pretty nice chocolate too but mostly faint with a slight hop bitterness. Nice.

M - Nice and creamy.

D - Well I can't seem to find this any cheaper than 3 dollars a bottle so it would be enjoyed on occasion but it was a pretty sweet oatmeal stout. Drinkable and full of flavor

Photo of MP72
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Into a dimple mug it poured a jet black with a thin tan head.

S- I didnt detect much , a little roasted malt.

T- hoppy and a bit of a burnt flavor that works well. Taste is very good.

M-biting and high carbonation for a stout but still working well for this brew. Its not offensive at all.

D-Very good I could put a few of these away in a session. SS rocks another great beer!!!

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is creamy and smooth. It pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Hardly any light passes through. It retains a bit of a head throughout and laces decently.

The smell is dominated by roasted oatmeal, sweetness, some refreshing hops, a hint of chocolate and a hint of nut. The taste is a thick creamy oatmeal flavor, with hints of sweet chocolate and smooth roasted malts. Perfect for the style.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a slight hint of spicyness/carbonation and a nice hop offset. Mild, but complex and wonderful flavor. This beer is highly drinkable :) Cheers!

Photo of mariposafan
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First the good. It pours deep, dark brown with a very nice tall tan head. Some head and lacing persists. It smells sweet and rural - I don't know how to describe it beyond that. For me the smell evokes hay and corn fields just before harvest. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected it to be but not light, and the creamy carbonation makes it seem thicker than it is. Mostly the flavor and drinkability are very good as well. The taste is mostly grainy with some semi-sweet chocolate and malt. Just a little bitterness shows up to balance the scales while drinking it. Maybe there's some oats there as well but I'm not sure I'd know what they taste like in this setting.

Then the not so good. The aftertaste when the drink is done is horribly, nastily bitter and it lasts and lasts and lasts. I eventually had to use mouthwash to strip the bitterness from my tongue. Even that was only partly successful. I suppose that would be a reason to keep on drinking them but I can't say I'll seek it out again unless I know I'm going to be having something really searing afterward. Damned shame, too - otherwise this was a definite keeper.

Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz straight sided bar glass. Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with an initial finger or so of light brown foamy head. Head dissipates quickly with just a little light lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate. Some caramel sweetness as well. A good smelling stout that is a nice change from the coffee and dark roasted malts of some RIS's I've been having.

Taking a sip, not too bitter. Good sweetness from the oats balancing the roastiness in the malt and chocolate flavors. Very creamy mouth feel, full bodied beer from oats combined with the perfect amount of carbonation to make the beer seem like it was on nitro. Easy to drink and a nice standby to have for times where I would like a regular stout.

Photo of Chizoad
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites although I haven't had it in a while.

Pours a dark , but not opaque, molasses and supports a very nice tan head that eventually faded but left a cap for many minutes. Little lacing but that can be forgiven.

Roasted malt and molasses aromas, classic stout nose.

Brilliant flavor balance, with an up front sweetness from the malts offset ideally with excellent flat bitterness. Warms you up for the next sip.

Shockingly not that think. In fact I would go so far to say they could increase the weight of the body on this beer and I would like it more.

If they increased the weight though the beer wouldn't be nearly as drinkable as it is. At only 5% ABV, this is relatively light and highly consumable stout. A classic.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle, a nice dark brown color as it pours , hold it against light and it is absolutely pitch black. Mild smell of oats as the bottle cracked open, tan head with very good retention. Oats, a hint of coffee and chocolate somewhere in the back make this stout downright delicious. Smooth as silk, each sip leaves you wanting more, every sip is a revelation. It is the most well balanced oatmeal stout, period. Drinkability is exceptional, I can never get enough of the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Hands down the best oatmeal stout on the face of the earth.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass:

A-black as night with a beautiful two finger khaki head that disappears to a nice top with some lacing that lingers

S-awesome, roast, toffee, chocolate and definitely oats

T-just like above, but really superior to just about anything else available regularly (and locally)

M-very good, leaves a nice warm taste that sticks around

D-exceptionally high, this is classic

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.