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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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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 389 | 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 Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Bottle into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a relatively big two-finger medium thick tan head. Dark brown / black with some ruby hints around the bottom edges of the glass. Relatively opaque. Head is very persistent, slowly fading into a thick film. Minimal lacing is left behind.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and a bit of chocolate in there. The oats are also noticeable in the background. Nose is medium strength; not quite big enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt initially, gives way to a smoky pure chocolate taste. Very nice. Oats are there too, but not dominant. A pleasant smoky chocolaty aftertaste arrives late and fades nicely. Good job.

PALATE : Medium-thick body goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end. Medium carbonation and finishes pretty dry.

OVERALL: A very good stout, very drinkable. I can certainly see why it's "celebrated." I would say it's not quite as good as the Tadcaster Porter, but definitely a great brew worth stocking up on. It's got an ABV that could definitely make it a prime session beer. One worth seeking out.

12-16-2008 08:23:58 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Bung


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle. Always reliable Sam Smith. Pours a black/brown, light tan colored head. Smells of a slightly overcooked oatmeal cookie. Nice roast coffee and chocolatey tones. Could have more grain and oat characteristics. Just enough carbonation. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Warms very well. Finish very clean.

12-15-2008 02:31:10 | More by Bung
Photo of Pencible


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This poured an opaque ruby with dark tan head. It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate with sweet cream and a hint of oats. It tasted like milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasted bitter coffee, and dry toasted oats. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice, complex flavor that was well balanced, quite clean and definitely tasty. It had good body, and was very drinkable. There was honestly nothing extreme or exciting about this beer, but it's a perfect benchmark for what an oatmeal stout should be. No frills, just solid.

12-14-2008 18:17:48 | More by Pencible
Photo of mcsquint


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black with creamy two finger tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing that fully coats the glass.
S - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate,and coffee.
T - Tastes pretty much like it smells. Some dark fruit that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Bittersweet aftertaste; but that's not a bad thing.
M - Not slick like some oatmeal stouts. More of a dry stout with the edge taken off. Carbonation comes through just enough to make it a bit lively on the tongue.
D - Another great Samuel Smith product. Traditional and delicious. Would love to try this from a nitro tap.

12-13-2008 21:48:34 | More by mcsquint
Photo of pinotboy007


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Opaque with a modest but creamy head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and leather.

T - Very nice toffee with a light touch of hop flavor, but gentle all the way. A decent bit of mildly sweet cocoa on the finish.

M - Soft carbonation that's silky and creamy.

D - Tasty brew perfect for a cold Winter's night in Chicago.

12-10-2008 01:38:46 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of thespaceman


3.2/5  rDev -24.2%

Shared from a a bomber with my boss Jay, poured into 2 tulip glasses.

Appearance: Nice and dark, midnight color with a small hue of burgandy in there. Minimal head, medium lacing. No clarity whatsoever.

Smell: Roasted cherry aroma in the front as soon as it hits the nose, a good hint of spicy malt, some coriander leaks through with a bit of a musty bread smell, pretty grainy.

Taste: Coriander & cherries, a nice malty, yeasty backdrop, kind of weak on the finish, yet satisfying. A tinge of esters wakes you up on the finish. No hop profile whatsoever, yet the consistent use of malt brings this beer back up to level. Consisitent taste from start to finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light, to medium carbonation, stays pretty constructive on the tongue, a bit grainy when it sits but opens nicely.

Drinkability: For an stout, this one is defintley drinkable, although for the style there is definetley better choices, this one is still a good one to fall back on. Fairly sessionable for a stout. A tad boring for an stout yet the maltiness and the good mouthfeel make this a better brew. Not one I would seek out on a regular basis but I'm glad I tried it.

12-09-2008 02:29:13 | More by thespaceman
Photo of hoplover82


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

It pours black with a light brown sugar thick head. Thick beautiful laticework.

The aroma is of very dark roasted barley. And a little alcohol.

The flavor is pretty good. Very malty but not overly sweet like a milk stout. Very balanced with a little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Realy. It's very smooth but it has a kinda...good grittiness on the tongue. I guess it might be called dry? But to me, it seems a little watery. Just a little.

I think that might be my favorite aspect of this beer ( the mouthfeel.)

Very drinkable.

12-08-2008 20:46:00 | More by hoplover82
Photo of adam42381


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Poured a dark brown almost black color with a nice thick light tan colored head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Very appealing.

Taste: Slightly sweet chocolate up front. Nice coffee and cocoa taste in the middle with a hint of bitterness which pushes aside the sweetness. Great tasting beer. Very robust flavor. Very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Great texture. Nearly perfect.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, especially on a cold day. It's a heavy beer but not so heavy to not be highly enjoyable.

Overall: Excellent stout. One of, if not the best I've tried. Very good.

12-07-2008 22:25:21 | More by adam42381
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Original Rating Date:
June 18, 2008

Fantastic brew that I really enjoyed a lot. At the right temperature the nose blows me away. Great stout with a nice, creamy palate. Super malty- chocolate, toasted, brown sugar taste. Not very bitter. I really enjoyed this beer, this is probably one of my favorite stouts ever.

12-07-2008 00:55:56 | More by Vendetta
Photo of colts9016


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A very dark oil with a tan head. Caramel, cream, oats, earthy, toasted malt, a hint of nuts and molasses. The taste is Oats, cereal and malt taste with hints of cream, chocolate and molasses. Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel. A nice full body beer with lots of flavor and a very smooth slightly acidic finish from the hops. I have been waiting a while to try this beer, now I know what the hype was about. All around a very good beer. Must stock up!

12-06-2008 20:31:33 | More by colts9016
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4.22/5  rDev 0%

A - Wonderfully rich and dark. Light does not penetrate it very much, and when it does it has a slight redish tint. Nice, tan, creamy head when stays for the duration of the beer. Not too much lacing.

S - I mostly get a rich chocolaty smell coming through. There are slight under tones of coffee. Can smell if from a couple of feet away. Very pleasing.

T - Very full flavor. Initial taste of oatmeal, chocolate, and toffee. Sort of a roasted flavor to it as well. Aftertaste seems predominantly chocolaty in flavor with a slight bitterness to it, almost like dark chocolate.

M - Very smooth beer. Seems perfectly carbonated and slighty creamy.

D - Absolutely perfect drinkability. The flavor and mixture of the smoothness are just perfect. It goes down very well and leaves you with a wonderful aftertaste. Slightly refreshing in a way. A perfect beer to drink during a cold day, as the richness is wonderful.

12-04-2008 22:11:53 | More by shanecb
Photo of eagles22


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: black with a not so tannish white head

Smell: oatmeal and also lots of caramel and toffee...hints of chocolate

Tatse: o man this is wonderful ..i absoultley love this beer...hints of toffee and wonderful dark smooth chocolate and good amount of oatmeal

Mouthfeel: is very nice smooth and goes down great..also a great aftertaste no bitter taste in your mouth

Drinkability: is very high

12-03-2008 03:04:23 | More by eagles22
Photo of mightyjoemoon


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

this is pretty much the defining ale of this genre. and sam smith is the beer geeks coca cola, widely available and always excellent. this beer pours a dark brown, as dark as you'd expect from a stout but it has a very persistent head. for mouth feel and rich smoothness sam smith's oatmeal stout can't be beat. they've got the carbonation to richness/thickness ratio just right. this stout is no slouch on taste either. theres a very slight estery taste here but it has a very pleasant finish. i think sam smith's is a bit sweeter but its not cloying.

12-01-2008 17:03:29 | More by mightyjoemoon
Photo of mullenite


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 550ml bottle in to a 20oz Samuel Smith shaped pint with a 3 and a half finger light cocoa colored head. The head stuck around for a while and was very creamy and frothy.

Smell was interesting, not sure I would say I could smell the oatmeal but there was something different. Slight chocolate to the smell as well.

Taste was sweet oatmeal and chocolate and overall delicious.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, medium carbonation and very easy to drink.

Overall a well rounded stout.

12-01-2008 13:07:38 | More by mullenite
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5%

This, my first oatmeal stout, was a fantastic spot to start.

This was poured from a big bottle and had a great color and substance. The appearance and smell are pretty good for a stout, though the head is a bit light.

The taste is really very rich and the appearance of the oats really round out the mouthfeel and finish. It has a dark-roasted chocolate syrupy taste with a bit of sweetness, though the pre-eminent flavor was the feel of the oats in one's mouth and the subsequently incredibly smooth finish. The drinkability is slightly affected by the tiny bit of bitterness before the grains kick in, but the beer is as smooth as butter.

Fantastic, really.

11-30-2008 21:53:20 | More by TLove
Photo of astrasday


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Rich, near black color with two finger tan head.

Coffee, nuts and almost a sweet apple scent follows through to the taste. Chocolate rings true in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice tight carbonation.

High drinkability and an overall enjoyable experience. Great beer.

11-26-2008 22:49:22 | More by astrasday
Photo of niz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%

pours dark brown with tan 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smells of smooth creamy chocolate coated christmas cake.

taste is very smooth and subtle, starts almost fruity with chocolate mocha setting in, followed by a silky roasted backbone and finish.

mouthfeel is a bit smooth yet a bit watery for an oatmeal stout, but not overly carbonated.

drinkability is definately high due to a modest alcohol percentage and delicious overall experience

11-26-2008 04:36:56 | More by niz
Photo of germanbeer1


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head, but not too thick. Good lacing throughout consumption. The most recognizable scents are coffee and roasted grains. The taste is overwhelmingly of coffee, but it is possible to detect some oatmeal taste. The coffee taste does a very good job of disguising the alcohol as well. It's a very good beer.

11-26-2008 03:55:18 | More by germanbeer1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours jet black with a thick, foamy espresso head two fingers thick and puffed out at top. Dense sticky lacings.

A nice subtle sweetness on the nose, like chocolate milk. Pleasantly understated coffee notes. It smells... great! If smooth had an aroma, this would be it.

Carbonation gives an edgy metallic note up front. Oat sweetness, nice milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Very balanced malt, fruit is noticeably abscent and there's a great roasted flavour in its place. A hot chocolate finish that lasts for ages.

Oh the mouthfeel! The oats really do their job, giving the beer a silky smoothness that is stylistically perfect. This stout really goes down a treat.

A great example of the style, one to savour.

11-26-2008 00:44:50 | More by CanuckRover
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Thoroughly hated this when paired with chocolate cake as a chemical taste pervaded; however, when drank alone it is quite good.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Black as oil, no light penetration with a 1.5 finger head when poured. 1/3 finger head that remain with nice lacing.

S: Weird smell I cannot describe but somewhat chemical, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and oats.

T: Taste is exactly how it smells with toffee and an extremely light hop flavor that is barely distinguishable. No bitterness at all that can be too sweet.

M: Medium carbonation that is watery and creamy at the same time.

D: Tasty when not paired with chocolate cake. Extremely sweet and drinkable

11-23-2008 10:28:03 | More by crazeddaffy
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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

Had myself a 22 oz. bottle of this stuff that I poured into a pint glass - well, the 16 oz. that fit anyway...

Pretty impressive coloration - very dark, almost black, opaque with a creamy tan/brownish head that was about a finger and a half in thickness. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet oatmeal with cinnamon and a bit of hop bitterness, although a bit muted. Did detect a bit of funkiness in there, although I wasn't too sure of where it came from.

Taste was good but not great. There was a thick dark chocolate flavor, the sweetness of the roasted malts with the hops coming in right away.

Mouthfeel was good for a stout, creamy and thick and definitely left a slick feeling on your tongue.

Overall a good brew, but not as good as Young's Oatmeal Stout. I wouldn't pass this brew up but I'm not going out of my way to get it. It's session-able (if that's a word) but I wouldn't have more than 2 in a night personally.

11-23-2008 06:40:30 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a mohagany color with a light brown head that left beautiful lacing.

Smelled of dark chocolates, roasted malts, dried raisins.

Taste like oats, coffee, nutty, a hint of sweetness.

Rich and creamy with a smooth body.

Pretty good drinkable beer.

11-21-2008 00:10:27 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of luciusgilmer


4.43/5  rDev +5%

Had heard about this a long time, but never chanced to have one. Drank from tulip glass, poured from some huge bottle (22 oz. or some such).

a: nice, but not as thick and satisfying in color or head as I found their Imperial stout, for example.

s: really rich and oaty and malty.

t: fills the mouth with flavor, oats, perhaps coffee, though in my opinion, it's a bit thinner on flavor than other stouts.

m: good, but due to thinness, not its best feature (again, I think a stout can feel thicker and more satisfying than this, but it's still high in this area)

d: I'll want more; it's tasty and drinkable.

11-19-2008 03:42:39 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of elfcounsul


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

It passed the no light test, so it was safe to drink. Head was tan and just enough to let you know it is to be appreciated on many levels . The aroma was of roasted malts.

The taste was like drinking a licorice stick. It brought back fond memories. It was just sweet enough and the malts were not overpowering. I am not a big malt man, but I can make this a regular among my APA's and Wheats.

It's an easy drink that doesn't demand a finely tuned taste to appreciate. The carbonation was not overpowering like you see with some hoppy ales. It felt good in the mouth, not too thick.

11-18-2008 16:50:21 | More by elfcounsul
Photo of nrpellegrini


4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pours a dark black color with a nice dark tan head that thins half way through. Smells like sweet dark chocolate, as it warms, maybe milk chocolate. I taste hints of oatmeal, definitely some sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee. The mouthfeel is unreal, from the look I thought it would be thick, this beer drinks so thin, the texture is like water. The drinkability is the same, goes down so easy.

11-18-2008 04:02:51 | More by nrpellegrini
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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