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

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Ratings: 5,803
Reviews: 2,161
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 251
Gots: 595 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2" tan head and looks a standard coffee brown in the glass. Flavor itself was pretty mild but what is cool with this beer is it has the flavor and feel of drinking a mild mocha malt. I found it thoroughly satisfying like a kid at a malt shop slowly draining his glass. Plus it was reasonably priced so you know I'm going to be repeating this one.

Photo of Zimbo
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This old stalwart sure looked and smelled tasty. Lightish dark chocolate and creaminess on the tongue but it seems to lack the complexity and dimension I remember . Rather four square really. Certainly competitive but not exactly 'Jurassic Park'. Will this ever be offered on cask?

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

Pours a deep deep brown with a dark tan head that rises up about two fingers and leaves some lacing.

Smells of coffee, some sweet chocolate, and a little dark fruit in the back.

Tastes like the nose, starts with coffee and sweet chocolate, in the middle is a tiny dark fruits, and finishes roasty with some residual sweetness.

Very very smooth and not heavy or overpowering.

Easy drinker, strong flavor without the heavy body. This is like a 5% ABV version of Bitches Brew. Fantastic, these oatmeal stouts are quite lovely.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle

a - pours a few shades short of black, huge tan head with awesome retention and lacing, a little reverse cascade I'm the head as well

s - roasted malt and chocolate dominate, substantial metallic scent with a light sulphur note as well

t - smooth deeply roasted malt and lighter chocolate notes throughout, a bit of cream on the midpalate, finish is well-balanced with light lingering bitterness and toasty malt, alcohol not noticeable, as with the smell, there are some metallic notes on the finish as well

m - full-bodies and very creamy, moderate to light carbonation, but still active in the mouth, not much alcohol warming

d - quite drinkable, the flavors are smooth and well-integrated, flavors also have some depth, easy on the palate

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

Pours a dark black with a tall head that died quickly in my case. Lacing's pretty nice looking, though. It smells faintly like a barn with morning dew surrounding it. It's a bit sweet but not overbearingly so, with a notable absence of the coffee/chocolate flavors I'm used to in stouts. Nice change up, there. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for whatever reason, but not bad, and it's pretty drinkable. Good beer.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers that got me into craft many years ago... time to revisit. 550ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Black, with brown highlights around the edges. Two fingers of mocha-colored head, retention is okay, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass which fades after 15 seconds or so.

S - Cheerios, some mild chocolate, faint nuttiness, and a bit of burnt sugar around the edges. Nice.

T - Not quite as good, but still nice. Milk chocolate, sourdough toast, and almonds. Plenty of malty sweetness. Short finish, and not much alcohol. If there's a word to describe it, it's mild.

M - The carbonation is great with small bubbles that contribute to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It is a bit on the light side, however.

D - With the low ABV and pleasant flavors, I could drink this all night.

O - While it's one of the beers that got me into "better" beer, I guess my palate has moved on. I still like it, and for the price it's definitely solid, but there are so many more interesting beers on the shelf around it.

Photo of foogerd
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black as night big coffee colored head this looks like a monster to be reckoned with
S- delicate fine light aroma of breads oats vanilla and chocolate
T- lots of dark fruits come in at first raisins figs light vanilla, oats come in at the back and some breads
M- could have used a tad more carbonation in my opinion and a bit thin for the style i love thick beers so perhaps im partial
D- a great big beer to session

Photo of callmemickey
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black body with a creamy tan head. Good retention and nice lacing as the head slowly trickles down.

S: Roasted malt, oats, and some sweet chocolate. Delicate but not muddled.

T: Like the nose, quite a bit of nice roasted malt and soft oats. The sweet chocolate makes its way in but doesn't overpower. Maybe just a tad bit of coffee as well.

M: Medium bodied with a nice creamy texture. Smooth carbonation. Nice lightly bitter finish.

D: A very nice oatmeal stout. Not my favorite, but this is the classic representation of the style and one I wouldn't turn down.

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

The beer that got me into craft. 550mL bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A- Deep black with a beautiful, dark, lingering head. Leaves good lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate, molasses, some nuts. Not overpowering but extremely enticing.

T- Follows the near perfect nose and is absolutely delightful. Notes of cocoa, sweet chocolate, bread, love.

M and D- Full, creamy body. Very drinkable.

I love this brew.

Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a dark pitch black color that produced a huge foamy tan head that cascaded for a moment. Superb retention that is not going anywhere. Huge globs of lacing left behind as it barely dissipated. Beauty in a glass.

(S)- A big baked bread component coming off it from the oats. Behind that is a lightly roasted profile with raisin and molasses with a hint of cocoa.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Far more creamier and chocolate-like than led to believe. A smooth molasses and cocoa profile with a touch of roasted raisin and dry bread. Let it warm up if chilled; it only got better as it warmed up.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth as can be and a nice mellow creaminess.

(D)- A solid to excellent example of the style. Smooth and creamy to boot, with just the right amount of a roasted background. Good stuff.

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

Found among a list of reviews in the Notes on my iPod Touch...

A: Pours black with about a 2-finger tan, foamy head. Reduces to a thin head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Not very strong, but what I do pick up on is the oatmeal and tons of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Immediately a very pleasing taste.. A well-balanced mix of roasted coffee and toasted oats with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M: Slightly chewy with a small amount of carbonation.

D: Tasty and very enjoyable.. but then again, I'm left wanting a little more from it. Maybe a slightly chewier mouthfeel or some more complexity in the nose. Still another great brew from Samuel Smith

Photo of zhanson88
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours pitch black with a great khaki colored head. When it reduces down it leaves some nice lacing the clings nicely to the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee are prevalent on the nose. It smells really good.

Taste: Wow, this is a great tasting beer. Roasted malts and cocoa, with coffee and a sweet finish at the end. This oatmeal stout is not nearly as sweet and chocolatey as others I've had, which I consider a good thing.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Super smooth and creamy. It's full bodied but I feel like I could drink a ton of it. This is one of the best beers that I've tried so far.

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

Dear lord I love this beer.

A - Pours a deep, thick near-black with ruby red hints. Thick, burnt colored head that's wonderfully creamy.

Smell - Heavy coffee and malty, caramel aroma.

Taste - Thick oatmeal flavor with deep coffee notes and smooth malted flavor. Mild cinnamon spices and hops lead to a balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, mildly chewy feel with a smooth carbonation that makes this an altogether pleasant experience.

Drinkability - This is a wonderful oatmeal stout with a delicate balance of flavors. One of my favorite breweries and one of my favorite brews.

Photo of TheStig
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, very dark brown. Almost black. Head is substantial and thick. No carbonated fizz.

Oats, wheat and bread. Very fragrant, but not oppressively so.

Slight peppery taste and very heavy, with yeast/bread being quite prominent. Bitter notes are present but subtle. It's one of the smoothest beers I've tasted, with no "bite" or sting that higher ABV beers have. Lingering tastes are slightly bitter in the back of my mouth, but these slowly develop into a mild sweetness that is quite pleasant. As the beer has a chance to breathe, the flavors become a lot more mild and delicate, with the most prominent being licorice. Overall, the lasting impression and the most prominent aftertaste is that of a rather potent piece of sourdough bread.

Hearty like a good stout should be. This is another beer that fits perfectly in the "so thick you can eat it with a fork" slot.

Smooth, tasty and filling. A favorite stout.

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

Perfect pour... Three fingers thick of milk chocolate looking head, and retains great. The body is black and shows off deep ruby red hues when held up to the light.

The aroma is sweet and cola like. There are slight hints of metallic aromas, with a mild hint of nuts and cocoa mixed together.

The brew has a hearty taste of deep, sweet and dark bread. I detect a slight semisweet hint of chocolate and coffee. Feels a bit oily up front but leaves the palate dry yearning for another sip!

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

A- Poured into a pint glass. Mud thick dark brown, not quite black. Probably the thickest head I've seen. Leaves lacing on the glass, takes a long time to dissipate. Large bubbles burst on the top as it drops down.

S- Like sticking my nose into a loaf of bread. Also picked up hints of nuts, malts, raisin.

T- Caramel, malts, toffee, the slightest hint of chocolate. Bread is coming through too, I picked up rye. Strong coffee aftertaste. No hop presence at all.

M- Rediculously smooth, very very creamy, not overly rich though. Almost like milk at first, slightly chewy midway through.

D- Could drink this all night. Good taste followed by an excellent mouthfeel make this easy going down. Such a good brew though you want to savor it slowly. The abv is low enough to have multiple of these. A spoiled session beer if you make it one!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown, almost black liquid with a creamy tan colored head leaving a good bit of lace.

S-the nose is soft and subtle, sweet chocolate, anise, some dark fruits, and a hint of bitter coffee in the very back

T-the taste follows the nose, fantastic balance of flavors, sweet milk chocolate, faint touch of anise, a nice bit of dark fruit juice, the oat is definitely present with an ever so subtle slightly burnt coffee flavor in the very back. the flavors are soft and creamy.

M-the feel is as it should be, light to medium body and extremely smooth and creamy, the carbonation is just right to hold the body but not interfere with the creamy finish.

D-this is a well balanced stout with soft creamy flavors and a body to match. great beer, great flavors, well done stout!

Photo of Swill5786
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into pilsener glass. Opaque black with tan one-finger head... Ruby highlights at the narrowest point of the pilsener. Smell is dark roast malty on a fruity alcoholic backdrop. Sweetness of malt has a chocolate tinge and sugary molasses dominance; bready notes, faint hop bitterness; thick and heavy mouthfeel common for the style; carbonation is complimentary.. Fantastic oatmeal stout, but, for me: enjoy one and I'm done.

Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar

Taste: This follows the smell. chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, moderate carbonation, chewy, and sweet

Drinkability: An excellent sessionable brew. I love the chewiness of this beer. The flavors are complex and jump out. It tastes almost like a sweet stout, but the grains let you know this is an oatmeal stout. A great beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a nice dark black color with a good 2-3 finger head thats a nice deep brown as well. Nose is dry, oatmeal, a bit of booze, and some light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. It's got a nice roasty bitterness to it. Light chocolate finish that's a bit bitter. Very solid example of the style.

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

I used to drink this beer all the time back in college. One of the first heady/craft beers I found palatable and got into. I since have strayed away to explore, and because English beers tend to stay on the self to long in America, and typically go bad. This bottle being in a clear bottle certainly doesn't help.

Clear for a stout, what you can see through is a beautiful cherry color. Under a light brown head that seems to be having trouble holding up in my glass. Smells of chocolate and dark sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal addition. Dark, flavorful, but balanced and easy to drink. Tastes as good as I remember five or so years ago, even though my palate has changed quite a bit since then. There is a slightly odd aspect to the mouthfeel at the end of the sip, but regardless it is impressive beer.

I think it would be even better fresh. Difficult to achieve over here in the states.

Photo of Luk13
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Black pour with good looking tan-white ring of foam. There is a little weird fermented/moldy aroma. When you go beyond it, you get molasses, intense toffee-caramel and sweet chocolate. Taste is well developped; chocolate, oats, burnt toast and of course molasses. Palate is creamy and smooth. Reminds me of Fuller's London Porter. Drinks very well.

Photo of Evocatus
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee color like any stout. Head was thick and healthy, bubbly and foamy, and a dirty tan color. Aroma was slightly weak but strong enough to pick up some roasted coffee smells as well as a hint of creamy sweetness. Taste was a mix of roast coffee and oatmeal w/ milk. Slight bitterness to it as well. Great body, not too thick or thin. Very drinkable, but the bottle is a bit big to have in one sitting.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black and thick. Tan head.

S-Roasty. Coffee. Bunch of chocolate.

T-Quite like the nose but with much more depth. Very sweet. Taste varies with each sip.

M-Slick and thick. Smooth and light carbonation.

D-Very very drinkable especially because of the low alcohol percentage.

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

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - black, black as night with a nice head

Smell - not alot of smell, very mild stout with a little sour oatmeal smell.

Taste - Oh yes, Dark chocolate hits you first, then semi sour oatmeal and rasberry finishes your platte.

Drinkability - This is a amazing beer. It has everything. Its sweet then sour, then stout, then mild. Its a all in one beer that is a pleasure to drink. I usually pick up a 4 pack monthly. I cant go many days without enjoying one of these. Ive yet to drink a better oatmeal stout!

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