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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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5,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 207
Gots: 397 | 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 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
Photo of shanecb


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
Photo of CanuckRover

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
Photo of crazeddaffy


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
Photo of davexisxrabid


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
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

This stout pours black with a creamy two finger head that settled to small ring around the glass. Drank this in a pint glass.
The aroma is black licorice, oatmeal and roasted malt.
The taste easily outdoes the nose here. There's initially some fruity flavours, cherry, apple skins, sweet and sour black licorice flavours in the middle. Good roasted barley flavour is there and some hops are faintly detectable. The finish is dry as expected. There is some nuttiness and some oatmeal characteristics too.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, milky. Moderate to heavy body and a low, soft carbonation. As expected.
Very enjoyable, and highly sessionable at the abv. I could drink a few of these. Great beer.

11-18-2008 03:12:54 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of easement


4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours black a with big head. no head retention. no lacing.

S-Smells like chocolate and caramel. Slight biscuity peeking through.

T-Matly and chocolaty goodness. I don't detect any hops. Aftertaste is sweet.

M-Very smooth with a slight creamyness.

D-Highly drinkable. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Balanced very well and I will definitely be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 22:10:51 | More by easement
Photo of CHSLBrew


4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pours a dark brown/black, through which strong light provides some deep garnet highlights--but overall opaque. Crowned by a tan head, poured 2-finger, which reduced semi-quicly to a thin layer of bubbles.

S-Roasted and chocolatey malts. Some possible light esters. No hop aromas.

T-Strong roasted/toasted malts, with prominent rich chocolatey flavors. Some esteterey afterthoughts. Bitterness is minimal, but provides some appropriate background to the sweetness of the rest of the flavor.

M-Very smooth, with that characteristic oatmeal stout-type light buy heavy body. Low to moderate carbonation. Not really any roasted astringency. No alcoholic warmth.

D-Good drinkability. A quality flavor, probably one of my first oatmeal stout loves, due to its easy drinkability and enjoyable qualities. As I progressed through the bottle, it did start to feel heavy, but I'll surely be enjoying this one again in the future.

11-12-2008 03:23:11 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a foamy, capucino-like head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee beans.

T - Great chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a mild bitterness from the oats. It also had a slight nutty quality and floral notes.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great oatmeal stout with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.

11-11-2008 02:21:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of cvfish


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass

A - deep, beautiful dark brown color, caramel colored head that stayed throughout and envelops the side of the glass with a beautiful lace

S - freshly ground roasted coffee bean aroma

T - Starts off with a smoked sensation at the beginning of the tongue and then offsets subtle sweetness on the middle and finishes off bitter

M - Very smooth bodied, going down it leaves its footprint on the tongue for a while

D - A rich brew that will not disappoint dark beer drinkers and quiet possibly win more of their lighter brethern's drinkers over

11-10-2008 23:23:06 | More by cvfish
Photo of BierFan


3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: The taste doesn't overpower like other stouts. Taste is toasty and burnt. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, thin, and kinda oily.

11-10-2008 05:48:57 | More by BierFan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a handsome 550ml bottle, purchased from the LCBO as part of a Samuel Smith boxset (pint glass included), this oatmeal stout featured a foamy beige cookie of a head. The body was opaque.

On the nose I detected coffee and feedmill-like molasses. The taste reminded me of the same and was sweeter than I expected, and, therefore, not as enjoyable as I had hoped for. A dry stout is more to my liking. I gradually took to the taste and by the last sip I was enjoying my drink.

This gently carbonated beer is rich on the tongue, nicely balanced and has a long finish.

11-05-2008 21:12:02 | More by mwrseeley
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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