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

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5,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,677
Reviews: 2,146
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 234
Gots: 536 | 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 CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: no hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, sweet aftertaste and pleasant, goes great with dark bitter chocolate

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: One of the top stouts out there. Loved and will drink again

CampusCrew, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic stout pitch black colour with a creamy head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Slightly floral scents mixed in with a nice sweet liquorish.

T - Smoky malts, with a hint of sweetness. Bitterness on the back of the tongue, which is a mild praline taste. The are definite coffee flavours coming through, slightly stronger in the finish. Also, there is the impression of apples. The flavours are strong but not overpowering, which is the case in a lot of stouts.

M - Thick, smooth and creamy, with a slightly bitter dry finish.

D - A truly world class stout! The flavours are beautifully balanced and complimentary, and the feel is of silk. This Oatmeal Stout is an example of why Samuel Smith's is one of the best breweries on the planet.

PartyBear, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of prosper
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown/black. Almost but not quite opaque. Leaves a very persistent and dense tan head.

Smell - actually quite faint. Slight sweet caramel - like molasses.

Taste is not at all like I expected. Not a whole lot of *roast* character, like a Guinness, but quite a bit of chocolate/black malt. Some sweet caramel, but mostly that dark chocolate. Fades to a roasty flavour, and then finishes with a few herbal, hoppy IBU's.

Mouthfeel is very full. Thick and creamy. Sticky on the lips. Like the Sam Smith Imperial Stout. Makes for a bigger-feeling beer than it actually is. Would be mind-blowingly awesome on nitro...

Drinkability is great. Finishes clean and dry-ish - quite a feat, considering the huge body the beer has - leaving you ready for another sip.

prosper, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was a classic night at Porters Pub in Easton and this was beer #4. After helping my buddy close out his list, it was my turn to choose a brew from the famed list and this was my pick. It was a nice of well reputed classics and this next one was up for the challenge.

A: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, plenty of lacing webs the glass.

S: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats.

T: Starts with roasted grain and oat flavors and is quickly joined by mocha and dark chocolate. The balance and smoothness in the finish is remarkable.

M: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation.

D: WOW, my first Sam Smith's and I'm amazed how they get a beer this robust in 5% ABV. My first true Stout from Englad and what an experience, I can see how these guys have lasted so long. I can't wait to try some of Sam Smith's other brews (Brown Ale and Impy Stout are first on the list). This is a MUST have for the beer lover and especially for the Stout lover! Another huge shout out for Porter's Pub in Easton, PA!

jdg204, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured from a stubby bottle into a pint glass. Served a little cooler than room temp to let it open up a bit.

Appearance: Dark and with a nice one-finger off-white head that laced nicely. Stout color and quality.

Smell: The oatmeal is right up front and with a hint of chocolate and notes of plum-raisin, almost a prune.

Taste: Not overly bitter, but certainly packs a wallop taste-wise. Notes of oatmeal and cocoa chocolate come first, with a bit more of the fruity nature on the back-end. A hint of smoke and layers its flavors very, very well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, and coats nicely on the finish.

Drinkability: I'd say this is where it bogs down a bit, as I'd have a hard time putting too many of these back due to it's nature. The ABV is low but drinks harder than that. Still, an excellent beer for a dessert pairing or hell, as dessert itself.

nomomentwasted, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head with little retention.

S: Sweet maltiness with a touch of stock feed &

T: Bitter finish, with a roasted woody taste w/
touches of coffee and bourbon.

M/D: Good carbonation with a rich body & almost
dry finish.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark,dark non see thru brown colour with a nice frothy three finger bubbly laced head with loads of prominent lacing down the glass,it has sweet aromas of chocolate,coffee and some feint hop aromas aswell to finish off on the nose,it has a nice medium,silky smooth mouthfeel with a bittersweet finish and sort of tastes like a very nice creamy cab/sav,it leaves you with a very full mouthfeel on the palette almost like you have just had a small meal in a beer quite a intrigiuing beer and definately stands alone in its catergory but probably couldnt have more than two in a sitting.

ADZA, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oats, a touch of fruit. Taste is good, dark fruit, oats, a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Very dark color, almost appears black. Almost no light can be seen through it when held up to one. Small head that leaves nice lacing after every sip

S- Has a sweet malty smell... not overpowering

T- Has a toasty stout taste, but seems pretty dry tasting compared to other oatmeal stouts

M- Little watered down in my opinion, and over carbonated for a stout

D- Good enough to drink a bunch, but have had better


bbeane, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a frothy head that lasts forever. leaves some serious lacing down the glass.

The smell is complex but a little light. Smells like roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. there is some bitter hops in the scent as well.

The flavor of this beer is incredible. tastes like its aroma, just with more substance to it. The roasted malts balance its bitter hops nicely. there are definitely some roasted nuts in the flavor as well, and a hint of coffee, with a thick creaminess that makes it drink like a meal. Oatmeal character is definitely noticeable in the flavor and the feel.

HURTemHIZZY, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a - opaque black with dark tan creamy head which lasts forever. Excellent lacing.

s - sweet malt with coffee and nuts, not too strong

t - nutty and chocolate again but leading more towards a coffee flavor due to the heavy roasting, great sweetness, slightly bitter finish with the sweetness hanging in there throughout, very slightly dry finish, lasting aftertaste that keeps you on board for a while

m - creamy and very smooth, great balance of carbonation, mmm so smooth.

d - one of the first really high quality beers I ever had. I still remember the first time I tried this beer knowing that it was something special. This is an easy drinking stout while still having tons of flavor. It's easy to get a hold of and not too expensive. All around exceptional.

thirtysixbelow, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of darkside7268
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time having this beer. Poured it into an imperial glass out of the bottle. Head is a nice tan, almost khaki color about a half an inch.
-The color at first glance is almost black, but if you look at it in the right light you can see it has a slight, as other reviewers call it, coke color.
-Smell is very enticing but not over powering, if it were warmer I feel it would have a much better smell.
-Taste has some bitterness to it and a slight coffee taste, after swallowing it leaves a nice roasted taste.
-The drinkability is easy. This is a very nice Oatmeal Stout and one that anyone who is a fan of stouts will enjoy.

darkside7268, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
A slighly overexcited pour yeilds two fingers of creamy beige to tan coloured head over an ebony coloured body (that's VERY dark brown, not quite black).

Smell - 4.0
Very fresh smelling with a floral, sherry-like aroma alongside the more usual chocolate and weak coffee aromas.

Taste - 4.5
Sweetish for a stout, flavours of cocoa, bitter chocolate brownies and dark fruit. Just enough burnt bitterness for balance, finishes dry and full of flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Silky smooth, feels creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very much sessionable, especially in the colder months.

OVERALL - 4.35
Samuel Smith's beers continue to amaze me with their delicious flavours, complexity and brilliant drinkability. Their Oatmeal Stout takes its rightful place as my favourite stout in the world. More please!

LittleCreature, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz.

Appearance: About the color of coke (coca cola-- cmon guys), dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light. Thick tan head fades after a few minutes and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasty chocolate.

Taste: More sweet roasty chocolate. Plenty sweet, but not too sweet. A little bitterness on the back end that demands another sip.

Mouthfeel: So smooth and creamy. Carbonation balances this nicely. Near perfect.

Drinkability: I haven't had one of these for almost ten years until tonight. In college we called it sweet nectar of the gods, but could rarely afford it. Now I have no excuse. You probably don't either. This is an absolutely delicious beer. And at about 5%, you can drink it all night (and day).

rapidsequence, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Had a nice appearance to it. Not too dark for an oatmeal stout and didn't have too much of a foam head that was an off white color, it lingers around sticking to the glass even after your done. It seems to look better after you start drinking it. Has a nice chocolate, molasses, and grainy aroma to it. Feels very nice on the pallet, almost drinks like a porter, seems a bit more carbonated than most stouts, it's also surprisingly drinkable for a stout as well.

AndyAvalanche, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, descent head small lacing.

S- Heavy grain smell, I pick up hops and a slight copper metallic smell.

T- Good flavor, you can definitely taste the oats ...it does however have that metallic flavor that sorta hits me towards the end.

M- Medium body, more carbonated then creamy.

D- Not bad, would be near perfect if they could somehow toss that metallic flavor out of there and make it a bit creamier.

Mayhem976, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of againes
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

againes, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my very first Oatmeal Stout.

Pour gave way to a black body with amber hues when seen through direct light. Head was big and tan,while carbonation gave it good head retention and lacing.

Smell was earthy and filled with dark malts and a hint bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and oatmeal when it warmed up.

Taste delivered in a BIG way. Very smooth up front delivering roasted malts, chocolate, and dark sugars, with a heavy hand. Breaks way from sweetness to wonderful creamy smoothness all the way to the end leaving a taste of caramel, coffee beans, and chocolate on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was fantastic! It gives the illusion of being a big beer. The smooth creamy finish is so damn tasty!

This is gonna be a new favorite in my fridge. The mouthfeel really pushes this beer over the edge, while still being a great sipper that does not becoming cloying at any time. Marvelous!

Foxtrot, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A strong midnight black color, with an off-white/tan head of modest size. No lacing, but very nice head retention.

Smell: Brisk chocolate and molasses aroma, with a definite starchy undertone.

Taste: Strong sweet chocolate flavored malt up front, with more sublte dark fruit flavors alongside. The oats add a depth to the flavor. A smooth, coffee bitterness settles in after the malt and resides in the mouth until after the sip is gone. The flavor is strong, smooth, and complete in each dram.

Mouthfeel: Initial feel is quite smooth, with a sharp crispness from the surprisingly confident carbonation.

Drinkability: I would not have thought a stout could be this drinkable.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque and brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. leaves no lacing. Thin layer of the fluff stays atop your beer on the way down.

S: chocolate and dark fruits

T: sugary sweet chocolate up front followed by dark fruits with a toasted raisin bread finish. all in good balance

M: full-bodied and creamy with a slightly dry finish that makes you really crave another drink.

Overall, I'm really impressed. This beer brings good flavor and a high drinkability. Very good for desert or a session.

OlRasputin989, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Nice retention

S - Sweet, toasted malt aromas with hints of toffee, coffee, and a bit of chocolate and dark fruits.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with some toasty oat and malt flavors also coming through. Fairly sweet, although not over-done on the sweetness.

M - Full bodied and very smooth. Almost creamy feeling with a nice level of carbonation.

D - Quite tasty stout. Nice combination of flavors. I could definitely put down a few of these, although it would probably compliment a winter day better than an afternoon in June.

GarrisWH, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown from a 550ml bottle with a two finger head that retains. It's opaque and pushes pitch black.

Smells of roasted oats and hints of coffee. Maybe a tantamount of carmel, but not much, just something that eases it off a harsh edge.

Immediately, it's a bit sweet on the front end, brings to mind raisins and molasses. The sweetness combines with the trace amount of carbonation and keeps the charred coffee subtle. The oatmeal body is full, with a tingling, toffee finish. There's some bitterness, but it's not off-putting. The diversity in flavors is unexpected.

I have to say that it's not as thick or heavy as I'd expect for any kind of stout. It's nice to be able to put away a few of these. The complexity and carbonation keeps it moving, but not too quickly. This brew is worth savoring and dissecting.

pants678, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

ExtraStout, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of CarlP2
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my tall "test mug"

A- Dark black, no light coming through. Thick fluffy tan head, some lacing left too. Agitating the beer a bit brings back some head, even as the glass is nearly empty.

S- This smells like something gods would drink. Smells sweet and slightly fruity. Reminds me of ice cream and oatmeal. I also get a hint of cough syrup, kind of a sweet medicine smell. I wish I had an air freshener that smelled like this oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is a slight bitter finish, maybe some hops. The balance of sweet and roasted with the finish is just right. This makes a great dessert beer for after a meal.

M- Medium to thick body. I almost want to chew it. Very smooth, like drinking silk. I'm still amazed after every sip.

D- I could sit around and smell this beer all night. I'd rather drink it all night, and I could easily do that. The taste and smoothness combine to make a very drinkable beer. And at 5% ABV, it won't knock me down if I put a few away.

CarlP2, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick looking oil black color with about 2/5 of an inch of beige head, can't see through this one. Fair head retention, and leaves some broken spotty lacing. Smells of semi bright fruity citrus notes, grapes, apple, pair, raisins, a wonderfully rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel follow. Oats, wheat bread, lightly toasted malts on the finish, indulgent & sweet dessert like aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lite fruity apple, grape, and pair, followed by a rich blow of overly indulgent toffee, mild coconut, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Pretty much has a dark chocolate bitterness, some wheat bread & oat flavors, as well as some nuttiness on the finish. Very sweet & rich overall, wonderful! Mouthfeel is hardy, smooth, silky, creamy, thick & full bodied! I think I even felt some sediment going down, I could be wrong though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstanding stout! I was blown away with the richness of this beer, as well as the outstanding mouthfeel! I loved everything about this Stout, this thing hits the spot. Nearly flawless, and did I mention that it was overly indulgent? I could definitely have a couple pints on a toasty evening, sitting in front of a fire, ah. The drinkability is very high on this one, and I highly recommend that you try this. Cheers!

PintOHops, Jun 08, 2009
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,677 ratings.