1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,151 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,151
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 295 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,151 | Reviews: 2,104 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AmorousAngel
AmorousAngel

South Carolina

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

Poured out thick and black with a slight red tint. Dense tan head (about 1/4"). Light lacing.

My first reaction was that there was a slight sour smell. Following this there was a yeasty, caramel smell.

Milder than I expected. I don't drink a lot of regular stouts (preferring imperial stouts), so I was pleasantly surprised at the balance between the mild, malty caramel flavor and the slighty hoppy bitterness.

Very smooth, medium bodied feel. Very little tingle from the low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, well balanced stout. Not overly filling, so I could probably have a couple without feeling like I've had a full meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 00:34:26 | More by AmorousAngel
Photo of jockstrappy
jockstrappy

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, cola-like brown with a creamy tan head that retains pretty well. Smell is a little odd....wine like fruitiness, with notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste follows exactly, with that same wine-like fruitiness in the background...almost sour....other noticable flavors included chocolate, and some coffee. This is the first time that I have tried this beer, so I will get some more from a different store, and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 23:14:49 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of Westsidethreat
Westsidethreat

California

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

A: Pours a dark auburn brown with a substantial two finger khaki head.

S: Sour, sort of whiskey like. Hints of licorice, vanilla, caramel and red beets.

T: A fine crafted beer this is. Perfect mix of coffee, cola, milk chocolate, hops and sweet malts. Very sweet on the tongue much like red grape juice. Finishes with sugary raisins and cotton candy.

M: Medium body with solid carbonation.

D: Legendary. Outstandingly good. A prize of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 04:47:20 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of drotski
drotski

Maine

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

Wow. I can't believe I waited so long to try this.

Beautiful. Thick tan head with great retention.

Smells of burnt chocolate and coffee.

Taste is out of this world. Chocolate, burnt coffee, and yes, oatmeal. A grainy, fresh taste, thats quite bitter, but very well balanced.

Perfect mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too thick. Perfect carbonation.

Very drinkable. I may very well have a new favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 01:56:06 | More by drotski
Photo of tfp4268
tfp4268

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours (from a cool bottle) really dark, nearly opaque brown, with a nice tan, two finger head that stays around for the entire drink.

Smell is mostly fruit, a little malt, and a very faint hint of chocolate.

Taste is qute sweet, as it should be, a little malty, a good hop balance for the maltiness, but really, there's not a lot of anything. I actually found it to be a little bland.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall it's quite drinkable, maybe because of the relative blandness, but it's not anything I'd turn down by any means.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 01:51:54 | More by tfp4268
Photo of Fugazme
Fugazme

Nebraska

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

Black pour... thick head... tan... great lacing. A great looking beer.

Slight clovey aroma arises and passes quickly.... sweet cinnamon, roasted malt all over... some chocolate.

Velvety smooth on the palate.... chocolate/coffee overtones and a touch of hop bitterness. Very nice balance.

An Excellent beer.... I'll drink more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 18:25:41 | More by Fugazme
Photo of BeerSox
BeerSox

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a clear bottle (oddly, first stout I have seen not in a dark glass), 1pt 2.7oz with gold label.

Pours opaque black with dark thin ruby edges. Light brown creamy head that lasts forever. Lacing is exquisite. Head eventually settles to for a solid cap.

Strong molasses scent, swirls around with hints of roasted malt.

Ultra sweet creamy stout, almost like a creamy milk flavor in the finish. Smooth as silk.

Low carbonation, full bodied. Finishes clean with a pleasant aftertaste.

Very filling beer. Definitely worth the purchase, I highly recommend this beer. Very good example of an oatmeal stout, as it superbly represents the smoothness and sweetness of this style.

===
2nd try, almost 3 years after the first. Previous try gave a score of 4.45 (4,5,4.5,4.5,4.0).

550ml bottle into nonic. This time it's a brown bottle, as this is well after Samuel Smith switched from clear to deep dark brown. Same label.

The 550ml fills the nonic to the brim. Starts out as a finger, but as I added the last bits of beer into the glass, and as the head settles, all that remains is a thick cap.

Still lots of molasses and dark roasted malts. A bit of cocoa.

Lots of burnt malts, but still creamy. A touch of burnt caramel in the background. Full bodied.

Not as smooth as I remember it, but still a fantastic beer (in fact, the score went up from my last review). Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 06:03:00 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Beerzebub
Beerzebub

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured not too cold, in a goblet. Black, with two fingers of tan head that go down fairly quickly. Pleasant smell of caramel and bread, chocolate, vanilla, but the whole smell is pretty faint.

Malty sweetness - chocolate malt, roasted barley, oatmeal. Creamy body at first, but it goes watery unless swallowed a little hastily. Finish is short. Too subdued for my taste. Fine without aggressive burned flavors, but more malt and more bitterness would help, I think. I would start with some hops - There's practically no bitterness or hop flavor/aroma. And the body is good for beer in general, but not really for oatmeal stout. A good, drinkable beer, I'll try it again sometime - judging by the other reviews, this may not be a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 06:19:58 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of jabocu
jabocu

Georgia

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

Pours a deep opaque black coffee color with deep brown-orange highlites. Two finger light tan cap that dissipates slowly. Aroma is distinct coffee, cocoa, toffee, grain, licorice, slight cherry fruitiness, and a hint of earthiness. Flavor is dark carmal maltiness with some slight sour cherry and wheat right up front. Followed with cocoa, coffee, and roasted barley. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low bitterness and medium-light carbonation. Highly drinkable beer with just the right amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:43:19 | More by jabocu
Photo of Estarrio
Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's is one of my favorite breweries. One common characteristic is that all of their beers are highly drinkable representations of their style. The Oatmeal Stout is yet another testimonial to this...

Pours a dark black with some subtle red tones. Big coffee head with decent retention. Nice silky lacings throughout.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, creamy cocoa. The scents could easily pass for a tasty dessert.

As all of Samuel Smith's offerings, this is one notably smooth beer. The palate is full and creamy with light carbonation lending to this drinks exceptional drinkability.

The initial tastes are very sweet. Roasted malts, burned, sugary caramel, chocolate and cocoa are all present. The high sweetness is balanced by an earthy, bread flavor, presumably from the oatmeal. The aftertaste lightly hints at bitterness. This is a great tasting beer!

A must try for anyone with even the slightest interest in the style. I firmly believe that every Beer drinker should at least try a few Sam Smith's in their endeavors!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 23:56:19 | More by Estarrio
Photo of Poser
Poser

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark color with a small head and little lacing. I would rate this higher if the head wasn't less than a finger.
S: Coffee and milk, but a little light on aroma.
T/M: Thick and sweet. You can definitely taste the oatmeal flavor. Even though the aroma is light, this has full flavor.
D: A great stout that I will try again.

I love stouts, and this is one I can actually buy in Alabama (crappy beer laws).

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 00:55:49 | More by Poser
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a 550 mL bottle served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is cold.

A: The stout is midnight black with brownish hints at the edges of the glass. There is a small ring of head and no lace.

S: The stout has a very pronounced sweet aroma that reminds me of a lactose/milk stout.

T: The flaked oats give this beer an incredibly sweet flavor that goes beyond the sweetness of a milk stout. There is no hop presence, so all we have is the sweetness of the oats and a slight roasted character.

M: The ale is quite sweet on the palate, finishing longer than some stouts. The roasted flavors could make a greater appearance.

D: This is a very good example of a sweet stout and well worth the potential spoilage of a clear glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 02:31:43 | More by akorsak
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a soft black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was a bit muted and seemed stale in comparison to the superior American oatmeal stouts. Minor hints of toasted grain and coffee. The aroma was very yoo-hoo "ish."

The taste resembled yoo-hoo as well. Not a real malty sweetness or coffee acridness. Kind of right down the middle and uneventful.
Not the smoothness I would expect from an oatmeal.

The mouthfeel was average and the carbonation was biting.

Overall, not bad, but nothing special in my opinion. I really gave this one a shot considering its pedigree, but I must say I was a bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 00:43:49 | More by plaid75
Photo of Alexmc2
Alexmc2

New Hampshire

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

When I first opened the beer and took a smell, the first thing that came to my mind was "breakfast". You can smell the oatmeal with a hint of chocolate. A very smooth tasting stout. The complexity begins to come out as it warms up. The only downside is that this beer feels like a meal, it goes down easy but I could only have about two before I start to feel full. A solid choice if you're in the mood for an Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 17:15:09 | More by Alexmc2
Photo of haz77
haz77

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with zero light getting through and has a couple of fingers of foamy tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, smokiness, molasses.

T - Coffee at first, with chocolate moving in during the middle. Finishes dry with some bitterness. Oatmeal is in there too.

M - Medium-full body with low carbonation.

D - Good stout, but not quite as good as its reputation would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 08:20:56 | More by haz77
Photo of Mandrake
Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, with ruby sparkling around the edges of the glass and a large light tan head that lasts well and leaves thick lacing. Smell is a bit muted, with slightly burnt maltiness and a light coffee aroma with some earthy notes. Taste is rich and full, with bitter burnt chocolate and coffee malts providing the base upon which sweet fruity and caramel notes are delicately layered, making for a wonderful balance. The finish is sweet and long. Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, well carbonated and clinging, and drinkability is stellar. What a perfect example of the style, an outstanding evening or dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 01:53:03 | More by Mandrake
Photo of hbh739
hbh739

Pennsylvania

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

Has a distributor giving samples of this stuff at the local beer store.
Tried it then bought a pint.

It poured dark dark dark. No light to be seen through the glass. It had a frothy tan head with incredible creaminess and staying power. Left lots of lacing.

The smell was of roasty malt and oats with a touch of hoppiness.

The taste was incredible. It was sweet and coffee and malty all at the same time. I was eating italian at the time and this beer could not have paired better with anything else. It made me have seconds of the chicken parmesan and another pint. Had to send my pregnant wife back to the beer store (not really i had one in the fridge)

The mouthfeel was as I would expect from a oatmeal stout very creamy and full.

Overall this is a stout I will drink over and over again. It is great with or after a meal. I can't say anything bad about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 21:59:53 | More by hbh739
Photo of doubleipa
doubleipa

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can distinctly remember having this for the first time in the late 80's at a friend's wedding.
Very black with a great frothy head. Not much lacing, though. As my daughter says, "it smells like oatmeal". Not as much coffee as some, but some nice roasted aroma. I like the sweetness of the aroma. Next to no carbonation. Hints of vanilla is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 12:36:22 | More by doubleipa
Photo of ByTor2112
ByTor2112

North Carolina

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

Big fluffy head with a deep tan color. Also had a thin white color around the edge.
Aroma- coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, not chocolate. A faint whiff of hops was present with a swirl of the glass.
A nice hop bitterness hits the palate but is gone quickly as the dark malts take over. I also tasted tannins but in a GOOD way. A good froth in the mouth sweetens it up and you can feel the silkyness that I believe is imparted from the oats. I used to drink this stout all the time before it became the norm. Upon my return I am pleased to find it robust in malt and balanced in hoppiness. The aroma alone defines this stout as excellent. And I do say this stout is actually very good when fresh from the fridge in summer, for me anyway. Cheers, Joe

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 12:10:32 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of karst
karst

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exploring the style Jan 2005 after trying a fine local coffee stout that I was hoping to homebrew. Opaque black pour with tan persistant head heavy lace. Aroma of rich sweet malt, dark roasted barley, milk chocolate and even coffee.
rich in malt with a wonderful mouthfeel. Finish is slightly drying from the hops as aftertaste of roasted malts toasted grains kick back in and fade to dryness. Samuel S. is a classic Oatmeal Stout. Wonder if they would consider a cold coffee toddy version?

A must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 02:11:53 | More by karst
Photo of Phocion
Phocion

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass pitch black. Not even a hint of light through the beer. Thick, frothy brown head with excellent retention.

Nose is of thick toasted malts, chocolate and molasses, coffee, and as it warms up, obviously, oats.

This is very sweet for a stout. Very sweet molasses and coffee bean at first, with a somewhat earthy yeast undertone and a light bitter finish for balance. As with the aroma, the oatmeal comes out as this brew warms up.

Heavy-bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, and with a relatively low ABV, though the drinkability is hindered because this beer is just so heavy. Too filling, it feels more like a meal than a beer. Excellent treat, just don't expect to session this one. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone... actually, come to think of it, I already do.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 01:46:16 | More by Phocion
Photo of hunteraw
hunteraw

China

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

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with red hues, one finger tan head, good retention. Opaque. No lace, but honestly, I think that's because I didn't clean my glass very well.

Smell: I probably didn't let it warm up enough, so it's a little more subdued than it should be, but I can smell oats, earthy English hops, dark roast malts.

Taste: sweeter than I expected (reminiscent of a milk stout), but with lots else going on, too. some chocolate, molasses, a touch of fruit at the tip of the tongue. hop flavors are pretty subdued, a good portion of the bitterness seems to be coming from the roast malts. Oats show up more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but lighter than I'd anticipated or I would probably prefer.

Drinkability: on the whole, not as good as Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but good. a little too sweet to be highly drinkable, for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 23:49:54 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Damian
Damian

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black with a small, fizzy brown head.

Aroma consisted of intense toasted malts, some hops and a faint sweetness.

Taste was coffee-like, somewhat creamy and sweet with a slight espresso-like, bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Fairly easy drinking for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 01:54:39 | More by Damian
Photo of gunnerman
gunnerman

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here it is one of my Favs of all time just the taste and the complexity of this beer is amazing. Every time I drink one I come to find that it has a complete different taste to it very good in my book. The appearance is of a pitch dark to almost cola like blackness to it with a nice 2 inch head and very heavy lacing on the glass. This stout has such a good smell to it I wished they bottled it as a cologne, it is that good roasted oats with hints of chocolate and arabica coffee. The taste is wonderful of roasted malts and hints of chocolate that go down nice ans smooth, leaves a great aftertaste of vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 01:00:36 | More by gunnerman
Photo of maundythirsty
maundythirsty

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is so black-brown and opaque that I do not think I realized the bottle was clear until I had emptied it into a glass. Produced a wet, oatmeal-colored (surprise) head no more than a quarter-inch deep, but the beer held a sheet of bubbles through the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee and lightly charred malt. A whiff of grassy hops. It's a great, thick, luxurious smell.

Thaste is much the same, but the burned malt/coffee flavor blanketed by cloying sweet/sour taste. Pleasant quiet hop bittering, but that sour is enough to make me pucker a little.

I keep smacking and swallowing to shake that sour touch. Very smooth beer with a distractingly high level of carbonation for a stout. The tangy sour flavor is eventually too much, I think I would drink the heck out of this beer if it weren't there.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 04:56:32 | More by maundythirsty
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,151 ratings.