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

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5,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 475 | 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 IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: A dark black/brown coloring, minimal light coming through at all. A nice two finger foamy tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts, some oats, caramel and chocolate smells.

T: A good tasting of oatmeal, dark chocolate and some milk chocolate.

M: A very thick yet slightly slick beer. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: A low ABV, a great choice as a session beer as it is not really heavy.

IronCitySteve, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with some faint leather highlights on the edges. A creamy caramel colored head falls to a thick covering of creamy foam, leaving little lacing.

S: Bold, rich chocolate with some mild coffee. A hint of buttery diacetyl comes through, as well--all those beers from the Tadcaster brewery seem to have it.

T&M: A pleasant sweetness with toffee and butterscotch gives way to some lightly toasted chocolate malts. A general earthiness runs throughout, as well. Very tasty. Body is medium with faint carbonation that makes for a silky smooth taste. Finish is long and lingering with notes of chocolate and roasted malt--most excellent.

D: This is a highly drinkable oatmeal stout. The sweetness never becomes cloying, the flavor is well-balanced and interesting, and the feel is top-notch. An excellent pair for anything sweet or sugary, also a nice late-night beer. Could be sessionable.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with tan head.
S: Roasted, sweet aroma.
T: Very malty sweetness (oatmeal), roasted, sligtly earthly, a little bitterness. Very nice blend.
M: Silky/creamy mouthfeel, medium/full body, light carbonated. Awesome mouthfeel!!

Awesome stout!! Highly recommend!!

mjurney, May 31, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with a huge head that subsided to a 1/4 inch, light tan head. Light lacing.

S - Malty, slight chocolate smell

T - Toasted malts at start, mild chocolate finish. Slightly sweet.

M - Heavy, sweet, lightly carbonated.

D - One or two of these

tedpeer, May 30, 2008
Photo of dyingwrist
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into pint glass. Dark as night with about 2 inches of mocha colored head. Some head retention that boils down to a small coating on top with little to no lacing. A very "malty" nose. Great roasted flavors that make me think of dark chocolates and rich coffee. I'd take this over any coffee after dinner or for breakfast. Initially very smooth and velvety then the carbonation takes over. Low carbonation which I think gives it a heavier feel. Nice crisp bitter finish. Man I can drink this all day.

dyingwrist, May 26, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in to an imp pint glass. Pours dark bron with a tan head that is holding strong. Chocolate and roasted malty smells. Some sweet on top of malty taste with roast in the background. The oatmeal creates a great mouthfeel that is a little sticky. Very easy drinking stout because of the great mouthfeel.

aubuc1, May 25, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml very dark brown bottle.

Pours a dark completely opaque coffee brown with a thick brown head which dissipates quickly. Ok lacing.

Aroma is malty, some faint chocolate smells coming through. Also a slight hint of sweet oatmeal, like an oatmeal raison cookie.

Taste is very malty, lots of roasted malt flavor at the start. Also detected a taste of pears, but disappeared very quickly. There are also some chocolatey tones coming through, and a hint of coffee on the finish. Also has a very dry finish. Nice mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

Overall, very good, surprisingly drinkable. Reccomended.

NHGrafx, May 24, 2008
Photo of lordbrad1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish hue that you can't really see unless you hold the glass about 1-2" from a light bulb or open window. It's fucking dark. Nice thick head that slowly dissapates leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Has a very inviting "dark beer" look to it when it's in the glass.

Smoky, roasted malt smell is very dominant. There's also a sweet caramalized sugar smell that is lying just below the smoke, and roast. It reminds me of Amish friendship bread, or bananna nut bread (home made of course.) All in all it has a very nice aromatic quality to it.

It tastes good lol. Again the smoky roasted smells come through in the taste. Come to think of it I dare say that the comments on smell can pretty much be interchangable with the taste. Smoky, sweet, and very satisfying.

It's a heavy beer. It coats the tongue which bugs me a bit, but it's not a bad thing just my personal preference. It goes down very smooth, and has a very pleasant after taste. You don't get the weird alcohol aftertaste you get with many dark beers. I find that "chewing" the beer a bit really sets off the flavors, and smells. It's carbonated just right. All in all it's pretty pleasant.

It goes down smooth, it tastes great, it would pair perfectly with a sunday roast, or other heavy meals. You can definately put down 3-4 without much effort, but I don't think I'd go so far as to call it a session beer.

Final thoughts:
I love this stuff, it's delicious, smells good, and generally warms the soul, and takes the edge off the day.

lordbrad1, May 23, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into my new Chimay chalice yields a deep dark brown body with a tan creamy head that retains at a fat slippery sheet and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is rich with molasses, toasted oats and chocolate syrup.

Taste is sweet; with honey, cane sugar, coffee, creamy chocolate and a tinge of pleasantly-acidic roasted malt leading into a velvety chocolatey finish.

Thick at first, and substantial in the mouth, but smooth and ultimately clean and refreshing.

A benchmark beer.

cvstrickland, May 21, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with some ruby highlights. A two finger tan head that retains fairly well. A little bit of lacing left behind.

S - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all prevalent. A very bold nose, for sure.

T&M - Begins with complex toasty malts that blend in with carbonation. Finishes with a mild bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Medium to full bodied. Smooth, and the flavors endure very well. Clean finish

D - The only thing that limits the drink is the slightly heavy body. All in all, the low ABV and great flavors make this a pretty solid session beer

AmishT, May 20, 2008
Photo of Lukie
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick black liquid with a tanned head that left only minimal lacing. It didn't stick to the glass at all. Again, freshness problems for the aussies.

Mainly dark malts and mild coffee and chocolate. It's a very mild smell.

Sweet dark malts in the forefront of the taste, with hefty roasted flavours. It is incredibly smooth from the extra oats. Slightly dry finish, with some mild bitterness.

Funnily enough, with the smoothness of the beer, and the sweetness of it compared to other stouts, this is a great gateway beer into stout drinking.

Lukie, May 18, 2008
Photo of Exner83
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Name a flavor, and it's here! Cohesive, yes, but wildly kaleidoscopic - dark malts, oats, molasses, Fig Newton, dark chocolate, energy bar, tree bark, and liquid smoke... I'll have one, please. Just one.

Still a well-crafted brew that leaves a lasting impression: You'll NEVER forget it. A chew-tastic hunk of fruity coffee power.

Exner83, May 17, 2008
Photo of theghost3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and dense with a substantial cafe au lait head. Smells of oatmeal, toasty with a hint of fruit. Tastes very malty. There's a toasted oat flavor; both bitter and sweet. It has a sort of charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rich, not too thick or acidic. This is a drinkable beer, and very flavorful. However, it is so multi-layered, full, and complex, it's not something you would want to drink on a regular basis.

theghost3, May 16, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lighter from 550 into Cab glass than expected; clear root beer. Head is bountiful with a well-defined seam. 2 fingers and muffin tunnels-very bready.

Potent sour mash and oats-salty, hearty and complex. Some peanut butter and caramel emerge-very inviting.

Deep, consistent malt texture-very chewy. Slight bitter yeast presence; strong charred malt emerges. Oatmeal texture is blended well with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is full and deep-complex oat/malt character progresses from front to back of palate void of any unpleasant aftertaste. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate create nice viscosity with moderate alcohol.

Haven't enjoyed this offering in way too long. Exceptionally drinkable for such a heavy style-a classic!

IBUnit63, May 09, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts. Has a blackinsh brown color with a thick tan head. Good lacing. Lots of black and roasted malts with a good amount of sweet oats. The flavor also has a deep and rich malt profile. Chocolate and oats with some bittre hops to keep check. A ful yet crisp and refreshing body. Goes well alone or with a pub meal. Great stuff.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 18.7 bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Light brown one-finger head recedes to thick collar with some lacing.

S - Roasted malt, but subdued with dark cherries, currants, and chocolate coming through. The fruit contributes to somewhat candy-like scent. Faint aroma of coffee in the background.

T - Amazing. Not typical stout flavor; I assume the oatmeal is really making the difference. Starts off fairly sweet and the full roasted malt kicks in. There's something earthy mid-palate, maybe oaky. Bitterness begins near the finish, but dies off quickly and leaves a dry, coffee-like aftertaste.

M - Also remarkable; sparsely carbonated, and medium to heavy bodied. There's also a very oily quality unique to this beer, a product of the oats I assume.

D - Very drinkable, especially considering the style. Bitterness isn't overwhelming nor is the beer's body.

I've had a couple of other oatmeal stouts in my time, but nothing about them has stood out; then again I never drank them with a review in mind. This brew makes me want to explore the style, but a lot of what I've read leads me to believe Sam Smith's might be as good as they get.

I paired this with a late night snack of fried eggs topped with black pepper and chives alongside some cracked pepper encrusted bacon. Lovely combination.

PatrickJR, May 06, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a nice ample, brown head. Aroma is strong and malty like a stout. Taste has oatmeal upfront and finishes with a coffee aftertaste that's very smooth. Very subtle and yet delicious. While not as strong in flavor as other oatmeal stouts I've had, I still believe this would make a great introduction to the style (Oatmeal Stout). Very good fresh (as fresh as I have gotten) but don't let it age in my book.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large, tan head that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Dark brown to black body with ruby highlights.

S - Toasty malt with some chocolate. Sweet oatmeal aroma with slight roast and a hint of hops.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet malt with oatmeal. Milk chocolate, balanced by a slight hop flavor in the middle. the finish is roasty with moderate malt and hop bitterness.

M - Thick and oily body with moderate carbonation and a moderately sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer. Sweet and malty overall with a nice, malty chocolate flavor. Not quite enough roast in the aroma.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of lvbs
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any time a group of stout-lovers get to drink Sam Smith's, their reactions are going to be predictably happy ones. As oatmeal stouts go, it's well balanced and a touch on the heavier side. But filled with a "wonderful rich flavour" and a beautiful brown pour, it's clearly one of the best of its kind.

lvbs, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of TroyS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery at the state liquor store in Provo, Utah. This beer pours with a nice, thick and tan head. I love the pour or this thick and dark stout. It carries a chocolaty darkness; the head is tan and the beer is nice and brown.

This stout has a slick mouth feel. It feels a bit light for how heavy I remember this one and more carbonation than I recall too. Mmmm....this one's good. Mmmmm....this one's great!

This beauty pours like a frothy coffee. It's nice and stout...and don't get me wrong about the flavor. Even for those non-stout lovers, you've gotta get some of these even if you're not the biggest fan of the style. Mmmm Goood!

TroyS, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of HereticDivine
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured as black as night. Well, almost. There are some subtle hints of ruby when held up to the light.

This stout smelled of fruit and chocolate. It has a very pleasant scent.

Taste is very complex. It's like cocoa wheats and toasted oats, with caramel apples. Sounds strange, but it went over well.

This is very smooth. It goes down very easily. You could polish off four of these things real quick if you aren't careful.

All in all, this is a good, solid stout Maybe a little heavy on the toasted oats. Not my favorite oatmeal, but definitely worthy of the occasional visit.

HereticDivine, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Pitch with some ruby highlights. Head was full with big bubbles, tan colored. Head and lacing stayed through almost all of the glass.

Smell - Breakfast cereal, brown sugar/molasses, faint hints of mocha coffee.

Taste - Dark malt semi-sweetness with a little bit of tangy sharpness. Finish was fine bitter chocolate, very even coffee aftertaste. This was a rather complex tasting stout. Nicely balanced too.

Mouthfeel - Beautiful carbonation, full quality feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable because the beer is so well crafted and balanced.

A world class offering from Samuel Smith. If you like this beer and haven't tried the Taddy Porter...be sure to give that a whirl too.

rkinsella, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at the Nook in Huntsville, Alabama

A- Nice very dark, almost black with on inch head which was light brown.

S- Hints of caramel, malts, oats and perhaps some chocolate.

T- The flavor is very balanced, taste much like the nose. Very good.

M- The mouthfeel is what it should be for a stout. Somewhat heavy and smooth.

D- Easily one of the very best stouts out there, period. I could drink a few of these whenever. I recommend this to anyone, even if they don't like stouts.

Misfit138, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the Grub Mart in Jacksonville, AL. Glad that we are finally getting quality beer up here with Sammy Smith's hitting the shelves.

A: Poured a might as well be black, dark, dark brown with ruby red highlights behind light. Got a good dark brown head that has not fully disipated during sips.

S:Malt, roasted oats, toffee, coffee.

Taste: roasted malt heavy with oats. Coffee on after taste. Great.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and coats the mouth with rich coffee taste. Carbonation in slim. Beautiful.

Drinkability: So tasty it is easy to polish off a four pack but must maintain moderation. Gotta work in the morning.

Great brewery with an always satisfying beer.

everetends, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible stout and one of my aboslute favourites.

This is deep, practically black, red-brown, with a thick tan head that lasts and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is rich caramel, dark fudge and a lot of fruit.

The taste is similar, rich, and full-bodied, sweet with a wonderfully balancing bitterness. It has qualities of fudge and raisins. The palate is creamy, thick, and silky.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.