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

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5,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,950
Reviews: 2,191
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a 3 finger light brown fine head with great retention. Brew itself is near opaque except for the slightest bit of light shining through. Lacing is excellent with layers marking where I drank.

S: Nose is coarse and grainy with a slight hint of coffee and sugar.

T: Beginning is warming and oatmeal which develops and sours with hints of coffee. Meanwhile the brew develops to be more substantial and sweet as the experience continues. Finishes a little sweet with slightly noticeable alcohol.

M: Light bodied and rather coarse. The coarsity takes away from the taste here, not allowing it to develop as it would otherwise. Finishes clean and simple.

D: Highly drinkable, flavor isn't too heavy but is complex enough to keep me intrigued. Enjoyable if you're looking to transition from a maltier palate to something that starts to be hoppy. This isn't it, but it'll wean you off the excessive maltiness.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz edition, random pint glass.

Tan, creamy, & slow to recede. Greasy dark brown color pierced with shades of amber.

I smell Milk Duds, coffee creamer, still water, a touch of smoke, ...& something a little ripe.

/Impatiently waiting on my meager typing skills to catch up to my mouth: Toasty sweet oats, vanilla, & almond paste. Rum & coke. Bit of a twang to it, but it gets lost in the bittersweet char finish.

I would of guessed 6%. The alcohol is warming, rather then irritating. Frothy, not quite thick, slightly tacky mouthfeel. Soft bubbles.

Possibly the best oatmeal stout in existence.

Photo of rdub
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 50 degree chilled bottle. Dark as night with a tight tan head and lacing. The smell was fantastic and was better to me than the taste. Roasty toasty malt with a touch of hops. The beverage was bone dry but right for the style. Easily drinkable and a nice brew.

Photo of TheBeerLovesYou
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: I don't know how long this beer has been sitting in the store I picked it up from. It's just a deli, so it's probably not as reliable as someplace specializing in beer or a place that prides itself on freshness like whole foods or the like.

a: this stuff looks really awesome in the glass. It's got a rich brown texture that, under the light, really stands out. Under further examination, it's clear that this beer has multiple layers and the texture is something that's going to be quite a joy for all the senses. This beer screams out "drink me".

s: There's a great dark caramel, nut, and oatmeal mixture with a hint of alcohol that creeps in out of no where. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so. No burnt or stale smell here. Just a lot of body and boldness that you wouldn't normally expect from an oatmeal stout.

t: Sadly, the taste is not quite as complex as the smell. That being said, this oatmeal stout is no slouch in the taste department. The alcohol stands out right in front, which is nice, I think. Behind that there's a clear oat and nut base and a smooth finish with just a hint of tart and lip smack at the very end. It's not a refreshing beer, but it's certainly hearty.

m: Your mouth won't know what hit it. Smooth in the front, tart in the back, and dry going down. Like I said for taste, you'll need a glass of water after this beer, either to hydrate (hah) or prep for some other beer. In the end, this beer wants to be enjoyed and your mouth will certainly thank you for enjoying it again and again.

d: With such a wonderful flavor and texture, not to mention a pretty nice ABV, this beer is certainly one worth enjoying again and again. This beer gets top marks for drinkability. Now excuse me, I'm going to get back to enjoying this wonderful beer.

Photo of jt31914
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 1 1/2 head - black color with very little carbonation rising.

S: Melded oatmeal and faint alcohol that is present in every samuel smith's beer.

T: Oatmeal is strong, the faint alcohol is there as well and slight chocolate/char flavor in finish.

M: A little too bubbly but good.

D: Heavy but drinkable.

My problem with Samuel Smith's is that they all taste okay, but the tastes seem pretty similar - very dry and alcohol-heavy. This is fine, but I wish each brew was more distinguishable.

Photo of TheMadJack
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into mug.

Beer is dark brown and almost completely opaque. The head crests a full inch and settles to about a third. Foamy, sticky, toffee colored head with some lacing.

The beer smells like a caramel apple - heavy, syrupy caramel notes over sweet and sour fruityness. Roasted coffee notes come through behind.

Flavor is roasted coffee, caramel, and toast. Slight bitter finish, like a good espresso. The beer doesn't linger overmuch, but fades out without any hurry. The beer takes on a creamy note as it warms, and the coffee becomes more pronounced. Dark chocolate comes through on the finish as well.

This is one smooth beer. Gently carbonated, slightly foamy, with a flowing, creamy mouthfeel. Almost like drinking milk. Wonderful, beery milk. Like mother used to make, or would have if God had been thinking properly. I digress.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. While not exactly "session" material, it's easy to drink and I could see having several over the course of a long evening.

Photo of SamN
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins. Poured in an Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Nearly perfect black, with just a little light coming through the glass. Billowy light tan head that hangs around and sticks to the glass. The head is thinner than you'd expect, more like the head on a Belgian beer than an English stout.

S- Malt smell, the sticky sweetness of the oats is just noticeable, light apples and pears, and a hint of grassiness. Pleasant, but kinda weak.

T- Not your usual stout; the oat mash really transforms this stout into something different; a grainy sweetness dominates the taste, moving to dried fruits and finishing with a disappointing old dishwater close. It's like they gave up halfway through the taste. It's good, but the taste is a little too thin and transparent for an olde English oatmeal stout.

M- Medium bodied, and a chewy texture makes each sip a pleasure to wade through. Very little carbonation to speak of.

D- Good, seems like it would go good paired with a roast and thick stew. No chance of this beer overpowering your meal.

Photo of langcpa
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light brown head that diaapates quickly and is pitch black until held up to light and then appears ruby black

Aroma: One can smell the chocalate & coffee flavors

Taste: The taste as the beer warms really brings out the chocolate and coffee notes, it finishes with a sweet almost citrus like taste

Mouthfeel: just as an oatmeal stout should be, a nice slick feeling with a slight carbonation, finish is slightly watery

Drinkability: Excellent drank my first on a lazy cold and dreary sunday afternoon and wanted to drink sip the afternoon away very good beer

Photo of jarmby1711
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This appeared as a stout should.
It was mildly disappointing in the mouth lacking some velvety smoth softness that I associate with Oatmeal Stout.
The roasted grains were suitably subdued and there was a sea air taste around the fringes.
I thought this to be an enjoyable easy drinking stout.

Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep red color that appears to be nearly black until illuminated. This beer produces a traditional and expected thick, tan foam. The foam dies away fairly quickly leaving telltale lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Not overpowering, but hints of chocolate and coffee are present, as are hints of malt. As the beer has a chance to breathe, some citrus hints are also present.

Taste: Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt blend together in a fine example of an oatmeal stout. Let this beer breathe a bit and warm up, and some of the citrus hints in the aroma appear in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with some hints of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent! Tasty, refreshing, but with all the character expected from a stout.

I've saved this for just such an evening -- the first truly cool fall-like night to hit our area. A pint of this is an absolutely perfect compliment to not only dinner, but the evening. Let this beer breathe and warm up a bit, and its smoothness and complexity will be revealed. Outstanding!

Photo of Mavajo
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, excellent stout.

Pours a deep, dark brown - nearly black. Fairly generous light-brown head that fades to a thin layer for the life of the beer. Generous lacing that hangs around for a bit.

Smell and taste go hand in hand. Chocolate hits the nose easily, and tastes easilyof coffee and chocolately. Light bodied for a stout. Light but noticeable carbonation. All in all, a very smooth easy to drink brew. One of the most drinkable stouts I've had.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color and a thick brown head that leaves lacing throughout its life

S: Dark roasted malty oats with chocolate and coffee undertones with a very sweet smell

T: Chocolate and coffee very sweet tasting with caramel malts towards the end of the mouth.

M: Medium mouthfeel with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable with a very complex body that changes througout the process.

Photo of hossua34
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely dark, nearly black. A huge, pinkish-brown head that just does not go away. Lots and lots of lacing.

S - A wee bit metallic/acidic. Brought to mind vomit, which is not good. Hints of chocolate syrup and coffee.

T - Straight chocolate syrup and coffee. Very sweet and toasty. A strange, pectin-like taste that's almost like that of apple juice (??).

M - More watery than I expected. Flat feeling.

D - Very filling. It is an oatmeal stout, after all... Not too bad, but I've had better (see Barney Flatts review).

Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a dark tan three finger head, medium lacing and decent retention, fits the style. Smells and tastes of oatmeal sweetness, roasted malts, some coffee, bitter chocolate and some hops, great taste, the smell is a tiny bit weak. Mouthfeel is kind of thin for a stout, no alcohol warming and a good coat of hoppy oat flavor on the tongue. Drinkability is great, awesome taste, good price, would buy again and no alcohol or bad flavors to ruin it over time.

Photo of rosmhuire
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from 500mL bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown/black coloring. Not a lot of carbonation. Looks really thick.

Smell: Not much on the nose.

Taste: Rather sweet, with chocoloate and coffee undertones. It's mostly malt here, but a slight amount of bitterness at the end to give it some structure.

Mouthfeel: Weighty, creamy, thick. Impressive.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. This is my first oatmeal stout and I am definitely impressed with Samuel Smith's offering.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Exceedingly dark brown that might as well be black. Thin, persistent oatmeal colored head that leaves a trace of lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley, light chocolate and dark fruit. Mild smell as most English Ales are, but it lasts throughout the beer and is quite pleasing.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet roasted malts with notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and oats. Minimal bitterness.

Feel: Low carbonation, extraordinary smooth and creamy body for a 5% abv beer.

Drinkability: The smoothness and the mild roasted malt profile make this a very easy to drink stout. My favorite Oatmeal Stout, but overall I prefer other types of Stout, such as American Stouts, Dry Stouts, Foreign Stouts and Imperial Stouts.

Photo of psujesus
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Stout pours very dark brown, pouring results in a thick, creamy, long-lasting head, that leaves thick rings of lacing, a great looking beer

In the nose I find roasted malts, spice and raisins, a little on the clean side, still very inviting.

The taste yields a rich, sweet roasted malt presence, there are just enough citrusy hops dancing around the roof of my mouth to balance the sweetness out

as many said before me, this is an amazing beer

Photo of conductorbrandon
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has obviously been reviewd alot, but will just add that this beer is part of what got me to liking better beers and "darker beers" If you have friends who are hooked on water beer, something like this would be nice for them to try, looks dark but doesn't taste to dark. someone used to bud light isn't gonna take well to sierra nevada bigfoot ale, or new beliums trippel, so something like an oatmeal stout is a perfect great beer without the bite of some other styles.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in the morning today, to make up for a late morning. Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Pours with a beautiful dark brown colour with a coffee coloured massive head that stays throughout. Very noticeable lacing. One peculiar thing about the head was that it was always tilted, everytime i refilled the glass, the head was always tilted.
Good coffee, chocolate nose with great depth. The taste was real big - sweet chocolatey with a bitter end note. This is really an end to end desription but there was a lot going on in between as well, can't describe it. Very dry aftertaste and mouthfeel. A very highly recommended beer. I think it will be an awesome after dinner drink. Really impressed with this one.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 3rd beer of my beer tasting evening with PapaEugene. This time a beer from my favorite brewery from the UK, thanks to PapaEugene. Poured into a Rochefort glass. The beer pours a black color, with an one-finger-thick, light-brown head.

Smell: Like a stout; sweet caramel, burned malts, and something sharp (a bit alcoholic)

Taste: Complex and bittersweet; sweet-salty salmiac liquorish, banana, hints of fresh-sour fruits (cherry), roasted and smoked malts. The beer has a very bitter, salty salmiac aftertaste. Quite fruity for a stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that still tingles the tongue. Light and creamy, not too full-bodied.

Overall: A nice beer, quite different in taste from the average stout (fruity). Strong taste for a low ABV! I'm happy that Sam Smith didn't disappoint me. Recommendable!

Photo of PapaEugene
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to the second beertasting evening with rvdoorn. Great design of bottle.

A: Dark brown/black with a small light brown head.

S: Deep roasted malts, smoke, caramel.

T: Much more fruity than suggested by the smell. Apple/pear and a hint of banana. Dark roasted malts. Liquorice and bitter in taste and aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, light/medium body and a little creamy.

D: Rather a full taste for a 5% ABV. Surprisingly fruity for a stout. Another good beer from Sam Smith.

Photo of vdread
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i haven't had Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout in a while. it pours a deep black with a thick rocky tan head with good lacing and retention.

smell is primarily of dark fruits, dry baker's chocolate.

tastes strongly of dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, baker's chocolate. oatmeal becomes stronger as it warms. leaves a nice roasted cocoa flavor in the mouth. it also has a cola-like quality.

mouthfeel medium, smooth, if only slightly over-carbonated. easy to drink.

a great all around oatmeal stout. i could drink this daily.

Photo of vishneda
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

55cl bottle poured into a mug.

Has a near perfect look coming out of the bottle. Pours to a very dark brown body with a chocolate milk colored head. Stays about one finger throughout. Smells nice and malty with all the bread-like characteristics taking center stage. I thought it was fairly floral with chocolate and coffee notes in the mix as well. The sweet smell reminded me of dark fruits.

Balanced flavor kicks off with a dark chocolate sweetness with cherry or tart citrus hints in the mix. Makes a short sour turn before going toward a nut flavor and then to the classic coffee-like bitterness that finishes the brew. This beer really nails the mouthfeel. Very creamy, nice carbonation, good heavy bodied beer. Almost chewy. Good drinkability for the style.

Overall, this beer served itself well as a highly regarded oatmeal stout.

Photo of r0nyn
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Coloration is dark, dark brown which lightens to a caramel color around the periphery of the glass. Head is nice and thick to start off and it leaves a fair amount of lacing. It smells of malts along with a tinge of caramel and chocolate. Can't really detect the oatmeal... but then again I didn't know oatmeal had a smell.

Hoppiness is apparent from the first sip, but it quickly mellows into crisp and pleasant malty taste with subdued hints of toffee and chocolate. The finish is bready and ever so chewy, with barely any aftertaste. Definitely lives up to the stout name as it feels full on the tongue. Carbonation is just enough to stimulate the taste buds and let you experience the full flavor of the beer.

Definitely a very drinkable brew. I could have easily had another couple of mugs. Pleasant and refreshing but with just enough body, it leaves you quite content.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a few light brown edges showing. Head is light brown in color, very thick and creamy. Retention is well above average and lacing is decent.

Smells of chalky minerals, Nestle milk chocolate powder and some dark fruit...raisins and brown sugared figs.

Taste is sweet milky chocolate with a slightly sour flavor and a bit of roast. The carbonation is low and it is not as creamy feeling as I expect in an oatmeal stout. There is also a bit of fruitiness that detracts from the smoothness of the beer. Maybe it is the brewery, but I have yet to be overly impressed with a Sam Smith's beer. It's a good brew, no doubt, but I can think of more than a few other oaty stouts I would pick before this one.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,950 ratings.