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

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94
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5,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,367
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 206
Gots: 394 | FT: 5
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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builder53

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby accents. Has a good rich thick head with no effort with the pour, and moderate lacing. Essences are of caramel/coffee/malts.Taste is a very smooth mixture of malts/fruits, maybe figs/dates with hints of coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, big and creamy. Moderate hops lend to a dry finish that is quite quick and clean for a stout. All said, this is a very well crafted oatmeal stout!

02-16-2007 00:42:14 | More by builder53
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wmaldridge

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This was a very drinkable, very smooth stout. Poured from the brown bottle with gold foil.

Completely black, tab head, slight lacing, with an intoxicating smell. Very deep tofee, chocolate smell with an almost coniac scent mixed in.(maybe it's just me). A great beer from an old brewery. What would you expect?

02-16-2007 00:28:27 | More by wmaldridge
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours black with some burnt orange highlights and a creamy offwhite head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells sweet and creamy with vanilla and slightly roasty notes in the background. The taste is similar, with a smooth creamy lightly roasted maltiness that is very smooth and has notes of chocolate, vanilla, and sherry. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sour finish from the grain. Quite drinkable, with its low abv and tasty creaminess, this one is a quaffer.

02-16-2007 00:05:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

So I poured it into my Samuel Smith nonic pint glass because, come on what else am I going to use?

It's black, completely opaque. Lets put it this way, I keep forgetting the bottle is clear until I pour it. It has a thick, dare I say, voluptuous head of tan.

A nice roasty toasty malt nose with dark chocolate.

It's creamy, milky, and chocolatey across the palate. It's like a bite of chocolate followed by a quick swig of milk, which in and of itself is a delight.Oh my yes.

Quite full bodied with a velvety smooth feel. This one would make a terrific night cap or dessert beer, if you will.

02-15-2007 02:58:45 | More by joeskirkie
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Talisker

California

2.7/5  rDev -36%

I wanted to love this one - sweet stouts are among my favorites. And I was delighted to find a Samuel Smith in a brown bottle - no clear glass here. But my beer was still either oxidized or just not a great sample.

Pours a deep black with a frothy deep brown head, dissipates quickly, but leaves about half a finger on top throughout the drink. Smells a rich malt, hints of chocolate, toffee, malt - and a tiny perfect hint of English hops. But dominated by a soapy oxidized/lightstruck character - damn it!

Unfortunately the taste is muted. Distant echoes of rich malt and chocolate, but oxidation continues from the nose. Very dry, even tannic, through the middle and finish - overly so, almost taking the moisture out of my mouth. Subsequent drinks are not easy to take.

A style I love, and a brewery I want to enjoy - but for English Oatmeal Stouts I'm sticking with Young's. This one keeps me batting close to .000 on Samuel Smith in bottles.

02-12-2007 03:41:36 | More by Talisker
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mithrascruor

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

550 ml. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly glossy dark black color with an incredibly thick and dark tan head. Lots of air in the head but it maintains it shape, and laces the glass.

Smell: A warm and soft aroma of roasted malts and nuts.

Taste: Has a nice and somewhat subdued flavor of roasted malts, oats, and a hint of chocolate. There's a pinch of bitterness to the flavor, but also some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and incredibly smooth. Has a mild tingly feel to it as well.

Drinkability: Easier to drink than most stouts and tastes good too.

There's something a bit out of the ordinary with this beer (when compared to other stouts) but it is good! It has a somewhat cool and subdued flavor, but it works well. Not an everyday type of beer, but one that I'll surely have again.

02-11-2007 22:55:13 | More by mithrascruor
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A 18.7 oz bottle into a mug

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with nice brownish tints in the light, light tan one-finger foam that disappears at a medium pace, some light lacing

S - An appealig roasted malt, some sweet oatmeal smell with a little fruity sweetness tossed in

T - Strong, coffee flavor, nice roasted malt taste with some oatmeal, almost chocolate-like sweetness, a nice bitterness as well

M - Thick body, creamy, coats your mouth and keeps a nice taste with you, solid carbonation; lighter than most stouts I've had

D - The best stout I've had since I started keeping track; I read this this is Samuel Smith's flagship, and it makes sense why; it's got great flavor but is light enough for you to keep coming back for more

02-09-2007 02:25:03 | More by soupyman10
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akajimmyd

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance – Lovely dark brown with red highlights. Dark tan head that laces nicely.

Smell – Rich aroma, hints of chocolate, earthy oats and dark fruit.

Taste – Upfront smoky and roasty malts dominate. Nice fruity sweetness through the middle. Finishes with dark roasted malts again.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – Creamy and smooth, very enjoyable! Not heavy and quite drinkable. A small lactose-like aftertaste.

Notes: This is a great stout. One of the best I have ever had. I know this review doesn’t do the beer justice. It is complex, interesting but also flat out enjoyable. The benchmark for the style.

02-07-2007 05:06:00 | More by akajimmyd
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witster18

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

A solid stout. The oatmeal gives it an interesting mouthfeel. I detect a little banana with that chocolate...maybe that's the oatmeal as well...pours nice and dark with a 1.5" head that holds nicely...not as smooth and creamy as Guinness but the flavors here are more complex and abundant.Along with the chocolate there is a great earthy sweetness. Finishes bitter chocolate with roasted malts and a bite of the alcohol characteristics late....maybe a touch too winey. Overall....Good. I have read before...and agree that this is a little overpriced...for about the same money I'd prefer St.Ambroise Oatmeal....but overall, this is way above average for sure....and definately a big notch above the mass-pro-avail stuff...very tasty! Lots of interesting flavors that unfortunately are overwhelmed by the alchohol late....
This is solid.... but a bit over-hyped!
Compared to say Great Lakes Blackout Stout or Fitzgerald Porter... this is just an overpriced import....
too good to turn down but a bit pricey if you have access to other tasty american crafts.... why pay for the shipping when there are good representations here if you know where to look....
like the silky mouthfeel and I like the alcohol presence in the aftertaste.... to some they might be negatives but this is a distinctive brew because of those specific characterstics.

with this and other SS beers my advice is only by at high volume beer specialty stores... otherwise you could get a stale bottle which leads to less carb and more wineyness....and a hangover... so be careful... freshness is important with this choice.

02-02-2007 21:40:59 | More by witster18
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a big forhty head that doesn't fall very fast and leaves a great lacing behind. The color is black a looks very smooth. The smell is coffee and a big chocolately taste that is very nice. The taste is even smoother with a big sweet/coffee taste. It's very smooth and velvetty. Overall I love this beer and would have some more.

02-02-2007 09:55:50 | More by Erdinger2003
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark dark mahogany brown, almost black. Wonderful head, dark brown and bubbly. Looks menacing.

Sticky sweet, dark ripe fruits.. raisins, prunes, apples. Hop citric edge. Sour.

Creamy, thick, and smooth. Raisin/ripe-fruit. Roastedness to boot. Alcohol punch, cold. Light buttery/toffee. Bitter chocolate. Light grassy esters. Caramel sticky sweet. Moderate carbonation, crazysmooth foamation.

Like a hug in a bottle. Complex taste centered around creamy darkness. Definitely ‘not bad’, this one.

01-31-2007 05:19:40 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Gmann

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10%

Poured as near black as you can get, with a modest tan head that left some spot lacing. The smell is a bit faint but has a coffee syrup aroma. The taste of the oatmeal stout is not as pronounced as Smith's Imperial. It has a subtle roasted flavor, bit semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is as smooth as it gets, velvety. This is probably the most drinkable stout that I have had. It is very balanced and smooth, a tad bitter a tad sweet. I very much like this style however the taste doesn't blow me away.

01-27-2007 04:29:19 | More by Gmann
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

This is a beer I have been looking for a long time now. I have finally found it at a terribly high price, but whatever.

Appearance is just perfect, a pitch black beer with a coarse, brownish head. It is almost impossible to see any light coming through.

Smell is roasted and burned and has a slight oily and full smell. Not much hops or bitterness in the nose.

Taste is roasted and burned with that oiliness from the oatmeal. A good maltbitter and hopbitter balances the dark taste. There are some smokey elements and the yeast gives the beer it's distinct profile, which is hard to describe, but if I do, it would be earthy and charcoal. Body is medium and yes, this stuff is mild and highly drinkable. I could drink this all night.

01-19-2007 21:22:25 | More by Absumaster
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nase

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Tasting this out of a pint bottle next to Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

A lot of sweetness comes through the scent. Little head but decent retention though it is a tulip glass. Mouthfeel is more fulfilling here than the Young's. Lots of complexity in the taste. Drinkability is above avg.

Appearance - 4
Smell - 3.5
Taste - 4
Mouthfeel - 4
Drinakbility - 4

01-18-2007 07:56:38 | More by nase
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4%

$3.99 for a 550ml bottle. I've drank this lots, but I guess I never got around to reviewing it. So it pours out to a clear very dark brown...you can still see through it at the bottom of a pint glass. Forms a creamy soapy light tanhead with average retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma nice...it has that Sam Smith skunk mixed in with lots of vanilla, black walnut, butterscotch, coffee, pennies and sour milk. I think the sour milk is the key to Sam Smith. They must throw a couple of gallons of old skanky milk in each barrel. Mouthfeel is smooth with a piquant acidity that bites the tongue toward the end. Light bodied for an otamel stout, which is to say medium-bodied. A little bit of delicately sweet smoke hangs in the aftertaste with some dirty copper pennies in the finish. Oatmeal is nowhere to be found in the traditional sense.

Ah, the taste of England. I'm not fond of the traditional rubbery, diacetyl-soaked English Ale, but this is a nice little awkward beer. If I had to drink English, it would be Sam Smith, although I prefer some of their other beers. The Impy Stout is much much better.

01-18-2007 01:27:40 | More by Mitchster
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Finally, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout... I've been longing for this for a while. Got it in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black with a huge froathy tanned brown cap. Retention is awesome.

Aroma: A rush of sweetness. Huge chocolate aroma hits you like a ton of bricks. Big roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and earthy aromas including a tiny bit of pine.

Taste: Very sweet, lots of malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bitterness, very well constructed, solid oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Velvety with great level of carbonation, not too creamy, just dense enough. Not as thick as I've heard.

Final Statement: Lived up to the hype. The jury is out on which is better, this or St. Ambroise, but Sam Smith's put together a real winner here. I only wish it were available here on a regular basis.

01-16-2007 03:57:02 | More by MMansfield
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours dark black, if there is such a color. Big creamy beige head holds very well. Beautiful in my pint glass. I don't know why but dark beers just look more like beer should to me. Smells sweet, slightly sugary with some coffee undertones. Not too much on the nose, but enough to be enticing. Tastes excellent, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, very nutty and earthy. Leaves me with a good memory of every last sip. Highly drinkable, as far as stouts go. Thoroughly enjoyed.

01-15-2007 04:26:26 | More by bluegrassbrew
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theopholis

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Aroma-Pours black with a little burgendy hightlight when held up to the light. Good tan, creamy head settles settles fairly quickly to just a gap. Fair amount of lacing.

Aroma- Very sweet with overtones of roasted malts, toasted oats and just a hint of caramel. As it warms, it takes on a coffee nose.

Taste- Good balance of bitter and sweetness. Nice melange of freshly ground coffee, heavily roasted grains, and oats. As it warms, the oats become more noticable. Nop floral hops at all (as it should be).

Mouthfeel- Carbonation just a tad high, but overall, it's smooth and creamy. Not quite as oily as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be either. Medium mouthfeel, but clings to the mouth and jowels very nicely, giving it a very nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice. Probably the brest mass-produced oatmeal stout in the world.

01-13-2007 01:32:04 | More by theopholis
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

550ml BROWN bottle -> pint
part of the holiday gift pack 2006 (thanks dogg)

Pours black with some scarlet hightlight in the light. I giant mocho head settles to a thick mat of tight suds and leaves chunky bunches of lace.

Nose: Oh the memories, one of the first stout i ever drank and first nose i ever appreciated. Roasted malts, a little nutty, a little oatey and little caramelly full wonderful nose.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate malts, caramel, toffee and a little ground coffee beans. Hints of sweet cherry soda pop and a little burnt smoke. Nuts, butterscotch and oatmeal linger off stage and emerge gently as the beer warms. Bitterness is slight but present.

Mouth: Smooth and creamy.A light feel but it swallows thick.

Reminds me of a parking lot in a time long ago.... This beer drinks sweet and smooth. Even after all this time, still a world class stout.

01-11-2007 23:32:34 | More by beerphan
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iamtyler

Missouri

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

I don't know if there's much more that I could really say about this beer. It's easily one of the very best stouts I've ever come across and a gem from Sam Smith's.

The appearance of this beer is very rich looking. It pours very dark and the head forms a darker tan color, a little less than in inch in height and remained through more than two-thirds of the beer.

I really enjoyed the smell upon pouring and throughout the beer. It was a strong smell to go along with a rather strong flavor. As with the flavor, such a delicious taste. I had high expectations going in and the flavor most certainly did not disappoint.

There is some molasses taste and coffee but the oatmeal really stands out as you drink. The further along you go, the more prevalent the oatmeal taste becomes and this beer really comes full circle into an outstanding flavor and smell.

I loved this beer, I may be willing to say this could now be my favorite as of right now. I will be keeping a few pints of this on hand at all times for any and all occassions. I even got my dad to give it a try and he isn't much for stouts and he says that it's one of the most flavorful and delicious beers he's ever tasted. Drinkability? This beer is the epitome of drinkable. I love it!

01-10-2007 01:51:39 | More by iamtyler
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mpyle

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

appearance - Big creamy tan head, with reasonably good retention. Dark reddish brown color (like cola) with excellent clarity

aroma - Chocolate, and some nice smoke - very roasty smelling. Also some toffee-malty sweetness

flavor - Initial dark malt sweetness turned a bit smokey and floated very gently into a creamy, smokey finish. Balanced but overall more bitter than malty. No hop flavor apparent, which is fine for the style.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, but light enough to be quite creamy. No alcohol warming.

overall - Glad to find that three years after my first (negative) review this beer is what I remember. Smokey, creamy, and flavorful without being overpowering.

01-09-2007 03:33:01 | More by mpyle
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had! It sits nicely in the mouth, and goes down as smoothly as cold milk. The smell is better than that of most beers, and the taste is rich but not overwhelming. Also, it doesn't have as much of a thick or "heavy" feel as most stouts.

This is a beer worth saving for special occasions because it has such a splendid flavor. I recommend this oatmeal stout to all connoisseurs of stouts and porters.

01-07-2007 17:01:45 | More by Cyberkedi
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danielocean03

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Huge frothy beige head that stood two fingers high at it's peak slowly falls away to moderate glass-coating lace and a thin coat of film on top. Smells are roasted dark coffee and chocolate, malts, sweet caramel and toffee notes. Also a slight earthen grainy character present. Taste is sweet and roasty, chocolate and espresso flavors abound, finishes on a slightly bitter roasty flavor with a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied with lower levels of carbonation makes this one just silken-smooth. Drinkability is also great, very enjoyable stout characteristics and roasty complexity coupled with the low abv% make this an easy to enjoy oatmeal stout. Highly recommend and will seek out again.

01-01-2007 22:35:40 | More by danielocean03
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured the large bottle to an oversized pint glass. Pours black with a very small brown head that fades quickly. Light does come through, not pitch black. Smells of oatmeal cookies and molasses. Tastes somewhat sweet with good molasses hints and some coffee and bitter tones. Goes down very smooth. One of my favorite oatmeal stouts all of a sudden... Very good, I highly recommend.

01-01-2007 17:53:23 | More by beeroclock
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass
I decided to try samuel smith's oatmeal stout today after brewing my own oatmeal stout.
This beer pours very dark black but not completely opaque when it is held up to a light. The head is dark tan and is thin to begin with and doesn't lace much. The smell is chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and oatmeal. The taste is much like the smell with a bit of acidity coming through. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a good level of carbonation and a plesent coating feeling the beer fills the mouth well. This is a very drinkable stout something you could have a few of in a sitting with feeling bogged down or overwhelmed or something that you could have every day without getting tired of.

01-01-2007 04:30:58 | More by fank2788
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,367 ratings.