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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 5,999
Reviews: 2,207
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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Ratings: 5,999 | Reviews: 2,207
Photo of erz316
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into sam smith pint glass

the brew pours relatively thin with a huge head and much lacing. the foam is a light tan colour, and the body is dark dark brown; it would be black except for the fact that light can get through it, even the center of the beer. mostly a malty smell, pretty light in intensity. it is not a 'clean' nose, but it is hardly trying to make a big impression. just kind of a malty, slightly oatmealy nose. the taste is much more oatmeal than one would expect in the nose. malts decently sized, and are complemented by an almost even amount of oats, which make the brew taste a bit sour. I like it quite a lot. the feel is a most a light-medium, but there is a very crisp carbonation that makes things a bit more exciting. the lightness of the beer, but the intensity and darkness of the taste make an interesting combination that I find quite chugable.

Photo of VTaler
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark, thick beer with a nice thick tan head that stuck around for a while.
S - smelled like sweet brown sugar and chocolate, but also smelled like beer
T - Amazing. Tastes like heaven going down you throat. It is somewhat sweet but also malt and somewhat bitter. The hops are present just so you know there are hops in the beer but they are not a big component of the beer. The main part of the taste is the dark chocolate and i want to say caramel malts. There is def some roasted baraley but it is overall a great and complex beer
M - thick and great
D - ya its drinkable. Ive never had more than two oatmeal stouts in one sitting so i dont know how much of there i could have but it seems pretty drinkable

Photo of mnrider
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. Brown bottle with gold foil around cap. Pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a large tannish brown head which leaves great lacing down the glass.

S: Simple aroma. Coffee leads to sweet malts and bit of acidic aroma.

T/M: Oh yeah! this one is good. Smooth and full bodied. Oatmeal is noticeable and tasty. A light bitterness from the hops which are faint, leads to coffee, milk, chocolate and butter.

D: Excellent stout that everyone should try at least once. Very hearty and full of taste. I will be drinking this one again for sure.


Photo of Bajasith
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours like a stout should, dark heavy. Head was not as thick as I anticipated and it dissapeared rather quickly...
Appearance/Smell: Very dark amber looking as sunlight tried to peirce thru glass. Smell was like dark roasted caramel with slight hint of sweet aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel: very rich almost creamy roasted malt flavor with hint of sweetness and relaxing carbonation at the end.
Very drinkable Oatmeal Stout as flavor is very balanced making this 550ml easy to enjoy till the end.

Photo of zoso493
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours deep, dark, mysterious brown with a huge, three-finger, foamy head.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, caramel and some sweet molasses. There are some hints of chocolate, too. A second sniff reveals some brown sugar and some cinnamon. Very inviting scent.

Taste: The taste for me is a bit bland, as it's one of the lighter stouts I've had. Tastes of sweet malts up front and finishes with some roasted malts and a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A touch too thin, I feel, but still nice and medium-bodied and a little slick as well.

Drinkability: I wouldn't drink a lot of these, but this 550 ml bottle will go down quickly.

Photo of advill88
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a two finger tan head.

S - Brown sugar with hints of dark chocolate and strong hints of molasses.

T - Bold roasted malty sweetness up front with some chocolate, hints of vanilla, and a small hit of hoppiness at the back to balance it out.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied with not quite light, and not quite medium carbonation. Oatmeal adds a very creamy texture.

D - Very rich, but I could drink at least a couple of these in one sitting. I've never had an oatmeal stout before, and this is absolutely fantastic.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle as part of a gift pack. Pours a dark brown with a luxurious thick tan head pillowing up, great retention and sheets of lace down the glass.

Nose is light, not overly bold. Anise, brown sugar, light brown ale notes, not a lot of roast.

This is certainly on the light end of stouts but still packs a complex burst of flavor. Brown sugar and molasses body, hints of wood, nuts, oatmeal, all overlayed on a light roasty malt base. Lightish/medium body but at 5% no surprise there; almost milk stout sweetness. Would gladly sit an English pub and quaff this most of the evening; it's a solid beer.

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

18.7oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Black, ruby-highlighted body with a 1+ finger dark-coffee head. The head was thick, creamy, and unrelenting, lasting till the end.

S: Chocolate primarily, with that good oatmeal grain complement. Good, sweet toffee and caramel, which are subtle but welcome. Smoke is a nice touch.

T: Sweet and smoky, a nutty chocolate with perhaps a touch of coffee bitterness. Toffee is nice and subtle. The oatmeal works well, rounding it out.

M: Crisp up front, but very creamy throughout thereafter with a good chewy finish. Very good.

D: With all the flavors, it's somewhere between a candy bar and a sandwich. The smoke is a little too strong, but it's overall great anyway. It's smooth and creamy, it's very easy-going, and it's well-rounded, with no flavor presenting itself too heavily. I love this stout.

Photo of bnes09
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is opaque black with red tint when held up to light. A thick tan head appears on the pour with excellent retention and leaves a blanket of lace behing.

Smell is pleasant and consists of a mild roasted character with a hefty dose of molasses as well.

The taste was slightly disappointing for me and I would only place it slightly above average. Molasses sweetness arouses the palate immediately followed by the roasted malt and finally the oats. The roasted character comes through in the form of coffee and dark chocolate but is slightly weak for a stout in my opinion. Hops are also hardly detectable. Brew finishes dry and mildly bitter.

Although there is a bitter, dry finish, the mouthfeel is very smooth. It has a light to medium body with a hint of carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Due to the lighter body and smooth mouthfeel, this one is very drinkable.

Overall, a solid choice for an oatmeal stout. My only real complaint is that it provided less of a bold roasted malt character that I love so much about stouts. Nonetheless, it boasts a complex flavor, solid appearance, and is exceptionally easy to drink. I would suggest trying it if you have not already.

Photo of blackearth
2.81/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured an extremely black body with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma was roasted malts and I detected wet cardboard too. Mouthfeel was full bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth. The flavor is very different, it reminds me of soil - the smell translated to taste of course. I may be a beer nerd, but no one has ever made me eat dirt. This cardboard aroma and soil flavor lead me to believe this bottle is old or infected, I'm not really sure. Too bad because I really like oatmeal stout and WANT to like this one, but it wasn't good.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say? It's a stout. Very dark brown to the point of being black. Tan head. Etc.

Has a surprisingly fruity nose, like raisins and prunes and other dried dark fruits and something reminiscent of the freeze dried strawberries you get in a lot of cereals these days.

The taste follows, with lost of chocolate roast, coffee and a bitter anise like quality to it, it's almost somewhere between a nutty brown ale and a sweet stout. More sweet and less dry than I'd prefer with below moderate roastiness, but quite enjoyable as it is.

Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation, just a tad oily.

Very drinkable.

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

First review on here so here it goes...

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - very dark and almost opaque, like a typical stout should be. Nice tan head.

S - very sweet. Definitely picking up some roasted malts and a hint of coffee

T - again, sweet, but a decent bitterness to balance it out. Can't taste the oatmeal that much, although the presence of roasted oats can be detected, definitely picked up some hints of dark chocolate and caramel. It starts off sweet, then the heavier roasted malts come in, and finishes off with a slight bitterness.

M - hits the palate in all the right places, to put it simply. Does not feel overly heavy on the tongue but is definitely thick and almost syrupy, which I personally like

D - a very drinkable beer in my opinion. goes great with a meal or on it's own. it's also not a particularly strong beer at 5% abv, so one could easily drink a few of these in one night

Overall opinion - One of my favorite beers that I drink regularly. I enjoy stouts and dark malty beers, so this was a real treat. And the price is spot on. Considering the quality of this beer, I think it's a steal. I would recommend this to a person that loves stouts, or even a person just getting into them. It's a great "beginner stout" since it doesn't really attack the palate like some stronger stouts might.

Photo of kjyost
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a stifly poured bottle, and gave a nice head that was inviting. Not overly malty with a nice slight bitterness. The taste didn't stick to the palate as it was drunk. Overall, a beer I would drink again, although I am not sprinting to the beer store for another bottle.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

larger bottle poured into pint glass and on ny strips..oh yeah

a-dark brown with nice highlights..two finger fluffy khaki head..stuck around for a while ...slight lacing with a nice collar..

s-roasted marshmellows and caramel..slight toffee..slight hops to hold it together...finishes malty and sweet on the nose..

t-toffee and caramel..roasted grain...finishes sweet

m-fluffy and nicely carbonated a tad prickly...little syrupy...sticky and clings the mouth well

d-absolutely off the charts...could and have drank this stuff all night..(i know drank is not a word)

overall a true classic im glad to have on hand all the time

Photo of samie85
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 bottle poured into an imperial nonic.

A- Pours jet black with a substantial two finger tan head.

S- Dark fruit, chocolate and bit of roasted malt/coffee.

T- Chocolate, and roasted malt with a bit of oat and hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Really smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink. The smooth mouthfeel and full flavored but light qualities of this beer really contribute to this. Definitely a gateway beer for me and one I'm glad I revisited.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet oatmeal with molasses and lightly roasted malts lurking in the background. As it warms hints of semi-sweet chocolate waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very lightly roasted malt flavors up front segue quickly into oatmeal and molasses flavors. Midway through the sip a hint of chocolate enters into things before making way for a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is an oatmeal stout, not a stout brewed with oatmeal. Worth a shot.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Poured into pint glass (I wish I had a proper tumbler so I could do the british thing proper).

A: Black as the dickens, impenetrable to light, light khaki head. Very impressive head retention. Nice Lacing.

S: Not what I expected. Dark fruit (raisin mostly), a hint of chocolate, very sweet smelling.

T: Sweet raisin flavor upfront, oats come through mid palate, and a bitter chocolate malt at the end. Hops are clearly adding to the final bitterness, but are not very pronounced. Kinda like the beer version of a chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookie.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Feels right.

D: Very easy to drink. However, it isn't like there is a high abv to mask or anything.

Photo of richago1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a English dimpled mug.

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick brown head fading to sheets of lacing. Smells of tobacco, chocolate, roasted coffee.Taste of burnt bitter coffee for a moment, then sweet chocolate/coffee with a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel smooth with a medium body. Wonderfully easy to drink, the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout was one of the first Stouts I ever drank and along with their Imperial Stout is still one of my favorites.

Photo of seand
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, near black, with a foamy tan head. Lacing and retention are good.

S: Rosted malt, hints of milk chocolate and nuts.

T: Sweet, malty, full flavored. A little bit of coffee-like taste, especially in the slightly bitter finish.

M: Fairly carbonated, full bodied, slightly sticky aftertaste.

D: Drinks very easy, and the reasonable ABV makes it a pretty solid session beer.

If you like the style, or sweeter full flavored beers in general, this beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, foamy brown head that stays for a long time and leaves behind lots of lace with foam still floating about the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweetness from the oats, along with the typical roasted malt smell expected of a stout.

Taste: An interesting sweetness, with a hint of roasted malt bitterness at the end. This particular beer may be a bit older, as there is a slight alcohol taste that I wouldn't expect from a beer of this ABV.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with only a touch of carbonation at the beginning. Sticks to the palate, and has a dry, satisfying finish.

Drinkability: Simply put- my new favorite stout.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a pillowy tan head. The head dissipates slowly leaving lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Very malty smelling. The oaty sweetness also comes out strongly in the smell.

Taste: Has the malty dryness typical of stouts but with some extra sweetness added. The oats really add some nice flavors to this beer as well.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy with an exceptionally dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first oatmeal stout, so I might be a little skewed. This is a great beer and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The oats really add a new depth of flavor to an already great style.

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

Dark, rich pour with a finger of creamy tan foam. Silky and velvety texture, amazingly smooth. I could surprisingly make this a session beer. The sweet, chocolate flavor is not overbearing. It is perfect as an after dinner beer or for drinking a few if you are in the mood for dark beer. It smells of cocoa, nuts, and maybe a hint of cinnamon. Enjoy one of you get the chance.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is dark, rich, and thick with a solid inch of head. The smell doesn't offer much, but has a faint sweet aroma hiding in the background. Taste is very sweet, combining semisweet dark chocolate chips, raisins, and the namesake oatmeal. This features a thick, creamy mouthfeel and awesome drinkability.. almost no alcohol presence whatsoever. This is a very solid easy-drinking stout.

Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a nice frothy tan head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The brew itself is ink black. Everything a stout should look like.

Very strong dark malt smell. I get scents of a dark bread, like rye or even pumpernickel. There is only a hint of this though, so I found it pleasant despite my dislike of pumpernickel. Also it is balanced by more cakey malt smells. There is a little bit of that acidic espresso scent in there, but not nearly as much as many of the other stouts I've been drinking lately.

The taste doesn't surprise, and it definitely does not disappoint. Lots of dark malt flavours. Savoury dark bread malts mixing well with sweeter heavy cake like malts. Just enough hops to balance things, though it definitely isn't a main player. There is an acidity in the flavour. Maybe a little too much for me, it leaves me with a slightly rough feeling in my throat. I also wish there was a little bit more in the way of chocolate and coffee flavours. Keep in mind these aren't gripes, but merely the factors missing that would have otherwise netted the taste a 5 from me.

Very full body, very creamy, for the most part very smooth (aside from that acidity that added a little roughness). Definitely a meal in a beer.

A great sipping stout. Will be stocking up on these when winter comes around again.

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.

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