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

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,196
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 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.

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

The foam was thick, semi-dark wheat in color, smooth and lacey. The color was deep,dark opaque chocolate brown cola. The smell was a deep oatmeal with chocolate highlights, nutty accents and a barley overtone. The taste was crisp, thick deepness of oatmeal and slight chocolate accents. Nice hops andd wheat balance. Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, crisp, thick and semi-light viscous. Drinkability - a real good crisp stout. The only thing I really didn't like about this beer was the somewhat watered down feel in the aftertaste. Overall...not to bad.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with ruby tints. Awesome persistent head and lacing.
Aroma shows sweet roasted malt with some creamy coffee and milk chocolate. Not too exciting, I was expecting more.
Very similar flavours, with roasted grains, milk chocolate and some nutty notes.
Good full, creamy body.

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

Served in UK pint glass at 60*F

Pours opaque with a rich, beige-colored head, with crimson hues around the edges when held against the light. Boasts good lacing and excellent retention.

Dominant butterscotch aroma, with hints of caramel and molasses.

Notes of dark-roasted coffee and cacao prominent; roasted malt very present, and very delicious, at first taste; a very pleasant bitterness slowly grows on the palate as the beer lingers. Dry, satisfying finish.

Bready, slightly chewy and deliciously smooth mouthfeel.

Given the relatively low alcohol content and my love for all things delicious, I find it to be very drinkable.

I recommend this to everyone. A favorite.

Photo of magnj
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - 2 finger, dirty white head pours easily, looks thick, sounds thick. Very deep brown body shows light only at the edges of my glass.

S - Chocolate and coffee. Very slightly toasty, not at all roasty or burnt. Malty, can't pick out the oatmeal in particular I don't think but smells sweet and makes me feel ok that I had one of these with my breakfast on a camping trip.

T - A lot more subtle at first than you might expect, but then comes in the toastiness, then creeps in the chocolate and it ends with coffee. This for me is the definition of a drinkable breakfast beer. Forget those 9% coffee concoctions, this is made to sit in a glass next to your pancakes and eggs. Malty and sweet throughout without being cloying or sticky.

M - Really great body, thin but not. Maybe silky. Not thick and super sweet/sticky. Just the right amount of unfermentables.

D - So tasty, I could drink this all day. Unfortunately it's not the most affordable brew. But if you want to know what an oatmeal stout can taste like, this is it.

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

Poured into a pint glass with a two finger head and a resilient one that refuses to go away. Deep red that is nearly opaque.

Smells of rich oatmeal malt and a sweetness reminescent of english toffee. a slight nose of bittering hops.

Rich sweet malts, chocolate and oats. jesus is this a tasty one. Tried it in the past but for some reason never reviewed it.

Mouth is delightful and smooth. Drinks slowly but great for the style

Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a two finger head that hangs in there well. The aroma is some chocolate and a little alki. The taste is sweet, chocolate and a bit of sourness; but I do not get much coffee. Feel was rich and smooth but not heavy. Drinkability was typical for a stout, you'd like to, but it's just too sweet and heavy to make a night of it.

Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours the deepest darkest brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that left notches down the glass

smells of roasted malts - bit nutty - some earthy hops

taste is roasted malts - little cocoa buttery toffee - some bitterness - very solid

mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy - maybe a bit thin but good

drinkability - a 5%abv oaty stout session beer!!

Photo of Lolli1315
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one in my pint glass. Have had this one before so I am looking forward to it.

A- Black body with a one finger tan head. Lacing isn't too bad, looks quite tasty.

S- Dark malty smell is what hits the nose first. After that it seems like I am getting an oat smelled coupled along with a little nutty yeasty smell.

T- The dark malts come through just like in the smell. At the backend of this beer you get that oat flavor that I expect out of an oatmeal stout. There also is a little of that nut flavor throughout. Tasty oatmeal stout.

M- This is probably the part of the beer that I have the largest problem with (and it isn't that big of a problem). I expected the mouthfeel to be a little fuller than it was and I feel that it would be a little better if the body was beefed up a little.

D- I could sip on these all night.

Notes: I would prefer a RIS rather than an Oatmeal Stout, but this is still a great beer. I find this to be a good beer to finish that night off with.

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

Appearance - Black with a tan head. The head lasts for a while.

Smell - Nice coffee smell with a hint of some brown sugar.

Taste - It has a strong malt flavoring with some sweetness mixed in. It has a bitter finish to it. It didn't have a strong oatmeal taste to it.

Mouthfeel - very little carbonation to it.

Drinkability - It was very smooth. It left me feeling a bit full when drunk quickly. I feel that this is a beer worth sipping.

Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasing finger+ head of tan bubbles, the largest pop swiftly leaving denser foam to settle across the surface, moderate stickiness to the lacing. Mostly black, at some angles you can see dark brown to orange hues but not much. Very fragrant nose of black grape, blackberry fruit, black licorice and sweetened coffee, hard toffee, minor oats and other grains, nothing bitter here, very dominated by the fruit. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, the carbonation has a fine prickle to it and keeps things spinning around the palate. More sheer roast in the coffee flavors, bringing out more dark chocolate and cocoa as a result. Hint of witchhazel. Remains noticeably grapey, you also get red plum, cherry and blueberry fruit. Good grip, not too creamy, stands up for itself and not over ingratiating. The toast also teases out additional breadiness. Good length as it finishes, dries out steadily, tidy ending. Quite clear that this is British and not American made.

Photo of mulder1010
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-- black with a tan head. got 2 inches of head before it slowly went away. Not a lot of carbonation either and no lacing.

S-- a sweet coffee smell, like a lot of sugar put in a good cappuccino. A little burnt but not like overdrawn as coffee can be. Also get some brown sugar.

T-- Sweet but like an overdrawn cappuccino, not near as much oatmeal as I remember. Still reminds me of a sweeter version of a coffee stout.

M- Kind of flat but still a coffee feel. A little bit of a coffee bit but very good. Get the feeling of eating oatmeal with a decent amount of brown sugar.

D-- The strong suit of this beer I have always thought. Very drinkable. Could do several of this and never get tired of it. An excellent combination of ingredients. Just to me lacks more oatmeal.

Have not had this in a log time and a perfect session beer. Not real heavy but it can leave you full. Probably better sipped and enjoyed.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout...

Appearance-dark brown to light black, medium body, large head overflows the glass on a slow rise, thin lace.

Smell-coffee and burnt ashes aroma, alcohol, fusel smells throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full body, a lot of layers of flavor, chocolate sweetness, tart sourness, smoky earthiness, sort of muddled flavor and not smooth.

Drinkability-slow sipper for sure.

Overall-a complex beer with lots of layers, worthy of a try for the hype alone, but I think it just didn't measure up to it's name.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,963 ratings.