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

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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 389 | FT: 5
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of techdiver


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice head that lingers well. Great smell with hints of molasses with chocolate. Taste is fantastic, so smooth and well balanced. There is little to complain about here, possibly the best Oatmeal Stout around. I've had this case for a while and it just seems to get better.

11-18-2006 21:21:05 | More by techdiver
Photo of jubnat


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a great beer. So full and smooth. Great dark color with light tan head. Nice sweet roasted flavor. Feels so full and tasty in my mouth, but goes down so nice. I could drink quite a few of these if I had the money. Why can't cheap beer taste like this?

11-16-2006 00:16:49 | More by jubnat
Photo of tcfishler


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark brown color with little head. Aromas are malty with a little smoke. Very smooth in the mouth; flavors are somewhat sweet, with just a hint of bitterness. I can’t detect the oat influence, but perhaps that manifests itself as sweetness. Great sweet finish, very pleasant. Very drinkable and smile-inducing stout.

11-14-2006 03:25:25 | More by tcfishler
Photo of vhiggins

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

I have heard many raves about this stout and I have to say I have never
had the opportunity to try it until today.


It lived up to the hype!

First. It was a very fresh beer. Only the freshest from hercules nyc

A: Great pour, exceptional head it actually lined the entire inside of my glass all the way down. Poured a dark brown that created a mocha head with alot of carbonation evident.

S: Smells like Oatmeal! Very subtle nutty, grainy scents

T: I have nothing to say but YuM! Very tasty beer. Tastes like bitter oats that finish with a sweet aftertaste that is very smooth.

M: Medium to full body beer.

D: I am on my way back to the store for a case! I can drink this beer all night long. This is my type of beer. Not to strong but goes down very smooth. Even though it has a heavy feel i do not find myself filling up. Very Very Tasty.

This beer will be in my home for the holidays for sure!!

11-12-2006 03:41:59 | More by vhiggins
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

This is one of the best oatmeal souts out there. It has a nice thick frothy head with great retention. It smells of roasted chocolate malts , caramel, and a faint hop and oatmeal aroma.

It tasted very balanced and smooth. Nice roasted chocolate malts. Nice hop balance. Sweet and bitter at the same time.

The mouthfeel is crisp and full, but coul dbe a little bit thicker.

This is the most sessionable oatmeal sout I've ever had. Try this beer.

11-12-2006 03:33:55 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of bjohnson


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours a deep deep brown color with a frothy one finger caramel colored head. Nice retention with a decent amount of lacing.
S: Roasted malt with a nutty, earthy aroma. Slight sweet notes in there also.
T/M: Wow. Extra smooth in the mouth with a good thick body and soft creamyness. Oatmeal and roasted malt are noticeable. Caramel sweetness and roasted coffee notes play hide and go seek. Slightly bitter finish and sweet aftertaste—very faint. Firm and bold body with a zap of carbonation.
D: Hands down a great Oatmeal Stout from Olde England. Definitely a necessary purchase during the winter months.

11-11-2006 05:16:29 | More by bjohnson
Photo of monkaass

New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

I find myself seeking out this beer over and over again. This is an incredible Oatmeal stout with such a wonder presentation that starts with a smokey roasted coffee smell with a hint of chocolate that gives you a warm inviting feeling before drinking.

It tastes incredibly hearty with a tart but sweet oatmeal overtone that snaps you back to reality with a crisp hop like finish.

I love this beer.

11-11-2006 01:23:36 | More by monkaass
Photo of brdc


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A black, tar beer with a beautiful dark brown, foamy head.
The smell is marvelous: first a few hints of coffee, followed by sherries, roasted malt, plums with hints of alcohol.
The taste is also remarkable: starts with coffe as well, but develops a delicate sherry sweetness finishing with a cleamsing but mild acohol bitterness.
It feels great on the mouth, silk and creamy.
Very easy to drink for what it is.

11-10-2006 03:12:37 | More by brdc
Photo of beermanbrian


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Black color with a thin tan head. I might have killed the head by pouring to cold but there just isn't anything there to speak of. Smell of cherries and plums gives it a real fruitiness. Milky smooth chocolate flavors appear in the taste and it finishes with a butterscotch note. I've been really turned off by butterscotch flavors in beer previously but this is just the right amount to not be overpowering. Some bitter bakers chocolate notes also come through. Very smooth beer with lots of interesting flavors. Totally enjoyable and deserving of the good reputation.

11-09-2006 01:30:44 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of mnesporov

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Presentation: 1 pint bottle with no freshness date. I really like beer with the gold foil covers it just look’s better.

Appearance: Jet black with a wonderful tan lace and an inch and half of head that lasted almost to the last sip.

Smell: is a very good smell to it which doesn’t overwhelm you. I hinted roasted nuts and dark coffee, with a little molasses.

Taste: Surprisingly smooth taste to it, with a strong roasted malt flavor. There seems to be a hint of sweetness in the beer as well, that is well balanced with the Hop bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Very creamy and smooth texture, which ends up a dry.

Drink-ability: For anyone a fan of Stout beer this is a must try. I’m so happy my beer store now carry’s Samuel Smith.

11-08-2006 13:41:43 | More by mnesporov
Photo of jeffjfindley


2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Appearance: After the demise of the 3 second head, it looked like a cup of coffee in a pint glass.

Smell: Molasses, English malts & cold coffee.

Taste: Despite the unthikably hard water, there is a slight improvement on the smell. A little molasses is present. The aftertaste is a little smoky. The taste is consitent from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Utterly unremarkable.

Drinkability: The most overrated beer on this website, and perhaps the world.This posesses all the bad qualities of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock, but lacks the charm. Ehh.

11-08-2006 06:02:10 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of treehugger02010


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%

I bought a 12 ounze bottle from Michael's Deli in King of Prussia and poured into a pint glass. The sound it made when it poured made you believe it was thicker than it actualy was (altough it was thicker than the normal stout). It produced a good bit of head, with a decent rate of retention. The smell was very malty and sweet. The mouthfeel was a little harsh. The taste wasn't as malty as the smell was, I guess it was blended more toward taste than smell. Don't drink and review.

11-08-2006 03:15:26 | More by treehugger02010
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle is clear with gold foil wrapping and a handsome old-world label. The beer pours a deep brown, with a solid mocha-colored head, that sticks around for a few minutes. The smell is not overwhelming, but there are hints of chocolate, roasty malt, and coffee.

The taste is superb. There is a sweetness to the flavor that isn't neccessarily chocolate, but leaning that way. There are plenty of roasted malt nodes and a hint of coffee as well. This is a very complex flavor that certainly takes time to unravel. As the beer warms the flavors are accentuated even more. Mouthfeel is clean and a bit thin.

Drinkability is ok. This beer is a bit heavy though, and I can't see myself drinking more than two on any one night. Still, an excellent oatmeal stout. Highly reccomended.

11-07-2006 15:55:01 | More by BBM
Photo of diamondc


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

I got this in a brown bottle.

This beer is delicious. Pours a pitch black, VERY carbonated, almost coke-like appearance. Lots of foam on this one too. The aroma is of espresso and dark chocolate. Warmed up a bit, I first tasted a hoppy bitterness and a faint alcohol taste followed by chocolate and a roasted smoky oat taste. Amazing. I could imagine drinking this for a while for new tastes.

I've yet to had a bad beer from Samuel Smiths.

11-07-2006 05:59:54 | More by diamondc
Photo of eberkman


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

I loved this. Plain and simple.

It poured beautifully out of a 550 ml bottle -- near opaque black until you hold it up to the light -- then you see some fiery reds through the glass. A thick, creamy light brown head settles on top and lasts throughout the session, leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of dark roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate.

The taste is very consistent with the aroma -- almost a pungent, sharp, mocha sensation. It finishes nicely with a bittersweet taste that lingers.

The mouthfeel is full and thick. And between the taste and the relatively low ABV, this is certainly a session beer. Particularly since it doesn't feel as heavy as you might think.

Best English beer I've ever had. Best stout I've ever had. About as close to a perfect beer as I can think of.

11-06-2006 03:58:16 | More by eberkman
Photo of wanker


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

I approached this beer with some trepidation, since I - like others - had suffered skunked Samuel Smith beers in the past. Luckily, that was not to be the case this time. This beer was fresh, man -- no skunks for miles around.

Samuel Smith makes what is now my favorite oatmeal stout. That honor was previously held by Young's, but Sam Smith's is a more interesting, although perhaps not quite as smooth, oatmeal stout.

When I sipped this beer molasses was the flavor component that leaped out at me. The finish was also slightly sweet and syrupy, with that burnt molasses flavor in there.

This stout is as drinkable as they come and no sip is boring.

11-02-2006 21:24:25 | More by wanker
Photo of DaveFL1976


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

I'm really hesitant to give 5's to anything, but I can't think of anything that I'd expect out of this beer that I'm not getting.
Black body, but with clear, ruby red highlights at the edges, and a super thick, long lasting and sticky head. It's a beauty.
A bit chocolaty on the nose. You've got the dry, roasty baker's chocolate thing going on, but it also has a bit of sweetness. too.
Taste is smooth, sweetish, chocolaty, just really nice. Mouthfeel is rather thick, with super nice carbonation and smoothness. The only downfall on drinkability is that it's a bit heavy.

11-01-2006 01:53:16 | More by DaveFL1976
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Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a pitch black, until held up to light and it appears very dark brown, with a huge frothy/creamy tan head that retains beautifully. Tremendous lacing decorating my glass as I enjoy this masterful stout.

Smell is of roasty toasty dark malts, roastiness, chicory aromas, dark chocolate, french roast coffee, and reminds me of outdorr BBQ aromas. Quite complex and stunning.

Flavor is of roasty dark malts, ripe dark fruits, mild chocolate, coffee, chicory, oakiness, burgandy, ending slightly dry. Again, wonderfully complex and hugely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is wondrous as well. Very silky smooth, creamy, rolls around on your tongue and medium carbonation. The perfect stout mouthfeel.

HIGHLY drinkable. At 5.0% abv, and the robust and addictive flavors presented therein, this beer is breathtaking and you cannot get enough of it. A classic amongst classic when it comes to stouts.

10-31-2006 01:07:11 | More by Doomcifer
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer pours an inky black color, with a brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a rich malty aroma. Some chocolate and coffee mix in, but only subtly.

This beer tastes malty. A sweet caramel flavor is dominate. Some milk chocolate is also present. Not much coffee flavor. A subtly hop flavor also makes an appearence.

I think this beer is a little thin. It goes down very smooth, leaving a milk chocolate aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably be a great session beer. It is not high in alcohol. Also, it tastes great, and is not overly cloying.

Overall: I cant believe I have never reviewed this one. It is always good, and always welcome in my house.

10-30-2006 01:22:29 | More by OStrungT
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3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured nice and black with a big tan head. Head retension is decent but not the best nor is there much lace sticking to the glass. It has a sweet smell of molasses and roasted malt. Taste and mouthfeel is smooth and semi sweet with flavors of chocolate, molasses, malt, and coffee.

Not bad, but I expected more considering the high score.

10-29-2006 05:46:34 | More by nicefix
Photo of johnnasset


4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

I haven't drank many stouts before but I really enjoyed this. Poured into a pint glass. Fluffy two finger head that lasted a good 5 minutes, still a quarter inch after 10 minutes. Great aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Some coffee and chocolatey notes. Great beer to savor every drink. Definetely try this one.

10-29-2006 05:14:30 | More by johnnasset
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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Beautiful black color, with a frothy white head. Very subtle aroma; little touch of chocolate. Taste is amazing; milky, sweet, with a chocolate-coffee characteristic, with a very faint bitterness in the aftertaste. Sugary aftertaste; amazingly drinkable beer. This is one of the classics that first introduced me to quality beer.

10-28-2006 03:34:32 | More by medic25
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3.63/5  rDev -14%

550 ml bottle, marked SG13B1, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a 2 inch dark tan fluffy head that slowly falls down to a pillow top that floats on top, lacing looks like Swiss cheese. Beautiful.

S—sweet milk chocolate, some sour, rotten fruit aroma is coming out very mildly, coffee is hidden …not what I was hoping for

T—bitter dark chocolate, bready and biscuit flavors are in here, tasting some of the sourness I smelled, faint coffee comes through in the swallow, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, but not as good as I expected, I would not seek this out, but might give it another try in the future.

10-24-2006 14:41:16 | More by hanco005
Photo of gonzo138


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A- pours a dark black with a nice brown head that retained well and laced nicely

S- rich sweet malty smell, a little chocolatey, a little bit fruity as well

T- complements taste, sweet, chocoaltey, with just a touch of bitterness at the finish

M- medium/light body, good carbonation, flavor doesnt stick around too long in mouth

D- a very drinkable beer, goes down nice and easy, a good beer, would like to try off tap

10-19-2006 07:03:36 | More by gonzo138
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours out a nice dark concotion with very little brown to off white suds. No lacing here yet.
Smell is a dark carmelly coffee with a plum/cherry fruity aroma.
No alcohol present in the nose.
Taste is a grainy coffee bitterness with a fruity sweetness like a grape or plum. The bitterness finishes it off.
The hops are pretty prevalant here and the taste is never sweet.
This is Samuel Smith's best brew and rightfully so.
So many flavors happening here.
When you put the pint glass to your face you smell a burnt coffee aroma and the taste finishes that off nicely.
With the low ABV I could see this beer as a perfect session beer.

10-17-2006 22:54:36 | More by peabody
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,356 ratings.