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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 220
Gots: 469 | FT: 4
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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Photo of monkeybeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a think extremely dark brown black with a creamy tan head and nice sticky lacing

S- Roasted oats with a sweet malt smell

T/M- This is a very smooth stout. The taste has a nice sweetness to it that lingers very nicely. The carbonation is right on with this one

D- This is a good heavy stout. It is very drinkable, and one that you could drink all night.

monkeybeer, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of kuranes
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. into pint glass.

A: Pours dark and thick with beautiful caramel head. The head settles into crema and remained with the beer for the duration of its time in the glass (which wasn't terribly wrong. mmm, stout.)

S: Not as strong an aroma as I was expecting. Subtle notes of oatmeal accompanying a light malty sweetness.

T/M: At a time when it's en vogue to overdo every aspect of a beer's flavor, this stout banks on subtlety and grace. Tastes slightly sweet, with notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but not too watery. Finishes sweet and bubbly with the slightest wisp of bitterness in the aftertaste. When most newer stouts have flashy and insistent flavor, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is understated and sublime.

D: I love it. It's cheap. I'll drink it all the time.

kuranes, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 355ml bottle. No freshness date.

A- Pours an incredible opaque dark drown. Nice bubbly 3 finger head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue!!

S- Strong malt presence on the nose. Sweet caramel notes.

T- Malty sweet with caramel/ toffee notes. Not too sweet, it doesn't linger.

M- Very smooth on the front and crisp carbonation at the back that cleans the palate and leaves you wanting another sip.

D- This is a very impressive beer. I can't believe that I waited this long to try it. I can see myself enjoying this beer often- in small quantities. One or two per session would suffice for me. All around on e of the best that I have had yet.

usmittymc, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark, dark brown with ruby tint, large light brown head which leaves good lacing.

S = Sweet malt, some spiciness, smell of oats and other fresh grains.

T = Bitterness on the sides of tongue and in the finish but the full flavor is a very sweet roasted malt flavor.

M = Medium to heavy body, coats the mouth extremely well, perfect carbonation to fit the flavors and the body.

D = This is a fine stout. I would happily sit down for another of these and would be happy to drink them all night as well.

Traquairlover, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of boogles
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from oversized pint (550 ml) into oversized pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a low, creamy tan head. The nose is weaker than its taste, but is pleasant with nuttiness--but mostly, it smells like beer, by which I mean, it's true to Samuel Smith's commitment to tradition. In this case, that's a good thing.

The carbonation is perfect and the taste is what it should be for an oatmeal stout--smooth but not sweet, not creamy-dreamy, and not flavorless. I can't believe I'm rating a beer this high for what it's NOT, but it's just done right. I don't think that's an easy feat, and is increasingly uncommon.

As an imperial stout fan, I rarely enjoy non-imperial stouts, and very rarely enjoy oatmeal stouts, but this one's a winner. In fact, I think I enjoy this beer better than the Samuel Smith imperial, perhaps because this exceeds my expectations whereas the imperial is disappointing.

Lastly, maybe I'm lucky, but I've never had a problem with "skunked" Samuel Smith beers, in their dark brown bottles covered with foil tops and packaged in cardboard.

boogles, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Morey
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer!

Poured out of the bottle into my Samuel Smith's pint glass a jet black in color with a nice 2 finger tannish-brown head that settled to about one finger after a few minutes.

Smells of coffe, chocolate, and burnt sugar. The head sticks every side of the glass and with every sip.

The taste is a little bitter at first but finishes with a rather sweet silky smooth taste. A great stout...Highly Recommended!

Morey's Bottom Line: Samuel Smith's beers came highly recommend from a good friend of mine, and their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown set the standard for their styles.

Morey, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of jar2574
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle. Jet black beer with a great two inch head. Tiny bubbles, but they take quite a while to settle. Nice coating on the way down.

Typical oatmeal stout smell. Nothing remarkable there.

Very smooth mouthfeel, with less roasted malt taste than I'm used to in a stout. I like it, the roasted malts aren't so overpowering.

That said, the taste isn't mind blowing or anything, it's fairly run of the mill. Nothing disagreeable. Malts and oatiness. Didn't catch any sweetness or hops, really.

Very drinkable, especially for a stout. Nice work. Great session beer.

jar2574, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle smell is of sweet malty molasses with hints of brown sugar. Pours to a brown motor oil that lets no light through. Head is dark tan. Taste is very notably malty with a prevalence of oatmeal and semi sweet chocolate with a slight but not overly roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is good with sufficient but not too much carbonation. Not much hops at all detectable. This is a very sweet brew. For my taste is needs some bitter hops for balance. This is definitely a dessert beer and would go good with (or on top of) vanilla ice cream. In my opinion I have to rate lower on drinkability due to the lack of balance and excessive sweetness. One of these is sweet enough.

mooseisloose, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of tkeHijacker
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark Black with amber highlights.Thick creamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little to no lace. Bubbles still coming up.

S: Deep chocolaty malt smell, slight oat nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, light flowery/fruity bitterness, sweet and smooth oat nuttiness present but not overpowering. (some reason my taste buds give me an almost grape flavor in there.

M: Medium to heavy body (more on the medium side though), smooth enough that you could take nice big mouthfuls at a time. Nice carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, but too heavy in the stomach to have more than one (550 ml) in a sitting. Higher ABV would be a nice complement to the flavor experienced here.

tkeHijacker, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, virtually black. Lots of head and retains itself for quite awhile.

Smells of roasted malt, caramel, hints of coffee and possibly even some chocolate hidden away.

Taste is smooth and creamy, quite sweet coming from the roasted aspects of the beer with chocolate being more evident than from the smell, the sweetness stays with you long after drinking.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers that originally got me interested in exploring the diverse realm of craft beer. This bottle is at least a year old, having sat in my beer cupboard for too long.

Pours black, very mildly and finely carbonated, yet manages a tight pale tan head, which displays pretty good retention. Thin sheets of lace grace the inside of my Samuel Smith glass.

Creamy oatmeal, a hint of treacle, some vinous scents as well, hopefully this wasnt forgotten about for too long. Mild roast quality, hints of chocolate chips and hazelnut coffee. Mild earthy and slightly woody hop character also present.

This one may have sat forgotten for slightly too long. Predominant fruity, vinous character from oxidizing malt almost overwhelms the finer qualities of this beer. Taste quite similar to the nose, but the things i really love about this beer are somewhat muted, the creamy oats and hint of nuts, the treacle, chocolate, and roast are getting ready to leave the main stage to play second fiddle. Earthy hints of decaying leaf and a mild woodiness appear at the finish, along with slightly smoky wisps of dark roast coffee.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Very mild level of carbonation, fits the style and does not detract from the still tasty grains and hops. Nice interplay between the oatmeal, nutty and treacly malts, and the roasted barley. Just a slight hop kiss to add another layer of depth to the experience. Unfortunately starting to show signs of oxidation with its vinous notes.

Still surprisingly drinkable, hasnt gone too far yet. Creamy yet slightly dry, light in body yet rich in taste, although certainly not to the level of bigger, badder assed stouts. Even while passed its prime this stout still demonstrates its quality. Do not cellar this beer for any significant period of time, respect it and enjoy immediately!

demcorhip, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Ig0r
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The immediately noticable thing about this beer is the smell; as soon as I opened the bottle a slight sweetness was in the air. The pour gives a tall, thin, brown head that dissipates down to almost nothing but a rim of bubbles. The color is deeply black, fully opaque in a pint glass. The full smell is of dark malts with that sugary sweetness.

Not much stands out immediately in terms of taste, some carbonation is present, and the feel is a bit watery but very smooth. It leaves a bit of a doughy residue with a lingering sweetness.

Considering the color and smell, I was expecting more flavor and a thicker feel; however, this seems to be a reasonable drink compared to other oatmeal stouts.

Ig0r, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Nickls
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I have not enjoyed too many oatmeal stouts and have only recently begun seeking them out more after trying Samuel Smith's take on the brew.

Overall the appearance was akin to most other stouts/imperial stouts that I have tried, so it looked nice to me. (Poured from bottle into standard pint glass)

Smell was enticing, and had a pleasant nutty, toasted aroma.

Very suprised by the taste, a touch of sweet alongside traditional smoky stout flavors. No one element overtakes another.

Mouthfeel was smooth over the tongue and palate.

Drinkability is the only thing that didn't stand out as much as other attributes. However, it's a really good beer, and served as a good starting point for trying oatmeal stouts.

Nickls, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint, the Oatmeal Stout is a dark garnet with a medium tan head, tight and creamy leaving decent lace.

Smell is fantastic, tons of vanilla with some chocolate.

Taste is a bit on the sweet/tangy side (heavy oats), vanilla and chocolate, with only a slight roast. A classic example of the style, but exaggerated and not my favorite. For example, I much prefer Full Sail's Humma Gumma, which I just had earlier tonight, a bit more rounded and stronger.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, slick and creamy. Medium body.

Drinkability is OK, but that classic Sammy Smith's tang is just too much, and this generally drinks much stronger then only 5% ABV. Would make a fantastic cologne though!

ccrida, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's the old adage that "you can never be too rich or too smooth?" This one definitely falls into the rich and smooth category. As Oatmeal Stouts go, they can be a bit overwhelming. Like SS's other beers, however, this one takes a lot of taste and packs it into a very drinkable package. Dark brown, with a decent head that disappeared quickly but left a nice tan lacing all the way down the glass. All malt (dark toasted grain) in the nose and the taste starts with the same "dark roast" taste, but balances nicely. No change as the glass warms. And no perceptible alcohol taste. Very nice. And the best part is that you could enjoy more than one in an evening. Excellent!

tugdriver7, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of baos
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Bottle into favorite Mason jar.

A: Pours dark brown with a nice 2 finger head. good lacing and good head retention.

S: Dark maltiness, coffee, and burnt caramel. Very faint aroma and very fresh smelling.

T: Roasty maltiness, smooth mellow scorched caramel with a bit o' dryness at the finish.

D: Very nice indeedy laddy. Blokes learned by spying on the Emerald isle to the west. Aye! drink up!!!

baos, Dec 24, 2007
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. Head is thick and tan, about 3.5 fingers from a hard pour. It took a good 3-4 minutes for the head to subside with some moderate lacing left behind. The beer itself is exceptionally dark, midnight black even when held to the light.

The smell is a bit lighter than I had hoped, but still is rich in roasted oatmeal, cream, hints of chocolate, and burnt coffee.

It tastes fuller than the smell might indicate, with the burnt coffee, chocolate, and roasted oats coming to the forefront and then a slightly creamy roasty slightly sweet finish that is qute nice.

This beer has a remarkable feel. Silky smooth, only light carbonation which balances perfectly with the soft and full texture. My surprise was in the finish, where it becomes much lighter and doesn't leave much if any residue.

I could easily see myself drinking these all day due to the rich body yet surprisingly smooth and light finish.

THEBEERBAR0N, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep black with two fingers of tan head. Head had great retention for the entire beer, and it left nice lacing on the walls of the pint glass. Great nose for an oatmeal stout with scents of sweet malt, coffee, toasted grain, and a bit earthiness as well. Strong coffee and cream flavor mixes well with roasted malt, chocolate and a slight grain/oatmeal flavor lingering at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is like silk across your palate with a medium body on it. At only 5.0% ABV the drinkability is holds up very well. I could drink several of these and be just fine.

Exceptional for the style. Great beer.

TheodorHerzl, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My second sample from the Samuel Smith company, and I am even more impressed with this brew than I was with the Winter Warmer, which was also great... This beer pours a dark opaque color almost completely black with a nice frothy head... The smell is of burnt dark chocolate and roasted malts... a nice, sweet aroma with an even more appealing creamy, cocoa taste that is not at all bitter... The flavor is excellent for a stout - goes down crisp and smooth with no traces of bitterness what-so-ever... This is an exceptional beer that I will definitely purchase again.. Mouthfeel is equally great and I really enjoyed downing an 18 ounce size... Definitely worth a try and certainly recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of altgeeky1
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with hints of brown if the glass is narrow enough to let light through. Cream coffee colored head. Foam settles down to stable lace across the surface. Smells sweet, oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked malt. Tastes mmm... thick oatmeal goodness. Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation lends supporting creaminess to the body, and doesn't get in the way. Good session/activity beer.. for shoveling snow, muching on olives and strong cheese, or sipping slowly in a old lazy-boy recliner near the fireplace.

altgeeky1, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with dark brown edges and a tan head. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Nice chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of earthy/musty caramel and molasses. Strangely enough, oatmeal is just one of many flavors, and not even a major one at that.

Interesting flavor, very drinkable for such a heavy beer. My favorite Tadcaster brew thus far.

Overlord, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle.

Pours black with dark red edges and a thick, lingering tan head

Smell is pleasant, molasses and some coffee, but less obvious than some. A pleasant smell, but wasn't strong for me.

Taste is of dark malts, a vague oatmeal and chocolate background, and a lingering dry woody sweetness. Very balanced, a nice variety of roasted smoky flavors without going off too much in one direction. Quite pleasant, perhaps a bit understated in the beginning, but as it warms more flavorful with a longer-lasting bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and creamy. Nice depth in beginning, seemed to thin out as beer warmed.

I'm quite impressed with this one.

Strix, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2012 Update Old review follows from 2007

A - Dark cola brown, generous tan head, fizzles down to a ring pretty quick. Some very sparce lace.

S - Coffee and sweet malt.

T - Just the right amount of light sweetness, light bitter coffee and charred graininess wash over the tongue.

M - Beautiful mouthfilling, hits all the points then vanishes pretty close to neutral.

D - So easy to drink and low abv... The very definition of session.

Into the tulip

A - Black with huge off white head. Aggressive thin sudsy lacing.

S - My favorite part of this beer. Chocolate, coffee, green veggies.

T- The smell does it well. The taste does not compare.

M - See Taste

D - See taste and mouthfeel. Basically, this beer runs short of the smell and my expectations. Still, a pretty good beer...

srandycarter, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown with specks of ruby on the edges, huge tan foamy head that clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Metallic, earthy, creamy nose.

T: Chocolate with like smoke, herbal hoppiness, and slighty sweet creaminess.

M: Smooth and creamy with slight effervescence that leaves a milk chocolate like bitterness on the tongue.

D: There would be almost no reason for me not to have another of these. This is a great example of the style cramy and not too sweet.

Biscuit033, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of dteal1
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool looking skinny bottle. pours black with the slightest hint of amber. has a finger and half rocky tan head that died down quickly. smells like toffee and hops. tastes like it smells with an aftertaste of coffee and a slight metallic taste. a little over carbonated(i'm not big on carbonation) with a fizzy mouthfeel that's slightly sticky. very drinkable beer especially when it's cold outside. pretty filling and overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer but it doesn't stand out to me.

dteal1, Dec 05, 2007
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,535 ratings.