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

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Ratings: 5,555
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 223
Gots: 483 | FT: 4
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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:
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Photo of BeerLover729
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark beer with nice frothy tan head in a pint glass.

S: Very light roasted malt aroma with distinguishable notes of caramel, but overall very light smell.

T: Smooth mild taste with most notable characteristics of diacetyl caramel flavors and residual sugars providing sweetness. It is not crazy sweet but I personally prefer dryer stouts.

M: Thin silky smooth body, probably light medium body.

D: While texturally appealing the residual sweetness takes away from the drinkablity, as does the relatively bland flavor profile.

Notes: Not my favorite but I had different expectations for the style. OK beer.

BeerLover729, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really dark brow, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy white head that fades to a light ring. I just love the bottles (20oz) design and label.

S - Dark roasted malty goodness. Sweet to the nose with Carmel overtones.

T/M - Saaa-mooth, rich and creamy. The initially approach to the palate is full bodied, expanding upon sipping and filling the mouth with a smooth complexity. The finish is well, smooth again, with earthy toffee infusion that makes you put the glass down and slowly take in the flavors.

D - Highly enjoyable, 1 20oz bottle was just perfect for a nightcap. Not a session beer but definitely worth revisiting, highly recommended.

shabbtastic, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a brown 12 oz brown bottle with trademark gold foil. Pitch black with tinges of ruby where very little light shines through. Two-finger khaki head that takes a while to get settled down. Solid lacing. Smell is both sweet and roasted. Toffee, caramel, coffee, oats. Very well done. Quite complex and a joy to breathe in. Taste is good, but it isn't nearly up to par with the delicious smell. A bit acidic in character. Slightly sour towards the end. Medium body and light carbonation. Not bad at all. My first experience in the genre of oatmeal stout. I must try others.

atrus138, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black with one inch tan head that fades to a large ring with no lacing

S- sweet carmalized malts, a little coffe

T- this is my first oatmela stout but I don't taste any oats. Burt malts, milky, sweet, and nutty.

M- creamy meadium mouthfeel, carbonation is good, burnt bitter finish.

D- Low alcohol makes it drinkable, but it isn't my taste to have more than one.

pittvkyle7, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours black with a generous tan head. The smell is a combination of sweetness, dark fruit, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. The taste is a wonderful combination of the above listed flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with light carbonation. A pleasant aftertaste of coffee and a tinge of alcohol. This is an excellent oatmeal stout - pick it up if you see it.

slyke, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Squaretooth
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smiths oatmeal stout

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Nice even lacing all the way down that lightly coats the sides of your glass with a fine oily film. Pleasant chocolaty smell. Tastes of chocolate, oats, light coffee. Lightly carbonated. This is about as perfect as a stout can get, which is no surprise considering the perfect Imperial Stout made they also brew.

Squaretooth, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark black/brown with a nice tan head on it. Hints of ruby when held up to the light.

S: Roasted grains, malty sweetness, oats, and coffee.

T: This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, one of my favorites. Delicious in so many ways. Lots of flavor - chocolate, light coffee, roasted oats, and a nice sweetness to help bring it all together.

M: Like liquid velvet. Smooth and creamy.

D: This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, and one I keep on hand at all times. It's thick and delicious, with an outstanding drinkability.

YonderWanderer, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice, pours jet black with off-white head, not too thick and moderate retention. Smell is muted, but has a nutty and cocoa scent to it. Taste is good. Tastes of choclate, toasted grains, some dark malt. Extremly creamy, both in taste and mouthfeel. Its hard to describe but there is an overall creamy aspect to the beer. Overall a very good beer, the low ABV makes it an easy drinker that left a great overall impression.

bunnyhustle, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of irish53b
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass. Deep brown color with a tan colored head. I poured this pretty hard so a beautiful full head developed that lasted a good while. The head sticks to the sides throughout.

The smell is slightly metallic / acidic almost like coffee.

The taste is not unlike a milk stout with the bit of creamy sweetness that comes through. A flavor I quite can't put my finger on, I want to say maple or honey hits pretty good but is not over the top. There is enough acidic bite to the brew to balances out the sweetness

The mouthfeel is slick to slightly oily. It doesn't have the weight of most stouts, but it is enjoyable.

This brew is highly drinkable, damn near addicting. The carbonation is just right and the flavor sticks to the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Overall I highly recommend this beer. The taste is almost so complex as to be indescribable. I think it would pair nicely with a cheesecake or white meat dish.

irish53b, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head

S - Is of roasted malt with some hints of chocolate

T - Is much like the smell roasted malt with some chocolate and caramel

M - Is thinner than most stouts and has light carbonation

D - I thinks this is a good stout I expected a little more from the hype on this site its worth a try

armock, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of antilogic
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice big bottle (550ml) with foil over the cap. Enough to share or to enjoy a half refill on your pint glass.

A: Deep brown color, almost opaque. Held up to a bright light I can still barely see through it, but can tell it is clear (no haze). Nice tan colored head with my pour, retained for a minute or two.

S: Almost overpowering at first, a strong aroma of roasted grains and nuts.

T: Tastes like it smells, roasted oats, some hints of nuts. A lot of flavors jump out

M: Medium bodied. I expected it to be thicker or last longer on my pallet. Very smooth, minor after taste that leaves my tongue thirsting for another sip.

D: Smooth, easy to drink. There's a reason they give you 18.6 oz.

A really good oatmeal stout. The only better I've had was a homebrew with fresh oats. It's easy to find in stores, it's only a few bucks, comes in 18oz, and is very tasty.

antilogic, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns. Nice red hue when held up to light. Thin tan head,with decent retention,and a nice lacing. Smell is of roasted,nutty malts. Body was thiner than I expected,with a bit of carbonation. Taste is of roasted oats, and sweet malts. Very smooth,and easy to drink.

riversider76, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Steaks
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome. i really doubt a better oatmeal stout exists. it comes in a tight bottle with foil and class all over it. it pours dark brown and smells like nuts and malts. the taste is awesome and has a little bit of coffee, with some nuts, and a ton of OATS. i feel like a horse. the feel is awesome, and for a decently thick stout, it goes down smooth as hell. i'm down with the carbonation as well. great times.

Steaks, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsener glass. Color is deep mahogany, can barely see through glass. Head is substantial and sticks around.

Smell: Smell is of roasted malts, toast, nutty.

Taste: Being my first oatmeal stout, I find it a little unique compared to other stouts. Obvious roasted malts that have a sweet quality; notes of brown sugar and even has a subtle coffee-like quality. Also seemed to taste a little oak-aged. These attributes are not too overwhelming on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit smoother compared to other stouts IMO. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Unique IMO. A lot of flavors jump out, but it doesn't make the beer confusing to the mouth. Drinkable.

Overall, I'm pleased with my first oatmeal stout experience and will seek out others for comparison. On its own, it seemed to be well-crafted and tasty. As a stout, since the taste is not explosive, it's well-served as a good starter stout for newbies.

coalcracker, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of DragYourBone
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lake Louie pint glass. A nice dark stout with lots of carbonation sprigs rising to a browning head. A nice sight when making dinner tonight. The scent of sweet roasted malt was most present. The taste followed as well with only a bit of bitterness. It went down sweet and wet with a medium body - not too heavy and not too thin. This is a nice switch from the stout of a Guiness. This is also a bit more sweet and malty than Gray's. I've not tried other stouts of this type, but I'll definitely keep at least one of these 55ozs around. I will have to compare this to Young's as well.

DragYourBone, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a 1+ finger light brown head. Good head retention. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of roasted malts. Sweetness and some molasses.

Taste is roasted malts. Lightly sweet with a toffee-like quality. For some reason, I tasted some oak in the background. Wasn't expecting that.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and cleansing. Suprisingly spritzy. I was expecting a creamier mouthfeel. Quite dry at the end.

Overall, very drinkable. Very sessionable and enjoyable. Not the best stout out there, but very worthy. I'm certainly glad I bought a six-pack.

atigerlife, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the seventh day, God sat back and cracked open a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Great looking beer. There's something to say about looking at a seemingly pitch black liquid and seeing traces of bright red painted through it.

The smell is mostly roasted flavors and burnt chocolates. It's also pretty bitter, which fortunately is not overly reflective of the taste.

Normally bitter tastes in beer turn me off, but it works well in this one. It's only slightly bitter, but the kind you find in dark chocolate. If that's a problem for you, let the beer warm up a bit, and the rest of the flavors really do come out. I know a lot of people hate the thought of warm beer, but you can truly tell a great difference in this one.

It's amazing that this beer kick started the new Oatmeal Stout trends, because there's little room for improvement here. It finishes like silk and is easy to drink.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown color with a bit of ruby around the edges. A good tannish and bubbly head that sticks around, and a bit of patchy lace.
S: A big bread/grain aroma is present. Lots of burnt malt as well. Overall, not bad, but not very impressive either.
T: A big malt character. A sweet smokey, chocolate, and coffee flavor. Maybe a little too sweet. Lots of oats that I really enjoy.
M/D: Very rich, creamy, smooth, and well carbonated. This is very easy to drink.

A nice oatmeal stout. This has a great flavor and drinkability, but it is almost to sweet for me. I still enjoyed this though, and a beer I would recommend.

champ103, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear 12 oz bottle with no clear freshness info.

a: Jet black, tan head, good lacing.

s: Nutty dark malt.

t: Roasty, toasty malt upfront. Notes of toffee, maybe coffee, some earthiness, and a slight hop finish.

m: Very smooth, creamy and crisp. Full body. Appropriate carbonation.

d: Highly drinkable. Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout is an absolute classic. The ideal beer for introducing people to dark beers not named Guinness, I know I've used it in this role several times.

The definition of an Oatmeal Stout

BradLikesBrew, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of tkach
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a very dark brown/black color with a brown head. Very little light will pass through when held to a light.

Smell was pretty good it really appealed to me. Had the sweet and mild spice essence to it.

Taste was very good the smell matched taste very well in this case. Sweet and thick and a hint of spice/herb found. Nice malt flavor used, aftertaste holds the original flavor well for a little while.

Mouthfeel was ok, maybe a bit too thick at the end but the carbonation is right and I love the way it makes the taste buds tingle.

Drinkability was ok, it seems like a pretty heavy beer so that slowed me down although it went down smooth, mix that with a heavy dinner and you'll get full quick and not be able to enjoy much more of this tasty beer...

tkach, Jan 07, 2008
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
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,555 ratings.