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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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5,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,959
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 272
Gots: 719 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A strong midnight black color, with an off-white/tan head of modest size. No lacing, but very nice head retention.

Smell: Brisk chocolate and molasses aroma, with a definite starchy undertone.

Taste: Strong sweet chocolate flavored malt up front, with more sublte dark fruit flavors alongside. The oats add a depth to the flavor. A smooth, coffee bitterness settles in after the malt and resides in the mouth until after the sip is gone. The flavor is strong, smooth, and complete in each dram.

Mouthfeel: Initial feel is quite smooth, with a sharp crispness from the surprisingly confident carbonation.

Drinkability: I would not have thought a stout could be this drinkable.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque and brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. leaves no lacing. Thin layer of the fluff stays atop your beer on the way down.

S: chocolate and dark fruits

T: sugary sweet chocolate up front followed by dark fruits with a toasted raisin bread finish. all in good balance

M: full-bodied and creamy with a slightly dry finish that makes you really crave another drink.

Overall, I'm really impressed. This beer brings good flavor and a high drinkability. Very good for desert or a session.

Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Nice retention

S - Sweet, toasted malt aromas with hints of toffee, coffee, and a bit of chocolate and dark fruits.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with some toasty oat and malt flavors also coming through. Fairly sweet, although not over-done on the sweetness.

M - Full bodied and very smooth. Almost creamy feeling with a nice level of carbonation.

D - Quite tasty stout. Nice combination of flavors. I could definitely put down a few of these, although it would probably compliment a winter day better than an afternoon in June.

Photo of pants678
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown from a 550ml bottle with a two finger head that retains. It's opaque and pushes pitch black.

Smells of roasted oats and hints of coffee. Maybe a tantamount of carmel, but not much, just something that eases it off a harsh edge.

Immediately, it's a bit sweet on the front end, brings to mind raisins and molasses. The sweetness combines with the trace amount of carbonation and keeps the charred coffee subtle. The oatmeal body is full, with a tingling, toffee finish. There's some bitterness, but it's not off-putting. The diversity in flavors is unexpected.

I have to say that it's not as thick or heavy as I'd expect for any kind of stout. It's nice to be able to put away a few of these. The complexity and carbonation keeps it moving, but not too quickly. This brew is worth savoring and dissecting.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

Photo of CarlP2
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my tall "test mug"

A- Dark black, no light coming through. Thick fluffy tan head, some lacing left too. Agitating the beer a bit brings back some head, even as the glass is nearly empty.

S- This smells like something gods would drink. Smells sweet and slightly fruity. Reminds me of ice cream and oatmeal. I also get a hint of cough syrup, kind of a sweet medicine smell. I wish I had an air freshener that smelled like this oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is a slight bitter finish, maybe some hops. The balance of sweet and roasted with the finish is just right. This makes a great dessert beer for after a meal.

M- Medium to thick body. I almost want to chew it. Very smooth, like drinking silk. I'm still amazed after every sip.

D- I could sit around and smell this beer all night. I'd rather drink it all night, and I could easily do that. The taste and smoothness combine to make a very drinkable beer. And at 5% ABV, it won't knock me down if I put a few away.

Photo of PintOHops
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick looking oil black color with about 2/5 of an inch of beige head, can't see through this one. Fair head retention, and leaves some broken spotty lacing. Smells of semi bright fruity citrus notes, grapes, apple, pair, raisins, a wonderfully rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel follow. Oats, wheat bread, lightly toasted malts on the finish, indulgent & sweet dessert like aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lite fruity apple, grape, and pair, followed by a rich blow of overly indulgent toffee, mild coconut, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Pretty much has a dark chocolate bitterness, some wheat bread & oat flavors, as well as some nuttiness on the finish. Very sweet & rich overall, wonderful! Mouthfeel is hardy, smooth, silky, creamy, thick & full bodied! I think I even felt some sediment going down, I could be wrong though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstanding stout! I was blown away with the richness of this beer, as well as the outstanding mouthfeel! I loved everything about this Stout, this thing hits the spot. Nearly flawless, and did I mention that it was overly indulgent? I could definitely have a couple pints on a toasty evening, sitting in front of a fire, ah. The drinkability is very high on this one, and I highly recommend that you try this. Cheers!

Photo of carwreCk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown and ruby red around the edges in the right light.

Smell is malty sweet.

Taste is also malty sweet, with a very restrained hint of coffee. Little to no alcohol is detected.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin to my liking but not uncommon for the style. Has a creamy finish.

Drinkability is high. Doesn't go to any extreme that would inhibit its drinkability, and ABV is relatively low and not very noticeable.

Photo of ttinyqc
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. I enjoyed it. Just started to get into beer as a hobby, but I liked this in all catagories. Enjoyed the smell. Could taate the oatmeal. Every drinkable. Fancy bottle was 550 milliliters. 18.7 fluid ounces. Enjoyed while sitting on pation watching the world go by. Very nice.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12oz bottle at Old Chicago's in Louisville. Served in a chilled mug (I know, not ideal, but that's how they serve their mugs, so I tried to let it warm to room temp).

A: Rich, deep brown pour. Creamy, khaki head, 1 finger thick which quickly dissipates to a ring of lacing. Opaque body.

S: Slightly salty profile on the nose - soy sauce first, then the roast aromas take over by way of oats and barley. Just a growing hint of sweetness on the back end - perhaps dark fruit, maybe some molasses.

T: Good roasted flavors peak at the front - definitely getting the oats, some heavier roasted barley filling out the malt profile. A flash of sweetness as well, suggestions of dark fruit, molasses, maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Then there is a smooth toast flavor that appears mid sip, tempered with that soy sauce like saltiness detected on the nose - it cuts through the gentle roast. Finish draws to a mild, nutty/oatmeal flavor.

M: Low carbonation; fairly smooth and slick mouthfeel.

D: Only 5% ABV means this oatmeal stout is highly drinkable. Good flavors and a smooth body make for quite an easy drinking stout.

Hands down the best oatmeal stout I've tasted. Another solid brew out of Tadcaster, England.

Photo of Newmerator
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smell appearance - Nutty, roasted, almost a hint of molasses smell to it. delicious.

taste - much the same as the smell. very smooth and full bodied flavor/mouth feel.

drinkabiliity - i could def have a few of these if so permitted. this beer would go great with something sweet like dark chocolate or biscotti. MMMmmm..


Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I have much to add after 1300+ reviews, but I figured I will pile on to the consensus. This was one of my introductions to "craft beer" around a decade ago...and continues to satisfy as an affordable widely available breakfast beer today.

Poured from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (although, this beer certainly warrants the purchase of a proper imperial nonic).

Liquid is almost black but for a hint of taupe or brown and is thouroughly opaque. A large creamy tan (almost khaki) head forms quickly and never leaves. Very good lacing. Lovely.

Aromatics include freshly roasted grain (malt, oatmeal), mild coffee, hints of cocoa; the sum being greater than the parts, creating a particular, albeit gentle olfactory signature.

Sweet on the palate with prominent roasted notes (a darker roast than is suggested by the aroma) accompanied by (surprise) oatmeal. Someone else mentioned "coffee with cream" and I think that isn't far off. The finish has a mild though lingering bitterness (though hop flavors are heavily obscured) which is joined by a hint of burnt toast (not a bad thing!).

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with reasonable carbonation. Very high drinkability due to its lack of bitterness, low ABV, and unique flavors.

I know Samuel Smith is credited for the revivification of this style in 1980, but I can see room for improvement/experimentation. I would prefer a heavier body and a greater intensity of flavors (maybe more oatmeal, higher ABV?). Still, this is one I return to with pleasure and anticipation everytime. This is also just the thing to nudge Guinness lovers a few baby-steps forward beyond the macro world.

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

This pours as black as the ace of spades. A generous beige head which hangs around.

Some sweet malt on the nose. A little bit closed.

Wonderfully creamy chocolate with a touch of coffee.

There are better oatmeal stouts out there but this one is still very good.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-thick black pour into a pint glass. Good amount of dark tan head with medium retention and moderate lacing.

S- Biscuity malted aroma with coffee, chocolate and rolled oats.

T- Flavorful deep malt and grain flavor. Deff. oatmeal taste with dates and dark chocolate.

M/D velvety mouthfeel and a smooth aftertaste that was very nice. Loved this one

Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 550 ml gold tin wrapped bottle. No freshness date, but a code at the base of the neck of sh26h1.
Into the pint glass it went, makeing a 2 inch tan fluffy head. The head slightly resembling that of a Guiness with a whipped cream like texture and very tiny little bubbles. Leaving behind a colar of retention and light thin lace rings and drapes. The color is black with some dark red glowing at the edges.

The aroma is somwhat light and not really a whole lot to report on this side. Some mild chocolate grain aroma, protein oaty aroma, and a mild charcoal.

The taste delivers as always, Some sweetness throughout, minimal, but present. Carbonation as well. More grains, chocolate and cereal. Plenty of oat flavors making just a little more body to the beer beyond the abundance of carbonation. A lightly toasty charred flavor.
Finishing crisp and slightly bitter from grains with some of that sweetness carrying its way through all the other flavors.
Definatly a solid brew. I've had some bad bottles of this before in the clear bottle version. Almost turned me off to this beer completly. But I got this as a gift and am back on with this beer.
Thanks brown bottle for saving me and allowing me to consume you once again.

Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a black color with brown highlights around the edges. A huge three finger head comes from it that's a nice coffee brown color and leaves great lacing with nice retention.
S= like good beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, and a tiny coffee note. I might even be picking up a very small amount of hops.
T= same as the odor. Really really nice toasted malts. Not too sweet and not too biter nice balance. Great flavor for a session beer. A little chocolate and coffee in it. Really just a solid stout taste.
M= high carbonation a little sticky and smooth creamy finish.
D= very high. Its so nice to have just a regular stout once in a while. This is a great beer. Classic example of a stout and great flavor for the sessionability. Awesome beer.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass. Pours a thin black with a very light head. This one doesn't smell too strong, but you can smell the oatmeal. This is a very easy drinking stout, almost a beginners stout with very little bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer, very smooth, semi-sweet. I could drink a 4 pack and go back for more!

Photo of julian1117
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking vessel: 16 fl. oz. Irish Guiness pint glass

Visual appeal: dark mahogany, small head, slight lacing

Smell: present but not strong, of raisins, roasted malt, sweet toffee

Flavor: strongly smokey, toffee again

Mouthfeel: creamy, very smooth, slight carbonation

Drinkability: very high

Photo of victrola42
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown/black

Smell: Roasty, sweet

Taste:Tasting hints of sweet toffee, coffee like. Lots of flavors.

Feel: Thick, though prefer an oatmeal stout to be a bit thicker. Smooth, good carbonation

Drink: Very drinkable.

A good oatmeal stout. Not my favorite, but recommend highly. Inexpensive as well. Lower in alcohol.

Photo of disastermouse
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Rich dark brown, creamy light brown head that starts course and fades to fine bubbles but stays thick atop the beer. Excellent!

S - Maple, old leaves, chocolate mixed with cold coffee at the tail end.

T - Toasty, charred (in a good way), a little semi-sweet chocolate.

MF - Big, full, loads the tongue without being overly carbonated.

D - I could have a couple. It's not something I can drink all night.

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

Pours a very dark red/black with burgundy highlights against very strong light. Had 1/2" of creamy head, but settled to 1/8" with some nice lacing.

Smells very rich, like roasted coffee, breakfast oatmeal, chocolate, and walnuts.

Taste is good. Very low hoppiness, but distinctive malts which start very sweet and crystaly, and move slowly over the palate to well balanced smokiness of roasted barley, then lingers on the finish with an almost chocolatey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is round and extremely smooth, esepcially for a beer this dark. Carbonation is good, yet this is one of the smoothest beers I've had the pleasure of quaffing.

Drinkability is very high here, I could drink this from the second the sun went down until I couldn't drink any more. Don't think I could handle this one outside on a hot day though, as with most stouts.

Photo of Jablonski
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: pours black, and almost completely opaque. Decently large light brown head with a minimal lacing.

S: roasted malts, caramel, chocolate

T: has a bit of a chocolate taste throught each sip. I can also note some darker fruits, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee

M: excellent; good carbonation and creamy body

D: low ABV, decent taste

Photo of CMitchell
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Thick, dark, nice tan head that disappears shortly. Still looks gorgeous

S: Malts, oats, slight chocolate and coffee notes. There is a hint of off, like soy sauce or sherry, perhaps due to oxidation.

T&M: Thick and creamy, nice mouthfeel, again some oxidation.

D: Have had this many times, and I don't think the beer is taken care of very well. Seems like it always tastes slightly off due to oxidation. Would love to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Richardberg
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark amber bordering black. Small fizzy head disappears after a minute.

S: wow, lots going on here. Caramel malts, mocha, raisin/fig, toast.

T: kind of thin relative to the smell, more like a particularly toasty porter. alcohol is fairly present considering it's only 5%

M: not bad but doesn't have the characteristic creamy feel I expect from oatmeal

D: despite flaws, still a very worthy contender in this category

Photo of crazeguy
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from a 355ml(12oz) bottle.

First time drinking this, heard great things, hoping it lives up to the hype.

A- Dark amber/black. Barely able to see through it. Nice head that fades continuously.

S - Overwhelming. Having trouble deciphering all the scents. On top of the usual Stout suspects, think I smell a tiny bit of fruit. My nose could just be off. Smells awesome though.

T - Light surprisingly. I was hoping for some more bold flavors so I'm a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel - Nothing remarkable.

D- Seems like it could be a session type if its a cold winter night.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,959 ratings.