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

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5,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,791
Reviews: 2,156
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 247
Gots: 583 | 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 astrasday
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Rich, near black color with two finger tan head.

Coffee, nuts and almost a sweet apple scent follows through to the taste. Chocolate rings true in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice tight carbonation.

High drinkability and an overall enjoyable experience. Great beer.

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

pours dark brown with tan 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smells of smooth creamy chocolate coated christmas cake.

taste is very smooth and subtle, starts almost fruity with chocolate mocha setting in, followed by a silky roasted backbone and finish.

mouthfeel is a bit smooth yet a bit watery for an oatmeal stout, but not overly carbonated.

drinkability is definately high due to a modest alcohol percentage and delicious overall experience

Photo of germanbeer1
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head, but not too thick. Good lacing throughout consumption. The most recognizable scents are coffee and roasted grains. The taste is overwhelmingly of coffee, but it is possible to detect some oatmeal taste. The coffee taste does a very good job of disguising the alcohol as well. It's a very good beer.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick, foamy espresso head two fingers thick and puffed out at top. Dense sticky lacings.

A nice subtle sweetness on the nose, like chocolate milk. Pleasantly understated coffee notes. It smells... great! If smooth had an aroma, this would be it.

Carbonation gives an edgy metallic note up front. Oat sweetness, nice milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Very balanced malt, fruit is noticeably abscent and there's a great roasted flavour in its place. A hot chocolate finish that lasts for ages.

Oh the mouthfeel! The oats really do their job, giving the beer a silky smoothness that is stylistically perfect. This stout really goes down a treat.

A great example of the style, one to savour.

Photo of crazeddaffy
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thoroughly hated this when paired with chocolate cake as a chemical taste pervaded; however, when drank alone it is quite good.

Poured into an oversized wine glass:
A: Black as oil, no light penetration with a 1.5 finger head when poured. 1/3 finger head that remain with nice lacing.

S: Weird smell I cannot describe but somewhat chemical, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and oats.

T: Taste is exactly how it smells with toffee and an extremely light hop flavor that is barely distinguishable. No bitterness at all that can be too sweet.

M: Medium carbonation that is watery and creamy at the same time.

D: Tasty when not paired with chocolate cake. Extremely sweet and drinkable

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had myself a 22 oz. bottle of this stuff that I poured into a pint glass - well, the 16 oz. that fit anyway...

Pretty impressive coloration - very dark, almost black, opaque with a creamy tan/brownish head that was about a finger and a half in thickness. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet oatmeal with cinnamon and a bit of hop bitterness, although a bit muted. Did detect a bit of funkiness in there, although I wasn't too sure of where it came from.

Taste was good but not great. There was a thick dark chocolate flavor, the sweetness of the roasted malts with the hops coming in right away.

Mouthfeel was good for a stout, creamy and thick and definitely left a slick feeling on your tongue.

Overall a good brew, but not as good as Young's Oatmeal Stout. I wouldn't pass this brew up but I'm not going out of my way to get it. It's session-able (if that's a word) but I wouldn't have more than 2 in a night personally.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a mohagany color with a light brown head that left beautiful lacing.

Smelled of dark chocolates, roasted malts, dried raisins.

Taste like oats, coffee, nutty, a hint of sweetness.

Rich and creamy with a smooth body.

Pretty good drinkable beer.

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

Had heard about this a long time, but never chanced to have one. Drank from tulip glass, poured from some huge bottle (22 oz. or some such).

a: nice, but not as thick and satisfying in color or head as I found their Imperial stout, for example.

s: really rich and oaty and malty.

t: fills the mouth with flavor, oats, perhaps coffee, though in my opinion, it's a bit thinner on flavor than other stouts.

m: good, but due to thinness, not its best feature (again, I think a stout can feel thicker and more satisfying than this, but it's still high in this area)

d: I'll want more; it's tasty and drinkable.

Photo of elfcounsul
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It passed the no light test, so it was safe to drink. Head was tan and just enough to let you know it is to be appreciated on many levels . The aroma was of roasted malts.

The taste was like drinking a licorice stick. It brought back fond memories. It was just sweet enough and the malts were not overpowering. I am not a big malt man, but I can make this a regular among my APA's and Wheats.

It's an easy drink that doesn't demand a finely tuned taste to appreciate. The carbonation was not overpowering like you see with some hoppy ales. It felt good in the mouth, not too thick.

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

Pours a dark black color with a nice dark tan head that thins half way through. Smells like sweet dark chocolate, as it warms, maybe milk chocolate. I taste hints of oatmeal, definitely some sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee. The mouthfeel is unreal, from the look I thought it would be thick, this beer drinks so thin, the texture is like water. The drinkability is the same, goes down so easy.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours black with a creamy two finger head that settled to small ring around the glass. Drank this in a pint glass.
The aroma is black licorice, oatmeal and roasted malt.
The taste easily outdoes the nose here. There's initially some fruity flavours, cherry, apple skins, sweet and sour black licorice flavours in the middle. Good roasted barley flavour is there and some hops are faintly detectable. The finish is dry as expected. There is some nuttiness and some oatmeal characteristics too.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, milky. Moderate to heavy body and a low, soft carbonation. As expected.
Very enjoyable, and highly sessionable at the abv. I could drink a few of these. Great beer.

Photo of easement
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours black a with big head. no head retention. no lacing.

S-Smells like chocolate and caramel. Slight biscuity peeking through.

T-Matly and chocolaty goodness. I don't detect any hops. Aftertaste is sweet.

M-Very smooth with a slight creamyness.

D-Highly drinkable. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Balanced very well and I will definitely be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pours a dark brown/black, through which strong light provides some deep garnet highlights--but overall opaque. Crowned by a tan head, poured 2-finger, which reduced semi-quicly to a thin layer of bubbles.

S-Roasted and chocolatey malts. Some possible light esters. No hop aromas.

T-Strong roasted/toasted malts, with prominent rich chocolatey flavors. Some esteterey afterthoughts. Bitterness is minimal, but provides some appropriate background to the sweetness of the rest of the flavor.

M-Very smooth, with that characteristic oatmeal stout-type light buy heavy body. Low to moderate carbonation. Not really any roasted astringency. No alcoholic warmth.

D-Good drinkability. A quality flavor, probably one of my first oatmeal stout loves, due to its easy drinkability and enjoyable qualities. As I progressed through the bottle, it did start to feel heavy, but I'll surely be enjoying this one again in the future.

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a foamy, capucino-like head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee beans.

T - Great chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a mild bitterness from the oats. It also had a slight nutty quality and floral notes.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great oatmeal stout with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.

Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass

A - deep, beautiful dark brown color, caramel colored head that stayed throughout and envelops the side of the glass with a beautiful lace

S - freshly ground roasted coffee bean aroma

T - Starts off with a smoked sensation at the beginning of the tongue and then offsets subtle sweetness on the middle and finishes off bitter

M - Very smooth bodied, going down it leaves its footprint on the tongue for a while

D - A rich brew that will not disappoint dark beer drinkers and quiet possibly win more of their lighter brethern's drinkers over

Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: The taste doesn't overpower like other stouts. Taste is toasty and burnt. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, thin, and kinda oily.

Photo of mwrseeley
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome 550ml bottle, purchased from the LCBO as part of a Samuel Smith boxset (pint glass included), this oatmeal stout featured a foamy beige cookie of a head. The body was opaque.

On the nose I detected coffee and feedmill-like molasses. The taste reminded me of the same and was sweeter than I expected, and, therefore, not as enjoyable as I had hoped for. A dry stout is more to my liking. I gradually took to the taste and by the last sip I was enjoying my drink.

This gently carbonated beer is rich on the tongue, nicely balanced and has a long finish.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black in the glass, nearly impenetrable to light, with a thick head of tan foam. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, brown sugar and hints of coffee. Oatmeal cookie with raisins as it warms. Really nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Right in the middle of sweet and dry, some sips bring to mind dark roasted coffee, while others make me think semi-sweet chocolate. Oats lend a velvety smooth texture, and the moderate level of carbonation only reinforces that. This stuff only grows more complex and interesting as it warms, bringing out notes of toasted nuts and dark fruit; I recommend letting it warm up a bit before uncapping the bottle.

Notes: A real classic of the style. I'm not sure why I don't buy this stuff more often, especially at the very reasonable price of $3 per 550ml bottle.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink these alot but haven't seen it in a while around here. Pours fairly dark but you can still see through it, not too much of a head, kinda thin feel, overall a good beer that isnt too strong. I could drink this beer everyday. All there other beers are good also

Photo of matt7215
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle from an LCBO gift pack

pours black with a full tan head that laces the glass perfectly. the brew has a perfect stout appearnace.

the aromas are of roasted malt, roasted barley and some coffee stand out.

the flavours is slightly sweet with some nice roastiness. well put together and simple.

silky smooth in the mouth and quite easy to drink despite its full mouth feel.

a damn fine stout that i wish i could get year round.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Mainly roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T = Roasted coffee was upfront and some baker's chocolate rounding out the flavor. The finish had a minimal coffee bitterness that really rounded out the flavor perfectly.

MF = Not quite a medium body. The carbonation was moderate. Very creamy and super smooth.

Overall, this was a fantastic "Oatmeal Stout" that really outshines most others in this style. I really enjoyed the sweetness of this brew.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A A very very dark red, 3 finger light brown/yellow tinted head on pour which falls to a thin layer once the beer is half downed.

S Subtle all around, but definitely some oats and grains coming through, in addition to some molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.

T Really great to start, some light cocoa and brown sugar comes in here which leads to a plethora of creaminess, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of carbonation, and finishes so well with a touch of fresh roast that provides a slight bitter taste. Awesome, so complex when broken down, yet so simple when sipped without thought.

All in all, a phenomenal stout, especially when taken into account that this is widely available.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 2.73555 oz. bottle :).

A - Very dark black with a typical brown stouty head.

S - A little musty. Not a lot there.

T - Starts a little sweet and ends a little sour. Some smoky dark malt mixed in a lingering on the tongue. Really not picking up much if any hops.

M - A bit on the light side but smooth altogether.

D - Very high. It was very smooth and easy to drink.

A good stout. Nothing really stood out good or bad but pretty much all around solid. Kind of a smooth easy drinker stout.

Photo of Phread
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hard pour from brown 550ml bottle into seidel .

Deep antique mahogeny color with caramel head. Big sticky bubbles oozing up through the fine muck. Looks like La Brea tar pitts. I think something is breathing under there!

Couldn't smell much till the end. Chocolate and nugget. I'm thinking Milky Way candy bar.

Creamy, crushed velvet smooth roast malt, chocolate, and nut, with a light sourness at the end that dissapears quickly.

Quite easy to drink.

Photo of nighthawk
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with red-amber hues at the edges. Several fingers of billowy light-tan head settle to a puffy ring that has some staying power.
Caramel and burnt toffee, some oats and roasted malts. Muted, though pleasantly so.
Smooth, sweet caramel and dark chocolate up front, mixing with a burst of floral and earthy hops. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth. Hints of coffee and milk sugars, with the oats reserved, but still present. Carbonation is felt, nice and bubbly, gives a nice contrast to the full, smooth body. Slight drying and sweetness on the finish.
While full bodied, this beer is never heavy or hard to get down. A fine example of the style, and one I will return to.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,791 ratings.