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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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5,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,336
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 202
Gots: 384 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, with ruby sparkling around the edges of the glass and a large light tan head that lasts well and leaves thick lacing. Smell is a bit muted, with slightly burnt maltiness and a light coffee aroma with some earthy notes. Taste is rich and full, with bitter burnt chocolate and coffee malts providing the base upon which sweet fruity and caramel notes are delicately layered, making for a wonderful balance. The finish is sweet and long. Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth, well carbonated and clinging, and drinkability is stellar. What a perfect example of the style, an outstanding evening or dessert beer.

07-29-2006 01:53:03 | More by Mandrake
Photo of hbh739


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Has a distributor giving samples of this stuff at the local beer store.
Tried it then bought a pint.

It poured dark dark dark. No light to be seen through the glass. It had a frothy tan head with incredible creaminess and staying power. Left lots of lacing.

The smell was of roasty malt and oats with a touch of hoppiness.

The taste was incredible. It was sweet and coffee and malty all at the same time. I was eating italian at the time and this beer could not have paired better with anything else. It made me have seconds of the chicken parmesan and another pint. Had to send my pregnant wife back to the beer store (not really i had one in the fridge)

The mouthfeel was as I would expect from a oatmeal stout very creamy and full.

Overall this is a stout I will drink over and over again. It is great with or after a meal. I can't say anything bad about it.

07-28-2006 21:59:53 | More by hbh739
Photo of doubleipa


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

I can distinctly remember having this for the first time in the late 80's at a friend's wedding.
Very black with a great frothy head. Not much lacing, though. As my daughter says, "it smells like oatmeal". Not as much coffee as some, but some nice roasted aroma. I like the sweetness of the aroma. Next to no carbonation. Hints of vanilla is nice.

07-27-2006 12:36:22 | More by doubleipa
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Big fluffy head with a deep tan color. Also had a thin white color around the edge.
Aroma- coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, not chocolate. A faint whiff of hops was present with a swirl of the glass.
A nice hop bitterness hits the palate but is gone quickly as the dark malts take over. I also tasted tannins but in a GOOD way. A good froth in the mouth sweetens it up and you can feel the silkyness that I believe is imparted from the oats. I used to drink this stout all the time before it became the norm. Upon my return I am pleased to find it robust in malt and balanced in hoppiness. The aroma alone defines this stout as excellent. And I do say this stout is actually very good when fresh from the fridge in summer, for me anyway. Cheers, Joe

07-27-2006 12:10:32 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of karst


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Exploring the style Jan 2005 after trying a fine local coffee stout that I was hoping to homebrew. Opaque black pour with tan persistant head heavy lace. Aroma of rich sweet malt, dark roasted barley, milk chocolate and even coffee.
rich in malt with a wonderful mouthfeel. Finish is slightly drying from the hops as aftertaste of roasted malts toasted grains kick back in and fade to dryness. Samuel S. is a classic Oatmeal Stout. Wonder if they would consider a cold coffee toddy version?

A must try.

07-26-2006 02:11:53 | More by karst
Photo of Phocion


4.6/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a nonic glass pitch black. Not even a hint of light through the beer. Thick, frothy brown head with excellent retention.

Nose is of thick toasted malts, chocolate and molasses, coffee, and as it warms up, obviously, oats.

This is very sweet for a stout. Very sweet molasses and coffee bean at first, with a somewhat earthy yeast undertone and a light bitter finish for balance. As with the aroma, the oatmeal comes out as this brew warms up.

Heavy-bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very creamy and smooth on the palate, and with a relatively low ABV, though the drinkability is hindered because this beer is just so heavy. Too filling, it feels more like a meal than a beer. Excellent treat, just don't expect to session this one. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone... actually, come to think of it, I already do.

07-25-2006 01:46:16 | More by Phocion
Photo of hunteraw


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with red hues, one finger tan head, good retention. Opaque. No lace, but honestly, I think that's because I didn't clean my glass very well.

Smell: I probably didn't let it warm up enough, so it's a little more subdued than it should be, but I can smell oats, earthy English hops, dark roast malts.

Taste: sweeter than I expected (reminiscent of a milk stout), but with lots else going on, too. some chocolate, molasses, a touch of fruit at the tip of the tongue. hop flavors are pretty subdued, a good portion of the bitterness seems to be coming from the roast malts. Oats show up more and more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but lighter than I'd anticipated or I would probably prefer.

Drinkability: on the whole, not as good as Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, but good. a little too sweet to be highly drinkable, for me.

07-21-2006 23:49:54 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Damian


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured a deep brown/black with a small, fizzy brown head.

Aroma consisted of intense toasted malts, some hops and a faint sweetness.

Taste was coffee-like, somewhat creamy and sweet with a slight espresso-like, bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Fairly easy drinking for a stout.

07-21-2006 01:54:39 | More by Damian
Photo of gunnerman


4.6/5  rDev +9%

Here it is one of my Favs of all time just the taste and the complexity of this beer is amazing. Every time I drink one I come to find that it has a complete different taste to it very good in my book. The appearance is of a pitch dark to almost cola like blackness to it with a nice 2 inch head and very heavy lacing on the glass. This stout has such a good smell to it I wished they bottled it as a cologne, it is that good roasted oats with hints of chocolate and arabica coffee. The taste is wonderful of roasted malts and hints of chocolate that go down nice ans smooth, leaves a great aftertaste of vanilla.

07-21-2006 01:00:36 | More by gunnerman
Photo of maundythirsty


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

The beer is so black-brown and opaque that I do not think I realized the bottle was clear until I had emptied it into a glass. Produced a wet, oatmeal-colored (surprise) head no more than a quarter-inch deep, but the beer held a sheet of bubbles through the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee and lightly charred malt. A whiff of grassy hops. It's a great, thick, luxurious smell.

Thaste is much the same, but the burned malt/coffee flavor blanketed by cloying sweet/sour taste. Pleasant quiet hop bittering, but that sour is enough to make me pucker a little.

I keep smacking and swallowing to shake that sour touch. Very smooth beer with a distractingly high level of carbonation for a stout. The tangy sour flavor is eventually too much, I think I would drink the heck out of this beer if it weren't there.

07-13-2006 04:56:32 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of egajdzis


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a deep, dark brown, almost opaque color with a medium sized light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet dark fruit and oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma with some slight alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. This was the start of it all for me. I could drink this all day!

07-11-2006 02:43:08 | More by egajdzis
Photo of kimcgolf


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

This was a good beer, but nothing spectacular. Poured to a deep black with tan head that faded quickly. Deccent lacing as I drank. Aroma was hints of chocolate, but faint. I enjoyed the flavor, especially at mid-glass, but the body seemed light, and slightly watery. Had an okay finish, but nothing to write home about. Enjoyed the SS Taddy Porter and Impy Stout more.

07-09-2006 12:02:35 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of jamie2dope


3.8/5  rDev -10%

Appearance on this beer is completely pitch black with a thick, rocky half inch white head with some good retention. Smell was dominated with lactates, accompanied with some light coffee and chocolate. Also in the nose were oats, a hint of something metallic, and also a somewhat pungeant vinnegar smell. Taste was a bit musty, but big on the oatmeal and chocolate flavors. This is a pretty big beer to be had, but in a good way in that this one could have fallen short. I have had many oatmeal stouts that just seem big and clunky, just pure heavyness without anything to really mention except its bigness. This oatmeal stout on the other hand has alot of personality and can be easily identified as being a Samuel Smith offering. As far as drinkability, although I enjoyed it, one bomber was more then enough for me, simply too much thickness for me. You can't really go wrong with this brewery, they time and time again provide classic esamples of the styles that they brew. A great starting point for anyone getting into quality beers.

07-07-2006 22:10:13 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of tneel

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

I had been waiting for a while to try this beer and my overall hype led to a little bit of a let down when I actually tried this for the first time. But my first experience had been with a bottle of questionable age so I decided to give it another try and was much more impressed the 2nd time around.

Looks the part with a rich dark color and a thick, creamy head. There is a hint of oatmeal when you open the bottle and in each drink. A very smooth, highly drinkable beer that finished strong.

07-06-2006 16:58:27 | More by tneel
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

appearance: The pour gives a 0.25" mocha colored head that quickly recedes, leaving a nice ring around the glass and some very light lacing. The beer is a dark brown in color.

smell: The smell is a great blend of roasted/toasted malts, caramel and toffee, light English hops, and semisweet chocolate. Pretty straightforward, but smells delicious.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body medium. Smooth on the tongue thanks to the oatmeal used.

taste: Flavors of toasted and lightly roasted malt, slightly sweet caramelized sugars and cocoa, and a subtle English hop flavor. After the swallow, a light bitterness kicks in and lingers into the finish with a chalky roastiness.

drinkability: easily drinkable

This beer was one of my introductions to the craft beer scene, and it was a pleasure to revisit.

07-03-2006 21:11:30 | More by blackie
Photo of TheLastEngineer


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

12oz bottle - love the clear glass

Looks the part with a very dark color and an oatmeal colored head with good staying power and nice lacing. Smells like roasted coffee with some chocolate notes... not earthy, but a full nose to it. Wonderful taste with outstanding balance of malt and hops with oats acting as a backdrop bringing it all together. Blossoms in your mouth as it warms up... velvety heaviness punctuated by cleansing carbonation. Close your eyes and think of oatmeal and it all comes into focus. Quite drinkable for such a potentially heavy brew, thanks to top-notch smoothness and balance.

I have found this beer to be ideally suited for two applications: as the first beer of a tailgate (a.k.a. "breakfast") and as a compliment to cashews. An exceptional beer that I would love to taste on draught someday.

06-27-2006 03:17:25 | More by TheLastEngineer
Photo of barknee

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a dark espresso brown with very active carbonation visible in the narrow base of the glass. A gen-u-ine chunky deep mocha colored head with excellent retention hangs hard atop of the glass. Aromatics of burnt caramel & tar greet the nose along with freshly sawed pine enveloping the whole package. Delectably smooth & plush on the mouth; slightly sweet from the generous malting and just the right amount of hops to bring this brew into focus. Surprisingly understated in weight vs. its heavyweight appearance. This stout flows effortlessly down the gullet, providing potentially endless lip-smacking enjoyment.
Jolly good mate!

06-23-2006 02:30:54 | More by barknee
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

A- Black body...no light can pass through, 1/4 inch high coffee colored head...
S- Toasted oats, sweet chocolate malt, a bit of brown sugar, and some light hops.
T- Light hops present in the tip of the tongue....roasted sweet malty body...The hops give a slight crispness to the finish , but it is followed by a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M/D- Moderate carbonation for a stout...the hop crispness right as the finish begins makes this beer all the more drinkable....it is pretty heavy, but easy to drink....I love that a beer like sam smith's is so readily available.

06-22-2006 16:28:55 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of bashiba


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured a dark brown color with just a little bit of head.

Smell was light with sweet with hints of molasses and coffee.

Taste was a sweet malty flavor with hints of oats, molasses, oak, and a mild bit of bitter burnt malts.

Mouthfeel was slightly chewy and had some nice carbonation.

Overall a decent offering.

06-18-2006 19:39:49 | More by bashiba
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

This beer pours a glowing dark brown cherry with a tall, creamy, pale tan head.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses blended into a dry smoky oat.

The flavor begins with a touch of brown sugar with a sweet red grape that then fades into a slightly sour and woody smoky flavor that seems to be based on a thick oat.

The mouth feel is light with a plentiful, small bubbled carbonation that accentuates the slight sourness of the flavor.

This one’s really fantastic. The flavor is very simple and delicate, and the mouth feel works exceptionally well with it. Very nice.

06-16-2006 23:30:24 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a tan tall and long lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty with a strong chocolate and a slightly vinous aromatic. The aroma contained some dark fruits, raisins most notable and a strong caramel component.

The flavor was nicely dry with a strong roast and a bit of grassy character. Coffee was present, but chocolate seemed to rule alongside the roast. The flavor did contained a bit of mealy oat character and a fairly estery fruit character.

The finish was dry with lasting impressions of chocolate and coffee with estery fruit charater into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full with a moderate carbonation but still an oat mouthfeel was present. A nice stout, roasty. Glad I finally got back around to it.

18.7 ounce bottle.

06-12-2006 21:01:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of NolateM


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured into a mug. Solid black, with a slightly tan head, some pretty decent lacing.

Aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate. A hint of smoke.

Flavor going down is DEFINITELY dark chocolate, and slightly smokey. The aftertaste has a strong coffee ice cream kind of a flavor, with a hint of tiramisu. Definitely does taste stronger than just 5% though. There is a bit of skunkiness which I could do without, but it's not a big deal. Probably slightly light-struck cuz of the clear bottle.

Admittedly, I succumbed to a BA taboo by writing this review while slightly inebriated, but the flavors and aromas were so strong (especially after drinking Red Hook IPAs, which flavorwise were lighter) that it didn't even matter if my senses were slightly dulled, this beer packed a whallop of flavor! A great dessert brew.

06-08-2006 18:19:37 | More by NolateM
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

550 ml bottle with no dates.

Dark brown body with fluffy tan froth. Almost no lacing to speak of.

Apple smells abound - I think British yeast strains tend to put off this smell and flavor. Mellow roasted grain note like toast, plus sweet milk chocolate, cookies, and candied cherries.

Full bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A mellow roastiness is matched with a subdued sweetness. Juicy cookie malt center has pear and apple flavors. Long finish of burnt toast and lightly citric leafy hops.

A classic example of the style. I had my first ten years ago and it has stayed delicious throughout the span. Way to go, Limeys! ;^)

06-07-2006 01:33:37 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Thick dark brown/black color.

Chocolatey, oaky aromas and flavors.

Grainy, roasty, caramel, smokey flavors. Full bodied oily, grainy stout. Grainy as opposed to syrupy mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable. Good session stout if thats your style. ABV is only around 5. An excellent example of the style without any bells or whistles.

06-04-2006 20:06:47 | More by BillyB
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a large Pt+ bottle to a Sam Smith tulip glass. The head was big tan and sudsy, faded to a very nice lacy pad atop a very dark rich liquid. The color is a dark chocolate with browning red hues.

Smell is of rich malt roasted to a dark perfection. Chocolate is one of the main players here with coffee espresso notes.

Taste is most certainly of deep roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. A subtitle sweetness is present that plays so well with the chocolate malty taste ant the very fine yet low key hops. The bitterness of the hops and the sweet malt are in perfect harmony to blend and carry off any unwanted alcohol taste. This is truly on of the finest examples of this style.

Mouthfeel is superb. A perfect blend of sticky full bodied liquid and radiant dissolved gasses coming to life. Warming and lively with a smooth creamy texture.

Drinkability is very high as this brew has no apparent drawbacks or flaws

Cheers mates! MK

06-03-2006 05:21:51 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,336 ratings.