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

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Ratings: 5,997
Reviews: 2,205
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
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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 magnj
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - 2 finger, dirty white head pours easily, looks thick, sounds thick. Very deep brown body shows light only at the edges of my glass.

S - Chocolate and coffee. Very slightly toasty, not at all roasty or burnt. Malty, can't pick out the oatmeal in particular I don't think but smells sweet and makes me feel ok that I had one of these with my breakfast on a camping trip.

T - A lot more subtle at first than you might expect, but then comes in the toastiness, then creeps in the chocolate and it ends with coffee. This for me is the definition of a drinkable breakfast beer. Forget those 9% coffee concoctions, this is made to sit in a glass next to your pancakes and eggs. Malty and sweet throughout without being cloying or sticky.

M - Really great body, thin but not. Maybe silky. Not thick and super sweet/sticky. Just the right amount of unfermentables.

D - So tasty, I could drink this all day. Unfortunately it's not the most affordable brew. But if you want to know what an oatmeal stout can taste like, this is it.

Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a two finger head and a resilient one that refuses to go away. Deep red that is nearly opaque.

Smells of rich oatmeal malt and a sweetness reminescent of english toffee. a slight nose of bittering hops.

Rich sweet malts, chocolate and oats. jesus is this a tasty one. Tried it in the past but for some reason never reviewed it.

Mouth is delightful and smooth. Drinks slowly but great for the style

Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a two finger head that hangs in there well. The aroma is some chocolate and a little alki. The taste is sweet, chocolate and a bit of sourness; but I do not get much coffee. Feel was rich and smooth but not heavy. Drinkability was typical for a stout, you'd like to, but it's just too sweet and heavy to make a night of it.

Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours the deepest darkest brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that left notches down the glass

smells of roasted malts - bit nutty - some earthy hops

taste is roasted malts - little cocoa buttery toffee - some bitterness - very solid

mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy - maybe a bit thin but good

drinkability - a 5%abv oaty stout session beer!!

Photo of Lolli1315
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one in my pint glass. Have had this one before so I am looking forward to it.

A- Black body with a one finger tan head. Lacing isn't too bad, looks quite tasty.

S- Dark malty smell is what hits the nose first. After that it seems like I am getting an oat smelled coupled along with a little nutty yeasty smell.

T- The dark malts come through just like in the smell. At the backend of this beer you get that oat flavor that I expect out of an oatmeal stout. There also is a little of that nut flavor throughout. Tasty oatmeal stout.

M- This is probably the part of the beer that I have the largest problem with (and it isn't that big of a problem). I expected the mouthfeel to be a little fuller than it was and I feel that it would be a little better if the body was beefed up a little.

D- I could sip on these all night.

Notes: I would prefer a RIS rather than an Oatmeal Stout, but this is still a great beer. I find this to be a good beer to finish that night off with.

Photo of TheFirstKnight
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a tan head. The head lasts for a while.

Smell - Nice coffee smell with a hint of some brown sugar.

Taste - It has a strong malt flavoring with some sweetness mixed in. It has a bitter finish to it. It didn't have a strong oatmeal taste to it.

Mouthfeel - very little carbonation to it.

Drinkability - It was very smooth. It left me feeling a bit full when drunk quickly. I feel that this is a beer worth sipping.

Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasing finger+ head of tan bubbles, the largest pop swiftly leaving denser foam to settle across the surface, moderate stickiness to the lacing. Mostly black, at some angles you can see dark brown to orange hues but not much. Very fragrant nose of black grape, blackberry fruit, black licorice and sweetened coffee, hard toffee, minor oats and other grains, nothing bitter here, very dominated by the fruit. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, the carbonation has a fine prickle to it and keeps things spinning around the palate. More sheer roast in the coffee flavors, bringing out more dark chocolate and cocoa as a result. Hint of witchhazel. Remains noticeably grapey, you also get red plum, cherry and blueberry fruit. Good grip, not too creamy, stands up for itself and not over ingratiating. The toast also teases out additional breadiness. Good length as it finishes, dries out steadily, tidy ending. Quite clear that this is British and not American made.

Photo of mulder1010
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-- black with a tan head. got 2 inches of head before it slowly went away. Not a lot of carbonation either and no lacing.

S-- a sweet coffee smell, like a lot of sugar put in a good cappuccino. A little burnt but not like overdrawn as coffee can be. Also get some brown sugar.

T-- Sweet but like an overdrawn cappuccino, not near as much oatmeal as I remember. Still reminds me of a sweeter version of a coffee stout.

M- Kind of flat but still a coffee feel. A little bit of a coffee bit but very good. Get the feeling of eating oatmeal with a decent amount of brown sugar.

D-- The strong suit of this beer I have always thought. Very drinkable. Could do several of this and never get tired of it. An excellent combination of ingredients. Just to me lacks more oatmeal.

Have not had this in a log time and a perfect session beer. Not real heavy but it can leave you full. Probably better sipped and enjoyed.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout...

Appearance-dark brown to light black, medium body, large head overflows the glass on a slow rise, thin lace.

Smell-coffee and burnt ashes aroma, alcohol, fusel smells throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full body, a lot of layers of flavor, chocolate sweetness, tart sourness, smoky earthiness, sort of muddled flavor and not smooth.

Drinkability-slow sipper for sure.

Overall-a complex beer with lots of layers, worthy of a try for the hype alone, but I think it just didn't measure up to it's name.

Photo of mwa423
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Popped open the bottle, poured into a pint glass, WOW the head (which by the way is a dark brown), I might have poured it a bit aggressively but it filled 1/4th of an imperial pint glass. The color is jet black just like it should be.

S - Coffee, chocolate malt, also a sweetness, but not a caramel sweetness. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's there.

T - Rich coffee, malt, oatmeal stout flavor. Above average for the style. Surprisingly strong taste for only 5%.

M - Weak for the style, almost watery. I would say that it is close to Guinness in that it has lots of flavor, but watery mouthfeel. I also might have gotten an overcarbonated bottle, but carbonation is tickling my mouth, not something I expect from an oatmeal stout, and not particularly pleasant.

D - This could easily be a session for nights where I want malt and lots of it. Because Sam Smith's is so easy to find, I will give it consideration next time I'm looking for something cheap and malty.

Photo of kflorence
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque black with fairly decent tan head that sticks around for awhile. Minimal lacing, carbonation is not noticeable. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

S: Smells of raisins, burnt oatmeal, dark cocoa, caramel and perhaps a bit of espresso. This is honestly one of the best smelling beers out there... it is an overall sweet and inviting aroma.

T: Taste is fairly strong and complex. Oatmeal brown sugar and a plethora of caramelized malts hit the tongue first, followed by raisins and molasses. This is followed by a dry, coffee, hop and alcohol flavor. The lingering taste in the mouth is of burnt oatmeal, dark cocoa, roasted nuts and cigars. What a superbly crafted brew this one turned out to be. One of the most flavorful and refined beers out there in my humble opinion.

M: Although this is by all means a heavy bodied brew, the mouthfeel somehow comes off as smooth. Sam Smith's has managed to craft a thick, yet not syrupy beer with plenty of substance without becoming anything with the consistency of motor oil. Kudos!

D: As mentioned, this is a heavy beer, but it manages to sit pretty light in the stomach. Obviously a few of these will fill you up, but they won't make you feel overstuffed or bloated. I would never turn one of these down. One of my favorites.

Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing rave reviews about this one for a while, but I've just recently been enjoying stouts, so thought I would give it a try.

Pours thick with a medium, creamy coffee head. The beer itself is thick, oil like. Smells of heavy malt with a lot of chocolate tones. The taste is fantastic, with a lot of chocolaty roasty malt, with a bitter finish, coming in the form of roasted coffee.

Great stout, will be drinking again.

Photo of trentley87
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours oil black from the bottle. 2 fingers of nice tan head dissipates rapidly. Light aroma for a stout. Not as much burnt roast smells as most stouts. Very mild and balanced flavor..I don't taste much oatmeal, but the flavors do have nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Excellent mouthfeel. Carbonation right on, nice and creamy. A very drinkable stout.

Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - Beautiful silky black body, bubbly mocha head. Orgy of thick, chunky lacing as it goes down.

S - Not really getting great flavours, bit metallic.

T - Didn't know what to expect after the first smell, but silky roast flavours come in lightly, chocolatey in the middle, then a big smokey/roasted flavours at the end leaving an awesome after taste, tastes like I'm still drinking a fair gulp.

M - Perfect mouthfeel, goes downlike beery milkshake.

D - Don't think I could make it a session beer, a couple over a hearty dinner would be awesome tho.

NB. Beer tasting is easier without Maltese x poodle jumping up and down on your lap.

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4 pack and unfortunately had a mishap that redendered all the other soldiers MAN DOWN all over the floor of my garage. (A moment of silence if you would be so kind.) So I am taking the time to sit and review this lone hero in real time at my computer...

Poured into my favorite plain, somewhat chipped pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown; nearly black color with a bit of redness around the edges where the light fights to get through. Initially it has an amazing creamy 3 finger head that slowly receeds and leaves a fair amount of lacing about the previously touched sections of the glass. Deep smell reveals traces of burnt grains, chocolate and little bits of coffee. Taking a deep gulp, it has that rich smoothness you would expect with anything advertising the name oatmeal. Immediate flavors of over-ripened dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and burnt barley/hop bitterness brings in the finish. The carbination is enough to make your tongue tingle...quite inviting for the next sip. This is a solid beer and each sip is a reminder that this beverage is well balanced...if only I had another.

Photo of myost88
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 550 ml bottle into a Guiness pint glass.

Appearance- Pours the typical dark stout black with a light tan fluffy head. Lots of chunky patches of lace.

Smell- First thing I thought of was that it had this odd sweet wine like scent. Not something I'm used to in stout. Typical stout scents are less prevalent. Odd.

Taste- Very tasty! Lots of nice sweet chocolatey taste. The roasty stout flavor is not found in this one. The sweetness replaces it I think. Some graininess is present. No trace of that wine-scent in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Thick and smooth. Almost no carbonation. Milk would be an effecive comparison.

Drinkability- As with all the Sam Smith's beers, this one is very easy to take nice big quaffs of! At 5% I could easily down a few pints of this one.

Overall- I'm a huge SS fan. This one isn't my favorite, but it lives up to my standards for this brewery. Not great but pretty good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark black-brown, with hints of ruby blood-red when held to the light. Thickish head of surprisingly light white foam. Some lacing. Pancake bubbles across the surface. Nice.

Dry chocolate notes on the nose, with a light vinous character, a little vinegary even. Some grassy, green lucerne and grain characters, not terribly dark, a small amount of sugar syrup. Can't say I'm a huge fan to be honest. Pretty weak.

Taste is a little better, a little syrupy sugar, but a dark malt character at the back to cleanse with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel quite thin, and there is that lingering sour character that's just out of place. The slight sugar syrup character lingers a little too much on the back too. Again. it's got some nice characters, but I'm not a big fan.

No, it doesn't do it for me overall. It's just too light and a little to sickly. It needs some depth and body behind it. There are some decent characters, but there are also some odd notes that put me off.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy colour, quite dark but a lot of colour in it, especially when held up to the light. The head is thin, very thin actually, beige colour. Leaves some deliciously sticky cascades of lacing around the edge. Pretty good indeed.

Nose is sweet and sticky, slightly roasty with a light cocoa character, hints of brown sugar, maybe some spice as well, nutmeg I think. A light citrus character at the back, orange and maybe lemon as well. A lot of nuance, but a bit subdued with nothing explosively aromatic.

Roasted character throughout the palate, slightly bitter without overdoing it into ashy territory. Hints of cocoa and a fair amount of cereal grain. Has a port character towards the back with a good sweetness that again doesn't overdo it by venturing into sickly-town or syrup-ville. Feel is smooth and velvety. Reasonably full but gliding, like indigestion cream.

This is extremely drinkable stuff, with smooth pleasant flavours. It does venture into sweet territory at the back, but it's balanced enough for the most part to make it quaffable.

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass.

Pours a 2 finger full tan head. Color is a deep deep mahogony brown. Pretty much black. Good retention and a lot of lace sticks to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Very sweet oatmeal stout. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are the main notes I get. This is quite a light stout as compared to others I have had.

Taste: Sweet toffee. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee is also there. Again, a very sweet tasting beer. Beer roasted malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. A very small touch of alcohol pokes through. Very sweet beer. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout. It isn't on the top of my list, but it is worth a try. One of their better beers in my opinion.

Photo of huguey
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 550 ml bottle, split between me and my brother.

Great head, very light tan, persists for seemlingly ever.

A: Black, good lace.

S: Very mild and doesn't give much of a hint about what is to come.

T: Unharsh, salty, oaty (of course), a long with very hidden maltyness.

M: No oily-ness makes this one easy to go down.

D: I restrained myself, but the drinkabililty is quite exceptional.

Overall, very solid brew. Got it on sale and it was worth every scent.

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

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: no hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, sweet aftertaste and pleasant, goes great with dark bitter chocolate

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: One of the top stouts out there. Loved and will drink again

Photo of PartyBear
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic stout pitch black colour with a creamy head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Slightly floral scents mixed in with a nice sweet liquorish.

T - Smoky malts, with a hint of sweetness. Bitterness on the back of the tongue, which is a mild praline taste. The are definite coffee flavours coming through, slightly stronger in the finish. Also, there is the impression of apples. The flavours are strong but not overpowering, which is the case in a lot of stouts.

M - Thick, smooth and creamy, with a slightly bitter dry finish.

D - A truly world class stout! The flavours are beautifully balanced and complimentary, and the feel is of silk. This Oatmeal Stout is an example of why Samuel Smith's is one of the best breweries on the planet.

Photo of prosper
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown/black. Almost but not quite opaque. Leaves a very persistent and dense tan head.

Smell - actually quite faint. Slight sweet caramel - like molasses.

Taste is not at all like I expected. Not a whole lot of *roast* character, like a Guinness, but quite a bit of chocolate/black malt. Some sweet caramel, but mostly that dark chocolate. Fades to a roasty flavour, and then finishes with a few herbal, hoppy IBU's.

Mouthfeel is very full. Thick and creamy. Sticky on the lips. Like the Sam Smith Imperial Stout. Makes for a bigger-feeling beer than it actually is. Would be mind-blowingly awesome on nitro...

Drinkability is great. Finishes clean and dry-ish - quite a feat, considering the huge body the beer has - leaving you ready for another sip.

Photo of jdg204
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was a classic night at Porters Pub in Easton and this was beer #4. After helping my buddy close out his list, it was my turn to choose a brew from the famed list and this was my pick. It was a nice of well reputed classics and this next one was up for the challenge.

A: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, plenty of lacing webs the glass.

S: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats.

T: Starts with roasted grain and oat flavors and is quickly joined by mocha and dark chocolate. The balance and smoothness in the finish is remarkable.

M: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation.

D: WOW, my first Sam Smith's and I'm amazed how they get a beer this robust in 5% ABV. My first true Stout from Englad and what an experience, I can see how these guys have lasted so long. I can't wait to try some of Sam Smith's other brews (Brown Ale and Impy Stout are first on the list). This is a MUST have for the beer lover and especially for the Stout lover! Another huge shout out for Porter's Pub in Easton, PA!

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured from a stubby bottle into a pint glass. Served a little cooler than room temp to let it open up a bit.

Appearance: Dark and with a nice one-finger off-white head that laced nicely. Stout color and quality.

Smell: The oatmeal is right up front and with a hint of chocolate and notes of plum-raisin, almost a prune.

Taste: Not overly bitter, but certainly packs a wallop taste-wise. Notes of oatmeal and cocoa chocolate come first, with a bit more of the fruity nature on the back-end. A hint of smoke and layers its flavors very, very well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, and coats nicely on the finish.

Drinkability: I'd say this is where it bogs down a bit, as I'd have a hard time putting too many of these back due to it's nature. The ABV is low but drinks harder than that. Still, an excellent beer for a dessert pairing or hell, as dessert itself.

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