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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,429 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,429
Reviews: 2,118
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 212
Gots: 414 | 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 nase
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting this out of a pint bottle next to Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

A lot of sweetness comes through the scent. Little head but decent retention though it is a tulip glass. Mouthfeel is more fulfilling here than the Young's. Lots of complexity in the taste. Drinkability is above avg.

Appearance - 4
Smell - 3.5
Taste - 4
Mouthfeel - 4
Drinakbility - 4

nase, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a 550ml bottle. I've drank this lots, but I guess I never got around to reviewing it. So it pours out to a clear very dark brown...you can still see through it at the bottom of a pint glass. Forms a creamy soapy light tanhead with average retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma nice...it has that Sam Smith skunk mixed in with lots of vanilla, black walnut, butterscotch, coffee, pennies and sour milk. I think the sour milk is the key to Sam Smith. They must throw a couple of gallons of old skanky milk in each barrel. Mouthfeel is smooth with a piquant acidity that bites the tongue toward the end. Light bodied for an otamel stout, which is to say medium-bodied. A little bit of delicately sweet smoke hangs in the aftertaste with some dirty copper pennies in the finish. Oatmeal is nowhere to be found in the traditional sense.

Ah, the taste of England. I'm not fond of the traditional rubbery, diacetyl-soaked English Ale, but this is a nice little awkward beer. If I had to drink English, it would be Sam Smith, although I prefer some of their other beers. The Impy Stout is much much better.

Mitchster, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout... I've been longing for this for a while. Got it in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black with a huge froathy tanned brown cap. Retention is awesome.

Aroma: A rush of sweetness. Huge chocolate aroma hits you like a ton of bricks. Big roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and earthy aromas including a tiny bit of pine.

Taste: Very sweet, lots of malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bitterness, very well constructed, solid oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Velvety with great level of carbonation, not too creamy, just dense enough. Not as thick as I've heard.

Final Statement: Lived up to the hype. The jury is out on which is better, this or St. Ambroise, but Sam Smith's put together a real winner here. I only wish it were available here on a regular basis.

MMansfield, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, if there is such a color. Big creamy beige head holds very well. Beautiful in my pint glass. I don't know why but dark beers just look more like beer should to me. Smells sweet, slightly sugary with some coffee undertones. Not too much on the nose, but enough to be enticing. Tastes excellent, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, very nutty and earthy. Leaves me with a good memory of every last sip. Highly drinkable, as far as stouts go. Thoroughly enjoyed.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma-Pours black with a little burgendy hightlight when held up to the light. Good tan, creamy head settles settles fairly quickly to just a gap. Fair amount of lacing.

Aroma- Very sweet with overtones of roasted malts, toasted oats and just a hint of caramel. As it warms, it takes on a coffee nose.

Taste- Good balance of bitter and sweetness. Nice melange of freshly ground coffee, heavily roasted grains, and oats. As it warms, the oats become more noticable. Nop floral hops at all (as it should be).

Mouthfeel- Carbonation just a tad high, but overall, it's smooth and creamy. Not quite as oily as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be either. Medium mouthfeel, but clings to the mouth and jowels very nicely, giving it a very nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice. Probably the brest mass-produced oatmeal stout in the world.

theopholis, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml BROWN bottle -> pint
part of the holiday gift pack 2006 (thanks dogg)

Pours black with some scarlet hightlight in the light. I giant mocho head settles to a thick mat of tight suds and leaves chunky bunches of lace.

Nose: Oh the memories, one of the first stout i ever drank and first nose i ever appreciated. Roasted malts, a little nutty, a little oatey and little caramelly full wonderful nose.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate malts, caramel, toffee and a little ground coffee beans. Hints of sweet cherry soda pop and a little burnt smoke. Nuts, butterscotch and oatmeal linger off stage and emerge gently as the beer warms. Bitterness is slight but present.

Mouth: Smooth and creamy.A light feel but it swallows thick.

Reminds me of a parking lot in a time long ago.... This beer drinks sweet and smooth. Even after all this time, still a world class stout.

beerphan, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of iamtyler
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know if there's much more that I could really say about this beer. It's easily one of the very best stouts I've ever come across and a gem from Sam Smith's.

The appearance of this beer is very rich looking. It pours very dark and the head forms a darker tan color, a little less than in inch in height and remained through more than two-thirds of the beer.

I really enjoyed the smell upon pouring and throughout the beer. It was a strong smell to go along with a rather strong flavor. As with the flavor, such a delicious taste. I had high expectations going in and the flavor most certainly did not disappoint.

There is some molasses taste and coffee but the oatmeal really stands out as you drink. The further along you go, the more prevalent the oatmeal taste becomes and this beer really comes full circle into an outstanding flavor and smell.

I loved this beer, I may be willing to say this could now be my favorite as of right now. I will be keeping a few pints of this on hand at all times for any and all occassions. I even got my dad to give it a try and he isn't much for stouts and he says that it's one of the most flavorful and delicious beers he's ever tasted. Drinkability? This beer is the epitome of drinkable. I love it!

iamtyler, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of mpyle
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Big creamy tan head, with reasonably good retention. Dark reddish brown color (like cola) with excellent clarity

aroma - Chocolate, and some nice smoke - very roasty smelling. Also some toffee-malty sweetness

flavor - Initial dark malt sweetness turned a bit smokey and floated very gently into a creamy, smokey finish. Balanced but overall more bitter than malty. No hop flavor apparent, which is fine for the style.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, but light enough to be quite creamy. No alcohol warming.

overall - Glad to find that three years after my first (negative) review this beer is what I remember. Smokey, creamy, and flavorful without being overpowering.

mpyle, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had! It sits nicely in the mouth, and goes down as smoothly as cold milk. The smell is better than that of most beers, and the taste is rich but not overwhelming. Also, it doesn't have as much of a thick or "heavy" feel as most stouts.

This is a beer worth saving for special occasions because it has such a splendid flavor. I recommend this oatmeal stout to all connoisseurs of stouts and porters.

Cyberkedi, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of danielocean03
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass. Huge frothy beige head that stood two fingers high at it's peak slowly falls away to moderate glass-coating lace and a thin coat of film on top. Smells are roasted dark coffee and chocolate, malts, sweet caramel and toffee notes. Also a slight earthen grainy character present. Taste is sweet and roasty, chocolate and espresso flavors abound, finishes on a slightly bitter roasty flavor with a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied with lower levels of carbonation makes this one just silken-smooth. Drinkability is also great, very enjoyable stout characteristics and roasty complexity coupled with the low abv% make this an easy to enjoy oatmeal stout. Highly recommend and will seek out again.

danielocean03, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the large bottle to an oversized pint glass. Pours black with a very small brown head that fades quickly. Light does come through, not pitch black. Smells of oatmeal cookies and molasses. Tastes somewhat sweet with good molasses hints and some coffee and bitter tones. Goes down very smooth. One of my favorite oatmeal stouts all of a sudden... Very good, I highly recommend.

beeroclock, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of fank2788
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass
I decided to try samuel smith's oatmeal stout today after brewing my own oatmeal stout.
This beer pours very dark black but not completely opaque when it is held up to a light. The head is dark tan and is thin to begin with and doesn't lace much. The smell is chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and oatmeal. The taste is much like the smell with a bit of acidity coming through. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a good level of carbonation and a plesent coating feeling the beer fills the mouth well. This is a very drinkable stout something you could have a few of in a sitting with feeling bogged down or overwhelmed or something that you could have every day without getting tired of.

fank2788, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Alkey
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a dark brown with a small layer of foam that dissipated rather quickly leaving very little lacing. Smells a bit skunky with some burnt malt.(hope I didn't get the clear bottle blues) Taste of oatmeal and a burnt malt and hop bitterness. Feels light/medium and a little creamy in the mouth. I have had this beer a few times and I remember it tasting a lot more richer and creamier. I think this one might be a little light damaged and I'll try it again and adjust my review in the near future.

Alkey, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer is almost entirely opaque black in color when poured in to a pint glass. There is an average chestnut brown head to the beer that doesn't lace the glass much.

Smell:
There is a strong butterscotch and toffee character to the scent of this beer. Underlying notes of bittersweet chocolate and floral hop esters are also detectable but less apparent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
For a stout this beer presents a surprising amount of floral and fruit character. There's touches of heather and tinges of cherry. These flavors are still basically served up on a bittersweet chocolate malt base but do an awful lot to boost this beer's crispness. The beer drinks full with a good crisp character, it falls somewhere in between smooth and flat, and effervescent and completely refreshing. The aftertaste is a little heathery but clean for the most part.

Drinkability:
Easily the most drinkable stout I've had in recent memory. I could actually drink more than a couple of these and I can also see good potential for this beer's meal pairings.

Bottom Line:
A very delicious and well balanced stout. What I liked most is that the aftertaste didn't completely pollute my mouth after a bottle of this beer.

Grundle20, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of StargherKing
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer is extremely dark, almost black. When held to light shades of crimson shine through, while the head is a thick coffee color. Smell is extremely complex, with the expected oatmeal, yeast, and even a coffelike aroma shining through. Taste is the same, strong and bitter, in a good way. Mouthfeel is amazing, goes down extremely smooth for such a heavy beer. Drinkability is likewise surprisingly high. I would certainly recommend this one, and look forward to trying it again.

StargherKing, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am brewing a clone of this beer and am in the middle of bottling it. I decided to go out and buy the real thing to celebrate.

A: No freshness indication on the package. Pours thick and black with a short mocha colored head. A thin film of foam sits on top of the incredibly dark surface of the beer.

S: Not bursting with aroma like I hoped it would be, but is amazing none the less. Nutty with hints of coffee and oats.

T: Absolutely filled with flavor. Nuts, oats, bread, coffee, caramel, and toffee. All of these flavors come at you in several short waves as soon as this brew hits your toungue.

M: How could I possibly describe the way this oatmeal stout dances on your tongue in words alone. The mouthfeel on this beer is by far the most amazing thing I have every experienced. Is there anyway I can give it a 6?

D: If I was a millionaire, my fridge would always be filled with Samual Smith Oatmeal Stout. It is great as a session beer, or for just sitting back and enjoying its many complexities. This beer defines the style of oatmeal stout and deserves all of the respect it is given.

Avagadro, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a beer. This pours a very dark black, maybe shaded with some brown, and a big creamy tan head that settles to a cap pretty quick. Can regenerate quite a nice cap upon swirling too. The beer smells pretty simple up front- dark roasted malts and maybe some sweet sugar. The taste and mouthfeel are just outstanding. Smooth and slick roasty sweetness with not much of a lingering aftertaste, except maybe a little sweetness that coats your tongue. Carbonation is pretty low, helping to give it a nice smooth mouthfeel.

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3-9-07 update
Some definite acidity and more of a carbonation bite. More of a bittering roastiness picked up here, but still quite smooth.

MiScusi, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick, creamy, sticky head over a dark, dark liquid.

S - Rich, sweet aromas of molasses, coffee and prunes.

T - Slight tartness in the roasted flavours. Aftertaste is mostly coffee. Fruitiness and roasted bitterness are very complimentary. Well balanced.

M - Soft and creamy, but not at all heavy.

D - Very good, and very easy to drink.

allergictomacros, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Musky
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a rich and smooth tight bubbled head that nicely laces the glass as it recedes. A cocoa or coffee smell hits you first when you go to take a sip. Very smooth on the palate with notes of roast?, has a slight sweetness at the beginning finishes wet with a burnt aftertaste. This 550ML bottle will be consumed quickly as it goes down soooo smooth. Would definitely recommend!!! Cheers

Musky, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep amber color that is almost black, with a tan head that goes away but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. A very interesting aroma, hard to really pinpoint what is really there. Its a earthy, sweet smell, some chocolate and coffee tones. The taste is good, smooth in the front, with a building sweetness that ends with some chocolate bitterness and spice in the finish. A very good oatmeal stout, and another great offering from Samuel Smith's.

GregBrewski, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are many stouts and oatmeal stouts about, but this is hands down my favorite. The aroma, the taste, the color, it just seems perfect. I like to chill this beer just slightly, then pout it into a nice thick beer mug. I could be happy with this beer if it was the only one available forever more! I love it !!!

Whitley, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout from Old Taddy pours a classic black and tan, only the dregs of the 550 mL can't fit in my oversized tumbler. Slightest hint of ruby when held to light. Head stays at a minimal throughout, lacing trickling down the sides.

The smell is earthy and reminiscent of a chocolate stout, molasses perhaps. Coffee-like roasted aroma as well.

Tastes sweeter than the aroma lets on, not cloying but substantial. The coffee notes come in with the oat flavor. I'm getting some chocolate flavors (bitter), a hint of aromatic herbal hop flavor, maybe just a hint of licorice. More earth.

Starchy but sweet, full of flavor. Goes down easily start to finish, while remaining very complex (I can't place some of the flavor) and hearty, perfect to augment the paltry 13 degrees I'm working with tonight. Another reason to celebrate the Old Brewery.

BretSikkink, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Celt44
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint from a bottle. Decent frothy head - caramel-colored lacing lasts throughout. Deep brown color looks great under the head.
Toasted, sweet, malty aroma - truth in advertising - like oatmeal cookies.
Sweetness comes to mind first in taste - unusual for a stout. Oatmeal/Chocolate chip. Hop presence seals this deal.
Mouthfeel is smooth - carbonation is well-balanced for a stout.
Overall a SUPERIOR, different, and TASTY stout. Highly recommended - especially for the holidays! Cheers!

Celt44, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice head that lingers well. Great smell with hints of molasses with chocolate. Taste is fantastic, so smooth and well balanced. There is little to complain about here, possibly the best Oatmeal Stout around. I've had this case for a while and it just seems to get better.

techdiver, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of jubnat
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. So full and smooth. Great dark color with light tan head. Nice sweet roasted flavor. Feels so full and tasty in my mouth, but goes down so nice. I could drink quite a few of these if I had the money. Why can't cheap beer taste like this?

jubnat, Nov 16, 2006
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,429 ratings.