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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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5,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,684
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 233
Gots: 541 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Lukie
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick black liquid with a tanned head that left only minimal lacing. It didn't stick to the glass at all. Again, freshness problems for the aussies.

Mainly dark malts and mild coffee and chocolate. It's a very mild smell.

Sweet dark malts in the forefront of the taste, with hefty roasted flavours. It is incredibly smooth from the extra oats. Slightly dry finish, with some mild bitterness.

Funnily enough, with the smoothness of the beer, and the sweetness of it compared to other stouts, this is a great gateway beer into stout drinking.

Lukie, May 18, 2008
Photo of Exner83
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Name a flavor, and it's here! Cohesive, yes, but wildly kaleidoscopic - dark malts, oats, molasses, Fig Newton, dark chocolate, energy bar, tree bark, and liquid smoke... I'll have one, please. Just one.

Still a well-crafted brew that leaves a lasting impression: You'll NEVER forget it. A chew-tastic hunk of fruity coffee power.

Exner83, May 17, 2008
Photo of theghost3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and dense with a substantial cafe au lait head. Smells of oatmeal, toasty with a hint of fruit. Tastes very malty. There's a toasted oat flavor; both bitter and sweet. It has a sort of charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rich, not too thick or acidic. This is a drinkable beer, and very flavorful. However, it is so multi-layered, full, and complex, it's not something you would want to drink on a regular basis.

theghost3, May 16, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lighter from 550 into Cab glass than expected; clear root beer. Head is bountiful with a well-defined seam. 2 fingers and muffin tunnels-very bready.

Potent sour mash and oats-salty, hearty and complex. Some peanut butter and caramel emerge-very inviting.

Deep, consistent malt texture-very chewy. Slight bitter yeast presence; strong charred malt emerges. Oatmeal texture is blended well with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is full and deep-complex oat/malt character progresses from front to back of palate void of any unpleasant aftertaste. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate create nice viscosity with moderate alcohol.

Haven't enjoyed this offering in way too long. Exceptionally drinkable for such a heavy style-a classic!

IBUnit63, May 09, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts. Has a blackinsh brown color with a thick tan head. Good lacing. Lots of black and roasted malts with a good amount of sweet oats. The flavor also has a deep and rich malt profile. Chocolate and oats with some bittre hops to keep check. A ful yet crisp and refreshing body. Goes well alone or with a pub meal. Great stuff.

rye726, May 07, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 18.7 bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Light brown one-finger head recedes to thick collar with some lacing.

S - Roasted malt, but subdued with dark cherries, currants, and chocolate coming through. The fruit contributes to somewhat candy-like scent. Faint aroma of coffee in the background.

T - Amazing. Not typical stout flavor; I assume the oatmeal is really making the difference. Starts off fairly sweet and the full roasted malt kicks in. There's something earthy mid-palate, maybe oaky. Bitterness begins near the finish, but dies off quickly and leaves a dry, coffee-like aftertaste.

M - Also remarkable; sparsely carbonated, and medium to heavy bodied. There's also a very oily quality unique to this beer, a product of the oats I assume.

D - Very drinkable, especially considering the style. Bitterness isn't overwhelming nor is the beer's body.

I've had a couple of other oatmeal stouts in my time, but nothing about them has stood out; then again I never drank them with a review in mind. This brew makes me want to explore the style, but a lot of what I've read leads me to believe Sam Smith's might be as good as they get.

I paired this with a late night snack of fried eggs topped with black pepper and chives alongside some cracked pepper encrusted bacon. Lovely combination.

PatrickJR, May 06, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a nice ample, brown head. Aroma is strong and malty like a stout. Taste has oatmeal upfront and finishes with a coffee aftertaste that's very smooth. Very subtle and yet delicious. While not as strong in flavor as other oatmeal stouts I've had, I still believe this would make a great introduction to the style (Oatmeal Stout). Very good fresh (as fresh as I have gotten) but don't let it age in my book.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large, tan head that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Dark brown to black body with ruby highlights.

S - Toasty malt with some chocolate. Sweet oatmeal aroma with slight roast and a hint of hops.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet malt with oatmeal. Milk chocolate, balanced by a slight hop flavor in the middle. the finish is roasty with moderate malt and hop bitterness.

M - Thick and oily body with moderate carbonation and a moderately sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer. Sweet and malty overall with a nice, malty chocolate flavor. Not quite enough roast in the aroma.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of lvbs
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any time a group of stout-lovers get to drink Sam Smith's, their reactions are going to be predictably happy ones. As oatmeal stouts go, it's well balanced and a touch on the heavier side. But filled with a "wonderful rich flavour" and a beautiful brown pour, it's clearly one of the best of its kind.

lvbs, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of TroyS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout by Samuel Smith Old Brewery at the state liquor store in Provo, Utah. This beer pours with a nice, thick and tan head. I love the pour or this thick and dark stout. It carries a chocolaty darkness; the head is tan and the beer is nice and brown.

This stout has a slick mouth feel. It feels a bit light for how heavy I remember this one and more carbonation than I recall too. Mmmm....this one's good. Mmmmm....this one's great!

This beauty pours like a frothy coffee. It's nice and stout...and don't get me wrong about the flavor. Even for those non-stout lovers, you've gotta get some of these even if you're not the biggest fan of the style. Mmmm Goood!

TroyS, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of HereticDivine
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured as black as night. Well, almost. There are some subtle hints of ruby when held up to the light.

This stout smelled of fruit and chocolate. It has a very pleasant scent.

Taste is very complex. It's like cocoa wheats and toasted oats, with caramel apples. Sounds strange, but it went over well.

This is very smooth. It goes down very easily. You could polish off four of these things real quick if you aren't careful.

All in all, this is a good, solid stout Maybe a little heavy on the toasted oats. Not my favorite oatmeal, but definitely worthy of the occasional visit.

HereticDivine, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance - Pitch with some ruby highlights. Head was full with big bubbles, tan colored. Head and lacing stayed through almost all of the glass.

Smell - Breakfast cereal, brown sugar/molasses, faint hints of mocha coffee.

Taste - Dark malt semi-sweetness with a little bit of tangy sharpness. Finish was fine bitter chocolate, very even coffee aftertaste. This was a rather complex tasting stout. Nicely balanced too.

Mouthfeel - Beautiful carbonation, full quality feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable because the beer is so well crafted and balanced.

A world class offering from Samuel Smith. If you like this beer and haven't tried the Taddy Porter...be sure to give that a whirl too.

rkinsella, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at the Nook in Huntsville, Alabama

A- Nice very dark, almost black with on inch head which was light brown.

S- Hints of caramel, malts, oats and perhaps some chocolate.

T- The flavor is very balanced, taste much like the nose. Very good.

M- The mouthfeel is what it should be for a stout. Somewhat heavy and smooth.

D- Easily one of the very best stouts out there, period. I could drink a few of these whenever. I recommend this to anyone, even if they don't like stouts.

Misfit138, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the Grub Mart in Jacksonville, AL. Glad that we are finally getting quality beer up here with Sammy Smith's hitting the shelves.

A: Poured a might as well be black, dark, dark brown with ruby red highlights behind light. Got a good dark brown head that has not fully disipated during sips.

S:Malt, roasted oats, toffee, coffee.

Taste: roasted malt heavy with oats. Coffee on after taste. Great.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and coats the mouth with rich coffee taste. Carbonation in slim. Beautiful.

Drinkability: So tasty it is easy to polish off a four pack but must maintain moderation. Gotta work in the morning.

Great brewery with an always satisfying beer.

everetends, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible stout and one of my aboslute favourites.

This is deep, practically black, red-brown, with a thick tan head that lasts and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is rich caramel, dark fudge and a lot of fruit.

The taste is similar, rich, and full-bodied, sweet with a wonderfully balancing bitterness. It has qualities of fudge and raisins. The palate is creamy, thick, and silky.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another premium beer from Samuel Smith Brewery. Enjoyed this one slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a deep baker's chocolate brown. Nose had a beautiful bouquet of roasted malts, some faint oats, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste was thick and chewy with dark cocoa, roasted malt, and brewed coffee notes. At the top of my list of favorite dark beers.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of 1099
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the very first full beer I ever drank (back about seven years ago), so this is a very nostalgic brew for me, and a very GOOD one to have cut my teeth on.

I purchased it from the HiWay 66 Liquor in Claremore, OK, in a clear glass bottle. The appearance on this beer was beyond exceptional. It was extremely dark, black you might say. I held the bottle up to the sun, and the sun went away!

The smell was more complex than I can describe-burnt malts, hops; a definite beer smell that was both inviting and skunk-free despite the clear bottle. Very Nice!

The taste and mouthfeel are really where this beer excels...Taste was of dark roasted malts, with some hints of coffee, caramel, and lots of hops! It was silky smooth, and I could taste almost no alcohol.

The mouthfeel was very thick, almost chewy; this is much hardier than I am used to for sure! The aftertaste was also awesome: the dark malts and coffee hung around from swallow to swallow, and left me wanting more and more the more I drank it.

I definitley reccomend this beer to anyone looking for something outside of the usual stuff available. It is a bit pricey, but it definitley worth the money.


1099, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pured into my glass and received a thick, black body with a frothy, two-fingered head that died slowly and left some decent lacings. Good malt smell, mostly coffee and maybe roasted malts, with some sweetness/sugariness mixed in there.
A medium to heavy body, this was incredbily smooth and creamy (almost milky) with the sweetness and dryness mixing together. There is a coffee/cocoa malt taste and coffee-esque drying backbite, but the oats and something like caramel/honey (something viscous and syrupy) smooth it out and also make it a little sweet.
This review (and reviewer) doesn't do this beer justice as it is a very complex, and more importantly, a very, very good beer to drink. Stout fan or not, this is a must try.

clayrock81, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very rich deep brown, the head is a nice grey-brown, creating great contrast in color.

The smell is delicious, very apparent roasted malts... but not overwhelming, very sweet, caramel, molasses tones, with a tinge of coffee.

The taste is delicious, sweet, creamy, and chewy mouthfeel, the roasted malts linger on the sides of the tongue just long enough to make you thirsty for the next sip. The signature sam smith's apple-like yeast tones blend well with all of the other flavors, making this beer delicious, not too heavy, and extremely drinkable... but sadly, not as affordable as I would like.

Excellent beer, a prime example of the style... if a new beer drinker would want to try a stout, give them this.

PBBC, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Thiestru
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I typically drink this beer out of a 12 oz. glass mug.

Appearance: Extremely dark - I'd say it's black. Very respectable, creamy head. This is a rather thick beer, and it leaves quite a noticeable residue around one's drinking vessel.

Smell: Slightly chocolatey. The scent of malt is strong. Very promising....

Taste: Utterly fantastic. It has a strong malt character, again with the slightly chocolatey aspect. It never gets too sweet, however, and it finishes up with a little tang. Also prominent is a somewhat burnt flavor, as should be in such a beer as this. Every swig is completely satisfying, like it's a whole brew in itself. Wonderfully balanced. Great oatmealy aftertaste that lingers for some time.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and hardy, and also very smooth.

Drinkability: High. However, it is a stout, after all, and so is quite filling. I have no problem drinking three or four of these in a row, though, so if your stomach can handle all the epic beer it's receiving, your mouth will certainly be able to savor more than one of these mighty stouts in a sitting.

Thiestru, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Mazeraski
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

A - Near opaque chocolately black in color, letting no light through. A 1 inch tan head persists for about 10 minutes that leaves sticky lacing clinging to the glass. As my roommate says: "that looks like 10w-40."

S - Aroma of sweet molasses malt, combined with the slightest hints of coffee, a certain nuttiness, roasted chocolate and an oak-like brown sugar.

T - The first wave to hit your tongue is the molasses taste, with hints of darker chocolate and brown sugar. The molasses and brown sugar persist through the sip, with a twinge of coffee and carbonation near the end, all with an oatmeal backdrop present throughout.

MF - One of the smoothest mouthfeels in a brew I have encountered. Smooth silk-like creamy, medium to full-bodied with the slightest hint of carbonation lurking in the background.

D - One of the most drinkable brews, with a lower ABV. However, if you don't have a slightly larger stomach you will fill up slightly quicker. Hell, if I could afford it I would drink this every single day. Hands down, one of my favorite (if not my favorite) beers of all time.

Notes: Simply one of the greatest tasting brews I have ever had. And until now I hadn't reviewed it for some reason. Please, pick up some and treat yourself to one of the finest crafted beers.

Mazeraski, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it from a 12oz bottle at a nearby restaurant.

The beer pours iwth a deep clearish chocolate color, black but not quite opaque. Just perfect for an English oatmeal stout.

Smell is roasty with deep chocolate nose plus a hint of the oatmeal influence.

Fabulous, this is what an oatmeal stout should taste like. Deep malt with a tight bit of sweetness, just enough to get you to want more. Not overdone, well balanced. No sign of hops as it should be.

Mouthfeel is smooth with easy drinkability, could have 3-4 of these for sure. Overall, as long as you get a fresh bottle, a great choice for dinner with a burger or fish or whatever you like. Not overpowering like most stouts. Just right.

robbyc1, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very dark brown in dim light maybe mistaken for black it has a wonderful smell of rich chocolate, brown sugar with a hint of molasses the, taste stays very well in your mouth and almost has a warming sensation and finishes extremly clean, this is definaly a beer i could keep around to drink on occasion when i was in the mood for a stout.

SpecialK088, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great oatmeal stout. Very balanced and extremely drinkable.

A: Dark brown, bordering on black. Rocky tan head isn't too big, but has decent retention. Only a little bit of lace. Probably the beer's only weak spot.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and brown sugar. Quite sweet overall, but not overly so. Oak quality seeps in as well.

T: Yet more chocolate, plus a nice burnt bitterness. Burnt flavor is more woodsy than charcoal. Very balanced bittersweet flavor overall, with a certain bread-like quality. There is also a hint of acidity. Finishes somewhat dry in the mouth. Bitterness lingers for a little while.

M: Thick body feels great. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

D: I could drink a bunch of this. Too bad it's so expensive. I always keep a look out for it going on sale.

Rayek, Apr 13, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As black as the darkest of nights. Large tan head holds well and leaves behind lot's of sticky lacing.
Aroma of sweet chocolate, nuttyness, and a touch of roastiness.
The flavor is where this beer shines. It has so much going on for 5%. Roasted malts and a neat fruitiness. Almost reminds me of those chocolate covered raisins. Slight nuttiness and a yeasty flavor that I guess comes from the oatmeal.
Silky smooth mouthfeel and somewhat creamy.
Very easy to drink. Easy to session and still quite tasty. I've passed over this beer countless times in beer stores and now I wonder why.

wcudwight, Apr 12, 2008
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,684 ratings.