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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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5,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,235
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 327 | FT: 5
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of EvilKeith


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

Pours a clear, almost rootbeer color with red/purple tinge. Topped with a cap of frothy beige head. Starts with impressive lacing.
Smells sweet, toasted, caramel with a hint of butterscotch (you heard it here first).

I have to admit to not liking oatmeal as a kid. My mother would put in some brown sugar and some raisins. I still couldn't stand it.
If my mother had put a bottle of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout in front of me I would have gone through a lot more oatmeal as a kid.

Overall I enjoyed this one. It was fairly easy to drink. And oatmeal is supposed to lower your cholesterol!! We're saved!!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 00:37:23 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of MSchae1017


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

This beer was tasted in an imperial pint Glass from a 550mL bottle.

This beer poured a dark almost opaque black with hints of amber. There is a sizeable frothy tan head that dissapates mostly but leaves a little froth the whole way down the beer. The beer smells fairly sweet with roasted malts of chocolate. The taste is very sweet but overall very similar to the smell. The mouthfeel is thick with a good level of carbonation and a little drynes. The drinkability suffers a little bit due to the beer being so sweet but it is still a great drink

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 03:11:41 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, nearly black, but a ruby tint shows through when held to the light. Pretty! A thick brown two finger head dissipates in about ten minutes leaving thin rings of laicng down the glass.

S - Sweet, elderberries, a bit of caramel, chocolate and coffee malt, but they are all very, very faint compared to the sweet elderberry aroma.

T - Sweet molasses and caramel malt with a bit of elderberries and currants that linger through to the finish. A slight smokey character joins the fray toward the end. It's quite good.

M - Carbonation is high, feeling is slick and very refreshing.

D - Absurdly drinkable. An ideal session. Perfect for foods. This is an outstanding beer. Troegs Oatmeal Stout is superior, but this is a different and excellent oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 06:07:12 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of dgallina


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

550 ml bottle with no freshness date..

Almost completely black with ruby edges. A thick tan head reduces to a sizable persistent foam and lace. Chocolate and coffee malts in the nose, with big grainy sweetness and dark fruits on the side. Coffee malts and powdery chocolate up front, developing a sweet and somewhat fruity chewy center. Finishes with a touch of hops and sweet fruit (figs, plums?). Medium-light and very creamy in the mouth; lots of bubbles.

Subtle, tasty, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 02:55:11 | More by dgallina
Photo of Tallboy


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong black in color with a nice tan head when poured into a tullip pint. its verry strongly scented with hints of roasted malt,some chocolate,oats and raisens . Tastes at first a bit too sweet and thick with a nutty,toasty, rush of caramel at the end.
In my opinion it is a bit pricey but then again what the Hell....live a little Eh?

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 20:56:58 | More by Tallboy
Photo of jmz62565


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark black with a hint a red leaving a two finger head that leaves nice lacing,although the head does leave rather quickly.The smell is very strong with a very deep mollasses sweetness to it.There are also hints of fruit,raisins or prunes? and alcohol to the aroma.The taste is very creamy and milky with hints of coffee,alcohol,fruit,and mollasses.This is a pretty sweet stout.The m/f is medium with a nice balance.This is a very good,sweet,beer that I enjoy and will have again,but I can't help thinking that this is a tad overrated.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 04:58:28 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.
Oh, a good one!
The head came alive, thick, off white and didn't go away.
Color was deep brown/black, good balance between head and body.
Smell had caramel, coffee, nut, and flower.
Taste was outstanding. Hints of chocolate, caramel, anise, nut and dark fruit. Someone mentioned raisins, I didn't quite get that.
Very easy to drink...after the first sip. Your tongue has to wake up.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 03:36:50 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Vancer


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite cross-over brew from many years ago, can’t believe I’m just now reviewing – guess I always knew this was a classic.

Easy on the pour, fellow! Produces a massive rocky brown head, ice cream looking. Oh, then chocolate malts, anise, and coffee in the sweet aroma.

Taste is unparallel, above items plus hints of charcoal, burnt toast, and fruity raisons. Close to being a RIS with the dry undertones.

The whole 550ml bottle is rich and robust, chewy, - very full bodied and all the while very enjoyable. Great sipper in the winter – hell, this one would go great in the summer too! And it has on the deck at the Lake of the Ozarks, many times.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 14:31:21 | More by Vancer
Photo of arguemaniac


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

Pours an opaque black with a rocky, full-bodied and well-retained tan head that leaves a sticky, sprawling lace. The aroma is very sweet and quite roasty. The rich flavor includes a deep roasted profile (coffee, chocolate, etc.), that sweet and sour, acidic lactic quality, some caramel, a touch of sweet fruitiness, and some strong burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and the carbonation mildly active.

Like some many of Samuel Smith’s beers, it’s classic of the style and I personally haven’t found too many other oatmeal stouts that I can honestly say are better. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 03:48:45 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of lpayette


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

Pours a very dark brown that's on the verge of being black, with a nice medium tan head.

Smells of nuts, and a little coffee.

Tastes of roasted barley, a little oatmeal, a hint of sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Nice carbonation, fully body, and smooth.

I would have liked to taste a little more oatmeal in this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 04:48:26 | More by lpayette
Photo of Byeast


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is awsome! Im so glad that Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980 , as the last time it was drank before that was before the first World War. Once poured into a pint glass , color is very dark brown. (basically opaque black unless held to light, which reveals deep red around the edges) Nice thick tawny head which becomes moderate , made up of tiny bubbles with larger ones throughout. Taken to the nose , very nice roasty odors of chocolate , coffee, barley , and maybe even a little raisin. The taste is a very complex , very roasted , smooth blend of choclate , dark fruityness , and coffee which finishes bittersweet and extremely smooth! The mouthfeel is fairly silky and heavy. As far as drinkablity goes i could drink this beer everyday. Id probably get fat but who cares , its SO GOOD!

You may have discerned from my name that i love Samuel Smith beers!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 23:49:01 | More by Byeast
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brown/black with a tan fluffy foam head, dark ruby edges (barely) if held to the light. Lacing is moderate to sparse - seems a bit soapy-ish at first. Aroma is mainly of fruits, especially a dried raisin or prune smell. Slight hints of burnt cocoa and chocolate as well. Taste is mostly burnt, with hints of sweet chocolate and a syrupy fruitiness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but not too bad, actually coated the palate a bit and complemented the fruity and bitter finish. Not a bad beer for every once in a while, but not anything to rush to your local store for.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:44:46 | More by nixhecks
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color with brown edges and a thick brown head that is rocky and holds quite well. Some lace is left, but not in huge sheets.

Smell is roasted barley, slight coffee notes, some chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Hoppiness is minimal but present.

Flavor is roasty as well, but it lets in more chocolate and coffee bitterness as well as a slight vinous character and some dark fruits, almost a raisin flavor sneaking into the back. Body is chewy and smooth, quite nice.

Overall: Man, I love this one as much as ever. I've had a lot of stouts since the first time I tried this one, and it's still high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:16:43 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of doctorjoeyboey


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The initial aroma is weak but everything is uphill (in a good way) from here. The beer poured a dark brown color with its true deep red/brown color only evident under bright light. The head is a toffee brown color, a decent size, and sustains itself decently. The mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of carbonation and the taste is solid with an obvious toasty flavor. Earthy flavors are well blended in this beer and some of the nut can almost be tasted from Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could drink to my heart's fulfillment without going broke. I could sip these and eat chocolate all night. This beer is definitely worth a try and is a little bit tastier than Young's in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 08:03:28 | More by doctorjoeyboey
Photo of Bael


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle: Nice Head, good lacing, great balance of carbonation and smooth silkyness. Excellent balance in flavors roasted dark malt bit of coffee raisen choco creamy excellence.
Everything seems to balance out well in this stout. Low bitterness to where the roasted taste is most flavorful. Also Nuty sweet! Unlike some stouts I have tried the dark roast lingers nicely and not too bitterly. Just enough to be very pleasant. Can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 04:32:43 | More by Bael
Photo of joecast


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark enough apperance to make me think they used a black/brown bottle for it. once in the glass, it lets a tiny bit of reddish light shine through. tan, almost brown, foamy head with good retention and lacing.

nice roasted aroma. some coffee bean as well.

taste has some hints of coffee bitterness and a smooth finish. mostly getting frozen italian coffee flavors.

as expected, mouthfeel is very smooth. seemingly no carbonation, and a nice stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:48:31 | More by joecast
Photo of pjwilson


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally got a bottle of this stuff that wasn't skunked....it came in a beer gift set box with no light hitting it.
appearance: dense black color, with a nice tan head. yep that's a stout.

smell: ok there's some skunk, but i'm used to it with this one. still great with lots roasted malts. some chocolate. i can smell the "creaminess" of the oats

taste: some competing flavors. the skunk and the roasted barely duke it out. hints of coffie in here

mouthfeel: it's got a great creamy mouthfeel, no doubt due to the oats. yet it still is somewhat watery.

drinkability: it's good but after a bottle i've had enough. a classic beer that is good...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 05:43:08 | More by pjwilson
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich deep black color with about a half-inch of tan foam on top that is creamy and looks like it is going to be around for a while. There are quite a few bubbles rising. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: The caramel and roasty aroma are the most noticeable when you smell the beer cold. Deeper within, the beer has a sweet cereal-like aroma. You can even smell pancakes in this beer somewhere. As the beer warms a bit, you can really start to notice the British hops coming out.

Taste: This is a seriously tasty beer! It is sweet pretty much the entire time. It has a nutty and toasty flavor that you notice first, and this fades to a caramel-like sweet finish to linger among a smooth and slick mouthfeel. Excellent!

Opinion: Go Sam Smith's! This beer is a whole lot better than I even remember it to be. It has a superbly crafted balance with just enough sweet and slickness to make it feel like you just had dessert. Nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 23:58:09 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of DogFood11


4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rich and dark black, easily manageable head that leaves lots of DNA on its way down.

Malted, earthy, burnt/toasted bready characteristics.

Wow Wow Wow! this is silky smooth. Yeast is a big factor as it leans to the side for a creamy, buttery middle followed by a chocolate, nutty, toasted finish. What an amazing beer. I will leave my mind open to another oatmeal stout being on this level but for now this is the greates beer In this style in my book.

Notes: I think this would be the easiest stout to enjoy. Let the rooks sample this as it has an ease about it that cant be matched. I have, and would welcome sessioning this bitch anyday.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 04:52:21 | More by DogFood11
Photo of maddamish


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

To date one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had. This stout retained it's head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Pours out a dark brown that you can barely see through if you hold it up to the light.

Alcohol, caramel and oats dominate the aroma. The oatmeal really stood out when I got around to drinking it. The thickness is perfect for this style of ale and went down smooth.

Overall, a great stout that I will be seeking out again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 05:09:18 | More by maddamish
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a favorite, this hearty stout pours the color of deep, dark molasses with crimson highlights and a thin, but persistant head of tiny, dense wheat hued suds.

Aroma is malty and chewy, with molasses, prune or plum pudding, chocolate covered nuts, and dried fruit.

Flavor has roasty, sweet, dark malt flavors of molasses, pumpernickle bread, prunes, raisins, port wine tartness, and a light dusting of cocoa. Delicate, nuanced flavors abound.

Body is where it's at, just above medium with a smooth as silk mouthfeel and soft, buttery texture that simply glides across your palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 23:41:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours jet black and frothy into my pint glass with thick light brown head and impressive lacing. The nose is thick and malty and slightly sour. This is a well regarded beer and I've been looking forward to this a while, although it'll have to go a way to top Young's IS.
The first thing I notice about this beer is that it's very heavy in the mouth and an extremely round mouthfeel that envelops your whole mouth with the flavors. Wow, this beer is a full meal. The principal tastes are dark malt, coffee, sugars, and a pleasant full creaminess.
This is a beautiful beer. Probably not for everyone, and for me only a winter thing but if in the mood for a good stout, this is your wing man. I can see why everyone loves this: tasty, filling and surprisingly exquisite.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 06:13:56 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ski271


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a very small, light brown, foamy, mostly diminishing head. The smell is quite good. Sweet chocolate malts accompanied by aromas of molasses, butter, light spruce, raspberries and a touch of prune-like tawny port. The taste is of course very malt-dominant bringing in flavors of chocolate and coffee. There’s just the slightest hint of citrus making the hops presence just barely noticeable, but they add a nice bitterness to the finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and very low carbonation. I found this to be a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but otherwise it is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 20:38:15 | More by ski271
Photo of hero27


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear 550ml bottle...gold foil wrapped over the neck & cap.

Looks great..dark brown with a beige head that holds like a champ. Aroma of caramel malts..like a Werther's Original candy with a roasted character.and then..yep, there it is.. Euro-skunk. More than a faint hint of skunkiness too...and unfortunately this is all too common with the Sam Smith's I have tried. Someone please inform me the rationality of having clear beer bottles that intend to be shipped halfway around the globe. Obviously this would be much better in it's home country, but I just can't give it the really high marks it probably deserves until the brewers can properly bottle and ship their beers to my door.
Do this beer (and yourself) a favor and let this warm up..the flavors get much more evident and mouthfeel is very creamy, despite it being somewhat thin. Drinkability is great for a nut brown...just wish I could try this on-tap somewhere so I could try an untainted version.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 04:54:25 | More by hero27
Photo of masikon


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

Pours true black with hints of ruby only visible when held up to direct light...even then it's just a hint. Nose is strong with raisins and lighter with baker's chocolate and coffee. Taste is almost perfect for what I would expect in this style, Classic stout flavors shine through with mild coffee and chocalate as well as some more unexpected nutty suggestions. The part where Sam Smith's is set apart though is the hop bitterness, they have this down perfectly which creates an amazingly balanced beer which is both filling yet wets the appetite. Aftertaste is long and perfect with a mouthfeel that is just right. An exceptional brew from an exceptional brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:53:02 | More by masikon
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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