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

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5,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,959
Reviews: 2,194
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 infi
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a nice dark and opaque black, with a large amount of head that dissipates after a while. Also leaves a generous amount of lacing while drinking. Smells great - toasted malts and roastiness like a coffee and has a hint of chocolate throughout. Tastes even better, with a sort of creaminess at first and a chewiness towards the end. Definite tastes of molasses or brown sugar, with some lingering tastes of oatmeal in the mouth! Damn delicious beer. Definitely a stout to look for.

Photo of originalsin
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright. Here we go. The famed sammy smith's oatmeal stout. Just finished a bottle of their nut-brown ale, which I enjoyed immensely. Coupled with what I've heard about this beer and my experience with Sammy Smith as of the past 20 minutes I've got really high hopes for this beer.
The pour is a really opaque black. I wish the head was more forthcoming for me, but it just isn't and it won't stick around either. Oh well.
It's got a nice earthy smell- some notes of coffee, roasted malt...this beer smells silky smooth. Otherwise, though, the smell is sort of boring.
I'm waiting on the oatmeal here but it doesn't come through as much as I'd expected it too. A lot of roasted grain, some dark dark chocolate. Molasses is prevalent for sure, and adds some really serious texture and depth to this beer.
It's got a medium mouthfeel and is a relatively drinkable beer.
mmm I've got a newfound love of Sammy Smith . beers. Certainly not lacking in taste at all.

Photo of BarrelO
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with dark amber around the edges. Not much of a head.

S: An appetizing mix of chocolate and roastiness.

T: Roasted malts and bitter and sweetened chocolate. Very nice.

M: Rather thin, actually. A bit of a letdown.

D: Easily the best non-imperial stout I've ever head. It's amazing how a beer this small can pack so much flavor. If only Samuel Smith Imperial Stout were this good.

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

From a bottle.

Pours a dark black that looks coffee brown held up to the light. Moderate off-white head doesn't disappear too quickly.

Smells like oats and butterscotch with a hint of caramel.

Tastes like malted oats and butter with an aftertaste of smokeiness like crisp toast.

Crisp and full mouthfeel resulting from good carbonation.

A bit heavy to throw back a lot, nevertheless the best oatmeal stout I've tried yet and one I'll definitely be going back to when I get the chance.

Photo of fdrich29
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Ayotte's in Hudson, NH.

Back in the day (early 90's in this case) this was the craft beer. We could get Guinness, Harpoon and the like in the Boston area, but this beer was also readily available, and somehow much more exoctic because it was an unknown. Guinness, even pre-markenting push, was a major player, and there was some status in drinking it ("I won't drink anything I can see through"). I always saw this beer on the shelves, usually dusty, but I think only tried it once. Now seemed like a good time to revisit this beer, that somehow seems to be taken for granted.

The pour is a wonderfully deep, dark black with a thick and creamy head that leaves a coating of lace rarely seen these days.

Malty, bready/oatmeal, some fudge and lightly of figs. Tastes very much the same.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

This is the quintessential session beer. At 5% you're not going to find many other session brews so tasty and easy to drink

Photo of BaerBeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, as I always do. Black in color, with a nice mochaish head. Excellent lacing, great body...like your mom. Very sweet tasting for a stout, nodes of burnt coffee and chocolate, nice malty taste and excellent drinkability for an oatmeal stout. Really good beer here.

Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.7oz bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Smells of chocolate and toffee, along with a bit of nuttiness. Tastes dark and roasty with a lot of chocolate character and some metallic notes in the background. Some strange, almost vegetal notes from this bottle. Sweet finish. Thick, creamy body. Pretty impressive.

Photo of dismal
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first oatmeal stout I'd ever had and got me drinking them, all thanks to a buddy from work. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass it pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with almost a ruby color around the edges. With the pour comes a decent sized off white, light tan head that goes down fairly quickly after the pour but still leaves a small head for a while leaving some nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is fairly the same with the chocolate and roasted malt and is kind of sweet. Has a sort of medium feel to it and is a little creamy. With a low ABV I think this one is very drinkable, seems to go down really fast. I would love to have another. Another top beer from Samuel Smith. I've had a handful of Oatmeal Stouts and I think this one is definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a small head.

The nose is strong chocolate, coffee, and oats with some hops. It smells roasty and slightly smoked.

On the palate, there's a roasty, deep oat flavor that tastes almost burnt--and I find it strangely appealing. However, it does feel a bit watery.

Not something I'd usually be in the mood for, but let's call it a top choice for breakfast or dessert.

Photo of pandashaver
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful two finger tan head atop a deep brown, almost black, body that even has an amber hue at the edges of the glass where the light hits. The head left good lacing that stayed, and there was decent head present throughout.

Initial nose is milk chocolate and roasted with mild coffee flavor even. Sweet malts present. I even picked up some vanilla as it warmed up 2/3 way through.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but it is about medium body overall. The aftertaste, however, is somewhat creamy and milky with slight syrup stickiness. Could be a little less fizzy in carbonation.

Definitely gets better as it warms, the sign of a good brew. I didn't want to finish it quick, because I only had one...

Very satisfying finish - has a very light bitterness, like that of chocolate but not quite dark chocolate. Sweetness is present throughout and it makes you want more like a chocolate cake or milkshake or ice cream.

I'm not sure how drinkable oatmeal stouts typically are, but man I want another one of these so I think that says a lot!

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an almost opaque dark-brown/black with a little chocolate-colored head. Not too much head, laces ok. Pretty standard look.

S- Roasted oats, coffee, some dark chocolate. Pretty strong and good. Smells very sweet.

T- A punch of roasted oats, sweet/roasted malt, and coffee up front. Fades into a dark chocolate/coffee finish. Nice, but maybe too subtle for me. Still, sweet and enjoyable. A little woody too. Slight hoppy bite at the end. Grainy, oat-y aftertaste with a little coffee.

M- A little thin, but creamy. Very smooth. Mild to low carbonation.

D- Definitely a good session beer, in my opinion. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Subtle and delicious.

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

Apperance: Poured a completely clear black, with a two finger light brown head. Head is creamy/foamy with good retention. Not much lacing, but maintains a head layer all the way down.

Smell: Nose of very strong dark roasted malts, nuts, and a hint of coffee. Some molasses sweetness, but not much. Very simple, but appealing.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts and oats, with some nuts and coffee following the nose. Simple but kind of complex at the same time. Good taste front to back in the mouth. Little bit of a bite. Taste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and not overly filling. Smooth and creamy, with some chewiness.

Drinkability: A very good stout. Very easy to drink and very smooth. Not as sweet or creamy as some stouts and with more bite, but very good in its own right.

Photo of KTCamm
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a thick creamy light-brown/off white foam. Slow dissipation.

Oaty/hoppy smell.

Taste is wonderful. Smooth and creamy, thick oat taste, mild chocolate, slight hop finish. Low carbonation in the mouth. Chewy. Delicious.

Almost too drinkable fpr something this tasty. Stay away from the 12oz bottles and stick to the big boys.

Photo of jizdepski
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i liked this beer alot. i find that samuel smith's are almost always spot-on when it comes to meeting expectations on their style. nothing amazing, but solid and very good. i poured from a cold 550 ml bottle into a room temp pint glass. appears dark, with nice amber hues when held to the light. a thick, foamy head makes an appearance, but doesn't stay for too long, leaving just a bit of lacing. smells are fairly subtle: roasted malts, light on the hoppiness, and some coffee like smell, but nothing real sweet. tasted great. very creamy, with a nice roasted flavor with oats and balanced by a little hoppy bitterness (that doesn't linger long) at the finish. didn't notice much else except some burnt coffee/caramelesque flavors. mouthfeel was creamy and silky, just a mild bit of carbonation to keep it lively. not too heavy, but certainly not thin, i found it drinkable but not in a way that i would want to put down 2 or 3 bottles. a satisfying oatmeal stout.

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

Been enjoying this one for years. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut brown color with about an inch of tight, fluffy ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, caramelized malts, molasses, milk chocolate, a touch of toffee and mocha. Full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. This beer never dissapoints. A world class beverage.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer probably 150 times over the past 18 years and now I've decided to finally review it.

A: Deep, deep russet - thin tan/white head with a moderate pour - tight tiny bubbles.

S: Very distinctive yorkshire yeast smell, black currants, English toffee, New England brown bread from the can (raisin of course!)

T: biscuity malt, prune, caramel, a slight roast coffee flavor, just under-ripe bartlett pear.

M: Silky smooth, slightly thin.

D: Very high, a supremely smooth version of an Oatmeal Stout and certainly the benchmark for the style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 550 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A - Dark amber with slight ruby hints. Poured into a 2 finger thick and frothy head that descended to a good sticky lacing.

S - Oats, malt, and vanilla on the nose. The oatmeal really comes through. Hints of coffee and cocoa.

T - Dry, roasted malts mingle well with a hearty oatmeal serving that touches on vanilla.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied for an oatmeal stout. Smooth and lighter than you'd expect. Creamy too.

D - It's medium body lends itself well to drinkability in the oatmeal stout category.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, despite its color lets some ruby highlights through; plenty of lacing webs the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats

Taste: The cereal flavor is present up front, with roasted grain and oat flavors, joined by the mocha and dark chocolate, by mid-palate; after the swallow, dark fruit flavors arrive to add complexity, but the balance in the finish is remarkable

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

Drinkability: The balance of this stout really sets it apart from most other renditions

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark into my weizen glass. Big head that stayed.

A- dark, opaque, tan head

S- roasted malts

T- sweet oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, something sweet

M- coats the mouth and taste stays

D- great beer easy drinking, glad to try it.

It was voted the number 4 session beer so i got myself one and wasnt dissapointed.

Photo of KenC411
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a gold wrapper covering the cap. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours thick with a very heavy head. Deep dark brown, looks almost black. Strong head retention. Weak lacing down the side.

Smell: A little medicinal. Roasted nuttiness and coffee, hint of caramel. A bit of burnt notes, though.

Taste: Creamy taste of oats and malt. It has a malty taste to it, and a bit of a bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly silky creamy texture. Not gritty or watery, just pure magic.

Drinkability: This one goes down very easily and enjoyably. A brilliant beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige colored head. Good lacing down the glass. There are chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aromas. Good mouthfeel, not too watery and not too thick. Roasted malt, chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Great flavor and perfectly balanced.

Photo of goblet
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured it out into a glass from a 355 ml slender bottle with a golden foil around the neck and cap.this is the first beer i came across that has it`s own review,history and serving suggestions on the back of the bottle.nice touch.

A,this stout is midnight black or as close as you can get to it, with a thick deep tan frothy head that diminishs almost completely although it does leave some web lacing .

S,the aroma is dark roasted malt slightly sweet like chocolate, perhaps coffee with a little milk and sugar some grainy oats and leafy hops .

T,medium to full body, malty it certainly has a sweeter then i thought side but not overwhelming . i can taste the oatmeal flavor the brew is aiming for and the hops and yeast are inviting .

M,it`s sweet and malty also pretty hoppy for a stout with a grainy yeast spice on the palate with a tad bit of a bitter dry after taste

D, this is the first beer i`ve had from samual smith. i have had it more then once so i do find it drinkable .grab a few of these and get yourself some pizza.cheers .

Photo of johnmichael712
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 550 ml (18.5977 ounces my calculator tells me) bottle into a nonic glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a dark mahogany color that has garnet highlights when backlit and it's a fair shade darker than the Highland Oatmeal Porter I had earlier and a lot darker than the Guinness I had yesterday. A large, thick, oatmeal colored (dark tan) head with a soft, pillowy texture jumps to the surface of the beer and showcases the good amount of carbonation in the bottle. The head remains in a light ring around the surface of the beer all the way down the glass and leaves an enormous amount of Belgian lace.

Smell: The nose of this beer is fairly subdued compared to other stouts I've had, but it still has a very malty character with strong notes of blackstrap molasses, oatmeal, and nuts. There is also a bit of a coffee-like earthiness, the earthiness present in brewed coffee as opposed to freshly ground coffee.

Taste: This is definitely a very sweet and mild-flavored stout, and it starts off with rich roasted malt and molasses flavors with light notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. This moves to a cola-like taste and carbonation midway through that fades to a moderately dry, sweet finish. In fact, this sweetness is present throughout this beer (thank the oatmeal for this), and there isn't much hop bitterness to speak of in the finish. Overall a fine tasting beer, I just wish it were a little more flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: This beer is incredibly smooth, with a medium-full body. Just as I assumed from how readily the head formed there is a good amount of carbonation in this one (for a stout, at least), but it's not so much that takes anything away from the mouthfeel score.

Drinkability: This is a nice, pleasant, and easy to drink stout for when you don't want something that beats you over the head like some Russian Imperial Stouts do. The smoothness, the creaminess, and the fact that the taste is on the lighter side for a stout, combined with only 5% alcohol make for one superbly drinkable beer.

Notes: This is the third time I've tasted Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and each time it impresses me with how easily it goes down. It isn't the best looking, the most flavorful, the smoothest, or even the best example of the style out there, but it's still a darn good beer. I prefer my stouts a little less sweet and a little heavier, but if you're looking for an introduction into stouts this is definitely the way to go.

Photo of eporter66
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml Bottle into pint glass

My first Sam Smith was the Imperial Russian Stout, which I know most wont consider strong, but I found a boozy flavor which was a turn off. Seeing that this had a normal range ABV, and such great ratings, it was time to try again.

A - Great appearance, black body, with brownish thick 2 finger head.

S - Underwhelming, I did not get much aroma

T - A good flavor, roasted malts, some chocolate, but again, with all the praise, I was just not blown away. There is a bitter character in the back of the mouth, aftertaste. I have had better more robust stouts in my limited samplings

M - Average, a little heavy on the carbonation for a stout to me.

D - Not a heavy beer, so it has a good drinkability.

Having read all the ratings & reviews first, my expectations were too high. Definitely a good beer/stout, and I will buy this again, but I guess I was expecting to find the Holy Grail of stouts, and I just dont see this as standing out above the pack.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a glass. The appearance was dark brown, almost black with almost no beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, but it is not overpowering at all. In fact, the smell is subtle, especially for a stout. The flavor, like the smell, is rather subtle. The roasted malts offer a nice roasted taste to counter the sweetness of the stout. The beer ends with a nice, clean finish. The mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation. Drinkability was very high for this beer because the flavor was not overpowering and the alcohol content is low for a stout.

Overall, a good sweet stout that has good flavor and is very drinkable.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,959 ratings.