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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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5,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,215
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 319 | 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 Backer2004

North Carolina

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

Not your run of the mill stout here. Much easier to finish off than some of the other stouts I've drank in the past year, especially when served just under room temperature. Unlike some other oatmeal stouts, there is more than just a hint of the surname in the smell and taste. Great head and lacing, can fill you up however.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 02:57:10 | More by Backer2004
Photo of hoffman


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was thrown by this one....thought the bottle was brown....the beer is really that dark....Nice and opaque with a few reddish brown tints. Nice two finger head frothy, sticks to the glass in a nice lace top to bottom. The smell is strong and sweet like brown sugar with oats. The taste is very good smooth and sweet to start with a nice coffee finish....not overly bity on the end. Very nice mouthfeel full bodied and strong. I will buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 02:17:32 | More by hoffman
Photo of sacfly


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Thought it was in a brown bottle- the gold foil at the top hides the space at the top. I started laughing as I poured about being duped into thinking this was not a clear bottle.

Pours a very dark opaque black. Hints of brown show only when held to the light, and then only around the edges. Thick, frothy head of tight, medium brown/tan bubbles. Sweet, malty aroma. Caramel, slight astringency. The background hints of the local blackstrap molasses.

First sip notes the creaminess the oats bring to the table. Not as sweet as the aroma lead on. Roasted malts lead the way to the slight sweetness of caramel and the hint of the blackstrap comes back at the end. Finishes slightly astringent and burnt. Dry.

Haven’t had this one in a very long time. Why did I stay away so long? If you have recently been consumed with the more recent and over the top offerings, come back and revisit this classic. You will be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 18:02:30 | More by sacfly
Photo of goschool


2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the legendary Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. It's got a score 91, outstanding, currently. So what's not to like? It looks good with a black body topped by a brownish head. It smells okay but the taste is a tremendous disappointment. Think a few onces of coffee with chocolate syrup added to a shaken bottle of Perrier.

I've had this before and I remember enjoying it, so this bottle could have been treated poorly, but the brewery uses clear bottles so they are certainly not the victim here. I will most likely try another bottle in the future (not the near future) with hopes for the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 05:16:42 | More by goschool
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black, little carbonation, small head out of a clear bottle. Not much lacing. Scents of malt, toffee/caramel sweetness, smells stronger than it's ABV. Taste's a little sour and finishes a little dry. Medium body. At 5% ABV you could drink a few, a good session brew. The clear bottle will keep me away from this brew, not telling how long it's been sitting there.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 00:21:55 | More by Wasatch
Photo of icefisherman


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks a lot like motor oil that has not been changed in bout tenthousand miles i like it. smells like beer taste like nothing i have ever had almost like it was recently on fire as a friend of mine put it it is a god damn beer as in god damn thats good. i think i would definatly drink this again even at 4.50 a bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 16:19:19 | More by icefisherman
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a wonderfull appearance. It poured a very dark brown. It lets a very small amount of light through. It poured with a average sized tan head that did not stick around very long. The taste is dominated by the presence of roasted oats. I gave it a 3.5 on drinkability due to a strange aftertaste. This beer tastes as if the alcohol content is higher that the listed 5%. It would not be my first choice as a Oatmeal Stout but, however a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 13:32:05 | More by Enola
Photo of sevineyes


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

Poured from clear glass bottle.

A: Very dark - almost ruddy hints. Coffee froth head with lacing.

S: Hop presence seems to segue into maltiness. Pleasant, but not pungent and accentuates the flavor.

T: Very smooth with burnt toffee, coffee and almost fudge-like hints making up the malt presence. Hops finishes with a subtle back-of-the-throat bitterness creating a slight sourness to finish off the overall sweet profile.

M: Creamy, not very carbonated and finishes a little watery to me.

D: Very drinkable. Clearly not an all nighter, but easy to drain the glass before you realize it.

Overall: If you like oatmeal stouts you really should check this out. More of a hop presence and noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste than many but I feel that lends more character than it takes away.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 01:59:27 | More by sevineyes
Photo of alankwak


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yummy...like Guinness on steriods.

A: Very dark red..nearly black...as it should be. Oh my....talk about head retention and lacing. This is awesome. The hallmark of good beer. Good head retention and lacing on a clean glass. This beer has it.

S: Very slight hop/malt mix on the nose. Not very strong and it shouldn't be.

T: Awe...light coffee and chocalate flavor...perfect. A tad hoppy but very good. Malt taste is there in good proportion.

M: I've never had a beer with such mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer in this regard. This is why I gave it a 5 in mouthfeel. Wonderful.

D: Very good. I mean I couldn't down these all night like a light lager or pils but it sure is a fine beer and very drinkable. Above average here.

Overall: It's true(as I've been told) Samuel Smith makes the highest quality brews. And this is one of them. Like Stout? Try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 03:30:11 | More by alankwak
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm...This is good.

This beer pours so well into my glass that I start to drool. The color is simply atramentous, pure ink. The head is thick, frothy, and the color of sunned saddle leather.

I sit back and take a whiff. Nothing. It’s too cold. I wait a while and try again. There it is, sweet and tangy coffee. Lots of Southern attitude like Maxwell House and sarsaparilla tea on a white veranda.

I taste it and it’s like oats and cream poured over bluenose silk. The body is full and it slides over my tongue crisply. Dark roasted coffee notes dominate while subtle English herbs swish around my mouth, rosemary, lavender, and peppercorns. The finish is Portuguese bootleg, strong wine served with sharp cheese and cherries. I dig it and my belly does too.

It feels great. My mouth is tickled pink drinking this. It screams, “Give me more!” My stomach too tells me to keep this one coming. It coats the inside of my gullet making me feel warm and strong. Tastes like health.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 00:24:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of SteveO1231


4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark black stout color with a rich tan head
Smells of coffee and caramel
This Oatmeal Stout has a very rich thick almost gritty mouthfeel
Nice creamy taste and a sweet caramel finish. The lower carbonation alows you to pour this beer easily.
Very good oatmeal stout one of my favorite and at $3.99 a bottle it better be! One of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 23:04:45 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce glass bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, opaque black color with nice thick tan head. Upon pour head is already sticking to the sides of the glass. Very nice.

S - Roasted malts with aromas of caramel and coffee coming through. The careml aroma really comes to the forefront for me and makes this one of the most pleasant/inviting smelling beers I've ever encountered.

T - Very creamy taste with a lot of chocolate coming through. Extremely malty but not overly sweet. Some bitterness balances it all out.

M - goes down nice and smooth, I prefer a little more carbonation, but still a nice smooth full body.

D - A nice sipper, like many stouts I've tried I could definitely sit and enjoy two or three of these at the end of the night.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:55:22 | More by EStreet20
Photo of ChefSchipull


3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near pitch black with a light tan head that fades quite slowly.

Smell: Bitter hops with hints of oats and caramel.

Taste: The bitterness is more prevelant in the taste than in the smell. Roasted flavours and oatmeal are evident as well. Sweeter than most stouts due to the oats in the mash.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, a little thin for my expectations of a stout, though that may be the style since I have not had too much experience with oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: I couldn't have too many of these because of the intensity of the bitter flavors but its a good "once in a while" brew that would go very well with all sorts of food.

I would recommend, but would also love to try this on-tap to see the difference.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 04:04:39 | More by ChefSchipull
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear black with some red highlights around the edges and a thick tan head, lots of lacing as well. Smell is sweet and roasty, some chocolate and grass is present. Taste is lots of anise, some roasted chocolate, coffee, oats and grass. Smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation, pretty tasty although the taste is off because of the clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 20:05:20 | More by Viggo
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby black with a large, thick, dense, creamy head. Looks quite appealing. Smells of sweet roasty malts, chocolate notes, light fruitiness. Very full bodied aroma. Tastes rich and robust - like a good dessert. Bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet malts. Full, very smooth, with a slightly bitter finish.

A classic...good reputation for a reason. Always satisfying and highly recommended. Great stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:14:49 | More by wedge
Photo of jettjon


3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the other half of my comparison between Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout and Mackeson’s XXX Stout and is my 3rd review of this excellent Stout.

Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with an impressive brownish tan head, though watery and not thick on the pour like Mackeson. There’s a nice malt/sorghum nose, though again not quite as complex or pleasing as in Mackeson’s offering. Flavor is good, slightly bitter with a strong presence of toasted malt. It’s a pleasantly liquid beer, going down easily but not as thick or substantial as I’d prefer. The finish is pleasingly bitter. Again, I find this to be a superior stout, but I believe that Mackeson edges it out in several important areas including appearing, taste, and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:34:50 | More by jettjon
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Lets very small fragments of light through if held close to a bulb. Deep tan fluffy dense head that is nice and large at first and turns into a 1/4" creamy layer as I come to the bottom of my glass. Smell is well rounded and full of roasty buttery coffee, chocolate, some nuts with a fresh fruitiness. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, nuts, bittersweet chocolate and fruity esters. Creamy oats as well. Full with smooth body that has a gentle soothing quality. Very satisfying. Just the right carbonation that doesn't compete with any of the flavors. Smooth toasty, bittersweet chocolate finish.

An excellent stout that I find myself picking up often. I think one of the ingredients is awesome-ness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:55:56 | More by tastybeer
Photo of ghostwalker


4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black/brown appearance. 3/4" tan head, nice and foamy from an aggressive pour. Didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Nice nose. Roasted malty goodness with coffee overtones.

Flavor and mouthfeel are tops. Dark and chewy, rich and satisfying. Tangy with malt, coffee, chocolate. I think it is one of the best stouts around, period.

Extraordinarily drinkable. Previously, I never really considered this to be a session beer, although I liked it well enough. After this most recent tasting, I think I could easily drink this all night.

This is the best Sam Smith's I have ever had, purchased at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA. Due to the clear bottles they use, it's possible that my previous forays were with light touched beer, or maybe I just failed to truly appreciate the goodness. Whatever the real story, a most excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 22:27:35 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Pours black with ample tan head. Despite the lack of head retention, there is some lacing.

S: Dark malt, slightly tar-like.

T: Very well balanced, bittersweet throughout. Chocolate, with a slightly fruity tang. Roasty, but not at all harsh.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:12:51 | More by Derek
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a beautiful tan foamy two finger head. The foamy covering stuck around for the entire beer and created good lacing.
Aroma was of a rich coffee and molasses.
Taste was a little sweet but also a little bit of a roasted malt flavor with nice hints of coffee. There is a little acidity, but nothing like the Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. The hops create a nice earthy taste.
Mouthfeel was super smooth, almost like a cappuccino.
One of the most well balanced beers that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 01:52:41 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Almost pitch black in colour, the tan head on this brew didn't last too long. Nice malty caramel aroma with chocolate notes. Surprisingly carbonated and bitter. I didn't get any of the coffee notes that I was expecting, but I did get more malt and chocolate. A bit thin bodied, but still an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 20:48:30 | More by fisherman34
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This brew pours darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. Its massive whitish tan head lingers around long after the beer is gone. The aroma is everything that can be hoped in an oatmeal stout. Creamy, nutty, chocolaty, roasted malt. The taste is quite simply as perfect as the aroma. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is smooth beyond discription. Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 02:58:36 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ColoradoBobs


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

Fine, excellent, full-bodied, rich, really quite a superb stout. Nice bitter finish, but not harsh. Coffee, dark chocolate, figs, maybe some burned biscuit, and a notable sourness that keep the sweet in line.

More would be good. How is it on tap, and where can one obtain it so?

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 20:16:54 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of BEERchitect


4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bar that I compare other Oatmeal Stouts with. Pours a nearly opaque black. Only very dark ruby highlights shine through. Forms a stiff tan head that remains and laces. Smells mildly of barley malt, roasted malt, chocolate, and cappuchino. Throw in some mild souring as well. No hop aromas. Flavors are similar to those in the nose, only much more bold, rich, and full. Never gets astringent or grainy. Big body finishes with flavors of plumbs and grapes (not wine). Finishes silky smooth, modestly sweet. The oatmeal rarely shows flavors but adds to the richness and smoothness of the beer. I highly recomend.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 20:47:02 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml clear bottle poured in a pint glass.

Absolutely black, opaque in colour. Can't see through it and even the edges don't give up a highlight. Medium brown colour head is tight and low and recedes quickly to a light skim across the top.

Rich, roasted malts in the aroma. Undertones are sweet, dried fruit, a bit of syrup.

Sweet, dried fruit (raisins? figs?) at the start. Subtly and smoothly morphs into a nice caramel/burnt finish. In the occassional sip a mild dark chocolate and/or medium roast coffee undertone pops up. Aftertaste is a little bitter, but with some caramel, chocolate and burnt tones.

Nice and creamy and smooth. Little carbonation. Silky smooth mouthfeel.

This is a beautiful, smooth, subtle, easy going stout. No, it's not going to kick you in the teeth, but that's fine with me. I'm more than happy to be seduced by a beer rather than overpowered by one. Too bad I can't get this stuff here regularly, and too bad I only brought one back from Calgary.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 01:36:27 | More by Noxious26
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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