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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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5,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,886
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 654 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of Oatsoda
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Oatmeal Stout pours a tall dark chocolate milk-colored head of foam on top of a dark, nearly-black body with some red-amber on the edges.

It gives off a very mild aroma that I would describe as "sweet-smelling".

Toasty and pleasant, without any strong overwhelming flavors, it finishes with a subdued bitterness.

This Stout has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation and body make it seem a lot lighter than its color suggests.

Overall, a very drinkable beer-- not as assertive as it's appearance would lead you to believe.

Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head, dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing . Dark mahogany with some cherry-red highlights.

S: Chocolate and espresso; some light grains as well.

T: Roasted coffee - also hints of toast. Lighter chocolate that grows throughout - almost like eating a chocolate bar.

M: Creamy - chocolate really coats the tongue. Tight carbonation, but not over-carbonated.

D: Very smooth and easy drinking. With these flavors and the low abv, this is a very sessionable beer.

Photo of bkilpatr
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. 01/24/09.

Pours nearly pitch black with almost two fingers of light tan head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, good retention. Aroma is of dark toasted malt and light milk chocolate.

Taste starts with roasted malt and is heavy with chocolate flavors. Slightly acidic quality, and an earthy or herbal taste. Some coffee and finishes with heavy cola-like flavors. Not entirely pleasant. Feel starts smooth and creamy, then hits with prickly carbonation. Drinkability is decent. It's not too heavy, but the acidic/cola-likeness of it doesn't sit well with me.

Overall, not something I'd seek out again anytime soon. Honestly it feels more like I'm drinking soda instead of beer. I'm just not impressed by this.

Photo of BWH3
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with thick, creamy, and everlasting light brown head. Still as the night. Well done

S: Mild roasted grain and coffee flavors. The sweetness has a creamy note. Reminds me of a sweetened espresso and cream

T: Slightly sweet but fairly dry. Maltiness is strong on the oat flavor. The tasting ends with a dry fruity bitterness to balance the initial sweetness.

M: Creamy, full bodied. Slick oat contribution. Still and great head retention.

D: A variant of stout that too few brewers produce. The flavor is not as sweet as a sweet stout and not as dry as a dry stout which makes it a great beer to enjoy several. However, balance has its price and few would rate this as their all time favorite stout.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle...

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black color with a 1 finger beige head that held nicely for a while and left a considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma consists mostly of chocolate with a touch of caramel and some bready notes.

Taste builds on the aroma as you experience many of the same things in a more pronounced manner. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit all come through in the taste. Pretty good stuff here.

A very smooth feel but maybe a bit rich for some. I'd cap it off at one bottle per sitting but that is not to say I would not want another later on down the line. Overall a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of mltobin
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at a D`Agostino`s grocery store in Westchester, New NY.
The appearance is dark with a thin head.
The smell is rich, similar to dark chocolate.
The taste is sweet, a hint of cinnamon. with the flavor of a very rich stout to it. The mouthfeel is of cinnamon and brown sugar, again very rich.
Drinkability is decent on this, but it is rich, that I could never conceive of drinking more than two of these oatmeal stouts in one evening.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle pored into standard pint glass

a: deep amber color, almost black, decent 1/2" head with nice retention, plenty of carbonation

s: sweet malt, chocolate

t: sweet up front with oat, chocolate, and malt. finish dry like most stouts.

m&d: medium mouthfeel, nice stout mouthfeel. A little heavier than a Irish Dry stout. Very drinkable brew.


Photo of templar316
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light khaki head, and settles to a deep dark chocolate with only a hint of ruby when held to the light. The nose starts with an acohol warning, developing into a dark fruit, rich and inviting. The flavor of figs and dates bubbles acrossed the tongue, falling back into a complex flash of caramel malts and soft sweet oatmeal, before finishing with the brewery's characteristic granite finish. Begging for another sip, I could drink the case tonight.

Photo of Turrry
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional, one I was not expecting. THIS will be one I use to introduce "adjunct addicts" to better beer.

Pour was dark brown with a nice, consistent 1/4 inch head with good lacing.

Smell was very much oatmeal, and chocolate?

Taste was great, beers like this are why I'm not a Guiness fan. Oatmeal, malts, and chocolate, and just the right amount of bitterness to tickle the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel was good, light carbonation and goes down like butter...and feels about as thick strangely enough.

Drinkability is good, but enjoy this one by itself, probably not good with food.

Photo of tconboy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I cracked this one open, and so this truly wondrous product definitely caught me by surprise. A dark dark pour with a nice creamy head and significant lacing, looks very appealing. The taste here was truly exceptional - oatmeal as the name would suggest, but a great balance of coffee and chocolate flavors with intricate complexity and not too dry. The best oatmeal stout I have sampled. Highly recommended.

Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pres: Comes in a 4 pack. The gold foil is cool. First time I tried this beer, I unwrapped the foil by hand. It was tedious. Next time, I just opened the bottle normally, and the foil cut off perfectly. Bottle poured into a mug.

App: Black, brown hue when held up to light, great head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Very complex and interesting malty/bready.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. Complex. I tasted coffee, caramel, creaminess.

Note: I loved this beer! I've been looking for it for a while, and it's been sold out, so I was excited when I finally found it. I wanted to try it based on the great ratings I've seen. I'd love to go to the brewery in England for a try.

Photo of youngblood
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent stout from Samuel Smith. Poured dark with an off-white head. Very earthy, roasty nose. Taste is full of creamy roast/chocolate. Simply felt amazing on the tongue. It glides all over the mouth, almost begging to linger. This is an excellent stout.

Photo of Reaper16
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Solid look to this beer, pouring a deep and dark brown (pretty close to black). The light beige head was about one-finger size, with lacing reminiscent of soapy water.

Definite oatmeal in the front of the nose, which is good. Hints of sweet malt and dark chocolate. The non-oatmeal scents were sort of muted.

Toasty, sweet malt flavor domination. Good amount of oat flavor. Finishes with a slight wash of dark chocolate sweetness.

Great feel; this beer is very creamy without being too rich or (Heaven forbid) syrupy. This is sessionable if one is so inclined; I could drink this all night.

A very good stout. Not my favorite by any means, but a good, tasty example of the style.

Photo of jimsimply
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 450ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a decent head that slipped down into the brew pretty quickly.

S: Molasses/brown sugar, oats, and some coffee notes as well.

T/MF: Full stout flavor, the sweetness follows that molasses aroma, full-bodied and rich. The oats add some body as well, lending it a starchy (not negative; think comfort food) mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable, and with low ABV, could have tucked in to this one for the duration. But there were other beers to drink. :)

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 450ml bottle into a pint glass producing a beige colored 1/2" head that laces the glass quite well as I drink. The color is deep deep brown/black. Excellent after dinner beer with the rich creamy flavor of roasted toffee and oats. Alcohol is balanced perfectly. This beer is rich in flavor and goes down very smoothly. This is an outstanding example of and oatmeal stout. Smells just like it tastes. Toffee and oats. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is perfect for a stout. Drinkability is good. Yummy

Photo of Duhast500
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt bottle into a glass pint.

The color is A very deep dark black with a light brown foamy head.

The smell is of chocolate, a little toffee and roasted malts

The taste is smooth, creamy, a malty flavor is very deep in the background with a toffee tone.

This beer is quite smooth. Goes down real nice and is one the best stouts I've had. The overall feel is strong but does not overpower.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured dark mahogany, almost black but hints of brown came through as it was held up to light. Minimal chocolate brown head that dissipated very quickly. Left minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, and some kind of unidentifiable sweetness. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

Taste: Smooth, and the roasted malts are definitely evident. There's also an odd aftertaste, almost an astringency. I would have thought it was just my bottle, but I've noticed other reviewers having noticed a 'chemical' taste. It's definitely a good tasting beer, but there's that little something in the background that tastes a little off.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. A little too highly carbonated, but that's the only real downside. Nice and creamy, the way I like my stouts.

Drinkability: It's smoothness made this easy to put down. Only a slight bitterness at the end. That being said, the odd chemical/astringent taste remained throughout the entire beer. I enjoyed it, but I likely won't seek it out again.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a very thick puffy tan head.

Smell has a strong berry presence. Also get a nutty smell.

The first few tastes off of this one gives a metallic flavor off the head. Once I break though that I get the same berry taste that I smelled, almost like a grape soda. This is very smooth beer with no bite what so ever. Now as the beer settles I am getting a nutty flavor. I also pick up a grape taste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and this one is an easy drinker that goes down nice and smooth.

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550ml bottle, an opaque dark brown-black with rocky tan head that fades after a minute. Smell: rich roasted and milk chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of earthiness and butterscotch. Taste: sweet with milk and semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, slight dark fruit and diacetyl. Fairly rich and sweet but balanced by the drying character and a touch of earthy hops. Velvety smooth and fairly complex for the style, with a notched up abv this would be really impressive.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured to a standard pint glass

appearance: Black with 1-2 finger cappuccino colored head

smell: Sweet, milky with coffee/chocolate undertones

Taste: Mix of milk chocolate with hints of caramel and dextrose, you can definitively taste the malty oats

Mouthfeel: Smooth as chocolate milk but a slightly lighter body

Drinkability: Easy as they come, there's no alcohol or any bite to this, perfect session stout

Notes: This has to be the classic oatmeal stout, once again samuel smith elegantly sets the bar for a style, there are no crazy undertones or bells and whistles with this beer, just classic stout.

Photo of showell
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very black color with about 1" head.

The taste is just awesome. I didn't think that stouts were my favorite beers, but this could come close. If they have beer in heaven, this one will be on tap. I got two of the 1 pint bottles, one for me, and one for my partner, and we both wish we had gotten more. I know where to get them for the future though.

The drinkability is just great too. The only problem is that it costs a bit much for everyday. I think I'll just save this one for special occasions.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color. Nice sized head with a lace that will not fade.Aroma of oatmeal,some malts,vanilla and a hint of cocoa.
The taste started off sweet with a hint of roasted malts. Cocoa tones and some mild bitterness.
The feel was medium carbonation and a full body. Smooth and creamy with a touch of wood in the finish.

Notes: This was quite a brew. The balance was near perfect,so tasty and filling. No letdowns here,simply a smooth and creamy treat.

Photo of Pamola
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a simple black, brown around the edges, letting in some light. minimal head that fades to a lingering film. Smells a little nutty and crisp. Flavor is downright amazing. nutty, oaty, and a very nice twang of alcohol hidden in the crispness. Plays around in the mouth, sucks to the top of the palate. That and it's chewy as a shitty hotel's continental breakfast oatmeal, which i think is superb. Goes beyond body into meatiness.

They are the original and the best for a reason.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark brown body with a persistent light brown head. Big aroma of roasted malts and rich dark chocolate. Palate is big roasted flavors like the aroma. Only problem is that the finish is a little flat, some more hop presence is in order. I also think the beer is a little under alcoholed. The malt flavors are too strong and especially given the limited hoppiness, could use a psuh in the ABV to balance it out. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a tingling carbonation.

This is a very good traditional Oatmeal Stout. Its a great example of the style, but not terribly complex. Problem with this beer is simply that it is what it is. Stouts have come a long way in the last decade, and this beer is somewhat left behind.

Some may feel that this beer has retained its greatness, and I agree to a degree that it is still a fantastic example of the style, but given the stout competition, I cannot say this is a beer for which I am going to rush back.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours an opaque very, very dark brown with a billowy smooth tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine line.

Smell is of toasted malts and chocolate. Nice roasty character.

Tastes of coffee and chocolate...nicely roasted. Leaves a very slight bitter aftertaste, which is nicely complimented by the roasty flavor and balances out nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. The dry finish sets up perfectly for another sip. Very drinkable.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,886 ratings.