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

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5,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,994
Reviews: 2,205
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 287
Gots: 770 | FT: 8
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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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Ratings: 5,994 | Reviews: 2,205
Photo of bbeane
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Very dark color, almost appears black. Almost no light can be seen through it when held up to one. Small head that leaves nice lacing after every sip

S- Has a sweet malty smell... not overpowering

T- Has a toasty stout taste, but seems pretty dry tasting compared to other oatmeal stouts

M- Little watered down in my opinion, and over carbonated for a stout

D- Good enough to drink a bunch, but have had better


Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a frothy head that lasts forever. leaves some serious lacing down the glass.

The smell is complex but a little light. Smells like roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. there is some bitter hops in the scent as well.

The flavor of this beer is incredible. tastes like its aroma, just with more substance to it. The roasted malts balance its bitter hops nicely. there are definitely some roasted nuts in the flavor as well, and a hint of coffee, with a thick creaminess that makes it drink like a meal. Oatmeal character is definitely noticeable in the flavor and the feel.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a - opaque black with dark tan creamy head which lasts forever. Excellent lacing.

s - sweet malt with coffee and nuts, not too strong

t - nutty and chocolate again but leading more towards a coffee flavor due to the heavy roasting, great sweetness, slightly bitter finish with the sweetness hanging in there throughout, very slightly dry finish, lasting aftertaste that keeps you on board for a while

m - creamy and very smooth, great balance of carbonation, mmm so smooth.

d - one of the first really high quality beers I ever had. I still remember the first time I tried this beer knowing that it was something special. This is an easy drinking stout while still having tons of flavor. It's easy to get a hold of and not too expensive. All around exceptional.

Photo of darkside7268
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time having this beer. Poured it into an imperial glass out of the bottle. Head is a nice tan, almost khaki color about a half an inch.
-The color at first glance is almost black, but if you look at it in the right light you can see it has a slight, as other reviewers call it, coke color.
-Smell is very enticing but not over powering, if it were warmer I feel it would have a much better smell.
-Taste has some bitterness to it and a slight coffee taste, after swallowing it leaves a nice roasted taste.
-The drinkability is easy. This is a very nice Oatmeal Stout and one that anyone who is a fan of stouts will enjoy.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
A slighly overexcited pour yeilds two fingers of creamy beige to tan coloured head over an ebony coloured body (that's VERY dark brown, not quite black).

Smell - 4.0
Very fresh smelling with a floral, sherry-like aroma alongside the more usual chocolate and weak coffee aromas.

Taste - 4.5
Sweetish for a stout, flavours of cocoa, bitter chocolate brownies and dark fruit. Just enough burnt bitterness for balance, finishes dry and full of flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Silky smooth, feels creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very much sessionable, especially in the colder months.

OVERALL - 4.35
Samuel Smith's beers continue to amaze me with their delicious flavours, complexity and brilliant drinkability. Their Oatmeal Stout takes its rightful place as my favourite stout in the world. More please!

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

From a 12 oz.

Appearance: About the color of coke (coca cola-- cmon guys), dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light. Thick tan head fades after a few minutes and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasty chocolate.

Taste: More sweet roasty chocolate. Plenty sweet, but not too sweet. A little bitterness on the back end that demands another sip.

Mouthfeel: So smooth and creamy. Carbonation balances this nicely. Near perfect.

Drinkability: I haven't had one of these for almost ten years until tonight. In college we called it sweet nectar of the gods, but could rarely afford it. Now I have no excuse. You probably don't either. This is an absolutely delicious beer. And at about 5%, you can drink it all night (and day).

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

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Had a nice appearance to it. Not too dark for an oatmeal stout and didn't have too much of a foam head that was an off white color, it lingers around sticking to the glass even after your done. It seems to look better after you start drinking it. Has a nice chocolate, molasses, and grainy aroma to it. Feels very nice on the pallet, almost drinks like a porter, seems a bit more carbonated than most stouts, it's also surprisingly drinkable for a stout as well.

Photo of Mayhem976
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, descent head small lacing.

S- Heavy grain smell, I pick up hops and a slight copper metallic smell.

T- Good flavor, you can definitely taste the oats ...it does however have that metallic flavor that sorta hits me towards the end.

M- Medium body, more carbonated then creamy.

D- Not bad, would be near perfect if they could somehow toss that metallic flavor out of there and make it a bit creamier.

Photo of againes
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

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

This is my very first Oatmeal Stout.

Pour gave way to a black body with amber hues when seen through direct light. Head was big and tan,while carbonation gave it good head retention and lacing.

Smell was earthy and filled with dark malts and a hint bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and oatmeal when it warmed up.

Taste delivered in a BIG way. Very smooth up front delivering roasted malts, chocolate, and dark sugars, with a heavy hand. Breaks way from sweetness to wonderful creamy smoothness all the way to the end leaving a taste of caramel, coffee beans, and chocolate on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was fantastic! It gives the illusion of being a big beer. The smooth creamy finish is so damn tasty!

This is gonna be a new favorite in my fridge. The mouthfeel really pushes this beer over the edge, while still being a great sipper that does not becoming cloying at any time. Marvelous!

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A strong midnight black color, with an off-white/tan head of modest size. No lacing, but very nice head retention.

Smell: Brisk chocolate and molasses aroma, with a definite starchy undertone.

Taste: Strong sweet chocolate flavored malt up front, with more sublte dark fruit flavors alongside. The oats add a depth to the flavor. A smooth, coffee bitterness settles in after the malt and resides in the mouth until after the sip is gone. The flavor is strong, smooth, and complete in each dram.

Mouthfeel: Initial feel is quite smooth, with a sharp crispness from the surprisingly confident carbonation.

Drinkability: I would not have thought a stout could be this drinkable.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque and brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. leaves no lacing. Thin layer of the fluff stays atop your beer on the way down.

S: chocolate and dark fruits

T: sugary sweet chocolate up front followed by dark fruits with a toasted raisin bread finish. all in good balance

M: full-bodied and creamy with a slightly dry finish that makes you really crave another drink.

Overall, I'm really impressed. This beer brings good flavor and a high drinkability. Very good for desert or a session.

Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Nice retention

S - Sweet, toasted malt aromas with hints of toffee, coffee, and a bit of chocolate and dark fruits.

T - Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with some toasty oat and malt flavors also coming through. Fairly sweet, although not over-done on the sweetness.

M - Full bodied and very smooth. Almost creamy feeling with a nice level of carbonation.

D - Quite tasty stout. Nice combination of flavors. I could definitely put down a few of these, although it would probably compliment a winter day better than an afternoon in June.

Photo of pants678
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown from a 550ml bottle with a two finger head that retains. It's opaque and pushes pitch black.

Smells of roasted oats and hints of coffee. Maybe a tantamount of carmel, but not much, just something that eases it off a harsh edge.

Immediately, it's a bit sweet on the front end, brings to mind raisins and molasses. The sweetness combines with the trace amount of carbonation and keeps the charred coffee subtle. The oatmeal body is full, with a tingling, toffee finish. There's some bitterness, but it's not off-putting. The diversity in flavors is unexpected.

I have to say that it's not as thick or heavy as I'd expect for any kind of stout. It's nice to be able to put away a few of these. The complexity and carbonation keeps it moving, but not too quickly. This brew is worth savoring and dissecting.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

Photo of CarlP2
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my tall "test mug"

A- Dark black, no light coming through. Thick fluffy tan head, some lacing left too. Agitating the beer a bit brings back some head, even as the glass is nearly empty.

S- This smells like something gods would drink. Smells sweet and slightly fruity. Reminds me of ice cream and oatmeal. I also get a hint of cough syrup, kind of a sweet medicine smell. I wish I had an air freshener that smelled like this oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is a slight bitter finish, maybe some hops. The balance of sweet and roasted with the finish is just right. This makes a great dessert beer for after a meal.

M- Medium to thick body. I almost want to chew it. Very smooth, like drinking silk. I'm still amazed after every sip.

D- I could sit around and smell this beer all night. I'd rather drink it all night, and I could easily do that. The taste and smoothness combine to make a very drinkable beer. And at 5% ABV, it won't knock me down if I put a few away.

Photo of PintOHops
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick looking oil black color with about 2/5 of an inch of beige head, can't see through this one. Fair head retention, and leaves some broken spotty lacing. Smells of semi bright fruity citrus notes, grapes, apple, pair, raisins, a wonderfully rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel follow. Oats, wheat bread, lightly toasted malts on the finish, indulgent & sweet dessert like aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lite fruity apple, grape, and pair, followed by a rich blow of overly indulgent toffee, mild coconut, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Pretty much has a dark chocolate bitterness, some wheat bread & oat flavors, as well as some nuttiness on the finish. Very sweet & rich overall, wonderful! Mouthfeel is hardy, smooth, silky, creamy, thick & full bodied! I think I even felt some sediment going down, I could be wrong though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstanding stout! I was blown away with the richness of this beer, as well as the outstanding mouthfeel! I loved everything about this Stout, this thing hits the spot. Nearly flawless, and did I mention that it was overly indulgent? I could definitely have a couple pints on a toasty evening, sitting in front of a fire, ah. The drinkability is very high on this one, and I highly recommend that you try this. Cheers!

Photo of carwreCk
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown and ruby red around the edges in the right light.

Smell is malty sweet.

Taste is also malty sweet, with a very restrained hint of coffee. Little to no alcohol is detected.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin to my liking but not uncommon for the style. Has a creamy finish.

Drinkability is high. Doesn't go to any extreme that would inhibit its drinkability, and ABV is relatively low and not very noticeable.

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

Excellent beer. I enjoyed it. Just started to get into beer as a hobby, but I liked this in all catagories. Enjoyed the smell. Could taate the oatmeal. Every drinkable. Fancy bottle was 550 milliliters. 18.7 fluid ounces. Enjoyed while sitting on pation watching the world go by. Very nice.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 12oz bottle at Old Chicago's in Louisville. Served in a chilled mug (I know, not ideal, but that's how they serve their mugs, so I tried to let it warm to room temp).

A: Rich, deep brown pour. Creamy, khaki head, 1 finger thick which quickly dissipates to a ring of lacing. Opaque body.

S: Slightly salty profile on the nose - soy sauce first, then the roast aromas take over by way of oats and barley. Just a growing hint of sweetness on the back end - perhaps dark fruit, maybe some molasses.

T: Good roasted flavors peak at the front - definitely getting the oats, some heavier roasted barley filling out the malt profile. A flash of sweetness as well, suggestions of dark fruit, molasses, maybe a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Then there is a smooth toast flavor that appears mid sip, tempered with that soy sauce like saltiness detected on the nose - it cuts through the gentle roast. Finish draws to a mild, nutty/oatmeal flavor.

M: Low carbonation; fairly smooth and slick mouthfeel.

D: Only 5% ABV means this oatmeal stout is highly drinkable. Good flavors and a smooth body make for quite an easy drinking stout.

Hands down the best oatmeal stout I've tasted. Another solid brew out of Tadcaster, England.

Photo of Newmerator
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smell appearance - Nutty, roasted, almost a hint of molasses smell to it. delicious.

taste - much the same as the smell. very smooth and full bodied flavor/mouth feel.

drinkabiliity - i could def have a few of these if so permitted. this beer would go great with something sweet like dark chocolate or biscotti. MMMmmm..


Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure I have much to add after 1300+ reviews, but I figured I will pile on to the consensus. This was one of my introductions to "craft beer" around a decade ago...and continues to satisfy as an affordable widely available breakfast beer today.

Poured from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (although, this beer certainly warrants the purchase of a proper imperial nonic).

Liquid is almost black but for a hint of taupe or brown and is thouroughly opaque. A large creamy tan (almost khaki) head forms quickly and never leaves. Very good lacing. Lovely.

Aromatics include freshly roasted grain (malt, oatmeal), mild coffee, hints of cocoa; the sum being greater than the parts, creating a particular, albeit gentle olfactory signature.

Sweet on the palate with prominent roasted notes (a darker roast than is suggested by the aroma) accompanied by (surprise) oatmeal. Someone else mentioned "coffee with cream" and I think that isn't far off. The finish has a mild though lingering bitterness (though hop flavors are heavily obscured) which is joined by a hint of burnt toast (not a bad thing!).

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with reasonable carbonation. Very high drinkability due to its lack of bitterness, low ABV, and unique flavors.

I know Samuel Smith is credited for the revivification of this style in 1980, but I can see room for improvement/experimentation. I would prefer a heavier body and a greater intensity of flavors (maybe more oatmeal, higher ABV?). Still, this is one I return to with pleasure and anticipation everytime. This is also just the thing to nudge Guinness lovers a few baby-steps forward beyond the macro world.

Photo of Macca
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours as black as the ace of spades. A generous beige head which hangs around.

Some sweet malt on the nose. A little bit closed.

Wonderfully creamy chocolate with a touch of coffee.

There are better oatmeal stouts out there but this one is still very good.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-thick black pour into a pint glass. Good amount of dark tan head with medium retention and moderate lacing.

S- Biscuity malted aroma with coffee, chocolate and rolled oats.

T- Flavorful deep malt and grain flavor. Deff. oatmeal taste with dates and dark chocolate.

M/D velvety mouthfeel and a smooth aftertaste that was very nice. Loved this one

Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 550 ml gold tin wrapped bottle. No freshness date, but a code at the base of the neck of sh26h1.
Into the pint glass it went, makeing a 2 inch tan fluffy head. The head slightly resembling that of a Guiness with a whipped cream like texture and very tiny little bubbles. Leaving behind a colar of retention and light thin lace rings and drapes. The color is black with some dark red glowing at the edges.

The aroma is somwhat light and not really a whole lot to report on this side. Some mild chocolate grain aroma, protein oaty aroma, and a mild charcoal.

The taste delivers as always, Some sweetness throughout, minimal, but present. Carbonation as well. More grains, chocolate and cereal. Plenty of oat flavors making just a little more body to the beer beyond the abundance of carbonation. A lightly toasty charred flavor.
Finishing crisp and slightly bitter from grains with some of that sweetness carrying its way through all the other flavors.
Definatly a solid brew. I've had some bad bottles of this before in the clear bottle version. Almost turned me off to this beer completly. But I got this as a gift and am back on with this beer.
Thanks brown bottle for saving me and allowing me to consume you once again.

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