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

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Ratings: 5,803
Reviews: 2,161
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 251
Gots: 595 | 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 zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a foamy, capucino-like head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee beans.

T - Great chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a mild bitterness from the oats. It also had a slight nutty quality and floral notes.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great oatmeal stout with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.

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

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass

A - deep, beautiful dark brown color, caramel colored head that stayed throughout and envelops the side of the glass with a beautiful lace

S - freshly ground roasted coffee bean aroma

T - Starts off with a smoked sensation at the beginning of the tongue and then offsets subtle sweetness on the middle and finishes off bitter

M - Very smooth bodied, going down it leaves its footprint on the tongue for a while

D - A rich brew that will not disappoint dark beer drinkers and quiet possibly win more of their lighter brethern's drinkers over

Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: The taste doesn't overpower like other stouts. Taste is toasty and burnt. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, thin, and kinda oily.

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

Poured from a handsome 550ml bottle, purchased from the LCBO as part of a Samuel Smith boxset (pint glass included), this oatmeal stout featured a foamy beige cookie of a head. The body was opaque.

On the nose I detected coffee and feedmill-like molasses. The taste reminded me of the same and was sweeter than I expected, and, therefore, not as enjoyable as I had hoped for. A dry stout is more to my liking. I gradually took to the taste and by the last sip I was enjoying my drink.

This gently carbonated beer is rich on the tongue, nicely balanced and has a long finish.

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

Appearance: Black in the glass, nearly impenetrable to light, with a thick head of tan foam. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, brown sugar and hints of coffee. Oatmeal cookie with raisins as it warms. Really nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Right in the middle of sweet and dry, some sips bring to mind dark roasted coffee, while others make me think semi-sweet chocolate. Oats lend a velvety smooth texture, and the moderate level of carbonation only reinforces that. This stuff only grows more complex and interesting as it warms, bringing out notes of toasted nuts and dark fruit; I recommend letting it warm up a bit before uncapping the bottle.

Notes: A real classic of the style. I'm not sure why I don't buy this stuff more often, especially at the very reasonable price of $3 per 550ml bottle.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink these alot but haven't seen it in a while around here. Pours fairly dark but you can still see through it, not too much of a head, kinda thin feel, overall a good beer that isnt too strong. I could drink this beer everyday. All there other beers are good also

Photo of matt7215
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle from an LCBO gift pack

pours black with a full tan head that laces the glass perfectly. the brew has a perfect stout appearnace.

the aromas are of roasted malt, roasted barley and some coffee stand out.

the flavours is slightly sweet with some nice roastiness. well put together and simple.

silky smooth in the mouth and quite easy to drink despite its full mouth feel.

a damn fine stout that i wish i could get year round.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Mainly roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T = Roasted coffee was upfront and some baker's chocolate rounding out the flavor. The finish had a minimal coffee bitterness that really rounded out the flavor perfectly.

MF = Not quite a medium body. The carbonation was moderate. Very creamy and super smooth.

Overall, this was a fantastic "Oatmeal Stout" that really outshines most others in this style. I really enjoyed the sweetness of this brew.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A A very very dark red, 3 finger light brown/yellow tinted head on pour which falls to a thin layer once the beer is half downed.

S Subtle all around, but definitely some oats and grains coming through, in addition to some molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.

T Really great to start, some light cocoa and brown sugar comes in here which leads to a plethora of creaminess, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of carbonation, and finishes so well with a touch of fresh roast that provides a slight bitter taste. Awesome, so complex when broken down, yet so simple when sipped without thought.

All in all, a phenomenal stout, especially when taken into account that this is widely available.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 2.73555 oz. bottle :).

A - Very dark black with a typical brown stouty head.

S - A little musty. Not a lot there.

T - Starts a little sweet and ends a little sour. Some smoky dark malt mixed in a lingering on the tongue. Really not picking up much if any hops.

M - A bit on the light side but smooth altogether.

D - Very high. It was very smooth and easy to drink.

A good stout. Nothing really stood out good or bad but pretty much all around solid. Kind of a smooth easy drinker stout.

Photo of Phread
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hard pour from brown 550ml bottle into seidel .

Deep antique mahogeny color with caramel head. Big sticky bubbles oozing up through the fine muck. Looks like La Brea tar pitts. I think something is breathing under there!

Couldn't smell much till the end. Chocolate and nugget. I'm thinking Milky Way candy bar.

Creamy, crushed velvet smooth roast malt, chocolate, and nut, with a light sourness at the end that dissapears quickly.

Quite easy to drink.

Photo of nighthawk
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with red-amber hues at the edges. Several fingers of billowy light-tan head settle to a puffy ring that has some staying power.
Caramel and burnt toffee, some oats and roasted malts. Muted, though pleasantly so.
Smooth, sweet caramel and dark chocolate up front, mixing with a burst of floral and earthy hops. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth. Hints of coffee and milk sugars, with the oats reserved, but still present. Carbonation is felt, nice and bubbly, gives a nice contrast to the full, smooth body. Slight drying and sweetness on the finish.
While full bodied, this beer is never heavy or hard to get down. A fine example of the style, and one I will return to.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ml. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Jet black body that gets slightly rubied toward the top in the light. Strong finger and a half chunky mocha head left decent lacing.

S--Not a whole lot here, maybe some roasted deep subtle malt along with mild coffee. Fairly bland on the nose, but then again, it's a stout.

T--Fantastic. Plenty of smooth dark roasted flavors with a strong milky creaminess. Finishes with just enough bitter oomph and floral roundness to remind you there are indeed hops in the beer. As this beer warms, though, it really opens up, with a bloom of almost cherry cloying up front and, I don't know what else to call it, beef jerky (with a touch of tobacco) on the back end. Complexity level goes sky high as it warms, so I'd say serve this just below room temp.

M&D--Super silky, minimal carbonation makes for just right porridge for this bear. Not heavy, either--a super balanced beer that wears its age on its sleeve in the way it comes together tastewise. Truly refined, and a humdinger of a beer. Don't miss this classic of the style!

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sepia toned black with splotches of dark burgundy when held to the light. These highlights are well concealed but astounding when they do bleed through. This stout falls on the light end of the dark side of the beer spectrum. A respectable proportion of both foam and bubbles, all cocoa stained, sit idly on both the top and sides of the glass.

The aroma required some warming before revealing notes of dry, well-roasted malts and stale black coffee. There is just a hint of bittersweet cocoa to give a faint impression of chocolate syrup. I'd also accept the notion of molasses. The bouquet is far too simple, however, to make any really convincing deceptions - this is largely just the smell of roasted malt... but it's good!

The flavour works on similar lines. It is simple and straightforward. It's enough to conjure the thought of certain flavours but not enough so to truly be deceiving. Fortunately these nutty, chocolaty impressions definitely come forth more with some warming.

What I might think I'm tasting in roughly this order: stale cold coffee, hazelnut, cocoa beans, and finally, molasses. This is a cast of tastes that work well together; they can sort of play off one another and combine for a very sweet profile. It's one that'll certainly have you taking big mouthfuls at a time - and plenty of them.

The chalky, mineral-rich Yorkshire water doesn't exactly work to your favour when you're trying to brew something to be velvety smooth. Especially not a beer with this high level of roast. But you'd be well in line to call this 'bittersweet' and more than fair in saying this mouthfeel is creamy and silky enough to pair to its rich flavours.

If you're not exactly 'new' to craft beer than chances are good that you've already a stout that is fuller, richer, and a heck of a lot more decadent than this; I can think of handful in the same oatmeal stout category. But Samuel Smith is who we have to thank for reviving the style after it had gone extinct before the First World War and considering the success their Oatmeal Stout has had at it, I think that's got to say something.

Photo of TMinton22
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this oatmeal stout.

Appearance was good very dark like coffee with a thick head and good lacing.

Taste sweet with hint of chocolate and coffee with a nice ending. Great drinkability

Would buy this again and again, price was steep for a 4 pack but you get what you pay for.

Photo of smudgewhat
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

believe the hype. This is an awesome oatmeal stout. Sweet, rich, not too thick, which lends to drinkability. Pours dark coffee to black. Sweet like chocolate up front with slightly bitter aftertaste Complex taste and good both cold and slightly warmer. Not too high on the alcohol content, which prevents it from losing taste. A classic.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has the Samuel Smith emblem etched into the top - with the vintage style label on front.

Pours like a coffee syrup with a monstrous yellow cake head. The head started at about 3 fingers, but disipated to a nice film after about 3 minutes. Nice lacing and solid retention.

Aroma has hints of mocha, vanilla bean, wood chips, with some faint alcohol.

Lots of earthy undertones here, with a nice roasted malt that runs from milk to slight coffee to a slight sour finish. There is nice balance with a very slight hop bitterness, keeping the sweet in complete check.

Mouthfeel starts with some nice viscosity on the tip of the tongue, which quickly flattens out. Beer is very thin, and almost quenching - making you want more and more.

I really enjoyed this - and think it has amazing drinkability and flavor for a relatively low ABV brew. This is probably the most sessionable stout I have ever had. The amount of smooth flavor this guy can pack in is truly awesome. Will definitely reach for this again in the future.

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

A: Pours a dark near-opaque crimson brown with a generous khaki-colored head that fades into a constant 1-2mm head for awhile.
S: Chocolate, toffee, oats and a little bit of malt at the end. Actually reminds me of the aroma of some good scotches I've had (though, of course, more dark, round and mellow, and less of the alcoholic sting).
T: Chocolate (but not a really pronounced milk chocolate like a Mackeson XXX nor a dark chocolate like a lot of stouts), toffee, cream, and caramel, with some oats and a little bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Round, creamy, and thick; coats the mouth and lingers.
D: Easy to drink for a stout--not too thick and not too thin. Been one of my favorite beers for a couple of years a still has yet to be usurped.

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

Presentation: Victorian pint bottle into a lidded stein.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black/opaque. Hard pour generates an extremely ample head, which fades very gradually and slowly.

S- Very pleasant sweet coffee, nutty-oat-molasses thing. Wish my sniffer was more sound right now, as this is a quite enjoyable aroma.

T- Some sweet, molasses flavor along with the maltiness, rounded out by some mild bitterness on the finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M- Smooth....creamy....nearly perfect IMO

D- Not as heavy feeling as expected. I could have downed a few of these in a row without hesitation.

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackest night of a brew with big frothy head that sticks around for the party. A sweet aroma that sifts through the air from the first pour. Smells of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, cereal and some dark fruit. Tastes of sweet oatmeal, raisins, and chocolate malt aftertaste. A great after dinner drink that could be a dessert of its own. Think chocolate mousse in a drink form. A wonderfully rich heavy bodied brew that'll have you swimming down chocolate rivers like you were chillin with Willie Wonka. Enjoy!

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

A - nice dark brwon color, nice tan head,

S - oats, sugar, not very hoppy or malty

T - Delicious beer balanced well by a bit of bitterness One Tasty beverage.

M - Again good beer. Mouthfeel is very good.

D - Highly drinkable.

Solid all-around beer . Very good. Worth trying if you haven't and worth trying again if you have.

Photo of sethmeister
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle with a gold foil wrapped cap into my new Samuel Smith Nonic glass (thanks Michael at Grape Vine in Boxboro, MA!) at near room temperature.

Beer is dark brown in hue but appears black in the glass and is not quite opaque when held to a light. A voluminous fluffy tan head rises easily two fingers and needs to settle while I wait to finish the pour. Minimal spotty fuzzy lace present.

Scent is roasted grain, bitter coffee, molasses and soft dark chocolate.

Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, thick sweet molasses and roasted grain. Hops are minimal.

Mouth is prickly and nicely carbonated on the front of the tongue and milk like as it is swished in the mouth. Medium weight; not a heavy or viscous stout.

Drinkability is outstanding. Regretted only having one bottle on hand.

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a classic English stout which I first became acquainted with over a decade ago. It's been a couple of years since last I enjoyed this beer. Having come to love the bold Imperial Stouts with their aggressive American hop profiles and viscous motor oil consistencies I find this a significantly thinner, milder and softer stout than I remember, but no less delicious. Still a classic and still one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of albern
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this beer in years, and after trying this again after such a long hiatus, I'm wondering why I waited so long. This is an outstanding, nourishing, thick, delightful stout. This is one of my favorites from years ago, and my opinion has only solidified. This is an outstanding stout. The beer is thick, creamy, pours a thick dark color barely impenetrable to light, with a thick off white head. This beer laces like mad. The aroma is first rate. Caramel malts, dextrin sweetness, toffee and chocolate notes, and just a well balanced and enticing aroma.

The taste is just great. There is a definite oatmeal backbone to the beer and it comes through in its consistency. The beer has wonderful toasted and roasted dark malts, it has the slightly charred grainy notes, and the caramel maltiness to make it a delight. There is a slight butterscotch flavor to the beer that detracts ever so slightly, but this one is well worth seeking out. There is also a milkshake quality to this beer, and it has the characteristics of a lactose-milk stout. It isn't a strong ABV beer, and the mouthfeel is a bit oily, with an aftertaste that is not overly sweet, more like a refreshing, complex, and interesting thick chocolatey after dinner drink. L'Chaim.

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

The wonderful example of this style.

Pours a beautiful balance between brown and black with a subtle hint of reddish in the background. A big creamy head.

Smell is light of brown sugar oatmeal and molasses.

Rolls onto the palate with a creamy lightness that comes from the best oatmeal stouts. Taste is not hugely complex but it is wonderfully pleasant of oats, molasses, and caramel.

Could enjoy multiples. The creamy brew settles great in the stomach and is not too filling.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a jet black with a large coffee-tan head that has good retention an leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Rich coffee with some nice earthy, chocolaty tones a well.

T: Much like the smell, rich, deep coffee flavours with a touch of chocolaty sweetness. Nutty in the background and a subtle bitter hop finish.

M: Very rich and smooth, coating your mouth as it goes down. Creamy, yet crisp - very nice.

D: This is a very nice oatmeal stout and is, so far, my favourite offering from Samuel Smith's. I will definitely buy this beer again. perfect for the upcoming cold winter nights!

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