1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,662 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,662
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 229
Gots: 526 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,662 | Reviews: 2,145 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GeoffW
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Very very black with not much a head that dissipated rather quickly. Not too much lacing either.

Aroma was exceptional, very malty and "earthy". My beer lingo isn't good enough for me to describe it any other way.

Taste was awesome. Very malty with a bit of oatmeal (who would have guessed) and a nice roasted, bittery flavor.

Mouthfeel was good as well. The bitterness wasn't overwhelming at all, nor was the alcohol very apparent.

Drinkability was good, this isn't my style of choice but I could easily see myself going out and buying a bottle of this on occasion.

Overall this beer was excellent, I prefer the belgian style ales but this stuff was damn good. Thumbs up.

GeoffW, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of johnsonkr
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated immediately, minimal lacing.

S- Smells of rich, molasses;

T- One to cherish! The palate is adorned with deep molasses,
a hint of chocolate, nutty, light bitterness and a smoky ending

M- Dangerously smooth. This will not be last tonight! Excites the senses.
D- One to enjoy, quite expensive for this four pack of "victorian bottles". But I should say well worth it.

johnsonkr, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep brown almost black with a light brown massive head and peaked over the top of the glass, looks great.

S - Rich aromas of chocolate, malts, carmel, molasses, got a smokey lingering.

T - Just as it smells with deep rich flavors and a extremely creamy head, almost dessert like in how heavy and rich it is.

M - Thick and creamy with low carbonation, extremely smooth.

D - Fantastic rich brew that would go dowm great anytime.

trackstar1043, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone Levitation glass (cause why not?)

A-a nice deep brown, amber-y at the bottom when you hold it to the light. Tan head that started at about an inch but quickly dissipated. Very little lacing but a little bit sticky to the side of the glass.

S-mocha, malt, a little bit of coffee. nice.

T-very smooth. some coffee, some maltiness and a little bitter on the finish.

M-Light with smooth carbonation. a little of the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D-goes down nice and easy. A good session dark beer.

I had not had this in a while until a friend brought a case to a party (and left it behind). This is a very nice English style stout. Nicely malty, highly drinkable. One of the first out-of-the-mainstream beers I ever tried, it holds up very nicely after many years and lots of beers.

Reminiscent of the Edmund Fitzgerald porter to me. I rated this higher than that, probably because my expectations were different. Go figure.


sholland119, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of bigalk
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black from bottle, but head didn't last too long. Slight chocolate and coffee ground aroma. Litle thin in the body, but I was comparing it with another stout on tap, poured through a creamer. Easy to drink. No lingering malt bitterness

bigalk, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of ricchezza
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black with nice tan 2 finger head that quickly receeds to about 1/2".

Aroma is sweet and creamy. Strong whiffs of the oatmeal.

Enters the mouth with a vanilla creamy sweetness, followed by a wash of thich chocolate.

This tastes like I melted a candy bar and drank it.
This is awesome.

I definatley recommend that every stout fan try at least one of these!

ricchezza, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550 millies from Bel Air super market. Way to carry this one.

A - Pours dark brown, with medium, mocha colored head. Head disspates slowly with virtually no legs. This is excellent.

S - Mocha, coffee beans, and nutmeg.

T - Mocha, dark roasted coffee beans, and the slightest bit of ginger. Incredible beer.

M - Bready, warming, but no alcohol feel.

D - This one will be drank quickly. Must check out their other beers. Very pleasantly surprised!

MisterClean, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle picked up Thursday at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3" tan/lite brown head.. spots of lace atop a typical stout brew.

Aroma is very smooth.. a little sweetness with low roasted grains.. some chocolate mixes with light brewed coffee... a little yeasty fruitiness.

Light black malts.. more coffee .. sweetness is there but restrained.. a little molasses and fruitiness .. creamy mid-range thick body.. sorta nutty graininess as it warms.. silky mouthfeel with a low carbonation.. I would guess it had a higher ABV.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a great beer... I only buy it a couple time per year.. not my favorite style but this is a pretty good benchmark.

JohnGalt1, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a deep dark mahogany color with two fingers of tan head.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and light coffee.

The taste is much like the aroma but with added sweetness.

Lighter mouthfeel, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

This is a very easy to drink oatmeal stout for anytime..

Monkeyknife, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking for something to drink on this cold, snowy, and brisk day. Picked up a bottle of Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout to warm me up.

A- As dark brown as you can get, bordering on black color. Tan head, think cappuccino color, small lace. Looks amazing.

S- Smell was very malty and sweet almost like a chocolate cake with some caramel.

T- Taste was unexpectedly sweet with very mild bitter hop notes. I tasted some vanilla (ice cream flavors), chocolate, coffee. Oats and barley also present.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and filling. This stuff went down easily and drank like a dessert.

D- Very drinkable stout. This stuff certaily suited my enviornment at the time. I enjoyed the blance and sweetness of the stout.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Dark, dark color, with an impenetrable texture. Somewhat small head on it. Good lacing.

There was a very malty smell, along with some yeast. Not overly pungent, but good.

You get a bit - though not too much - of the eponymous oatmeal, and some malt and coffee flavor as well. Nicely complex.

There was solid amount of carbonation and smooth finish to this one. Nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty drinkable beer if you're into stouts. It has a great, complex taste. Like most stouts though, it does weigh you down after awhile.

avalon07, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of cuzinpete00
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is a must try. very drinkable and very smooth.
i would give this beer a higher rating but i was expecting more creaminess although it had just enough to keep
me happy. i bought a four pack to try and it was gone fast. i definitely will be buying more.

cuzinpete00, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Mad Elf challice on 2/18/08.

A - Deep brown/dark mahogany body with one-finger soapy, tan head that transformed into a patchy trail of whispy film and left some decent lacing. Fair amount of active carbonation.

S - Hints of dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, flaked oatmeal and earthy hops in the nose. A bit of dark cherry as the liquid warmed up, with the chocolate becoming more prevalent as well.

T - Malty up front, reminiscent of oatmeal or porridge, followed by a sweet chocolate aspect. Finishes with a bitter roasted coffee flavor and mild earthy hop bite along with bittersweet chocolate notes.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lively carbonation. A little more on the oily/watery side rather than chewy. Finish is pretty dry and bitter. Quite smooth overall, but a bit more prickly than I was expecting.

D - Very drinkable oatmeal stout. Not too dry or too bitter. Nice blend of flavors. No single flavor or aroma overpowers in this brew. Very robust and flavorful.

ffejherb, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark black, the tan foam head is not very pronounced and fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate

Taste - Chocolate, Coffee, and some slight hint of molasses is present.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonination. Feels medium bodied.

Drinkability - A very good stout. Very easy to drink, very smooth.

hardy008, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black w/ a huge tan head, that took 3-4 minutes to fall.

S: Coffee. Chocolate. A little alcohol. Some hops. Slight, slight cherries; or other tart smelling fruit. Coffee and Chocolate.

T: Absolutely delicious. Perfect balance of coffee, chocolate, hops and sweetness from the malt. Just a tinse of bitter. Yummy!!!

M: Creamy and smooth. Very chewy. Coats the tongue very well. With a great, lasting after taste.

D: I don't know if I could drink 10 or 12 of these in one night, all though I sure am willing (and wanting) to try; But this was delicious. A Meal in a Glass!!!

gkatsoris, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cola with reddish tint, head quickly fades to almost zero and there's no lacing, but to its credit, a little ring of foam persists to the end.

sweet, earthy, almost malty aroma, with molasses and hint of coffee.

flavor is also lightly sweetened coffee, with caramel. gentle bitterness and twinge of acidity. bitterness fades into a semi-dry finish where some roasted malt characters come through.

mouthfeel is slightly acidic, but actually ends up velvety. mild carbonation.

just 5% abv?! i wish i had another!

tai4ji2x, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, no freshness date, poured into shaped pint glass

A- pours coffee brown with reddish tones, light barely passes through, not quite opaque. Head is 2 fingers,frothy like steamed milk/root beer, coffee ice cream brown, retains to about 1mm. No lacing to speak of overall.

S- chocolate, some roasted coffee, little toasty, sweet malt flavor. Very pleasant aroma that stays consistent and doesn't dissipate.

T- Sweetened black coffee, as if using brown sugar/sugar in the raw, little bit of scorched caramel. Recedes into a slight tang/sourness/bitterness on the finish, semi-dry as the sweetness lingers but not too much.

M- Very creamy, viscous in the mouth, coats the tongue and the active carbonation contributes to creaminess while at the same time having almost coke soda crispness.

D- one of the first oatmeal stouts I ever drank years ago, definitely still one of my favorites. Easily drinkable for someone looking for something in between a dry irish stout and a sweet chocolate stout.

ABCJiugui, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with a good tan head atop. Smell is slightly sweet, and hearty oatiness. Light sweet almost caramel like flavor with oat and high carbonation from the bottle initially, but which reduced drastically after sitting out for 15 minutes. A really flavorful, smooth, easy to drink oatmeal stout with more umph to it that Young's milder flavored version of the Oatmeal Stout.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body that allows light to pass through the edges, but not the center of the body. At least two fingers of tan head that has some good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A lot of malty sweetness in the smell with chocolate notes.

Like the nose there is a big sweetness here. A combination of sweet malts and the sweetness imparted by the oats comes together. Chocolate notes are there also.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Oats always seem to give a stout a nice mouthfeel, but this one is exceptional even considering that. Smooth, silky, creamy. Full-bodied but not overly heavy or dead. The mouthfeel alone would make me want to try this beer.

Pretty drinkable beer. Tasty with a great feel.

Hojaminbag, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours very viscous with the *glug glug* of motor oil...mmm mmm good

S: Initial earth tone then that of coffee and caramel and roasted malt

T: ohhhh so good. the rich taste of roasted malt and coffee with faint hints of chocolate

M: Probably my favorite part of this beer. I love the thick, velvety, chewiness of this beer. Very little carbonation makes it just coat your mouth and literally slide down your throat...think childhood days with the hershey syrup bottle when mom wasn't looking (and do go let your mind wander)

D: I love these, I could drink them slowly all evening.

dsigmon, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of jspruit
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle in Michigan and drank it in Ireland-ironically enough it travelled to the states after being brewed in Englad-lots of miles on this one.

Very dark brown, almost black pour, with a 1 finger nice off-white head that turns into a nice ring around the glass.

Some nice malted aromas with some caramel and sweet tones too for your nose. Makes the first sip anticipation mouth-watering.

Very smooth and rich as it goes down-all of the aromas are pleasant in the mouth along with a bit of toffee/coffee. I dont get too much body initially as I taste it, but it is full when you are able to take it all in. The finish is nice and smooth too and leaves a great taste in your mouth that isnt too strong-makes you want to drink again.

This wasn't as thick and full as I was expecting it to be more, but rather smooth and easy-going. I would definitely look to try more of this and recommend it to others.

jspruit, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a great off-white head atop a dark black body

s: hints of oats and coffee chocolate malts

t: pretty simple flavors but well-balanced; a good simple flavor lots of chocolate malts with hints of coffee malts and some nice oat nuttiness

m: so creamy and smooth

d: really simple but very well-balanced; a solid beer; what to expect from sammy smith

hoegaardenhero, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I keep drinking malted milk, just to drive my blues away." The opening lines form Robert Johnson's classic blues song "Malted Milk" poured forth from me on the phone one night when describing the smooth goodness that is Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. While I sometimes break into this verse when discussing other particularly good beers, especially good Belgians, it all started with Oatmeal Stout, a standard bearer for delicious beer in my estimation.

The head is a little thinner than expected, with a finger of mocha froth topping a dark brown body with ruby outlines--beautiful. Those nose is fine but not pronounced enough, with roasted malt emerging with coffee and some caramel. The taste is fantastic, a delicious admixture of coffee, caramel, lightly roasted malt, and just the right amount of chocolate effortlessly blending. It's easily one of the best tasting stouts I've had.

The mouthfeel does much to make this perfectly drinkable, holding the carbonation in delicate balance with the fairly sweet, smooth, creamy texture. I find that I rarely have two of these back-to-back, usually buying just one at a time to savor. Yet enjoying two or three of these in succession would be a cinch. It's the easiest stout to drink there is, malted milk masquerading as stout. A gem.

Gehrig, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers.

Pours a deep dark brown/black. Shows a nice reddish brown translucence when held up to a strong light source. Thick tan head reduces to a light froth, leaving a solid sheet of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate malt and coffee with a slight sweetness. A hint of hops, but you have to search for it.

Slams your tastebuds with a rich full flavor of roasted malt and pronounced oat nuttiness. Mild hop balance in the middle with a sweet finish.

Thick, full body with light carbonation.

Very filling; a meal in a bottle.

Hoagie1973, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black beer with a thick tan head after the pour. Ends up with a good layer of foam that lasts for most of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma with a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste: Like the nose, you get a nice sweet, creamy, and roasty coffee flavor. Good malty flavor toward the end of the sip as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good oatmeal stout. This beer is very balanced and very smooth. Definitely a good, traditional example of the style. Highly recommended.

hellcatsjg, Feb 04, 2008
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,662 ratings.