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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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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 330 | 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 DogFood11


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

rich and dark black, easily manageable head that leaves lots of DNA on its way down.

Malted, earthy, burnt/toasted bready characteristics.

Wow Wow Wow! this is silky smooth. Yeast is a big factor as it leans to the side for a creamy, buttery middle followed by a chocolate, nutty, toasted finish. What an amazing beer. I will leave my mind open to another oatmeal stout being on this level but for now this is the greates beer In this style in my book.

Notes: I think this would be the easiest stout to enjoy. Let the rooks sample this as it has an ease about it that cant be matched. I have, and would welcome sessioning this bitch anyday.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 04:52:21 | More by DogFood11
Photo of maddamish


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

To date one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had. This stout retained it's head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Pours out a dark brown that you can barely see through if you hold it up to the light.

Alcohol, caramel and oats dominate the aroma. The oatmeal really stood out when I got around to drinking it. The thickness is perfect for this style of ale and went down smooth.

Overall, a great stout that I will be seeking out again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 05:09:18 | More by maddamish
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Always a favorite, this hearty stout pours the color of deep, dark molasses with crimson highlights and a thin, but persistant head of tiny, dense wheat hued suds.

Aroma is malty and chewy, with molasses, prune or plum pudding, chocolate covered nuts, and dried fruit.

Flavor has roasty, sweet, dark malt flavors of molasses, pumpernickle bread, prunes, raisins, port wine tartness, and a light dusting of cocoa. Delicate, nuanced flavors abound.

Body is where it's at, just above medium with a smooth as silk mouthfeel and soft, buttery texture that simply glides across your palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 23:41:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours jet black and frothy into my pint glass with thick light brown head and impressive lacing. The nose is thick and malty and slightly sour. This is a well regarded beer and I've been looking forward to this a while, although it'll have to go a way to top Young's IS.
The first thing I notice about this beer is that it's very heavy in the mouth and an extremely round mouthfeel that envelops your whole mouth with the flavors. Wow, this beer is a full meal. The principal tastes are dark malt, coffee, sugars, and a pleasant full creaminess.
This is a beautiful beer. Probably not for everyone, and for me only a winter thing but if in the mood for a good stout, this is your wing man. I can see why everyone loves this: tasty, filling and surprisingly exquisite.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 06:13:56 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ski271


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

Pours a very dark brown with a very small, light brown, foamy, mostly diminishing head. The smell is quite good. Sweet chocolate malts accompanied by aromas of molasses, butter, light spruce, raspberries and a touch of prune-like tawny port. The taste is of course very malt-dominant bringing in flavors of chocolate and coffee. There’s just the slightest hint of citrus making the hops presence just barely noticeable, but they add a nice bitterness to the finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and very low carbonation. I found this to be a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but otherwise it is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 20:38:15 | More by ski271
Photo of hero27


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

Clear 550ml bottle...gold foil wrapped over the neck & cap.

Looks great..dark brown with a beige head that holds like a champ. Aroma of caramel malts..like a Werther's Original candy with a roasted character.and then..yep, there it is.. Euro-skunk. More than a faint hint of skunkiness too...and unfortunately this is all too common with the Sam Smith's I have tried. Someone please inform me the rationality of having clear beer bottles that intend to be shipped halfway around the globe. Obviously this would be much better in it's home country, but I just can't give it the really high marks it probably deserves until the brewers can properly bottle and ship their beers to my door.
Do this beer (and yourself) a favor and let this warm up..the flavors get much more evident and mouthfeel is very creamy, despite it being somewhat thin. Drinkability is great for a nut brown...just wish I could try this on-tap somewhere so I could try an untainted version.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 04:54:25 | More by hero27
Photo of masikon


4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours true black with hints of ruby only visible when held up to direct light...even then it's just a hint. Nose is strong with raisins and lighter with baker's chocolate and coffee. Taste is almost perfect for what I would expect in this style, Classic stout flavors shine through with mild coffee and chocalate as well as some more unexpected nutty suggestions. The part where Sam Smith's is set apart though is the hop bitterness, they have this down perfectly which creates an amazingly balanced beer which is both filling yet wets the appetite. Aftertaste is long and perfect with a mouthfeel that is just right. An exceptional brew from an exceptional brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:53:02 | More by masikon
Photo of sockeye101


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

Not sure that Quaker dude on the round box had this in mind....but man, he sure should have.

This oatmeal stout was heavy, heavy, but excellent. It poured a great thick offwhite-tan head that I expected to linger longer, but a small amount did remain till the end and had decent lacing. The smell was grainy, malty and bit of chocolate/coffee. I held my glass up and thought, damn, can't even see through this stuff. I held it up to the light, still can't see a damn thing, only traces of deep red glancing off the bottom of my glass, absolutely gorgeous. My first thought when I took a drink was, hmmm oatmeal, go figure. On subsequent drinks I began to get earthy, bread, kind of organic flavors....very nice.

I haven't had the pleasure of trying many oatmeal stouts, but Sammy Smith got this one right. Excellent..

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 20:55:06 | More by sockeye101
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first encounter with the famous Sam Smith Oatmeal stout. Thanks to the holiday gift pack I get to try one. I've heard really good things about this beer.

Pours just beautifully into my giant pilsner. A huge 2 inch head that foams up, but eventually settles down to cover the surface of this deep reddish-brown opaque brew. Lots of lacing.

Smells like a good stout should. Malt, coffee, and earthy. Roasty nature to the smell. Promises wonderful things ahead...

Taste is very good. A fantastic balance of bitter and sweet. Delivers on everything the smell hinted at. It’s rather sweet for a stout, reminds me a lot of Mackeson's XXX. Great aftertaste and a pleasant warming feeling in the back of your throat. Creamy and oh-so smooth. Not terribly complex, but what is there is splendid.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal is a great stout. I have two issues with this beer. First, there is no dating information on the bottle (or any of Sam Smith's brews) so you have no idea if what you buy is 2 or 24 months old. Secondly, they use a clear glass bottle, which I suspect has been a factor in the few funny tasting bottles of Sam Smith I've had. I know, I know, a lot of microbrews are guilty of these same faults, but really -- if I'm going to spend $3 per bottle, it's not asking too much.

That said, this is a fine beer and certainly worth a try. It's my favorite of Samuel Smith's brews and I'll certainly buy it again.
If you can’t afford this, an excellent alternative is the aforementioned Mackeson’s.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 00:00:33 | More by kkipple
Photo of andjusticeforale


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

This poured nice and black into a tulip pint with a traditionally tan head.

The initial smell is big deep caramel and bittersweet chocolate pools ; as if you are standing over the vats, but also some pub bitter hoppiness.

The taste is like the kiss on the cheek from an old friend. It starts out with a solid ridge of black malt flavour; some subtle flavor hoppiness(and very slight bittering hops); and then there is the finish. This is not as sweet as I remembered. The flavor is the subtlest hint of sweetness, wrapped up in a flavor that can only be described as the essence of Bailey's Irish Cream Liquer, which obviously compliments the coffee flavor of this stout. This is followed by a very slight bitter-dryness, much welcomed.

I could not imagine that the mouthfeel could be any better, perhaps a personmal preference would be to a silkier and smoother feel, but in reality this is an oatmeal stout so some earthy chewiness is really not unwelcome.

This is a classic, of course, not because I said so, or because you say so. That being said, wiser men than me, by the score no doubt, will leave weightier opinions. What I may be able to add is that this beer is certainly not as sweet as you may remember, and on that note, it deserves true characterization as a world class stout, along with imperials and exports, double americans, and the like.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 13:52:11 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of chOAKbarrell


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

One of the finest Oatmeat Stouts to exist.

Lovely oatmeal-colored (duh) frothy head leaving lots of lacing. Lots of malt & grain in the nose.

Tastes extraordinarily smooth, rich, and full. But still maintaining a magnificant balance. Deep and with plenty of complexity.

Pricey, and worth it. You can easily drink the entire 4-pack in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 00:10:08 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of BigDaddyWil


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NisJer05 for picking this one up for me at Cloverleaf in Southfield. This is my first taste of an oatmeal stout and boy I sure wasn't disappointed!!!

Appearance: Dark black in color, with a hint of brown to it. A thin cream colored head, that dissappeared quickly.

Smell: A light chocolate, with a hint of caramel smell. Mostly a toasted malty smell with a hint of oats.

Taste: A toasted malty taste not overpowering though. I love this brew, oatmeal stouts are quickly becoming my favorite. This did have a suttle taste of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy at all, i would say a medium feel to it. I did notice a bit of a fizzy feel, but finished clean.

Drinkablity: I could drink a lot of these brews in one sitting. This did not fill me up as fast as other stouts. It has a nice flavor from the combination of oats and malts. It left my taste buds wanting more. I cannot wait to purchase more of this wonderful treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 02:11:58 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick black body with a faint brown tint. The body is to dense to see through but the head is a nice creamy light tan color that last and last.

S- The smell of roasted malt is finished with a slight sour note. The roasted malt has hints of toasted and fresh grain both.

T- The taste of roasted malt is nice balanced by a slight sour note in the finish. The finish is also pretty dry. As the beer warms there is a nice hint of fresh grain with some nutty quality. The hint of earthiness is hidden in the background. As it warms a hint of coffee comes through with the earthiness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium but has a slight fizz that makes it feel medium-full. There is also a silky texture in the mouthfeel. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer has a very nice depth to it. The oat flavors come through with layers of dark roasted malt. The slight sour finish really balances the malt in the absence of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 00:38:47 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of LPorter33


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Holiday gift box which I purchased at Martignetti's

Appearance = Beautiful looking dark brown, nearly black as night. Great 1/2'' head, which slowly faded into about 1/8'' and left some really nice lacing.

Smell = Rich hearty toasted malts. Tangy alcohol like flavor reminescent of good whiskey. A good overall scent.

Taste = I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but I can appreciate this and know its a darn good one. Dark, robust flavors of burnt, toasted malt. The right amount of sugar to compliment the more harsh flavors. Leaves a pleasant smoky aftertaste in the mouth.

Overall = Recommended for fans of stouts. This isn't a style I particularly enjoy but I can appreciate this as an excellent representative.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 01:27:33 | More by LPorter33
Photo of wingnutter


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, like motor oil with a frothy head.

I detect alcohol in the smell, which is odd for a 5% ABV beer. Also some sweet nuttiness, toffee, burnt malts.

Taste: smooth, sweet & sour. Coffee, toffee, nuts, brown sugar. Tasty. Not perfect but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, oily, and smooth all rolled into one. Feels heavier than it is.

Drinkability is good, but I think one or 2 is all I could handle. Its pretty rich.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 06:28:12 | More by wingnutter
Photo of palma

New York

2.35/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Outstanding my ass!

Appearance: Aggressive pour produced almost no head whatsoever. Pitch black body. Not impressed.

Nose: An off moldy aroma. Big time raisin.

Taste: Acidic, fruity. raisin. Day-old coffee. Sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Way over carbonated. Harsh finish. This is an oatmeal stout. It should be smooth, but it's not.

This beer was tough to get down. Actually, I didn’t even finish the bottle. Based on other BA reviews, I'm assuming this was not the freshest of bottles. However, I'm reviewing this beer as is since Samuel Smith makes no attempt to ensure the freshness of their beer (i.e. clear bottles, no born-on/exp date).

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 09:55:42 | More by palma
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint. No freshness date to be found on the bottle. This is a beautiful looking beer. Black as night in body. If you hold it up to a light a dark red light will peek through around the edges. It sported a thick two and a half finger head which remained until the end and left rings the entire way down the glass. Stunning.

The smell was strong and complex for a stout. Scents of malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and cream.

The flavor was that of roasted oats and coffee, with a creamy nutty sweetness hiding just around the corner. Almost like a flavored coffee, in which the body of flavor is bitter and roasted, and the accent is sweet. I enjoyed this stout with my desert of a slice of German style apple cake. The two went so well together it is hard to put it into words.

An excellent feel to this beer, firm and smooth. One of the better stouts I've tried, and no doubt will be trying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 12:41:06 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of redteg02

New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black as night in an abandond buildings basement. there is a nice full head with a hint of brown upon pouring the glass. this soon resides to a thin tan mist and clings to the glass all the way down.

Smell is of roasted nuts with a slight tang to it.

Taste is absolutly amazing. Slightly roasted nuts, with a coffie tang, smooth as milk and twice as tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 08:43:01 | More by redteg02
Photo of Shovelbum


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the ‘celebrated Oatmeal Stout’ from Tadcaster.

Big chunky cocoa head over a black body with ruby edges. A head like this has to leave something behind, and this one leaves pretty decent lace. It's too bad the head itself didn't have a bit more staying power. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and a touch of alcohol. Aromatic for as stout, but nothing out of style. Roasted malt combine with hints of chocolate flavors. Slightly sweet, a bit of mineral tang and some background bitterness. Full-bodied, but not thick. Low carbonation with a slightly drying finish.

Like a bad American I started drinking this a tad too cold. As it warmed it really mellowed out and came into its own. The flavors were much more balanced and it just slid right down. I’ve had this before, but never realized how much I enjoyed it until I decided to review it. It’s a substantial brew without being too boozy, syrupy or cloying. An ideal winter session brew. Oh yeah, I almost forgot: oatmeal is good for.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 02:47:38 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of connecticutpoet


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

This beer was a clear, dark brown brew with a head of at least 3 fingers. It was quite durable, as well.

The aroma was of sharp, roasted malts and hints of coffee. I could smell the carbonation.

Taste was of roasted coffee, with a nice malt aftertaste. Quite good.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Excellent.

Drinkability was quite good. I liked this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 05:34:25 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of UncleFlip


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong dark tan head, mostly foamy- but with loose bubbles on top. Liquid is a ruby-hued cola.

Smell is yeast and crusty brown wheat bread. There's some spiciness infused throughout, but not the type that screams hops.

The flavour is very roasted, with a coffee undertone and some raisin and chocolate that hits right in the middle, and doesn't let go. Some spiciness creeps in on the end.

The liquid is thinner than expected, with a medium carbonation that strikes on the front of the tongue.

This one goes down easily. Maybe not the best stout around, but not the most assertive, either. Highly recommended as a session beer.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 01:42:42 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yum! I love this beer.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown with a big floofy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of residue.

The smell makes this beer what it is. Heavy scents of caramel, toffee, and cotton candy, accompanied by port or sherry sweet alcoholiness, cherries, sweet grapes, and some nuts (pecans). I don't need to drink this beer, I can just sit there smelling it.

But, drink it I did. Mouthfeel is milky and coating. Taste almost lives up to the smell -- espresso, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malts. This beer has a great bitter punch which quickly fades into a sweet maltiness that lingers. Aftertaste is black coffee that slowly gets more sugary as the beer warms.

I still don't know which Oatmeal Stout I like better - this or the St. Amb's version. But there's always room for lots of both in my cupboard/fridge!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 02:34:12 | More by crwills
Photo of sopor


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

Deep brown with ruby highlights. Ample tan frothy head. Looks very impressive in the Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass. Roasted and bitter coffee like malt with some juicy oat sweetness.

Dark roast malt flavors with just a hint of bitter malt and oaty sweet flavors. Basic stout, but tasty and not overpowering like some stouts I've had. Moderately thick body, but not oily slick.

One of the best stouts I've had. Stouts are not normally my thing, I'm very rarely in the mood for one, but when I am in the mood, this will be one of the first stouts I reach for.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 16:43:08 | More by sopor
Photo of evanackerman


2.42/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really surprised not to like this beer, after all the hype it gets on this site and the fact that i usually love oatmeal stouts. but this was just way too sweet and had a very off flavor to me, also the mouthfeel was too thin for the style i thought, one of my least favorite stouts to date. i guess a lot of people disagree with me on this one but i just didn't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 18:24:43 | More by evanackerman
Photo of PBRstreetgang


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

Pours nearly black with ruby highlights. A huge pale brown head forms, very dense in consistency and superb retention that coats the entire glass with sticky lacing. Very sweet roasted barley aroma, with some molasses notes. Sweet oats and deep roasted flavor is robust but not overwhelming. The lack of any hop profile is compensated by the bitterness from the malts, leaving a balanced flavor that is non-residual, but also not too dry. Light carbonation and a full body lend a smooth and drinkable character that compliment the rich flavor. Burnt malt and overly sweet aftertaste create a flash of soy sauce, which fades quickly but leaves a slightly astringent finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:30:52 | More by PBRstreetgang
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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