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

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5,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,539
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 471 | FT: 4
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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 ralree
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Dark in color - completely black with light behind it. Head was about a finger-width upon pouring at about 40F. May have been a little cold for this beer. Head dropped to a nice lace in about 3 minutes. The smell is a little harder to pick up than some stouts, but it has a nice roasted aroma. Upon tasting, I found that it has a strong roasted grain flavor with bitter and alcoholic undertones. The alcohol does not stand out, and you have to search for it to find the taste. This drinks very well, better than Guinness in my opinion. The mouthfeel is thick and coating, which is expected of this style.

ralree, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer during our New Year's Eve Party on 12/31/06. Was given to me for winning a bet. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Nice black color through the bottle.

Smell: Roasted coffee and very malty.

Taste: Delicious! Very robust and silky smooth

Mouthfeel: A meal in a glass. The kind of beer you want to bite into.

Drinkability: Very smooth. Excellent aftertaste.

This just might be my favorite beer. My only tasting came during a party in which I tasted a few beers for the first time but this one has stayed in my mind as the best of the night and I don't recall ever tasting a beer that I enjoyed as much as this one.

nsmartell, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of roller
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an almost-opaque mahogany from a 550ml bottle. The thick, tan, foamy head leaves tight lacing. Red highlights when held up to the light. Smells like espresso, sweet malt and dark chocolate with some raisiny scents. Taste is like coffee and toffee with some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, more so as it warms. Another great beer from Samuel Smith.

roller, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml clear bottle into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against a light. I gave a hard pour so it had a massive light brown head. It slowly settled into a constant foam with some lacing. The aroma was roasted and chocolate malts with a sweetness in the background. It was weaker than I remember so might need to rereview later. The taste was great. Nutty and chocolately. Very smooth from start to finish. Almost session beer smooth. The taste won't blow you away but you find yourself drinking it down and going back for more so I bumped the drinkability to reflect that. Mouthfeel was good but wanted a little creamier. It was just a little watery. Overall, an excellent brew that I highly recommend. This one has a home in the semi regular rotation. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with some hints of brown. A big solid looking head. Tons of brown lace.

S - Syrupy dark sweetness and milled oats too. Some cold coffee and roasted grain notes. Slightly chocolaty, somewhat nutty, and very much like molasses.

T - Some chocolate flavors are there too, and they are backed up by a balancing twinge of sour roasted grain bitterness and some gentle leafy hops. I also noticed some very slight grapey flavors somewhere in there.

M - It's extremely well built and feels weighty in my mouth. The carbonation is almost non-existent, and this brew feels really silky and rich in my mouth. Satiny.

D - Excellent. Eminently quaffable. At five percent ABV, this has session written all over it.

MarkSCCOT, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. bottle

Poured into a pint glass. I just loved the way this beer looked. Black, opaque. Even holding it up to the light doesn't really help. Nice sized tan head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass.
Smells of dark roasted malts with some sweetness
Taste is of dark roasted malts, some nuttiness, and sweetness. A lot going on here.
This beer is smooth, silky, and fullbodied. I wish I had bought a 4 pack of this instead of the one.
Drinkability is tough. I can understand why some people do not like to have several heavy beers in a night. If you feel this way you might have this oatmeal's stout drinkability lower. I feel that I can have several heavy beers (this beer surely counts) in a night.

shaebs99, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from a very classy bottle. Pours almost black with some dark ruby notes when held to a light. Two finger head is tan, lasting a couple of minutes with some lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with some faint coffee. Very subtle aroma, but carries a nice sweetness to it. Some nice earthy notes are around there if you dig for it, but mostly chocolatey.

Taste: Wow this is one smoooth beer. Hits the tongue with an almost velvety texture with little carbonation. Immediately the tastebuds are bombarded with sweet malts, tasting of dark chocolates and milky coffee. There is a cola note in there, and that taste lingers in the finish. Very pleasant. Very heavy.

BucBasil, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque and creamy foamy head. The sun can barely peek through the darkness.

Smell is good and chocolaty.

It tastes good and just might be the benchmark on which the style is from.

Real smooth Clark. Excellent mouthfeel that hangs around is like velvet to the tongue and surface of the mouth.

You really can't go wrong with this one. Head of the house when it comes to the oatmeal stout.

cswhitehorse, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of TheWhaleShark
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black. Very black. Not quite like, say, the wine dark sea, but it's a damn dark beer. Head was a beautiful brown and fairly substantial, about 2.5 fingers. It stuck around for a while, and reduced to lace that remained long into the drinking.

S: Very roasty, with a dark chocolate and coffee aroma dominating. Also has hints of some sweetness; caramel maybe?

T: Wow. This is an awesome beer. Full roasty body, with coffee and a bready, oaty, nutty taste. Very smooth and a bit sweet; there is minimal hop character, but not really enough to reduce the malt character. The finish is somewhat dry, with a slightly bitter, dark chocolate taste.

M: FULL. This is a substantial brew, a meal in and of itself. A single sip of this beer feels like eating an entire slice of hearty 12 grain artisan bread. It definitely needs to be enjoyed slowly, to recover from each massive mouthful.

D: Its sweet and smooth character makes this an incredibly drinkable beer; the sheer fullness of its body does limit your ability to drink it. Definitely not doable if you have a very substantial meal as well.

Really, this beer is virtually a side dish. I love it. One of the best oatmeal stouts out there.

TheWhaleShark, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a foamy tan head. Very smooth and full-flavored. Enjoyed this immensely. Aroma is of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, mildly sweet and malty. Finishes very clean and crisp. Drinkability is good for a stout.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with ruby highlights. Tan, creamy head dissapates quickly to a thin cap of bubbles.

Aroma/Bouquet: Malty. (Do I smell oatmeal or am I imagining it?) No hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth and silky. A hint of hops, but roasted malts dominate. A little sweetness on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeeel: Creamy and thick and silky.

Drinkability: I like stout. This is a really good stout. Mild, smooth and creamy. I could have several of these in a sitting.

hiikeeba, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of genog
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a thick and bubbly tan head that is initially 2 inches tall. After a few minutes the head disappears to leave small carbonation bubbles along the top with lacing that sticks around. The aroma is of sweet malts. Taste is so smooth and sweet. The oats really bring out such a smooth textured beer that is really drinkable.

genog, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of iheartfreetshirt
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18.9 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Looks like a stout should - dark, thick, with a one inch tan head that disapears to a skim quickly. Decent lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt, a little oatmeal, and faint hops.

The taste surprised me - thick, sweeter than your average stout, not much hops at all in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick, without being chewy. There's a solid amount of carbonation, but nothing overpowering.

Drinkability is high, because it's so smooth and balanced. I approve.

iheartfreetshirt, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into a goblet, i dont know why.

Appearance: Very dark brown with very dark amberish hues at the rim. Poured a thin head that quickly dissipated. Appears watery

Smell: Lots of fresh fruit going on here, peaches and fresh leche. Chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as sweet oat and lactose.

Taste: O so tasty. Chocolate/lactose flavor at first as well as a sweet roasted malt. Then gives way to a slightly bitter coffee flavor that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light on carbonation and relatively full bodied, though not overly filling.

Overall: A great beer, very rich and flavorful while being incredibly drinkable. ( Would make a great car bomb, there i said it). Awesome with some hot wings or barbecue and also does really well with some desserts.

YankChef, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many offerings by Samuel Smith, but this is the first time I remember a brown instead of a clear bottle. Good to see. That aside the foil on top is a pain. On to the important stuff...

Pours a two finger head that settles to a thin covering of the dark brown brew. I can't see through this one at all. I can smell this one sitting at my side. A closer inspection reveals roasted malts, molasses and brown sugar oatmeal. As with most oatmeal stouts the first sip immediately reveals a smooth creamy texure. Carbonation is light and fine. Tastes of roasted brown sugary malts with a hint of butter and finishes semi dry bitterness. The flavor develops nicely as the beer warms.

All in all a very good oatmeal stout.

Jmamay22, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a belgian style (maudite) glass

Appearance- Black and thick, a 1.5 finger head over the top which is thick and creamy. Slowly dissapates to a thin creamy film over the top and thicker around the sides.

Smell- Scent is subdued, slight chocolate malt aroma with oats lingering within. No real hop to speak of.

Taste- Mmmm creamy. I should have had this at breakfast time. Slight burn on the tounge from alcohol, lactose infused chocolate and black patent slides down the throat smoothly. This is the sort of beer you want to make an ice cream float out of. No real hop bitterness to speak of, but much oatmeal stout flavor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy, an excellent example of the style. One of Samuel Smith's best offerings.

Drinkability- Oddly for a stout, very drinkable. I find myself regretting that I didn't buy the full 4-pack and only buying a single, but lucky for me, it is one of the most obtainable. I will be reaching for this instead of the only more accessible oatmeal stout.

blakesell, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of BreadSlicer
2.25/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got the 19oz? bottle that I never poured out into a glass so I can't really speak to the appearance.

The smell was not what I expected. I expected a more oatmeal-centric smell but the pungent hops overpowered. You can definitely smell a healthy dose of barley as well but I didn't really pick up on anything else which was quite surprising

The taste to me was underwhelming especially for such a highly rated stout. I prefer complex and balanced stouts (this one is a bit on the hoppy side) that leave you with different layers of taste form inception to aftertaste. I love tasting chocolate/coffee/fruits/etc in a stout and this had none of that. I personally found this stout quite one dimensional and boring.

Mouthfeel was nothing special.

It's not a bad stout so I rated drinkability slightly higher but since I specifically tried it after seeing the 90 it scored here I was left scratching my head on this one.

BreadSlicer, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Karyyk
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me by a preacher friend of mine, heh.

Pours opaque, basically as black as night. Holding it up to a light, very little filters through. Head is heavy and endures, leaving lacing from the top of the glass to the very bottom. If a beer can be classified as "beautiful," this one is at the top of the list.

Smells of oatmeal (go figure), coffee and roasted dark malts. The taste is initially sweet, with a bit of bitterness on the back-end. The coffee and malts are again noticeable, and overall it's surprisingly smooth for a stout.

This is easily one of my favorite beers, and is a good one to sit back and sip when you're in a lazy mood and just want to relax. I've introduced it to quite a few folks who enjoy their beer on the stouter and more complex side, and I've yet to hear a complaint. As good as all of the Samuel Smith brews are, this one sits alone at the top IMHO.

Karyyk, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a handsome, dark brown-black color with a 2-finger toffee-colored head that slowly faded down. Smells of oatmeal and dark roasted malts. Tasted like the smell: delicious roasted malt and burnt coffee flavors, with an aftertaste that was a mix of sweet oatmeal and a touch of bitterness. I started drinking this beer fairly cold, but the flavors really came out once it warmed up a bit, especially the oatmeal. Mouthfeels was heavy and smooth, with little carbonation. I enjoyed this beer very much.

micahgoldfus, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Glazed144
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep brown. Nice head, dissipates slowly, keeps a rim. Smells nicely of roasted malt, definitely smells like a stout. Very smooth mouthfeel, slightly bitter-sweet aftertaste. Light stout with respect to mouthfeel but maintains a full taste. Very very drinkable, excellent brew.

Glazed144, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This ours from 550ML bottle a very dark brown with a large offwhite head of foam that just won't quit. And...there's plenty of lacing so it's really a very nice brew when looking into my glass.

The smell hits my nose with a lot of sweet and roasted malt and is very nice.

The taste follows the nose to a T. A big abundance of roasted malt with some sweet tones followed by a nice oatmeal flavour and lesser notes of anise and citrus tang. Wow, the mix of flavours really work well together and *force* me to take sip after sip. Very drinkable and it makes for an *excellent* session brew. I could drink this one all night long. The carbonation is medium light and the mouthfeel is silky smooth. I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this before as it's simply an outstanding example of the style and is easy on the wallet. Highly recommended!!

Bitterbill, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of scott
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium expansive head on top of a dark, highlighted amber edge.
Sweet roasted malt, and chocolate entice the mouth, and there it finds a chewy, medium rich bakers chocolate. The presence of oatmeal restrains any notion of hop punctuation, but the beverage is saved by a crisp carbonation. Initially it is smooth & creamy, but finishes dry rather nicely.
A well-crafted stout, and tradition is closely observed.. Great for a session, and recommended.

scott, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic Sammy Smith bottle with the fancy gold foil. Pours a coca-cola black with some hints of brown. A big solid looking head eventually fades to a thin cap and fat collar. Tons of brown lace is left on the sides of my snifter. A swirl builds the head back up to a solid two fingers.

S - Pancake syrup dark sweetness greets my nose. Rich peanut butter and milled oats too. In the background, there are some cold coffee and roasted grain notes. Slightly chocolaty, somewhat nutty, and very much like molasses.

T - Big time nutty flavors remind me of chunky peanut butter and freshly shelled and salted nuts. Some chocolate flavors are there too, and they are backed up by a balancing twinge of sour roasted grain bitterness and some gentle leafy hops. I also noticed some very slight grapey flavors somewhere in there. Towards the end, I began to notice some nickel-like metallic or mineral flavors that were slightly off-putting...a product of Tadcaster's water?

M - Thinner than I would have guessed from the chunky nose, but it's extremely well built and feels weighty in my mouth. The carbonation is almost non-existent, and this brew feels really silky and rich in my mouth. Satiny.

D - Excellent. This is complex, but well rounded, balanced, and understated enough to be eminently quaffable. At five percent ABV, this has session written all over it.

pmcadamis, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first oatmeal stout and it didn't disappoint. Great looking black beer with a creamy, mother-of-pearl head. Two-finger head retention. Aroma reminded me of licorice, roasted barley and maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste was really nice; a chewy, viscosity to it, with notes of sweetness and coffee from the roasted barley. An overall earthiness was added by the oats themselves. Heavy beer which coats the palate. A great beer! Would love to savor/sip many of these.

Bamabrew22, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of botham
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this oatmeal stout pours black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. the color in light is a deep brown with a bit of ruby red thrown in. wonderful brew from the looks of it.

smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of hops and alcohol thrown in the mix. the smell overall is sweet, but doesn't seem overly so.

taste is of heavy roastiness up front, followed by a bit of sweetness, which is where the chocolate resides. on the way down, the hops bring a bit of bitterness to the mouth, without overselling it.

aftertaste is of lightly bitter roastiness and chocolate, the sweetness seems to have gone away with the swallow. letting the mouth sit dry for a while, the chocolate fades into only a light bitterness.

mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied, leaving a bit of a film around the mouth after going down, which is exceptional. one definitely knows they are drinking a great brew from the aftertaste this one leaves behind.

drinkability is great. not filling or intoxicating at around 5%, one could easily enjoy a few of these for the makings of a great night!

this brew is extremely well crafted without much room for improvement. the ONLY critique i have for this brew is that the bitterness doesn't show itself until after going down. that being said, definitely check this one out.

botham, Jun 05, 2007
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,539 ratings.