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

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5,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,956
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
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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 Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an oversized pint bottle into a Smithwick's imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a lavish, dark brown, nearly black color with a three finger head of rich, creamy tan foam.

S: Smells slightly sweet, with hints of caramel, slow roasted wood and bread with a bit of an herbal, medicinal aroma.

T: Taste is super smooth and delightfully malted. A semisweet and bitter cocoa, oat and roasted malt characteristic comes through with a bit of hop induced bitterness in the finish. Sort of sweet and milky at times, with a semidry middle and finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy, but finishes a little heavier than a dry stout.

D: This very tasty, decidedly English stout is a true stout session dream. At a steady 5% ABV, with a great blend of sweet and bitter flavors, and that smooth, creamy velvety finish, it's really a very nice stout.

Samuel Smith remains the king of the English ales and stouts in my mind thus far. This slightly off-centered oatmeal stout is certainly no exception. Think of a hybrid Dry Irish Stout with a Milk or Cream stout added to the balance and you've got this stout in your hand. Now sip, and enjoy.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a great Stout. Pours a nice oatmeal colored head. Heavy Black color. Head disapears quickly, but lacing last throughout. Malty earthy smell. Super smooth silky flavor. I taste oatmeal,chocolate,malt, and
coffee. What great mouthfeel,chewy and sweet. This is one you could drink all night.

Photo of washburnkid
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Over a finger of tan head and a block body with brown and ruby hues at the edges. Decent amount of lacing and a ring of head retains.
S: Very sweet, reminiscent of hot milk, molasses, and possibly something cooked or toasted?
T: Sweet molasses up front, with some maple and nut oats. The sip finishes bitter. Hints of coffee and chocolate come out more and more as the beer warms.
M: Thick, creamy but a carbonated body. Leaves bitter hop in back.
D: I would end any and every night with this beer. It's a great session and a great sipper.

Photo of magine
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle at a local deli/bottle shop. This is my first time trying this brew after reading and hearing so many excellent things about it.

Pours a black beer with a creamy tan foam head. Awesome looking stout, just as I expected. Smells almost like a coffee; nuts, molasses etc,. The taste is of oats, some chocolaty undertones has a great full bodied taste and mouth feel. Has a almost bittersweet finish. Some lacing on my pint glass. This stout looks, smeels and tastes delicious. One of the best stouts I have had. Very drinkable, almost like a dessert beer. I have not had several at a time so I am not sure how full this would make me. But an awsome brew none the less.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my large mug.

A: Very dark black, with just a little light able to shine through. Big tan head with excellent retention and lacing capabilities.

S: Lots of roasted malts on the nose. Hints of chocolate, a smidgen of coffee, and of course a soft whiff of oatmeal. I also pick up a slight earthy hop aroma, but it was struggling to make itself known.

T: There it is! A mouth full of roast, chocolate, and oatmeal. Big and sweet, yet balanced very nicely by earthy, woody hops. Flavors a melded beautifully.

M: Full-bodied with a very smooth, slick and velvety feel. Carbonation is on the lower end, and the whole thing finishes pretty clean.

D: A very balanced, very drinkable stout, and sessionable to boot!

There is a reason that this beer is one of the benchmark oatmeal stouts. It looks great, it tastes great, it feels great, and one could easily make a night out of a few. The oatmeal doesn't present itself as much in the taste as it does in the feel, giving it that classic "chewy" feeling. Unless you are allergic to stouts, this is a must-try!

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

Appearance- Dark brown- nearly black body with red-brown color that shows through with light. Two fingers of thick head that settles slowly. Sticky lace that stays around well after the glass is drained.

Smell- Sweet roasty chocolate aromas. Toffee and roasted coffee beans, slightly bitter cocoa, little- to no hop presence.

Taste- Very sweet roasted malt with chocolate and oats-- black coffee. Maybe a little hazelnut. Malt overwhelms hops, but hops come out in slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, slightly chewy (excellent)

Drinkability- When in the mood for an oatmeal stout, there's nothing better than Sam Smith's. As a beer, overall, moderate drinkability

Photo of lionking
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Black color in the glass with a nice big creamy brown foam head (two to three fingers). It looked like the foam on an ice cream soda.

S- Sweet smell with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Sweet taste with the essence of coffee and chocolate.

M-Smoothe but slightly carbonated.

D-Overall, I liked this beer very much and would have again.

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

A- Dark with near ruby colored transparency. Moderate head that disapates slowly, leaving a small cap and lacing.

S - Coffee roast, molasses, caramel, slight chocolate

T - Smooth coffee roast, slight vanilla and chocolate accents.

M - Slight carbonation bite gives way to smooth medium mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry

D - Moderate, certainly not the type of beer you would want to speed through, much better when enjoyed slowly giving it time to warm. The light, pleasant taste paired with overall good mouthfeel makes this stout easy to have a few of in one sitting.

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

A dark brown/black color with a huge light tan head that lasts a while then fades to a thin cap leaving loads of lacing down the sides of the glass.Aroma has lots of sweet chocolate,some vanilla and licorice notes and a hint of grain.Flavor is kind of like those chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies with a hint of vanilla,smoke,and a kiss of bitter coffee at the finish.A medium to full creamy mouthfeel,with just the right amount of carbonation. A well built stout , by any measure.

Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is more brown than black until it's there in great volume. Kinda worried me as it looked sludgey and stuff.

Smell - Smells sweet, candy-ish, with some toffee or roasted bits on top.

Taste - I prefer this one colder than most dark beers. Something has opened up with astringent notes here at the end, sorta the opposite of the smoothness I expect. But cold it's a good beer and cheaper than a sixer of barney flatts.The oatmeal cereal note is there, and we got some slight coffee. Mostly it's sweetness and malty roasted stuff with very little hop bitterness until it warms up. Could use some dark plum or fruit notes I think to balance the sweetness. Toasty alcoholic aftertaste, but not in a bad way. Astringent grainy notes in the finish, both of the sip and the bottle as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Silky, voluptuous, but oily and viscous, not in a pleasant way. Heavy, but not too heavy. Still, of this beer this is the best aspect.

Drinkability - Not sure how many of these I could pack down. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fiend for dark beer, porter or stout or schwartzbeer. I'd recommend Anderson Valley Barney Flatts Oatmeal Stout. Tastier to me, just as silky.

Photo of nycwinter
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep reddish-brown with minimal orange-brown head that disipated quickly and left no lacing. This looks more like a brown ale than it does a stout.

S: cereal (I guess that's the oatmeal) with fruity notes (raisins and cherries)

T: Yum! Everything you smell can be tasted, and then there's a hint of chocolaty-coffee something-or-other. It leaves a sweet-malty aftertaste.

M: Again, this is also where it is more like an ale than a stout. Light and carbonated. Nothing objectionable.

D: Not a gulper. You have to take your time with this one. It must be embraced sip by sip.

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

Poured jet black from a bottle into a pint glass. Thick fluffy tan head formed, leaving a considerable amount of lacing.

Smells very sweet and sugary with background of chocolate and coffee.

Taste begins a little chocolatey then moves into burnt malt.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth and silky, as expected from the oats. Very easy to drink. A very nice brew.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a nice fluffy head that laces quite nicely.

Aroma is of sweet candy sugar and molasses. Dark syrup and honey. Lightly floral aroma from the hops. Super malty dextrose smells. Delightful.

Flavor is dark roasted malt, chocolate and raisins. If I didn't know any better I would think this is an alcoholic, pureed Chunky candy bar.Coffee sneaks in and marries with a slightly burnt toffee and caramel smokiness.

Mouthfeel is lush, smooth and viscous. Carbonation is spot on and the lushness of the beer makes it that much better.

Excellent, I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of rwrk42
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Nearly black with a nice tan head the lasts and sticks to the glass
Smell: Not very strong, malty, sweet with coffee undertones
Taste: Very smooth with a sweet malty taste with oats & coffee. Not at all bitter and little hop taste.
A very good Oatmeal Stout that I would recommend

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into its own glass, tan head a frothy one finger with good lacing. Smells of a chocolate cake, sweet brown sugar. Burnt coffee taste had nice balanced bitterness and with air took on a nuttier, bitter chocolate taste and feel. A few hints of molasses in the mix as well as a biscotti chewiness. Considering the taste, I found the body lighter than expected, smooth mouthfeel, a bit of dryness in the finish, brazil nut. Overall, this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout well deserving of a place in your cellar.

Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a tan head that dissipates quickly
S - smells of sweet chocolate and a bit of burnt malt. More chocolate than burnt malt in the nose.
T - a nice bit of chocolate malt with some nice sweetness. There is a slight amount of burnt malt and faint grassy hops on the finish.
M - full and very smooth.
D - This is a pretty decent oatmeal stout. Sweeter than I expected and smooth drinker.

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly opaque black. Rich off-white head is beautiful. Decent lacing. Aroma of raisins, banana bread, and sweet malts.

Flavor is very good: touch of sugar sweetness, dark fruit, grainy and roasty malt. Aftertaste is drier with light coffee notes. Very soft and smooth, but I wish it weren't quite so carbonated. Aside from that, the mouthfeel was great, medium but slightly chewy. Pretty delicious overall, probably the best english stout I've had yet. Goes down smooth and easy-- a joy to drink.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass.

A- Out of the bottle SSOS looks tan to a light brown. Once it's all together it has a black appearance but up to light it has brown and reddish spots. A steady pour yeilded a frothy milkshake like head that died eventually.

S- A very deep creamy appeal to this one as i'm getting alot of chocolate as well as the advertised oatmeal. A bunch of roasted malt is a strong contender as well. A very small amount of coffee.

T- This is a very nice oatmeal stout with a huge creamyness, perhaps the most i've had from this style. A bunch of oatmeal & chocolate with slight burnt coffee. A nice amount of hops to balance all those dark flavors.

M- Medium to slighty thick in the mouth which I was not expecting from the look of the pour. Creamy as hell, smooth as silk.

D- At 5% this is quite drinkable and with the robust flavors I could drink a few witout getting bored. One of the finest examples of an oatmeal stout that i've had. I enjoy everything I have had from this brewery.

Photo of Psilo707
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large head is present after pouring into the glass, and a black/brown opaque color is shown. The lacing is very minimal and spotty looking, which wasn't expected. Smell is very malty, very chocolate filled and i'm looking forward to it.

Taste is mocha-almond, a bit of coconut and cocoa flavors in there. Very, very oatmeal tasting, as it should be. The aftertaste rests on your tongue for a while and compliments the great mouthfeel of this brew. A very, very thick mouthfeel. The drinkability is high for an Oatmeal Stout, higher than most, and I could down multiple of these and feel good.

Overall, my favorite release from Samuel Smith.

Photo of webbcreative
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 1, 2009 Updated: Feb 2, 2009
Brown/Black pour. 2 finger light brown head. smells, well, like a stout. taste pretty dang good, Extremely smooth, and a nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not even close to being sickly. Taste like dark roasted coffee in the end for me. Hops shows up just enough to balance this one out. Nice Brew! i really like this one...

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a medium brown and forms an almost 2 inch mocha colored head that reduces to a fuller lacing that eventually dissipates. When held to the light it is a very deep red.

The initial aroma is higher in yeast and oatmeal. As it warms, notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, leather and alcohol become more prominent.

The taste is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, bread, and oatmeal. A certain hoppy level with some bitter coffee components also mix fairly well with the mild alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and a bit light for me. A very mild bitterness sits on the tongue for a few seconds and resolves. It is smooth and not overly creamy and carbonation did not highlight the flavor, as much as it could.

Overall, this is a quite good beer and definitely a good oatmeal stout. I do feel there are some things that could be done to improve it but given the consistent quality, it isn't necessary. The overall product is very drinkable.

Photo of JonMich13
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this brew about 5 years ago and from what I remembered it was excellent, so when I came across it recently I snapped it up. Did I get a bad batch or does my memory suck?

A= Poured black with minimal tan head, maybe 1/4 inch. Dissipated quickly.

S = Smell was straightforward. Coffee dominated with some chocolate undertones.

T = Big disappointment. Hard to explain funkiness with bitter alcohol finish. Clear bottle syndrome?

M = Thick, unbalanced with too much alcohol at the end.

D = Was a chore to finish

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with orange-brown shades around the edges. A small, creamy, tan head sits on top. Low head retention, and no lacing. Also, more body transparency than I'm used to seeing in oatmeal stouts. EDIT: Looking at the other reviews, I'm guessing that Wiseman Zach just poured this one shittily (rhymes with Italy). When he handed me the glass, it hardly had a head at all. Oh well.

Smell: Oatmeal, ripe banana, flowery hops, mocha, and spices. Much more fragrant and complex than other oatmeal stouts I've come across.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe banana... maybe that's vanilla. Prickly, floral, hops emerge midway through. Maybe some berries in there as well. The tasted has a much stronger roasted character than the smell, but they're nearly equal in complexity. Caramel and a little whiskey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not very thick or creamy. Kinda slick actually; definitely finishes dry. Moderate mouth coating. ABV feels a little higher due to the warmth and dryness. Not bad overall, but not good either.

Drinkability: Light and very tasty for an oatmeal stout. I can easily see why this is one of BA's most sessionable brews.

Photo of jkbusman
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a beautiful dark brown with a nice tall head that sticks around for the whole party; beautiful lacing on the glass (a samuel smith tulip glass)

S - a nice full roasty aroma with notes of chocolate

T - dark roasted malt flavor with strong chocolate overtones; like drinking grandma's oatmeal cookies (if they were black and got you drunk)

M - less full bodied that one would expect from a stout; extremely smooth

D - a very drinkable stout and a good dark session beer; another great offering from samuel smith

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy a good stout for the mouth and this one worked out well.
A-Its appearance is very dark but when held up to the light a slight bit of amber comes through. Pours a nice 2 finger tan head.
S-A nice bready oat smell dances around your nose, maybe even a hint of chocolate at the end.
T-You can definitely taste the oats and bread in this stout. Very smooth and easy to drink. A definite session brew.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,956 ratings.