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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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5,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,539
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 471 | 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:
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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very solid beer; one of my favorite stouts. A very dark body with a nice tan head that holds throughout the beer. The smell caught me a little off-guard as it was slightly malty but still roasted. The taste emphasized the latter. Very roasted taste, almost smokey, as if the malt had actually been roasted over a fire. A nice, thick mouthfeel that was ok despite the summer months. Despite its thick mouthfeel, the beer is pretty easy drinking. The fact that the beer is nice and smooth is what makes it go down so easy.

maddogruss, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a large offwhite crown.

Chocolate chip cookies, vanilla extract, and some coffee in the nose.

Big sweet chocolate flavors upfront. Brown sugar, vanilla, some esters (blackberry-ish) and slight espresso flavors in the middle. Finishes with a bit of acidity. Chalked full of flavor.

Chewy mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation bite, can't say I expected that from an English ale (nothing a vigorous pour can't take care of).

One of my favorite English beers so complex yet so downright drinkable.

bosco7, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of beersands
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - No light can pass through this stout, it is the same hue as any stout. Tan lumpy head which initially settles just over a finger thick and ebs to a centimeter with sticky lacing.

S - Vanilla then chocolate then sweet cookie dough.

T - Starts out with a slight rotten fruit flavor but this disappears instantly and gives way to a perfectly sweet flavour- the sweetness is not nasty, burning, or cloying its just perfect. SMOOOTH. Finishes light chocolate with the bitterness of a fine chocolate bar.

M - Perfect, it is smooth and finished slightly slick. Theres a tad of oaty graininess which is cleaned out by the slickness. I want to drink this. At 7% it is still very, very drinkable

D - I could drink this for the rest of my life. It tastes so fresh and yet it shipped from so far away.

beersands, May 28, 2007
Photo of DGryger
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cola brown, medium-aggressive pour produces a 2+ finger khaki colored head. Thin eight inch head sticks around for a while and produces low to moderate lacing.

Smells almost exactly like sweet feed for horses. Heavy oats and molasses or brown sugar. Burnt caramel. A little more aroma would be nice.

Sweet roasty malts with a bit of licorice mixed in. Prunes and raisins, definitely some dried dark fruit flavors in there. Bitter cocoa notes left in the aftertaste.

Moderately syrupy and smooth as silk. No astringent bitterness in the finish as I have found with some oatmeal stouts. Good carbonation, a class act all the way. Definitely worthy of a five.

While the ABV is only 5%, I think that the sessionability is impacted by the richness – this is a meal beer. If I were at a bar and it was on tap, I would probably go for it. I could see this beer going well with roasted meat.

DGryger, May 21, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: super stealthy black darkness like a superstout!. Burnt tan brown creamy sticky 3 finger head, that produces wonderfully sticky lacing.

S: Very roasty, lots of malt, sweet yet bitter toffee/treacle smell, lots of roasted chestnuts.

T - roasted flavours are superb, not overly harsh at all, just the right amount that is complimented by a sweet nuttiness, roasted flavours linger on in the aftertaste.

M- Lively carbonation, full bodied and thick/sticky

D: A real thick stout, a meal in itself! A first class effort, one of my fav stouts now. A super fireside winter beer.

NOTE** Had this with chocolate chip cookies, onto a winner there!

seanyfo, May 20, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark like a great stout should be and tends to have a lace that sticks to the glass.
S: Deep-roasted, nutty, sweet aroma.
T&M: Has a slight carbonated taste upfront, then the frementation comes through. It finnishes with a deep and hardy roasted aftertaste.
D: Richness is the name of the game for this brew. It will put some fullness into your body, but God help me if I can't put it down.

July2Nov, May 18, 2007
Photo of mwearl
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in appearance but not opaque and with slightly red hue. Head of about 1/2 inch with no staying power and virtually non-existent lacing. Smell is good with a sweet fragrance. Taste is mild with a smoky malt flavor; smoky oak with a chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is relatively light but foams up on tongue. This is a very drinkable beer but lacks a little complexity for my taste.

mwearl, May 18, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a bottle of this cost more than my frozen dinner. That's okay, I'm sure to like this offering as much as my food. On to the beer:

Poured into a pint glass, it's black in the body and tan in the head; the latter just sits there on top. There's a hint of chocolate syrup in the smell, a subtle roasted flavor, a bit of cooked oatmeal, and cappuchino flavors. The taste is more of the same. Fairy smooth, with the bitterness at the lower end for the style, making it easy to drink. Delicious!

DoubleJ, May 10, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown, not quite opaque, with a solid tan head.

Sweet, sweet goodness in the nose. Toasted grains - I feel like that oatmeal is really present even before it hits the tongue. Caramel/chocolate/coffee appearances as well. Velvety soft and medium-bodied in the mouth; the bitterness of roasted barley and mild hop are balanced nicely by sweeter oat. Bittersweet in the finish, and easy to sip at.

This is how you do an oatmeal stout.

Melchizedek, May 08, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Dark, dark brown with a vanilla tan head that goes 2-3 fingers on an easy pour. The lacing is nice. This beer looks perfect. The head diminishes quickly down to 1/4 finger (kinda small, but covers the beer not just the sides).

Smell: Caramel, some roasted coffee (but nothing intense), and a little hoppage, all very well balanced.

Taste: This is very nice. It tastes roasted with nice caramel malts and some chocolate, but it's also very nutty. It's quite sweet, especially on the aftertaste where it is perfect.

Mouthfeel: Just a teensy bit underbodied for my tastes, but is very smooth and creamy on the palate. There's a little hint of bitterness on the end, but I can't tell whether it's do to hops or the roasted character of the brew.

Drinkability: This is so easily quaffable I wish I had a whole keg here to myself. I want to homebrew this one and have it around all the time. One of the best session brews I've ever had.

dbalsock, May 06, 2007
Photo of cdrogers
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour was the best thing about this beer. Looked dark and creamy with a nice head. It smells like chocolate, coffee, smoke, and some sweetness. The taste wasn't quite what I was expecting. It tasted mainly of sweet smokey coffee with the smoke standing out the most, then a watery finish. The beer was somewhat smooth going down physically but the flavor was just over powered by smoke. The mouth feel was more medium bodied. The flavor is there but the beer just seems too watered down. Most of Sam Smith beers have this characteristic to me. This would be a good beer to cook with, but I'd pass on another chance to drink one.

cdrogers, May 04, 2007
Photo of dren
2.68/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour was the best thing about this beer. Looked dark and creamy with a nice head. It smells like chocolate, coffee, smoke, and some sweetness. The taste wasn't quite what I was expecting. It tasted mainly of sweet smokey coffee with the smoke standing out the most, then a watery finish. The beer was somewhat smooth going down physically but the flavor was just over powered by smoke. The mouth feel was more medium bodied. The flavor is there but the beer just seems too watered down. Most of Sam Smith beers have this characteristic to me. This would be a good beer to cook with, but I'd pass on another chance to drink one.

dren, May 02, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This outstanding oatmeal stout pours a dark coffeeish black with chocolaty highlights. A decadent brown head that holds well and leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Its aroma includes deep earthy notes of coffee, cocoa, and a bread like toastiness. Grain and malt.

As is consistent with all Samuel Smith brews, this beer is brilliantly flavorable. Including milk and dark chocolate, black malty coffee, assorted grains, and a molasses sweetness throughout.

A creamy smooth mouthfeel has a great clean finish. As far a drinkability is concerned I could drink this beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and because it's not overly strong nature I would say that's not out of the question. One of my all time favorites.

letsgopens, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee and grain (oats). It tastes like coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and roasted malt, very nice. Gets even better as it warms up some. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a bit creamy. Drinkability is very good as I could drink these all night long, it's very sessionable. Overall I think this is a pretty good oatmeal stout, I'd recommend it to anyone to try.

bluejacket74, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:The appearance is beautiful, a nice dark almost black color with a creamy tan head that sticks around

S: The smell is good, with caramel maybe some toffee coffee aromas

T: It's like a meal in the mouth with an after dinner coffee. its creamy and has some caramel with light coffee with some earthy feel to it.

This is a great beer, and aside from some dryness as an aftertaste, is a very good beer. its very hearty and very smooth. enjoyable brew, not an every day beer for me, but good regardless

Redwood21, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
550ml bottle
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black with opaque mahogany highlights with a large rocky somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong molasses, roasted malt, and light dark chocolate.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet dark chocolate followed by a strong bitter roasted malt, almost burnt and moderate sweet dark chocolate on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a great straightforward rewarding oatmeal stout that tastes great.

xav33, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of GimpyCane
1.88/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I purchased this brew with high expections and was left very disappointed. Poured a nice dark brown with a 2 inch light brown head. However, that was the nice part. The aroma was a stale coffee and strange scent of perfume. The taste was a long acidic and of sour milk maybe astringent. I tend to drink want I start but not this time. Maybe I purchased a bad brew but, I do not think I'll be buying another one.

GimpyCane, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - nice coloring, head starts out great but dies quickly (which in this beer is a good thing)
Smell - weak smell of the flavors I was expecting, smelled hoppy.
Taste - first sip was pungent. my first thought was that it was too hoppy, but, as the head died down and the beer got flatter it tasted better...possibly a sharper carbonation than suits my taste.
Mouthfeel - again, harsher than expected. for an oatmeal stout, this wasn't smooth or thick. the carbonation really suppresses most of the beer's quality.
Drinkability - honestly - let it sit for a few minutes. after the head dies down and the beer flattens, the carbonated sharpness goes away and the good things you would expect from a stout start to show themselves.

This beer is worth drinking again if offered by a friend, but, would hesitate paying for the beer myself...over-rated.

SaltyLime, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Romulus141
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a hefeweisse glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep, beautiful brown with a fluffy, caramel colored head. The head remained for some time, and slowly dissipated into a light layer of foam on the top of the brew. Lacing is apparent on all sides of the glass. Through the light, a slight red tint is visible. All around good looking.

Smell: A deep, grainy smell. There is a sweetness about it. There are hints of oats, and even a slight coffee-like aroma. The scent is strong and pleasant. It really gives a good indicator that the taste will be powerful.

Taste: As the smell suggests, this has a strong taste. There are different characteristics. Initially, there is a smokey character to the taste, which is followed by a splash of sweetness. The finish brings out the oat character of this stout. There is a coffee taste hidden among the oats. There is a wonderful balance between sweetness and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, just like you would expect a stout to be. There is a little carbonation present. However, although the texture is thick, it is not syrupy, which is a plus. Overall, the mouthfeel is good, but it isn't amazing either.

Drinkability: This is rich, and definitely a sipper. It'd be tough to drink a multitude of these in a single session. You'll definitely want to finish your glass, but afterwards you'll want to reach for something lighter.

Recommended. Samuel Smith continues to live up to its good name.

Romulus141, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of Belgae
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful oatmeal stout. A dark color gives the appearance of a thick stout, but this stout is light to medium bodied.

It comes to a one finger, tannish, creamy head.

Has a slightly alcoholic smell with slight hints of chocolate.

The oatmeal is subtle, with hints of chocolate sweetness.

The texture is smooth, creamy with some silkiness to it.

This is a highly drinkable beer, not heavy like some stouts can be.

It is no mystery why this beer is one of the best, and not just for the style.

Belgae, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. A very nice thick and chunky tan head standing at a finger width. Excellent sticky lace leaving a lovely pattern on the glass. Color is a deep brown/black. The tiniest ruby red highlights appear when held to the light.
Smell is a robust mix of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste adds a bit of black pepper to the mix
The mouthfeel is wonderful. It is thick and borders on syrupy, but is velvety smooth. Carbonation is mild, but crisp.
This is a classic stout. Very, very good

bort11, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of adams82
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown/black with ruby highlights with a mountainous light tan head that leaves incredible lacing throughout the glass. Toasty aromas throughout and slightly acidic, with big roasted notes and hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel. The taste is a little thin, slightly metallic, smooth and full of chocolate and roasted barley, the coffee flavor is more subtle than the aroma would lead you to believe. It finishes with a bit of an acidic/metallic bite which is no doubt a by product of the roasted grain, but that is forgotten with each subsequent sip. Silky smooth and a little thin, but it is a very pleasant mouth feel and easy to drink.

The metallic and acidic properties of an Oatmeal Stout are a little strange at first, but they tend to fade quickly as roasty and toasty flavors peak as it warms. This is a remarkable brew and probably one of the best examples of the style that I have had the pleasure of drinking.

adams82, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of boelker62
2.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitve molasses aroma with light hoppiness. Somehow they squeezed an oak tast into this doughy malt. Certainly, too fizzy for my taste, then I see it is artificial. The head, as an arificial one would, dies almost instantly. The carbonation is lively, to the point of overbearing. It has a slight alcoholic taste to it, and the oatmeal taste never fully comes out, as it does with some others I’ve had. Overall, I wouldn’t turn it aay, but wouldn’t seek it out either.

boelker62, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a clear 12 oz bottle with a crimped on cap and gold foil on the neck of the bottle.

Black,opaque 2" light creamy head,fair retention leaving a foamy ring around the glass leaving some spotty lacing. Good carbination tiny strings of tightly knitted tiny bubbles racing off the sides of the glass. Really comes to life with a little swirl.

Clean,pleasing aroma very vinous,oaty,nutty,dark fruityness raisins/figs/dates some burnt carmell,slighty buttery and woody. Complex and inviting

Clean tastes sweet with some slight syrupyness,roasty,burnt carmell,nutty. Some vinous tastes not as much as the aroma would suggest. Woody with dark fruityness.Finishes clean,crisp with a smooth slightly tart and pleasing bitterness.

Light,creamy mouthfeel very smooth, juicy makes the mouthwater for more.
As drinkable as a stout can be never get tired of these beer, one of my favorites. My favorite beer from Samuel Smith. A must try beer!

jcdiflorio, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of jtslay
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black. tan head that was ample and stuck around.
S - doesn't have a terribly strong scent. i will move on to taste.
T - toast. this is a direct result of the long roast of the malted barley. very very smooth.
M - very complex but not a bitter beer at all.
D - tasty, very tasty. this beer makes good company with their taddy porter, and nut brown ale.

jtslay, Apr 03, 2007
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,539 ratings.