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

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94
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5,329 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,329
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 201
Gots: 381 | 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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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with traces of cherry-red. Thick, 1-finger head when poured. Lacing tight around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very vinous, boozy, alcohol smell. The fermented grains (oats?) are dominant in the aroma which is almost overpowering & unpleasant, Past the alcohol smell, you can note the roasty malts & toasted oats. It would be nice for that character to be more present over the alcoholic smell.

Taste: Wondefuly creamy, smooth flavor with very little of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. Slightly smoky, roasty character augments the oaty, malty base accompanied by a slight espresso tinge. A slight bitter hop flavor is noted in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth & creamy. Clings to the sides of the mouth as it goes down....smoothly. Finishes with a slightly cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a great late night sipper. Would be wonderful on a cold night before a fire to warm the bones after a day skiing. One to be enjoyed slowly & with appreciation of the numerous flavors contained in this carefully crafted stout.

Comments: I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout having never had one, of any brand, before. Initially, I was a bit put off by the aroma. The strong alcohol smell was overpowering to such an extent that it overcame the rest of its aromatic character. Once past the aroma, the wonderful flavor quickly charmed & endeared me to this stout. I would like to try others in the same style...

03-27-2006 02:25:34 | More by JMD71
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Jcdolan

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

I got the Samuel Smith mix pack and might I say that it is the coolest mix pack I have ever come across. It came with three 1 pint bottles consisting of the The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout, the Nut Brown Ale, and the Old Brewery Pale Ale. It also came with a nice glass, two coasters and and awsome chart that shows all their beers along with details of the beers' history, ingredients, serving suggestions, gravity, and every other detail that one could think of. Very impressive, but on with the reveiw.

Poured a black color with a thick brown head.

Smells almost sweet at first and upon futher examination I smell an almost nut smell with some oats mixed in.

The taste is unlike the smell but very good. Taste is a nut taste with oats. Finishes very sweet.

Mouthfeel is exellent. Very smooth.

03-27-2006 01:21:35 | More by Jcdolan
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JayQue

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

This is an incredibly smooth, tasty beer. Pours a solid black color with very little light getting through. Has an impressive tan head that slowly recedes down to just covering the glass. Lacing is thick. The smell is not particularly impressive, some malt, nothing outstanding. The taste is malty and incredibly smooth. The taste is slightly sweet, incredibly mellow and the mouthfeel is rich. There is no "getting used to" the taste. It is simple, nicely blended and has no unpleasant chalkiness, bitterness or other aftertaste. This is something I could slowly sip all night. I would take this over any of the few stouts I have tried so far.

03-26-2006 20:27:12 | More by JayQue
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours an obsidian color with a creamy, thick brown head that lasts. Leaves no lace but this beer looks great.

Creamy, sweet aroma with oats apparent and a hint of chocolatey roastiness.

Wow! Big dark malt flavors, deeply roasted and chocolatey. Somewhat sweet, and slightly sour, with gentle, subtle hopping, a slight prickle on the front of the tongue. Impressive depth and complexity for a 5% beer.

A very creamy, smooth medium to full body, coupled with low carbonation makes this a rich, luscious mouthfeel. This richness made me enjoy drinking this beer slowly, and it makes not so drinkable.

03-26-2006 02:13:28 | More by akahn
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dieselboy914

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10%

I tried this oatmeal stout simply because it was a Samuel Smith... and usually their stuff is really good. But there were both ups and downs to this interesting brew.

It poured pitch black into a regular glass, with very little head quickly disappearing into a fine lace around the rim.
The scent is quite strong with the obvious oatmeal and hints of raisin... someother fruit that i can't point my finger on, thought it's not fig. Very pleasant and nice to look at, but that's where the pleasantries end.
You take a sip and initially the mouthfeel is mild and underwhelming, with a grainy malty taste. Not much to get excited about, and then the aftertaste hits you when you swallow. A little on the bitter side, and quite bland with no taste.
I can see this as a nice addition to a meal... but on it's own it's a little bit disappointing. Not a bad beer, though.

03-25-2006 22:31:46 | More by dieselboy914
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IntriqKen

California

2.2/5  rDev -47.9%

I know...this is a world class rated beer.
And I like...no LOVE oatmeal stouts.
This was my second bottle of this brew and I wasn't impressed. I may be spoiled with more American versions of Oatmeals out there.
Poured a deep, deep amber black with a small cream head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing.
Aroma was of sweet toasted or burnt malts...I missed smelling any chocolates or coffee.
Mouthfeel was thin and weak to me....very light in carbonation.
Taste was sort of bland...sweet malt but nothing fresh or standoffish...again, no chocolates or coffee and an unpleasant aftertaste..possibly old bottles, although my tastings have been months apart and from different sources.
Slightly sweet aftertaste with no noticable alcohol burn.
I could have finished the bottle but simply didn't want to. Moved on to a Black Hart stout and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

03-24-2006 07:45:37 | More by IntriqKen
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asabreed

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

1 pt. 2.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge head from a vigorous pour. Stays at about 1" as I drink. There's a lot of clumpy lacing, too, which I suppose goes with the territory of the vigorous pour. Color is dark dark amber, and the head is mocha.

Smell: Lots of nice sweetness from the oats, with some dark, sweet chocolate, not overpoweringly toasted and burnt malt, and hints of coffee or mocha in there too. Also some hop bitterness creeps in as it warms a bit.

Taste: Much initial oat, malt, and chocolate sweetness in the beginning. Soon it mellows out and the sweetness becomes quelled a bit by the hops. Finishes sweet at first, then goes into toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, the oat sweetness, and finishes long and complex with all of that and some hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, fairly full-bodied, and awesomely creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation to lessen the possibility of the cloying nature, which here isn't present.

Drinkability: Definitely one of the best of the style. It may not be the best, but it's not overrated. And especially for the price, this is a sipper and a treat to boot. Quality stuff all around, and the perfect amount of alcohol so you can have a few in a session too if you're going that route.

03-21-2006 03:04:20 | More by asabreed
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz bottle, no expiration date.

Poured a dense tawny foam in black liquid. Looks like stout!
Within 5 minutes of pouring, the foam mostly disappeared. Who cares? This stuffs good enough that you won't sit around staring at the head.

Chocolate is the prevailing smell and taste. This stout is sweet, Not much roasted flavor.

Oatmeal is supposed to add proteins that boost the mouthfeel and body of a beer. Seems to me that the texture effect is pretty subtle. This is fine, because I find the creaminess of a Guinness a little bit phony.

Very quaffable.

03-20-2006 12:42:22 | More by pweis909
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Wow... best head ever. So tall, so firm, so dense you could eat it with a fork. Really quite a thing to behold. Body is root beer brown, dark but not opaque, with bright, visible bubbles.

Smell: Mostly dark malts; molasses, a tinge of soy sauce, rich caramel truffles, and floral hops.

Taste: Nice earthy flavor, very thick with dark malts. Good, stocky oatmeal flavor. Pleasant yeasty tang, especially in the finish. Also has some rich cocoa notes. This is very well-balanced and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Excellent! Smooth yet thick and grainy. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable... surpassed my expectations and made me want more.

03-18-2006 18:34:42 | More by soulgrowl
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jhollick

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Presentation - 12 oz. bottle with pretty gold foil, left out of the fridge for 20 minutes before drinking. Poured almost black with some ruby showing through in the light. Tan colored head was slightly sticky, and hung around for the duration of the beer.

Smell - Molasses, chocolate, and some dark berries gives a sweet smell. I also smell coffee beans.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth, but not overly heavy for a stout. There is a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Taste - Starts off with oat sweetness, then the flavor of roasted nuts and chocolate comes through. There is an earthy quality to the overall flavor. Finishes with a mild coffee and hop bitterness.

Drinkability - Often described as a meal in a bottle, but I could drink a couple of these in an evening without much trouble. As far as stouts go, very drinkable.

Overall - This one gets better and better as you drink it. The flavors really come through as it warms. This isn't my #1 oatmeal stout, but it is very close. It isn't "too" anything; its well-balanced, flavorful, and very drinkable. If I could afford to, I would give this to anyone wanting to try a stout (but it is too expensive to be giving out willy nilly). This beer lives up to the hype.

03-17-2006 00:57:25 | More by jhollick
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kevin62

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.9%

550ml-bottle.This famous stout poured out a dark black/brown with a small dark tan head.The smell was sweet with hints of chocolate,molassas and coffee.There was also the above flavors in the taste as well,but the mouthfeel was a little thin for me,especially for a stout.I felt the beer was ok for me,although it may be a little overrated.

03-12-2006 14:03:44 | More by kevin62
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Rezzin

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Pours a dark brown/black with a thick creamy beige/brown head that almost looks like pancake batter to me.. but darker of course.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate, malt, some sourness, a tiny bit of alcohol.

T - Roasted nuts, burnt coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Sweet and rich. This gets better as the glass becomes more empty.

M - Semi rich and creamy - smoooth finish. I like these beers just for the mouthfeel alone. A little more carbonation that I was expecting but it doesn't distract from anything.

D - This is my 2nd oatmeal stout and is quickly becoming my favorite of the stout styles. A very drinkable beer and not as heavy as one would expect.

03-11-2006 01:56:43 | More by Rezzin
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Walsar

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Picked up a 4 pack of Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout after reading the reviews on this site. I had only had Guinness and Murphys Stout in the past. Well this stout is nothing like those -- sweet tasting -- great smell -- easy to drink -

I don't know that I would pair it with food -- I enjoyed it as an apertif.

The alcohol is hidden in the aroma and chocolate taste -- mouthfeel was much lighter than I anticipated.

Enjoyable and I will have it again.

03-09-2006 01:10:19 | More by Walsar
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goochpunch

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours out a licorice body crowned with a frothy, dark khaki head. Some isolated, spotty lacing. Smells of a tiramisu in which a touch of brandy was added into the mix. Flavors kick off with a chocolate and coffee wallop followed by what I always recognize as Samuel Smith's fruity, chewy malt profile I've tasted in each of their offerings. Not much of a hop presence, but the roasted bitterness takes care of the rich sweetness of the brew. Has the signature oaty softness in the mouthfeel as any oatmeal stout should have. A slightly syrupy finish in the mouth is the only flaw here. This is one to sip and savor, for sure, but it's hard to keep the glass down.

This was the first oatmeal stout I ever had, about 3-4 years ago. One of the few beers that has stayed with me throughout the years of developing my palate. Without a doubt, this is the oatmeal stout to which all others should be compared to. A benchmark of the style.

03-06-2006 06:23:33 | More by goochpunch
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from an 18.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a very dark brown with a thick, beige head and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: You smell a chocolate & coffee sweetness and a roasted malt aroma with just a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste isn’t as sweet as the smell containing a smoky coffee flavor. No bitterness at all and a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, with a heavy body and light/medium carbonation. I’ve seen the word “chewy” thrown around in other reviews and this is the first beer that I’ve had that identifies with that term. I’m considering that a good thing.

D: Despite being heavy and a bit filling, this beer goes down very easy. It’s very flavorful and not over-powering. This is a beer that you can just chill out and relax with.

03-05-2006 05:33:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: This brew pours a dark hazelnut color almost black with a reddish tint when held to the light.A creamed coffee colored head that didn't grow much but maintained a thin cover floating on top.

Smell: The smell is of nuts,cooked oats,cocoa bean or a dark chocolate aroma.Perhaps even a bit woody.

Taste: At first quaff I get instant chocolate,a lite coffee touch,with a subtle sweetened oatmeal flavor in the finish.Also the nutty/woody flavors exist on the palate,like the nose.A nice malty balance infussed with all these great flavors.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a medium thick liquid with a bubblely finish.Good carbonation.Smooth ,silky, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I have had this beer before and can tell you that it will be bought again in the future.Very sessionable brew and is very cheap to buy.I think i paid less than 3 bucks for a 550ml bottle.

Cheers2Beers

03-04-2006 23:32:40 | More by cheers2beers
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troutmask96

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Another exceptional entry from the Samuel Smith line of brews. Drinks much like their Imperial Stout, if not a tad short of that classic. Smooth, molassesy finish with a nice touch of sourness, this is one of the easiest-drinking stouts in the world...

03-04-2006 03:22:53 | More by troutmask96
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mattpetti

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

This beer is wonderful.

a: Pours a dark, dark, brown, with a very small head that dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles.

s: the smell is great. Its full of sweet malt with spice. Also detected some chocolate and mocha.

t: The taste is wonderfully balanced with the same as the smell. This beer is sweet, full of light, vibrant mocha and semisweet chocolate flavors.

m: The mouthfeel was soft and creamy with a slight bit if astringent feeling at the back of the tongue.

d: You can't really have a multiple amount of these beers do to how creamy and filling they are, but they are so smooth anyone can have at least one without a problem. A great example of a oatmeal stout

02-27-2006 05:56:13 | More by mattpetti
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

The dreaded Clear Bottle, pulled from the very back of the very dim Bottleworks Seatle cooler, pours into a pint glass a clear very dark brown, almost black; It reveals ruby-brown highlights in the right lighting, and carries a centimeter-thick tan head for a little while, leaving little to no lacing.

The smell is distinct and interesting, quite a good example of what sets apart on oatmeal stout from its bretheren. There are earthy, slightly spicy notes from the oats - almost like roasty molasses, but no distinct coffee or chocolate.

Smooth flavors; Zippy for a stout, there are hints of grapefruit peel, maybe a little coriander; Just a little buttery diacetyl. Slight coffee flavors lurk beneath - the oats add quite a lot of distinctly different and interesting flavors to the beer.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel that builds from nothing to a slight frothy carbonation before swallowing.

A classic of the style. One of the beers that turned me on to craft brew.

02-26-2006 06:33:36 | More by Tupperwolf
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mclanem

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Samual Smith's Oatmeal stout is a really good beer with that said. this beer poured nice and dark with a good creamy head. the smell is roasted malt. the feel to this beer is great kinda heavy and thick, gives you an Roasty malt taste oats dark chocolate and coffee near the end. very good over all and I would grab this one first over all the sam smith beers I've had.

02-26-2006 04:48:26 | More by mclanem
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danielharper

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Purchased from Publix on Whitesburg, Huntsville, AL.

A: Black as night itself, with a fairly thin tan head. Head is smooth and leaves considerable lacing. Nice presentation.

S: Sweet, coffee-like aroma with hints of malt and (yes) oatmeal underneath. Some chocolate way down deep. I remember the aroma being off-putting when I first tried this about a year and a half ago, but this is actually a very nice aroma.

T: Maltier than I'm used to with a stout, sweet but not really cloying. No real hoppiness of dryness at all. Again, much better than I remembered -- my palate has really changed since I first tried this.

M: Chewy is the word I'd use to describe it, almost as if it has some chunks left in it. (Probably just my imagination.) Thinner than a lot of stouts, but made to-style. Good.

D: Quite drinkable. I'm going to be buying this more often -- I like this a lot more than I remembered.

02-25-2006 02:40:41 | More by danielharper
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stewart124

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%

The Old Tadcaster
550 ml poured into imperial pint glass
Very dark browinsh color with red tints on the edges. This is topped with a thick foamy tan head that is sticky and leaves laces down the glass...BEAUTIFUL!
Malty smells with a nice nutty/chocolate note. There is an earthy characteristic but also a coffee smell.
MMM good on the taste. Chocolate backed up with a nutty, coffee taste. Very smooth rich tastes with a thick body that goes down like syrup. Tasty bits of coffee build up the aftertaste and very sublte notes of alcohol. The body and drinkability on this are outstanding to say the least. Creamy milky tastes with noticable oats and a nice taste of black strap molases.
Again this is a very solid stout and one that I wish I could duplicate on the homebrew scene.

02-22-2006 03:27:43 | More by stewart124
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isubsmith

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Opaque black. Thick tan head. Head sticks around. Light lacy fringes

Nose: Roasted malt. Very light sweetness. Subtle toffee and vanilla. Earthy.

Taste: Roasty malt tastes upfront. A large amount of oats. Dark chocolate and coffee near the end. Bitter sweet hops finish, though well balanced. Biting carbonation. Medium-to-heavy body (for an oatmeal stout)

Samuel Smith is one of my favorite breweries and the oatmeal stout is one of my favorite beers from them. Very very drinkable. I can have many of these in a night....

02-21-2006 04:01:49 | More by isubsmith
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custardcb

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

I've had the Imperial Stout several times and really enjoy the deeper and richer flavors that it offers, however I find this to be just as enjoyable. The high quality of this stout is obvious and much appreciated. Many brewers attempt for a stout at this level and usual come short.

A: The rich black color is impeccable with smooth head that slowly settles.
S: The aroma of toasted oats and barley is evident and well rounded.
T: There is a perfect balance of smooth and bitter flavors. I slight tinge of smokey flavor is there to compilent the brew.
M: An extremely rich mouthful that takes some getting use to it. This isnt a stout for beginners.
D: While it does have a low ABV I really wouldn't call it a session beer. It is just too rich to drink too many of them. Two of them is enough for me in one. night

02-17-2006 03:34:19 | More by custardcb
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours out a typical stout, but the only glass i have is like a tulip glass, so a little more light gets through. I see light pushing through the bottom edges that give it a dark brownish amber. tan head foams up, nice.

Smells very much like roasted malts and toffee. a small sweet coffee aroma is there, but lots of toffee. the roasted smell gives it a great backbone aroma.

Taste is very smooth with the oats. More toffee flavors, but like burnt toffee from the roasted malts. A slight sweet undernote. very nice. A bitter chocolate touch comes out, especially as the beer's temp. goes up. aftertaste isnt spectacular, but more sweetness comes out with some coffee, like a very sweetened coffee with lots of cream.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth. Not the fullest mouthfeel i've gotten from this style, but it is full. Great balance. The perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall a great beer. Sometimes i overlook this, because of the price. I should get it more, but for special occasions (like when i'm sober). but really, a great beer.

02-17-2006 03:01:05 | More by acrawf6
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,329 ratings.