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

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Ratings: 5,813
Reviews: 2,163
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 252
Gots: 598 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of smudgewhat
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

believe the hype. This is an awesome oatmeal stout. Sweet, rich, not too thick, which lends to drinkability. Pours dark coffee to black. Sweet like chocolate up front with slightly bitter aftertaste Complex taste and good both cold and slightly warmer. Not too high on the alcohol content, which prevents it from losing taste. A classic.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has the Samuel Smith emblem etched into the top - with the vintage style label on front.

Pours like a coffee syrup with a monstrous yellow cake head. The head started at about 3 fingers, but disipated to a nice film after about 3 minutes. Nice lacing and solid retention.

Aroma has hints of mocha, vanilla bean, wood chips, with some faint alcohol.

Lots of earthy undertones here, with a nice roasted malt that runs from milk to slight coffee to a slight sour finish. There is nice balance with a very slight hop bitterness, keeping the sweet in complete check.

Mouthfeel starts with some nice viscosity on the tip of the tongue, which quickly flattens out. Beer is very thin, and almost quenching - making you want more and more.

I really enjoyed this - and think it has amazing drinkability and flavor for a relatively low ABV brew. This is probably the most sessionable stout I have ever had. The amount of smooth flavor this guy can pack in is truly awesome. Will definitely reach for this again in the future.

Photo of lhaqq
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark near-opaque crimson brown with a generous khaki-colored head that fades into a constant 1-2mm head for awhile.
S: Chocolate, toffee, oats and a little bit of malt at the end. Actually reminds me of the aroma of some good scotches I've had (though, of course, more dark, round and mellow, and less of the alcoholic sting).
T: Chocolate (but not a really pronounced milk chocolate like a Mackeson XXX nor a dark chocolate like a lot of stouts), toffee, cream, and caramel, with some oats and a little bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Round, creamy, and thick; coats the mouth and lingers.
D: Easy to drink for a stout--not too thick and not too thin. Been one of my favorite beers for a couple of years a still has yet to be usurped.

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

Presentation: Victorian pint bottle into a lidded stein.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black/opaque. Hard pour generates an extremely ample head, which fades very gradually and slowly.

S- Very pleasant sweet coffee, nutty-oat-molasses thing. Wish my sniffer was more sound right now, as this is a quite enjoyable aroma.

T- Some sweet, molasses flavor along with the maltiness, rounded out by some mild bitterness on the finish. Absolutely fantastic.

M- Smooth....creamy....nearly perfect IMO

D- Not as heavy feeling as expected. I could have downed a few of these in a row without hesitation.

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

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

Blackest night of a brew with big frothy head that sticks around for the party. A sweet aroma that sifts through the air from the first pour. Smells of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, cereal and some dark fruit. Tastes of sweet oatmeal, raisins, and chocolate malt aftertaste. A great after dinner drink that could be a dessert of its own. Think chocolate mousse in a drink form. A wonderfully rich heavy bodied brew that'll have you swimming down chocolate rivers like you were chillin with Willie Wonka. Enjoy!

Photo of drnknmnky
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark brwon color, nice tan head,

S - oats, sugar, not very hoppy or malty

T - Delicious beer balanced well by a bit of bitterness One Tasty beverage.

M - Again good beer. Mouthfeel is very good.

D - Highly drinkable.

Solid all-around beer . Very good. Worth trying if you haven't and worth trying again if you have.

Photo of sethmeister
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle with a gold foil wrapped cap into my new Samuel Smith Nonic glass (thanks Michael at Grape Vine in Boxboro, MA!) at near room temperature.

Beer is dark brown in hue but appears black in the glass and is not quite opaque when held to a light. A voluminous fluffy tan head rises easily two fingers and needs to settle while I wait to finish the pour. Minimal spotty fuzzy lace present.

Scent is roasted grain, bitter coffee, molasses and soft dark chocolate.

Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, thick sweet molasses and roasted grain. Hops are minimal.

Mouth is prickly and nicely carbonated on the front of the tongue and milk like as it is swished in the mouth. Medium weight; not a heavy or viscous stout.

Drinkability is outstanding. Regretted only having one bottle on hand.

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a classic English stout which I first became acquainted with over a decade ago. It's been a couple of years since last I enjoyed this beer. Having come to love the bold Imperial Stouts with their aggressive American hop profiles and viscous motor oil consistencies I find this a significantly thinner, milder and softer stout than I remember, but no less delicious. Still a classic and still one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of albern
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this beer in years, and after trying this again after such a long hiatus, I'm wondering why I waited so long. This is an outstanding, nourishing, thick, delightful stout. This is one of my favorites from years ago, and my opinion has only solidified. This is an outstanding stout. The beer is thick, creamy, pours a thick dark color barely impenetrable to light, with a thick off white head. This beer laces like mad. The aroma is first rate. Caramel malts, dextrin sweetness, toffee and chocolate notes, and just a well balanced and enticing aroma.

The taste is just great. There is a definite oatmeal backbone to the beer and it comes through in its consistency. The beer has wonderful toasted and roasted dark malts, it has the slightly charred grainy notes, and the caramel maltiness to make it a delight. There is a slight butterscotch flavor to the beer that detracts ever so slightly, but this one is well worth seeking out. There is also a milkshake quality to this beer, and it has the characteristics of a lactose-milk stout. It isn't a strong ABV beer, and the mouthfeel is a bit oily, with an aftertaste that is not overly sweet, more like a refreshing, complex, and interesting thick chocolatey after dinner drink. L'Chaim.

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

The wonderful example of this style.

Pours a beautiful balance between brown and black with a subtle hint of reddish in the background. A big creamy head.

Smell is light of brown sugar oatmeal and molasses.

Rolls onto the palate with a creamy lightness that comes from the best oatmeal stouts. Taste is not hugely complex but it is wonderfully pleasant of oats, molasses, and caramel.

Could enjoy multiples. The creamy brew settles great in the stomach and is not too filling.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a jet black with a large coffee-tan head that has good retention an leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Rich coffee with some nice earthy, chocolaty tones a well.

T: Much like the smell, rich, deep coffee flavours with a touch of chocolaty sweetness. Nutty in the background and a subtle bitter hop finish.

M: Very rich and smooth, coating your mouth as it goes down. Creamy, yet crisp - very nice.

D: This is a very nice oatmeal stout and is, so far, my favourite offering from Samuel Smith's. I will definitely buy this beer again. perfect for the upcoming cold winter nights!

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

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side Day last night and had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Dark clear brown, but by no means black. A light tan head also that sticks around nicely before dissipating to a thick ring of foam.

S: Nice smell of caramel, chocolate and oats. For how light this beer is, it really doesn't mess around when it comes to the smell.

T: Very surprised at how much flavor is packed into this. Initially it starts of with a blast of chocolate and cocoa and finishes very creamy with oats and a touch of coffee.

Overall, this is a phenomenal oatmeal stout, and another fine offering by Sam Smith.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the hefty, classy bottle. Pours nice, too. Quite dark with a bit of light getting through. Adequate khaki cap that leaves a persistent ring.

Should have let this one warm longer before pouring it. The nose really opens up with some warmth but in my haste I poured it right out of the fridge. Lots of sweet dark grains. Very definite molasses coming through. Maybe a bit of coffee in the dark roast aromas.

Lots of molasses on the flavor as well, which is really tasty. The sweet grains are well complimented by dark roastiness and some hop bittering.

Feel is good, but maybe could have just a bit more oomph. Definitely very smooth and silky, just what I'd expect from a beer of this style. When I took some swigs when cold it had a bit of a carbonation bite that disappeared after a while.

Moral of the story: don't drink your stouts, especially this one too cold. Actually, don't drink just about any beer real cold. This is a perfect example how much aromas, flavors and feel improve with some time out of the fridge. Samuel Smith is a quality brewery; this is a great oatmeal stout I'll keep coming back to.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque ruby with a purty tan head. Some decent lacing down the glass.

The aroma isn't the strongest, but I'm picking up some nice roasted malts. Possibly caramel. A hint of sweetness from the oats pokes its head in too.

The taste is pretty good. It's not as sweet as your average American oatmeal stout, but it's very smooth and roasty. The oats definitely aide that smoothness.

This stuff is much better as it warms, too. The mouthfeel goes from being slightly thin to almost a little chewy. Beyond that, it's the most silky-smooth beer I've ever had. Remarkably smooth, even.

This stuff isn't the best oatmeal stout I've ever had, but it's very easy to drink. It is, however, better than I remember it from years past. I'll be buying it again.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before you read the following review, please bear in mind that I haven't sampled the full spectrum of English stouts (or anything close to it).

Appearance: Cool! This stuff is almost black, with a hint of root-beer brown around the edge. An average pour yielded a fleeting, one-finger khaki/brown head, which dissipated faster than I had hoped. Fine lacing throughout drinking, although it's heavy enough to sink into the brew within 30 or 40 seconds.

Smell: This is the only moderately underwhelming aspect of this beer, in my opinion. The aroma is generally...well, mild. And it belies the flavor of this fine brew. I smell something honey-ish, with hints of molasses and oats.

Taste: I almost gave it a 4.5, but I changed my mind after several quaffs. This is sweet-ish, syrupy, oat-y goodness in a glass. I also detect coffee, toasted malt, brown sugar, and some oats. I like what I taste here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dense and viscous, although I kind of hoped it'd be even thicker. Goes down slowly, leaving a tasty trail down my tongue and throat.

Drinkability: Solid. With its relatively low ABV, I feel like I could drink two or three without any regrets. I would consider this kind of a cool-weather beer, but it's not dense and warming enough to preclude me from drinking one or two in the summer.

Overall, this is a pretty great beer. If you're into stouts but haven't tried a lot of "unusual" ones (i.e., if you're a Guinness drinker), I entreat you to try one or two of these. Good stuff.

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

this brew pours up black with a nice frothy, tan head. the nose is dark malts, cherries, oats, hints of vanilla. the taste? Ahhh the delicious watered down malt taste like almost all dark English Ales (*sarcasm*)...taste is the same as nose minus the cherries. slight metallic sweet malt finish, watery medium bodied, low to medium carbo. Im not a fan of the watered down English Ale taste but this surely beats Young's Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of timmah427
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black, with ruby around the edges and a huge, creamy tan head that leaves behind some thin lacing as it quickly sinks down.

S - Nose is dominated by molasses and caramel, toasted malts, and hints of biscuit and maybe even butterscotch.

T - Caramel, toasted malt, oats, and biscuits. Quite malty and sweet, with a hint of bitterness as it finishes.

M/D - Mouthfeel was medium, but left a little too much stickiness for my taste.

Overall, the caramel flavor kind of overwhelmed me. I give it good points because it's a good example of the style, but I couldn't have more than one of these.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a tan head that lasted through the entire pint. Outstanding lacing -- a ring with every sip.

Smells of deep roasted malt/grain sweetness, some licorice notes.

Where to start. Sweetness from the oats/grain comes through, but is balanced by deep dark roast flavors. You have a little coffee, molasses, and bitter chocolate, as well as licorice and herbal hop bitterness.

This is a silky smooth one, no rough edges, with decent, tongue-coating characteristics. But the lingering flavors are not cloying in any way.

This is a nice beer. I've had some oatmeal stouts are brewpubs that I consider much better, but this one is a winner. At face value (and not style, comparisons, etc.), this is a terrific beer that you can have more than one of and not feel like changing gears.

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

Beer review #99. My 2nd Samuel Smith and my 7th stout. My 1st oatmeal stout

A- Opaque black with a 3-finger frothy, creamy, tan-colored head that left some nice lacing. Perfect

S- Smell was a bit metallic but that was overcome by sweet, roasted malts and of course, oatmeal. Not too complex but pleasing

T&M- Taste is light for a stout but that oatmeal makes it very enjoyable for me and gives it some consistency. Mostly sweet with nothing strongly bitter. However the aftertaste does leave a sort of bitter, dry feeling on the tongue.

D- That bitter, dry feeling calls for another sip. And another, and another...

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

55 ml. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Reddish brown with a thick medium brown head.

S - Very light smell but I could pick up some malt and oatmeal and chocolate.

T - Slightly bitter, oatmeal and malt.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok, not my favorite stout. Too light and watery.

Photo of sgoodship
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown - almost black and opaque apart from lovely golden dark brown edges when held up to the light. Nice chocolate head that reduces to a thin head. Even after sipping slowly, it retained a nice thin lacing to the last.

S: Coffee, Molasses, Malty

T: Definitely a complex flavor. The taste is what you would expect from the smell but then you get a really interesting balance of sweetness and bitterness. I hadn't detected fruit in the smell but there is a dominant fruitiness to the taste that then leaves you with a bitterness that was a little too sour for my taste. 

M: It is smooth, creamy and feels clean in the mouth. There was a little sharpness to the carbonation hitting the tongue - could have done without that. It felt to thin at the end.

D: Loved this beer but the combination of the tanginess and sour bitterness at the end makes this an "in moderation" drink for me. A quality stout for sure.

Photo of n00tz
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black/Dark-brown body, tight brunette head diminishes slowly with spotty lace.

S - Roasted malt tones, nutty, smoky with notable sweetness.

T - Full bodied sweet onset, coffee/chocolate mid with a mild spicy hops finish.

M - Thickness is there, finishes clean with moderate carbonation.

D - Very presentable, I'd share this with an honored guest.

Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: It poured a black body with a brown moderate head that fell to a spotty cover and supported decent layered lacing.

S: It smelled of dark roasted malts with complementing brown sugar and a nutty oaky aroma.

T: It had a creamy smooth dark roasted malt flavor at its base with brown sugar, some dark fruits and a bit of bitter hops. There was a modest oat flavor but it was well hidden.

M: It was medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation and a bitter roasted malt presence on the tongue. It finished dry and bitter and the bitterness lasted deep into the aftertaste.

D: It was a medium bodied and has a light ABV but the biting aftertaste limits this to a one and out beer for me.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is just a delight to drink every single time. It had been a long time since I've had one and I was excited to get the opportunity again this week.

Beer poured with a wonderful tan head that rose from beneath the surface of the black beer. So much structure and so creamy. Just a beautiful beer.

Aroma was of roasted malt. Not quite burnt notes. Coffee, roasted nuts and a slight mineral (earthly) tone.

Flavor was just really soothing and pleasant. Coffee, Cream, some roasted goodness and a nice lingering flavor with a great deal of depth. In beers like this I often go back and forth deciding if I am tasting Coffee or chocolate. This certainly seemed to clearly lean on the coffee side of life, but the chocolate notes were present.

The mouth feel was very creamy and smooth. Just a delight to drink and enjoy. I made myself a promise that I wouldn't wait as long to have my next Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout again.

Excellent Beer.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout is a sweet, easy to drink excellent example of the style.

I poured mine into an imperial pint glass. This beer is black - but not thick like Ten Fidy. The head was full and creamy and seemed to dissapate a little too quickly. I think I might have my beer a little too cold to sustain the head.

The aroma is fresh and malty. I can smell the sugar in this beer.

The mouthfeel is full and inviting. I can tell that a four pack of this could evaporate quickly if it didn't cost so much. I would say this is the best beer I can get in Mississippi.

The taste is sweet, malty, and a little fruit after taste. A light hint of hops rests on the back of the throat.

This beer goes down smooth. Enjoy this one all you want. I would call it a very sessionable oatmeal stout. In fact if you closed your eyes you might mistake this one for a much lighter beer.

Photo of SimplySinister
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - In a dimly lit bar this brew appears as an opaque void of darkness; though not cloudy or completely opaque when exposed to light. A fair amount of carbonation and a non-existent head.

S - Full-bodied and complex. Although a oatmeal stout, it has some characteristics of a cream stout- namely the sweetness. It contains malty, chocolaty (mocha), and somewhat smoky notes.

T - Strong, and full-bodied. Mocha and cream come through strong, finishing like a powerful black coffee. The aftertaste is a bit lingering, but for a brew of this nature its to be expected.

M - A good amount of carbonation, and somewhat smooth. The brew is a bit sticky. As I've said, the aftertaste is a bit lingering.

D - Not very- this is a meal of a beer. I can't see having many of these during a session. Without any doubt I would defiantly have this beer again, but sparingly and in moderation.

Its a good beer to be sure, but its a little pricey. I'm looking forward to using this beer as a standard to measure Youngs Oatmeal Stout against.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,813 ratings.