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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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5,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,416
Reviews: 2,118
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 212
Gots: 412 | FT: 5
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of mnj21655
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a deep black with a nice brown head. Deep red when held to the light. Nice 1" brown head, great lacing. Sweet malts and oats combine to smell reminiscent of caramel and chocolate... simply excellent. Mild taste, slightly of bitter hops and oats but is dominated by a great malty, caramel, chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is great, nice medium body, with relatively low carbonation and a great aftertaste. Great drinkability. This is another offering from Samuel Smith's that I will definately have again. If you like stouts this is a must have.

mnj21655, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a nice black color with ruby hues when held to light. The beer has a nice tan colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is of roasted malts with some chocolate also present.

Tasted is initially chocolate with some roasted malts followed by a dark roasted coffee bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable and one of my favorites.

hckyfn9999, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a foiled 12 oz bottle.

A- Dark brown, reddish highlights. Decent head with a good pour. Settles to a thin tan layer of foam and leave lacing around the top of the glass.

S- Woody, burnt, malty.

T- Dry and smokey. Hints of charcoal and sweet rye. Starts out crisp and hickory, finishes dry. A nice little bit of chemistry as the flavor changes.

M- Really interesting. A dry feeling on the sides of the tongue and a sweet feeling in the back. This gets your whole tongue dancing. Really well done.

D- I'd drink it for a night. Not too sweet, not too dry. Just right. This is a great oatmeal stout.

Rudgers73, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Daredevil
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

opaque with silky smooth texture ... medium dry palate with a sweet & sour like finish ...

You can't go wrong with Sam Smith, the Tadcaster brewery. I haven't tasted anything average from this producer yet (the Organic Ale comes closest to "average") and I hope the company will never be tempted to cash in on some horrid licenced stuff ... this one is a refreshing, nutritious stout ...

Daredevil, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Among all the beers I've tried...this is still probably my favorite which says a lot. Deliciously dark stout, organic, oaty flavor that is just plain and simple. I've sampled plenty of oatmeal stouts and they honestly can't hold a candle to the magic that samuel smith puts into ever pint. It set a new standard for my enjoyment of stouts in general...as a side note, i haven't had a bad beer from samuel smith yet and i've sampled all but maybe two of them it is truly a fine brewery.

Bouncingsoul1682, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of msolar
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Quite arguably my favorite beer.

A very rich, dark color that always surprises you the bottle is clear glass (and not tinted). A thick pour that leaves a nice ½” of head at the top. Creamy with a nice bitter flavor.

An Oatmeal Stout + beautifully grilled steak and I’m in heaven.

msolar, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours an onyx black with a thick tan/offwhite head that thins down to a ring and leaves a webbing on the glass. Smells of nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee and oatmeal. Sweet with a touch of bitter. Exceptionally smooth taste with the same complexities of the aroma with a touch of a mild aftertaste. Very rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel. Thick, warming and satisfying. Very drinkable in both taste and texture though a bit filling. Makes a wonderful compliment to a meal and great as a dessert by itself.

Neehan, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer poured a ....well....black with a thick tan head. It has a heavy malt smell that is pronounced. The taste is quite malty. It has hints of chocolate and is maybe a bit buttery. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This is an outstanding beer that I'd love to have the opportunity to drink on many occasions!

I'm editing my review: After 2+ years of drinking, this is still an excellent beer, but in my enthusiasm, I scored it slightly higher than it deserves. Still a solid A beer though.

barefootbrewer, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of beveritt
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 18 oz bottle into a plastic cup. Not my first choice fro serving beer, but it was all the bar had. At least it was the high quality clear plastic style.

Appearance: Dark. Slight hints of brown around the edges, but basically this is a dark, black beer. Nice, creamy light brown head. Took awhile to settle, but stayed around as a thin layer for the whole beer.

Smell: Smelles of malts and roastiness. You can detect a hint of sweetness in the smell.

Taste: Nice malt flavor, much sweeter than I expected. But not overly so. Very little bitterness, incredibly smooth. Tastes strongly of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Still had a decent level of carbonation left, even after a hard pour. Perfect level to balance out the sweetness.

Drinkability: This is a great, easy drinking stout. Nothing to over the top as far as roastiness, hops, or malt, just a nice balanced blend.

beveritt, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
4.43/5  rDev +5%

It's a good looking dark brown stout with a nice creamy head. Primarily coffee in the nose, though caramel might be there also. The flavor is where it's at though. This is a top quality stout with great balance, the malt flavor isn't overpowering and some of the coffee in the nose comes through on the palatte. It's got a pretty good mouthfeel too. This isn't a thin beer. If only it weren't so heavy you could drink this one all night. It's that good. But it is filling.

JWFokker, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from the 550ml bottle, capped with gold foil. A dark black coffee color, opaque unless held to light. Very creamy, tan two finger head, with fluffy pockets of air, great retention and ample lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, caramel yeast, and subtel floral notes. Taste of chocolate, caramel, honey grain, toasty malts, coffee, and vanilla extract. A light, not overly complex, mouth, with a toasty, malty, gently sweet finish. Plenty of carbonation, just a whisper of alcohol.

The absence of bitterness, makes it very drinkable when served at a proper temperature, though maybe not the best example of the style. A classic.

Osiris9588, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with about half a finger of light tan head. Head lasted just a few seconds before it became a bunch of bubbles and a small foam ring around the edge.

S: Molasses at first with some coffee and a light indeterminate roasted aroma.

T/M: Roasted coffee bean up front. There's a rich sweetness to the middle, like caramel or butterscotch. Finish then moves to semi-sweet, like toffee or chocolate. A little dry at the end with a brief hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky, as I'd expect an oatmeal stout to be, though the carbonation is pronounced.

D: It's good, but it's not the best oatmeal stout I've ever had. Was a bit surprised to see this rank as high on the BA Top 100 as it does. I would absolutely drink this again, though.

rarevos, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a ruby-brown but is near completely black in the glass. If you hold it up to a strong light source the beer is dark copper/ruby color. The head pours at about one and a half fingers and is a smooth brownish tan color. It dissipates quickly to a thin cap of silky head that remains for the drink. Decent lacing all the way down.

Smell - Black coffee on the nose. There are hints of dark chocolate as well. The hops are present and smell bitter and slightly fruity. The malt character is very rich and roasted but occupies a background aroma.

Taste - The bitterness of the hops paired with the roasted malt his your tongue first. Immediately after this a bit of sweetness comes through and pairs with the former tastes. The finish is controlled by a slight fruitiness along with the dark chocolate coming through nicely. A slight earthiness from the yeast and oats dominate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This brew is much more carbonated and lighter-bodied than I had expected, but is quite smooth. This has moderate bite all around your mouth and tongue from the carbonation, which I feel are just too much for this style. It is a full-bodied brew, but definitely on the lighter side of that classification.

Drinkability - The flavors are rich and nicely put together. Nothing is outstanding but they are good overall.

Overall, definitely not one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, but a good brew althogether. Worth a try for sure, but be warned about the higher-than-normal carbonation per style with this one.

dblinkhorn, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of BurnsTau
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours black, amber highlights, nice tan head leaves good amount of lacing.

Smells are good, carmel, coffee, chocolate. Taste is very well balanced. There are the obvious chocolate, coffee malty flavors, but a slight hop taste and great mouthfeel and body balance this brew out nicely.

If you are a fan of stouts this is a definite must try.

BurnsTau, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Pour resulted in a nice black beer which was a deep garnet red when held to light. A thick inch and a hlaf head of chestnut color shrank to about a quater of an inch, but stayed until bottom of the glass. No carbonation can be seen in the dark color. Nice lacing rings.

A very nice aroma started to hit me from the open bottle before the pour even began. A very sweet malt scent knocks at the nose. Definitly an oat finish to every sniff. A very nice balancing blend of hops helps balance the smell of this beer out extremely well. Hints of fruits include plums, figs, and surprising a light lemon scent.

A very sweet initial taste that is easy to enjoy. A taste of oat is very light and only helps to highlight other flavors. There is a very nice taste of raisins and plums. With the oatmeal hints it is almost like eating a nice homemade trail mix. A very nice bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. The major sweet flavors are helped from being overpowering by a nice hops balance.

A nice thick stout. Almost no carbonation to help not moving taste on the tongue. Taste clings to the sides of the mouth.

A very nice treat for all the senses. This would be one of my top picks to enjoy as an after dinner beer without a dessert, as it is almost sweet enough on its own merits. A very good choice to introduce yourself to the style.

RedChrome, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured out thick and black with a slight red tint. Dense tan head (about 1/4"). Light lacing.

My first reaction was that there was a slight sour smell. Following this there was a yeasty, caramel smell.

Milder than I expected. I don't drink a lot of regular stouts (preferring imperial stouts), so I was pleasantly surprised at the balance between the mild, malty caramel flavor and the slighty hoppy bitterness.

Very smooth, medium bodied feel. Very little tingle from the low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, well balanced stout. Not overly filling, so I could probably have a couple without feeling like I've had a full meal.

AmorousAngel, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%

Pours a thick, cola-like brown with a creamy tan head that retains pretty well. Smell is a little odd....wine like fruitiness, with notes of caramel, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste follows exactly, with that same wine-like fruitiness in the background...almost sour....other noticable flavors included chocolate, and some coffee. This is the first time that I have tried this beer, so I will get some more from a different store, and re-review.

jockstrappy, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a dark auburn brown with a substantial two finger khaki head.

S: Sour, sort of whiskey like. Hints of licorice, vanilla, caramel and red beets.

T: A fine crafted beer this is. Perfect mix of coffee, cola, milk chocolate, hops and sweet malts. Very sweet on the tongue much like red grape juice. Finishes with sugary raisins and cotton candy.

M: Medium body with solid carbonation.

D: Legendary. Outstandingly good. A prize of an oatmeal stout.

Westsidethreat, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of drotski
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Wow. I can't believe I waited so long to try this.

Beautiful. Thick tan head with great retention.

Smells of burnt chocolate and coffee.

Taste is out of this world. Chocolate, burnt coffee, and yes, oatmeal. A grainy, fresh taste, thats quite bitter, but very well balanced.

Perfect mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too thick. Perfect carbonation.

Very drinkable. I may very well have a new favorite beer.

drotski, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of tfp4268
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours (from a cool bottle) really dark, nearly opaque brown, with a nice tan, two finger head that stays around for the entire drink.

Smell is mostly fruit, a little malt, and a very faint hint of chocolate.

Taste is qute sweet, as it should be, a little malty, a good hop balance for the maltiness, but really, there's not a lot of anything. I actually found it to be a little bland.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall it's quite drinkable, maybe because of the relative blandness, but it's not anything I'd turn down by any means.

tfp4268, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Black pour... thick head... tan... great lacing. A great looking beer.

Slight clovey aroma arises and passes quickly.... sweet cinnamon, roasted malt all over... some chocolate.

Velvety smooth on the palate.... chocolate/coffee overtones and a touch of hop bitterness. Very nice balance.

An Excellent beer.... I'll drink more for sure.

Fugazme, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Comes in a clear bottle (oddly, first stout I have seen not in a dark glass), 1pt 2.7oz with gold label.

Pours opaque black with dark thin ruby edges. Light brown creamy head that lasts forever. Lacing is exquisite. Head eventually settles to for a solid cap.

Strong molasses scent, swirls around with hints of roasted malt.

Ultra sweet creamy stout, almost like a creamy milk flavor in the finish. Smooth as silk.

Low carbonation, full bodied. Finishes clean with a pleasant aftertaste.

Very filling beer. Definitely worth the purchase, I highly recommend this beer. Very good example of an oatmeal stout, as it superbly represents the smoothness and sweetness of this style.

2nd try, almost 3 years after the first. Previous try gave a score of 4.45 (4,5,4.5,4.5,4.0).

550ml bottle into nonic. This time it's a brown bottle, as this is well after Samuel Smith switched from clear to deep dark brown. Same label.

The 550ml fills the nonic to the brim. Starts out as a finger, but as I added the last bits of beer into the glass, and as the head settles, all that remains is a thick cap.

Still lots of molasses and dark roasted malts. A bit of cocoa.

Lots of burnt malts, but still creamy. A touch of burnt caramel in the background. Full bodied.

Not as smooth as I remember it, but still a fantastic beer (in fact, the score went up from my last review). Recommended.

BeerSox, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured not too cold, in a goblet. Black, with two fingers of tan head that go down fairly quickly. Pleasant smell of caramel and bread, chocolate, vanilla, but the whole smell is pretty faint.

Malty sweetness - chocolate malt, roasted barley, oatmeal. Creamy body at first, but it goes watery unless swallowed a little hastily. Finish is short. Too subdued for my taste. Fine without aggressive burned flavors, but more malt and more bitterness would help, I think. I would start with some hops - There's practically no bitterness or hop flavor/aroma. And the body is good for beer in general, but not really for oatmeal stout. A good, drinkable beer, I'll try it again sometime - judging by the other reviews, this may not be a fresh bottle.

Beerzebub, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of jabocu
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a deep opaque black coffee color with deep brown-orange highlites. Two finger light tan cap that dissipates slowly. Aroma is distinct coffee, cocoa, toffee, grain, licorice, slight cherry fruitiness, and a hint of earthiness. Flavor is dark carmal maltiness with some slight sour cherry and wheat right up front. Followed with cocoa, coffee, and roasted barley. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low bitterness and medium-light carbonation. Highly drinkable beer with just the right amount of alcohol.

jabocu, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Samuel Smith's is one of my favorite breweries. One common characteristic is that all of their beers are highly drinkable representations of their style. The Oatmeal Stout is yet another testimonial to this...

Pours a dark black with some subtle red tones. Big coffee head with decent retention. Nice silky lacings throughout.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, creamy cocoa. The scents could easily pass for a tasty dessert.

As all of Samuel Smith's offerings, this is one notably smooth beer. The palate is full and creamy with light carbonation lending to this drinks exceptional drinkability.

The initial tastes are very sweet. Roasted malts, burned, sugary caramel, chocolate and cocoa are all present. The high sweetness is balanced by an earthy, bread flavor, presumably from the oatmeal. The aftertaste lightly hints at bitterness. This is a great tasting beer!

A must try for anyone with even the slightest interest in the style. I firmly believe that every Beer drinker should at least try a few Sam Smith's in their endeavors!

Estarrio, Aug 10, 2006
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,416 ratings.