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

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Ratings: 5,994
Reviews: 2,205
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 Rochefort10nh
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer probably 150 times over the past 18 years and now I've decided to finally review it.

A: Deep, deep russet - thin tan/white head with a moderate pour - tight tiny bubbles.

S: Very distinctive yorkshire yeast smell, black currants, English toffee, New England brown bread from the can (raisin of course!)

T: biscuity malt, prune, caramel, a slight roast coffee flavor, just under-ripe bartlett pear.

M: Silky smooth, slightly thin.

D: Very high, a supremely smooth version of an Oatmeal Stout and certainly the benchmark for the style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 550 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A - Dark amber with slight ruby hints. Poured into a 2 finger thick and frothy head that descended to a good sticky lacing.

S - Oats, malt, and vanilla on the nose. The oatmeal really comes through. Hints of coffee and cocoa.

T - Dry, roasted malts mingle well with a hearty oatmeal serving that touches on vanilla.

M - Surprisingly medium bodied for an oatmeal stout. Smooth and lighter than you'd expect. Creamy too.

D - It's medium body lends itself well to drinkability in the oatmeal stout category.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, despite its color lets some ruby highlights through; plenty of lacing webs the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats

Taste: The cereal flavor is present up front, with roasted grain and oat flavors, joined by the mocha and dark chocolate, by mid-palate; after the swallow, dark fruit flavors arrive to add complexity, but the balance in the finish is remarkable

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance of this stout really sets it apart from most other renditions

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark into my weizen glass. Big head that stayed.

A- dark, opaque, tan head

S- roasted malts

T- sweet oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, something sweet

M- coats the mouth and taste stays

D- great beer easy drinking, glad to try it.

It was voted the number 4 session beer so i got myself one and wasnt dissapointed.

Photo of KenC411
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a gold wrapper covering the cap. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours thick with a very heavy head. Deep dark brown, looks almost black. Strong head retention. Weak lacing down the side.

Smell: A little medicinal. Roasted nuttiness and coffee, hint of caramel. A bit of burnt notes, though.

Taste: Creamy taste of oats and malt. It has a malty taste to it, and a bit of a bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly silky creamy texture. Not gritty or watery, just pure magic.

Drinkability: This one goes down very easily and enjoyably. A brilliant beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige colored head. Good lacing down the glass. There are chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aromas. Good mouthfeel, not too watery and not too thick. Roasted malt, chocolate and sweet coffee flavors. Great flavor and perfectly balanced.

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

poured it out into a glass from a 355 ml slender bottle with a golden foil around the neck and cap.this is the first beer i came across that has it`s own review,history and serving suggestions on the back of the bottle.nice touch.

A,this stout is midnight black or as close as you can get to it, with a thick deep tan frothy head that diminishs almost completely although it does leave some web lacing .

S,the aroma is dark roasted malt slightly sweet like chocolate, perhaps coffee with a little milk and sugar some grainy oats and leafy hops .

T,medium to full body, malty it certainly has a sweeter then i thought side but not overwhelming . i can taste the oatmeal flavor the brew is aiming for and the hops and yeast are inviting .

M,it`s sweet and malty also pretty hoppy for a stout with a grainy yeast spice on the palate with a tad bit of a bitter dry after taste

D, this is the first beer i`ve had from samual smith. i have had it more then once so i do find it drinkable .grab a few of these and get yourself some pizza.cheers .

Photo of johnmichael712
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 550 ml (18.5977 ounces my calculator tells me) bottle into a nonic glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a dark mahogany color that has garnet highlights when backlit and it's a fair shade darker than the Highland Oatmeal Porter I had earlier and a lot darker than the Guinness I had yesterday. A large, thick, oatmeal colored (dark tan) head with a soft, pillowy texture jumps to the surface of the beer and showcases the good amount of carbonation in the bottle. The head remains in a light ring around the surface of the beer all the way down the glass and leaves an enormous amount of Belgian lace.

Smell: The nose of this beer is fairly subdued compared to other stouts I've had, but it still has a very malty character with strong notes of blackstrap molasses, oatmeal, and nuts. There is also a bit of a coffee-like earthiness, the earthiness present in brewed coffee as opposed to freshly ground coffee.

Taste: This is definitely a very sweet and mild-flavored stout, and it starts off with rich roasted malt and molasses flavors with light notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. This moves to a cola-like taste and carbonation midway through that fades to a moderately dry, sweet finish. In fact, this sweetness is present throughout this beer (thank the oatmeal for this), and there isn't much hop bitterness to speak of in the finish. Overall a fine tasting beer, I just wish it were a little more flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: This beer is incredibly smooth, with a medium-full body. Just as I assumed from how readily the head formed there is a good amount of carbonation in this one (for a stout, at least), but it's not so much that takes anything away from the mouthfeel score.

Drinkability: This is a nice, pleasant, and easy to drink stout for when you don't want something that beats you over the head like some Russian Imperial Stouts do. The smoothness, the creaminess, and the fact that the taste is on the lighter side for a stout, combined with only 5% alcohol make for one superbly drinkable beer.

Notes: This is the third time I've tasted Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and each time it impresses me with how easily it goes down. It isn't the best looking, the most flavorful, the smoothest, or even the best example of the style out there, but it's still a darn good beer. I prefer my stouts a little less sweet and a little heavier, but if you're looking for an introduction into stouts this is definitely the way to go.

Photo of eporter66
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml Bottle into pint glass

My first Sam Smith was the Imperial Russian Stout, which I know most wont consider strong, but I found a boozy flavor which was a turn off. Seeing that this had a normal range ABV, and such great ratings, it was time to try again.

A - Great appearance, black body, with brownish thick 2 finger head.

S - Underwhelming, I did not get much aroma

T - A good flavor, roasted malts, some chocolate, but again, with all the praise, I was just not blown away. There is a bitter character in the back of the mouth, aftertaste. I have had better more robust stouts in my limited samplings

M - Average, a little heavy on the carbonation for a stout to me.

D - Not a heavy beer, so it has a good drinkability.

Having read all the ratings & reviews first, my expectations were too high. Definitely a good beer/stout, and I will buy this again, but I guess I was expecting to find the Holy Grail of stouts, and I just dont see this as standing out above the pack.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a glass. The appearance was dark brown, almost black with almost no beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, but it is not overpowering at all. In fact, the smell is subtle, especially for a stout. The flavor, like the smell, is rather subtle. The roasted malts offer a nice roasted taste to counter the sweetness of the stout. The beer ends with a nice, clean finish. The mouthfeel is heavy with little carbonation. Drinkability was very high for this beer because the flavor was not overpowering and the alcohol content is low for a stout.

Overall, a good sweet stout that has good flavor and is very drinkable.

Photo of kingothewoods
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance when you pour it out of the bottle into the glass. Tons of dark tan head which is thick like a cake sitting on top. Smells of roasted barley. The first taste you get is sweetness on your tongue then the flavors change as time goes on. The stout is heavy and definitely the roasted flavor. Very smooth not like a dry Irish stout. I really like this one with some oaty hints.

Photo of dhd1491
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with hints of copper around the edges. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste is mildly smoky and sweet, but not cloyingly so, with some flinty English water taste. Gradually toffee and raspberries pop through. Mouthfeel is light, non-oily, and alcohol is virtually undetectable.

I've not found many English beers that I would rank among my favorites. Not sure what it is, maybe the water. This one is the best I've tasted so far.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature into pint glass. pours almost completely opaque black, but reveals a slight brown rubiness when held up to the light. nice tan mocha colored head with some nice retention. just a little bit of lacing.

the aroma is sweet, from the oats, and malty. some roasted almost slightly smokey notes, some coffee, cocoa, very nice.

the taste is exactly what i was looking for. sweet oatmeal, roastiness, slight bitterness towards the finish, then ends with a nice lingering sweetness.

medium to light body on this one, i would almost prefer a heavier body, but still a very good beer non the less. the drinkability factor is great, truly a sessionable beer. i would recommend this to anyone.

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.

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