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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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5,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,362
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 205
Gots: 393 | 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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Photo of scottoale


3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Comes in a clear 550ml.glass bottle and pours an almost black, mahogany brown lively stout, with deep burgundy red hues coming through when held to bright light, this stuff is dark. The lively carbonation produces a thick, frothy tan head that's an inch thick, with heaps of micro-tiny bubbles keeping it alive. Tons of nice sticky lacing, trail to the bitter end...very appealing.

Bitter, yet sweet dark roasty malt fills the nose with an atomic strong coffee and bitter baking chocolate aroma thats fresh and spine-tingling rich. It's the kind of smell that I like to wake up to in the morning. After a bit of warming, a leafy-green hopness, peeks through the thick malt curtain of darkness.

The taste mirrors the smell with it's bitter-sweet coffee and chocolate, filling the mouth with flavors so rich, then meld with the hops to bitter and dry the dark roasty (almost burnt, if you will) malts to a beautifully balanced finish...oh yeah!

Feels smooth and velvety with a medium to heavy body, with a most pleasant aftertaste, and the alcohol hardly noticed. In the past, these dark stouts and porters didn't impress me all that much...lately I've gained quite a liking for the quality of ales that Samuel Smith has been producing, for as long as I can remember.

As tasty as this brew is, unless you really love your stouts, I doubt you will be able to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting...enjoy!

04-09-2006 07:42:45 | More by scottoale
Photo of pbr85

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours dark, dark brown (but not black) with a 1 inch brown head. Lacing is pretty good.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley.
T: Chocolate with grains, oatmeal, mild hop bitterness mostly in the aftertaste. Tastes good, though it is very subtle.
M: Good carbonation, though it is oddly thin to me for a stout. Goes down very smooth.
D: Would be a nice stout to have around. It is good, but it isn't great. Certainly worth a try.

04-07-2006 03:34:00 | More by pbr85
Photo of russpowell


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours dark mahogany/black with a thick, creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention

Smell; Chocolate, honey, fruiity & vanilla notes

Taste: Bitter choclate, licorice & grainy bitterness. Fruitty/quinching finish

MF: Perfect, silky smooth & great carbonation

Great quaffability, I highly reccomend this ressurection (decades ago) of a classic from sam smith's

04-04-2006 03:52:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of BlueHammer


4.43/5  rDev +5%

This beer pours opaque, a dark brown with a thick tan-colored head. Head retention is good, and lacing is evident.

The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is also sweet at first. The oats are apparant but not overwhelmingly so. This beer finishes slightly hoppy which provides a nice balance to the initial sweetness. It is smooth, which is accentuated by that sweetness at first.

Overall, this beer is warm and comforting . . . it feels familiar! It is a terrific end to a winter night - it leaves you feeling warm inside.

04-04-2006 02:56:11 | More by BlueHammer
Photo of ProfessorHops


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%

Appearance- handsome. A strong looking drink with a nice looking thick tan head. Non deceptive.

Smell- sweet and clean. Elements of honey and wood.

Taste- rounder than most stouts. Truly malt influenced. The trademark stout flavor is introduced in the finish.

Mouthfeel- perfect!!!! I loved the feel, not to thick not to thin. Able to quench, but is still a stout.

Drinkability- when it's your first drink and your thirsty, goes down easy. But with a belly full of ale, this beer is moderately easy to drink.

An easy to drink stout, but not a traitor to the traditional robust flavor of the stout flavor we've all came to love. Cool!

04-03-2006 22:10:53 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of mghotbi


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Thick chocolate color with impressive creamy tan head and complex lacing.

Nose is dominated by chocolate malt and coffee aromas. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick but not syrupy.

Taste is malty, chocolaty, and nutty with underlying subtle sweetness and a wiff of alcohol arises late. Hop bitterness is short lived and finish is clean and surprisingly dry.

Clearly an impressive oatmeal stout. I love one every now and then - usually with a hearty meat and potatoes meal, but I can't see drinking it daily or as a session beer.

03-31-2006 18:48:24 | More by mghotbi
Photo of BeerRun13


3.35/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours very dark with a tan head that filled up 3/4 of the glass. I thought it was my pour, but the next one was no different.
Sweet and dark roasted, malty aroma. Smells okay.
Their is definately a roasted malt flavor along with some sugary flavor. I tasted a bit of a nutty quality in the beer. A little oatmeal taste and some sort of hoppiness. *Maybe a bit skunked?
Lighter in body than I would have expected. It when down pretty good.
It seemes fairly well balanced, and drinkable.

I am a firm believer that clear bottles can hurt a beers flavor, and I defineitely get the same thing in here that I got in their Nut Brown Ale. I think Samuel Smith would be better served with using dark bottles, but thats just my $.02. I would still try other brews of theirs, but won't grab for this first if I had other options.

03-31-2006 01:06:34 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.6/5  rDev +9%

This was a great great beer poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A- stouts are beautiful. Dark dark black with a brown head with an aggressive pour.

S- there was very little nose to this beer. some malts but that is it and this is the only flaw this beer has.

T- malt and then a smooth clean finish. I was expecting the requisite bitterness that comes on the finish with most stouts. Not here.

M- perfectly thick , but not too much so

D- really surprisingly drinkable. This is a surprise, most of the time stouts are one and done with the thickness and the complexity. This stout however balances the complexity with a crisp smoothness that makes it oh so drinkable.

03-30-2006 01:56:31 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of JMD71


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
Photo of Jcdolan


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
Photo of JayQue


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
Photo of akahn


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
Photo of 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
Photo of IntriqKen


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
Photo of 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
Photo of pweis909


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
Photo of 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
Photo of jhollick


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Rezzin


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
Photo of Walsar


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
Photo of goochpunch


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
Photo of 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
Photo of cheers2beers


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.


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


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
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,362 ratings.