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

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,196
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 Psilo707
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large head is present after pouring into the glass, and a black/brown opaque color is shown. The lacing is very minimal and spotty looking, which wasn't expected. Smell is very malty, very chocolate filled and i'm looking forward to it.

Taste is mocha-almond, a bit of coconut and cocoa flavors in there. Very, very oatmeal tasting, as it should be. The aftertaste rests on your tongue for a while and compliments the great mouthfeel of this brew. A very, very thick mouthfeel. The drinkability is high for an Oatmeal Stout, higher than most, and I could down multiple of these and feel good.

Overall, my favorite release from Samuel Smith.

Photo of webbcreative
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 1, 2009 Updated: Feb 2, 2009
Brown/Black pour. 2 finger light brown head. smells, well, like a stout. taste pretty dang good, Extremely smooth, and a nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not even close to being sickly. Taste like dark roasted coffee in the end for me. Hops shows up just enough to balance this one out. Nice Brew! i really like this one...

Photo of SykDoc
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a medium brown and forms an almost 2 inch mocha colored head that reduces to a fuller lacing that eventually dissipates. When held to the light it is a very deep red.

The initial aroma is higher in yeast and oatmeal. As it warms, notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, leather and alcohol become more prominent.

The taste is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, bread, and oatmeal. A certain hoppy level with some bitter coffee components also mix fairly well with the mild alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and a bit light for me. A very mild bitterness sits on the tongue for a few seconds and resolves. It is smooth and not overly creamy and carbonation did not highlight the flavor, as much as it could.

Overall, this is a quite good beer and definitely a good oatmeal stout. I do feel there are some things that could be done to improve it but given the consistent quality, it isn't necessary. The overall product is very drinkable.

Photo of JonMich13
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this brew about 5 years ago and from what I remembered it was excellent, so when I came across it recently I snapped it up. Did I get a bad batch or does my memory suck?

A= Poured black with minimal tan head, maybe 1/4 inch. Dissipated quickly.

S = Smell was straightforward. Coffee dominated with some chocolate undertones.

T = Big disappointment. Hard to explain funkiness with bitter alcohol finish. Clear bottle syndrome?

M = Thick, unbalanced with too much alcohol at the end.

D = Was a chore to finish

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown with orange-brown shades around the edges. A small, creamy, tan head sits on top. Low head retention, and no lacing. Also, more body transparency than I'm used to seeing in oatmeal stouts. EDIT: Looking at the other reviews, I'm guessing that Wiseman Zach just poured this one shittily (rhymes with Italy). When he handed me the glass, it hardly had a head at all. Oh well.

Smell: Oatmeal, ripe banana, flowery hops, mocha, and spices. Much more fragrant and complex than other oatmeal stouts I've come across.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, ripe banana... maybe that's vanilla. Prickly, floral, hops emerge midway through. Maybe some berries in there as well. The tasted has a much stronger roasted character than the smell, but they're nearly equal in complexity. Caramel and a little whiskey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not very thick or creamy. Kinda slick actually; definitely finishes dry. Moderate mouth coating. ABV feels a little higher due to the warmth and dryness. Not bad overall, but not good either.

Drinkability: Light and very tasty for an oatmeal stout. I can easily see why this is one of BA's most sessionable brews.

Photo of jkbusman
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a beautiful dark brown with a nice tall head that sticks around for the whole party; beautiful lacing on the glass (a samuel smith tulip glass)

S - a nice full roasty aroma with notes of chocolate

T - dark roasted malt flavor with strong chocolate overtones; like drinking grandma's oatmeal cookies (if they were black and got you drunk)

M - less full bodied that one would expect from a stout; extremely smooth

D - a very drinkable stout and a good dark session beer; another great offering from samuel smith

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy a good stout for the mouth and this one worked out well.
A-Its appearance is very dark but when held up to the light a slight bit of amber comes through. Pours a nice 2 finger tan head.
S-A nice bready oat smell dances around your nose, maybe even a hint of chocolate at the end.
T-You can definitely taste the oats and bread in this stout. Very smooth and easy to drink. A definite session brew.

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

500ml bottle. sampled feb 20/09.

pours deep brown with a light reddish tint when held to the light. a big light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. lightly toasted oats. multi-grain bread. bit of alcohol. touch of anise. light nutty character too.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. touch of roast. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. hint of coffee. oatmeal. bit of alcohol. earthy. touch of anise. fairly mellow, mostly showcasing the chocolate and oatmeal. touch of fruity character too.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation. medium body. just a touch more carbonation than i'd like.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. a beautiful english stout and a hallmark of the style.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed @ home, 1/11/09, bottle>pint glass
A 4.5 - black/brown opaque in color, impressed with the beautiful creamy 2 finger head and the endurance of the head retention
S 4.5 - Sweet creamy oat aroma, malty foundation with hints of cola sweetness
T 5.0 - Creamy oaty-ness, solid malty finish, tastes as it smells
MF 4.5 - medium to full body, medium carbonation for a stout
D 5.0 - I don't love stouts in general - but I do love this one. It scores high in every category, and I really dig the tastes which would make it my first choice to date for a oat stout. This could be a sessionable stout if needed!

Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby black with a pillowy, tawny head that holds forever. Quiet nose, oats and some vanilla. All sorts of malt: black strap molasses, brown sugar sweetness, tones of chocolate and coffee. Round and smooth feel. Herbal hops cut at the end.

Good reference point for what an oatmeal stout should be. These just drink too smooth to taste sometimes!

2nd tasting: Too much licorice, too many RIS vinous notes and too salty. -.5 to taste.
UK drinkers wonder why US beer geeks worship Sam Smith, and I'm starting to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, too. Not their best and not the best Oatmeal stout, either.

Photo of PSUBeerman
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass from bottle.

Pours in nice and dark, similar to the color of a cola (without the carbonation). There was deep garnet tone when held up to light. The creamy off-white head was nice and left some lacing.

The taste is exceptional with a hint of sweetness and bitterness. Also a little roasty. This is a very drinkable brew and goes down easily. I would recommend this to a first timer looking to try a stout.

The mouthfeel is thick, but definitely not the thickness of other stouts I have tried. Not to repeat myself, but it is very drinkable.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black with a one-finger tan head that only laces a little bit.

Aroma is very mild with sweet malt tones, slight chocolate, brown sugar, grain and a little salt.

Taste is smooth and creamy chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, sweet, fast-finishing, easy drinking, delighful.

Photo of Fnord
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, with a tan head that slowly fades into lace.

Smell - Lots of toasted malts, chocolate milk, and coffee. Maybe even a hint of raisin?

Taste - Sticky sweet malts are abundant. It starts off tasting kind of like a chocolate cake doughnut, then gradually fades, revealing a bitter coffee undernote. Eventually that fades too, leaving surprisingly little aftertaste. It gets sweeter as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Thick as a stout should be. Carbonation a little higher than I expected, but still not overbearing.

Drinkability - Excellent. What more can I say?

Notes - Like all of Samuel Smith's offerings, an excellent beer. This is the archetype of oatmeal stouts.

Photo of OldRaysputin
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review and what better to start with than this remarkable oatmeal stout. To begin with I poured from a 1Pt 2.7Floz bottle into my favorite mug. Temp appx. 55deg.

Appearance: The stout pours into a nice dark brown boarder-line black. The head settles nicely after about 45 seconds, but continues to sit throughout the drinking. Overall, very good looking
Smell: A nice robust chocolate scent with a mixture of roasted hints.
Taste:Wonderful smokey tones rush forth and settle on the palate. Truly a Perfect balance of richness and drinkability.
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy but just right. Almost a soft/silky feel
Drinkability: I honestly have to say that this could possibly be my favorite oatmeal stout. Wait a few moments after each sip and savor the complex flavors that continue to dance on the palate. Each sip begs for another to follow. What a treat.

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

Enjoyed at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. The "Beer-Me Tuesday" special put this gem at $1.95 a bottle.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a frosted pint glass.

The black-as-night pour shows blood-red ruby accents when held to the light, being the only indication that this isn't a viscous pint of oil that happens to be capped with a thick, creamy head of dark tan foam. The head settles slowly but leaves little behind on the glass, which can probably be attributed to the excess water left behind as the glass thaws.

A delicate aroma wafts into the nose: a nice, though surprising, fruity-floral hop aroma melds with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.

A nice, full body is made velvety by the addition of oats in the mash. Espresso-like roasted malt flavors meld perfectly with a slight herbal hop bitterness and the delicious flavor of chocolate that is made ever-so-rich thanks to the smooth mouthfeel. A medium-length finish of roasty bitterness sticks to the back of the tongue.

Painfully delicious, going down easily yet begging for a slow sip to enjoy the rich, velvety, roasty nature of the beer. This is one of the first brews that I enjoyed in my foray into the vast world of fermented grain beverages, and one of the ones--if not the one--that made me realize that beer can be so much more than a pale, hoppy brew. Oatmeal stout still ceases to amaze me, and its near-extinction ceases to amaze me even more.

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

Excellent English Oatmeal Stout. Very mellow brownish appearance greets me upon opening this beer. Smell is very pleasant, like newly baked bread with a cinnamon smell. Upon decanting it to a fine Guinness ale glass, it tastes rich and mellow with hints of clove, oatmeal, and a nice, malty finish. It is strong but never has any bite to go with the alcohol. It's very drinkable for a stout. Less bitter than Guinness bottled (the only good versions for me were on tap and in the Draught bottles and Cans with the Widget). Mellow, easily drinkable, rich, complex taste, and easily quaffable. Too interesting to be a session beer. I would give Samuel Smith an A- for this beer. Makes me feel warm and friendly drinking one. Recommended for most drinkers.

Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 550 ml bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours black with ruby highlights. A big, white fluffy head forms that will just not go away. The nose is sweet with hints of coffee and black licorice. The black licorice really comes through on the first sip, the finish is sweet and crisp. A medium bodied beer with a wonderfull creamy mouthfeel. The beer is meant to be sipped, but I would not have a problem quaffing this one. A very good beer.

Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this lovely stout and now it comes in a brown, rather than clear, bottle! BB July 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: deeply dark mahogany to almost ebony hue, coming with a thick and tight light-tan frothy head with superb retention, on top of unknown level of carbonation.
S: rather thick and dense, full of creamy dark chocolatey malts with a tinge of winey fruits upfront, almost like a Porter! A swirl brings up really aromatic roast-nutty and even slightly smoky theme of dark malts with a good density, featuring sweet coffee infused with maybe jammy raisins as well as aromatic hops. The aroma, I'm sure, is a vivid witness to the open-top fermentation tanks, for the slightly sour theme that mixes perfectly with the rich malty body.
T: smooth, smooth, smooth... the lightly sour edge of dark Chinese dates and other stone-fruits skilfully underlines the oily and meaty rich maltiness with a really lengthy roasty&malty aroma (attributable to roast oats as well?) lingering on the palate... quiet in the aftertaste, but here a sweet edge of grains (oats then!...?) intertwines nicely with a decent level of earthy hop bitterness, crushed toasted walnuts, and semi-thick "coffee-flavoured malty milk" (?! But we have such a thin in Taiwan, actually). Really mixed and aromatic in the finish, mainly thanks to the dialogue b/w aromatic hops, fine malts and extra sour-fruity input from Yorkshire square fermentation!
M&D: despite the smooth texture, the tail of each sip does reveal a healthy input of microscopic fizz, not a lot but still not as natural as a real, cask-conditioned ale. Having tried this bottled beer only twice now, I have to say this has already occupied a special place in my book, between the Stout and Porter categories. Highly drinkable is not the word - "Quaffable" is!

* Tasting Date: 31/07/05
Coming in a clear, 550ml bottle... wonder why this traditional and brilliant brewery would bottle their great beer this way?! BB May 06.
4 A: served in a jug, it pours a very dark brown to almost black hue, with a very tight, brownish head fading a bit too fast with little lacing.
4.5 S: the nose has lightly sweetish toffee, roasted barley, hints of black cherry and red-grapes(!) plus fresh longan fruits, and some whole-meal bread's note... overall very refreshingly fruity note against the backdrop of settled kind of perfumy hop aroma.
4 T: a smooth palate of coffeeish taste and roasted malts upfront, with chewy nutty malts and dark chocolate flavour at the back of the tongue, balanced by slightly tart, dark-fruits' flavour and finished with a dryish, lingering fruity bitterness in the long, yet clean, aftertaste.
4 M&4 D: the mouthfeel is very smooth throughout and not heavy judging by its nearly rich flavour--a very enjoyable and refreshing stout with a good fruity and nutty backbone.

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

A: Dark brown to black. One-finger head at first, recedes to a respectable layer of beige foam. Thick lacing.

S: Smells sweet and clean. Milk, cream, hint of chocolate. Very rich scent.

T: Roasted malts. Coffee flavor. Creamy, but a slightly bitter aftertaste. Slight alcoholic tang. A bit of soy sauce. Caramel aftertaste builds later.

M: Well-carbonated. The bubbles come on too strong for a second, but fade quickly. Creamy.

D: Gets sweeter as you go along. Very drinkable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with oxblood highlights. Large foamy beige head. Great retention and drippy lace.

Smells like roast malt, raisins, oatmeal, molasses and some subtle chocolate.

Bitter dark malt at first then sweet and creamy toffee, milk chocolate and more creamy goodness. The dark malt bitter returns again with swallow. Did I mention this beer was creamy? Silky smooth mouthfeel. Acquires a cola taste as it warms which is a bummer.

Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no complaints with this pour and glass. Poured a rather light shade of brown and once settled in the glass looked very dark brown with soft bourbon edges. Head was mocha colored, big, dense, and hung around just enough to be admired and then melted away. A good swiping of filmy lace at the rim of the glass

S: you know, the first thing I smell is roasted grains prominently barley. Oats are hidden with sweet cream and could be comparable to a few day old oatmeal cookie

T: well, so far I am enjoying the sweet creamy oatmeal with a glop of molasses, maybe a slight buttery aftertaste. As far as stouts go this ones flavors are somewhat hidden and subdued. As it warms I find the oats push through a little bit more and have a soft smokiness towards the end. I also get bitter chocolates, earthy/woody notes, and ever so soft metallic notes

M: has a good hearty body that maintains a push over medium. Body has some dimensions of creamy and slick. Sometimes the aftertaste gets a bit mealy for me, not sure what that is all about. Maybe the word I am looking for is starchy...

D: easily drinkable and is somewhat of a standard for the kind. I can see why this brew has high marks and it aims to please. But, I still find this stout timid in some regards

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark brown. Lets almost no light through except for aroud the edges, where it's a very deep brown. Head is foamy dark tan that dissaptes slowly.

S- Smells beautifully of chocolate and what reminds me of Quaker Oats. Very rich and sweet.

T/M- Very thick and rich. The sweet smell is an undercurrent of chocolate and milky taste for the roasted dark malty and oat flavor. A tiny bit of hops makes its way into the aftertaste. Very very smooth.

D- Very easy to drink down, and the alcohol is not noticable at all and is low.

Btw, goes great with cake.

Photo of mattffrost
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance beer is black with tan head. Decent head retention. Pretty to look at.

Smell chocolate, sweet malt, coffee.

Taste Sweet chocolate, coffee, slight sweentess that finishs slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel Slight carbonation, sweet

Drinkability Not my ideal style but good. One of these is plenty for me.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a dark brown with some red on the edges. Has basically no head but some lacing is left.

Smell chocolate and roasted coffee in this brew.

You taste the coffe flavor first, but then you taste the chocolate come through.

Creamy brew that coats the tongue.

Pretty good, but only one of these at a time would do.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.45.

A: Opaque brown-black with 2-finger, cookie dough head with amazing retention and several rings of lace.

S: Roasted dark malt, light metallic/mineral, and leafy herbal hops aromas are all present and blend nicely

T: Fulfilling combination of sweet and nutty toasted grains, oatmeal, and earthy hops complete a satisfying brew.

M: Medium-to-full body with slightly dry feel. Aftertaste is earthy and mineral in character.

D: The classic oatmeal stout to which all others are compared. Well-rounded, moderate ABV, and extremely flavorful.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,963 ratings.