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

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5,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 656 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/15/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a very nice, thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roast, coffee. Flavor is super sweet, with lots of oatmeal, and some roasted malts. The first time I had this I really enjoyed it, but this time I found it too artificially sweet. Ok beer, but I'm not impressed. Palate is a little watery too.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

Photo of yesyouam
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a deep, barely translucent, aubergine-colored ale topped with a huge, dry frothy head that looks the color of cinnamon sugar. The retention and lacing are tenacious. The aroma is of warm cookies, soft, sweet herbs and roasted malt. It's very soft and even. A soft, heavy texture slides down the throat. Despite the rich, sweet flavor of this, the tongue is left a bit dry. The first flavor is sugar and caramel. Then comes an herbal element that is somewhere between fennel and tarragon; perhaps licorice. The lengthy and marked aftertaste is of chocolate malt. Yes, there is a reason this is an old favorite. They sure can make stouts in England.
(rated Jul 23, 2007)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.09/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/23/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark pitch black colored body, with a huge tan brown head. Has an aroma of chocolate, and some oatmeal. Has a taste of some roasted malts, oatmeal, and more chocolate. Has a creamy mouthfeel. A medium body palate.

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

Trying to knock off most (if not all) of what Sam Smith has to offer. 550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

One quarter thick, viscous and creamy toffee colored head. A pretty looking stout, ruby brown, a touch of black ink nestles beneath the head. This beer might just be radioactive because it is emitting some supernatural aromas. Like most Sam Smith beers very vinous, even a bit winey, hard water, rich and smooth caramel malts, dates and figs, cinnamon raisin bread. Tastes a bit like the Taddy Porter, a bit creamier though with more pronounced dark fruity flavors. Not very much oatmeal but it is there in places. Rather though this beer seems to be built on the fruitier aspects and is even slightly herbal and a bit earthy.
I like everything this beer has to offer, tasty with a good mouthfeel, an easy drinker any day of the week.

Photo of dalion037
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for an oatmeal stout, this is the only beer you should be drinking. This is the best OS on the market bar none. It taste just like a bowl of cold soupy oatmeal. The best part of these beer is the fact it is readily available and fairly reasonably priced.

Photo of william5586
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black but light around the edges. Not much head at all, but im pretty sure my home fridge is way to cold. I wish i had another to let it get tot he proper temperature before pouring.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a little coffee.

T- Great roasted malt, almost burnt taste. Some dark chocolate adds a touch of sweetness. Dry finish

M- Nice and thick. Smooth and chewy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very high. Goes down so easy. The low abv is a big plus too.

Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown with clear ruby edges. It pours with a large, long lasting, fluffy tan head.

s: Slightly smoky barley, oats, and a slightly sour poter like note.

t: Slightly bitter up front with flavors of heavily roasted malt. The finish is slightly sweet and silky smooth.

m: Lush carbonation and a wonderfully velvety body.

d: This richly deserves it's reputation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark-brown pour with a one-finger tan head. And its see-through. Aroma is nice; breakfast oatmeal with cocoa powder, some cream. More cocoa and cream int he taste, with a smaller helping of oats. Middle is kind of like a "Whopper" chocolate candy. Oaty, dry finish. I had to knock this beer for the mouthfeel. Its just too loose and watery for a stout, oatmeal or otherwise.

Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Bottle into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a relatively big two-finger medium thick tan head. Dark brown / black with some ruby hints around the bottom edges of the glass. Relatively opaque. Head is very persistent, slowly fading into a thick film. Minimal lacing is left behind.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and a bit of chocolate in there. The oats are also noticeable in the background. Nose is medium strength; not quite big enough to make a statement.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt initially, gives way to a smoky pure chocolate taste. Very nice. Oats are there too, but not dominant. A pleasant smoky chocolaty aftertaste arrives late and fades nicely. Good job.

PALATE : Medium-thick body goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end. Medium carbonation and finishes pretty dry.

OVERALL: A very good stout, very drinkable. I can certainly see why it's "celebrated." I would say it's not quite as good as the Tadcaster Porter, but definitely a great brew worth stocking up on. It's got an ABV that could definitely make it a prime session beer. One worth seeking out.

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

Bottle. Always reliable Sam Smith. Pours a black/brown, light tan colored head. Smells of a slightly overcooked oatmeal cookie. Nice roast coffee and chocolatey tones. Could have more grain and oat characteristics. Just enough carbonation. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Warms very well. Finish very clean.

Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque ruby with dark tan head. It smelled like dry roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate with sweet cream and a hint of oats. It tasted like milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasted bitter coffee, and dry toasted oats. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice, complex flavor that was well balanced, quite clean and definitely tasty. It had good body, and was very drinkable. There was honestly nothing extreme or exciting about this beer, but it's a perfect benchmark for what an oatmeal stout should be. No frills, just solid.

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black with creamy two finger tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing that fully coats the glass.
S - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate,and coffee.
T - Tastes pretty much like it smells. Some dark fruit that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Bittersweet aftertaste; but that's not a bad thing.
M - Not slick like some oatmeal stouts. More of a dry stout with the edge taken off. Carbonation comes through just enough to make it a bit lively on the tongue.
D - Another great Samuel Smith product. Traditional and delicious. Would love to try this from a nitro tap.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque with a modest but creamy head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and leather.

T - Very nice toffee with a light touch of hop flavor, but gentle all the way. A decent bit of mildly sweet cocoa on the finish.

M - Soft carbonation that's silky and creamy.

D - Tasty brew perfect for a cold Winter's night in Chicago.

Photo of thespaceman
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared from a a bomber with my boss Jay, poured into 2 tulip glasses.

Appearance: Nice and dark, midnight color with a small hue of burgandy in there. Minimal head, medium lacing. No clarity whatsoever.

Smell: Roasted cherry aroma in the front as soon as it hits the nose, a good hint of spicy malt, some coriander leaks through with a bit of a musty bread smell, pretty grainy.

Taste: Coriander & cherries, a nice malty, yeasty backdrop, kind of weak on the finish, yet satisfying. A tinge of esters wakes you up on the finish. No hop profile whatsoever, yet the consistent use of malt brings this beer back up to level. Consisitent taste from start to finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light, to medium carbonation, stays pretty constructive on the tongue, a bit grainy when it sits but opens nicely.

Drinkability: For an stout, this one is defintley drinkable, although for the style there is definetley better choices, this one is still a good one to fall back on. Fairly sessionable for a stout. A tad boring for an stout yet the maltiness and the good mouthfeel make this a better brew. Not one I would seek out on a regular basis but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of hoplover82
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours black with a light brown sugar thick head. Thick beautiful laticework.

The aroma is of very dark roasted barley. And a little alcohol.

The flavor is pretty good. Very malty but not overly sweet like a milk stout. Very balanced with a little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Realy. It's very smooth but it has a kinda...good grittiness on the tongue. I guess it might be called dry? But to me, it seems a little watery. Just a little.

I think that might be my favorite aspect of this beer ( the mouthfeel.)

Very drinkable.

Photo of adam42381
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown almost black color with a nice thick light tan colored head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Very appealing.

Taste: Slightly sweet chocolate up front. Nice coffee and cocoa taste in the middle with a hint of bitterness which pushes aside the sweetness. Great tasting beer. Very robust flavor. Very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Great texture. Nearly perfect.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, especially on a cold day. It's a heavy beer but not so heavy to not be highly enjoyable.

Overall: Excellent stout. One of, if not the best I've tried. Very good.

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

Original Rating Date:
June 18, 2008

Fantastic brew that I really enjoyed a lot. At the right temperature the nose blows me away. Great stout with a nice, creamy palate. Super malty- chocolate, toasted, brown sugar taste. Not very bitter. I really enjoyed this beer, this is probably one of my favorite stouts ever.

Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark oil with a tan head. Caramel, cream, oats, earthy, toasted malt, a hint of nuts and molasses. The taste is Oats, cereal and malt taste with hints of cream, chocolate and molasses. Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel. A nice full body beer with lots of flavor and a very smooth slightly acidic finish from the hops. I have been waiting a while to try this beer, now I know what the hype was about. All around a very good beer. Must stock up!

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

A - Wonderfully rich and dark. Light does not penetrate it very much, and when it does it has a slight redish tint. Nice, tan, creamy head when stays for the duration of the beer. Not too much lacing.

S - I mostly get a rich chocolaty smell coming through. There are slight under tones of coffee. Can smell if from a couple of feet away. Very pleasing.

T - Very full flavor. Initial taste of oatmeal, chocolate, and toffee. Sort of a roasted flavor to it as well. Aftertaste seems predominantly chocolaty in flavor with a slight bitterness to it, almost like dark chocolate.

M - Very smooth beer. Seems perfectly carbonated and slighty creamy.

D - Absolutely perfect drinkability. The flavor and mixture of the smoothness are just perfect. It goes down very well and leaves you with a wonderful aftertaste. Slightly refreshing in a way. A perfect beer to drink during a cold day, as the richness is wonderful.

Photo of eagles22
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a not so tannish white head

Smell: oatmeal and also lots of caramel and toffee...hints of chocolate

Tatse: o man this is wonderful ..i absoultley love this beer...hints of toffee and wonderful dark smooth chocolate and good amount of oatmeal

Mouthfeel: is very nice smooth and goes down great..also a great aftertaste no bitter taste in your mouth

Drinkability: is very high

Photo of mightyjoemoon
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is pretty much the defining ale of this genre. and sam smith is the beer geeks coca cola, widely available and always excellent. this beer pours a dark brown, as dark as you'd expect from a stout but it has a very persistent head. for mouth feel and rich smoothness sam smith's oatmeal stout can't be beat. they've got the carbonation to richness/thickness ratio just right. this stout is no slouch on taste either. theres a very slight estery taste here but it has a very pleasant finish. i think sam smith's is a bit sweeter but its not cloying.

Photo of mullenite
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle in to a 20oz Samuel Smith shaped pint with a 3 and a half finger light cocoa colored head. The head stuck around for a while and was very creamy and frothy.

Smell was interesting, not sure I would say I could smell the oatmeal but there was something different. Slight chocolate to the smell as well.

Taste was sweet oatmeal and chocolate and overall delicious.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, medium carbonation and very easy to drink.

Overall a well rounded stout.

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

This, my first oatmeal stout, was a fantastic spot to start.

This was poured from a big bottle and had a great color and substance. The appearance and smell are pretty good for a stout, though the head is a bit light.

The taste is really very rich and the appearance of the oats really round out the mouthfeel and finish. It has a dark-roasted chocolate syrupy taste with a bit of sweetness, though the pre-eminent flavor was the feel of the oats in one's mouth and the subsequently incredibly smooth finish. The drinkability is slightly affected by the tiny bit of bitterness before the grains kick in, but the beer is as smooth as butter.

Fantastic, really.

Photo of astrasday
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Rich, near black color with two finger tan head.

Coffee, nuts and almost a sweet apple scent follows through to the taste. Chocolate rings true in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice tight carbonation.

High drinkability and an overall enjoyable experience. Great beer.

Photo of niz
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with tan 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smells of smooth creamy chocolate coated christmas cake.

taste is very smooth and subtle, starts almost fruity with chocolate mocha setting in, followed by a silky roasted backbone and finish.

mouthfeel is a bit smooth yet a bit watery for an oatmeal stout, but not overly carbonated.

drinkability is definately high due to a modest alcohol percentage and delicious overall experience

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,889 ratings.