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

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5,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,785
Reviews: 2,154
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 248
Gots: 578 | 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 yemenmocha
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed relative to style.

Pours black with very light tan head, but is actually a brown color when held to direct light.

Nose is hard to beat - soft oats, cocoa powder, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a sweet nougat aroma (think of 3 musketeers bar).

Palate is soft, roast focused with bitterness to balance it out. Carbonation is just right, mouthfeel is pleasant, and for a full flavored beer it is surprisingly drinkable.

Probably the best widely available Oatmeal.

Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark cola color. Very thick with a huge foamy tan head that held throughout the drink. Good webbing along glass side.

Smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, some malt.

Has a slight metallic bite to the taste. Very thick and chocolate-like, a little dry. Very heavy drink. Wouldn't recommend this bad boy with a meal, it's a meal in it's own right.

Overall, pretty good brew. Though it's not my favorite style, I'd reach for this one again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this for $2! I guess they are trying to move them off the shelves because no one on my AFB was drinking it.
Poured jet black with a decent dirty, tan head to it. Nose was a little roasty, chocolte, toffee and maybe some espresso. The taste followed with the nose. It was rather malty and much deeper than previous bottles I had consumed. I know these bottles had been sitting on the shelf for almost a year. It tasted quite nice, much maltier, thicker and fuller.

Photo of Ben4881
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery

This oatmeal stout is dark brown, almost black. However, hints of red emerge when light is shone through the glass. A decent off white head recedes rapidly creating intermittent snowflake patters on the surface. Spotty lacing remains after the head clears.

The sweet smell of toffee, roasted nuts, molasses, and coffee are detectable. Nothing extraordinarily bitter, most of the fragrance is sweet.

A mild, sweet, malt flavor is present up front. A hint of alcohol is detectable in the finish with traces of chocolate, toffee, and roasted caramel. The aftertaste is dry with a roasted coffee flavor.

Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout has a thick, medium to heavy body with noticeable carbonation that foams nicely.

This beer is rather thick and heavy, despite the delicious flavor, it would be difficult to drink more that two in one sitting.

Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice dark black color that is not transparent when held to the light. an aggresive pour produces about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear too fast but when it does leaves a thick layer of lacing that completely covers the beer in the glass. as the level of the beer drops, sticky lacing stays stuck tot he glass
s: cocoa and sweet roasted oaty malts
t: cocoa, roasted malts a little sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer with no too much carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed thisbrew

Photo of roadhouse
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

Pours near black with red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy two finger tan head drops down to a centimeter and lasts the whole session and leaves some lacing along the way.

Aroma is sweet overall. Tones of chocolate, coffee, and a slight fruitiness.

Flavor is of roasted malts, lots of chocolate and some coffee. Some fruit towards the end that isn't quite distinguishable because the hops come through and coat the tongue.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I would say silky. Excellent carbonation.

Everything comes together well in this brew. To me this is the standard for oatmeal stouts and I highly doubt I will find one better tasting than this, hence the rating.

Photo of foles
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, given the reputation of the brewery and the quality of the other beers they have on offer.

I must say I was slightly disappointed. The presentation was immaculate - fluffy tanned head, jet black. But I found the taste a little one dimensional. A straight out bitterness from the lips to the back of the palate, a simple roasted quality, a bit of cocoa, and not a whole lot else in terms of complexity. I did like the muddy slippery feel to it though

The bottle expires in Nov 08, so wasnt out of date, but wasnt fresh either. A solid offering, but I have had better oatmeal stouts .

Photo of Garzan72
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first oatmeal stout I have had. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. This was a great beer. It smelled wonderful, tasted awesome, and felt great when I drank it. as far as drinkability I am going to get some more of this tomorrow.

Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Sleek solid black w/ a thin tan head the remains throughout and doesn't fade... Dancing carbonation...

S - Coffee... Malt... Chocolate... Hint of black cherry...

T - Dark grains... Expresso... Bitter hops on the finish... Smokey after taste...

M - Creamy and Lush... Smooth and Silky... Fantastic...

D - Very drinkable... Enjoyable stout... Another top notch offering from the folks at SS...

Photo of beerlassie
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful dark brown color, with a creamy light brown head.

The smell is a very subtle hint of malt. I found the beer's aroma almost non-existent.

A malted, nutty flavor with a delightful smoky aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Great mouthfeel, with a good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. One of the better Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted and definitely lived up to the hype I've heard about it.

Photo of Brewlore
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown (approaching on black) that formed a very nice off white head. Ruby colored hues coming through from the light.

The aroma was very light and understated. Not sure if it was an older bottle or not. Light hop aroma and some very light bready/nutty malts.

Very clean tasting. A bit nutty malts and a little taste of cocoa/chocolate in the back. Subtle smokiness or spice?

The mouthfeel on this brew is great. Very smooth with a nice level of carbonation. The oats (as always) contribute to how smooth this brew feels. Medium bodied.

Overall a rather good oatmeal stout.

Photo of adamette
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear bottle that I thought was a brown bottle a few hours ago.

A deep, Deep purple, almost black body with 5% light coming through. 2 inch thick head, light brown. Very pleasing appearance.

S Dark molasses

T Dark Chocolate, molasses, not overly alcoholic or heavy though, a gentle darkness if you will. One of the best Stouts that I have ever had. I am not a stout fan but this one is pretty good!

M Certainly full. It has the feel of a mouthful of bread.

D Fair due to heaviness but aren't all stouts?

Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black pour, with a medium thick body. does not let the light through. beautiful dark nutty brown and creamy head with little bubbles trying to find their way to freedom! little to no lacing observed.

S: smells sweet and malty. slightly chocolaty with a hint of vanilla. also smell roasted coffee...very nice aroma. all those smells are quite significant too, despite being so varied. there is a slight fruity aroma also. hopefully this tastes as good as it smells! On a side note, I got a little carried away smelling this one I "accidentally" dipped my nose into it...3 times :) I wish I was joking.

T&M: medium to low carbonation and extremely smoooth. this is almost the liquid equivalent to an oatmeal cookie...but one that tastes like beer. this is a full bodied stout, nice and creamy, with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal and malts. low bitterness and an almost fruity aftertaste that is mildly dry. awesomeness.

D: extremely drinkable. low ABV, intensely smooth and creamy. the only thing maybe against it preventing it from a full 5 is it's richness. This is a meal in a glass!

Also to note...the bottle when empty is still on the heavy side. no skimping at all in the manufacturing of these bad boys!

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle. Forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black colored pour with a creamy 3/4 inch head. Nice staying power of a good 1/4 inch with nice patchwork left behind.

Smell- Roasted malts, rolled oats, milk chocolate and a dusting of nuttiness.

Taste- Very slight chocolate dusting meets you at every sip. Oatmeal and roasted nutty malt meets you as well. All combine for a breakfast like meal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, full mouthfeel, even with the low abv.

Drinkability- I've had this before, but finally got around to rating it. Class oatmeal stout with few as good.

Photo of malcontent
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have I seriously not reviewed this beer? Let's see if an old favorite holds up as well as I hope.

As I should hope for anything containing oats, the head retention (for a good two fingers of the stuff) is outstanding. The opaque, black body is perfect for the style. This is a standard-setting appearance.

A bit of toffee, obvious roasted quality and a mild milky sweetness form the aromatic profile.

Soft butterscotch, restrained milk chocolate and an even-keel roasted bitterness are perfectly balanced to create the benchmark for this style. It's every bit as good as I remember although I don't remember the lingering fruit aftertaste. I would have to guess it's the product of the yeast strain they use at the Tadcaster Brewery.

Not nearly as heavy as many would think with a perfect balance of creaminess and carbonation. An easy choice for a session brew.

Photo of tbeck
2.73/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When poured it was very dark in color with an off-white head. A lot of carbonation in the beer, which was also tasted. Slight laciness on the sides. Not much in the smell department. Slight fruity smell after a couple of tries. Mouthfeel was good, like a stout should. Smooth but one-dimensional. The taste was bland with an aftertaste of fruit. Not very complex. The beer did not sit very heavy for a stout. Defintely not a session beer.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: A dark black/brown coloring, minimal light coming through at all. A nice two finger foamy tan head.

S: Dark roasted malts, some oats, caramel and chocolate smells.

T: A good tasting of oatmeal, dark chocolate and some milk chocolate.

M: A very thick yet slightly slick beer. Coats the mouth nicely.

D: A low ABV, a great choice as a session beer as it is not really heavy.

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

A: Very dark brown with some faint leather highlights on the edges. A creamy caramel colored head falls to a thick covering of creamy foam, leaving little lacing.

S: Bold, rich chocolate with some mild coffee. A hint of buttery diacetyl comes through, as well--all those beers from the Tadcaster brewery seem to have it.

T&M: A pleasant sweetness with toffee and butterscotch gives way to some lightly toasted chocolate malts. A general earthiness runs throughout, as well. Very tasty. Body is medium with faint carbonation that makes for a silky smooth taste. Finish is long and lingering with notes of chocolate and roasted malt--most excellent.

D: This is a highly drinkable oatmeal stout. The sweetness never becomes cloying, the flavor is well-balanced and interesting, and the feel is top-notch. An excellent pair for anything sweet or sugary, also a nice late-night beer. Could be sessionable.

Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with tan head.
S: Roasted, sweet aroma.
T: Very malty sweetness (oatmeal), roasted, sligtly earthly, a little bitterness. Very nice blend.
M: Silky/creamy mouthfeel, medium/full body, light carbonated. Awesome mouthfeel!!

Awesome stout!! Highly recommend!!

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

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with a huge head that subsided to a 1/4 inch, light tan head. Light lacing.

S - Malty, slight chocolate smell

T - Toasted malts at start, mild chocolate finish. Slightly sweet.

M - Heavy, sweet, lightly carbonated.

D - One or two of these

Photo of dyingwrist
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into pint glass. Dark as night with about 2 inches of mocha colored head. Some head retention that boils down to a small coating on top with little to no lacing. A very "malty" nose. Great roasted flavors that make me think of dark chocolates and rich coffee. I'd take this over any coffee after dinner or for breakfast. Initially very smooth and velvety then the carbonation takes over. Low carbonation which I think gives it a heavier feel. Nice crisp bitter finish. Man I can drink this all day.

Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in to an imp pint glass. Pours dark bron with a tan head that is holding strong. Chocolate and roasted malty smells. Some sweet on top of malty taste with roast in the background. The oatmeal creates a great mouthfeel that is a little sticky. Very easy drinking stout because of the great mouthfeel.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml very dark brown bottle.

Pours a dark completely opaque coffee brown with a thick brown head which dissipates quickly. Ok lacing.

Aroma is malty, some faint chocolate smells coming through. Also a slight hint of sweet oatmeal, like an oatmeal raison cookie.

Taste is very malty, lots of roasted malt flavor at the start. Also detected a taste of pears, but disappeared very quickly. There are also some chocolatey tones coming through, and a hint of coffee on the finish. Also has a very dry finish. Nice mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

Overall, very good, surprisingly drinkable. Reccomended.

Photo of lordbrad1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish hue that you can't really see unless you hold the glass about 1-2" from a light bulb or open window. It's fucking dark. Nice thick head that slowly dissapates leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Has a very inviting "dark beer" look to it when it's in the glass.

Smoky, roasted malt smell is very dominant. There's also a sweet caramalized sugar smell that is lying just below the smoke, and roast. It reminds me of Amish friendship bread, or bananna nut bread (home made of course.) All in all it has a very nice aromatic quality to it.

It tastes good lol. Again the smoky roasted smells come through in the taste. Come to think of it I dare say that the comments on smell can pretty much be interchangable with the taste. Smoky, sweet, and very satisfying.

It's a heavy beer. It coats the tongue which bugs me a bit, but it's not a bad thing just my personal preference. It goes down very smooth, and has a very pleasant after taste. You don't get the weird alcohol aftertaste you get with many dark beers. I find that "chewing" the beer a bit really sets off the flavors, and smells. It's carbonated just right. All in all it's pretty pleasant.

It goes down smooth, it tastes great, it would pair perfectly with a sunday roast, or other heavy meals. You can definately put down 3-4 without much effort, but I don't think I'd go so far as to call it a session beer.

Final thoughts:
I love this stuff, it's delicious, smells good, and generally warms the soul, and takes the edge off the day.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into my new Chimay chalice yields a deep dark brown body with a tan creamy head that retains at a fat slippery sheet and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is rich with molasses, toasted oats and chocolate syrup.

Taste is sweet; with honey, cane sugar, coffee, creamy chocolate and a tinge of pleasantly-acidic roasted malt leading into a velvety chocolatey finish.

Thick at first, and substantial in the mouth, but smooth and ultimately clean and refreshing.

A benchmark beer.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,785 ratings.