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

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6,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,107
Reviews: 2,229
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 299
Gots: 897 | FT: 6
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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 Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best of the best. Perfection

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It feels like an honor to review this beer. After having Founder's Breakfast Stout, I've been on the lookout for this brew and was fortunate that my local craft beer store had it in stock.

Pours a dark brown body with a huge, fluffy tan head. Great lacing! Lots of oats and nuts in the nose, with cleaner in the background. Upon first taste, nothing other is oatmeal is present, but quickly the dark and roasted malts assert themselves. Sweet milk chocolate shows up towards then end to round out the flavor profile. Nice touch. Feels smooth, carbonated and very, very drinkable. Definitely lighter than I expected with almost zero bite. Overall, this oatmeal stout is much simpler than other American stouts (lower ABV, no syrupy qualities, or caramel notes), and therefore, can be critiqued for being a bit two-dimensional, but maybe I'm biased. Nevertheless, this is an oatmeal stout for anyone interested in getting into stouts. Worth every penny.

Photo of Peachyypit
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, creamy, would buy again

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, snifter

A – Black, opaque, though not oily. Over an inch of light khaki, thick foam sits on top, with moderate retention.

S – Roasted black malt, light aroma of cold pressed coffee. Bitter chocolate hides a bit in the background. Hop aroma is difficult to find, perhaps slightly earthy.

T – Leans a bit more towards the chocolate malts, roasted coffee is much lighter. I do get where some people compare it to “soy sauce” flavor, but I think it’s just the bittering black malt combined with background notes of earthy hops.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to give a bit of a scrub for the bitter malts. Moderately heavy body, somewhat silky from the oats. Mild sweetness to match with the mild bitterness.

O – A solid oatmeal stout, very straightforward, no flash because none is required. Just enough bitterness to be well-balanced. Quite drinkable, and with the lower ABV shouldn’t cause any problems to do so.

Photo of hombrepalo
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit on the watery side. Freshness always a question. oats and burnt chocolate taste. Finishes on the bitter side. Does not stand out as a world class beer.

Photo of kj8525
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: slight light coming thru on sides with good head retention S: raisin, brown sugar, syrup T: sweet, roasted malt, raisin M: medium velvety and clean finish

Photo of CJNAPS
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I might have to try this beer again. I wasn't a big fan it kind of left me wanting more flavor. And I've heard nothing but great things about this beer. maybe I got a bad bottle lol

Photo of Beerando
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oatmeal flavor is very subtle with a hint hint of soy sauce. Nonetheless, drinkable and not terrible.

Photo of Birmz
3.27/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really solid oatmeal stout, doesnt get much better

Photo of seib
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just the right balance of sweetness

Photo of Tee76
2.18/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured a deep amber color with a small creamy head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing. Aroma was of toasted malts, mouthfeel was bland & light in carbonation. Taste was bland as well.....nothing but malts with an unpleasant aftertaste. I love oatmeal stouts but i couldnt even finish this one. Had to force down the half of a pint i actually was able to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again nor drink it if it was offered to me for free. Highly disappointed.

Photo of comadiv
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't find it to be all that special.

Photo of rhester14
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding oatmeal stout, only knock I have is the annoying foil at the top of the cap, but the beer is amazing.

Photo of Pukstopper
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as it should into a pint glass. Head fades and leaves lacing. Not bitter at all and at 5%abv a very drinkable stout.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very simple yet classy looking label in the traditional Samuel Smith style. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives a nice description of the beer, a nice back story on the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Gold foil wrapped neck. Has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshire's oldest brewery est. 1758” embossed on the bottle.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550mL brown bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger light but slightly creamy tan head atop a deep cola brown colored beer that lets almost no light filter in. Head retention was great at 6min flat before fading to a thick rocky coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is slightly nutty with a bit of grain and a nice oat aroma along with a milk chocolate, roast coffee, and slight molasses aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of roasted oats and grainy nutty malt on the front end along with a nice toasted chocolate malt sweetness. Midpoint has a very nice molasses sweetness that comes through along with more cooked roasted oats and a deep roasted coffee malt flavor. Back end is very heavy on roasted chocolate and coffee malts that leads to a roasty finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied that leads to a thick, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and not very filling for a thicker full bodied beer.

Overall/Comments: Wow! This is one tasty stout that is extremely well done. This has a very good flavor profile and nose along with a nice body and drinkability. This is a must try stout. Classified as an Oatmeal Stout @ 5% ABV. Consumed 1/12/2014.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a Chimay snifter this fine oatmeal stout pours a rick black with tinges of dark brown on the edges. A moderate head dissipates to a thin pool of foam with light lacing. Nose of chocolate, moderate roasted grains, dark molasses and light coffee. Flavors follow the nose with rich chocolate and some molasses followed by a light bitterness to the rear with a hair of coffee. Excellent carbonation in the mouth feel making this a highly drinkable stout rounded out with the smoothness that only oats can bring. An English classic, AND a fine Christmas gift from the little lady's family who is here from England. Most excellent.


Photo of beerrat
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark smell perfect taste eccellent .

Photo of Paulieblaze
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't always drink beer but when I do its sam smith.

Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE standard for Oatmeal Stouts, exceptionally smooth & drinkable. One of my top 3 imports from England. This beer is a reminder to all of who invented the Stout!

Photo of Dgarrett0
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts, and top 3 beers, I've ever had.

Photo of Los13
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best God damn oatmeal stout!!

Photo of majorbase2
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color with a big mocha-colored, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Even after 10 minutes there is a thin, creamy looking head.

Aroma hit you right away with the sweetness. Oats, chocolate, and a bit of caramel.

Taste leads with roasted coffee and chocolate. Sweet oats are very present. Very easy to drink. A touch of bitterness on the finish. The oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee notes are all masterfully achieved. Very well done.

Medium bodied. Goes down silky smooth. The easiest drinking Stout I've ever had. Downed it in about 10 minutes (usually do these in 30). No bite from the alcohol (not surprising considering its ABV).

Overall, I completely understand why this is considered the standard for Oatmeal Stouts. Smooth and sweet, in addition to a taste that has been very well refined, this is one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had.

Photo of TheStoutScout
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. It reminds me of simpler times. It's simple. So simple, it's perfect. I can drink this every day, at any temperature, with any meal. This is the definition of a beer. No bells, no whistles, nothing pretty. This is BEER.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a nice deep black color with a caramel colored one finger head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is that of chocolate and fresh bread. Taste is that of chocolate and malt, a nice spicy note comes in strong. Not terribly complex, but a great example of a nicely rounded stout. Feel is thick and creamy, sticks to the mouth and leaves a pleasant chocolate note that lingers. This is a great beer, one that I will be coming back to in the future.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%

Really enjoyed this one. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head. The smell was full of oatmeal and malt, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate in there too. The taste was heavy and a bit decadent with a milkshake like consistency. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee flavors through out. Overall was very nice and very rich. Loved it.

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