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

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Reviews: 2,173
Hads: 6,136
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
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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 DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle served cool into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Cost was about $5 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - very dark brown, nearly black. Topped by two and a half fingers of tan head with lots of frothy lacing. Nice retention time.

Smell - oatmeal, lots of brown sugar, a touch of coffee and cocoa powder. Interesting, inviting and formidable nose.

Taste - chocolate and some sugary sweetness come to the forefront, before receding into a smoky bliss mixed with oatmeal. Very tasty and full flavoured and quite different from other oatmeal stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel - smooth, velvety and creamy, light bodied yet full flavoured and packs a nice punch.

Overall - a very fine oatmeal stout, plenty of flavor, light yet a satisfying meal in a glass. A classic and worth of the considerable praise heaped upon it. (818 characters)

Photo of DackZ
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark, nearly opaque
S-Lighter than one might guess; all the usual suspects here (choc, toffee, coffe), but held down by a pleaseant astringent note.
T-Stupidly good. Sweet and dry. Rich,yet not cloyingly so. Dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, some leather(?), dust(?) and some alcohol peeking through. Just excellent.
F-Good weight, but floats on the palate without being too heavy. Bubbles are there, but they aren't "loud".
O-The Gold Standard of Oat Stouts. Nearly perfect. (483 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a translucent black with a light brown, slightly white head. Smell is very sweet. Chocolate, grapes, roasted malt. The flavor is nice. Very roasty. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. (179 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black with an outstanding head, lacing and retention. Subtle nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin) with light notes of roast and chocolate as it warms. Light bodied with little texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back. It consists of a blend of light roast and chocolate with a distinct mineral note. If you look for it, you can find the oat character. The finish has a slight metallic twang to it. I suspect this bottle may be old, since what I'm tasting is nothing like the other reviews here. If you don't bother to bottle date, then the reviewer can't take age into consideration. (668 characters)

Photo of PaulToner
1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

Overly malty with a burnt taste. I would also expect (and hope) that an oatmeal stout would be very smooth. This beer could barely be described as smooth, it also has a harsh finish that you would expect from a bitter pale ale. Stouts should be easy to drink in my opinion. There is a faint taste of chocolate. (310 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Almost black.Tan head. Nice lace is left.
Smell: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate, hint of alcohol and a little bit of oats.
Taste: Malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

I love this beer. Big malt with coffee and chocolate greeting you with each smell and gulp. The taste has a little bit of a tang to it; kind of like coffee that you've brewed but let it sit in the pot until it cooled (it works for the good in this case). I'll get this again of course. (478 characters)

Photo of gfg0020
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

A: pours very dark brown, almost black; light passes through; khaki head that leaves a nice ring around the glass, no lacing

S: strong toasted oats, toasted bread, dried plums (prune), dark molasses, dried figs

T: oats, toasted bread, dried plum, raisin skin, very light bitterness on the finish

M: nice moderate level of carb, on the thin side (for a modern stout) but this is what a traditional oatmeal stout should be like

O: I typically look for a higher abv, fuller mouthfeel stout when I'm drinking in the colder months, but this is perfectly suited for the change of seasons; it would also be great for a cold night when you plan to have more than a couple beers; in short, it's a great go to oatmeal stout (717 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +19%

Sampled last night on 10/19/14 but had this several times before. One of my all time favorites! First drank this one back in 1980. My first stout as well. This one comes in a large 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle but have seen in in smaller bottle in a 4-pack for around $10. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a almost black in color with a good 3-finger thick creamy tan head that left lots of lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some oats. The taste is fantastic with lots of good favor from the above said items. Very smooth with no bitter finish. I can drink this one when it is 0 degrees or 90 degrees outside. Nice smooth finish with no bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Always a favorite and a perfect "10" for me! (864 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a really nice dark brown/almost black with a small head that subsides to decent lacing. The aroma is coffee with a hint of chocolate and the taste is again coffee, chocolate and some roasted grains. Minimal hop flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish clean.

Overall this is a very good oatmeal stout and is certainly worth a try for anyone who enjoys this style. (393 characters)

Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Samuel smith knows how to make the oatmeal taste dance around your taste buds and the smoothness to it makes you think it's a coffee drink not a beer. Love the smell after you take a sip of it near your nose it leaves you wanting more of it. The malt flavors are not over powering and coats your mouth with a sticky film that makes me love this stout so much. I would definitely recommend this stout to anybody who would love trying a stout for the first time. (460 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +19%

Poured into a tumbler in late 2013.

A: 3 finger head. Motor oil. It looks beautiful!

S: Absolutely delicious smell! Chocolate, caramel. Oat sweetness.

T: Milk chocolate. Oatmeal. Balanced. Not too sweet. Raisin when warm.

M: Creamy smooth, velvety.

O: This is truly a world class beer. It's incredibly balanced. There is nothing that I would change about it. (363 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply splendid. Here goes:

L (as opposed to appearance): Superb. Pitch black with a huge head that leaves plenty of lacing. Can't wait to imbibe on this one.

S: Again, really good. Mixture of sweet milk-chocolate and oats. Not much coffee bitterness, which is quite good. Also hardly any hops and yeast. This one is a pure malt bomb.

T: Exquisite. Couldn't really ask for more. Lots of oats, chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon. Really excellent oatmeal stout - at the top of its class

M: Rich and creamy. Bravo, guys.

O: A superb oatmeal stout; probably haven't had one better. SS, you guys are the bomb! (628 characters)

Photo of Fargrow
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black like coffee with a fine tan head.
S: Chocolate, coffee, metallic mineral, wood.
T: Delicious chocolate milk, coffee, dark roasted malts with mild bitterness.
M: Fluffy for a lighter stout. Not a lot of residual sweetness, leaving you wanting another sip.
O: I can see why this is a classic. Delicious, light and drinkable. Very nice stout. (355 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

This is top-of-the-line beer paradise. A thick, hearty, porridge that is somehow as easy to quaff as a light lager. Beautiful to the eye and a delight to the palate, this is as good as it gets people. (202 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Very dark brown, with bubbly slightly creamy head that slowly recedes (2/3)
S: Chocolate and raisin dominate with slight smoky notes (10/12)
T: Mild dark chocolate rounds out toward a sweeter, maltier finish, very clean but flavor could be stronger (17/20)
F: Very bubbly, almost soda-esque, leaves mouth quite dry—not quite as creamy as I was expecting from an oatmeal stout (4/5)
O: Very close in style to the other Sam Smith’s I’ve had: they tend toward the drinkable and bubbly, relying on subtlety instead of overpowering (8/10)
41/50 (549 characters)

Photo of dakotaben
4/5  rDev -4.8%

A -Could easily mistake it for a coke. 1/2 finger tan head

S - roasted malt smell

T - No overwhelming tastes. Sweet roasted caramel flavor

M - More carbonation than I would have expected.

O - I have seen this in the store for a while, ut have never thought to pick it up. Very nice beer. (296 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Large 550ml bottle, poured in an official Samuel Smith pint glass. Dark color, pretty much black. A very think, foamy head that dissipates very, very slowly and clings to the glass. Creamy taste. Extremely smooth. Subtle, sweet, chocolate flavor, with a tough to describe earthy complexity. I am surprised at how easy to drink this was. (347 characters)

Photo of Linkn
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about a good as you can do. Dark, roasty, sweet, smooth. A tan head that follows you all the way down the glass. I remember the first one of these I ever had, it was like opening my eyes for the first time. There isn't a lot that can be said about Samuel Smith besides- "Wow" and "Yes, please." Also, considering there are a couple of bars here in Omaha where you can get a pint for under $5, it is a no-brainer go to beer. (431 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours a pitch black color with two fingers thick of kaki head. Head lasts about half of the glass before finally fading and leaving slight lace on the glass.

S: for such a well liked beer I was hoping for better. I got faint chocolate and a lot if malts.

T: follows the smell but steps it up a notch. Dark chocolate and raisin with carmel and roasted malts on the finish.

M: not as heavy as other oatmeal stout beers I've had. Coats well but fades fast.

O: not as good as Taddy porter but a solid beer non the less. (561 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a really dark brown, blackish color with a nice 2 finger mocha colored head that leaves great lacing as it disappears down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is a little weaker than I had hoped but smells like chocolate mostly.

Taste is excellent. I get the chocolate and maybe some coffee up front but I really get the coffee in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with a velvety feel to the carbonation. Really silky smooth.

Overall a really excellent beer. My only complaint is that it needs a little more nose to it but an excellent stout in my opinion. (565 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 550ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours pretty dark black, when held to light there is a slight amount coming through on the edges revealing a deep coffee brown. Two finger mocha head.

S- Getting some fruity chocolate notes, maybe a little dried cherry, light dark roast.

T- Similar to aroma, bittersweet chocolate, fruity acidity, light coffee. Finish is a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate.

M- Medium, silky and smooth. Really nice for a 5% beer.

O- This is maybe the best sessionable stout I have come across and I'm glad I can easily find it at my local grocery store, it's even on sale from time to time. I do wish I could find it on tap more though. All of Samuel Smith's dark beers are impressive and I suggest everyone try them at least once. One of the best things about this beer is the mouthfeel, the oatmeal really gives it that silky texture that I love in my dark beers. This is also one of the first beers I had when I was getting in to craft beer, back when I wasn't really into IPAs. (1,033 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A Very deep dark brown. Poured into a snifter it appears almost black. Into a pint, it may appear a but more brown, I think. Big fluffy, cream colored head which is retains fairly well.

Smell: Oats, dark roasty malts. A somewhat sugary, creamy smell to it.

Taste: Smooth and sweet, with an oaty, maltiness to it, and a slight bitter finish to it.

Feel: This is excellent. VERY smoothy and creamy texture. The carbonation is just right.

Overall: Excellent beer. Last time I drank this was as dessert after a Steak topped with blue cheese crumbles, so I remember it being sweeter the previous time I had it. (619 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into large mug.

A: Pours an opaque black with blood red highlights as its held to the light. A moderately frothy beige head starts at two fingers but eventually simmers down to a khaki film on top of the beer. Not overly impressive, but great color for a stout sitting at only 5% ABV.

S: Nose is definitely a little more subdued and cleaner than most stouts, but some oatmeal, mild roast coffee, and milk chocolate can be detected.

T: Unlike the nose, the flavor is quite substantial. Loads of sweet malts up front. Oatmeal, chocolate, toffee, light hints of brown sugar. The middle gives way to some roastiness. Mild morning coffee.

M: Feels bigger than it actually is. Hefty medium with a ton of creaminess. Truly superb for a brew with an ABV as low as this. The carbonation is a bit too crisp and demanding for my liking, but that's but a small complaint.

O: I'm enjoying this quite a bit. I usually like my stouts a little bigger than this, but I have to say that the drinkability of this is without a doubt unmatched, and given how popular/available this is, it'll find its way back into my fridge for sure. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Almost black with little to no tent when put up to the light. Two finger frothy tan head with ton of lacing

Smell: A tart, almost wine-like aroma straight out the fridge, but as it warms it mellows out and I pick up chocolate, oats, toffee, and a hint of roasted malts

Taste: Dark fruits upfront with a chocolate and oat finish. Very slight roasted malt presence

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth as silk with a dry finish

Overall: I had the Taddy Porter and this back to back and find the two very similar, with this having a oat character of course, less dark fruit, and a more pronounced chocolate and toffee character. Both are solid offerings if a little light. However, SS do make some of the smoothest beers I've had. I prefer this over the porter, but ill stick with the imperial stout over both of these for now. Next up is the nut brown ale (932 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color with tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste has many layers, coffee, chocolate, toffee, cream, soy sauce. Nicely carbonated. This is an outstanding stout. Taste and smell are both very complex. I'll definitely pick up a few of these next time i see it. (278 characters)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.