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

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Ratings: 6,001
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 292
Gots: 780 | FT: 8
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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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Ratings: 6,001 | Reviews: 2,208
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, virtually black. Lots of head and retains itself for quite awhile.

Smells of roasted malt, caramel, hints of coffee and possibly even some chocolate hidden away.

Taste is smooth and creamy, quite sweet coming from the roasted aspects of the beer with chocolate being more evident than from the smell, the sweetness stays with you long after drinking.

Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers that originally got me interested in exploring the diverse realm of craft beer. This bottle is at least a year old, having sat in my beer cupboard for too long.

Pours black, very mildly and finely carbonated, yet manages a tight pale tan head, which displays pretty good retention. Thin sheets of lace grace the inside of my Samuel Smith glass.

Creamy oatmeal, a hint of treacle, some vinous scents as well, hopefully this wasnt forgotten about for too long. Mild roast quality, hints of chocolate chips and hazelnut coffee. Mild earthy and slightly woody hop character also present.

This one may have sat forgotten for slightly too long. Predominant fruity, vinous character from oxidizing malt almost overwhelms the finer qualities of this beer. Taste quite similar to the nose, but the things i really love about this beer are somewhat muted, the creamy oats and hint of nuts, the treacle, chocolate, and roast are getting ready to leave the main stage to play second fiddle. Earthy hints of decaying leaf and a mild woodiness appear at the finish, along with slightly smoky wisps of dark roast coffee.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Very mild level of carbonation, fits the style and does not detract from the still tasty grains and hops. Nice interplay between the oatmeal, nutty and treacly malts, and the roasted barley. Just a slight hop kiss to add another layer of depth to the experience. Unfortunately starting to show signs of oxidation with its vinous notes.

Still surprisingly drinkable, hasnt gone too far yet. Creamy yet slightly dry, light in body yet rich in taste, although certainly not to the level of bigger, badder assed stouts. Even while passed its prime this stout still demonstrates its quality. Do not cellar this beer for any significant period of time, respect it and enjoy immediately!

Photo of Ig0r
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The immediately noticable thing about this beer is the smell; as soon as I opened the bottle a slight sweetness was in the air. The pour gives a tall, thin, brown head that dissipates down to almost nothing but a rim of bubbles. The color is deeply black, fully opaque in a pint glass. The full smell is of dark malts with that sugary sweetness.

Not much stands out immediately in terms of taste, some carbonation is present, and the feel is a bit watery but very smooth. It leaves a bit of a doughy residue with a lingering sweetness.

Considering the color and smell, I was expecting more flavor and a thicker feel; however, this seems to be a reasonable drink compared to other oatmeal stouts.

Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I have not enjoyed too many oatmeal stouts and have only recently begun seeking them out more after trying Samuel Smith's take on the brew.

Overall the appearance was akin to most other stouts/imperial stouts that I have tried, so it looked nice to me. (Poured from bottle into standard pint glass)

Smell was enticing, and had a pleasant nutty, toasted aroma.

Very suprised by the taste, a touch of sweet alongside traditional smoky stout flavors. No one element overtakes another.

Mouthfeel was smooth over the tongue and palate.

Drinkability is the only thing that didn't stand out as much as other attributes. However, it's a really good beer, and served as a good starting point for trying oatmeal stouts.

Photo of ccrida
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint, the Oatmeal Stout is a dark garnet with a medium tan head, tight and creamy leaving decent lace.

Smell is fantastic, tons of vanilla with some chocolate.

Taste is a bit on the sweet/tangy side (heavy oats), vanilla and chocolate, with only a slight roast. A classic example of the style, but exaggerated and not my favorite. For example, I much prefer Full Sail's Humma Gumma, which I just had earlier tonight, a bit more rounded and stronger.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, slick and creamy. Medium body.

Drinkability is OK, but that classic Sammy Smith's tang is just too much, and this generally drinks much stronger then only 5% ABV. Would make a fantastic cologne though!

Photo of tugdriver7
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's the old adage that "you can never be too rich or too smooth?" This one definitely falls into the rich and smooth category. As Oatmeal Stouts go, they can be a bit overwhelming. Like SS's other beers, however, this one takes a lot of taste and packs it into a very drinkable package. Dark brown, with a decent head that disappeared quickly but left a nice tan lacing all the way down the glass. All malt (dark toasted grain) in the nose and the taste starts with the same "dark roast" taste, but balances nicely. No change as the glass warms. And no perceptible alcohol taste. Very nice. And the best part is that you could enjoy more than one in an evening. Excellent!

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

From notes.

Bottle into favorite Mason jar.

A: Pours dark brown with a nice 2 finger head. good lacing and good head retention.

S: Dark maltiness, coffee, and burnt caramel. Very faint aroma and very fresh smelling.

T: Roasty maltiness, smooth mellow scorched caramel with a bit o' dryness at the finish.

D: Very nice indeedy laddy. Blokes learned by spying on the Emerald isle to the west. Aye! drink up!!!

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled bottle poured into a pint glass. Head is thick and tan, about 3.5 fingers from a hard pour. It took a good 3-4 minutes for the head to subside with some moderate lacing left behind. The beer itself is exceptionally dark, midnight black even when held to the light.

The smell is a bit lighter than I had hoped, but still is rich in roasted oatmeal, cream, hints of chocolate, and burnt coffee.

It tastes fuller than the smell might indicate, with the burnt coffee, chocolate, and roasted oats coming to the forefront and then a slightly creamy roasty slightly sweet finish that is qute nice.

This beer has a remarkable feel. Silky smooth, only light carbonation which balances perfectly with the soft and full texture. My surprise was in the finish, where it becomes much lighter and doesn't leave much if any residue.

I could easily see myself drinking these all day due to the rich body yet surprisingly smooth and light finish.

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

Pours a nice deep black with two fingers of tan head. Head had great retention for the entire beer, and it left nice lacing on the walls of the pint glass. Great nose for an oatmeal stout with scents of sweet malt, coffee, toasted grain, and a bit earthiness as well. Strong coffee and cream flavor mixes well with roasted malt, chocolate and a slight grain/oatmeal flavor lingering at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is like silk across your palate with a medium body on it. At only 5.0% ABV the drinkability is holds up very well. I could drink several of these and be just fine.

Exceptional for the style. Great beer.

Photo of dsa7783
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My second sample from the Samuel Smith company, and I am even more impressed with this brew than I was with the Winter Warmer, which was also great... This beer pours a dark opaque color almost completely black with a nice frothy head... The smell is of burnt dark chocolate and roasted malts... a nice, sweet aroma with an even more appealing creamy, cocoa taste that is not at all bitter... The flavor is excellent for a stout - goes down crisp and smooth with no traces of bitterness what-so-ever... This is an exceptional beer that I will definitely purchase again.. Mouthfeel is equally great and I really enjoyed downing an 18 ounce size... Definitely worth a try and certainly recommended...

Photo of altgeeky1
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with hints of brown if the glass is narrow enough to let light through. Cream coffee colored head. Foam settles down to stable lace across the surface. Smells sweet, oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked malt. Tastes mmm... thick oatmeal goodness. Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation lends supporting creaminess to the body, and doesn't get in the way. Good session/activity beer.. for shoveling snow, muching on olives and strong cheese, or sipping slowly in a old lazy-boy recliner near the fireplace.

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

Black, with dark brown edges and a tan head. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Nice chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of earthy/musty caramel and molasses. Strangely enough, oatmeal is just one of many flavors, and not even a major one at that.

Interesting flavor, very drinkable for such a heavy beer. My favorite Tadcaster brew thus far.

Photo of Strix
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle.

Pours black with dark red edges and a thick, lingering tan head

Smell is pleasant, molasses and some coffee, but less obvious than some. A pleasant smell, but wasn't strong for me.

Taste is of dark malts, a vague oatmeal and chocolate background, and a lingering dry woody sweetness. Very balanced, a nice variety of roasted smoky flavors without going off too much in one direction. Quite pleasant, perhaps a bit understated in the beginning, but as it warms more flavorful with a longer-lasting bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky and creamy. Nice depth in beginning, seemed to thin out as beer warmed.

I'm quite impressed with this one.

Photo of srandycarter
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2012 Update Old review follows from 2007

A - Dark cola brown, generous tan head, fizzles down to a ring pretty quick. Some very sparce lace.

S - Coffee and sweet malt.

T - Just the right amount of light sweetness, light bitter coffee and charred graininess wash over the tongue.

M - Beautiful mouthfilling, hits all the points then vanishes pretty close to neutral.

D - So easy to drink and low abv... The very definition of session.

Into the tulip

A - Black with huge off white head. Aggressive thin sudsy lacing.

S - My favorite part of this beer. Chocolate, coffee, green veggies.

T- The smell does it well. The taste does not compare.

M - See Taste

D - See taste and mouthfeel. Basically, this beer runs short of the smell and my expectations. Still, a pretty good beer...

Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown with specks of ruby on the edges, huge tan foamy head that clings to the glass all the way down.

S: Metallic, earthy, creamy nose.

T: Chocolate with like smoke, herbal hoppiness, and slighty sweet creaminess.

M: Smooth and creamy with slight effervescence that leaves a milk chocolate like bitterness on the tongue.

D: There would be almost no reason for me not to have another of these. This is a great example of the style cramy and not too sweet.

Photo of dteal1
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool looking skinny bottle. pours black with the slightest hint of amber. has a finger and half rocky tan head that died down quickly. smells like toffee and hops. tastes like it smells with an aftertaste of coffee and a slight metallic taste. a little over carbonated(i'm not big on carbonation) with a fizzy mouthfeel that's slightly sticky. very drinkable beer especially when it's cold outside. pretty filling and overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer but it doesn't stand out to me.

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

I picked this up at the Hi/Lo Beverage in Bridgetown, OH off Glenway. It was a holiday gift pack with a imperial pint glass and 2 other brews.

This is what stout is all about baby! Very creamy, full of body and robust in flavor. It has a dark-as-night look and a frothy head that lingers and lingers. It has a chocoIate/coffee aftertaste that will leave you wanting another sip. I have always enjoyed this brew from Samuel Smith.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a large mug. The apperance is amazing- A thick creamy head,so dark cannot see through it,
consistent 3 finger head.The initial smell-bitter cocoa,toffee,
caramel, coffee, smokiness, whoe grain wheats.Initial taste-coffee, dark toast, oatmeal grains malts coming through.Very creamy mouthfeel that is extremly smooth and pleasing l get more and more chocolate as the beer warms.It retains a tartness that has a lighter finish.very easy to sip on and enjoy, too good
to drink quickly, then it will be gone!

Photo of brewdoc75
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

As I pour this beer into the glass I see a beauty of a brew. Dark black w/ an almost red hue as the light shines on it. A seductive 1/2 inch creamy head crowns the top and dissipates to 1/8 inch a few minutes later. Very inviting indeed.

The aroma of this beer is great, but it doesn't take me away like I feel it should. Maybe its looks threw me off? As I let it warm up a bit, the aroma comes out more. Roasted malts, mild tones of coffee, toffee and even a bit of caramel scents.

The flavor of this beer is great. A light bitterness initially, but is backed up w/ a pleasant chocolately sweetness. I do taste a hint of molasses and even some banana in this one. Very well balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is great as well. As you would expect this beer is the quintessential example of creamy smoothness. It hits the lips crisply, but finishes smooth and soft.

Overall this beer is a must have if you enjoy stouts. If you are new to Oatmeal Stouts and want to try one, this is one you definitely must try. Extremely drinkable. I could finish the 4-pack right now!

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, not quite black, and not quite opaque. Looks smooth and thick with a big tan head.

S: Smells dark, rich and roated with a bit of sweetness.

T: Very subltle, with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Mild coffee and sweetness, but they quickly fade. Very mellow flavor.

MF: Light for such a dark beer. Smooth, mellow and easy to drink. The burn aftertaste hangs around for a while.

D: Not bad. Better than Guiness (which isn't exactly the "standard", but something that everybody has had...) but I could do with a bit more flavor. Don't just love the burnt aftertaste. Still, an easy to drink beer that got better as the glass got less full.

Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I've been putting this one off too long. This six pack of 12 ouncers has been sitting in my basement for at least three years now and that's how long it's been since I had what was always one of my favorites (just got caught up in variety lately). So I was curious if this fine brew would hold up at all. It did pretty well. A very dark mahogany/black with a medium tan head and a super Guiness-like lace that wouldn't quit. The aroma is a fine mix of raisin, fig, coffee and smoke. The taste brings all that and more in a somewhat acqueous, lightly carbonated classic. It is somewhat winelike which I don't so much recall so it may be due to the unusual incubation period! I also pick up some roasted nuts and it's a bit more smokey. Very smooth with a nice coffee bitterness. Surpisingly drinkable but not really something I would want to drink too generously. Even after brutal storage this brew pleases. Always recommended to those who favor some character to their beer. Can't wait to have a fresh one now!

Photo of Tilley4
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm actually having this 550 ml bottle for breakfast this morning. Been waiting to give this one a try.

This thing pours beautifully opaque with a HUGE creamy head that looks wonderful in the glass.

The aroma is dark and malty and almost has a roasted chocolate-coffee smell to it.

Wonderful taste to this thing. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee and something else that I can't discern but it's simply wonderful. This leaves some of the best lacing that I've ever seen. It's like it just clings to the glass. I'm enjoying this a lot.

This is one damn fine beer. This is exactly what I was expecting and looking for from this beer. I don't know if I like it as well as the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, but that by no means is a knock on this beer at all. This is a highly recommended beer that should be readily available to most folks out there.

Photo of Deus1138
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an incredible, flavorful and smooth brew!

A- Pours dark brown with a thin layer of golden head that slowly melts away.

S- Smells mostly of chocolate, roasted coffee and toffee.

T- Very nice taste. The coffee hits you first. If it is there, coffee will hit the American tongue faster than anything. Once you're past the coffee, the chocolate, toffee and a little bit of oatmeal come through. It makes me think of waking up to a cold winter morning with coffee and hot cocoa brewing.

M- Smooth. A little thick (I mean a little). The fluid really just binds together in a smooth, crisp manner.

D- This is very popular and I see why. Nothing too over powering. Just the right amount of everything good. Although brewed year round, I think this would be best enjoyed in colder weather, perhaps with some S'mores.

I've seen this just about everywhere that has craft beers, so you have no excuse for having never tried it!

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a massive flavor that, honestly, was just too much for me. Full of chocolate and coffee overtones, it finises with a licorice flavor that lingered just a little too long for me. Color is that of used motor oil, and the thick palate actually left behind a film that precluded any refreshment. I just didn’t enjoy this.

Photo of grikmok
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours to an off-white large full lasting head.
Aroma of the beer is strong yeasty smell.
Initially the beer is sweet and ends with a light bitter taste. Flavours of caramel maltiness and light hoppiness are the predominant taste. Mouthfill was creamy. Very good beer.

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