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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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5,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,881
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 263
Gots: 647 | 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 scarletfire79
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing! this was really really solid. poured a nice black with brown hues in the light. really nice looking. aroma has notes of chocolate fruitiness. the taste is very smooth, kind of like roasted coffee meets butterscotch. awesome. very drinkable, very light. yet very full in flavor. definitly one of the best beers i've had in my life. thank you kate! i love you.

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

A really great beer. Went well with the pizza, well suited for the social situation. Very much a beer that I could drink very often, a great meal beer. I picked this beer about a year back and it seemed different, perhaps my tastes have changed. Went back to it simply to try it again. Good choice. Definately tasted the oatmeal. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Photo of kpantz
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: This is the first "craft" beer I can ever remember seeing. My father used to drink this when I was younger. I've since turned him on to the likes of St. Bernardus and Dogfish Head, but even dads need to start somewhere, I guess. I can see what he liked about this stout. It's such an easy drinker with such nice flavors. It's like that guy at work you just can't say anything bad about, because he's just that nice.

Appearance: Nearly opaque, deep brown/black with ruby hues when held up to the light. Head is fluffy and pretty persistent. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, mild coffee, toffee. Very, very inviting.

Taste: Buttery sweet malt to start, roasted flavors come through here as well. Oats are noticeable, but not so much as to be gimmicky. A very smooth flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully light and smooth - this is a casual drinker's stout. Low to moderate carbonation lets the smooth, buttery flavor come through quite nicely.

Drinkability: Extremely high. This is just a nice brew to drink. The flavors are well balanced and do not overpower you.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Black brew pours with a massive tan head that just won't quit. Carbonation is likely aggressive, I can't see it. Incredible bitter roasted malt aroma that combines with lots of grounded earthiness and a little bit of tobacco sweetness. Plum, raisin, and fig aromas begin to appear as the beer warms to ideal serving temperature.

Taste is just unreal. Sweet off the top with lots of juicy fruit flavours, and there's that chewing tobacco bittersweetness that comes through right after. Roasted malt is subdued but does lend a pleasant bitterness. Earthy aroma hops come through in spades, and then a butteriness just to keep it all mellow. This is so complex but exceptionally balanced. A beer that has all these brilliant flavourful aspects but manages to blend them and keep them in harmony is truly art. Mouthfeel is so smooth and the carbonation is British and restrained, but it's perfection for the style. Body is Medium, just enough to give you something to ponder but not ever too thick or syrupy. At 5% it's sessionable, and Lord knows I'd like more than one, but this is all I get. I dread the end of the glass.


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

550 ml. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color. Frothy tan two fingered head stays for most of the sample. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Sweet oats and bread.

T: Pleasant roasted caramel malt and day old coffee. Sweetness of the oats and molasses takes over. Earth like undertones are followed by a soft toffee presence. Herbal or tea like finish.

M: Smooth as silk and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A very soft stout that has a wonderful sweetness about it. Rich malts and fantasic balance will keep you coming back for more.

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

wow! 813 reviews posted as of this writing. What can I say?? I have enjoyed this beer off and on for years. I have even had it in england. I swore off it for a few years due to a rash of skunked beers.

I bought it this weekend because of the brown bottle. Yeah! My beer is back. A bit sweeter than I remember but still worth searching out! I'm happy to be able to enjoy this fine beer again without worrying about light damage! Thank you Mr. Smith (pun intended)

Photo of seldomsthirsty
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a perfect english representation of the style. i fully enjoy it when i can though it is a bit pricey and i do not understand the clear glass bottle. all the beers from this brewery are great. usually found in 4 paks or the larger bottle shown

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

A - Black, with a nice, thick tan head

S - Smells of roasted malts, molasses, mild chocolate

T - Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, nutmeg, maybe even some brown sugar. It has a nice even sweetness to it thats quite enjoyable

M - Some people say this is full bodied but I'd consider it medium. Theres other stouts that are fuller than this one, however, its still extremely flavorful and refreshing

D - Overall, this is a great, easy to drink stout. It is, and will continue to be, one of my favorites

Photo of schusterbauer
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

by no means the blackest or thickest stout on the block, this has more of a calm burgundy/brown coloring with a tan head. light gets through, though not a whole lot.
smell is very mild -- cooling brownies and a hint of alcohol, raisins, walnuts. chocolate, coffee, raisins, lemon zest, walnuts, and candy sugar flavors all mingle together, held together by mild roasted and charcoal elements. not over powering by any means, but delicious, and conducive to huge mouthfuls. medium-to-thin body, silky smooth, goes down effortlessly.

i've had this beer countless times, and it always leaves a sour aftertaste in my mouth once the beer is gone. not a big deal if you're having another, or if you have some water handy. never the less, though, this is a classic, and with good reason.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich in color with a light tan head that relaxes into a thin foam layer. smell of roasted malts with a slight note of coffee. Dark chocolate, coffee in flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Lighter than what I expected, the smooth carbonation makes this beer easily drinkable. Solid, well build but not overfilling.

Photo of Nesued
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550ml brown bottle. Gold wrap around the neck, traditional for Samuel Smith offerings.

Appearance - Purs dark chocolate in color. About a finger or two of a wheat-colored head forms upon pour. After sitting, the head resolves to a thin lace.

Smell - Nutty chocolate aroma. Not a very pronounced presence, however there is a rich depth. I do sense a bit of a fig smell as well.

Taste - Very malty taste with an exceedingly smooth opening, middle and finish. A bit of a hop bite, but not much to speak about.

Mouthfeel - Very filling and rolls nicely around the mouth. Nice and creamy

Drinkability - My goodness, this is an outstanding Stout!! Very well balanced and smooth. Very easy to down several of these in one sitting. This could be my favorate stout, however I will reserve that until I taste one of these on tap.

Photo of alexskovan
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a big sturdy tan head that left medium lacing as I drained the glass. A lot of rich grains in the nose. Taste was very smooth and creamy up front, with a wallop of bittersweet chocolate at the end. Well balanced and pleasing. A terrific stout.

Photo of awester462
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with copper and ruby accents. Thin lacing and head. The aroma is very good, and the taste is even better. It is definately a beer you need to try if you haven't already. It's a bit pricey but it is well worth it. This is better than a "good call", anyone who likes more than American domestic macro crap will love this.

Photo of sammy44
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good and velvety oatmeal stout. Pours a black with a tan foamy head. Smelled of dark chocolate and raisins. Tasted of dark chocolate and coffee. No alcohol and a dry finish. Very smooth on the mouth but a little watery. Very drinkable. Wanted to kill of two or three at one time but decided against it.

Photo of builder53
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby accents. Has a good rich thick head with no effort with the pour, and moderate lacing. Essences are of caramel/coffee/malts.Taste is a very smooth mixture of malts/fruits, maybe figs/dates with hints of coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, big and creamy. Moderate hops lend to a dry finish that is quite quick and clean for a stout. All said, this is a very well crafted oatmeal stout!

Photo of wmaldridge
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very drinkable, very smooth stout. Poured from the brown bottle with gold foil.

Completely black, tab head, slight lacing, with an intoxicating smell. Very deep tofee, chocolate smell with an almost coniac scent mixed in.(maybe it's just me). A great beer from an old brewery. What would you expect?

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some burnt orange highlights and a creamy offwhite head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells sweet and creamy with vanilla and slightly roasty notes in the background. The taste is similar, with a smooth creamy lightly roasted maltiness that is very smooth and has notes of chocolate, vanilla, and sherry. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sour finish from the grain. Quite drinkable, with its low abv and tasty creaminess, this one is a quaffer.

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

So I poured it into my Samuel Smith nonic pint glass because, come on what else am I going to use?

It's black, completely opaque. Lets put it this way, I keep forgetting the bottle is clear until I pour it. It has a thick, dare I say, voluptuous head of tan.

A nice roasty toasty malt nose with dark chocolate.

It's creamy, milky, and chocolatey across the palate. It's like a bite of chocolate followed by a quick swig of milk, which in and of itself is a delight.Oh my yes.

Quite full bodied with a velvety smooth feel. This one would make a terrific night cap or dessert beer, if you will.

Photo of Talisker
2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I wanted to love this one - sweet stouts are among my favorites. And I was delighted to find a Samuel Smith in a brown bottle - no clear glass here. But my beer was still either oxidized or just not a great sample.

Pours a deep black with a frothy deep brown head, dissipates quickly, but leaves about half a finger on top throughout the drink. Smells a rich malt, hints of chocolate, toffee, malt - and a tiny perfect hint of English hops. But dominated by a soapy oxidized/lightstruck character - damn it!

Unfortunately the taste is muted. Distant echoes of rich malt and chocolate, but oxidation continues from the nose. Very dry, even tannic, through the middle and finish - overly so, almost taking the moisture out of my mouth. Subsequent drinks are not easy to take.

A style I love, and a brewery I want to enjoy - but for English Oatmeal Stouts I'm sticking with Young's. This one keeps me batting close to .000 on Samuel Smith in bottles.

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

550 ml. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly glossy dark black color with an incredibly thick and dark tan head. Lots of air in the head but it maintains it shape, and laces the glass.

Smell: A warm and soft aroma of roasted malts and nuts.

Taste: Has a nice and somewhat subdued flavor of roasted malts, oats, and a hint of chocolate. There's a pinch of bitterness to the flavor, but also some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and incredibly smooth. Has a mild tingly feel to it as well.

Drinkability: Easier to drink than most stouts and tastes good too.

There's something a bit out of the ordinary with this beer (when compared to other stouts) but it is good! It has a somewhat cool and subdued flavor, but it works well. Not an everyday type of beer, but one that I'll surely have again.

Photo of soupyman10
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 18.7 oz bottle into a mug

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with nice brownish tints in the light, light tan one-finger foam that disappears at a medium pace, some light lacing

S - An appealig roasted malt, some sweet oatmeal smell with a little fruity sweetness tossed in

T - Strong, coffee flavor, nice roasted malt taste with some oatmeal, almost chocolate-like sweetness, a nice bitterness as well

M - Thick body, creamy, coats your mouth and keeps a nice taste with you, solid carbonation; lighter than most stouts I've had

D - The best stout I've had since I started keeping track; I read this this is Samuel Smith's flagship, and it makes sense why; it's got great flavor but is light enough for you to keep coming back for more

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

Appearance – Lovely dark brown with red highlights. Dark tan head that laces nicely.

Smell – Rich aroma, hints of chocolate, earthy oats and dark fruit.

Taste – Upfront smoky and roasty malts dominate. Nice fruity sweetness through the middle. Finishes with dark roasted malts again.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – Creamy and smooth, very enjoyable! Not heavy and quite drinkable. A small lactose-like aftertaste.

Notes: This is a great stout. One of the best I have ever had. I know this review doesn’t do the beer justice. It is complex, interesting but also flat out enjoyable. The benchmark for the style.

Photo of witster18
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout. The oatmeal gives it an interesting mouthfeel. I detect a little banana with that chocolate...maybe that's the oatmeal as well...pours nice and dark with a 1.5" head that holds nicely...not as smooth and creamy as Guinness but the flavors here are more complex and abundant.Along with the chocolate there is a great earthy sweetness. Finishes bitter chocolate with roasted malts and a bite of the alcohol characteristics late....maybe a touch too winey. Overall....Good. I have read before...and agree that this is a little overpriced...for about the same money I'd prefer St.Ambroise Oatmeal....but overall, this is way above average for sure....and definately a big notch above the mass-pro-avail stuff...very tasty! Lots of interesting flavors that unfortunately are overwhelmed by the alchohol late....
This is solid.... but a bit over-hyped!
Compared to say Great Lakes Blackout Stout or Fitzgerald Porter... this is just an overpriced import....
too good to turn down but a bit pricey if you have access to other tasty american crafts.... why pay for the shipping when there are good representations here if you know where to look....
like the silky mouthfeel and I like the alcohol presence in the aftertaste.... to some they might be negatives but this is a distinctive brew because of those specific characterstics.

with this and other SS beers my advice is only by at high volume beer specialty stores... otherwise you could get a stale bottle which leads to less carb and more wineyness....and a hangover... so be careful... freshness is important with this choice.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big forhty head that doesn't fall very fast and leaves a great lacing behind. The color is black a looks very smooth. The smell is coffee and a big chocolately taste that is very nice. The taste is even smoother with a big sweet/coffee taste. It's very smooth and velvetty. Overall I love this beer and would have some more.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark mahogany brown, almost black. Wonderful head, dark brown and bubbly. Looks menacing.

Sticky sweet, dark ripe fruits.. raisins, prunes, apples. Hop citric edge. Sour.

Creamy, thick, and smooth. Raisin/ripe-fruit. Roastedness to boot. Alcohol punch, cold. Light buttery/toffee. Bitter chocolate. Light grassy esters. Caramel sticky sweet. Moderate carbonation, crazysmooth foamation.

Like a hug in a bottle. Complex taste centered around creamy darkness. Definitely ‘not bad’, this one.

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