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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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5,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,535
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 220
Gots: 469 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 cerevisiaephilus
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Great nose, little funky, lots of character, kinda leathery but more appealing than that. Good rich flavor, a bit funky, really satisfying. Good chocolate malt flavor with the rich earthy funk really make this beer enjoyable. Could be a little sweeter or something to up the mouthfeel, but other than that, I really enjoy it.

cerevisiaephilus, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle, with foiled cap, part of the Samuel Smith's Selection Box, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a frothy tan head forms on top of a barely translucent dark mahogany liquid. The head was impressively sized, and showed good staying power. Nice strong aroma, mainly of heavy dark malts, and the taste echos that, with the hearty taste associated with those grains. An aftertaste lingers of chocolate, with a slight undertone of coffee as well. A thoroughly enjoyable stout.

ppoitras, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully, nice dark black. Provides a 2-3 finger head, nice and soapy. Head lasts a good while. When held up to light, produces a nice red-brown. Smells like molasses cookies, sweet but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel surprisingly. Not too heavy, but assertive. Strong molasses taste, but hops keep sweetness in check. Great beer, could definitely put a few back if it were just a little less expensive.

Southernbrew, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of krberg
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers. Thick and black with a tan head I alway think of it as a grown-up's Guinness. It has a wonderful roasty taste that is almost over-powering, but falls short and disappears into a smooth sweetness that reminds me of milk stouts. I have been drinking this beer longer than any other craft beer and it has yet to disappoint me. It feels appropriately thick and rich and really just satisfying. I don't think any stout lover would have difficulty putting quite a few of these away.

krberg, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of Zorro
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a proper Guinness glass so that it can be properly evaluated.

Pours a super dark brown/black, holding it up to strong light shows that this is in fact clear with red highlights.

Smell is Wow this is a Stout? Smells intensely fruity and complex like Belgian Strong brown ale. Probably 100 individual smells in this, coffee, toffee, orange, cinnamon, peaches, tutty fruity, and more. Probably one of the most fragrant brews in the world.

Tastes strongly of coffee and chocolate. Fruit flavors are here too, lots of apple, a bit of caramel, earthy flavors like olives.

Mouthfeel is hearty and thick.

Super drinkable. I don't normally really like Stout beer; this brew changed my point of view on this style of beer.

Zorro, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my glass to produce a giant creamy head - I had a Pavlovian response almost immediately. The beer had a deep, mahogany appearance, with maybe a bit of red coloring if the light hit it just so. Smell was inviting - a warm, malt smell and some dark fruit smells on top. The flavor was beautifully full, and maintains dimension without being overly complex. There is a wonderul sweetness that accompanies this beer. The roof of my mouth hummed with bitter while the tongue smiled in sweetness. Great beer - but what else can we expect from Sammy Smith.

GuinnessSmurf, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown. dense, and sticky body that is not quite opaque with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Thick tall khaki head formed easily and receded to a quarter inch thick layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Wonderful lacing and head retention and medium carbonation. Smells like lightly roasted grains, caramel, and honey. Flowery hops with very mild bitterness. Taste leans definitely towards toward the fruity sweet end of the spectrum, with a mixture of plums, raisins, and cherries. Warming and soothing with a mouthfeel that is a bit thinner than most stouts. A restrained sweet stout that is easy to drink.

rajendra82, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a pitch-black brew with a nice dark foamy head. Aroma is very sweet with linger of maltness. Taste is very sweet with some coffee and chocolate. No strong aftertaste or bitterness. This is a very creamy, easy beer. You can go wrong with that oatmeal stout if you’re a fan of the style.

Phyl21ca, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of Jables
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with thin tan head.

Aroma is sweet, aromatic and a hit of tartness.

That tartness comest through a little bit in the flavor but it's mostly sweet, smooth, and really creamy.

The mouthfeel, you guessed it, smooth and creamy, really awesome stuff.

The drinkability is great, yeah it's roasted like most stouts are but the oatmeal makes it so smooth you can just sit back, relax and enjoy this one.

Jables, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good and dark with a substantial tan head. Impressive to look at.

Great nose on this beer. Chocolate, coffee, malt and a hint of hops. Real nice mix, not overpowering, quite inviting.

Lots of sweet, roasted malt in this baby. Sweet but not cloying, with just a touch of bitter hops to finish. Clear, clean chocolate and coffee flavours make this a wonderfully toothsome beer. Good intro for a newbie stout drinker

TerryW, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice dark black color with a lite velvety head

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with hints of english hops. A thick malty aroma that is very inviting.

Taste: big bodied with a nice smooth taste. Its slightly sweet in the begining but soon become mildly bitter. The taste is creamy and lite on the tongue with a nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Overall a wonderful oatmeal stout, a must try

Elemental, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Velvety dark coffee brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has that distinct Sam Smith sweet yeast smell, along with sweet roasted malts. Taste is smooth, moderately sweet, with mellow roasted malts throughout. Also some fruitiness (like all SS beers). Delicious. Good smooth feel, if maybe a tad watery. Very drinkable; I just wish it was cheaper!

alexgash, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep, dark mahogany brown with lighter brown, almost ruby, highlights. The cap has the color and surface texture of a freshly-baked oatmeal cookie. It's frothysticky, reasonably persistent and leaves a few small sheets and a few wisps of lace behind when it fades.

The nose is a little more subdued than some stouts, but a chocolate-covered coffee bean character is evident. Flavors include warm molasses cookies and coffee, along with very little chocolate. Oatmeal comes to the forefront as it warms and the beer becomes even more delicious as a result.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft, smooth and not especially creamy. There's a little too much carbonation for my tastes.

This is supremely drinkable beer that I'm enjoying immensely. Here's the short version of this review: Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a widely available, easy drinking, delicious version of an oatmeal stout and is one that will always have a place in my beer fridge.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark and slightly syrupy with just a shard of ruby shining through the pint glass. Ample (3+ finger) head reminiscent of taffy shrinks rather quickly, but a small pile persists throughout. Gorgeous.

A cidery, fermented smell that reminds me of Fall takes the forefront here, followed by warmer, heavier notes of molasses and char. A hint of rindy, hoppy bitterness lingers.

The smell is a solid indicator of the taste, with the same molasses presence dominating, joined by the sweet wholesome toastiness of oats as well as notes of dark chocolate, French Roast and roasted chicory. The finish on this one is quite syrupy, with just enough of a crisp hoppiness to keep the sweetness out of the "sickly" category.

This beer drinks like part of this complete breakfast. The astringency and heaviness of the beer make for some interesting sensations in the mouth. Carbonation low, but serves its purpose.

The drinkability is this stout's weak link in my humble estimation. Certainly something to nurse for a while and enjoy the nuances of as it warms.

MobBarley, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black with dark root beer brown hues escaping the edges. Big creamy brown head that got chunky as it slowly fell. Great lace. Nice start. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Hints of caramel and spiciness.
Sweet and tangy flavors of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.
Finishes bittersweet with hints of caramel and molasses/licorice. Beautifully balanced by mildly citric hops. Outstanding!
Medium bodied. Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel and zippy carbonation make for an extremely quaffable offering.
Top of the line Oatmeal Stout.

rkhaze, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as chewy and more drinkable thant St. Ambroise. Dark brown with sudsy head. Drink your oatmeal! Taste is strong in-you-face. Almost thought it was a higher alcohol content. Nice with my roast beef lunch. Had a second almost two years later and my mates didn't like it, but I liked understated stout taste.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the bomber at the Eats Ave. Wegman's. It poured a deep black colour with the perfect head of a dark tan hue. The smell was of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight bit of hops. The taste was wonderful with the taste of chocolate ant coffee being the strongest part of it. There was also hints of roasted grains and malts. Just the right amount of hops were also added were I could taste them, but not too much. It went down smooth. Maybe too smooth because I want more.

CBFanWish, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours as dark as a moon less night, black as a Raven, darker than the inside of a cow, I think you get the picture, head is Bunyanesque in size, spumous in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the resultant lace a thick and glutinous blanket to obscure the glass. Ah that smell, rich sweet malt, toasted grains, coffee, earthy, sweet milk chocolate, a treat for the ocular and olfactory sense, start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hops delectable and the aftertaste a blend of malts, hops and toasted grains, quite dry and pleasant, a long time favorite stout that never fails to please, and one that always occupies my DBF.

Gusler, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like most other stouts. Near pitch black, opaque liquid, with a tan head. The flavor really blows me away. Huge coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. This is maybe the most flavorful Stout I have come across. Definitely a dessert beer, that I could not even think about sessioning. This is one that has a lot going on, and improves as it warms.

TastyTaste, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark syrup pour with a small head. The explosion of flavor is quite startling if you are not prepared for it. The malt is very well balanced and is not too heavy. Mouthfeel is excellent and this coaxes this bier to disappear quickly.

this bier could turn most people into stout lovers without a doubt.


BierManVA, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep dark brown, allowing light through only at the edges with a ruby-russet glow. A thick light tan head blossoms but settles quickly to a mottled plateau of froth. There's considerable pretty, variegated lacing.

The thick, oaten aroma almost smells like breakfast. Underneath the earthy sweetness lies a sherry/port vinous note melded with an air of currants.

The flavor delivers what the aroma promises, a dense, moderated sweetness of chewy oatmeal. The port and currants are resurrected in the middle of the mouthful. Still, the oatmeal pervades, almost like the dust covering the inside of a box of the milled oats. It gives way to a long-lingering bitter-sweetness at the back of the tongue. Throughout, the flavor maintains a texture that is almost tangibly chewy.

Thick and heavy bodied, tendrils of dark syrup coat and distribute oaty goodness all about the mouth, feeling almost like light molasses. It fills your mouth and virtually begs you to chew it.

If only it were socially acceptable to drink your breakfast, this would replace eggs and bacon, or scrapple, for me. It's just sweet enough to be a treat, with plenty of peripheral notes to intrigue the palate. It's full and earthy, never cloying, and so wonderfully refreshing. Despite its considerable heft, the lower ABV helps make it delightfully fresh and drinkable.

Foxman, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balck wonderful brew with nice foamy tan head that falls to nice tan ring following the beer down. Smells of roasted malts, oats good earthy smelling brew of substance. Taste is perfect roasted malt, sweet oats with hints of coffee, chocolate, carmel and more sweet wonderful brew with touch of bitterness at the end to bring eveything together perfectly. Mouthfeel is great, you could almost live on this beer alone my favorite stout as of present can't imagine getting much better then this. Why can't all beer be this good?

mntlover, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light brown, one-fingered head, fades soon and leaves little lace. Light-medium carbonation. Deep red/amber color. Nose is a light roasted coffee. Heavy bodied, beefy malty/hoppy taste but has a sweetness to it, very smooth, very drinkable; $8.99 for a 4-pack of 12oz. Also $3 for a 550ml bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

jdhilt, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of fes1
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never tried an Oatmeal stout and was looking forward to
trying this product. The description on the box was interesting
mentioned that outmeal stout used to be consumed by
athletes training for events.

Tasted very nice, not overpowering.
Full bodied flavor and a very rich head.
The aroma was pleasant, and the taste was amazing.

fes1, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of findlayfan
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium, light brown head.

Very nice, quite complex nose.

Very dark brown body with a few bubbles.

Good, full taste and mouthfeel, with a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout - perhaps a bit overpriced (at least in my local market).

findlayfan, Jan 02, 2004
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,535 ratings.