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

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5,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,884
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
Gots: 655 | 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 hanco005
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle, marked SG13B1, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a 2 inch dark tan fluffy head that slowly falls down to a pillow top that floats on top, lacing looks like Swiss cheese. Beautiful.

S—sweet milk chocolate, some sour, rotten fruit aroma is coming out very mildly, coffee is hidden …not what I was hoping for

T—bitter dark chocolate, bready and biscuit flavors are in here, tasting some of the sourness I smelled, faint coffee comes through in the swallow, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, but not as good as I expected, I would not seek this out, but might give it another try in the future.

Photo of gonzo138
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark black with a nice brown head that retained well and laced nicely

S- rich sweet malty smell, a little chocolatey, a little bit fruity as well

T- complements taste, sweet, chocoaltey, with just a touch of bitterness at the finish

M- medium/light body, good carbonation, flavor doesnt stick around too long in mouth

D- a very drinkable beer, goes down nice and easy, a good beer, would like to try off tap

Photo of peabody
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark concotion with very little brown to off white suds. No lacing here yet.
Smell is a dark carmelly coffee with a plum/cherry fruity aroma.
No alcohol present in the nose.
Taste is a grainy coffee bitterness with a fruity sweetness like a grape or plum. The bitterness finishes it off.
The hops are pretty prevalant here and the taste is never sweet.
This is Samuel Smith's best brew and rightfully so.
So many flavors happening here.
When you put the pint glass to your face you smell a burnt coffee aroma and the taste finishes that off nicely.
With the low ABV I could see this beer as a perfect session beer.

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

550 mL bottle into a pint glass. This one pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge on the edges. The head is a nice 3/4 in. one that kind of reminds me of the head on a root beer, only more compact. Lacing is noticable, but not anything over the top.

Smells very good; although my nose is a bit stopped up, I can smell some bready malt and maybe a tiny bit of chocolate and anise. The malt dominates the taste as well, of course. I really like the malt character in this one, and its sweetness is balanced out with just the right amount of hops (i.e. not very much). There's also a bit of a metallic taste in there somewhere -- sort of aluminum-ish (is that a word?) -- that I hadn't noticed the numerous other times I've had this beer. This is a really minor part of the taste, however. Overall, it doesn't really do much to hurt the smoothness that I love about the taste. And speaking of smoothness, the mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Smoooth and creamy, but they didn't forget to invite a little carbonation to the party. Yum.

This has always been a favorite of mine, and again I'm reminded why. After a summer chock full of hefes and pale ales, this has me really looking forward to drinking some dark beer again. If you like stouts and haven't had this, you're doing yourself a huge disservice, 'cause it's a real classic.

Photo of DieselSnorter
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a nice dark Stout color with ruby edges. I can just barely make out my 100 watt porch light when I hold it up. Poured with a nice toasty head that didn't last long, minimal lacing.

Smell: I very much enjoy the aromas given off by this beer. Very malty smell, though my smeller is somewhat untrustworthy thanks to allergies.

Taste: I'm not sure how to describe the taste. It's not as bitter as some other stouts. There is a lot going on there, I taste some nuttiness, and maybe a slight metallic tinge after swallowing, but I enjoy the particular bitterness it gives off. Not too harsh.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, actually feels lighter in my mouth that other stouts I've had. Carbonation is spot on and doesn't detract from the tastes at all.

Drinkabillity: I can see why this one is rated so high. I can see myself going back to this quite a bit. After a long day out in the sun, like I had today, it's perfect for sitting back and taking my mind off of things. Doesn't give me the same full feeling I get from other stounts, so I can see putting a few of them down in succession.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Off white head with a dark black body.The head is very frothy and its staying there.It hasnt moved any in 2 minutes.

S-Malt,I smell a faint hop pressence.It almost smells like a Bass.

T-Roasted nuts and small hints of chocolate.

M-Thick and easy going down.It sticks to your mouth.

D-I like it,Its my first oatmeal stout.I can see drinking this on a cold fall day.This is a "treat" beer as i call them.That means this couldnt be drank day in and day out,its nice to have once in a while.I would reccomend this to fellow BA's

Photo of AChamberlain
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 550ml bottle black as night.

It smelled of chocolate and malt. The taste was pretty much the same. It was sharp up front. The carbonation level was perfect and made the experience better than I was expecting. This stout was quite drinkable. I'll have another.

Will this help lower my cholesterol?

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost completely opaque body with just a slight ruby-red highlight, and a couple of fingers of tan head. Smells malty and chocolatey. Roasted coffee/chocolate and caramel dominate the flavor. A couple of slightly off flavors in the background, but roasted chocolate dominates them. Fairly sweet. Fairly full-bodied. Better than I remember. I am extremely impressed!

Photo of loving44
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear foil topped bottle; four-pack size.

Dark black with slight ruby edges, thick foamy brown/tan head that rose quickly and faded just as quickly to a thin line. Classic stout look.

Smells of rich thick oatmeal with hints of chocolate. Delicious.

Taste: quite sweet, hearty oat favor followed by sweet malts that linger, roasted coffee, little to no hop profile.

Mouthfeel : creamy and smooth, perfect carbonation. This stout is insanely drinkable.

This is one of the best oatmeal Stouts, it never lets me down when I'm in need for a rich drinkable stout. recommended!

Photo of mjc410
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a slight head, due to a light pour (I wanted the entire bottle to fit into the glass). What head it has is tan. The body is quite black, but has a lot of ruby at the edges when backlit. The nose is earthy, most likely from English hops, andquite chocolatey and roasted, too. The taste is slightly acidic, quite earthy, and finishes with light chocolate/coffee notes. I do wish it were less acidic, but it's still enjoyable. The mouth is on the fuller side, with a surprisingly high carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but certainly not worth the $5 I have to pay for it.

Photo of Slatetank
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most drinkable oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. I enjoy the results of fermentation in slate tanks. It has the best appearance, taste, and smell of them all. I like the fact that it is not too strong, so you can have several. I enjoy that it has no cloying sweetness and a crisp aftertaste. This stout has a luxurious mouthfeel and can be counted on to deliver everytime.

Photo of xoqx
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The stout pours nearly pure black, only revealing a dim brown hue when held up to the light. The massive foamy head is dark tan and was totally retained through a moderately slow drinking. I would have to say the smell has something unmistakable indicating it’s from Samuel Smith’s Tadcaster brewery. There is something underlying all their brews that comes out in the nose here. Beyond that, there are molasses, cola, rooty, licorice and anise smells; a very complex nosefull. The taste is so smooth and round on the palate with sweet, syrupy, molasses and chocolate flavors tempered by an alcoholic warming touch and a restrained hop presence. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and substantial. This is a dangerously drinkable beer considering its abv %.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although this is only my second review, I've sampled this beer many times before.

I received this sample through the generousity of Paul Bussierre and Robert Hodson of Union Beer Distributors. I'm blessed.

Appearance - dark chocolate brown/black with minimal cream espresso head. Decent head retention considering the oats.

Smell - suprisingly minimal and subdued. Definite diacytel contribution and mineral/herb profile. slight burnt nuttiness in background

Taste - Superb. Wonderful balance, full-bodied but not cloying. Perfect amount of flavor hops. Delicate roasted barley and chocolate contribution. A real gem.

Mouthfeel - one of the best in the world. Absolute velvet silky smooth oatmeat contribution. I've worked with oats in dozens of brews before. It is a common misconception that oats add a full-bodied and grainy, sweet flavor. Their contribution to the flavor is actually minimal. Their strongest influence is in the texture. The oats in Sammy's Smith's stout make this beer indellible.

Drinkability - for such a rich beer, it's an easy 5 pint session. Bravo.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, okay, big beer, big BA numbers, big legend. Lived up to the hype- to an extent.

I'm going to start in reverse in reviewing this beer. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty is way down. The burnt acidic oaky flavor make this one a little tough to get down. Very sweet, unjustly so.

Nice oak and earthy flavors. Big time whisky afterbite. In the world of stouts, Oatmeal Stouts just don't do it for me.

Not sure why, but my reivews of BA's top 100 end up being a little low!!????

Photo of Freshie
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark as crud colour with tan creamy head, that takes it's time lacing to the side.

Smell is not too strong but is pleasant. Dark molasses sweetness with earthy aromas.

The taste is malty, molasses sweet, with coffee like bitterness. An earthy oatness comes afterwards. Deep, rich, and bitter sweet.

Cola-like body leaves flavours lingering in your mouth. A bit sticky, but the taste makes you want to keep it on your taste buds as long as possible.

Photo of sinistermadman
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Beautiful pour of deep brown with ruby highlights. Nice frothy head. Excellent aroma of toasted grain, mocha, fruit and on and on. Words don't do the taste justice... Flawlessly smooth and silky presence on the palate. Perfect semi sweet finish which makes this brew so completely drinkable. Bar none a marvelous creation that deserves the attention.

Photo of palffyfan
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick brown with some amber tones. Also forms a caramel colored head with average foam. Looks nice.

Smell - Smells a pastry sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Smell is strong enough that you can smell it even a foot away from the beer.

Taste - Pretty fulfilling beer. Slightly bitter hops, with roasted malts as the predominant taste. Its certainly interesting, but I don't think it tastes as good as the only other Oatmeal Stout I've tried (Wild Goose).

Drinkability - The beer is definitely drinkable, but better beers exist as a whole and in the category. I would probably get tired of this eventually, because none of this beer's flavors have made an impact on me that would cause me to go out and get more..

Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in the brewery's imperial pint glass. 550ml bottle purchased as part of a special 4-pack of Samuel Smith brews.

Appearance- A showstopping display... the beer pours a rich toffee brown with ruby port highlights, then the head begins to develop. My glass is 50/50 beer to crown, and the structure is exceptional. Small, evenly dispersed bubbles gather together and eventually meld, popping and hissing into a soapy mat. A few bits of lacing here and there, but the eyes on this beer are a winner.

Smell- Wonderfully big, uncompromising aromas of chocolate, cream, coffee, sugar, and even berries... the latter being dense and jammy. A meal in itself, the nose is amazing on this beer.

Taste- First and foremost, the English character imparted largely from the brewery's water source is a huge factor in this beer's uniqueness. Crisp and dry, it paves the way for the flavors... an abundance of roasted malt, followed by suggestions of coffee and chocolate... finishing with a spritz of berryish fruit and a nice, mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- On the palate, this is dreamy. A light, relatively thin entrance onto the tongue expands and swells into a beautiful, mouth-filling delight... full, active, yet subtle simultaneously. Effortless... a classic in its category, and worth trying and enjoying again and again.

Photo of mnj21655
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a nice brown head. Deep red when held to the light. Nice 1" brown head, great lacing. Sweet malts and oats combine to smell reminiscent of caramel and chocolate... simply excellent. Mild taste, slightly of bitter hops and oats but is dominated by a great malty, caramel, chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is great, nice medium body, with relatively low carbonation and a great aftertaste. Great drinkability. This is another offering from Samuel Smith's that I will definately have again. If you like stouts this is a must have.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with ruby hues when held to light. The beer has a nice tan colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is of roasted malts with some chocolate also present.

Tasted is initially chocolate with some roasted malts followed by a dark roasted coffee bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable and one of my favorites.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a foiled 12 oz bottle.

A- Dark brown, reddish highlights. Decent head with a good pour. Settles to a thin tan layer of foam and leave lacing around the top of the glass.

S- Woody, burnt, malty.

T- Dry and smokey. Hints of charcoal and sweet rye. Starts out crisp and hickory, finishes dry. A nice little bit of chemistry as the flavor changes.

M- Really interesting. A dry feeling on the sides of the tongue and a sweet feeling in the back. This gets your whole tongue dancing. Really well done.

D- I'd drink it for a night. Not too sweet, not too dry. Just right. This is a great oatmeal stout.

Photo of Daredevil
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opaque with silky smooth texture ... medium dry palate with a sweet & sour like finish ...

You can't go wrong with Sam Smith, the Tadcaster brewery. I haven't tasted anything average from this producer yet (the Organic Ale comes closest to "average") and I hope the company will never be tempted to cash in on some horrid licenced stuff ... this one is a refreshing, nutritious stout ...

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Among all the beers I've tried...this is still probably my favorite which says a lot. Deliciously dark stout, organic, oaty flavor that is just plain and simple. I've sampled plenty of oatmeal stouts and they honestly can't hold a candle to the magic that samuel smith puts into ever pint. It set a new standard for my enjoyment of stouts in general...as a side note, i haven't had a bad beer from samuel smith yet and i've sampled all but maybe two of them it is truly a fine brewery.

Photo of msolar
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite arguably my favorite beer.

A very rich, dark color that always surprises you the bottle is clear glass (and not tinted). A thick pour that leaves a nice ½” of head at the top. Creamy with a nice bitter flavor.

An Oatmeal Stout + beautifully grilled steak and I’m in heaven.

Photo of Neehan
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an onyx black with a thick tan/offwhite head that thins down to a ring and leaves a webbing on the glass. Smells of nuts, toffee, caramel, coffee and oatmeal. Sweet with a touch of bitter. Exceptionally smooth taste with the same complexities of the aroma with a touch of a mild aftertaste. Very rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel. Thick, warming and satisfying. Very drinkable in both taste and texture though a bit filling. Makes a wonderful compliment to a meal and great as a dessert by itself.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,884 ratings.