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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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4,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 4918
Reviews: 2089
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%

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 peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown near black colour, slight off white head, light lace spots. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee, faint alcohol and subtle chocolate notes, there is also a metallic presence that is there. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee initially, a light chocolate and mild acidity show up after that, there is also a light astringency in there. Good mouthfeel light creamy feel, medium carbonation. Drinks pretty good overall, not my favorite but quite a solid effort that is worth trying or revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:56:27 | More by peensteen
Photo of antlerwrestler19


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The actual poor resembles a light black/dark brown coffee color but once the brew settles it is oily black with a tan frothy crown that rests upon the brew as light as air. Smells of sweet chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, and a hint of bitter acidity - nice and pleasant. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roast malt, subtle earthy hops, definite kick of the oatmeal in this stout. The mouthfeel is silky smooth up front followed by a minute amount of poppy carbonation. A decent beer by any standards, easy to find, nice and cheap, and quite satisfying on a cool night. It's not my go to available stout but it gets the job done right.


Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 05:29:21 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of FlemingVSKing


3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a great brew but I have one big issue with it

It's all oatmeal and the result is a very dry aftertaste and feel taht leaves you pining for a glass of water

If you love pure oatmeal stouts, this one was made with great craft and I love it's history and tradition

Personally though I'd like a little cinnamon or cream or some other addition flavors to help give it a better balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:35:57 | More by FlemingVSKing
Photo of Biermiester

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - when poured into a pint glass this beer looks great, dark brown/black appearance is amazing.

S - a little disappointing I really had a high expectation on this one. Sweet smell not to over whelming but still the look doesn't fit the smell.

T - not what you would expect, very nutty, sweet taste, pretty good but not knock out.

MF - darn good

O - I like it, and you will too. It is not one of those stouts that will have you telling your friends but it is good enough to drink on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:42:51 | More by Biermiester
Photo of Globetrotter


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

Clear 12 oz bottle. No freshness or ingredient info. Gold foil around the neck.

Dark ruby burgundy, rather clear, under a voluminous three+ finger head that settled pretty quickly to half a pencil's worth of head for the duration., leaving a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nuts and raisin nose. The mouth is fairly flat and rather syrupy heavy. Nice smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus sour element to balance the bready grain. A touch of smooth bitter hops struggle to emerge from the oatmeal blanket, and do leave some notes in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly raisin, with a touch of lemon. Maybe the bottle was light struck, but this was not the knock-out brew I had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 03:02:01 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of hanco005


3.63/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 14:41:16 | More by hanco005
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:32:01 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of adamette


3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear bottle that I thought was a brown bottle a few hours ago.

A deep, Deep purple, almost black body with 5% light coming through. 2 inch thick head, light brown. Very pleasing appearance.

S Dark molasses

T Dark Chocolate, molasses, not overly alcoholic or heavy though, a gentle darkness if you will. One of the best Stouts that I have ever had. I am not a stout fan but this one is pretty good!

M Certainly full. It has the feel of a mouthful of bread.

D Fair due to heaviness but aren't all stouts?

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:13:23 | More by adamette
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

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

550ml bottle pored into standard pint glass

a: deep amber color, almost black, decent 1/2" head with nice retention, plenty of carbonation

s: sweet malt, chocolate

t: sweet up front with oat, chocolate, and malt. finish dry like most stouts.

m&d: medium mouthfeel, nice stout mouthfeel. A little heavier than a Irish Dry stout. Very drinkable brew.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:57:39 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Monsteruss


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

The foam was thick, semi-dark wheat in color, smooth and lacey. The color was deep,dark opaque chocolate brown cola. The smell was a deep oatmeal with chocolate highlights, nutty accents and a barley overtone. The taste was crisp, thick deepness of oatmeal and slight chocolate accents. Nice hops andd wheat balance. Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, crisp, thick and semi-light viscous. Drinkability - a real good crisp stout. The only thing I really didn't like about this beer was the somewhat watered down feel in the aftertaste. Overall...not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:30:53 | More by Monsteruss
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United Kingdom (England)

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

550ml bottle from my local Beer Monger...

Pours with a nice 1/4" head, fading to a respectable carpet of dancing tight bubbles that hang around with good lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, dried fruits, a touch of coffee and good quality beef stock.

Initially sweet but not overly so.. More dried fruit.. Waiting for some toasted malt or hop bitterness to balance, but don't get alot.. Some mild toasty notes with light, not unpleasant floral esters at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Was hoping for a real chewiness, but it is a wee bit lacking. Still quite thick and delicious, which is one of the reasons I enjoy this style, but compared with others only so-so..

Had originally scored this higher in the drinkability stakes, but after getting halfway through, I do think it is a touch on the sweet side. Having said that, you could easily twist my arm to have another.

While in my humble opinion this isn't in the top level of stouts, I did enjoy this drop and definitely one I'd have again..

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 20:17:00 | More by Trizzle
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New Hampshire

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

22oz bomber poured into a chilled pint glass.

Heavy pour yielded ~1" of foam that threatened to overflow the glass (and would have if not for some slurping intervention). Dense tan foam has an odd orange hue to it and leaves tons of lace. Nose is bitter molassas, dark malt, liccorice. Taste is smoke, wood, toffee, smoke and a bit of orange rind in the finish. Smell and taste are both a bit subdued, not as robust as I hoped. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Despite the aforementioned shortcomings, I do find it enjoyable and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:03:38 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of hayes31


3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 550ml bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A gorgeous beer with an average head. Great smell about it, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste, it was almost a little sour. But a very strong oatmeal flavor to it, which I enjoyed.

Overall, it's a good beer but not for me, I much prefer something dryer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:18:53 | More by hayes31
Photo of BarryMFBurton


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

Never had anything from Samuel Smith, but this particular brew has been on my list for quite a while. The name “Oatmeal Stout” is different, yes, and it definitely used to turn me off (I’m not a fan of oatmeal in the slightest). Now, however, I find it nothing less than intriguing.

A: This one pours a thick, syrupy black. There’s only the tiniest bit of light that’s getting through the body. The head is big and dark brown. Intimidating.

S: There’s a ton of sugar in the nose. Brown sugar and cinnamon – not surprising for oatmeal. Chocolate and the bitter hints of yeast.

T: There’s a nice dry breadiness that comes across the entire palate. Not as sweet as the nose, but I like that; it allows more of the mellow barley flavors to come out. The sweet is in the form of milky chocolate and wheaty banana. It’s a good blend of simple flavors, but it’s a bit bland at times. It’s smooth and balanced in a way that doesn’t let a whole lot of flavors emerge. Still, a nice sipper.

M: The flavors almost beg for this to be a thick drinker. Its syrupy look is quite contrary to the in-mouth texture. Just because it’s surprising, though, doesn’t mean it’s bad. In this case, it doesn’t serve the palate in the best way.

O: I really wanted to love this beer. Unfortunately, it had the elements I don’t like about oatmeal – improper texture and taste that, at times, is pretty bland. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s definitely not in my hall of fame.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 20:56:43 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost exactly what I expected. A very nice and enjoyable brew but nothing to stand up and get excited about.
Everything in this Stout was sound. The pour was good, the head was stable. The aroma was sound, the taste was big and smooth, the finish was fine.
But there was just something missing for me. It wasn't exciting!
A very good Stout, something I would recommend, but something I just cant jump up and down about

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:29:39 | More by rdilauro
Photo of palffyfan


3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 22:25:58 | More by palffyfan
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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had myself a 22 oz. bottle of this stuff that I poured into a pint glass - well, the 16 oz. that fit anyway...

Pretty impressive coloration - very dark, almost black, opaque with a creamy tan/brownish head that was about a finger and a half in thickness. Good lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma of dark chocolate, sweet oatmeal with cinnamon and a bit of hop bitterness, although a bit muted. Did detect a bit of funkiness in there, although I wasn't too sure of where it came from.

Taste was good but not great. There was a thick dark chocolate flavor, the sweetness of the roasted malts with the hops coming in right away.

Mouthfeel was good for a stout, creamy and thick and definitely left a slick feeling on your tongue.

Overall a good brew, but not as good as Young's Oatmeal Stout. I wouldn't pass this brew up but I'm not going out of my way to get it. It's session-able (if that's a word) but I wouldn't have more than 2 in a night personally.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 06:40:30 | More by davexisxrabid
Photo of veritas88


3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I did a terrible pour the first time, so the head was huge. Second time head was much better, poured a very dark brown with a hint of dark red, and the head was a nice tan color, didn't last long but had lots of lacing.

Smell wasn't very strong at first, got but stronger as it got warm. Smells like bread, maybe a little bitter. Reminds me of some sort of food roasting in the oven.

Tastes surprisingly light for how dark the color is. Very smooth. Tastes a little smoky or roasted. Just a tad sweet, and not as bitter as I was expecting from how it smells. I keep getting a little bit of metallic aftertaste, which I don't really like. Metallic taste keeps getting stronger the more I drink it.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. Almost creamy, but not annoyingly so. Very good.

Drinkability: the alcohol is very warm to me, but I don't taste it. I think it's a little heavy to drink a lot of, but it's definitely worth trying.

Overall it's pretty good, the mouthfeel is great.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:19:20 | More by veritas88
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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at around 57F into a pint glass.

A - Best part of this beer for me. Really great head developed, even though I poured mostly down the side. Cocoa brown and creamy, really long lasting. The body is dark brown and opaque until held right up to the light, and then appears rich burgundy.

S - Very malty and roasted grain. Maybe just a trace of sweet alcohol.

T - The malt is most present, some smokiness and a touch of the oatmeal at the finish. To be totally honest its bland for me, in comparison to all of the other Oatmeal Stouts I've tried this year (and that is nearing a dozen as of this writing).

M - Nice and creamy when quaffed right away, as it appears. It is a little bitter and it finishes very clear, pretty nicely done.

O - Theres nothing wrong with it but I am not wowed. American micros are brewing better examples of the style and they are easier on the wallet too. Those are the ones I will be going back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 04:28:49 | More by bambam2517
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Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours what seems black but appears deep dark red when held up to the light. Good carbonation coming up with a really creamy, fluffy beige head. Solid half rings of lace half way down the glass and a half finger of retention.

S - Roasty, cola, brown sugar, cereal, chocolate.

T - Cola, brown sugar, chocolatey sweetness. Roasted coffee beans. Cola note comes on stronger than I'd like. Flavour comes out richer and chocolatier as it warms but the cola flavour still lingers there.

M - Good carbonation, roasted coffee bean and dry finish with some cola. Creamy medium body.

O/D - Cola note holds it back, otherwise it's not too shabby. On the sweeter end of the spectrum. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 17:07:28 | More by tbeckett
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost pitch black in colour, the tan head on this brew didn't last too long. Nice malty caramel aroma with chocolate notes. Surprisingly carbonated and bitter. I didn't get any of the coffee notes that I was expecting, but I did get more malt and chocolate. A bit thin bodied, but still an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 20:48:30 | More by fisherman34
Photo of hero27


3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear 550ml bottle...gold foil wrapped over the neck & cap.

Looks great..dark brown with a beige head that holds like a champ. Aroma of caramel malts..like a Werther's Original candy with a roasted character.and then..yep, there it is.. Euro-skunk. More than a faint hint of skunkiness too...and unfortunately this is all too common with the Sam Smith's I have tried. Someone please inform me the rationality of having clear beer bottles that intend to be shipped halfway around the globe. Obviously this would be much better in it's home country, but I just can't give it the really high marks it probably deserves until the brewers can properly bottle and ship their beers to my door.
Do this beer (and yourself) a favor and let this warm up..the flavors get much more evident and mouthfeel is very creamy, despite it being somewhat thin. Drinkability is great for a nut brown...just wish I could try this on-tap somewhere so I could try an untainted version.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 04:54:25 | More by hero27
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally got a bottle of this stuff that wasn't skunked....it came in a beer gift set box with no light hitting it.
appearance: dense black color, with a nice tan head. yep that's a stout.

smell: ok there's some skunk, but i'm used to it with this one. still great with lots roasted malts. some chocolate. i can smell the "creaminess" of the oats

taste: some competing flavors. the skunk and the roasted barely duke it out. hints of coffie in here

mouthfeel: it's got a great creamy mouthfeel, no doubt due to the oats. yet it still is somewhat watery.

drinkability: it's good but after a bottle i've had enough. a classic beer that is good...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 05:43:08 | More by pjwilson
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark red mahogany in color. Reasonable sized head that looks a little fizzy and faded pretty quick. Pretty good, sticky looking lacing.

Dark berry scented. Vinous and licorice scents are intertwined. A cold alcohol bite too. Not particularly strong scented though.

Definitely tastes of oats. Some sweet chocolate and berry flavors. A dark licorice flavor too. Again, not particularly strong. Seems a little weak actually.

Sweet, creamy mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness at the finish. Meduim bodied. Mildly aggressive carbonation. Not too bad on this end.

Not a bad little stout, but it does feel like a little stout. I was hoping the flavor would be a little more aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 08:58:33 | More by skillerified
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a moderately opaque black color. Head formation is very strong, and is mocha colored. Head is well retained.

S - Light in smell - at best i can detect some of the roasted malts and a yeasty scent.

T - Starts off with a mostly sweet flavor, not that balanced. Mid-stream is more of the same, with some bitterness forming. Finishes with more of the trademark oatmeal astringency that I come to love w/ this flavor of beer. There is some of that acidity that I've seen in this style before that is not necessarily pleasant.

M - Moderate body - light for today's stout. Carbonation that was obvious in the appearance isn't as much in the mouthfeel. Little residue from the beer.

D - Easy to drink - ABV is not high for the beer style. Not overly filling by any means. Flavors are muted, so it wouldn't become a wear on the tongue. Only knock here is the existence of that acidity that just doesn't go well over a session.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 22:06:30 | More by katan
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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