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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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of dtivp
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a nice one finger tan head nice retention and very little lacing on the glass

Aroma of oatmeal with very slight hints of chocolate and dark malt

Taste started sweet with the oat and chocolate then a slight smoke ending with the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body with very light carbonation, very smooth.

This is a very nice beer at a low abv, I do prefer stouts to have a little more bitterness, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep dark brown/black with a slight head. Not much in a distinct aroma. The taste has a little acidity to it. A good session brew with the low ABV. This is the first ale that got me started on the stout kick. I can remember being in college and having this for the first time in between classes in business college. Their are stout styles out their that offer more in terms of favor IMO.

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Photo of DeauxBoy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle into nonic pint glass

A: Thick, dark black with two finger tan head that shrinks slowly to about half an inch and sticks all over the glass

S: Sweet malty goodness that reminds me of of cane syrup/molasses

T: Smooth, sweet and malty. Sweetness lingers a while with a taste of brown sugar that is cut by a slight, hop bitterness, then a roasty finish

M & D: Nice, smooth; very "comfortable" to drink. Hearty, without being overly filling. Good, cool weather dessert beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark with a creamy brown head that stays for some time.

S: A little light on the smell. Otherwise the regular roasty chocolatey notes of a stout.

T: Yeah that's pretty good. The oats really come through. A little gross bitterness but some good chocolate.

M: A little light on the mouthfeel here. Sits nice but so so light.

Overall not a bad beer. I guess I was expecting more based on the scores online. It's good but not mind blowing.

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Photo of rdub
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 50 degree chilled bottle. Dark as night with a tight tan head and lacing. The smell was fantastic and was better to me than the taste. Roasty toasty malt with a touch of hops. The beverage was bone dry but right for the style. Easily drinkable and a nice brew.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, Whats with the clear glass bottle. Poured a dark chocolate brown, with a chocolate head that slowly receded leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, however the taste didn't live up to the aroma. Sweet from the malt with some coffee but little else. Not bad, but not the best Oatmeal stout I've had. Overall it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of gr0g
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with the usual awesome head I've noticed on Sam Smith beers. Retention is impressive, lacing even more so. As far as looks go, this is just about perfect for a stout. Less of a treat for the nose than the eye. Malty and earthy, a bit of cocoa. The aroma is altogether somewhat weak and pedestrian.

Malty and dry in flavor, finishing with a hoppy bitterness. The silky smooth mouthfeel expected of an oatmeal stout is there. Chewy enough for a stout in the 5% range. Dry, roasty malt note dominates, with a bit of licorice backing it up.

Save for the average aroma, this is a more than worthy stout with good flavor while also being sessionable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with red hanging around the edges. A two-fingered, fluffy medium tan head develops from the pour into a slightly tilted pint glass. Head dissipates to less than a single finger width in under 60 seconds but leaves some decent lace behind. Head is but a thick film after a few more minutes.
Smell is malty with notes of peat, cardboard, sourness, smoke and coffee with a whiff of white grape. Decently balanced and complexity as expected of such a highly rated beer, though the grape and sour notes are unexpected.
Taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and maybe some caramel(?) with a medicinal note in the aftertaste. Well balanced.
Less body than I anticipated, not really much more than medium, effervescence is appropriate, just under middle-of-the-road with a sharpness on the tip of the tongue. A beer you could easily drink several of over the evening due to the low ABV but I just don't get the appeal of this brew. I'm sure its better on tap (what isn't) but this is just not grabbing me. Though it is better than standard Guinness, it's less than Guinness Foreign Extra and many others.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle...

Appearance: Pitch black with tan head that lingered.

Smell: overtones with a rich malt nose.

Taste: Immediate bitter coffee taste with a dry aftertaste. This is a little harsh. Not as smooth as some of the other oatmeals, such as Young's or McNeill's. It is, however, very unique and unquestionably an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: It's got a bite to it. Pretty "chewy".

Drinkability: In a word, no.

Not too bad of a brew. I think there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Holiday gift box which I purchased at Martignetti's

Appearance = Beautiful looking dark brown, nearly black as night. Great 1/2'' head, which slowly faded into about 1/8'' and left some really nice lacing.

Smell = Rich hearty toasted malts. Tangy alcohol like flavor reminescent of good whiskey. A good overall scent.

Taste = I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but I can appreciate this and know its a darn good one. Dark, robust flavors of burnt, toasted malt. The right amount of sugar to compliment the more harsh flavors. Leaves a pleasant smoky aftertaste in the mouth.

Overall = Recommended for fans of stouts. This isn't a style I particularly enjoy but I can appreciate this as an excellent representative.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a few light brown edges showing. Head is light brown in color, very thick and creamy. Retention is well above average and lacing is decent.

Smells of chalky minerals, Nestle milk chocolate powder and some dark fruit...raisins and brown sugared figs.

Taste is sweet milky chocolate with a slightly sour flavor and a bit of roast. The carbonation is low and it is not as creamy feeling as I expect in an oatmeal stout. There is also a bit of fruitiness that detracts from the smoothness of the beer. Maybe it is the brewery, but I have yet to be overly impressed with a Sam Smith's beer. It's a good brew, no doubt, but I can think of more than a few other oaty stouts I would pick before this one.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby black with a pillowy, tawny head that holds forever. Quiet nose, oats and some vanilla. All sorts of malt: black strap molasses, brown sugar sweetness, tones of chocolate and coffee. Round and smooth feel. Herbal hops cut at the end.

Good reference point for what an oatmeal stout should be. These just drink too smooth to taste sometimes!

2nd tasting: Too much licorice, too many RIS vinous notes and too salty. -.5 to taste.
UK drinkers wonder why US beer geeks worship Sam Smith, and I'm starting to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, too. Not their best and not the best Oatmeal stout, either.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout guy, but trying to expand my horizons beyond Guiness.

A: pours black with a thick tan head that lasts the whole time, leaves significant lacing.

S: to be honest I didn't pick up much if anything. Maybe some slight bready notes, but very little.

T: not nearly as dry and intimidating as it looks! Obviously heavy on the malt notes, the taste of dark toast with just a tiny bit of sweetness that finishes with just a slight dryness

M: this one is full bodied, like a meal in a glass, thick and creamy

D: pleasantly surprised by this one. Obviously Guiness gave me a one sided example of the style. Quite drinkable!

I still would not call myself a stout guy, but this definitely improves my opinion of the style. Much more drinkable than Guiness, I am not left w/ the cottonmouth, burn toast aftertaste that I get from it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as near black as you can get, with a modest tan head that left some spot lacing. The smell is a bit faint but has a coffee syrup aroma. The taste of the oatmeal stout is not as pronounced as Smith's Imperial. It has a subtle roasted flavor, bit semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is as smooth as it gets, velvety. This is probably the most drinkable stout that I have had. It is very balanced and smooth, a tad bitter a tad sweet. I very much like this style however the taste doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: The taste doesn't overpower like other stouts. Taste is toasty and burnt. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, thin, and kinda oily.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy chestnut tone with a solid two finger frothy, light brown head; retention is moderate and leaves patchy lacing.

somewhat underwhelming nose is marked by roasted malt, coffee, and the vague suggestion of molasses... smooth, more lively taste - oatmeal represented up front and the roasted malt and coffee coming mid-palate. some molasses and bit of bitterness coming through in the finish. flavors become more well-defined as the beer warms. all in all, a tasty stout that certainly holds its own, but for me it lacks any type of wow factor.

smooth, medium plus-bodied mouthfeel with middling carbonation. high marks for drinkability, as i would have no problem putting away multiple glasses.

original review: 10-02-2010

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Photo of theRealDeal
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a thick tan head.

S: Chocolaty and coffee notes.

T: Chocolate, some oatmeal taste, and a little coffee, it does have a metallic taste.

M: Smooth, pretty creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: Definitely drinkable, wouldn't mind drinking another one. A very solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured not too cold, in a goblet. Black, with two fingers of tan head that go down fairly quickly. Pleasant smell of caramel and bread, chocolate, vanilla, but the whole smell is pretty faint.

Malty sweetness - chocolate malt, roasted barley, oatmeal. Creamy body at first, but it goes watery unless swallowed a little hastily. Finish is short. Too subdued for my taste. Fine without aggressive burned flavors, but more malt and more bitterness would help, I think. I would start with some hops - There's practically no bitterness or hop flavor/aroma. And the body is good for beer in general, but not really for oatmeal stout. A good, drinkable beer, I'll try it again sometime - judging by the other reviews, this may not be a fresh bottle.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on January 17 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


This pours a coffee like color and damn does it look enticing. The head was barely there and I really don't really expect it to stay long with as fast as it's leaving. The color of it in the glass it just black. If the color ever enveloped me in a sudden moment I would only assume that I died.


On small breath-ins it smells like coffee, but if you take it in deep then the chocolate is nice and strong. The smell just feels dark and damn do I want to take this in.


This taste like a damn strong delicious coffee. The taste oddly does not stay strong as it's first taste. The aftertaste is not completely bitter, but it does leave a slight sweet chocolate feel. It's almost a dark chocolate. It leaves a Italian roast taste rather than a French toast taste. This is not my favorite style of coffee, but at least it leaves a desired taste.


The mouthfeel is slightly smooth, but with a mild carbonation feel. This drink coats the entire mouth that is just a magical feeling knowing that this drink could last that much longer in my mouth.


This drink does hit some nice points, but it's not all there. The coffee is all there, but I do like a bit more chocolate to my mouthfuls. As a stout it's all there, but there are other stouts that are so much more. I know that this ranks well as an oatmeal stout, but it doesn't beat out a top notch Imperial Russian Stout.

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Photo of joyastarr
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this almost opaque black beer into my glass and noticed a nice tan head that stuck to the glass throughout my entire drinking experience...yum! It smelled slightly sweet and chocolaty with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth, sweet, and bold. It's "oatmeal" label made the oat-taste stand out in my mind, but the flavor was filled mostly with coffee, chocolate, and perhaps some kind of herb like rosemary perhaps. There wasn't much carbonation and had a nice malty finish. As far as stouts go, this one is pretty good. I wouldn't have minded another bottle.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours jet black with a light tan head. Lots of lacing and good head retention.

S: Some roasted malt with a touch of sweetness. The smell is not overpowering like it is with some stouts, this one is more subtle.

T: Dark roasted malt, a bit of bitter dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of sweetness. It's smooth and milky creamy. The flavors are rather subdued. The hop presence is ever so slight.

M: Medium bodied, even a tad on the thin side for a stout.

D: A very drinkable stout due to the smoothness and low ABV.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark brown with a small off brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, nice inviting aroma. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Beer is carbonated right and medium bodied. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours much darker than I was expecting. Black in color with a light beige head, lots of carbonation on the head.

S- Lots of roasted malts, coffee.

T- Pretty sweet, but extremely smooth. Follows the nose with lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors, with some light chocolate flavors as well.

F- Very watery body, but smooth. Little to medium carbonation.

O- If you want a light stout for a great price that's easy to drink, this is certainly an excellent option. That said, I was a bit let down by this beer, considering how much others I know like it. I think it may just be that I've become spoiled by high ABV imperial stouts though, because this is one of the best 5% and under beers that I've had.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark amber bordering black. Small fizzy head disappears after a minute.

S: wow, lots going on here. Caramel malts, mocha, raisin/fig, toast.

T: kind of thin relative to the smell, more like a particularly toasty porter. alcohol is fairly present considering it's only 5%

M: not bad but doesn't have the characteristic creamy feel I expect from oatmeal

D: despite flaws, still a very worthy contender in this category

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.