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

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Ratings: 5,800
Reviews: 2,160
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 250
Gots: 594 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Photo of F22Chris
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RyanLE
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 12 oz bottle. Quite a surprise to find the bottle clear, but the top is foil wrapped and the pour is a very dark brown. Thick beige head eventually calms down to reveal a bit of the cherry color on the outside rim that was noted by some other reviewers. Don't know where that cherry hue comes from, but it makes for an exceptional appearance. Dark malts and chocolate dominate the nose, but there are hints of fresh baked bread and cooked oatmeal. Smooth, full bodied and filling in the mouth. Taste is of a well balanced stout that ehoes the nose. Very tasty. I took my time with this one because it's just too good to finish(it's my only one). One of the best that I've reviewed. My only complaint is a somewhat unpleasant syrupy aftertaste, but I guess that goes with the territory. Can't wait to get some more of these. I like oatmeal, stouts, and English brews, so a quality oatmeal stout like this is very seductive to my senses and perspective, as well as my sense of perspective.

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

This beer pours opaque, a dark brown with a thick tan-colored head. Head retention is good, and lacing is evident.

The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is also sweet at first. The oats are apparant but not overwhelmingly so. This beer finishes slightly hoppy which provides a nice balance to the initial sweetness. It is smooth, which is accentuated by that sweetness at first.

Overall, this beer is warm and comforting . . . it feels familiar! It is a terrific end to a winter night - it leaves you feeling warm inside.

Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar

Taste: This follows the smell. chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, moderate carbonation, chewy, and sweet

Drinkability: An excellent sessionable brew. I love the chewiness of this beer. The flavors are complex and jump out. It tastes almost like a sweet stout, but the grains let you know this is an oatmeal stout. A great beer.

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

This was recommended to me by a preacher friend of mine, heh.

Pours opaque, basically as black as night. Holding it up to a light, very little filters through. Head is heavy and endures, leaving lacing from the top of the glass to the very bottom. If a beer can be classified as "beautiful," this one is at the top of the list.

Smells of oatmeal (go figure), coffee and roasted dark malts. The taste is initially sweet, with a bit of bitterness on the back-end. The coffee and malts are again noticeable, and overall it's surprisingly smooth for a stout.

This is easily one of my favorite beers, and is a good one to sit back and sip when you're in a lazy mood and just want to relax. I've introduced it to quite a few folks who enjoy their beer on the stouter and more complex side, and I've yet to hear a complaint. As good as all of the Samuel Smith brews are, this one sits alone at the top IMHO.

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

Medium brown frothy head. Extra dark brown color, almost black. Some lacing and some head remains throughout the experience.

Smells of chocolate,molasses and bread.

Tastes of chocolate, real maple syrup, molasses, and nuts. No bitterness, very smooth.

Medium bodied, smooth and heavenly. Mouthfull of creamy pleasure.

Easy to drink, good thing the ABV is 5%, otherwise you could get into big trouble with this one.

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

pours dark brown with tan 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smells of smooth creamy chocolate coated christmas cake.

taste is very smooth and subtle, starts almost fruity with chocolate mocha setting in, followed by a silky roasted backbone and finish.

mouthfeel is a bit smooth yet a bit watery for an oatmeal stout, but not overly carbonated.

drinkability is definately high due to a modest alcohol percentage and delicious overall experience

Photo of loving44
4.43/5  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 PeprSprYoFace
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is one of the best, if not THE best, examples of a properly brewed Oatmeal Stout.

Pours a deep black. Extreemly nice creamy looking head. Looks very sticky like an oatmeal stout should.

Nice stout, roasty aroma but I think the aroma could use a little more kick.

Taste is creamy and smooth. Nice roast with a good caramel sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Nice and creamy and perfect carbonation. I just wish this was sold in some sort of nitro container.

Overall an awesome oatmeal stout that if you like oatmeal stouts or stouts in general, you can't go without having this one.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep brown almost black with a light brown massive head and peaked over the top of the glass, looks great.

S - Rich aromas of chocolate, malts, carmel, molasses, got a smokey lingering.

T - Just as it smells with deep rich flavors and a extremely creamy head, almost dessert like in how heavy and rich it is.

M - Thick and creamy with low carbonation, extremely smooth.

D - Fantastic rich brew that would go dowm great anytime.

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

550 ml bottle with no freshness date..

Almost completely black with ruby edges. A thick tan head reduces to a sizable persistent foam and lace. Chocolate and coffee malts in the nose, with big grainy sweetness and dark fruits on the side. Coffee malts and powdery chocolate up front, developing a sweet and somewhat fruity chewy center. Finishes with a touch of hops and sweet fruit (figs, plums?). Medium-light and very creamy in the mouth; lots of bubbles.

Subtle, tasty, extremely drinkable.

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

This beer poured a tan head with small-medium sized bubbles. The hue of this beer was brown and there was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was hoppy with this beer and it had a smooth mouthfeel which is much to my liking.A good Stout in my opinion.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark, really dark pour. Near pitch black, but with a bit of translucence when shined through like giving a garnet hue. Head is mocha, with a good few fingers of head. Lacing is nice, leaving a clear trail. Nice.

Buttery smell with a burnt character, lacking though, but a mild coffee character. Mild sweetness and earthy tones.

Roasted malt goodness delivers with a smoothness that can't be beat. Oatmeal does justice here, as the roasted malts are smoothed over, providing a very refreshing stout. Sweetness is there, but is suppressed by a mild hop profile.

Creamy finish leaves quickly making you want the next sip more and more. Alcohol is nonexistent, and at 5%, you won't feel bad knocking back a few. Awesome

Delicious, a "go to" for me if there is one. hands down a great beer to introduce a non-geek into beer, as this one will get someone off the Guinness bandwagon in a heart beat.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee and grain (oats). It tastes like coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and roasted malt, very nice. Gets even better as it warms up some. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and a bit creamy. Drinkability is very good as I could drink these all night long, it's very sessionable. Overall I think this is a pretty good oatmeal stout, I'd recommend it to anyone to try.

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

This, my first oatmeal stout, was a fantastic spot to start.

This was poured from a big bottle and had a great color and substance. The appearance and smell are pretty good for a stout, though the head is a bit light.

The taste is really very rich and the appearance of the oats really round out the mouthfeel and finish. It has a dark-roasted chocolate syrupy taste with a bit of sweetness, though the pre-eminent flavor was the feel of the oats in one's mouth and the subsequently incredibly smooth finish. The drinkability is slightly affected by the tiny bit of bitterness before the grains kick in, but the beer is as smooth as butter.

Fantastic, really.

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

I am not particularly a stout fan- I enjoy stouts much as I enjoy lots of other styles. But wow- this one is something. Pours a chocolate-brown to black that is unlike any other color I have seen in a stout- with a medium tan-off-white head that is beautiful to behold. My first 5.0 for appearance.

Aroma was not strong (I had the wrong kind of glass), but it was chocolatly (bitter European dark chocolate, not wimpy American milk chocolate) and my friend correctly noted "smoky". In fact, smoky look, smoky aroma, smokey flavor. Wonderful. Other flavors included almost a meaty quality, although there was some sweetness and chocolate. Mouthfeel was moderately creamy, with a very nice body, and drinkability was right on. An excellent brew!

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

Serving Type: 1 pint and some odd ounces

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark black that lets very little light through, a tan 2 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a light ring behind.

Smell: roasted dark Coffee w/ strong caramel. VERY inviting

Taste: Fantastic. Roasted coffee, molasses and caramel that lingers throughout the drink. Not overly sweet but in no way bitter. Rich and creamy The combination of the roasted coffee(slight bitterness) w/ the molasses makes for a fantastic combination...neither is overpowering and both combined make for a very enjoyable taste. Not a overly complex beer but damn does it taste great

Mouthfeel: Great....very smooth w/ little carbonation. Lingers slighty on the sides of the mouth and also leaves the slight molasses/caramel taste behind

Drinkability: God, it's smooth and tasty...what isn't to love? My only disappointment is that I only bought one to try. A great session beer that can easily be enjoyed throughout the night next to a warm fire. I'm in love

--I will being writing a review of the Young's Oatmeal stout to see how they compare but I'm not sure if it can top this fine drink. A great stout and I look forward to trying some of the other Samuel Smith's beers tonight and tomorrow. Cheers

Photo of blivingston1985
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Poured into a Crown Royal glass. Pours a dark, rich brown. Big latte colored head. Oates in the nose along with some malt. Yum. This is one smooth stout. Roasted barley comes through up front. The oats mellow out the slightest hint of bitterness from the hops hanging out on the back of the tongue. One of my favorite stouts.

Photo of frank4sail
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a quality brew. but, I was not as impressed as others on this site. It is dark black, opeque with a sweetish cherry like nose. Dark tan head. Roast malt flavor with a sweet coat of the tongue. The mouth is very smooth. It was good but not quite good enough to give it 5's.. I did have 2 of these in a hotel bar... so I will taste again in the future and modify my rating if needed.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich black body... no light is breaking through this one. Fluffy light tan head collapses and leaves pretty average lacing throughout.

Smell: Creamy chocolate. Faint hint of coffee. Toasted grain really stand out.

Taste: Toasted grains up front. Mild bitterness kicks in from the hops, tastes similar to semi-sweet chocolate. Very creamy. Sweet notes develop in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish, not much room for the hops to move around in this one.

Overall: This is regarded by many as a textbook oatmeal stout. I do not necessarily drool over this beer but I enjoy it and also recognize its significance in the world of craft beer. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. Pours a beautiful tan head and leaves lace all the way down the glass. Smell some roasted sweetness and a nutty aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, very smooth. Has a unique taste and it does not have the amount of bitterness many stouts do. This is a real treat.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color and a thick brown head that leaves lacing throughout its life

S: Dark roasted malty oats with chocolate and coffee undertones with a very sweet smell

T: Chocolate and coffee very sweet tasting with caramel malts towards the end of the mouth.

M: Medium mouthfeel with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable with a very complex body that changes througout the process.

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

Enjoyed at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. The "Beer-Me Tuesday" special put this gem at $1.95 a bottle.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a frosted pint glass.

The black-as-night pour shows blood-red ruby accents when held to the light, being the only indication that this isn't a viscous pint of oil that happens to be capped with a thick, creamy head of dark tan foam. The head settles slowly but leaves little behind on the glass, which can probably be attributed to the excess water left behind as the glass thaws.

A delicate aroma wafts into the nose: a nice, though surprising, fruity-floral hop aroma melds with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.

A nice, full body is made velvety by the addition of oats in the mash. Espresso-like roasted malt flavors meld perfectly with a slight herbal hop bitterness and the delicious flavor of chocolate that is made ever-so-rich thanks to the smooth mouthfeel. A medium-length finish of roasty bitterness sticks to the back of the tongue.

Painfully delicious, going down easily yet begging for a slow sip to enjoy the rich, velvety, roasty nature of the beer. This is one of the first brews that I enjoyed in my foray into the vast world of fermented grain beverages, and one of the ones--if not the one--that made me realize that beer can be so much more than a pale, hoppy brew. Oatmeal stout still ceases to amaze me, and its near-extinction ceases to amaze me even more.

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

355ml bottle

A- Pours a very dark deep brown, almost black. A two finger soft light brown head leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but quite assertive aroma of sweet malts, with nut, coffee and liquorice notes

T- Malts on the sweet side with a very delicate creamy nut feel and a hint of roastiness to them. Some classic stout notes of coffee and dark chocolate, along with some liquorice. Very sweet overall, the oat malts are definitely quite assertive, but despite their strong character they also bring an amazingly delicate creaminess and the beer never feels too sweet. Hops just bring balance, with maybe a faint hint of tea-like bitterness

M- Possibly the softest beer i ever had. The creamy, dense, delicate mouthfeel lasts on both palate and tongue for seconds, while flavours spread all over the mouth. The beer feels both delicate and big in body

O- Highly drinkable. Thick, strong in body and flavour but still very delicate on your mouth. Wonderful

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,800 ratings.