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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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4,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 4919
Reviews: 2089
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%

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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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Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured dark mahogany, almost black but hints of brown came through as it was held up to light. Minimal chocolate brown head that dissipated very quickly. Left minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, and some kind of unidentifiable sweetness. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

Taste: Smooth, and the roasted malts are definitely evident. There's also an odd aftertaste, almost an astringency. I would have thought it was just my bottle, but I've noticed other reviewers having noticed a 'chemical' taste. It's definitely a good tasting beer, but there's that little something in the background that tastes a little off.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. A little too highly carbonated, but that's the only real downside. Nice and creamy, the way I like my stouts.

Drinkability: It's smoothness made this easy to put down. Only a slight bitterness at the end. That being said, the odd chemical/astringent taste remained throughout the entire beer. I enjoyed it, but I likely won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:17:23 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of disastermouse


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

A - Rich dark brown, creamy light brown head that starts course and fades to fine bubbles but stays thick atop the beer. Excellent!

S - Maple, old leaves, chocolate mixed with cold coffee at the tail end.

T - Toasty, charred (in a good way), a little semi-sweet chocolate.

MF - Big, full, loads the tongue without being overly carbonated.

D - I could have a couple. It's not something I can drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 20:21:26 | More by disastermouse
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass.

Pours a 2 finger full tan head. Color is a deep deep mahogony brown. Pretty much black. Good retention and a lot of lace sticks to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Very sweet oatmeal stout. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are the main notes I get. This is quite a light stout as compared to others I have had.

Taste: Sweet toffee. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee is also there. Again, a very sweet tasting beer. Beer roasted malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. A very small touch of alcohol pokes through. Very sweet beer. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout. It isn't on the top of my list, but it is worth a try. One of their better beers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:20:22 | More by mothman
Photo of kingcrowing


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

550ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a nice dark black color with a good 2-3 finger head thats a nice deep brown as well. Nose is dry, oatmeal, a bit of booze, and some light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. It's got a nice roasty bitterness to it. Light chocolate finish that's a bit bitter. Very solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:40:06 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of punkrkr27


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

Black pour with some reddish brown edges and a frothy, dense, tan head. The aroma is chocolaty rolled oats, brown sugar, a hint of coffee, and a little rum raisin bread. The flavor is creamy chocolate and oats with some brown sugar and hints of toffee, coffee, and dark fruit. The body is creamy, medium, with soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:26:16 | More by punkrkr27
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into tulip pint.

Pours black with dark mahogany highlights when held to the light. It has a thick frothy, creamy tan head.

Nose is of lightly roasted malt, cocoa and molasses. There is a definite mineral earthiness to it though that was a bit offsetting.

The taste is fairly in line with the smell though thankfully the earthiness is a little less prominent and allows a bit more of the pleasant cocoa and roast notes.

The mouthfeel is lightly creamy, medium bodied with nice prickly carbonation.

This was a pleasant beer that I enjoyed drinking, though I doubt that I will purchase it again. I just wasn't overly fond of the mineral earth tones mixed with the malt notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:38:09 | More by vkv822
Photo of ChugginOil


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

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a dark, almost black color with a couple inches of a nice, tan colored head. Cola colored edging with walls of lace.

The nose is has some semi-sweet cocoa with some English malts and a bit of oats.

The taste smooth a semi-sweet. There is some roasted malts balanced against the malty sweetness. A sweet lacto taste is also noticed behind the malts.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a level of carbonation that is just right.

Overall, decent traditional stout that has good flavors but doesnt go over the top. Nice plain ole stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:32:18 | More by ChugginOil
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Near black in color with maybe a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing as I drank it. Smell is a sweet cocoa and expresso. Taste is really sweet which i didn't care too much for. Reminds me Hershey syrup. I also get a bit of vanilla, expresso, and just a touch of nuttiness and fruit (cherries?) which I noticed when I had Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Mouth feel is quite smooth, but the carbonation and sugar leave my mouth feeling like I had a soda. Overall I can't say I'm big on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:14:53 | More by theHoff77
Photo of JamesMN


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

Never had this one before. Picked up a 550ml bomber for $3.99. A little nervous because it was not refrigerated when I bought it.

Appearance: Very dark brown and pretty much opaque. Tan soapy head.

Aroma: Usual oatmeal stout malt forward nose. Molasses and slightly roasted malt.

Taste: Wow, this one has some character to it given it's low 5% ABV. You taste roasted caramel and just a hint of chocolate. Interesting how much flavor you get from a pretty one dimensional beer. There is one off-flavor though, a metallic taste in the finish. Not sure what caused that. If it wasn't for the off-taste, then this would be really great.

Mouthfeel: The oatmeal makes itself known here. Super smooth and just above medium bodied. Above average drinkability. Just a tad over carbonated.

Final Thoughts: The first sip was great, but after that the metallic after-taste starting to become more apparent. That's too bad because this was a very promising beer. Would I drink it again? Yes, I'd like to find a fresh bottle or have it on-tap to give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 04:17:20 | More by JamesMN
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Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle, code is SD25L1 so bottled April 25, 2012.

Dark brown pour but deep red hues appear when held to the light. Very good head, thick and foamy. Aroma is mainly oatmeal but chocolates flakes are also present. Flavor tapers off a bit but retains the oatmeal character though not full-bodied. Bit of burnt smoke hidden in there.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:15:25 | More by papat444
Photo of Brent


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good oatmeal stout, but I'm a little more reserved about its merit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2001 18:35:04 | More by Brent
Photo of bennetj17


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very black in color, a short tan head develops slow during the pour, and then fades quickly. The carbonation appears to be average. Smell is dry and chocolate-y, mildly hoppy. The aroma is a bit off, it reminds me of drywall, oddly enough. The flavor is like dry coffee, a bit woody, and slightly sweet. The finish isn't all that bitter, but it does taste slightly burnt/toasty. The beer feels well carbonated, its thick but remains smooth. Drinkability isn't bad for this one. I feel like my review is lower than most and I can't figure out why. In the past I've liked this beer more, and this time I got more than one bottle from more than one source to make sure it wasn't skunked, but I feel the same way about it each time now. I think I'll stick with the Imperial Stout instead...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 00:26:19 | More by bennetj17
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- handsome. A strong looking drink with a nice looking thick tan head. Non deceptive.

Smell- sweet and clean. Elements of honey and wood.

Taste- rounder than most stouts. Truly malt influenced. The trademark stout flavor is introduced in the finish.

Mouthfeel- perfect!!!! I loved the feel, not to thick not to thin. Able to quench, but is still a stout.

Drinkability- when it's your first drink and your thirsty, goes down easy. But with a belly full of ale, this beer is moderately easy to drink.

An easy to drink stout, but not a traitor to the traditional robust flavor of the stout flavor we've all came to love. Cool!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 22:10:53 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of bashiba


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with just a little bit of head.

Smell was light with sweet with hints of molasses and coffee.

Taste was a sweet malty flavor with hints of oats, molasses, oak, and a mild bit of bitter burnt malts.

Mouthfeel was slightly chewy and had some nice carbonation.

Overall a decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 19:39:49 | More by bashiba
Photo of crazeguy


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from a 355ml(12oz) bottle.

First time drinking this, heard great things, hoping it lives up to the hype.

A- Dark amber/black. Barely able to see through it. Nice head that fades continuously.

S - Overwhelming. Having trouble deciphering all the scents. On top of the usual Stout suspects, think I smell a tiny bit of fruit. My nose could just be off. Smells awesome though.

T - Light surprisingly. I was hoping for some more bold flavors so I'm a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel - Nothing remarkable.

D- Seems like it could be a session type if its a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:43:52 | More by crazeguy


3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

550mL bottle to tulip.

A: Pours with a large head of 3 fingers. Creamy, medium-dark brown in color, with mediocre retention and very little stick. The body is as black as black gets and completely opaque, all the way to the edge of the glass. Spare lacing.

S: The aroma is completely malt driven with almost no detectable hops. Malts include roasted notes of chocolate, coffee, oats and grain. The yeast profile adds scents of earth and well-conditioned leather.

T: Fruit expressions of plum and fig are included on the palate, layered in between the roasty notes that the nose suggested. The flavors last fairly long on the tongue with a touch of sweetness and finishing with an acrid bitterness followed by off-putting metallic notes. Sammy's oatmeal stout is respectably flavorful for 5% ABV.

M: Medium-full body and creamy texture. The carbonation is fizzy, perhaps providing a bigger tingling sensation than I prefer.

D: Not a bad quaff, however, this bottle is more than likely my last purchase of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 14:51:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with thick cream colored head. Head recedes rather quickly. 3

S - Definitely oatmeal and brown sugar notes. Roasted coffee also resides in this beer. 4

T - Sweet brown sugar up front with a mid ranged roasty bitterness. Bit of an alcohol taste as it goes down. 3.5

M - Great carbonation, alcohol burn is prevalent. 3

D - Pretty good oatmeal stout overall. Would definitely drink a ton any given night.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 22:00:55 | More by WrathsU
Photo of beerdrifter


3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one's been in the cellar for nearly two years. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a quickly fading one finger beige head with minimal lacing. Somewhat subdued roasty nose with hints of toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and nuts. The taste is roasty and nutty with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, tobacco, dark fruits, toffee, oats, and some subtle vinous notes as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and fizzy at first, but as it warmed it became thicker and creamier with a slightly sweet finish. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts, and this just didn't have enough body for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 15:38:30 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of John

New York

3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, nearly opaque color. Head is steady, tan in color. A slight skunky smell taints the aroma. The skunk dissipates (or the senses acclimatize), but the nose is faint. Only with a vigorous swirl is there any aroma generated. Sweetish oatmeal and some chocolate notes are detected. Many of the characteristics of the aroma are noted in the taste and are a bit more pronounced. Body is light, mouthfeel smooth and drinkable. A slightly above average oatmeal stout IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 06:07:16 | More by John
Photo of Freshie


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:23:18 | More by Freshie
Photo of ExtraStout


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special although I did enjoy it. Not too thick and rich tasting. For the price, I need more kick (ABV). There are better values with better taste out there like the sam adams imperial oatmeal stout. Not sorry I bought it but I won't do it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:51:19 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of mwa423


3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Popped open the bottle, poured into a pint glass, WOW the head (which by the way is a dark brown), I might have poured it a bit aggressively but it filled 1/4th of an imperial pint glass. The color is jet black just like it should be.

S - Coffee, chocolate malt, also a sweetness, but not a caramel sweetness. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's there.

T - Rich coffee, malt, oatmeal stout flavor. Above average for the style. Surprisingly strong taste for only 5%.

M - Weak for the style, almost watery. I would say that it is close to Guinness in that it has lots of flavor, but watery mouthfeel. I also might have gotten an overcarbonated bottle, but carbonation is tickling my mouth, not something I expect from an oatmeal stout, and not particularly pleasant.

D - This could easily be a session for nights where I want malt and lots of it. Because Sam Smith's is so easy to find, I will give it consideration next time I'm looking for something cheap and malty.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 04:11:15 | More by mwa423
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3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have a lot to add to this that hasn't already been said. In all, it's a good beer, but I was underwhelmed. I had the Taddy porter as my first beer from Sam Smith, and was hoping the Oatmeal Stout would be as impressive, but it isn't, sadly. A good beer, but not one I'll be likely to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 15:27:09 | More by 2DaMtns
Photo of kwill


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the obvious thick black like any good oatmeal stout should. The head was almost non-existant, but I think it could have been better had I poured more vigorously from the beginning. Smell is sweet and malty, but there is more chocolate than oatmeal in the aroma.

Unfortunately the taste didn't deliver on everything that the smell promised. There was a definite malty sweetness, but only faint hints of outmeal and chocolate, and there was more of a burnt flavor than anything else. The mouthfeel isn't quite as thick as I was hoping from a good stout.

Not a bad beer, and definitely drinkable, but not one that I will order again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 21:33:48 | More by kwill
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black, little carbonation, small head out of a clear bottle. Not much lacing. Scents of malt, toffee/caramel sweetness, smells stronger than it's ABV. Taste's a little sour and finishes a little dry. Medium body. At 5% ABV you could drink a few, a good session brew. The clear bottle will keep me away from this brew, not telling how long it's been sitting there.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 00:21:55 | More by Wasatch
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