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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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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 2,178
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 263
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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 lvbs
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any time a group of stout-lovers get to drink Sam Smith's, their reactions are going to be predictably happy ones. As oatmeal stouts go, it's well balanced and a touch on the heavier side. But filled with a "wonderful rich flavour" and a beautiful brown pour, it's clearly one of the best of its kind.

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.

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

Exploring the style Jan 2005 after trying a fine local coffee stout that I was hoping to homebrew. Opaque black pour with tan persistant head heavy lace. Aroma of rich sweet malt, dark roasted barley, milk chocolate and even coffee.
rich in malt with a wonderful mouthfeel. Finish is slightly drying from the hops as aftertaste of roasted malts toasted grains kick back in and fade to dryness. Samuel S. is a classic Oatmeal Stout. Wonder if they would consider a cold coffee toddy version?

A must try.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a deep, deep brown that is heading toward black. Though the back label says it is opaque, a lot of light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of tanned head developed and dissipated to leave a lacing of thick spots and a ring around the edge. It looks very creamy.

Smell: A nice blend of sweet caramel, slightly roasted dark chocolate, oatmeal, brown sugar, black licorice, and butterscotch. Though this is obviously much darker, the sweet caramel reminds me of Fuller's London Pride.

Taste: Wow. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy; it seemed like my first sip slowly and hesitantly rolled off the edge of the glass. The taste is a heavenly blend of elements from the smell; the roasted dark chocolate is most prominent, and it leaves a nice bitterness, but added to that backbone are flavors of oatmeal, brown sugar, and butterscotch. The sweet caramel is there as well, likely keeping the roasted bitterness in check, but it does not announce itself for me as much as it did in the smell.

Drinkability: Damn good stuff. It is certainly worthy of celebration.

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

550ml brown bottle. Gold wrap around the neck, traditional for Samuel Smith offerings.

Appearance - Purs dark chocolate in color. About a finger or two of a wheat-colored head forms upon pour. After sitting, the head resolves to a thin lace.

Smell - Nutty chocolate aroma. Not a very pronounced presence, however there is a rich depth. I do sense a bit of a fig smell as well.

Taste - Very malty taste with an exceedingly smooth opening, middle and finish. A bit of a hop bite, but not much to speak about.

Mouthfeel - Very filling and rolls nicely around the mouth. Nice and creamy

Drinkability - My goodness, this is an outstanding Stout!! Very well balanced and smooth. Very easy to down several of these in one sitting. This could be my favorate stout, however I will reserve that until I taste one of these on tap.

Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. A very nice thick and chunky tan head standing at a finger width. Excellent sticky lace leaving a lovely pattern on the glass. Color is a deep brown/black. The tiniest ruby red highlights appear when held to the light.
Smell is a robust mix of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste adds a bit of black pepper to the mix
The mouthfeel is wonderful. It is thick and borders on syrupy, but is velvety smooth. Carbonation is mild, but crisp.
This is a classic stout. Very, very good

Photo of fscottkey
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark color sporting a huge 3 finger head. The head recedes quite slowly.

S: Roasty malt smells. Some coffee and hint of espresso.

T: This is like all stouts with me - it is totally different as it warms. Extremely pleasant taste. Malts, coffee, toasted marshmallow, and slight booze taste (despite the low ABV)

M: Once warmed a bit this is amazing. Extraordinarily smooth and easy on the palate.

O: Patience is rewarded with this one. It is amazingly smooth and has a deep character that comes out more and more as it warms. Great beer that will be on my short list.

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

Poured into nonic pint

A: Pours an opaque black, that shows hints of deep brown when held up to light. Very fine, khaki, 2 finger head with crazy amounts of ring lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, sweet malts and hints of earthiness.

T: Roasted malt goodness! Sweet and smooth with hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Earthy flavors finish with slight roasted bitterness and a slight acidity.

M: Smooth as silk and not at all heavy in the mouth. Low carbonation.

O: One killer stout. Sam Smiths shines as a world-class brewery with this one. I usually pick this up as a treat once in a while, but I could have this all the time and continue to love it day after day. Highly recommended, even for people who don’t favor the black stuff.

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

it always puts me off that sammy smith bottles his beer in clear glass. how well could they travel? oh well...

the pour yields some good foam, and it seems to want to last. the liquid below it is essentially opaque

the aroma is roasty and features an early suggestion of soy sauce. it's easy to get beyond that, however, and next i get a whiff of

so smooth. and oaty. sweet. it's almost tough to describe, actually, but so...good. not quite chocolate or cocoa (there is a little hop flavor in there, by the way)

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

A very dark beer indeed, the head is a nice brown that leaves a good lace down the glass and stays for a good while unless agitated.
It smells as dark as it looks, nut and earth like scents.
The taste is very much like the smell, smooth and rich with added flavors of some coffee, chocolate and of course oatmeal.
Mouthfeel is full and solid. A creamy experience with plenty of chew to be had.
A great beer that I will be enjoying on a regular basis.

Oelergud - Cheers!

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

Samual Smith's Oatmeal stout is a really good beer with that said. this beer poured nice and dark with a good creamy head. the smell is roasted malt. the feel to this beer is great kinda heavy and thick, gives you an Roasty malt taste oats dark chocolate and coffee near the end. very good over all and I would grab this one first over all the sam smith beers I've had.

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

This review earns my mug for 100 karma points, so I had to pick a top 50 beer I hadn’t reviewed yet. A quick review of my stock showed I hadn’t reviewed one of my favorites, so here we go. Note: stored this beer on its side in a drawer in my beer fridge (space issue, not a conscious choice). Held the beer for a good 6 months that way, and noted when I opened it, it tried to gush. Tried to: head formed up to just above the lip, but held steady there. Clear bottle (ick) 550 ml bomber with foil cap, no date.
Aroma: Roasted malt with a hint of hop. A has that classic stout nose, much like Guinness. Bread like notes are prominent.
Appearance: Black, with strong back light showing, well… the slightest clear black. Hefty tan head of 3 fingers when poured settled down to a brown coat with a variety of large and small bubbles. Nice thick lace graced my mug, and the head lasted throughout my beer.
Flavor: The deep roasted malt and oats give a rich earthy goodness to the overall flavor, and I tasted the hops deep in there keeping the brew well balanced. The profile seems to go: sweet rich malt, gentle twang of hops, odd metallic low point, concluding with a smooth long semi-sweet chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy with lots of chew. No carbonation noted and a slight numbing tingle experienced in the aftertaste. Very smooth stuff. The oats give a nice coating to your whole mouth that slowly fades into the sunset.
Overall Impression: Hard to figure how such a heavy, rich tasting beer comes off as light and refreshing. This is an excellent beer all around, and a personal favorite, but that odd metallic bottoming out spot is a bit distracting. It may be due to my unorthodox storage, or I may have let this one go a bit longer than I should have. Beautiful balance, wonderful quality, chug-ability, just about everything you could want in a beer. Scratches every beer itch I have. Strongly recommended.

Photo of bpw28
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Tan-Chocolate Nice Big Head, Deep Deep Brown Color, Great Lacing.

Nose: Bannana, Nutmeg, Clove, Light Roasty.

Taste: A nice fullness, pretty smooth, get that bannana with an interesting flavor I couldn't put my finger on chalking it up to oatmeal. Mid quickly goes into finish. Mid had a black berry like taste to me, finish had a nice sweet then hoppy finish.

Final Thoughts: Good Stuff. It's suppose to be pretty much baseline oatmeal stout, and I can see why.

Food Pairing:Pork any style, Mild Lamb Dishes, Yellow and other lighter flavored cakes, Mellow Chicken dishes, Cream based Sauces, Strong Pastas like Putanesca.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an oversized pint bottle into a Smithwick's imperial pint glass.

A: Poured a lavish, dark brown, nearly black color with a three finger head of rich, creamy tan foam.

S: Smells slightly sweet, with hints of caramel, slow roasted wood and bread with a bit of an herbal, medicinal aroma.

T: Taste is super smooth and delightfully malted. A semisweet and bitter cocoa, oat and roasted malt characteristic comes through with a bit of hop induced bitterness in the finish. Sort of sweet and milky at times, with a semidry middle and finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy, but finishes a little heavier than a dry stout.

D: This very tasty, decidedly English stout is a true stout session dream. At a steady 5% ABV, with a great blend of sweet and bitter flavors, and that smooth, creamy velvety finish, it's really a very nice stout.

Samuel Smith remains the king of the English ales and stouts in my mind thus far. This slightly off-centered oatmeal stout is certainly no exception. Think of a hybrid Dry Irish Stout with a Milk or Cream stout added to the balance and you've got this stout in your hand. Now sip, and enjoy.

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

This is it. This is the beer that started me on my transition from pounding cheap crap beer to enjoying quality craft beer. I recall it being absolutely wonderful nectar. Let's see how far I've come.

Pours a one-finger brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells soured black patent and dark caramel. Cherry sour with wet sweet and chocolate. Tastes rich dark caramel dominating cherry sour from underneath. Rough roast is tamed by gentle fruity esters and a hint of butterscotch. I'm also distracted from the concentrated coffee by the silky smooth mouthfeel. Hop flavor and bitter I'm not finding. Overall this beer is well balanced, falling towards sweet over roast. Md-light body helps the beer flow. An enjoyable visit.

Not as good as my fond memories built it up in my mind, but still a quality product. I think it was the silky smooth mouthfeel that caught my attention so long ago, rather than the flavor.

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

Nice very dark appearance, with shimmers of deep red when the glass is held up to the light very coca cola-like in color. Little head when poured, with some sticky lacings.

Not an overpowering smell, but picked up hints of carmel, malt, toffee.

Wonderful taste, with multiple layers of flavor, very intrguing and complex. There are hints of chocolate, coffee, oats, malts and yeast, not too much on the hops... a little thin for a stoudt.

Overall, this is a great beer, a classic, and the only stoudt beer that I can think of that comes in a clear bottle.

Photo of MikeB20
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. A nice foamy tan head. Lacing is somewhat sparse as it seems to roll down the glass with the carbonation.

S: Mostly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Maybe a slight hint of coffee that's normally associated with dark beers.

T: Smooth, smooth and more smooth. You get that roasted malt you can smell followed by some sweetness and then a bitter touch at the end. Really well balanced in my opinion.

M: This beer has great body, it's the kind of body I want in a stout. It fills your mouth but doesn't feel heavy going down. Carbonation is ample and tingles your mouth.

D: I really enjoy this stout. It's very drinkable and in many ways nearly perfect. A little more complexity in the smell and taste and I believe it would be perfect.

Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a black color with brown highlights around the edges. A huge three finger head comes from it that's a nice coffee brown color and leaves great lacing with nice retention.
S= like good beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, and a tiny coffee note. I might even be picking up a very small amount of hops.
T= same as the odor. Really really nice toasted malts. Not too sweet and not too biter nice balance. Great flavor for a session beer. A little chocolate and coffee in it. Really just a solid stout taste.
M= high carbonation a little sticky and smooth creamy finish.
D= very high. Its so nice to have just a regular stout once in a while. This is a great beer. Classic example of a stout and great flavor for the sessionability. Awesome beer.

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

Here we go...yet another beer with quite a reputation. I've had this one before, but this my first review of it.

Bottle is clear glass, typical of Samuel Smith's. Always makes me cringe a bit, living in AZ like I do and worrying about sunlight degrading the product.

Stout pours a dark, dark purple-red...not the black you'd expect. Lovely all the same. I held the pint up to the light several times to admire it. Thick tan head rolls out of the pour. Some lacing.

Notes of smoke, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. A bit of roasted malt behind it all.

The taste is much mellower than I remembered. This doesn't bother to hide its alcohol the way Guinness draft might. I'm not sure if I hadn't eaten beforehand but I felt warm halfway through the pint.

Flavors of coffee and that dark chocolate intermingle on the tongue, with a smooth mouthfeel that wasn't as chewy as I'd have thought given the brew's name. I gave a good portion of the pint time to warm to room temperature. Glad I did, as it becomes velvety in the warming, less acrid and biting. Has the archetypal smoky aftertaste that seems standard for the style.

A lovely offering. God Bless England!

Photo of Mxsluis
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A strong midnight black color, with an off-white/tan head of modest size. No lacing, but very nice head retention.

Smell: Brisk chocolate and molasses aroma, with a definite starchy undertone.

Taste: Strong sweet chocolate flavored malt up front, with more sublte dark fruit flavors alongside. The oats add a depth to the flavor. A smooth, coffee bitterness settles in after the malt and resides in the mouth until after the sip is gone. The flavor is strong, smooth, and complete in each dram.

Mouthfeel: Initial feel is quite smooth, with a sharp crispness from the surprisingly confident carbonation.

Drinkability: I would not have thought a stout could be this drinkable.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black. Very black. Not quite like, say, the wine dark sea, but it's a damn dark beer. Head was a beautiful brown and fairly substantial, about 2.5 fingers. It stuck around for a while, and reduced to lace that remained long into the drinking.

S: Very roasty, with a dark chocolate and coffee aroma dominating. Also has hints of some sweetness; caramel maybe?

T: Wow. This is an awesome beer. Full roasty body, with coffee and a bready, oaty, nutty taste. Very smooth and a bit sweet; there is minimal hop character, but not really enough to reduce the malt character. The finish is somewhat dry, with a slightly bitter, dark chocolate taste.

M: FULL. This is a substantial brew, a meal in and of itself. A single sip of this beer feels like eating an entire slice of hearty 12 grain artisan bread. It definitely needs to be enjoyed slowly, to recover from each massive mouthful.

D: Its sweet and smooth character makes this an incredibly drinkable beer; the sheer fullness of its body does limit your ability to drink it. Definitely not doable if you have a very substantial meal as well.

Really, this beer is virtually a side dish. I love it. One of the best oatmeal stouts out there.

Photo of xav33
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
550ml bottle
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured black with opaque mahogany highlights with a large rocky somewhat lasting head.

Smelt of strong molasses, roasted malt, and light dark chocolate.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet dark chocolate followed by a strong bitter roasted malt, almost burnt and moderate sweet dark chocolate on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a great straightforward rewarding oatmeal stout that tastes great.

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

A - Dark brown, nearly black, but a ruby tint shows through when held to the light. Pretty! A thick brown two finger head dissipates in about ten minutes leaving thin rings of laicng down the glass.

S - Sweet, elderberries, a bit of caramel, chocolate and coffee malt, but they are all very, very faint compared to the sweet elderberry aroma.

T - Sweet molasses and caramel malt with a bit of elderberries and currants that linger through to the finish. A slight smokey character joins the fray toward the end. It's quite good.

M - Carbonation is high, feeling is slick and very refreshing.

D - Absurdly drinkable. An ideal session. Perfect for foods. This is an outstanding beer. Troegs Oatmeal Stout is superior, but this is a different and excellent oatmeal stout.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.42/5  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.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,882 ratings.