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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,920 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4920
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:
No notes at this time.

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acsprouse

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours black. dark khaki head with retention and lacing

S- chocolate, roasted malts. Some coffee, rich and complex. Some dark fruits in there.

M- excellent carbonation for the style. Smooth thick but not overpowering. Silky but not milky

T- sweet malts. Its roasty, its chocolatey. But it has some bitterness. Its bold and it stands out.

O- the celebrated. Its perfection. One of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 08:14:03 | More by acsprouse
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Weston19

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Almost black with a very slight hue of red. Pours with a big mocha colored head that eventually turns into about a pinky sized head. Looks beautiful.

S: Smells like latte, vanilla cappuccino, roasted barley, and it gives me the scent of a chocolate/coffee cake. You can't ask for a better smelling stout.

T: Caramel, latte, vanilla coffee, some hop kick to the back of the palate, sweetness and some breadiness mid palate, it's is perfectly balanced and the experience of drinking something like this is wonderful.

MF: Heavy MF, creamy, well carbonated to keep you burping and not feel so full.

O: Amazing. Simply stunning. Looks great, smells great, tastes great, it's perfectly balanced with hops and malts and none overpower each other. It was a hell of an experience drinking this beer and would recommend this to anyone who likes stouts or is looking for one of the best stouts out there. The perfect beverage on those cold winter nights when you need something to warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 07:41:59 | More by Weston19
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smokinyodas

Florida

4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picture yourself sitting back with the cigar in one hand and this beer in the other and let your mind relax into a world of simple pleasures, this is the quintessence of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Once long ago, subjected to a sheltered life of Guinness stouts, oblivious of what the real world had to offer, I now know the true meaning of beer excellence and the cost it takes to be enlightened yet again and again. The questions in my mind spinning around like a hamster wheel on steroids. Is the cost worth the roasted malts, tan head, creamy sweetness, roasted coffee, chocolate flavors and a balanced taste so good it makes your tongue slap your brains out? Yes!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:44:32 | More by smokinyodas
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CVC

California

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came in a 18.7 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top; served in a pint glass. Pours black with a slow-dying, thick, tan, one-finger head, which leaves thick lacing. Smells great--chocolate, caramel, coffee, roastiness. Tastes better than any oatmeal than I've ever had. Exceptional. It has one of the best mouthfeels, too--nice and thick. So drinkable.

A damn fine beer all around. Samuel Smith's probably makes the best English beer. And the Oatmeal Stout is probably their best one. So good. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 05:44:41 | More by CVC
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altgeeky1

New Hampshire

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with hints of brown if the glass is narrow enough to let light through. Cream coffee colored head. Foam settles down to stable lace across the surface. Smells sweet, oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked malt. Tastes mmm... thick oatmeal goodness. Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation lends supporting creaminess to the body, and doesn't get in the way. Good session/activity beer.. for shoveling snow, muching on olives and strong cheese, or sipping slowly in a old lazy-boy recliner near the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 00:50:43 | More by altgeeky1
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DmanGTR

New York

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A most regal bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Poured extremely dark, nearly black. Could detect some garnet hues in the light. Half inch head that lasted about 5 min, laced very nicely

S - Nothing less than what an oatmeal stout should smell like: chocolate expresso, milkiness, oats and chocolate malts, all in perfect balance

T - Tastes as good, if not better, than how it smells. Very well balanced, creamy, and rich in flavor. I love Guinness but this is like Guinness X 30!

M - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Silky smooth and creamy to coat the palate in a cocoa shower

D - I would say this is a highly drinkable. There isn't a whole lot of alcohol so one could drink a couple of these an evening, but I would rather enjoy it than drink in quantity...this stuff isn't too cheap! ($3.55/bottle)

Overall, this beer is one of my all-time favorites after just having one of these and I'll definitely be heading back for more. This is an oatmeal stout lover's stout. I was very impressed and I believe it is definitely worth a try at least!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 06:57:07 | More by DmanGTR
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midwestbrewers

Kansas

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

A: This beer looked great. Poured into a Dogfish Head glass and was wonderful. Almost pitch black with a beautiful 3 finger head that leaves outstanding, i repeat OUTSTANDING, lacing.

S: The smell is wonderful malts and chocolate. Some smokey hints.

T: This is the best I've ever had!! Smooth all the way through with wonderful smokey hints of chocolate and malts. Wonderful balance. Nice bittersweet finish.

Overall this is so far the best oatmeal stout I've tried. It embodies the style so wonderfully. Great beer and a fore sure buy again.(Off to get one now before the stores close!) Great Beer Samuel Smith Old Brewery!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:39:59 | More by midwestbrewers
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is not a single aspect of this beer that is weak. The aroma is a wonderful mild roasted malt with a slight sweetness and fruitiness. Dark black color with hints of brown covered by a large full head. Taste is full and rich for style with wonderful complexity making the whole journey from front to back enjoyable. There is a great smoothness, a slight oily quality, maybe a little thin, with a very pleasant lingering at the finish. A truly great drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2002 19:46:18 | More by garymuchow
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Looks good. Not bad at all. Smells like oatmeal and of course it taste like oatmeal. Mouthful well it isn't the best but close to it. Drinkability is wonderful. I could drink a few of these and and enjoy its wonderful taste over and over again. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 15:05:40 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; black witha thick and stiff tan head. Slowly dissipates to a tan film that golds up thoughout the drink.

smell; Amazing! Sweet dark rum and oats with a bit of malt.

taste; Mildly sweet malts with smooth oats, leaves a sticky sweetness. Balances at the same time with a yeasty bitterness that is ever so slight but enough to keep the sweetness for getting too strong. Almost a lactic bitterness in the aftertaste, that is very gentle, smooth, and sticky. Notes of milk and vanilla extract.

mouthfeel; dairy-like smoothness that's creamy and thick on the palate.

drinkability; love this stuff and could drink all night based on the wonderful taste alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:54:38 | More by Sachsenfreude
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came in a clear bottle (surprised me) and poured into the glass a dark brown/black but when held to the light there were ruby highlights. The head was beige in color, creamy and thick. The lace held up nicely and stretched to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was of molasses, chocolate, dark malt, and slight vanilla. The tastes were sweet and creamy not thick. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter hops and chocolate in the end and some what dry . Simple and yet complex all at the same time. This is a very smooth beer. I am surprised that I had not tried this earlier in my life. I really REALLY enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 09:31:34 | More by Jarod
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easement

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours black a with big head. no head retention. no lacing.

S-Smells like chocolate and caramel. Slight biscuity peeking through.

T-Matly and chocolaty goodness. I don't detect any hops. Aftertaste is sweet.

M-Very smooth with a slight creamyness.

D-Highly drinkable. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Balanced very well and I will definitely be getting more.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 22:10:51 | More by easement
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ncredible1

Arizona

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle to Glass

A. Dark coffee appearance with a descent dark Tan head.

S. Very welcoming aroma. Sweet roasted malty smell. The smell actually made my taste buds anxious.

T. The beers appearance doesn't do the taste justice. Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight balnced Hops in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. This is one of the best tasting Oatmeal Stouts I've had to date.

M. Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. However, it's not as silky as I expected.

D. I'm sold on this style. Extremely drinkable. However not a session beer because of the fulness that comes along with dirnking this style. Great sipping beer which i Have paired with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 20:52:35 | More by ncredible1
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Mario61Aler

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the Samuel Smith Pint glass, and welcomed by a thick creamy head of dark tan froth.

Poured a reddish brown that laced well

Smell was all coffee and cooking oatmeal

Taste was perfect! As a Brit friend would say, Spot On! Coffee, Malted grain, slightly bitter and sweet at the same time very balanced towards the bitter though.

Was medium to medium thick in the mouth, creamy, semi-dry, great.

Buy it every chance you get, drink it at 58-62 degrees F, wow! Can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:11:40 | More by Mario61Aler
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BrandonDrinksBeer

Tennessee

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 550ml bottle into two glasses. Split the bottle with my wife.

A: Pours black. When held up to light, subtle amber at the top of the pour. Thick, creamy, inviting head that subsides fairly quickly, but laces well.

S: Oatmeal smell is strong up front. Malty-ness is very apparent. Smells a bit like my mom's no bake cookies (oatmeal and cocoa).

T: Tastes sweeter than anticipated based on the smell. Pleasant surprise. Tastes fruit without tasting fruity. Cocoa and oatmeal are subtle. After-taste is divine. Flavor lingers like a good piece of chocolate. The finish of this beer bumped the taste to a 5. The aftertaste is the best part of this beer.

M: More carbonated than anticipated. Another pleasant surprise. Dances in your mouth, and stings a bit going down. The sting is mellowed by the malts. Not the mouthful many stouts are.

O: As a whole, an absolutely outstanding oatmeal stout. Unlike any other than I've ever had. Would have liked a little more head and a little more fullness out of the beer, but the flavor and the aftertaste can't be beat. Will be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:58:58 | More by BrandonDrinksBeer
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kennyoyama

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout perhaps more than any other beer period. I have always been a fan of dark chocolate and coffee, and this beer provides delicious notes of both. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and it leaves your tongue wanting more. This is the beer that I would be happy with any time of the year paired with anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:27:47 | More by kennyoyama
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ThreePistols

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark rich color. Nice head & lace. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, and oatmeal perfectly balanced. Smooth, creamy, oily, and silky. Perfect balance between the bitterness and the sweetness. Outstanding aftertaste. A must try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2001 09:30:12 | More by ThreePistols
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StevieW

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As near as perfection as I have had. Pours a midnight black, with a nice fluffy beige head. The smell is sweet and strong, but not overbearing. I loved the sweet first taste and the wonderful easy smoothness of this beer. Nice thick, almost chewy feel to it. The roasted chocolate and slight bitterness toward the end, was just right. I tried this based on the beer advocates rating, and it was better than I thought it would be. Of all the beers I have had, this is the most memorable. Of the Stouts I have had I would rank them: 1. Sam Smith Oatmeal 2.Young's Double Chocolate 3. Young's Oatmeal. 4. Old Rasputin Imperial

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 11:53:34 | More by StevieW
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powoo19

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a diehard stout drinker, but rarely find a stout that isn't slightly bitter. After a friend told me about Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, I bought a 16 oz bottle. When I cracked it, I couldnt believe the impressive dark colour and the unreal, almost sweet smell. It poured pretty nicely with a nice head.
To say that this beer is smooth is an understatement. It left no bitter aftertaste and was just completely exceptional.
I am now a Sam Smith convert, and suggest you all try it for yourselves..
Happy Drinking!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 07:37:23 | More by powoo19
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS is what it's all about! Sammy Smith's Oatmeal Stout! Do you think they'll hire me to write slogans for them? I didn't think so either. Seriously this is the best beer I have ever had in my life. (I'm only 21 but still)! Simply amazing. I could rave about this stuff for days. I've never really been one to study the smell, appearance, and mouthfeel of beers like some of the aficionados on this site, but I just can't help it with this one. From the wonderful smoky aroma from when you first pop the cap, to the beautiful tan head that never goes away, to the slow caramel-like finish, this brew is a winner all the way. It is quite expensive, but IMO is worth it. Everybody should try this beer. There is no excuse not to. Go right now to your local beer store and get some of this. And when you get to the checkout counter, tell 'em Hoss McGraw sent ya!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 20:15:57 | More by HossMcGraw
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am brewing a clone of this beer and am in the middle of bottling it. I decided to go out and buy the real thing to celebrate.

A: No freshness indication on the package. Pours thick and black with a short mocha colored head. A thin film of foam sits on top of the incredibly dark surface of the beer.

S: Not bursting with aroma like I hoped it would be, but is amazing none the less. Nutty with hints of coffee and oats.

T: Absolutely filled with flavor. Nuts, oats, bread, coffee, caramel, and toffee. All of these flavors come at you in several short waves as soon as this brew hits your toungue.

M: How could I possibly describe the way this oatmeal stout dances on your tongue in words alone. The mouthfeel on this beer is by far the most amazing thing I have every experienced. Is there anyway I can give it a 6?

D: If I was a millionaire, my fridge would always be filled with Samual Smith Oatmeal Stout. It is great as a session beer, or for just sitting back and enjoying its many complexities. This beer defines the style of oatmeal stout and deserves all of the respect it is given.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 05:21:14 | More by Avagadro
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StargherKing

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer is extremely dark, almost black. When held to light shades of crimson shine through, while the head is a thick coffee color. Smell is extremely complex, with the expected oatmeal, yeast, and even a coffelike aroma shining through. Taste is the same, strong and bitter, in a good way. Mouthfeel is amazing, goes down extremely smooth for such a heavy beer. Drinkability is likewise surprisingly high. I would certainly recommend this one, and look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 02:20:14 | More by StargherKing
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metallistout

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pint 2.7floz bottle. Pours very dark brown to black and a very thick, large, creamy tan head that took a while to drop. Nose is nutty, chocolate, very coffee semlling, a good smell. Taste is very rich, chocolate malt, coffee, nice and stout. This is my first Samuel Smith's Oatmeal and I have to say it is the best Oatmeal Stout I have had. Sweet and hoppy finish. A delicious brew. I'm going to have to buy more of these!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 21:41:13 | More by metallistout
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Offa

California

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible stout and one of my aboslute favourites.

This is deep, practically black, red-brown, with a thick tan head that lasts and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is rich caramel, dark fudge and a lot of fruit.

The taste is similar, rich, and full-bodied, sweet with a wonderfully balancing bitterness. It has qualities of fudge and raisins. The palate is creamy, thick, and silky.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 23:47:04 | More by Offa
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is sweet and filling, this is like everything that i love in a hot fresh loaf of oatmeal breed brewed into a beer of extrodnary flavor and complexity. this is like a meal in a glass. this is as close to a purfict 5.o as you can get. this is top ten of all time and the greatist oatmeal stout i have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 15:41:03 | More by orcasteve
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 4,920 ratings.