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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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Reviews: 2,186
Hads: 6,178
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 309
Gots: 952 | FT: 6
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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 JohnnyP3
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle with no apparent freshness date poured into a goblet. Pours a midnight black with a nice creamy khaki head of 3 fingers that coats the glass with a lacy film as it dissipates.

Nose is absolutely divine. Oats, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, coffee ice cream. Perfect oatmeal stout smell.

Taste upfront is sweet and roasted malts that delivers a bitter and milk chocolate tour-de-force. Milky, earthy, richness transitions to a bitter finish. Magnificent balance. Iced coffee, oatmeal, caramel...and the list goes on.

Mouthfeel is substantial, rich, smooth, and decadent.

Oatmeal stout lovers, the search is over. (653 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Ayotte's in Hudson, NH.

Back in the day (early 90's in this case) this was the craft beer. We could get Guinness, Harpoon and the like in the Boston area, but this beer was also readily available, and somehow much more exoctic because it was an unknown. Guinness, even pre-markenting push, was a major player, and there was some status in drinking it ("I won't drink anything I can see through"). I always saw this beer on the shelves, usually dusty, but I think only tried it once. Now seemed like a good time to revisit this beer, that somehow seems to be taken for granted.

The pour is a wonderfully deep, dark black with a thick and creamy head that leaves a coating of lace rarely seen these days.

Malty, bready/oatmeal, some fudge and lightly of figs. Tastes very much the same.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

This is the quintessential session beer. At 5% you're not going to find many other session brews so tasty and easy to drink (975 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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 (624 characters)

Photo of powoo19
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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! (518 characters)

Photo of Jprobinson
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This being my first review, I must admit that I am still developing my palate, but can definitely recognize a great beer when I drink one. The appearance was dark and tasty looking with a nice head, the smell was of dark malt, chocolate, the taste was amazing with subtle oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel was very impressive for a bottle, smooth, body, and not over powering. Drinkability...1 to 2 everyday for the rest of my life and I would be a happy man. Great beer! (509 characters)

Photo of metallistout
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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! (423 characters)

Photo of Frijolyqueso
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- It pours a dark brown body. The head is about 2 fingers with a light brownish color.Very good carbonation.

S- It has a nice aroma, it has a strong oatmeal smell with hints of chocolate.

T- The taste is amazing, not too strong no too light, the perfect balance.

M- Great mouthfeel, it has a small taste of oatmeal followed by a coffe flavour and finally a lemony aftertaste

This is a good beer to try, it has the perfect combination of ingredients. A must try! (467 characters)

Photo of ThreePistols
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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! (268 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep black pours into the glass. A thick cream-colored head that lasts tops it. Finally settles down to a substantial crown.

S - Caramel, malts, chocolate, and oatmeal are the main aromas that push through. Seems like there is a little of the slate from the Yorkshire Squares that it's fermented in.

T - Starts with a dark caramel from the malts. Then the oatmeal begins to show through. Ends with a delicious match of chocolate and cream, but only lightly sweet.

M - Smooth, slides down real easy while still having the right body for a stout. Light carbonation that doesn't detract from the rest of it.

O - This is my go to stout, it is the perfect blend of deep flavors, aromas, and silky body. It is a truly satisfying and filling brew, especially since you can probably find this in your local store. If you enjoy this style and you haven't tried this, you are doing yourself a great injustice. (907 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

One of the all time classic stouts and still the standard bearer for oatmeal stouts, if you ask me. I do agree that Rogue's Shakespeare could be the best U.S. made equivalent, but Samuel Smith's nearly perfect stout still wins for me. Usually, it is priced at an accessible rate where I live. (292 characters)

Photo of smudgewhat
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

believe the hype. This is an awesome oatmeal stout. Sweet, rich, not too thick, which lends to drinkability. Pours dark coffee to black. Sweet like chocolate up front with slightly bitter aftertaste Complex taste and good both cold and slightly warmer. Not too high on the alcohol content, which prevents it from losing taste. A classic. (337 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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! (860 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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! (313 characters)

Photo of LordOdin
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In short, this is an exceptional beer that is not all too difficult to find in a store nearby. If you have never tried this beer before, then I urge you go ahead and do so, even if a stout is not your preferred style.

More in depth, I consider this to be a well balanced beer in terms of smell, taste, and texture. In terms of smell, this beer shows hints of oatmeal, which is not a big surprise, and caramel, perhaps some brown sugar or molasses?

This sweet smelling aroma is a great indication of the upcoming taste. Overall, this beer has a balanced palate that is neither overtly sweet nor bitter. This sweetness makes it great to enjoy on its own, or paired with a full-flavored meal. While the taste does tilt slightly towards the sweeter side, it is not by much.

As far as I am concerned, the texture itself is probably the best part of this beer. As with many oatmeal stouts, the texture is both rich and creamy. It really does fill your mouth. Interestingly enough, this beer retains its head all the way through.

While I mentioned that the smell, taste, and texture of this beer were well-balanced, I should probably comment on the color itself too. As is expected, In its simplest form, this is a very dark beer. Other than that, however, I cannot say much else. (1,278 characters)

Photo of StargherKing
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Bootscraper
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This particular beer was recommended to me at another forum, and I do not regret picking one up whatsoever.
Served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass, listening to Jesu- "Why Are We Not Perfect?". I am wondering why this beer isn't perfect, because it comes damn-close. Here was my humble thoughts:
Upon pouring, a very creamy, frothy, tan head a few inches in length arose to meet the top of the glass. This was very pleasing, considering that I presume this brew has very low carbonation. It sat in my glass BLACK. There was some slight deep red tendencies bouncing off my glass when I held it up to the light, but this beer is quite opaque. After a good 10 minutes, the head got down to about 1 cm, and stayed that way until it met the bottom of my glass. I was kinda disappointed in the lacing though, as there wasn't much of any at all.
Poking my nose in the glass gave me a very rich smell of a sweet loaf of bread. The sweetness was composed from nut to molasses, and vanilla to honey ranges. Pleasantly subtle, I might add as well.
The taste was pretty much the same as the smell, but now working in hand with the signature stout "roasted" flavor. It's not quite "burnt" hops either, which would usually come across too harsh in other more common stouts. Rather, it's present more as a coffee flavor... one that comes alive a little bit during the finish. I found slight hints of savory caramel throughout each sip as well. Not much in the way of an after-taste. Pretty damn-well balanced this beer is though, even if there is nothing extravagant going on.
It's medium-bodied once it was in the mouth, and it was smooth as silk. Seriously, this is the quickest beer I have consumed so far for a review, and I could easily move through some of this like water on a hot summer day. That is quite remarkable, considering it's other stout qualities (I may have found my new favorite beer!). My only discrepancy, I suppose, was that I wish they could make this beer how it is, but with a stickier mouth-feel. No, it certainly is not a Miller Lite, but it came across as a bit thin for a beer of this caliber.
Skip the pretzels, go straight for snackin' on some oatmeal chocolate cookies when enjoying one of these! (2,220 characters)

Photo of frosty
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is damn good beer. Poured from a 550ml bottle at around cellar temp this beer comes out nice and dark (almost pure black in color). As I put the glass to my nose I can tell I going to enjoy this one. I get the scent of chocolate, coffee, and maybe some oats. The taste is outstanding and reconfirms what my nose has told me. All the flavors are there including some maltiness and hops. If anyone whats to get me something for my birthday I'd be more than happy with this stuff. A great stout in my opinion. (515 characters)

Photo of zakery
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Foamy beige head sits on top of a dark and luscious looking beer.

Smell: Wow! It's a heady smell of portwine, prunes, raisins, chocolate, grains - dark and sweet! When reaching almost room temperature I detect a smokiness that does not come through when it is cooler.

Taste: Follows the smell. Rich, dark, dried sweet fruit. Definite notes similar to that of portwine. Soft and smooth with subtle chocolate notes. After taste is portwine-like with coffee. It leaves a little too sweet taste in the mouth when the after tase subsides.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation.

Very potent tasting and rich drink. I like to drink it slowly and savor it as a special treat all by itself. (729 characters)

Photo of lhaqq
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark near-opaque crimson brown with a generous khaki-colored head that fades into a constant 1-2mm head for awhile.
S: Chocolate, toffee, oats and a little bit of malt at the end. Actually reminds me of the aroma of some good scotches I've had (though, of course, more dark, round and mellow, and less of the alcoholic sting).
T: Chocolate (but not a really pronounced milk chocolate like a Mackeson XXX nor a dark chocolate like a lot of stouts), toffee, cream, and caramel, with some oats and a little bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Round, creamy, and thick; coats the mouth and lingers.
D: Easy to drink for a stout--not too thick and not too thin. Been one of my favorite beers for a couple of years a still has yet to be usurped. (746 characters)

Photo of botham
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this oatmeal stout pours black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. the color in light is a deep brown with a bit of ruby red thrown in. wonderful brew from the looks of it.

smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of hops and alcohol thrown in the mix. the smell overall is sweet, but doesn't seem overly so.

taste is of heavy roastiness up front, followed by a bit of sweetness, which is where the chocolate resides. on the way down, the hops bring a bit of bitterness to the mouth, without overselling it.

aftertaste is of lightly bitter roastiness and chocolate, the sweetness seems to have gone away with the swallow. letting the mouth sit dry for a while, the chocolate fades into only a light bitterness.

mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied, leaving a bit of a film around the mouth after going down, which is exceptional. one definitely knows they are drinking a great brew from the aftertaste this one leaves behind.

drinkability is great. not filling or intoxicating at around 5%, one could easily enjoy a few of these for the makings of a great night!

this brew is extremely well crafted without much room for improvement. the ONLY critique i have for this brew is that the bitterness doesn't show itself until after going down. that being said, definitely check this one out. (1,365 characters)

Photo of IceAce
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An agressive pour from clear glass bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass rsulted in two and 1/2 fingers of light tan foam. As the collar of foam began to reduce, an elegant pattern of lace was left behing. The beer below the foam is midnight black.

Aroma: A very heady and earthy nose...full of promises of deep, rich roasted barley. To say the nose is inviting is like telling someone in the path of a tidal wave 'to expect miosture'.

Taste: OK, I admit it. While I evaluated the aroma, I actually lost control an took a sip. I couldn't help it...and I deeply apologize. How to describe the taste? How about this. "There just aren't enough o's in smoooth to give this fantastic brew its fair due". Malty richness fills the palate as the tongue begins to dance. Simply superb.

Mouthfeel: The finish left behind only one thing...


Desire. Must have more.

Drinkability: They seldom come any better than this. If heaven has beer...it's probably a lot like this. (1,001 characters)

Photo of kflorence
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours opaque black with fairly decent tan head that sticks around for awhile. Minimal lacing, carbonation is not noticeable. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

S: Smells of raisins, burnt oatmeal, dark cocoa, caramel and perhaps a bit of espresso. This is honestly one of the best smelling beers out there... it is an overall sweet and inviting aroma.

T: Taste is fairly strong and complex. Oatmeal brown sugar and a plethora of caramelized malts hit the tongue first, followed by raisins and molasses. This is followed by a dry, coffee, hop and alcohol flavor. The lingering taste in the mouth is of burnt oatmeal, dark cocoa, roasted nuts and cigars. What a superbly crafted brew this one turned out to be. One of the most flavorful and refined beers out there in my humble opinion.

M: Although this is by all means a heavy bodied brew, the mouthfeel somehow comes off as smooth. Sam Smith's has managed to craft a thick, yet not syrupy beer with plenty of substance without becoming anything with the consistency of motor oil. Kudos!

D: As mentioned, this is a heavy beer, but it manages to sit pretty light in the stomach. Obviously a few of these will fill you up, but they won't make you feel overstuffed or bloated. I would never turn one of these down. One of my favorites. (1,280 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color with tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste has many layers, coffee, chocolate, toffee, cream, soy sauce. Nicely carbonated. This is an outstanding stout. Taste and smell are both very complex. I'll definitely pick up a few of these next time i see it. (278 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light ink black in color with a two finger foamy head. Aroma of burnt malts and some chocolate. Sweet and creamy, slippery smooth, somewhat acidic and smokey. Some dark roast coffee and a slightly dry finish, leaves you yearning for more. Incredible stout, should own it's own category. (294 characters)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,186 ratings.