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

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94
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2,186 Reviews
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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 atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep coca cola color with a foamy tan head with nice retention
S-sweet milk chocolate, hint of hazelnut, oats
T-more milk chocolate, hints of roasted malt/debittered coffee, and finishes creamy. Hops provide nice balance to the sweetness
M-medium bodied and creamy
O-great beer. very flavorful and creamy, excellent example of the style (346 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-beautiful head light brown, deep dark black
-alcohol and oatmeal, light cream
- thick but not overpowering, cream flavor with oat notes, lingering oatmeal flavor
-good body, thick, lingers but pleasant and comforting
-hoped for a higher adv, but overall a great crafted beer taste is next to none. Will drink time and time again. (333 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black pour leading to a big rocky head of inviting tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle cocoa
Taste-Toasted malt, milk chocolate, "Yorkshire Square" subtle mineral stonyness that adds a depth of character, creamy smooth finish. A classic example of the style. (271 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, opaque and appears black in the right lighting. Half finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing.

S- Toasted bread, a bit of nutty roast, cocoa, coffee, not much dark fruit, caramel.

F- Reasonably sweet roasted malt, nuttiness, cocoa, milk chocolate, bitter coffee, caramel, mildly bitter earth on the backend.

M- Medium-thick bodied, lower in carbonation as expected, a bit silky and smooth creamy mouthfeel with a mildly earthy finish.

O- Very nice oatmeal stout with a nice complexity and mouthfeel to it. (532 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith has a nice package deal out right now that includes their IPA, Organic Chocolate Stout, Oatmeal Stout, and a branded Irish-style imperial pint glass. Today I chose to give the old Oatmeal Stout a proper review. The beer pours with a giant, frothy cappuccino colored head, a full 2 fingers over the top of the glass. Picturesque! Like a root beer float. The awesome staying power of the head lingers over a deep black liquid with slight transparency and cherry accents. A distinct but mellow browned butter aroma greets the nose. Along with hints of raisin, smoke and minerals. The flavor is of mildly sweet butterscotch with subtle sour bitterness. Lime-like spiciness meets a roasted character with an herbal tobacco taste in the finish. It's a nice marriage of flavors, but the bitterness, though not excessive, still manages to overpower the malts a little. The brew is medium-bodied with adequate carbonation. Unremarkable, but suitable for the style I suppose. Overall, this is a staple for a reason. There's quite a bit of character packed in to this tame ABV offering from the English legend. If you've never tried it, it's a must have on any beer-tasting checklist. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It feels like an honor to review this beer. After having Founder's Breakfast Stout, I've been on the lookout for this brew and was fortunate that my local craft beer store had it in stock.

Pours a dark brown body with a huge, fluffy tan head. Great lacing! Lots of oats and nuts in the nose, with cleaner in the background. Upon first taste, nothing other is oatmeal is present, but quickly the dark and roasted malts assert themselves. Sweet milk chocolate shows up towards then end to round out the flavor profile. Nice touch. Feels smooth, carbonated and very, very drinkable. Definitely lighter than I expected with almost zero bite. Overall, this oatmeal stout is much simpler than other American stouts (lower ABV, no syrupy qualities, or caramel notes), and therefore, can be critiqued for being a bit two-dimensional, but maybe I'm biased. Nevertheless, this is an oatmeal stout for anyone interested in getting into stouts. Worth every penny. (953 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, snifter

A – Black, opaque, though not oily. Over an inch of light khaki, thick foam sits on top, with moderate retention.

S – Roasted black malt, light aroma of cold pressed coffee. Bitter chocolate hides a bit in the background. Hop aroma is difficult to find, perhaps slightly earthy.

T – Leans a bit more towards the chocolate malts, roasted coffee is much lighter. I do get where some people compare it to “soy sauce” flavor, but I think it’s just the bittering black malt combined with background notes of earthy hops.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to give a bit of a scrub for the bitter malts. Moderately heavy body, somewhat silky from the oats. Mild sweetness to match with the mild bitterness.

O – A solid oatmeal stout, very straightforward, no flash because none is required. Just enough bitterness to be well-balanced. Quite drinkable, and with the lower ABV shouldn’t cause any problems to do so. (975 characters)

Photo of hombrepalo
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit on the watery side. Freshness always a question. oats and burnt chocolate taste. Finishes on the bitter side. Does not stand out as a world class beer. (157 characters)

Photo of kj8525
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: slight light coming thru on sides with good head retention S: raisin, brown sugar, syrup T: sweet, roasted malt, raisin M: medium velvety and clean finish (157 characters)

Photo of CJNAPS
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I might have to try this beer again. I wasn't a big fan it kind of left me wanting more flavor. And I've heard nothing but great things about this beer. maybe I got a bad bottle lol (181 characters)

Photo of Tee76
2.18/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured a deep amber color with a small creamy head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing. Aroma was of toasted malts, mouthfeel was bland & light in carbonation. Taste was bland as well.....nothing but malts with an unpleasant aftertaste. I love oatmeal stouts but i couldnt even finish this one. Had to force down the half of a pint i actually was able to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again nor drink it if it was offered to me for free. Highly disappointed. (462 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very simple yet classy looking label in the traditional Samuel Smith style. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives a nice description of the beer, a nice back story on the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info. Gold foil wrapped neck. Has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshire's oldest brewery est. 1758” embossed on the bottle.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550mL brown bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger light but slightly creamy tan head atop a deep cola brown colored beer that lets almost no light filter in. Head retention was great at 6min flat before fading to a thick rocky coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is slightly nutty with a bit of grain and a nice oat aroma along with a milk chocolate, roast coffee, and slight molasses aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of roasted oats and grainy nutty malt on the front end along with a nice toasted chocolate malt sweetness. Midpoint has a very nice molasses sweetness that comes through along with more cooked roasted oats and a deep roasted coffee malt flavor. Back end is very heavy on roasted chocolate and coffee malts that leads to a roasty finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied that leads to a thick, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and not very filling for a thicker full bodied beer.

Overall/Comments: Wow! This is one tasty stout that is extremely well done. This has a very good flavor profile and nose along with a nice body and drinkability. This is a must try stout. Classified as an Oatmeal Stout @ 5% ABV. Consumed 1/12/2014. (1,658 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a Chimay snifter this fine oatmeal stout pours a rick black with tinges of dark brown on the edges. A moderate head dissipates to a thin pool of foam with light lacing. Nose of chocolate, moderate roasted grains, dark molasses and light coffee. Flavors follow the nose with rich chocolate and some molasses followed by a light bitterness to the rear with a hair of coffee. Excellent carbonation in the mouth feel making this a highly drinkable stout rounded out with the smoothness that only oats can bring. An English classic, AND a fine Christmas gift from the little lady's family who is here from England. Most excellent.

Cheers (668 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE standard for Oatmeal Stouts, exceptionally smooth & drinkable. One of my top 3 imports from England. This beer is a reminder to all of who invented the Stout! (162 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color with a big mocha-colored, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Even after 10 minutes there is a thin, creamy looking head.

Aroma hit you right away with the sweetness. Oats, chocolate, and a bit of caramel.

Taste leads with roasted coffee and chocolate. Sweet oats are very present. Very easy to drink. A touch of bitterness on the finish. The oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee notes are all masterfully achieved. Very well done.

Medium bodied. Goes down silky smooth. The easiest drinking Stout I've ever had. Downed it in about 10 minutes (usually do these in 30). No bite from the alcohol (not surprising considering its ABV).

Overall, I completely understand why this is considered the standard for Oatmeal Stouts. Smooth and sweet, in addition to a taste that has been very well refined, this is one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. (897 characters)

Photo of TheStoutScout
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. It reminds me of simpler times. It's simple. So simple, it's perfect. I can drink this every day, at any temperature, with any meal. This is the definition of a beer. No bells, no whistles, nothing pretty. This is BEER. (237 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a nice deep black color with a caramel colored one finger head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is that of chocolate and fresh bread. Taste is that of chocolate and malt, a nice spicy note comes in strong. Not terribly complex, but a great example of a nicely rounded stout. Feel is thick and creamy, sticks to the mouth and leaves a pleasant chocolate note that lingers. This is a great beer, one that I will be coming back to in the future. (452 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%

Really enjoyed this one. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head. The smell was full of oatmeal and malt, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate in there too. The taste was heavy and a bit decadent with a milkshake like consistency. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee flavors through out. Overall was very nice and very rich. Loved it. (343 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, opaque, with a light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin tan film. Lacing is big on this one, leaving elaborate patterns down the side of the glass.

S - Particularly as this one warms, this hits the nose with chocolate, fire-roasted marshmallows, and toasted bread and grain notes. It is one of the most pleasant bouquets I've ever enjoyed from a beer, squarely what I hope for when I pick up a stout.

T - The start is full of sweet bread, caramel and chocolate notes, moving to toasted elements mid-point, fading to a more bitter close, with just a dash of metallic notes that detract.

M - Full and slick, with none of the sliminess that sometimes plague oatmeal stouts. Drying in the close keeps the heaviness of the opening from becoming cloying or weighty.

O - A fine stout. A very fine stout. Ultra-orthodox, and proud of the tradition it springs from, it offers a far better option at the price point than many a flashier stout from brewers on this side of the pond. What I will grab when a pure stout experience is what I'm after. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous, thick, syrupy dark brown, almost black, opaque color. A tan head gives way to a sticky lace that retains throughout. Aroma is intoxicating. An earthy, roasted malt, bread and hint of burnt sugar. Taste is grainy, malty sweet, creamy, with a slight hops finish. Taste gets even better as the drink warms. I drank it without food, but would love to try again with chocolate. Feel is robust and full bodied; a meal in and of itself. Active carbonation that settles as the drink warms. I loved this beer and consider it an excellent example of stout. (563 characters)

Photo of S_Weinstein95
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance: Almost completely black with a nice, mild carbonation and a lovely tan head that dissolves into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Strong malts upfront with a much more reserved earthy, biscuity smell on the tale end. A touch of coffee his the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very light on the tongue and goes down incredibly easy.

Taste: A great, roast flavor from the get-go. A nice, roasty taste comes next with caramel and some coffee notes. A great, mild hop flavor on the tail end with a clean finish provided by the oatmeal.

Overall: An excellent offering of this particular style, one of my favorite oatmeal stows out there and one of the best overall dark beers I've yet to taste. Far better than other offerings such as Guinness. (782 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a couple of fingers of tan head and some lacing. It looks ... like a stout. No real surprises.

Smell: Quite earthy with some faint metallic notes. Unsurprisingly, there's a strong maltiness too.

Taste: Roasted oats and malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate/cocoa. The cocoa isn't nearly as pronounced as it is in the chocolate stout but it's definitely there. Quite a 'full' flavour with a fairly clean finish. Not much hop in evidence, as this is very much a malt-forward brew.

Feel: Smooth, with a fairly dry finish - there are some nice smoky flavours peeking through at the end. Not nearly as heavy as some stouts can be, and eminently drinkable as a result.

Overall: Taken in isolation, this is an absolute belter of an oatmeal stout and worthy of anyone's time and attention. That said, it's probably the weakest of the Sam Smiths stout lineup (the Imperial is my favourite) but then it's up against some pretty stiff competition. Best enjoyed at your leisure - this really is too good to just chuck down your neck with wild abandon. (1,141 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

App: poured into pint glass, dark brown with faint effervescence and thin off white tan lace

Smell: strong malt, earthy biscuit , burnt sugar
Taste/Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost milk like with some carbonation to lighten and prevent it from becoming syrupy. Strong roasted malt up front, followed by nutty, coffee notes and caramel sweetness. Earthy without being pungent, very mild hops at the end followed by a clean palate.
Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable stout, much more complex than Guinness in its array of flavors, a very enjoyable beer. I would definitely put this as a tasty, go to oatmeal stout. Never having been a stout fan before, this beer was so good, its piqued my interest in the genre - (709 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked SG07N1 at 45 degrees into an imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slooowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – wide complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins with slightly bitter chocolate followed by roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.25 (477 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours not completely black. It has darker brown hues and from the very middle of the glass emanating softly is a shy ruby blush. Fat mousse like head of mocha colored foam that lasts, falls to a ring and leaves lace. Nose is deep with roasted malt scents. There's a sweet lush caramel , a bit of weak coffee, bitter chocolate and some scent from oats in the background as well. This beer has an earthy woody scent too that is hard to pin down. Taste is luscious. Smooth, creamy and full. The sweet caramel is first to grace the palate and then a big roasty taste follows. It has a bit of bitterness to it and it dries on the tongue leaving the coffee a bit stronger than on the nose and the bitter chocolate to come to finish. At the last moments there is that woody and earthy taste again with that sweet and very soft caramel to linger alongside all those big roasty flavors of bitter malt. I detected no hops on the nose and I can find none on the palate save for that bit of woodiness and to say this beer is well balanced and a delight to the disposition if you ask me. I like it precisely because it's not too sweet although it has an ample sweetness. Finishes with a bit of bite from carbonation. (1,212 characters)

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