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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: 2,189
Hads: 6,213
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 313
Gots: 981 | FT: 4
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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 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.


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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 -

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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

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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.

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

Served in a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Pours a silky blackish brown with a nice 1 inch of cinnamon colored head that breaks down slightly to a pancake batter like cap. Aromas are subtle with hints of roasted malts, dark fruit sweetness, and maybe a touch of coffee. Taste is awesome upfront with sweet sugary notes of dried plums, raisin skin, cream, and ends with a nice but not overpowering roasted malt finish and slight earthy hops. Perhaps a lingering of cocoa powder as it warms. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. Medium-dry with a higher than average amount of carbonation for a stout.

It isn't earth shadering and it doesn't scream buy me at the beer store when there are a hundred other oatmeal stouts to chose from, but man is this good. A truly world class beer that has been around for ages and is easy to forget about amongst the chaos that is craft beer. If you're interested in getting into craft beer or stouts this is a great start. Or if you need a reminder of what got you here.


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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev -4.8%

dark brown opaque poor. Lovely tan three finger head, s
Ow foam. Aromas of coffee, sweetness, bourbon, caramel. Chocolate taste, faint oatmeal, sweetness, nutty. Very appealing for a stout.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer as my wife bought it (as part of the Samuel Smith sampler) on our honeymoon. I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it yet so now is good time to rectify this error.

Pours a glorious dark brown almost black with a tan head.

Subtle slightly toasty with a bit of red wine aroma.

Very dry with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Very rich and earthy. Picking up some cola and caramel notes.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and some creamy flavor notes.

Very well balanced.

Exceptionally tasty.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle served cool into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Cost was about $5 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - very dark brown, nearly black. Topped by two and a half fingers of tan head with lots of frothy lacing. Nice retention time.

Smell - oatmeal, lots of brown sugar, a touch of coffee and cocoa powder. Interesting, inviting and formidable nose.

Taste - chocolate and some sugary sweetness come to the forefront, before receding into a smoky bliss mixed with oatmeal. Very tasty and full flavoured and quite different from other oatmeal stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel - smooth, velvety and creamy, light bodied yet full flavoured and packs a nice punch.

Overall - a very fine oatmeal stout, plenty of flavor, light yet a satisfying meal in a glass. A classic and worth of the considerable praise heaped upon it.

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Photo of DackZ
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Dark, nearly opaque
S-Lighter than one might guess; all the usual suspects here (choc, toffee, coffe), but held down by a pleaseant astringent note.
T-Stupidly good. Sweet and dry. Rich,yet not cloyingly so. Dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, some leather(?), dust(?) and some alcohol peeking through. Just excellent.
F-Good weight, but floats on the palate without being too heavy. Bubbles are there, but they aren't "loud".
O-The Gold Standard of Oat Stouts. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a translucent black with a light brown, slightly white head. Smell is very sweet. Chocolate, grapes, roasted malt. The flavor is nice. Very roasty. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black with an outstanding head, lacing and retention. Subtle nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin) with light notes of roast and chocolate as it warms. Light bodied with little texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back. It consists of a blend of light roast and chocolate with a distinct mineral note. If you look for it, you can find the oat character. The finish has a slight metallic twang to it. I suspect this bottle may be old, since what I'm tasting is nothing like the other reviews here. If you don't bother to bottle date, then the reviewer can't take age into consideration.

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Photo of PaulToner
1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

Overly malty with a burnt taste. I would also expect (and hope) that an oatmeal stout would be very smooth. This beer could barely be described as smooth, it also has a harsh finish that you would expect from a bitter pale ale. Stouts should be easy to drink in my opinion. There is a faint taste of chocolate.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Almost black.Tan head. Nice lace is left.
Smell: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate, hint of alcohol and a little bit of oats.
Taste: Malt, coffee, and some chocolate.

I love this beer. Big malt with coffee and chocolate greeting you with each smell and gulp. The taste has a little bit of a tang to it; kind of like coffee that you've brewed but let it sit in the pot until it cooled (it works for the good in this case). I'll get this again of course.

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Photo of gfg0020
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

A: pours very dark brown, almost black; light passes through; khaki head that leaves a nice ring around the glass, no lacing

S: strong toasted oats, toasted bread, dried plums (prune), dark molasses, dried figs

T: oats, toasted bread, dried plum, raisin skin, very light bitterness on the finish

M: nice moderate level of carb, on the thin side (for a modern stout) but this is what a traditional oatmeal stout should be like

O: I typically look for a higher abv, fuller mouthfeel stout when I'm drinking in the colder months, but this is perfectly suited for the change of seasons; it would also be great for a cold night when you plan to have more than a couple beers; in short, it's a great go to oatmeal stout

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +19%

Sampled last night on 10/19/14 but had this several times before. One of my all time favorites! First drank this one back in 1980. My first stout as well. This one comes in a large 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle but have seen in in smaller bottle in a 4-pack for around $10. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a almost black in color with a good 3-finger thick creamy tan head that left lots of lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some oats. The taste is fantastic with lots of good favor from the above said items. Very smooth with no bitter finish. I can drink this one when it is 0 degrees or 90 degrees outside. Nice smooth finish with no bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Always a favorite and a perfect "10" for me!

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Photo of Retroman40
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a really nice dark brown/almost black with a small head that subsides to decent lacing. The aroma is coffee with a hint of chocolate and the taste is again coffee, chocolate and some roasted grains. Minimal hop flavor or aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and the finish clean.

Overall this is a very good oatmeal stout and is certainly worth a try for anyone who enjoys this style.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.