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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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4,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 4912
Reviews: 2088
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black body crowned with a two finger khaki-manila head. Fluffed and cloud-like the head is. Wow. Spotty lace.

S-Milk. Syrup. Cinnamon. Raisin. Sour on warming akin to prunes. Not too much here, just a standard stand-out stout.

T-Sweet, sugary. Bitter dark roast coffee. Bitter cocoa. Cereal. Obvious oats. Lactose notes. Slight dark fruit sour ending. Pinnacle of a stout in taste.

M-Great medium body sips thick and smooth. Low-high to Medium-low carbonation. Feel is grainy, dusty and powdery thanks to the flaked oats. Body could use more fizz, but this stout sips well regardless with an inky cool feel. Bitters, sours and sweets keep the tongue interested as well.

O-A classic for a reason. Not just a great oatmeal stout but a great stout period. A great beer. Plays it safe in a few categories but that's just this stouts' style. Good as is.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 10:47:18 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of DKRowden


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into point glass. It's dark to almost black with a nice inch head with little lacing. Really nice sweet malty smell. It has a great sweet caramel taste on the palate with light roasted notes. It has a sticky thick mouthfeel with semi dry finish. Overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:41:14 | More by DKRowden
Photo of Franziskaner


3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to almost black in color. An inch of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Smell of oatmeal is present and yet a bit subdued. I get caramel,dark malt,and oatmeal in the palate. The fade is a blend of bitterness from the hops and then back to dark malt and caramel. The mouth is dry and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:35:00 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Furlinator


3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque very dark brown with one half inch of khaki head that fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat muted and consists of coffee, dark malt, faint chocolate and a hint of earthy hops.

The flavor is a nice balance of dark malt, hops, and coffee with chocolate and nut accents.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A classic, well balanced oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:37:30 | More by Furlinator
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quoth the Bard, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Yes, yes I will. A delicious light and fairly sweet stout that always goes down easy. Slight dryness on the finish. Medium light body. Hint of sourness. So smooth and silky. A favorite that helped get me into craft.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:00:26 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was so excited to learn this beer is vegan...definitely a plus, Sam Smith's!

Pours a very deep, dark brown, almost black with a perfectly generous lacy, light mocha head.
Aroma is noticeably sweet with caramel malts and hints of chocolate.

The sweetness doesn't translate into the taste. The hops cancel it out, but not in an overly bitter way. It comes off as very clean and crisp with a heavy carbonation.

I definitely agree with the a previous review of letting it warm up a bit. It gets much smoother as it warms...very drinkable.

Did I mention it was vegan??

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 21:00:39 | More by Abra
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 18.7 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark as hell, as to be expected. Some light barely gets in on the edges. About 2 fingers worth of a head, maybe more. Head is tan/light brown and sticks around for a little, with a lot of lacing.

Aroma: The Aroma is pretty straight forward, kinda boozy. Nutty, malty doesnt smell as sweet as I thought it would.

Taste: Smooth as hell even with a slight hop bite. Not that malty but its there. slight bitterness at the end. Again not as sweet as I expected, though that isnt a bad thing. As for mouth feel, I think it's pretty thin for a stout.

Overall: I'm surprised this beer is so low on abv, it smells and taste like maybe a 7.0 abv, but moving right along. This beer is damned drinkable. No harshness, no incredible bitter or dry finish. The finish is just right, actually, a little dry, a little hoppy. It's actually hard for me to express how easy it is to drink this beer. I'll probably fall back to this stout when I want to drink a good beer and a lot of it. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 04:34:55 | More by DarthPaul
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:29:58 | More by fscottkey
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black pour with thick tan head that virtually disappears after a drink or two leaving faint foamy lacing.

S- This smells sweet and floral. No alcohol presence in the nose.

T- Smooth and sweet. Roasted malt and oaty sweetness.

M-Lighter than anticipated. Great carbonation.

O- A staple in the stout category..but nothing too extravagant. Simple yet elegant.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:45:19 | More by Nostrajonus
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A:Black body with mocha head fair amount of lacing and medium retention.

S:Chocolate and toasted malts small hint of oats

T: follows the nose exactly

M:A bit thin but stil good hidden alcohol and high carbonation.

O: Prime example of a stout, however nowadays there are better made ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 19:30:11 | More by watermelon
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3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Nice medium tan head. Black, with a golden brown glow at the bottom.

S: Light coffee. That's it really.

T/MF: Light blackened oats. Slight coffee/very dark cocoa. Very faint sweetness.

Not much to this one. Not bad, but doesn't blow me away.

Poured from a 550mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 06:46:18 | More by TruePerception
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from 550 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A dark coffee brown brew with reddish tinting and a decent-sized brown head. Aroma is rich and malt-forward, with cocoa powder, fruity yeast like apples and pears, medium-roast coffee, and a faint caramel sweetness putting in appearances. A well-rounded, sophisticated, and multifaceted brew as one would expect from such a classic, featuring chocolate milk, almond, caramel, vanilla, and coffee flavors, with the caramel gaining traction later as the dark malts lose some steam. Sourish and tangy from acidic dark malts and fruity yeast esters, yet smooth and creamy. The body is lighter than expected. Finishes long, smooth, and earthy, with a little butterscotch and a cereal grain type of sweetness. I get little in the way of harsh burnt or charred notes. Depending on the source one consults, oats either fail to add much flavor while contributing body, or they do add an astringent flavor note ... I certainly get the latter here although the source is difficult to pinpoint. In my mind (and to my palate), this is considered the prototype of the style for a reason. Less sweet than a milk stout but has some of the same desirable mouthfeel characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:30:15 | More by CalgaryFMC
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle to tulip glass after spending about 10 minutes chilling a bit in the fridge.

Absolutely wonderful. Pitch black with creamy tan head, great retention and lacing. Nose was nice and roasty with cocoa and vanilla. Taste followed - delicious cocoa, coffee, and a bit of caramel. I'm sure this would be great over ice cream. Not as heavy as I was expecting. Don't have much experience with oatmeal stouts, but if I tasted this blind I would swear it was a milk stout. Very delicious way to finish an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:45:03 | More by BH712
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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown that is slightly visible through with a whitish-tan head.

Smell is a slight coco and vanilla aroma, nothing strong but nice.

Taste is sweet coco, vanilla, hints of buttery caramel, nutty oatmeal and nice maltyness and slight bitter finish. The taste is great, I really enjoy drinking this stout!

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodies but really smooth and a nice silky-ness to it.

Overall, very enjoyable brew! Taste is so good and pretty complex for a low ABV. I recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:15:48 | More by gangstafaceclay
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's 'Oatmeal Stout' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a big frothey tan head leaving a sticky lace film along the pint

S-sweet oatmeal , hints of chocolate

T-sweet start , bit smooth , very dry finish

MF-good carbonation , feels medium body , a dryness lingers on the palate

Ov-good beer , butt the dry finish dominates this beer

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:51:25 | More by LampertLand
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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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Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle, code is SD25L1 so bottled April 25, 2012.

Dark brown pour but deep red hues appear when held to the light. Very good head, thick and foamy. Aroma is mainly oatmeal but chocolates flakes are also present. Flavor tapers off a bit but retains the oatmeal character though not full-bodied. Bit of burnt smoke hidden in there.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:15:25 | More by papat444
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Completely black body, no light gets through. Small, light tan head recedes to a thin film of small bubbles on the surface, with a nice ring at the edge of the glass. Decent lacing.

S: Some chocolate, alcohol, malts, and hints of sweetness.

T: A complex mixture of toasted malt flavors, rounding out with vanilla. A slight bitterness follows it down. Has a sweet finish.

M: Full-bodied and creamy. Subdued carbonation. Finish is a touch dry.

O: If you look up oatmeal stout, Noah Webster should have a picture of this beer label next to it. That said, with the rise of breweries offering this style, it is not the best available anymore, but it is certainly one of the originals and for that alone it is worth checking out from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:10:07 | More by Badger6
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first bottle i picked up as a single on the road and was forced to drink out of the bottle , but it was quite good. A nice pleasant malt/ vanilla flavor. I was quite impressed. However I bought a 4 pack and busted one out and poured it in a glass and it was not quite as good as the one I had had before. Possibly a bad bottle. Not terrible , just not as good. Still would recommend if you can find at a decent price. I think i overpaid at 12.99 a 4 pack

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 22:47:01 | More by gildo9
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United Kingdom (England)

3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 550ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A classic that I should probably have tried ages ago - for some reason I always pass over the Sam Smith brews....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with hints of molasses, dried fruit, vanilla, liquorice, mild chocolate, grain, faint coffee and ale yeast. Subtle but complex.

Tastes of subdued roasted malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, vanilla, mild chocolate hints, liquorice, grain, faint coffee and fruity ale yeast. Little hop character to speak of. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. A gentle astringency, accompanied by an aftertaste of mild roasted malt, fruity yeast and a touch of chocolate.

A decent brew, though I can't say it blew me away. Looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour possess a blend of dark malt, grain and understated fruity notes. Body is OK yet could stand to be more creamy. Goes down easily enough, however the distinctive roastiness that I'd expect from a stout is lacking - the overall character is too muted. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 23:36:36 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Quebec (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola black with a vigorous tan head made of tiny bubbles that starts out enormous but quickly settles to a half finger or so. Decent retention; sparse lacing.

Roasted nuts, cereal, weak coffee odors and bitter chocolate. It is a very strong nose, but is not aggressive at all.

Bitter chocolate and coffee with nutty malt flavors and a quick semi-bitter almost-medicinal finish with very strong oatmeal flavors.

Bubbly and smooth with a medium body and a quick dry finish.

Very good oatmeal stout.
This is a round and almost bare-bones oatmeal stout. It is definitely one of the better ones I have had and IS the style as far as I am concerned.
It is neither the best looking beer nor does it have the best feel, but it is a quite delicious and interesting beer both in the nose and the flavors. Lots of soft, yet harsh roasted malt flavors.
Would have again; worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:24:14 | More by TheDoctor
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4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Creamy black with a tan head. I can smell it from here!

S: Oats, chocolate, English malt, toffee.

T: Oh man this is so good. For a low ABV beer this is just awesome. Oats, chocolate, toffee, caramel, raisins, milk, cream, sugar, licorice, cinnamon, bread, yeast, and finally brown sugar. The taste of this beer is superb.

M: Creamy and full like a bowl of oatmeal. Slick and velvety with just a touch of dryness. The mouth on this is also superb.

O: Damn! Sam Smith's Oat Stout is beyond great. This is probably my favorite oatmeal stout thus far. It has an extremely flavorful taste and an awesome mouth feel. For this price, especially, it is more than worth your money. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:08:26 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of 57md


3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. There are two big fingers of beige head that enjoy good retention and leave a slight film of lace behind. Mild roasted notes are present in the nose. The body is hearty and the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor has a slight roastiness to it with a mild roasted bitter finish.

This is a classic brew. It is solid, but I’m afraid not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 06:10:56 | More by 57md
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich black body... no light is breaking through this one. Fluffy light tan head collapses and leaves pretty average lacing throughout.

Smell: Creamy chocolate. Faint hint of coffee. Toasted grain really stand out.

Taste: Toasted grains up front. Mild bitterness kicks in from the hops, tastes similar to semi-sweet chocolate. Very creamy. Sweet notes develop in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish, not much room for the hops to move around in this one.

Overall: This is regarded by many as a textbook oatmeal stout. I do not necessarily drool over this beer but I enjoy it and also recognize its significance in the world of craft beer. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 00:25:54 | More by Chiefy770
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), Enland
---from bottle to stemmed stout glass---

Pitch black, thin tan cap, good lacing.

Soft roasted malts, chocolate, cappuccino, nuts, oats. Really light on the nose.

Oats take center stage here! Creamy/smooth/sweet oatmeal. Sweet roasted and malted barley. Slight grassy/earthy hops. Hints of bitter chocolate.

Medium body, incredibly creamy, the inside of your mouth will feel as though it is made of silk. Heavy creamy oats at first give way to a smooth crisp finish.

Great! Not overly bitter or sweet… both have their time to shine. The creamiest beer I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 19:38:21 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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