1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,540 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,540
Reviews: 2,131
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 221
Gots: 472 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,540 | Reviews: 2,131 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Nguyening
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Nguyening, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JakerLou, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -5.2%

2GOOFY, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of tjarrett
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

tjarrett, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of AL89BR
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

AL89BR, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a frothy half inch tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick sheets of lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, oats, light roast character, and dark fruits form the initial aroma. Dark fruit becomes more prominent as it warms, along with light caramel sweetness and subtle floral hop character.

Chocolate dominates the flavor profile throughout the initial sip, with roast malt accompanying it in the slightly dry finish. Becomes roast dominant in subsequent tastings. Underpinnings of bruised cherries and dark berries add complexity. There's a nutty tone in the aftertaste. Tobacco emerges as it warms.

Body is fairly full, chewy, and smooth, with carbonation on the low side.

More dark fruit than expected. Chocolate is a lot more evident in flavor than in the nose.
Today character is not overpowering. Very solid beer. Would've rather the fruitiness not be present. Not sure of bottle age, so could be a factor.

barczar, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

srgj88, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

artoolemomo, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of gromnir
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

gromnir, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of burgundy adorn the edges, other than that, it's an all black stout. The oatmeal really is the star here. Along with flavor, it adds heft to the velvety texture.

The mineral flavors from the English hard water are there, too, but it just adds to the character. Quick hit of hops at the end, but the roasted and smokey flavors take over in the finish.

There's a very good reason this is a classic.

McNealc31, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jsurfs82, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of ScottieD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ScottieD, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of zoober911
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

zoober911, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of SK360
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SK360, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of NoetheMatt
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

NoetheMatt, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of David1492
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

David1492, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint

A: Pours an opaque black, that shows hints of deep brown when held up to light. Very fine, khaki, 2 finger head with crazy amounts of ring lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, sweet malts and hints of earthiness.

T: Roasted malt goodness! Sweet and smooth with hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Earthy flavors finish with slight roasted bitterness and a slight acidity.

M: Smooth as silk and not at all heavy in the mouth. Low carbonation.

O: One killer stout. Sam Smiths shines as a world-class brewery with this one. I usually pick this up as a treat once in a while, but I could have this all the time and continue to love it day after day. Highly recommended, even for people who don’t favor the black stuff.

KelsoSaaz, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of thegish
4/5  rDev -5.2%

thegish, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of GratefulJack
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

GratefulJack, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

capnamerica, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Pillowburn
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Pillowburn, Apr 04, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

djtomain, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +18.5%

jonathaniler, Apr 04, 2013
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,540 ratings.