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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,685 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 5,685
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 233
Gots: 541 | 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)
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

JackRWatkins, Nov 17, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

BlkHawkFan01, Nov 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

YetiMaas, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

WesleyPomona, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dabarton, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

utopiajane, Nov 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

cke44, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Joshmistake, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pleasantly surprised. I quite like it, and I'm glad I bought a four pack.

MissV_, Nov 16, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +9%

ItsPhipps, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Vogie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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 shadowing 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.

Cheers!

Vogie, Nov 14, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

WilliamJRileyJr, Nov 14, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Tehned, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ksi4077, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Tilly, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BrettMRogers, Nov 12, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Buszekbj, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

portia99, Nov 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jmbranum, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Narthax, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Etatrow, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

DenisKolkin, Nov 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

a classic that early on helped me love beer.

twb0392, Nov 10, 2014
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,685 ratings.