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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and VERY dark brown body.

The smell contains not as bold of characteristics with most other stouts. I think I can even pick up on the oatmeal.

This taste is again, very mild for a stout. It's certainly not light...at all. I still taste caramelized malts. Perhaps the normally noticeable coffee and chocolate notes are being tamed by the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) a 4.5. I could see a person reluctant of stouts giving this a try and enjoying it for being so mild.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great classic. Recommended by our waitress at South Branch Tavern in Chicago. Silky smooth. Only light flavours of burned oak that grow as the beer warms. David says it's the port wine of beers. Made me crave a cookie.

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Photo of J30wang
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Came out like a diluted gasoline and a solid, foamy head. The oatmeal in this gem doesn't come until after the sip, slight burnt flavors of popped rice and barley following a long, roasty complex consisting of mostly smoky tannins. Tart on the mouth--not a heavy stout, but solid and crisp. Very drinkable--only the brits know how to do a good stout, I feel.

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Photo of j4mmin42
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a deep, opaque brown- mine came out of a brown 550ml bottle, and had short, dissipating head, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is sweet/roasted/smoky, very complex but not strong. I got a lot of roasted vanilla/toffee from the first sip, with a hint of raw chocolate on the end. It is not the thickest stout I have had, but it definitely lingers on the palate for awhile. Overall, it's one if the best, most drinkable stouts I have had.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My brother strongly recommended this brew and he said it was legit and was the originator of all the beers of this style and sets the standard. Let’s be honest here: beer brewing goes way back to Britain centuries ago so they know what they are doing.

Look-It pours a deep black tuxedo of desire and beauty. The head comes in full and remains thick and creamy all the way down encrusting the glass in a sticky layer of dark colored lacing.

Smell-It smells of coffee beans and chocolate chips as well as a bready malt backbone that mixes together to serve up a strong aroma of desserts. Well, desserts for adults, because this brew has a solid 5.0% ABV.

Taste-It tastes like how the nose indicated HOWEVER it has a severely pleasant smoky taste on top of those notes.

Mouthfeel-It feels rich, creamy, and full. It is as silky smooth as the inner thighs of a freshly deflowered virgin. It is a full-bodied stout that is as rich as melted butter mixed with unicorn’s saliva.

Overall-This brew was as good as my brother said it was. Additionally, the ancient recipe of this variety and the high standards by which it is made makes it that much more delicious and admirable. I should say that this beer is better than Guinness.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best head in a beer out there, like oatmeal, haha. The look and feel of this beer makes you want to cut the grass or build something. The taste is awesome, just not my favorite of the stouts, but this beer is near perfect, with its dry and bitter finish. A good beer to tie one on with, but also is well rounded enough for your one nightly.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was really exited about this beer as it has great reviews and was surprised to find it sitting on my local grocery store's shelf (paid $3.99 for the 1 pint, 2.7 ounce bottle).

Pours a jet black color with a nice 1-fingered tan head.

Smells of a malty, caramel, chocolate-coffee aroma.

The taste I was a bit disappointed with. As with most dark beers, it gets better as it warms up but never really knocked my socks off. It taste as it smells with a bit of a biscuity taste added to it, but it taste "thin" and not as rich as i thought it would.

Overall still a good beer and would buy again.

Served in a pint glass.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with 1/2 inch of khaki colored head.

Aroma is of very pungent roasted malt. I get present toffee notes, oats, and even a slight alcohol kick.

Taste isn't my style. Very light and heavily carbonated. I like big rich stouts,but for such a low abv, the beer isn't bad. This beer is big on heavily roasted malts and oatmeal. The light carbonation and slight hop flavor leaves an almost citrusy flavor that doesn't meld quite right with the other flavors.

Overall, good beer for the low abv, but not my style. Also maybe a tad bit too carbonated for me, especially for the style. I see it pairing well with a couple of chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies. It gets a 78.5/100.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £2.90 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, inky black body with a slight ruby tinge that remains unchanged when held to the light. A two-finger in height, frothy, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin cap, leaving behind small amounts of thick, sticky lacing.

The nose is light overall. Mild roasted malts, light brown sugar and earthy yeast are the most noticeable aromas with a touch of coffee and dark stone fruit in the background. The taste leads with lightly roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness before giving way to ripe, fleshy, dark stone fruit. A gentle roasted bitterness gradually builds from the mid-palate onwards and is joined towards the end with dark chocolate, sharp coffee bean, earthy yeast, as well as hard water and stone minerals to give a slightly dry, bittersweet finish. In the mouth, superbly fine carbonation and the noticeable addition of oatmeal give a silky smooth and creamy texture, but the medium body is a little lacking in weight and heft for the style.

Overall this is a very good beer, the mineral qualities from the stone fermentation process add a genuinely unique and interesting character but ultimately, the smell, taste and feel are all a little too light and delicate for my tastes. The relatively low ABV% and huge drinkability however make it an excellent choice as a session beer or a great accompaniment to a hearty meal, for these purposes I would certainly recommend it.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very subtle in all its departments except the malted barley. Didn't really get the robustness I was looking for, and seemed almost watered down. Guess I was looking for an oatmeal stout that would smack me in the face with flavor.

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Photo of ricke49
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As near perfect Stout as I can imagine. Smooth, perfectly balanced, so easy and pleasurable to sip. Silk, chocolate, mouth feel beyond compare. A classic that lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an iconic beer that I first enjoyed 20 years ago. I holds up well. Cola colored pour with some mocha foam. Scents of toffee and molasses. Taste is of caramel, English toffee, and maple. Very reminiscent of the old Werther's candies. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is the baseline for the style, and a timeless one at that. Be sure to experience this one.

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Photo of JackiO
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Alcohol sweetness jumps straight out in front. Moderate oatmeal and raisin bran. Smells a lot like a highly alcoholic oatmeal raisin cookie.

Appearance: Opaque black, no light getting through this one. Low, dense tan had that persists.

Flavor: Rich and full roastiness without being bitter. Tastes much like it smells, with a lot of oatmeal, dark bread crust, moderately raisiny. Finishes quite dry with a lingering alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick body with low carbonation.

Overall Impression: The aroma is pretty startling at first. The alcohol smell detracts and overwhelms a lot of the malt character going on. It is absolutely delicious. I can't shake the feeling that it tastes like an oatmeal cookie soaked in rich alcohol. Very pleasant and complex. Would make a great dessert.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a black color with a toffee painted head. 2 finger head out of the bottle. Great head retention with lacing very present; leaves a thick, frothy ring around the entire glass.

S - Sweet, roasted aroma hits you up front that slowly dissipates into an equally as sweet chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Very subdued note of coffee beans present as well. Simplistic yet incredible.

T - Not what I was hoping for with the look and smell. Little hops (appropriate to style). Mild burnt coffee, a hint of chocolate.

M - Light to medium body. Nice texture, good carbonation compared to most stouts.

O - Good surprise. Was sitting in the back of friends refrigerator at a fantasy draft. Not a bad stout.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark to where no light can go through. It barely had a head to it. It has a very sweet smell to it. Able to taste the roasted malts. A lot better as it warms.

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Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MFV 2015. Kinda weird smell, but good flavor, which doesn't make any sense, but that's my opinion. Not as much deep flavor as buffalo sweat, but very drinkable.

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Photo of devilben02
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a deep, nearly-black brown color, topped by only a thin foamy head. The aroma is light and clean, with a dry combination of oats, minerals, and lightly roasted grain. The roasted grains are present in the flavor as well, along with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dry toast. The mouthfeel is light but not watery. Overall, this one is rich and malty without being heavy.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a black color with a toffee painted head. Great head retention with lacing very present; leaves a thick, frothy ring around the entire glass.

S - A beautiful aroma radiates from the beer. Dominantly sweet with no hints of bitterness present. A very sweet, roasted aroma hits you up front that slowly dissipates into an equally as sweet chocolate and oatmeal (shocking I know) aroma. Very subdued note of coffee beans present as well. Simplistic yet incredible.

T - I had been hoping for a little bit more here; I think it might just be my personal tastes but every oatmeal stout I've had never lived up to what I expected. Very good taste overall though, I did enjoy it though, like before, was expecting something else. Roasted malts and coffee notes up front, followed quickly by the oatmeal flavorings. The beer finishes with a hint of brown sugar that leaves a lingering aftertaste.

M - Wow! Aside from not being a heavy or full bodied beer, the mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Medium bodied though feels a little lighter on the back-end. Very smooth and silky feeling beer with each sip with an optimal amount of carbonation that doesn't assault the mouth.

O - An amazing beer overall with a spectacular feel though the taste didn't live up to what I had expected and hoped for. The beer would be very fitting for the winter I feel like.

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

Pours nearly black with a light tan head which retains well and leaves spotty lace. Mild roast malt aroma with a nutty and chocolate flavor. Creamy and smooth finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours black under a 3” frothy tan foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Not a lot of aroma, some light roast.
T: Dark malts, roast, coffee, oat creaminess, cola, faint fruit. A light grainy astringency and mild hop bitterness balance the light sweetness from the malt.
F: Very creamy, moderate carbonation and full body. Has the oatmeal stout silky texture.
O: Very easy to drink with a good balance of flavors in a rich creamy texture.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many oatmeal stouts and was pretty put off by Anderson Valleys recently. This one from Samuel Smith (which happens to be my first beer by them) is excellent though.

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Photo of VincentJB
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the reason I can't wait for the late fall weather, when it is cool enough to start drinking stouts and porters. It is the standard by which I judge all oatmeals.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. I didn't enjoy this as much as their chocolate stout, but still a solid brew that I would have again. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it isn't as smooth as the chocolate variety.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At 50°F poured into a clean Nonic Pint glass, palate and nose cleansed.

Appearance: This pours Black but when held eye level there is natural light penetration presenting a Darker Browner tint. There is an index finger of “glittering”, foamy head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Initially the nose presents, to me, the usual ancient well water smell followed by roasty, bready malt and as it warms the other usual characteristics of a stout present itself, mainly the cocoa.

Taste: The taste is concurrent with the smell, that of bread, oats and a nice cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight crisp, drier feel to it at the back of the throat.

Overall: The balance of the stout flavors and oats are excellent. As a novice I have grown to really appreciate the basic styles brewed right. Samuel Smith’s, as a brewery, is one of my anchors when I become fatigued with the complex experimentations of others. While my only critique is the lack of viscous mouthfeel of their stouts I have learned how to appreciate it. This is another great offering from Sam Smith which I will keep in my regular rotation throughout the year.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mahogany color with a thick tan head and great retention. The smell is lovely with roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate. The taste highlights the malt, with some nuttiness, coffee, caramel, chocolate and a hint of bitterness. The feel was perfect, silky and chewy. Great thick finish.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.