Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #12
Ranked #1,281
4.23 | pDev: 11.11%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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mikeinportc from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More-or-less black (some mahogany brown at the edges, if held up to a light) , with substantial tan head. Slight lacing, & 3/8" ring of foam.

Smell is brownie batter (but almost unsweetened), roasted nuts, peat, and wet earth.

Taste is roasted pecans, a touch of semi-sweet chocolate, the earthiness of root vegetables (minus any specific vegetable) , and a bit of wood. Light pleasant bitterness.

Feel : I've had this numerous times, though not recently, so had to double-check to remind myself of what the abv is. ( :O- 5%!) The feel is lighter than what the aroma and taste might lead one to expect, but surprisingly substantial for 5% abv. Moderate, very fine carbonation .

Overall, as always, thoroughly enjoyable, and is gone too soon. This is considered a classic for good reason. DO give it a try, if you haven't already. :)

Jun 28, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty impressive. The empty 550ml bottle bottle weighs 410Gms so full it's nigh on a Kilo and it feels it, reassuringly and unusually hefty.
L- Black, with a 3mm fine-bubble mid-tan head.
S- Toasty, slightly smokey, the cold log ashes in a fireplace the morning after...
T- Follows the Smell^, toast, log-ashes, charred wood, hints of smoke, surprisingly complex; especially with it being built up upon a foundation of 'a mere' 5% ABV.
F- It's quite meaty for 5.0%, it comes over as more 6.0-6.2% to me. I'm not historically a fan of stout/porter etc but this is an example of how it should be done. I'd happily drink this again. Anyone still blinkered enough to be a fan of factory Guinness should be encouraged to try a stout like this and have 'the scales lifted from upon their eyes' Ie what a REAL trad stout could and should be.
O- Enough said. I like it, and as a usually non-stout fan I'm thinking this is something pretty special.
Bought from BeersOfEurope for home [email protected] 550ml bottle £2.24 BB: May/2021

Jun 13, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black coffee colored with a pretty tan head that lasted throughout a 18+ oz. serving. Roasted malt hits the nose as soon as it's opened. Wonderfully malty, as it should be. Sweet, but not overly so and the finish is pleasant and refreshing. A great in it's class.

Jun 12, 2020
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RivaWuest from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For those that like Guinness or those type of stout beers this is a very good one even tho some might think Guinness is crappy beer lol just using it as a reference

May 28, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a luscious coffee black with a creamy cocoa tinged head. Foam for days.
Lots of roasty notes on the nose, with a dark chocolate and French roast undertone when sipped. It’s a nimble brew, smooth and rich without being heavy or viscous. I found it an exemplary version of the style.

May 18, 2020
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markkyronaylin from Ireland

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: one finger tan coloured head with good retention, lots of lacing, beer is jet black in colour , nice few bubbles rising through the beer.

smell: smells just so good, gots of dark fruits, mainly plum and fig, some christmas fruit cake smells, a tonne of roasted smokey malt, nice bit of bitterness, some sugar sweetness probably from the cane sugar, nutty, some caramel, tobacco, raisin, milk chocolate, whiskey, aw man i’m excited.

taste: what a beer, that roasted toasty malt at first is a treat, then a caramel syrupy sweetness followed, then all that fig and plum and especially raisin comes through, and the finish has a nice whack of bitterness to it too, and the finish is super smokey, so tasty,

feel: medium to full bodied, light carbonation, super creamy from the oatmeal, really thick, sticky, great.

overall: having just had a really summery session ipa, i’m now right back to a winter fireside beer, this is one i will definitely crack out again at christmas time, it has that feeling to it, it’s lovely.

May 13, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black. A massive, thick head of foam the color of chocolate milk with extremely long retention.

Smell: Milk chocolate, sweet malt, dried fruit, earthy hops.

Taste: Surprisingly mild. Smooth dark chocolate and roast malt with a mild earthy hop flavor. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy body with mild carbonation.

Overall: A smooth, sweet, easy drinking stout.

Apr 21, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/4/2020.
poured from a 18.7oz bottle and split between a Rastal nucleated Teku glass and a pint glass.
The body is black with 1.5 fingers of dark tan head in the Teku and 2 fingers of head in the pint glass. Head retention is normal. There's a .5in cap in the pint glass and a thin cap in the Teku. 4.25
The aroma is a little below medium in strength and of milk chocolate with a little dark chocolate, and sweet malt. The Teku gave much more chocolate aroma with nuance and the pint glass gave a light chocolate aroma. 4.25
The taste is medium in strength and of complex sweet malt, and very light chocolate with a light bitter finish. The flavor is stronger in the Teku. In the pint glass the flavor strength is between medium and medium-low. I just poured what was left in the pint glass into the Teku. 4.25
The feel is medium in thickness, creamy, smooth, and has a light level of astringency. 4.25
Overall, it's a solid beer. I don't get excited about it but it's outstanding. 4.00
More importantly, I proved to myself that this beer is better in a Teku glass, as most beer is. The only beer i prefer in another glass is Live Oak's HefeWeizen. It's my absolute favorite beer and I had it many times before owning a Teku. The damn Teku changes the aroma and flavor so much that it cancels the feeling of reliable comfort I get from HefeWeizen.

Apr 10, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a deep, inky black with a creamy modest brown head that has decent retention and lacing. One of the darkest beers I've seen in a while.

The smell is mostly a roasty char with coffee notes. I also smell oats (of course), bitter dark chocolate, smoke, roasted barley, toffee, walnuts, vanilla, cream, banana, molasses, and dark fruit. Has an earthy and roasted nuts kinda smell too.

Taste a lot of coffee, along with the smoke, roasted barley, and different nuts. Rest of the notes altogether have both a sweet presence in counterbalance to the earthy, bitter hops this beer has. But I also tasted some unexpected peppers, figs, and dates too. It's a hoppy, nutty, herbal, and somewhat sweet mixture of a stout which makes it well-rounded. Body is medium and creamy smooth.

Mar 13, 2020
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WeissDavis from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Black in the dim light, with a heavy beige head made up of small bubbles that slowly recedes.
S: Through the neck of the bottle the alcohol was surprisingly prominent for a 5ABV, but once poured into a tulip began to flaunt a profile of breadiness and dark fruits; the smell started to open up to me as the beer warmed, picking up on a buttery caramel smell.
T: Not as complex as expected for me, sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and caramel bitter finish (the taste also becomes noticeably more complex as the beer approaches room temperature).
F: Very smooth, spreads over the tongue in waves rather than a mosaic
O: Very tasty beer, would suggest getting this guy out of the cold zone if you want it to show it's true colors.
(I also wish to return to review this beer again, as I believe I have likely misjudged it due to a prior night of rum shots and a day full of chewing gum.)

Feb 13, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours rich mahogany brown with a frothy light brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Roasty, char, coffee, faint bitter chocolate, a touch of smoke, toasty, kinda nutty, earthy slightly herbal notes, a little dark fruit, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, a little coffee and bittersweet chocolate, a touch of char, toasty, nutty, earthy slightly herbal undertones, dark fruit, fig and plum, rounded out with toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Might not be the flashiest in today's adjunct heavy world, but I can appreciate a classic straight forward oatmeal stout.

Jan 30, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550mL bottle into an official Samuel Smith glass. Chilled to fridge temp but allowed to warm as I drank, allowing the flavors the fully express themselves.

Look: Deep inky black body with a dark tan head of rich frothy foam. Heavy lacing down the glass. The handsome tuxedo-black body of this beer is impermeable by light.

Smell: The aroma is of dark fruits and a nutty toasty character. Slight fig and walnut.

Taste/Feel: Perfectly smooth, thick, and rich body with a ton of dark fruits. Candied walnut, coffee, chocolate, oats, maple, fig, dates, and buckwheat honey. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Lingering finish with burnt sugar character.

Overall: Very flavorful and satisfying with a lot of character. I first tried this before I knew what I was drinking. Absolutely superb.

Jan 11, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle coded SD18S1 (4/18/19 - about 9 months old) poured into a tulip pint glass at just above fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours fairly dense very dark brown with mahogany highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of earthy hops. The taste is semisweet roasted malt with a touch of tart before a nuetral malt finish punctuated by mildly bitter, earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. Pretty much the standard for a traditional oatmeal stout. I don't purchase Samuel Smith beers because of the silly date codes, but I would like to try this one fresh once. Edit: (I looked up the code in an old BA thread).

Jan 05, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep red amber color. Light and drinkable for a stout. Not the smoothest I've ever had. Nicely complex. Many different flavors too be described. Licorice, molasses, different yeast flavor. Solid above average oatmeal stout. Glad to have tried this one. Bought a four pack at my local distributor.

Dec 21, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark dark brown with about a half finger of light brown head. Mild retention and lacing present. Smells are a little muted with some coffee and dark chocolate noticeable. Taste is similar to smell with coffee and bitter cocoa, maybe a hint of sweetness in there as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and maybe a little thin but not off putting. Overall a nice brew!

Dec 01, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550 ml bottle poured into pub glass
malty aromas, but I'm stuffed up a little
Tastes like the perfect beer! Rich and roasted malt, but not too over done, and the balance is perfect.
Such a clean, classy stout that I want to crush all night long!
Wow wow WOW

Oct 31, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this a long time ago in a different country, let's see how it tastes in the origin.
Black color with a huge thick dark beige head with eternal retention.
Nice aroma with lots of chocolate notes, dark, creamy and sprinkles of cocoa and their yeast.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolate, some cocoa powder, cola, grainy malt, mineral water, some licorice, lots of oats, cappuccino and the brewery yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a residual dark chocolate note.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Classic Oatmeal Stout. Nice to have a fresher version in their most well-known pub, once you can better taste the hops balancing it from behind. Lots of chocolatey, cappuccino and their unique yeast shining through.

Oct 03, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised I had not reviewed before, truly a classic.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with a thick creamy head and great lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate. Flavors of toasted pumpernickel, earthy and a bit of licorice. Need to buy more often!

Sep 18, 2019
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: none

Dark brown color and lots of fine head. Reasonable amount of lacing.

Smell is like a lightly hoppy lager up front. Barley and oatmeal flour behind that. Light honey.

The taste is nice and toasty. There's not a lot of heft to it, though. Like the nose, there's some honey. Lightly bitter. Not as much grain, which would've been nice.

Aftertaste is chicory. It's a little thin for the type, but it's very drinkable. Well integrated and fine carbonation.

Maybe I've had my tongue on the anvil too long, because it's not quite what I remember from fifteen years ago. Still, it's pretty good.

Aug 11, 2019
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Mr_Rabbit from Utah

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is soo great; one of my favorites. Drank Cold: Appears black. Smell is not the best. Light carbonation. Very watery mouth feel (Amazing quality imo) .. Taste boozy, slightly fruity, very earthy and taste mainly of Oat and Dark grain/bread and unsweetened chocolate. Very comforting beer. Complex & approachable. Started with one bottle returned for more. Will continue drinking this!

Jul 25, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a bit surprised by the BA score. Though this is a solid beer, I'm not entirely sure this is exceptional...

Great looking out of the bottle - black in color, a foam that lasts, and lacing for days - something I haven't seen in quite a while. The smell was light on malt but it has a caramel background to it and it also has a distinctive bready tang to the nose, with a mouthfeel that was watery, no denying it. The taste is full of malt as well, oatmeal, and even some warm bread. I enjoyed this, but definitely not as some as others...

Jul 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/26/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big tan head; strong lace.

Banana, fresh bread, cream & oat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & fresh bread flavors up front; candle wax dryness on the finish. Cream & oat notes emerged as this warmed.

Complex & above average for the style.

Jun 08, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a full khaki head.
Smells malty and of yeast like a stout should.
Very full flavored, coffee strongest, chocolate in the background.
Full bodied coffee bitter mouth feel.
After taste is the same.
Outstanding, I am biased towards stouts, and this kicks ass.
Rates a 9.5 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12-pack of this brew scale.

May 17, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a nonic pint. I feel sure there is a date on it, but can't find it.

Pours dark brown with a medium sized light brown head, kind of creamy; moderate carbonation. Smell is yeast, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste is quite rich. Coffee more than chocolate, roasted malt more than yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderately thin. Overall, good stout.

May 15, 2019
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crm871 from Utah

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours black with slight copper head that quickly dissipates

Smell: oats, vanilla, booze. Very pleasant mixture going on here.

Taste: oats, cocoa, vanilla, has a sweet aftertaste.

Feel: really nice balance - relatively light mouthfeel for a stout. Solid offering

Apr 27, 2019
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