Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,418
4.23 | pDev: 11.11%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

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

Dark brown almost black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is nice comprised of coffee, caramel, toffee, and oat. A slight herbal hoppiness as well. The is slightly sweet with a hint of bitter coffee to counterbalance it along with a slight hop tingle. Aftertaste is like roasted is like smores as the cocoa notes blend with the cracker malts. Mineral water base characteristic of Samuel Smith's other beers. The mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth. Goes down like a dream. Delicious.

Jun 16, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep mahogany with a 2 inch tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of coffee, caramel, roast malt.

Taste is toffee, caramel, coffee, oats.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Oily finish.

Wow! Very fine oatmeal stout.

Apr 27, 2021
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JudasShuttlesworth from Connecticut

4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Personally not a big drinker. When I do drink beer I prefer a darker, heavier beer. So it’s not often I’ll grab a pack at the package store and drink 6-10 in a night. But a few years ago a hole in the wall package store was selling these in single bottles. The price was abnormally high so I figured to try it. Since that day if I see this beer anywhere I make sure to buy it. Literally everything about it is what I look for in a brew. Full flavor, thick head, EXTREMELY smooth. Perfect.

Apr 10, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle. Black with a little transparency. Smells of roasted malt with a light creamy aroma. A touch metallic. Tastes of roasted malt with accompanying bitterness. Cut by a creamy, bright flavor in the back end. Medium body, if that. Very easy to drink. Simple and tasty, but doesn't knock my socks off.

Apr 09, 2021
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GoodTweetman from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I admit tremendous bias, for objectively, there may be better beers, but, for me, this is the definition of “beer”. This is my favorite beer. It is smooth, flavorful, malty, and perfectly balanced. You cannot go wrong with this beer. The only downside is it is probably not the best beer for refreshment in the heat of summer, but it can’t be blamed for that. My kudos to the brewers on what is a treasure.

Apr 08, 2021
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In recent years I’ve consumed far too many disappointing oatmeal stouts. It got to the point where I wasn’t sure I liked the style. So, of course I was relieved to love everything about this classic from Samuel Smith. Beautiful color and tan foam. The smell is roasted but not overly so. The taste is sweet and complex, yet so easy to sip, sip, away until soon enough all the beer is gone. Credit the healthy amount of carbonation, but also there truly must be something in the water.

When I want a lower ABV dark beer that doesn’t try to be anything overly fancy, THIS is a beer I can’t go wrong with choosing.

Mar 27, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Reviewed from memory, but have had several times, & looking to trying again.

Mar 20, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great to have one of the originators of the style, I think I've had better oatmeal stouts, but this is must try material along with their other products. It's history. It checks all the boxes just didn't blow me away

Mar 18, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with nice slightly tan head. Asymmetrical and left some lacing on my glass.
I swear this brewery scents their beer or something every Sam Smith stout has this super unique smell that I can't quite recognize or identify. It's very very nice though. I love the smell of this beer. Beautiful chocolate/caramel malt with some roast.
Tastes of roasted malt and some faint chocolate notes up front. Some coffee on the back and this tastes like their imperial stout but a little bit sweeter. Some nice hoppy character here too that balances out the mild sweetness I'm picking up. Super nice taste I'm quite impressed with this one.
The mouthfeel is a nice medium body but quite full for a 5% beer I'm impressed on this front again as well. It's not as pleasant as some of the 9%+ stouts out there but I do enjoy it. Medium carbonation that works very well with this beer.

Overall I like this one a lot. It's constantly sold out at my main bottle shop but when I find it it's a good day. World class oatmeal stout.

Mar 15, 2021
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Rich Dark chocolate brown, solid color, light carbonation, small tan head
S- Immediate notes of roasted oats and barley, very light hops
T- Sweet and complex oatmeal stout, notes of dark chocolate, mostly sweet oats, tastes like a nice breakfast
M- More bubbles than expected, smooth and bubbly
O- Fantastic beer, I notice that oatmeal is my favorite type of stout and this one is another amazing addition. Like the lighter version of Founder's Breakfast Stout

Feb 17, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has good retention before settling into a ring

S- chocolaty roasted malt up front with a mineral note that I find in most SS beers. Undertones of coffee, caramel, wet ash and a hint of licorice

T- roasted barely and chocolate up front, along with a hint of char that gives a coffee note. Mid-palate gives that signature mineral water flavor that I always find in their beers. The finish gives more chocolate and a touch of black licorice

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly creamy , semi-dry finish

O- a classic that I will always happily drink, one of my original gateway beers into stouts

Feb 16, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black in a full glass, some dark brown/walnut hues as the beer thins out. Near white head forms nicely on a pour and drops quickly to a collar with some lacing.

Expected coffee and dark chocolate seem to hide a bit behind a more cola nose. Note sure if the oatmeal is affecting this, especially at the edges, which have a root to nutty note. Weak coffee opening on a cold brew, but its a fleeting impression. Light with moderate leaning light carbonation, it cleans up fairly dry with a little roasted malt linger. Flavors of roasted malt, medium rich coffee, and a little cola in the back give an overall nice stout profile. There's a little brown sugar sweetness up front as it warms, but it doesn't permeate the rest of the profile.

Jan 30, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


I always love a good oatmeal stout, and this seems to be one of the classics of the style. I’m surprised that I’ve never had it, so I grabbed it along with some of their other stouts and porters to see what all the rage is about

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves spotty lacing

The aroma here is quite sweet, but refreshing in a way for a stout in the sense that it’s not weighed down by any bullshit. I’m getting aromas of dark roasted malt, light roast coffee, a pear-like fruitiness, and a touch of bittering hops

The taste loses a bit in translation from the aroma, but it’s still great. Up front I’m tasting milk chocolate, dark malt, caramel, and a touch of coffee. The swallow brings more of the fruity sweetness with notes of pear, nutty milk chocolate, smooth oatmeal, and light grassy hops

A medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation to create a very smooth and silky beer. Finishes mostly dry but coats the mouth

A delicious beer, super flavorful without being heavy and refreshing for a stout. I’ll definitely be getting this again

Jan 27, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a fairly standard stout. Head is big initially but goes away after a few minutes. Smell is fairly malty but one note. The taste is sweet but complex. The oatmeal comes out in the back, preceded by more maltiness and a slight bit of cherry. Barely carbonated and feels fairly light. A stout one could drink a few of in one sitting. Overall I'd recommend. Look forward to getting it in an English pub one day.

Jan 24, 2021
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DaBeerNerd from Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice head upon pouring the beer, slightly brown in color. Very dark beer (as expected of a stout). Upon first tasting the stout, I am greeted with a velvety medium full body and a strange flavour that could be the water they use for brewing, but other than that, notes of chocolate, oats, and perhaps a roasted coffee flavour.

Overall- A very nice brew that is certainly worthy of it's reputation. A bit pricey where I am, but well worth it.

Jan 01, 2021
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head, lots of lacing. Complex flavors of coffee, and chocolate. A little bitterness in the after taste. A solid Oatmeal Stout! I could do without the foil wrap at the top of the bottle as it forces me to pour it into a glass, but that's not a huge deal

Dec 26, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep and dark body, revealed to be a clear brown with a back-light, below a tall tan head, thick and creamy, from a vigorous pour into an Imperial tulip pint glass. The head develops a pitted and rocky surface as it recedes, leaving some strings of lacing behind. As the beer is consumed, the glass has sheets and strings of tan lacing from the top to the surface of the beer.

Aroma is roasted chocolate and figs. Some hints of coffee, but that is just the familiarity of the roasted smells.

The taste starts with the welcome flavors of English brewing, the minerals from the water and the flavor of the English hops and roasted malts, giving flavors of chocolate and dark fruits (figs and raisins). Smooth flavor and smooth body, with just a bit of bitterness, as from roasted coffee. The finish is sweetish, and yet dry.

The body is moderate to thin, as befits the English stout tradition.

Overall, excellent to sip by the fire on a near-winter evening here in the upper Midwest. I'm almost sitting in an English pub in my mind.

Dec 23, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550-ml bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass. Deep, almost lightproof brown colored body, topped by a thick head of light tan. Lots of sticky lacing as the head receded. Now, it may be the power of suggestion, but I'd almost swear I can taste and smell the mineral notes imparted by the Yorkshire squares. Beyond that, this is a nicely-balanced and extremely satisfying pint. There's nothing here to slap you in the face. Pleasant mouthfeel, just the right amount of bitterness, clean finish. I could drink this all day long, and that is a compliment.

Dec 21, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear dark brown/black with a light tan head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. A bit of lace as you enjoy the brew. Scent is mostly roasted malt. In the mouth, roasted malts and maybe some raisins. Nice!

Dec 19, 2020
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WindyBovine from California

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mild head staying power, nice and rocky, no noticeable lace. Think pleasant, coffee, dark toffee (not quite buttery) not overpowering flavors - great balance. Mouthfeel: not too thick, not too thin - again great balance. Right balance of ABV, drinkability. Great by itself... with a burger was ok. Would drink this anytime though a little too spendy for me except on occasion.

Dec 17, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a two finger tan fizzy head. No lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate malt, brown sugar and oatmeal. Taste is pronounced and follows the nose with a bit of caramel. Rather thin feel for a stout with fine light carbonation.

Dec 13, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a minimal tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Slightly sweet but very smooth and creamy.

Dec 08, 2020
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bbrandow from New York

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very dark brown, nearly black. Half-finger tan head that dissipates after just a couple of minutes.

Aroma: Smooth and sweet. Raisins, dates, prunes, chocolate, and carmel.

Taste: Oat, chocolate, and malt. Smooth with a mild bitterness on the back of the tongue and into the aftertaste. This is one brew that I like more going down but then don't love the aftertaste of. But soft and easy-drinking with a subtle warmth.

Feel: Light- to medium-bodied and not overly sweet or syrupy, which is nice. Relatively light in body for a stout thanks to the oatmeal.

Overall: Silky smooth and moderately malty, so it's an enjoyable drink in that respect. The aroma is very nice and the mouthfeel strikes a good balance -- it's neither too light nor overly heavy. But I think the overwhelmingly positive perception of this beer is boosted a bit more by the goodwill and nostalgia of the brand and labeling than what's warranted by the flavor and overall experience of drinking it.

Dec 06, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This wonderful stout pairs perfectly with this Fall/Winter holiday season bridge we are currently in. This is a beer that will warm your bones. I was pleased to see it's dark mocha color topped with a creamy head that slowly dissipates as it sits. The stout produces slight chocolatey and oat-like aromas. As you drink this you are filled with pleasure as the malty chocolate and oat notes dance on your tastebuds and oh how smooth it is! This beer that would be great to sip on as you put up your Christmas tree.

Nov 29, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

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

Pours black with a thick creamy head of about 1/2 inch. Smell is malts, with just hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste adds notes akin to a dry red wine and again nuttiness. I really enjoyed this one
Nov 6 2020

Nov 07, 2020
Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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