Oatmeal Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Reviews: 2,336 | Ratings: 6,888

#10 ranked English Oatmeal Stout | 5.00% ABV

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
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Photo of jjamadorphd
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...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
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.

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Photo of crm871
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

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Photo of SB2017
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gooooooood, very comforting, balanced stout. Not much for a head but a beautiful glossy obsidian color. The nose is probably my least favorite part of the beer, a little too much like dirty coffee, but the flavor has equal parts malt, grass, and chocolate notes. Complex yet approachable, I highly recommend this for anyone looking to try an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Well finessed stout. Big cappuccino head leaves a lot of lace. Coffee and chocolate are there, but mellow. Hint of char. Molasses, dark fruit, dark bread, dough, grain, wood, cream. Everything in balance, full flavored, but goes down easy. A classic.

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

Deep dark brown, moderate carbonation, and a thick, long lasting light brown head.

Smells like yeast and malt and fresh pumpernickel bread

Slightly sweet forward taste of dark grains and stone fruit with a hoppy dryness to clean it out at the end.

Fills your mouth with flavor, so thick you almost feel like chewing it.

This is a thick slice of fresh baked dark bread in a bottle. A truly excellent example of what other stouts aspire to be.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This surprisingly easy drinking English style of stout has a pronounced yeast flavor with a dry finish. A good beer to introduce friends to darker styles because of its unassuming and weaker flavors.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From 530 mil bottle into pint glass. L. Initial inch of light tan, tightly bubbled head over black body. Head subsides to about 1 cm but remains throughout most of the bottle. S. Slightly pungent, yeasty, a touch of fruit, grain. T. A surprise up front, quite strong molasses/vegemite (Promite or Marmite equivalent), liquorice with a little grain. Not sweet at all, and finishes quite dry. F. Has that silky feel of oatmeal stouts but otherwise lighter than expected. Don't really notice carbonation. O. Obviously an iconic stout but quite different to the oily, choc/coffee ones that seem so prevalent (which I love, by the way). Surprisingly drinkable and easy to put a way a few!

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Photo of ChristopheAZ86
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light chocolate, oat smell. Taste is a little bitter at first, then you really taste the oats and a hint of raisin and a lot of malt. Drink ability is very good.

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

550ml bottle

Pours a wonderful finger and a half of light brown head into my Samuel Smith nitro (British pint) glass. Looks very creamy and pillowy. Body is completely black, even when held up to the light, only small hues of mahogany appear. Head retention was maybe a touch better than average. A sturdy film, along with good initial lacing is left behind. Overall it looks quite nice so far.

Up front the nose has the sweet british malt aroma, almost molasses esque. A little bitterness/sour aroma. Notes of velvet chocolate. Not getting much of the traditional roasty or oatmeal notes, but I'm not used to drinking british beers. Overall very sweet, almost desert like, with a little bitterness at well. Smells pretty good.

It's pretty well balanced on the flavor. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would indicate, which is totally fine. Somewhat surprising hop presence, not terribly high, but again, way more than the nose suggested. Not really much oatmeal, that aspect stays true. Maybe just a hair of roasted malt, along with a nice malty backbone. Light caramel notes, though not biscuity. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Pretty light bodied, almost crisp. Carbonation is about medium. The beer is malty on the flavor, but there aren't any invasive sugars, it drinks relatively dry - pretty sure I like that aspect a fair amount. Yeah, it rounds out to be a super crushable stout, and doesn't assault my mouth with sticky sugars.

The drinkability is very high overall. It's tasty, light, dry, and goes down easy.

The appearance turned out decent. Lacing was present throughout most of the glass, but was certainly a little patchy. Tough one to grade here because it started out pretty strong. I think it's still a pretty good looking beer overall.

Overall this is a really pleasant beer to drink. Pretty flavorful, well balanced, dry and sessionable as well.

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Photo of Beck_Hardy_UK
2.52/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours jet black w/eggshell white head. Smells of biscuit/white bread crust/dark fruits. Taste is the same w/chocolate and malt. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Over all a delightfully delicious stout. A solid A +. Abv 5% so I can drink two pints easily.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the first stouts I have ever had. This one is oat meal heaven! Still easily one of the best stouts I have ever had, this one is full bodied along with a gigantic flavor profile.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a small pout in a flight, but I'm sure I've had it in the past as well. It's a tastier stout, though this pour was a bit maltier than I remembered.

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Photo of DylanFawson
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my absolute favorite beers. Not another stout that I like more and I make it a point to try as many as I can. If you're looking for a rich stout, you can't beat this oatmeal one. Everything else from Samuel Smith is great too.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes 8/1/12: Pours a very deep brown (appears black) with ruby hued edges when held to the light. The pour produces 2+ fingers of variously bubbled frothy, somewhat lasting, mocha head that a moderate coating of lace. Aroma is dark malt notes of chocolate, fig, prune with hints of coffee and anise. Faint hops in the background. Taste is roasted malt notes of Tootsie Roll chocolate, toasted dark bread, molasses, prune, faint smoke with a light bitter character initiating at mid-sip, intensifying in the finish and rapidly diminishing in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to low-heavy body with low-moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of NedFredHead
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and well-balanced. Mostly chocolate/coffee flavors up front, with the oatmeal coming in and fading later. Deep, rich brown color, almost opaque.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick multi-finger head. Color is a very dark, almost black red walnut. Lots of lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate, oats. Very rich, very earthy.

T: Almost no carbonation. Starts off with a slight bitter chocolate, then mellows and sweetens. Finishes dry. Don't really taste the oatmeal. Maybe it contributes to that creaminess.

O: Well made stout, super smooth. It just lacked a little something, maybe not the big smell or flavor I expected.

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Photo of OlaB
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark-brown color with a small top of beige head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla,bread,raisins and toffee. The taste is sweet with a good amount of roasted tones. The flavours has good tones of coffee, chocolate and dark and dried fruits. The finish is roasted with a slight bitterness. Aftertaste is strong and has a great lenght. The flavours are balanced very well and it goes down so easy. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Medium carbonation with a medium body. One of the better oatmeal stouts i had. Delicious flavour.

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

One of the only beers I have ever actually liked and not just for the alcohol. Got it half price at Kroger, I hope they have more in the future. Drank it warm and it was delicious, tastes like a coffee smoothie with some other stuff I guess.

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

From Decervecitas. In Ikea's pint glass. At lunch, with omelette. Delicious. Perfect roastyness and sweetness, all along a smooth, ultra drinkable, body that feels really thick for such abv. Masterpiece

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Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Finally! its about time I got around to this. Pours out an opaque brown with one finger creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty and sweet. Taste brings more of the sweetness, almost lacto notes, but still with a nice, gentle roasty bitterness. Super smooth and creamy. What a stunner!

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely surprised that this beer lived up to the hype. Nice dark brown, almost black color with some nice tan head and some lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, a little coffee and malt. Tastes of coffee, mocha chocolate and caramel. Nice smooth malt backbone. Only very mild hint of bitterness, very smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Small amount of carbonation that’s just right. Nice and light, could definitely see myself drinking multiples of this beer. Will check out other offerings from this brewery.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Pours a dark, dark mahogany brown... nearly black with not much light getting through. Thick foamy tannish head... great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted grains and sugars... sweet... espresso and dark chocolate.

T/F: Follows the nose... dark roast character... burned sugars and coffee. Cocoa present... mildly sweet... smooth and creamy on the mouth. Mild hopping for bitterness. Medium to light bodied.

O: A delicious and super drinkable stout... bittersweet and roasty... and at only 5% ABV makes this is one you can sip or slam. Great beer from a great brewery.

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Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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