Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #22
Ranked #2,732
4.21 | pDev: 11.16%
May 19, 2023
Dec 05, 2000
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 12oz bottle. Dark brown color with a finger of fluffy brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Full body with moderate carbonation. Rich malty flavor with a slight roasted bitterness. Very good
May 19, 2023
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Rated by PittsburghBeerGuy

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A fantastic stout - this one I always come back to!
Balanced notes of chocolate, oats, bread, and raisins.
Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly black, with a very large tan head that required a gradual pour to keep it from overflowing the glass. The head dissipated gradually, leaving moderate lacing.

Nose: A sweet, pleasant mixture of caramel and dried fruit, with slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy, smooth, slight carbonation.

Attack: Sweetness, followed by dark roast.

Finish: Slight bitterness from the roast.

Overall: Highly drinkable, true to the mild character of an English ale; i.e., not near as intense as its American oatmeal stout cousins.
Apr 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is at least 5, and maybe as old as 10 years old so I'll adjust ratings as best I can. Pours cola brown with reddish tinges. Minimal head, possibly a byproduct of the age. Aroma is pretty shot. Smells oxidized. Taste is actually a little better than I anticipated. Still some nice full roast notes. Feel has become thinner with age.
Mar 22, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a completely dark, jet black color with a massive, foamy, and heavy tan head that lingers. SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of bittersweet cocoa, English cream, some coffee roast upfront. Bitter English cocoa overpowers. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of milk chocolate upfront that evolves into a bittersweet English cocoa and cream flavor. Mixes with some coffee roast and milk in the middle. Some hazelnut and English cream linger off the end. Creamy oatmeal malt body throughout. Malty, mildly sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation. Full, creamy, and very smooth. (4.50)

Overall: Not a huge fan of the style, but if anyone does it right, it's right here. Pours beautifully. Classic English bittersweet aromas. The malts come through in the flavor for smooth, yet bittersweet, chocolate and oatmeal. Then a perfectly smooth and creamy malt body. All-around one of the best oatmeal stouts. (Rating: 4.12)
Mar 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Somnifex from Tennessee

4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Oh! Hello there, you handsome gentleman...

First encounter with a stout, and it did not disappoint. Picked up a 550 mL bottle at my neighborhood boozitarium. Poured into a clean glass.

Looks perfectly black on pour, with a thick head, the color of fresh cream. Head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a milky halo, and delicate eggshell lacing. Only at the barest edges, when drinking, could enough light pass to show a trace of mahogany.

Smell was coffee and dark chocolate. Taste followed suit–strong coffee and bitter chocolate, with just a hint of brown bread, lurking in the wings. Feel was silky-smooth.

I'm a fan.
Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Rated by El-Heffe from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The best in the world hands down. If only U.S. craft brews could lay off the hops long enough to make something other than a skunky IPA!
Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by Rkwpark from Connecticut

Mar 05, 2023
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Rated by TigerSoul from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
In a word: perfect. Perfect look. Perfect smell. Perfect taste. Perfect feel. Perfect, overall. Best beer ever in the history of beer.
Feb 19, 2023
Rated: 3 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Feb 09, 2023
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - cola, dark chocolate

Taste - dark chocolate, cola, cocoa, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, dark chocolate, decent lingering of flavor

Overall - good oatmeal stout, good flavors for the ABV and a smooth mouthfeel

Price Point - $10.99/4 pk
Feb 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Not a style I would typically seek out .... But this Brew is silky smooth and quite delicious ... Found at my local bottle shop in the refrigerated section .... It's a nippy winter's day and this is hitting the spot
Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into a nonic pint. Let it warm for a few minutes. Looks pitch black with some ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass. A khaki head which fell to a cap. Smell is rather subdued chocolate, roast malt, coffee. Taste is cocoa, roast malt, black coffee, a bit of earthy hops and bitterness in the middle. Finish is pretty clean. Feel is light bodied, low carbonation, rather dry in the finish. Feel is pretty smooth too. Overall, this is a classic for a reason. It drinks very easily yet isn't sitting heavy. Aroma doesn't do justice to the flavor. I'd like a bit more body, but like the drier finish.
Jan 08, 2023
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Rated by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Good flavor but seems a bit thin body for a stout .. Great beer either way.
Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by SlowPourInSlough

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
L: almost black/very dark brown, small head

S: malty, treacly

T: Malty, dark chocolate, a little treacle, maybe digestive biscuit but very little sweetness

F: smooth, gentle bubbles, not as creamy as it could be

O: I'm a bit underwhelmed. It's fine - a perfectly decent pint. But it doesn't have as much body or cream as I like in a stout, and it didn't leave me feeling satisfied.
Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a near black with 1.5" tan head that slowly recedes with light lacing. Nose is roasted barley, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Taste is subtle, dry roasted malt, barley, and baking chocolate; very little sweetness or residual sugar. The flavor is light on the palate and easily drinkable. Mouthfeel is soft and moderately full with gentle carbonation. Overall, it's a light, easy to drink stout that doesn't punish after a pint.
Dec 28, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by MrJones07 from Spain

Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Broman from Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle.

Appearance - Very dark brown body with a modest head with the slightest tint of brown to it. Nice lacing throughout

Aroma - Dark chocolate, some roasted malts, hint of wheat

Taste - Roasted malts, mostly neutral on the palate,

Mouthfeel - Smooth, minimal carbonation, slightly heavy body which is great for this beer

Overall -Smooth drinker, great looker. Not pretentious but a very nice stout.
Dec 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Black that may show brown highlights when held to a light. 2+ finger light brown head dissipates to a thin but consistent and complete creamy cover. Lacing is very good.

Dark, roasted malt with sweet undertones. Light licorice and a touch or 2 of caramel.

Roasted malt starts things off and are quickly joined by those light licorice and caramel notes. There are some notes that are reminiscent of good coffee and cream as well as some hints of bittersweet/unsweetened chocolate. A very light roasty bitterness shows up at the end.

Smooth, soft, and silky. The body is medium-full.

A great oatmeal stout and the benchmark for the style. It definitely lives up to that reputation.
Dec 02, 2022
Rated: 3.2 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A true classic and for good reason. This is an absolute delight, rich but without any heavy sweetness. Strong malt and rosted grain, wonderful body, silky finish. A very fine layer of phenols and alcohol. A real delight, and easy to drink, too.
Nov 24, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Ananabiya

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is one of those beers that brings a smile to my face as I pour it, the pour is see through and then its black in the glass. The head that forms is very pretty to look at, light brown, dense with very good staying power; full sheets of lace. This beer is a looker...

Nose is a chalky, cocoa powder, some light roasted malts; reminds me of tootsie roll in dry wafer form.

The taste is much of the same dry cocoa, oats, little bit of roast; actually more prominent in the finish, light tootsie roll; much like Tadcaster I get an almost sort of twang on the finish.

Light body, smooth, very drying on the tongue, carb is tongue coating but smooth and soft, some moderate bitter roast/char on the finish.

This beer is very good, it is smooth to the point of almost being creamy but it has roast and bitter chocolate to back it up; it goes down very easy and is a pleasure to look at. I love a good looking beer.
Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great all around, especially the carbonation which lends itself to the aroma. Bitter yet smooth like a nice dark chocolate. Lingers on the palate, but not in an unpleasant way.
Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 4.68 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by kp7 from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolutely superb. Poured into a pint glass at 52F. Pours the deepest dark cherry; almost black with a finger of khaki head which dissipates down to a ring with an island that sticks around. Smell is rich caramel and chocolate. Taste is caramel, chocolate, plum, with delicious creaminess. Somewhat dry and bitter finish that gives off coffee and toffee. This beer has some complex character with a low ABV. Great carbonation and perfectly balanced. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the taste morphs and develops with each sip; the changes with temperature are epic and delightful! Couldn't ask for a better oatmeal stout! Highly recommend!
Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Rated by Khocolate from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pretty good Stout from Samuel Smith just wished the ABV % was higher, but very drinkable beer.
Jul 20, 2022
Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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