Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #18
Ranked #2,695
4.21 | pDev: 11.16%
May 06, 2022
Dec 05, 2000
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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4 by Lelampp from Ohio on Apr 17, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The look it almost black when held up to light, only letting a little through and revealing its true dark brown nature. A one finger head forms, but it fades to a fine cap pretty quick. Lacing forms right off the bat however.

The smell is quite rich with a dark chocolate/coffee note, with some yeasty dried fruit notes as well. Sort of like Guinness but sweeter and more pungent. Has the signature "sam Smith smell" as well. Not sure what makes their beers so unique but all their dark Ales have that characteristic, but.its hard to decribe.

Taste follows the smell with malts being the main event here. Not very fruity in flavor until the aftertaste. Lots of coffee undertones as well. Beers flavor is not as sweet, but still has that sam Smith signature sweetness with it. One of my favorite stouts out there.

Feel is rich and creamy with just enough carbonation bite to keep it balanced. Each sip is very smooth and almost velvety. Not super heavy though although it can seem that way at first.

Overall a delicious traditional oatmeal stout. Not americanized and really not hoppy at all, going more into roasty sweetness and focusing on mouthfeel and drinkability. Very good rich and malty.

Apr 14, 2022
4.6 by Beecham from California on Apr 02, 2022
4.28 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Mar 27, 2022
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Gary47

Very delicious.

Mar 26, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours a deep and ruddy brown out of the bottle, resulting in an opaque body that borders on black when poured into a typical pint glass. A tight and creamy one finger thick head appears — over the next little while it collapses into a thick off-white cap that persists throughout. Thick lines of lace dot the glass throughout.

Wow, such delightful aromas of chocolate! For a stout that is not advertised as such, nor has any additives in that way, nor any ‘chocolate’ malts, it has a deep and rich cacao note on the nose. Caramel, toffee, moist cake aromas here as well, along with some toasted wheat. Very sweet character

Surprisingly silky smooth sip, the flavours following the nose but bringing out more of the oat character, which gives the beer a thicker body and a twang of bitterness. Though it is not as bitter as you might expect, not from any hop bitterness or any burnt/roasted malt bitterness. There is just a touch to balance out the sweetness. It is lighter than expected as well, which allows the sweetness to mix without being too cloying. Chocolate, roasted caramel malt flavours dominate here. There is a gentle dark fruit flavour such as dark cherries you may notice on some sips. Some coffee on the front of the tongue but it fades quickly.

Silky smooth body, the carbonation is lower and only gently pricks at your tongue, giving this a supremely smooth and creamy taste. It is medium bodied, lighter than you’d expect, and the finish is not as dry as advertised. A very gentle, subtle finish that leaves only a hint of chocolate, malt, and cacao beans in your mouth.

Surprised by this beer, I would say it’s more subtle than you’d think. For an oatmeal stout, it definitely goes for balance compared to many others. With all that said, if you expect a typical strong roasted/almost burnt malt taste with strong oatmeal character and an oily body with unique bitterness, you will be disappointed here. If you’re looking for an easy drinking stout, this is great. If you’re looking for a stout with chocolate flavours that isn’t overwhelming like some chocolate stouts or a chocolate stout without lactose, this is an excellent choice.

Overall it’s quite an excellent beer and absolutely has its place. I am glad I got two, as this is definitely an enjoyable beer you could knock more than a few back through the night.

Mar 15, 2022
4.08 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 26, 2022
4.21 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Feb 17, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a bottle of this beer from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had roast malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast and coffee presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Feb 14, 2022
4.25 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 12, 2022
4.08 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2022
3.92 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Feb 04, 2022
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Joshhardigan from Florida

As the label clearly states "The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout"...

Poured a full four finger tan head right up to the rim of the pilsner glass. Very sweet malt notes on the nose, almost like a fresh bran muffin. Not quite as opaque and dark as the Samuel Smith Taddy Porter in the glass.

Just enough malt sweetness on the palate, like a really rich barley soup, full flavored without being overwhelming. Retains a little sweetness, whatever hops used are also light and sweet on the aftertaste. Perfect balanced flavor.

Body exactly right, slightly oily weight, not too thin not too heavy.

As close to a perfect Stout as I have ever had. Been revisiting old favorites and finding myself pleasantly surprised how well many have held up over the years. There's only a tiny handful of beers I give a perfect score to, and this is one of them. In fact, if I was forced to only have one brand and type of beer the rest of my life, I would choose this one. Richer and sweeter than Guinness, this one stout ticks all the boxes for me. No negatives, all positives, right down to the ABV... It lingers on the palate, with the complexity of a good single malt scotch. If I haven't been clear I really really like this beer.

Jan 26, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Irish_Lush

Quality beer that pours a dark brown with a thick head. After trying the Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout, this one was a disappointment. A bitter hop flavor, it's not nearly as refreshing as the chocolate counterpart. I've had better Oatmeal Stouts, but you could do much worse. I'd probably never get it again at the price point

Jan 02, 2022
4 by jtransel from Illinois on Dec 29, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

Deep dark brown body, rapidly forming a solid, thick, mocha head, fine and with great retention.
Fruity chocolate aroma - cassis, blackberry, black cherry - not so much roasty or rich, and even lightly floral.
The taste follows suit, with fruity cocoa notes of dark fruit, acidic, with a bittersweet tang of espresso; medium light body and carbonation, verging on watery, although the oats, a bit of residual sugars, and a powdery feel help give it some substance; the semi-dry finish is long, with more roasty chocolate coming through, but still accompanied by distinct fruitiness.

Not what I expected, one of the fruitier stouts I've tried, nevermind one that isn't deliberately incorporating fruit flavours, and lacking body. In the end, it's enjoyable, and probably more so if you know what to expect.
Edit - what I tasted is so far off other reviews, my batch is potentially off

Dec 26, 2021
4.18 by gefinley from California on Dec 08, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a bottle at the LCBO in Ontario 550ml at 5%. Poured a 2finger creamy head into pint glass.
The smell was very nice coffee and chocolate malts .
Taste was very smooth and creamy oatmeal with a hint of toffee and coffee just sipping on it
Overall this oatmeal stout is very enjoyable to drink leaving a lace all the way down but it feels stronger then 5%
Good beer

Dec 06, 2021
4.2 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Nov 24, 2021
4.26 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Nov 16, 2021
4.32 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 10, 2021
3.77 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Nov 04, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lagrluvr

Looks like a stout should, and pours a nice thick tan head into a pint glass. Aromas are not as pronounced as some others maybe, but what is there very nice. The taste is excellent, with expected roasted malts beng the star. Nearly perfect balance and feel. One of the best stouts IMO, when you don't want any added fruits, coffee, etc. Perfect brew for a cool damp November evening. Every stout lover should know this world-class beer as a reference for the benchmark.

Nov 02, 2021
3.94 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Oct 27, 2021
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by KafkaAndBeer

It's an absolute classic. Bubbling, thick and rocky tan head. Coffee and toffee on the nose. The palate carries strong notes of coffee and malted barley with grassy hop-bitterness in the background. Moreover, one can tell this stout was brewed with good water, and the result is incredibly drinkable. In my opinion this is a perfect beer.

Oct 20, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PGHSOUP from Ohio

Very good. One of my new favs.

Oct 20, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by StretchZep from Ohio

Everything from Samuel Smith is excellent! This one is not exception. taste of Toffee/Caramel and Oats. What could go wrong.....smooth full bodied malty heaven.

Oct 16, 2021
4.59 by Gukkor from Texas on Oct 04, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip glass.

L---Opaque dark brown color. Big, bubbly tan head with good retention. Excellent lacing.

S---Roasted malts. A complex medley of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

T---Follows the nose.

F---Heavier than you'd think for 5.0% ABV, Light carbonation.

O---An English classic.

Sep 20, 2021
4.25 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Sep 04, 2021
4.23 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Aug 22, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz bottle, into a pint glass. From May 8th 2021.

Looks the part, very dark brown body, small tan head, scattered lacing.

slightly roasted caramel malt.

On tasting, smooth, but still enough of a roast for balance. A little coffee.

Mouth between medium and full, finish lightly roasted.

Overall, nice interpretation of the style.

Aug 17, 2021
3.88 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 05, 2021
4.63 by PaulMcartney33 from Florida on Jul 22, 2021
Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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