Oatmeal Stout
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,370
4.23 | pDev: 11.11%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jan 05, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not only am I about to consume an Oatmeal Stout for your reading (and my tasting) pleasure but this is none other than Samuel Smith's much celebrated and widely known in all the counties of England and further ashore including Ireland, the Isle of Man and Jersey Islands invigorating, energising and revitalising Oatmeal Stout†. Or something along those lines - the label did look like it had been designed in the 1850’s. And you know what? Frugality like that (i.e. not paying for rebranding in over a hundred years) is rare these days and Samuel Smith has it in spades, cheers Mr. Smith!

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Well I accidentally hard poured a khaki head of 2 inches... looks good though with its deep dark cola body. Can’t wait to dive in... yep *taps fingers*. 8/10.

S: Espresso coffee notes mingle with hints of dark fruit and a melange of roasted barley and rolled oats... possibly the most porridge-like beer my nose has inhaled. I like it when my Oatmeal Stouts have oat aromas, like a big glass of breakfast! 8/10.

T: Damn tasty. More on the dark fruit side than coffee/chocolate with those oats really coming in to play with flavour and body. They (the oats) take on dry/tannic qualities towards the finish and there is an amalgamation of bitter/dry/sour/sweet characters that really make this fine Stout shine. Did I mention this is ‘damn tasty’? Oh... right... well this is Stouts finest hour. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly lively carbonation. Oats = Chewy. 8/10.

D: Again I’m a big fan of the Samuel Smith’s ales, they’ve all so far been like getting inside a time machine and going back to the 19th century where men were men and women were men too (everyone was a bit hardier back then overall). If you want a real damn tasty and luxurious Stout then look no further. 10/10.

Food match: Back in 1852 when you had to work 16 hrs a day you would generally eat gruel and drink 18 pints of Stout, people wore hats that contained small anvils to help strengthen their neck muscles. Today however beef stew is a better option.

†Thesaurus Nazis will have noted that the three words ‘invigorating’, ‘energising’ and ‘revitalising’ all mean the same thing, congratulations‡. *slow clap*

‡Syntax Nazis will have noted that I used the ‘dagger’ character BEFORE and instead of the ‘asterisk’ character for my footnote, congratulations. *slow clap*

Apr 10, 2015
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Brew_Darrymore from Bulgaria

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

This is an excellent beer. A bit sweet for my taste, but otherwise great, thick mouthfeel and smooth roastiness. Beautiful white head that lasts forever.

Jan 28, 2017
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PhillyB from New York

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

This was the last of 3 Samuel Smith beers I tried, and probably my favorite of the bunch.

Look: If you've ever seen a Guinness, you've seen this beer. Dark with a dense head that doesn't fade quickly.

Smell: Malt, coffee, and cream.

Taste: Exactly the same as the smell. I found it alarmingly similar to Guinness, only slightly better. Can't put my finger on it, but there's also something in the background mainly serving to enhance the main flavors.

Feel: Creamy goodness. Not a lot else to say about it, even the head was creamy. It felt like the beer had been topped with whipped cream.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. It ticks every box for an enjoyable stout, but lacks the "wow" factor to put it over the top. I would definitely return to it again though.

Jan 18, 2016
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K-Dog from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking stout with a pretty good chocolate aroma. First sip I really enjoyed then after that it got really watered down tasting. Overall a solid beer but was a little dissapointed. Slightly overrated in my opinion.

Sep 09, 2016
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Glanzman from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was really exited about this beer as it has great reviews and was surprised to find it sitting on my local grocery store's shelf (paid $3.99 for the 1 pint, 2.7 ounce bottle).

Pours a jet black color with a nice 1-fingered tan head.

Smells of a malty, caramel, chocolate-coffee aroma.

The taste I was a bit disappointed with. As with most dark beers, it gets better as it warms up but never really knocked my socks off. It taste as it smells with a bit of a biscuity taste added to it, but it taste "thin" and not as rich as i thought it would.

Overall still a good beer and would buy again.

Served in a pint glass.

Sep 22, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with frothy foamy tan head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass sides. A little bit of soapy looking bubbles in the head. Smells of coffee and cream with slight dark chocolate notes. Some English yeast esters seem evident. No hops in aroma. Tastes semi-sweet with some dark roasts and a bit of an earthy & nutty character. Medium high bitterness helps even out the mostly sweet character. Feels velvety and smooth just like a dark chocolate milkshake. The oatmeal simply give this beer a great mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent brewed beer and a hallmark of the Oatmeal Stout category. I really dig this, just feels like it's missing a little oomph character to really make me a huge fan of this.

Feb 20, 2016
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Mike_Honcho1 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured black with a nice and creamy tan head, leaving behind good lacing in the glass.

Smell: At first I picked out roasted malt, a bit of coffee and cocoa with oatmeal. On second sniff I picked out dark cherries and other dark fruits with a very faint hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts on the taste. Slight hint of the dark fruit to back it up. I also can pick out the oatmeal in the taste.

Feel: Nice and creamy but a little bit watery for my liking. I wish it had a bit of a thicker mouth feel for an oatmeal stout but I have to remember it is only 5% ABV and not a RIS. The wateriness does not take away from the experience of the beer.

Overall: I like this oatmeal stout very much. It is a sessionable brew with nice flavors to match the nose. My only gripe is the thinner mouth feel. I recommend this to anyone who likes stouts/oatmeal stouts.

Jun 07, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

App: poured into pint glass, dark brown with faint effervescence and thin off white tan lace

Smell: strong malt, earthy biscuit , burnt sugar
Taste/Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost milk like with some carbonation to lighten and prevent it from becoming syrupy. Strong roasted malt up front, followed by nutty, coffee notes and caramel sweetness. Earthy without being pungent, very mild hops at the end followed by a clean palate.
Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable stout, much more complex than Guinness in its array of flavors, a very enjoyable beer. I would definitely put this as a tasty, go to oatmeal stout. Never having been a stout fan before, this beer was so good, its piqued my interest in the genre -

Nov 26, 2014
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hosehead83 from Ohio

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

Dark brown/black pour leading to a big rocky head of inviting tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle cocoa
Taste-Toasted malt, milk chocolate, "Yorkshire Square" subtle mineral stonyness that adds a depth of character, creamy smooth finish. A classic example of the style.

Feb 16, 2015
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CellarGiant from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sight: Poured a dark brown/black with a thick tan foam that dissipated fairly quickly, though the head quickly returns upon agitation. A transparent dark brown with a deep ruby core that turns orange at the rim.

Nose: Lots of fruity esters to start, plum, almost prune, blackberry jam. Leads into chocolate malt, lots of graham with some light roasted coffee or milky coffee. Maybe s'mores with some blackberry jam.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body with a bit of sweetness. Creamy on the tough with a fine but low carbonation. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol and some roasted malt astringency inviting a following sip.

Flavor: Chocolate, coffee, earthy and toasty notes all balance with cooked and dried fruit notes. Blackberries, plums, fig with a touch of baking spice.

A very full bodied, creamy, smooth and crisp oatmeal stout with just enough sweetness and plenty of balancing hop and malt bitterness. A very food friendly beer that represents the style well and shows the beauty of water in brewing. A pleasure to sip on during the winter.

Feb 07, 2017
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Dantes from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 1 pint, 2.7oz. (550ml) clear bottle, with nice bas-relief. 5.0% ABV. No Date.

Cost: $2.49 per bottle.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º.

Appearance: This pours nicely, with a dense, dark-beige head, with a few large bubbles. Reminiscent of the top of a root-beer float. One of the best heads from a non-widget can or tap. Leaves true lace down the glass. Resolves down to one finger-width. The brown-black color is virtually opaque, similar to the “tobacco” color on a 60’s Mercedes cabriolet.

Smell: Second in smell only to the Maclay’s Oatmalt Stout, which is smokier with whisky notes. The caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, and semi-burnt aromas blend well.

Taste: All of the elements in the nose transfer to the tongue, along with some nutmeg and allspice. There is almost a “salty” edge to the flavor that replaces the sourness present in many stouts. More chocolate than coffee. If you move it around your mouth, the chewiness lets different flavors come to the forefront with each mouthful, revealing something new. Balanced. Long finish, with no astringent or sour notes. On the malty-sweet side, but pleasantly so.

Mouthfeel: My first reaction is that this is very satiny. The carbonation is definitely present, but in the background. Body is better than many oatmeal stouts, improving upon that of the Young’s nitro-can oatmeal stout and matched in the bottle only by St. Ambroise-McAuslan.

Drinkability: An extremely smooth, easy drinking oatmeal stout. The only reason it doesn’t get a 5 is that it is so filling!

In my experience to date, nothing compares to Young’s Oatmeal Stout on draught, which ignited my love for this style. Perhaps my memory has improved upon the reality and I’m willing to bet that the McAuslan is even better on tap than it is in the bottle, making it a viable contender for the top spot. After that, I find that this and the Maclay’s Oatmalt Stout (sadly gone) are the best, bottled, oatmeal stouts I’ve had the pleasure of trying.

Backwash: The gold standard of bottled oatmeal stouts.

Jan 13, 2003
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick black body with a faint brown tint. The body is to dense to see through but the head is a nice creamy light tan color that last and last.

S- The smell of roasted malt is finished with a slight sour note. The roasted malt has hints of toasted and fresh grain both.

T- The taste of roasted malt is nice balanced by a slight sour note in the finish. The finish is also pretty dry. As the beer warms there is a nice hint of fresh grain with some nutty quality. The hint of earthiness is hidden in the background. As it warms a hint of coffee comes through with the earthiness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium but has a slight fizz that makes it feel medium-full. There is also a silky texture in the mouthfeel. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer has a very nice depth to it. The oat flavors come through with layers of dark roasted malt. The slight sour finish really balances the malt in the absence of hops.

Nov 29, 2005
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Hobbit from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Aug 02, 2013
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eberkman from Massachusetts

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

I loved this. Plain and simple.

It poured beautifully out of a 550 ml bottle -- near opaque black until you hold it up to the light -- then you see some fiery reds through the glass. A thick, creamy light brown head settles on top and lasts throughout the session, leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of dark roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate.

The taste is very consistent with the aroma -- almost a pungent, sharp, mocha sensation. It finishes nicely with a bittersweet taste that lingers.

The mouthfeel is full and thick. And between the taste and the relatively low ABV, this is certainly a session beer. Particularly since it doesn't feel as heavy as you might think.

Best English beer I've ever had. Best stout I've ever had. About as close to a perfect beer as I can think of.

Nov 06, 2006
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lighter from 550 into Cab glass than expected; clear root beer. Head is bountiful with a well-defined seam. 2 fingers and muffin tunnels-very bready.

Potent sour mash and oats-salty, hearty and complex. Some peanut butter and caramel emerge-very inviting.

Deep, consistent malt texture-very chewy. Slight bitter yeast presence; strong charred malt emerges. Oatmeal texture is blended well with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is full and deep-complex oat/malt character progresses from front to back of palate void of any unpleasant aftertaste. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate create nice viscosity with moderate alcohol.

Haven't enjoyed this offering in way too long. Exceptionally drinkable for such a heavy style-a classic!

May 09, 2008
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callmescraps from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to review this classic.

Appearance- Pours a nice black. About two inches of thick, meringue like mocha head. Settles into a solid inch.

Smell- Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee bean as well. A little mellow.

Taste- Follows the nose, pleasantly. Starts off with a chocolate covered coffee bean. It has a nice sweetness from the oatmeal. Sort of like a coffee ice cream. Has an almost cola finish. It's really pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Very creamy.

Drinkability- Very easy.

This really is a classic. It's rich, a little sweet, a little roasty, and it goes down easy. No wonder everyone loves this beer.

Oct 29, 2010
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OlRasputin989 from Arkansas

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque and brown with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. leaves no lacing. Thin layer of the fluff stays atop your beer on the way down.

S: chocolate and dark fruits

T: sugary sweet chocolate up front followed by dark fruits with a toasted raisin bread finish. all in good balance

M: full-bodied and creamy with a slightly dry finish that makes you really crave another drink.

Overall, I'm really impressed. This beer brings good flavor and a high drinkability. Very good for desert or a session.

Jun 16, 2009
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McNealc31 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of burgundy adorn the edges, other than that, it's an all black stout. The oatmeal really is the star here. Along with flavor, it adds heft to the velvety texture.

The mineral flavors from the English hard water are there, too, but it just adds to the character. Quick hit of hops at the end, but the roasted and smokey flavors take over in the finish.

There's a very good reason this is a classic.

Apr 06, 2013
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WhiteOak from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nearly black and opaque, with a mohogany edge against strong light. The head is attractive, dark tan, and the lace holds in descending rings.

S- Light notes of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark fruits.

T- Roasted malt, toasted grains, coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Finishes with a pronounced mineral/stony/slate flavor, probably from the squares & local water.

M, D- Creamy and extracted. Neither thin & fully dry, nor sweet & sticky.

Another S.S. classic.

May 01, 2010
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johnkyoungoh from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Feb 26, 2012
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wpreynolds from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jul 21, 2016
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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a frothy one finger head with great retention into a large wineglass. It is deep chocolate brown with thin sticky lacing. The bottle is also a beauty.

S - Sweet malt and caramel dominates the bouquet

T - Sweet malt, caramel, coffee comes through with some bitter hops, molasses and oats.

M - full bodied, bitter (not too), smooth.

O - Just a really well made oatmeal stout. I expected a lot and was not disaapointed. It is well balanced and i will go back to this I am sure from time to time when it is available.

Jul 08, 2011
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JoeDurp from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jun 03, 2013
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JulianB from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Mar 27, 2013
Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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