Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

6,636 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of calicaliente
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark opaque brown with just a bit of a reddish hue. Tan head was on the thin side but leaves a very nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel and much more. Silky smooth mouthfeel and finishes with just enough bitterness to make it enjoyable.

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Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of huricrane47
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown color with a caramel colored head.
Smell- sweet cocoa
Taste-similar to a cup of roasted coffee with a little chocolate and milk added.
Mouthfeel- medium water content
Drinkability- Very drinkable- finished this one within 5 minutes. Very enjoyable, complex, and flavorful.

The first thing I tasted with this beer is a medium bitterness. The bitterness is then taken over by a creamy, semi-sweet, roasted coffee/chocolate flavor. Its almost like if you were to put a little dark chocolate and a splash of milk in a cup of coffee. Although, most oatmeal stouts tend to have a more neutral acidic flavor than chocolate or coffee stouts. This beer is no exception- the acid flavor goes up and then comes back down with the coffee and chocolate. This is an excellent beer that is very well made.

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Photo of Nerlman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of 701beer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Roland45s
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is midnight black with a large tan head. The aroma is malt driven with some coffee thrown in. The taste is coffee, malt and some chocolate. A very good beer.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattygross44
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth i am a quad drinker so for my first oatmeal stout i dont really have any other to compare it too. Im like stronger beers but this is pretty damn smooth and refreshing

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic oatmeal stout. Tons of head with nice retention. Smell is typical chocolate and roasty, with hints of raw grain. Taste is really sweet with excellent oatmeal flavor. Bitter chocolate notes. Full body nice carbonation, smooth and frothy. A total classic

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Photo of Joshio
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the first sip I knew I was experiencing something special. The flavor didn't strike me as particularly complex, it struck me as "right"....if that makes sense. Nothing seems out of place with this brew. For me personally, this style is not something that I'm into, so I probably won't be drinking a lot more of them. With that said, there was absolutely nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 3-pack of Samuel Smith's beers with a pint glass for $12 at Trader Joe's, seemed like a great deal.

The beer is dark black and produces a massive head that surged out of the glass. Once under control, the head formed into a sort of peak well above the lip of the glass and rested there for nearly 5 minutes. Such a splendid sight and really it was impressive to see such persistence in a head before.

As for the smell, the beer is sweet, molasses-like and has roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes to it.

The taste is again sweeter than I expected, but it's a good sweet, much like a milk stout. Add to this the incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel and this beer starts to resemble a dessert. Yet, the booze does show up and, alongside the darker roasted malt notes, rein in this beer before it becomes too much like drinking a milkshake. It's a great balancing act that the beer achieves and on smoothness and creaminess, I don't think I've ever had a beer anything quite like this.

Outstanding beer and one that I'm glad I revisited.

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Photo of DiUr
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355 ml brown bottle on a pint glass. Way too small a sample to enjoy this fine creation at full. Delicious!

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my large mug.

A: Very dark black, with just a little light able to shine through. Big tan head with excellent retention and lacing capabilities.

S: Lots of roasted malts on the nose. Hints of chocolate, a smidgen of coffee, and of course a soft whiff of oatmeal. I also pick up a slight earthy hop aroma, but it was struggling to make itself known.

T: There it is! A mouth full of roast, chocolate, and oatmeal. Big and sweet, yet balanced very nicely by earthy, woody hops. Flavors a melded beautifully.

M: Full-bodied with a very smooth, slick and velvety feel. Carbonation is on the lower end, and the whole thing finishes pretty clean.

D: A very balanced, very drinkable stout, and sessionable to boot!

There is a reason that this beer is one of the benchmark oatmeal stouts. It looks great, it tastes great, it feels great, and one could easily make a night out of a few. The oatmeal doesn't present itself as much in the taste as it does in the feel, giving it that classic "chewy" feeling. Unless you are allergic to stouts, this is a must-try!

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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of cheers2beers
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This brew pours a dark hazelnut color almost black with a reddish tint when held to the light.A creamed coffee colored head that didn't grow much but maintained a thin cover floating on top.

Smell: The smell is of nuts,cooked oats,cocoa bean or a dark chocolate aroma.Perhaps even a bit woody.

Taste: At first quaff I get instant chocolate,a lite coffee touch,with a subtle sweetened oatmeal flavor in the finish.Also the nutty/woody flavors exist on the palate,like the nose.A nice malty balance infussed with all these great flavors.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a medium thick liquid with a bubblely finish.Good carbonation.Smooth ,silky, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I have had this beer before and can tell you that it will be bought again in the future.Very sessionable brew and is very cheap to buy.I think i paid less than 3 bucks for a 550ml bottle.


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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,636 ratings.
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