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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,273
Ratings:
6,588
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of chrisms86
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had high expectations for this beer, as stouts are my favorite style. I grabbed a bottle of this in favor of my usual choice, Deschute's Obsidian Stout, because I was in the mood for something new.

Poured like your normal quality stout, near black with a somewhat thick tan head. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for my tastes but it got the job done. Although the taste wasn't too impressive I enjoyed the absence of a strong chocolate flavor, which makes mosts stouts undrinkable with meals. The versatility of this beer is probably its best attribute, you can have it with or without food unlike many other sweeter tasting stouts.

Highly recommended over your average brew, but as far as stouts go you can do better. Even so, this one won't disappoint.

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Photo of RickyS
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black. Head fades away soon. Aroma: cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Taste: More milk chocolate, belgian chocolate, a fair hint of cherries, coffee. Very long finish. Full bodied. Don't know, not really enthusiastic about this.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout scared me very much!

As a beer drinker I have not yet moved up to the darker stout beers. I still think Guiness is mud! With that I said hell lets give this Oatmeal Stout a try.

At Petersons liquor store on rte. 70/Brielle Bridge I purchased the 550 ml bottle ($3.75)

This beer poured a very dark reddish brown with a fluffy dark tan head.
The smell was of burnt coffee- that worried me!
The first sip proved that it was velvety smooth and soft.
The taste was actually very good! It was a light coffee/chocolate flavor that wasn't bitter or harsh yet smooth and enjoyable.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a very good sipping beer that would go nice with a meal. Enjoy slowly.

Not a chugging or partying beer!

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Photo of AnavelGato
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter poured out of the Bottle, purchased at Total Wine.

Appearance: Dark, Like I’m talking pitch-black Dark, almost no light penetration. The head poured a good inch, which slowly dissipated to a constant covering of the top of the brew. Head is a light Tan, closer to khaki beige than it is to café con leche. The head leaves very nice thin lacing without having it “crust up” on the side after a while.

Aroma: Light Chocolate scent, very dry aroma. Lots of fruity notes again very dry. Trace notes of nuts and roasty scents.

Taste: very well balanced stout, every flavor has it’s counter part. The mild roasty flavor at the beginning is counter balanced by a good deal of bitterness. Chocolate and oatmeal along with a mild sweetness connect both extremes with subtlety as an underlying flavor throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I like my stouts to be; however and excellent level of effervescent constant carbonation which keeps a thin head present all the time. Very smooth mouthfeel, which doesn’t dry out your palate or overwhelm it.

Overall: A very VERY well balanced beer. It manages to keep it’s maltic sweetness in check against the bitterness of the hops. And at a modest 5.00% ABV it doesn’t overwhelm the drinker, that’s not to say it’s sessionable but it’s definitely light by stout standards.

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Photo of timmah427
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black, with ruby around the edges and a huge, creamy tan head that leaves behind some thin lacing as it quickly sinks down.

S - Nose is dominated by molasses and caramel, toasted malts, and hints of biscuit and maybe even butterscotch.

T - Caramel, toasted malt, oats, and biscuits. Quite malty and sweet, with a hint of bitterness as it finishes.

M/D - Mouthfeel was medium, but left a little too much stickiness for my taste.

Overall, the caramel flavor kind of overwhelmed me. I give it good points because it's a good example of the style, but I couldn't have more than one of these.

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Photo of julian89
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent dark brown hue large head, caramel base
Smell: Smokey dry, arid, stale oats smell.
Taste: Smooth clean, dark smokey taste. Very little hoppy taste, mostly grain. Nice bitterness.
Mouth feel: Best part of the beer in my book. Excellent consistency. Viscosity was perfect and the coolness of my fridge provided the perfect environment for CO2 fizziness and % head on pour.
Overall: 8/10 or 4.0 via beer advocate. Good choice my friends

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Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very solid beer; one of my favorite stouts. A very dark body with a nice tan head that holds throughout the beer. The smell caught me a little off-guard as it was slightly malty but still roasted. The taste emphasized the latter. Very roasted taste, almost smokey, as if the malt had actually been roasted over a fire. A nice, thick mouthfeel that was ok despite the summer months. Despite its thick mouthfeel, the beer is pretty easy drinking. The fact that the beer is nice and smooth is what makes it go down so easy.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving almost no lacing behind. It's a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma composed of molasses and licorice.

Tastes of roasted malts with a little sweet malt background, hints of coffe and old fashioned licorice. A nice hop bitterness and dry finish.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

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Photo of Gaben
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very great beer, I always love Samuel smith brews. They are one of the most solid companies around for imports here in the US. I love how they look when you pour into a cup, very bubbly and rich dark color. Smell is always great aswell furkin amazing. So why not grab a sam smiths oatmeal stout from your local store.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance on this beer is completely pitch black with a thick, rocky half inch white head with some good retention. Smell was dominated with lactates, accompanied with some light coffee and chocolate. Also in the nose were oats, a hint of something metallic, and also a somewhat pungeant vinnegar smell. Taste was a bit musty, but big on the oatmeal and chocolate flavors. This is a pretty big beer to be had, but in a good way in that this one could have fallen short. I have had many oatmeal stouts that just seem big and clunky, just pure heavyness without anything to really mention except its bigness. This oatmeal stout on the other hand has alot of personality and can be easily identified as being a Samuel Smith offering. As far as drinkability, although I enjoyed it, one bomber was more then enough for me, simply too much thickness for me. You can't really go wrong with this brewery, they time and time again provide classic esamples of the styles that they brew. A great starting point for anyone getting into quality beers.

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Photo of witster18
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout. The oatmeal gives it an interesting mouthfeel. I detect a little banana with that chocolate...maybe that's the oatmeal as well...pours nice and dark with a 1.5" head that holds nicely...not as smooth and creamy as Guinness but the flavors here are more complex and abundant.Along with the chocolate there is a great earthy sweetness. Finishes bitter chocolate with roasted malts and a bite of the alcohol characteristics late....maybe a touch too winey. Overall....Good. I have read before...and agree that this is a little overpriced...for about the same money I'd prefer St.Ambroise Oatmeal....but overall, this is way above average for sure....and definately a big notch above the mass-pro-avail stuff...very tasty! Lots of interesting flavors that unfortunately are overwhelmed by the alchohol late....
This is solid.... but a bit over-hyped!
Compared to say Great Lakes Blackout Stout or Fitzgerald Porter... this is just an overpriced import....
too good to turn down but a bit pricey if you have access to other tasty american crafts.... why pay for the shipping when there are good representations here if you know where to look....
like the silky mouthfeel and I like the alcohol presence in the aftertaste.... to some they might be negatives but this is a distinctive brew because of those specific characterstics.

with this and other SS beers my advice is only by at high volume beer specialty stores... otherwise you could get a stale bottle which leads to less carb and more wineyness....and a hangover... so be careful... freshness is important with this choice.

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Photo of crossovert
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown bottle.

It pours a dark brown with a creamy off-white/tan head. It leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is pretty good,it is smokier and roastier than I expected. There is also a hint of earthy hops.

The flavor is pretty great, I am thoroughly surprised. It has a decent level of roastiness and a leveling bit of sweetness. It also has some interesting tang. The mouthfeel is a bit thin at times, especially in the finish, but overall it is nicely bodied.

After a while it gets a bit sweet, but overall a solid brew.

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Photo of do_ob
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Loud hiss upon opening.Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. 1 finger tan head of fizzing foam. Sounds like Rice Crispy ceral in a glass. Smells of oats, chocolate, and sweet hints of alcohol. Heavy weight, as a stout should be. Taste is oats, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Bit of a dry finish with oats and a slight alcohol aftertaste. Suprisingly boozy taste for only 5%.

I suppose this is the difference between an English and American stout, but this beer didn't have a whole lot of flavor for what it was. Tasted a bit thin and lacking, but still good. I think I'll stick to Imperial stouts and leave this one for the traditionalists.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A friend shared this with me. I thought it was a nice oatmeal stout, very smooth and mildly chocolate-ly, no real coffee flavor (which was nice in my judgment). But there are a lot of good oatmeal stouts out there.However, not interesting enough for me to purchase.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is more brown than black until it's there in great volume. Kinda worried me as it looked sludgey and stuff.

Smell - Smells sweet, candy-ish, with some toffee or roasted bits on top.

Taste - I prefer this one colder than most dark beers. Something has opened up with astringent notes here at the end, sorta the opposite of the smoothness I expect. But cold it's a good beer and cheaper than a sixer of barney flatts.The oatmeal cereal note is there, and we got some slight coffee. Mostly it's sweetness and malty roasted stuff with very little hop bitterness until it warms up. Could use some dark plum or fruit notes I think to balance the sweetness. Toasty alcoholic aftertaste, but not in a bad way. Astringent grainy notes in the finish, both of the sip and the bottle as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Silky, voluptuous, but oily and viscous, not in a pleasant way. Heavy, but not too heavy. Still, of this beer this is the best aspect.

Drinkability - Not sure how many of these I could pack down. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fiend for dark beer, porter or stout or schwartzbeer. I'd recommend Anderson Valley Barney Flatts Oatmeal Stout. Tastier to me, just as silky.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers that got me into craft many years ago... time to revisit. 550ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Black, with brown highlights around the edges. Two fingers of mocha-colored head, retention is okay, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass which fades after 15 seconds or so.

S - Cheerios, some mild chocolate, faint nuttiness, and a bit of burnt sugar around the edges. Nice.

T - Not quite as good, but still nice. Milk chocolate, sourdough toast, and almonds. Plenty of malty sweetness. Short finish, and not much alcohol. If there's a word to describe it, it's mild.

M - The carbonation is great with small bubbles that contribute to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It is a bit on the light side, however.

D - With the low ABV and pleasant flavors, I could drink this all night.

O - While it's one of the beers that got me into "better" beer, I guess my palate has moved on. I still like it, and for the price it's definitely solid, but there are so many more interesting beers on the shelf around it.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Sweetened chocolate, floral notes.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavor with a dry finish, and a little metallic bite which detracts.

Drinkability: Certainly easy to drink, but the metal doesn't help.

Picked up a Sam Smith sampler pack to get another one of their great pint glasses and do some reviews. The oatmeal stout started out pretty good, but had a little metallic taste to it. Worth a try though.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is so black-brown and opaque that I do not think I realized the bottle was clear until I had emptied it into a glass. Produced a wet, oatmeal-colored (surprise) head no more than a quarter-inch deep, but the beer held a sheet of bubbles through the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee and lightly charred malt. A whiff of grassy hops. It's a great, thick, luxurious smell.

Thaste is much the same, but the burned malt/coffee flavor blanketed by cloying sweet/sour taste. Pleasant quiet hop bittering, but that sour is enough to make me pucker a little.

I keep smacking and swallowing to shake that sour touch. Very smooth beer with a distractingly high level of carbonation for a stout. The tangy sour flavor is eventually too much, I think I would drink the heck out of this beer if it weren't there.

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Photo of HistoricalMan
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently from a 355ml (12oz) bottle in to a tasting glass at my local brewpub.

Appearance: Dark with two finger of creamy khaki-colored head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Heaps of molasses and dark fruit, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of bitter chocolate.

Taste: The molasses dominates the palate followed by raisins, figs, coffee and a hint of creamy sweetness coming from the malts and chocolate.

Mouth: Smooth with a medium body. It goes down well.

Although not my favorite, a great oatmeal stout with a wonderfully complex arrangement of flavors.

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Photo of Ig0r
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The immediately noticable thing about this beer is the smell; as soon as I opened the bottle a slight sweetness was in the air. The pour gives a tall, thin, brown head that dissipates down to almost nothing but a rim of bubbles. The color is deeply black, fully opaque in a pint glass. The full smell is of dark malts with that sugary sweetness.

Not much stands out immediately in terms of taste, some carbonation is present, and the feel is a bit watery but very smooth. It leaves a bit of a doughy residue with a lingering sweetness.

Considering the color and smell, I was expecting more flavor and a thicker feel; however, this seems to be a reasonable drink compared to other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of MP72
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Into a dimple mug it poured a jet black with a thin tan head.

S- I didnt detect much , a little roasted malt.

T- hoppy and a bit of a burnt flavor that works well. Taste is very good.

M-biting and high carbonation for a stout but still working well for this brew. Its not offensive at all.

D-Very good I could put a few of these away in a session. SS rocks another great beer!!!

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Photo of nighthawk
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with red-amber hues at the edges. Several fingers of billowy light-tan head settle to a puffy ring that has some staying power.
Caramel and burnt toffee, some oats and roasted malts. Muted, though pleasantly so.
Smooth, sweet caramel and dark chocolate up front, mixing with a burst of floral and earthy hops. Very smooth and velvety in the mouth. Hints of coffee and milk sugars, with the oats reserved, but still present. Carbonation is felt, nice and bubbly, gives a nice contrast to the full, smooth body. Slight drying and sweetness on the finish.
While full bodied, this beer is never heavy or hard to get down. A fine example of the style, and one I will return to.

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Photo of Aenema
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with clear ruby highlights, soapy tan head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet toffee.
Taste - Roasty, smooth cocoa.
Mouthfeel - Creamy medium/full body, light-moderate, scrubbing carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking with good flavors, in particular for a beer with only 5% abv.

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Photo of Naes
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This oatmeal stout is black and has a huge head that is tan in color. The head makes you wait a few minutes before you can enjoy your first sip.

Its aroma is malty, roasty and is a little burnt. There are also hints of chocolate and oats.

The flavor is a bit sweeter than I like my beers, but not overpowering. This beer is definitely dominated by malt. Oatmeal and roasted flavor are the main characters here. A little bit of coffee and chocolate are also in the mix as well. There is also a slight hop presence in the finish, though it is faint.

The mouth feel is a little oily and leaves a slight film in the mouth. Its carbonation levels are quite low.

Over all, this is an easy going beer and is worth checking out.

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Photo of rabsten
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.This one came out of a three-pack sampler (with the Old Brewery Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale making up the remainder).

Very dark, but the head was light in colour with fine/medum texture. The head disipated quickly and left only minor lacing.

Smell was toasty/malty. Typical stout.

Flovour was nice and crisp for a stout. Some roast in the malt gave it a coffee-esq quality, but not overly so. It was refreshing and left me wanting a second. the package only had the one, so I tried the Pale Ale next.

Overall: Nice, but its not going into my regular rotation.

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