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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of Lukie
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thick black liquid with a tanned head that left only minimal lacing. It didn't stick to the glass at all. Again, freshness problems for the aussies.

Mainly dark malts and mild coffee and chocolate. It's a very mild smell.

Sweet dark malts in the forefront of the taste, with hefty roasted flavours. It is incredibly smooth from the extra oats. Slightly dry finish, with some mild bitterness.

Funnily enough, with the smoothness of the beer, and the sweetness of it compared to other stouts, this is a great gateway beer into stout drinking.

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

BB Jun 12
a) Very finely bubbled, with a tan cushion head. Dark chocolate colour, with red/chestnut highlights.
s) Roasty and briny. Fairly restrained.
t) Mocha/coffee ice cream. Touch of molasses & caramel, hint of hessian. Soft bitterness, well balanced.
m) Smooth, velvety, full mouthfeel. Tingly up front.
d) Very approachable, and good for three or four.

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

This Oatmeal Stout pours a tall dark chocolate milk-colored head of foam on top of a dark, nearly-black body with some red-amber on the edges.

It gives off a very mild aroma that I would describe as "sweet-smelling".

Toasty and pleasant, without any strong overwhelming flavors, it finishes with a subdued bitterness.

This Stout has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation and body make it seem a lot lighter than its color suggests.

Overall, a very drinkable beer-- not as assertive as it's appearance would lead you to believe.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/ black with a big off white head that recedes to a creamy half inch head that resembles a root beer float.

Smell- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of sour fruit.

Taste- Flavors of Coca-Cola, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla, again with a bit of sourness to it. Back and forth between sweet and sour with a just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side for a stout but carbonation is spot on.

Overall- An ok stout, getting a lot of dark/sour fruit from it. Not as strong coffee flavor as I'm used to, but not a bad stout.

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

Near-black color with a super-thick caramel-colored root beer float-size head. Not much of an aroma but a good strong roasted oatmeal flavor with a creamy chocolate malty base. A bit chewy and creamy at the same time, a surprisingly high level of carbonation. Good mouthfeel with a slight caramel finish. This would go well with a fine cigar. Not the top of the oatmeal stout chain but one of the better ones you might be able to find in your neighborhood.

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

Pours a deep black color with a half inch frothy head. Smells sweet with roasted malt aromas with a hint of some fruit aroma. Goes down pretty smooth, but is surprisingly carbonated and there's a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste is that of roasted malts and too complex, but still pleasing. This is a slightly about average Oatmeal Stout. If you were to use an Oatmeal Stout as a session bear, this would be the one.

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Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More goodness from Sam. Deep, deep dark color. Smells sour, almost a red wine vinegar scent- odd, but intriguing. Tastes of coffee, toffee, and malt. Roastedness, and a sour/tart/tangyness that I really enjoy. Oats also add to the character of this brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and chewy. The sourness becomes a bit hard to stomach after a while, almost starts to remind me of cough syrup- but overall not a bad experience.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice ample, brown head. Aroma is strong and malty like a stout. Taste has oatmeal upfront and finishes with a coffee aftertaste that's very smooth. Very subtle and yet delicious. While not as strong in flavor as other oatmeal stouts I've had, I still believe this would make a great introduction to the style (Oatmeal Stout).

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Photo of doubleipa
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can distinctly remember having this for the first time in the late 80's at a friend's wedding.
Very black with a great frothy head. Not much lacing, though. As my daughter says, "it smells like oatmeal". Not as much coffee as some, but some nice roasted aroma. I like the sweetness of the aroma. Next to no carbonation. Hints of vanilla is nice.

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Photo of tony223366
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn! Closed my tab and lost my review. I'm going to do the writing best as I can.

A: Dark brown, no light coming through with a tan head and excellent lacing.

S: Mostly a mixture of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. There is some malt grain in there as well.

T: This is where the beer falls off in my opinion. Certainly not a popular opinion, but I think this beer just crosses the cloying threshold. The flavors are more like a molasses, sweet chocolate milkshake rather than the roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, rich malt that I'm more of a fan of. That's not saying there's not a place for this beer on my table but it's just not my favorite.

M: Love the mouthfeel... rich and creamy with a delicate lightness. The mouth totally embodies the flavor profile which I love.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, just not the oatmeal stout I would reach for. I would however, like this for dessert. It is very, very drinkable though. Finished the beer in no time.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,259 ratings.
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