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'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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Ratings: 6,723 |  Reviews: 2,302
Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattygross44
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 SaltofOH
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at pies and pints. Snifter?

A: pours black with some transluscence at the edge and two fingers of thick tan head that retains well and leaves loads of went lacing.

S: sweet dark fruit, raspberries? Chocolate covered strawberries? Like 80% dark cocoa.

T: arrives mildly sweet, with some dark fruit, slightly sour (again, raspberry?), followed by malty sweetness and dark unsweetened cocoa. Had this at dinner so couldn't plumb the depths, but I am not doing this justice. Layers of fruity, cocoa, and roast complexity with some esters and hops.

M: Mid-weight and well-carbonated. Cleaner finish than expected.

O: this was an outstanding stout. Fruity, chocolatey, complex, and lightly bitter. Supremely drinkable at 5% ABV, and clean finishing but not thin. Superb beer on its own orvwith food. I've never seen it in a six pack, but I would buy a six pack of it if they were available to me.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of Dave15010
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cheers2beers
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of JCarson410
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reidrover
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought in the clear glass 550ml bottle ( why clear?)
This beer looks pretty darn good right from the first pour..seems to pour heavy it musters a large tan frothy head..but that only lasts a minute of two before it dissapates down to a thick lace around the glass edge.
The beer it self is a deep dark mahogany brown..with some ruby highlights...nice.
the smell is malty and fresh..can maybe sense some oats.
This beer has a great chewy long lasting tatse for one so low in alcohol..good job.. i taste some malt, some choclate ( milk chocolate for a change) some coffee undertones and a creamy taste right at the end..very well done.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth yet not lacking in taste bud tingling!!
My Lord a very drinkable stout..if this were not so exspensive i could see me downing quita few of these most weekends!!
Overall great beer.

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Photo of Stratocat0
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice dark opaque color. Not too much tan head with a nice lace. Lovely smell of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roastiness. I do get the smell of the malts too. Med/full bodied, carbonation is perfect. Really get the caramel and roasted malts in the nose after the sip. It's a tad sweet. I enjoy it.

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Photo of SoonerDustin78
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bornlate
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beerismysavior
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an 8 oz. straight cocktail glass

Aroma - Sweet, alcoholic, bready smell, roasted barley presence is significant

Appearance - Opaque black color, head forms a medium cream color, spot on for an expected stout

Taste - Oatmeal presence is interesting, roast is significant yet not overbearing, strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium - thick body, seems appropriate. Lacks head retention and therefore texture from head. Low - mild carbonation.

Overall - A stout with layers of complexity not present in others, very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Overall great beer.

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Photo of tbern007
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown, opaque. Ruby highlights when held against the light. Very large thick light brown head, heavy lacing.
Smell is of chocolate, malt, prunes, earth.
Taste is complex: chocolate, molasses, prunes, oatmeal, bread, even a very slight mint. Better as it warms.
M & D - very drinkable. No bitterness. Sweet, low carbonation.

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Photo of sommersb
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 550ml brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Samuel Smith tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Dark, dark brown beer with red highlights. Head is tan, rocky and huge, showing excellent lacing and retention that stays until the last sip -- a beautiful stout.

Aromas feature dark, sweet malts, like a rich chocolate milkshake but with a roasted quality. Also has smells of molasses and brown bread.

The taste includes flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee/malts, breadiness and a low earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a smooth and creamy texture from the oatmeal, with a medium amount of carbonation. Full-bodied, it finishes with notes of chocolate, toasted breads, lightly sweet with a light bitterness too.

Overall, this is a real treat of a stout and seems to embody the style perfectly.

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Photo of Green_street_hooligan
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jimdkc
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown nearly opaque color with a small tan head. Smell is of roasted malts, brown sugar, with a little of coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with dark roast (maybe a bit smoky) flavors. Again, notes of coffee and chocolate, but they are not dominant. Some alcohol warming detected, even though this is only a 5% ABV beer. Flavors are smoother and more pronounced when letting the beer warm a little. A little hop bitterness provides balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although a bit thinner than expected from an oatmeal stout, but it still manages to leave a thin coating on the glass and in your mouth. I think one of these makes a great dessert (someone else suggested with vanilla ice cream... I'll have to try that!) This is a wonderful stout! One of my favorites!

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: bottle, 12 fl.oz, clear, custom, "Samuel Smith" pressed twice around neck, "bottled at yorkshire`s oldest brewery est. 1758" pressed around bottom, gold foiled neck, blue and red on yellow label, no fresness date.

Appearance: "very" black, no light can get thru, large head of long lasting tan-colored foam.

Smell: molasses, some nuts.

Taste: medium to full body, thick smooth mouthfeel. Molasses, coffee, caramel, chocolate, some yeast, OATS (big way), hint of citrus

Notes: Sole US distributor - Merchant du Vin

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel.

A - Black as coffee with a nice tan creamy head. Great lacing.

S - Nice malty smell with just a bit of sweetneess. Faint traces of dark chocolate.

T - Wonderful tasting. Has the nice chocolate hints along with what tastes like caramel.

M - Creamy. Leaves just a hint of sweetness on the tongue that you feel you can savor forever.

D- Hell yes. Drink in abundance.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,723 ratings
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