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

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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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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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Photo of Knutson_16
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stout pours surprisingly dark which makes it seem like a really thick beer. It does have a fairly thick and foamy tan/cream colored head which makes the beer more appealing.

Smell: This beer has very distinct nutty aromas. The nutty aroma is intimidating at first but does become more appetizing after you start to smell the coffee and chocolate notes. Overall, this stout has some distinct roasty, malty notes throughout.

Taste: Although sweeter than expected, it does have some bitter chocolate notes. The taste is fairly nutty with some hints of toffee and oats. I would describe this beer to be very roasty with burnt malts, chocolate, and some less distinct notes of licorice. In comparison to other dark beers like Guinness, it is sweeter and has a more "chocolate nutty" taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a very smooth, silky feel when you drink it and is a fairly easy-to-drink beer. It does not seem to have as much carbonation in comparison to most other beers (in my opinion), so in that sense it adds to the silkiness of the beer. Contrary to its appearance, the beer feels fairly thin.

Overall, it is a decent beer that I would recommend to others. I appreciate that an oatmeal stout stays true to its name and does in fact taste oaty and nutty. However, it is a hard beer to get used to because of its sheer complexity. It does however have a perfect balance of sweet and bitter and isn't too overwhelming for first time oatmeal stout drinkers.

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Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a tan colored head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malts with hints of citrus. Taste is sweet caramel up front followed by a strong bitter burnt coffee taste and then a sweet buttery aftertaste. A very nice stout.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a translucent black with a light brown, slightly white head. Smell is very sweet. Chocolate, grapes, roasted malt. The flavor is nice. Very roasty. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid, dark brown, almost black. Aromas of tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, dark malts, with hints of sticky raisin. Tastes lighter than expected, but quite flavourful; sweet, dark malts, sticky raisin, fig, more like a dark ale than a stout.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to almost black in color. An inch of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Smell of oatmeal is present and yet a bit subdued. I get caramel,dark malt,and oatmeal in the palate. The fade is a blend of bitterness from the hops and then back to dark malt and caramel. The mouth is dry and creamy.

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Photo of mjc410
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a slight head, due to a light pour (I wanted the entire bottle to fit into the glass). What head it has is tan. The body is quite black, but has a lot of ruby at the edges when backlit. The nose is earthy, most likely from English hops, andquite chocolatey and roasted, too. The taste is slightly acidic, quite earthy, and finishes with light chocolate/coffee notes. I do wish it were less acidic, but it's still enjoyable. The mouth is on the fuller side, with a surprisingly high carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but certainly not worth the $5 I have to pay for it.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

POured from a bottle into a glass.

Aroma- Light Coffee and smokiness. faint cocoa and a slight yeasty sourness.

Appearance- Nearly opaque, a slight ruby tint is revealed when help up to the light. a thin tan head that lingers but provides little if any lacing.

Flavor- Cocoa and oats with a slight smokiness that gives way to a sweet almost coffee finish. As it warms you can perceive an earthy-ness as well (a'la unwashed potato'.

Mouthfeel- There is an ever present slickness/viscosity from the oats (I would assume). It has a slight astringency, which I hear could come from the fermentation process in the open vats. both of these characteristics add to the beer as opposed to detract from it. It is slightly over carbed for a stout, but I should have let it rest a little more.

Overall- I think this is a great example of an oatmeal stout, I could only imagine what one would taste like fresh from the brewery. I think this gets better as you drink it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why oh why the clear bottle...
The flavor of this one reminds me a bit of Yoohoo... though I can't remember the last time I had that chocolatey drink.
Sweet malts; not too hoppy at all and rather bubbly for a stout. Coats the tongue in a bit of a chalky kind of way.
I haven't had too many oatmeal stouts that I can think of, but this is pretty good as far as stouts on the whole go. I wasn't quite wowed by this but I'd give it another go next to others of the style.

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Photo of machostacos
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my favorite tulip glass. My first Samuel Smith brew, and surely one to be remembered.

A: completely opaque with a sticky tan-colored head. Great lacing.

S: Undeniably English. Roasted oats, raisins, molasses, and an earthy, herbal, almost floral sweetness.

T: Dark roasted malt, molasses, some chocolate, and a big helping of sweet, fruity, estery English yeasty goodness and a slight earthiness. Finishes a little tart with a full, round sweetness balanced lightly by a weak bitterness.

M: "Light" for its jet-black color and oh-so-smooth. Light carbonation keeps it slick and velvety. Lovely.

O: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a classic and is definitely like tasting a little bit of history (especially considering this beer was reintroduced nearly a decade before I was born!) I personally prefer the American Oatmeal stouts (there's something about genuine English beers that are cloying to me - their unmistakable flavor profile gets old quickly to me for some reason) - maybe American beers are just a bit "crisper" or "cleaner." Whatever it may be, I'm happy to try the Oatmeal Stout By Which All Others Are Measured, and I'm sure I'll revisit it someday, but for now I think I'll stick to the American versions.

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Photo of Erish
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: nearly opaque burnt sienna color, robust and rocky 3-finger tan head that slowly and gently falls into a thick and persistent cap with very good lacing.

S: sweet Turkish coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, soy sauce, Cheddar cheese, earth, toasted caramel.

T: chocolate and sweetened condensed milk hit up front, but there is an odd, semi-metallic note in the middle, as well as a woody, herbal note, the finish is slightly chalky, cheesy, and features a woody/earthy hop/yeast note.

M: medium-bodied, satiny to watery, the carbonation is gentle and appropriate to the style, there is a hint of a metallic feel in the middle and finish.

D: Not bad, but not great, either. The Taddy Porter is a much better beer.

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Photo of atone315
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

55oml bottle poured into DFH glass (not the buttplug). Appearance is dark brown, very light tan abundant head. Smell is roasty malts but not a hell of a lot going on there. Not very exciting. Taste is typical thin oatmeal stout. Very drinkable however. Nothing special here, see previous sentence. Overall, a decent beer not bad for the price....won't be a go-to stout but I won't say no if offered one.

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Photo of ChefSchipull
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near pitch black with a light tan head that fades quite slowly.

Smell: Bitter hops with hints of oats and caramel.

Taste: The bitterness is more prevelant in the taste than in the smell. Roasted flavours and oatmeal are evident as well. Sweeter than most stouts due to the oats in the mash.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, a little thin for my expectations of a stout, though that may be the style since I have not had too much experience with oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: I couldn't have too many of these because of the intensity of the bitter flavors but its a good "once in a while" brew that would go very well with all sorts of food.

I would recommend, but would also love to try this on-tap to see the difference.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,604 ratings.
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