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 Dave15010
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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Photo of JCarson410
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Light-brown head melts into the rest of the beer like cream. Smell is mostly of chocolate, and the taste is of toasted malts, molasses, oats, as well as the chocolate and cream. The oats linger longest. The subtleness of this beer is what makes it great.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bornlate
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of beerismysavior
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%

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

A- Pours a thin brown that collects into a black body. The redish brown shows through on the sides a little. You can already tell this is going to be a very sessionable stout.

The head rises to a beautifully thick and airy light tan cloud. It has exceptional retention and all the lacing anyone could ask for. This is one good looking beer.

S- Letting this warm slightly will strengthen the aromas. Smooth chocolate malts, powdery cocoa. It smells great but it is still a little subdued.

T- Grainy chocolate malts at first, some sweetness in the middle and a roasty bitterness to finish it off. The oatmeal comes in slightly at the end and hangs on in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy and delightful. Thin body, medium to low carbonation.

D- Really sessionable and extremely enjoyable. This isnt too heavy or too light. Its a perfect session beer.

Everything I have tried from Sam Smith has been spot on. They usually set the benchmark for most English styles. The oatmeal stout is no exception.

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

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Black brew pours with a massive tan head that just won't quit. Carbonation is likely aggressive, I can't see it. Incredible bitter roasted malt aroma that combines with lots of grounded earthiness and a little bit of tobacco sweetness. Plum, raisin, and fig aromas begin to appear as the beer warms to ideal serving temperature.

Taste is just unreal. Sweet off the top with lots of juicy fruit flavours, and there's that chewing tobacco bittersweetness that comes through right after. Roasted malt is subdued but does lend a pleasant bitterness. Earthy aroma hops come through in spades, and then a butteriness just to keep it all mellow. This is so complex but exceptionally balanced. A beer that has all these brilliant flavourful aspects but manages to blend them and keep them in harmony is truly art. Mouthfeel is so smooth and the carbonation is British and restrained, but it's perfection for the style. Body is Medium, just enough to give you something to ponder but not ever too thick or syrupy. At 5% it's sessionable, and Lord knows I'd like more than one, but this is all I get. I dread the end of the glass.


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

Photo of wuthrichj15
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid chocolate. Good lacing. Great flavor. Oats, Chocolate, Malty. Overall a very good beer and it is not expensive at all. This is one of those beers where you get some bang for your buck!

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

"I keep drinking malted milk, just to drive my blues away." The opening lines form Robert Johnson's classic blues song "Malted Milk" poured forth from me on the phone one night when describing the smooth goodness that is Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. While I sometimes break into this verse when discussing other particularly good beers, especially good Belgians, it all started with Oatmeal Stout, a standard bearer for delicious beer in my estimation.

The head is a little thinner than expected, with a finger of mocha froth topping a dark brown body with ruby outlines--beautiful. Those nose is fine but not pronounced enough, with roasted malt emerging with coffee and some caramel. The taste is fantastic, a delicious admixture of coffee, caramel, lightly roasted malt, and just the right amount of chocolate effortlessly blending. It's easily one of the best tasting stouts I've had.

The mouthfeel does much to make this perfectly drinkable, holding the carbonation in delicate balance with the fairly sweet, smooth, creamy texture. I find that I rarely have two of these back-to-back, usually buying just one at a time to savor. Yet enjoying two or three of these in succession would be a cinch. It's the easiest stout to drink there is, malted milk masquerading as stout. A gem.

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Photo of Tdenham
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I will start by saying that this is one of my favorite beers of all-time, so I will have to suspend that judgement in order to make an objective review. Here's to trying.

The first thing I notice upon pouring the beer into a mug is that the head is mighty and dark and fluffy.

Smells are bitter chocolate and coffee with not a screaming lot of other stuff going on, but this is a good thing as what is there is appealing. I am actually smelling a distinct roasted-barley smell, slightly grainy and a bit burnt. I don't believe I can distinguish anything resembling hops but that is to be expected for this style, as I understand it.

Mouthfeel is full but not particularly lingering. There is something to roll around on my tongue, but the sensations are wrapped so heavily in the tastes of sweet coffee and dark chocolate that the considerable carbonation and velvety texture are encompassed.

The 'overall' quaffability of this beer is stellar.

This is a beer for anybody who wants to taste their beer without being overwhelmed by toffee, or bubblegum or citrus or pine or anything else. It is sweet enough to be inviting, bitter enough to be interesting, tart enough to pique the interest of the lazy taste buds, and well balanced enough as to not leave a single one wanting.


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

Who need nitrogen? Black with ruby highlights in the body, big thick beige head that you can sculpt with. Head hangs over top of glass, with a dent where I was pouring, Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice in aroma. Gloriously thick on the mouth,across the tongue and down. No harshness, well rounded, well balanced. Rich, a richness that reduces the drinkabilty a notch. Savor this. Great beer from a great brewery.

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

Dear lord I love this beer.

A - Pours a deep, thick near-black with ruby red hints. Thick, burnt colored head that's wonderfully creamy.

Smell - Heavy coffee and malty, caramel aroma.

Taste - Thick oatmeal flavor with deep coffee notes and smooth malted flavor. Mild cinnamon spices and hops lead to a balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, mildly chewy feel with a smooth carbonation that makes this an altogether pleasant experience.

Drinkability - This is a wonderful oatmeal stout with a delicate balance of flavors. One of my favorite breweries and one of my favorite brews.

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

Poured a dark, thick beer with a nice thick tan head that stuck around for a while.
S - smelled like sweet brown sugar and chocolate, but also smelled like beer
T - Amazing. Tastes like heaven going down you throat. It is somewhat sweet but also malt and somewhat bitter. The hops are present just so you know there are hops in the beer but they are not a big component of the beer. The main part of the taste is the dark chocolate and i want to say caramel malts. There is def some roasted baraley but it is overall a great and complex beer
M - thick and great
D - ya its drinkable. Ive never had more than two oatmeal stouts in one sitting so i dont know how much of there i could have but it seems pretty drinkable

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,646 ratings.
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