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

6,620 Ratings
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 doughanson78
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Black. No light shines through. 1 finger head. Light tan. Great lacing.

S: Very tinny (less tinny as it warms up). Almost smells like a soda. Oaty. Very light roasted caramel malts. Faint chocolate.

T: Roasted malts up front. A mocha espresso taste. Very oaty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good coating all around the mouth.

O: Pretty decent Oatmeal Stout. Don't know what was up with the smell. Smelled as if it had been sitting in a pop can for a while. Other than that great beer. I'll definitely buy another bottle to retest the smell.

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Photo of Frothboss
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with nice frothy light brown top. Froth fizzles away to an 1/8" consistent head in a tall thin glazs. Dont smell much but some dark roasts and oatmeal. Tastes crisp and clean nice finish. OatmeAl and roasted barley hangz in da mouf. Sweet balanced and tasty. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth not a whole lot of bubbles. Very tazty woulx have no trouble drinking anothee one od these

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been a while since I popped one of these. Used to be my go-to beer, years ago, before I really started getting into craft...

Poured from 550ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head that dissipates at fairly quick pace. Not much lacing with this one...

S - Smell is pretty mellow. Pick up hints of coffee, oatmeal, and lots of sweet chocolate...

T - Chocolate, some dark fruits, followed by coffee. Ends with a little metallic taste. Nothing that ruins the beer, but definitely noticeable. Not a big fan of the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little to thin for my liking...

D - Not one of my favorites, but definitely a worthwhile session beer. Would not recommend this as a 'must try', but something I see myself revisiting in the future...


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Photo of waboone
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has been several years since I first tried this stout. It's expense put me off, and I am generally not much of a stout person. I pick up a bottle recently and just sat down to enjoy it. I should have let it set on the counter for a while to warm up, but I generally drink my beer slowly and now, an hour after I retrieved it from the fridge, it is a good temperature.

The head doesn't last as long as good stout's head should, but perhaps this is due to the fact that it is bottled. The smell seems to allude to a complexity that is not present in the taste. When bringing the glass to your mouth smell chocolate, caramel and coffee beans, but the taste delivers only the chocolate. It is overly sweet for my taste, and, dare I say it, it is too smooth.

As stated earlier, I am not much of a stout drinker, so I would humbly categorize this as a beginner's stout. And, as a beginning stout drinker, I am looking to move to something a little deeper and with more character.

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Photo of HereticDivine
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured as black as night. Well, almost. There are some subtle hints of ruby when held up to the light.

This stout smelled of fruit and chocolate. It has a very pleasant scent.

Taste is very complex. It's like cocoa wheats and toasted oats, with caramel apples. Sounds strange, but it went over well.

This is very smooth. It goes down very easily. You could polish off four of these things real quick if you aren't careful.

All in all, this is a good, solid stout Maybe a little heavy on the toasted oats. Not my favorite oatmeal, but definitely worthy of the occasional visit.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The actual poor resembles a light black/dark brown coffee color but once the brew settles it is oily black with a tan frothy crown that rests upon the brew as light as air. Smells of sweet chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, and a hint of bitter acidity - nice and pleasant. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roast malt, subtle earthy hops, definite kick of the oatmeal in this stout. The mouthfeel is silky smooth up front followed by a minute amount of poppy carbonation. A decent beer by any standards, easy to find, nice and cheap, and quite satisfying on a cool night. It's not my go to available stout but it gets the job done right.


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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - Beautiful silky black body, bubbly mocha head. Orgy of thick, chunky lacing as it goes down.

S - Not really getting great flavours, bit metallic.

T - Didn't know what to expect after the first smell, but silky roast flavours come in lightly, chocolatey in the middle, then a big smokey/roasted flavours at the end leaving an awesome after taste, tastes like I'm still drinking a fair gulp.

M - Perfect mouthfeel, goes downlike beery milkshake.

D - Don't think I could make it a session beer, a couple over a hearty dinner would be awesome tho.

NB. Beer tasting is easier without Maltese x poodle jumping up and down on your lap.

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Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 550 ml gold tin wrapped bottle. No freshness date, but a code at the base of the neck of sh26h1.
Into the pint glass it went, makeing a 2 inch tan fluffy head. The head slightly resembling that of a Guiness with a whipped cream like texture and very tiny little bubbles. Leaving behind a colar of retention and light thin lace rings and drapes. The color is black with some dark red glowing at the edges.

The aroma is somwhat light and not really a whole lot to report on this side. Some mild chocolate grain aroma, protein oaty aroma, and a mild charcoal.

The taste delivers as always, Some sweetness throughout, minimal, but present. Carbonation as well. More grains, chocolate and cereal. Plenty of oat flavors making just a little more body to the beer beyond the abundance of carbonation. A lightly toasty charred flavor.
Finishing crisp and slightly bitter from grains with some of that sweetness carrying its way through all the other flavors.
Definatly a solid brew. I've had some bad bottles of this before in the clear bottle version. Almost turned me off to this beer completly. But I got this as a gift and am back on with this beer.
Thanks brown bottle for saving me and allowing me to consume you once again.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black color with a massive creamy head with tons of large bubbles.
S- Smell is a spicey molasses scent with coffee.
T- Cocoa, chocolate malt, slight metallic for some reason. Not very complex but very good.
M- Nearly no carbonation, smooth and drinkable.
O- I havent yet had a Samuel Smith beer that i did not like.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost exactly what I expected. A very nice and enjoyable brew but nothing to stand up and get excited about.
Everything in this Stout was sound. The pour was good, the head was stable. The aroma was sound, the taste was big and smooth, the finish was fine.
But there was just something missing for me. It wasn't exciting!
A very good Stout, something I would recommend, but something I just cant jump up and down about

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oats, a touch of fruit. Taste is good, dark fruit, oats, a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of hayes31
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 550ml bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A gorgeous beer with an average head. Great smell about it, and the mouthfeel is fantastic. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste, it was almost a little sour. But a very strong oatmeal flavor to it, which I enjoyed.

Overall, it's a good beer but not for me, I much prefer something dryer.

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Photo of dteal1
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool looking skinny bottle. pours black with the slightest hint of amber. has a finger and half rocky tan head that died down quickly. smells like toffee and hops. tastes like it smells with an aftertaste of coffee and a slight metallic taste. a little over carbonated(i'm not big on carbonation) with a fizzy mouthfeel that's slightly sticky. very drinkable beer especially when it's cold outside. pretty filling and overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer but it doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 12 oz bottle. No freshness or ingredient info. Gold foil around the neck.

Dark ruby burgundy, rather clear, under a voluminous three+ finger head that settled pretty quickly to half a pencil's worth of head for the duration., leaving a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nuts and raisin nose. The mouth is fairly flat and rather syrupy heavy. Nice smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus sour element to balance the bready grain. A touch of smooth bitter hops struggle to emerge from the oatmeal blanket, and do leave some notes in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly raisin, with a touch of lemon. Maybe the bottle was light struck, but this was not the knock-out brew I had hoped for.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never had anything from Samuel Smith, but this particular brew has been on my list for quite a while. The name “Oatmeal Stout” is different, yes, and it definitely used to turn me off (I’m not a fan of oatmeal in the slightest). Now, however, I find it nothing less than intriguing.

A: This one pours a thick, syrupy black. There’s only the tiniest bit of light that’s getting through the body. The head is big and dark brown. Intimidating.

S: There’s a ton of sugar in the nose. Brown sugar and cinnamon – not surprising for oatmeal. Chocolate and the bitter hints of yeast.

T: There’s a nice dry breadiness that comes across the entire palate. Not as sweet as the nose, but I like that; it allows more of the mellow barley flavors to come out. The sweet is in the form of milky chocolate and wheaty banana. It’s a good blend of simple flavors, but it’s a bit bland at times. It’s smooth and balanced in a way that doesn’t let a whole lot of flavors emerge. Still, a nice sipper.

M: The flavors almost beg for this to be a thick drinker. Its syrupy look is quite contrary to the in-mouth texture. Just because it’s surprising, though, doesn’t mean it’s bad. In this case, it doesn’t serve the palate in the best way.

O: I really wanted to love this beer. Unfortunately, it had the elements I don’t like about oatmeal – improper texture and taste that, at times, is pretty bland. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s definitely not in my hall of fame.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The foam was thick, semi-dark wheat in color, smooth and lacey. The color was deep,dark opaque chocolate brown cola. The smell was a deep oatmeal with chocolate highlights, nutty accents and a barley overtone. The taste was crisp, thick deepness of oatmeal and slight chocolate accents. Nice hops andd wheat balance. Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, crisp, thick and semi-light viscous. Drinkability - a real good crisp stout. The only thing I really didn't like about this beer was the somewhat watered down feel in the aftertaste. Overall...not to bad.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle pored into standard pint glass

a: deep amber color, almost black, decent 1/2" head with nice retention, plenty of carbonation

s: sweet malt, chocolate

t: sweet up front with oat, chocolate, and malt. finish dry like most stouts.

m&d: medium mouthfeel, nice stout mouthfeel. A little heavier than a Irish Dry stout. Very drinkable brew.


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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into standard pint.

A: Dark brown with 2 fingers of mocha head. Lacing is adequate.

S: Dark malt on the nose, a little hop, and the oatmeal comes through some too. Smells pretty good but also pretty light.

T: This is where the beer kicks it up. Nice hop character that persists the whole way through. Dark malt, like slightly charred toast.

M: Thinner than expected. Doesn't have that thick characteristic I expect from a stout. Finishes light like a lager almost.

O: Very drinkable, almost a session stout. Good thing it has the standard American 5%.

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Photo of jt31914
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 1 1/2 head - black color with very little carbonation rising.

S: Melded oatmeal and faint alcohol that is present in every samuel smith's beer.

T: Oatmeal is strong, the faint alcohol is there as well and slight chocolate/char flavor in finish.

M: A little too bubbly but good.

D: Heavy but drinkable.

My problem with Samuel Smith's is that they all taste okay, but the tastes seem pretty similar - very dry and alcohol-heavy. This is fine, but I wish each brew was more distinguishable.

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Photo of palffyfan
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a thick brown with some amber tones. Also forms a caramel colored head with average foam. Looks nice.

Smell - Smells a pastry sweet, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Smell is strong enough that you can smell it even a foot away from the beer.

Taste - Pretty fulfilling beer. Slightly bitter hops, with roasted malts as the predominant taste. Its certainly interesting, but I don't think it tastes as good as the only other Oatmeal Stout I've tried (Wild Goose).

Drinkability - The beer is definitely drinkable, but better beers exist as a whole and in the category. I would probably get tired of this eventually, because none of this beer's flavors have made an impact on me that would cause me to go out and get more..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, creamy, light yellowish head.

Smell: Sweetish, malty aroma with hints of milk-soaked, cinnamon-sugar coated bread crusts and red wine.

Taste: The flavor is predominately sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. There's also a slight roasty balancing bitterness, though it still manages to finish semi-sweet as the chocolate emerges once more.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a soft carbonation, but its silky smooth, I must say!

Drinkability: A nice, light, sweet stout fit for any time of day, including 8:30 in the morning!

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Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown near black colour, slight off white head, light lace spots. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee, faint alcohol and subtle chocolate notes, there is also a metallic presence that is there. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee initially, a light chocolate and mild acidity show up after that, there is also a light astringency in there. Good mouthfeel light creamy feel, medium carbonation. Drinks pretty good overall, not my favorite but quite a solid effort that is worth trying or revisiting.

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Photo of hanco005
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle, marked SG13B1, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a 2 inch dark tan fluffy head that slowly falls down to a pillow top that floats on top, lacing looks like Swiss cheese. Beautiful.

S—sweet milk chocolate, some sour, rotten fruit aroma is coming out very mildly, coffee is hidden …not what I was hoping for

T—bitter dark chocolate, bready and biscuit flavors are in here, tasting some of the sourness I smelled, faint coffee comes through in the swallow, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, but not as good as I expected, I would not seek this out, but might give it another try in the future.

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Photo of mghotbi
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Thick chocolate color with impressive creamy tan head and complex lacing.

Nose is dominated by chocolate malt and coffee aromas. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick but not syrupy.

Taste is malty, chocolaty, and nutty with underlying subtle sweetness and a wiff of alcohol arises late. Hop bitterness is short lived and finish is clean and surprisingly dry.

Clearly an impressive oatmeal stout. I love one every now and then - usually with a hearty meat and potatoes meal, but I can't see drinking it daily or as a session beer.

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Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MFV 2015. Kinda weird smell, but good flavor, which doesn't make any sense, but that's my opinion. Not as much deep flavor as buffalo sweat, but very drinkable.

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