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 twelvsies
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should really drink more of this stuff. Appears a really dark color that I will now coin as "pitch brown." Basically as close as you can get to black without actually being totally black darkness... I think you all know what I mean. The brown head lasts and lasts til the beer is gone, all the way down my friends. Smell is totally sweet and creamy, which carries over to the taste. In addition to the milky sweet cream taste there's a nice roasted malt and cocoa taste, and a low bitterness profile. Whereas their imperial stout has that burnt bitter flavor, this one is all about the soft buttery taste. Mouthfeel is nice and I would even say thin for a stout, but that's the way I like my stouts, not chewy. That's not to say that this beer isn't hefty though. Sure is. A really superb beer that I'll remember next time I'm craving a good stout.

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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep brown and once it settles in the glass it appears opaque black with a hint of ruby at the base of the glass. It had a one finger deep head(after an aggressive pour) that was creamy and tan coloured.

Smell is not so strong as some other stouts. A bit of roasted malt, something faintly soapy and a dark fruit aroma, none of which are very prevelant.

A bitter coffee flavour takes the lead in the taste category, with a faint sourness. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. It is a good flavour for the style, not my favourite, but nice.

Mouthfeel is bordering on chewy. Carbonation is what you'd expect for a stout, but leaving it on your tongue is not comfortable for long.

The beer goes down fairly well. I think I will revisit this one someday soon, as I also get the feeling that this one will grow on you with time.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque deepest brown color with a luxurious creamy beige colored head. Not much head retention or lacing, but a nice looking pint. Dark roasty, matly aroma with some cereal grain quality to it. No discernable hop aroma other than a mild earthiness. Mostly roasty and sweet, with some caramel, coffee, treacle and chocolate-like undertones. Torrefied oat is a garnish amongst the malt. The sweetness is maltose, almost bordering lactose. Somewhat bitter in the finish, maybe some Challenger in the kettle. Very drinkable. A quintessential example of a full-bodied, lower ABV oatmeal stout.

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Photo of HogHill
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, some deep red highlights are visible when held up against the light. Smells of dark roasted malts and coffee grinds. Tastes sweet with the primary flavors being a toffee and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee. Feels a bit smooth in the mouth, probably due to the oatmeal and moderately low carbonation. Very drinkable beer, especially at 5% abv.
Overall this is one of the classics, a great beer that will stand the test of time no doubt.
Notes: I flipped a coin to determine which stout I would drink and which would be used as a marinade. Tadcaster Oatmeal Stout survived and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout became the marinade for my rib eye, it was an enjoyable steak and it did go excellent with this one.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one easy-drinking stout! Not too over the top or overpowering (maybe empowering if anything) a great stout to start with, gorgeous flavor without being too brazen.

Pours a medium bodied (for a stout) pitch black with a one finger off-white head, beautiful. Nose is roasty, with wafts of chocolate and a nutty quality. Taste is smooth and delicious, very easy to drink. Chocolate, almonds, vanilla, roast and even a bit of a lactose-like character are all present.

This is a quintessential example of the style, very good, as always.


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Photo of droomyster
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, deep red edges, with a tan foamy head lasting a few minutes; little lacing to space of. Delicious smells of milk chocolate and walnuts, cookies, cereal, interlaced with traces of vanilla. Taste of nutty molasses, toastiness, butterscotch and grassy hops, overall lightly sweet. Ends with bitter roasted coffee and a long dry finish. Softly carbonated and full bodied but wonderfully drinkable. I will definitely buy this again and would love to actually try it with ham and eggs.

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Photo of horndecker
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is a deep, absolutely opaque, english-walnut-to-black color. Stolid tan head with a ruby or purplish tinge to it. The fine head fades slowly to clumpy islands of frothy murk. Mmmmm.
The nose is at first slightly grassy - gentle hops to the fore, I suppose - followed quickly by robust chocolate, coffee and raisin aromas.
The taste is of unsweetened cocoa powder, stewed fruit, toasty malt in the middle with a lightly hoppy finish. All this contained in a wonderfully smooth and silky mouthfeel.
Absolute yum. Ultimately drinkable, a favorite.

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Photo of Luigi
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bitch black color with a giant light brown head. Smells very sweet, like chocolate and dark malts. The Taste! let me get to the taste! wow! Silky full bodies with strong chocolate and butterscotch flavors. Some coffee and oats too. A little bit of hop background. This beer is almost perfect! I could drink this beer for breakfast everyday!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle. This beer pours out very nearly black with a tan head. Rich, malty aroma. Slightly sweet malty flavor with some roastiness. This beer has an amazingly smooth mouthfeel, which I assume is from the oats. This is an incredible beer that I am especially partial to, as it is one of my first introductions to quality beer. I would recommend it as a good stout for the inexperienced stout drinker. Of course it's a great choice for the experienced drinker too.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle...

Appearance: Pitch black with tan head that lingered.

Smell: overtones with a rich malt nose.

Taste: Immediate bitter coffee taste with a dry aftertaste. This is a little harsh. Not as smooth as some of the other oatmeals, such as Young's or McNeill's. It is, however, very unique and unquestionably an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: It's got a bite to it. Pretty "chewy".

Drinkability: In a word, no.

Not too bad of a brew. I think there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow - a beautiful looking beer. Pitch black witgh a nice tan leather head. Not much lacing but an attractive looking pint. Smell is a mild chocolate. Nice for a stout - not a very strong aroma but pleasant. The taste leaves a little to be desired, especially after the perfect pour and great aroma. Its very smooth but has a carbonated soda taste upfront whith a little coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is watery and light.
A very drinkable beer, these are made to be put back with abandon.

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Photo of EPseja
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: 1.5" generous head - tight retention. Medium sized bubbles all the way up, with tiny ones on top. Color is a very light tan/sand. Dark dark crimson when held up to light.

Smell: Very sweet, almost cola-like smell - reminiscent of a supersweet chocolate. Not really smoky. Cherry or chocolate twizzlers.

Taste: Full bodied, but cloyingly sweet for the style. Chocolate and candied malts. Bananas foster. Aftertaste reveals some roasted coffee roundness.

Mouthfeel: Medium - not smooth, not silky. Average.

Drinkability: Due to its over sweetness, this beer is only a one-pinter.

A good oatmeal stout, but I was expecting more from such a highly rated beer. I would rather spend the money on the Troeg's or Barney Flats!

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Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black, and completely opaque. Not even a hint of highlights at the edge of the glass. This was topped by a dense, creamy, light brown head that showed good retention and stickage.

Smell: Rich aroma with some sharpness from the hops and a bit of earthiness. Maltiness consisted of roasted, caramel, and mild chocolate.

Taste: The malty aromas are echoed in the flavour, but with a little less roasted (although dryness from the roasted barley is present) and a little bit of fruit. Bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and the hop character is on the earthy side. Overall, it starts crisp followed by chocolatey, malty sweetness and finishes with more bitterness and some nuttiness. Great!

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body, aided (I assume) by the oats without making it overly heavy or slick. The low carbonation is just about perfect -- tiny bubbles form in the beer during a sip and add to the velvety texture.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would certainly have another if given the opportunity. I could drink this all night. I'll definitely be looking for it again.

550 mL clear glass bottle. No freshness date.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Very nice. The beer's aroma has the usual coffee and chocolate notes found in most stouts, but there's a also fairly major fruity presense that pulls it all together. Normally I'm not a fan of fruit flavors in beer, but I like it here. It's not overpowering, and it's a nice compliment to the slightly sweet character of the oats and the chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is very thick, just as an oatmeal stout should be. The finish could've used a little more bitterness, but it's not that bad. All things considered, this is a great beer. It's much more understated than Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, and I like it better that way.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown / dark burgandy color. Dense brown foamy head was long lived, as was the sweet floral like aroma mixed with dark chocolate. Taste was smooth and rich, with complex flavors of coffee, oats and chocolate. Slightly sweet aftertaste hang around for a bit longer than I would like, but none the less, it was enjoyable. A reasonably priced beer for those looking for a heavier brew. This is probably the definitive Oatmeal Stout that is widely available today. Recommended.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty beverage.

It pours black with slight reddish highlights.
One can small Figs, dark fruits and smoke.
The taste has everything that you can smell but with the addition of nuts and anise. Quite a thick mouthfeel.

I'll definitely be getting more of these.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

50 cl. bottle pours a black fluid with a decent brown head. Has a malted chocolate and coffee smell. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of dark roasted malts and sweet grain oatmeal. Very drinkable and tasty.
One of the best Stouts around before the Craft brew revolution and still good in this day and age.
Glad to know that some things don't change.

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Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. longneck claer galss bottle with gold foil around cap and neck. No freshness date.

Pours opaque brown-black with a beautiful beige head that starts fluffy and disipates slowly, but quickly rebuilds with a few swirls of the tasting glass.

Scent is wonderful - like fresh chocolate brownies right out of the oven. Notes of dark fruit covered in milk chocolate - mmmm.

The taste strongly reflects the scent - milk chocolate with a gentle roasted malts. That tell-tale Samuel Smith 'twang' (or 'stoney') flavor is apparent in this offering, but a bit attenuated compared to the Imperial Stout. Beautifully balanced and full flavored with the oat malt adding a good measure of sweetness. Nice juicy, semi-dry finish.

The body is Med-Full and is very delicate. Super silky & smooth, one of the finest mouthfeels of any bottled stout I've tried - very airy with super fine subdued carbonation.

Drinkability is up there mainly due to it's softness and smoothness, along with an avg. ABV.

What a delightful stout! A world classic. Very English tasting indeed. One word...Masterful.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a deep burgundy with a nice, tan head. Head leaves decent lacing and has good retention.

Smell: The smell is mainly chocolate and roasted nuts. The oats are very pleasent smelling, and not too strong.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a strong but smooth nutty flavor. The chocolate and coffee notes burst through at the end, balancing it all out very nicely. The flavors that are there, though not very complex, are of a high quality. The mouthfeel is slick and slimey.

Drinkability and Overall: This is the classic Oatmeal Stout. While far from the best, this is an easily enjoyed beer, most suitable for a spring evening. The flavor seems like it would go with dessert well. This is a must try on your "road to beer advocacy."

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Photo of beersarang
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is gorgeous. This beer is very dark and lets little light through. The tan head is creamy and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smells wonderful. The nose contains chocolate notes, with hints of coffee and possible a toffee like buttery smell.

Tastes exceptionally good. Rather malty, with the oatmeal and malts coming on strong and a very light alcohol character. The hops come in at the end but are only there to balance. For the style the hop bitterness is just right.

The true joy of this beer may be in the mouthfeel. This beer was so smooth and just thick enough. It was a pleasure to drink. The carbonation is not so high, but this beer is certainly not flat.

Quite drinkable, given the good flavor and the creamy moutfeel. I loved it.

Samuel Smith makes consistently good beers and I now believe that they are the best in England.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On par with Mcauslan's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head.

A bit sweeter than I'm used to; noticeable buttery tasted that I've found runs through the three Samuel Smith brews I've tasted.

Overall very enjoayble; sadly I can only get this around Christmas time in the Samuel Smith gift box.

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Photo of Biggness
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is made with the finest ingridients and has the taste to prove it. This may be the smoothest beer I have ever tasted. Samuel Smiths beers are very pricey but it is not hard to figure out why after you have tasted it! This is a great started beer, but unless you are Bill Gates I would not suggest drinking this all night. Great novelty item beer, a god beer to oh and ah beer mates. Try it if you can afford it :)

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Photo of CVC
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came in a 18.7 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top; served in a pint glass. Pours black with a slow-dying, thick, tan, one-finger head, which leaves thick lacing. Smells great--chocolate, caramel, coffee, roastiness. Tastes better than any oatmeal than I've ever had. Exceptional. It has one of the best mouthfeels, too--nice and thick. So drinkable.

A damn fine beer all around. Samuel Smith's probably makes the best English beer. And the Oatmeal Stout is probably their best one. So good. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving almost no lacing behind. It's a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma composed of molasses and licorice.

Tastes of roasted malts with a little sweet malt background, hints of coffe and old fashioned licorice. A nice hop bitterness and dry finish.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

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Photo of Bones54
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark brown with a nice thick cream head that has exceptional retention and lacing. smells of malt, almost chocalety. The taste and mouthfeel are exceptional. It is as smooth as smooth can be, not all overpowering on the tastebuds, something that detracts me from some stouts. As far as drinkability goes, I say, "Yes, please. I'll have another, and then another, and maybe one more after that!"

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,616 ratings.
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