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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,654
Reviews:
2,291
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,283
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 6,654 |  Reviews: 2,291
Photo of CraftoMatic
1.08/5  rDev -74.3%

Photo of PaulToner
1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

Overly malty with a burnt taste. I would also expect (and hope) that an oatmeal stout would be very smooth. This beer could barely be described as smooth, it also has a harsh finish that you would expect from a bitter pale ale. Stouts should be easy to drink in my opinion. There is a faint taste of chocolate.

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Photo of mcmeekin91
1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of jirons88
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of Gcoudz588
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of fullerly
1.84/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

i thought i would really like this beer but I just cant do it
very hoppy with oats and barley notes
I love oatmeal but drinking it wasn't a good taste

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Photo of GimpyCane
1.89/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I purchased this brew with high expections and was left very disappointed. Poured a nice dark brown with a 2 inch light brown head. However, that was the nice part. The aroma was a stale coffee and strange scent of perfume. The taste was a long acidic and of sour milk maybe astringent. I tend to drink want I start but not this time. Maybe I purchased a bad brew but, I do not think I'll be buying another one.

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Photo of gtown_operator
2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of trioxin
2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of Jameswoody
2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of bastu
2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BigMike
2.04/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours black with creamy and thick two finger head. Very attractive looking beer. The head is big and thick with a good amount of lacing.

For such a low alcohol beer the major aroma i get is alcohol. I get a bit of roasted malts but not much else. No chocolate or coffee flavors that i'm used to.

I don't know if i have a bad bottle or what, but this beer is borderline awful. A slight roasted maltiness but then theres a sour rotten flavor thats leaves a horrible aftertaste. Absolutely no complexity at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and very acidic.

Drinkability is terrible. This is my first official drainpour. It's making my stomach churn. I have no idea what the problem is. I really don't think this is a bad bottle. I just think i really don't like this beer at all. I was expecting a world class beer when i bought this for $4.49. I'm extremely disappointed.
I cannot recommend this one. However lots of people love this beer so i guess you'll have to try it for ourself and make up your own mind.

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Photo of Tee76
2.18/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured a deep amber color with a small creamy head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing. Aroma was of toasted malts, mouthfeel was bland & light in carbonation. Taste was bland as well.....nothing but malts with an unpleasant aftertaste. I love oatmeal stouts but i couldnt even finish this one. Had to force down the half of a pint i actually was able to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again nor drink it if it was offered to me for free. Highly disappointed.

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Photo of msg_duvall
2.2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of adamjohn03
2.2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know...this is a world class rated beer.
And I like...no LOVE oatmeal stouts.
This was my second bottle of this brew and I wasn't impressed. I may be spoiled with more American versions of Oatmeals out there.
Poured a deep, deep amber black with a small cream head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing.
Aroma was of sweet toasted or burnt malts...I missed smelling any chocolates or coffee.
Mouthfeel was thin and weak to me....very light in carbonation.
Taste was sort of bland...sweet malt but nothing fresh or standoffish...again, no chocolates or coffee and an unpleasant aftertaste..possibly old bottles, although my tastings have been months apart and from different sources.
Slightly sweet aftertaste with no noticable alcohol burn.
I could have finished the bottle but simply didn't want to. Moved on to a Black Hart stout and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice, with a fluffy light-brown head. Smells pretty funky, some plasticity and acidity. Flavor starts nice enough, although too sweet for my liking. Good molasses in there with the roasted grains. Finish is pretty bad, kind of like what I think varnish would taste like. Although I admire the distinctness of this brew and its fermentation flavors, I find it to be very unpleasant. Poor aroma and poor finish. How is this rated so high? I would like to see people's thoughts on this in blind taste tests so that there is no bias towards this popular brewery.

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Photo of McNazz
2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of bubrewer
2.27/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Although Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout is supposed to be one of the classic stouts and a standard of the style, I found this one to be a most unpleasant experience.

The pour looked fine - color and and carbonation all seemed appropriate. Things went ugly from there, though.

The aroma was big -- and sour. Terms like waxy, plasticy, and "smells like Murphy's Oil Soap" flew around the table.

Thin body and soapy flavor rounded out this nasty glass.

Fully 3/4 of the people in the party said this stuff is nasty and NOT recommended. 1/4 liked it well enough and would try it again.

All I can figure from this is that this 6pack must have been mistreated, I will try again, from a different retailer, and see if I see things differently next time, but this one was nasty.

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Photo of BreadSlicer
2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got the 19oz? bottle that I never poured out into a glass so I can't really speak to the appearance.

The smell was not what I expected. I expected a more oatmeal-centric smell but the pungent hops overpowered. You can definitely smell a healthy dose of barley as well but I didn't really pick up on anything else which was quite surprising

The taste to me was underwhelming especially for such a highly rated stout. I prefer complex and balanced stouts (this one is a bit on the hoppy side) that leave you with different layers of taste form inception to aftertaste. I love tasting chocolate/coffee/fruits/etc in a stout and this had none of that. I personally found this stout quite one dimensional and boring.

Mouthfeel was nothing special.

It's not a bad stout so I rated drinkability slightly higher but since I specifically tried it after seeing the 90 it scored here I was left scratching my head on this one.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,654 ratings.
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