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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 Zraly
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful tan head and is black as a moonless, starless night. I just had to dip my pointer finger into the foam, as if it were whipped cream. The appearance is that tempting. Super-tight carbonation and the lacing is well-provided.

This oatmeal stout is remarkably smooth, undeniably accessible, and a true gem in the beer world. The taste has a true award-winning style. Smells of black licorice, leather, earth, and freshly ground coffee beans. Full malt flavors, even a mild taste of what I would call an "Irish Cream" flavor. Rich, buttery smoothness...and the finish is as mild and friendly as a tall, cold glass of milk after woofing down some homemade chocolate chip cookies. There is a nuance of a "chew" in the finish and an tiny note of spice in the end. (I think I am tasting something nutmeg-like.) Vinous feel from this offering, perhaps a California Zinfandel? A comparison to ponder and test out.

I like this as my dessert. I don't need much else.

I could consider this a "comfort beer". I'm going to miss it when it is gone.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours the color of dark coffee with a cola fizz colored 2 inch head. There is good lacing on this beer as I drank it down.

S - Smells of oats, chocolate, and black licorice as it warmed.

T - Coffee, oatmeal, with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M - This beer is extremely rich, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation on this beer is not very noticable.

D - This is a very easy to drink stout. There is a certain tasty thickness to it but that doesn't deter from the fact that it is extremely quaffable. There is little bitterness to this beer and it makes itself known as more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of tylerss20
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Harlow’s in Peterborough. Pours black as night. Oatmeal tan head rises magnificently and gracefully exits by halfway through the glass. Notes of oatmeal, cream, chocolate, some malt, in the aroma. Mouthfeel is top notch. Silky smooth, rich, surprisingly drinkable for such a full beer. Flavor is yeasty, chocolate, oatmeal, cream, vanilla, and a bit of hearty smoked meat. Finishes very smooth, with the mildest of hop bitterness. Really a superb beer, certainly my favorite sweet stout, and the best Sam Smith.

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Photo of cracgor
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very dark black beer with barely a ruby/orange edge to it. The head is tan and very dense, tight bubbles. Smells a sour, sweet malty flavor. A strong caramel like smell to it, with a bit of fruity apple peel to it. This has an awesome flavor. There is a hint of coffee type malt that comes out toward the end of the swallow and leaves me saying Wow! A chocolatey, coffee. Up front it is that sweet malty, smell, maybe a little tamed. But regardless it is amazing. The apple peel flavor in the nose is not as strong to my tongue. Mouthfeel is not really syrupy, but it has a strong body to it. Very, very drinkable. Haven't had this one in awhile (a year or so) and I have been missing out on so much.

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Photo of mophie
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Beautiful black/ruby color with a lacy tan head. An initial tanginess that gives way to a deep chocolate and sweet coffee taste, finishing so smooth and creamy you feel you're in total beer bliss. Absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of russpowell
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany/black with a thick, creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention

Smell; Chocolate, honey, fruiity & vanilla notes

Taste: Bitter choclate, licorice & grainy bitterness. Fruitty/quinching finish

MF: Perfect, silky smooth & great carbonation

Great quaffability, I highly reccomend this ressurection (decades ago) of a classic from sam smith's

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown pour with aroma of roast and chocolate. Sweet and soft on the palate. Very good representation of the style. If this were the only stout, I'd be a happy guy!

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Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this it tasted horrible and I was wondering what was going on. I realized I had a skunky stout and decided to give it another go. This time it was like I had hoped it would be. Awesome. Lots of flavor. Not as much oatmeal flavor as I had expected but that was ok. Very roasted in nose and on the tongue. Roasted barley hits me first with malt and caramel sweetness. It proceeds to be very roasted but also creamier in the middle. Earthy tones and burnt hops are there to mellow the sweetness a bit. Finishes short and sweet. I want more.

edit: I have had this one a few times recently and it has definitely become one of my favorites. Also, the oatmeal taste is more prevalent now. I upped my ratings to correspond with how I feel about this stout now.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer as my wife bought it (as part of the Samuel Smith sampler) on our honeymoon. I was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it yet so now is good time to rectify this error.

Pours a glorious dark brown almost black with a tan head.

Subtle slightly toasty with a bit of red wine aroma.

Very dry with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Very rich and earthy. Picking up some cola and caramel notes.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and some creamy flavor notes.

Very well balanced.

Exceptionally tasty.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like most other stouts. Near pitch black, opaque liquid, with a tan head. The flavor really blows me away. Huge coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. This is maybe the most flavorful Stout I have come across. Definitely a dessert beer, that I could not even think about sessioning. This is one that has a lot going on, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of tjd25
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is lasting and thick, brownish, silky and very smooth with fine dense bubbles. The body is of a totally opaque black color, in which I could see myself perfectly as I was trying to evaluate the color of the beer.

The smell is very enjoyable but brighter than for the taddy porter: some coffee and some caramel; some dark fruits, maybe raisins and figs, and hints of yeast. The brighter aspect of the malts may come from the oatmeal, I don't know.

I had a hard time identifying specifically the oatmeal in the taste. The taste shows toasted malt notes, a coffee-like character, and a distinct fruity character. I had a light strawberry impression at one point, and the brew was definitely fruitier and sweeter than I initially thought. A great dark chocolate or trufle feeling comes in the finish.

The mouthfeel shows an incredible smoothness; this beer is so enjoyably creamy. But at the same time it remains greatly light and drinkable, with a very pleasing level of carbonation. The finish is sweeter and more "aired" than I expected, the beer's almost breathing in my mouth. Great.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a thick looking oil black color with about 2/5 of an inch of beige head, can't see through this one. Fair head retention, and leaves some broken spotty lacing. Smells of semi bright fruity citrus notes, grapes, apple, pair, raisins, a wonderfully rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel follow. Oats, wheat bread, lightly toasted malts on the finish, indulgent & sweet dessert like aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lite fruity apple, grape, and pair, followed by a rich blow of overly indulgent toffee, mild coconut, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Pretty much has a dark chocolate bitterness, some wheat bread & oat flavors, as well as some nuttiness on the finish. Very sweet & rich overall, wonderful! Mouthfeel is hardy, smooth, silky, creamy, thick & full bodied! I think I even felt some sediment going down, I could be wrong though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is an outstanding stout! I was blown away with the richness of this beer, as well as the outstanding mouthfeel! I loved everything about this Stout, this thing hits the spot. Nearly flawless, and did I mention that it was overly indulgent? I could definitely have a couple pints on a toasty evening, sitting in front of a fire, ah. The drinkability is very high on this one, and I highly recommend that you try this. Cheers!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 18.7 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass.

Pours near black with red highlights when held up to the light. Big fluffy two finger tan head drops down to a centimeter and lasts the whole session and leaves some lacing along the way.

Aroma is sweet overall. Tones of chocolate, coffee, and a slight fruitiness.

Flavor is of roasted malts, lots of chocolate and some coffee. Some fruit towards the end that isn't quite distinguishable because the hops come through and coat the tongue.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. I would say silky. Excellent carbonation.

Everything comes together well in this brew. To me this is the standard for oatmeal stouts and I highly doubt I will find one better tasting than this, hence the rating.

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Photo of elfcounsul
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It passed the no light test, so it was safe to drink. Head was tan and just enough to let you know it is to be appreciated on many levels . The aroma was of roasted malts.

The taste was like drinking a licorice stick. It brought back fond memories. It was just sweet enough and the malts were not overpowering. I am not a big malt man, but I can make this a regular among my APA's and Wheats.

It's an easy drink that doesn't demand a finely tuned taste to appreciate. The carbonation was not overpowering like you see with some hoppy ales. It felt good in the mouth, not too thick.

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Photo of CASK1
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured to a tulip glass on St. Patrick's Day.

A - Beautiful beer! Nearly black with ruby highlights. Thick light tan head that stays to the bottom of the glass.

S - Rich and complex. Dark roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee. Light grainy undertones. Low earthy hops, but the roast malt is the star.

T - Similar to aroma. Rich, dark roasty malt. Prominent chocolate, burnt toast. Oats come through as a light grainy complement to the roast malt. Moderate hop bitterness balances the malt perfectly.

M - Medium to medium-full body but remaining highly quaffable. Medium carbonation helps balance the malt richness.

O - Really sorry I waited so long to try this one! One of the best stouts I've had. This is sure to become a regular beer for me.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What else can I say? Black-black colour with a thick, creamy, sticky, lasting, tan head. Fantastic complex, sweet and dark malt nose. Roasted malts and filling, oaty sweetness dominate the palate, some caramel and toffee tones with a shade of bitterness to keep the balance. Ultra smooth, medium-heavy boady that is creamy and calming.

A mouthful of velvety sweetness. Who needs a dry Irish stout when you have those sweet English brews at your disposal. Absolutely a must for any beer drinker. Drink, Drink. Cheers!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just stopped by East Milton Liquors to try something different and grabbed this and West Coast's Imperial Stout. Going to be smooth and chill night.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger off yellow head and the color is pitch black. Leaves lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: I can smell some chocolate and the roasted aromas produced from the malt.

Taste: Delicious. This beer has a nice blend to it. It is smooth and silky. You got hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a little oatmeal, and a little vanilla. It all mixes well with each other and make me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a little bit of carbonation. It went down smooth and finished dry. So good, I took many more sips to let it wander.

Overall: I have had this beer before and would purchase it again. Very easy to drink and would buy another bottle or order it on draft if it were ever available. Sammy Smith has been around for hundreds of years ans this is a good staple from their beer selection. I am happy I bought it tonight.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had! It sits nicely in the mouth, and goes down as smoothly as cold milk. The smell is better than that of most beers, and the taste is rich but not overwhelming. Also, it doesn't have as much of a thick or "heavy" feel as most stouts.

This is a beer worth saving for special occasions because it has such a splendid flavor. I recommend this oatmeal stout to all connoisseurs of stouts and porters.

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Photo of Celt44
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint from a bottle. Decent frothy head - caramel-colored lacing lasts throughout. Deep brown color looks great under the head.
Toasted, sweet, malty aroma - truth in advertising - like oatmeal cookies.
Sweetness comes to mind first in taste - unusual for a stout. Oatmeal/Chocolate chip. Hop presence seals this deal.
Mouthfeel is smooth - carbonation is well-balanced for a stout.
Overall a SUPERIOR, different, and TASTY stout. Highly recommended - especially for the holidays! Cheers!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sorry but this has to be one of the best beers ever made. A staple of my early craft years, I had long forgotten how good it was. I picked up a bottle on the local shelf on my way home tonight and cracked it open after dinner, poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/13/2010.

Perfect dark brown color with a creamy tan head that reached about an inch up the side of the glass and had incredible retention. One of the best looking beers of any style I have ever seen, looking at it now some twenty minutes in the thick coating all along the glass is immense.

Aroma is sweet roasted malts, oasts, chocolate, rich an creamy caramel and vanilla. So full and rich, with a creaminess to the feel that is unmatched in the style. Each sip starts with a smooth, almost mousse like feel across the tongue, which evolves into rich chocolate and incredible depth of roasted malts. Light touches of hops come across on the finish giving it the slightest hint of bitterness in the finish before the final taste of sweet malts wrings itself out across the palate.

Overall it really does not get better then this, the hallmark people should strive for.

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Photo of xduderx
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a nice 1/2" tan head that disappated half way through.

S - Caramel, Chocolate, Coffee, sweetness

T - VERY complex. Every time I took a sip I swore I tasted something different. The most overwhelming taste is the molasses and chocolate taste with a slight oatmeal taste.

M - medium carbonation and medium to full body..

D - This is hands down the most complex and delicious beer that has ever touched my lips. If you want to quit drinking swill and start enjoying GOOD beer, start here!

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Photo of mntlover
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balck wonderful brew with nice foamy tan head that falls to nice tan ring following the beer down. Smells of roasted malts, oats good earthy smelling brew of substance. Taste is perfect roasted malt, sweet oats with hints of coffee, chocolate, carmel and more sweet wonderful brew with touch of bitterness at the end to bring eveything together perfectly. Mouthfeel is great, you could almost live on this beer alone my favorite stout as of present can't imagine getting much better then this. Why can't all beer be this good?

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black/brown appearance. 3/4" tan head, nice and foamy from an aggressive pour. Didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Nice nose. Roasted malty goodness with coffee overtones.

Flavor and mouthfeel are tops. Dark and chewy, rich and satisfying. Tangy with malt, coffee, chocolate. I think it is one of the best stouts around, period.

Extraordinarily drinkable. Previously, I never really considered this to be a session beer, although I liked it well enough. After this most recent tasting, I think I could easily drink this all night.

This is the best Sam Smith's I have ever had, purchased at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA. Due to the clear bottles they use, it's possible that my previous forays were with light touched beer, or maybe I just failed to truly appreciate the goodness. Whatever the real story, a most excellent beer overall.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark black/brown with a nice tan head on it. Hints of ruby when held up to the light.

S: Roasted grains, malty sweetness, oats, and coffee.

T: This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, one of my favorites. Delicious in so many ways. Lots of flavor - chocolate, light coffee, roasted oats, and a nice sweetness to help bring it all together.

M: Like liquid velvet. Smooth and creamy.

D: This is an outstanding oatmeal stout, and one I keep on hand at all times. It's thick and delicious, with an outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of Steamer
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tiny cascading bubbles transition to a thick, tan three fingered head with the consistency of a pillow. Dark brown with red hues around the edge of the glass. Love the look. Smell: Licorice, bitter chocolate, sough dough bread. Classic stout flavor.. well balanced, malty, rich and goes down smooth. Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to heavy texture. Overall: No better stout in my opinion when you want a break from the high ABV versions of the style and you just want that straight up, traditional, dark ale goodness.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,557 ratings.
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