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 kitschiguy
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Writing this as I drink it...

Poured a 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a good but fairly loose light brown head. Head retention good. Lots of lacing.

Good nose with chocolate, coffee, oats, malt, some cola, licorice and stone fruit.

Palate is very expressive and complex. Roasted - burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, dark stone fruit.

Mouth is also very god. Full in the mouth and beautifully balanced.

I'm not a huge fan of stouts but this blew me away. Very complex, well balanced, great mouth-feel, nice head, good lacing and even a beautiful label/bottle. Superb!

Everyone should try this beer not just fans of the style.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Steaks
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome. i really doubt a better oatmeal stout exists. it comes in a tight bottle with foil and class all over it. it pours dark brown and smells like nuts and malts. the taste is awesome and has a little bit of coffee, with some nuts, and a ton of OATS. i feel like a horse. the feel is awesome, and for a decently thick stout, it goes down smooth as hell. i'm down with the carbonation as well. great times.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black with dark root beer brown hues escaping the edges. Big creamy brown head that got chunky as it slowly fell. Great lace. Nice start. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Hints of caramel and spiciness.
Sweet and tangy flavors of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.
Finishes bittersweet with hints of caramel and molasses/licorice. Beautifully balanced by mildly citric hops. Outstanding!
Medium bodied. Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel and zippy carbonation make for an extremely quaffable offering.
Top of the line Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of irisier
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black body that has some barely visible reddish tinge through the light. Ok tan head after a strong pour.

Smell: Creamy coffee and chocolate. A little bit of bitter and roasted smell. Deliciously aromatic.

Taste: Pretty strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Milky sweetness comes next with some very slight hop bitterness at the back. Coffee and roasted bitterness emerges toward the end leaving a somewhat dry finish with maybe a hint of woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Full creamy body with medium/low carbonation, but as smooth as they come.

Impressions: Excellent. Lovers of stouts or any dark beers need not hesitate in buying some of this.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As anyone can tell by my high rating numbers for this beer, I really am a fan of Smith's Oatmeal Stout. The number one seller for me is the richness of its taste. I really enjoy its full mouthful, and that coupled with a caramel, chocolate, and coffee-like flavor, makes me happy when I pour a glass of this into my favorite mug. The head is full, and the latticework is enticing. Darn good beer!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and black with a tiny amount of ruby red shining through the bottom. Has a good tan head that fades into a firm layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark dried fruits with cinnamon and brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and coffee and maybe hops.

Taste: Sweetness from the dark fruits up front followed by roasted malts and hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has a slightly bitter kick. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and slightly thick.

Overall: An outstanding beer that is the standard for oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of dalion037
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for an oatmeal stout, this is the only beer you should be drinking. This is the best OS on the market bar none. It taste just like a bowl of cold soupy oatmeal. The best part of these beer is the fact it is readily available and fairly reasonably priced.

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Photo of Suds
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly excellent beer. Dark and heavy with a medium, rocky, tan head. Complex roasted malt and cereal aroma. The beer has a full, rich taste, which is sweet but not cloying. I love this beer.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black, not pitch black, but just black, with a tan head that sticks around for a good while, leaving a crazy lace.

Chocolately sweet aroma, with a lesser presence of roast. A little smokiness. Hearty and inviting, though a tad sweet.

Equal parts dark chocolately sweet and smokey roasty malts. I was actually surprised at how smokey it was, but that part made it that much better. Not super complex, but what it has is super well balanced and authentic tasting. Three parts of perfection, love it.

Pretty heavy, moderate carbonation, everything I've come to expect and enjoy in a hearty stout. Oh, and it's SUPER smooth and creamy.

I really love the three-way balance here between sweet, roast and smoke. Definitely one of my favorite oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of sarick84
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of an oatmeal stout. It set the bar high for every other oatmeal stout ive had.

Its so smooth and delicious i wish i could take a bath in it. Drink while eating a steak and mash potatoes or while watching the game it doesnt matter you will enjoy it all the same.

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Photo of TheBeerLovesYou
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: I don't know how long this beer has been sitting in the store I picked it up from. It's just a deli, so it's probably not as reliable as someplace specializing in beer or a place that prides itself on freshness like whole foods or the like.

a: this stuff looks really awesome in the glass. It's got a rich brown texture that, under the light, really stands out. Under further examination, it's clear that this beer has multiple layers and the texture is something that's going to be quite a joy for all the senses. This beer screams out "drink me".

s: There's a great dark caramel, nut, and oatmeal mixture with a hint of alcohol that creeps in out of no where. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so. No burnt or stale smell here. Just a lot of body and boldness that you wouldn't normally expect from an oatmeal stout.

t: Sadly, the taste is not quite as complex as the smell. That being said, this oatmeal stout is no slouch in the taste department. The alcohol stands out right in front, which is nice, I think. Behind that there's a clear oat and nut base and a smooth finish with just a hint of tart and lip smack at the very end. It's not a refreshing beer, but it's certainly hearty.

m: Your mouth won't know what hit it. Smooth in the front, tart in the back, and dry going down. Like I said for taste, you'll need a glass of water after this beer, either to hydrate (hah) or prep for some other beer. In the end, this beer wants to be enjoyed and your mouth will certainly thank you for enjoying it again and again.

d: With such a wonderful flavor and texture, not to mention a pretty nice ABV, this beer is certainly one worth enjoying again and again. This beer gets top marks for drinkability. Now excuse me, I'm going to get back to enjoying this wonderful beer.

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Photo of Yaz8
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite beers for a long, long time. Great looking, it's dark brown with a strong off-white head. Subtle aromas of chocolate and oatmeal and sweet malt. Taste is consistent with the aroma, only more definite. Sweet aftertaste is pleasant, not overpowering. This beer has texture unlike anything else - very smooth, rich and creamy. A most agreeable drinking experience.

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Photo of nmglick
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer as a part of a gift pack and poured it into the glass provided in the pack (not sure if I marked that right).

This beer is black, with a lively, foamy head. It has a bitter smell, with sweet hints of cinnamon sugar and nuts. It lies heavy in the mouth, yet not too heavy - much like a bold, rich coffee. A variety of tastes fill the palette. This beer has a slight sweet twist with a heavy coffee aroma and flavor. Very smooth, flavorful, and goes down easy.

For a darker brew, this beer is very easy to drink, and is incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of beersands
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - No light can pass through this stout, it is the same hue as any stout. Tan lumpy head which initially settles just over a finger thick and ebs to a centimeter with sticky lacing.

S - Vanilla then chocolate then sweet cookie dough.

T - Starts out with a slight rotten fruit flavor but this disappears instantly and gives way to a perfectly sweet flavour- the sweetness is not nasty, burning, or cloying its just perfect. SMOOOTH. Finishes light chocolate with the bitterness of a fine chocolate bar.

M - Perfect, it is smooth and finished slightly slick. Theres a tad of oaty graininess which is cleaned out by the slickness. I want to drink this. At 7% it is still very, very drinkable

D - I could drink this for the rest of my life. It tastes so fresh and yet it shipped from so far away.

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Photo of Byeast
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is awsome! Im so glad that Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980 , as the last time it was drank before that was before the first World War. Once poured into a pint glass , color is very dark brown. (basically opaque black unless held to light, which reveals deep red around the edges) Nice thick tawny head which becomes moderate , made up of tiny bubbles with larger ones throughout. Taken to the nose , very nice roasty odors of chocolate , coffee, barley , and maybe even a little raisin. The taste is a very complex , very roasted , smooth blend of choclate , dark fruityness , and coffee which finishes bittersweet and extremely smooth! The mouthfeel is fairly silky and heavy. As far as drinkablity goes i could drink this beer everyday. Id probably get fat but who cares , its SO GOOD!

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Photo of ramonjkk
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The best oatmeal stout I've ever had and the standard which other oatmeal stouts are measured by. It was the first oatmeal stout I ever tasted and have not found one that even comes close. Hearty and not too sweet. Hints of chocolate, coffee and heaven.

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Photo of techdiver
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice head that lingers well. Great smell with hints of molasses with chocolate. Taste is fantastic, so smooth and well balanced. There is little to complain about here, possibly the best Oatmeal Stout around. I've had this case for a while and it just seems to get better.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 20 imp oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, pours a very dark red brown with a huge tan head that lingers leaving excellent lacing, clear

S: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, slight hops, vanilla, coffee

T: sweet malt profile up front, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness

M: oily and thick with a great mouth coating, lighter carbonation but far from flat

O: this sets the bar for oatmeal stouts, flavors are balanced and not overpowering, low alcohol content keeps it refreshing

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. Its massive whitish tan head lingers around long after the beer is gone. The aroma is everything that can be hoped in an oatmeal stout. Creamy, nutty, chocolaty, roasted malt. The taste is quite simply as perfect as the aroma. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is smooth beyond discription. Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever had.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz bottle.

A: Awesome ultra dark black with a nice brown head with some good lacing. Personally, I think that the head for the most part depends on how you pour it. I pour it the right way so that their is not so much head. But anyway, a very good appearance.

S: A nice molasses aroma with chocolate and a hint of oatmeal. Also a nice coffee aroma. Overall a pleasant smell.

T: Wow, what can I say? I was a little hesitant about an oatmeal stout but damn was it worth it! It has a slight oatmeal taste with your usual flavors, coffee, chocolate, molasses. It also has an earthy tone throughout it that really brings it all together.

M: Very creamy, but not so milky if that makes sense. It has a great body to it, very rich.

D: I could definitely sit down and savor the four-pack I bought it in. It is rich but not so overwhelming that you can only drink one.

Notes: I was really impressed with this Beer. If you have not tried this, go and find out where to get one, it's worth it.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Almost nearly pitch black, but when held to a light you can see some ruby hues around the edges. The head is nice and thick and delicious looking with some amazing retention. The head is so heavy it dimples the top of the beer.

S- There is a lot going on here and I am loving it. Chocolate, raisins... a very complex aroma. Sweet with a hint of roastiness and brown sugar.

T- Very tasty. Some chocolate and assorted darker fruits, very light coffee flavor. There is something really special here and I absolutely love this. Has a slight English ale flavor to it, which is usually not my thing, but it is brilliant here.

M- Very light and creamy on the palate, perfect.

D- I was amazed by this, I am almost speechless. This makes me want to go back and revisit their Imperial Stout. The best oatmeal stout I have come across. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Nezzy
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - solid brown and nearly black but if you look closely you see some red and brown. Toffee colored head which was sizable and tons of lacing.

Smell - strongest is the malts and barely followed immediately by the oats. It's a very sweet scent and it only gets better in it's taste.

Taste - the oats come through with the malt and it is absolutely delicious. With the malt you get the slightest hint of bitterness and it tastes like a real stout. You don't get anything like coffee or chocolate just pure oats.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is upfront but then fades. Perhaps my only critique is unlike other stouts its very thing and light where as traditionally it is a thicker consistency.

Drinkability - could easily drink a few in a night before it got too heavy for me. Truly a delicious oatmeal stout and will continue to drink it again and again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.
Oh, a good one!
The head came alive, thick, off white and didn't go away.
Color was deep brown/black, good balance between head and body.
Smell had caramel, coffee, nut, and flower.
Taste was outstanding. Hints of chocolate, caramel, anise, nut and dark fruit. Someone mentioned raisins, I didn't quite get that.
Very easy to drink...after the first sip. Your tongue has to wake up.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark black stout color with a rich tan head
Smells of coffee and caramel
This Oatmeal Stout has a very rich thick almost gritty mouthfeel
Nice creamy taste and a sweet caramel finish. The lower carbonation alows you to pour this beer easily.
Very good oatmeal stout one of my favorite and at $3.99 a bottle it better be! One of my favorites

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Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing rave reviews about this one for a while, but I've just recently been enjoying stouts, so thought I would give it a try.

Pours thick with a medium, creamy coffee head. The beer itself is thick, oil like. Smells of heavy malt with a lot of chocolate tones. The taste is fantastic, with a lot of chocolaty roasty malt, with a bitter finish, coming in the form of roasted coffee.

Great stout, will be drinking again.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,620 ratings.
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