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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
90.2%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 6,658 ratings
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
Ranking:
#956
Reviews:
2,292
Ratings:
6,658
Liked:
6,006
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
11.16%
Alströms:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
1,289
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,658 |  Reviews: 2,292
Photo of jbehlar
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like coca cola in appearance. Super bubbly and fizzy. Thin fizzy tan head dissipates steadily.

Smell is a rich pungent aroma of rich roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

Taste follows the nose with rich roasted malts up front. Notes of milk chocolate, toffee and caramel come through. Touch of bittering hops on the finish with a second wave of chocolate. At room temperature, there is a slight sour note on the back end - faint but noticeable.

Feel is thin, very smooth, with fizzy carbonation.

Overall this is a classic outstanding oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Mjporter25
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was an exceptionally dark brown colored body that yields a foamy brown three finger head that lasted for most of the beer. A beautiful spider web lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell had some chocolate up front and very strong. Once it warmed a bit some caramels and nuts came out. The taste brought back the chocolate but it seemed it was more combined with the other flavors of caramel, nuts and some light toffee as well. On the palate, it sat at/about a heavy with a dry finish and left nothing harsh on my tongue. This is not a sessionable beer despite the low ABV. Overall, I thought this was a very good beer and am glad it was as heavy as it was. This would make an exceptional dessert beer.

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon black with a dense creamy tan brown foam head. Smells like dried fruit, apple, pear, chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, buttery toffee, nutty toasted bready graham crackery malts, oats, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like nutty toasted bready graham crackery malts, chocolate, acidic coffee, roasty molasses, caramel, buttery toffee, dried fruit, apple, pear, oats, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Beefstroganoff
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 backlog. 550 ml bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet smelling, and undeniably English. Pours almost black; reddish tones come out when held up to the light. Thick head, long retaining, decent lacing. Tastes of roasted coffee, sweet malt. This beer has remained in my top 10 for at least ten years, and for good reason. I know of no other stout that tastes quite like this. One of the greatest beers in the world right here.

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Photo of Ithsumus
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fryeguy52
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarrellK
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jglaw1
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeEdgeworth
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No evidence of a production date; decanted into a conical pint glass.
A: Mahogany to black, clear but not cloudy when held up to light. Less than a quarter inch head after a good pour, but with legs evident on swirl.
S: Dark roast malts, with black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses/cane, perhaps hazelnut evident.
T: Rich dark roast malt flavor with more sweet biscuit or toffee flavor in nice balance with the bitterness of the hops.
M: Full bodied with persistent effervescence: a mouthful, so to speak.
O: A high quality Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pioppo
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caburdette51
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BJB13
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours near black and mostly opaque with mahogany edges. The tan head is large thick and lasting with good lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with fruity esters and chocolate. Slightly tangy and less flavorful than the nose would suggest, it tastes mostly of roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate. The bitterness is moderate. Medium bodied with low carbonation it goes down rather smooth.

All in all a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 6,658 ratings
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