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:
6,650
Reviews:
2,290
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,278
For Trade:
4
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Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldeGolde
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Not black but the darkest brown, with a little more light around the edges. Bubbly in appearance - could pass for a very dark root beer!

S: Roasty and sweet, hinting in the direction of a wine smell! Malt and toasted oats give way to barley and water. A little bit of chocolate.

T: Predicted very well by the smell. Add to that, it's bubbly and refreshing. Slightly sweet and boozy, which is surprising given the light ABV.

F: Bubbly and light in the mouth, just a little nod in the direction of thick syrup without going in that direction much at all.

O: A well-balanced classic that one could drink quite a few of! In fact, I'm afraid I've never housed a sixer of these... What a dark smooth trip that would have been. Knock it back, y'all, this one is a stone house fixture on the battlefield of the beer landscape. Some crusty old general is holed up inside, not plotting advances for his troops, but in fact holding down the hill that he's held for the past two weeks straight. Solid. Dependable. And thankfully, a widely available general too (you can find him on the shelf of any beer store worth its salt I've been to in the US, at least).

There's one thing to with this one... KNOCK IT BACK!

Cheers.

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Photo of lost_sailor
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JM5671
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost completely black,not a large amount carbonation. Had a nice feel ,not too heavy nor thin like some stouts can be.
Roasted Malt,coffee, vanilla,and bread/yeast flavor. A really great stout that anyone who likes this style should try.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of urbanchemist
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fryeguy52
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarrellK
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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