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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#992
Reviews:
2,302
Ratings:
6,722
pDev:
11.16%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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395
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4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NathanBeets
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DragonXero
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my two favorite beers. It is what you might call a chewy stout. It's extremely thick, yet fizzy, and filled with flavor. From the first whiff to the aftermath, it screams grains and a hint of brown sugar. The bottle is a presentation on its own, and it pours smooth and silky as any good stout should. It's far from the cheapest beer out there, but it's not among the most expensive either, and it sticks to you like a good meal. Others fight for a title, but this just delivers with a smooth, filling drink. This is definitely a winter beer, and it has all the right notes for winter. Nothing about it is truly overt, flavor-wise, even if the beer itself demands your attention.

You tend to forget it has alcohol, but you don't forget that it's a beer. The solid malty notes come from its flavoring, which omits hops entirely in favor of flaked oats and the brewing crystal and chocolate malts as well as roasted barley which all come through masterfully in the final product. If you want to get into beer tasting, this is a great way to start, unless you hate being disappointed after your initial trials! Go ahead and swig some overly-priced microbrew IPAs and Hefeweizens if you'd like to start out with painful starts, but this is the way to go if you want to start out with something delicious.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.
Very dark brown with cherry highlights. Crazy creamy head that sits on top like a pillow. Smells and tastes creamy, roasty, herbal. Also a mineral taste.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/7/18: 12 ounce draft pour into snifter ($7.50 at The Garage). Pitch black pour, off white thin lacing. Chocolate and toffee aroma. Chocolate the predominate taste, toffee and bread as well. Nice balanced beer, with a firm mouth feel and presence. East drinking very good beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bigdog3838
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxarvo
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SaltofOH
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at pies and pints. Snifter?

A: pours black with some transluscence at the edge and two fingers of thick tan head that retains well and leaves loads of went lacing.

S: sweet dark fruit, raspberries? Chocolate covered strawberries? Like 80% dark cocoa.

T: arrives mildly sweet, with some dark fruit, slightly sour (again, raspberry?), followed by malty sweetness and dark unsweetened cocoa. Had this at dinner so couldn't plumb the depths, but I am not doing this justice. Layers of fruity, cocoa, and roast complexity with some esters and hops.

M: Mid-weight and well-carbonated. Cleaner finish than expected.

O: this was an outstanding stout. Fruity, chocolatey, complex, and lightly bitter. Supremely drinkable at 5% ABV, and clean finishing but not thin. Superb beer on its own orvwith food. I've never seen it in a six pack, but I would buy a six pack of it if they were available to me.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of burk1982
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KrisLambert
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark with decent head.
Roasted aroma.
Full bodied and a little heavy.
Great taste with hint of cinnamon on top of lightly roasted malt and minimal bitterness.

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Photo of MGoeltz
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of itsZachShaw
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color, minimal head. Thick creamy feel. Not very well pronounced aromas. Good full bodied stout taste with a smooth, slightly dry finish of oats and cinnamon.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 123321123321
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,722 ratings
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