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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 2,264 | Ratings: 6,556
Photo of zacharius
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a solid black with a foamy tan head. Smell is of yeasty esters with a grainy background. There is a hint of a vinous character in the smell, a characteristic of the yeast I think. Taste is smooth but rich and complex dry roasted maltiness with an earthy character and a hint of bittersweet. Full bodied yet smooth as silk. Excellent drinkablility, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 12 oz bottle. No freshness or ingredient info. Gold foil around the neck.

Dark ruby burgundy, rather clear, under a voluminous three+ finger head that settled pretty quickly to half a pencil's worth of head for the duration., leaving a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nuts and raisin nose. The mouth is fairly flat and rather syrupy heavy. Nice smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus sour element to balance the bready grain. A touch of smooth bitter hops struggle to emerge from the oatmeal blanket, and do leave some notes in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly raisin, with a touch of lemon. Maybe the bottle was light struck, but this was not the knock-out brew I had hoped for.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearacne: Black. Small light brown head that quickly diminishes. moderate carbonation. head retention not as good as it should be.

Aroma: pronounced sweet vinous smell with some alcoholic whiffs. Has some subtle fruity smells in the background as well.

Taste: Nowhere near as bitter as a regular stout. A sweet fruity vinous flavor with some oats in the background. Somewhat like coffee and cream with alcohol. A very dry aftertaste finishes this fairly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: Dry aftertaste, low alcohol. Easy as pie.

Notes: This was a fairly solid beer that was a nice sweet alternative to the Sinebrychoff Porter, which I also enjoyed.

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Photo of rugger
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark smooth black. Very nice smooth sweet smell of nuttienes with a taste of dark malt with hints of chocolate and prunes and a slight hint of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth that supports a nice easy drinking stout. This beer is a classic.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Oaty Stout is black as night with a good, decent head that left clumps of pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated, dark roasty malts were terrific. They were complimented by some good, raw sugar and maybe even a hop or two for balance.

Taste – The big, roasted malt flavor came out nicely. It is very dark in here. The nice raw sugar from the nose came out at the taste as well along with a subtle hop balance. The oatmeal flavor was light and in the background.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied and bitteringly roasty with some good dryness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, heavy stout that’s light on the oatmeal but well-balanced nevertheless.

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Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark and has a nice tan head that sits about a half inch tall. It smells like molasses, malt, and a little alcoholic. It has a great flavor. Tastes of malt, roasted barley, chocolate, and as it hits the back of you pallat you get that bitterness of the hops. I like the mouthfeel a lot. Good amount of carbonation and it coats the mouth nicely. This a very good beer and very drinkable overall. I would recommend to anyone. This is the first stout that I really got my girlfriend to enjoy and thats saying a lot because she is not a stout drinker at all.

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Photo of KoG
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black, dark brown from a 550mL bottle creating a generous fizzy light brown head that slowly dissolved but left little lace around the glass.

The smell is of chocolate malt, sweet oatmeal and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol and is pronounced but not overwhelming.

The taste is robust, mixing what seems like dark chocolate and maple syrup and finishing slightly nutty with a definite toasted-oat background.

Has a slightly lighter body than expected, but the pronounced flavor and virtual absense of bitterness makes up for the slight lack of creamyness. Goes down smooth as silk with a nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially in the Fall months when it's not cold enough to demand a stronger stout. Can't drink too many though as it can become quite filling.

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Photo of jvajda
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night with a very dark head.
Smell: Very strong alcohol smell, not much else.
Taste: Again a very strong jolt of alcohol. After the initial shock, I was able to discern some hints of stout and grain flavors. Just the slightest hint of oatmeal. This is certainly the strongest tasting brew with a 5.0 ABV I've ever had. It tastes like it's three times that.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and presence.
Drinkability: Given it's 'meal in a can' nature this isn't a good session beer but good every once and a while.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear glass bottle
This beer is black with hint of red-brown when held to a light. It has a very nice thick creamy head that is tan in color and lasts. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. It is mildly sweet but well balanced. This a very drinkable medium-full bodied beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When cold, this Sam Smith Oatmeal is strikingly similar to a wonderful ESB with bright, fruity yeast, a crockful of buttery diacetyl, and latent hoppiness. As it warms, these characteristics never really go away, but create a backdrop for wonderfully deep, plummy/pruny malt with golden raisins on the nose and a very dry finish.

Relax, relax.
July 22, 2003

I could drink a case of this stuff.

For real stoutheads, this might not be the best. It is suprisingly light-bodied and, obviously, made from oatmeal instead of barley. Nonetheless, this is the easiest drinking stout I've ever had. The thick head on the pour, along with the peaking lace that slowly bubbles down the glass, offer a remarkable balance to the stout.

The focus is obviously on the malts and they don't go to ridiculous ends like virtually burning all the grain to show you that. It's mellow and especially delicious served warm (as all stouts should be). A light sweetness gives way to smooth caramel, perhaps a little nuttiness. Guiness Draught drinkers should especially adore the Sammy Smith. If you're more of a Bell's Kalamazoo Stout kind of person, this might be a waste of your time.

A staple beer.

Original rating: 4.15

Relax, relax.

Also try: Rogue Shakespeare Stout (for a little more body; a truer stout)

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Photo of surfmeister
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty beer, very dark brown, coffee-like in appearance, huge head which stuck tenaciously to the glass and refused to dissipate.
Smell was a roasted, malty, nutty assault on the senses, taste followed suit with similar roasted, coffee, chocolate tastes. This is a full flavored beer, but far from perfect, I think the roasted taste creates a somewhat one dimensional brew due to it's overbearing nature, I didn't feel like drinking many of these, I needed a change up after the first one.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brownish black in which a beautiful offwhite head appears and nicely laces the glass. Aromas are off roasted malts, some other sweet malts, and a tiny bit of hop. The taste of this beer is extremely malty, showing off a nice array of roasted and toasty flavors. Following a nice smooth and sweet oat flavor along with a slight molasses take hold which adds a complex sweetness to this brew. Finally this beer finishes with yet more roast flavors and just a bit of sweetness to keep things just perfect. This beer has a nice creamy texture to it with a nice medium body. Simply a great beer.

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

This poured out a nice thick dark black with about half an inch of tan head. The head dropped fairly quickly and didn’t leave much lace. Aroma is packed full of chocolate and malty goodness with a bit of coffee thrown in the mix. Very sweet and creamy tasting with chocolate standing at the forefront and a roasted malt and coffee flavor blending in. A good blend of bitterness and sweetness balances this out fairly well with sweetness being more dominate, the finish is slightly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel was a good medium body and creamy feel to it. Very good drinkability as I had no problem downing a few of these. Excellent Oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz clear bottle and served it in a pint glass. Classic Samuel Smith gold foil on the top of the bottle and cap area. The label reads that this stout is "The Celebrated ".

The appearance is a dark and wholesome black. Nice head with perfect lacings evenly across the pint glass.

Captivating aromas of sweetness, espresso and molasses are evident.

Taste is very sweet and smooth. Minimal carbination makes this so easy to consume. Very deep flavors and a drinkability that is hard to compare as far as stouts. Just the right amount of bitterness underneath the sweet flavors.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark dark brown body, little light penetration, good foaming head, tan in hue

Smell, coffee aromas, thick malty sweetness

Taste, sweet, milky body, slight coffee bitterness also coming though

A good example of the style, mabye a little sweet but that is the style, full of flavour

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Photo of niknar
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice, dark brown... bordering on black. A milk-chocolate colored head rapidly appeared (fairly aggressive pour) and built to a very thick, fluffy mass. It slowly settled to a nice collar with some excellent lacing. This head survived several swirls. The aroma is good. Smelled something of oats, chocolate malt, and faint hops. Very pleasant, but not overwhelming. Taste was very rich with a complex development of oats, chocolate malt, and other darkly roasted malt flavors. Starts sweet, then finishes with a touch of hop bitterness for balance. Excellent! Mouthfeel was every so slightly thinner than I expected, though it did not seriously hurt the beer. Slightly higher than expected carbonation, but again, not so much as to be terribly distracting. This is truly an excellent stout to be enjoyed whenever the mood strikes! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (from a mixed four pack)

This one looks a whole lot like the Taddy Porter, maybe a little more brown than red when held to the light. Nice and dark, with a large tan head. This one has lots of lace too.

Smell is chocolate malt, dark fruit, nuts and caramelized sugar.

Taste is smooth and clean. Malt, dark fruits, a little bit of a coffee acidity.

Body is much lighter than a expected, in a good way. The carbonation is low to medium-low and just rolls on the tounge.

I could drink this all the time, good stuff.

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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 bignick
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good stout. Its color is a dark brown, with a brownish white head. The head is deliciously frothy when I take my first sip, and it remains for the whole pint. This defining characteristic of the taste is toastiness. There are hints of chocolate and slight hints of coffee, as no flavor dominates. This is a smooth and well-balanced stout that I could drink several of in one sitting.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head is giant and creamy. Very full earthy aroma, can't help but noticed something off. Is it alcohol I smell? Taste is a fine mix of rolled oats and unsweetened chocolate. Nuttiness moves into a bitter sweet after taste that is unrewarding. Feels fuller in the mouth than it looks in the glass.

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

This was the first drink I had on the night of our wedding reception. This was just what I needed to start out the fabulous night. Beautiful mollasses black color with super fluffy head that lasted forever. The taste was rich in toasted nut and chocolate and finished very crisp! This is a fantastic and very smooth tasting oatmeal stout. Two Thumbs Up!!

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Photo of koolk
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a crimson hue that makes that sort of cola colour. Head dies quickly - very low carbonation.

Wonderful aromas that is very much a mix of licorice/anise, confectionary, sweet maple and many other tasty smell. Almost smells so sweet it has black cola cordial notes. Intresting stuff. Changes every minute as it warms.

Same flavours on the palate, with cola, licorice, and malt flavours dominating. Good sweetness on the middle palate (almost blackberry/plummy confectionary like) that is well balanced by back palate hoppiness.

Would get a higher score if the palate didn't mimic the nose so badly. More roast and malt flavours would be good. Otherwise, a really enjoyable stout!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick fluffy tan head that sported some large bubbles. There was some lacing through the drink. The aroma is of roasted malt, with earthy and sweet tones. The taste is wonderful as roasted malt and chocolate cause a nice sweetness, but is balanced with some light coffee and very light oats. Very minor bitterness is detected.

The body is medium-heavy with nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start and finishes creamy and dry. The roasted malt and sweetness lasts shortly on the tongue.A great drinking brew.

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Photo of jimdkc
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown nearly opaque color with a small tan head. Smell is of roasted malts, brown sugar, with a little of coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with dark roast (maybe a bit smoky) flavors. Again, notes of coffee and chocolate, but they are not dominant. Some alcohol warming detected, even though this is only a 5% ABV beer. Flavors are smoother and more pronounced when letting the beer warm a little. A little hop bitterness provides balance. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although a bit thinner than expected from an oatmeal stout, but it still manages to leave a thin coating on the glass and in your mouth. I think one of these makes a great dessert (someone else suggested with vanilla ice cream... I'll have to try that!) This is a wonderful stout! One of my favorites!

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Photo of mobyfann
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $11.79 for a 3pk. (550mL) gift set with pint glass and two coasters...

The appearence of this is quite remarkable. The base is of a deep brown color but the head is what this beer is about. The head appears a little chunky, mid-to-large sized of an oatmeal color with excellent lacing throughout the drink. The smell is kinda like a mocha candy bar but roasted, no real hints of oatmeal.

The taste is out of this world; so much going on let's see what we've got here: Dark roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, slight grain, extremely smooth in the mouth. The drinkability is extremely high. I drank this one in about 10-15 minutes for 550mL of beer and loved it every margainally sized sip of the way.

Final Thought: This is really hard to beat, one of the best beers available on the market.

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