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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
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
Reviews:
2,264
Ratings:
6,557
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
19.05%
 
 
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Photo of Markbodman
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer, creamy with the chocolate hints that hit you right off. A little thin for a stout but the taste and aroma more than make up for that.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smells like sweet dark fruit. Taste is a little sweeter, balanced, and less harsh than the American stouts/porters I've been drinking a lot of lately. The taste reminds me of chocolate, with some faint dark roasted coffee and caramel-esque notes. There is also something else in the background that tastes a little metallic or minerally to me perhaps? Just a little bit of bitterness. I only really detect oatmeal character when I slurp up the head. As with other British beers, this seems to get even better to me as it warms up a bit. Me and this beer go way back, one of the first stouts I tried that I actually liked.

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Photo of Towee111
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this little gem when I was in collage. This was my first push past guiness. I just love this beer. The smoother stout that led me to other Samuel Smith beers.
beautiful dark color, creamy and hearty.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A mix of really dark cola brown mixed with a hint of black cherry. A creamy tan head is moderate with medium sized bubbles and a moderate-fast attenuation leaving little to no lacing.

Aromatics: Sweet and fruity with a light scent of the oat, and subtle toasty caramel notes.

Taste: The aroma before the sip really helps accentuate the oat flavour profile, this is followed by a strong coffee/dark chocolate bitter. The finish is a relatively mild bitter, slightly dry and doesn't linger too long.

Feel: The carbonation reminds me of a slightly subdued soda, and the liquid itself is smooth and creamy - almost like lightly carbonated chocolate milk.

Overall: Stouts are probably my favorite style, and this being my first oatmeal stout it was a nice change from the coffee stouts and I usually pick up. I liked its stout creaminess and the sweet oaty nose, not sure about the finish - a little too abrupt for me, I like a mouthfeel that carries on a bit. But overall, I will probably add this one as a regular purchase for my stout shelf, Samuel Smith never seems to disappoint me.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really love oatmeal stouts and even among a category I really love this beer is definitely one of the better examples I have ever tried. I can’t recall too many stouts or porters in general that I’ve liked more. It is a dark brown almost black with a nice, tan head. It is exceedingly creamy with a bold oatmeal flavor that really takes over immediately. Molasses and a very slight chocolate flavor are also present. This is sweeter than most oatmeal stouts I’ve tried, but not as sweet as many of the chocolate stouts. It has a very nice balance. Like most good stouts it is a meal in a glass. There is nothing revolutionary here, but just what you would expect from an expertly made oatmeal stout. There is definitely a reason this beer is so well rated.

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Photo of g_rat
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, nearly black. Slight mahogany tint when held against light. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Medium sized head, creamy and tan colored. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, syrup, oats, light chocolates and faint fruit (cherries)

Taste: Sweet and smooth up front. Followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Finish is mildly bitter with a slight alcohol bite.

Feel: Slightly milky and creamy. Medium carbonation, although pretty high for a stout in my opinion.

Overall: Nice and balanced beer. A little too light & too carbonated for a stout.
This was a really good beer and would buy again, though I was slightly disappointed based on the high rating.

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Photo of MACrist
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Dark brown. Good carbonation when rocking the glass. About a finger of tan creamy head that slowly settles down to a thick layer on top. Leaves some very nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Swirl the glass and I get a bit of rum raisin, chocolate, lots of malt character and that familiar British hop dirt smell.
TASTE: Nice bit of chocolate, I think the hops give it a nice tangy quality....again, dirt is what comes to mind in a good way. Nice mildly roasted malt flavor.
FEEL: Mild carbonation, medium thinnish body, slightly creamy but drying on finish.
OVERALL: Very pleasant stout, low abv, so, sessionable.

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Photo of DCP
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

It seems that I didn't know what Oatmeal Stouts were supposed to taste like until I tried this one.

The perfect Stout to me regardless of origin, and I usually prefer Irish.
The only problem I have with this style of beer is their tendency to have a lot of complexities and richness that doesn't allow for truly easy drinking, but that relationship is give and take.

World class

Best of the best

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Photo of cmurkar
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost jet black. Fingernail length tan head which disappeared pretty quickly. Very rich aroma of malt and chocolate. Flavor is similar, though much more intense. It's a bold mix of dark malt, cocoa, and coffee. Faint brown sugar finish. Very rich in taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, almost oily. Oatmeal did the trick with this one. Lightly carbonated. Very satisfying stout.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, a long time favorite. Beautiful shade of brown with some amber and red peeping thru at you, the very definition of autumnal. Tastes dirty, feels dirty.

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Photo of LaurenZ
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The coloring of this beer is very dark . It seemed to pour thick and had a brown head that was lasting. The aroma was very rich and malty, possibly slight grains smell too. The flavor was bold and sweet, could definitely taste the hints of oats and raisin here.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Pours thick, good tan head that lasts. Smells sweet. Excellent flavor, sweet though not syrupy, slight bitter finish. Good mouthfeel. I like this better than their Organic Chocolate Stout, which I thought should have had more chocolate flavor.

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Photo of mlockman
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely one of the richest tasting beers I've had, which is surprising considering its near-sessionable ABV. The palate is bold and intense with malt and roastiness, though neither really overpowers the other (it is very well balanced!) and the mouthfeel is as full as it's flavor profile. Definitely the standard to which all other oatmeal stouts should aspire.

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Photo of fullerly
1.84/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

i thought i would really like this beer but I just cant do it
very hoppy with oats and barley notes
I love oatmeal but drinking it wasn't a good taste

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid, dark brown, almost black. Aromas of tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, dark malts, with hints of sticky raisin. Tastes lighter than expected, but quite flavourful; sweet, dark malts, sticky raisin, fig, more like a dark ale than a stout.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark beer with a tan head that leaves gobs of lacing. There smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and sweetness. The taste is chocolate and finely roasted malts. The beer is nice and creamy while the body feels a bit lighter than medium. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours much darker than I was expecting. Black in color with a light beige head, lots of carbonation on the head.

S- Lots of roasted malts, coffee.

T- Pretty sweet, but extremely smooth. Follows the nose with lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors, with some light chocolate flavors as well.

F- Very watery body, but smooth. Little to medium carbonation.

O- If you want a light stout for a great price that's easy to drink, this is certainly an excellent option. That said, I was a bit let down by this beer, considering how much others I know like it. I think it may just be that I've become spoiled by high ABV imperial stouts though, because this is one of the best 5% and under beers that I've had.

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Photo of Stephenhaze
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am a beer vendor and the receiving woman at one of my old stores and her husband adore this beer. She asked me if I could bring it into her store but we were out of stock at our warehouse. So I found a 4pk at another account and brought it to her, she was over the moon about this beer. Normally I would not drink many stouts. I ended up finding another 4pk and had to buy it to try it and give her and her husband each a beer out of the pack. I've never open a beer in my car but I had to see what the fuss was all about so the second I got out of the store I popped one open. In the bottle it seemed a little to carbonated but it tasted really really... Normal not like a coffee or chocolate stout, this shocked me. So I get home and pour it into a pint glass and was absolutely shocked at how dark the beer was because having first tried it in the bottle it didn't taste burnt or really stout like other very dark beers. After pouring it into the pint glass the over carbonation went away and the beautiful tan head laced the glass ever so slightly. It is a wonderful dark beer that will surprise you. This is my first ever beer review. In conclusion this is a dark oatmeal stout that has a balance between flavors that is unprecedented

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Photo of Knutson_16
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stout pours surprisingly dark which makes it seem like a really thick beer. It does have a fairly thick and foamy tan/cream colored head which makes the beer more appealing.

Smell: This beer has very distinct nutty aromas. The nutty aroma is intimidating at first but does become more appetizing after you start to smell the coffee and chocolate notes. Overall, this stout has some distinct roasty, malty notes throughout.

Taste: Although sweeter than expected, it does have some bitter chocolate notes. The taste is fairly nutty with some hints of toffee and oats. I would describe this beer to be very roasty with burnt malts, chocolate, and some less distinct notes of licorice. In comparison to other dark beers like Guinness, it is sweeter and has a more "chocolate nutty" taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a very smooth, silky feel when you drink it and is a fairly easy-to-drink beer. It does not seem to have as much carbonation in comparison to most other beers (in my opinion), so in that sense it adds to the silkiness of the beer. Contrary to its appearance, the beer feels fairly thin.

Overall, it is a decent beer that I would recommend to others. I appreciate that an oatmeal stout stays true to its name and does in fact taste oaty and nutty. However, it is a hard beer to get used to because of its sheer complexity. It does however have a perfect balance of sweet and bitter and isn't too overwhelming for first time oatmeal stout drinkers.

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Photo of taylorzeee
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A musty and oat like scent that poured nicely with a light yellow head. At first taste, you can really taste the oats and coffee like flavor. The after taste was not as pleasing, it was very musty and almost card-board like. I was not as impressed with this stout as I wanted to be, I was looking for their to be more of a maple, oats (aka "oatmeal") taste to it!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml single into a nonic, deep dark mahogany, huge khaki foamy head, good retention, lots of lacing. Nose of leathery licorice, some mildly bitter and roasted coffee beans. Taste is more nutty and rich, some oats, and some roasted warmth but no bitterness. Fairly earthy and just a little sweet. Good stuff. Very smooth rich mouthful, but the body is on the lighter side. Finish is fairly uneventful...kind of smooth and continuous.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, a bit let down with this as I was sure it would be great. Reviews seem to support it too but I just think it pales in comparison to their organic chocolate stout and nut brown ale which are favs.

L: Pours the deepest darkest brown with a beautiful 2 finger head if poured correctly. As the head recedes there is some beautiful lacing. It really clings.

S: First sign I might not be a fan of this one. Malt of course but also light scents of leather, oatmeal and bread.

T: Drinkable but not what I thought it would be. Almost a generic taste. Very smooth but hmmm.... just nothing special about it. What am I missing? This is a 94 on BA? Taste matches smell almost to a T. A touch of rubber bike tire inner tube air. A touch of carbon paper, maybe Moxie. Damn I want to like this.. :(

F: Feel is typical Samuel Smith. Smooth drinking with a slight bit of overcarb which gives it a zing on the tongue. Not as good as their other beers I have tasted though. Probably because there is little sweetness to push back on the zing.

Overall I am not a hater but wouldn't buy this again. I was sure it was going to be special. To me the organic chocolate stout is light years ahead of this. Maybe I just like sweet stouts. This is like a base stout that has not had it's flavor added yet. Might be me, probably is.

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Photo of hman43
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark brown with a creamy, light brown head. When head to the light, it is clear.

Smell: It has a roasted aroma that is complimented with a mild coffee aroma. There are also hints of butter and vague hints of fruit.

Taste: The roasted malt flavors are prominent with the coffee in the background. There are hints of butter in the flavors. There is moderate bitterness. The flavors of oats is a secondary flavor that comes forward as the beer warms.

Feel: It has a medium creamy texture with moderate bitterness on the palate.

Overall: It is a beer that is moderately creamy that highlights the balance between roasted malts and the oats with hints of butter and fruits in a quality flavor harmony.

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Photo of mgwagman
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the first oatmeal stouts I tried 20 years ago. Smell is oats, and caramel. Smell is much greater than the taste. I am a lover of stouts if they are complex and taste great, but this one misses the mark.

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Photo of GregBinder7
2.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I thought that this would be a great beer considering the reviews it had gotten on various beer rating sites, however I was slightly disappointed. It wasn't very rich in scent, and didn't carry a lot of flavor, almost watery to say the least.

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