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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)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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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.
ng
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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.
ng

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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An opaque dark brown color, just about black. It is topped by a frothy, creamy brown head. Thick malty aromas mixed with burnt toast, expresso, toffee, and chocolate are all found in the nose. The taste is sweet, creamy, chocolately, and slightly viscous. I get notes of milk chocolate, and espresso. There is a bitter component that is derived from the roasted malt, but it is not enough to balance the sweetness that is found in this beer. For some reason I was expecting a bit more out of this beer. It is quite decent but seems a little dumbed down, which makes sense given this beer wide availibility & popularity.

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

This brew quite surprised me as a very poor fan of stouts. Purchased at Drinks of the World in Luzern (CH).

the pour, although very dark and heavy varies from your average stout at the head. instead of the creamy, white head you get a fizzy, coffee toned volatile one which emanates scents of coffee, naturally, and malt, as well as some bitterness to it. The taste was rather impressive because, beyond the feel of coffee in it, this beer reminded me, strangely, to the german Rauchbiers, as the mouthfeel and taste were strongly smoked, with some meaty taste to it- pleasant, certainly, but unexpected.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark as night, very opaque, with a small light tan head of light bubbles. Smell is primarily a hoppy bitterness, but the chocolate malts are quite apparent too.

Taste is incredible; dry with exceptional chocolate malt flavor. Hops are extremely well balanced with the darker chocolate malt flavors. Subtle citrus tone but without the annoying sweetness. Bitterness becomes more apparent with additional sips, but is very pleasent.

Mouthfeel is also very good; pretty thick with a pleasent level of very subtle carbonation.

Very good beer, only major obstacle to drinkability is cost.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark mocha black, with a tan beigh mocha head that was a froth of a monster. Very thick and creamy. Smell was very roasted and smoked, not very oatmeal/grain at all to speak of, picked up a little wood and bark smell? Taste was of dark fresh roasted coffee with chocolate fudge, the sweet fullbodied creaminess was a perfect blen with the subtleness of the hops. Full bodied and creamy in the mouth, flavorfully smooth, I would drink this any chance I get. Great for after a meal and great with vanilla ice cream if you like using your beer other ways.

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Photo of Hunter
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go...yet another beer with quite a reputation. I've had this one before, but this my first review of it.

Bottle is clear glass, typical of Samuel Smith's. Always makes me cringe a bit, living in AZ like I do and worrying about sunlight degrading the product.

Stout pours a dark, dark purple-red...not the black you'd expect. Lovely all the same. I held the pint up to the light several times to admire it. Thick tan head rolls out of the pour. Some lacing.

Notes of smoke, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. A bit of roasted malt behind it all.

The taste is much mellower than I remembered. This doesn't bother to hide its alcohol the way Guinness draft might. I'm not sure if I hadn't eaten beforehand but I felt warm halfway through the pint.

Flavors of coffee and that dark chocolate intermingle on the tongue, with a smooth mouthfeel that wasn't as chewy as I'd have thought given the brew's name. I gave a good portion of the pint time to warm to room temperature. Glad I did, as it becomes velvety in the warming, less acrid and biting. Has the archetypal smoky aftertaste that seems standard for the style.

A lovely offering. God Bless England!

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Photo of PudTinkler
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum.

And readily available too...anytime I see this brewer's selections on a menu, this particular flavor is always in the mix.

Nice color, very little aroma, however. I would've expected it to be a bit thicker, but the typical Sam Smith smoothness is there.

This stout produces a fairly good head with a nice tan-brown color...would live to try it by draught but the bottle is nothing to sneeze at!

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near-black color with a super-thick caramel-colored root beer float-size head. Not much of an aroma but a good strong roasted oatmeal flavor with a creamy chocolate malty base. A bit chewy and creamy at the same time, a surprisingly high level of carbonation. Good mouthfeel with a slight caramel finish. This would go well with a fine cigar. Not the top of the oatmeal stout chain but one of the better ones you might be able to find in your neighborhood.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Review 03/22/05

I thought I'd re-review this beer since my tastes have improved over the last year or so. The appearance is excellent, the color is about one shade less than black and the head is tan and creamy. Plus the head leaves a nice layer of cream once it has dissapated. The aroma isn't very strong, but has a nice subtle sweet smell with a dark chocolate undertone. The taste is very full-flavored. A sip starts with dark chocolate sweetness which rounds to a more general roasted sweetness. Sip concludes with sweet roasted coffee taste. I have definently come to appreciate and love this beer since my initial sample. I still find it a little bit too filling, but it isn't as much of an issue to me this time around.




Original Review 5/16/04

Ah, my first stout, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I think about it. First off, this is some seriously dark beer, its almost pitch black. The aroma is nice, a little sweet, but not overpowering. SInce this is my first stout, I don't have much to compare to, but I do enjoy the taste. This beer starts off really smooth in my mouth and leaves a nice, mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall, I can definently tell that this is a good brew, but I'm still not sure if stout is a style that I really like. I'll probably have to try this again with some food to see what happens. I can definently tell this isn't something I'd want to drink a whole lot of in one sitting.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,256 ratings.
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