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

6,650 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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

A: Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout pours a black oil colour with 2 fingers of dense tiny foam, that slowly dissipate to a earnest layer of tiny foam bubbles. While hard to tell it's clear, without any haze.

S: Deep malt and molasses with a distinctive scent of over ripe bananas. With a few swirls waffes of liquorice come along with sweetened coffee.

T: High notes of molasses with acrid coffee and deeply caramelized sugar, along with sweet dark toffee. Like an oaked wine it's smooth and velvety, chased by a pleasant, yet mild bitter after taste. The richness of the flavour is enhanced as it warms up to room temperature.

M: Smooth, medium bodied that leaves a light oily coating in the mouth.

O: Very satisfying and rich similar to a good coffee or port that can stand alone without food. This is the best oatmeal stout that I have had so far. It is dessert onto itself.

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Photo of Beermazter310
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Branlott42
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanimal
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nhindian
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a nice gift set at Wegman's the other day. Included this, the Nut Brown Ale, and Pale Ale, along with a nice imperial pint glass. I was interesting in trying the Oatmeal Stout again, and this deal was too good to pass up at $10.99. Each bottle separately is around $5 so you pretty much get a free beer and glass this way. Nice!

A - Pours a silky smooth, oil black with only a smidge of dark brown highlight at the bottom of the glass. Builds about a 1-fingered head that surprisingly disappears within minutes. Low to moderate lace trails. Can see traces of carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is relatively mild. Getting bits of coffee and roasted barley and deep, heavy grains. Not complex but enjoyable given the low ABV. All around really centered on the grain and malt profiles almost no appearance of hops.

T - Taste is again, not incredibly complex or robust but it's insanely balanced and goes down so easily. As in the nose, the flavors are predominantly coffee and earthy grains. Really get the barley and oatmeal flavors behind the coffee. Touches of bitter and alcohol at the end but only very faintly.

M - Mouthfeel is fantastic. The blackness of this beer really conceals the carbonation, which is active in the mouth to make everything blend that much better. Coffee flavor sticks around and it's relatively heavy bodied considering it's not a 'giant' beer. Coats the mouth with its long finish.

D - Drinkability is amazing as well. The adjective I can best describe this beer is 'creamy' and 'velvety smooth'. Everything about it comes together quite well and as I finish this review I am almost done with all 18.7oz. Scary drinkable, but thankfully the low ABV keeps you standing.

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Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mlawrence
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frekky
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours pitch black with a great khaki colored head. When it reduces down it leaves some nice lacing the clings nicely to the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee are prevalent on the nose. It smells really good.

Taste: Wow, this is a great tasting beer. Roasted malts and cocoa, with coffee and a sweet finish at the end. This oatmeal stout is not nearly as sweet and chocolatey as others I've had, which I consider a good thing.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Super smooth and creamy. It's full bodied but I feel like I could drink a ton of it. This is one of the best beers that I've tried so far.

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Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a 1+ finger light brown head. Good head retention. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of roasted malts. Sweetness and some molasses.

Taste is roasted malts. Lightly sweet with a toffee-like quality. For some reason, I tasted some oak in the background. Wasn't expecting that.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and cleansing. Suprisingly spritzy. I was expecting a creamier mouthfeel. Quite dry at the end.

Overall, very drinkable. Very sessionable and enjoyable. Not the best stout out there, but very worthy. I'm certainly glad I bought a six-pack.

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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 Vlaminck
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of gatorlove
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of diablo14
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transluscent black with ruby highlights and thin tan head. Aroma consists mostly of sweet malt scents: caramel, oatmeal, toasted grain, molasses and toffe, as well as a light floral hops scent. Taste begins with a slightly bitter hop profile of mineraly, floral and earthy flavors followed by a complex malt character that is slightly sweet with hints of caramel, molasess, burnt toast, toffee, chocolate, and of course oatmeal. Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is good as well. A great oatmeal stout, readily available and very tasty this is really deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma is like sweet chocolate. There are some light roasted notes and herbal hop notes in the nose as well. Taste is sweet dark malt with a little roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate. Light herbal hops. Substantial mouthfeel but not too heavy. Very drinkable. Great beer overall.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,650 ratings.
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