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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4.21/5
6,671 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#960
Reviews:
2,292
Ratings:
6,671
pDev:
11.16%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
388
Gots:
1,296
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 6,671 |  Reviews: 2,292
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A creamy tan head tops the dark chocolate liquid that, despite its color lets some ruby highlights through; plenty of lacing webs the glass

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate, mocha and oats

Taste: The cereal flavor is present up front, with roasted grain and oat flavors, joined by the mocha and dark chocolate, by mid-palate; after the swallow, dark fruit flavors arrive to add complexity, but the balance in the finish is remarkable

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy texture; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The balance of this stout really sets it apart from most other renditions

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Photo of oline73
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through. There is a finger and a half of thick tan head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt and a bit of caramel. Mild roast. Not a super strong smell overall.

Taste: Very malty and not as much roast as I remembered. A bit nutty with some dark fruit notes. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked more roast but still very good and smooth. I will probably have another given the chance.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a foamy, capucino-like head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee beans.

T - Great chocolate and caramel flavors blend with a mild bitterness from the oats. It also had a slight nutty quality and floral notes.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great oatmeal stout with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a pitch-black brew with a nice dark foamy head. Aroma is very sweet with linger of maltness. Taste is very sweet with some coffee and chocolate. No strong aftertaste or bitterness. This is a very creamy, easy beer. You can go wrong with that oatmeal stout if you’re a fan of the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black in the glass, nearly impenetrable to light, with a thick head of tan foam. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, brown sugar and hints of coffee. Oatmeal cookie with raisins as it warms. Really nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Right in the middle of sweet and dry, some sips bring to mind dark roasted coffee, while others make me think semi-sweet chocolate. Oats lend a velvety smooth texture, and the moderate level of carbonation only reinforces that. This stuff only grows more complex and interesting as it warms, bringing out notes of toasted nuts and dark fruit; I recommend letting it warm up a bit before uncapping the bottle.

Notes: A real classic of the style. I'm not sure why I don't buy this stuff more often, especially at the very reasonable price of $3 per 550ml bottle.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/3/2012. Pours crystal clear almost opaque dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, cocoa, molasses, oatmeal, dark bread, toast, light apple, floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with some light fruitiness. Taste of caramel, molasses, cocoa, oatmeal, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, oatmeal, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, dark bread, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt notes with moderate hops; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Samuel Smith Pint Glass.

Pours a 2 finger full tan head. Color is a deep deep mahogony brown. Pretty much black. Good retention and a lot of lace sticks to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Very sweet oatmeal stout. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are the main notes I get. This is quite a light stout as compared to others I have had.

Taste: Sweet toffee. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee is also there. Again, a very sweet tasting beer. Beer roasted malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. A very small touch of alcohol pokes through. Very sweet beer. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout. It isn't on the top of my list, but it is worth a try. One of their better beers in my opinion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color and topped by a creamy dark tan head that holds well and leaves very good lace. When held to bright light ,some clear, brown highlights can be seen. The aroma offers a bright fruitiness, some light chocolate, a mild roastiness and a hint of butterscotch. The body is light-medium with a very fine, restrained carbonation that gives it a silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty with a good dose of fruitiness up front, followed by some bittersweet & dark chocolate notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing with a more noticeable bitterness, some nuttiness, and a long lasting gentle roastiness. Clearly balanced toward the sweet side. There's a mild diacetyl here that seems to pull the whole thing together. It never appears to become more than just a light butterscotch note, but it helps to round everything out so nicely - smoothing out the roastiness, and maybe even helping to keep the sweetness in check.(?) A very nice, and highly enjoyable beer, that is soft & sweet & light but also offers alot of character - allowing it to fill a variety of different roles. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portion of fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.
(revised 1/2011 with 550ml bottle served in pint glass)

This is what an oatmeal stout should look like: nearly opaque with a frothy light brown head.

S - more subtle than expected, given appearance. Floral, earthy and malty; toasted grain aromas dominate.

T - starts smooth and soft. with predominately malty flavor. Noticeable chocolate. A bit bitter at finish. This classic is good to the last drop.

M - smooth, full bodied, significant carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown to black with brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts, oatmeal, light sweetness, and hints of chocolate.

T: There is a nice complexity to the flavors - dark malts, chocolate, nuts, oatmeal, and some light sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I like this beer, another return to years of past when I was just starting to appreciate craft and import beers. I think this beer is easy to drink and sessionable - goes down perfectly on a cold autumn afternoon, preferably by a fireplace.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge head of a whole hand, dark black color with no real light coming through.

N: Rich malts, oats, chocolate milk and milk chocolate, slight sweet malts.

T: Rich and very creamy, lots of chocolate milk, oats, velvet chocolate oats, some rich malts and lightly sweet, lush.

M: very creamy and rich, almost velvety, decent carbonation.

F: Still a little somewhat sweet, some roasted flavors come out as it warms, the milk chocolate lingers with a very slight bitterness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 18.7oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours to a very dark brown with a thick, beige head and a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S: You smell a chocolate & coffee sweetness and a roasted malt aroma with just a bit of alcohol.

T: The taste isn’t as sweet as the smell containing a smoky coffee flavor. No bitterness at all and a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, with a heavy body and light/medium carbonation. I’ve seen the word “chewy” thrown around in other reviews and this is the first beer that I’ve had that identifies with that term. I’m considering that a good thing.

D: Despite being heavy and a bit filling, this beer goes down very easy. It’s very flavorful and not over-powering. This is a beer that you can just chill out and relax with.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think the best of the oatmeal stouts out there,pours a deep brown with a nice tan colored head that sticks very well.The aroma is very much like brown sugar and and roasted malt.The taste also has a brown sugar taste but a little more subdued with a nice roasted coffee taste ending nice and soft.Drinking this beer is a beer lovers experience.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dark brown with a fairly-nice tannish head with some lacing. The smell is lots of malty bread with a bit of a roasted character. Taste adds a little bit of chocolate to the mix. The mouthfeel is very, very nice with a beautiful smoothness from the oats. Very drinkable. A beautiful cold weather session brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Large, tan head that settles quickly and leaves decent lace. Dark brown to black body with ruby highlights.

S - Toasty malt with some chocolate. Sweet oatmeal aroma with slight roast and a hint of hops.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet malt with oatmeal. Milk chocolate, balanced by a slight hop flavor in the middle. the finish is roasty with moderate malt and hop bitterness.

M - Thick and oily body with moderate carbonation and a moderately sweet finish.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer. Sweet and malty overall with a nice, malty chocolate flavor. Not quite enough roast in the aroma.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black, medium head, nice lacing and retention. The roast dominates the smell, along with vanilla and dark fruit.
The taste follows, very roasted malts, sweet also, with big dark chocolate notes, big coffee and some mild caramel. There is also a stronger grainy note. Dark fruit follows, with sweet dark fruit (raisin, dried fig, dates) and some mild acidity (red apple). Big dark spices, like cocoa, cinnamon, with vanilla, but also a faint anise and piney note. Probable because of the hops, with some green herb coming through, and creating a great bitterness, a bit dry in the aftertaste.
The beer is creamy, but does have a bit of carbonation, just enough for the alcoholic content to pinch, not just warm up.
A beautiful (oatmeal) stout, balanced perfectly if not for just a tiny bit of extra sweetness, but i guess it's a matter of taste. And i loved it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,671 ratings
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