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

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

Appearance is very dark brown and ruby red around the edges in the right light.

Smell is malty sweet.

Taste is also malty sweet, with a very restrained hint of coffee. Little to no alcohol is detected.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin to my liking but not uncommon for the style. Has a creamy finish.

Drinkability is high. Doesn't go to any extreme that would inhibit its drinkability, and ABV is relatively low and not very noticeable.

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Photo of AlexCorleone
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Deep red highlights. Creamy head that never quite disappears, and it leaves a modest trail of clingy lacing down the glass.

Coffee, caramel and chocolate mats earthy, sweat, with a hint of oats.

Soft roasted malt flavor hangs in the foreground, eventually giving way to a mild sweet. Good balance between bitter and sweet. Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee swirl around giving the Oatmeal Stout.

Silky smooth and creamy with a medium-full body. The carbonation adds just the right amount of zing in the finish.

Is to drink in peaceful place, out of noise and distracters, take with old cheese and black olive.

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Photo of mayorwalda
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while.

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.

From the pour, this is a stout drinker’s stout. The brew is truly black and quite thick, allowing almost no light through, and collecting a thick even head that is a pale brown in color. After watching the head for a bit, the lace starts to form. And while the lace is not entirely consistent, not woven or too evenly distributed, where it is found it is thick. If I am to be completely honest I was a little disheartened with my experience of the beer’s aroma before tasting. One of the big things I was anticipating was a distinct smell from this beer; something mild, sweet and, well, oatmeal-y. Sniffing around the glass before tasting the beer, I got none of this.

But then I took my first, long, savory swig and everything changed in an instant. With a sip in mouth you can really, really dissect what makes this beer special and untangle the different, very subtle aromas in this beer; most notably the mild sweetness it has. The taste, while in mouth, is smooth with your typical dark malts, but also—of course—a lighter, mellower sweet taste, which no doubt can be attributed to the oatmeal and some caramel malts. The sweetness, in both taste and aroma, provided by the oatmeal is very well complimented by the spot-on carbonation and creamy mouthfeel of this beer and those characteristics, together, make this a brew that you don’t want to put down. I should say that when you do put it down, is when you experience some of the toffee, coffee tastes which sit in mouth pleasantly.

The skinny is like this.

A: This is your Ur-stout, the perfect stout as far as appearance. Very dark, lets no light through, has a great, thick head, and lays down some strong, though sporadic, lacing.

S: Well, just smell alone doesn’t do this brew—or the aroma itself—justice, but while drinking, the sweet, mild aroma of oatmeal is what makes this stout what it is.

T: While described on the bottle as “bittersweet” this beer is something more like "sweetbitter" providing a sip that is mild and sweet, followed by the typical stout flavors of toffee, coffee and dark malts.

M: The mouthfeel of this stout is creamy, excellently carbonated, even and fulfilling without being filling or too heavy.

O: I think I’ve said more than enough, but, to contrast I’ll sum it up as concisely as I can: sweet, mild, creamy, aromatic all while being expertly subtle in its crafting.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at my local wine/beer shop.
Drank in honor of my 32 birthday.
Came in a pint bottle with gold foil around the neck. Poured Dark
brown/black with a thick tan head. Left a nice tan ring around the
inside of the glass.

I thourghly enjoyed this stout. It's taste is smooth and it definently has a carmel/ dark coffee taste to it. Left a lingering sweet/smokey
taste after the stout went down.
I'd recommend this stout to anyone that is tired of Guinness. A bit pricy but hell its damn well worth it.

I just wish it came in a 4 pack or , hell, even a 6 pack.

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Photo of seldomsthirsty
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a perfect english representation of the style. i fully enjoy it when i can though it is a bit pricey and i do not understand the clear glass bottle. all the beers from this brewery are great. usually found in 4 paks or the larger bottle shown

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Photo of lordbrad1
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish hue that you can't really see unless you hold the glass about 1-2" from a light bulb or open window. It's fucking dark. Nice thick head that slowly dissapates leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Has a very inviting "dark beer" look to it when it's in the glass.

Smoky, roasted malt smell is very dominant. There's also a sweet caramalized sugar smell that is lying just below the smoke, and roast. It reminds me of Amish friendship bread, or bananna nut bread (home made of course.) All in all it has a very nice aromatic quality to it.

It tastes good lol. Again the smoky roasted smells come through in the taste. Come to think of it I dare say that the comments on smell can pretty much be interchangable with the taste. Smoky, sweet, and very satisfying.

It's a heavy beer. It coats the tongue which bugs me a bit, but it's not a bad thing just my personal preference. It goes down very smooth, and has a very pleasant after taste. You don't get the weird alcohol aftertaste you get with many dark beers. I find that "chewing" the beer a bit really sets off the flavors, and smells. It's carbonated just right. All in all it's pretty pleasant.

It goes down smooth, it tastes great, it would pair perfectly with a sunday roast, or other heavy meals. You can definately put down 3-4 without much effort, but I don't think I'd go so far as to call it a session beer.

Final thoughts:
I love this stuff, it's delicious, smells good, and generally warms the soul, and takes the edge off the day.

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Photo of doctorjoeyboey
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The initial aroma is weak but everything is uphill (in a good way) from here. The beer poured a dark brown color with its true deep red/brown color only evident under bright light. The head is a toffee brown color, a decent size, and sustains itself decently. The mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of carbonation and the taste is solid with an obvious toasty flavor. Earthy flavors are well blended in this beer and some of the nut can almost be tasted from Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could drink to my heart's fulfillment without going broke. I could sip these and eat chocolate all night. This beer is definitely worth a try and is a little bit tastier than Young's in my opinion.

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Photo of musingmonkey
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the most aesthetically pleasing I've poured. Deep and dark, with a solid, puffy head of creamy-tan appearance. It looks, come to think of it, like a giant goblet of espresso, complete with a glorious crema crown.
Scent is a sweet combination of treacle and unobtrusive yeast.
The striking initial flavour is molasses and burn toast. Sweet, but slight bitterness in the finish that linger thick on the back of the tongue. It feels medium bodied, but lightened somewhat by its carbonation.
A very drinkable stout. Oat flavours are not as evident as I'd anticipated, nor is it particularly complex. I was probably expecting a little more, and yet it is still very hard to fault this beer, as my score will ultimately reflect.
Not a beer I will be rushing back to, but a solid, quality product nevertheless that I know will pass over the lips happily enough somewhere in the future.

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Photo of tkach
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a very dark brown/black color with a brown head. Very little light will pass through when held to a light.

Smell was pretty good it really appealed to me. Had the sweet and mild spice essence to it.

Taste was very good the smell matched taste very well in this case. Sweet and thick and a hint of spice/herb found. Nice malt flavor used, aftertaste holds the original flavor well for a little while.

Mouthfeel was ok, maybe a bit too thick at the end but the carbonation is right and I love the way it makes the taste buds tingle.

Drinkability was ok, it seems like a pretty heavy beer so that slowed me down although it went down smooth, mix that with a heavy dinner and you'll get full quick and not be able to enjoy much more of this tasty beer...

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Photo of Exner83
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Name a flavor, and it's here! Cohesive, yes, but wildly kaleidoscopic - dark malts, oats, molasses, Fig Newton, dark chocolate, energy bar, tree bark, and liquid smoke... I'll have one, please. Just one.

Still a well-crafted brew that leaves a lasting impression: You'll NEVER forget it. A chew-tastic hunk of fruity coffee power.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review and what better to start with than this remarkable oatmeal stout. To begin with I poured from a 1Pt 2.7Floz bottle into my favorite mug. Temp appx. 55deg.

Appearance: The stout pours into a nice dark brown boarder-line black. The head settles nicely after about 45 seconds, but continues to sit throughout the drinking. Overall, very good looking
Smell: A nice robust chocolate scent with a mixture of roasted hints.
Taste:Wonderful smokey tones rush forth and settle on the palate. Truly a Perfect balance of richness and drinkability.
Mouthfeel: Not too heavy but just right. Almost a soft/silky feel
Drinkability: I honestly have to say that this could possibly be my favorite oatmeal stout. Wait a few moments after each sip and savor the complex flavors that continue to dance on the palate. Each sip begs for another to follow. What a treat.

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Photo of bfflo
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pitch black with fluffy cream-white head. Decent retention and smooth lacing. Smell: Bready, sourdough almost; yeasty and grainy, with a soft, sweet, sugary toffee caramel note; molasses, maybe? A bit of a metallic edge, though. Taste: Smooth, sweet-ish, medium body, but with some character. A bit watery entering the mouth before a creamy, toffee-sweet character usurps the palate. Fairly clean and very smooth; silky and buttery; and just a pinch of hops and grassiness, as well as a pinch of gassy metallic sourness, in the finish. This is pretty nice, a winning, easy drinker. Pretty mellow, but still complex. There is a bready sweetness that sticks out, and gives it an almost candy-tinged character. I am on the fence as to whether this is a positive or negative. Like their Imperial, this Samuel Smith leans a tad sweet for my liking, though not to the point of ruining anything; and like their Taddy Porter, there is a slight, weird pungency in the background, which I'm not sure how to feel about exactly. Still, there's no question this is a quality brew that makes for some good, pleasant sipping. Of the oatmeal stouts I've tried, this remains one of the best.

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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 kevin62
3.01/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

550ml-bottle.This famous stout poured out a dark black/brown with a small dark tan head.The smell was sweet with hints of chocolate,molassas and coffee.There was also the above flavors in the taste as well,but the mouthfeel was a little thin for me,especially for a stout.I felt the beer was ok for me,although it may be a little overrated.

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Photo of DGryger
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cola brown, medium-aggressive pour produces a 2+ finger khaki colored head. Thin eight inch head sticks around for a while and produces low to moderate lacing.

Smells almost exactly like sweet feed for horses. Heavy oats and molasses or brown sugar. Burnt caramel. A little more aroma would be nice.

Sweet roasty malts with a bit of licorice mixed in. Prunes and raisins, definitely some dried dark fruit flavors in there. Bitter cocoa notes left in the aftertaste.

Moderately syrupy and smooth as silk. No astringent bitterness in the finish as I have found with some oatmeal stouts. Good carbonation, a class act all the way. Definitely worthy of a five.

While the ABV is only 5%, I think that the sessionability is impacted by the richness – this is a meal beer. If I were at a bar and it was on tap, I would probably go for it. I could see this beer going well with roasted meat.

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Photo of tkeHijacker
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark Black with amber highlights.Thick creamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little to no lace. Bubbles still coming up.

S: Deep chocolaty malt smell, slight oat nuttiness.

T: Roasted chocolate, light flowery/fruity bitterness, sweet and smooth oat nuttiness present but not overpowering. (some reason my taste buds give me an almost grape flavor in there.

M: Medium to heavy body (more on the medium side though), smooth enough that you could take nice big mouthfuls at a time. Nice carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth, but too heavy in the stomach to have more than one (550 ml) in a sitting. Higher ABV would be a nice complement to the flavor experienced here.

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Photo of kuranes
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml. into pint glass.

A: Pours dark and thick with beautiful caramel head. The head settles into crema and remained with the beer for the duration of its time in the glass (which wasn't terribly wrong. mmm, stout.)

S: Not as strong an aroma as I was expecting. Subtle notes of oatmeal accompanying a light malty sweetness.

T/M: At a time when it's en vogue to overdo every aspect of a beer's flavor, this stout banks on subtlety and grace. Tastes slightly sweet, with notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but not too watery. Finishes sweet and bubbly with the slightest wisp of bitterness in the aftertaste. When most newer stouts have flashy and insistent flavor, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is understated and sublime.

D: I love it. It's cheap. I'll drink it all the time.

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

Excellent English Oatmeal Stout. Very mellow brownish appearance greets me upon opening this beer. Smell is very pleasant, like newly baked bread with a cinnamon smell. Upon decanting it to a fine Guinness ale glass, it tastes rich and mellow with hints of clove, oatmeal, and a nice, malty finish. It is strong but never has any bite to go with the alcohol. It's very drinkable for a stout. Less bitter than Guinness bottled (the only good versions for me were on tap and in the Draught bottles and Cans with the Widget). Mellow, easily drinkable, rich, complex taste, and easily quaffable. Too interesting to be a session beer. I would give Samuel Smith an A- for this beer. Makes me feel warm and friendly drinking one. Recommended for most drinkers.

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Photo of elfcounsul
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It passed the no light test, so it was safe to drink. Head was tan and just enough to let you know it is to be appreciated on many levels . The aroma was of roasted malts.

The taste was like drinking a licorice stick. It brought back fond memories. It was just sweet enough and the malts were not overpowering. I am not a big malt man, but I can make this a regular among my APA's and Wheats.

It's an easy drink that doesn't demand a finely tuned taste to appreciate. The carbonation was not overpowering like you see with some hoppy ales. It felt good in the mouth, not too thick.

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, mahogany brown. Thick head with lacing.
Smell: Dark chocolate, mostly.
Taste: Malty. A lot of sugary oats, and a lingering cocoa/baking chocolate flavor. Finishes a bit bitter.
Mouthfeel: Well-balanced carbonation. Surprisingly dry.
Drinkability: Definitely buying more of this. I'm looking foward to the next bottle.

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Photo of huricrane47
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown color with a caramel colored head.
Smell- sweet cocoa
Taste-similar to a cup of roasted coffee with a little chocolate and milk added.
Mouthfeel- medium water content
Drinkability- Very drinkable- finished this one within 5 minutes. Very enjoyable, complex, and flavorful.

The first thing I tasted with this beer is a medium bitterness. The bitterness is then taken over by a creamy, semi-sweet, roasted coffee/chocolate flavor. Its almost like if you were to put a little dark chocolate and a splash of milk in a cup of coffee. Although, most oatmeal stouts tend to have a more neutral acidic flavor than chocolate or coffee stouts. This beer is no exception- the acid flavor goes up and then comes back down with the coffee and chocolate. This is an excellent beer that is very well made.

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Photo of AlexMunse
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown color, not as dark as most stouts I've had. Nice one-finger tan head with good lacing and retention.

The smell is a heavy chocolate malt with a little sweetness. Theres a lot of raosted grain coming through with a little alchohol.

Theres a bit of bitterness and sweetness to it. It's a bitlighter than I like my stouts, but still good. Theres a pretty good spicing to it as well.

The first sip is very smooth with an even flavor and nice carbonation. Nothing is too overpowering, I'd say this is a perfectly balanced feel for this beer.

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Photo of mtschmitz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown almost completely opaque with brown that refracts through the glass when the light hits it just right. Good head that stays with a thin layer.

S - Almost like a nut brown, with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T - Great roasted malts roll over the tongue with a sweet finish. A pleasant coffee aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and a bit dry.

O - A very enjoyable stout which I continuously pick up at the market. A good hearty drink. Maybe not the best but one that you keep coming back to..

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Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first taste it reminded me of a better version of yuengling bock, then kind hit me as more of a brown ale, then just liquid awesome. Its just so tongue pleasing you beg for more. Definitley one of the best beers I ever had. In the top 3 for sure. A must for darker beer lovers.

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Photo of BillyPirate
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Disappointing. Even with a vigorous pour, the head is minimal and quickly recedes to a thin film with poor lacing. Suitably dark.

S: Underwhelming. Barely able to discern any prominent notes of anything so rather than guess, I will simply say the bouquet is basically nonexistent.

T: Definitely the strong suit. Impressively complex with a highly complimentary blend of mocha, chocolate and oats. The finish is mild, sweet and extremely pleasant.

M: Superb feel. The oats are deliciously chewy and the carbonation is spot on.

O: What this beer lacks in head retention and aroma it makes up for with superior taste and mouthfeel. Very accessible for an oatmeal stout and overall a great offering.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,604 ratings.
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