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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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout. Looks nice, thick, and black, as a stout should. Smells...like a stout. Ha! Tastes sweet, toasty/burnt, hints of coffee, caramel and fruit. Excellent smooth mouth feel thanks to the oatmeal! Enough hops that they aren't prominent, but keep the sweetness in check and superbly balanced for a stout.

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Photo of builder53
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby accents. Has a good rich thick head with no effort with the pour, and moderate lacing. Essences are of caramel/coffee/malts.Taste is a very smooth mixture of malts/fruits, maybe figs/dates with hints of coffee. Excellent mouthfeel, big and creamy. Moderate hops lend to a dry finish that is quite quick and clean for a stout. All said, this is a very well crafted oatmeal stout!

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Photo of dyingwrist
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into pint glass. Dark as night with about 2 inches of mocha colored head. Some head retention that boils down to a small coating on top with little to no lacing. A very "malty" nose. Great roasted flavors that make me think of dark chocolates and rich coffee. I'd take this over any coffee after dinner or for breakfast. Initially very smooth and velvety then the carbonation takes over. Low carbonation which I think gives it a heavier feel. Nice crisp bitter finish. Man I can drink this all day.

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Photo of Steaks
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome. i really doubt a better oatmeal stout exists. it comes in a tight bottle with foil and class all over it. it pours dark brown and smells like nuts and malts. the taste is awesome and has a little bit of coffee, with some nuts, and a ton of OATS. i feel like a horse. the feel is awesome, and for a decently thick stout, it goes down smooth as hell. i'm down with the carbonation as well. great times.

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Photo of againes
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers, period. Once you begin to pour this exceptional brew you see why this beer is rated so highly. Color and head are enticing. The aroma could be a little stronger but this is dependent upon several factors which are not presently favoring this aspect; i.e. glassware, allergies, etc. Nevertheless, the flavor is creamy, coffee-like, slightly sweet and a wonderful bitter finish that completes it. There is an initial fruity character like prunes or raisins. One of the best stouts and beers.

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Photo of Garzan72
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first oatmeal stout I have had. It was recommended to me and I am glad it was. This was a great beer. It smelled wonderful, tasted awesome, and felt great when I drank it. as far as drinkability I am going to get some more of this tomorrow.

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Photo of PhilfromPA
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark with near ruby colored transparency. Moderate head that disapates slowly, leaving a small cap and lacing.

S - Coffee roast, molasses, caramel, slight chocolate

T - Smooth coffee roast, slight vanilla and chocolate accents.

M - Slight carbonation bite gives way to smooth medium mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry

D - Moderate, certainly not the type of beer you would want to speed through, much better when enjoyed slowly giving it time to warm. The light, pleasant taste paired with overall good mouthfeel makes this stout easy to have a few of in one sitting.

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Photo of JimBird
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with an off-white half-finger of head that quickly sunk to a tan coloured lace.
Smelled very strongly of rich dark malt with a faint roastiness. Tasted and felt satisfyingly heavy and smooth; very nutty and buttery flavour that just made me want more with every gulp.

Overall, it was great, with a good balance between big stout taste with the bite of astringency imparted by the oats.

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Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a light black, very little light getting through. Nice 1.5-2 finger head. Retention down the glass well after the beer is gone.

S - A nice roasted malt smell. Hints of molasses and chocolate.

T - Amazing. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. Starts strong and finishes smooth

M - Thick like any great stout should be.

Overall - I would recommend this beer to any stout lover! I am more of a Russian Stout man myself but I am in love with this beer. I wish I could find something wrong with it, but I just can't!

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Photo of ncredible1
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle to Glass

A. Dark coffee appearance with a descent dark Tan head.

S. Very welcoming aroma. Sweet roasted malty smell. The smell actually made my taste buds anxious.

T. The beers appearance doesn't do the taste justice. Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight balnced Hops in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. This is one of the best tasting Oatmeal Stouts I've had to date.

M. Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. However, it's not as silky as I expected.

D. I'm sold on this style. Extremely drinkable. However not a session beer because of the fulness that comes along with dirnking this style. Great sipping beer which i Have paired with pizza.

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Photo of femmebiere
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is affordable and delicious (even to someone who does not enjoy stouts too much). It does start with a slight smell of soy sauce, but that is quickly gone. With the first taste came a sweet rich stout with a smooth chocolately finish. It is quite smooth for a stout, but not for anyone who enjoys a light see-through beer.

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