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)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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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Ratings:
6,626
Reviews:
2,281
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of DarrellK
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jglaw1
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeEdgeworth
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No evidence of a production date; decanted into a conical pint glass.
A: Mahogany to black, clear but not cloudy when held up to light. Less than a quarter inch head after a good pour, but with legs evident on swirl.
S: Dark roast malts, with black coffee, dark chocolate, molasses/cane, perhaps hazelnut evident.
T: Rich dark roast malt flavor with more sweet biscuit or toffee flavor in nice balance with the bitterness of the hops.
M: Full bodied with persistent effervescence: a mouthful, so to speak.
O: A high quality Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pioppo
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caburdette51
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BJB13
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours near black and mostly opaque with mahogany edges. The tan head is large thick and lasting with good lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with fruity esters and chocolate. Slightly tangy and less flavorful than the nose would suggest, it tastes mostly of roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate. The bitterness is moderate. Medium bodied with low carbonation it goes down rather smooth.

All in all a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hannahberryx
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark brown, nearly black, ruby highlights along the bottom, thick fluffy tan head with great retention and some lacing.
Aroma - Hard to smell through the head but what I can pick up is pleasant. Burnt malt, brown sugar, grain
Taste - Burnt/ashy malts, minerals, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty yeast towards the end, bittersweet finish.
Feel - Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, finishes slightly dry

Overall - Very good stout, loads of flavor without a ridiculous amount of alcohol.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strohm
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and a bit creamy with thick tan foamy head that lasts. On the nose I got some nuttiness and molasses, roasted caramelized grains and dark fruit. Taste followed the nose with sweet malts but some bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel medium bodied, carbonation on the low side enabling those flavors to linger. Overall a solid stout.

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Photo of mnine
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hackattack
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quick long story short....when I was in my late teens (late 1970's) my big bro and I went to England... Our favorite 3 things to do: 1. See the sights ...mainly castles/cathedrals/museums..2. Eat good food. 3. Hit every pub ( they serve you if you can see over the bar) in each small village to try their local brews...we like what were called bitters. ...low carbonated, hand pump- pulled from the cellar. Then finally we Americans started to brew like the old country. So this stout hits the mark because it's from there and follows the recipe of rich, dark toasted oatmeal/nutty/coffee flavors.

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Photo of HeathDHayley
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours out dark brown. Looks pitch black in the glass with a giant creamy tan head. There's tons of sticky lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, brandy soaked cherries, plums, figs, and raisins; big brown bread and slight vanilla sweetness.

T: Mostly tons of dark fruit. Cherries, figs, plums, and raisins. Some milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Toasted brown bread malt character. Hints of anise and licorice spice. A bit of coffee roast. Finishes lighter than expected.

F: Medium-bodied. Not quite creamy, but smooth and pleasant to drink.

O: The staple oatmeal stout? Decent enough. Was expected more creaminess and robust roastiness, but I love the dark fruit character and quaffability. Brings aspects of all expected stout elements, from chocolate and coffee to vanilla and caramel, bread and spice.

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Photo of Curt3
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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