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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Reviews: 2,280 | Ratings: 6,616
Photo of akirakcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light-brown head melts into the rest of the beer like cream. Smell is mostly of chocolate, and the taste is of toasted malts, molasses, oats, as well as the chocolate and cream. The oats linger longest. The subtleness of this beer is what makes it great.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, malty, dark and satisfying. Looks like a sipper but I end up gulping it down. A tad sweet to start but you adjust to it. Not as thick as you might think and not syrupy. Love it every now and then. The Victorian pint 18.7 ounces is what all beer should be. Perfect

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Photo of degueulasse
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's hard to review this one because the taste and smell were hardly distinctive for me at all. What smells like faint coffee ends up tasting like dirty, somewhat sweet water, and the mouthfeel is perhaps even worse (water with a hint of bland carbonation).

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout more than lives up to its reputation. Its look and taste are excellent and has a toasty fragrance promises what the flavor delivers.
There's a reason that stouts, particularaly this one, demand loyalty.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. A very thin ring of beiege head, a patch of lace. Very dark, cola color.

Sweet chocolate nose, light roast, some oat. A great smell.

Taste is similar. Light on the roast, a sweet smooth character, some cream.

Smooth mouth, a little dry on the finish.

Sam Smith have been doing this long enough, they might as well be good at it. This is a good sweet stout.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pitch black and has a thin head but it lasted. Lots of fruity aromas coming from this beer and not a ton of coffee or roasted malts that I enjoy in my darker beers. The beer taste is similar. It has the oat flavor but nothing super strong or take home about it. The beer sorta felt a little over processed to me, a little to balanced. The mouthfeel is nice and it is very drinkable. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as a clear dark brown with a beige head. The surprisingly scant aroma of perhaps malt belies the seeming richness of the deep color. Flavors are moderated by oats, but not in a good way. Rather than a smoothed blend of malts and hops, instead they are a muddled mishmash. To the upside there are slight chocolate, roast coffee, caramel, and molasses. But overall, disappointing.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking stout with a pretty good chocolate aroma. First sip I really enjoyed then after that it got really watered down tasting. Overall a solid beer but was a little dissapointed. Slightly overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, light cream-colored head, webs of lace. Looks thick, despite being 5%. Chocolate, oats and bread, toasty malt, and a bit of stone and minerality display themselves on the nose. Toasted malt, wet bread, stone, and plenty of sweeter milk chocolate comprise the flavor. Medium weight, smooth, calm carbonation. Much thicker, stickier, and more viscous than the alcohol or even the powerful flavors hint it would be- nice.
The stone and soggy bread notes would have been good as nuances, but they came off a bit strong, especially in taste. Apart from that, this was a great beer. Being heavy in feel but only 5%, it satisfies like an imperial stout that you can drink all night.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little bit disappointed in this beer. It came out of the bottle a dark brown with a dark brown head. While smelling it I get a lot of Carmel notes with no roasted malt. The taste is about the same with maybe a very subtle roastiness to it in the after taste. Slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy which is what I would expect from a oatmeal stout. Overall I wish this beer had a little bit more roastiness and milk choclate taste than the predominant caramel. The mouthfeel is very good which what I would like to duplicate in my own oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Toasty and smokey boquet. Slightly bitter on the sides of the tongue. Love the warmth this beer creates. Kind of a muddy brown coloring to it. When poured into a tulip glass, the head was thin, and when sipped down there was little remnants of it on the glass. Left a bit of a coating on the tongue, which I don't enjoy, but no bitter aftertaste, which I did.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is midnight black with a large tan head. The aroma is malt driven with some coffee thrown in. The taste is coffee, malt and some chocolate. A very good beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has that black color going for it with substantial dark brown up in there, tan head, 1/3". Aroma has mostly roast, but a smoothness tempered with oats and mild sweetness from just ripe dark fruit notes.

Taste is so good, smooth, roasted malt but not bitter or acrid, the oats in there do their magic, low abv helps the mouthfeel come of silkier. Not overly thick, one of the thinner stouts. Underpinnings of toffee. Earthy creaminess to it.

While oats are an 'adjunct' this is a nice trip down memory lane before all the highly rated stouts were enveloped with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, maple etc. . .

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Photo of erk0607
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown, almost black with off beige head that didn't last very long
Smell: Roasted nuts and chocolate/cacao nibs, a bit on the sweet side
Taste: Definite roasted malt taste, dark fruits like plum, light bitterness in the aftertaste, no notable hop presence
Feel: Everything about oatmeal stouts I read talked about their mouthfeel It took a few larger sips to see what everyone was talking about. Super creamy and velvety, very fluffy. That said, it is on the thin side.
Overall Impression: Thinner than I expected, but smooth and tasty none-the-less

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trademark. Very drinkable. Very balanced. No flavour or aroma goes beyond the other. The mouthfeel is smooth and gentle, it takes all your mouth and tinkles your tongue. The oatmeal is there but mostly for the texture. No hop presence in the smell or the taste. It has a chocolate bittersweet taste but remains quite dry. The coffee is there but light and meet subtle nuts. A rich but not overwhelming beer. A perfect session beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet, chocolate, strawberry, general berry, tarter raspberry, semi-sweet chocolate. Caramel center. Gooey and smooth delivery. Walnut brown body. Very clear with mahogany highlights.

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Photo of Markbodman
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer, creamy with the chocolate hints that hit you right off. A little thin for a stout but the taste and aroma more than make up for that.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smells like sweet dark fruit. Taste is a little sweeter, balanced, and less harsh than the American stouts/porters I've been drinking a lot of lately. The taste reminds me of chocolate, with some faint dark roasted coffee and caramel-esque notes. There is also something else in the background that tastes a little metallic or minerally to me perhaps? Just a little bit of bitterness. I only really detect oatmeal character when I slurp up the head. As with other British beers, this seems to get even better to me as it warms up a bit. Me and this beer go way back, one of the first stouts I tried that I actually liked.

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Photo of Towee111
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this little gem when I was in collage. This was my first push past guiness. I just love this beer. The smoother stout that led me to other Samuel Smith beers.
beautiful dark color, creamy and hearty.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A mix of really dark cola brown mixed with a hint of black cherry. A creamy tan head is moderate with medium sized bubbles and a moderate-fast attenuation leaving little to no lacing.

Aromatics: Sweet and fruity with a light scent of the oat, and subtle toasty caramel notes.

Taste: The aroma before the sip really helps accentuate the oat flavour profile, this is followed by a strong coffee/dark chocolate bitter. The finish is a relatively mild bitter, slightly dry and doesn't linger too long.

Feel: The carbonation reminds me of a slightly subdued soda, and the liquid itself is smooth and creamy - almost like lightly carbonated chocolate milk.

Overall: Stouts are probably my favorite style, and this being my first oatmeal stout it was a nice change from the coffee stouts and I usually pick up. I liked its stout creaminess and the sweet oaty nose, not sure about the finish - a little too abrupt for me, I like a mouthfeel that carries on a bit. But overall, I will probably add this one as a regular purchase for my stout shelf, Samuel Smith never seems to disappoint me.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really love oatmeal stouts and even among a category I really love this beer is definitely one of the better examples I have ever tried. I can’t recall too many stouts or porters in general that I’ve liked more. It is a dark brown almost black with a nice, tan head. It is exceedingly creamy with a bold oatmeal flavor that really takes over immediately. Molasses and a very slight chocolate flavor are also present. This is sweeter than most oatmeal stouts I’ve tried, but not as sweet as many of the chocolate stouts. It has a very nice balance. Like most good stouts it is a meal in a glass. There is nothing revolutionary here, but just what you would expect from an expertly made oatmeal stout. There is definitely a reason this beer is so well rated.

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Photo of g_rat
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, nearly black. Slight mahogany tint when held against light. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Medium sized head, creamy and tan colored. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, syrup, oats, light chocolates and faint fruit (cherries)

Taste: Sweet and smooth up front. Followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Finish is mildly bitter with a slight alcohol bite.

Feel: Slightly milky and creamy. Medium carbonation, although pretty high for a stout in my opinion.

Overall: Nice and balanced beer. A little too light & too carbonated for a stout.
This was a really good beer and would buy again, though I was slightly disappointed based on the high rating.

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Photo of matcris
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Dark brown. Good carbonation when rocking the glass. About a finger of tan creamy head that slowly settles down to a thick layer on top. Leaves some very nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Swirl the glass and I get a bit of rum raisin or molasses, chocolate, lots of malt character and that familiar British hop dirt smell.
TASTE: Nice bit of chocolate, I think the hops give it a nice tangy quality... dirt and jam/red wine, is what comes to mind in a good way. Nice mildly roasted malt flavor.
FEEL: Mild carbonation, medium thinnish body, slightly creamy but drying on finish.
OVERALL: Very pleasant stout, low abv, so, sessionable.

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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 cmurkar
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost jet black. Fingernail length tan head which disappeared pretty quickly. Very rich aroma of malt and chocolate. Flavor is similar, though much more intense. It's a bold mix of dark malt, cocoa, and coffee. Faint brown sugar finish. Very rich in taste. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, almost oily. Oatmeal did the trick with this one. Lightly carbonated. Very satisfying stout.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,616 ratings.
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