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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Stimack
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew came in a 550ml clear bottle. No freshness dating seen.

The brew ported to a jet-black color and would not let any light through. Has a excellent fluffy tan head that stayed around for a long time and broke down to chunky lacing through out the entire brew.

The aromas coming from this brew are dark maybe smoked malts, bit of coffee wrapped around a sweet smell of molasses. A very nice smell to this beer.

The beer makes a statement with the roasted malt, as it is the dominant flavor to this brew. Can notice flavors of coffee and chocolate as well with a bit of a hop. Over all a real nice tasting brew.

This is a beer that eats like a meal; wow this is a filling brew. Over all for me it is a classic and another fantastic offering from Samuel Smiths. This brew is what I use to judge all other oatmeal stouts by. Simply fantastic!

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Photo of twilight
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass reveals this beer to be dark dark black, with a nice thick dark head. It smells sweet, with hints of caramel/butterscotch, but without being too overbearing. The sweet flavor is yummy. It's not syrupy, but there is a roasted taste with caramel notes and a definite dry roasted aftertaste with the lingering sweetness following at the very end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still good. Carbonation does not get in the way, but complements the roasted finish. This one goes down well, I could drink it all night.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

$2.50 for a bottle.

I was excited about trying this too, but ended up being disappointed. The smell was strong of vinegar and slight fruit (cherries) behind it. Taste was good, very complex for a stout, but too influence by the smell. Maybe another bad bottle for me, I don't know. There are better stouts out there, at better prices.

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

appearance is like black coffee.
smell is somewhat sweet with a hint of coffee.chocolate notes.
taste is rather smoothe but definitely had a taste of alchohol on the finish, again coffee is the taste I sense most.well balanced hops and malt,a very good tasting beer.
mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little chewy,also creamy.
drinkability:I really enjoy this beer,I would describe it as a nice sipping beer,great on a cold night! also this is probably the best stout I have tried. I like it much more than Guiness. if you like stouts I would recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, but not as thick as some of its counterparts. A nice, beefy dark tan head, with noticeable carbonation. Smells almost chocolately. Tastes delicious with a chocolate, but not too dark taste. This beer goes down so smooth. I could drink maybe 2 or 3 of these, but they are quite filling so I would prefer to savour each one. A fantastic beer! Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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

Large clear bottle, pours black with a manly dark tan head, ecxellent head retention and nice foamy lacing. Sweet roasted malt in the nose. Smooth malt, toasted malt and burnt malt. Chocolate, cafe au lait and cocoa notes. Some chalky hops in the finish. Smooth, silky, coating mouthfeel. This one is wonderful to savor and enjoy. I enjoyed some spicy BBQ chicken and a piece or two of chocolate with this one. A fine brew, go out and get some.

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Photo of necoadam
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out ink black with some decent amount of head on this beer. Gotta be careful with those gold wrappings around the cap, a little piece fell into my beer. Smell consisted of some sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and some creaminess of some sorts. Taste is very good. So silky smooth and creamy. Almost like buttery chocolate in your mouth. It's so good. This beer barely had a chance to get to room temperature, it was gone before I knew it. It's true what the others say, this is an amazing beer. Always keep a 4 pack of this beer in your fridge/cellar. One of the best beers out there.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pouts as black as night. There is a thick large bubble foam head. The head last for aroma time and dwindles down to nothing. The aroma is a sweet and sticky. Hints of coffee and molasses are present along with roasted malts. The taste is smooth and a bit creamy leaving a smooth feeling across the pallet. The sweetness of the molasses comes across with a nice roasted malt flavor and a sweet finish. One fine brew. Can’t understand why I waited so long to try this one.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, the charm of Yorkshire, England. Not only is it a beautiful, misty, mysterious, moor-laden land, it has fascinating mediaeval history; and, of course, the Tadcaster Old Brewery. I cannot help but love this brewery, and this particular product they produce. Pouring with a very large, creamy, dimpled head, it quickly falls to an ample brown/red blanket on this black, or dark dark brown stout beer. The lace is patchy and viscous, large bubbled AND small bubbled. Even on a machine-washed pint glass, the lacing is extraordinary. The appearance, for a stout, is almost perfect. There are a myriad of aromas: coffee beans, syrup, molasses, raisins, oatmeal(of course), dark roasted malt, chocolate, and many others. The hops are not in the background either: they add a very distinct grassiness to the smell. The taste is ambrosial, delivering fully on the aroma. I taste malt, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, such as raisins or plums, with a very slight sour/tart finish, almost like yogurt or milk of some sort. It is creamy, grainy, and full on the palate. Sublimely flavourful and rich, but exceptionally drinkable--the richness and fullness is not overwhelming, but appetising. This is such a wholesome drink, I am sure 3 or 4 could replace a dinner or large meal. The choice is yours: eat a loaf of whole-grain bread, or drink an Oatmeal Stout. The latter for me, please.

Paired interestingly with young French Brie cheese. It seemed to bring out the hardness of the water and add a metallic sourish tinge to the taste. The earthiness of the brie brought out the sweet fruitiness of the yeast and malts.

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

Great beer. Great nose, little funky, lots of character, kinda leathery but more appealing than that. Good rich flavor, a bit funky, really satisfying. Good chocolate malt flavor with the rich earthy funk really make this beer enjoyable. Could be a little sweeter or something to up the mouthfeel, but other than that, I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle, with foiled cap, part of the Samuel Smith's Selection Box, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a frothy tan head forms on top of a barely translucent dark mahogany liquid. The head was impressively sized, and showed good staying power. Nice strong aroma, mainly of heavy dark malts, and the taste echos that, with the hearty taste associated with those grains. An aftertaste lingers of chocolate, with a slight undertone of coffee as well. A thoroughly enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully, nice dark black. Provides a 2-3 finger head, nice and soapy. Head lasts a good while. When held up to light, produces a nice red-brown. Smells like molasses cookies, sweet but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel surprisingly. Not too heavy, but assertive. Strong molasses taste, but hops keep sweetness in check. Great beer, could definitely put a few back if it were just a little less expensive.

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Photo of krberg
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers. Thick and black with a tan head I alway think of it as a grown-up's Guinness. It has a wonderful roasty taste that is almost over-powering, but falls short and disappears into a smooth sweetness that reminds me of milk stouts. I have been drinking this beer longer than any other craft beer and it has yet to disappoint me. It feels appropriately thick and rich and really just satisfying. I don't think any stout lover would have difficulty putting quite a few of these away.

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

Poured in a proper Guinness glass so that it can be properly evaluated.

Pours a super dark brown/black, holding it up to strong light shows that this is in fact clear with red highlights.

Smell is Wow this is a Stout? Smells intensely fruity and complex like Belgian Strong brown ale. Probably 100 individual smells in this, coffee, toffee, orange, cinnamon, peaches, tutty fruity, and more. Probably one of the most fragrant brews in the world.

Tastes strongly of coffee and chocolate. Fruit flavors are here too, lots of apple, a bit of caramel, earthy flavors like olives.

Mouthfeel is hearty and thick.

Super drinkable. I don't normally really like Stout beer; this brew changed my point of view on this style of beer.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my glass to produce a giant creamy head - I had a Pavlovian response almost immediately. The beer had a deep, mahogany appearance, with maybe a bit of red coloring if the light hit it just so. Smell was inviting - a warm, malt smell and some dark fruit smells on top. The flavor was beautifully full, and maintains dimension without being overly complex. There is a wonderul sweetness that accompanies this beer. The roof of my mouth hummed with bitter while the tongue smiled in sweetness. Great beer - but what else can we expect from Sammy Smith.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown. dense, and sticky body that is not quite opaque with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Thick tall khaki head formed easily and receded to a quarter inch thick layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Wonderful lacing and head retention and medium carbonation. Smells like lightly roasted grains, caramel, and honey. Flowery hops with very mild bitterness. Taste leans definitely towards toward the fruity sweet end of the spectrum, with a mixture of plums, raisins, and cherries. Warming and soothing with a mouthfeel that is a bit thinner than most stouts. A restrained sweet stout that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Jables
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with thin tan head.

Aroma is sweet, aromatic and a hit of tartness.

That tartness comest through a little bit in the flavor but it's mostly sweet, smooth, and really creamy.

The mouthfeel, you guessed it, smooth and creamy, really awesome stuff.

The drinkability is great, yeah it's roasted like most stouts are but the oatmeal makes it so smooth you can just sit back, relax and enjoy this one.

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

Good and dark with a substantial tan head. Impressive to look at.

Great nose on this beer. Chocolate, coffee, malt and a hint of hops. Real nice mix, not overpowering, quite inviting.

Lots of sweet, roasted malt in this baby. Sweet but not cloying, with just a touch of bitter hops to finish. Clear, clean chocolate and coffee flavours make this a wonderfully toothsome beer. Good intro for a newbie stout drinker

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Photo of Elemental
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice dark black color with a lite velvety head

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with hints of english hops. A thick malty aroma that is very inviting.

Taste: big bodied with a nice smooth taste. Its slightly sweet in the begining but soon become mildly bitter. The taste is creamy and lite on the tongue with a nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Overall a wonderful oatmeal stout, a must try

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Velvety dark coffee brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has that distinct Sam Smith sweet yeast smell, along with sweet roasted malts. Taste is smooth, moderately sweet, with mellow roasted malts throughout. Also some fruitiness (like all SS beers). Delicious. Good smooth feel, if maybe a tad watery. Very drinkable; I just wish it was cheaper!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep, dark mahogany brown with lighter brown, almost ruby, highlights. The cap has the color and surface texture of a freshly-baked oatmeal cookie. It's frothysticky, reasonably persistent and leaves a few small sheets and a few wisps of lace behind when it fades.

The nose is a little more subdued than some stouts, but a chocolate-covered coffee bean character is evident. Flavors include warm molasses cookies and coffee, along with very little chocolate. Oatmeal comes to the forefront as it warms and the beer becomes even more delicious as a result.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft, smooth and not especially creamy. There's a little too much carbonation for my tastes.

This is supremely drinkable beer that I'm enjoying immensely. Here's the short version of this review: Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a widely available, easy drinking, delicious version of an oatmeal stout and is one that will always have a place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark and slightly syrupy with just a shard of ruby shining through the pint glass. Ample (3+ finger) head reminiscent of taffy shrinks rather quickly, but a small pile persists throughout. Gorgeous.

A cidery, fermented smell that reminds me of Fall takes the forefront here, followed by warmer, heavier notes of molasses and char. A hint of rindy, hoppy bitterness lingers.

The smell is a solid indicator of the taste, with the same molasses presence dominating, joined by the sweet wholesome toastiness of oats as well as notes of dark chocolate, French Roast and roasted chicory. The finish on this one is quite syrupy, with just enough of a crisp hoppiness to keep the sweetness out of the "sickly" category.

This beer drinks like part of this complete breakfast. The astringency and heaviness of the beer make for some interesting sensations in the mouth. Carbonation low, but serves its purpose.

The drinkability is this stout's weak link in my humble estimation. Certainly something to nurse for a while and enjoy the nuances of as it warms.

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

Pours almost black with dark root beer brown hues escaping the edges. Big creamy brown head that got chunky as it slowly fell. Great lace. Nice start. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Hints of caramel and spiciness.
Sweet and tangy flavors of roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate.
Finishes bittersweet with hints of caramel and molasses/licorice. Beautifully balanced by mildly citric hops. Outstanding!
Medium bodied. Creamy, velvety smooth mouthfeel and zippy carbonation make for an extremely quaffable offering.
Top of the line Oatmeal Stout.

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

Not as chewy and more drinkable thant St. Ambroise. Dark brown with sudsy head. Drink your oatmeal! Taste is strong in-you-face. Almost thought it was a higher alcohol content. Nice with my roast beef lunch. Had a second almost two years later and my mates didn't like it, but I liked understated stout taste.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,557 ratings.
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