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

I picked up the bomber at the Eats Ave. Wegman's. It poured a deep black colour with the perfect head of a dark tan hue. The smell was of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight bit of hops. The taste was wonderful with the taste of chocolate ant coffee being the strongest part of it. There was also hints of roasted grains and malts. Just the right amount of hops were also added were I could taste them, but not too much. It went down smooth. Maybe too smooth because I want more.

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

The beer pours as dark as a moon less night, black as a Raven, darker than the inside of a cow, I think you get the picture, head is Bunyanesque in size, spumous in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, as it ever so slowly dematerializes, the resultant lace a thick and glutinous blanket to obscure the glass. Ah that smell, rich sweet malt, toasted grains, coffee, earthy, sweet milk chocolate, a treat for the ocular and olfactory sense, start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top middling in feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hops delectable and the aftertaste a blend of malts, hops and toasted grains, quite dry and pleasant, a long time favorite stout that never fails to please, and one that always occupies my DBF.

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

Looks like most other stouts. Near pitch black, opaque liquid, with a tan head. The flavor really blows me away. Huge coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. This is maybe the most flavorful Stout I have come across. Definitely a dessert beer, that I could not even think about sessioning. This is one that has a lot going on, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark syrup pour with a small head. The explosion of flavor is quite startling if you are not prepared for it. The malt is very well balanced and is not too heavy. Mouthfeel is excellent and this coaxes this bier to disappear quickly.

this bier could turn most people into stout lovers without a doubt.


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

It pours a deep dark brown, allowing light through only at the edges with a ruby-russet glow. A thick light tan head blossoms but settles quickly to a mottled plateau of froth. There's considerable pretty, variegated lacing.

The thick, oaten aroma almost smells like breakfast. Underneath the earthy sweetness lies a sherry/port vinous note melded with an air of currants.

The flavor delivers what the aroma promises, a dense, moderated sweetness of chewy oatmeal. The port and currants are resurrected in the middle of the mouthful. Still, the oatmeal pervades, almost like the dust covering the inside of a box of the milled oats. It gives way to a long-lingering bitter-sweetness at the back of the tongue. Throughout, the flavor maintains a texture that is almost tangibly chewy.

Thick and heavy bodied, tendrils of dark syrup coat and distribute oaty goodness all about the mouth, feeling almost like light molasses. It fills your mouth and virtually begs you to chew it.

If only it were socially acceptable to drink your breakfast, this would replace eggs and bacon, or scrapple, for me. It's just sweet enough to be a treat, with plenty of peripheral notes to intrigue the palate. It's full and earthy, never cloying, and so wonderfully refreshing. Despite its considerable heft, the lower ABV helps make it delightfully fresh and drinkable.

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Photo of mntlover
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Balck wonderful brew with nice foamy tan head that falls to nice tan ring following the beer down. Smells of roasted malts, oats good earthy smelling brew of substance. Taste is perfect roasted malt, sweet oats with hints of coffee, chocolate, carmel and more sweet wonderful brew with touch of bitterness at the end to bring eveything together perfectly. Mouthfeel is great, you could almost live on this beer alone my favorite stout as of present can't imagine getting much better then this. Why can't all beer be this good?

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

Pours with a light brown, one-fingered head, fades soon and leaves little lace. Light-medium carbonation. Deep red/amber color. Nose is a light roasted coffee. Heavy bodied, beefy malty/hoppy taste but has a sweetness to it, very smooth, very drinkable; $8.99 for a 4-pack of 12oz. Also $3 for a 550ml bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of fes1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had never tried an Oatmeal stout and was looking forward to
trying this product. The description on the box was interesting
mentioned that outmeal stout used to be consumed by
athletes training for events.

Tasted very nice, not overpowering.
Full bodied flavor and a very rich head.
The aroma was pleasant, and the taste was amazing.

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

Medium, light brown head.

Very nice, quite complex nose.

Very dark brown body with a few bubbles.

Good, full taste and mouthfeel, with a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout - perhaps a bit overpriced (at least in my local market).

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dear me, this was good! Looked great. Pitch black. Nice frothy, creamy head which lasted quite a while.

As someone who is not a stout fan, I have to say: really good! This didn't have the typical astringent taste I associate with stouts. Incredibly smooth. Which gives is a very high drinkability. The taste was pretty mellow however, which I liked. But at the end of the day, something like that cannot get a 5 for taste.

Well done. I'll definitely be having more of this in the future.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of the most acclaimed beers around, and with good reason. Simply put, drinking this beer is like drinking a desert. What surprised me was that this was more mellow than I anticipated. If this beer was kicked up a few more notches my grade for it would be even higher. I took this one out of the case, so my sample was pretty much guaranteed to be fresh.

This oatmeal stout pours a very dark brown/black color with some slight amber hints. A milk chocolate colored foam forms and retains well, but leaves minimal lace. I thought there was some dark red wine smell in the aroma, along with roasted notes, alcohol, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with light carbonation. The first flavors I detected were of chocolate covered cherries and other dark fruits, with some rum raisin. The flavor is definitely sweet. The sweetness struck me as tea-like, and even had a hint of vanilla to it. Some light espresso, mocha and hazelnut notes show up, and there is some alcohol flavor here that strikes me as being slightly brandy-like. All these flavors meld into mellowness, and the finish has a roasted, slightly bitter dryness to it. The aftertaste is clean with some roasted dryness and bitterness as the only lingering qualities. This one finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this surprised me with its mellowness and drinkability. This is a myriad of flavors and textures, and to anybody who says they don't like beer I would point them toward this one. A classic.

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

Dark, dark brown, a little light gets through the edges of the glass. Slight lacing follows down the glass.

A sweet chocolate and marshmallow aroma.

Taste didn't wow me to the level that this beer is ranked. Good, to be sure; smooth dark toast mingles with a more subdued roasty malt flavor. On the sweet side, and finishes with another hint of marshmallow. Only mild bitter tones as the glass warms to room temperature. A little too thin and mild mannered. I like stouts to be heavy, chewy and assertive; this meets none of those criteria.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been one of my favorite stouts.

I originally had this beer for the first time in High School and just recently found a place around where I live that carries it. Needless to say I snatched it up if for no other reason than nostalgia.

Anyway, the beer pours a deep rich brown, nearly black. The head was nice and thick and the lace stuck to the edge of the glass until it was finished.
I am a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and this one an all around good stout. I highly recommend it. The taste is great and unlike some beers you can spend your time on it without it tasting awful on the last bit.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a stout lover this is one of my favorites. Looks very dark and rich in flavor. An off white creamy head full of complex aromas. Alcholic and sweet are the two that stand out to me. Very rich tasting but much lighter than other stouts Ive had. It starts off very rich and creamy and finishs slightly dry. An Excellent beer.

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

The first thing that struck me about this stout was the aroma, Very complex, almost sweet, with what I thought could have been vanilla among other things. The #1 surprise was the texture and consistency of this beer, I was expecting something much thicker, more like guiness, and boy was I surprised, a much smoother, lighter consistency with a great taste and just enough flavor to let you know you are drinking something quality without being over whelming. It took me more time to get a good overall sense of this stout then I would have expected, a compliment to the complexity of the flavor.

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

I enjoyed the Smith Imperial Stout so much I thought I would give this a try. No regret.

Pours a beautiful dark glas with nice head and lace. Nose is vanilla, caramel, chocolate, earthy and alchohol.

Taste is mellow and beautiful. Like a milk shake. Smooth and creamy. A hair too sweet to keep from a 5 for taste. Malt and caramel are the prominent tastes; fairly sweet with a hint of chocolate. This is such a rich beer. A great desert.

I find it hard to rate any stouts higher than this.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very black offering with a thick tan crown, then, thin lace with marginal cling and a thick bubbled ring.
The body is full. Carbonation by apperance is unknown.
Nose has a malty sweetness about it.
Interesting taste in that chocolate is obvious, yet bitter.
A malty linger sensation to end which was short.
Slight syrupy mouthfeel on closing.
Not a session brew but very nice for dining.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.22/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice, with a fluffy light-brown head. Smells pretty funky, some plasticity and acidity. Flavor starts nice enough, although too sweet for my liking. Good molasses in there with the roasted grains. Finish is pretty bad, kind of like what I think varnish would taste like. Although I admire the distinctness of this brew and its fermentation flavors, I find it to be very unpleasant. Poor aroma and poor finish. How is this rated so high? I would like to see people's thoughts on this in blind taste tests so that there is no bias towards this popular brewery.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this a few nights ago at a tavern in the 355 ml bottle and wasn't impressed (old, musty, excessively yeasty). But I decided to give it another shot for this review, and picked up a 550 ml bottle from a different establishment. So: pours a deep, deep brown; basically black at the center; rosewood/chestnut highlights appear when brew is held to light. Not much of a head on first pour, just a thin film of foam... a more vigorous pouring on the second attempt revealed an off-white to tan, dusky head about two fingers deep that eventually settled slightly. And the aroma... what a difference there was between this bottle and my previous sample! So much fresher, with a pleasant smell of fresh bread, rolled oats and a raisiny touch up front, sustained by a pervasive cream sherry sweetness throughout. The flavor continues the trend: more distinct cream sherry tones accompany a dark (almost pumpernickel?), oatmealy midpalate while remaining subtle and light. Suggestions of black bread, prunes, and puffed wheat cereal round everything out, punctuated by a bit of English hop dryness. Near perfect mouthfeel. Creamy and light, stunningly silky and smooth, but also tingly, dry, and warming... almost distributes itself across the palate without you even trying. Nowhere near the density I expected from such mealy flavors and aromas. Drinkability is hampered (if you can call it that) only because the brew is deeply satiating and filling--a beer to be savored and slowly digested--a bottle at a time will be enough. Tasty; soothing. Recommended.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark, mahogany pour with a thick, lush, frothy head that lasts and lasts, leaving creamy lace everywhere.
Smell: Roasted malt, earthy, espresso and bitter chocolate.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Stunningly rich, smooth, and creamy malt start, followed by an alcohol/carbonation tingle, that subsides with a semi-dry hop finish that allows some of the roasty, earthy, malt sweetness to linger in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: Obviously a tremendous stout. The oatmeal takes some of the more exciting stout edges off IMO, but if this is all I can find to complain about, I'm in heaven.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,579 ratings.
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