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

6,625 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: very solid 550mL embossed brown bottle. An old-school medicinal-style label - a quirky and, to be honest, awesome package.

Appearance: deep jet black with hints of ruby-brown highlights against the light. A perfect one-and-a-half finger tan head sits on top. Good retention and fantastically heavy lacing top the appearance off.

Aroma: one of my least favoured aspects of any stout. Always very demure, and this one is no different. Has a good combination of malts, however, no matter how light. Coffee, chocolate, caramels and some light spices to back up. Quite nice.

Taste: good quality malts again, a bit sweeter than the nose. It still has a bite, but has a creamy smoothness as well.

Aftertaste: lingers for a good long while, but a touch of bitterness hanging on. Also some of those heavier malts at the back of the mouth, which is a rare thing.

Mouth feel: the mouth feel is spot on. Medium-to-heavy, thick and creamy body. A low carbonation helps it glide down, and the creamy head offers just enough bitterness. Perfect.

Overall: sure, it's expensive, but it's a bloody good beer. You get what you pay for in this instance. It'd be nice if Australians didn't get quite so bent over when it came to beer, imported beer and, really, commodities in general, but hey. This one is worth the extra.

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Poured from bottle in Belgian Scotch Silly tulip glass.
Big aroma of milk chocolate, hot chocolate, dark chocolate.
Near black with substantial amber-brown head.
Modest to light carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of light chocolate, minerals, dark roasted malts...rust.
OK...I've had this brew for perhaps 30 years...always a modest body and flavorful beer. Perhaps the standard bearer for oatmeal stouts...tasty and respectable on a consistent basis.

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T - not what you would expect, very nutty, sweet taste, pretty good but not knock out.

MF - darn good

O - I like it, and you will too. It is not one of those stouts that will have you telling your friends but it is good enough to drink on a cold night.

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