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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,654
Reviews:
2,291
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gr0g
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with the usual awesome head I've noticed on Sam Smith beers. Retention is impressive, lacing even more so. As far as looks go, this is just about perfect for a stout. Less of a treat for the nose than the eye. Malty and earthy, a bit of cocoa. The aroma is altogether somewhat weak and pedestrian.

Malty and dry in flavor, finishing with a hoppy bitterness. The silky smooth mouthfeel expected of an oatmeal stout is there. Chewy enough for a stout in the 5% range. Dry, roasty malt note dominates, with a bit of licorice backing it up.

Save for the average aroma, this is a more than worthy stout with good flavor while also being sessionable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Morpheus
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Absolutely perfect pour and appearance. Beautiful foam. I shiver with anticip...

...pation

Smell: Malty goodness and essence of hops. A faint sweetness of molases.

Taste: Not as "oaty" as I would have expected. Very well balanced, with a finish of hop bitterness.

Texture: "average" for a quality beer. Neither remarkable, nor disconcerting.

Overall: A very fine beer. My first oatmeal stout. I find the flavor improves the closer it gets to room temperature. One of the few beers I prefer warm.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Long813
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black body, only some light shines through the edges of the glass. Head is thin, mocha coloured. Leaves very little lacing and retention is alright.

S: Well blended aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Not as strong as the aroma, but full of milk chocolate, roasted malts and grainy hops.

M: Very thin, water like texture. There is medium-low carbonation. I was expecting this to be a thicker texture and feel due to the oats, but I don't notice it.

O: I was expecting much more out of this stout due to the great reviews. It's not bad, but just not as good as I was expecting. Would enjoy the texture to be thicker.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle.

While pouring it appears as a dark brown liquid and inside the glass it is black. One finger thick tan colored (almost turning brown) head that has good retention. Stays as thin head throughout. Opaque. Sticky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, grain like malt sweetness. Creamy and some oatmeal flavor. Not much happening there.

Flavor: Roasted malts with a mix of oatmeal ground and earthiness. Easy texture. Almost no hop presence. Sweet dry finish. No apparent coffee. Feels like malted cream.

Mouth feel: Full bodied. Very smooth and silky. Moderately high carbonation. Easy drinking stout.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 3.5

Not to my liking. Do i feel excited after trying this style defining brew? No. Oatmeal stuff is not for me. Very smooth and easy. A good balance but at 5.5% i am thinking i paid a lot.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,654 ratings.
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