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 TubaManJack
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally time to review a standard.

Appearance : Two fingers of a light brown colors. It looks creamy and inviting. There is a bit of carbonation, thus yielding a nicely retained head. Yes there is a dark body which is par for the course.

Smell: Roasted/Toasted/Chocolate malt, There is some caramel sweetness and yes there is some oatmeal in there. It is familiar like a Christmas sweeter - its not always wanted but its still so right when the proper time is here.

Taste: Just like the nose but with cream and a touch of the herbal bittering hops. Its a classic.

Mouthfeel: Its smooth like a bowl of oatmeal. - Just bear with me. There is the creaminess of the oats with the texture of the various other malts which are like the flavors. The mixture works and has the right amount of carbonation.

A perfect cold weather session brew.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About time I review this thing. It's one of the most delightful takes I've ever had on the style, and end up woofing it down before I have a chance to review it. Poured out of a 550ml bottle into the brewery's trademark pub pint glass.

Pours a deep, darkened color with reddish tones when placed against any light. Like all of Sam Smith's beers, this one has an enormous head due to the prevalence of the fresh yeast. Carbonation never seems to die down on this thing, and there was always a half-finger of foam at the top the whole time. Looks robust, thick, and inviting overall.

The aroma consists of an immediate overpowering aroma of freshly baked oatmeal, but there are also strong nutty flavors, some chocolate goodness, and yeasty phenols resembling dark fruits such as figs. What strikes me is simply how FRESH all of this smells, and indeed, the darkened malty aromas combined with the yeastiness, as well as the oats, remind me very much of freshly baked, hearty bread of sorts. There's a little bit of hoppiness going on, but not nearly as predominant as the yeast and oat richness this offers.

The flavor continues where the aroma was left off, but further accentuates and develops the flavor to greater heights. The oats are massive here at every sip, often mixing with the strong malty backbone and sticky yeast to resemble a true meal-like experience. Even after each gulp, the yeasty notes and oats remain on the tongue in a thoroughly satisfying way, and the alcohol produces a warming effect of pure bliss and comfort. Beyond the flavors, the beer is also extremely easy to drink, and provides a thickened experience as hearty and full-bodied as its flavor. The carbonation isn't too excessive, but not once does this beer let down and thin itself out, no matter how affected by room temperature.

By far one of my favorite to-go oatmeal stouts, or hell, favorite to-go stouts ever! I've had this tons of times by now, and whether or not it may not be the most accurate take on the style, it's still extremely yummy and true meal in its own right. I could have something like this for breakfast if I wanted and not feel guilty about it. Without a doubt my favorite so far by Sam Smith's!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark body with a 1.5 finger tan head which sticks around for a while. Appears dark ruby brown when held up to the light. A little bit of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Has that authentic Samuel Smith yeastiness to it. A little bit of breadiness to it.

T: Real tasty brew here. Has a nice blend of maltiness, chocolate, coffee and yeastiness. Lingering roastiness with hints of a dark fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Very drinkable beer here.

Overall a beer I would never turn down. Would love to try it closer to the source. Real balanced and light enough to session all night.

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Photo of Leo
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as a stout should be.

S - Smelled great. It has lots of chocolate notes.

T - Definitely can taste the oatmeal with the chocolate and black malts. Love this beer.

M - Nice feel, not to thick on the pallet.

O - One of favorite Oatmeal Stouts.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mcaulifww
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Jellopants356
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rusty_Pabst
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of miodusb
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ScottHeidrich119
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of WebGuyMike
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bambam2517
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at around 57F into a pint glass.

A - Best part of this beer for me. Really great head developed, even though I poured mostly down the side. Cocoa brown and creamy, really long lasting. The body is dark brown and opaque until held right up to the light, and then appears rich burgundy.

S - Very malty and roasted grain. Maybe just a trace of sweet alcohol.

T - The malt is most present, some smokiness and a touch of the oatmeal at the finish. To be totally honest its bland for me, in comparison to all of the other Oatmeal Stouts I've tried this year (and that is nearing a dozen as of this writing).

M - Nice and creamy when quaffed right away, as it appears. It is a little bitter and it finishes very clear, pretty nicely done.

O - Theres nothing wrong with it but I am not wowed. American micros are brewing better examples of the style and they are easier on the wallet too. Those are the ones I will be going back to.

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Photo of garfscores
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of babayaga
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 355mL bottle into a footed "stout glass."

Appearance- Big tan head that lasts a long time. Sparse lacing. Cloudy black with a hint of ruby. Can't see through without a light.

Aroma- Molasses and cookie. A bit of roastiness. Smells sweeter than it finishes.

Taste- Earthy choc, coffee-like, slightly sweet but finishes dry. Nice malt flavor. Something there as well that I just don't have the vocab to describe.

Mouthfeel- Creamy texture, medium body.

Enjoyable, but not remarkable. I was expecting more maybe because this one's considered a benchmark.

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Photo of BeerEdPr
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass with creamy three finger tan head, disapated at a slow rate. Black and opaque, nothing gets through . Head left low lacing which is ok, the creamy texture of the head is certainly inviting.

S - Roasted barley and molasses, slight coffee notes. sweet and malty nose overpowers the hops but they are present, I would say grassy piney trying to get through.

T - taste is pretty balanced for the style. Semi sweet with Roasted Malts and slight caramel, adequate hop bitterness to balance the sweet malt and finishes well. Lingering nut character. Slight metallic off taste.

M - mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout, the low carb is great though and it is certainly creamy.

Overall - Overall a good easy drinking stout, nothing too spectacular. A little rough around the edges, my experiences with this beer on tap have been better than this bottle. Definitely a classic though and I will continue to come back.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550 ml bottle (1 pint), no bottled on date present.

A - Pours black as the night with a creamy fluffy chocolate colored 3 finger head which recedes quickly into a foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of oats and malts, a little bit of bread. Not a whole lot of action happening here.

T - Definitely a strong chocolate coffee presence, pretty thick & heavy, which isn't my favorite feeling; this beer sits kind of heavy in the stomach. Slight hint of raisins and dark fruit as the beer warms up a bit.

M - Bitter, buttery, sticky mouthfeel, probably my favorite part of this beer.

Overall, not my favorite, but by no means is it a bad beer. I was reminded a lot of the Founders Porter, which is also not a favorite of mine. People who enjoy stouts and porters will probably find some enjoyment to be had. A nicely made beer, but not for everyone I guess.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout ---3/5.

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Photo of GotWad629
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head..It's a thing of beauty.

Smells of roasted oats, coffee, chocolate, and fruit. All the smells blend very well together, nothing is too overpowering.

Same goes for the taste. The coffee and chocolate flavors blend together perfectly with a nice medium creamy mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation.

As far as oatmeal stouts go, this is a staple. Perfectly balanced all the way around from the roasty coffee and chocolate flavors to the soft carbonation. I would love to be sitting in an old English pub drinking this right now.

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Photo of BRD14
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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