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

6,637 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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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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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

oz bottle. Allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout pours jet black, with a billowing three plus fingers of mocha foam crowning the beer and filling the glass. Head retention is just alright, and lacing, while left in a solid ring near the top of the glass, is fairly spotty underneath. The nose is highlighted by a soft coffee aroma, met by a light touch of fruity esters. The flavor adds a mild chocolate flavor, which plays well against the subtle, coffee with cream roast. Those classic English esters help close things out. The body is wonderful, subtly full and featuring that great silky character that one finds in a well executed oatmeal stout. The carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum, just as it should be. There's nothing overly complex or "in your face" about Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, it's just a flawless rendition of one of my favorite styles.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,637 ratings.
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