Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
6,701 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,701 |  Reviews: 2,297
Photo of Txphil
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of 401J
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a wine glass 0n a Tuesday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone and shared with a female red head ripe with scorn from a mid level altercation we had earlier in the evening but had been resolved minutes before tasting..

Enjoyed with some French Brie, baguette, and a Johnsonville Summer Sausage with a post apocalypse expiration date..

The appearance of this beer was quite lovely.. A dark chocolate/ruby color when held to light topped by a thin toddler pinkie head that disipates rather quickly.

Nice , mild nose with cherry, chocolate, oatmeal, and chocolate syrup.

The flavor was lighter than expected. Well balanced, a bit sour on the back of the tongue that rounded out with a mild oatmeal. I guess I was hoping for a more full bodied taste with a bit more of an oatmeal presence. A good well balanced brew though.

 873 characters

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Thunderballroom
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersvh23
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of blinker97
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of maxk
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a snifter

Looks like black coffee, no light gets through this one. Poured with a nice head which settled down to a light bubbly coating atop the beer, leaving a trail down the sides of the glass as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and caramel.

Tastes somewhat like it smells. Lots of chocolate, some coffee and caramelized sugar. There's a little bit of roasty/smoky flavor. This beer really shines in the mouth feel. It's incredibly rich and creamy.

I view this as the benchmark for oatmeal stouts. It's simple and a prime example of the style. Delicious and rich beer.

 615 characters

Photo of abex44
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of B00ZER
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of nquigley16
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of menacho1
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Garrett092112
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark chocolate body produces a hefty three fingers of thick dark tan head - great lacing, great retention.

Lots of sour coffee, creme brulee, chocolate milk, Hershey's, Cheerios, some honey notes, very mellow and very appealing.

Oats. Lots of oats. Oatmeal topped with brown sugar, super smooth, rather lactic, a bit of honey or molasses, super balanced.

So easy to drink - love it.

 392 characters

Photo of TheBronze
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of bgibbard
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ClayParcells
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of out4blood
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first real stout, and one that I always tend to come back to.

It's got a good "crunchy" flavor and a heavy taste that I love. The drawback for me is that because the beer is not as popular, I've had some bottles that we re slightly off. So I only tend to buy this in high traffic areas.

 290 characters

Photo of BillieWest
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,701 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.