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:
6,637
Reviews:
2,285
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of ScaryEd
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black color with a fluffy off-white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

The aroma brings subtle milk chocolate and roasted coffee, followed by plenty of grainy, roasted oats.

The taste brings quite a bit of fig and dark fruit. Then comes the sweet chocolate. The oats are subtle but definitely present.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Creamy, velvety and smooth. Just the way a stout should be.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. It's rich, complex, and tasty. Not to mention extremely affordable. Just an amazing beer all around.

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Photo of cciquera01
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of FEUO
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brettski
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of Patriot19
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cluker
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tmt71883
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Gunda26
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of sommersb
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 550ml brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Samuel Smith tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Dark, dark brown beer with red highlights. Head is tan, rocky and huge, showing excellent lacing and retention that stays until the last sip -- a beautiful stout.

Aromas feature dark, sweet malts, like a rich chocolate milkshake but with a roasted quality. Also has smells of molasses and brown bread.

The taste includes flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee/malts, breadiness and a low earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a smooth and creamy texture from the oatmeal, with a medium amount of carbonation. Full-bodied, it finishes with notes of chocolate, toasted breads, lightly sweet with a light bitterness too.

Overall, this is a real treat of a stout and seems to embody the style perfectly.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of arfenhouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Baldjosh
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Orbex
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Samwhyz
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Maltmaiden
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge 3 finger thick head that stays around and leaves a film that lingers for the entire time.
Completely black and I can’t see through it.

I smell toasted caramel malts, breadiness, oats, some hops, some chocolate, and a little bit of molasses. Very inviting.

Just as delicious as I remember it being. Very toasty malts, not burnt though. Pretty much all the aromas come through in the flavor in a very thoughtful way. Very well crafted.

Very smooth medium/thick mouthfeel but easy to drink.

Overall: This is an old friend so I'm glad to be reviewing it now. I would buy this all the time but then I wouldn't be able to try other beer haha. This my perfect beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass the beer has a deep brown black color with no light coming through. On top sits a talldense head mocha in color. Some lacing is left behind as I drink it.

A robust and malty aroma with molasses and anise coming through, mightily weaving in and out of the aromatic bouquet.

Of course one finds a big malty brew but like in the nose molasses and anise are big players almost too big. I detect very faint hints of smoked peat.

Drinks thin on the palette but is smooth flowing.

Overall drinks well but seems to me more akin to a dry stout in that the characteristics of an oatmeal stout are not there. It's not as smooth, velvetty, or sweeter like an oatmeal. I would at the very least expect it to be heavier on the palette.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Chokobo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kimbo1318
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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