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

6,625 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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Photo of microbrewlover
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, with a two finger mocha colored head which does not last too long but mocha colored lacing stays on the glass until the end.

The smell is oatmeal, coffee, chocolate and nuts.

The taste starts with sweet and roasted malts. This is followed by coffee, chocolate the oatmeal. The hops then come in; not too strong, there are just enough hops to balance out the sweetness; which is considerable. The hops are followed by a buttery taste. There is also a final hint of oatmeal on the extreme back end.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, buttery and creamy.

This is my second oatmeal stout and I find it to be delicious, better than the first one I tried, by Sierra Nevada; which was quite good too. Everything is very well blanced. I will be trying more brews in this style and more brews my Samuel Smith.

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Photo of Peglegtim
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with glints of cola brown around the bottom and edges when held to the light. A large, fluffy, dark caramel-colored head forms quickly and retains a little better than average. Once it dissipates, splotchy and spiderweb lacing is left on the edges of the glass, while a thin cap sits atop the beer. Aromas are comprised primarily of sweet chocolate and sorghum. While these aromas come through distinctly, they are not overly bold. There are also notes of roasted malt and ripe cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not too viscous. The mild hop on the finish accentuates the light carbonation scrubbing. Flavors come through almost as distinctly as the aromas. However, everything is mild. In a time of craft brewers competing for the biggest beer, it's nice to sip a stout that has a lot of flavor in different varieties without having my palate overwhelmed. Mild chocolate, sorghum, and ripe fruit esters occur, essentially in that order. I regard this a quintessential stout.

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Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of EdelweissDad
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JoshuaGoins
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of KKB
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – The appearance is just the deepest brown there is. Close to zero visibility. The head is a medium/light brown but it goes away almost immediately (might have been a shisty poor, I will revisit this).

S – The smell is just so luxurious on this one. Just so unbelievably wonderful smelling. It has a chocolate chip cookie kind of caramel biscuit nutty vanilla aroma going on that is so compellingly sniffable. Definitely a little bit of coffee in here as well…well really I would call that espresso. Probably the best smelling stout that I have ever had. Maybe top ten best smelling beers I’ve ever had.

T – The taste is little different from the smell but it’s toned down a little bit and it’s oh so creamy, and the oatmeal really comes to the forefront as it warms. You still get delightful mild coffee, and chocolate that play off the oatmeal in a manner that is simply delectable. One of the better tasting beers I’ve ever had as well.

M – The mouthfeel is luxuriant, and silky smooth, with a medium dry finish. It’s really just spot on.

O – One of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. This beer is just the model for all oatmeal stouts and is one of my all time favorites.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of noremac423
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mpetersen
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BigBarley
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours almost like an RIS... very dark, almost pitch black unless held up to strong light. Head is a darker khaki, that retains well. Decent lacing as well, considering the 5%. Just looks delicious in any glass.

Aroma is a smooth, roasted scent. A touch of chocolate, but mostly just a sligtly sweet, slightly dry aroma of roasty malt goodness. Smells amazing,

Tastes great, dry and roasty up front, smooth drinker with a bit of bitterness below, and enough sweetness to carry it along. A fantastic take on a rare style.

Mouthfeel is amazing... thick enough but still smooth, carbonation that's just enough to be biting and crisp without being too harsh. All around fun to drink.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who's a fan of any craft beer. Anywhere. Ever.

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Photo of HeyJim
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque black with thin,bubbly, tan head a couple of inches thick. Light bubbly lacing across the side of glass. Head fizzes away really fast.

Very nice smells of cocoa/coffee, roasted malt and slight grain/malt sweetness. Very pleasant and long-lasting on the nose.

Thick mouthfeel of smooth creaminess, sweetness, dark roasted malts, and chocolate. Delicious, pretty much a dessert beer. Medium to thick body, with medium level of carbonation.

This is one outstanding stout! Thick, creamy, tasty and satisfying, you cannot go wrong. I will sure as hell have this again, as long as I can find it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cascading dark tan head eventually settles majestic atop this dark brown brew. A slow disintegration results in a landscape of rocky lace. Big nutty and sweet aromas overlay dark chocolates, sweet bread and a hint of plum. Tastes nutty with a little less molasses sweetness involved. A vein of dark licorice coincides with a quick punch of cocoa toward the end. Weighs unexpectedly light to medium, and one could argue there's a wateriness, although the argument would be short lived as inconsequential. This is not an overly complex beer, but it is a well balanced and eminently rewarding beer that shows revisitation of basic (sometimes forgotten beers) can be just as rewarding, if not more so, than tasting the newest of trends or extremes.

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Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,625 ratings.
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