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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
6,671 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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2/5  rDev -52.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into snifter. Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown with two finger sand colored head.

Nose: Roast, cocoa, sweetness, bread crust.

Taste: Sweet, roasty, chocolate milk, dark malt, metallic.

Moderate carbonation, lots of flavor and sweetness for a low ABV. Well balanced with a nice clean finish and smooth, enjoyable aftertaste. I quite like this.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout pours a black oil colour with 2 fingers of dense tiny foam, that slowly dissipate to a earnest layer of tiny foam bubbles. While hard to tell it's clear, without any haze.

S: Deep malt and molasses with a distinctive scent of over ripe bananas. With a few swirls waffes of liquorice come along with sweetened coffee.

T: High notes of molasses with acrid coffee and deeply caramelized sugar, along with sweet dark toffee. Like an oaked wine it's smooth and velvety, chased by a pleasant, yet mild bitter after taste. The richness of the flavour is enhanced as it warms up to room temperature.

M: Smooth, medium bodied that leaves a light oily coating in the mouth.

O: Very satisfying and rich similar to a good coffee or port that can stand alone without food. This is the best oatmeal stout that I have had so far. It is dessert onto itself.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date visible
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout is an exceptionally balanced blend of malted and roasted barley giving a number of expected flavors. The body is notably smooth, from the use of oats in the mash. While I might prefer more aggressive-tasting oatmeal stouts, one has to acknowledge the fairly masterful recipe that blends all the components together in this.

Able to pour a rather tall head, comprised of medium and large size bubbles, tan in color, leading to a somewhat sponge-like head. Descends over a minute or two to a thin cap atop the beer. Leaves some very nice lacing. Body is dark brown to black, with lighter brown highlights emerging when held to light. Opaque, but some carbonation is still visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate cake, a bit of molasses, and faint roasted malt. Subtle, enjoyable, good.

Taste features lightly roasted malts with mild chocolate, licorice, and molasses. Has a slight mineral quality underlying all this, no doubt from the well water. Aftertaste of slight char and dark chocolate.

Medium-bodied with an exceptionally smooth quality to it. Carbonation is present, but it just slightly lifts the beer on the palate, making the smoothness all the more noticeable. Finish is pleasantly dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Black with a two finger head and a lot of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and oats with chocolate and raisin notes.

Taste- Very similar as the smell with the chocolate and raisin notes more pronounced. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and silky smooth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very nice example of the style. I tried it because I enjoyed the imperial stout from this brewery and i am glad I did.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Appearance - Pours dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice cap, leaving behind some soapy haze.
Smell - Dark malt, chocolate, toasted oats, and a touch of grassy hops.
Taste - Similar to the nose, roasted dark malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a bit of coffee beans. So smooth and drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and incredible creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation.
Overall - Such a classic, amazing Oatmeal Stout. Benchmark of the style!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,671 ratings
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