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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
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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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Ratings: 6,658 |  Reviews: 2,292
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle aggressively into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, the closest thing I could find to a possible date was a "7/10" printed on the inside of the box (Freshness date? Production date? July 2010? October 7th (2011?)? Is it even a date?)

A: Very dark brown, almost black with dark amber highlights around the bottom of the glass. Beautiful. Poured with an amazing 4.5 fingers of darkish tan head, nice and sticky micro bubble creamy foam, so far great retention and nice sticky lace around the inside of the glass.

S: Not a lot going on here. I wish there was a little more nose, what I do detect almost smells like alcohol/malts, a bit bready, smells almost a bit like black licorice. Doesn't have the most impressive nose, but what's there isn't offensive, it's rather pleasant, just lacking.

T: Amazing. It manages to pull off an excellent full flavor despite the lack of nose. Roasted malts, bready grains, very earthy and roasty, light bitter hops halfway down, finishes back into a wonderful earthy grain, leaves a yummy roasted coffee malty aftertaste. Amazing depth and balance. Very hearty and delicious.

M: Nice full body, nice chewy feel, moderate carbonation, sticks perfectly to the tongue and walls of your mouth. Smooth and creamy going down. Delectable.

O: Excellent, excellent beer. Couldn't ask for much more. It's a tad light on the nose, but this is a very solid and nearly perfect stout in every other aspect, especially in taste and feel, where it counts most IMO. This could have almost earned perfect 5's across the board from me had it not been for those tiny nitpicky drawbacks.

You have to try this at least once just to experience it.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice dark opaque color. Not too much tan head with a nice lace. Lovely smell of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roastiness. I do get the smell of the malts too. Med/full bodied, carbonation is perfect. Really get the caramel and roasted malts in the nose after the sip. It's a tad sweet. I enjoy it.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed one tonight because I want to review Road Slush soon and wanted to check out an original Oatmeal Stout -- surprised I've never reviewed an old favorite.

A -- Deep, dark black with ruby highlights that only show with a flash light. Dense, mousey, long-lasting, light brown (not tan) head.

S -- Roasted malt with sweet undertones cream & coffee and light licorice and caramel.

T -- Roasted malt up front with that cream & coffee smooth sweetness following then finish with a mellow roasted malt bitterness. The oat character comes out with warmth and compliments the other flavors nicely.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and silky but finishes mildly dry. Body is medium to light-robust.

O -- Overall, this is the stuff -- the benchmark for the style. I've never given all 5s to a beer before, but this one is deserving.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown with a decent off white/tan head that eventually dwindled down.

S: On the sweeter side of things, a little roastiness and chocolate.

T: Also on the sweeter side of things with the malts, some coffee and chocolate, and some roastiness.

M: Extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.

O: A very nice oatmeal stout. I don't drink it enough but every time I do, I really enjoy it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first taste it reminded me of a better version of yuengling bock, then kind hit me as more of a brown ale, then just liquid awesome. Its just so tongue pleasing you beg for more. Definitley one of the best beers I ever had. In the top 3 for sure. A must for darker beer lovers.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Over carbed. Shot all over the place when opened. Could be from packaging issues. Deep red copperish brown. 3 finger tan to mocha head. Laces really well. Tight to medium bubbles.

S: chocolate, mocha, cream, slight burnt, toasty and bread. Sweet chocolate cream.

T: chocolate, sweet, roasty notes.

M: Sweet medium bodied that finishes drier.

O: Was expecting a thicker mouthfeel. Still a good beer although it fetched a high price at my local liquor store.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 6,658 ratings
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