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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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

Dark brown with a 1/2 finger of soapy beige bubbles

Smells like roasted cereal grains, hops, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee.

Taste starts of with some light roastiness and bitterness. This is followed by bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some coffee. This finish has more roasted malts and bitterness from hops. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light to medium- a little creamy from the oats. Low carbonation which works well. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I like for a stout but this is only 5% abv so it makes sense that it's not thick and chewy.

Overall this is a very easy drinking, nicely balanced oatmeal stout- I could drink a lot of these in one night. This is a classic- would definitely buy again.

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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter poured out of the Bottle, purchased at Total Wine.

Appearance: Dark, Like I’m talking pitch-black Dark, almost no light penetration. The head poured a good inch, which slowly dissipated to a constant covering of the top of the brew. Head is a light Tan, closer to khaki beige than it is to café con leche. The head leaves very nice thin lacing without having it “crust up” on the side after a while.

Aroma: Light Chocolate scent, very dry aroma. Lots of fruity notes again very dry. Trace notes of nuts and roasty scents.

Taste: very well balanced stout, every flavor has it’s counter part. The mild roasty flavor at the beginning is counter balanced by a good deal of bitterness. Chocolate and oatmeal along with a mild sweetness connect both extremes with subtlety as an underlying flavor throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I like my stouts to be; however and excellent level of effervescent constant carbonation which keeps a thin head present all the time. Very smooth mouthfeel, which doesn’t dry out your palate or overwhelm it.

Overall: A very VERY well balanced beer. It manages to keep it’s maltic sweetness in check against the bitterness of the hops. And at a modest 5.00% ABV it doesn’t overwhelm the drinker, that’s not to say it’s sessionable but it’s definitely light by stout standards.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark burgundy/brown/black, glistens red in the light. Modest head that quickly fades. Very bubbly and carbonated.

S: A nice sweet, sugary, fruity aroma.

T/M: The taste mirrors the smell, with fruits and sweetness dominating. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout, very prickly from the carbonation rather than smooth or creamy.

O: This is a very good beer that has a sweet but rather complex flavor profile, and a very fruity, almost wine-like taste and feel for a stout. It's delicious, and goes especially well with barbequed foods.

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2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-SSOS looks good in the glass,has a lingering head,dark coffeelike,this is the best aspect of the brew.
S-Not very pronounced,a meager whiff of oatmeal cookies,nothing stands out.
T-Taste is a weak point as this is so balanced that its flat with no commitment to anything,
M-Smooth but unexceptional.
O-Vastly over rated at $3.99 + a bottle in NY there're far better values elsewhere.

I've tried SSOS numerous times,and don't get the same appeal the majority of reviewers got from the experience.

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

973rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz/ 550 Ml

Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- Nearly dark brown with some lighter brown on the bottom of the glass with some crimson edges. A good mocha one finger head with very little retention but falls to a pond layer.

Smell- A good bit of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, whipping cream and malts, coffee, and a little bit of smoke.

Taste- A good oatmeal stout that I remember tasting just a tad better. This had a nice dark chocolate with a little bit of whipping cream mixed in. Mix in some more oats and voila you have this one. The flavors blend well and are balanced on the palate. One of the classics, nice smooth and simple. I think this is where I find my wanting to rate higher but cant.

Mouth- A good light medium body with a creamy smoothness on the finish. A little bit of a medium low carbonation level. Good, simple and clean residual flavors of chocolate and grain.

Drink- Ah, Samuel Smith you do some great classic beers. Simple, smooth and well balanced. A very easy drinking small stout with a good blend of layered flavors. Would never turn this one down.

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

A: Pours an inky, virtually opaque black with a thick, compact khaki head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and oatmeal are present on the nose. The smell is very simple, smooth, and straight-forward. Don't expect a ton of complexity here.

T: Gentle notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and heavy cream dance across the palate. The finish is delicate and smooth with cream, oatmeal, and chocolate notes. The little bit of sweetness present on the palate makes this ale very appealing.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth. Carbonation is present, but not particularly fizzy or distracting. This beer is almost too easy to drink.

O: As far as stouts go, this one is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. This isn't the most complex stout in the world; in fact, it's very simple and straight-forward. That, however, is far from a knock. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is utterly delightful in its smoothness. That little bit of creamy, chocolaty sweetness really puts it over the top for me.

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2.55/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This bottle of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout came in their holiday pack for $11.99 at Meijers. So far I haven't been impressed with the other two beers from the holiday pack so I don't know what to expect from this Oatmeal Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 550ml foiled bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and almost exactly the same as their Nut Brown Ale, it's very plain looking. It poured a nice black color that has a little ruby red tint to it when held to the light and it had four fingers worth of fluffy light brown head that died down to a thick layer that left some nice lacing. This is a pretty good looking Oatmeal Stout.

S- Unfortunately this beer has a similar aroma to the other two beer. It starts off with that supper sweet malt aroma that smells like a mixture of sweet sherry and apple juice, I do not like this aroma at all. I can pick up a slight amount of roast in the aroma but other than that it is pretty identical to other beers, what a disappointment.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma with that high amount of sweet malts being the most dominating flavor in the taste. It has a high amount of medium sweetness along with a noticeable metallic taste. I do pick up some roasty flavors and a little bit of dark chocolate, but they are pretty light and are overpowered by the sweet malts. The finish has a low amount of bitterness and a sweet and roasty after taste, the roast shows up more in the aftertaste then it does in the initial flavor. I'm not impressed by the flavor of this beer.

M- Slightly smooth and cream with a medium body and a high amount of medium carbonation. The body could be thicker, it feels a little watery.

Overall I was unimpressed with this beer and I thought it was a bellow average Oatmeal Stout. What really hurt this beer was the fact that it kept that same super sweet malt profile that the other two beers had and just as it did in those beers it overpowers the flavors that define the style, in this case it overpowered the nice roasty and chocolate flavors that should be shining through. This one is a little easier to drink than the other two but it still doesn't have good drinkability, I wouldn't want more then one glass of this, the malt profile is a turn off and it doesn't hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the look, it looked pretty spot on for an Oatmeal Stout and it had very good head retention. What I liked least about this beer was the nasty overly sweet malt profile that all the beers in the holiday pack had, it overpowered the nice flavors that should be the highlight of this beer, it made for a pretty disappointing aroma and taste. I won't be buying this beer again or their Holiday pack, all the beers had the same bad malt profile. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes oatmeal stouts, it is pretty easy to find one that it much better then this beer. This beer was a let down and doesn't compare to the American Oatmeal Stouts I have tried, they are on an entirely different level. I was pretty let down with this beer and their holiday pack, after looking at the ratings I figured these would all be solid beers, but they weren't so either I hate the malt profile that they use in their beers, or I got some of last years holiday pack but with no dating I can't be sure and I hold that against them. The best thing from this holiday pack was the glass. This is the worst Oatmeal Stout I have had to date and so far I am not a fan of this brewery, I will be very reluctant to buy another beer from them, so far one of my least favorite brewerys.

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