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

big malty aroma here. roasted malts. low low hop aroma. no fruits. no real coffee aroma.

this beer is black as pitch. thick creamy persistent brown head. opaque.

initially a roasted bitterness. biggest flavor is that of roasted grains. do not taste the oatmeal but uts presence is noticed in the mouthfeel. breifly sweet in the middle. taste definitely tends towards bitterness, but more of the roasted bitterness than the hops. finishes with a nice balance of hop bitterness, roasted bitterness, and malt sweetness.

smooth. medium-full body. medium carbonation.

i dont taste the oatmeal and that makes me sad.

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Photo of bravejoejoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer pours extreme brown, basically black. This tan head that faded rather quick leaving a lacing on the glass.
S - I smell coffee/ chocolate, raosty malts.
T - This is where the beer gets good. Very smooth, definitely taste chocolate and coffee. Tiny bit of hops flavor profile in the background. There is some dark malt flavor lingering around, but in general I just want to keep drinking it.
Overall I will buy this beer again and again. LOVE IT!

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Photo of heysuz
2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Intro: 12 oz. bottle poured in a tulip glass and shared with a friend

Appearance: Medium size head with a medium consistency, it receded slowly, carbonation clings to the inside of the glass, black in color but not opaque has a reddish brown hue, with a brown leather foam that swirls up nicely.

Smell: The smell is pure alcohol not much else happening, none of the flavors you would associate with a stout. It is disappointing the lack of aroma and only a alcohol smell from such a low ABV beer.

Taste: I can taste the carbonation and maybe a little hint of malts, but overall not much flavor. I would expect some of the creaminess from an oatmeal stout and it’s not there, in fact there is nothing in this beer except the taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness but not really oily, other than that the mouthfeel is really about average.

Overall: Not much flavor or anything to make this beer stand out. It is rated fairly high on the Top 100 Beers of Fame, but this beer did not impress me at all.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, deep brown with garnet highlights. Short lasting beige head. Laces glass beautifuly. Deep malty aroma. Tastes excellent, with just the right, very slightly, bitter aftertaste.I persuaded my wife to try it; (her favored choice is Miller Lite!), and she said " not bad for one of those heavy black witches brews you drink!"

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a rich dark brown with slightly reddish hues in the light. The tan head sits thick, creamy and dense over a finger tall and sits around, dropping sticky lacing in sizable chunks and clumps down the glass. This is a very pretty brew.
Rich roasted malts with caramel and toffee sweetness greet me on the nose, with hints of chocolate and vanilla not far behind. Breads, barley and a touch of char even out the sweetness.
The flavor follows suit; the oatmeal is very well-attuned in this beer and the yeast used complements nicely. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee and caramel all offer a bit of sweetness without being overdone, a touch of earthiness comes out, and just enough roast sits in the foreground all the way.
Having had a few oatmeal stouts, this isn't as big a body as some. It is, however, thick, rich and full with a delicate silky smoothness underlying the robustness of the body.
This has to be one of the best out there. It's simply a delicious, creamy, fantastic brew that I can get any time.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep black pours into the glass. A thick cream-colored head that lasts tops it. Finally settles down to a substantial crown.

S - Caramel, malts, chocolate, and oatmeal are the main aromas that push through. Seems like there is a little of the slate from the Yorkshire Squares that it's fermented in.

T - Starts with a dark caramel from the malts. Then the oatmeal begins to show through. Ends with a delicious match of chocolate and cream, but only lightly sweet.

M - Smooth, slides down real easy while still having the right body for a stout. Light carbonation that doesn't detract from the rest of it.

O - This is my go to stout, it is the perfect blend of deep flavors, aromas, and silky body. It is a truly satisfying and filling brew, especially since you can probably find this in your local store. If you enjoy this style and you haven't tried this, you are doing yourself a great injustice.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Nearly black (= very dark brown with a reddish hue) colour, thick tan head. Moderate roasty aroma, notes of coffee and chocolate. Strong roasty flavour with coffee and bitter chocolate elements, dry roasty finish. Clearly a good beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into an 8 oz. straight cocktail glass

Aroma - Sweet, alcoholic, bready smell, roasted barley presence is significant

Appearance - Opaque black color, head forms a medium cream color, spot on for an expected stout

Taste - Oatmeal presence is interesting, roast is significant yet not overbearing, strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium - thick body, seems appropriate. Lacks head retention and therefore texture from head. Low - mild carbonation.

Overall - A stout with layers of complexity not present in others, very well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Overall great beer.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 17 2011...yikes...lets hope this holds up.

A - Pours a mahogany/black to a dark brown body with some clarity and red light through the edges. A big frothy offwhite head.

S - Sweet malts - caramel, toffee, a vegetal note. It's not balanced and its very sweet.

T - Better than the smell, thankfully, and has some nice dark malt profile to it. That sweetness is still here, and its off-putting. This also moderately resembles a cola.

M - Medium body, dry ish, a bit gritty.

O - this probably needs to be more fresh, but it's not too bad.

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Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint.

A - Dark black with a small, creamy head.

S - Rich roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate notes. The aroma is strong, and draws you in for the first sip.

T - The roasted malt comes out strong, followed by a sweet coffee/dark chocolate element. The finish is dry with a touch of bitterness. A nicely balanced brew.

M - Super smooth and silky. Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Delicious stout, just a real pleasure to drink. Everything works well together in this brew - and I look forward to buying it again.

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Photo of LordOdin
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In short, this is an exceptional beer that is not all too difficult to find in a store nearby. If you have never tried this beer before, then I urge you go ahead and do so, even if a stout is not your preferred style.

More in depth, I consider this to be a well balanced beer in terms of smell, taste, and texture. In terms of smell, this beer shows hints of oatmeal, which is not a big surprise, and caramel, perhaps some brown sugar or molasses?

This sweet smelling aroma is a great indication of the upcoming taste. Overall, this beer has a balanced palate that is neither overtly sweet nor bitter. This sweetness makes it great to enjoy on its own, or paired with a full-flavored meal. While the taste does tilt slightly towards the sweeter side, it is not by much.

As far as I am concerned, the texture itself is probably the best part of this beer. As with many oatmeal stouts, the texture is both rich and creamy. It really does fill your mouth. Interestingly enough, this beer retains its head all the way through.

While I mentioned that the smell, taste, and texture of this beer were well-balanced, I should probably comment on the color itself too. As is expected, In its simplest form, this is a very dark beer. Other than that, however, I cannot say much else.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a yummy oatmeal stout. Thick and delicious.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4

S: Roasty with a very carby, oatmeal base. 3.5

T: Roasty malt with some sourness and slightly bitter charcoal. Lovely carby base. From the oatmeal? Some brown sugar flavour. 4

M: Foamy and pretty thick. 4

O: 4

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Photo of julian89
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent dark brown hue large head, caramel base
Smell: Smokey dry, arid, stale oats smell.
Taste: Smooth clean, dark smokey taste. Very little hoppy taste, mostly grain. Nice bitterness.
Mouth feel: Best part of the beer in my book. Excellent consistency. Viscosity was perfect and the coolness of my fridge provided the perfect environment for CO2 fizziness and % head on pour.
Overall: 8/10 or 4.0 via beer advocate. Good choice my friends

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle into a giant snifter...pours a rich black with a decent head...I've only had this once or twice before with a dear friend who really likes it...smell is tons of oatmeal and a complex malt-backbone. Not too bitter, not too sweet...well balanced if on the less bitter side of a sessionable low-alcohol stout like this...excellent, highly recommended. A classic of the style.

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Photo of obywan59
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black, just a bit of deep burnt orange at the bottom of my glass. 3 finger tan head with light lacing.

Initial smell of dark roast coffee that mellows out to a rich aroma of stewed dark fruits. Earthiness and over-ripe citrus with toasted malt as well.

Coffee, earthy burnt oak, molasses with prune and raisin, and light metallic flavors. Rather sweet with a bitter complement, and very full flavored.

Full bodied. Incredibly smooth with light carbonation and moderate warming alcool in the throat.

A truly great beer. An easy drinker. Smooth and palatable. I can't beleive I waited so long to try this again.

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Photo of oline73
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through. There is a finger and a half of thick tan head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt and a bit of caramel. Mild roast. Not a super strong smell overall.

Taste: Very malty and not as much roast as I remembered. A bit nutty with some dark fruit notes. The finish is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked more roast but still very good and smooth. I will probably have another given the chance.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black, and only reveals hints of ruby when held up to a direct light source. The head is nice and fluffy and chocolaty in colour.

The aroma is slightly toasty with some sweet vanilla notes smoothing things out. Some chocolate is noticeable in the background.

The flavour is dominated by the toasty malts come through, followed by some bitter molasses flavours and a touch of sweetness. It is very smooth, and has consistent and inviting sweetness. It's perhaps a bit to aggressively toasty for my tastes.

Overall, this is a nice stout. Highly drinkable, while still having nice complex flavours and maintaining body and smoothness.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours black with some red hues when held to the light. The head is a light brown color and has plenty retention. Lacing is minimal. Just a bit here and there.

S - Oats take the center stage on this one. Still you get a good amount of toasted malts faint hops and some coffee undertones.

T - Sweet and grainy to start. Getting also a slight bitterness from the hops, plenty of toasted grains coupled with sweet chocolate, and some mild coffee profiles.

M - Medium to full bodied, velvety smooth and softly carbonated.

O - Why the hell do I not drink this more often. I have seriously overlooked this beer. Which is weird considering I absolutely love everything else Samuel Smith puts out. This is an excellent Oatmeal Stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of OutFox
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Trappe glass.

A - Super black, with a creamy colored tan head. Looks like heaven.

S - Oatmeal is predominate with notes of roasted coffee and chocolate.

T - Just fantastic. Truly one of the better stouts out there, but thats to be expected coming from Samuel Smith. Tastes exactly like the nose which is exactly what I was hoping for. Love the amount of oatmeal you get.

M - Thick, rich, creamy. Great stout feel.

O - Love this beer. One of the firsts stouts I ever had years ago, and truly sets the bar for an oatmeal stout. Such a treat in a bottle.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on January 17 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


This pours a coffee like color and damn does it look enticing. The head was barely there and I really don't really expect it to stay long with as fast as it's leaving. The color of it in the glass it just black. If the color ever enveloped me in a sudden moment I would only assume that I died.


On small breath-ins it smells like coffee, but if you take it in deep then the chocolate is nice and strong. The smell just feels dark and damn do I want to take this in.


This taste like a damn strong delicious coffee. The taste oddly does not stay strong as it's first taste. The aftertaste is not completely bitter, but it does leave a slight sweet chocolate feel. It's almost a dark chocolate. It leaves a Italian roast taste rather than a French toast taste. This is not my favorite style of coffee, but at least it leaves a desired taste.


The mouthfeel is slightly smooth, but with a mild carbonation feel. This drink coats the entire mouth that is just a magical feeling knowing that this drink could last that much longer in my mouth.


This drink does hit some nice points, but it's not all there. The coffee is all there, but I do like a bit more chocolate to my mouthfuls. As a stout it's all there, but there are other stouts that are so much more. I know that this ranks well as an oatmeal stout, but it doesn't beat out a top notch Imperial Russian Stout.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle poured into a glass that I will call water glass, short stem, small bowl, it fit the entire bottle, used this glass just for variety, I drink so many stouts, got tired of using the Imperial Pint glass.

A: typical dark stout, pitch black in fact with a small copper colored head. This beer left nice lacing on the glass.

S: the biggest scent I got was caramel with a background of coffee and yeast/malt.

T: Yummy! it had a slight coffee and cocoa flavor, slightly sweet but had nice hop bitterness at the finish. as the beer warmed more cocoa flavor came forward.

M: not a thick beer but substantial on the tongue, crisp with that bit of hop bitterness.

I cannot believe I have not tried this beer sooner, someone brought a 4-pack to a beer party I hosted, I did not get around to trying it that night, but there was one bottle left and it took me a month to try this, so glad I did. Since I enjoy stouts so much I should have tried this sooner, but now I will make this a regular in my beer rotation.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The actual poor resembles a light black/dark brown coffee color but once the brew settles it is oily black with a tan frothy crown that rests upon the brew as light as air. Smells of sweet chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, and a hint of bitter acidity - nice and pleasant. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roast malt, subtle earthy hops, definite kick of the oatmeal in this stout. The mouthfeel is silky smooth up front followed by a minute amount of poppy carbonation. A decent beer by any standards, easy to find, nice and cheap, and quite satisfying on a cool night. It's not my go to available stout but it gets the job done right.


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Photo of bramsdell
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle (which are now easily available in AL!) into a pint glass.

A: It's dark. Hold up to the light and try to see through it. You'll get a very, very dark brown, but this a dark beer. Not as dark as some of the super rich stouts out there, but it's darker than the average oatmeal stout, for sure. Head is big but recedes down to a line, and the lacing is excellent.

S: A surprisingly fruity aroma from this drink. It is not the breadiness that most oatmeal stouts have, but instead a sweeter and fruitiness overall scent. It's very pleasant and not too sweet.

T: This is the beer that got me into craft beer. Even a year or so later, I still hold this as one of the pinnacles of a beer style. There is a deep, dark, burnt malty flavor at first. This is really all one tastes at first. However, a sweetness very quickly balances out the roasty flavor, leaving a perfect balance in the mouth. Whether you are a dark, roasted person or a sweet and smooth person, this should satisfy you.

M: I don't think there's much left to say about this beer. It's the perfect mix of everything. The mouthfeel is thick, but it's not motor oil. There's very little carbonation, but the bubbles are somewhat detectable, so whichever your preference, you win. The residual flavors on the tongue are a burnt maltiness on the front and a sweetness on the back.

O: Awesome. A beer I could drink all day, every day.

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Photo of thadbme
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a dark black with around one finger of head which does not linger long. Does not appear to have much carbonation.

Smell, you can smell the malt with a hint of the oatmeal.

Taste. Has a dark finish to it and tastes strong. This is how a stout should taste to me. It is slightly bitter but in a good way. Pretty complex mixture.

Feel, more carbonation than it seems from the look. Feels heavy.

Overall. A nice stout that I prefer over guiness. Its cheap and widely available. A good once in awhile beer.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Thomas for giving me a bottle of this. Euro-sized bottle poured into a pint glass. No clue how fresh or old this bottle may be. Review taken from notes, consumed on 09/09/2011.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black. The body barely allows any light to shine through, but contains highlights of dark crimson red. Topped by a thick and frothy tan head of two fingers, the beers leaves chunks and walls of lacing as it's consumed. An excellent looking stout.

Aroma: I get the feeling that this is not a fresh bottle, but what's in the nose is still very nice. The roasted malt is definitely there, and there are hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There's also just a kiss of some floral/earthy hops and a vague sweetness from the oatmeal. A little more mild on the nose than I was expecting; smells like a toned-down stout with a smack of oatmeal.

Taste: Good stuff, which follows the nose in a fairly linear way, but much bolder in flavor than it is in the nose. Hearty roasted malt leads to a mix of coffee and chocolate notes on the middle of the palate, which transitions to a barely-there kiss of earthy and slightly bitter hop presence. The beer goes down with a smooth sweetness from the oatmeal. An excellent brew and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth body that isn't too heavy for a stout. Low carbonation kick with some lingering and residual sweetness from the oatmeal. Best thing about the beer.

Overall: Great beer, but I would love to try this fresh to see how much bolder some of the flavors may be. I would definitely revisit this, especially with the colder months quickly coming up.

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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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