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

6,637 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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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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting one of my first beers...Poured from a euro-sizing bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark near black with the perfect amount of latte-coloured head.

S: Smells of milk chocolate, roast, oats and caramel.

T: Sharp and decadent; with chocolate chip cookie notes and the undeniable prick from the oatmeal.

D: Goes down smooth and warming. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky.

Overall: A classic and a hallmark of style. This is a great introduction to darker beers and craft beer in general.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pretty much black with creamy tan head. Respectable retention and lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts.

T- Sweet, smooth, nice roasted malts and easy to drink for a stout. Slight roasted malt bitterness, like bakers chocolate.

M/O- I was expecting more due to the hype, I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had just found it, rather than it coming so highly recommended. I was a little let down, I expected it to be a little more creamy with less carbonation. Good beer none the less, and quite easy to drink, good session beer for stout fans. Oh, did I mention it was sweet?

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

Oh boy, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while.

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.

From the pour, this is a stout drinker’s stout. The brew is truly black and quite thick, allowing almost no light through, and collecting a thick even head that is a pale brown in color. After watching the head for a bit, the lace starts to form. And while the lace is not entirely consistent, not woven or too evenly distributed, where it is found it is thick. If I am to be completely honest I was a little disheartened with my experience of the beer’s aroma before tasting. One of the big things I was anticipating was a distinct smell from this beer; something mild, sweet and, well, oatmeal-y. Sniffing around the glass before tasting the beer, I got none of this.

But then I took my first, long, savory swig and everything changed in an instant. With a sip in mouth you can really, really dissect what makes this beer special and untangle the different, very subtle aromas in this beer; most notably the mild sweetness it has. The taste, while in mouth, is smooth with your typical dark malts, but also—of course—a lighter, mellower sweet taste, which no doubt can be attributed to the oatmeal and some caramel malts. The sweetness, in both taste and aroma, provided by the oatmeal is very well complimented by the spot-on carbonation and creamy mouthfeel of this beer and those characteristics, together, make this a brew that you don’t want to put down. I should say that when you do put it down, is when you experience some of the toffee, coffee tastes which sit in mouth pleasantly.

The skinny is like this.

A: This is your Ur-stout, the perfect stout as far as appearance. Very dark, lets no light through, has a great, thick head, and lays down some strong, though sporadic, lacing.

S: Well, just smell alone doesn’t do this brew—or the aroma itself—justice, but while drinking, the sweet, mild aroma of oatmeal is what makes this stout what it is.

T: While described on the bottle as “bittersweet” this beer is something more like "sweetbitter" providing a sip that is mild and sweet, followed by the typical stout flavors of toffee, coffee and dark malts.

M: The mouthfeel of this stout is creamy, excellently carbonated, even and fulfilling without being filling or too heavy.

O: I think I’ve said more than enough, but, to contrast I’ll sum it up as concisely as I can: sweet, mild, creamy, aromatic all while being expertly subtle in its crafting.

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Photo of mtschmitz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown almost completely opaque with brown that refracts through the glass when the light hits it just right. Good head that stays with a thin layer.

S - Almost like a nut brown, with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T - Great roasted malts roll over the tongue with a sweet finish. A pleasant coffee aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied and a bit dry.

O - A very enjoyable stout which I continuously pick up at the market. A good hearty drink. Maybe not the best but one that you keep coming back to..

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a shade or two off-black, some deep red notes when held to the light. A few fingers of light tan head, with solid retention and moderate lace. Nose has some roast grains, mild chocolate, coffee, light caramel and liquer-like sweetness at times I picked up. Taste is roasty and chocolatey, caramel, light metallic notes. Slightly drying and mildly bitter finish. Full and creamy feel, succeeds at coating the mouth. Great balance between the sweeter caramel notes and bitter roastiness. Great beer and the quintessential oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A completely black body with no highlights noticeable. Also very little head. It fizzed a bit and thought it might make a cap for a second, but then thought better of it and only created a slight film.

Smell: The nose is great. The classic, sweet Samuel Smith bread malts combine with a little bit of a warm alcohol scent. Then there is more sweet that comes from the oatmeal and caramel malts. Extremely appetizing.

Taste: The sticky - slick malts have a toffee and roasted coffee flavor to them. The little bit of alcohol warmth of the stout comes through about mid drink. Then when it almost starts to lose control, the oatmeal rescues it all and provides a mealy and sweet flavor that balances out the roasted stout qualities.

Mouth feel: It is really slick and sticky thanks to the addition of the oatmeal. The stout is a little on the medium side despite this, and for the style, it could probably be more chewy. Still, the coffee bitter finish keeps things interesting.

Overall: Samuel Smith beers really win in the flavors and the mouth feel, and this Oatmeal stout does very good in both categories. Another great beer that I will definitely put a star next to. Very good.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint size brown Samuel Smith's bottle that has a classic English style label. A worthy and notable trademark that comes on all Samuel Smith's brews. Poured into a English style mug.

A - opaque black. Maybe some brown? Not sure, I had this experience where the lights were dim. Pitch black Is a good way of describing this brew with a fluffy tan had that was creamy and long lasting. Nice light tan lace as well.

S - Nuts and molasses with some earthy and roasted malt notes as well. Sweet smelling brew.

T - Great samuel Smith's style taste that I get with most of their dark brews. The Smith's style molasses throughout was lovely. Oats was well incorporated. Woodsy notes but also enough sweetness to make it a solid tasting brew. The dark earthy notes were my favorite part. Also some sort of bitter coffee taste.

M - smooth mouthfeel. Thick and creamy body which makes it easy to drink.

O - overall a classic English stout, and basically the staple of what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Just an anytime beer for me. Easy going and lots of good English oatmeal flavor. I'd drink this any time anywhere.

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

Can't add much to nearly 2000 reviews, can I?

Pours one finger head, usual black n tan.

Aromas of chocolate, brown sugar.

Taste of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, all light n delicate, oats on back palate.

Light in mouth.

A real find - gets better each sip.

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Photo of Swim424
3.17/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my terrapin cask pint glass.

A-Pitch black. Decent head which is a pale white with a slight brown tint to it.

S-Lots of Oatmeal. Sort of woody. Some sweatness to it, but not much.

T-Very bland oatmeal taste to it. Not impressive at all. slight sweetness on the finish but much getting much else from this.

MF- Best part of the beer. Slightly creamy. Leaves a good aftertaste. Kind of like an thick cream coating that has a little oatmeal kick to it.

O-Nothing special at all. I would take this over Guiness any day (given I actually finished this one), but not impressed. Low alcohol. Bland. Would not recommend this. Easy stout to drink. But not one for exceptional flavor.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

A Pours a very dark brown that is topped off with a thick off white head that has excellent retention and leave a lot of lacing.

S Some dark fruit along with an earthy note and some chocolate. Has quite a nice smell.

T Notes of chocolate, with caramel, some dark fruit, roastiness and an earthy note. Very sweet yet balanced by the roast.

M Very smooth and creamy.

All in all this one is a classic, and I can see why it is the standard for the style. Also at just over $3.00 this beer is a steal. Another win by Samuel Smith.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black. One finger of dense tan head followed by rings of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and cream.

T - Yes! Mild, sweet milk chocolate comes out in the roasted oat malts. Has a bitterness which balances with the sweetness perfectly. There's some sweet soft carrot in there too. The chocolate lingers. Delicious.

M - Smooth, buttery, creamy yet not too heavy. Low carbonation. Very sessionable.

O - A beautiful, robust, sweet stout. Would be my recommendation for someone wanting to try their first stout.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Perfect looking stout. 3 finger billow brown head with Black color.

Smell - Wonderful chocolatey malty scents. Strong and sweet. Very, very perfect smell.

Taste - Slight letdown on taste yet its still quite good. A little light in body and a slighty bitter finish. Mild malty/chocolaty notes but nothing really standing out spectacular.

Mouthfeel - slightly watery for a stout.

Overall - This is a very good stout. A little more full bodied and a tad more flavorful or malty and this would be spectacular. Samuel Smith definitely makes some fine beers.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Viscous brown-black opaque color with a light brown fluffy head. Lots of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, earthy, bits of dark fruit.

T: Same as nose with a little bit of a hop bite in it.

M: Full bodied, creamy, seems low'ish carbonation but I can feel enough with each sip. For how thick and robust this beer is, it goes down with ease.

O: Best stout I've had yet. After trying the Taddy Porter and loving it, I had a good feeling about this beer.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,637 ratings.
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