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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
6,669 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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Ratings: 6,669 |  Reviews: 2,292
Photo of beerme411
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith conical pint glass.

Look: The beer is as black as espresso beans with a khaki head that recedes to an even thick film. A few thick bands of lacing remain.

Aroma: Faint sweet malts with chocolate, but also a lot of dark fruits like raisins and prunes.

Taste: More roasted typical stout flavor than the aroma. Charred grains, dark chocolate, but still dark fruits in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Re-reviewing this one. Forgot how fruity this oatmeal stout is.

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Photo of joek440
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, almost black coloration. Poured into pint glass. Medium head with light brown color.

S - Delicious caramel malt smell but not very strong

T - Malt flavor hits first with nutty aftertaste. The malt flavor is toasty and roasted. Hints of oatmeal

M - Thick and heavy mouthfeel with medium-to-low carbonation

O - Very good representation of a stout. Creamy and tasty without being overwhelming. What you would expect from a highly regarded brewery and recipe

(Reviewed on 10/20)

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Photo of tylerss20
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Harlow’s in Peterborough. Pours black as night. Oatmeal tan head rises magnificently and gracefully exits by halfway through the glass. Notes of oatmeal, cream, chocolate, some malt, in the aroma. Mouthfeel is top notch. Silky smooth, rich, surprisingly drinkable for such a full beer. Flavor is yeasty, chocolate, oatmeal, cream, vanilla, and a bit of hearty smoked meat. Finishes very smooth, with the mildest of hop bitterness. Really a superb beer, certainly my favorite sweet stout, and the best Sam Smith.

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Photo of Kooz
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown with a light brown, foamy head that stays through the entire pint and leaves a nice lacing.

Smells malty with caramel notes and a slight coffee hint. Pleasant with no harsh notes at all.

Tastes bitter at first, but mellows with the second sip. Has a defined caramel flavor which is pretty nice. That coffee I smelled comes back at the end to give the beer a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is nothing special. I expected it to have a little more body and be creamier, but it's watery.

Overall, this is a nice oatmeal stout, sweeter than a lot of oatmeal stouts I've had. I could enjoy another one of these.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip

This beer pours jet black, smells of malt and hops. There is some oatmeal. The taste is at first very bready, then there is a semi-sweet finish. Head retention is not that good, which surprised me. Maybe I had an expired bottle, but I did not see any clues to freshness. No expiration or freshness dates were given.

I may have this again.

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Photo of bryehn
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with ruby tones visible around the edges when held up to direct light. The tan coloured head is very frothy and leaves a fair about of laces before settling as a collared film.

Aroma is of molasses, chocolate syrup and coffee with a fairly pungent ripened fruit smell.

The taste is fairly bitter up front with hints of baker's chocolate and coffee and a slight smokey wood note. The finish brings a subtle, plum-like dark fruit taste.

The beer is full-bodied with a mild, but distinct carbonation level and the mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of oatmeal and wood.

This beer really shines after it's had a chance to breathe and warm up a bit and is one of the smoothest, most drinkable stouts I've tried.

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Photo of vancurly
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Jun 12
a) Very finely bubbled, with a tan cushion head. Dark chocolate colour, with red/chestnut highlights.
s) Roasty and briny. Fairly restrained.
t) Mocha/coffee ice cream. Touch of molasses & caramel, hint of hessian. Soft bitterness, well balanced.
m) Smooth, velvety, full mouthfeel. Tingly up front.
d) Very approachable, and good for three or four.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. I've learned that smaller Stouts really ought to be enjoyed on Nitro, conventional Draught, or widget can; not from the bottle.

A - Pours a luscious black with a dense head. It looks exactly the way a Stout should.

A - some roasted notes, nothing overly pronounced.

T - When cold it's very boring. Once it warms it gets some decent depth to it. The finish is roundly chocolate. It's not especially roasty, more dark and sweet. It really tastes like chocolate. The malty bridge is full of Sam Smith yeast flavors - my favorite part of the experience. A decent amount of crystal malt was used, but it doesn't do the beer great favors. At least it's more tame than Milk Stouts.

M - It's very wet. On the one hand, it's drinkable. People who hate the heaviness and burnt flavor in Guinness will see Stouts redeemed in their eyes after trying this. However, those of use looking for a substantial Oatmeal Stout won't find it here. There isn't the velvety character I was expecting.

O - It's sure drinkable, but it's not the stuff of legends. Really, it bridges more on what I think a Brown Ale should be than an Oatmeal Stout. I've had better beers. It definitely doesn't deserve even a spot in the shadow of Sam Smith's Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml brown bottle into a clear Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark opaque brown (looks nearly black) with a two finger tan creamy foam head that receded slowly and left good sticky lacing behind. Receded to a frothy cap that lasted throughout. A thing of Beauty.

Smell: Sweet and malty with scents of coffee, cream, fresh baked bisquits and a little clove-like spice.

Taste: Delicious. The sweet dark roasted malts are right up front with that coffee and molasses flavor, with hints of spice. Then a little hops bitterness followed by a creamy sweet and smooth finish from the oats.

Mouth feel: Medium to full body with a creamy light carbonation that works well for the style.

Overall: I've had this Stout many times throughout my life and it's always a pleasure. A simple, yet complex, recipe that has been around for ages. It's easily one of my favorite Stouts out there, and quite possibly my favorite overall. Samuel Smith Brewery makes some excellent beers, and this is definitely one of their best! Cheers.

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Photo of keanex
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black with small amounts of carbonation bubbles coming up to the caramel colored thick foam head that clings to the side as it dissipates. It retains a nice tan lacing.

S: Roasted coffee with hops is big on the nose and it smells as if it has a higher ABV than it does. Nice scent that opens up as the beer warms up.

T: A nice slightly hoppy flavor with a sweet flavor up front with a nice roasted semi-dry finish. Chocolate notes are present, but very subtle.

M: Medium to thick with a creamy mouth feel that goes down surprisingly easy. Very little carbonation here, but it works.

O: This is damn near a perfect beer. Very subtle flavors that are well balanced with a pleasant smell. The availability of it combined with the price and it's ease to drink pushes this to be my favorite stout I think. Very tough competition, but man this is a good beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a thick layer of beige/mocha colored foam on top. Decent retention and very thick lacing left behind.

S: Surprisingly faint, there is a bit of chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Slight sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of dark fruits at the very end.

T: Slight sweetness, with chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit. There is a little bit of coffee and cream as well. Again, rather sweet, which wasn't completely unexpected.

M: Very smooth and creamy, but touch thin for my liking. Goes down easy and is very drinkable though.

O: A solid beer, I don't love it, and I am not sure I would get it again, but it has its place.

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Photo of gregb13
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a small, frothy dark beige head with decent retention. Subtle aroma, what is there is nice; roasty, malty, sweet. Taste is very good; sweet molasses, malted chocolate, bitter chocolate, a little hops, finishes bitter-sweet. Delectable. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Easy drinking, very sessionable. Pick it up if you can find it.

*Addendum 11/3/11: Drinking the other bottle I bought tonight, and pairing it with some buttery crackers and it is really bringing out a smokiness that I'd almost associate with a rauchbier. It is very pleasant to say the least!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for sure, amazed I'm just getting around to reviewing this now...many bottles of this have been enjoyed over the years. One of the best stouts available in the US for years before the current craft boom. A great looking beer that's totally black and opaque; nice cap of tan foam with decent retention and attractive but not particularly sticky lace. Aroma is full of roasted malt, with an undercurrent of sweetness and dark fruity flavors. Taste is very roasty, moderately bitter, with a restrained hop character. Some chocolate, caramel, coffee and molasses also make an appearance. Nicely creamy and almost milky but with good carbonation. Modest finish that's a bit bitter but not overly long. Slightly sweet and sticky.

Everyone should have this at least once if they're serious about beers. Certainly not the biggest stout in today's landscape but I feel like this is one of those that set the standard for a lot of what is being brewed today. It's also easy to drink, sessionable, and damned tasty.

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Photo of match1112
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours from the bottle into a pint glass as dark a brown as it could be with out being black. on top sits a full two fingers of a lighter shade of brown colored head. at the end there was loads of sticky lacing left everywhere.

s: oatmeal, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

t: chocolate oatmeal, my favorite.

m: thick and chewy. a little sticky from the sweetness.

o: the best example of a oatmeal stout one will find.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one tonight at my local watering hole. Poured a dark brown, nearly black color with a small finger of tannish foam. I had the barkeep warm this a bit before serving it to me so I'm sure that helped immensely. Aromas of oats, roasted malt, a slight of coffee (?) and some sweetness. Taste was great: roasted malt, oats (like oatmeal that I could chew), a slight bit of coffee, some chocolate, and no hop bitterness to finish. I (still) love this brew and would relish the opportunity to have it on tap.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brownish black with 1/2" of dense, cappuccino colored head that has great retention. The nose has notes of chocolate and faint roasted malts with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is rich, roasted malts and faint coffee up front with chocolate and mild hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. The mouthfeel becomes a little heavier as the beer warms.

This is a solid oatmeal stout. The oatmeal thins the chocolate and roasted malts making this an easy drinking, any weather, dark beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into an English Pint glass.

Oily black which only reveals a sliver of dark garnet when backlit. Thick Mocha colored head which leaves scant lacing.

Aroma of Roasted Caramel Malt with a whiff of alcohol.

The smooth, silky elegance of Old Tadcaster.

Taste of Bittersweet chocolate with a touch of dark fruit.

Smooth, dark, rich, bitter, a touch of sweetness wrapped in a ribbon of silk. Mmmmm. Great stuff.

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Photo of zimm421
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Appears a very dark brown to black color with a thick, frothy tan head. The head leaves some lacing and takes a while to go away.

Nose is roasted malts, alcohol and some nice sweetness, maybe a little chocolate. Nose its a little too muted and you have to seek out the aroma at times. Taste is sweet up front. Lots of oatmeal, roasted malts, and just general sweetness. Finishes with a good amount of alcohol bite and some earthy hops. It isn't severe but adds a slight tart finish. Not overly complex, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, with above average carbonation but is still fairly smooth. Goes down easily. Overall a good stout to start a Saturday morning. One of the better sweet stouts I've had, but still not something that blew my socks off.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +6.9%
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 -33.3%
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 +14.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +15.9%
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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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,669 ratings
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