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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
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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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Photo of bens0n
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Almost black and opaque but has a slight brown tinge that lets a tiny bit of light through. Very nice light creamy head that laces the glass on the way down.

S - I almost want to say it has a nutty smell, definitely something roasted, with a sweet but subtle sugary smell, not a very potent aroma though.

T - Slightly malty flavor followed by a bitterness then ends with an almost sweet brown sugar flavor.

M - Perfect viscosity and thickness, very smooth.

D - Very drinkable, the best of the oatmeal stout's I have tried.

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another great brew by Sam Smith and an excelent example of the style. Very drinker friendly.

Poured a nice dark brown brew on my pint glass along with a brown creamy full crown. The oatmeal dominates the aromas, with some hops and barley touches too. Very little carbonation with full body. Smooth oatmeal taste that starts you up followed by the roasted malts and barley ending in a dryish hoppy aftertaste. Nice drinkabilty.

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Photo of glazeman
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown in color, almost black, but not quite. There is a nice 2.5 finger, light weight head that is very light cappuccino in color. Moderate head retention and excellent lacing.

S: There's a little bit of sweet malt on the nose, but overall this is one of the absolute very least fragrant beers I have smelled, especially for a stout. Totally uninteresting and bland.

T: Not much in the flavor other than some toasted malt and oats. This is not a very deep or interesting beer. Although there is absolutely no hop profile, this is not an overly sweet beer either.

M: I was somewhat surprised/impressed that this beer had a decent viscosity as I was expecting it to be on the thin side.. It sat on the tongue well and was appropriately carbonated.

D: This is a very easy to drink beer. The tastes are good, it is smooth, and as a low ABV. Not incredibly interesting, but enough so that I could drink a lot of this in one night.

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Photo of bobhits
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt oatmeal malt smell that's so damn common with this style. It doesn't really hit that coffee or chocolate note imo that many claim. I just get burnt malt and a sweet note that well reminds me of an oat meal stout. Clearly I don't eat enough different foods for describing things other than beer.

Big pillowy light tan head. Dark brown body that turns opaque in the glass. Good but not grate lacing, but at this abv what more can you ask?

Interesting example of the style. Opens with a very limited burnt flavor that comes out somewhat dark chocolate like. Then instantly turns overly sweet and finishes somewhat quickly thanks to an oat like flavor. Boring? You bet!

Really creamy and nice mouth feel.

I'm bored. I've had better oatmeal stouts. I've had better porters. I could use some hops or just a bit more bitter in anyway. It's too sweet. It isn't overly strong. This is really that well thought of? I had an Edmund Fitzgerald tonight on draft...5.5% alcohol and 10x more flavor and complexity than this beer could ever hope for. Again just don't get it. That said no alcohol impact here. It's a touch too thick to really drink much of and I'm not sure that I'd call this a sipper.

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

A- Almost dark roast coffee black with a great full bodied head and excellent carbonation. What I expect a stout to look like.

S- Malty, almost in a boozy way at first, I suspect it to be brown sugar. Also there were bits of coffee and oats.

T- Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. You can notice hops in the aftertaste about a minute after your sip has been downed. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. All of these flavors seem to work in harmony without overpowering each other. It's not enough to kick this one up to a 5 for me, but I admire the work it must have took to create that balance.

M- INCREDIBLY SMOOTH. Good body, and carbonation is just right.

D- A great all around stout, sadly it's not available where I live, and where it is available, the price is slightly steep, but you get quality for what you pay. Do not pass this one up.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wtf? I coulda swear i wrote a review for this many moons ago. Hmm anyways, its always nice to come back to this one.

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a super massive frothy brown colored head, that i can already see is leaving some nice spotted lace. Many describe this brew as being pitch black which it isn't. Its a very dark brown but it certainly lets light through. Has it changed over the years possible?

Aroma is jam packed with oat, vanilla, brown sugar and lotsa roasted malt. There is also some sourness goinh on here, possibly from the yeast.

Taste is similar to the smell, but a nice bitter chocolate flavor kicks in with lots of deep roasted malt flavor.

Feel is creamy but not as thick as i remember. Light carbonation.

Not bad, but not what i remember from past tastings.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent beer

A- Very dark, black, light brown head

S- hints of coffee, oatmeal, and nuts

T- to me, this was very nutty, decent taste

M- great mouth feel, nice carbonation

D- highly drinkable throughout the night...not too heavy...a good beer

overall, i wouldnt drink this everyday, but if the mood struck, i'd buy again

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Photo of tewaris
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Surly pint glass.

Appearance 5/5
Pours clear dark brown that looks black in the glass with deep brown highlights. Big, creamy, dense and rocky head that's like a Belgian ale's in all respects but its dark tan color. The persistent head leaves sticky lacing on the glass over the course of the beer.

Aroma 4/5
Big on roast, bordering on a charred character. Some grainy undertones. Perhaps powdered chocolate. This one is hard to say, but there might be some earthy hop aroma too.

Taste 4.5/5
Light malty sweetness in the beginning and middle, complemented by coffee like acidity that's perhaps from the roast, followed by a moderate bitterness from the hops, and then a moderately dry and roasty finish. A grainy character from oatmeal is certainly notable, but not prominent. The aftertaste is like dark chocolate in terms of some sweetness and decent bitterness. Hop flavor, if present, is very little.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. Not cloying. However, it doesn't feel as silky as I expected.

Drinkability 5/5
Very very good. At 5% ABV, you can knock down a couple of pints of this flavorful dark ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep black color with a thick, tall, fluffy tan head.

Has a creamy toffee malt smell, with grains, and underlying grassy notes.

Smooth start, with a maltiness and some bitter hitting the tongue. Coffee notes hit mid-tongue. Creamy and bready to start, it finishes slightly bitter on the tongue.

A very pleasant feeling beer; smooth and balanced in presentation.

Highly drinkable, I;d forgotten how easy drinking and tasty this brew is.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy chestnut tone with a solid two finger frothy, light brown head... retention is moderate; patchy lacing.

somewhat underwhelming nose is marked by roasted malt, coffee, the suggestion of molasses.

smooth, more lively taste with oatmeal being represented up front and the roasted malt and coffee coming mid-palate. some molasses and bit of bitterness coming through in the finish. flavors become more well-defined as the beer warms. all in all, a tasty stout that holds its own, but i'm not exactly wowed.

smooth, medium plus-bodied mouthfeel with middling carbonation. high marks for drinkability, as i would have no problem sessioning this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Portion of fresh bottle served in 6 oz glass.
(revised 1/2011 with 550ml bottle served in pint glass)

This is what an oatmeal stout should look like: nearly opaque with a frothy light brown head.

S - more subtle than expected, given appearance. Floral, earthy and malty; toasted grain aromas dominate.

T - starts smooth and soft. with predominately malty flavor. Noticeable chocolate. A bit bitter at finish. This classic is good to the last drop.

M - smooth, full bodied, significant carbonation.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a massive three finger, creamy tan head with the strongest retention I have ever seen in any beer. This if followed by a sticky and copious lacing.

S-Somewhat subdued chocolate and roasted malts, slight coffee, oatmeal, and a hint of hops.

T-Flavor is reminiscent of warm oatmeal raisin cookies with slight coffee and chocolate notes. Delicious.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied, creamy, and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. Even sessionable at 5%ABV. Well done.

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

Just cracked open a year old bottle and poured into pint glass. I'm not sure why I was worried about its age. It poured black as night with a beautiful huge foamy tan head. This brings me back as I used to drink this in my youth. Clearly a Classic oatmeal stout. Dark dark color, almost black. Smooth and silky.

Serving type: 12oz bottle

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Photo of optimistictour
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must preface this by saying that although my sinuses are a bit waylaid by a cold right now I've had the beer many times before, and know it smells great. Basically, my smell score is based upon memory. As for the rest...

Well it looks great, exactly as a stout should: dark with a tan head, it's got a trace of transparency and a moderate two-or more fingers of head so I know it won't overwhelm the tastebuds (or liver).

Smell is another above average area. This one truly fits the bill as hints of hearty oatmeal and a vague sense of coffee.. or at least a breakfast atmosphere, pervade.

It tastes just great. Seriously. There's a reason this one is so widely known and often serves as a gateway to the world of stouts for the uninitiated. Dark and filling, distinctively welcoming on the tongue. It's got a moderate amount of carbonation for the style which really adds to the texture.

It feels like velvet going down, not quite the dreamy black oil some of my favorite stouts resemble but an entirely enjoyable alternative. That carbonation really is what makes it a better gateway for those stuck in boring-beer-land. Tickles the tongue and gets those taste buds working to truly feel this beer out.

As for drinkability: it's only 5% and a bomber or two wouldn't necessarily knock you down. It'll fill your stomach and satisfy with both flavor and feel in a large way before overwhelming with any alcohol sensation. A truly sessionable beer. Or a prelude to harder stuff...

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black color with a massive creamy head with tons of large bubbles.
S- Smell is a spicey molasses scent with coffee.
T- Cocoa, chocolate malt, slight metallic for some reason. Not very complex but very good.
M- Nearly no carbonation, smooth and drinkable.
O- I havent yet had a Samuel Smith beer that i did not like.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

low abv smaller thinner beer, with a large tannish cap. Smells of milk, light roast and smoke, and creamy oats. Flavors follow the nose but the roasted notes seem more pronounced here. the term baby breakfast stout just popped into my head. Thankfully the oats have done nice job on creating a smooth creamy mouthfeel, giving this one what i look for in a drinkable stout.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been a while since I popped one of these. Used to be my go-to beer, years ago, before I really started getting into craft...

Poured from 550ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head that dissipates at fairly quick pace. Not much lacing with this one...

S - Smell is pretty mellow. Pick up hints of coffee, oatmeal, and lots of sweet chocolate...

T - Chocolate, some dark fruits, followed by coffee. Ends with a little metallic taste. Nothing that ruins the beer, but definitely noticeable. Not a big fan of the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little to thin for my liking...

D - Not one of my favorites, but definitely a worthwhile session beer. Would not recommend this as a 'must try', but something I see myself revisiting in the future...


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

550 ml bottle

A - hefty sandy tan colored head, solid lacing and retention. Pours a dark black.

S - Mealy, bready scent. Notes of chocolate, toffee, and burnt caramel. Malty deliciousness, dark fruits.

T - Similar to nose, roasty flavors hit up front and finish strong. Not as sweet as nose might suggest, well balanced.

MF - Nice, smooth mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation. Just enough, but stays well within the genre.

Delicious, delicious beer that's a pleasure to relax with. Wonderful winter warmer that I'll continue to enjoy.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

Pours a dark, dark brown that's close to black in the glass with light showing through the edges underneath a huge, thick tan head that shows excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is nice for a light stout with tons of lactose sweetness and oatmeal. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of molasses.

The taste has lots of oatmeal up front with light coffee and chocolate hints. A bit of bitterness and nuts in the finish with some molasses again coming out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth with a fine but moderate carbonation.

This is one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. Creamy, very complex and surprisingly flavorful for a 5% ABV beer. This is one of the beers that got me into craft beer and it's just as good as I remember it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass sept21 2010

A looks black until I hold it to the light where it has a clear ruby red almost purple look with plenty of bubbles feeding a three finger head tan that quickly falls to a 1/2in film that hangs around for a while leaving a few patches of lace

S a little dark fruit with some chocolate, raisin, and molasses

T not far from the smell but with some chocolate milk and faint coffee, a little sweet but quite pleasant

M thin but good carbonation gives it a creamy finish after a silky entry

D well rounded and good flavor in a session worthy beer I could drink this all day

a classic brew that I'm a little surprised I've never reviewed before. everyone should try this beer at some point if they get the chance

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Poured into a Crown Royal glass. Pours a dark, rich brown. Big latte colored head. Oates in the nose along with some malt. Yum. This is one smooth stout. Roasted barley comes through up front. The oats mellow out the slightest hint of bitterness from the hops hanging out on the back of the tongue. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip sniffer.

Appearance - generous foamy tan head, huge retention, sticky lacing that coats the glass, dark of course

Smell - faint aroma, picking up oatmeal, light chocolate and an unpleasant watery note

Taste - quite robust for a single stout, mild chocolate, coffee, slight bittersweetness, oatmeal malts

Mouthfeel - medium body with bold carbonation, dry finish, lingering bitter on the roof of the mouth

Drinkability - while the nose disappoints the beer tastes great, good taste profile, decent texture, rich and flavorful

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2" tan head and looks a standard coffee brown in the glass. Flavor itself was pretty mild but what is cool with this beer is it has the flavor and feel of drinking a mild mocha malt. I found it thoroughly satisfying like a kid at a malt shop slowly draining his glass. Plus it was reasonably priced so you know I'm going to be repeating this one.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This old stalwart sure looked and smelled tasty. Lightish dark chocolate and creaminess on the tongue but it seems to lack the complexity and dimension I remember . Rather four square really. Certainly competitive but not exactly 'Jurassic Park'. Will this ever be offered on cask?

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a dark tan head that rises up about two fingers and leaves some lacing.

Smells of coffee, some sweet chocolate, and a little dark fruit in the back.

Tastes like the nose, starts with coffee and sweet chocolate, in the middle is a tiny dark fruits, and finishes roasty with some residual sweetness.

Very very smooth and not heavy or overpowering.

Easy drinker, strong flavor without the heavy body. This is like a 5% ABV version of Bitches Brew. Fantastic, these oatmeal stouts are quite lovely.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,700 ratings
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