Oatmeal Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal 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: 6,736 |  Reviews: 2,304
Photo of Swill5786
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into pilsener glass. Opaque black with tan one-finger head... Ruby highlights at the narrowest point of the pilsener. Smell is dark roast malty on a fruity alcoholic backdrop. Sweetness of malt has a chocolate tinge and sugary molasses dominance; bready notes, faint hop bitterness; thick and heavy mouthfeel common for the style; carbonation is complimentary.. Fantastic oatmeal stout, but, for me: enjoy one and I'm done.

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Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar

Taste: This follows the smell. chocolate and roasted malt, oats, grains, molasses, and sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, moderate carbonation, chewy, and sweet

Drinkability: An excellent sessionable brew. I love the chewiness of this beer. The flavors are complex and jump out. It tastes almost like a sweet stout, but the grains let you know this is an oatmeal stout. A great beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a nice dark black color with a good 2-3 finger head thats a nice deep brown as well. Nose is dry, oatmeal, a bit of booze, and some light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. It's got a nice roasty bitterness to it. Light chocolate finish that's a bit bitter. Very solid example of the style.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to drink this beer all the time back in college. One of the first heady/craft beers I found palatable and got into. I since have strayed away to explore, and because English beers tend to stay on the self to long in America, and typically go bad. This bottle being in a clear bottle certainly doesn't help.

Clear for a stout, what you can see through is a beautiful cherry color. Under a light brown head that seems to be having trouble holding up in my glass. Smells of chocolate and dark sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal addition. Dark, flavorful, but balanced and easy to drink. Tastes as good as I remember five or so years ago, even though my palate has changed quite a bit since then. There is a slightly odd aspect to the mouthfeel at the end of the sip, but regardless it is impressive beer.

I think it would be even better fresh. Difficult to achieve over here in the states.

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Photo of Luk13
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Black pour with good looking tan-white ring of foam. There is a little weird fermented/moldy aroma. When you go beyond it, you get molasses, intense toffee-caramel and sweet chocolate. Taste is well developped; chocolate, oats, burnt toast and of course molasses. Palate is creamy and smooth. Reminds me of Fuller's London Porter. Drinks very well.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee color like any stout. Head was thick and healthy, bubbly and foamy, and a dirty tan color. Aroma was slightly weak but strong enough to pick up some roasted coffee smells as well as a hint of creamy sweetness. Taste was a mix of roast coffee and oatmeal w/ milk. Slight bitterness to it as well. Great body, not too thick or thin. Very drinkable, but the bottle is a bit big to have in one sitting.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black and thick. Tan head.

S-Roasty. Coffee. Bunch of chocolate.

T-Quite like the nose but with much more depth. Very sweet. Taste varies with each sip.

M-Slick and thick. Smooth and light carbonation.

D-Very very drinkable especially because of the low alcohol percentage.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - black, black as night with a nice head

Smell - not alot of smell, very mild stout with a little sour oatmeal smell.

Taste - Oh yes, Dark chocolate hits you first, then semi sour oatmeal and rasberry finishes your platte.

Drinkability - This is a amazing beer. It has everything. Its sweet then sour, then stout, then mild. Its a all in one beer that is a pleasure to drink. I usually pick up a 4 pack monthly. I cant go many days without enjoying one of these. Ive yet to drink a better oatmeal stout!

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Looks good. Not bad at all. Smells like oatmeal and of course it taste like oatmeal. Mouthful well it isn't the best but close to it. Drinkability is wonderful. I could drink a few of these and and enjoy its wonderful taste over and over again. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tick, tick, tick.

A dark brown pout with a light tan head. About three fingers of head, very creamy looking, fluffy, good retention and lacing....a very strong aroma that hits me once the cap is off, very malty, mostly sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla on the finish, pretty good, lacks depth...The taste is more of the same, mostly malty but overpowering or to sweet. Light coffee finish rounds this off. A fuller feel than most English beers. Easy to drink.

This is tasty, and abover average in all aspects, however I'm just not super impressed. I'd probably have again but can't strongly recommend it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dated 2/6/2009. 500ml bottle.

Very dark brown with a tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Roasty aroma with some coffee. Not quite as intense as most of its American counterparts, but pleasant.

Toasted oat taste, nuts, chocolate, and some coffee hints. Fairly full and balanced.

Really creamy on the mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Excels in this category.

Solid stout, not quite one of the best but good. Bloody 'ell!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice appearance; thin head, not much carbonation
S: cherry chocolate; very fragrant
T: nice, classic stout--molasses throughout, but directed in a Dr. Pepper direction; not very complex; not very sweet
M: silky, smooth, mealy

This is an excellent stout with broad appeal.

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Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a thick tan head to it. The head kept a nice covering on top of the beer as I drank it and left some excellent lacing as well.

The aroma has a smooth oat and chocolate flavor to it. It's not overly complex or extreme, but it's a very solid and appealing flavor.

The taste shows a big oat flavor to it that is similar to an oatmeal cookie. It has a roasty and rich milk chocolate flavor to it as well that is very nice. Pretty balanced with sweet and bitter in the finish. I typically love oatmeal stouts, and they really don't get much better then this.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good for me. I love the oat flavors and what it adds to the mouthfeel. Excellent beer overall and pretty much a benchmark for the style for me personally.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sorry but this has to be one of the best beers ever made. A staple of my early craft years, I had long forgotten how good it was. I picked up a bottle on the local shelf on my way home tonight and cracked it open after dinner, poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/13/2010.

Perfect dark brown color with a creamy tan head that reached about an inch up the side of the glass and had incredible retention. One of the best looking beers of any style I have ever seen, looking at it now some twenty minutes in the thick coating all along the glass is immense.

Aroma is sweet roasted malts, oasts, chocolate, rich an creamy caramel and vanilla. So full and rich, with a creaminess to the feel that is unmatched in the style. Each sip starts with a smooth, almost mousse like feel across the tongue, which evolves into rich chocolate and incredible depth of roasted malts. Light touches of hops come across on the finish giving it the slightest hint of bitterness in the finish before the final taste of sweet malts wrings itself out across the palate.

Overall it really does not get better then this, the hallmark people should strive for.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured this into my English ale pint glass and am immediately impressed. I was greeted by a cola dark colored brew that had a four inch thick head that is almond/tan in color. It also carries thick, very sticky lacing that clumps in pillow like fashion on the glass. It eventually settles into a puffy cloud on top of the brew. Very nice indeed!

S- A very toasty aroma, full of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and rich earthiness. There is some dry cocoa hints that must be coming from the use of the oatmeal, because this doesn't smell as sweet as a standard stout normally does to me. There is a subtle hop bitterness at the end that smells fresh and leafy.

T- The flavors are a fair bit sweeter than the aroma lets on. The bitter chocolate flavors come through very nicely, followed by fresh brewed coffee tones....the bitterness of these flavors are balanced by some rich malty sweetness. It gets bitter again during the swallow, right at the back of the throat, but it's not a hop bitterness, it's more cocoa-ish.

M- Full bodied best describes this beer, and the carbonation is low and reasonably fine. This makes for a creamy texture that reminds me of the consistancy of what hot chocolate would be. The dry bitterness keeps my palate with these flavors long after the swallow, and I find get better, wanting me to enjoy another drink.

D- This is a very drinkable stout! It's a wonderful example of the style and the enhanced bitterness really drives home the roasty character of the beer. The alcohol is of course well hidden, as it should be, is rich and creamy smooth. Anyone who likes a good English style stout will love this beer!

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Photo of 2DaMtns
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have a lot to add to this that hasn't already been said. In all, it's a good beer, but I was underwhelmed. I had the Taddy porter as my first beer from Sam Smith, and was hoping the Oatmeal Stout would be as impressive, but it isn't, sadly. A good beer, but not one I'll be likely to buy again.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, looks black at first sight, but when tilted it shows its true colors, with ruby-red highlights. The head is a light brown color, which stays around for the whole of the drink, and leaves some nice lacing. Not over the top, an understated, subtle, coffee and mocha smell, with a bit of chocolate and cola. Definitely a sweet stout, lots of residual sugar, a nice milk chocolate main flavor, with a hint of coffee, some cherry notes as well.

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Photo of newrbrewr
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 19 oz Sammy bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- Very dark brown in color, almost black. Slight dark copper reddish-brown hues on the edges when held up to the light. Nice frothy, foamy 1" cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer on the top that stays for the duration. Beautiful lacing. Leaving rings at every stop on the way down the glass.

N- Very roasty, malty aroma. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and caramel. perhaps a bit of hops detected underneath all that malty sweetness.As the beer warms to room temp, smell of chocolate becomes much more prominent. Almost like that of melty semi-sweet morsels.

T- Getting fresh roasted coffee. Then dark chocolateflavor that turns to bittersweet choc. Definite bitter taste as I swallow my mouthful down. A blend of bitter from both the roasted malts and the hops on the back end.

M- Smooth and creamy. Almost a 'slick' feel about it. Not too heavy for a stout, and the carbonation it has helps it dance across my tongue. Coats the back of the throat on the swallow.

D- A fabulous stout, for sure. The fact that it is relatively light for a stout,and has decent carbonation make this one a good session beer in my eyes. Years ago my cousin(also a Beer Advocate)bought me one of these on Thanksgiving. It turned me into a person who "dug" good beer. First taste of stout. Haven't had it in a while, and this is the first time I've drunk it and really thought about the flavor profiles in it with the intention of a review. Forgot how damn good this beer is.

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Photo of Frijolyqueso
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- It pours a dark brown body. The head is about 2 fingers with a light brownish color.Very good carbonation.

S- It has a nice aroma, it has a strong oatmeal smell with hints of chocolate.

T- The taste is amazing, not too strong no too light, the perfect balance.

M- Great mouthfeel, it has a small taste of oatmeal followed by a coffe flavour and finally a lemony aftertaste

This is a good beer to try, it has the perfect combination of ingredients. A must try!

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weissbier glass from bottle.

A - Pours a beautiful very dark black body. Very tan, perfect sized head. When held up to the light shows a very dark slightly burgundy color. Head dissipates a bit, but stays till the very end. Some lacing.

S - Great aroma, smells how a stout should. Sweet smelling chocolate and malts.

T - Mmmmm mmmm boy is that delicious. Everything is prevalent; the chocolate, malts, coffee taste. It's a sweet tasting beer and I can also taste the oats at the very end, which left for a crisp clean finish. Aftertaste is amazing.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Middle of the road regarding thickness, very creamy.

D - Drinkability is very good. Very smooth, very creamy and warming beer.

This beer is very very delicious. I recommend it to any beer lover.

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Photo of bogus564
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring this brew, I can't help but notice that it looks exactly like Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout - same dark chocolate color, same creamy head, same durability of head. That said, I liked the look of the former, so of course I like the look of this one.

Smells quite nice - again, it's a lot like the IS, but the smoke smell is more pronounced.

Tastes very good - I'm getting a really good balance between the chocolate and lemon flavors. It's also a bit grassy, and a little hoppy afterward.

It's medium-bodied, with good carbonation and a lemony aftertaste.

To drinkability - quite a bit similar to the IS, but I liked this one just a wee bit better. Would go well with a salty meat.

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Photo of darkmartin
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to an opaque dark brown, with a thick, light-brown, long lasting head. Thick, sticky lacing.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, and oats.
Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front, with a nice, bitter, hoppy finish. Very, very good. Sweet malts and caramel make an appearance, as well as some nutty flavors.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and little carbonation. Alcohol is present, yet not overbearing.
Drinkability: The subtle alcohol reminder mixed with an excellently sweet, coffee flavor makes this beer very hard to set down. Smooth, warming, and great tasting.

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

A: dark brown with a decent sized beige head and a fair amount of lacing.

S: sweet oats, roasted malts, toffee, caramels.

T: good tasting brew, with all of the aspects of the aroma coming through nicely. The beer is slightly sweet. I would prefer a bit more roasted malt and crispness from the oats.

M: slightly thin and sweet.

D: a solid example of the style.

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

Mahogany brown with red, highlights. The head is an oatmeal color (so poetic), it is also big and fluffy and leaves nice lacing.

The nose is chocolate malt with hints of coffee.

The taste is more coffee then chocolate, with some blackstrap molasses for added enjoyment.

The mouthfeel is smooth but not quite creamy; the body is full and a strong amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is nice with a great mouthfeel and a nice flavor package.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a dark as night kind of look. The head is a light brown appearance. The head of foam is impressive on this as well. The lacing is completely thick on the side.

S- a mouth watering scent of coffee and toffee blended together. There is some sweet malt in this as well

T- a delicious stout that consists of that same coffee and flavor that was exhibiteted in the scent. There is a dominant dark malt taste as well

M- thic is a creamy and good mouthfeel

D- I can drink this all day. A great flavorful taste of coffee, smoked malt and some sweetness as well. Very good

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Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,736 ratings