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 Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle, no expiration date

Smell: Smooth dark chocolate with some background graininess that makes it brown-like but not too sweet. Some ripe raisins with a slightly roasty roundness. There is a prominent high note that's slightly cereally and biscuity.

Taste: Creamy and smooth in a notable way, even for a stout.. Roasted and caramelized malts lay a rich foundation for syrupy, plumy goodness. While the finish is quite sweet, this stout perfectly balances sweetness and dryness like a slightly sweetened iced coffee...though the creaminess makes it more like an iced latte even. Subtle overtones of caramel round things out and a slightly citrusy, banana edge adds interest. As the beer warms some grain husk bitterness comes through, but its pleasant.

Notes: Balance, subtlety, and multidimensional grains make this a winner.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a dark mahogany brown, a cookie-dough colored head.

Smell is kind of laid back, but there's definitely oatmeal, some chocolate malt, molasses?

The taste certainly lives up to it's reputation. Oatmeal stouts are one of my favorite styles, and this takes the crowned position right now. Served chilled but not cold made this perfect. Oatmeal and a dry smokiness come forward, balanced perfectly by chocolatey malts. A touch of sweetness is evident too, not sure what to call it though.

Mouthfeel seems perfect, plenty of heft and stick to it, not overly carbonated. Also good because it's not too heavy, like some stouts aim to be.

Overall, one of my favorite beers of all time -- Ranks right up there with the Taddy Porter. The low ABV makes it an ideal sipping drink too...if only I could continually afford this...

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Photo of DeauxBoy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle into nonic pint glass

A: Thick, dark black with two finger tan head that shrinks slowly to about half an inch and sticks all over the glass

S: Sweet malty goodness that reminds me of of cane syrup/molasses

T: Smooth, sweet and malty. Sweetness lingers a while with a taste of brown sugar that is cut by a slight, hop bitterness, then a roasty finish

M & D: Nice, smooth; very "comfortable" to drink. Hearty, without being overly filling. Good, cool weather dessert beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, almost black. About a 2 finger head which dissipates slowly and leaves a significant amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, sweet roasted malt.

T: At first, its a little sweet, with some chocolate. It then opens up to roasted malt, roasted chocolate and some coffee.

M: Very creamy, and smooth with a pretty low amount of carbonation. This is my favorite part of the beer.

D: Fantastic, could drink this one all day.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Almost black with dark ruby highlight. Thick creamy tan head with very small bubbles. head sticks around, there is great lacing

S: I get a big whiff of fresh dark breads, A nice malty sweetness here as well. Roasted malt is very restrained in the nose but there is a slight toasty note. No fruitiness or hop aroma to speak of

T: begins with that same fresh bread that is in the smell. moves to a nice malty sweetness (coffee with cream) , followed by the roast character. The beer finishes with a roast character that gives the perception of dryness but there is some residual sweetness that creeps back in. There is not oatmeal flavor present, but as the style suggest its presence rounds out the flavors of the beer which, in my opinion, has definitely happened here.

M: medium-full body, silky smooth but with a slick feel from the oatmeal

D: exceptional on this beer. The flavor is so well put together, it is complex but not overwhelming, the oats do an amazing job or rounding everything out. This beer rolls over your tongue incredibly gracefully and the finish leaves you dying for another sip. Great example of the style

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Photo of Kallessin
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Very large creamy tan head with nice lacing around the glass.

Has a strong milk chocolate and cocoa aroma with some light roasted malt. Some light earthy hoppiness.

Very rich milk chocolate up front with a bittersweet dark chocolate finish. It's very sweet with only the slight hint of hop bitterness with some roasty flavors in the aftertaste.

Full bodied and very silky smooth as advertised. Has light carbonation and is moderately dry and sticky.

This is a very nice rich, flavorful stout. It has an amazing texture that I really look forward to in an oatmeal stout.

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

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass. It fits! (I knew it would, it was just too much fun to resist.)

A rich dark mahogany that is approaching black. I'm getting excited. Dense lacing.

Chocolate, toast, a hint of vanilla, and a little bit of (french roast?) coffee. Well rounded, the chocolate hints of lactose, but it clearly isn't a milk stout.

Slightly sweet chocolate, warm toasts, hints of vanilla and milk, and not overdone coffee. A hint of bitter on the aftertaste, but it's pleasantly dominated by pale toffee and vanilla. Incredibly pleasing and delicious.

Creamy and velvety in the mouth, carbonation is light enough to not interfere with the body, but still keeps it refreshing.

Delicious beer, would go great with a range of food: Roasted meats, BBQ, smoked fare, chocolate desserts, truffles, ice creams. Well rounded and refreshing example of good, quality beer.

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Photo of Josievan
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The color is a dark brown with deep red flashes thrown in at the bottom of the glass. There's a soft tan head, and the lingering foam becomes more of a wall than lacing.

Smell: Sweet oatmeal is prominent, with underlying roasted malts.

Taste: Lots of namesake oatmeal, with a tad bit of maple syrup sweetness. Finish is sweet as well, with only a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability: Despite lots of flavor and a full body, it doesn't weigh you down at all. An utterly drinkable stout.

Notes: Well, I'm finally getting around to reviewing Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. It was the first Sam Smith beer I had and the first oatmeal stout I had. It remains my favorite oatmeal stout, and is one of the standouts in Samuel Smith's excellent arsenal of beers. This is considered the quintessential oatmeal stout, and for good reason.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. A nice foamy tan head. Lacing is somewhat sparse as it seems to roll down the glass with the carbonation.

S: Mostly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Maybe a slight hint of coffee that's normally associated with dark beers.

T: Smooth, smooth and more smooth. You get that roasted malt you can smell followed by some sweetness and then a bitter touch at the end. Really well balanced in my opinion.

M: This beer has great body, it's the kind of body I want in a stout. It fills your mouth but doesn't feel heavy going down. Carbonation is ample and tingles your mouth.

D: I really enjoy this stout. It's very drinkable and in many ways nearly perfect. A little more complexity in the smell and taste and I believe it would be perfect.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the 550ml bottle into an imperial pint glass, allowed to warm to the proper temperature.

On pouring, my first impression was how thick and jet-black this beer is, like oil. The head is considerably thick, leaving a nice ring on the side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

The nose on this one is what I expected: dark malts, coffee, sticky-sweetness, and a slight earthy edge. It wasn't quite as strong as I was hoping, but the flavor was in no way reflective. The beer is chewey enough as far as body goes, but still easy, and light on the palate, drying as it leaves. At first, there's a rush of molassesy, chocolaty goodness, but it's balanced by the earthiness mentioned earlier. As it sits, the earthy flavor melds with hints of coffee in the back of the mouth. The one thing missing is creaminess, which I really makes or breaks a stout for me.

A great stout, needless to say. I find, however, that one of these is plenty (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), so it gets a 4 on drinkability. Likewise, there could be more heft, and more creaminess to the beer.

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Photo of rwf08
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle 550mL bottle in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color then turns jet black in the glass with a soft off white head. Held up to the light the ruby color is seen again.

S: Sweet, burnt, mildly acidic smell. No real hops present.

T: Sweet roasty acidic flavor. Very pleaseing

M: Higher side of medium body but not heavy for full. Very smooth with a mild viscosity.

D: Awesome, could drink this all day.

Overall this is probably the best oatmeal stout that is available at a mass scale. Easy drinking, smooth roasty flavor. Everything this style stands for. Pair it with bangers and toad in a hole.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has got to be one of my favority beers...delicious cold and at the standard serving temp.

Dark pour, brown with red hints. Nice head

Smells slightly hoppy and sweet note of coffee and hazelnut.

Delicious taste, well balenced not over carbonated.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, but nice and full bodied

Drinkability is good, nice winter beer or for a rainy night.

Great stuff!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in my Sam Smith nonic. Poured a deep, rich brown, almost black in complexion with some ruby highlights around the base of the glass. Head is dense and frothy (almost nitrous-like) and tan in color. As the head sizzles and pops and slowly collapses, it exposes a pockmarked surface and thin sticky webs of lacing as it settles into a solid half inch cap. Malty nose with the suggestion of coca, brown sugar and flaked oats. Taste consistent with nose; however, I get a little milky sweetness in the mix (perhaps some lactic acid) and a slightly metallic quality that comes out at the back. Body is light-medium, a bit on the thin side and a little watery, but goes down very smooth as the carbonation is very even and subtle. I tend to like a little more mouthfeel in my oatmeal stouts; however, this is a very pleasant and sessionable brew. Probably my favorite offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Kylito87
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1st beer of 2010 I just came across my notes that I had stashed on a flash drive. This is the beer I drank at exactly mid-night to ring in the new year!Also my first Oatmeal Stout Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Almost ink black with a tawny head. It is actually a deep chestnut reddish color if held up to the light. Very sticky lacing that clings in clumps on my glass.

Smell= Smells like grandma's cookies! It has a sweet kick at first but then you pick up notes of dark roasted malt and slight cocoa notes. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste- It tastes alot like it smells. It is very malty and roasty tasting with a very persistant sweetness. The sweetness seems to get stronger as it warms and you get closer to the bottom of the pint.

Mouthfeel- It is perfectly balanced. The carbonation complements the flavor perfectly. It is about medium bodied with a somewhat sticky and very creamy feel to it.

Drinkability- This is a one bottle wonder for me. Sure it isn't high in alcohol but I can only take so much sweetness. I am not super familiar with Oatmeal stouts so if I am flawed in judgement please forgive me. This stuff goes down so smoothly.

Overall- It is an interesting brew which I encourage anyone who likes stouts to try this atleast once. I am sure there are better examples of this style out there but I could see this being a great gateway beer for someone that is looking into getting into craft beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550ml bottle into Sierra Nevada Hop pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark opaque black with a large cappuccino colored rocky, oily-soft looking head. Head reduced slowly into a thick film that lasted the whole glass through. Not much in the way of lacing except for some soapy bubbles.
S: Hints of dark fruit, toasted oats and grains, and mild coffee/latte. Nothing super strong.
T: Toasted grains, roasted oats, sweet maple or birch syrup, hints of sweet dark fruits. Notes of dark chocolate and faint bitter hops. Slight bitter/sour aftertaste similar to coffee.
M: Soft and smooth. Medium-full body with a fairly substantial and rich flavor. Carbonation is low but present and creamy.
D: This one feels like you're drinking a beer. Goes great with any occasion. If you haven't tried one pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours as black as most RIS I have seen with an off white brownish head.

S: Smell is a little weak but I mostly pick up a oatmeal cookie sweetness.

T: Very rich. The oatmeal really plays out here in the aftertaste. A pinch of chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice one to let linger.

D: Really good drinkability on this one. Low abv makes it a good session beer and it is very smooth and not overpowering.

This is my first non RIS. I was expecting something weak and undrikable but this really hits the spot. A fine beer indeed!

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Photo of RppIII
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter
Appearance: A dark coffee color topped with thin wisps of an off white head. Oil on water is a good analogy of the remaining head floating atop an obscure black mass of beer.

Smell: A lot of malted barley gives this beer a distinctive coffee odor, which plays on a sweet malted toffee flavour.

Taste: Watered down coffee flavours play on creamy earth tones, and a slight bitterness of hops. Sweet toffee, roast coffee, dark malts and a hint of a bitter finish create an aesthetically pleasing experience. A moderately dry beer makes one feel that the alcohol content of this beer is greater than it actually is.

Mouthful: Beautiful and light this beer has an essence of cream milk with a glow of carbonation.

Drinkability: An extraordinary drink, this beer is a staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! At 5% alcohol I can drink this beer all night and a classic among beer aficionados. When I woke the next morning I could still taste this beer and was very tempted to have a pint for breakfast.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh a classic. Poureds traight down the middle into a tulip glass and got a nice creamy 3 finger head with lots of lacing. Aroma is a very enticing sweet malty smell that invites you to take a sip. The malts are the star of this show and they shine tremendously. Nice sweet malty taste but not too sweet a good balance. The mouthfeel is a of a meduim bodied beer just enough to coat your palate and not overtake it. Great beer for sitting by the fire with a newspaper or crossword puzzle.

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Photo of mempath
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a deep impenetrable black with a sort of latte head that holds awhile, laces a bit and starts to settle nicely into a thick veneer.

a sweet dark fruit and toastiness greets the olfactory senses nicely. i catch a nice breadiness with ligonberry jam or something.

again, why should i be surprised at another Samuel Smith offering. they are so on with everything. excellent mouthfeel of sparkly creaminess allows the full crafted flavor to be delivered unhindered. the toastiness in the nose is deepened and spread out in the taste with the slight dark dried fruit sense also deepening but mellowing to exactly where it needs to be. another perfect formula by the brewmasters!

i noticed, as it warms, the 'sweetness' becomes a husk that reveals a nice sour, hoppy bite. mmmm.

so drinkable. session this. after you session half of the lineup from this brewery. amazing. one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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Photo of Gatch
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as the two black borders of this website. Bubbly, fluffy light brown head.

S - Roasted malt, beef jerky, not getting much else.

T - Roasted malt for sure but tastes watered down. Charcoaled meats and a peaty-earthy taste on the palate. Not overly impressed as I expected I would be.

M/D - A surprisingly light body that has an irony, watery feel. Some modest carbonation.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very enjoyable beer and I am glad to have found it at my local rural liquor store.

A: black until you hold it to a light, at which time dark red light filters through the edges.

S: the smell is roasty and malty with no noticeable hop aroma

T: toasted malt, coffee, espresso, and all around goodness.

M: smooth, creamy and silky. medium viscosity.

D: very drinkable, even sessionable at 5% ABV

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a lot of visible carbonation. Very light head that slowly turned in to light brown bubbles.

S - Roasted malts with a sweet nutty scent.

T - The first few sips taste very coppery ... As I drink more: roasted malts with a nice chocolaty taste. Sweet, but not too sweet. A nice well balances oatmeal stout.

M - medium body with visible carbonation.

D - A very enjoyable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was fantastic, flavorful, strong bodied, and tasty. I really enjoyed this beer. I did a beer tasting at my work for this beer, Wines Unlimited Stratford CT, and it went very well too. People bought this beer that night by the couples or fews, which considering it's steep price and it mysterious nature, this beer did well. I liked this beer. Jolly good!

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Photo of icetraxx
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark dark, almost black, with opaque brown highlights when the light hits it. A creamy four finger head is produced that fizzles down to a 1/2 finger extra creamy head. Lacing and head retention is only moderate for this stout, I feel a strong head is a must for any type of stout.

S: Smells like marsala wine with roasted malt, caramel, and a dollop of dark chocolate.

T: Tastes exactly like it smells, roasted malt, blackstrap molasses (yuck), sweet malt in general, marsala wine (if you have tasted marsala before you know exactly what I am talking about), some chocolate, dark fruits, and a little less caramel than the smell suggests. There is the slightest suggestion of the bitterness of hops, as well as a trace of their fruitiness, but not quite enough to balance out the intense sweetness. For me the sweetness is a bit cloying, much sweeter than any sweet stout I've ever had let alone an oatmeal stout. The oatmeal flavor seems lost to me. There is a hint of coffee on the finish. There is sweetness everywhere, and it builds. This is a beer, where is the bitter?

M: Smooth and creamy, the oatmeal starch coats your tongue nicely. Slightly over-carbonated, but generally this is as good as any stout can really get. The oatmeal really does add nice and smooth body that needs to be tasted to be believed.

D: For me, terribly low due to the cloying sweetness. I would like to see more bittering hops to mute the sweetness of the additional oatmeal. If you can tolerate sweet beers, I bet you could drink many of these.

O: I'm no hop head, but this beer is so sweet I can't enjoy it at all. Maybe this style isn't for me. I don't think I can finish it, grrr...

EDIT: What a sweet mess, down the drain it goes... Stone's IPA is going to clear my palate.

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

Well I got this as a recommendation from the great bear guide. This is pretty good but I have had a much better oatmeal stout. Founders Outmeal Stout is by far the best of this type i have had and one of the best of all beers. But Samuel Smiths version is pretty good. But, I would say Founders is MUCH better.

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