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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 tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A lot like Guinness Extra Stout, but not as dark...You can actually see through this stuff a bit. Great head retention with a nice pour. No apparent carbonation. Like foamy coffee overall. Excellent lacing!

Smell: Lots of chocolate and coffee malts. The perfect mixture of these two elements in my opinion. Could be better if the smell didn't dissipate at the end.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant taste. Again, chocolate malts with a strong coffee presence. Not too strong overall though. Good taste! Very smooth as well, but not that thick, so that explains it a bit.

Drinkability: Filling and more difficult to drink as you finish. That's the only bad part. The pleasant taste and feel prop this up a lot.

Overall: Not terribly thick, but very heavy. Good to great stout!

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

Appearance: Nice opaque brown color with a nice coffee colored head.
Smell: Nice aroma of dark malt and oats.
Taste: A nice roasted oat flavor just explodes on your tongue with notes of coffee. It fades into an almost oatmeal cookie like flavor.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Good weighted stout, drinkable and filling. Good crisp carbonation.

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Photo of Aenema
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with clear ruby highlights, soapy tan head and splotchy lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet toffee.
Taste - Roasty, smooth cocoa.
Mouthfeel - Creamy medium/full body, light-moderate, scrubbing carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking with good flavors, in particular for a beer with only 5% abv.

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

Poured from 550mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: almost entirely black but for some rich red hue shown when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of tan foam which dissipated slowly leaving a nice lace. An attractive brew.

Smell: rich dark fruit aromas which chocolate thrown in. This smells like a rich dessert ... fantastic.

Taste: flavor is much like the aroma. Flavors are rich without being heavy; almost like a lower density RIS or baltic porter. A nice bitterness comes in at the end to let you know you're having a beer. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice creaminess and a nice silkiness. Quite nice.

Drinkability: highly drinkable. Fantastic flavor and not so heavy that you can't have a few.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark black with a creamy tan head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts, oatmeal and some sweetness.
T: The taste has a good mix of flavors including chocolate, nuts, oats and roasted malts. The overall taste is somewhat sweet.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate.
D: This beer is very drinkable and would be an easy one to put down a few of when the temperature is cold.

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Photo of tripelx
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For a $3.99 bottle of beer, it does not get any better than this.

A - rich dark brown with a phenomenal long lasting head and excellent lacing.

S - milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, espresso beans, with hints of figs and raisins.

T - Very tasty. Notes of chocolate, malts, and coffee. Very similar to the fumes.

M/D - Rich, creamy, and chewy mouth feel; and a very delicious beer. Definately a favorite of mine.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Kildares in Newark, DE.

Quick story. I ordered the oatmeal stout and the guy brought out a nut brown ale. I pointed out the mix-up hoping to get a free a nut brown ale. Instead I watched him dump it down the drain. :( So anyway he hands me the bottle with no glass. I ask for a glass he brings out a frozen one. :( Didn't matter, this beer would be good if it were served on a plate.

Poured black with a big brown head.

Aroma was mostly sweet and malty with maple syrup scents floating around. As with most stouts chocolate and coffee were there as well.

The taste had more character than most other stouts. The usual cocoa and espresso are there along with roasted nuts, dark fruits and oats.

This stout was light and sweet. The low abv is a plus as well. Looking forward to re-visiting this beer again in the future.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought it was high time for an oatmeal stout.
Appearance is dark cola brown with some red highlights. Rocky beige head that settles into a nice thin froth. Roasted barley and burnt coffee are the main components of the aroma, along with a little fig and nutty characters. Flavor starts with a dry roastyness that moves into some dark fruit and molasses. A touch of bitter coffee lingers on the finish.
Mouthfeel is the weak link with this beer for me - thin and overcarbonated, to the point of being bubbly. Would be decent if it was a porter, but there's little, if any indication in the body that oatmeal is used in this beer.
As a whole, while not my ideal stout body-wise, Sam Smith's is flavorful, yet easy drinking option that's nice to have around.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, more than a fingers worth creamy, bubbly tan head, deep dark black coloring.

s- mmm, fresh brewed coffee, rich toffee, slightly roasted malt.

t- really good, sweet bittersweet chocolate, toffee, slight roasted notes, coffee, finish is mildly dry, bitter, and sweet all rolled into one. this is one tasty beer.

m- silky smooth, creamy, really appealing.

d- this was one killer beer that i will definately be buying again. i had my eightynine year old grandmother (and beer loather) try some and she enjoyed it! the drinkability here is awesome, so smooth, refreshing, and satisfying all at once.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL dark brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pure black beer sits underneath a charcoal-beige thick foamy head. Head dissiplates very slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: rich and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: the chocolate and coffee come through a bit more but with a hint of liqueur a la Tiramisu. Very sweet and rich with some oatmeal bitterness on the finish.

M: rich and syrupy.

D: great!

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Photo of kicktothehead
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark coffee color with good lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, with slight oat.

T - Roasted coffee with chocolate with a light oat flavor.

M - A rich, smooth creamy chocolatey coffee, that has a slight slickness from the oats.

D - An awesome stout. Chocolatey roasted coffee flavors are creamy with the oatmeal giving a silky goodness. The premier example of this style. I could drink 1 or 7 of these anytime of the year.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Jet black with a 2 finger, puffy mocha colored head. The lacing is incredible, leaving nice puffs along the side of the glass. Can't look much better!

S- Roasted malts and dark coffee...and it is intoxicating.

T- Its got this great roasted flavor...the oatmeal adds something beautiful to it. I'm not getting overwhelmed by anything, everything is in perfect harmony...a little coffee, a tad bit of chocolate, and tons of roasted malt goodness.

M- Definitely thick. However, its the good kind of thick...not syrupy, just full of flavor.

D- Oh HELL YEAH. If Sam Smith beers weren't so expensive by the case, I'd bring this to every party I go to. Its the perfect oatmeal stout.

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

The beer poured a jet black color with a three finger head. The head was light brown in color and lasted for most of the beer. The initial smell of the beer was that of oats, malt and a hint of coffee. The initial flavor of the beer is that of malts and oats, eventually finishing with a metallic like taste and a hint of coffee. This could be tied to the relative sweetness of the beer. The beer has a very smooth feel to it, as well as being that of a light to medium body. This is a very nice beer that seems to feel rather light, I'll definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of Flashsp2
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout .5L into imperial pint glass

Pours a deep cola brown bordering on black with a puffy mocha head.

Nose is roasty, caramel, dark fruitiness, minerally(?).

Palette is caramel, raisins, roast, heavy on chewy malts. Pretty low attenuation.

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy, with a medium carbonation with large bubbles.

Drinkability is so-so. It's a bit sweet and chewy for a beer that isn't really high octane or anything. I guess it's a bit short on the attentuation for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours the color of dark coffee with a cola fizz colored 2 inch head. There is good lacing on this beer as I drank it down.

S - Smells of oats, chocolate, and black licorice as it warmed.

T - Coffee, oatmeal, with a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M - This beer is extremely rich, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation on this beer is not very noticable.

D - This is a very easy to drink stout. There is a certain tasty thickness to it but that doesn't deter from the fact that it is extremely quaffable. There is little bitterness to this beer and it makes itself known as more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To cap off a big weekend of beer drinking with the boys, I cracked open one of these on Monday night as I relaxed on my couch with some cookies. Poured into a British style pint glass. Huge head. Dark brown opaque color. Smell was great, just like chocolate. Taste was exceptional. Roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and oatmeal flavors all mingle on the palate. So silky right out of the bottle. A perfect mouthfeel, with just enough body, but smooth enough to drink easily. A classic example of the style from an equally classic UK brewery.

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. There is no date on the bottle so I will assume it is relatively new. This is a beer I've had on several occasions but have never bothered to review it. Here it goes.

Beer is dark black and forms a brown head of medium and small bubbles. Head dynamics are pretty good, and it leaves some lacing on the glass. I don't know about carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak. There is a mild roast to the aroma, disturbing the beer produces some more, its smells fine, its just small.

Beer is medium bodied and has a great flavor to it. I can't taste the oatmeal as much as some other beers but it gives it good body. Nice roast in the back. There is nice connectivity in the palate but not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. It doesn't really need it. Drinkability is high. I like this beer and highly recommend to everyone interested in stouts.

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

Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a rich, opaque, black. It's head is a very thick tan color that nearly overflowed from the glass.
(A beautifully dark beer with a generously frothy head- 4.0)
Its aroma is a fairly muted roastiness.
(A subtle yet luring aroma- 3.5)
It has the robust flavor of roasted coffee and finishes with hints of bittersweeet chocolate.
(A deliciously robust beer- 4.5)
Its a medium bodied stout with a silky texture and mild carbonation.
(A pleasently silky beer- 4.0)
It has a high drinkability which makes Sam Smith's an obvious choice for any fan of Oatmeal Stout.
(High drinkability- 4.0)

Overall, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a deliciously well balanced stout with a pleaseant texture and high drinkability.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown that reminds me of pouring just-brewed coffee into a mug. Appears black in the glass, but has some mahogany-brown highlights when held up to the light. Put up a nice, thick, tan-colored head that rose to about an inch-and-a-half in height and had some really nice retention. Leaves a good amount of thick lacing down the glass.

The nose has some really nice elements to it, but isn't quite as aromatic as I'd like. Still, I can clearly pick out chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar, and a bit of sweetness that I think I can attribute to the oatmeal.

The flavor is a bit better than the nose in that it's a bit more full and assertive. Coffee and brown sugar show up at first, with maybe just a bit of chocolate, but not nearly as much as I would've expected from the nose. This isn't a bad thing, just different. The oatmeal comes in at the end, quiet at first but makes a bit more noise as the beer warms a bit. It works well with the brown sugar that's going on in the forefront of the flavor. Maybe a little bit of toasted bread flavor going on towards the very end of the draught.

Medium-heavy body with a noticeable amount of carbonation and a very slightly dry finish. I would've maybe used a little less carbonation to make the beer a bit creamier, but it's certainly not bad.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer and a good one for my first oatmeal stout. At only 5% ABV and packing a good amount of flavor, you can definitely enjoy the whole 1 pint, 2.7 fl oz bottle in one sitting without regretting it later. Pretty good stuff from Sammy Smith's.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm a huge milk and oatmeal stout fan, but I've never had this all-time standard.

A: Beautiful. Light brown dissipates quickly, and the beer is pitch black. There is nothing incredibly notable about it, but it's exactly what one would expect from the style.

S: Even halfway through the glass, I don't pick up much on the nose but some muted sweetness.

T: Here's where this beer absolutely shines (it's amazing how much great taste there is compared to the non-existent smell). Very nice milk chocolate and some black coffee at first, and an oat aftertaste that is notable in its strength. Delicious.

M: A bit more carbonated than most beers of this style. When sipped in the way that stouts usually are, this beer can begin to make you feel rather heavy due to the level of carbonation being unusually high.

D: That being said, the taste is the most important factor in any beer and it will keep you coming back for more until the glass is empty.

This (outside of imperials such as Southern Tier's Oat) should be your first stop if you're looking for an oatmeal stout. If you don't like this - you're probably not going to like oatmeal stouts in general.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chilled pint glass.

Heavy pour yielded ~1" of foam that threatened to overflow the glass (and would have if not for some slurping intervention). Dense tan foam has an odd orange hue to it and leaves tons of lace. Nose is bitter molassas, dark malt, liccorice. Taste is smoke, wood, toffee, smoke and a bit of orange rind in the finish. Smell and taste are both a bit subdued, not as robust as I hoped. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Despite the aforementioned shortcomings, I do find it enjoyable and will have it again.

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Photo of jslern
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown/Black. Looks like coffee, very little head.

S: sweet malty, hint of vanilla.

T: Yum. coffee bean with a hint of dark chocolate.

M: smooth, almost glides on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable, want to keep going onto the next sip.

A very good stout, I will purchase again.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an American Pint Glass after being left in the fridge to cool for about an hour.

Look - A dark ruby/chestnut brown with good clarity and tone. The head is phenominal, with a chocolate cream feel. Lots of carbonation makes for a slow, even pour. Very inviting, almost intrigueing...makes you want to know "What's this taste like?" Defenitly a winning start.

Nose - Smell is very organic and nutty. Hints of coffee and chocolate and even alittle piney, but not overpowering for a Stout. There is a definite sweetness to this. Not bursting with aroma, but just enough to keep you interested.

Taste - First sip - WOW! This is how beer should taste. Starts with a smooth toffee blast, mixed with dark chocolate and mellows to the sweetness caught in the nose and follows through with notes of banana, butter and more coffee as it warms. The end of the glass tastes better than the beginning - I will have the next one closer to room temperature.

Mouth - Smooth and surprisingly light for an Oatmeal stout. The only downside is a tinge of overcarbonation - but this also adds to a flavorfull burst once it hits the tongue.

Drinkability - Defenitly one of my favorite beers. Although not one that can be enjoyed in quantity, the second and third are as good if not better than the first.

NOTE: May be better enjoyed warm(er) than 50-60 degrees F.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin coffee colored head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Plenty of rich roasted malt in the nose and a few charred scents.

T- A very light sweetness makes an appearance briefly before a wave of full roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The oats are actually a bit more pronounced than I would have thought, but they do add a bit of body and sweetness overall. As the glass warms, I'm noticing some light floral and dark fruit flavors coming through.

M- Smooth and creamy with ok carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden.

D- A very easy drinking Oatmeal Stout that I will revisit often.

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Photo of tjd112
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Smith's nonic, and this beer came with the gift set. The appearance is a black coffee colour with an off-white head and the smell is of coffee and prunes. The taste is, you guessed it, OATS galore. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry. Overall, a superb drink,

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6,672 ratings
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