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

6,653 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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Photo of mfunk9786
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -13.6%
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 -1.2%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.6%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of eweneek83
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark black coffee-like body with a creamy caramel-coloured head and some nice lacing.

Smell - A good amount of roasted malts with sweet chocolate and espresso beans notes. Some creamy oats and a sweet scent. A touch of dark fruits (raisins, prunes). Very intriguing.

Taste - This is extremely well-balanced and flavourful! Starts out with some serious roasted coffee bean notes and milk chocolate, followed by an exceptional creaminess from the oats. Yum, as good as I remember. The after-taste is slightly roasted and bitter-sweet, with a tiny bit of burnt malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth, even creamy. The alcohol is not present at all.

Drinkability - It goes down very smoothly and doesn't get boring and not overwhelming. This is one of the best stouts out there, and nothing is really compromised in this beer. You get enough of everything, except the beer itself.

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

550ml bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass...

A - Very dark brown body with a creamy caramel-coloured head and some nice lacing.

S - A good amount of roasted malts (but not over-roasted), with sweet chocolate and espresso beans notes. Some creamy oats, some floral notes. A touch of dark fruits (sultana raisins, prunes). Very intriguing.

T - Wow, this is extremely well-balanced and flavourful! Starts out with some serious roasted coffee bean notes and milk chocolate, followed by an exceptional creaminess from the oats. Then you get some bitterness and sourness. The after-taste is slightly roasted and bitter-sweet, with a tiny bit of burnt malts. This definitely beats the other oatmeal stouts I've had!

M - Medium-bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth, even creamy. The alcohol is not present at all.

D - It goes down very smoothly and doesn't get boring not overwhelming. This is one of the best stouts out there, and nothing is really compromised in this beer. You get enough of everything.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/borderline black with big tan head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing. Head stayed around til the last drop.

S: Roasted toffee, coffee, some sweetness like caramel too.

T: Dark roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate mostly, and the oatmeal is nice at the end. Very tasty.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth and creamy with slight carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D: Damn good oatmeal stout. Extremely enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Black with some mahogany hues on the edges. Large thick, creamy and foamy beige head. Good retention leaving a good lacing behind.

S - Dark and milk chocolate along with some espresso and coffee notes. Some roasted malts, oats, nuts, and other earthy flavors. Some sugar smell too, more sweet/less roasted than many other stouts.

T - Similar to the smell. A good amount of oat and grain taste, with a slight roasted taste. This goes along with an earthy taste. Good amount of chocolate and some coffee taste. Also a good amount of molasses/brown sugar. Slight herbal towards the finish. Ends with a definite oat taste, almost oat cookie like.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Very silky and smooth. A fair amount of chewiness, but not quite as much as I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.

D - Very good drinkability. Smooth and goes down easy but also has a full mouthfeel. The taste is nice and doesn't overpower. A bit of sweetness and bitterness. A good amount of oat taste.

Notes: Very nice beer that isn't as bitter as some other stouts but it has a good stout taste. Full oat taste, with a little roasted flavors, but not a lot of roasted taste. Good for a session or for a slightly special occasion.

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

Pours a near black dark brown with a frothy creamy head. Smell is very muted - hard to get much from it aside from some roasted malt. The taste is much more pronounced than the nose with strong malt, cocoa, oats and a bit of coffee. Medium body with a little much carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of theRealDeal
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a thick tan head.

S: Chocolaty and coffee notes.

T: Chocolate, some oatmeal taste, and a little coffee, it does have a metallic taste.

M: Smooth, pretty creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: Definitely drinkable, wouldn't mind drinking another one. A very solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dark brown with a fairly-nice tannish head with some lacing. The smell is lots of malty bread with a bit of a roasted character. Taste adds a little bit of chocolate to the mix. The mouthfeel is very, very nice with a beautiful smoothness from the oats. Very drinkable. A beautiful cold weather session brew.

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Photo of drawbackwards
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the pour on this baby was wonderful...nice cascade, could have a huge head if not careful. head died in a few minutes, but it was a full, fluffy dollop of wonderfullness. excellent smell, mouthfeel of mild carbonation- but very smooth. nicely malty, tasting the coffee immediately. this almost reminds me of a coffee porter like a kona brewery pipeline, but much better. i really liked this light feeling stout. was kinda weird because as i drank it i said "this is pretty light for a stout", but it is 5% so that can explain the lightness, but as i drank it i did get pretty full pretty quick. the only thing i didn't like was the gold wrapper securing the top to the neck, b/c it did prolong my opening of this fantastic stout.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into several small 5 oz tasting glasses.

Poured a deep brown that appeared pitch black with a thick creamy tan head in the glass.

Smelled of beautifully roasted coffee beans, hints of dark cacoa, ild hops, and sweetness. The beer tasted much the same, being really smooth with no hints of booziness or bitterness. Full bodied, not too thick, yet very rich and delicious. Tops.

Drinkability is superb.

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

I had purchased 2 other Samuel Smith beers recently (Taddy Porter and Nut Brown Ale) and loved them both. So, I had to give this one a try.

A - extremely dark, chocolate color; nice creamy coffee colored head; head lasted and didn't dissipate immediately; nice lacing

S - heavy charcoal aroma; small hint of flowers; also a nice dark chocolate aroma underlying

T - strong charcoal with hops within; slightly burnt flavor; bitter, but to the point of wanting more

M - immediately fills the mouth with more of a meal than a drink; thick; slightly effervescent

D - This is the beer drinkers beer; if you like the darker side of the beer world, then this has to be in your bank of beers.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical dark brown, non-transparent but had a very frothy and thick medium tan head which left quite a bit of lacing.

S - The aroma is quite mellow for me and has a lot more oatmeal scent than expected. It almost drowns out all the dark malt and chocolately/roasted undertones normally associated with a good stout. Just a faint whiff of the hops bitterness towards the end.

T - Again, the oatmeal makes its presence quite early but doesn't overpower all the specialty malts. The combination of oatmeal and whatever grain bill is used is very smooth, sweet, and leaves just a hint of roasted barely in the aftertaste. Hops not really noticeable in this brew to me.

M/D - Had a lighter body than I would have imagined for a stout but it was still well carbonated so that it was smooth and creamy on the palate. Finishes a little on the sweet side since there's not much trace of hops and very clean after you swallow. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C. Seems to be clear but cant tell damn thing is dark
H. Black like the Abyss
N. Odd; almost like a Macintosh Apple; Walnut..smells very good

Wow, very complex and quite tasty. Sort-a fruity up front transitions smoothly into slight smoke then light coffee. It is really good. I have had this beer before about 2 years ago and didn't like it, well this is a testament to my palette growing over time. THIS IS MIGHTY TASTY. You should be able to pick this beer up at your local store and I highly recommend it. GREAT BEER! It is clean, crisp, and very flavorful.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I almost never buy this anymore, but after someone put it back on my radar, I went ahead and got a bottle.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, brown body in the glass with delicate ruby translucence around the edges. The head is a frothy tan cap that leaves some nice lacing down the sides.

S: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a definite grain note. What surprises me is that there's a very definite vanilla aroma to this.

T: Dark chocolate, light coffee, and molasses. Caramel and a definite grain / bread note that reminds me altogether of bread pudding. Again, the vanilla I picked up in the nose is very noticeable here. It's a bit mystifying; I thought vanilla flavors are usually imparted through vanilla beans or barrel character. Does yeast really produce this flavor? If so, it's very impressive. It rounds out an already tasty brew.

M: I won't lie; this is on the thin side for a stout, just shy of medium-bodied. The carbonation is medium as well. However, it scores big points for packing its tremendous flavor in such a light body. It's just really, really tasty for 5%.

D: Extremely drinkable. I've been overlooking beers like these since I got seriously into craft in late 2008. It's nice to revisit them on a trained palate and re-evaluate them. This? This is great. I need to buy more of this and stop wasting money on somewhat dicey $10 bombers.

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Photo of joyastarr
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this almost opaque black beer into my glass and noticed a nice tan head that stuck to the glass throughout my entire drinking experience...yum! It smelled slightly sweet and chocolaty with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth, sweet, and bold. It's "oatmeal" label made the oat-taste stand out in my mind, but the flavor was filled mostly with coffee, chocolate, and perhaps some kind of herb like rosemary perhaps. There wasn't much carbonation and had a nice malty finish. As far as stouts go, this one is pretty good. I wouldn't have minded another bottle.

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

Single bottle (no date I could find) poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown - almost lets no light through but you can make out the color if you hold it up to the light. Pours a huge thick head that dies down to 1/8" across the top. Lots of lacing as I drank it down.

Smell: In the bottle I got yeasty bread. In the glass I got some faint roasted smells...I think the title of the beer is making me think I smell oatmeal but it's breadlike with some yeasty notes. Not very strong either way but as it warms up, yep, I'm definitely getting oats, like dry oatmeal in the bowl before you add something to cook it up.

Taste: Some hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and a slight metallic finish, although as it warms up that metallic finish gets replaced with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly creamy and smooth. Thick and goes down nice. Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I must have it with a meal. This isn't a beer (for me anyway) for just drinking by itself, but it does go well with a meal (burger and fries in this case).

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Sweetened chocolate, floral notes.

Taste: Mild chocolate flavor with a dry finish, and a little metallic bite which detracts.

Drinkability: Certainly easy to drink, but the metal doesn't help.

Picked up a Sam Smith sampler pack to get another one of their great pint glasses and do some reviews. The oatmeal stout started out pretty good, but had a little metallic taste to it. Worth a try though.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Situation: Penn State celebratory 19-17 victory over LSU...
Glassware: Sam Smith tulip--what else?
Appearance: opaque, velvet velvet black body that illumintaes the S.S. logo dramatically; brown head forms a short milky ring...
Aroma: pleasantly lactic with a slightly burnt, toasted finish--but mostly a welcoming aroma...
Palate: smooth and soft; inoffensive in its presence and ever inviting of another sip; approaches the smoothness of a milk stout, butmaintains a backbone...
Taste: lactic and velvety, an appealing taste that fulfills both the front and back of the mouth; enough smoke to round it out with weight...
Overall: Samuel Smith will always have a place in my glass--and this is the third sampler I 've got (thanks Jer), so I've got some extras--and revisiting this classic is a pleasant reminder of how nice drinking a beer can be: tasty, classy, relaxing and reinvigorating a New Year's Eve drag simultaneously.

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

a - pours a nearly opaque dark brown with just a hint of red highlights. forms a thick, foamy, tan colored head that sticks around and leaves fairly complex lacing patterns in the glass.

s - slightly nutty, chocolate malt, faint vanilla, faint mineral character.

t - rich and complex. roasted malts prevail, but do not overpower the oats. notes of chocolate, vanilla, and cola are also present with ample hop bitterness for balance.

m - full bodied and kinda chewy, but not quite heavy. adequate carbonation, however the co2 profile is a bit on the coarse side for my liking.

d - this is a great session beer and an excellent example of the style. could drink this all day if i pace myself, especially so in the cold michigan winter months. also, this beer pairs especially well with drier cheeses like sharp cheddar and provolone.

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Photo of coonmanx
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I simply love this beer and just drove to three separate liquor stores to find it. It pours a beautiful dark brown color with a tan head that remains on the glass. The taste starts with a roasted flavor and finishes smooth with some caramel notes. I don't find this beer overly sweet at all. It isn't hoppy, but instead is well balanced like any English ale should be. I just drove twenty miles to find this beer and it is so smooth and well worth it. No American beer can match it. In a class by itself. I only wish I had another bottle.

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