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

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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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Photo of jellis00
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite foreign beer! This is a very tasty beer, I recommend it to anyone desiring a beer for pleasure. Out of all of my oatmeal stout choices, I place this one on the top.

Appearance: Very dark, nice head.

Smell: As expected, oatmealy.

Taste: Best bottled beer. Period.

Mouthfeel: You know that it is in your mouth, it has a very strong presence.

Drinkability: I was drinking 4 a week for several months.

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Photo of 303beer
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice head. Good smell of English yeast. The front is malt, yeast, and roast. Every now and then I get the slightest hint of raise on the first drink when there is still good head. When held to light in a pint glass it is a deep dark reddish brown. You can see through it. A quality I always appreciate. Nice and smooth in the mouth as a patty stout should be. It's a great beer. In my top 5 stouts.

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Photo of brown2cu
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a nice ebony with burgundy highlights towards the bottom of the glass. A nice chalky head forms that dissipates to a thin sheen of froth with some thicker patches of foam. Lacing is subdued but present nonetheless.

S: Roasted malt, Chocolate malt, a hint of brown sugar and maybe a little bit of caramel there as well. Nice sweet grain smell.

T: Incredible! Tasted sweet, but not syrupy sweet nor light fruit sweet. It was something akin to dark chocolate with a touch of caramel and brown sugar. Hop bitterness is just barely detectable. It stays around just long enough to cleanse the pallate and leave you wanting another sip.

M:Not heavy, which is kind of what I was initially expecting. It is nice and crisp which complimented the body perfectly. A quenching dark beer. Not so much of a warmer which I didn't altogether mind considering how wonderful it was otherwise.

D: I could easily go through any number of these. This beer is the epitome of great beer, and I would not change a thing about it.

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

Arguably today’s premier stout and there is no wonder to it's popularity. Dark as midnight this one his the mouth with a take-force flavor but parts the way for a rewarding creamy sweetness that keeps inviting you back for more. A deep coffee and dark chocolate mix. Goes down as smooth as ice cream. I usually find myself having a few in a row before realizing it!

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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout. Looks nice, thick, and black, as a stout should. a stout. Ha! Tastes sweet, toasty/burnt, hints of coffee, caramel and fruit. Excellent smooth mouth feel thanks to the oatmeal! Enough hops that they aren't prominent, but keep the sweetness in check and superbly balanced for a stout.

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Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pres: Comes in a 4 pack. The gold foil is cool. First time I tried this beer, I unwrapped the foil by hand. It was tedious. Next time, I just opened the bottle normally, and the foil cut off perfectly. Bottle poured into a mug.

App: Black, brown hue when held up to light, great head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Very complex and interesting malty/bready.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. Complex. I tasted coffee, caramel, creaminess.

Note: I loved this beer! I've been looking for it for a while, and it's been sold out, so I was excited when I finally found it. I wanted to try it based on the great ratings I've seen. I'd love to go to the brewery in England for a try.

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Among all the beers I've tried...this is still probably my favorite which says a lot. Deliciously dark stout, organic, oaty flavor that is just plain and simple. I've sampled plenty of oatmeal stouts and they honestly can't hold a candle to the magic that samuel smith puts into ever pint. It set a new standard for my enjoyment of stouts in a side note, i haven't had a bad beer from samuel smith yet and i've sampled all but maybe two of them it is truly a fine brewery.

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Photo of JordanHageman
5/5  rDev +19%

Wow this beer blew me away. Knocked my socks off. This was the first Oatmeal Stout I tried and it's so far been the best. I was a little bummed it only came in a four pack and that it was pricey but damn was it worth it. The grain, the oatmeal, the wheat, the It was truly like Oatmeal in a bottle...with beer. Highly recommend this beer.

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

Without a doubt - the best brew in the world. A perfectly balanced stout. Even if you don't like stouts this is one worth trying-you just may become a convert.

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

Grabbed one tonight because I want to review Road Slush soon and wanted to check out an original Oatmeal Stout -- surprised I've never reviewed an old favorite.

A -- Deep, dark black with ruby highlights that only show with a flash light. Dense, mousey, long-lasting, light brown (not tan) head.

S -- Roasted malt with sweet undertones cream & coffee and light licorice and caramel.

T -- Roasted malt up front with that cream & coffee smooth sweetness following then finish with a mellow roasted malt bitterness. The oat character comes out with warmth and compliments the other flavors nicely.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and silky but finishes mildly dry. Body is medium to light-robust.

O -- Overall, this is the stuff -- the benchmark for the style. I've never given all 5s to a beer before, but this one is deserving.

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

There are many stouts and oatmeal stouts about, but this is hands down my favorite. The aroma, the taste, the color, it just seems perfect. I like to chill this beer just slightly, then pout it into a nice thick beer mug. I could be happy with this beer if it was the only one available forever more! I love it !!!

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

All beer lovers should bow down to the legendary Charles Finkel who revived Samuel Smith’s brewery with his Merchant du Vin distribution Company. (Google “Charles Finkel merchant of beer Alan Moen” for a great article about this marketing genius).

That said…why drink this stout? Only if you want to transport yourself to the countryside of Yorkshire without actually getting on an airplane.

I am convinced that one could survive on this beer only (without food) longer than any other beer on the market.

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Photo of templar316
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light khaki head, and settles to a deep dark chocolate with only a hint of ruby when held to the light. The nose starts with an acohol warning, developing into a dark fruit, rich and inviting. The flavor of figs and dates bubbles acrossed the tongue, falling back into a complex flash of caramel malts and soft sweet oatmeal, before finishing with the brewery's characteristic granite finish. Begging for another sip, I could drink the case tonight.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle, a nice dark brown color as it pours , hold it against light and it is absolutely pitch black. Mild smell of oats as the bottle cracked open, tan head with very good retention. Oats, a hint of coffee and chocolate somewhere in the back make this stout downright delicious. Smooth as silk, each sip leaves you wanting more, every sip is a revelation. It is the most well balanced oatmeal stout, period. Drinkability is exceptional, I can never get enough of the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Hands down the best oatmeal stout on the face of the earth.

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

Poured into pint glass 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance - 2 finger brown head jet black thin lacing.

Smell - Dark malts with coffee, chocolate in the back end.

Taste - Same as the smell, dark roasted malts with coffee in the middle and chocolate on the finish. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - The oats in this make in so smooth and silky its unreal no bite to it but I for one hate that in a stout.

Overall - I can't find anything wrong with this beer the craftsmanship is outstanding go grab one and see for yourself.

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

We are all a little biased when it comes to our favorite beers but since that is consistent all around the map - nothing to worry about..
appearance: beautiful black.. a little red when held to the light but one of the blackest beers you will find.
smell: big sweet dark (and dried) fruit.. hints of mollasses and caramel.. coffee (and here it is very relative- I get almost a complex African coffee)
taste:sweet, tart.. maybe black current.. slightly sour.. beautiful berry undertones.. are they black, blue? - you decide! wonderful maltiness.
mouthfeel: big syrupy feel..nectar!
drinkability: surprisingly easy to drink

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

Quite possibly the greatest beer on earth. Imagine if this was staring you in the face every time the only reasonable option
seriously, the ONLY one in the bar,
is Guinness.
Yes, the world would enter a new phase of consciousness. This company also makes the best pint glass on earth.

It's black earth, it's powdered bark, it's topped with raisins. The modest 5.00% we hit just holds up even higher the utter oddness of this beer. Little can one do to improve upon it, without creating entirely new beer styles. And that's exactly what we did.

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

THE standard for Oatmeal Stouts, exceptionally smooth & drinkable. One of my top 3 imports from England. This beer is a reminder to all of who invented the Stout!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +19%

Sampled last night on 10/19/14 but had this several times before. One of my all time favorites! First drank this one back in 1980. My first stout as well. This one comes in a large 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle but have seen in in smaller bottle in a 4-pack for around $10. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a almost black in color with a good 3-finger thick creamy tan head that left lots of lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some oats. The taste is fantastic with lots of good favor from the above said items. Very smooth with no bitter finish. I can drink this one when it is 0 degrees or 90 degrees outside. Nice smooth finish with no bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Always a favorite and a perfect "10" for me!

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

A- Poured a dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated immediately, minimal lacing.

S- Smells of rich, molasses;

T- One to cherish! The palate is adorned with deep molasses,
a hint of chocolate, nutty, light bitterness and a smoky ending

M- Dangerously smooth. This will not be last tonight! Excites the senses.
D- One to enjoy, quite expensive for this four pack of "victorian bottles". But I should say well worth it.

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

My favorite beer. It reminds me of simpler times. It's simple. So simple, it's perfect. I can drink this every day, at any temperature, with any meal. This is the definition of a beer. No bells, no whistles, nothing pretty. This is BEER.

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

Delicious! Drinking my first one ever right now.
Look: Dark, opaque
Smell:Malt, coffee, caramel
Taste: Cocoa, caramel
Feel: Smooth and creamy
Overall: Excellent. Loved it.Preferred it to Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, which is good and enjoyable, but the chocolate stout is like drinking chocolate syrup, one is enough for dessert beer, but the OatMeal I could drink one after the other.

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

Presentation: 550 ml embossed brown bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found, but stamped daycode on bottle.

Appearance: dark brown to black, not transparent at all, wonderful tan head thats 1 finger or less in a pint glass. lace that leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: malty carmel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, slight banana, nutty sweetness.

Taste: WOW WOW WOW smooth yet just the right amount of carbonation, creamy sweetness, Hop bitterness is present yet keeps the sweetness in check. A semi dry falls on the palate as soon as the sweetness fades. Dark roasted coffee, over caramelized buttery toffee and dark sweetened chocolate flavours swirl around the tastebuds to make for a bitter sweet finish.

Notes: My new favorite stout, picked up a 3 pack of 550 ml btls. box set for $11, came with a nice gold stamped glass, 2 coasters and a smith's guide to their respected beers. well worth the price compared to the same stores price of $4.59 for singles @ (Wegmans)I will be getting many more...

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

thick smooth and simply sexual. i love this beer like it is my own little kid. i would like to take long walks on the beach with sammy smith's oatmeal stout and follow it up with some sweet lovin because i am that excited by the taste of this beer. it is quite possibly the best beer i have ever had.

pours dark as night with a rich brown head that will stick with ya as you fall in love with this beer. smells roasty and like coffee with some oats hanging around.

it is very rich and dark with great coffee and oat flavors jumping all over you. man this is a stout. i would love to find a beer that i enjoy more than this. i am partial to stouts, but as they go, this one is the top of the top shelf.

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Photo of Weston19
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Almost black with a very slight hue of red. Pours with a big mocha colored head that eventually turns into about a pinky sized head. Looks beautiful.

S: Smells like latte, vanilla cappuccino, roasted barley, and it gives me the scent of a chocolate/coffee cake. You can't ask for a better smelling stout.

T: Caramel, latte, vanilla coffee, some hop kick to the back of the palate, sweetness and some breadiness mid palate, it's is perfectly balanced and the experience of drinking something like this is wonderful.

MF: Heavy MF, creamy, well carbonated to keep you burping and not feel so full.

O: Amazing. Simply stunning. Looks great, smells great, tastes great, it's perfectly balanced with hops and malts and none overpower each other. It was a hell of an experience drinking this beer and would recommend this to anyone who likes stouts or is looking for one of the best stouts out there. The perfect beverage on those cold winter nights when you need something to warm you up.

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