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)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 550ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A classic that I should probably have tried ages ago - for some reason I always pass over the Sam Smith brews....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with hints of molasses, dried fruit, vanilla, liquorice, mild chocolate, grain, faint coffee and ale yeast. Subtle but complex.

Tastes of subdued roasted malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, vanilla, mild chocolate hints, liquorice, grain, faint coffee and fruity ale yeast. Little hop character to speak of. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. A gentle astringency, accompanied by an aftertaste of mild roasted malt, fruity yeast and a touch of chocolate.

A decent brew, though I can't say it blew me away. Looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour possess a blend of dark malt, grain and understated fruity notes. Body is OK yet could stand to be more creamy. Goes down easily enough, however the distinctive roastiness that I'd expect from a stout is lacking - the overall character is too muted. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet oatmeal with molasses and lightly roasted malts lurking in the background. As it warms hints of semi-sweet chocolate waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very lightly roasted malt flavors up front segue quickly into oatmeal and molasses flavors. Midway through the sip a hint of chocolate enters into things before making way for a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this is an oatmeal stout, not a stout brewed with oatmeal. Worth a shot.

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

Pours out a deep brown and once it settles in the glass it appears opaque black with a hint of ruby at the base of the glass. It had a one finger deep head(after an aggressive pour) that was creamy and tan coloured.

Smell is not so strong as some other stouts. A bit of roasted malt, something faintly soapy and a dark fruit aroma, none of which are very prevelant.

A bitter coffee flavour takes the lead in the taste category, with a faint sourness. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. It is a good flavour for the style, not my favourite, but nice.

Mouthfeel is bordering on chewy. Carbonation is what you'd expect for a stout, but leaving it on your tongue is not comfortable for long.

The beer goes down fairly well. I think I will revisit this one someday soon, as I also get the feeling that this one will grow on you with time.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

January 10, 2015

550 ml bottle, snifter

A – Black, opaque, though not oily. Over an inch of light khaki, thick foam sits on top, with moderate retention.

S – Roasted black malt, light aroma of cold pressed coffee. Bitter chocolate hides a bit in the background. Hop aroma is difficult to find, perhaps slightly earthy.

T – Leans a bit more towards the chocolate malts, roasted coffee is much lighter. I do get where some people compare it to “soy sauce” flavor, but I think it’s just the bittering black malt combined with background notes of earthy hops.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to give a bit of a scrub for the bitter malts. Moderately heavy body, somewhat silky from the oats. Mild sweetness to match with the mild bitterness.

O – A solid oatmeal stout, very straightforward, no flash because none is required. Just enough bitterness to be well-balanced. Quite drinkable, and with the lower ABV shouldn’t cause any problems to do so.

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Photo of jporf911
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550ml (1 pint, 2.7oz) bottle into a standard glass. No freshness date provided. The back label shows a man beating down what appears to be an entire vat full of fluffy, foamy yeast head. That's a good sign.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. Very dark, almost opaque, rich black with a fluffy tan two-finger head that has admirable retention, lasting almost the entire time as I drank it. The lacing is thick and sticks everywhere.

Smell- 4 out of 5. The scent is surprisingly soft and mild for a beer this dark. It mainly reminds me of molasses with a nutty undertone.

Taste- 4 out of 5. This is a bold flavor with a strong, powerful taste of roasted dark malt, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee. There are earthy and woody undertones that are almost acrid in their bite. The eponymous oatmeal is evident and adds a rich bit of starchiness. The dark fruit and slight pear flavor is lost in the stronger flavors mentioned before. It's a very robust taste that can be intimidating to drinkers unaccustomed to Stouts, so be careful.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. The body is thick; the carbonation is strong; and the finish is dry. Very full and filling.

Drinkability- 3 out of 5. This stuff is good, but I wouldn't want more than the bottle (which gives about 2 glasses once poured).

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Photo of Jerone
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown with light penetrating the edges, a tan creamy head that leaves tiny ice bergs, not too much in the say of lacing.

S - Not a lot of smell, but there is some roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and a slight hint of oats and cream.

T - Starts out with dark roasted malt, oats and a touch of milk, slightly sweet, and goes to some chocolate then finishes dry and with a lingering taste of cream and oats.

M - Smooth and creamy, very low carbonation, the body is medium due to the oats. Mouthfeel is definitely the best part of this beer and is fun to swish around your mouth.

O - An enjoyable beer that has a very nice texture and enjoyable flavors but nothing that knocks my socks off. It is a bit pricey, I could have gotten a better beer for the same price.

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

Pint Glass: Dark brown close to black, 1 inch foam.

S: Nutty, oats, pleasant. Not too strong a scent.

T: Bitter, oats, roasted malt & a bit of coffee.

M: Minimal carbonation, smooth yet a bit thin.

D: I think it's better on tap, Velvet Merlin has surpassed it in my opinion. I used to love this beer years ago but my palate has grown. Give it a shot but try it on tap if you can. Drink up!

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the pint-plus bottle into an "AC/DC" Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about an inch of brown, sticky head. This settles down but continues to coat the top as I sip, quickly covering over any open leads...The beer is a very dark brown that admits very little light.

The aroma is rich, with a promise of sweetness. The flavor is quite complex, with both earthy-bitter and sweet, ripe fruit accents. I detect chocolate, mildly burnt coffee and a bit of caramel, with maybe some mead-like flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still rather light for an oatmeal stout.

I've been drinking this beer off and on for 25 years or more. Sam Smith's beer is a brand that got me hooked on English-style ales. It can be hard to find in my area, and seems less available now than it was 20 years ago.

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a small, creamy tan head. Smells of molassas. Taste is slightly sour, chocolaty, with a hint of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but velvety smooth. Carbonation levels are slightly high. Drinkable, this is easy to finish the entire pint bottle. A good ale from Sam Smith.

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Photo of kkipple
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first encounter with the famous Sam Smith Oatmeal stout. Thanks to the holiday gift pack I get to try one. I've heard really good things about this beer.

Pours just beautifully into my giant pilsner. A huge 2 inch head that foams up, but eventually settles down to cover the surface of this deep reddish-brown opaque brew. Lots of lacing.

Smells like a good stout should. Malt, coffee, and earthy. Roasty nature to the smell. Promises wonderful things ahead...

Taste is very good. A fantastic balance of bitter and sweet. Delivers on everything the smell hinted at. It’s rather sweet for a stout, reminds me a lot of Mackeson's XXX. Great aftertaste and a pleasant warming feeling in the back of your throat. Creamy and oh-so smooth. Not terribly complex, but what is there is splendid.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal is a great stout. I have two issues with this beer. First, there is no dating information on the bottle (or any of Sam Smith's brews) so you have no idea if what you buy is 2 or 24 months old. Secondly, they use a clear glass bottle, which I suspect has been a factor in the few funny tasting bottles of Sam Smith I've had. I know, I know, a lot of microbrews are guilty of these same faults, but really -- if I'm going to spend $3 per bottle, it's not asking too much.

That said, this is a fine beer and certainly worth a try. It's my favorite of Samuel Smith's brews and I'll certainly buy it again.
If you can’t afford this, an excellent alternative is the aforementioned Mackeson’s.

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Photo of n00tz
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black/Dark-brown body, tight brunette head diminishes slowly with spotty lace.

S - Roasted malt tones, nutty, smoky with notable sweetness.

T - Full bodied sweet onset, coffee/chocolate mid with a mild spicy hops finish.

M - Thickness is there, finishes clean with moderate carbonation.

D - Very presentable, I'd share this with an honored guest.

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

A - poured into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass with creamy three finger tan head, disapated at a slow rate. Black and opaque, nothing gets through . Head left low lacing which is ok, the creamy texture of the head is certainly inviting.

S - Roasted barley and molasses, slight coffee notes. sweet and malty nose overpowers the hops but they are present, I would say grassy piney trying to get through.

T - taste is pretty balanced for the style. Semi sweet with Roasted Malts and slight caramel, adequate hop bitterness to balance the sweet malt and finishes well. Lingering nut character. Slight metallic off taste.

M - mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout, the low carb is great though and it is certainly creamy.

Overall - Overall a good easy drinking stout, nothing too spectacular. A little rough around the edges, my experiences with this beer on tap have been better than this bottle. Definitely a classic though and I will continue to come back.

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, descent head small lacing.

S- Heavy grain smell, I pick up hops and a slight copper metallic smell.

T- Good flavor, you can definitely taste the oats does however have that metallic flavor that sorta hits me towards the end.

M- Medium body, more carbonated then creamy.

D- Not bad, would be near perfect if they could somehow toss that metallic flavor out of there and make it a bit creamier.

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

A- Nearly black and opaque, with a mohogany edge against strong light. The head is attractive, dark tan, and the lace holds in descending rings.

S- Light notes of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark fruits.

T- Roasted malt, toasted grains, coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Finishes with a pronounced mineral/stony/slate flavor, probably from the squares & local water.

M, D- Creamy and extracted. Neither thin & fully dry, nor sweet & sticky.

Another S.S. classic.

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Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big sexy cocoa head. The nose is roasted malts, raisins, plums, oats?. Clean, clean, clean is the word of the day. Carrying through the flavor is a refinement and clean flavor - and the beer finishes very clean. The oatmeal creaminess and roasted malt flavor shines in its subtlety and combines with a slightly sweet dark fruit flavor. The body is a little thinner than desired normally, but with good carbonation. I wish there was a touch more assertiveness in the flavor - a bit more roast or chocolatiness, but more importantly, there is a slight flavor in there that I do not like. I want to say it is a touch of sweet smokiness? Don't hold me to that, but there is something in there that brings it down a notch for me. Regardless, this is a good beer.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This appeared as a stout should.
It was mildly disappointing in the mouth lacking some velvety smoth softness that I associate with Oatmeal Stout.
The roasted grains were suitably subdued and there was a sea air taste around the fringes.
I thought this to be an enjoyable easy drinking stout.

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

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a nice one finger tan head nice retention and very little lacing on the glass

Aroma of oatmeal with very slight hints of chocolate and dark malt

Taste started sweet with the oat and chocolate then a slight smoke ending with the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium body with very light carbonation, very smooth.

This is a very nice beer at a low abv, I do prefer stouts to have a little more bitterness, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

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

The color is a deep dark brown/black with a slight head. Not much in a distinct aroma. The taste has a little acidity to it. A good session brew with the low ABV. This is the first ale that got me started on the stout kick. I can remember being in college and having this for the first time in between classes in business college. Their are stout styles out their that offer more in terms of favor IMO.

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

A: Pours dark with a creamy brown head that stays for some time.

S: A little light on the smell. Otherwise the regular roasty chocolatey notes of a stout.

T: Yeah that's pretty good. The oats really come through. A little gross bitterness but some good chocolate.

M: A little light on the mouthfeel here. Sits nice but so so light.

Overall not a bad beer. I guess I was expecting more based on the scores online. It's good but not mind blowing.

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Photo of rdub
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 50 degree chilled bottle. Dark as night with a tight tan head and lacing. The smell was fantastic and was better to me than the taste. Roasty toasty malt with a touch of hops. The beverage was bone dry but right for the style. Easily drinkable and a nice brew.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As others have said, Whats with the clear glass bottle. Poured a dark chocolate brown, with a chocolate head that slowly receded leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, however the taste didn't live up to the aroma. Sweet from the malt with some coffee but little else. Not bad, but not the best Oatmeal stout I've had. Overall it was still enjoyable.

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Photo of gr0g
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with the usual awesome head I've noticed on Sam Smith beers. Retention is impressive, lacing even more so. As far as looks go, this is just about perfect for a stout. Less of a treat for the nose than the eye. Malty and earthy, a bit of cocoa. The aroma is altogether somewhat weak and pedestrian.

Malty and dry in flavor, finishing with a hoppy bitterness. The silky smooth mouthfeel expected of an oatmeal stout is there. Chewy enough for a stout in the 5% range. Dry, roasty malt note dominates, with a bit of licorice backing it up.

Save for the average aroma, this is a more than worthy stout with good flavor while also being sessionable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with red hanging around the edges. A two-fingered, fluffy medium tan head develops from the pour into a slightly tilted pint glass. Head dissipates to less than a single finger width in under 60 seconds but leaves some decent lace behind. Head is but a thick film after a few more minutes.
Smell is malty with notes of peat, cardboard, sourness, smoke and coffee with a whiff of white grape. Decently balanced and complexity as expected of such a highly rated beer, though the grape and sour notes are unexpected.
Taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and maybe some caramel(?) with a medicinal note in the aftertaste. Well balanced.
Less body than I anticipated, not really much more than medium, effervescence is appropriate, just under middle-of-the-road with a sharpness on the tip of the tongue. A beer you could easily drink several of over the evening due to the low ABV but I just don't get the appeal of this brew. I'm sure its better on tap (what isn't) but this is just not grabbing me. Though it is better than standard Guinness, it's less than Guinness Foreign Extra and many others.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle...

Appearance: Pitch black with tan head that lingered.

Smell: overtones with a rich malt nose.

Taste: Immediate bitter coffee taste with a dry aftertaste. This is a little harsh. Not as smooth as some of the other oatmeals, such as Young's or McNeill's. It is, however, very unique and unquestionably an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: It's got a bite to it. Pretty "chewy".

Drinkability: In a word, no.

Not too bad of a brew. I think there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,538 ratings.
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