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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 Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of LPorter33
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Holiday gift box which I purchased at Martignetti's

Appearance = Beautiful looking dark brown, nearly black as night. Great 1/2'' head, which slowly faded into about 1/8'' and left some really nice lacing.

Smell = Rich hearty toasted malts. Tangy alcohol like flavor reminescent of good whiskey. A good overall scent.

Taste = I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but I can appreciate this and know its a darn good one. Dark, robust flavors of burnt, toasted malt. The right amount of sugar to compliment the more harsh flavors. Leaves a pleasant smoky aftertaste in the mouth.

Overall = Recommended for fans of stouts. This isn't a style I particularly enjoy but I can appreciate this as an excellent representative.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a few light brown edges showing. Head is light brown in color, very thick and creamy. Retention is well above average and lacing is decent.

Smells of chalky minerals, Nestle milk chocolate powder and some dark fruit...raisins and brown sugared figs.

Taste is sweet milky chocolate with a slightly sour flavor and a bit of roast. The carbonation is low and it is not as creamy feeling as I expect in an oatmeal stout. There is also a bit of fruitiness that detracts from the smoothness of the beer. Maybe it is the brewery, but I have yet to be overly impressed with a Sam Smith's beer. It's a good brew, no doubt, but I can think of more than a few other oaty stouts I would pick before this one.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby black with a pillowy, tawny head that holds forever. Quiet nose, oats and some vanilla. All sorts of malt: black strap molasses, brown sugar sweetness, tones of chocolate and coffee. Round and smooth feel. Herbal hops cut at the end.

Good reference point for what an oatmeal stout should be. These just drink too smooth to taste sometimes!

2nd tasting: Too much licorice, too many RIS vinous notes and too salty. -.5 to taste.
UK drinkers wonder why US beer geeks worship Sam Smith, and I'm starting to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, too. Not their best and not the best Oatmeal stout, either.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a stout guy, but trying to expand my horizons beyond Guiness.

A: pours black with a thick tan head that lasts the whole time, leaves significant lacing.

S: to be honest I didn't pick up much if anything. Maybe some slight bready notes, but very little.

T: not nearly as dry and intimidating as it looks! Obviously heavy on the malt notes, the taste of dark toast with just a tiny bit of sweetness that finishes with just a slight dryness

M: this one is full bodied, like a meal in a glass, thick and creamy

D: pleasantly surprised by this one. Obviously Guiness gave me a one sided example of the style. Quite drinkable!

I still would not call myself a stout guy, but this definitely improves my opinion of the style. Much more drinkable than Guiness, I am not left w/ the cottonmouth, burn toast aftertaste that I get from it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as near black as you can get, with a modest tan head that left some spot lacing. The smell is a bit faint but has a coffee syrup aroma. The taste of the oatmeal stout is not as pronounced as Smith's Imperial. It has a subtle roasted flavor, bit semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is as smooth as it gets, velvety. This is probably the most drinkable stout that I have had. It is very balanced and smooth, a tad bitter a tad sweet. I very much like this style however the taste doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a cappuccino colored head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste: The taste doesn't overpower like other stouts. Taste is toasty and burnt. Sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, thin, and kinda oily.

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

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy chestnut tone with a solid two finger frothy, light brown head; retention is moderate and leaves patchy lacing.

somewhat underwhelming nose is marked by roasted malt, coffee, and the vague suggestion of molasses... smooth, more lively taste - oatmeal represented up front and the roasted malt and coffee coming mid-palate. some molasses and bit of bitterness coming through in the finish. flavors become more well-defined as the beer warms. all in all, a tasty stout that certainly holds its own, but for me it lacks any type of wow factor.

smooth, medium plus-bodied mouthfeel with middling carbonation. high marks for drinkability, as i would have no problem putting away multiple glasses.

original review: 10-02-2010

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

Poured not too cold, in a goblet. Black, with two fingers of tan head that go down fairly quickly. Pleasant smell of caramel and bread, chocolate, vanilla, but the whole smell is pretty faint.

Malty sweetness - chocolate malt, roasted barley, oatmeal. Creamy body at first, but it goes watery unless swallowed a little hastily. Finish is short. Too subdued for my taste. Fine without aggressive burned flavors, but more malt and more bitterness would help, I think. I would start with some hops - There's practically no bitterness or hop flavor/aroma. And the body is good for beer in general, but not really for oatmeal stout. A good, drinkable beer, I'll try it again sometime - judging by the other reviews, this may not be a fresh bottle.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on January 17 of 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


This pours a coffee like color and damn does it look enticing. The head was barely there and I really don't really expect it to stay long with as fast as it's leaving. The color of it in the glass it just black. If the color ever enveloped me in a sudden moment I would only assume that I died.


On small breath-ins it smells like coffee, but if you take it in deep then the chocolate is nice and strong. The smell just feels dark and damn do I want to take this in.


This taste like a damn strong delicious coffee. The taste oddly does not stay strong as it's first taste. The aftertaste is not completely bitter, but it does leave a slight sweet chocolate feel. It's almost a dark chocolate. It leaves a Italian roast taste rather than a French toast taste. This is not my favorite style of coffee, but at least it leaves a desired taste.


The mouthfeel is slightly smooth, but with a mild carbonation feel. This drink coats the entire mouth that is just a magical feeling knowing that this drink could last that much longer in my mouth.


This drink does hit some nice points, but it's not all there. The coffee is all there, but I do like a bit more chocolate to my mouthfuls. As a stout it's all there, but there are other stouts that are so much more. I know that this ranks well as an oatmeal stout, but it doesn't beat out a top notch Imperial Russian Stout.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours jet black with a light tan head. Lots of lacing and good head retention.

S: Some roasted malt with a touch of sweetness. The smell is not overpowering like it is with some stouts, this one is more subtle.

T: Dark roasted malt, a bit of bitter dark chocolate, with a subtle hint of sweetness. It's smooth and milky creamy. The flavors are rather subdued. The hop presence is ever so slight.

M: Medium bodied, even a tad on the thin side for a stout.

D: A very drinkable stout due to the smoothness and low ABV.

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

Poured dark brown with a big sturdy tan head that left medium lacing as I drained the glass. A lot of rich grains in the nose. Taste was very smooth and creamy up front, with a wallop of bittersweet chocolate at the end. Well balanced and pleasing. A terrific stout.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark brown with a small off brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, nice inviting aroma. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Beer is carbonated right and medium bodied. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours much darker than I was expecting. Black in color with a light beige head, lots of carbonation on the head.

S- Lots of roasted malts, coffee.

T- Pretty sweet, but extremely smooth. Follows the nose with lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors, with some light chocolate flavors as well.

F- Very watery body, but smooth. Little to medium carbonation.

O- If you want a light stout for a great price that's easy to drink, this is certainly an excellent option. That said, I was a bit let down by this beer, considering how much others I know like it. I think it may just be that I've become spoiled by high ABV imperial stouts though, because this is one of the best 5% and under beers that I've had.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark amber bordering black. Small fizzy head disappears after a minute.

S: wow, lots going on here. Caramel malts, mocha, raisin/fig, toast.

T: kind of thin relative to the smell, more like a particularly toasty porter. alcohol is fairly present considering it's only 5%

M: not bad but doesn't have the characteristic creamy feel I expect from oatmeal

D: despite flaws, still a very worthy contender in this category

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Photo of sgoodship
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown - almost black and opaque apart from lovely golden dark brown edges when held up to the light. Nice chocolate head that reduces to a thin head. Even after sipping slowly, it retained a nice thin lacing to the last.

S: Coffee, Molasses, Malty

T: Definitely a complex flavor. The taste is what you would expect from the smell but then you get a really interesting balance of sweetness and bitterness. I hadn't detected fruit in the smell but there is a dominant fruitiness to the taste that then leaves you with a bitterness that was a little too sour for my taste. 

M: It is smooth, creamy and feels clean in the mouth. There was a little sharpness to the carbonation hitting the tongue - could have done without that. It felt to thin at the end.

D: Loved this beer but the combination of the tanginess and sour bitterness at the end makes this an "in moderation" drink for me. A quality stout for sure.

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Photo of chrisms86
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had high expectations for this beer, as stouts are my favorite style. I grabbed a bottle of this in favor of my usual choice, Deschute's Obsidian Stout, because I was in the mood for something new.

Poured like your normal quality stout, near black with a somewhat thick tan head. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for my tastes but it got the job done. Although the taste wasn't too impressive I enjoyed the absence of a strong chocolate flavor, which makes mosts stouts undrinkable with meals. The versatility of this beer is probably its best attribute, you can have it with or without food unlike many other sweeter tasting stouts.

Highly recommended over your average brew, but as far as stouts go you can do better. Even so, this one won't disappoint.

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Photo of RickyS
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black. Head fades away soon. Aroma: cocoa, milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Taste: More milk chocolate, belgian chocolate, a fair hint of cherries, coffee. Very long finish. Full bodied. Don't know, not really enthusiastic about this.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout scared me very much!

As a beer drinker I have not yet moved up to the darker stout beers. I still think Guiness is mud! With that I said hell lets give this Oatmeal Stout a try.

At Petersons liquor store on rte. 70/Brielle Bridge I purchased the 550 ml bottle ($3.75)

This beer poured a very dark reddish brown with a fluffy dark tan head.
The smell was of burnt coffee- that worried me!
The first sip proved that it was velvety smooth and soft.
The taste was actually very good! It was a light coffee/chocolate flavor that wasn't bitter or harsh yet smooth and enjoyable.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is a very good sipping beer that would go nice with a meal. Enjoy slowly.

Not a chugging or partying beer!

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Photo of AnavelGato
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a Brooklyn Brewery Snifter poured out of the Bottle, purchased at Total Wine.

Appearance: Dark, Like I’m talking pitch-black Dark, almost no light penetration. The head poured a good inch, which slowly dissipated to a constant covering of the top of the brew. Head is a light Tan, closer to khaki beige than it is to café con leche. The head leaves very nice thin lacing without having it “crust up” on the side after a while.

Aroma: Light Chocolate scent, very dry aroma. Lots of fruity notes again very dry. Trace notes of nuts and roasty scents.

Taste: very well balanced stout, every flavor has it’s counter part. The mild roasty flavor at the beginning is counter balanced by a good deal of bitterness. Chocolate and oatmeal along with a mild sweetness connect both extremes with subtlety as an underlying flavor throughout the brew.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I like my stouts to be; however and excellent level of effervescent constant carbonation which keeps a thin head present all the time. Very smooth mouthfeel, which doesn’t dry out your palate or overwhelm it.

Overall: A very VERY well balanced beer. It manages to keep it’s maltic sweetness in check against the bitterness of the hops. And at a modest 5.00% ABV it doesn’t overwhelm the drinker, that’s not to say it’s sessionable but it’s definitely light by stout standards.

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Photo of timmah427
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black, with ruby around the edges and a huge, creamy tan head that leaves behind some thin lacing as it quickly sinks down.

S - Nose is dominated by molasses and caramel, toasted malts, and hints of biscuit and maybe even butterscotch.

T - Caramel, toasted malt, oats, and biscuits. Quite malty and sweet, with a hint of bitterness as it finishes.

M/D - Mouthfeel was medium, but left a little too much stickiness for my taste.

Overall, the caramel flavor kind of overwhelmed me. I give it good points because it's a good example of the style, but I couldn't have more than one of these.

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Photo of julian89
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent dark brown hue large head, caramel base
Smell: Smokey dry, arid, stale oats smell.
Taste: Smooth clean, dark smokey taste. Very little hoppy taste, mostly grain. Nice bitterness.
Mouth feel: Best part of the beer in my book. Excellent consistency. Viscosity was perfect and the coolness of my fridge provided the perfect environment for CO2 fizziness and % head on pour.
Overall: 8/10 or 4.0 via beer advocate. Good choice my friends

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Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very solid beer; one of my favorite stouts. A very dark body with a nice tan head that holds throughout the beer. The smell caught me a little off-guard as it was slightly malty but still roasted. The taste emphasized the latter. Very roasted taste, almost smokey, as if the malt had actually been roasted over a fire. A nice, thick mouthfeel that was ok despite the summer months. Despite its thick mouthfeel, the beer is pretty easy drinking. The fact that the beer is nice and smooth is what makes it go down so easy.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving almost no lacing behind. It's a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma composed of molasses and licorice.

Tastes of roasted malts with a little sweet malt background, hints of coffe and old fashioned licorice. A nice hop bitterness and dry finish.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,557 ratings.
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