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

Big, booming tan head, and a color as black as the darkest night. Aroma is all things good: fresh, nutty, dry, coffee, espresso, the very essence of roastiness. Texture is smooth, with late bitterness coming through on the palate, very chewy and substantial. Comes on sweet, warm, and wonderful, a comforting stout.
Honestly, how do they do it? There are many who attempt this style, but no one comes close to Samuel Smith's when it comes to flavor, to taste, to utter perfection. Nothing less than happiness can result from drinking this fine brew. Always to find a spot among my Top Five. Absolutely perfect!

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Photo of Towee111
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this little gem when I was in collage. This was my first push past guiness. I just love this beer. The smoother stout that led me to other Samuel Smith beers.
beautiful dark color, creamy and hearty.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picture yourself sitting back with the cigar in one hand and this beer in the other and let your mind relax into a world of simple pleasures, this is the quintessence of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Once long ago, subjected to a sheltered life of Guinness stouts, oblivious of what the real world had to offer, I now know the true meaning of beer excellence and the cost it takes to be enlightened yet again and again. The questions in my mind spinning around like a hamster wheel on steroids. Is the cost worth the roasted malts, tan head, creamy sweetness, roasted coffee, chocolate flavors and a balanced taste so good it makes your tongue slap your brains out? Yes!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sampled August 2013 from bottles in pint glass. I have been drinking this beer for years, and it has become my favorite beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head, and the head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Nice combination and balance.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Not as creamy or thick as some stouts.

Overall: Great stout. Overall one of my top 3 favorite beers. The taste is always consistently excellent. The only negative with this beer is the price in the USA.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

A: This beer looked great. Poured into a Dogfish Head glass and was wonderful. Almost pitch black with a beautiful 3 finger head that leaves outstanding, i repeat OUTSTANDING, lacing.

S: The smell is wonderful malts and chocolate. Some smokey hints.

T: This is the best I've ever had!! Smooth all the way through with wonderful smokey hints of chocolate and malts. Wonderful balance. Nice bittersweet finish.

Overall this is so far the best oatmeal stout I've tried. It embodies the style so wonderfully. Great beer and a fore sure buy again.(Off to get one now before the stores close!) Great Beer Samuel Smith Old Brewery!!!!

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Photo of altgeeky1
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with hints of brown if the glass is narrow enough to let light through. Cream coffee colored head. Foam settles down to stable lace across the surface. Smells sweet, oatmeal, chocolate, and smoked malt. Tastes mmm... thick oatmeal goodness. Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation lends supporting creaminess to the body, and doesn't get in the way. Good session/activity beer.. for shoveling snow, muching on olives and strong cheese, or sipping slowly in a old lazy-boy recliner near the fireplace.

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Photo of CVC
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came in a 18.7 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top; served in a pint glass. Pours black with a slow-dying, thick, tan, one-finger head, which leaves thick lacing. Smells great--chocolate, caramel, coffee, roastiness. Tastes better than any oatmeal than I've ever had. Exceptional. It has one of the best mouthfeels, too--nice and thick. So drinkable.

A damn fine beer all around. Samuel Smith's probably makes the best English beer. And the Oatmeal Stout is probably their best one. So good. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A most regal bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Poured extremely dark, nearly black. Could detect some garnet hues in the light. Half inch head that lasted about 5 min, laced very nicely

S - Nothing less than what an oatmeal stout should smell like: chocolate expresso, milkiness, oats and chocolate malts, all in perfect balance

T - Tastes as good, if not better, than how it smells. Very well balanced, creamy, and rich in flavor. I love Guinness but this is like Guinness X 30!

M - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Silky smooth and creamy to coat the palate in a cocoa shower

D - I would say this is a highly drinkable. There isn't a whole lot of alcohol so one could drink a couple of these an evening, but I would rather enjoy it than drink in quantity...this stuff isn't too cheap! ($3.55/bottle)

Overall, this beer is one of my all-time favorites after just having one of these and I'll definitely be heading back for more. This is an oatmeal stout lover's stout. I was very impressed and I believe it is definitely worth a try at least!

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Photo of Markbodman
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer, creamy with the chocolate hints that hit you right off. A little thin for a stout but the taste and aroma more than make up for that.

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Photo of KACK1533
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best I have tasted. Pours nearly coal black. Tan head that sticks around. I smelled blackstrap molasses in the nose as well as coffee and Hershey's Special Dark. Taste was surprisingly nice with a sweet, but not cloying taste. Overall I give this a 5 because it was the first oatmeal stout I've ever had and it was beyond decent. It exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful beer. Looks good. Not bad at all. Smells like oatmeal and of course it taste like oatmeal. Mouthful well it isn't the best but close to it. Drinkability is wonderful. I could drink a few of these and and enjoy its wonderful taste over and over again. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is not a single aspect of this beer that is weak. The aroma is a wonderful mild roasted malt with a slight sweetness and fruitiness. Dark black color with hints of brown covered by a large full head. Taste is full and rich for style with wonderful complexity making the whole journey from front to back enjoyable. There is a great smoothness, a slight oily quality, maybe a little thin, with a very pleasant lingering at the finish. A truly great drinking experience.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; black witha thick and stiff tan head. Slowly dissipates to a tan film that golds up thoughout the drink.

smell; Amazing! Sweet dark rum and oats with a bit of malt.

taste; Mildly sweet malts with smooth oats, leaves a sticky sweetness. Balances at the same time with a yeasty bitterness that is ever so slight but enough to keep the sweetness for getting too strong. Almost a lactic bitterness in the aftertaste, that is very gentle, smooth, and sticky. Notes of milk and vanilla extract.

mouthfeel; dairy-like smoothness that's creamy and thick on the palate.

drinkability; love this stuff and could drink all night based on the wonderful taste alone.

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Photo of DCP
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

It seems that I didn't know what Oatmeal Stouts were supposed to taste like until I tried this one.

The perfect Stout to me regardless of origin, and I usually prefer Irish.
The only problem I have with this style of beer is their tendency to have a lot of complexities and richness that doesn't allow for truly easy drinking, but that relationship is give and take.

World class

Best of the best

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Photo of ncredible1
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from Bottle to Glass

A. Dark coffee appearance with a descent dark Tan head.

S. Very welcoming aroma. Sweet roasted malty smell. The smell actually made my taste buds anxious.

T. The beers appearance doesn't do the taste justice. Some oatmeal flavor for the foundation with roasted malts and coffee on top. Comes in sweet and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Slight balnced Hops in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate flavors also come into play after a few sips. This is one of the best tasting Oatmeal Stouts I've had to date.

M. Medium body with moderate carbonation, just the way it should be. However, it's not as silky as I expected.

D. I'm sold on this style. Extremely drinkable. However not a session beer because of the fulness that comes along with dirnking this style. Great sipping beer which i Have paired with pizza.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,604 ratings.
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