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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Reviews: 2,280 | Ratings: 6,616
Photo of BJB13
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours near black and mostly opaque with mahogany edges. The tan head is large thick and lasting with good lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with fruity esters and chocolate. Slightly tangy and less flavorful than the nose would suggest, it tastes mostly of roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate. The bitterness is moderate. Medium bodied with low carbonation it goes down rather smooth.

All in all a pretty good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark brown, nearly black, ruby highlights along the bottom, thick fluffy tan head with great retention and some lacing.

Aroma - Hard to smell through the head but what I can pick up is pleasant. Burnt malt, brown sugar, grain

Taste - Burnt/ashy malts, minerals, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty yeast towards the end, bittersweet finish.

Feel - Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, finishes slightly dry

Overall - Very good stout, loads of flavor without a ridiculous amount of alcohol.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and a bit creamy with thick tan foamy head that lasts. On the nose I got some nuttiness and molasses, roasted caramelized grains and dark fruit. Taste followed the nose with sweet malts but some bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel medium bodied, carbonation on the low side enabling those flavors to linger. Overall a solid stout.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quick long story short....when I was in my late teens (late 1970's) my big bro and I went to England... Our favorite 3 things to do: 1. See the sights ...mainly castles/cathedrals/museums..2. Eat good food. 3. Hit every pub ( they serve you if you can see over the bar) in each small village to try their local brews...we like what were called bitters. ...low carbonated, hand pump- pulled from the cellar. Then finally we Americans started to brew like the old country. So this stout hits the mark because it's from there and follows the recipe of rich, dark toasted oatmeal/nutty/coffee flavors.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours out dark brown. Looks pitch black in the glass with a giant creamy tan head. There's tons of sticky lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, brandy soaked cherries, plums, figs, and raisins; big brown bread and slight vanilla sweetness.

T: Mostly tons of dark fruit. Cherries, figs, plums, and raisins. Some milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Toasted brown bread malt character. Hints of anise and licorice spice. A bit of coffee roast. Finishes lighter than expected.

F: Medium-bodied. Not quite creamy, but smooth and pleasant to drink.

O: The staple oatmeal stout? Decent enough. Was expected more creaminess and robust roastiness, but I love the dark fruit character and quaffability. Brings aspects of all expected stout elements, from chocolate and coffee to vanilla and caramel, bread and spice.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown-red with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Initial impression is sweet roasted grains, with almost a milk chocolate flavor dominating. Smooth. Medium body, medium-light carbonation. Somewhat dry, gently bitter finish. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Holderness
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L -- Very dark amber with a two-finger very light tan head produced by moderate pour. Decent retention and lacing.
S -- Quite reminiscent of their nut brown ale -- lots of chocolate, scotch, brown sugar, oats, barley malts, raisins, and dark fruits.
T -- Starts almost sour, building to a yeasty roasted maltiness, followed by notes of bittersweet chocolate, herbal hops, and figs. Semi-dry finish. The oats are there, but not center stage.
F -- Nice medium body. Slightly bitter/astringent aftertaste.
O -- A canonical example of the classic British stout. Worth the money as a novelty, if for no other reason.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle
A - dark brown in color with a creamy tan head that holds decent retention
S - chocolate, roasty grain, faint oats
T - chocolate, nutty oatmeal, roasted barley, faint coffee
M - medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishes semi-dry
O - a classic oatmeal stout and a must-try. It's been a few years since I had this one, and it's as good as I remember.

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Photo of CellarGiant
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sight: Poured a dark brown/black with a thick tan foam that dissipated fairly quickly, though the head quickly returns upon agitation. A transparent dark brown with a deep ruby core that turns orange at the rim.

Nose: Lots of fruity esters to start, plum, almost prune, blackberry jam. Leads into chocolate malt, lots of graham with some light roasted coffee or milky coffee. Maybe s'mores with some blackberry jam.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body with a bit of sweetness. Creamy on the tough with a fine but low carbonation. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol and some roasted malt astringency inviting a following sip.

Flavor: Chocolate, coffee, earthy and toasty notes all balance with cooked and dried fruit notes. Blackberries, plums, fig with a touch of baking spice.

A very full bodied, creamy, smooth and crisp oatmeal stout with just enough sweetness and plenty of balancing hop and malt bitterness. A very food friendly beer that represents the style well and shows the beauty of water in brewing. A pleasure to sip on during the winter.

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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer. A bit sweet for my taste, but otherwise great, thick mouthfeel and smooth roastiness. Beautiful white head that lasts forever.

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Photo of akirakcat
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light-brown head melts into the rest of the beer like cream. Smell is mostly of chocolate, and the taste is of toasted malts, molasses, oats, as well as the chocolate and cream. The oats linger longest. The subtleness of this beer is what makes it great.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, malty, dark and satisfying. Looks like a sipper but I end up gulping it down. A tad sweet to start but you adjust to it. Not as thick as you might think and not syrupy. Love it every now and then. The Victorian pint 18.7 ounces is what all beer should be. Perfect

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Photo of degueulasse
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's hard to review this one because the taste and smell were hardly distinctive for me at all. What smells like faint coffee ends up tasting like dirty, somewhat sweet water, and the mouthfeel is perhaps even worse (water with a hint of bland carbonation).

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout more than lives up to its reputation. Its look and taste are excellent and has a toasty fragrance promises what the flavor delivers.
There's a reason that stouts, particularaly this one, demand loyalty.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. A very thin ring of beiege head, a patch of lace. Very dark, cola color.

Sweet chocolate nose, light roast, some oat. A great smell.

Taste is similar. Light on the roast, a sweet smooth character, some cream.

Smooth mouth, a little dry on the finish.

Sam Smith have been doing this long enough, they might as well be good at it. This is a good sweet stout.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pitch black and has a thin head but it lasted. Lots of fruity aromas coming from this beer and not a ton of coffee or roasted malts that I enjoy in my darker beers. The beer taste is similar. It has the oat flavor but nothing super strong or take home about it. The beer sorta felt a little over processed to me, a little to balanced. The mouthfeel is nice and it is very drinkable. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as a clear dark brown with a beige head. The surprisingly scant aroma of perhaps malt belies the seeming richness of the deep color. Flavors are moderated by oats, but not in a good way. Rather than a smoothed blend of malts and hops, instead they are a muddled mishmash. To the upside there are slight chocolate, roast coffee, caramel, and molasses. But overall, disappointing.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking stout with a pretty good chocolate aroma. First sip I really enjoyed then after that it got really watered down tasting. Overall a solid beer but was a little dissapointed. Slightly overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, light cream-colored head, webs of lace. Looks thick, despite being 5%. Chocolate, oats and bread, toasty malt, and a bit of stone and minerality display themselves on the nose. Toasted malt, wet bread, stone, and plenty of sweeter milk chocolate comprise the flavor. Medium weight, smooth, calm carbonation. Much thicker, stickier, and more viscous than the alcohol or even the powerful flavors hint it would be- nice.
The stone and soggy bread notes would have been good as nuances, but they came off a bit strong, especially in taste. Apart from that, this was a great beer. Being heavy in feel but only 5%, it satisfies like an imperial stout that you can drink all night.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little bit disappointed in this beer. It came out of the bottle a dark brown with a dark brown head. While smelling it I get a lot of Carmel notes with no roasted malt. The taste is about the same with maybe a very subtle roastiness to it in the after taste. Slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy which is what I would expect from a oatmeal stout. Overall I wish this beer had a little bit more roastiness and milk choclate taste than the predominant caramel. The mouthfeel is very good which what I would like to duplicate in my own oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Toasty and smokey boquet. Slightly bitter on the sides of the tongue. Love the warmth this beer creates. Kind of a muddy brown coloring to it. When poured into a tulip glass, the head was thin, and when sipped down there was little remnants of it on the glass. Left a bit of a coating on the tongue, which I don't enjoy, but no bitter aftertaste, which I did.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is midnight black with a large tan head. The aroma is malt driven with some coffee thrown in. The taste is coffee, malt and some chocolate. A very good beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has that black color going for it with substantial dark brown up in there, tan head, 1/3". Aroma has mostly roast, but a smoothness tempered with oats and mild sweetness from just ripe dark fruit notes.

Taste is so good, smooth, roasted malt but not bitter or acrid, the oats in there do their magic, low abv helps the mouthfeel come of silkier. Not overly thick, one of the thinner stouts. Underpinnings of toffee. Earthy creaminess to it.

While oats are an 'adjunct' this is a nice trip down memory lane before all the highly rated stouts were enveloped with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, maple etc. . .

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Photo of erk0607
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown, almost black with off beige head that didn't last very long
Smell: Roasted nuts and chocolate/cacao nibs, a bit on the sweet side
Taste: Definite roasted malt taste, dark fruits like plum, light bitterness in the aftertaste, no notable hop presence
Feel: Everything about oatmeal stouts I read talked about their mouthfeel It took a few larger sips to see what everyone was talking about. Super creamy and velvety, very fluffy. That said, it is on the thin side.
Overall Impression: Thinner than I expected, but smooth and tasty none-the-less

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trademark. Very drinkable. Very balanced. No flavour or aroma goes beyond the other. The mouthfeel is smooth and gentle, it takes all your mouth and tinkles your tongue. The oatmeal is there but mostly for the texture. No hop presence in the smell or the taste. It has a chocolate bittersweet taste but remains quite dry. The coffee is there but light and meet subtle nuts. A rich but not overwhelming beer. A perfect session beer.

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