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 tweeder263
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice black beer with a big tan 3-4 finger head that lasts pretty good.Sweet fruity aroma thats quite pleasant.At first i wasnt sure about the taste of this beer,it was quite bitter ,but it may have been a bit too cold. As the beer warmed i really started liking it.Flavors are hard to pinpoint but definitely a nice coffee type in the background.Mouthfeel is just ok just a tad bit watery for a stout.A nice stout that ill be buying again.

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Photo of Crotor
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours *almost* black, with one finger of light tan, slightly dimpled head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Diacetyl apparent in the aroma, plus slight acrid roastiness, and some heavily carmelized toffee-sweetness.

As always with Sam Smith's brews, the diacetyl plays a big part in this beer - and I wouldn't have it any other way. A bit roasty and toffee sweet, this is like mild coffee with heaps of buttery brown sugar. There are definite layers to this flavor. The major components are a slightly acrid, roasty bitterness, offset by the buttery, diacetyl/molassas sweetness. A very nice war do they wage on your tongue. Also a bit earthy, and perhaps the slightest touch of candied fruit. Maybe it's the Yorkshire yeast, maybe it's the diacetyl, but there's always something about Sam Smith's beers that makes me think they'd pair nicely with venison.

Overall, I'm *very* pleasantly surprised with this beer. I don't think I'd had it since I was a wee beer novice, and now I'm cursing myself for waiting so long to try it again. I will definately be going back to this very soon.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an amazing beer. It pours a nice dark color. There was a very nice head which lasts for a long time. The small was of nice sweet malts. The mouthfeel was amazingly smooth, and the taste was exceptional. This is a stout which everyone must sample. Enjoy!

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Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid black with just a hint of red on the edges with a thick dark brown head. Smell was oaty goodness, chocolate, roasted malts, very inviting. Taste was more of the same, very good. It would have been a shame if this style had disappeared like it almost did. It has a very decadent creamy mouthfeel, similar to the Imperial Stout, but not as over-whelming. Drinking this all night would be a little bit much, but it is a great oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black, with a large tan, coffee colored head. Head recedes slowly and leaves behind thick lace.
Aroma is sweet, mocha, roasty, malty,fruity.
Flavor is sweet creamy, chocolaty coffee with a roasty bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is definitly smooth and silky, but also thick and chewy at the same time. Good stuff.
A little rich to drink more than one or two in a session, but you'll definately want to.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle with gold leaf around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan head, good retention with a small amount of tan head chunks left clinging to the side of the glass.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: Well roasted malts, spices and sweetness, slight amount of fruit esters.

Flavour: Rich and luxurious. Roasted malts. Toasted nuts (mainly almonds). Smooth and full mouth flavour with a thick, creamy texture. Leaves a very nice bitter twang at the back of the throat. (slight sherry aftertaste??? Can’t quite place it)

Overall: Truly incredible, a remarkable stout which is tremendously complex. Very rich and heavy, so I think it would be quite a task to drink more than 2 bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of pootz
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1/2 liter clear bottle. Pour reveals a dark black viscous ale with a tight pored mocha colored cap with great retention. Wonderful lacing. Nose fills with aromas of unsweetened chocolate, pine and some burnt toast. Wonderful thick, silky mouth feel....burnt cocoa, lactose, dried currents and figs, damp oak....wonderful complex body....finish is delightfully lingering where the smoothness of this ale is shrarp edges (acidic charred grain presence in some stouts) the oatmeal does it’s trick in the finish giving an impression of thick cream and tart cocoa. An oatmeal stout to be savored.

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Photo of Higravity
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this again after many years and it is still the same which is nice. Being a SS product I agian taste metals in the beer, but maybe that is just me. The color it pours is black comprised of red, looking though at the right angle shows the beers color of ruby so dark it becomes black. It makes sense as the stout is just a built up amber and this beer is a near perfect in color in my eye. The nose is a little lacking as the malt seems subdued, but there is a presences of earth roastedness and chocolate oats that escape. This has a great feel in the mouth of silky oat protiens that carry a roast bitterness that is delightful, still this beer has a metalic aftertaste that I couldn't seem to shake. It left lace all the way down my glass, it would be hard to make a better mild oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A mixture of every color except black. The aroma is deep yet mild. A subtle perfume of chocolate, vanilla, pit fruit, milk, wet leaves and currants. I love the creamy texture and the suprising full body. Rich, deep malts, nice chocolate, coffee, minimal but identifiable sourness and a nice pleasing hop bitterness on the finish. A lovely brew.

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Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat mild, but there are roasted malts and coffee in there. The flavor is nice and malty and creamy. Nice roasted malts flavor as well as some coffee and a hint of chocolate. Great mouthfeel. Really good beer.

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Photo of beerlovergirl
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark pour with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. An earthy smell and a mixed taste of caramel, chocolate and nuts blasts the senses. This beer is extremely smooth going down and leaves an aftertaste of oats. This is a very drinkable beer and one that I will definitely add to my list of favorites.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear bottle.

Creamy tan head that fades to the sides after a moment. Thin and spotted lacing with average strength. Dark brown/opaque black in color.

Strong vanilla, milk chocolate, and rolled oat aromas. A mildly sweet caramel maltiness as well. Great aromatics.

Semi-sweet vanilla and caramel flavors that lead to a dark oat and grain bitterness. Notes of milk chocolate throughout. A very pleasant vanilla and roasted oat aftertaste.

A mellow oatmeal stout with great flavor. Smooth and warming on the palate; not heavy at all.

A very drinkable version of the style given how tasty and mild on the palate it is. One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. One I'd be happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with ruby glints and a diminutive tan head. Lacing is a good webwork. The aroma is of caramalized sugar, chocolate and cappacino. The flavor is a complex mix of sweet malts. Theres lots of milk chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa and subtle fruit flavors. Hoppiness and burnt barley flavors are present but very minimal. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with a velvet like fine carbonation. This is a very unique and delicious stout. Id imaginie milk stouts taste similar to this sweetish stout.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in appropriate glassware.

Appearance: Very dark brown beer, with a darkly-tan head.

Aroma: Sweet coffee aroma.

Flavor/Body: Dry, slightly chocolaty malt flavor, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Medium body, perhaps slightly oily/watery, with low carbonation.

Not my favorite style, but it's the first chilly day of Autumn we've had in this unseasonably warm Texas fall, and this makes a perfect accompaniment to the cold.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice black color with a finger of cream colored head. The nose is chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from the malt and the oatmeal, It smells really good. The oats are very present. The flavor is the flavor is good, with lots of chocolate in it. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for my liking. Drinkability is good as well. Even without the cold having hit yet, I could easily drink a few of these. This doesn't fill me up too much, making it a nice beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tight head, good lacing. Black, no real hints of ruby. Brown foamy, soapy head.

Smells light of toasted malts--sweet coffee and grain, with a hint of alcohol. Nice smell, but not strong enough to really enjoy.

Tastes like big malt, roasted, sweet and sugar malt. Raw sugar. Nothing processed. Barley in the back, more malt. A hint of an oaty aftertaste, dry and sour. Really nice.

Terrific foamy mouthfeel. Goes down great for a stout.

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Photo of zacharius
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a solid black with a foamy tan head. Smell is of yeasty esters with a grainy background. There is a hint of a vinous character in the smell, a characteristic of the yeast I think. Taste is smooth but rich and complex dry roasted maltiness with an earthy character and a hint of bittersweet. Full bodied yet smooth as silk. Excellent drinkablility, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear 12 oz bottle. No freshness or ingredient info. Gold foil around the neck.

Dark ruby burgundy, rather clear, under a voluminous three+ finger head that settled pretty quickly to half a pencil's worth of head for the duration., leaving a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nuts and raisin nose. The mouth is fairly flat and rather syrupy heavy. Nice smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus sour element to balance the bready grain. A touch of smooth bitter hops struggle to emerge from the oatmeal blanket, and do leave some notes in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly raisin, with a touch of lemon. Maybe the bottle was light struck, but this was not the knock-out brew I had hoped for.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearacne: Black. Small light brown head that quickly diminishes. moderate carbonation. head retention not as good as it should be.

Aroma: pronounced sweet vinous smell with some alcoholic whiffs. Has some subtle fruity smells in the background as well.

Taste: Nowhere near as bitter as a regular stout. A sweet fruity vinous flavor with some oats in the background. Somewhat like coffee and cream with alcohol. A very dry aftertaste finishes this fairly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: Dry aftertaste, low alcohol. Easy as pie.

Notes: This was a fairly solid beer that was a nice sweet alternative to the Sinebrychoff Porter, which I also enjoyed.

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Photo of rugger
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark smooth black. Very nice smooth sweet smell of nuttienes with a taste of dark malt with hints of chocolate and prunes and a slight hint of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth that supports a nice easy drinking stout. This beer is a classic.

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

Appearance – This Oaty Stout is black as night with a good, decent head that left clumps of pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated, dark roasty malts were terrific. They were complimented by some good, raw sugar and maybe even a hop or two for balance.

Taste – The big, roasted malt flavor came out nicely. It is very dark in here. The nice raw sugar from the nose came out at the taste as well along with a subtle hop balance. The oatmeal flavor was light and in the background.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied and bitteringly roasty with some good dryness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, heavy stout that’s light on the oatmeal but well-balanced nevertheless.

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Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark and has a nice tan head that sits about a half inch tall. It smells like molasses, malt, and a little alcoholic. It has a great flavor. Tastes of malt, roasted barley, chocolate, and as it hits the back of you pallat you get that bitterness of the hops. I like the mouthfeel a lot. Good amount of carbonation and it coats the mouth nicely. This a very good beer and very drinkable overall. I would recommend to anyone. This is the first stout that I really got my girlfriend to enjoy and thats saying a lot because she is not a stout drinker at all.

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Photo of KoG
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nearly black, dark brown from a 550mL bottle creating a generous fizzy light brown head that slowly dissolved but left little lace around the glass.

The smell is of chocolate malt, sweet oatmeal and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol and is pronounced but not overwhelming.

The taste is robust, mixing what seems like dark chocolate and maple syrup and finishing slightly nutty with a definite toasted-oat background.

Has a slightly lighter body than expected, but the pronounced flavor and virtual absense of bitterness makes up for the slight lack of creamyness. Goes down smooth as silk with a nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially in the Fall months when it's not cold enough to demand a stronger stout. Can't drink too many though as it can become quite filling.

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Photo of jvajda
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night with a very dark head.
Smell: Very strong alcohol smell, not much else.
Taste: Again a very strong jolt of alcohol. After the initial shock, I was able to discern some hints of stout and grain flavors. Just the slightest hint of oatmeal. This is certainly the strongest tasting brew with a 5.0 ABV I've ever had. It tastes like it's three times that.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and presence.
Drinkability: Given it's 'meal in a can' nature this isn't a good session beer but good every once and a while.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear glass bottle
This beer is black with hint of red-brown when held to a light. It has a very nice thick creamy head that is tan in color and lasts. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. It is mildly sweet but well balanced. This a very drinkable medium-full bodied beer.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,620 ratings.
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