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 sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and licorice in the aroma. Herbal perfumey hops. Toasted bread and some baking spices. Chocolate teddy grahams, maybe?

Pours nearly black with a creamy light tan head. Good retention with decent lacing.

Rich complex malt character with dark roasted grains upfront followed with fresh biscuits and oatmeal cookies. Some dark fruits. Prunes and licorice. Snappy hop bitterness, slightly fruity and herbal balancing the slightly sweet finish. Graham cracker crust and cocoa. A touch of raspberry.

Silky medium high body with low carbonation. Slick, almost oily, but not chewy. Long slightly sweet finish.

Complex grainy malt character with balancing roasty bitterness. A lot going on in 5%.

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Photo of 11rufus11
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite simply my favorite beer. I have had many "favorites" over the years, but I keep coming back to this one. Many of the reviews have gone into detail about the taste, feel, and look of the beer so I will not elaborate too much else about it. I will describe it as a 50%, or maybe less, Guinness Stout with a semi-sweet, delightfully creamy blend added to it. Not too subtle and not in your face flavors. Just perfect for me. It can be simply a treat or even a session beer for myself. I just enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Joshio
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the first sip I knew I was experiencing something special. The flavor didn't strike me as particularly complex, it struck me as "right"....if that makes sense. Nothing seems out of place with this brew. For me personally, this style is not something that I'm into, so I probably won't be drinking a lot more of them. With that said, there was absolutely nothing wrong with this beer.

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

Classic oatmeal stout. Tons of head with nice retention. Smell is typical chocolate and roasty, with hints of raw grain. Taste is really sweet with excellent oatmeal flavor. Bitter chocolate notes. Full body nice carbonation, smooth and frothy. A total classic

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Writing this as I drink it...

Poured a 355ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a good but fairly loose light brown head. Head retention good. Lots of lacing.

Good nose with chocolate, coffee, oats, malt, some cola, licorice and stone fruit.

Palate is very expressive and complex. Roasted - burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, dark stone fruit.

Mouth is also very god. Full in the mouth and beautifully balanced.

I'm not a huge fan of stouts but this blew me away. Very complex, well balanced, great mouth-feel, nice head, good lacing and even a beautiful label/bottle. Superb!

Everyone should try this beer not just fans of the style.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid chocolate. Good lacing. Great flavor. Oats, Chocolate, Malty. Overall a very good beer and it is not expensive at all. This is one of those beers where you get some bang for your buck!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is roasted malts to a point of almost burnt. Flavor is oatmeal with notes of chocolate and a finish of roasted malts. Has a little bit of a light body and overall is a very solid beer.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with frothy foamy tan head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass sides. A little bit of soapy looking bubbles in the head. Smells of coffee and cream with slight dark chocolate notes. Some English yeast esters seem evident. No hops in aroma. Tastes semi-sweet with some dark roasts and a bit of an earthy & nutty character. Medium high bitterness helps even out the mostly sweet character. Feels velvety and smooth just like a dark chocolate milkshake. The oatmeal simply give this beer a great mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent brewed beer and a hallmark of the Oatmeal Stout category. I really dig this, just feels like it's missing a little oomph character to really make me a huge fan of this.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours nearly black with pretty cherry highlights when held to the light with half a finger of creamy mocha head that leaves rocky foothills lace as it slowly recedes.

Smells of chocolate ice cream, creamy coffee, dark berry jam, faint burnt sugar and black licorice.

Tastes follows nose, but not as sweet as I was expecting. More chocolate ice cream and coffee, toasted caramel, dark berries and sweet black licorice.

Feels firm and smooth. Medium bodied with solid, creamy carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's like drinking a milkshake.

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Photo of pollocktown4
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is quite dark. Holding to the light, I can see just a small amount of a sheen through the glass. The head after being poured was about 2 1/2 fingers of a light shade of almond.

The aroma was very pleasant and sweet. I could sense chocolate, and coffee.

The taste has a lot going on. My first sip seemed to have a bit of a unique flavor on the front. I wasn't sure at first if it was supposed to be like that, and to me, it seemed very familiar. The back had a lot of chocolate, coffee, a little almond, and than it hit me. The unique flavor (which is subtle) was similar to well water. I read the bottle and found that its brewed guessed it; well water. Keep in mind, its not overpowering, and in fact, my wife couldn't taste it. But growing up drinking well water, the taste is unmistakable; not in a bad way. In fact, I think it enhances all the flavors naturally. Very, very, tasty, and would say this was a great way to end an evening.

It feels very milky and smooth.

Overall I certainly enjoyed this one. I look forward to many more in the near future!

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

From bottle, pours dark brown with a frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is oats, barley, and coffee with cream. Taste is mocha, oatmeal, and roasted barley, milk chocolate, caramel.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout. Looks nice, thick, and black, as a stout should. a stout. Ha! Tastes sweet, toasty/burnt, hints of coffee, caramel and fruit. Excellent smooth mouth feel thanks to the oatmeal! Enough hops that they aren't prominent, but keep the sweetness in check and superbly balanced for a stout.

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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 PhillyB
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the last of 3 Samuel Smith beers I tried, and probably my favorite of the bunch.

Look: If you've ever seen a Guinness, you've seen this beer. Dark with a dense head that doesn't fade quickly.

Smell: Malt, coffee, and cream.

Taste: Exactly the same as the smell. I found it alarmingly similar to Guinness, only slightly better. Can't put my finger on it, but there's also something in the background mainly serving to enhance the main flavors.

Feel: Creamy goodness. Not a lot else to say about it, even the head was creamy. It felt like the beer had been topped with whipped cream.

Overall: I was very impressed by this beer. It ticks every box for an enjoyable stout, but lacks the "wow" factor to put it over the top. I would definitely return to it again though.

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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 Libeertarian
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Not quite opaque. Pillowy, chunky head retains well and is a medium shade of brown. Smells only minimally roasty, with molasses, dark berry and bready notes. Much more roasty on the palate. Notes of dark chocolate, even the tartness to it reminds me more of cocoa or coffee than fruit. More molasses and berries can be teased out as beer is sloshed around the mouth. Finish is smoky, roasty, somewhat bitter, influenced by whatever small amount of classic English hops were put in this. Neither dry nor cloying, and not overly astringent, in spite of smoke, tart, and bitterness. Body is medium, perhaps a bit thin. In any case, it's an easy drinker. Carbonation is spritzy but so very fine, not conflicting with the velvety texture of the liquid.

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Photo of darkpreferred
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking my first Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout right now. Pours dark brown with a nice tan, large, foamy head. Did not see a date on the bottle, but I'm probably blind.

I noticed malted barley,chocolate, coffee.

Low carbonation. Smooth, silky, creamy mouth feel.

I do like stouts/oatmeal stouts and this one did not disappoint. Still have 3 left waiting
for me, and this is a good thing.

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Photo of Tele
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 6.5.15)
Consumed: 1.5.16

A: 4.25 Looks a touch thin as it pours reddish-brown with a large, tan head. Lots of lace left in the glass.

S: 3.5 Mild chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of damp, musty basement/aged cheese on the nose. Pretty mild without a lot nice stout qualities.

T: 4 Fortunately, the flavors make up for the aroma. Much more malt presence with nice licorice, chocolate, and coffee qualities backed up by English yeast. Moderate sweetness and a slightly bitter, mineral quality to the finish.

M: 4.25 Pretty thin but good carbonation and very drinkable.

O: 4 Solid beer, but nothing too interesting going on. The aromas are a bit off, but flavors are fine, if a bit one-note.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic Try 6.

A: Pours silky black color. Some light shines through the edges with a brown/ruby red color. Great 1-2 finger tan moderate head that resolves in ring and lots of lace.

S: Smooth roasted malts, bitter, dark chocolate. plus a creamy oat-like aroma ends with a bit of molasses/caramel.

T: Best part. Follows smell - smooth roasted malts, bitter, dark chocolate. plus a creamy oat-like aroma ends with a bit of molasses/caramel - plus dark fruits, roasted malt character, oats, and becomes more interesting. Finishes too sweet for me, but good.

M: medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation embolden the sweetness more than the bitter. After dinner beer! But will also be great with pasta bolognese.

O: Must try. Try 6.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nearly opaque brown/black with 2-3 fingers of tan head that leaves some film and a bit of lacing
Smell: chocolatey, malty, roasty
Taste: Rich, malty roasty chocolate, an almost root-beer like earthiness, moderate herbal hops finish. Very clean for a stout and great balance
Feel: medium-full body with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation

Overall: A very mild yet flavorful and well-balanced stout. It has that trademark earthy mineral english flavor that find in the Taddy Porter and the Fullers London Porter. Less tangy and somewhat more roasted, malty, and smooth than the Taddy Porter.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a thick dark cream colored head.

smell is sweet yet not extremely pungent. almost like a fuller irish dry stout.

taste is clean and straightforward. feel is thin. feels/tastes like an irish dry stout; like a fuller version of Guinness. not bad but not perfection. much prefer their organic chocolate stout.

overall this isn't a bad beer but it is a one trick pony for me. because it isn't heavy or complex it's a session-drinker that doesn't overwhelm in any one aspect. isn't overly sweet or bitter and it isn't overly filling. just a good beer, which isn't a bad thing at all.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep dark brown, with a thick tan head
S: can't put my finger on it...has that British smell
T: plums and other dark fruit
F: Rich and creamy
O: it has that British taste that I can't define

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Photo of SFNC
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look, Dark, dark brown with a lovely mocha head. Plenty of lacing. Worthy of a picture.
Smell; Caramel, roasted nuts, light coffee, cream
Taste; Not too sweet, prunes, molasses, chocolate and scorched caramel. Not getting any hops.
Feel, Thin for a stout, but no deal breaker.
Overall; It's classic status is well deserved. I'd have this again without reservations.

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Photo of drmeto
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-pours the darkest of brown with faint ruby tinges and a medium,frothy,beige head
-sweet chocolate,capuccino,oats,vanilla,caramel,brown sugar,nutty
-brown sugar,oats,nutty,capuccino,mocha,plums,toasty finish
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
Damn good sweet Stout

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super-dark without being black (molasses/dark caramels come through under light), thick head with good lacing. Smells of sweet esthers, and perhaps even banana bread. Taste is not as aggressively sweet, and there are a lot more hops in the blend than I remember. The feel also seems to be a bit more thin and syrupy than I recall. Still, a strong offering that hearkens back to a time when I didn't much know what a fancy beer was!

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