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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

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 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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Photo of q33jeff
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal, Chocolate Coffee. Dark Black Pour, lacing, medium head. A creamy taste (from the oatmeal?), which mixes well with the darker, more bitter flavors. A meal of a beer that gets easier to drink as it approaches room temperature. Beer which I know like the back of my hand. My Desert Island / Death Row Beer. The beer that introduced me to good beer.


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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep black, not too much head here. Not getting much smell except for a bit of familiar Samuel Smith's funkiness (perhaps from the well water they use) which I recognize from their other beers. Taste is just excellent. Absolutely delicious. Nothing too overstated, no big explosion of flavors here, but a perfect balance of chocolaty, caramel-y, oatmeal-y, malty goodness with a bit of hop bitterness. Getting a little bit of licorice and currant. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: silky black color, but when held up to the light, some shines through creating a dark murky brown/ruby red color. nice 2 finger tan marshmellow head

s: smooth roasted malts, a little bit of bitter dark chocolate. theres definitely a nice, creamy oat-like aroma in here as well. ends with just a little bit of molasses/dark caramel

t: real nice flavor in here. there is a mixture of dark, and sweet chocolate right upfront. mild, generic dark fruits. there is a really smooth roasted malt character in here as well, i'll guess that'll be the oats. they bring a nice sweetness in here, turning it into quite the sweet stout

m: medium mouthfeel with a good carbonation level for the beer. helps the sweetness stand out just a bit

o: after having passed over this many times, i'm glad i finally picked this up. its on the sweeter side, be prepared...but it is for sure a great beer. i'd say one of the benchmarks for oatmeal stouts. flavors harmonized very well, and while sweet it doesn't over do it. also, quite easy to drink as well. perfect for a pint glass

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black like a cup of coca cola that is heavy on the syrup. Great head retention. Smells of caramel, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, coffee, and fruity English yeast esters. Flavor follows the smell with added oatmeal cream in the medium-ish mouthfeel. This is one of the first stouts that wasn't Guinness (along w/ their Imperial) that I ever drank back when I was technically underage many moons ago. I will always be somewhat partial, as it brings back many memories. Great true to style English Oatmeal Stout. Never liked the clear bottles though after I learned what a light struck beer can taste like later on in life.

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

16 ounce single from Lake Wales ABC - enjoyed to celebrate International Stout Day. This is a near perfect stout with deep flavors and creamy feel. Went down fast, but it's OK because of the relatively low alcohol content.

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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 brewale4me
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of a proper oatmeal stout.

The beer pours dark almost black with a thick tan head.
Chocolate and dark fruit aroma.
First taste the medium body brings flavors of cocoa, raisins and dark malts.
As the taste fades orange and dark cherries come through.

A+ Stout a must have.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had this for the first time in over a decade.

This is still a tried and true example of an oatmeal stout. It is actually better than I remembered.

Color is spot on, dark, near black. Dark tan head forms and stays for a long time.

Nose is a bit light, roasty malt comes through big.

Flavor is rich and warm, excellent overall.

Definitely a decent body here but not overly viscous. Still relatively light on the palate.

Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and VERY dark brown body.

The smell contains not as bold of characteristics with most other stouts. I think I can even pick up on the oatmeal.

This taste is again, very mild for a stout. It's certainly not light...at all. I still taste caramelized malts. Perhaps the normally noticeable coffee and chocolate notes are being tamed by the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) a 4.5. I could see a person reluctant of stouts giving this a try and enjoying it for being so mild.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great classic. Recommended by our waitress at South Branch Tavern in Chicago. Silky smooth. Only light flavours of burned oak that grow as the beer warms. David says it's the port wine of beers. Made me crave a cookie.

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Photo of J30wang
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Came out like a diluted gasoline and a solid, foamy head. The oatmeal in this gem doesn't come until after the sip, slight burnt flavors of popped rice and barley following a long, roasty complex consisting of mostly smoky tannins. Tart on the mouth--not a heavy stout, but solid and crisp. Very drinkable--only the brits know how to do a good stout, I feel.

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Photo of j4mmin42
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a deep, opaque brown- mine came out of a brown 550ml bottle, and had short, dissipating head, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is sweet/roasted/smoky, very complex but not strong. I got a lot of roasted vanilla/toffee from the first sip, with a hint of raw chocolate on the end. It is not the thickest stout I have had, but it definitely lingers on the palate for awhile. Overall, it's one if the best, most drinkable stouts I have had.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My brother strongly recommended this brew and he said it was legit and was the originator of all the beers of this style and sets the standard. Let’s be honest here: beer brewing goes way back to Britain centuries ago so they know what they are doing.

Look-It pours a deep black tuxedo of desire and beauty. The head comes in full and remains thick and creamy all the way down encrusting the glass in a sticky layer of dark colored lacing.

Smell-It smells of coffee beans and chocolate chips as well as a bready malt backbone that mixes together to serve up a strong aroma of desserts. Well, desserts for adults, because this brew has a solid 5.0% ABV.

Taste-It tastes like how the nose indicated HOWEVER it has a severely pleasant smoky taste on top of those notes.

Mouthfeel-It feels rich, creamy, and full. It is as silky smooth as the inner thighs of a freshly deflowered virgin. It is a full-bodied stout that is as rich as melted butter mixed with unicorn’s saliva.

Overall-This brew was as good as my brother said it was. Additionally, the ancient recipe of this variety and the high standards by which it is made makes it that much more delicious and admirable. I should say that this beer is better than Guinness.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best head in a beer out there, like oatmeal, haha. The look and feel of this beer makes you want to cut the grass or build something. The taste is awesome, just not my favorite of the stouts, but this beer is near perfect, with its dry and bitter finish. A good beer to tie one on with, but also is well rounded enough for your one nightly.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,560 ratings.
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