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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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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2,273
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4.2
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11.19%
 
 
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Photo of ChefSchipull
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near pitch black with a light tan head that fades quite slowly.

Smell: Bitter hops with hints of oats and caramel.

Taste: The bitterness is more prevelant in the taste than in the smell. Roasted flavours and oatmeal are evident as well. Sweeter than most stouts due to the oats in the mash.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, a little thin for my expectations of a stout, though that may be the style since I have not had too much experience with oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: I couldn't have too many of these because of the intensity of the bitter flavors but its a good "once in a while" brew that would go very well with all sorts of food.

I would recommend, but would also love to try this on-tap to see the difference.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear black with some red highlights around the edges and a thick tan head, lots of lacing as well. Smell is sweet and roasty, some chocolate and grass is present. Taste is lots of anise, some roasted chocolate, coffee, oats and grass. Smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation, pretty tasty although the taste is off because of the clear bottle.

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

Pours deep ruby black with a large, thick, dense, creamy head. Looks quite appealing. Smells of sweet roasty malts, chocolate notes, light fruitiness. Very full bodied aroma. Tastes rich and robust - like a good dessert. Bitter chocolate, coffee, sweet malts. Full, very smooth, with a slightly bitter finish.

A classic...good reputation for a reason. Always satisfying and highly recommended. Great stout.

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Photo of jettjon
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the other half of my comparison between Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout and Mackeson’s XXX Stout and is my 3rd review of this excellent Stout.

Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with an impressive brownish tan head, though watery and not thick on the pour like Mackeson. There’s a nice malt/sorghum nose, though again not quite as complex or pleasing as in Mackeson’s offering. Flavor is good, slightly bitter with a strong presence of toasted malt. It’s a pleasantly liquid beer, going down easily but not as thick or substantial as I’d prefer. The finish is pleasingly bitter. Again, I find this to be a superior stout, but I believe that Mackeson edges it out in several important areas including appearing, taste, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Lets very small fragments of light through if held close to a bulb. Deep tan fluffy dense head that is nice and large at first and turns into a 1/4" creamy layer as I come to the bottom of my glass. Smell is well rounded and full of roasty buttery coffee, chocolate, some nuts with a fresh fruitiness. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, nuts, bittersweet chocolate and fruity esters. Creamy oats as well. Full with smooth body that has a gentle soothing quality. Very satisfying. Just the right carbonation that doesn't compete with any of the flavors. Smooth toasty, bittersweet chocolate finish.

An excellent stout that I find myself picking up often. I think one of the ingredients is awesome-ness.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black/brown appearance. 3/4" tan head, nice and foamy from an aggressive pour. Didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Nice nose. Roasted malty goodness with coffee overtones.

Flavor and mouthfeel are tops. Dark and chewy, rich and satisfying. Tangy with malt, coffee, chocolate. I think it is one of the best stouts around, period.

Extraordinarily drinkable. Previously, I never really considered this to be a session beer, although I liked it well enough. After this most recent tasting, I think I could easily drink this all night.

This is the best Sam Smith's I have ever had, purchased at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA. Due to the clear bottles they use, it's possible that my previous forays were with light touched beer, or maybe I just failed to truly appreciate the goodness. Whatever the real story, a most excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with ample tan head. Despite the lack of head retention, there is some lacing.

S: Dark malt, slightly tar-like.

T: Very well balanced, bittersweet throughout. Chocolate, with a slightly fruity tang. Roasty, but not at all harsh.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a beautiful tan foamy two finger head. The foamy covering stuck around for the entire beer and created good lacing.
Aroma was of a rich coffee and molasses.
Taste was a little sweet but also a little bit of a roasted malt flavor with nice hints of coffee. There is a little acidity, but nothing like the Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. The hops create a nice earthy taste.
Mouthfeel was super smooth, almost like a cappuccino.
One of the most well balanced beers that I have had.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost pitch black in colour, the tan head on this brew didn't last too long. Nice malty caramel aroma with chocolate notes. Surprisingly carbonated and bitter. I didn't get any of the coffee notes that I was expecting, but I did get more malt and chocolate. A bit thin bodied, but still an excellent brew.

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

This brew pours darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. Its massive whitish tan head lingers around long after the beer is gone. The aroma is everything that can be hoped in an oatmeal stout. Creamy, nutty, chocolaty, roasted malt. The taste is quite simply as perfect as the aroma. Creamy and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is smooth beyond discription. Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever had.

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

Fine, excellent, full-bodied, rich, really quite a superb stout. Nice bitter finish, but not harsh. Coffee, dark chocolate, figs, maybe some burned biscuit, and a notable sourness that keep the sweet in line.

More would be good. How is it on tap, and where can one obtain it so?

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

The bar that I compare other Oatmeal Stouts with. Pours a nearly opaque black. Only very dark ruby highlights shine through. Forms a stiff tan head that remains and laces. Smells mildly of barley malt, roasted malt, chocolate, and cappuchino. Throw in some mild souring as well. No hop aromas. Flavors are similar to those in the nose, only much more bold, rich, and full. Never gets astringent or grainy. Big body finishes with flavors of plumbs and grapes (not wine). Finishes silky smooth, modestly sweet. The oatmeal rarely shows flavors but adds to the richness and smoothness of the beer. I highly recomend.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml clear bottle poured in a pint glass.

Absolutely black, opaque in colour. Can't see through it and even the edges don't give up a highlight. Medium brown colour head is tight and low and recedes quickly to a light skim across the top.

Rich, roasted malts in the aroma. Undertones are sweet, dried fruit, a bit of syrup.

Sweet, dried fruit (raisins? figs?) at the start. Subtly and smoothly morphs into a nice caramel/burnt finish. In the occassional sip a mild dark chocolate and/or medium roast coffee undertone pops up. Aftertaste is a little bitter, but with some caramel, chocolate and burnt tones.

Nice and creamy and smooth. Little carbonation. Silky smooth mouthfeel.

This is a beautiful, smooth, subtle, easy going stout. No, it's not going to kick you in the teeth, but that's fine with me. I'm more than happy to be seduced by a beer rather than overpowered by one. Too bad I can't get this stuff here regularly, and too bad I only brought one back from Calgary.

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Photo of bubrewer
2.27/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Although Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout is supposed to be one of the classic stouts and a standard of the style, I found this one to be a most unpleasant experience.

The pour looked fine - color and and carbonation all seemed appropriate. Things went ugly from there, though.

The aroma was big -- and sour. Terms like waxy, plasticy, and "smells like Murphy's Oil Soap" flew around the table.

Thin body and soapy flavor rounded out this nasty glass.

Fully 3/4 of the people in the party said this stuff is nasty and NOT recommended. 1/4 liked it well enough and would try it again.

All I can figure from this is that this 6pack must have been mistreated, I will try again, from a different retailer, and see if I see things differently next time, but this one was nasty.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why oh why the clear bottle...
The flavor of this one reminds me a bit of Yoohoo... though I can't remember the last time I had that chocolatey drink.
Sweet malts; not too hoppy at all and rather bubbly for a stout. Coats the tongue in a bit of a chalky kind of way.
I haven't had too many oatmeal stouts that I can think of, but this is pretty good as far as stouts on the whole go. I wasn't quite wowed by this but I'd give it another go next to others of the style.

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Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More goodness from Sam. Deep, deep dark color. Smells sour, almost a red wine vinegar scent- odd, but intriguing. Tastes of coffee, toffee, and malt. Roastedness, and a sour/tart/tangyness that I really enjoy. Oats also add to the character of this brew. Mouthfeel is bubbly and chewy. The sourness becomes a bit hard to stomach after a while, almost starts to remind me of cough syrup- but overall not a bad experience.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: bottle, 12 fl.oz, clear, custom, "Samuel Smith" pressed twice around neck, "bottled at yorkshire`s oldest brewery est. 1758" pressed around bottom, gold foiled neck, blue and red on yellow label, no fresness date.

Appearance: "very" black, no light can get thru, large head of long lasting tan-colored foam.

Smell: molasses, some nuts.

Taste: medium to full body, thick smooth mouthfeel. Molasses, coffee, caramel, chocolate, some yeast, OATS (big way), hint of citrus

Notes: Sole US distributor - Merchant du Vin

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Photo of phishgator
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep dark brown/black with a slight head. Not much in a distinct aroma. The taste has a little acidity to it. A good session brew with the low ABV. This is the first ale that got me started on the stout kick. I can remember being in college and having this for the first time in between classes in business college. Their are stout styles out their that offer more in terms of favor IMO.

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Photo of Naes
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This oatmeal stout is black and has a huge head that is tan in color. The head makes you wait a few minutes before you can enjoy your first sip.

Its aroma is malty, roasty and is a little burnt. There are also hints of chocolate and oats.

The flavor is a bit sweeter than I like my beers, but not overpowering. This beer is definitely dominated by malt. Oatmeal and roasted flavor are the main characters here. A little bit of coffee and chocolate are also in the mix as well. There is also a slight hop presence in the finish, though it is faint.

The mouth feel is a little oily and leaves a slight film in the mouth. Its carbonation levels are quite low.

Over all, this is an easy going beer and is worth checking out.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transluscent black with ruby highlights and thin tan head. Aroma consists mostly of sweet malt scents: caramel, oatmeal, toasted grain, molasses and toffe, as well as a light floral hops scent. Taste begins with a slightly bitter hop profile of mineraly, floral and earthy flavors followed by a complex malt character that is slightly sweet with hints of caramel, molasess, burnt toast, toffee, chocolate, and of course oatmeal. Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is good as well. A great oatmeal stout, readily available and very tasty this is really deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, gold foiled and undated 12 oz poured into a pint.

Deepest brown bordering on black with a large tan head that is rocky and leaves lots of webbed lace.

Smells very malty both roasted and swet, nutty oatmeal, mollases and a whiff of creamy alcohol.

Roasted, earthy malt upfront. Some oatmeal and raisen cookie in the middle that fades into a nice dry finish that has that classic english hop finish. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is just a wee bit light for a stout, but the drinkability shines.

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

I have three oatmeal stouts in my fridge: this, Sand Creek's Oscar's, and Gray's. Two Wisconsin welterweights, local boys done good, against the big, bad Brit.

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is a beautiful beer, and oily, inky black with a tannish head and good lacing. Smells of brown sugar and vanilla, mixed with a nice smoked/roasted scent. Tastes like sweet, smoky vanilla; faux-alcoholic. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise, this is an excellent beer. Sam, you done better with your stout than you did with your brown, son.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 550 ml bottle into my pint glass black. My first Sam Smith's and I have just learned something, the bottle is clear. I never really looked at this beer that close, I had assumed the bottle was tinted, but it was the actual color of the beer! The solid, black, liquid pours out and forms a nice thick tan head, at least 1-inch, that slowly dissipates to a nice covering over the liquid. Thick clinging lace covers the sides of the glass as I consume this wonderful liquid. The beer did look good in the glass, I should have taken a picture.

Smell: Malty (roasted malt), a little grainy, aroma of coffee, a little chocolatey, and some raisin. Scent is very good, and I can still smell it in the glass even after I have finished the beer.

Taste: Marvelous, not too sweet, just nicely balanced with subtle flavors of coffee, chocolate (slightly burnt), and grains. There seems to be a slight bitterness on the finish, which I think helps to keep the beer in balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, but not syripy (sp?). Actually there seemed to be a slight dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: Low alcohol content makes this an easy drinking beer, even in the summer heat, although I don't think one would want to make a session out of it. Still, very approachable, it's one of those beers where BMC drinker will be intimidated by its "motor oil" appearance and leave it alone. Although he will still insist that he's a real man and don't drink that weird beer, as he pounds his Bud Light. Oh well, more of the good stuff for the BA's.

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Photo of MarkBeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found in a local Bevmo in 22 oz (?) and 12 oz bottles (4 pack).

the bottle seemed to be dark brown colored like many others, with the golden foil concealing clear top. after pouring the oatmeal stout, I was surprised to see an all clear piece of item in my hand.

a strong aromatic brought out a good mixture of coffee, cream and oatmeal. it reminded me of an Irish Bailey.

pouring it into a chilled mug straight (out of the freezer) created an immense amount of foam. I had to pause to let the head settle before squeezing the last drop out. the head did not stay long as it fizzled quickly into the atmosphere. the body was so dark you can't see through it, as expected from a stout, but with hints of browness.

some malty sweetness in the flavor, very creamy and did not bite. good creamy oatmeal appeal on the tastebuds with a little bit of carbonation and some aftertaste. drinkability was ok as it took me a lilttle while to finish this beer.

this beer may be much much better on tap, which could be said the same for many other beers, therefore I can't help but add that the oatmeal stout came a long way from England to the land where oatmeal stouts do not rule enough for people clear the shelves in time for fresher batches. however I do recommend this for special occasions, all the while served cold, and I mean COLD. serving it warm can make the stout way too unappealingly sweet.

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

12 oz. bottle, served slightly chilled in a goblet. Pours black with ruby tinges and it's topped with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't leave much lace, but I was swirling the beer a bunch also. Smells like apples, banana pudding, chocolate, coffee, raisins, yeast, and lots of sweetness. The taste is the same but with a hint of alcohol and some piney/citric hops whose bitterness appears more as the beer warms. The body is full and smooth with medium carbonation and the beer itself is a top-notch brew.

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