Tadcaster Oatmeal Stout

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                           The Tadcaster Oatmeal Stout is dark black and opaque, with a 3-finger caramel colored head. This dark Clydesdale of a beer has very horsey, barn like aromas. Dark, trampled soil, black coffee, and subtle cocoa lift from the glass and instantly make you feel warm and frosy. On the palate the beer has a full body mouth feel with that big, black, dirt quality, followed by roasted malts, toffee and coffee on the mid-palate. The finish is dry and subtly sweet like a crunchy granola bar. This beer is perfect for a cold and snowy day, so light a fire, snuggle up, and hoist the black brew!! Cheers.

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 92 Points 

BeerAdvocate – 94 Points

RateBeer – 99 Points

The Break Down


Beer Selection –  Tadcaster Oatmeal Stout 

Producer – Samuel Smith, The Old Brewery 

Region – Tadcaster, Yorkshire England  

Style – Oatmeal Stout

Registered with the Vegan Society 

IBU – 33 

Alcohol – 5%

Food Pairing –  Stew, shepherds pie, Stout bison chili. Try http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/11/11/guinness-stout-chili/

What is an Oatmeal Stout 

First, let’s start with stouts. Stouts are basically dark porters. Stouts and porters are beers made with roasted malts, hops, water, and yeast–the only difference between them is the amount of roasting in the malts and the barley. An Oatmeal Stout is a stout with, you guessed it, the addition of oatmeal to the brew. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW , Sommelier 


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From the Brewery 

Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create an almost opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex medium dry palate and bittersweet finish.

Oatmeal, registered with The Vegan Society; suitable for vegans and vegetarians.