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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally a drink for lactating mothers, oatmeal stout was described as nutritional on early labels. Oats are in the same family as barley, and a small addition yields great flavor. Popular in the late 1800’s, the last oatmeal stout was brewed before the First World War until Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980.

Almost opaque, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry velvet palate. Bittersweet finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 My favorite bottled stout so far. Delicously roasty, like burnt chocolate, and complex fruits like fig, cherry, prune, plum. It is smooth and creamy. Just the right amount of alcohol presence, too. Outstanding, my benchmark for bottled sweet (English) stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Complex beer. Very roasty. Not a bad stout. I enjoyed it. Smooth finish. Malty. Chocolate malt. Deep dark color with a tan head.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Yum. A nice suprise gift from a friend. Deep, deep brown, tan head. Big roasty, meaty aroma. Smooth, satisfying malty brew, with a sweetness, mixed with a roasty, chocolaty malt flavor that is near perfect. Delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5456) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 Sweet aroma, beautiful black color. It does have a small coffee flavor, but not so much that it really tastes like coffee at all, which would make it bad. A tantalizing flavor that leaves you wanting more. This uncomplete finish is it’s only drawback.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Thick, tan head. Creamy, coffee, a hint of roasted malts but not overwhelming. The finish is fruity, similar to a lot of English Ales (cherry, pruins). Nice balance between the real sweet and real roasted stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
Great stout, I was well impressed. Just the right amount of bitterness, creamyness, and rasted coffee/chocolaty goodness yummmm....I want to drink a lot more of this stuff soon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
This stout was a bit more mellow than I was expecting, but it is quite satisfying. Whole bunch of flavors present, from chocolate covered cherries and rum raisin to hazelnut and espresso. Some alcohol flavor is present too, maybe a bit brandy-like. Roasted, slightly bitter dryness in finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
It is so great. This stout tastes better than Guinness. It has a chocolaty color to it and a great semibitter taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
beer-haters beware! this deserty beer can win them over. vanilla taste, very very smooth and velvety. strangely, much more available in the us than the UK

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
Black with a tight, medium brown head. Head decreases to a thin film, which lasts for the duration of the beer. Aroma of black and chocolate malts, with some diacetyl noted. Taste of chocolate malt also, with just enough hops to balance the malt sweetness. A great stout overall, and it seemed to not suffer from being poured from a clear bottle.


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