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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3310   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 I had a 12 oz bottle of this on Saturday night as I have had many times before (but am now getting around to rate it). I prepared the bottle by bringing it up to 63 degrees. It poured a thick brown - black with a froathy brown head. The aroma was chocolaty and coffee like. The taste was toasty and chocolaty with a minor hop finish to even things out to perfection. The taste was evenly matched by the flavor, both rich and very tasty. This is one that I will go to as long as it is (or I am) around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Sweet, semi acidic nose to it. Cream head over a black body. Taste is a tad burnt, nothing too special, but the oatmeal does smooth it out.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2003
Pours dark brown, almost black, with decent sized pillowy brown head. Great retention. Deep lovely sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Absolute silk in the mouth. Brilliant feel and body. Subtle sweet initial tastes of caramel and chocolate. Slightly roast finish, with a hint of coffee. Absolutely brilliant.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2003
One of my favorite stouts. Thick tar black, edging in deep red/brown where the little bit of light can get through. Coffee, toffee, oatmeal, chocolate flavor. Dont drink too chilled because if if is it burns the tongue and the flavors don't really hit you. Great stout.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 very dark color, almost like the sexy satin underwear of your lover. dark brown body with temporary tan, but whiter than most stouts, head. now that i stare at the beer more intently its body is more of that of a fine ebony baby girl wearing thin lacey panties. the taste begins with a sweet oatmeal and finishes pleasantly bitter and rich. wonderful aroma of a bowl of oatmeal and cherries.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
A nice deep, dark beer that pours with a creamy looking tan head. The aromas are of chocolate, brown sugar, with maybe a hint of hops. The flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, with a slight alcohol note that reminds me of a good bourbon. The finish has a nice bitterness that balances out the slight sweetness in the taste. Mouthfeel is good, but not as creamy as I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Extremely black, inviting smell. I actually drooled on myself watching the pour and the sumptuous "glug glug glug" sound the beer made as it came out of the bottle. Decent sized, although quickly dissolving, tan head. Oh my, the taste is incredible. Very smooth yet chewy, subtle flavors of oatmeal and carmel, pleasant aftertaste. A truly excellent stout. What an experience. Now, I'm going to go finish my experience...excuse me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Poured with bigger head then you see on most stouts subtle carmel oatmeal aroma sweet coffee initial taste carmelly in the middle very pleasant aftertaste,mine seemed highly charged, I wouldn’t call it smooth. Sweet pleasant taste went right to the end

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This beer pours a nearly black with hug tannish, creamy head. Sweet roasted malt aromas, some coffee, though not much. Fruit flavor, with more of the roast, leaving a nice coffee and buttery taste in the mouth. Very creamy and smooth finish. A very fine stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Bottled. I was skeptical about buying this because of the clear bottle and worrying that it would be another skunky drain pour. I was wrong and it was absolutely delicious. It had a delicious coffee aroma and an even better coffee and butter taste. It was a really nice sweet stout. I will definitely buy this again.


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