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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2003
after i picked this up i was terrified it was going to have gone sour because of the clear bottle, but it must be my lucky day because it's just perfect. pours a beautiful deep black color with a fluffy tan head that fades fairly quickly. there's something just a little bit odd in the aroma; i smell chocolate and coffee and something else that i can't identify. thick and sweet with a bit of hop and roastiness with a dry, bitter finish. fantastic beer, all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
This beer poured a dark black with a picture perfect tan frothy head. No way to see through the body of this beer. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and wine-like alcohol. A flavor of oats, chocolate malt balls and some coffee. A very nice full palate and some dryness in the finish. A very fullfilling stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2003
What can I say as reviewer #432? Generally, I like to be able to see light comin' through the other side of my beer glass, but the occasional stout's fine. This is a real English stout, by which I mean that aroma and flavor components include all the traits one would expect from a good English ale - fruity, bready yeast, toffee notes, and a clean herbal hop bite. This, of course, in addition to the smooth stout palate, the hints of burnt toast, and the deep color and creamy head. It almost tastes like a blended beer, with both ale and stout in the mix. Anyhow, its very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Dark brown in color almost black. Small tan head. Can smell the alcohol. Fizzy for a stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 This is one of my first ratings. I was blown away! Dark as night appearance with hints of ruby. Beige head that has a beautiful lacing effect. Please note its very rare I would ever use the word "beautiful" in a rating but it fits here. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Silky texture and a pleasure to drink. It can vary because of the clear bottle, but even the worst one Ive ever had was still at least pretty good. Im having a fresh one tonight and its amazing. Awesome beer!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Mmmmmmm. Thick pour and creamy head. Oatmeal fills up your nose and mouth with a hint of residual suagrs. If anything bad can be said about this one it may be that it carries a mild cloying quality with it that some other inferior Oatmeal stouts don't have.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
This beer rocks. It is a staple for starting out almost any night of drinking. It is smooth with a nice creamy light brown head. You can taste the oatmeal in the beer and the sweetness it leaves you with is just perfect. I don't generally like sweet stouts, however this one is unavoidably likable. It actually gets better as it warms and when its done you want another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Although I'm not a big fan of this style, I sort of liked this stout because it wasn't overly sweet the way a lot of stouts are. Nice aroma and taste even though I feel that the taste is lacking a little in depth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Rich brown head; very smooth feel; slight coffee taste with finish that is bitter, but not excessively so. May 2004: the aroma is among the best

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
Chocolat aroma. Very dark brown color, brown head, good lace. Intens flavor, sweet, chocolat, hint of cola, very drinkable, light roasted. Long lasting coffee liquor flavor finish.


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