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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3317   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Dark with good head to start. Aroma is roasted, some malt, and maybe some chocolate. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation and medium bodied. Has a rich and sweet flavor with still a slightly dry finish. Hint of oatmeal but only b/c I'm looking for it. Tasty.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Quite simply one of the best Oatmeal Stouts out there. Pours rich caramel color, with a nice full head with great retention. You can smell the oats on the aroma, with a slight coffee hint. Slides like liquid silk down your throat, with a great balance of sweetness and a hint of fruitiness, with a light oatiness and earthiness towards the end. Doesn't get much better than this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2003
Beautiful dark appearance and big roasty aroma. Palate is quite delicate, though, while the flavour is sweet coffeey and malty. Unfortunately, this one (here in Japan) was skunked pretty badly I think.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Big tan head, good lacing. Dark brown/black brew. Sweet, roasty, grainy somewhat vinous nose. Medium body. Grainy, fruity flavored, sweet malts. Finish is sweet, kinda thin. Ho hum.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBilly (2) - DULUTH, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003 does not count
I tasted the smooth rich texture of Sam's Oatmeal at basement temperature. I love the mouth feel, rich and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 wow. this is my first time trying this beer, and for as widely available as it is, i need to drink it more often. it's dark as can be and very opaque. the head is big and lacy but doesn't last too long. smells like coffee, marijuana and bananas. it tastes very sweet and fruity initially, with fruity accents of plums or blueberries that turn into a slight bitterness with a bit of a dry finish. i taste something new every time i take a sip, so i think i'll keep this review as succinct as i can. i got lost in the flavor of this beer. complacency.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 Thick and creamy, smells lightly of coffee. Big thick brown head, really balanced.

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.


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