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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: 3323   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
I expected a little more from this stout because of it's rep. I like the sweetness of it, but only rate it a middle of the road stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2163) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Very dark coloured, initially large brown head. Smoked, port-whiskey like lactic aroma. Tastes like a saturated sugar solution with some fruity and smoked elements. Sourness in palate. Very unusual beer, not really my style. Some extra points for originality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Aroma is meaty, smoked and fruity (apple) resulting in a cider/sherry/whiskey-like smell. Back coloured with a red glow and an offwhite head. Bacon taste, sweet, malts and apples. Bit sour in the end. Very interesting brew, but I can't say I really love its taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6486) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Dark black color, medium brown head. Smoked aroma of roasted malts, salami, rye and bread. Taste is more sweet, obvious candy sugar, bit fruity. Finish of sugarwater, dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12917) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2003
Bottled, Pasteurised. Deep black colouu with big, long lasting, tan head. Beautifully presented beer, nice and still, plenty of body, but it would be much improved as a Bottle conditioned beer, the life has gone and there is a boiled cabbagy note. Not the best stout because of this, there are much more interesting ones around. There is a sweet fruity background, with a dry bitterish note. Good, but not that good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Nice head after pour. Smells great, and beautiful dark color. Goes down smooth with a great flavor.

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 (2786) - 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.


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