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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3288   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque color with a medium sized light tan head. Sweet dark fruit and oatmeal aroma with some slight alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. This was the start of it all for me. I could drink this all day!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8920) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2003
Very dark brown, nearly black; dirty brown head, diminishing but permanent. Nose: chocolate - between milk and fondant (dark). Vague burnt malt/grain, licorice, sweet...and smelly socks. Taste is more cereal - indeed like oatmeal flakes. Chocolate returns in the background/palate, like slightly sweetened fondant. Chocolatey character, bitter-sweet, gains more emphasis in the finish, like a lesser chocolate with much non-cocoa additions. If I agree with anything in the general consensus, it's with its perfect balance - truly impressive. Aftertaste has a surprising new flavour: (French) candied violets. In the category "sweet stout", it's hard to imagine anything better... Oh for trying the St. Ambroise or the Nils Oskar...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Very nice stout. Not as heavy as some, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Extremely smooth, nice chocolatey stout. Very well made brew. Highly recommended.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 Beer #2 of the night for brownaler's 21st birthday blowout. I don't believe that a beer can truly be a "5"; no beer is perfect - something can always be better. But, this is about as close as it gets. Poured pure black, with a tan head that retained throughout. Aroma of liqueur, oatmeal, and sweet candies and fruits. Flavor dominated by oatmeal, but balanced off with a slight tinge of hops in the finish. I'm definitely making the birthday boy go buy more of this tomorrow. Best beer I've ever tried, far and away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (443) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Rerate: Not as impressive this time around. A little less body and flavor. Smell of liquor (and I like liquor as you can tell) complex taste of oatmeal (oatmeal? no shit!) and syrup. My only beef with this beer is that it's not easy to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lambda (1) - USA - AUG 18, 2003 does not count
Rich dark color, tan head. Medium body with extremely smooth feel. Hints of honey and apricot. Slight acidic/metallic flavor, but hardly noticeable. A delicious sweet stout.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
A great beer, with rich, full body and taste... this is one of my favorite beers! It's rather hard to find in the Ohio boondocks, but well worth the searching effort once one finds it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Deep translucent red with medium size shortish lasting tan head. Medium to light body with seriously satiny smooth and surprisingly clean almost medium dry red wine mouth feel. Unexpectedly mild roast malt and coffee with hints of light vinous flavours. Superb mild bitter smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Great beer I discovered because my favorite was out of stock. Smooth flavor with just the right aftertaste. A new favorite stout. Highly reccommended.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 I think I'm in love. Beautiful beer. Beautiful label and a wonderful taste. Smooth, dark and delicious with a little sweetness w/o being overly sweet. One of my favorites in my limited repertoire. Its GLORIOUS.


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