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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3216   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (659) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
sweet flowery aroma, reminiscent of oloroso sherry, porter like appearance .. very dark tawny hue with an off-white head, toasted, malty, black coffee-like flavour, very creamy with a long dry finish, excellent stout. Very attractive bottle as you would expect from Samuel Smith

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Re-rate: This was one of the first beers I ever rated, and this is the first time I have had it since. I still like it, but not as much as I used to. Aroma is malty with a slight chocolate note. Smooth texture. Bittersweet flavors with a slight coffee taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
very dark with a reddish tint. roasted oatmeal aroma. Tasted like sweet oats, fruity and toasty tast. light carb nice texture.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2003
Almost a creamy, tight packed tan head. Dark ruby, black color. Sweet, malty aroma. It makes my mouth water like few other things. Hearty flavor, sweet but just the right amount. The grains come through well. Malty. I think this may be my favorite stout when factoring price, availability, and taste. A definite winner and repeat buy. If you can get your hands on this, and you probably can, give it a try.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
Very dark brown nearing black body with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolatey and roasted nuts. Flavour is silky smooth malts and roasted cocoa with a slight fruity note. Finish is sweet and chewy. A beauty!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2003
I found this brew to go down easy which is much to my liking with a nice smooth flavor.A good stout in my opinion.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (5066) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a mild hoppy malt aroma. Invigorated pour with a light brown head of small to medium bubbles and a opaque dark brown body with a receding lacing on the side of the glass. It has a surprisingly smooth flavor with very subtle taste. Hard to place the flavor, but it went down very easily and was very much to my liking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Great big frothy tan head which settles like a guinness. Very little carbonation. Awesome color of dark brown. Arome of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very smooth with dark chocolate and grains present. Slight iron taste also. Finish is creamy and smooth with a slight lingering bitter finish. Also not much alcohol present for a stout. A decent stout and one I would recomend for someone who does not like big thick hearty stouts as the beer is a decent but thin consistency.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Dark color with a thick, milky body. Wonderful mouthfeel! Roasted profile is well done and the oatmeal adds a nice creaminess to the brew. Sweet and fruity at the end, a really good stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2482) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 When poured out had little to no head and a very dark color. The nose is quite complex and wonderful, with the graininess shining through. Nice malty sweet palate with a strong though well balanced hops finish. A great stout.


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