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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3138   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
Holdwine (1089) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2002
An alltime favorite! Pours evenly leaving a tan head that will be there for awhile. Drinks quite easily with a silky smooth feel. Sweet maltiness that just keeps tasting better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Very good beer. Full flaoved without being overpowering like many stouts. Smooth and silky. Black color with a tan mostly lasting head. Moderate maltyness and well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
Thick and hearty, pours almost like chocolate milk. Has a nice combination of flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Opaque black color. Nice fat head lasts. Smells like smoky chocolate. Fruity nutty flavors, figs? The more of these I drink, the more flavors I taste. Bitter sweet chocolate finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Was not quite what I like in a stout. The Imperial Stout I felt was much better. I really can’t complain, but I think a lot of American stouts are more complex than this one.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Craig99 (6) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2002 does not count
Wonderful and delightful drink, strong start with no lingering bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Wonderful deep brown with a dark beige extremely rocky head. Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Flavour is like smokey and sweet, image if you could smoke chocolate in a BBQ pit. Wonderful!!

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zodanga (26) - Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 My favorite beer, which has been now for about 9 years I guess. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. She doesn’t come cheap though, at around $5.00 (for a 18.7 ounce Victorian Pint), only the most privileged and discerning people will choose the luxury of her presence, but she is well worth it my friends. She is dark, rich and beautiful, with a creamy mocha head and complex yet well balanced personality. Her medium-full body is exceptionally smooth, silky and well-rounded, carrying the delightful scent of dark malt, chocolate and toasted oats. Her subdued flavors will please any palate, and will leave you wishing for more to drown out the slightly bittersweet aftertaste once she is gone. As an extra bonus - she is also certified Vegan. Such a classic, amazing Oatmeal Stout. Benchmark of the style! Hmmm, am I talking about beer or my wife? ;-)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2002
Black w/ thick creamy head. Roasted malt aroma w/ notes of figs. Smooth, silky texture. Moderately sweet, toasty, hints of nuts, & a dry silky finish. Yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Re-Rate 10/13/02: The beer pours a full bodied black color, the generous head is chocolate brown, the lace lays in sheets upon the “Chimay Goblet” I drink it from, as I think goblets and chalices do more for stouts than the traditional “Guinness” tulip glasses. When you bring this to your lips for the first taste, the roasted malt, oats, caramel, and an almost molasses like tone greets you. Front is malt sweet; the middle is full, rich, creamy and somewhat chocolate like, the finish is where you find the Kent hops at the semi-sweet dry finish, and a long lasting toasted grain after taste. Stouts are not meant for everyone, as much as I love them, many will find them bitter, overpowering and totally lacking in merit, but then I feel that way about most Lagers/Pilsners, but to me this is what makes beer and beer drinkers so interesting, the difference in taste and opinions.


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