TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Wonderful stout! Black with a reddish tint/hue. Tastes like some bittersweet chocolate with maybe molasses or coffee in it. Recommended with a creamy or chocolate dessert.
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Re-ReRate Dark black pour - nice khaki head, faint chocolaty aroma. Nice black dirt earthiness wit a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Solid - but not 4.4 worthy. Original 4.5 Re rate: Ordered at a pizza restaurant because they had it listed as ’Sam Adams’ Oatmeal (not heard of that) - oh well - still the same - Smooth, choclatey after taste, nice thick creamy head. Definitely one of the better stouts I have tasted - especially one so easily obtainable. Noticed the sweet aroma as well. Same score.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a standard. One of the best beers readily available in this puritan land we call NC
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 My goodness, this is a heavy, sweet beer! It is more in the class of "dessert wine" than good ol' fashion beer. A very, very full flavor, with a good head and great aftertaste. My only real complaint is the low alcohol content.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 I love the texture the oats add and the color is exceptional. There is another flavor in this that i cannot put my finger on. Kind of a molasses, but not quite. I have yet to find an oatmeal stout that can match the depth and complexity of Sam Smith.
Rerate 10/19/09: That "flavor" is diacetyl and yes, I’ve found better and more complex examples. Still though, this is a solid oatmeal.
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Bottled. Very dark brown coloured with a light brown dense frothy head. Aroma: Roast, cocoa, vague coffee, light chocolate. Flavour: Light roast, sweetness, vague coffee, chocolate and vague tar. Silk smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a light roasted and smooth bitterness. Still a nice brew in my book, but not at 4,5 as I rated it as a young and unexperienced rater.
Originalt rate: 8-5-9-5-18. I don’t know what it is, but I get high just looking at the drawing black colour, with the huge cocoa-brown head. Amazing. The aroma is cocoa and coffee. The flavour is silk-smoothe and very pleasant again with cocoa and coffee. Very delicious stout
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brew! Good body, taste, & great with foods!
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thick head that is very light chocolaty brown and sits atop an ebony body. Very nice to look at. Sweet cocoa like nose along with a hint of sourness. The smell is not too profound. Begins with a little coffee. Then, sweet (but not too sweet) carmel flavors begin that lend it an almost rootbeer taste, though not as strong as a regular rootbeer flavor. That may not sound too appetizing but it really was a good beer that is very drinkable.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
blackens a gleaming goblet with an inky pour, faint embers of black cherry. head was oatmeal cookie but collapsed into the stellar blackhole. i seldom put my ear over the glass but i could hear this one sizzling like a campfire. the nose is freighted with aromatic cargo: rubber, molasses, coffee, port, anise, dates and yak blankets. delicious sweetness is borne in the gentle arms of full bodied richness, balanced hop, and understated alcohol.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweeter than I thought it would be. Stilll a very good stout from a superb brewer.