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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Off aroma otherwise a great beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Now THAT is what a sweet stout is supposed to taste like. I have found the sweet nectar of life here. Aroma is of roastiness, dough, gingerbread, malt, chocolate and dark fruit. The pour is black as night...with a thinly creamy dark tannish head gracing its presence on my glass and coating it with a thin reminder of lacing to remember this glorious event. The taste is magnificent....a beautiful blend of roasts with a mild fruity and ever so slightly bitter finish. The carbonation is practically non-apparent here, and i dont feel as if im chewing my drink down..sometimes a definite plus. The aftertaste is definitely smokey with chocolate and plum residue apparent and a heavy helping of malty dryness. For a stout that is such a staple around the household, this sure took me a while to get my hands on it..but let me tell you i will never let go!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sawicz (9) - USA - JAN 16, 2003 does not count
One of the best beers I've been able to taste. It's too bad it's so hard to find.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Complex nose. Good course head. Smooth, Sweet choclatety taste. A little too sweet for my liking, but overall a great beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Very light in body. Sweet and creamy. Low hop bitterness. Pasteurization is evident. Fishy nose. Lots of butterscotch flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Bizarre nose, couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Deep brown color with small head. Quite dry in the mouth but a clean finish. I really like this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Deep brown with small tan head.Great chocolate malt nose.Roasted chocolate malt flavor with toffee overtones and a hint of cherry. Great balance and body

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Not the best aroma - but that’s about the only thing wrong with this one. Great color and flavor. Seems like Sam Smith doesn’t make a bad beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2003 (Bottle) Pours a nice rocky beige head with a opaque black body. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Tastes malt and strong cocoa and finishes incredibly smooth and milky. Absolutely lovely, darling!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Surprisingly Creamy taste, and appropriately sweet


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