Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3177   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2003 5/31/02: dark dark brown with a big & creamy tan head which dissappears quickly, not overly aromatic, smooth but full bodied, nice oatmeal-like finish
Re-Rate 8/25/02: An english hot and sour soup..tending to be extremely sweet in oatmeal ways..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
excellent. thick and sweet, yes i taste the oatmeal. favorite oat.stout. could it be marketed as a great breakfast beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2002
outrageous stout!! very t6hick and very tasty,nice dark color of course, get you some!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 pours black with a tan head. aroma of coffee, raisin, and toasted oats. very smooth mouthfeel. more coffee in the flavour aswell as milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and figs. beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2002
My favorite beer! Its bittersweet finish complements a hearty dinner. It is great both chilled and at room tempature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2002
An amazing oatmeal stout. Great color and aroma, almost like gingerbread. A full mouth-feel and a raisiny finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10789) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2002
Aroma has oats and fresh coffee. Rather sweet, but also bitter taste with roasted malt. Firm coffee and chocolate flavors. Good lacing. Delicious and complex beer with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2002
I wanted to try something special for my 50th rating. Seeing as this was a top 50 pick on RateBeer and readily available, it was a perfect choice. A beautiful an inviting black colour but with a quickly fading head. Left a ring of lace at the top of the glass but no more for the remainder. The bottle I tried might have been on the shelf too long. Leaving a hint of skunkiness in the otherwise pleasant roasty aroma. A bit watery but smooth on the palate. Just a touch of fruit in the flavor. Finish is pleasantly bitter after the initial sweetness, although with some slight acidity. Can’t help but be a little disapointed with my first top 50 beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Why put such a beautiful beer in a clear bottle? What a crime...couldn’t tell at the store because the beer is so dark. Seemed a little thin--on texture but not on flavor. Overall this is excellent; it is hard to beat a good sweet stout. I can taste the oatmeal in this one. I wish I could think of more superlatives but this is damn near perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 As I initially couldn't buy the Imperial Stout, I'm left rating the Oatmeal Stout, which isn't a bad thing at all. Although I was expecting more flaring oatmeal overtones, this has to be one of the best beers I've ever had as far as sit down drinkability. Upon first examination, this beer has the consistency of worcestershire sauce, not nearly as thick as other stouts. Pleasant aroma, mildly sweet, minimal carbonation, bearing a creamy roasted flavor. Awesome texture and finish. This is going to become one of my standards. Bring on the St. Ambroise so I can rate it next! RE-RATE: After pairing two of the Victorian pints to a St. Ambroise, I am prepared to say that this is the smoothest stout I've had to date. I guzzled down two of those suckers like it was water; the pure brewed lager didn't go down as easily.

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