Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aghast at my sheer ignorance, I was surprised to find, recently, that I had not rated one of the quintessential "stages" of a ratebeerian's evolution. Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. The natural progression of Budweiser to Guinness is furthered for many a beer fan by the wide availability and quality of this oatmeal stout. While its relatively thin body and "safe" flavor may leave the advanced connoisseur a bit wanting, I am still satisfied by this creamy brew. Pours dark brown with a nice, dense tan head (much like Mackeson XXX). Aroma is roasted, sweet, and a bit chocolatey. Flavor is succulent, smooth, creamy, and surprisingly sweet, consisting of toasted malts, malt sugars, and a note of chocolate. In my opinion a better brew than their Imperial Stout. A return from more venturesome territory proves pleasant.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black, opaque color. I thought the bottle was brown (it's clear). Roasty coffee-chocolate flavors, sweet but subtle and nothing overpowering here. Exceptionally smooth and creamy. One of my favorites.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Black with nice light brown head. Roasted, sweet, chocolate aroma. Silky body. Sweet, with dry and coffee-bitter finish. Nice.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Nice! Yeasty, hoppy aroma. I was a little worried about the clear bottle, but everything worked out well. Very soft mouthfeel, black as any beer I've had, roased, nice neutral middle, smooth finish.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Excellent beer. Not my favorite. It's just a little too sweet for me. It's very complex with some raison and cocoa. No skunkiness in my bottle. Very smooth and creamy. Rerate: Not to sweet to me now. Very smooth and tasty. Excellent even on this hot day. I need to compare it to Rogue Shakespeare.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. the nose is roasted along with the taste. the beer is as smooth as a stout can get on account of the oatmeal. not too heavy - this is a beer you can enjoy
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good! Great roasted malt aroma, and full bodied toasted dark malt taste. Long lasting after taste with coffee and chocalate malt flavors. Wow!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perhaps my bottle was not treated well during it's journey across the pond. I see how high this stout is rated and I am puzzled - this was a very unremarkable example and a big disapointment. Did not seem skunked, perhaps a bit flat but just plain lacking in flavor. Won't bother to re-rate until I've tried this in it's homeland (someday).
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok, Now i'm finished with beer in clear glass. This one was slightly skunked as well. I'll never make another attempt at this. Looks nice, dark with foamy head. Aroma is sadly tainted. Same with flavor, although not as bad as the nutbrown I had earler. Good mouthfeel and probably a good hopped stout. Maybe I'll plan a trip to England and try this one. On draught.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, less opaque than I thought it would be, some reddish hints, light head. Really shy roasted aroma at first. It comes out more as the beer warms up. One heck of a chocolate flavor. Actually, it tastes like dark chocolate with crushed coffee beans in it. Smooth palate. A real dessert beer. Close competition to St-Ambroise but still 2nd place.