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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3029   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 1800ís, 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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
I never understood the concept of ísilkyí in a beer until I tried this one. The body is jet black, and is topped by a minimal mocha head. Rich coffee and wine(!) aroma. The flavor is a combination of mocha, malt, butter, mild chocolate, wine, and sweetness. The bitterness comes to the fore as you swallow. A delicious concoction -- this beer is one of the reasons Samuel Smith has such a great reputation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
Rich, heady, Italian coffee aroma and a strong, smoky flavor. The flavor is remiscent of smoked meat, but itís not at all unpleasant. I donít tend to like beers that have smoky flavors, but this one is so smooth and rich, rather than jarring, that I enjoy it quite a lot. Itís balanced by a gentle sweetness, and it has a slightly malty finish. A pretty complex and interesting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Time for a rerate. After looking at my top fifty there were a few brews that I thought might deserve/need a rerate and this is the first one. Near black color with a moderate, but lasting head of tan bubbles, lots of lace coat the glass. Dark fruit, prunes, lavender and mild pinot noir aroma. Silky and smooth in feel, perhaps a touch thin in the finish. Quite dry and with come dark berries and charcoal. A great brew, just not a top 50 anymore. 29 April 2002: (9,5,9,5,19 - 4.7)Just the silky feel you want from an oatmeal stout. Couple that with the floral/sherry aromas and dark/burnt fruit flavors its hard to resist.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
Wow!!! Kinda tastes like brown sugar. A very thinck, rich, quality stout. One of the best I have tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2002
coffee and chocolate notes, but this stout feels a little different in the mouth than a lot of others...itís fairly thick and rich....damn good stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Almost black, average light brown head. Full aroma with mellow hints of chocolate,coffee, and smoke.Starts of a little thin but then the roastiness shows along with a vinous quality. The middle is silky smooth, oaty with a hint of smoke and coffee. Damn tasty and enjoyable. Better everytime I have it. And the fact its been around so long and still holds up. Impressive and a classic.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mimsy (8) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002 does not count
Very Dark, about 98% of light doesnít pass though the glass. the aroma is light but pleasent. The taste is like pleasently like oats. hops are noticable and aftertaste lasts a while. The taste is a bit strong for me, but I do think I am begining to like it more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2002
black colour, few head, coffe and mocha aroma, oily, moderate maltiness, long bitter finish - pleasant

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 21, 2002
It doesnít get much better than this! Delicious, and creamy, this one is sure to satisfy stout lovers with its complex flavor profile. If I had to pick one beer to drink, this would be mine.

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
Smells of Oatmeal,and Raisins, I liked the first few sips of this brew,but eventually It turned ,and then it seemed just bitter,and lost all the flavor for me...very sad, I so looked forward to this one...dissapointed!


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