IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with a fairly dark tan head. Perfect blend of toffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Silky mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle I'm drinking now is a little skunky, but I've had this before and will again -- one of my favorite beers that is easily accessible in my neck of the woods. Dark -- very dark brownish red, thick head, nice lacing, sweet chocolatey aroma and flavor that has a nice, smooth finish. Almost a little too sweet, though, but no complaining here.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much aroma noticed. Dark brown/red in color. Poured a very nice tan head and left a beautiful lacing on the glass. Had a very sweet and toasty malt flavor wiht a nice chocolate finish. I really didn't find this beer as enjoyable as I was lead to believe. Overall not bad.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comparable in quality to Anderson Valley's Barney Flats, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout in nevertheless quite different in both its bouquet and flavor. Not as smooth and a little more roasty, a worthy Oatmeal stout nonetheless. I will say more after a side-by-side with Anderson Valley's Barney Flats and Hoptown's Oatmeal Breakfast
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