Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Very dark with a fairly dark tan head. Perfect blend of toffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Silky mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Black with nice light brown head. Roasted, sweet, chocolate aroma. Silky body. Sweet, with dry and coffee-bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
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

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