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.
ross (2137) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 oh man, haha what a great dark beer. great chocolate flavor, nice pour, dark as hell, creamy, you name it dark beer does this one does it. update- i dont know what i was thinking rating this at 4.6- its good, its damn good, but its not 4.6 good.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Nice dark brown with a creamy tan head, great lacing, medium to full-bodied. Malty aroma as expected with hints of raisins and vanilla. Sweet tasting without being syrupy, great balance. The mouthfeel was heavenly, creamy with a minimum bite. A statement to the craft of the brewer. If there is better Oatmeal Stout I have yet to find it, Highly recommended!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I did a beer comparison, Samuel Smith vs. Young’s Oatmeal Stout. The Samuel Smith Oatmeal was highly victorious! Smith’s has a sweater taste, a fuller aroma, and a fine dirty brown two finger head. This beer looks beautiful when pored and taste like a quality precision crafted beer. --Young’s was a little rough all around.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Definitely one of the best beers in the world. The oatmeal finish is so creamy. A meal in itself.
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer from Samuel Smith. Dark in the glass with a nice head to it. Smelled like a bowl of otmeal, laced with sweetness. Taste was like "a bowl of blended up otmeal" as one friend put it. Oats, carmel, and overall greatness in the taste. Wonderful to drink.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasaty yeast aroma, caramel, dried fruits, ice tea, bread, and light licorice. Toasty flavor, semi-sweet with and earthy toasty finish. Amazing that Sam Smith could fit so much flavor into this relatively light colored stout...
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and choclate. Thick mouth feel, moderately sweet. Smooth bitter and sweet finsh.