Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3340   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3192) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Very good! Great roasted malt aroma, and full bodied toasted dark malt taste. Long lasting after taste with coffee and chocalate malt flavors. Wow!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
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.

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