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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Nice aroma, decent flavor. Not too thin, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
A real disappointment. Wanted something with some strengh to it (as you might expect in a stout), but it was very watery.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Now were talking OATMEAL STOUT. Deep dark opaque brown with just a bit of a reddish hue. Tan head was on the thin side but leaves a very nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel and much more that I canít adequately describe. Silky smooth mouthfeel and finishes with just enough bitterness to make it enjoyable. This is THE oatmeal stout to which all others should be compared! Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Very smooth, almost sweet flavor. Chocolate and roasted qualities stick out. Nice thick mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2002
The best English oatmeal stout I have tasted. Very smooth and roasty tasting with just enough bite. Not oily tasting like alot of English oatmeal stouts. Delicous!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Wonderful stout! Black with a reddish tint/hue. Tastes like some bittersweet chocolate with maybe molasses or coffee in it. Recommended with a creamy or chocolate dessert.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Re-ReRate Dark black pour - nice khaki head, faint chocolaty aroma. Nice black dirt earthiness wit a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Solid - but not 4.4 worthy. Original 4.5 Re rate: Ordered at a pizza restaurant because they had it listed as íSam Adamsí Oatmeal (not heard of that) - oh well - still the same - Smooth, choclatey after taste, nice thick creamy head. Definitely one of the better stouts I have tasted - especially one so easily obtainable. Noticed the sweet aroma as well. Same score.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
This is a standard. One of the best beers readily available in this puritan land we call NC

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 My goodness, this is a heavy, sweet beer! It is more in the class of "dessert wine" than good ol' fashion beer. A very, very full flavor, with a good head and great aftertaste. My only real complaint is the low alcohol content.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 I love the texture the oats add and the color is exceptional. There is another flavor in this that i cannot put my finger on. Kind of a molasses, but not quite. I have yet to find an oatmeal stout that can match the depth and complexity of Sam Smith. 4.2 Rerate 10/19/09: That "flavor" is diacetyl and yes, Iíve found better and more complex examples. Still though, this is a solid oatmeal.


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