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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3075   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2002
coffee and chocolate notes, but this stout feels a little different in the mouth than a lot of others...it’s fairly thick and rich....damn good stout

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Almost black, average light brown head. Full aroma with mellow hints of chocolate,coffee, and smoke.Starts of a little thin but then the roastiness shows along with a vinous quality. The middle is silky smooth, oaty with a hint of smoke and coffee. Damn tasty and enjoyable. Better everytime I have it. And the fact its been around so long and still holds up. Impressive and a classic.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mimsy (8) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002 does not count
Very Dark, about 98% of light doesn’t pass though the glass. the aroma is light but pleasent. The taste is like pleasently like oats. hops are noticable and aftertaste lasts a while. The taste is a bit strong for me, but I do think I am begining to like it more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9429) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2002
black colour, few head, coffe and mocha aroma, oily, moderate maltiness, long bitter finish - pleasant

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 21, 2002
It doesn’t get much better than this! Delicious, and creamy, this one is sure to satisfy stout lovers with its complex flavor profile. If I had to pick one beer to drink, this would be mine.

1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
Smells of Oatmeal,and Raisins, I liked the first few sips of this brew,but eventually It turned ,and then it seemed just bitter,and lost all the flavor for me...very sad, I so looked forward to this one...dissapointed!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2002
Pretty good, but nothing special. A nice coloring, and a great big head. The flavor seems a bit lacking. Overall, I’d say go elsewhere, but you can buy this and feel good about it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
Almost black color, a tan head than quickly dissipates, mildly sweet, strong, dry, but not particularly flavorful, it has a kind of neutral feel to the flavor, sort of an artificial substitute coffee flavor instead of the real thing, roasted malts, oats, with a bland, tasteless finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2002
I usually don’t really like oatmeal stouts - but this one was incredible! The best oatmeal stout by far!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Rerate 1/30/03: While I still thoroughly enjoy this beer, I need to adjust the rating down a little, as I have tried a couple dozen Stouts since this one that have been better. 4/19/02 (4.6): Wow, what a great beer. Somebody had to tell me the bottle was colorless before I realized that was the color of the beer! Sweet aroma and coffee undertones make this a new favorite of mine. If only it were more readily available! Perfectly smooth and drinkable.


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