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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Rich brown head; very smooth feel; slight coffee taste with finish that is bitter, but not excessively so. May 2004: the aroma is among the best

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
Chocolat aroma. Very dark brown color, brown head, good lace. Intens flavor, sweet, chocolat, hint of cola, very drinkable, light roasted. Long lasting coffee liquor flavor finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
Totally opaque, very thick pour with no head. More than any beer I've had, this one could pass for a wine. At first, I swore I could smell the grapes in the aroma. However, it somehow manages to taste much much better than any dry, bitter wine. There's a small note of sweetness and grain flavor to offset the winelike flavor. Unrelentingly bitter/sour aftertaste. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5592) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Black. I thought it was a brown bottle before I poured. Tan head that disappears soon but leaves a nice lace on the glass. Coffee and bitter chocolate very noticeable in the aroma, and also a little tobacco. Flavor of the same coffee and chocolate with a little cream. Faint malt and hops tastes as it warmed. Mildly bitter finish. excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Love it. Once I got hooked, I couldn't get enough. Creamy bowl of oatmeal flavor really comes through, but oh so much more!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Deep dark and creamy pour. The creamy head faded far to fast. A nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet, medium body, creamy texture. Very light alchoholic finish. Great balance. Very nice brew!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBelgian (24) - USA - FEB 18, 2003
dark with a good head on it. not very creamy. buttery and bitter with not much after taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2003
wonderful dark colored beer with a thick slowly dissipating head. Bitter & sweet taste with mild aftertaste. My first & not last oatmeal stout

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Unpleasant aroma. Very dark color. Flavor was kinda sweet, slightly bitter, and it felt slightly creamy in the mouth. I dont think these kinds of beers are for me.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 15, 2003
Dark brown colour, nice pale brown head. Disappointing aroma, but the taste is wonderful, with a bittersweet complexity. Another great beer from Samuel Smiths!


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