Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 (need re-rate, preferably draft) Very good sweet stout. Beautiful appearence; deep ruby color with a frothy,lacy head. Not highly effervescent. Very complex, and mostly appealing aroma: Roasted malted grains (perhaps this is the 'oatmeal'), hops, caramel, chocolate. But, I also smelled URINE! I did buy it from Safeway, and it does have a clear bottle, but I didn't think 'skunky' meant 'pissy'. Hmmm. I dock a couple "aroma" points. I found the flavor pleasant, very well balanced, but not particularly complex. A thick, flat sweetness is balanced well with hop acidity and some other source of subtle sourness. Lightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Wonít rate it as high as some have. Iíve read someone noting a bacon aftertaste at one tasting but not at another. Could be a sign of age (itís age, not mine) but I noticed it too and that mitigates my score. I suppose though, that with its low ABV, I cold have half a bottle with my eggs in the morning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
I hate to do it, but I must admit that this beer is in fact the best stout Iíve ever had. The first time I had it it was a little skunky from the idiotic clear bottle, but since then itís been sublime. If you know me then you know I have a hard on for Rogue Shakespeare Stout, but this is better. Just so incredibly smooth and creamy, with a perfect balance of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, sugar, plum and grape in flavor and texture. Oh God, itís so good...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Deep and rich chestnut to near black in color with a breathtaking amber head. Slight wine-like aroma with a slight scent of oats as well. Smooth mouthfeel, akin to a fine Port with flavors of plum and raisins that finish quite dry on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Very very tasty, the best Sam Smith beer by far, and Iím not even a big stout fan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gazzoo99 (4) - Volant, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
Very nice hints of coffee. Aroma is a bit on the weak side, though I donít think it is bad. Nice foamy head and a beautiful dark look. Would absolutely recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danapsimer99 (7) - USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
Loved it. The oatmeal flavors add a creamyness that really complements the typical stout characters in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2002
Sour milk in the nose. Dark black color and a huge foamy head. Root beer-like taste with coffee tones, also a little butteryness. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scooby (50) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A very good and different tasting stout beer. Not easy to come by but I drink it whenever is see it on the menu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Roasted malt aorma. Black with a rocky light brown head. Roasted coffe aroma. A nice one!

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