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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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 (7973) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Dark reddish brown appearance, thick head formation. Intense rich wine fruitiness in the aroma, jammy, black cherry and cranberry, mild roasted malts/ Dry roasted palate mixed with sweet berry fruitiness, silky chocolate smoothness, mildly dry in the finish. One of the break through beers for me. Incredible fruitiness for a relatively "small" beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - APR 16, 2002
dark & smooth, it has a sweetness to it, a coffee taste as well. Really dark beer. Simply one of my favorites

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2002
A decent oatmeal stout with dark color, smooth drinkable with a little chewyness, an easy drinking stout with out overpowering flavors or bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
Excellent beer deserving attention. Damn smooth, this beer is highly drinkable stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2002
Black. Did I mention this beer was black? Taste that lasts forever. Sweet roasted malt with plenty of hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2002
Doesn’t have the burnt bitterness of the dry stouts, but it has the other flavors typical off a stout. I like it, but it doesn’t floor me.


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