Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Dark color with a thick, milky body. Wonderful mouthfeel! Roasted profile is well done and the oatmeal adds a nice creaminess to the brew. Sweet and fruity at the end, a really good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2955) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 When poured out had little to no head and a very dark color. The nose is quite complex and wonderful, with the graininess shining through. Nice malty sweet palate with a strong though well balanced hops finish. A great stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Black in color with a large tan head. As dark as this beer is there is only a subtle roasted malt aroma. I detected some sweetness but mainly focused on a stale aftertaste. I did not like this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This is the best Oatmeal Stout I've ever tasted! It is most excellent. I guess I've been lucky in that I've yet to have one that has gone bad. The head is beautiful, the taste sublime, the color is gorgeous, mouthfeel is just right and the carbonation is glorious going over the tongue. What more can be said?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
really enjoyed this sweet stout ... poured as thick as an imperial as you would expect from an oatmeal ... the 'sweet' in sweet stout isnt TOO sweet at all, which is to my liking ... overall very nice feel and flavors, that could be stronger, but work well ... low ABV is curious but then im not a brewer ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2003
after i picked this up i was terrified it was going to have gone sour because of the clear bottle, but it must be my lucky day because it's just perfect. pours a beautiful deep black color with a fluffy tan head that fades fairly quickly. there's something just a little bit odd in the aroma; i smell chocolate and coffee and something else that i can't identify. thick and sweet with a bit of hop and roastiness with a dry, bitter finish. fantastic beer, all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
This beer poured a dark black with a picture perfect tan frothy head. No way to see through the body of this beer. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate and wine-like alcohol. A flavor of oats, chocolate malt balls and some coffee. A very nice full palate and some dryness in the finish. A very fullfilling stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2003
What can I say as reviewer #432? Generally, I like to be able to see light comin' through the other side of my beer glass, but the occasional stout's fine. This is a real English stout, by which I mean that aroma and flavor components include all the traits one would expect from a good English ale - fruity, bready yeast, toffee notes, and a clean herbal hop bite. This, of course, in addition to the smooth stout palate, the hints of burnt toast, and the deep color and creamy head. It almost tastes like a blended beer, with both ale and stout in the mix. Anyhow, its very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Dark brown in color almost black. Small tan head. Can smell the alcohol. Fizzy for a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 This is one of my first ratings. I was blown away! Dark as night appearance with hints of ruby. Beige head that has a beautiful lacing effect. Please note its very rare I would ever use the word "beautiful" in a rating but it fits here. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Silky texture and a pleasure to drink. It can vary because of the clear bottle, but even the worst one Ive ever had was still at least pretty good. Im having a fresh one tonight and its amazing. Awesome beer!

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