Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Wonderful stout! Black with a reddish tint/hue. Tastes like some bittersweet chocolate with maybe molasses or coffee in it. Recommended with a creamy or chocolate dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6044) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Re-ReRate Dark black pour - nice khaki head, faint chocolaty aroma. Nice black dirt earthiness wit a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Solid - but not 4.4 worthy. Original 4.5 Re rate: Ordered at a pizza restaurant because they had it listed as ’Sam Adams’ Oatmeal (not heard of that) - oh well - still the same - Smooth, choclatey after taste, nice thick creamy head. Definitely one of the better stouts I have tasted - especially one so easily obtainable. Noticed the sweet aroma as well. Same score.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
This is a standard. One of the best beers readily available in this puritan land we call NC

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 My goodness, this is a heavy, sweet beer! It is more in the class of "dessert wine" than good ol' fashion beer. A very, very full flavor, with a good head and great aftertaste. My only real complaint is the low alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 I love the texture the oats add and the color is exceptional. There is another flavor in this that i cannot put my finger on. Kind of a molasses, but not quite. I have yet to find an oatmeal stout that can match the depth and complexity of Sam Smith. 4.2 Rerate 10/19/09: That "flavor" is diacetyl and yes, I’ve found better and more complex examples. Still though, this is a solid oatmeal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10608) - Sřborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Bottled. Very dark brown coloured with a light brown dense frothy head. Aroma: Roast, cocoa, vague coffee, light chocolate. Flavour: Light roast, sweetness, vague coffee, chocolate and vague tar. Silk smooth. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a light roasted and smooth bitterness. Still a nice brew in my book, but not at 4,5 as I rated it as a young and unexperienced rater. Originalt rate: 8-5-9-5-18. I don’t know what it is, but I get high just looking at the drawing black colour, with the huge cocoa-brown head. Amazing. The aroma is cocoa and coffee. The flavour is silk-smoothe and very pleasant again with cocoa and coffee. Very delicious stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Excellent brew! Good body, taste, & great with foods!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Big thick head that is very light chocolaty brown and sits atop an ebony body. Very nice to look at. Sweet cocoa like nose along with a hint of sourness. The smell is not too profound. Begins with a little coffee. Then, sweet (but not too sweet) carmel flavors begin that lend it an almost rootbeer taste, though not as strong as a regular rootbeer flavor. That may not sound too appetizing but it really was a good beer that is very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2002
blackens a gleaming goblet with an inky pour, faint embers of black cherry. head was oatmeal cookie but collapsed into the stellar blackhole. i seldom put my ear over the glass but i could hear this one sizzling like a campfire. the nose is freighted with aromatic cargo: rubber, molasses, coffee, port, anise, dates and yak blankets. delicious sweetness is borne in the gentle arms of full bodied richness, balanced hop, and understated alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Sweeter than I thought it would be. Stilll a very good stout from a superb brewer.

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