vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical looking stout very dark. The taste is rather thin and it smells and finishes like soy sauce. Overall it is not bad, but the soy sauce flavoring is kind of weird...
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great oatmeal stout. Very smooth and well balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent!
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can I say that hasnít already been said? Itís sammy smithís oatmeal stout. If you donít know it, get to know it. You wonít be disappointed.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly sweet malt aroma with bread-dough tang riding shotgun. Color is that of espresso--moderate tan head and fine speckled lace...Substantial malty front with slight tang that builds gradually towards the finish along with light hop accents that are also most evident in the finish. The mouthfeel is unusual because most of its weight is felt up-front with the initial malt wave. Some label this as "thin" but I donít concur--I think it is just the tapered contours of the taste profile. It is very smooth but not lacking in assertiveness...Very fine stuff---one of my favorite stouts and another standout from this stalwart brewery.
Nuffield (3806) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth but thin, flavorful but with a titch of metallic taste. Substantial but soon-gone head, appearance of coca-cola carbonation. An enjoyable drink but not overwhelming in any dimension.
albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of the best stouts Iíve had. Nice body with coffee flavors.
leaparsons (8794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good looking dark beer. Smells of sweet porridge (as expected). But..this beer is too sweet more my bitterness loving taste buds. Its a good example of an Oatmeal Stout - just aint my thing.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They need to lose the clear bottle. Mine started with a lot of vinegar in the nose and taste, but improved a bit as it warmed. I was expecting something spectacular, but, quite frankly, this particular bottle wasnít any better than Youngís Oatmeal Stout in the nitro cans, so Iím rating accordingly. Hopefully Iíll be able to get a fresher bottle soon.
Iíve had good luck with SSís other (clear bottle) products, so this was a surprise. RE-RATE: St. Pattieís Day 2002. Gave this one another shot, in light of the praise it receives here. Still full of vinegar, not creamy, and not particularly impressive. I went with the smaller bottle this time, hoping that something was wrong with the (large) bottle I tried before. I just donít get what everyone sees in this one. (6/15/02) Still trying to like this one. First sip is soy sauce, but after that Iím getting some chocolate. Better than before, but not a religious experience. Out of respect to the consensus, Iíll add a few points. Closing the book on this beer, it has not been kind to me, but perhaps Iíll revisit it in a year or two. 7/13/02: Another bottle, another rerate. I left this one in the fridge entirely too long, but nonetheless it has been a better experience than the previous bottles. Smooth chocolate and coffee with none of the off flavors described in my previous ratings. At last, a good fresh bottle!
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks. If you like other stouts that I rated highly, then this one wonít disappoint.
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, decent flavor. Not too thin, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.