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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3165   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arn8897 (75) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Black with a khaki head that lasts for a while. Some aroma of chocolate and malt. Malty sweetness chocolate and licorice flavors. Medium mouth feel. Overall nice sweet stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2641) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Dark roasts malts dominate with hunts of licorice. Smooth and creamy from the oatmeal. Good body with a decent mouthfeel. Feels bigger than a 5%er.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (210) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Color is dark black, no light getting through. Has a creamy light brown head, very little lacing. Aroma is chocolate malts, sweet, sugary, some molasses and a hint of licorice. Taste is creamy, sweet caramel, chocolate and a tiny bit of bitterness on the back. Subtle but big. Mouth feel is excellent. One of the best readily available oatmeal stouts around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (565) - - JAN 10, 2015
550 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brownish black with lasting dark tan head and ample lacing. Aroma is overall sweet: roasted malt, oats, caramel and toffee. Flavor is same, with oat sweetness balancing the roast character. Thin to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle from pack; Christmas gift. A: Pure black with a foamy creme head. N: Substantial cocoa and char. Biscuit, licorice, minerality, iron like it’s from artesian water, oatmeal, coffee. T: Bittersweet and smokey. M: Creamy medium - light body, soft carbonation, no alcohol. O: This brings back so many memories of college and moving to Smith’s from Guinness. Has that same iron - like acidity that is either pleasant or off-putting. I am in the former category.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (536) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Appears black but if held to light it has a ruby red hue. has thin tan half inch head that appears to stay for the duration. Dark chocolate aroma. Tastes of dark chocolate also with hints of toffee and dates. Sense a light fruity tartness also. Has sweet wet feel. Has a clean light fruity finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
winto (34) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2015
nose: toffee, oats, date. dark chocolate. it’s all there but quite reserved. palate: now we’re talking! first there’s that faintly acrid sam smith dirty water flavor for those of us used to super clean american beer. it’s like the difference between tapwater and distilled. not necessarily a bad thing, gives it a distinctness. body is on the lighter side. lovely oaty malty goodness enters thick on the tip of your tongue with great fizz and exits pretty complex and dry on the throat...what i can only describe as inhaling a hay field on a cold spring morning after rain while holding a hot mug of cocoa.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersammich (61) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Roasted Taste Comes out well. Good smell, looks nice. A very nice beer all in all. Had it from a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
triplehopped (45) - - DEC 28, 2014
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head, heavy lacing. Aroma is a pleasant roasty malt. Medium bodied, soft and creamy, finishes slightly bitter. Taste is pleasing, roasted oats bringing a medium bitterness. Overall, a satisfying stout. I personally would like a stronger aroma and flavor nevertheless I rate favorably as it is quite satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (97) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Tan head resting over deep dark brown voluptuous body. Residual lacing all the way down the glass. Sweet aroma of molasses, caramel, and roasted malt with an earthy coffee scent. Taste is as complex as the nose. Chocolate and nutty coffee smoothed out with slight spicy bitterness. Well-balanced stout that leaves a silky mouthfeel.


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