Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3194   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 1800ís, 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Dark, rich color and good head retention. A malty aroma. Great dark roast flavor - pleasantly burnt. Hints of alcohol and malt flavor. Smooth palate and pleasant finish. Great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Re-rate: My rating will come down a bit here, but that's the beauty of learning about quality beer. Anyway, it is a dark, dark brown with a bubbly head. Immediate strong nose of oat and cereal. Some roast, meat malt as well. Tastes of roasted nuts, malts, oat. Some mild bitterness. Looses flavor as it sits and has a buttery, slippery type of mouthfeel that was unpleasant. Too short of a finish. Some good bitterness. Original: An amazingly tasteful beer that is smooth and easy to drink one after another. A definite must for any beer drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini99 (9) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cruddler (32) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Looked and smelled good straight out of the bottle. Lost its head too quickly. Body needs some help. Good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phersjm99 (25) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
I never understood the concept of ísilkyí in a beer until I tried this one. The body is jet black, and is topped by a minimal mocha head. Rich coffee and wine(!) aroma. The flavor is a combination of mocha, malt, butter, mild chocolate, wine, and sweetness. The bitterness comes to the fore as you swallow. A delicious concoction -- this beer is one of the reasons Samuel Smith has such a great reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
Rich, heady, Italian coffee aroma and a strong, smoky flavor. The flavor is remiscent of smoked meat, but itís not at all unpleasant. I donít tend to like beers that have smoky flavors, but this one is so smooth and rich, rather than jarring, that I enjoy it quite a lot. Itís balanced by a gentle sweetness, and it has a slightly malty finish. A pretty complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Time for a rerate. After looking at my top fifty there were a few brews that I thought might deserve/need a rerate and this is the first one. Near black color with a moderate, but lasting head of tan bubbles, lots of lace coat the glass. Dark fruit, prunes, lavender and mild pinot noir aroma. Silky and smooth in feel, perhaps a touch thin in the finish. Quite dry and with come dark berries and charcoal. A great brew, just not a top 50 anymore. 29 April 2002: (9,5,9,5,19 - 4.7)Just the silky feel you want from an oatmeal stout. Couple that with the floral/sherry aromas and dark/burnt fruit flavors its hard to resist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
Wow!!! Kinda tastes like brown sugar. A very thinck, rich, quality stout. One of the best I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2002
coffee and chocolate notes, but this stout feels a little different in the mouth than a lot of others...itís fairly thick and rich....damn good stout

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