Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 3320   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Now this has a wonderful flavor... hazelnut aroma and flavor, along with chocolate, perhaps chocolate covered orange... old fruit and a finish of nice, dry coffee-like goodness. I couldn’t put my finger on a few of the flavors, which was nice... it was just a good, smooth, malty stout bursting with flavor. I mean it too... velvet palate? you’re damn right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
A nice aroma, with both roasted notes and sweet notes. The beer itself is pretty, with an almost, but not quite, opaque dark body and a sizable tan head. It has a well-balanced flavor to it, with perhaps a bit more toasted malt than some other sweet stouts. It sits in the mouth with a slightly velveteen feel to it. Overall, a good beer, if not on the level of some imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1159) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2002
An alltime favorite! Pours evenly leaving a tan head that will be there for awhile. Drinks quite easily with a silky smooth feel. Sweet maltiness that just keeps tasting better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Very good beer. Full flaoved without being overpowering like many stouts. Smooth and silky. Black color with a tan mostly lasting head. Moderate maltyness and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
Thick and hearty, pours almost like chocolate milk. Has a nice combination of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Opaque black color. Nice fat head lasts. Smells like smoky chocolate. Fruity nutty flavors, figs? The more of these I drink, the more flavors I taste. Bitter sweet chocolate finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Was not quite what I like in a stout. The Imperial Stout I felt was much better. I really can’t complain, but I think a lot of American stouts are more complex than this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Craig99 (6) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2002 does not count
Wonderful and delightful drink, strong start with no lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Wonderful deep brown with a dark beige extremely rocky head. Wonderful roasted malt aroma. Flavour is like smokey and sweet, image if you could smoke chocolate in a BBQ pit. Wonderful!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zodanga (26) - Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 My favorite beer, which has been now for about 9 years I guess. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. She doesn’t come cheap though, at around $5.00 (for a 18.7 ounce Victorian Pint), only the most privileged and discerning people will choose the luxury of her presence, but she is well worth it my friends. She is dark, rich and beautiful, with a creamy mocha head and complex yet well balanced personality. Her medium-full body is exceptionally smooth, silky and well-rounded, carrying the delightful scent of dark malt, chocolate and toasted oats. Her subdued flavors will please any palate, and will leave you wishing for more to drown out the slightly bittersweet aftertaste once she is gone. As an extra bonus - she is also certified Vegan. Such a classic, amazing Oatmeal Stout. Benchmark of the style! Hmmm, am I talking about beer or my wife? ;-)

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