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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2001

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 14, 2001
This was my first oatmeal stout and I have to say I like it almost as much as dry stout (Guinness, Murphy’s, etc.). I can’t drink as much of it (the sweeter taste becomes a bit sickening after more than a pint or two) but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It has more of a robust, roasted dark chocolate/caramel flavor than other stouts (I could be confusing the ’oatmeal’ taste for ’caramel,’ but I didn’t taste oatmeal). Only in the aftertaste did I detect a slightly bitter sensation, and not that of coffee. Very thick and heavy, I was surprised when I held it up to the light that it wasn’t quite opaque. Got better as it warmed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2001
Perhaps I’m used to motor oil, but I found this stout a bit on the thin side. Quite tasty, but it just doesn’t fill the mouth as much as some stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 11, 2001
Very very good. Not at all bitter or hoppy. Smooth to the last drop, subtle coffee and chocolate undertones. A toss up between this and Mackesons XXX.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2001
By far the best stout i have had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2001
I LIKED THIS ALOT VERY SMOOTH AND VERY FLAVORFUL. SMOOTH DRINKING

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dead Rex99 (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2001
Please, please don’t make me choose between this and my Mackenson’s. . .

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drs (16) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2001
Very nice stout. Not too bitter, good and toasty. NOTE: If you are ever making beer bread, this is the beer to use.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
canary dog (665) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
Another sickly seet concoction. I realize this is a classic among stout lovers. Too sweet for me. Gimme Mackesons anyday.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBowz99 (26) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2001
On most nights this would be remembered as a great beer. However, on the same night that I sampled this, I was lucky enough to try the local Tucson brew, Nimbus Oatmeal Stout, which definetely seems to be superior, probably from its more evident oatmeal flavor.


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