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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jekoslosky99 (4) - Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002 does not count
This is the classic oatmeal stout. Nice palate, sweet as you would expect of an oatmeal stout, but a great balance makes it very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Fine Stout, I prefer the Imperial Stout , but this one is a fine brew also. More on the sweet side and less of a complex flavor that the Imperial, while still being a good choice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2002
What can I say about Sam Smith’s oatmeal stout? This is the benchmark and progenitor of all the oatmeals you see on the market now ... the Adam and Eve of oatmeal. Rich and chewy with hints of caramel ... a beautiful creamy body sculpted from chocolate. This is a rich beer to be savored while wrapped in a sleeping bag on your back porch watching a winter sunset.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2002
HUGEly powerful and pungent stout. I love it. Salty and a bit oily, massively bitter, burnt and creamily grainy thanks to the oats which reappear in a looong finish. big and tarry and not for the faint hearted. when i’m 87 i’ll drink this stuff and talk in grunts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Very tasty. I have no idea why it took me so long to try this. I love their taddy porter and have been happy with every beer they’ve made. It’s their excellent stout, but a bit creamy due to the oatmeal. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2002

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 Wonderful appearance. Not as powerful aroma as I hoped. Very pleasant mild, sweetish and grainy flavour with notes of seaweed. A good stout.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2002
only had it once and i was wasted, but i would buy it again

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2002
Very roasty stout. Quite sweet, very nice head. I can’t recognize the oatmeal, but what the hell it got so many other strong points!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7204) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (milk chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla, toffee, licorice, raisin, and charcoal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation. Complex malty aroma with many pleasant subtleties, rich mouthfeel, and a great flavor balance for the style. I think I’ve rated this a solid 4.0 every time I’ve ever had it. Though there is some room for improvement, this is clearly a benchmark.


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