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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 3192   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (39) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Like it, like it a lot. Great color and taste. Not hoppy. Has a great feel on the tongue, very filling but not that heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (270) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 355 ml bottle. Appearance is black, opaque. Aroma is roasted black malt, pressed coffee. Bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate malts, roasted coffee. Palate is moderate carbonization. I wanted to like it more but I rated what I felt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rzymol (115) - - FEB 10, 2015
Pours dark with some bloody reflections and beige medium head. Fine lacing. At first, unusual but pleasant aroma of yeasts and fresh bread, then, while the drink heats up, milked chocolate, toffee, lightly roasted scents . In taste it goes through light sweetness into sweet & slightly bitter finish. A light and nice salty note appears somewhere in the middle (or maybe it is that silky feel?). Medium bodied. I really would call it silky instead of creamy, a very pleasant mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Smooth and enjoyable.Overall, it tastes very nutritional like a good meal. Oatmeal :)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (634) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2015
One of the classics. Use to be the only good beer you could find back when pete’s wicked ale was around.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (354) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from vino but first tasted back in Philly in 2001. Dark dark brown, beige head. Chocolate and coffee nose, fruity. I've always found it a little over carbonated, but really balanced bitterness. Classic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1522) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
First sampled in 1982. Pours a nearly opaque clear dark brown/garnet with a huge light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and a pleasant sourness. Taste is sweet dark roasted malt, blackstrap molasses, coffee, grain and a mild bitterness brought on by the roasting. A classic.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2978) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2015
(Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 5% Pours an almost totally black beer, with a tall and thick light beige head on top. Very good foam retention, heavy lacing left behind as it collapses. Nice aroma, red stewed fruits, dark fruits too, prunes. Great taste with chocolate and plenty of it, raisins, sweet caramel and red fruits, light roasted malts on the finish. Medium body, carbonation a bit low but it fits quite well, slightly dry palate. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
hoppopotomous (27) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Poured a nice black..aroma was light..hinted of chocolate covered raisins and toasted oats..taste was on par with the aroma..very nice sweet stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gdubu493 (48) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Aroma: Raisins, dates, sweet rolls, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, toffee, oats, yeast, cinnamon, char, malt. Appearance: Pours pitch black. Thick, creamy, coffee colored, two finger head that disappeared evenly. Taste: Raisins, dates, sweet rolls, cocoa. Roasted, fruity, oatmealy. Smokey. Slightest bit of alcohol. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet finish. Complex. Palate: Sweet, silky, smooth. Overall: I poured this 550 mL bottle into a glass in which I like to drink beer. Too sweet to be a desert beer, unless you were eating a unsweetened chocolate cake. Would go really well with something salty. Not a beer I would drink often. RateBeer member Mep3222 summed it well, "Not as sweet as some milk stouts, but has that smoothness. And this one is just very balanced and all around good." #respectbeerbrethren

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brandon1989 (401) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours a very dark, almost black with some ruby and a small creamy tan head. The aroma is very sweet, slight oak. The taste is oatmeal, some spices, oaky, roasted malts, and a burnt caramel aftertaste.


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