Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Pours an opaque rich walnut with some copper against the bright light, a frothy beige head sticking to the walls of the glass. Smells of faint roasted coffee in the morning and malted grains in the mill. Quite an uncomplicated taste but refined, subdued, that of roasted barley, very, very low acid and bitterness from the English hops, a lactose sweetness pronounced most noticeably in the superb aftertaste that lingers like cane sugar syrup with medium, easy to drink body. As I say always comparing great European beers to most of their U.S. counter parts (see Founders Breakfast Stout for example) a brewer, like a suitor vying for the attention of a woman, shouldn’t go over the top to cheaply try and impress. Stick to a balance of ingredients as Samuel Smith does in all their beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartekGB (6) - - OCT 29, 2014 does not count
Piękna drobno pęcherzykowa piana, kolor czarny nieprzejrzysty.Aromat palony, słabo wyczuwalny. Smak kwaskowy, piwo aksamitne od płatków owsianych.Nisko wysycone. Bardzo dobre piwo :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (222) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Pours almost pitch black with an outstanding head, lacing and retention. Subtle nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin) with light notes of roast and chocolate as it warms. Light bodied with little texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is laid back. It consists of a blend of light roast and chocolate with a distinct mineral note. If you look for it, you can find the oat character. The finish has a slight metallic twang to it. I suspect this bottle may be old, since what I’m tasting is nothing like the other reviews here. If you don’t bother to bottle date, then the reviewer can’t take age into consideration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (518) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Aroma of roasted malt and slight sweetness. Taste is a very smooth roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and a slight sweet, very smooth finish. Not as sweet as some milk stouts, but has that smoothness. And this one is just very balanced and all around good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lele (131) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 27, 2014
ASPETTO: nero impenetrabile. Schiuma fine e persistente, non molto abbondante. AROMA: sentori chiari di cioccolato e un lieve liquoroso. GUSTO: chiari sentori di cioccolato, accompagnati da sentori di caffč e da un leggero liquoriso. L’amaro č quasi assente per essere una stout. Retrogusto leggermente amarognolo, mediamente intenso e un po’ persistente, che stempera il dolce. Stout fresca e dissetante, estremamente equilibrata e pulita e che da discrete soddisfazioni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (56) - - OCT 26, 2014
550ml bottle. BB ?/15. Pours a very dark, ruby brown with a dense tan head which lasted the distance and left some lacing. Gentle aroma of dark malts, coffee, molasses and sherry. Creamy, sweet taste gives way to a semi-dry finish, reminiscent of dark chocolate. Light to medium body and "silky texture". A very pleasant, easy drinking drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1126) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle pour black to opaque dark brown with thick tan head. Nose sweet fruit like holiday gum balls, molasses, light roast. Taste sweeter malt up front, again with the dark fruit. Only light chocolate, not much roast in the flavor. Moderate bitterness mid palate. Kind of thin for my preference in an oatmeal stout. I seem to remember this being better 20 years ago. Maybe it was my lack of experience, or maybe something has changed. Nothing off putting, but nothing spectacular either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (127) - Montesarchio, ITALY - OCT 24, 2014
Buona atout, nero impenetrabile, con schiuma color caffellatte abbastanza persistente. Sentori di orzo, caffč e qualche nota fruttata. In bocca arriva il carico di tostato, qualche prugna dopo un po. Chiusura al cioccolato, per un sapore complesso. Retrogusto lievemente lattoso, con una leggerissima aciditŕ. Birra buona e da compagnia, facilmente drincabile con un corpo medio scarno.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (1534) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Black ok head. Aroma is choc slight roasted. Taste is roasted dark malts sweet choc some lactose decent bitter finish. Silky body. Good could do to be sweeter for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"still the benchmark as far as Oatmeal Stouts are concerned. I’m glad SS no longer does the clear glass bottles...it was hit or miss whether or not your beer would be spoiled, but now it’s always great. Perfect nose, great smooth mouthfeel, if a little thin. Roasted everything, highly drinkable."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Runningonempty (8) - cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
opaque with a tan head that doesn’t dissipate too quickly but could’ve hung around a tad longer. I like the hint of caramel aroma. Solidly medium sweet for an oatmeal stout with a light to medium hit of bitter in the middle that I think gives way back to the sweet on the finish. It’s not the fullest bodied oatmeal stout but still delivers a creamy enough texture to live up to its heritage. I’m glad those Tadcaster Yorkshiremen revived the style.

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