overall
99
99
style
Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3370   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 1800s, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2004
light floral hops, rich espresso, dark chocolate and caramel aromas dominant. typical dark stout colouation with great coffe coloured rocky head. slightly bitter dark chocolate, caramel and light floral hop flavours. smooth medium bodied with light finishing bitterness. great beer, slightly bitter dark chocolate with light floral hop and mellow finishing bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a deep black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma of sweetness mixed with coffee. Wonderful initial taste of sweet with various other flavors mixed in. Mouthfeel of liquid silk. Wonderfully smooth and semi-sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2004
Bottled. Black with a super large foaming brown head (took two pours to get it in). Brown sugar and coffee, with an originality that sets it apart from regular beers. I was disturbed half way through this one by gorgeous women returning home from dinner. The point being that whilst it was nice enough stout, it didnt move me like some of the Imperials Ive had in the past week. Flavour is dry with only medium length.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours almost black with a beautiful creamy tan head. Aroma is very faint coffee but not much else. Flavor is complex with a lot of subtle flavors that are hard to identify. It's a good beer. Nice dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2004
I don't see why this beer is rated above 4. Maybe I have a skunky bottle. Pours dark black, with a medium cream head. Flavor is toasted and roasted barley with a dry aftertaste. A decent stout, but I didn't see anything special here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
I can definately see why this is rated so highly. A damn good stout, this is. My first whine, though, is about the clear bottle again. No skunk this time, but I *really* wish they'd put all their beers in brown bottles instead of just some. Pours a dark brown with a nice off-white head that lasts for a while and leaves a decent lace. Smells dark and sweet, as if "dark" was a flavor. Brown sugar comes to mind, with a little bit of fruit and coffee. Tastes suprisingly fruity. Coffee is the main flavor. There's something else there and I think it's from the oatmeal, but it's quite good and complex. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit thicker but it's not bad at all. I like the mineral mouthfeel. I'd take this over a Guinness any day, but I think I'd prefer a Sheaf Stout for the money.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2004
Black beer with off white head. Beautiful aroma of licorice and raisins. Extremely clean drinking with notes of biscuits and licorice again. Quality beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
Black hue with a light brown head. Pronounced chocolatly nose. Fantastic roasted malt and chocolate taste with coffee and a hint of toffee. A wonderfully complex stout with a dry finish and a lingering coffee after taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Nice tan frothy head, oatmeal is present in the aftertaste, very nice sweet taste in the beginning. A nice sweet stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
The body is all but opaque, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, grainy and sweet. The palate has a velvety smooth texture. This is a great sweet stout.


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