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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: 3384   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Dark black with ruby highlights. Thick diminishing tan head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma with a hint of roast. Medium-full palate with almost no carbonation, very creamy. Smooth, sweet flavor with notes of roast, coffee, chocolate, molasses and a hint of vanilla. Very tasty, an excellent stout!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2497) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Bought in the clear glass 550ml bottle ( why clear?) This beer looks pretty darn good right from the first pour..seems to pour heavy it musters a large tan frothy head..but that only lasts a minute of two before it dissapates down to a thick lace around the glass edge. The beer it self is a deep dark mahogany brown..with some ruby highlights...nice. the smell is malty and fresh..can maybe sense some oats. This beer has a great chewy long lasting tatse for one so low in alcohol..good job.. i taste some malt, some choclate ( milk chocolate for a change) some coffee undertones and a creamy taste right at the end..very well done. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth yet not lacking in taste bud tingling!! My Lord a very drinkable stout..if this were not so exspensive i could see me downing quita few of these most weekends!! Overall great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1133) - oxford, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Smells of vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Not as smooth as some other stouts, but that is mostly due to the sweetness I think. Initially sweet and thick... with a roasty, coffee finish. It's really good... I think most stouties will dig this offering from sammy smith.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 The first time I rate this, I was knocked over. I thought I had just purchaced an average english stout, I was new! Little did I know this would grow to be an easy to get favorite. Average brown-white (not really tan) head over nearly opaque ale. There is a very fresh scent in the dark beauty, like fresh fruit or something. Has that same hard water taste, a little too much but I guess that makes that palate. Mouthfeel is so smooth. Leaves good lacing. Ill continue to come back to this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Extremely dark. Lets a glimpse of light through. Moderate, lasting head with tightly clinging lacing. Chocolatey coffee malt nose one should experience instead of try to describe. Silky smooth mouthfeel, almost don't want to swallow. Roasted malt,caramelly,slightly fruity finish with English hop flavor in finish. Sweet, delicious beer nirvana. NOT overrated. Truly a rewarding beer drinking experience.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2003
malty, sweet coffee nose, with a hint of roasted barley. extremely dark with light carbonation and a thin, tan head that lingers with in a ring at the top of the beer. a little sugary, but i like how i can almost chew this beer. excellent beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Nice and dark with a strong smooth taste. Has aromas of malt and caramel. The taste is simple with chocolate and cherries. Has lots of body, but seems to lack complexity. Think it is a little overrated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Jet black, nice tan head. Not really sweet at all which is great. The oatmeal really makes the body more formidable and for a non imperial stout, this has some feel solid mouthfeel to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
one of the better stouts i have tasted. not as coffee or chocolate tasting as other ones. dark colour, nice head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I first tried this. I'm a big fan of the Samuel Smith family of beers, but this just didn't cut it for me. I thought it was biting, almost rusty-tasting. I thought it was sour and abrasive to the palate and on the finish. Probably goes better with food (I was drinking on an empty stomach as is too often the case!) Overall, its certainly not bad, but just not as good as I would have hoped! RERATE 12/12/03: Tried it again and really liked it a lot better. Much silkier, tastier and fuller than I originally remembered. Nice velvety palate.


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