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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: 3237   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.

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4.5
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
It is so great. This stout tastes better than Guinness. It has a chocolaty color to it and a great semibitter taste.

4.3
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
beer-haters beware! this deserty beer can win them over. vanilla taste, very very smooth and velvety. strangely, much more available in the us than the UK

4.2
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
Black with a tight, medium brown head. Head decreases to a thin film, which lasts for the duration of the beer. Aroma of black and chocolate malts, with some diacetyl noted. Taste of chocolate malt also, with just enough hops to balance the malt sweetness. A great stout overall, and it seemed to not suffer from being poured from a clear bottle.

4.6
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 If there is a better beer, I haven’t had it yet. This beer is a wonderfully dark mahogany, nearly black. The head is creamy tan with good lacing and retention. The aroma is sweet coffee, oats, and roasted malt. I wish it were stronger. The taste is something I didn’t think I liked at first. Sure, it is rich. Sure, it is creamy. But, there is an overwhelming burnt taste that quickly changes from what is that? to I need more! Low bitterness leaves just enough of the toasted malt on your tongue. A prime example of the style.

3.6
bclasen (17) - USA - DEC 20, 2003
Mighty tastey - sweet and strong molasses flavor. Pours dark with a creamy head. Full bodied, but a bit too sweet to be a favorite, but still a great brew.

3.9
uvajed (188) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Impressively thick and lovely appearance, and a joy to drink, but did not live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, this stout was quite tasty, but the rave reviews had me expecting a bit more. Perhaps it is a little too sweet, but definitely not something to avoid.

2.9
steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 fruit, a little bit sour, chocolate, and oatmeal. brown pour. big brown head, fizzy airy bubbles - almost like pouring a coke. it slowly calms though, then seems nicer... tighter bubbles, etc. nearly blackish brown body, brown/red

highlights. feels great, smooth at first. as it warms it nearly stings a little. bitter, sour fruits, subtle chocolate. oatmeal? didn't stand out. soft, lip licking

aftertaste that's not sour, but sweet though empty. eventually, near the bottom of the glass, the aftertaste becomes sour yet returns to sweet again. not what i want, but like a true masochist i enjoyed it. i've had better bottles of this, as far as i remember... something is up, too bad when i decide to rate it it's the most disappointing of all times. hmm. of course, this beer is common, so i'll re-rate to hopefully see the score jump. i'm guessing this beer just wasn't as fresh as it could be and maybe so because of shock from light. afterall, clear bottles...

3.8
Zeswaft (1783) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2003
I thought the bottle was brown until I poured it out, that's how black this beer is. A strong, molasses and chocolate taste but a little dissapointing. Aftertaste reminds me of a Newcastle. And at $8 a four pack it's one I can cross off the list.

4.3
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2003
Opaque black with a smooth, tightly bubbled tan head. Licorice and chocolate on the nose. Licorice, molasses and sweet malt on the palate. I have grown to appreciate the nuances of this finely crafted brew.

3.9
Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
Mocha nose to this brew. Beautiful black with brown cola like edges. I couldn't get a head on this for the life of me. Incredible creamy sweet mocha with a hint of fruit in the finish plus lightly hoppy aftertaste. Best rich mouthfeel with little carbonation. Wonderful.


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