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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3359   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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nevditz (16) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
rich, full bodied taste. head from the bottle dies a little too quickly. Very tasty, but by end of bottle, had enough

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2003
This beer is dark brown with a nice creamy beige head. Strong sweet smell of oatmeal and molasses with a hint of sourness in the background. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and slight dry roasted oats with a pleasant, mild bittersweet aftertaste. Silky mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a near solid black liquid that light has trouble penetrating with a very little beige-copper, with slight brown-red colored head. Aroma is of coffee, molasses with some actual skunk (the animal) spray - which doesn't necessarily make it a turn-off. Hmmm, weird. Flavor is a slight hop that quickly gives way to a nice mild coffee finish. No oatmeal flavor detected. I could drink this all day. Excellent beer. Very smooth and easy to drink and enjoy. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 Wow. Great tan creamy head that lasts forever, leaving a thick lacing on the side of the glass. Rich full flavored beer, with a great smooth taste sweeter than other stouts I've had but retains the same classic characteristics of other great stouts. The oatmeal taste is detectable yet subtle and finishes with hints of chocolate and a fine bitterness which is complemented nicely by the sweetness. A must try!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2003
This has always been a favorite, though I hadn't tried a bottle in a while. Deep, deep brown, with a dark beige head that leaves nice lacing. It is a touch lighter bodied than some stouts, and the oatmeal makes its presence known. The smooth chocolate flavors of the malt are nicely integrated. Just a really well done beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
This was a the best oatmeal stout I've ever tried. The balance of the flavors works perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Gorgeous thick frothy beige head. Opaque with dark muddy color. Aroma of weak coffee plus a faint sour smell. Dark chocolate mocha flavors. Reminds me of Mexican chocolate. Palate is rich and smooth, not too heavy. Pleasing aftertaste lingers forever. This beer can be enjoyed 15 minutes after your glass is empty. Overall a very good beer with wide distribution and you have to love that. Wherever you go, a bit of Tadcaster is likely to be there.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
One of my favorites so far. I don't have much experience with oatmeal stouts, but this beer was exceptional. Nice color, aroma, head, and lacing. The flavor was mellow and very slightly sweet. Could stand up to strong flavored food nicely, and would go well with beef. Would suggest even to non-stout drinkers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
This beer is good but not exceptional. Kinda sweet but not much. Everything from this brewery seems to be decent.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Horrible vegetal nastiness in a bottle. Ive retried this a dozen times since my initial rating and have never been able to get beyond the oats lending a cabbage/broccoli flavour.

Black body with a lasting, creamy, light-brown head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses and burnt oats. Also doughy with a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet with a moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. Full, creamy body. Almost a hint of dairy as it warms.


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