Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
Dark amber coloured beer. The aroma is leather, molasses and some fruit, plums maybe. The taste has a neutral start with a medium bitter finish. There is also a sour touch to the taste.

evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
yummy. all to describe it. Had this at a pizza shop in Ouray, CO. very stoutish but not overpowering that a non-stout lover couldnt try it. Chocolaty with a sweetish finish. darker than morgan freeman.

SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Black, black, black with a small head. Not an overpowering aroma. Malts, sweetness, maybe caramel. Yummie! Very sweet but the finish is nice. Really enjoyable. Fairly complex. I find it doubtful there is a better tasting oatmeal stout than this. Minus point for the clear bottle though.

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Color of used motor oil and nearly pours as thick, finger high head of yellowish cream of spongyness, crumbles fast, spotty lace that sticks like glue. Aroma is strong of oats and molasses, some sweet bitter chocolate and lots of solid roasted malts with cherry and plum notes. Enjoyably wafting stout nose. Taste really smacks of nice sweet oat character the whole way through, almost too much, its sweetness is chewy and strong. Roasted malts play secondary on the palatte along with some darl fruityness of plum and very light bitter chocolate notes which alll mostly come through near the finish. Feell is super creamy smooth, medium body with the center being more full. Has a easy, relaxing calm smooth finish thats lightly dry. Lending this oatmeal stout to be smoothly drinkable, goes down easy; a sweet chewy treat.

drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
a sweet stout with great personality. silky smooth palate...perhaps could be a bit thicker...but I like it. lovely sweet oatmeal roastedness. no skunkage whatsoever even though it is in a clear bottle. I've had problems with sam smith beers being skunked in the past, but I'm so glad this case was fine. 50 bucks and change for this case, but it was worth it.

wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC at Brickskellers. Bitter burnt caramel, aroma. Dark black opaque colour. Little or no head. Molassis taste, burnt caramel at best. Good sweet stout - Slightly warmer than I would have expected.

egajdzis (6591) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque color with a medium sized light tan head. Sweet dark fruit and oatmeal aroma with some slight alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. This was the start of it all for me. I could drink this all day!

JorisPPattyn (10006) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2003
Very dark brown, nearly black; dirty brown head, diminishing but permanent. Nose: chocolate - between milk and fondant (dark). Vague burnt malt/grain, licorice, sweet...and smelly socks. Taste is more cereal - indeed like oatmeal flakes. Chocolate returns in the background/palate, like slightly sweetened fondant. Chocolatey character, bitter-sweet, gains more emphasis in the finish, like a lesser chocolate with much non-cocoa additions. If I agree with anything in the general consensus, it's with its perfect balance - truly impressive. Aftertaste has a surprising new flavour: (French) candied violets. In the category "sweet stout", it's hard to imagine anything better... Oh for trying the St. Ambroise or the Nils Oskar...

RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Very nice stout. Not as heavy as some, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Extremely smooth, nice chocolatey stout. Very well made brew. Highly recommended.

UNCCTF (587) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 Beer #2 of the night for brownaler's 21st birthday blowout. I don't believe that a beer can truly be a "5"; no beer is perfect - something can always be better. But, this is about as close as it gets. Poured pure black, with a tan head that retained throughout. Aroma of liqueur, oatmeal, and sweet candies and fruits. Flavor dominated by oatmeal, but balanced off with a slight tinge of hops in the finish. I'm definitely making the birthday boy go buy more of this tomorrow. Best beer I've ever tried, far and away.

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