Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Sweet Stout
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3370   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2003
What can I say as reviewer #432? Generally, I like to be able to see light comin' through the other side of my beer glass, but the occasional stout's fine. This is a real English stout, by which I mean that aroma and flavor components include all the traits one would expect from a good English ale - fruity, bready yeast, toffee notes, and a clean herbal hop bite. This, of course, in addition to the smooth stout palate, the hints of burnt toast, and the deep color and creamy head. It almost tastes like a blended beer, with both ale and stout in the mix. Anyhow, its very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (448) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Ah the renowned Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout - this benchmark of the style pours a mildly translucent mohagony brown-black with a well proportioned khaki head, just looks like hearty beer. The aroma featured a cool sweet toffee and caramel maltiness, some roastiness but definitely is more of a sweet stout. The flavor had a mildly roasty chocolate malt base with some unique almost herbal accents, perhaps some subtle notes of red fruit, not exceptionally complex but just enough nuance to distinguish itself. The palate was slightly thinner than other oatmeal stouts, but still had the recognizable silky oatmeal texture. Finish was dark chocolate with a touch of sour cocoa bitterness. Overall quite enjoyable and finds a comfortable well-rounded flavor profile. A must-try stout!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
trbr81 (1) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2017 does not count
Very good beer - first time I have has an oatmeal stout - would by it again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (19102) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 14, 2017
Weich rstiger, eher trockener Beginn. Leicht wrzig, weiches Getreide. Kaum bitter, langer Nachhall, zunehmend s. 10/9/10/10/11/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odannyob (147) - Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Poured from a chilled 1 pint, 2.7 ounce (550 mL) dark brown glass bottle into a Samuel Smith labeled pint glass. Ahhh, like an ode to breakfast, this be. Glad it was reintrod way back during the passed century. Whats to say but this indeed should be celebrated. Think Ill have another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (1099) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Mostly roasted bitterness to the smell light grainy fruity aroma. Deep mahogany slightly see through. Bright light smooth roasted malt bitterness. Thin body works with how light yet smooth the mellow roast is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heidelbeer (20) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2017
Pours a very dark brown, almost black clear beer with a medium sized not long lasting dense to creamy amber head. In the nose aroma of malt, cold coffee and some hints of spice, maybe cinnamon. Tastes malty sweet, bitter like dark chocolate, coffee, low to medium hop. Its not really sweet and not really bitter, its in a very good balance and the medium to low carbonation and the smooth, almost creamy texture makes this beer very drink- and enjoyable. On the other hand you could call it boring since it has no edges, but sometimes you want a round and uncomplicated beer. Lets say so, you can enjoy this beer with friends who are not used to strong or too complex tasting beer while still having a good one. If you do that, offer them also the Nut brown ale from Samuel Smith and later then the imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oxytocin (79) - - FEB 4, 2017
355 ml bottle very dark, clear nearly black, with foamy, quickly disappearing brown head. smells intensely of "Gletschereis" candy, sweet, caramel, molasses, light coffee. taste is roasty, sweet, toasted brioche, and again the "Gletschereis" candy. medium body, watery testure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
PowY (484) - AUSTRIA - FEB 3, 2017
355 ml bottle. Pours a very dark clear red-brown to black with a quickly disappearing light brown head. Aroma of mildly roasted malt - caramel, coffee with milk, some herbal fruityish notes. Medium, soft body with a low carbonation, alight bitterness and in the beginning also a light sourness - a little watery. Taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some caramel and again some fruitish notes (apples).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2897) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle. Black in colour (Dark Red against bright light). Malty; roasted malts, oatmeal, very milky chocolate, very coffee & cream, dark sugar, toffee, caramel. Nice malt/hop balance. Rich silky and very smooth. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet roast malty, medium dry, slightly salty. Long bittersweet roast finish. Very tasty! (2011-01-03)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrabren (1131) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 22, 2017
I remember drinking this back in 2005/6, but never took any notes. So I repeat. 0.5 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Vinja 666, Tanja, Davor and Goran. Dark brown, small off-white head. Light roasty aroma, wood, dry fruits. Faint sweet, light roasty. Medium body, soft carbonation, soft, light roasty finish. Very soft and balanced stout.

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