Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by MJR:
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a deep black body that shows off a bit of really dark garnet and brown when held up to a strong light source. A nice, creamy tan head sits on top and sticks fairly well.
Smell: I pick up on roasted grains and a touch of burnt chocolate. Not nearly as strong as some stouts in the aroma department.
Taste: Well-roasted malts and a faint chocolate sweetness is the first impression I get. A decent amount of butterscotch/diacytel too. There's a small amount of hop flavor as it rushes down my throat. I like the smooth flavor imparted by the addition of oats...adds a bit of creaminess to the flavor. Great aftertaste. There's a lot of flavor in there, but it's more of a laid-back type of flavor. It doesn't demand your attention like, say, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. I know...different type of stout, but that one reaches out and pulls you in. This beer has a very relaxed demeanor.
Mouthfeel: I think it's a bit thin for being an oatmeal stout: I expect a huge body and a thick, chewy mouthfeel and this one falls a bit short in this area.
Drinkability: Very good. Goes down smooth and easy.
A damn good stout, but in the Samuel Smith range, I'd take an Imperial Stout or Taddy Porter over this. I find this beer to be a bit 'overrated'...
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2002 22:02:25 | More by MJR
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4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 550ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.
A- Pours pretty dark black, when held to light there is a slight amount coming through on the edges revealing a deep coffee brown. Two finger mocha head.
S- Getting some fruity chocolate notes, maybe a little dried cherry, light dark roast.
T- Similar to aroma, bittersweet chocolate, fruity acidity, light coffee. Finish is a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate.
M- Medium, silky and smooth. Really nice for a 5% beer.
O- This is maybe the best sessionable stout I have come across and I'm glad I can easily find it at my local grocery store, it's even on sale from time to time. I do wish I could find it on tap more though. All of Samuel Smith's dark beers are impressive and I suggest everyone try them at least once. One of the best things about this beer is the mouthfeel, the oatmeal really gives it that silky texture that I love in my dark beers. This is also one of the first beers I had when I was getting in to craft beer, back when I wasn't really into IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 04:47:36 | More by PaulyB83
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,227 ratings.