Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep, dark brown with red hanging around the edges. A two-fingered, fluffy medium tan head develops from the pour into a slightly tilted pint glass. Head dissipates to less than a single finger width in under 60 seconds but leaves some decent lace behind. Head is but a thick film after a few more minutes.
Smell is malty with notes of peat, cardboard, sourness, smoke and coffee with a whiff of white grape. Decently balanced and complexity as expected of such a highly rated beer, though the grape and sour notes are unexpected.
Taste is malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and maybe some caramel(?) with a medicinal note in the aftertaste. Well balanced.
Less body than I anticipated, not really much more than medium, effervescence is appropriate, just under middle-of-the-road with a sharpness on the tip of the tongue. A beer you could easily drink several of over the evening due to the low ABV but I just don't get the appeal of this brew. I'm sure its better on tap (what isn't) but this is just not grabbing me. Though it is better than standard Guinness, it's less than Guinness Foreign Extra and many others.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2012 02:15:41 | More by PorterLambic
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