Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by Premo88:
4.36/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass
L: dark brown, almost black, hints of amber highlights only when held up to light and only on the very edges; huge 1- to 1 1/4-inch head of caramel/tan ... super thick, holds on for awhile, and is super sticky ... lots of stick *and* lace; the liquid is clear, not opaque, despite being almost black-looking with no light on it. amazing brew to look at.
S: malt ... so much sweet malt, a bit of the red wine smell that leads into licorice, but with loads of chocolate that keeps it sweet. never gets into the Belgian strong dark range of raisins/licorice BUT it is a darker malt smell -- soured grapes/wine also for a slight liquour smell
T: toasted chocolate ... toasted barley. so much good malt -- the aftertaste has a very nice burnt taste to it, burnt sweet chocolate that offers a kind of semi-sweet chocolate note. lots of nuts -- walnuts, peanuts, pecans ... they're in there, not always overpowering. slight (very slight) coffee notes; it is NOT a full-on espresso-style stout, but it's got a hint of a coffee note
F: perfect. i'm not a fan of the slick, lumpy feel of stouts, but this one just feels like a perfectly-brewed midweight beer ... wonderful. loads of carbonation keep it very drinkable.
O: boy, this one could make you a fan of the stout. it's VERY approachable, not overly dry, not overly dark, not overly sweet -- it's a good blend of darker malt notes without going too far on the dark side.
i've always been the half-assed kind of stout drinker who REALLY had to be in the mood to handle it -- guiness was my only stout experience. then Great Divide's Yeti and Lakewood's The Temptress taught me how sweet the milk /russian imperial stouts can get, but those brews are LOADED with alcohol. so too are some great American porters I've tried. But THIS ... this yet another great offering from Samuel Smith gives you so many of the same great chocolate/coffee/sweet malt notes with a much lower ABV.
i get it. so many BAs love this brew and call it their favorite Samuel Smith beer, and i get why.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 07:12:42 | More by Premo88
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4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A: Very dark color sporting a huge 3 finger head. The head recedes quite slowly.
S: Roasty malt smells. Some coffee and hint of espresso.
T: This is like all stouts with me - it is totally different as it warms. Extremely pleasant taste. Malts, coffee, toasted marshmallow, and slight booze taste (despite the low ABV)
M: Once warmed a bit this is amazing. Extraordinarily smooth and easy on the palate.
O: Patience is rewarded with this one. It is amazingly smooth and has a deep character that comes out more and more as it warms. Great beer that will be on my short list.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 01:29:58 | More by fscottkey
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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