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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,924 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4924
Reviews: 2089
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%


Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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Premo88

Texas

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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Served: 11 April 2014

Appearance: Dark, nearly pitch black with a dirty brown, foamy head that dissipates to a good half-finger and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Smells sweeter than I'd expect for an oatmeal stout, with some milk chocolate and slightly roasted notes.

Taste: A great improvement from the nose- this one is no milk stout though it almost smelled that way. Nice complex overlays of roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors (despite neither of these being actually present in the beer). Somewhat smoky at times, but with a nice soft edge from the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel: The oat really adds some nice, soft smoothness. Good carbonation for the style too.

Overall: Another good beer by Samuel Smith's and one I would definitely recommend trying. I love the low ABV in this one- it's a tastefull, delicious beer and at 5% won't leave you crawling after such a big bottle.

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S-Milk. Syrup. Cinnamon. Raisin. Sour on warming akin to prunes. Not too much here, just a standard stand-out stout.

T-Sweet, sugary. Bitter dark roast coffee. Bitter cocoa. Cereal. Obvious oats. Lactose notes. Slight dark fruit sour ending. Pinnacle of a stout in taste.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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