Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The pour delivers a beer of the deepest brown, which holds a two and a half finger mocha colored head. When held to the light there is visible translucency towards the edges and bottom of the glass, but it is otherwise dark. The head is light and foamy, slowly receding to leave a thick, batter-like lacing down the glass. The aroma is composed heavily of malts, with oats clearly peaking through. There is also a sweetness of dark fruits, such as figs, and a faint twinge of metallic fragrance. The taste begins with grains. The frontrunner here is malty, but there is a soothing swirl of oat and lighter grain which calm the malts down. As the sip progresses through to the middle, there is an enormous sweetness, coupled with a nice roasty flavor. The sip concludes on the anticipatory notes of dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The mouth is left semi-dry, gently coated, and cooled. The liquid itself has medium to high carbonation and a thicker body, but goes down with an unexpectedly slick smoothness. Because of these characteristics and the standard abv, the drinkability is quite good.
Overall, the absolute best thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. It is silky smooth, and curiously curbs some of the admittedly robust flavors into easier drinking components. This brew exhibits the full gamut of aromas and flavors, and then some, expected of a stout, helping propel it as an exceptional beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2010 23:28:29 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
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 5,234 ratings.