Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Not sure I have much to add after 1300+ reviews, but I figured I will pile on to the consensus. This was one of my introductions to "craft beer" around a decade ago...and continues to satisfy as an affordable widely available breakfast beer today.
Poured from a 550mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (although, this beer certainly warrants the purchase of a proper imperial nonic).
Liquid is almost black but for a hint of taupe or brown and is thouroughly opaque. A large creamy tan (almost khaki) head forms quickly and never leaves. Very good lacing. Lovely.
Aromatics include freshly roasted grain (malt, oatmeal), mild coffee, hints of cocoa; the sum being greater than the parts, creating a particular, albeit gentle olfactory signature.
Sweet on the palate with prominent roasted notes (a darker roast than is suggested by the aroma) accompanied by (surprise) oatmeal. Someone else mentioned "coffee with cream" and I think that isn't far off. The finish has a mild though lingering bitterness (though hop flavors are heavily obscured) which is joined by a hint of burnt toast (not a bad thing!).
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with reasonable carbonation. Very high drinkability due to its lack of bitterness, low ABV, and unique flavors.
I know Samuel Smith is credited for the revivification of this style in 1980, but I can see room for improvement/experimentation. I would prefer a heavier body and a greater intensity of flavors (maybe more oatmeal, higher ABV?). Still, this is one I return to with pleasure and anticipation everytime. This is also just the thing to nudge Guinness lovers a few baby-steps forward beyond the macro world.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2009 21:00:23 | More by augustgarage
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