Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Why has it taken me so long to give this a whirl? Well, it's another oatmeal stout... a type of beer that I've never been able to enjoy. So naturally, whenever I see an oatmeal stout (even one as highly praised as this), I have a sort of color-me-skeptical moment. After months of avoiding it, I've decided to give it a whirl:
A great, dark-brown body falls into the glass. Slight red hue breaks through where there's a light behind it. Frothy, half-inch head bubbles to life as I pour, a great tan color. I'm pretty sure I can already smell the oatmeal - a good sign! Leaves a great, caked layer of lace.
Leaning in closer, the aroma is fantastic. A sweet-smelling combination of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of a sort of milky character. The aforementioned oatmeal is also fairly bold. Very lively and potent. I like it!
A milky body slips a really good flavor on to the tongue. Bittersweet in character, the oatmeal shines the whole way through. Along the way, various characters join in on the fun: roasted malts, a light touch of raisins. Finishes on the familiar oat taste and a surprising dash of alcohol. Just well-executed.
All in all, I can finally say, "At last, an oatmeal stout!" This is exactly what the style should be, and I couldn't have been happier to taste it. Give it a whirl!
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2012 05:43:19 | More by bbkd3b
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