Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by ericj63:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This time, I had a 12-ounce bottle poured into a mug.
The appearance is great for a stout. Inky darkness with a nice brown head. After settling, the head remains about 1/8 inch thick with some lace on the side of the glass.
The aroma is extremely pleasant but is missing a little of the roasty note that I would enjoy in a stout. There is a little of the roasted/coffee smell and a lot of sweetness. I am not detecting any hop character.
The taste is quite sweet with roasted notes and a little bit of the yeast flavors. There is a nice little bitterness, mainly in the after taste. There is that special taste which I have been told comes from the fermentation in slate squares - wherever it comes from, I wish I could reproduce it in my own brewing.
The mouth feel is silky and smooth. The carbonation is balanced by the smoothness of the oatmeal.
This has been one of my favorite beers for years and it still tastes great, even when I have mostly been drinking belgian and french beers lately.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 00:27:11 | More by ericj63
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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 5,235 ratings.