Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by katybee:
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Hmmm. Well, I can say I preferred this over the slightly bitter-sour taste of Guinness stout...but for a "celebrated oatmeal stout" by an English brewery, it wasn't quite as expected.
Poured the classic dark coke brown, with not excessive 1/2" tan head...minimal lacing...standard.
Only trace hint of malt smell as the beer warmed...barely anything at all.
Having recently tasted Guiness, I was expecting this oatmeal stout to be much sweeter and medium bodied in comparison. Instead, it had barely a flavor at all, even on outbreath. Not malty at all. Perhaps slightly "bready", like a dinner roll, with honey....No toasty carmels, although some malted flavor did come forward with warming to room temp. Exceptionally "plain" --no untoward aftertastes of either malt or hops towards sourness or bitterness or any flavors at all...which would make it a good session beer or combined with any food, even finer pastas.
Nice thick carbonation foaming inside the mouth, but still not the slippery creaminess or thickness of some; I'd say this had a thin-medium body comparable to Guinness.
Very drinkable; almost "dry", a little sweet; good in combination with any food. Just not as "memorable" as some other microbrews or a good doppelbock.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2010 03:02:47 | More by katybee
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4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit
Appearance: Almost black with little to no tent when put up to the light. Two finger frothy tan head with ton of lacing
Smell: A tart, almost wine-like aroma straight out the fridge, but as it warms it mellows out and I pick up chocolate, oats, toffee, and a hint of roasted malts
Taste: Dark fruits upfront with a chocolate and oat finish. Very slight roasted malt presence
Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth as silk with a dry finish
Overall: I had the Taddy Porter and this back to back and find the two very similar, with this having a oat character of course, less dark fruit, and a more pronounced chocolate and toffee character. Both are solid offerings if a little light. However, SS do make some of the smoothest beers I've had. I prefer this over the porter, but ill stick with the imperial stout over both of these for now. Next up is the nut brown ale
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 07:25:04 | More by Bone53
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,155 ratings.