Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
My first encounter with the famous Sam Smith Oatmeal stout. Thanks to the holiday gift pack I get to try one. I've heard really good things about this beer.
Pours just beautifully into my giant pilsner. A huge 2 inch head that foams up, but eventually settles down to cover the surface of this deep reddish-brown opaque brew. Lots of lacing.
Smells like a good stout should. Malt, coffee, and earthy. Roasty nature to the smell. Promises wonderful things ahead...
Taste is very good. A fantastic balance of bitter and sweet. Delivers on everything the smell hinted at. Its rather sweet for a stout, reminds me a lot of Mackeson's XXX. Great aftertaste and a pleasant warming feeling in the back of your throat. Creamy and oh-so smooth. Not terribly complex, but what is there is splendid.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal is a great stout. I have two issues with this beer. First, there is no dating information on the bottle (or any of Sam Smith's brews) so you have no idea if what you buy is 2 or 24 months old. Secondly, they use a clear glass bottle, which I suspect has been a factor in the few funny tasting bottles of Sam Smith I've had. I know, I know, a lot of microbrews are guilty of these same faults, but really -- if I'm going to spend $3 per bottle, it's not asking too much.
That said, this is a fine beer and certainly worth a try. It's my favorite of Samuel Smith's brews and I'll certainly buy it again.
If you cant afford this, an excellent alternative is the aforementioned Mackesons.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2005 00:00:33 | More by kkipple
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