Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
About time I review this thing. It's one of the most delightful takes I've ever had on the style, and end up woofing it down before I have a chance to review it. Poured out of a 550ml bottle into the brewery's trademark pub pint glass.
Pours a deep, darkened color with reddish tones when placed against any light. Like all of Sam Smith's beers, this one has an enormous head due to the prevalence of the fresh yeast. Carbonation never seems to die down on this thing, and there was always a half-finger of foam at the top the whole time. Looks robust, thick, and inviting overall.
The aroma consists of an immediate overpowering aroma of freshly baked oatmeal, but there are also strong nutty flavors, some chocolate goodness, and yeasty phenols resembling dark fruits such as figs. What strikes me is simply how FRESH all of this smells, and indeed, the darkened malty aromas combined with the yeastiness, as well as the oats, remind me very much of freshly baked, hearty bread of sorts. There's a little bit of hoppiness going on, but not nearly as predominant as the yeast and oat richness this offers.
The flavor continues where the aroma was left off, but further accentuates and develops the flavor to greater heights. The oats are massive here at every sip, often mixing with the strong malty backbone and sticky yeast to resemble a true meal-like experience. Even after each gulp, the yeasty notes and oats remain on the tongue in a thoroughly satisfying way, and the alcohol produces a warming effect of pure bliss and comfort. Beyond the flavors, the beer is also extremely easy to drink, and provides a thickened experience as hearty and full-bodied as its flavor. The carbonation isn't too excessive, but not once does this beer let down and thin itself out, no matter how affected by room temperature.
By far one of my favorite to-go oatmeal stouts, or hell, favorite to-go stouts ever! I've had this tons of times by now, and whether or not it may not be the most accurate take on the style, it's still extremely yummy and true meal in its own right. I could have something like this for breakfast if I wanted and not feel guilty about it. Without a doubt my favorite so far by Sam Smith's!
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2012 10:24:59 | More by magictacosinus
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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 5,227 ratings.