Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by mayorwalda:
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Oh boy, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a while.
Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.
From the pour, this is a stout drinker’s stout. The brew is truly black and quite thick, allowing almost no light through, and collecting a thick even head that is a pale brown in color. After watching the head for a bit, the lace starts to form. And while the lace is not entirely consistent, not woven or too evenly distributed, where it is found it is thick. If I am to be completely honest I was a little disheartened with my experience of the beer’s aroma before tasting. One of the big things I was anticipating was a distinct smell from this beer; something mild, sweet and, well, oatmeal-y. Sniffing around the glass before tasting the beer, I got none of this.
But then I took my first, long, savory swig and everything changed in an instant. With a sip in mouth you can really, really dissect what makes this beer special and untangle the different, very subtle aromas in this beer; most notably the mild sweetness it has. The taste, while in mouth, is smooth with your typical dark malts, but also—of course—a lighter, mellower sweet taste, which no doubt can be attributed to the oatmeal and some caramel malts. The sweetness, in both taste and aroma, provided by the oatmeal is very well complimented by the spot-on carbonation and creamy mouthfeel of this beer and those characteristics, together, make this a brew that you don’t want to put down. I should say that when you do put it down, is when you experience some of the toffee, coffee tastes which sit in mouth pleasantly.
The skinny is like this.
A: This is your Ur-stout, the perfect stout as far as appearance. Very dark, lets no light through, has a great, thick head, and lays down some strong, though sporadic, lacing.
S: Well, just smell alone doesn’t do this brew—or the aroma itself—justice, but while drinking, the sweet, mild aroma of oatmeal is what makes this stout what it is.
T: While described on the bottle as “bittersweet” this beer is something more like "sweetbitter" providing a sip that is mild and sweet, followed by the typical stout flavors of toffee, coffee and dark malts.
M: The mouthfeel of this stout is creamy, excellently carbonated, even and fulfilling without being filling or too heavy.
O: I think I’ve said more than enough, but, to contrast I’ll sum it up as concisely as I can: sweet, mild, creamy, aromatic all while being expertly subtle in its crafting.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2011 02:56:01 | More by mayorwalda
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4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: A Very deep dark brown. Poured into a snifter it appears almost black. Into a pint, it may appear a but more brown, I think. Big fluffy, cream colored head which is retains fairly well.
Smell: Oats, dark roasty malts. A somewhat sugary, creamy smell to it.
Taste: Smooth and sweet, with an oaty, maltiness to it, and a slight bitter finish to it.
Feel: This is excellent. VERY smoothy and creamy texture. The carbonation is just right.
Overall: Excellent beer. Last time I drank this was as dessert after a Steak topped with blue cheese crumbles, so I remember it being sweeter the previous time I had it.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:23:00 | More by EvoRich
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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