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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4.25/5 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)
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