Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
550 mL bottle. A classic that I have intended to review for a while.
Pours pitch black with some reddish tinges under the light, topped with a puffy, beige-coloured head of truly prodigious size; over three fingers thick. Good retention, with a silky-smooth cap remaining on the surface for much of the drink, and tons of lacing on the sides. Decent aroma, but nothing all that special contained within - lots of roasted doughy malts, mixed with honey-oatmeal mush.
To be honest, much like the aroma the taste is pretty straightforward but still satisfying. More dark roasted, doughy or biscuity malts and lots of oats, alongside faint notes of coffee and milk chocolate. Hazelnuts come to mind as well. Bittersweet finish with lingering roasted maltiness. Solid mouthfeel, pushing full-bodied for sure, with mild carbonation and typically minerally English well water. Thick, chewy, and very creamy on the palate. Unbelievably smooth.
The original oatmeal stout, this makes for a wonderful pint all around - easy to casually enjoy but there is enough going on to satisfy even the most anal of beer geeks. This stuff is my first choice when I'm in the mood for a sessionable stout and I will always recommend it for that niche. There are better stouts, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that is more easy-drinking. Give this a try, you won't be disappointed.
[Updated Nov. 11 2013]
I've had at least 10 bottles of this since I first reviewed it, and I am always completely satisfied. It is rich-tasting but balanced, with a silky mouthfeel that is absolutely heavenly. The gold standard for the style, and a stout that every BA should enjoy if given the opportunity.
Final Grade: 4.45, a rock-solid A.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2011 05:58:58 | More by thehyperduck
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