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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 278
Gots: 727 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a thick inky black with an ever so slight lacing of deep chocolatey brown. The beer is a beauty to behold as its personality is abundant. It cries for any sort of frothy head however that would have been the cherry on top, but the most it could conjure up was about a quarter finger that faded immediately.

S-Deep roasted malts shine through, smelling far more like a porter than a stout, but the harshness of the malts are cut nicely by the sweetness oatmeal and every so often a whiff of coffee.

M-Lovely feel. Much smoother than I would have anticipated. Not as thick as it appears which makes each and every flavor of this brew stick to the mouth and ride straight through to the next sip.

T- This is a GREAT stout. As described by the nose, the smoked malts are the first flavor to greet the drinker, and they are huge. The initial taste does hint more towards a porter than a classic stout, but before too long the undertones of the beer swoop in and cut the sharp malts evening them out to perfection. Finally the flavors melt into a perfectly subtle sweetness that leaves the most incredible aftertaste in ones mouth. Truly fantastic balance and taste.

O-One of the very best stouts I have had, this was fantastic.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this fine brew. Poured into a pint.

A - A deep, milky brown hue with a big finger tan head. Nice retention and frothy consistency.

S - Oatmeal mixed with the dark malts, complimenting a touch of espresso.

T - Flavors of warm molasses and coffee blended with chocolate, absolutely excellent. Some oatmeal becomes noticeable when the beer begins to warm. A pleasure to enjoy.

M - A lighter-medium body with a bit too much carbonation if I may say so. However, it is rich and smooth, bringing high drinkability.

O - I really can say this is one of my favorite brews from this historic brewery. Perhaps the porter outranks it, but that should not take away from how great this beer is. (Not to mention the superb value and availability)

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Surprisingly enough, I prefer this one to their Imperial Stout. This one is a much better version of the style they went for. I found the Imperial to be much less strong in flavor than it should have been, but this one was appropriately sweet and smooth. Nice creamy mouthfeel too. Still not my favorite oatmeal stout (that distinction goes to Velvet Merlin), but it's still a good beer.

I do wonder, though, if Samuel Smith's reviews are higher because of their classic status. Not sure if they compete with the great modern beers, even if they were great for their time.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,963 ratings.