Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
A: Pours an inky, virtually opaque black with a thick, compact khaki head.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and oatmeal are present on the nose. The smell is very simple, smooth, and straight-forward. Don't expect a ton of complexity here.
T: Gentle notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and heavy cream dance across the palate. The finish is delicate and smooth with cream, oatmeal, and chocolate notes. The little bit of sweetness present on the palate makes this ale very appealing.
M: Medium-to-full bodied, creamy, rich, and smooth. Carbonation is present, but not particularly fizzy or distracting. This beer is almost too easy to drink.
O: As far as stouts go, this one is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. This isn't the most complex stout in the world; in fact, it's very simple and straight-forward. That, however, is far from a knock. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is utterly delightful in its smoothness. That little bit of creamy, chocolaty sweetness really puts it over the top for me.
12-08-2011 15:52:49 | More by mrfrancis
2.55/5 rDev -39.6%
This bottle of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout came in their holiday pack for $11.99 at Meijers. So far I haven't been impressed with the other two beers from the holiday pack so I don't know what to expect from this Oatmeal Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 550ml foiled bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A- The label is pretty plain and almost exactly the same as their Nut Brown Ale, it's very plain looking. It poured a nice black color that has a little ruby red tint to it when held to the light and it had four fingers worth of fluffy light brown head that died down to a thick layer that left some nice lacing. This is a pretty good looking Oatmeal Stout.
S- Unfortunately this beer has a similar aroma to the other two beer. It starts off with that supper sweet malt aroma that smells like a mixture of sweet sherry and apple juice, I do not like this aroma at all. I can pick up a slight amount of roast in the aroma but other than that it is pretty identical to other beers, what a disappointment.
T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma with that high amount of sweet malts being the most dominating flavor in the taste. It has a high amount of medium sweetness along with a noticeable metallic taste. I do pick up some roasty flavors and a little bit of dark chocolate, but they are pretty light and are overpowered by the sweet malts. The finish has a low amount of bitterness and a sweet and roasty after taste, the roast shows up more in the aftertaste then it does in the initial flavor. I'm not impressed by the flavor of this beer.
M- Slightly smooth and cream with a medium body and a high amount of medium carbonation. The body could be thicker, it feels a little watery.
Overall I was unimpressed with this beer and I thought it was a bellow average Oatmeal Stout. What really hurt this beer was the fact that it kept that same super sweet malt profile that the other two beers had and just as it did in those beers it overpowers the flavors that define the style, in this case it overpowered the nice roasty and chocolate flavors that should be shining through. This one is a little easier to drink than the other two but it still doesn't have good drinkability, I wouldn't want more then one glass of this, the malt profile is a turn off and it doesn't hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the look, it looked pretty spot on for an Oatmeal Stout and it had very good head retention. What I liked least about this beer was the nasty overly sweet malt profile that all the beers in the holiday pack had, it overpowered the nice flavors that should be the highlight of this beer, it made for a pretty disappointing aroma and taste. I won't be buying this beer again or their Holiday pack, all the beers had the same bad malt profile. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes oatmeal stouts, it is pretty easy to find one that it much better then this beer. This beer was a let down and doesn't compare to the American Oatmeal Stouts I have tried, they are on an entirely different level. I was pretty let down with this beer and their holiday pack, after looking at the ratings I figured these would all be solid beers, but they weren't so either I hate the malt profile that they use in their beers, or I got some of last years holiday pack but with no dating I can't be sure and I hold that against them. The best thing from this holiday pack was the glass. This is the worst Oatmeal Stout I have had to date and so far I am not a fan of this brewery, I will be very reluctant to buy another beer from them, so far one of my least favorite brewerys.
12-08-2011 05:07:58 | More by StoutHunter
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from the bottle into a glass.
A: Beautiful Dark stout, near black, with an off white head about two fingers thick.
S: Sweet and malty, coffee and nutty notes. Smells like a good solid stout
T: Much like the smell: Sweet and Malty with coffee notes as the beer settles the Oat flavor comes out to make this beer amazing. A great balance of Sweetness, malt flavor, Oat/Grain, with hints of nutty and coffee notes.
M: A little on the thin side but not too bad. The only thing that could be a downside of this beer.
O: A easily and A. The taste is well balanced, and amazing if you like stouts you NEED to try this beer, if you don't like Stouts try it and it may just change your mind.
12-06-2011 02:53:42 | More by KJay1408
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Ap. Black. Nice thick dark tan head. Pretty stuff.
Sm. Caramelly, toasted malts, roasted coffee. Smells rich.
Ta. caramel and roasted, a faint burnt old coffee (but nice) flavor that yields to a sweet and bitter blend. Long slow fade for the lightly bitter finish. Sigh.
Mf. Creamy and smooth like carbonated chocolate milk
Dr. It really doesn't get much better.
12-05-2011 22:09:58 | More by deaconoflove
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours black with creamy and dense brown head with excellent retention. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, hints of red wine, cinnamon.
Thick and smooth mouthfeel, flavour is sweet roasted malts first, then becoming dryer and slightly astringent with notes of coffee in the bittery finish.
Overall, an excellent stout.
12-05-2011 20:00:20 | More by atis
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a dark, clear chocolate colour with ample coffee-coloured head. Aroma is predominantly roasted malts and oats - very nice. The flavours are well balanced roasted malt tones, with underpinnings including chocolate and vanilla. The pleasantly dry finish is redolent of oatmeal. Doesn't have the creamy mouthfeel of some in this genre, but at 5% ABV it is truly a delight to drink.
12-05-2011 01:03:57 | More by hopsolutely
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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