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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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5,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,155
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 296 | FT: 5
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of leansean88

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And at last we've reached the last of the big five Samuel Smith's brews. How will it hold up?

A - Tall, dark and handsome. Looks kind of like a black bear.

S - Smooth, roasty character that does not overpower.

T - Bold, rich flavor of coffee, toasted almonds and (gasp!) oatmeal. Blends nicely.

M - It's pleasant to say the least. No interfering carbonation, but not as creamy a character as the Imperial Stout. I really just think it's my expectations.

O - At long last, I've found an Oatmeal Stout I like. And who better to bring this goodness unto me than one of my favorite micro breweries. It's a very bold, very enjoyable beer with a ton of character. It's finally undone the damage Saranac Oatmeal Stout did to me years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:19:53 | More by leansean88
Photo of Lemke10


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bought a single 550mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $3.79 in Summer 2011.

Pours a very dark brown color with a frothy light brown head that sticks around for the longest time. Chock-full of robust scents there is roasted malts, sweet carmel malts, as well as many other nutty flavors. Working my way past the frothy top, the beer is full of great, smooth, and mellow flavors. The ingredients are so well blended together its hard to pick out certain flavors but there's the obvious robust malts, oatmeal, roasted barley, and yeast as indicated on the back of the bottle. Quite a fine beer and a must drink for any beer advocate member.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:18:18 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Samuel Smith switching to brown bottles.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes, with some lactose and oats mixed in. I also somewhat surprisingly get some cinnamon notes which go very well with the other flavors. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:53:29 | More by Mora2000
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with thick cream colored head. Head recedes rather quickly. 3

S - Definitely oatmeal and brown sugar notes. Roasted coffee also resides in this beer. 4

T - Sweet brown sugar up front with a mid ranged roasty bitterness. Bit of an alcohol taste as it goes down. 3.5

M - Great carbonation, alcohol burn is prevalent. 3

D - Pretty good oatmeal stout overall. Would definitely drink a ton any given night.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 22:00:55 | More by WrathsU
Photo of tjkinate


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have now had numerous beers from Samuel Smith's and so far all have been very good including this one.

A: Deep dark amber that is only detectable when held directly to a bright light. A hard pour produced a one and a half finger dirty off white head.

S: Sweet wet malts almost resembling a tootsie roll, slight burn to the nostrils with beautiful hops at the end.

T: Lots of malts and barley in this one that stayed relatively dry for a stout. Aftertaste fades quickly leaving your pallet begging for more.

M: Thin, slightly filmy, tingles on the tongue from carbonation.

O: Solid beer that I enjoyed drinking, did notice that all Samuel Smith's do kinda taste the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 16:00:21 | More by tjkinate
Photo of Danny1217


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It's maybe slightly lighter than your average stout with a nice brown head

S - Creamy oatmeal. MMM

T - Toasted oats. A slight sweetness to it. It's amazing

M - Light mouthfeel for a stout. Just the right amount of carbonation. I could drink this all day.

O - Possibly my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 20:47:01 | More by Danny1217
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep coffee or cola color: deepest brown--almost black--with red showing through at the furthest edges. It has a very nice espresso crema head, about an inch and a half tall that falls down to about a quarter inch that really sticks and leaves some cling. The bouquet has big roasted malt right up front--extremely rich and somewhat smokey. Coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate are all well-represented, as well. There's also a more subtle butterscotch scent in the mix. The nose on this beer is really something special. Perhaps it's owing to this amazing smell that the taste is something of a letdown. There are muted roasted malt flavors at the front. Just a suggestion of the coffee and chocolate notes from the nose in the flavor. There's much more pronounced nuttiness than the nose suggests. Very smooth and balanced flavors throughout, ending on a more clear alcohol taste and a bit of hop bitterness. A bit of metallic flavor in there, as well. The feel is medium-bodied and actually much more viscous than I expected. Smooth and creamy, with very little sense of syrup. Some bright acidity and nice crispness at the close.

This beer has quite a reputation, and justifiably so. It is a very well-crafted stout that hits all the right notes. Having such high expectations, however, I was a bit underwhelmed by the flavor. This tasted to me like all the rich and powerful notes in the nose were turned down about three notches on the palate. However, this is still among the best stouts I've had, and it's certainly a beer I will return to.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:45:30 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark and not as thick as some stouts..smells of dark fruit, malt, caramel, possibly some dark fruits oats and whatnot, really good on the nose this brew is..Taste is reminiscent of any other oatmeal stout but the moutfeel is what keeps this beer standing alone. The other beers out there, in my opinion and mostly, yield solidity on the palate, this beer just slides right down, perfectly carbonated, awesome this one is. I enjoy one of these often and will probably continue to do so for some time.

If this is one of those beers that you've seen on the shelf and just have never flocked to it, run up on it. You won't be disappointed.


Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:52:14 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a substantial tan head. There is something about reviewing the appearance of stouts which is not particularly exciting!

Smell is creamy and is indeed reminiscent of oatmeal. Chocolate and coffee are present as well.

Taste is great. The oat-based, roasted malt comes through clearly, with some chocolate surrounding. Moderately bitter finish, but there is a sweetness present as well. The finish contains more chocolate than the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel is nice and robust, though not super heavy. Carbonation is fairly low, which is also nice. Feels very good.

Overall- a really great beer. In a way, it is a simple beer, but is extremely good at what it is. You really can't go wrong with it when you want a stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:13:56 | More by jrenihan
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bier Baron in Washington, DC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with streaks of ruby red. Nearly opaque. There's a two-finger khaki head that looks wonderfully foamy; it leaves a great deal of lacing. (If I didn't have the bottle in front of me, I could have guessed it came from a nitro-tap!)

Smell: Very hearty malt aroma, imparting a sweet bread and oats scent. In the background are hops and alcohol.

Taste: The sweet oaty malt is the first thing I get. There's also a pleasant charred-meat flavor to add a bit of darkness to what is otherwise a lighter flavor balance. I also detect a little bit of sweet chocolate. The finish is long and drier due to a helping of floral and grassy hops. The hops give necessary balance, but the finish still has some malt sweetness. My only complaint is a mild lingering acidity.

Mouthfeel: Very unusual for a bottled stout with no added nitrogen. The feel is light, almost fluffy, and fairly watery. The carbonation is pretty mild and doesn't overpower the flavors at all. The most "drinkable" stout I've ever had.

Overall: If every aspect of this beer was just 10% bolder, this would be an unbeatable beer for its style, in my opinion. But if you prefer the restrained English style, you probably won't find any fault here.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 06:48:33 | More by fountainofyouth
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle with classic label work, gotta love Samuel Smith's artwork. Served around 50 degrees.

Poured aggressively into big snifter with a wollop of head - a big viscious pillowy coffee khaki head that sticks to the glass. Color on this is dark brownish black but can see amber hues on the edges when held to light.

Smells milk cream sweet with alot of roasted oats and molasses in the nose. Muted chocolate malts blend with pale malts & oat.

Creamy mouthfeel is immediate & just really sets the tone for the taste. Oat & nutty chocolate milk sweet. Up front is that sweet and smoothe oat presence with chocolate malt hints throughout. The back of this is a nice drying bitterness I am guessing from some hopping & those dark chocolate components leaving a little bittering bite at the end.

The body is just too light for me. I think a thicker body on this stout would greatly enhance it. Well carbonated & works perfectly with the as-is thinner body style.

Got this 550ml bottle for $3.99 - can't really beat that price, it is a beautiful beautiful thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:41:23 | More by hoptualBrew
Photo of minterro


4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle

A: light brown thick foamy head. Heads leaves lacing that hangs around for a bit, but eventually falls back. Dark black colored beer

S: malts and coffee

T: molasses (which is where I’m probably tasting the iron from), sweet malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, maple syrup. A tad of bitter hops at the end. Overall pretty darn good.

M: super smooth & creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation. Buttery texture.

O: easy to drink despite the fully body. Overall super solid, didn’t blow my mind but, hard to find any weak points to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:15:08 | More by minterro
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great find at the LCBO - Samuel Smiths brews are always welcome on liquor store shelves! Though perhaps not the best brew to enjoy in the midst of a July heatwave, I'll take it!

Poured into my trusty Duvel chalice. Dark, nearly black, with some sharp caramel hues around the rim. Leaves a frothy inch-high off-white head that survives fairly well, and leaves some flecks of lacing and a solid ring towards the end of the pint.

Nose is lovely coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted marshmallow, toasty malts and other fantastic examples of deliciousness.

Rich, hearty, full of flavor, its no wonder Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout has developed such a great reputation. No chance of any flavor retreat here - the coffee, chocolate, toasted malts and caramel notes are amped up as high has they deserve to be, making each sip a joy.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, silky, and coats the palate wonderfully. I opened the first bottle too early out of the fridge and it was very 'hot' and over-carbonated. A night in the cold, then a few minutes to warm a little made all the difference for this beer.

Great stuff, easily in my top five oatmeal stouts. As flavorful as an imperial stout, but light bodied and low enough in alcohol to allow for several pints worth. Will be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:17:42 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a frothy one finger head with great retention into a large wineglass. It is deep chocolate brown with thin sticky lacing. The bottle is also a beauty.

S - Sweet malt and caramel dominates the bouquet

T - Sweet malt, caramel, coffee comes through with some bitter hops, molasses and oats.

M - full bodied, bitter (not too), smooth.

O - Just a really well made oatmeal stout. I expected a lot and was not disaapointed. It is well balanced and i will go back to this I am sure from time to time when it is available.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 17:59:08 | More by Stocean1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours practically black with a sizeable, foamy tan head. Solid retention, the head gradually diminishing to a cap of foam and leaving plenty of frothy lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts with black coffee and buttery undertones, and hints of molasses, yeast, nuts, and charcoal - slightly smokey.

T: Sweet brown malts, powdered hot chocolate, and slight oatmeal flavours taper off into robust roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Some earthy (leafy and a bit woodsy), black coffee, and cocoa bitterness mingles with butter, yeast, and sweet caramel malt towards the finish.

M: Full-bodied and filling with fairly crisp carbonation complementing the creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. The lingering, bittersweet finish balances the richly sweet flavour profile seamlessly to prevent it from ever feeling cloying.

D: A superb oatmeal stout that's a pleasure to taste and drink - just take your time and savour this bottled meal. I can't wait to enjoy it on a winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 03:26:46 | More by Kartoffeln
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark brown that borders on black. The head is off-tan, but really lacking in retention.

Notes of chocolate and licorice, maybe even some vanilla.

I can't quite put my finger on the different flavors, but the taste is fantastic. The only thing I can pick out is a bit of vanilla.

This beer is creamy from beginning to end. There's a slight sweetness, but it's gentle and just adds to the character.

Oatmeal Stout is simply outstanding. While none of the ingredients shine through individually, collectively whatever is in it works and works really well. As good a beer as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:34:23 | More by RickS95
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a foamy tan head. Head has solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Oatmeal, roasted malts, coffee and the slightest bit of chocolate. A touch of nuts, smoke and hint of spice.

T- Oats, toffee, a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, nutty and coffee.

M- Fuller side of medium and low carbonation.

O- A very outstanding brew. That's very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 10:48:11 | More by nrbw23
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

A- Pours a very dark deep brown, almost black. A two finger soft light brown head leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but quite assertive aroma of sweet malts, with nut, coffee and liquorice notes

T- Malts on the sweet side with a very delicate creamy nut feel and a hint of roastiness to them. Some classic stout notes of coffee and dark chocolate, along with some liquorice. Very sweet overall, the oat malts are definitely quite assertive, but despite their strong character they also bring an amazingly delicate creaminess and the beer never feels too sweet. Hops just bring balance, with maybe a faint hint of tea-like bitterness

M- Possibly the softest beer i ever had. The creamy, dense, delicate mouthfeel lasts on both palate and tongue for seconds, while flavours spread all over the mouth. The beer feels both delicate and big in body

O- Highly drinkable. Thick, strong in body and flavour but still very delicate on your mouth. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 08:52:27 | More by Cozzatoad
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3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown to almost black with just hints of light getting through on the edges. the smell is slightly sweet and malty. the flavor kind of follows suit but it not quite as sweet tasting as it was smelling. the beer has lowe carbonation and a pretty thin body. this beer is good, but it does not hold up to other oatmeal stouts i have had like rogue portsmouth and mayflower.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:58:36 | More by rowingbrewer
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am continuing to drink my way through the Samuel Smith's oeuvre, thanks to a recent inspiration in one of the forums. Just in case anyone wondered what I was doing ...

From the bottle: "An opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex, medium dry palate and bittersweet finish. rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted barley,oatmeal, yeast and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'. Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a style benchmark revived by Samuel Smith's and the inspiration for hundreds of commercial oatmeal stouts."; Captioning a picture: "Knocking down the lively head of yeast formed during fermentation in 'stone Yorkshire squares'."

My pour created two foamy fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. It looked like the top of a root beer float. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty, chocolaty sweetness, not really dark chocolate, but more like chocolate and smoke or chocolate and charcoal. Mouthfeel was more active with carbonation than I would prefer from a beer whose brewers are calling "silky". Taste was rich, chocolate and a light smokiness, to me more of a dessert beer than an everyday beer. I have to agree with them about the "bittersweet finish", but it was more sweet than bitter. I tend to think of bittersweet in terms of chocolate and this was somewhat sweeter than that, but there was also a modicum of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 17:37:08 | More by woodychandler
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a light black, very little light getting through. Nice 1.5-2 finger head. Retention down the glass well after the beer is gone.

S - A nice roasted malt smell. Hints of molasses and chocolate.

T - Amazing. One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever tasted. Starts strong and finishes smooth

M - Thick like any great stout should be.

Overall - I would recommend this beer to any stout lover! I am more of a Russian Stout man myself but I am in love with this beer. I wish I could find something wrong with it, but I just can't!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:50:29 | More by GavDomDadGH
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a pint bottle poured into tumbler. Poured a dark mahogany to black color with a khaki-colored, frothy, 2-finger head. Decent amount of carbonation with small bubbles. I enjoyed the remainder of my beer with some chocolate and they complimented each other perfectly.

The nose consisted of roasted and smoked malts. I also picked up some sweet black licorice notes along with a little coffee.

The taste consisted of roasted and smoked malts with an only slightly bitter coffee and oat taste. Not as much oat notes as I expected and it was a little less creamy than I had hoped for, but those are the only two knocks on it. This is a very drinkable, medium-bodied stout.

Overall this is a fine stout and I would suggest this to anyone who fancies the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 14:10:14 | More by BeerFiend2002
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date, only a code stamped on the bottle. The stout poured a deep, brown with a foamy, sustained tan-head. Intricate lacing formed on the glass as the head slowly subsided.

The aroma was slightly spicy and sweet like molassas and licorice.

The intial flavor is soft and chocolately sweet with a bit of hoppy tanginess in the background. There is a slight roastiness, but largely sweet, yet always refreshing. In fact, this stout is extremely balanced and never becomes cloying even as it warms in the glass.

The mouthfeel is smooth with surprisingly spritzy carbonation that only adds to the refreshing flavors on the palatte.

This is truly a quaffable stout that one could easily enjoy any time of the year. If you want to explore the world of oatmeal stouts, you should start here - the benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:18:09 | More by jkrich
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black ale with amber highlights and a thick light brown 1½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and cocoa powders fill the nose. Pleasant aroma – not overwhelming – but refreshing.

T: Dark rich ale with nice roasted malt sweetness. Nice chocolate and coffee overtones compliment this nice malt background. Only slightly hoppy and smoooth. Alcohol is present but in the right amount.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Very well balanced and refreshing. This is how an oatmeal stout should taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:56:57 | More by ckollias
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

A - I got too much of a head, because I had this bottle in my cabinet and not the fridge, and I forgot that a warmer beer might have more head. Yikes. Once it died down, it stayed about half a centimeter of consistent light brown foam. The body was dark brown, almost like a cola.

S - Toasted malts mostly. Caramelly and bready,

T - Very good. Again caramel and bread/biscuit type flavor, but also light bitter chocolate or coffee too. Not as much oatmeal as in other versions.

M - Really nice in the mouth. Very smooth, but with lingering bubbles that help with any lasting bitter roast flavors.

D - Just an excellent beer. I am really glad I bought this on a whim the other day, and Im also glad I didnt put it in the fridge.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:01:01 | More by tkelley
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,155 ratings.