Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.43/5 rDev +5%
Poured into an Irish pint glass. Pours a dark coffee black. The head is a flaked oats color, very tight, then dissipates to an even yet thin layer on top. Random thin lacing. The smell is awesome. It's sweet, and smells of oats and chocolate. This beer tastes sweet to start with. After that, you can detect dark chocolate, oats, and raisins. It's got a complexity about it that I admire. The mouthfeel is very, very smooth. Overall, this is a great stout. It's actually very complex in it's flavor, it is easily drinkable, and it's 5% ABV is great for a session. An excellent choice from the UK.
11-12-2011 22:08:08 | More by JuicesFlowing
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev 0%
A - Dark brown, almost black coloration. Poured into pint glass. Medium head with light brown color.
S - Delicious caramel malt smell but not very strong
T - Malt flavor hits first with nutty aftertaste. The malt flavor is toasty and roasted. Hints of oatmeal
M - Thick and heavy mouthfeel with medium-to-low carbonation
O - Very good representation of a stout. Creamy and tasty without being overwhelming. What you would expect from a highly regarded brewery and recipe
(Reviewed on 10/20)
11-10-2011 18:02:11 | More by joek440
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
Bottle at Harlow’s in Peterborough. Pours black as night. Oatmeal tan head rises magnificently and gracefully exits by halfway through the glass. Notes of oatmeal, cream, chocolate, some malt, in the aroma. Mouthfeel is top notch. Silky smooth, rich, surprisingly drinkable for such a full beer. Flavor is yeasty, chocolate, oatmeal, cream, vanilla, and a bit of hearty smoked meat. Finishes very smooth, with the mildest of hop bitterness. Really a superb beer, certainly my favorite sweet stout, and the best Sam Smith.
11-09-2011 16:31:04 | More by tylerss20
3.5/5 rDev -17.1%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown with a light brown, foamy head that stays through the entire pint and leaves a nice lacing.
Smells malty with caramel notes and a slight coffee hint. Pleasant with no harsh notes at all.
Tastes bitter at first, but mellows with the second sip. Has a defined caramel flavor which is pretty nice. That coffee I smelled comes back at the end to give the beer a nice finish.
Mouthfeel is nothing special. I expected it to have a little more body and be creamier, but it's watery.
Overall, this is a nice oatmeal stout, sweeter than a lot of oatmeal stouts I've had. I could enjoy another one of these.
11-09-2011 02:58:42 | More by Kooz
3.48/5 rDev -17.5%
Poured into tulip
This beer pours jet black, smells of malt and hops. There is some oatmeal. The taste is at first very bready, then there is a semi-sweet finish. Head retention is not that good, which surprised me. Maybe I had an expired bottle, but I did not see any clues to freshness. No expiration or freshness dates were given.
I may have this again.
11-08-2011 01:39:40 | More by BierStein711
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours an opaque black with ruby tones visible around the edges when held up to direct light. The tan coloured head is very frothy and leaves a fair about of laces before settling as a collared film.
Aroma is of molasses, chocolate syrup and coffee with a fairly pungent ripened fruit smell.
The taste is fairly bitter up front with hints of baker's chocolate and coffee and a slight smokey wood note. The finish brings a subtle, plum-like dark fruit taste.
The beer is full-bodied with a mild, but distinct carbonation level and the mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of oatmeal and wood.
This beer really shines after it's had a chance to breathe and warm up a bit and is one of the smoothest, most drinkable stouts I've tried.
11-07-2011 19:35:27 | More by bryehn
3.8/5 rDev -10%
BB Jun 12
a) Very finely bubbled, with a tan cushion head. Dark chocolate colour, with red/chestnut highlights.
s) Roasty and briny. Fairly restrained.
t) Mocha/coffee ice cream. Touch of molasses & caramel, hint of hessian. Soft bitterness, well balanced.
m) Smooth, velvety, full mouthfeel. Tingly up front.
d) Very approachable, and good for three or four.
11-07-2011 04:36:33 | More by vancurly
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
From a bottle. I've learned that smaller Stouts really ought to be enjoyed on Nitro, conventional Draught, or widget can; not from the bottle.
A - Pours a luscious black with a dense head. It looks exactly the way a Stout should.
A - some roasted notes, nothing overly pronounced.
T - When cold it's very boring. Once it warms it gets some decent depth to it. The finish is roundly chocolate. It's not especially roasty, more dark and sweet. It really tastes like chocolate. The malty bridge is full of Sam Smith yeast flavors - my favorite part of the experience. A decent amount of crystal malt was used, but it doesn't do the beer great favors. At least it's more tame than Milk Stouts.
M - It's very wet. On the one hand, it's drinkable. People who hate the heaviness and burnt flavor in Guinness will see Stouts redeemed in their eyes after trying this. However, those of use looking for a substantial Oatmeal Stout won't find it here. There isn't the velvety character I was expecting.
O - It's sure drinkable, but it's not the stuff of legends. Really, it bridges more on what I think a Brown Ale should be than an Oatmeal Stout. I've had better beers. It definitely doesn't deserve even a spot in the shadow of Sam Smith's Russian Imperial Stouts.
11-05-2011 17:08:41 | More by MONKandTUCK
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 550 ml brown bottle into a clear Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Deep dark opaque brown (looks nearly black) with a two finger tan creamy foam head that receded slowly and left good sticky lacing behind. Receded to a frothy cap that lasted throughout. A thing of Beauty.
Smell: Sweet and malty with scents of coffee, cream, fresh baked bisquits and a little clove-like spice.
Taste: Delicious. The sweet dark roasted malts are right up front with that coffee and molasses flavor, with hints of spice. Then a little hops bitterness followed by a creamy sweet and smooth finish from the oats.
Mouth feel: Medium to full body with a creamy light carbonation that works well for the style.
Overall: I've had this Stout many times throughout my life and it's always a pleasure. A simple, yet complex, recipe that has been around for ages. It's easily one of my favorite Stouts out there, and quite possibly my favorite overall. Samuel Smith Brewery makes some excellent beers, and this is definitely one of their best! Cheers.
11-04-2011 22:56:41 | More by ChopperSmith
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Pitch black with small amounts of carbonation bubbles coming up to the caramel colored thick foam head that clings to the side as it dissipates. It retains a nice tan lacing.
S: Roasted coffee with hops is big on the nose and it smells as if it has a higher ABV than it does. Nice scent that opens up as the beer warms up.
T: A nice slightly hoppy flavor with a sweet flavor up front with a nice roasted semi-dry finish. Chocolate notes are present, but very subtle.
M: Medium to thick with a creamy mouth feel that goes down surprisingly easy. Very little carbonation here, but it works.
O: This is damn near a perfect beer. Very subtle flavors that are well balanced with a pleasant smell. The availability of it combined with the price and it's ease to drink pushes this to be my favorite stout I think. Very tough competition, but man this is a good beer.
11-03-2011 04:00:07 | More by keanex
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
550 ml bottle
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a thick layer of beige/mocha colored foam on top. Decent retention and very thick lacing left behind.
S: Surprisingly faint, there is a bit of chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Slight sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of dark fruits at the very end.
T: Slight sweetness, with chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit. There is a little bit of coffee and cream as well. Again, rather sweet, which wasn't completely unexpected.
M: Very smooth and creamy, but touch thin for my liking. Goes down easy and is very drinkable though.
O: A solid beer, I don't love it, and I am not sure I would get it again, but it has its place.
11-03-2011 03:45:16 | More by mdaschaf
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours near black with a small, frothy dark beige head with decent retention. Subtle aroma, what is there is nice; roasty, malty, sweet. Taste is very good; sweet molasses, malted chocolate, bitter chocolate, a little hops, finishes bitter-sweet. Delectable. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy.
Overall this is an excellent beer. Easy drinking, very sessionable. Pick it up if you can find it.
*Addendum 11/3/11: Drinking the other bottle I bought tonight, and pairing it with some buttery crackers and it is really bringing out a smokiness that I'd almost associate with a rauchbier. It is very pleasant to say the least!
11-02-2011 05:57:07 | More by gregb13
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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