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

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BA SCORE
94
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5,146 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,146
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 183
Gots: 296 | 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:
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dfried

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like this is a pretty standard oatmeal stout. It doesn't appear as lights out dark as some darker roasted stouts, but it has a bit more tan appearance around the edges, and leaves a medium in size, lighter in color head. The smell, taste, and mouthfeel of this beer are the highlights of it for me. It is fairly sweet for a stout, it tones back the darker malts and highlights sweeter carmel maltiness that leaves a foamy, sweet mouthfeel. It has a dry fruity flavor that I like.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 17:40:09 | More by dfried
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear bottle poured into tall glass.

As has been said, this beer is very dark. Pretty much black. The head is of decent size and duration, and has that nice brownish color that I love in beers of this style.

The aroma is that of roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and is sweet.

The flavor of this beer is great. It is sweet and roasty with a nice clean and bitter finish. I am not much of a coffee drinker, so I like that this stout does not have too much coffee flavor or bitterness.

The mouthfeel is also fantastic. Very smooth and almost creamy.

The alcohol is a bit noticeable, and I think it takes a bit away from the drinkability. I don't think I'd want more than one bottle at a time, but that one is very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 23:16:48 | More by AaronHomoya
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL clear glass bottle, so I can already tell how opaque black it is.

Mocha-colored cumuliform head, retains for a long time, sticking to the sides of the glass. At this point I have a premonition of supreme tastiness.

Nose is of toasted malts and chocolate. No detectable hop presence.

The taste is sublime. It's sweet, creamy, milky, slightly bitter chocolate. It is, without exaggeration, absolutely delicious. At the very end of the bottle there is a twinge of bitterness. The only thing that disappoints me is that there's only 550 mL.

Very full-bodied. I guess this is the only negative I can find in Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, because this prevents you from drinking a whole cask of it.

This is truly a dessert in a bottle. I really love this stuff. I think I would take a bottle of this over a cake for my birthday.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 00:02:32 | More by edskirk3
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JayTheFinn

California

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fine product. Good head. Fairly decent aroma. It's walking by a fancy coffee shop and a faint scent floats out the door past your nose. The smell translates equally into a nice smooth, mild favor. Slightly sweet, a little toasty. Very creamy feel with just a little carbonation. One of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:56:20 | More by JayTheFinn
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nickss

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a behemoth rocky head. The head is khaki in colour and takes a long while to disipate.

Ahh... the aroma that is so common to the Sammy Smith brews. That black cherry aroma that is almost metallic. Big grainy oats in the nose as well... nice.

Big oatmeal flavour. Very rich and thick tasting. Lots of malt.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for what I like my oatmeal stouts to be, but its a small complaint. The carbonation is subdued, as it should be.

A very easy drinking stout due to its thin-ness and low abv. A classic from a classic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 21:20:20 | More by nickss
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kdmorse

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a glowing brown lining around the edges when held to the light. A big scoop of tan head floating on top.

S: Pleasant, sweet, nutty, oatmeal, fruit, and coffee aroma. Hints of hops, but nothing to powerful. Oddly strong (apple) cider scent.

T/M: Creamy and nutty tastes. Sweet! Plenty of hops to even things out, but sweet. Buttery toffee and highlights of coffee. Lots of vague sweetness that can’t be described (maybe apples), but can be enjoyed.

D: Very easy going down. Light on the booze, but a bit heavy on the sweetness to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 02:00:18 | More by kdmorse
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cracgor

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very dark black beer with barely a ruby/orange edge to it. The head is tan and very dense, tight bubbles. Smells a sour, sweet malty flavor. A strong caramel like smell to it, with a bit of fruity apple peel to it. This has an awesome flavor. There is a hint of coffee type malt that comes out toward the end of the swallow and leaves me saying Wow! A chocolatey, coffee. Up front it is that sweet malty, smell, maybe a little tamed. But regardless it is amazing. The apple peel flavor in the nose is not as strong to my tongue. Mouthfeel is not really syrupy, but it has a strong body to it. Very, very drinkable. Haven't had this one in awhile (a year or so) and I have been missing out on so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 22:11:25 | More by cracgor
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dubman003

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal Stout is my favorite kind of beer, but after drinking several other oatmeal stouts, I can't give this beer my seal of oatmeal stout approval. I think it's not as rich as an oatmeal stout can be.

Unfortunately, I think because oatmeal stouts are so good anyway, Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout gets a really good rating, but in the specific category, it just can't stand up to some of the smaller brews I've had. But, at the grocery store, Samuel Smith's the one oat stout you can be sure is going to be there.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 04:21:36 | More by dubman003
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Greenleaf

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, almost black. Leaves a tan thick pleasant lacy head. The smell is subtle, yet intriguing, and from first whiff the drinker can detect a slightly sweet malty aroma. The taste is smooth, sticky sweet, and almost chewy at the same time. The roasted sweet oat taste is evident. The carbonation is perfect. This Oat stout is by far the tastiest that I have discovered. Unlike some other Oatmeal Stouts, this one is creamy rather that watery, and extremely smooth. I would say that it is the pinnacle of any Oatmeal Stout that I have experienced, and would recommend it to any beer conosiour.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 08:50:52 | More by Greenleaf
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scottoale

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a clear 550ml.glass bottle and pours an almost black, mahogany brown lively stout, with deep burgundy red hues coming through when held to bright light, this stuff is dark. The lively carbonation produces a thick, frothy tan head that's an inch thick, with heaps of micro-tiny bubbles keeping it alive. Tons of nice sticky lacing, trail to the bitter end...very appealing.

Bitter, yet sweet dark roasty malt fills the nose with an atomic strong coffee and bitter baking chocolate aroma thats fresh and spine-tingling rich. It's the kind of smell that I like to wake up to in the morning. After a bit of warming, a leafy-green hopness, peeks through the thick malt curtain of darkness.

The taste mirrors the smell with it's bitter-sweet coffee and chocolate, filling the mouth with flavors so rich, then meld with the hops to bitter and dry the dark roasty (almost burnt, if you will) malts to a beautifully balanced finish...oh yeah!

Feels smooth and velvety with a medium to heavy body, with a most pleasant aftertaste, and the alcohol hardly noticed. In the past, these dark stouts and porters didn't impress me all that much...lately I've gained quite a liking for the quality of ales that Samuel Smith has been producing, for as long as I can remember.

As tasty as this brew is, unless you really love your stouts, I doubt you will be able to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting...enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 07:42:45 | More by scottoale
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pbr85

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours dark, dark brown (but not black) with a 1 inch brown head. Lacing is pretty good.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley.
T: Chocolate with grains, oatmeal, mild hop bitterness mostly in the aftertaste. Tastes good, though it is very subtle.
M: Good carbonation, though it is oddly thin to me for a stout. Goes down very smooth.
D: Would be a nice stout to have around. It is good, but it isn't great. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:34:00 | More by pbr85
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany/black with a thick, creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention

Smell; Chocolate, honey, fruiity & vanilla notes

Taste: Bitter choclate, licorice & grainy bitterness. Fruitty/quinching finish

MF: Perfect, silky smooth & great carbonation

Great quaffability, I highly reccomend this ressurection (decades ago) of a classic from sam smith's

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 03:52:21 | More by russpowell
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours opaque, a dark brown with a thick tan-colored head. Head retention is good, and lacing is evident.

The smell is sweet and nutty. The taste is also sweet at first. The oats are apparant but not overwhelmingly so. This beer finishes slightly hoppy which provides a nice balance to the initial sweetness. It is smooth, which is accentuated by that sweetness at first.

Overall, this beer is warm and comforting . . . it feels familiar! It is a terrific end to a winter night - it leaves you feeling warm inside.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 02:56:11 | More by BlueHammer
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ProfessorHops

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- handsome. A strong looking drink with a nice looking thick tan head. Non deceptive.

Smell- sweet and clean. Elements of honey and wood.

Taste- rounder than most stouts. Truly malt influenced. The trademark stout flavor is introduced in the finish.

Mouthfeel- perfect!!!! I loved the feel, not to thick not to thin. Able to quench, but is still a stout.

Drinkability- when it's your first drink and your thirsty, goes down easy. But with a belly full of ale, this beer is moderately easy to drink.


An easy to drink stout, but not a traitor to the traditional robust flavor of the stout flavor we've all came to love. Cool!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 22:10:53 | More by ProfessorHops
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mghotbi

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Thick chocolate color with impressive creamy tan head and complex lacing.

Nose is dominated by chocolate malt and coffee aromas. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick but not syrupy.

Taste is malty, chocolaty, and nutty with underlying subtle sweetness and a wiff of alcohol arises late. Hop bitterness is short lived and finish is clean and surprisingly dry.

Clearly an impressive oatmeal stout. I love one every now and then - usually with a hearty meat and potatoes meal, but I can't see drinking it daily or as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 18:48:24 | More by mghotbi
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BeerRun13

California

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a tan head that filled up 3/4 of the glass. I thought it was my pour, but the next one was no different.
Sweet and dark roasted, malty aroma. Smells okay.
Their is definately a roasted malt flavor along with some sugary flavor. I tasted a bit of a nutty quality in the beer. A little oatmeal taste and some sort of hoppiness. *Maybe a bit skunked?
Lighter in body than I would have expected. It when down pretty good.
It seemes fairly well balanced, and drinkable.

I am a firm believer that clear bottles can hurt a beers flavor, and I defineitely get the same thing in here that I got in their Nut Brown Ale. I think Samuel Smith would be better served with using dark bottles, but thats just my $.02. I would still try other brews of theirs, but won't grab for this first if I had other options.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:06:34 | More by BeerRun13
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a great great beer poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A- stouts are beautiful. Dark dark black with a brown head with an aggressive pour.

S- there was very little nose to this beer. some malts but that is it and this is the only flaw this beer has.

T- malt and then a smooth clean finish. I was expecting the requisite bitterness that comes on the finish with most stouts. Not here.

M- perfectly thick , but not too much so

D- really surprisingly drinkable. This is a surprise, most of the time stouts are one and done with the thickness and the complexity. This stout however balances the complexity with a crisp smoothness that makes it oh so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 01:56:31 | More by mcarroll10177
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with traces of cherry-red. Thick, 1-finger head when poured. Lacing tight around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very vinous, boozy, alcohol smell. The fermented grains (oats?) are dominant in the aroma which is almost overpowering & unpleasant, Past the alcohol smell, you can note the roasty malts & toasted oats. It would be nice for that character to be more present over the alcoholic smell.

Taste: Wondefuly creamy, smooth flavor with very little of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. Slightly smoky, roasty character augments the oaty, malty base accompanied by a slight espresso tinge. A slight bitter hop flavor is noted in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky, smooth & creamy. Clings to the sides of the mouth as it goes down....smoothly. Finishes with a slightly cloying bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a great late night sipper. Would be wonderful on a cold night before a fire to warm the bones after a day skiing. One to be enjoyed slowly & with appreciation of the numerous flavors contained in this carefully crafted stout.

Comments: I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout having never had one, of any brand, before. Initially, I was a bit put off by the aroma. The strong alcohol smell was overpowering to such an extent that it overcame the rest of its aromatic character. Once past the aroma, the wonderful flavor quickly charmed & endeared me to this stout. I would like to try others in the same style...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 02:25:34 | More by JMD71
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Jcdolan

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got the Samuel Smith mix pack and might I say that it is the coolest mix pack I have ever come across. It came with three 1 pint bottles consisting of the The Celebrated Oatmeal Stout, the Nut Brown Ale, and the Old Brewery Pale Ale. It also came with a nice glass, two coasters and and awsome chart that shows all their beers along with details of the beers' history, ingredients, serving suggestions, gravity, and every other detail that one could think of. Very impressive, but on with the reveiw.

Poured a black color with a thick brown head.

Smells almost sweet at first and upon futher examination I smell an almost nut smell with some oats mixed in.

The taste is unlike the smell but very good. Taste is a nut taste with oats. Finishes very sweet.

Mouthfeel is exellent. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 01:21:35 | More by Jcdolan
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JayQue

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an incredibly smooth, tasty beer. Pours a solid black color with very little light getting through. Has an impressive tan head that slowly recedes down to just covering the glass. Lacing is thick. The smell is not particularly impressive, some malt, nothing outstanding. The taste is malty and incredibly smooth. The taste is slightly sweet, incredibly mellow and the mouthfeel is rich. There is no "getting used to" the taste. It is simple, nicely blended and has no unpleasant chalkiness, bitterness or other aftertaste. This is something I could slowly sip all night. I would take this over any of the few stouts I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 20:27:12 | More by JayQue
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an obsidian color with a creamy, thick brown head that lasts. Leaves no lace but this beer looks great.

Creamy, sweet aroma with oats apparent and a hint of chocolatey roastiness.

Wow! Big dark malt flavors, deeply roasted and chocolatey. Somewhat sweet, and slightly sour, with gentle, subtle hopping, a slight prickle on the front of the tongue. Impressive depth and complexity for a 5% beer.

A very creamy, smooth medium to full body, coupled with low carbonation makes this a rich, luscious mouthfeel. This richness made me enjoy drinking this beer slowly, and it makes not so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 02:13:28 | More by akahn
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dieselboy914

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this oatmeal stout simply because it was a Samuel Smith... and usually their stuff is really good. But there were both ups and downs to this interesting brew.

It poured pitch black into a regular glass, with very little head quickly disappearing into a fine lace around the rim.
The scent is quite strong with the obvious oatmeal and hints of raisin... someother fruit that i can't point my finger on, thought it's not fig. Very pleasant and nice to look at, but that's where the pleasantries end.
You take a sip and initially the mouthfeel is mild and underwhelming, with a grainy malty taste. Not much to get excited about, and then the aftertaste hits you when you swallow. A little on the bitter side, and quite bland with no taste.
I can see this as a nice addition to a meal... but on it's own it's a little bit disappointing. Not a bad beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 22:31:46 | More by dieselboy914
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IntriqKen

California

2.2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know...this is a world class rated beer.
And I like...no LOVE oatmeal stouts.
This was my second bottle of this brew and I wasn't impressed. I may be spoiled with more American versions of Oatmeals out there.
Poured a deep, deep amber black with a small cream head that disappeared quickly to a fine lacing.
Aroma was of sweet toasted or burnt malts...I missed smelling any chocolates or coffee.
Mouthfeel was thin and weak to me....very light in carbonation.
Taste was sort of bland...sweet malt but nothing fresh or standoffish...again, no chocolates or coffee and an unpleasant aftertaste..possibly old bottles, although my tastings have been months apart and from different sources.
Slightly sweet aftertaste with no noticable alcohol burn.
I could have finished the bottle but simply didn't want to. Moved on to a Black Hart stout and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 07:45:37 | More by IntriqKen
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asabreed

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 2.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge head from a vigorous pour. Stays at about 1" as I drink. There's a lot of clumpy lacing, too, which I suppose goes with the territory of the vigorous pour. Color is dark dark amber, and the head is mocha.

Smell: Lots of nice sweetness from the oats, with some dark, sweet chocolate, not overpoweringly toasted and burnt malt, and hints of coffee or mocha in there too. Also some hop bitterness creeps in as it warms a bit.

Taste: Much initial oat, malt, and chocolate sweetness in the beginning. Soon it mellows out and the sweetness becomes quelled a bit by the hops. Finishes sweet at first, then goes into toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, the oat sweetness, and finishes long and complex with all of that and some hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, fairly full-bodied, and awesomely creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation to lessen the possibility of the cloying nature, which here isn't present.

Drinkability: Definitely one of the best of the style. It may not be the best, but it's not overrated. And especially for the price, this is a sipper and a treat to boot. Quality stuff all around, and the perfect amount of alcohol so you can have a few in a session too if you're going that route.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:04:20 | More by asabreed
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no expiration date.

Poured a dense tawny foam in black liquid. Looks like stout!
Within 5 minutes of pouring, the foam mostly disappeared. Who cares? This stuffs good enough that you won't sit around staring at the head.

Chocolate is the prevailing smell and taste. This stout is sweet, Not much roasted flavor.

Oatmeal is supposed to add proteins that boost the mouthfeel and body of a beer. Seems to me that the texture effect is pretty subtle. This is fine, because I find the creaminess of a Guinness a little bit phony.

Very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 12:42:22 | More by pweis909
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 5,146 ratings.