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

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5,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,465
Reviews: 2,123
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 216
Gots: 427 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect oatmeal stout, and one of my favorites of all stouts more generally. I grab one or two of the large bottles whenever I happen across a Trader Joes. I've noticed that TJs stocks this (and Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale) in the US from sea to shining sea.

SS's Oatmeal Stout excels in all categories, but to me, its greatest accomplishment is its mouthfeel. This is one of the smoothest beers that I've had the pleasure of imbibing. It literally feels like liquid silk, and if you want a great representation of a silky beer, this is the one that I would prescribe. It's perfectly carbonated for the style as well, and never seems to go flat, no matter how long it sits in a glass.

The taste is of espresso and strong, complex dark malts, with a wonderful bitterness that is balanced by its dry but sweet finish. Hints of chocolate and honey are there too, which really compliment the porridge backdrop.

The smell too is rich, with hints of caramel and sweet grainy malt.

All in all, it's a nearly perfect beer, and its great availability makes SS's Oatmeal Stout a must try in my opinion.

ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean, Jul 02, 2014
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Poured in a proper Guinness glass so that it can be properly evaluated.

Pours a super dark brown/black, holding it up to strong light shows that this is in fact clear with red highlights.

Smell is Wow this is a Stout? Smells intensely fruity and complex like Belgian Strong brown ale. Probably 100 individual smells in this, coffee, toffee, orange, cinnamon, peaches, tutty fruity, and more. Probably one of the most fragrant brews in the world.

Tastes strongly of coffee and chocolate. Fruit flavors are here too, lots of apple, a bit of caramel, earthy flavors like olives.

Mouthfeel is hearty and thick.

Super drinkable. I don't normally really like Stout beer; this brew changed my point of view on this style of beer.

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Huge 3 finger thick head that stays around and leaves a film that lingers for the entire time.
Completely black and I can’t see through it.

I smell toasted caramel malts, breadiness, oats, some hops, some chocolate, and a little bit of molasses. Very inviting.

Just as delicious as I remember it being. Very toasty malts, not burnt though. Pretty much all the aromas come through in the flavor in a very thoughtful way. Very well crafted.

Very smooth medium/thick mouthfeel but easy to drink.

Overall: This is an old friend so I'm glad to be reviewing it now. I would buy this all the time but then I wouldn't be able to try other beer haha. This my perfect beer.

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