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

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

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4,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 4913
Reviews: 2088
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%

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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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with a two finger mocha colored head. Plenty of decadent lacing as the beer is drank down.

Toffee and brown sugar on the nose with a touch of raisin, roast, and oatmeal. Smells a lot like oatmeal cookies, unsurprisingly.

Opens up the palate with light toffee and light roast coffee flavors, quickly moves into more sweet flavors like milk chocolate and raisins. Finishes a dry flavor combination of more toffee and sweeter malt.

Medium bodied with a sticky body. Low carbonation, with a touch of dryness.

Awesome lighter dessert like flavors in a beer that's highly quaffable. The quintessential oatmeal stout. Brewers these days are so obsessed with pushing the flavor and ABV boundaries in stouts, when this is just as satisfying and not nearly as intoxicating or calorie dense.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:07:39 | More by auroracrisis
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4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

obtained from Lone Star beverages - Coppell, TX

I should preface my review by saying that I was eagerly anticipating it and I saved it for a few days prior to a celebration

the beer pours the color of blackened burnt siena - beautiful, poured in a pint glass - 2 cm head - creamy, tan colored

Smell is one of bready, yeasty goodness

Taste - Guinness is good, but Samuel Smith's Stout is simply superior in every way, a stronger depth of flavor, sweetness, bitterness, smoother finish, carb-laden overtone bathes your taste buds (I feel like I can almost taste the oatmeal in it) - this beer makes me want to cancel a few things for 1-2 hours to encompass myself in it, this is the perfect meeting up with a best friend beer, or trying to impress an especially savvy woman beer - the kind of beer that speaks to the understanding of balance and perfection

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, light bitterness

Overall - a stout that makes you feel like you want to drink stouts all day, whereas I have always felt that stouts were situational, but this makes me feel that they can be unilaterally spectacular

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:25:06 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
Photo of Premo88


4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass

L: dark brown, almost black, hints of amber highlights only when held up to light and only on the very edges; huge 1- to 1 1/4-inch head of caramel/tan ... super thick, holds on for awhile, and is super sticky ... lots of stick *and* lace; the liquid is clear, not opaque, despite being almost black-looking with no light on it. amazing brew to look at.

S: malt ... so much sweet malt, a bit of the red wine smell that leads into licorice, but with loads of chocolate that keeps it sweet. never gets into the Belgian strong dark range of raisins/licorice BUT it is a darker malt smell -- soured grapes/wine also for a slight liquour smell

T: toasted chocolate ... toasted barley. so much good malt -- the aftertaste has a very nice burnt taste to it, burnt sweet chocolate that offers a kind of semi-sweet chocolate note. lots of nuts -- walnuts, peanuts, pecans ... they're in there, not always overpowering. slight (very slight) coffee notes; it is NOT a full-on espresso-style stout, but it's got a hint of a coffee note

F: perfect. i'm not a fan of the slick, lumpy feel of stouts, but this one just feels like a perfectly-brewed midweight beer ... wonderful. loads of carbonation keep it very drinkable.

O: boy, this one could make you a fan of the stout. it's VERY approachable, not overly dry, not overly dark, not overly sweet -- it's a good blend of darker malt notes without going too far on the dark side.

i've always been the half-assed kind of stout drinker who REALLY had to be in the mood to handle it -- guiness was my only stout experience. then Great Divide's Yeti and Lakewood's The Temptress taught me how sweet the milk /russian imperial stouts can get, but those brews are LOADED with alcohol. so too are some great American porters I've tried. But THIS ... this yet another great offering from Samuel Smith gives you so many of the same great chocolate/coffee/sweet malt notes with a much lower ABV.

i get it. so many BAs love this brew and call it their favorite Samuel Smith beer, and i get why.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 07:12:42 | More by Premo88
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3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark brown with a small off brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, nice inviting aroma. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Beer is carbonated right and medium bodied. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:44:39 | More by cyclonece09
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 550 ml bottle (no date, but a weird code on there) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of mocha brown head. The retention is so-so, the head lasts less than minute before disappearing and leaves no lacing. The brew is dark, dark cola color and nearly opaque.

S-The smell of this beer reminds me of the cardboard containers of Quaker oats in both the dry, raw oat scent and the slightly cardboard scent. Oats aside, there is a lightly roasty (but not bitter) component and some mild, dark chocolate. Pretty smooth smelling.

T-The taste is incredibly smooth and full of lightly roasted chocolate flavors and oatmeal (versus the raw oat flavor of the smell). There is a bit of lactic sweetness up front and drying, chocolatey finish. Really nice.

M-The feel is smooth with ultrafine carbonation and a medium to full body.

O-This is a great beer and one that reminds me of why I like lower ABV stouts. The smell immediately suggests oats, and unlike more aggressive brews, the oats smell (and taste) authentic. They aren't drowned in alcohol or oak barrel. The feel is also a highpoint. This is one smooth beverage.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:17:35 | More by spoony
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This time, I had a 12-ounce bottle poured into a mug.

The appearance is great for a stout. Inky darkness with a nice brown head. After settling, the head remains about 1/8 inch thick with some lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is extremely pleasant but is missing a little of the roasty note that I would enjoy in a stout. There is a little of the roasted/coffee smell and a lot of sweetness. I am not detecting any hop character.

The taste is quite sweet with roasted notes and a little bit of the yeast flavors. There is a nice little bitterness, mainly in the after taste. There is that special taste which I have been told comes from the fermentation in slate squares - wherever it comes from, I wish I could reproduce it in my own brewing.

The mouth feel is silky and smooth. The carbonation is balanced by the smoothness of the oatmeal.

This has been one of my favorite beers for years and it still tastes great, even when I have mostly been drinking belgian and french beers lately.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:27:11 | More by ericj63
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New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, this is my first Oatmeal Stout, but certainly not my first Stout.

The initial pour looked beautiful, and really just deserves a perfect 5. It's the way a stout should look, no way about it. It pours great, it has a nice amount of head. The appearance on it is perfect.

The smell, while very nice (I pick up that distinctive, almost coffee ground like smell of a stout) is a bit...shy I'd say. I wish it had a bit stronger smell.

The taste is actually on the sweeter end for a stout, but it maintains that rich and robust flavor, and a bit of bitter aftertaste. I definitely pick up the oat flavor, especially on the mouth feel, which I quite like. I almost want to have a nice pasta or steak with this beer.

Overall, a great Stout. Probably not the best there is, but it's definitely top tier. I picked it up in the 550ml bottle, and enjoyed two very enjoyable glasses of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:47:58 | More by Anthonyjames
Photo of ISmith87


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

Bottle poured into an old style beer mug. I've heard a lot about this one.

A - 4 - Nice super dark brown/black opaque color with about 2 fingers of light brown head at the start that dissipated down to a thick film on top of the beer. Lacing the glass nicely.

S - 4 - Coffee, roasted smell, a little bit of sourness too (probably from the open fermentation). Tiny bit of creaminess in there too.

T - 4 - Basically the same as the smell - coffee, roasted malt, a little creaminess, open fermentation tastes

M - 4 - Creamy, full-bodied beer that leaves a nice roasted aftertaste in your mouth. Alc completely hidden.

O - 4 - Good beer, has that distinct Samuel Smith's taste. However, I've probably had a few too many Imperial Stouts over the last year to ever want to drink this one consistently, it's just not as thick and strong as I like my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:32:48 | More by ISmith87
Photo of ToddSoonerFan


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoother than a baby's bottom. This is the standard for an oatmeal stout. Not overpowering in any way, just a great example of what a oatmeal stout should taste like. Try this as your first oatmeal stout then decide what else you want to incorporate into your beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 00:56:01 | More by ToddSoonerFan
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very good, unexpectadly smooth for a stout, pours heavy and dark but drinks smooth and subtle, with enjoyable notes of coffee and fruit. nice balance of sweetness, just enough hops to offset the sweetness of the beer. overall great, the contrast between the rich color and subtle taste is a great attribute. can be enjoyed by most beer drinkers, which is impressive for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 05:51:10 | More by SteveB24
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United Kingdom (England)

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

A: Black. Big frothy off-white head.

S: Has a sour graininess. Malty, reminds me of fish food pellets.

T: Not smokey at all. I think roasty malt is the best description for it. Has a soft caramel sweetness at the back and in the aftertaste. Even tastes a bit leathery. Starts ever so slightly sweet and finishes bitter. Not a guzzler, becomes unpleasant when drunk fast.

M: Smooth accross the tongue then exploads at the back with a lively snap.

O: Samuel Smith make some of my favourite dark beer but this is very unremarkable. I can not understand the hype it gets on BA forums.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:36:45 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of jvillefan


3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a very dark black/brown body with a mocha one finger head that lingers.

S: Burt grains are dominate here. Heavy smoke and roast with some sweet toffee in the background.

T: Similar to Black Butte Porter. There is a roast flavor that dominates the beer. Very little chocolate and coffee in the background.

M: A little thin on the body for a stout but great carbonation.

O: Overhyped. It is a good beer just like black butte porter is a good beer, but this is not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:26:35 | More by jvillefan
Photo of IPAdams


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/ black with a big off white head that recedes to a creamy half inch head that resembles a root beer float.

Smell- Lots of coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of sour fruit.

Taste- Flavors of Coca-Cola, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla, again with a bit of sourness to it. Back and forth between sweet and sour with a just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side for a stout but carbonation is spot on.

Overall- An ok stout, getting a lot of dark/sour fruit from it. Not as strong coffee flavor as I'm used to, but not a bad stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:59:23 | More by IPAdams
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a oversized wine glass

A- poured gently into the glass it still has a lite head that sticks to the sides. A very nice dark brown with little light coming through, even with a flashlight test.

S- a nice light roast smell, kind of a light sweet smell, some caramels light coffee, light figs? Very nice to the nose.

T- Very good flavor, a lighter roast that is kind of sweet, not like sugar sweet, but a light dark fruit that's been added slightly to enhance, very smooth. Mild flavors of coffee and not much chocolate.

M- Light small tingly bubbles in each drink, not heavy and very smooth with a slight slick silkiness to it

O- My first oatmeal stout, was expecting more of a pow like a normal stout. This was very mild and I could drink it all day. I really liked the mild but slightly sweet balance of this beer and will get more and do recommend to my friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:59:42 | More by Gryphon69
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4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled August 2013 from bottles in pint glass. I have been drinking this beer for years, and it has become my favorite beer.

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice tan head, and the head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Nice combination and balance.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Not as creamy or thick as some stouts.

Overall: Great stout. Overall my favorite beer. The taste is always consistently excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:26:54 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown into the glass, with a mocha-colored head, about 1 inch, and good lacing down the glass.

Aromas include chocolate, licorice, and light roasted malt.

The tastes are pretty similar- lots of chocolate with some subtle but tasty licorice flavors. Roasted malt is present but not overpowering. Slightly sour twang at the end of each sip, much like other Sam Smith offerings (Taddy Porter).

Thick creamy mouthfeel, very smooth, very drinkable. Low carbonation.

One of the classic oatmeal stouts, still amazing even today.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 04:59:57 | More by GreesyFizeek
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite all time beers. Had it on tap in Boston several years ago and never looked back. Undeniably one of the best stouts you will ever drink. Smooth, creamy and so good it can be dangerous. Bottles not quite as good as on tap so if you can find it in a bar do not pass it up!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 00:31:17 | More by Glennam
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3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the pint-plus bottle into an "AC/DC" Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about an inch of brown, sticky head. This settles down but continues to coat the top as I sip, quickly covering over any open leads...The beer is a very dark brown that admits very little light.

The aroma is rich, with a promise of sweetness. The flavor is quite complex, with both earthy-bitter and sweet, ripe fruit accents. I detect chocolate, mildly burnt coffee and a bit of caramel, with maybe some mead-like flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still rather light for an oatmeal stout.

I've been drinking this beer off and on for 25 years or more. Sam Smith's beer is a brand that got me hooked on English-style ales. It can be hard to find in my area, and seems less available now than it was 20 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 04:57:16 | More by archyquaffer
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4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this after cellaring for around a month. I really just wanted to wait for a nice occasion to break into it. poured to a widening glass without a meal to go with it.

A-Frothy foamy head jumps up as soon as the beer is poured. After the full pour it has about a four finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing after several minutes. Wonderful black color which the light hardly penetrates and only on the side. Elegant looking beer, strong and independent.

S-lighter aromas hit the nose. Malted barely and tracing of hops appear at first. Undertones of an earthy soil also are present in each sniff. I expected a more pronounced smell, but this was pleasant and went along with how the beer came together as a whole.

T-Mmmmm, this is sweet. The malted and roasted barely add the firm sweetness while the oatmeal pumps up the sugars even more. It is a fantastic rich flavor which is well balanced with the hops that add a bittersweet finish at the end of the drink.

M-This is the highlight of the beer. It was incredible to taste a beer that was so smooth. I didn't even think is possible to make a beverage so easy to drink, so easy to go down. This blew me out of the water. The medium body and light carbonation complimented the overall character of the beer. However, let me say once more that this beer takes the cake as far as going for the "smooth" crown.

O-I definitely recommend for all stout drinkers and new drinkers. I love this beer and am sure to have more. Congrats Samuel Smith! you continue to amaze me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:39:27 | More by AmishLightning
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3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear ruby black color with a finger or two of a pretty dark, tan head. Quite a bit of carbonation as well, which I wasn't really expecting.

Smell: A lot of roastiness, with a pretty significant caramel note. There's some coffee, but I'm not really getting any sorts of chocolate aromas. This beer has a very good nose on it.

Taste: For being supposedly the best oatmeal stout in the world, I'm pretty largely let down for a few reasons. I'll assume this is due to my ignorance, but anyway... first of all, the mouthfeel isn't at all what I thought it would be. Rather than a smooth feel, it's pretty light with a surprising amount of prickly carbonation. Second, the flavor is just lacking. It isn't bad, but it sort of tastes like watered down coffee. As it warms up a bit, I also get a minor dark fruit flavor that I find odd, but it does add a bit more depth and intrigue to the beer. I've been under the impression that (of ones I've had) oatmeal stouts have a relatively thick, creamy mouthfeel with fairly mild carbonation, and have a nice, bold flavor. I don't get it with this.

My dad claims that this is the best beer that he's ever had, but I've had better oatmeal stouts that were made right here in Michigan. I know my opinion is an unpopular one, but it is what it is. S.S.O.S. is a drinkable, easy-to-session sort of beer, but it's not how I like my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 15:07:31 | More by Alextricity
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4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is the epitome of an oatmeal stout. It set the bar high for every other oatmeal stout ive had.

Its so smooth and delicious i wish i could take a bath in it. Drink while eating a steak and mash potatoes or while watching the game it doesnt matter you will enjoy it all the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 18:32:47 | More by sarick84
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New Jersey

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

Pours a slightly thick black with a small tan head. Mildly roasted sweet caramel and chocolate malts fill the senses along with some sweet oatmeal grains dark fruity esters. Taste same as aroma. Palate is a rich creamy body with light carbonation. The finish is sweet mildly roasted caramel and chocolate malts, some dark fruity flavors with light bitterness on the end for balance. A very good, tasty and nicely balanced brew. I like.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:58:21 | More by Samp01
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger tan head that slowly settles
S: Dark malt, some caramel & latte
T: Rich roasted malt, toasted nuts, some caramel, oats and a hint of coffe. Complex and very tasty
M: Medium-bodied, just a hair thinner/crisper than I expected but quite enjoyable nonetheless
O: Delicious, complex and sessionable, what more could you want?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:58:06 | More by ONUMello
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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a 22 oz Weizen Glass

Appearance - Dark and rich, slightly bubbly with a nice 2 finger brownish head that stayed the whole way through

Smell - Immediately smelled Oatmeal off the bat. Followed by coffee and some mild hops

Taste - Oatmeal up front, followed by alcohol (not too strong but very present), coffee and very mild hops. Creamy milk and Oatmeal again. Wonderful aftertaste of Oatmeal and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel. Not too creamy, yet not too carbonated. I really cant say anything else but excellent. Just perfect on the palate

Overall - This beer is amazing. I bought it after I seeing it on the shelf and reading the reviews and I was definitely not disappointed. I bought it in a 1 pt, 2.7 fluid oz bottle and wish I had gotten at least 2 of them. Wonderful taste and mouthfeel. I was sad to see the last sip in the glass. Gonna go pick up a couple of the four-packs tomorrow. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes or even slightly enjoys a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 07:56:27 | More by beervionics
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4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love stouts... This is a nice sweet oaty flavour.. Mouth feel was very full. Sweet dessert stout even though I drank it on a hot day and I was drunk. It happens. Samuel smith has made this beer right. Only a couple other stouts I would take over this one. Bear republics big black and firestone walkers parabola.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 15:40:07 | More by SDbrewerJake
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