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Oatmeal Stout to Rival Sam Smith's

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TheGoldsmith, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    I'm a big fan of stouts in general, but especially oatmeal stouts (or any sweet stout). While I've liked most I've had I haven't had anything to quite rival Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. But being the beer to revive the style, surely there are some out there that compete? Personally, I wouldn't say it's better, but I do have a soft spot for Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat.
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  2. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Member

    Location:
    New York
    Wolaver's Organic Oatmeal Stout
    FBS
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  3. match1112

    match1112 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Have you tried Firestone Walkers Velvet Merlin or Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout by Rogue?
  4. SpongeRuiner

    SpongeRuiner Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    New Hollands The Poet.
    The best
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  5. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Anderson Valley Barney Flats is pretty damn good.
    acevenom, WYVYRN527, floraday and 6 others like this.
  6. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I really like Samuel Smith's, but think that Elysian Dragonstooth Stout is better.
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  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Once upon a time I would've suggested Young's- too bad we can't get it any more. Other than that I can't think of any I've had recently with such a strong yeast signature. That is one type of beer you'd think that some of the 'ringwood' breweries would excell at, but I can't think of one.

    For more straightforward coffee/chocolate forward takes I do like Ipswich and New Holland's The Poet.
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  8. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Good call, I'm not a fan of most Elysian beer, I think it's all pretty mediocre, but Dragonstooth is sooooooo good.
  9. luisc123

    luisc123 Member

    Location:
    California
    Had Velvet Merlin and Merkin on nitro last week. Deelish.
  10. denver10

    denver10 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Love Oatmeal Stouts as well. My favorite used to be Rogues Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout until I got to try Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, which blew it out the waters.

    Anderson Valley was also a good rec.
  11. njhopspop

    njhopspop Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Local to me (NJ) is River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout. It's a seasonal that I look forward to every year.
    Another that I sing the praises of often is Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. It's the Trader Joe's brand and it's one of my favorites of the style. Plus it's dirt cheap at $7 a sixer.
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  12. Andygirl

    Andygirl Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. It's exceptionally good.
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  13. fox227

    fox227 Member

    Location:
    California
    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my favorite easy drinking beer, so I can't really suggest anything else.
    2beerdogs, Dope, Bear1964 and 3 others like this.
  14. BB1313

    BB1313 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    New Holland The Poet is super..
  15. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Came to say this.
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  16. BigCheese

    BigCheese Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Ipswich oatmeal stout, I think its better. best year round oatmeal stout for the price. imo
  17. ste5venla

    ste5venla Member

    Location:
    California
    Try Ballast Point Sextant from San Diego. It is nitro conditioned always. Amazing and sessionable.
  18. shahn

    shahn Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    Founders Oatmeal Breakfast & Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stouts
  19. Glencoe organic wild oat stout is a nice one. Real good on cask at least. Youngs is good too.
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  20. Willbfun

    Willbfun Member

    Location:
    New York
    I love Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout and I like a few others that people have suggested however tonight for saturday night stout night. I think I'm going with The Poet. I've seen it where I go was thinking about it for the Superbowl. I'm not a big ravens fan or a 49ers fan either but for tonight I might have to give it a shot. Beside I already got word that hot russian girl is gonna be down there giving out vodka samples. thanks and happy tippling
  21. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Member

    Location:
    California
    Just about any oatmeal stout named is better than Sam Smith's. I really don't get everyone's infatuation with their stouts. FW Velvet Merlin walks all over Sam Smith's oatmeal stout.
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  22. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Member

    Location:
    California
    BORIS THE CRUSHER!!!
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  23. tjwarren

    tjwarren Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Sam Smith's is the standard and I personally do not seek anything else out. I understand people's preferences vary and that everyone like to try something new but I cannot recommend anything better.
  24. Ryan2BSU

    Ryan2BSU Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    I snagged a Samuel Smith today actually, and stumbled across a Left Hand Smoke Jumper from '06. We shall see how it ages. I also made the trek to 3 Floyd's a couple weeks ago, and tried their oatmeal stout named Backmasking. I really enjoyed it.
  25. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Velvet Merlin, Boris, FBS, and the oatmeal stout from SN's basecamp sampler are my faves. At the same time, I don't like Sam Smith (odd metalic flavour), so our tastes might be quite different.
  26. bstave

    bstave Member

    Location:
    Washington
    It's a seasonal, but Fish Brewing's Fish Tale Organic Oatmeal Stout is really good.
  27. LordFoul

    LordFoul Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    I have tried many examples of the style, but have had none better than Sam Smiths...
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  28. Jgwink2

    Jgwink2 Member

    Location:
    Kentucky
    Left Hand Milk Stout in Nitro is pretty damn incredible. It's like a beer milkshake, which is all together, incredible!
  29. Dope

    Dope Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Great beer but it's a milk stout, not an oatmeal stout ;)

    Dope
  30. morimech

    morimech Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Tyranena Down'n Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is one that I like more than Sam Smiths. Wish they would brew that rather than Hop Whore. Flat Earth Black Helicopter use to be another one but it is more a coffee stout, and the last batch sucked.
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  31. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    For my $$$ not enough can be said about St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. A bench mark for the style, Sam Smith was a gateway to the style for me. But there are a few others I would purchase before it.
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  32. kneary13

    kneary13 Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    +1 for Wolavers.
  33. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Nobody has mentioned Southern Tier Oat? I love that beer.
  34. czfreeman

    czfreeman Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Southern Tier Oat anyone?..
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  35. czfreeman

    czfreeman Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    apparently we were thinking the exact same thing at the same time
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  36. BMitch

    BMitch Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Good call
  37. BMitch

    BMitch Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Better call
  38. Stockfan42

    Stockfan42 Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Ipswich and Mayflower. Both make very good oatmeal stouts. Honorable mention goes to Shorts Mystery Stout.
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  39. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Over the winter I've had a lot of Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout by Bristol.
    Good stuff.
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  40. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Member

    Location:
    Arizona

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