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Oatmeal Stout to Rival Sam Smith's

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

  1. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Zealot (80) Missouri Jan 20, 2013

    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 Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Wolaver's Organic Oatmeal Stout
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  3. match1112

    match1112 Champion (750) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

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

    SpongeRuiner Savant (330) Michigan Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    New Hollands The Poet.
    The best
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  5. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Anderson Valley Barney Flats is pretty damn good.
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  6. I really like Samuel Smith's, but think that Elysian Dragonstooth Stout is better.
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  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    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 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Good call, I'm not a fan of most Elysian beer, I think it's all pretty mediocre, but Dragonstooth is sooooooo good.
  9. Had Velvet Merlin and Merkin on nitro last week. Deelish.
  10. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    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 Savant (345) New Jersey Oct 17, 2010

    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 Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

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

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my favorite easy drinking beer, so I can't really suggest anything else.
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  14. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    New Holland The Poet is super..
  15. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (445) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    Came to say this.
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  16. Ipswich oatmeal stout, I think its better. best year round oatmeal stout for the price. imo
  17. ste5venla

    ste5venla Savant (390) California Oct 25, 2010

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

    shahn Aficionado (160) Maryland Jan 13, 2010

    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 Aficionado (175) New York Sep 28, 2012

    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 Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    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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  23. tjwarren

    tjwarren Savant (320) Ohio Dec 31, 2008

    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 Savant (345) Indiana Mar 16, 2012

    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 Savant (375) Oregon Mar 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    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 Aficionado (230) Washington Aug 21, 2008

    It's a seasonal, but Fish Brewing's Fish Tale Organic Oatmeal Stout is really good.
  27. I have tried many examples of the style, but have had none better than Sam Smiths...
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  28. Jgwink2

    Jgwink2 Disciple (65) Kentucky Feb 6, 2011

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

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

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

  30. morimech

    morimech Champion (820) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    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 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    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 Savant (330) Massachusetts Jan 30, 2010

    +1 for Wolavers.
  33. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (810) Illinois Apr 9, 2012 Beer Trader

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

    czfreeman Savant (465) California May 22, 2007

    Southern Tier Oat anyone?..
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  35. czfreeman

    czfreeman Savant (465) California May 22, 2007

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

    BMitch Savant (285) Virginia Jul 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Good call
  37. BMitch

    BMitch Savant (285) Virginia Jul 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Better call
  38. Ipswich and Mayflower. Both make very good oatmeal stouts. Honorable mention goes to Shorts Mystery Stout.
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  39. Over the winter I've had a lot of Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout by Bristol.
    Good stuff.
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  40. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002