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

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal StoutSamuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,648
Reviews:
2,290
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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386
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1,277
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Photo of meeekyh
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will start by saying that this is one of my favorite beers of all-time, so I will have to suspend that judgement in order to make an objective review. Here's to trying.

The first thing I notice upon pouring the beer into a mug is that the head is mighty and dark and fluffy.

Smells are bitter chocolate and coffee with not a screaming lot of other stuff going on, but this is a good thing as what is there is appealing. I am actually smelling a distinct roasted-barley smell, slightly grainy and a bit burnt. I don't believe I can distinguish anything resembling hops but that is to be expected for this style, as I understand it.

Mouthfeel is full but not particularly lingering. There is something to roll around on my tongue, but the sensations are wrapped so heavily in the tastes of sweet coffee and dark chocolate that the considerable carbonation and velvety texture are encompassed.

The 'overall' quaffability of this beer is stellar.

This is a beer for anybody who wants to taste their beer without being overwhelmed by toffee, or bubblegum or citrus or pine or anything else. It is sweet enough to be inviting, bitter enough to be interesting, tart enough to pique the interest of the lazy taste buds, and well balanced enough as to not leave a single one wanting.

Slainte!

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle aggressively into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, the closest thing I could find to a possible date was a "7/10" printed on the inside of the box (Freshness date? Production date? July 2010? October 7th (2011?)? Is it even a date?)

A: Very dark brown, almost black with dark amber highlights around the bottom of the glass. Beautiful. Poured with an amazing 4.5 fingers of darkish tan head, nice and sticky micro bubble creamy foam, so far great retention and nice sticky lace around the inside of the glass.

S: Not a lot going on here. I wish there was a little more nose, what I do detect almost smells like alcohol/malts, a bit bready, smells almost a bit like black licorice. Doesn't have the most impressive nose, but what's there isn't offensive, it's rather pleasant, just lacking.

T: Amazing. It manages to pull off an excellent full flavor despite the lack of nose. Roasted malts, bready grains, very earthy and roasty, light bitter hops halfway down, finishes back into a wonderful earthy grain, leaves a yummy roasted coffee malty aftertaste. Amazing depth and balance. Very hearty and delicious.

M: Nice full body, nice chewy feel, moderate carbonation, sticks perfectly to the tongue and walls of your mouth. Smooth and creamy going down. Delectable.

O: Excellent, excellent beer. Couldn't ask for much more. It's a tad light on the nose, but this is a very solid and nearly perfect stout in every other aspect, especially in taste and feel, where it counts most IMO. This could have almost earned perfect 5's across the board from me had it not been for those tiny nitpicky drawbacks.

You have to try this at least once just to experience it.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice dark opaque color. Not too much tan head with a nice lace. Lovely smell of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roastiness. I do get the smell of the malts too. Med/full bodied, carbonation is perfect. Really get the caramel and roasted malts in the nose after the sip. It's a tad sweet. I enjoy it.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,648 ratings.
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