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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-05-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,627
Reviews:
2,281
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 550ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A classic that I should probably have tried ages ago - for some reason I always pass over the Sam Smith brews....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt with hints of molasses, dried fruit, vanilla, liquorice, mild chocolate, grain, faint coffee and ale yeast. Subtle but complex.

Tastes of subdued roasted malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, vanilla, mild chocolate hints, liquorice, grain, faint coffee and fruity ale yeast. Little hop character to speak of. Slightly sweet, followed by a delicate, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker. A gentle astringency, accompanied by an aftertaste of mild roasted malt, fruity yeast and a touch of chocolate.

A decent brew, though I can't say it blew me away. Looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour possess a blend of dark malt, grain and understated fruity notes. Body is OK yet could stand to be more creamy. Goes down easily enough, however the distinctive roastiness that I'd expect from a stout is lacking - the overall character is too muted. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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A:
Pours a dark cola black with a vigorous tan head made of tiny bubbles that starts out enormous but quickly settles to a half finger or so. Decent retention; sparse lacing.

S:
Roasted nuts, cereal, weak coffee odors and bitter chocolate. It is a very strong nose, but is not aggressive at all.

T:
Bitter chocolate and coffee with nutty malt flavors and a quick semi-bitter almost-medicinal finish with very strong oatmeal flavors.

M:
Bubbly and smooth with a medium body and a quick dry finish.

O:
Very good oatmeal stout.
This is a round and almost bare-bones oatmeal stout. It is definitely one of the better ones I have had and IS the style as far as I am concerned.
It is neither the best looking beer nor does it have the best feel, but it is a quite delicious and interesting beer both in the nose and the flavors. Lots of soft, yet harsh roasted malt flavors.
Would have again; worth trying.

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Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.2 out of 5 based on 6,627 ratings.
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