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Oatmeal Stout to Rival Sam Smith's

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

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  1. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Jan 20, 2013 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 Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Wolaver's Organic Oatmeal Stout
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  3. match1112

    match1112 Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

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

    SpongeRuiner Nov 27, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    New Hollands The Poet.
    The best
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  5. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Anderson Valley Barney Flats is pretty damn good.
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  6. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Feb 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

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

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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 Dec 16, 2011 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 Oct 20, 2011 California

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

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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 Oct 17, 2010 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 Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

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

    fox227 Nov 19, 2010 California

    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 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    New Holland The Poet is super..
  15. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Came to say this.
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  16. BigCheese

    BigCheese Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

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

    ste5venla Oct 25, 2010 California

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

    shahn Jan 13, 2010 Maryland

    Founders Oatmeal Breakfast & Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stouts
  19. Hanglow

    Hanglow Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    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 Sep 28, 2012 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. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Jul 20, 2011 California

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  22. tjwarren

    tjwarren Dec 31, 2008 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.
  23. Ryan2BSU

    Ryan2BSU Mar 16, 2012 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.
  24. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
    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.
  25. bstave

    bstave Aug 21, 2008 Washington

    It's a seasonal, but Fish Brewing's Fish Tale Organic Oatmeal Stout is really good.
  26. LordFoul

    LordFoul Oct 7, 2012 South Carolina

    I have tried many examples of the style, but have had none better than Sam Smiths...
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  27. Jgwink2

    Jgwink2 Feb 6, 2011 Kentucky

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

    Dope Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

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

  29. morimech

    morimech Nov 6, 2006 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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  30. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 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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  31. kneary13

    kneary13 Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    +1 for Wolavers.
  32. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Nobody has mentioned Southern Tier Oat? I love that beer.
  33. czfreeman

    czfreeman May 22, 2007 California

    Southern Tier Oat anyone?..
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  34. czfreeman

    czfreeman May 22, 2007 California

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

    BMitch Jul 10, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Good call
  36. BMitch

    BMitch Jul 10, 2012 Virginia
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    Better call
  37. Stockfan42

    Stockfan42 Jan 20, 2009 Massachusetts

    Ipswich and Mayflower. Both make very good oatmeal stouts. Honorable mention goes to Shorts Mystery Stout.
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  38. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

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

    yemenmocha Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

  40. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Sam Smith's is hard to beat. My next choice would be Rogue Shakespeare Stout.
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