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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. Goosey

    Goosey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    I did like Sierra Nevada's beer camp imperial oatmeal stout this year, still got a few bottles hangin around.
  2. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,530) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout.
  3. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,375) Sep 24, 2008 California

    My two favorites. :slight_smile:
  4. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Sam Smith's is the Miller Lite of Oatmeal stouts.
    It's all over the place and very easy to get! :slight_smile:

    And it's really hard to beat!
    Cheers to Sam Smith for bringing the heat!
  5. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Missouri

    I had forgotten Shakespeare, which I did enjoy. I must say I was surprised to see Schlafly on here. It was one of the first oatmeal stouts I had after Sam Smith's, and as with many of their beers I found it not bad, but very underwhelming. There are many here I would love to try and will look for.
  6. TheGoldsmith

    TheGoldsmith Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Missouri

    Any sweet or milk stout suggestions are welcome as well, though it's hard to compare across the style lines. As for the Left Hand Nitro suggestion, I have heard great things, but was again underwhelmed by the original Milk Stout of theirs. The nitro was not yet available in my area at the time. Is it considerably better?
  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,530) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is really good.
  8. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Stay with me on this one....

    Magic Hat Heart of Darkness.

    Yes. Try it
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  9. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Hell yeah it is.
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  10. MPLSbrewer

    MPLSbrewer Aspirant (202) Dec 7, 2010 Minnesota
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    Townhalls h2o oatmeal stout is the best I've tried. If you can land it, do it
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  11. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Velvet Merlin is an amazing oatmeal stout, as well as Anderson Valley Barney Flats. My favorite, however, is Convict Hill from Independence out of Texas.
  12. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
    ¬°Bad Trader! Beer Trader

    Moloko is a great milk stout when available
  13. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    You do realize the British BA's don't consider any Sam Smith's beers, especially bottled, remotely close to their standards. Having been there many times, I understand why.
  14. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Not only is it not an oatmeal stout, you think the nitro "milkshake" effect on stouts is actually desirable - the double whammy.
  15. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    If only there were some way to get the cask of ale from Britain over to the US...perhaps some magical flying machine or something
  16. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,131) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Came here to post this. I heard that Southern Tier is discontinuing it, though. if you see it, be sure to scoop it up.
  17. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    This is a rather vague statement. Recommend some from their homeland, then. I just want to know what they are, even if I have to go overseas to find them.
  18. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

  19. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,206) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Personally, I think the original is better.

    Odell just released a chocolate milk stout, Lugene, which is good. Ska's Steel Toe Milk Stout is really good too. I don't think either are in the same league as the Left Hand though.
  20. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,030) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Aha! There's one of the 'ringwood' breweries I mentioned earlier in the thread- Jason's review even mentions butterscotch. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for it- thanks for the suggestion.
  21. deadliest

    deadliest Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Texas

    Convict Hill from Independence Brewery is very good.
  22. marquis

    marquis Crusader (741) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    If the mountain won't come to Mohammed then maybe Mohammed might go to the mountain ! There are flying machines for this :slight_smile:
    Belvoir Brewery's Oatmeal Stout is rather nice on cask.............
  23. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    These are hardly oatmeal stouts.
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  24. xanok

    xanok Disciple (369) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
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    Ipswich is my go-to oatmeal stout.
  25. Scalzo

    Scalzo Aspirant (244) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois
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  26. JKIRBY

    JKIRBY Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2010 Wisconsin

    OP did include sweet stouts, too. Milk Stouts fall under that designation.
  27. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    Fremont's Dark Star
  28. JKIRBY

    JKIRBY Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2010 Wisconsin

    Tyranena Devil Made Me Do It.
    Bell's Special Double Cream
    Breckenridge Oatmeal
    New Glarus Road Slush
    Dark Horse One
  29. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Champion (871) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I read that as well, along with Mokah and Jahva. Very disappointing.
  30. caguiar

    caguiar Initiate (132) Jul 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Ipswich Oatmeal and Wolavers Oatmeal
  31. kempshark

    kempshark Initiate (54) Jul 22, 2009 Florida

    Personally I didn't care for Southern Tier Oat, Heart of Darkness or the Ipswich.......I agree with the Barney Flats.....think Samuel Smith is good but a little underwhelming. I really liked Summit Oatmeal Stout, the Shakespeare and like Boris the Crusher as well. As for other milk or sweet stouts.....really like The Oak Aged Yeti in both its Chocolate and Expresso forms. I also enjoy Bell's Double Cream Stout as a nice smooth everyday drink. Rogue Chocolate Stout (of Double) is a decent drink.
  32. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,863) Jan 31, 2005 California
    Supporter Subscriber Beer Trader

    I've been enjoying Sam Smith's Oatmeal for more than 20 years now. It's just SOOO Feckin Good! I even named my Black Lab Taddy back in those days. I love Taddy Porter too, and Taddy sounded better than Oatmeal. But I drank the oatmeal so much more often.:slight_smile:
  33. e30todamax

    e30todamax Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2012 Virginia

    Velvet Merlin is the closest I've had
  34. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Go to their group and ask. Even though I've been there nine times, they know much more than I do.
  35. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    They do get here periodically, at least on the east coast. Fullers is seen as well as others, but I've been disappointed more often than not. The trip and storage isn't good for it. You need to get it fresh over there.
  36. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Or just attend this and be happy http://nerax.org/nerax/uk-beers.html
  37. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    I would think if money was no object you could have a fresh cask on a plane 6am in London then you could have it tapped in NYC by happy hour.
  38. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

  39. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    It is every year at the same time, and definietly worth going to. Most of the UK stuff that comes in comes for that Festival only.
  40. stoney1031

    stoney1031 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Texas

    I think the rogue shakespear oatmeal stout is pretty dang delicious and is pretty easy to find
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