Samuel Smith makes several different styles and all are known for being solid and good, so this one should be no different.
Here’s a snippet from the website, samuelsmithbrewery.co.uk, about the Oatmeal Stout.
Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create an almost opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex medium dry palate and bittersweet finish.
This beer comes in a 12 oz. bottle and has an ABV of 5.0%.
The appearance was an opaque, dark brown, almost black color with a luscious, tan, thick, flamboyant head. Wonderfully sized with a prolific amount of lacing left behind. A new ring was formed after each sip. Dark, ruby/red highlights were visible only when held directly toward a light source. It looked very nice.
The aroma beget notes of roasted coffee yielding to fragrances of cream and dry oats. A delicate sweetness is detected, most likely from the oats, as well as from an induced milk chocolate tone that blends in perfectly after a few moments. Very nice!!!
Once I took my first sip, some dry, roasted oats began the show as well as a mild, complementary nuttiness. A coffee flavor is inconspicuous at first, but really starts to shine and become more dominant as the beer crosses the palate toward the back of the throat. A silky, smooth milk chocolate feature was more distinguished and forthcoming in the taste also. Only the slightest bit bitter, which let me put full concentration on the rich, robust, malty aspects of the profile. Extremely well balanced, even and really good.
The mouthfeel was medium to medium/full, dry, smooth, creamy, precise and appropriate. As I swallowed, an almost slippery, oily texture was felt, of which I found very delectable. A soothing warmth was felt too even though the ABV is relatively low. The palate is doused with enough flavor to allow me to wait several minutes before I lifted the glass for another gulp. An outstanding mouthfeel with this one for sure.
Wow!!! That’s about all I have to say. Truly an extraordinary Stout. More than satisfactory in all aspects. The aroma and taste were balanced superbly. No one character dominates or outshines the other. I have had several different Sam Smith’s brews and this one could very well be my favorite. This Oatmeal Stout was very easy to drink, thus making it a beer that I could drink for hours on end and be completely enamored by. It could be drunk at any time during the year. It had enough complexity and character that even the most experienced “craft beer” drinker could find enjoyment with it in my opinion. This is a beer that I will be sure to pick up from time to time just so I can drink a well rounded, great, solid beer without any of the pretentiousness that some “Imperials” seem to convey. No question about it, if you have not had the opportunity to try the Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, don’t hesitate to give it a go. It’s worth it.
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Score: 4.5 out of 5