Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

From the Brewery: SSOS1 SSOS2 SSOS3

“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.” 5% ABV

The Pour: SSOS5 SSOS6

Poured from an 18.6 oz bottle into my Samuel Smith tulip glass. Color is nearly all black, with a small amount of ruby red on the edge. The head is light tan in color, sudsy/foamy, and dissipates to about 1/4 inch quickly.

The Nose: SSOS6

Mild sweet, malted barley. Undertones of chocolate covered raisins.

The Mouth: SSOS7

Medium viscosity and a pretty fair amount of carbonation for a stout. Light, roasted malts lead to a roasted barley flavor on the back end. Not much mouth coating, finishes pretty dry. The carbonation makes it finish a little harsher than I expected. There is no alcohol taste present.

Final Thoughts: SSOS8

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is one of the first beers that “wowed” me early on in my beer-drinking endeavors. Oddly, this bottle was not nearly as flavorful as I remember. I’m thinking that maybe I got an old/expired bottle from Bevmo. The flavors were subdued, missing even, and the drinkability was semi-harsh. I’ll withhold a final score on this one until I can get another bottle to compare it to…maybe all of the beer I’ve been drinking has changed my palate. We’ll see. TBD

Samuel Smith Old Brewery – Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, UK

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