Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Samuel Smith's Old Brewery
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 5.0%
Country: England

Mostly black with caramel. One finger, dark tan head leaves a lace that lingers the entire time. Aroma has plenty of sweet malts present along with slight roasted notes and a hint of chocolate.

First thing I noticed was the fantastic mouth-feel. This is smooth, silky, and feels great. Low carbonation feels nearly flat, but this is a good thing in this case. The lack of bubbles makes this a gem to swirl around. Light sweetness up front blends with typical stout toasted flavors. There is a metallic, acrid taste that is common in stouts. In this case, it is mostly subdued which is quite pleasing. Bitterness is almost non existent. Best way to describe this beer is mild, soothing, and incredibly pleasing. A-

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