Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is one of those beers that everyone needs to try at least once! I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this English Ale for some time now and I’m eager to give it a try!
A little bit on oatmeal stouts first. Way back when, oatmeal stouts were commonly ‘enjoyed’ by lactating mothers and were considered to be nutritious – like a liquid super-food rich in vitamins and nutrients. Oatmeal stouts were also a very popular style of beer from the 1800’s up until around the time of the First World War.
I’m not exactly sure why this delicious style of beer went out of favor and pretty much disappeared, but I’m happy that Samuel Smith decided to resurrect the Oatmeal Stout in 1980.
This granddaddy of oatmeal stouts poured into my glass an almost black color – when held up to my trusty halogen for further inspection, I can see glimmers or ruby red peeking through. The head is frothy and robust – its something that takes awhile to subside and this beer also creates something of that cascading bubble effect then it is poured. Not sure why, but I think that’s a very cool effect that certain beers pull off. The off-white colored head has good retention and there’s always something of a head on this beer up until the end.
The smell of this beer is quite nice too. It reminds me a little bit of other oatmeal stouts I’ve had – sweet smelling roasty malts, a bit of that breadyness and not much else in the way of over the top excitement. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is just a good smelling beer without much fanfare!
Ah, the taste! This 5% ABV oatmeal stout is considered a classic for good reason! The taste is just beautiful with nice malty flavors mingled in with bits of coffee and chocolate, that neat bready flavor and surprisingly some vanilla! What a mix!
This beer is smooth to the N-th degree! No boozy bite or burn, no hop whollop – just creamy, malty flavors and textures. This oatmeal stout is an easy drinker, and at 5% ABV its easy to do so.
I’m going to give this particular beer an easy 5-star rating because for me, it just pushed all the right buttons. Its not an extreme beer, but its done very well and it deserves all of the praise that it gets. I do hope that the person who decided to bring this Oatmeal Stout back at Samuel Smith’s in 1980 got a big raise or something because this is one of the best beers I’ve ever tried.
What do you think? Does Samuel Smith make the best Oatmeal Stout? I also enjoyed the Founders Breakfast Stout which was a stronger, more flavorful version. Its just a style I really enjoy!