Sunday, 31 October 2010

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

From their website:
  At one time promoted as a drink for lactating mothers, oatmeal stout was described as nutritional on early labels. Oats are in the same family as barley, and a small addition yields great flavor and adds smooth body. Popular in the late 1800’s, the last oatmeal stout was brewed before the First World War until Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980. 

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
This is the first oatmeal stout i've had, and was quite looking forward to it and i was aware of this style of beer from reading the Michael Jackson and Roger Protz books.
It is a 550ml bottle which is obviously a little larger than most other bottled beers you see these days. 
Pours in the glass a black colour with a light cappuccino colour head, slightly sweet aroma but also a roasted malt element.
Good heavy body, i was surprised how strong yet pleasant it was, it was almost vinous on the tongue. Smooth flavours of coffee and what reminded me a little of Coca-Cola. As you get further down the glass it lessens up on the heaviness but retains great flavour, creamy and silky.
I really enjoyed this, I'll be keeping my eye out for other oatmeal stout style beers from now on.

Bigger Picture here


  1. It is a really nice drink, shame this style isn't popular as I think works well.

  2. A very memorable beer that one was. It's true, you don't find oatmeal stout too often.

  3. This and Taddy Porter kept me sane when I used to work for Sam's and couldn't cope with any more OBB. We used to sell a fair old lot of it, too, surprising at over twice the price of the draught products.

  4. Its a shame indeed its not a more widely available beer or style,
    i think the Cardiff shop i got it from also had the Porter there, i'll defiantly get that next time.