I bought a bottle of Sammy Smith’s Oatmeal for a recent class I had where I presented on some integration of RFID and beer. Needless to say, presentation went well. Especially because no one popped this bottle and I get to drink it now.
I’m tired of all these highly rated stouts being big. It was about time someone came around and did a nice one at 5%. Thank you, Samuel Smith (who apparently has done this for some time…).
It pours a rich malty dark brown with a sweet tan head of about a finger’s depth. That head remains on top of the beer throughout with a tasty ring. The aroma is malty, chocolate, and oats fully in there. Taste has a nice bite of hops that keep it from being too sweet, and that’s complemented nicely by chocolatey bitterness. It feels like a stout should, but it’s not too thick that you don’t feel like you could have more than one. Best part, you can have it after a workout and not feel terrible. I bet it’s low-cal too.
Ok… maybe that last one is stretching it too far.
Grade: A (4.45 of 5)
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed on: 12-11-2010