There’s something about oatmeal stouts that I tend to gravitate toward, but until I had the Samuel Smith version, I couldn’t quite figure it out. There are a lot of good oatmeal stouts and some not-so-good ones, brewed in the US. But this one comes from the British Isles and is quite possibly the best I’ve had so far.
Now granted, I haven’t had a lot of them, but I do like oatmeal stouts. When I know I’m only going to have one beer and that beer will be more filling, I go for the oatmeal. Samuel Smith is thick and rich and pours a head that is likewise in dark chocolate foam. The beer itself has notes of coffee (although it isn’t made with coffee), and hints of extra dark, silky smooth chocolate. Carbonation is light as well, adding to the creamy texture. The aftertaste hints of black licorice, giving this brew something of an unsweetened root beer essence. And that’s why I think I like this beer. I like the tiny hints of sweetness, the full-bodied foam, the dark-coffee flavor and the buttery-smooth feel on the palette.
Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is a bit more expensive and comes in 4-packs, but well worth it. Be forewarned, however, it will fill you up, so eat light ahead of it.
Beer: Celebrated Oatmeal Stout
By: The Old Brewery (Tadcaster) Samuel Smith, Yorkshire, England
BGTV Rating: 5 Steins
Where purchased: Darwin Municipal Liquor Store
Reviewer: Shane Zeppelin (bgtv producer)