Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hopped and Bothered: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith -- Oatmeal Stout
Alcohol content 5%. I am breaking a rule here. I rarely drink anything less than 7% and my reasons are twofold: one, someone can mask the higher alcohol content with actual flavor and thus creates a more incredible beer; and two, the higher the alcohol content, the slower I drink, the warmer the beer gets, the more flavors, you get the picture.

Onto the show.

The pour is clean and dark, fairly light. The head is tan and recedes rather quickly. It smells of chocolate milk and freshly roasted coffee. The first sip takes one aback as the low alcohol content (which normally consists of a burn) is instead replaced with the intense roast of the malt. This takes a bit of getting used to. However, the almost tart beginning becomes looser and friendly as the experience progresses. The flavors become more complex, introducing toffee and a hint of pine and hopes into the equation, finishing off with a coffee bitter crescendo.

Buy if: you are in the mood for coffee, chocolate and alcohol.

Overall: nothing to blow one away, but a solid stout that could definitely use some more alcohol.

3.5 out of 5.

--Nick

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