This old style stout from the Samuel Smith Old Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England pours an opaque black with ruby tones visible around the edges when held up to direct light. The tan coloured head is very frothy and leaves a fair about of lace before settling as a collared film. Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout has an aroma dominated by molasses, with notes of chocolate syrup and coffee as well as a fairly pungent, yet mild ripened fruit smell.
The taste of Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout is fairly bitter up front with notes of baker’s chocolate and coffee in addition to a slight smokey wood tone. The finish brings a subtle and slightly sweet plum-like taste. The beer is full-bodied with a mild, but distinct carbonation level and the mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with notes of oatmeal and wood.
The foil-topped bottle Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout comes in has a tan coloured label with early 1900s-style wordmarks and imagery. A description of the beer and an ingredients list can be found on the back in addition to a coded freshness date that is printed on the neck of the bottle itself.
Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout really shines after it’s had a chance to breathe and warm up a bit and is one of the smoothest, most drinkable stouts I’ve tried. It pairs best with hearty fare like stews or roasted meats, though it does fine on its own or with a snack like chips as well.
You can find Samuel Smith’s Celebrated Oatmeal Stout at select LCBO locations alone or as part of a Samuel Smith’s gift pack during the fall and winter months and it also sees distribution throughout the USA, the UK and to Australia.
Type: Oatmeal Stout
Region: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Format Purchased: 550 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%