Samuel Adams Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal Stout Boston Beer Company

3.5

Samuel Adams Oatmeal Stout, an English-style Oatmeal Stout brewed by the Boston Beer Company

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Samuel Adams Oatmeal Stout is an English-style Oatmeal Stout brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The stout pours a clear mahogany hue that shows burgundy at the edges of the glass. The ale is topped by a thick cap of khaki-colored foam that shows good retention. A few patches of lace stick to the glass. A soapy collar and a thin layer of bubbles top the liquid.

Aroma

The aroma is initially quite sweet with dark fruits and chocolate, but as the beer warms, it becomes toasty with roast malt.

Flavor

The palate begins with brown bread that shifts to a mild bite of floral hops and coffee roast that lingers through the finish. The tasting bottoms out with sweet notes of dark chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is creamy smooth that becomes lightly prickly on the backend. Medium-full body with a shade over moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly.

Overall

Its toasty aroma is quite pleasant. Its feel is luxurious. Tasting leans malty but there are enough hops and roast to keep the brew in check. Samuel Adams Oatmeal Stout is a nice sipper and an enjoyable brew for the season.

Recommended Pairings

The Boston Beer Company recommends the following food pairings with their Samuel Adams Oatmeal Stout: cheddar cheese, oysters, roasted nuts, chicken with mole sauce, roasted venison, roast beef on pumpernickel, custard with fruit, cheesecake, and pecan pie.

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About the Oatmeal Stout

The Oatmeal Stout is very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor. The sweetness, balance, and oatmeal impression can vary considerably. Historically, the use of oatmeal in stouts originated in the 1800s, and were marketed as being “healty” beers. The Oatmeal Stout was popular in England between the two World Wars and the style was revived during the modern craft beer era.