Samuel Smith Brewery
As far as stouts go, this wasn’t all that tough. It was a little frothy, and I think some of it got away from me, but nothing I didn’t expect. The low ABV and relative smoothness made this easier than you’d expect from a pint of liquid darkness.
How Much:  4
I bought this as a single for around $2.50, but my local liquor store sells it for $8.99 for a 4-pack, which equivalates (new word?) to $13.50 for a 6-pack. Probably a little more than I want to spend for this particular beer. If it was 9% ABV, I’d raise this rating because at least that $9 would knock me on my ass, but I could finish this 4-pack and consider driving to the store for another. I wouldn’t, though. Team Chug doesn’t drink and drive, bro.
Pretty tasty little number. This is a sweet stout with a fairly simple roasted malt flavor. I find that breweries these day will do anything they can to differentiate their stouts from the crowd by adding chocolate or peppers or whatever else they can think of. Not this one. It’s a very basic stout and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It was actually quite nice to not be overwhelmed with extra flavors. In a marketplace of “look at me” stouts, this one could easily get overlooked, which it shouldn’t. Give it a shot if you want a classic stout without all the bells and whistles.
Oatmeal Stout is a year-round offering from Samuel Smith Brewery and they distribute to all 50 states and the motherland.
Overall Rating: 7.7
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