England- Oatmeal Stout- This style of stout, with the addition of a small amount of oats, died out around the first World War until Samuel Smith revived it in 1980. It is almost opaque, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry velvet palate. Vegan Society confirmed.
Oatmeal Stout is named for the use of oatmeal in the grist. The oatmeal ingredient is not intended to be a sweetener, but rather it contributes to Oatmeal Stout’s body and enhances a silky or smooth mouth-feel. Variations in body, smoothness and sweetness are found across various examples of Oatmeal Stout beer, though beers of this style generally exhibit chocolaty, nutty, coffee-like aromas and flavors from roasted malts and roasted barley, with low to medium bitterness. Oatmeal can add complexity to the brew, including some earthiness and a bit of grainy texture. Hop aroma and flavor are typically low, and hop bitterness is moderate, which allows the malts to take the lead in the best Oatmeal Stouts. Expect the color to range from medium-brown to black.
Founded in 1758 in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England, Samuel Smith – also known as The Old Brewery – is indeed the oldest brewery in Yorkshire. With traditional brewing methods used since its founding, the brewery still makes its own barrels and repairs all of its oak casks. The original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with its gypsum-rich hard brewing water drawn from 85 feet underground.
Samuel Smith’s ales and stouts are fermented in stone Yorkshire squares made of solid slabs of slate, which give the beers a fuller-bodied taste. The yeast is of the same strain used in the 19th century. Samuel Smith beers are brewed solely from natural ingredients without any chemical additives, raw-material adjuncts, artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings or preservatives.
The little town of Tadcaster is home to three breweries, and the Samuel Smith brewery produces less than 5 percent of the beer made there. Fortunately, some of their beer is exported to the United States, including Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager, Pale Ale, India Ale, Organic Lager, Organic Ale, Organic Cherry, Raspberry and Strawberry fruit beers, Nut Brown Ale, Taddy Porter, Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout.
Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts are classic examples of Old World British Stouts. The Oatmeal Stout has an almost opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth texture with a complex medium-dry palate and bittersweet finish. The Imperial Stout, at 7 percent ABV, is a rich, flavorful brew that pours a deep chocolate color with a roasted barley nose and delivers a complex flavor from malt, hops, alcohol and yeast.
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