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Beer Review #136 Samuel Smith’s Pure Brewed Lager Beer

I haven’t reviewed a lager on this is in a long time, like over 3 months long time. Today’s beer review obviously comes from Samuel Smith. The official name of Samuel Smith is Samuel Smith Old Brewery, but I like to just keep it short. Kind of like how we don’t call Sam Adams Boston Beer, we call it Sam Adams or even Sam. I actually really enjoy a quality lager and when I saw this Samuel Smith brew in their unmistakable bottles, I knew that I had to get it.

This lager pours a nice blond color, almost resembling a cheap Light American Lager. It is perfectly clear and has a thin white head. The nose is somewhat underwhelming. There is some sweetness, but not much to separate it from the style of beer previously mentioned. I have to admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this one after the first few sniffs.

Luckily the nose of the beer doesn’t portray everything that a beer is. There is some upfront honey-like sweetness that was light, but well placed. A nice biscuity finish comes in to really add some complexity to the flavor profile. The hops, which could not be found on the nose, were really nice. They were some type of noble hop variety but I couldn’t put my finger on which one.

This is one of those beers that proves that first impressions are not always correct. While it isn’t a crazy or exciting beer, it is solid in every respect. I will stand by my saying that Samuel Smith does not make a bad beer, although I’m scared to try their fruit beers. I really think this is one of those beers that is great for someone new to craft beer. It offers more than a “normal” beer but not too much. (more…)

Beer Review #45 Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

While I am stuck in Texas my family back home is getting hit with another snow storm, not as bad as last week’s storm though. This one is only going to be dropping a foot and a half on them. When I think of winter or snow, there is only one drink that will help balance out all of that white. That drink is a stout. Nice, dark, rich, creamy, silky, and roasty are all words that come to mind when I think of a stout.

I recently had the pleasure of have a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout again. I first had it a year or so ago and loved it. I finally got the chance to have it again and I did not pass up on the opportunity. It pours a deep black with a brownish/tan head. It is actually clear if you tilt the glass a bit to get a thin cross section of the beer. On the nose there are a lot of roasty aromas. It has a slightly bitter/sour smell like that of unsweetened coco.

The first sip is fully of roasty flavors. It is super malty and has a sweetness, mostly do to the oatmeal grain that it is brewed with. I got a lot of bakers chocolate in there as well along with hints of campfire. That might sound odd, but it is wonderful. The mouthfeel is silky but also thick. It goes down very easy.

Overall I think this is a great stout. It is very drinkable and I could easily put away a few of these things. Some might find it filling, but I don’t have a problem with it. When I think of an oatmeal stout, Samuel Smith’s is what a reference everything to. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a solid stout. (more…)