Featured Beer #19 – Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

It’s Beer For Breakfast, Part One

Now look, I’m not the type to promote the notion of cracking open a beer in the morning as opposed to consuming breakfast.  It’s the most important meal of the day, and should be treated as such.  There’s a time for morning drinking, most notably tailgating, but as a rule of thumb every day should be started off with a healthy breakfast.  However, what if a brewer has a stroke of genius and decides to combine both breakfast and beer?  What if you could buy Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and drink your daily, vital meal?

Dilemma, huh?  I gotta tell you though, some dilemmas are totally worth the time it takes to work through them.

In all reality, there’s quite a few varieties of breakfast beers you could choose from, which we’ll cover in time, hence this being part one.  Now, I can’t speak to the nutritional displacement you’ll have to deal with by choosing to drink a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout as opposed to eating wheat toast and egg whites, but hey, if you don’t plan on eating breakfast, why not drink it?

"Quaker Oats Oatmeal"

I have this for breakfast nearly every morning and it takes a while to prepare. So much easier to drink an Oatmeal Stout…

I know what you’re thinking:

You (thinking): Uh, Cory, I have a full-time job and according to my employee handbook, alcohol consumption is frowned upon during working hours.

All I can tell you as a rebuttal is relax; you’re drinking one beer before work, not during.  It’s your way of trying to be healthy if you don’t normally eat breakfast.  Another thing you could tell your manager, and the HR department if it comes to that, is that you’re starting to become acutely aware of the consistent rise in your company’s healthcare expenses.  Since you’re not a big eater in the morning, you thought a beneficial middle ground would be to drink your breakfast and at least get the day started on a somewhat healthy note.

Listen, I’m just giving you scenarios to consider.  How you handle it is entirely up to you.

But what if I already eat breakfast every morning, you ask?  Dude, it’s an oatmeal stout, and it’s friggin’ wonderful.  Wash it all down with one, even if it’s just half of one.
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People can be so uptight about drinking, you know.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

We’ve got some serious history going with this one.  Samuel Smith is a brewery started back in, get ready for this, 1758 in North Yorkshire, England.  The original well used back in 1758 is still used for the water for all their beers.  If you take a look at their website, it looks like time has stood still.  Now, it needs to be said that I’ve never been to England, so maybe everything looks that way there.  Either way, they haven’t chosen to go modern with their brewing process.

One aspect of that process that’s very unique is the use of what they call “stone Yorkshire squares” to ferment their beers.  They’re basically large open tanks made of slabs of slate.  If you look at the home page you can see a picture of them.  They look like they’re messy as all holy hell, but while the beers ferment the slate gives them a distinctive taste; a fuller bodied taste, according to their website.

From what my taste buds can tell Samuel Smith beers in general have their own exclusive taste.  Their oatmeal stout is one of my favorites from them.  Now, does the beer taste like liquid Quaker Oats?  No, because the beer has some flavor to it.  It’s got a smooth texture and the oatmeal gives it a somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet finish.

"Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout"

…like this one; a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, which to me is a great compromise instead of real oatmeal. Just every once in a while though.

It sure tastes good to me.

If you notice, I don’t go on and on about the specifics of the flavors in these posts.  What tastes good to me might make you go into convulsions after you try it.  I’m a fan of putting these beers in front of your face and if you’re inclined to try them, let you be the judge.  The last thing I want is for you to try one of these beers and say:

You: Hey, you went on and on about how good this beer was and it was horrible man.

My only reply would be:

Me: Hey, I don’t make the beers, I only talk about them.  Idle down.

I suggest you try Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.  It is one of my favorite beers that is generally available everywhere, year-round.  It’s inexpensive, like $3.99 for a bottle a little over 18 ounces and it’s only 5% alcohol so rest assured, you could have half of one for breakfast and not be a liability the rest of the day.

And you’d be all the healthier for it.

Trust me, alright?

Cheers breakfast eaters…and drinkers!

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