I brewed this extract kit back in December 2010, since I really do love the original Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout. Sat in primary for about 11 days, then sat in Secondary for about 2 weeks. It's been bottle conditioning for 5 weeks. I did a side-by-side comparison of my batch vs. an original bottle of SS Oatmeal Stout tonight and it's VERY close. Aromas are almost identical. The only discernible differences that I can tell right now is: my bottled batch has much better head-retention. The head on the original simply goes away in about 3-5 mins, while mine is still there and lacing beautifully. I don't like flat stouts...yuck! Secondly, to the advantage of the original, the original has a lingering bitterness and more coffee taste that mine doesn't have. My finish is a bit weak, but for a clone, it really is a delicious recipe. It needs a bit more punch of coffee taste, which I will alter next time I brew it. Regardless, I highly recommend this kit. It's easy to make - it just takes some patience to let the beer get where it needs to be. It's one of the better stouts that I've made so far, and I'm sure it will get better with time. The flavors really do come out when it warms up a bit, so serve it chilled but not cold and you will be impressed.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.