Samuel Smith Brewery is one of my favorites. I've had many of their products over the years, and I've yet to find one I disliked. Even as much as I dislike IPAs, their IPA was still quite drinkable. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is no exception.
Poured from the bottle, it is a deep brown color (almost black) with a thin, light brown head. The flavor has a nice balance of malty sweetness and hops bitterness, with hints of coffee and chocolate to the flavor.
Beer Advocate rates it a 94 or 95 out of 100, and describes it as a "world class" beer. I can't argue with that.
This beer can be purchased locally at Whole Foods in Upper Arlington, Giant Eagle Market District at Kingsdale, or Kenny Road Market.
My rating: 8/10