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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional oatmeal stout with an intense roast barley flavors and mildly hopped using Willamette and Nugget hops. The robust flavour is balanced with a smooth creamy finish. It is named for the razor's edge ridge that comes off the south flank of Mount Garibaldi's Atwell Peak.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: thesilverhand on 11-29-2006)
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Reviews by BigBry:
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 liter swing top bottle. We got to sample this one at BeerFest 2012, and now more and more Howe Sound big bottles are seen on the shelves.
The beer is basically pure black with a cap of tan foam, a good looking stout.
Smells of roasted malt, toasted bread, dark chocolate, and even a hint of smoke. The taste brings all of the same aromas together. The rich roasted malts are at the front, nice chocolate at the end, balanced by some espresso-like coffee bitterness.
The body is medium, moderate carbonation give it a smooth mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid oatmeal stout. One of my favorite styles, and this hits the mark.

Now I am keeping my eyes open for the draft version - can't wait!

BigBry, Dec 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black except for just a tinge of reddish brown when held directly to the light,a creamy billowing light beige head atop.Roast and more roast in the nose,some char as well,not much sweetness to be found here.Heavily roasted flavors with some of that char,tobacco, and a bit of smoke,there is some bitter chocolate and just a hint of molasses to provide nominal sweetness.The feel is fuller to almost creamy.This is an in your face roasted oatmeal stout,if you like dryer versions of the style,wich I do, this is for you.

oberon, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

FadetoBock, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The stout poured from a bottle a rich, dark mahogany, with a certain level of clarity. There was minimal head; creamy and tan in colour. Very visually appealing. It smelled of sweet vanilla and oak; malty. The vanilla was upfront in the taste, with a balanced, smooth round out in flavour. Tasted like a standard oatmeal stout with hints of chocolate and oak. Mellow aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.

W

NilocRellim, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.4%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L swing-top bottle, the latest Howe Sound big-boy to venture into Wild Rose country, and man, the label pictorial and description makes me want to hit the hills...on this side of the provincial border, or theirs.

This beer pours a near opaque black, with subtle basal red cola highlights, and two thick fingers of solidly puffy, foamy beige head, which leaves a decent broken wall of up and down painted lace around the perimeter of the glass as it fades away.

It smells of biscuity, grainy, and bready caramel malt, understated creamy milk chocolate, wet ash, even more sedate coffee notes, and mildly bitter floral, citrusy hops. The taste is moderately sweet grainy pale and caramel malt, roasted bittersweet baker's chocolate, a bit of 2% milk past its best before date, and dumped into day-old coffee, tame orchard fruit esters, and a strange, niggling hint of herbal smoke.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a bit of fizziness manifesting here and there, the body tepidly silky, and more clammy than I might have imagined, but still agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, chocolatey, and generally a tad sweet, but balanced well enough by the latent coffee notes, and earthy, leafy hops.

A slightly more than adequate oatmeal stout, however, I'm just not getting the overarching smoothness, and amped-up cocoa notes that a discerning consumer expects from such promising, sexy marketing (hah!). In the end, this is still a whole metric whack of well-made, every-man's stout. No shame there.

biboergosum, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One-litre swingtop brought back. Brown with a thick soapy head. Good roast aroma. Hits the spot on style. Lace dots. A sourish acidic edge and also well malted down. Still good drinkability. Williamette and Nuggett hops. Solid stout though not excellent.Some chocolate malts. Balanced.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of CanuckRover
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an expected black. Nice medium off-white head. Good thick lacings to the finish.

Pretty light nose actually. A nice roastiness, coffeeish, is dominant.

Again, characterised by steady coffee backbone. Interesting nuttiness from the oatmeal, almost grainy.

Surprisingly light for an oatmeal stout. Not a horrible thing, it's a great quaffer and we happily went through a few jugs, but it is slightly off style.

CanuckRover, Dec 31, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - super dark brown, tower of tan head fizzled out slowly leaving random lacing
S - chocolate, candied cherry, lightly smokiness
T - big roasty notes followed by dry cocoa, light leafy hops, mild charcoal finish
M - surprisingly light, even a little thin, smooth with a dry finish
O - very stouty flavours, feel is way too thin for my money, not an outstanding offering from a reliable brewer but still worth a purchase

joemcgrath27, Jun 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of madpentzer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed off notes from a tasting at Beer U: Craft Beer Around the World at Stone Brewery.

Appearance - Pours a wonderful dark, oily black color with two fingers of off-white head that lasted till the glass was finished.

Smell - Very strong roasted malts with some chocolate too.

Taste - Smokey notes up front followed by roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate espresso in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Classic stout mouthfeel. Thick and almost chewable, yet enough carbonation that it wasn't hard at all to drink.

Overall - An awesome oatmeal stout. Smokey and sweet I could definitely enjoy this beer again and again.

madpentzer, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice black with a little red at the edges where a bit of light gets through. Thin, light tan head that fades quick.

Smell. Dark chocolate and sweet coffee. Some dark roasty grains.

Taste. Dark coffee and cocoa. A little maple, a little sweet. Good roasty coffee in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, just a little sticky. Lighter carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. The 1L bottle is great for this style. No need for the flip top here.

Rutager, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: black, medium brown head, lacy.

S: cream, roast, chocolate, mild coffee, brown sugar.

T: roasted malts, coffee roast, cocoa powder, cream and sugar.

M: creamy, somewhat light though in body, slightly prickly carbonation.

O: solid. Nice smell and taste, but a weak body somewhat. Drinkable nonetheless.

EgadBananas, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

twj2000, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this at Spinnaker's liquor store out in Victoria, they had a big display of this brewpub's newly bottled line.

Comes in a 1 L brown flip-top bottle. Pours out black and opaque, no light permeating it whatsoever. Capped by a creamy tan head that settles to a half-finger width layer.

The aroma, while not overly complex, is robust and inviting. Deep toasted and roasted malts, some cafe au lait, and a warm slightly woody character.

And then it all comes together in the flavour, which from my experience seems to be greater than the sum of its parts, but is an equation that I am comfortable with. The malt is very polite in the beginning, smooth and rounded and quite subtle, picking up a slightly gritty flavour and texture in the middle, and coming into full bloom in the finish, using the hops as a dance partner rather than some smothering wet blanket. A creamy mocha character greets one very quickly on the aftertaste. It's not bombastic, yet cannot be accused of being too subtle either, this is simply a very well-mannered tasting oatmeal stout.

The mouthfeel is full, but rounded, making it a very easy session ale, as it's not overwhelmingly filling, nor does it need to be choked down in small sips. Creamy texture, it's a pleasure to imbibe from start to finish.

Wow, I'm glad I grabbed a bottle of this, as my basket was already overflowing and dragging the ground. I need to configure another trip out to visit my friend on the island to not only enjoy his good company, but to pick up more bottles of this as well. And to try and make it to the actual brewpub along the way. This is a fantastic oatmeal stout, very user-friendly, and rounded in all the right places.

IronDjinn, Jul 22, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in the $1.99 clearance bin.

A: Pitch black with a thick tan colored head and sheets of lacing stuck on the sides of the glass.

S: Loads of chocolate with roasted malt, and a touch of hop.

T: A really big sweetness up front that thankfully fades into a milk chocolate flavor. It's borderline cloying with the sweetness. The finish is nice and full of roasted goodness.

M: A tad bit thin, but the carbonation picks it up and makes it somewhat creamy and smooth.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but the flavors are pretty good. Best part of the beer is the finish. Worth the $1.99.

Kromes, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 1L bottle.

Appearance: Frothy, mocha head (huge) with major cascading and the body is a dark brown. Sheets of lace are present.

Smell: Strong roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Roasted coffee grinds with a sweet touch at the end and mixed with some sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with some mild bitterness but the body isn't quite full and loses some from the middle through to the end.

Overall: Lacks robustness and compared to the benchmarks of the style, doesn't quite measure up. Good but not great.

papat444, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 1L swingtop into some tulips. Civic day tasting.

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a tan had. Moderate lacing left behind. Nose has some light smoke, roasted oats, chocolate and some light bitterness about it. Taste showcases the dry roasty oats, with some chocolate and light toasted qualities to compliment. Slightly thinner than I would've liked, but fairly thick and full overall. Solid oatmeal stout and would be awesome on nitro I'd imagine. Another winner from Howe Sound, need more from them!

liamt07, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into 2013 Pioneer stein #42, formed a 3/4" tan head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head fizzes away gradually, with leggy spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted oats.

Taste is sweet chocolate to start, rich oats in the middle, and a balnced close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Nice, easy-drinking stout, glad I tried these guys.

ppoitras, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Howe Sound's 'Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout' @ 5.0% , served from a 1L pot-stopper bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark brown almost black in the glass with a medium size tan head that is leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-roasted oats & barley , hint of sweet vanilla

T-roasted oats & barley , rich and robust , smooth creamy finish

MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , so smooth and sweet on the palate

Ov-good beer , well balanced , yes I'll buy again

sampled alongside Rogue's 'Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout'

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

patrick802, May 12, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque (though still clear) jet black in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass with only the faintest of hints of crimson red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, toasted oats, and just the slightest hint of charred malts. Very light notes of bittersweet chocolate aromas.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with just a touch of charred malts. Slightly lighter flavors of toasted oats with some light to moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and just almost sessionable with the lower than average ABV for the style. Nice flavors and aromas with a smooth mouthfeel. Nothing outrageous nor any kind of whale here but definitely an enjoyable brew.

dbrauneis, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Creamy darker head stays, over almost pitch black color.

N: has roast, bit of burnt coffee, oats, chewy and creamy, bit of earthy dark chocolate and burnt acrid coffee grinds.

T: Creamy oats, light chocolate, light coffee and roast, touch of burnt, thinner, dark malts. Finishes semi bitter, bit of earthy hops, lingering oats and roast, malts.

M: is a bit thinner bodied, light overall in malts, but decent carbonation.

O: Too thin, not much body or malt bill, but nice dark malts and oats and decent flavors, but a bit too much acrid burnt aromas.

jlindros, May 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bumchilly25, May 18, 2013
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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.