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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: thesilverhand on 11-29-2006

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
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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 95
Photo of graybayou
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served just under room temperature, this brew is far and away the best stout I've had in a long time. Such a rich roasted essence with strong flavoring from each of the ingredients.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.

Appearance: Almost completely opaque black with only slight hues of brown around the edges if you look closely. One finger dark beige head when poured into English pub style pint glass, which recedes more quickly than expected for the style, leaving a ring and not much lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt aromas of coffee and some chocolate, along with a rich treacly sweetness from the oatmeal.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavours are easily detectable, especially the coffee, and they are balanced by a masterful treacly sweetness from the oatmeal in this sweet stout. The balance is just right; the oatmeal does not overpower the bitterness of the roasted malt flavours, and the beer is nicely tempered with some hops to help smooth the flavour without creating a bitterness of their own. There is also some subtle vanilla here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. Very silky with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable as a result of the cleverly brewed harmony between the malt, hops, and oatmeal. The treacle flavour entices the drinker back for more as this is what really makes this oatmeal stout stand out from many of its competitors. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1L swing top bottle.

Appearance: This pours like a growler pour. Not so much carbonation but a great pitch black profile.

Smell: Rich, roasty, smokey, grainy.

Taste: Not too dry. A little sweetness lends well to the dark, rich, chocolaty flavours. A little coffee as well.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation but the bitterness and sweetness both hit where they should, when they should.

Drinkability: 1L swingtops are not enough! The flavours are so delectable that the bottle disappears quite quickly.

Overall: Howe Sound is a great micro brewery. I'm glad their stuff is available. I wish we could get it in 6-pack, but the swing tops are re-sealable a la growler so they last long enough not to affect the overall quality of the brew.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Momentus 100th review... Saved this one from when my buddy cruised through from BC. Looking forward to tasting it!!

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of toffee coloured head, decent retention, and settles to a thin layer of head with a little bit of lacing.

S - Chocolate malts are the most prominent with ground coffee and espresso coming through on the finish. The scent isn't super powerful, rather it is nicely balanced.

T - Very unique... Initially I thought Guinness, but the finish is much more powerful, tossing a mouthful of coffee grounds, dark chocolate malts as well as toffee and caramel on the finish. Definitely a full flavoured stout!

M - A nicely balanced carbonation level, goes down extremely smooth. Again, reminiscent of a pint of Guinness (on tap), but much more flavourful!

D - This stuff is absolutely delicious! I wish I could find this stuff in Alberta because it would easily be my go-to stout. Another great offering from Howe Sound. Next time I'm in BC I will definitely be bringing back a couple bottles of this stuff. Glad I saved it, because it made for a wonderful 100th review.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is good brew. Poured a tad warm with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that lasts for a while and a bit a lace. Color is a clear, almost opaque garnet. Aroma is roast, malt, dark old leather, earth, hint of funk. Flavors somewhat like nose with bittersweet malt and tang up front and very well balanced. Body is strangely light yet full with spot on carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a hint of smoke and good length. Super drinkable. Wish we could get it locally.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a one-litre swing-top bottle. Pours oily black, topped with a thick pale brown foam that dissipates over several minutes, leaving just a hint of head around the edges of my glass.

Some dry roasty and dark chocolate aromas, with a bit of sweetness.

Dry, roasty, with a touch of charcoal, and a creamy, sweet malty base. Pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Enjoyable, creamy mouthfeel. Thick without being cloying.

A very nice stout. A great winter evening sipper. I'm glad Howe Sound has started bottling their line-up. A nice addition to the local beer selection.

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Photo of madpentzer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent oatmeal stout from another local brewpub that has decided to start bottling.

Lovely ruby-black body with a thin, light tan head. Creamy, roasted malt and chocolate scent. Toffee and espresso hints. Faint liquorice in the background.

Dry, slightly bitter taste. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee flavours with a sweet malt hint and a slight touch of butteriness. Not unlike Sam Smiths, but toned down on the diacetyl.

A bit thin on the mout: a stout should be thicker and chewier than this. Also comes off as a bit high on the carbonation at times.

Overall, nicely down. Smooth drinking stout that is a sipper on a winter evening. The litre bottle has its pluses and minuses, but this beer needs only a little tweaking to become a classic.

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Photo of Anchorage42
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Multiple fingers of light tan head with solid lacing to the lip of the glass and decent retention. The beer itself virtually black. I couldn't see my hand through the other side of the glass

S- Smells oaky, like bourbon barrels with a solid roast backbone. In other words, delicious. Aroma isn't overwhelming and is quite pleasant.

T- A stellar taste. The roasted barley dominates the palate without being overwhelming with a hint at the hops at the back end. Coffee flavoring comes through, as well in nice form.

M- Thick and chewy, very smooth with a quick finish. After taste lingers on the back of the tounge/back of the roof of the mouth. Reminds me of bourbon but not because of alcohol flavors, but more because of the earthy roast.

D- Highly drinkable. Would pair well with meat and grilling flavors.


Poured the beer out of the 1L bottle and got an immense amount of head, due to an over vigorous pour. Hung around for a while before it receded to a small, but still present coating on top of the beer. Quite delicious even upon first taste and the lack of strong carbonation was highly appealing to the palate. Goes down really easily.

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Photo of leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola/chocolate black with a finger width of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted barley, hint of coffee bean.

Taste - The flavour of roasted grains and oats is predominant, with a touch of the chocolate at the end. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit on the thin side for the style.

Overall - There are some excellent flavours in this oatmeal stout by Howe Sound, especially in terms of the roasted notes. I would've liked to see a fuller body, but this is still a respectable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dark, black body with a thick, foamy, caramel coloured head. Thick, sticky lacing clings firmly to the sides of the glass.

Big, sweet, chocolatey smell with discernable oatmeal in the nose. Also a bit of an earthiness hiding deep down. This just *smells* creamy.

Chocolate roastiness dominates with very modest earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with gentle carbonation; very easy to drink.

A terrifically well crafted oatmeal stout. My first exposure to this brewery and I will certainly seek them out in the future.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a brown color that is basically black and opaque, except the edges, when held to the light. A 1 inch light tan head forms and reduces to a mild lacing.

The aroma was okay. There is a coffee and semi-sweet chocolate component. Perhaps a very minimal hopping, but it almost seems to have a metallic-like smell. The oaty earth tones are the too.

The taste was again has that roasted coffee and baker's chocolate tone with the mild hopping and the earthy component. That metallic component is present again, but does not seem to be as potent in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it has a very gentle feel. The carbonation is minimally high and minimal dryness it left behind.

This beer is very easy to drink. The low ABV and good flavor make it enjoyable and a good session beer, for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alibi Room, my buddy George recommended this one.

Pours a dark reddish brown, quite opaque away from the light but there are some red highlights in the very edges, very thick and creamy tan head forms, settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, big and malty, some caramel, chocolate, oats, biscuit, lightly fruity, a bit of espresso roast, nice and malty, lightly sweet.

Taste is nice too, very malty, sweet up front, caramel and a bit of brown sugar, biscuits and toast, raisin and some fruitiness, a bit of espresso, dry chocolate wafer finish, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A real nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  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.

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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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