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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
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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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a 1L flip top bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with ruby red hues and a 3 finger tan head on a passive pour. There is a good amount of head retention, but no lacing to be had...

S - Scent is fairly doscile. Coffee, chocolate, and little bit of roastiness...

T - Dark roasted malts and coffee make there appereance first followed by bitter chocolate and oats. Ends on a roasty note. This one rides the bitter wave all the way through. Nothing sweet to be had here...

M - A little watery for the style. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel...

O - A little roasty for my liking. Glad I chance to try this, but not something that I would go out of my way to obtain...

Cheers... (774 characters)

Photo of icehawk
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Appearance: Pitch black with robust creamy khaki head Aroma: Cola, chocolate, coffee Taste: Earthy, bittersweet chocolate, coffee Palate: Creamy, full bodied. Good carbonation, lively mouthfeel. Smooth finish with bitter undertones. Overall: Relatively bitter for an oatmeal stout, and very full bodied for the ABV. (377 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and very good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of vanilla, and some roastiness.

taste is a little watery, some sour malt, bakers chocolate, some some, and some roasted oats, end is dry and sour. (254 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Diva at the Met, Vancouver.

Ruby black with rimming tan head.
Big phenolic band-aid nose with a bit of smoke and sour milk.
Black currant, ash, smoke, and Marmite; a sweet black Twizzler hit then milk chocolate as it warms.
Tart cola finish and barky linger.
Medium, round, smooth but fizzy, a bit of oil.

Some rough, tart, and dirty notes. A hotel bar could mean some questionable condition, I admit. But it’s not especially oatmeal smooth, either. Underwhelming. (483 characters)

Photo of 1234Jack
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Big Star Beer Market - a market with a nice selection near to where I live.

This was $10.59 for the 1 quart, 1.8 fl oz pot-stopper. Which may have been one of the reasons I bought it - so I could re-use it when bottling my own beer. ;)

Smell out of bottle is meaty, smokey, malty.

Smell out of glass adds licorice notes.

Nice 1-inch tan head forms on its own. This beer is in no way transparent; solid blackish-brown. Perhaps a reddish tinge around the edges.

Persistent lacing. Tart first taste with carbonation sort of jumps the tongue.

Malty taste with coffee, licorice.

Later notes of apple. I noticed it got smoother as I drank, or it was smoother near the end of the bottle, and you can take that as you will. ;) (743 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich aroma is smoky with tones of quality coffee and molasses and just a hint of burnt caramel, somewhat sweet but not cloying. It pours an oily sable that is nearly opaque but does let a little light get through at the edges. Light tan head is thick, fine-bubbled and frothy, and sticks around for a while. Flavor, unfortunately, does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Although it has good tones of roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, as well as a hint of hops, it is a bit on the thin side. Texture is fairly fizzy and a little watery. Overall, though, this is a decent beer. (600 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and toasted oat aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and toasted oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is a better mix in the aromas to me.

Serving type: bottle. (643 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 1L swing-top bottle into a pilsner glass. It pours thick (but clear) black with dark brown highlights. The tan head pour very thick and leaves islands of lacing.

S - sweet roasted malt, light coffee bean and chocolate, light tootsie roll, over ripe salmon berries and dried apricots

T - roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate (no sweetness to it just the bitter flavor), light almond/nut, and a slight oat tartness on the finish

M - low carbonation, medium body, and slightly dry finish

D - this looks and smells great. Most of the flavors are heavy on the the bitter/astringent features of said flavor. (631 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1L swinging pop top poured into tulip 19/12/11

A dark cola with a large dark tan head that hangs around for a few minuets falling to a thin film leaving dots of random lace

S faint coco powder with just a little coffee but has a slightly sour chocolate milk smell, just a little fruit I can't quite place

T tastes better then the smell with no sour milky aspect, a little dark roast and faint char, coco's still there but not much fruit, pretty straight forward but tastes pretty good

M fairly light for the color but just enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, aftertaste of char lingers for a while

O not bad for a session but I didn't love the nose, tastes pretty good though so that should count for something

not my favorite brew from Howe Sound but still respectable and worth a try (804 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

When I saw this liter swingtop in Kenosha, I knew I had to have it. The beer within pours a straight obsidian topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oats, very light char, and light dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with more of the toasted oats coming to the fore than ever before. The chocolate is a tad milkier, but still retains much of the darker variety's bitterness. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a generally solid oatmeal stout. It may not be anything special, but the liter bottle goes down quicker than I would've ever imagined. (725 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,504 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2%
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! (687 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of SykDoc
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (845 characters)

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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.