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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Diamond Head Oatmeal StoutDiamond Head Oatmeal Stout

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
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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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

kwesib, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Gaffattack, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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...


comfortablynumb1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -16%

patrick802, May 12, 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.


NilocRellim, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of icehawk
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of BrettonJay
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%

BrettonJay, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

froghop, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of twj2000
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

twj2000, Mar 22, 2014
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 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KeeganRohovich, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

hickmancase, Jul 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

od_sf, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

StJamesGate, May 11, 2014
Photo of 1234Jack
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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. ;)

1234Jack, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
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
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 Grunewald
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Grunewald, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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

wordemupg, Dec 20, 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 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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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.