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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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87
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:35:17 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-14-2012 15:39:28 | More by t0rin0
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:15:23 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:55:35 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:01:35 | More by biboergosum
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:36:11 | More by jlindros
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-05-2012 02:04:50 | More by Halcyondays
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 16:57:16 | More by dbrauneis
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:57:15 | More by ppoitras
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 16:10:05 | More by Viggo
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:59:50 | More by wordemupg
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:56:14 | More by liamt07
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 18:57:22 | More by Cyberkedi
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:51:06 | More by drpimento
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:36:43 | More by EgadBananas
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2013 10:11:25 | More by strongaf
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StJamesGate

New York

3.54/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2014 07:20:07 | More by StJamesGate
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:37:47 | More by andrenaline
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 20:07:17 | More by IronDjinn
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-10-2012 22:16:07 | More by Molson2000
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:37:41 | More by Rutager
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-26-2012 07:02:26 | More by schopenhauerale
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-18-2013 20:30:36 | More by bumchilly25
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 17:24:25 | More by BigBry
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:41:43 | More by joemcgrath27
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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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