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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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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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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
Photo of timiskin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

timiskin, Apr 23, 2013
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
Photo of 510a
4/5  rDev +3.4%

510a, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KalanM, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.4%

strongaf, Jan 05, 2013
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 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
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 MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

MrTinnedPEach, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

schopenhauerale, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Halcyondays, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CelticAleMan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

hickmancase, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

schnarr84, Jul 20, 2012
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
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 beerhaver
4/5  rDev +3.4%

beerhaver, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4.03/5  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.

leaddog, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of w00ddy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.