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Sextant Oatmeal Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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86
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-17-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tiernan, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very good Oatmeal Stout and the growler dissappeared quickley!
It poured a dark reddish brown color with a nice brown fluffy head that stayed till the end. There was not much going on in the smell department, just some slignt smokiness and burnt grain. The flavor was very good with just the right dose of sweetness and smokiness throughout, and the smoothe mouthfeel made this one go down very eaisy. A solid brew and one I will try again.

Dmann, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours black, with a creamy mocha head, leaving thick sheeting initially, then a nice scattered field of the fine stuff.

Dusty chocolate, and lite raisins in the nose. This is a well crafted OMS, showing off more chocolate, dark fruits, roasted grains, with a soft and subtle hop presence drying things out. Cookie dough malts also in the mix. On the lighter side bodywise.

Thoroughly delicious, order it if you see it

Billolick, Dec 24, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours black with a 2 cm tall tan head with nice lacing. Coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, with a lot of oatmeal. Taste is disappointingly weak. Roasted malt, the taste of "Whoppers" candy, oats, and a bitter finish. Good, not great.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jiffymon, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown in color. Nearly no head. Some lacing.

Some chocolate in the nose but this is subdued for a stout. Some roasted malty elements, but not overly aromatic.

Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, a touch of sweetness along with some hop bitterness, finishes clean; incredibly drinkable and a balanced oatmeal stout.

Rich, luscious, smooth mouthfeel.

A delicious, velvety, easy to drink, tasty oatmeal stout.

ehammond1, May 13, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.

Opaque brown-black with a very durable, creamy beige head. Plenty of spotty lacing.

Feel: light-medium body that seems too thin; Medium carbonation.

Smell: Moderately strong mix of dark roasted malts. Hints of dark fruits. Approaches 4.

Taste: inferior to the aroma, partly because it is less complex and fruity than hoped but also due to some burnt grain qualities, especially in the aftertaste.

O: a bit disappointing, but only because this brewery has so many great beers.

chinchill, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ste5venla, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Dirksen
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ReddMoneyBrown, May 11, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Nitro-tap at Capitol Beer and Tap Room in Sacramento, CA on 9/21/12

Appearance - Served near black with a dark, ruby red hue. Head is half a finger thick, light tan and appears silky. Retention holds well. Decent stick.

Smell - Fine notes of cocoa and oat hit the nostrils first, with the faintest hint of coffee buried well beneath.

Taste - Moderate roasted malt character; sweet milk chocolate, cocoa and oat rounds out the predominant flavor. Not much development from start to finish. Clean, with the subtlest hint of mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Silky, smooth nitro carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with a slick, supurb smoothness.

Overall - A good effort by Ballast on their oatmeal stout, but it ultimately falls a bit short. Boring, simple flavor profile redeemed by it's creamy, nitro'ed mouthfeel.

TheSixthRing, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at The Ginger Man. Black body, very roasty aroma and one-eight inch of head. Very smooth mouthfeel,creamy. licorice.Real coffee, though I am an ex-coffee drinker. Hoppy.Dry finish,and acid affects drinkability unfortunately for both these characteristics.

Sammy, Mar 06, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

When the cascading effect subsides, the body is revealed as a very dark brown, albeit clear, with very faint ruby highlights. Excellent multi-layered lacing like frosting - and a solid, thin layer of cream persists on the surface throughout the session.

Roast malt, tobacco, cloves, cocoa, light coffee and cream aromatics - very nice.

Roast level and hops synergize for the perfect bitter/astringent combination. Lightly sweet mid-palate, suggesting chocolate and a little toasted grain. Finish is dry, but not excessively so. Perfect accompaniment with food.

Creamy, rich, velvety, a style well-suited to the nitro delivery (though I didn't realize this was on nitro until after I had ordered it); though of course I'd prefer a proper cask given the chance.

Refreshing and really well done - this is in no way an afterthought from Ballast Point, but one of the better domestic takes on the style I've tried recently.

Perhaps I've overrated the look and feel, if you consider nitro "cheating," but for some reason the artifice really worked for me the evening I sampled this.

augustgarage, Apr 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dertyd, Jan 28, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a tan head that lingers. Lacing is average; very little.

S - Scents of roasted malt, toffee, and coffee is noted.

T - Decent flavor of roasted malt, fresh grain, and some coffee flavor. Robust on the initial sip.

M - A bit thin and watery, but is very drinkable, no carbonation, with a bitterness at the end.

O - A decent oatmeal stout, but I didn't find it anything that stood out over the others available. Worth a try, especially if you enjoy Ballast Point.

socon67, Oct 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jmccraney, May 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at O'Briens

A- nice deep brown to black with a creamy eggshell white head from the nitro that retains very well.

S- mildly roasted grains is the predominant aroma here.

T- Not huge flavor but a nice combo of chocolate and roast I feel. Doesn't finish too sweet, nor should it.

M- This was the big disappointment. Very thin mouthfeel. Watery. Needs to be more velvety.

D- Not horrible, not great. If they can tweek it to make it feel a little more rich in body then this'll become a really good stout.

MiScusi, Dec 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ralphs66, Jun 16, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ballast Point Old Grove Brewery on 3/19/09. Served via nitro-tap into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/black (some ruby hues shine through around the bottom and edges) with 1 1/2 fingers of rigid creamy tan colored head. Retains with a 1/2 finger that stays full and rich, just drenching the sides of the glass with massive lacing. The aroma is rich with roasted malts and coffee, along with some chocolate and caramel character. I'm maybe also getting some lactic sweet notes mixed in there as well.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with bitter roasted oats and coffee mixing with chocolate and caramel and just a touch of dark fruit as well. It all melds nicely into a smooth flowing silky profile. Finishes with a ton of leftover sweetness and light roast. The mouthfeel is lighter feeling on the palate, but most of that probably has to do with the nitro. Very smooth in the mouth, overall maybe this could use just a bit more beef to match up with the more lively nature of the taste.

Pretty solid Stout and quite robust in the taste profile at times. I wish that the body had a touch more depth to it but overall this drank like a champ on nitro!

Kegatron, Mar 31, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BlazedNug, May 26, 2014
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Sextant Oatmeal Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.