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Bell's Oatmeal Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 155
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 73
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 155
Reviews by stoutman:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as sin and formed a light tan foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, oats, burnt coffee and chocolate. A flavor of malt, burnt coffee and chocolate. It had a medium body and a slightly astrigent finish. stains the teeth. whoo! nice.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as night with practically no light transmission. Good tan head that's lacy and better than some others on Bell's Stouts. Slight chocolatey aroma. Nice mild chocolate milk tastes with senses of sweet cherry and plums. Heavy roast on the end. Mouthfeel is medium. Maybe a little to much burnt expresso late in the flavor but a satisfying beer overall. I think I may have all the Bell's Stouts covered -- so far.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of anise.

Tastes similar to how it smells though with more influence from the oats. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with light oat flavors. Very slight amounts of herbal hop flavors then make a brief appearance and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was another solid stout from Bell's but it was lacking a silkiness I'd hoped they would have nailed from the addition of oatmeal. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of soper2000
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 cask consumed 12-03-04 at the BW-3's in downtown Indianapolis.

To my surprise this pulled with a nice firm 2-3 finger tan head atop the midnight black body. Aroma was a little more subdued than I was prepared for, but straining I get notes of coffee and chocolate. First taste was also a little bit of shock, there was a lot more coffee like bitterness than I was prepared for. A little bit of caramel was also mixed in with the immense roasty nature of this brew. Decent beer

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Photo of cokes
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Onyx bodied with a fluffed tan head that does not leave quickly.
Kzoo's house yeast factors largely in the aroma...moreso than I'd prefer, but there is a solid roasty aroma to couple any serious complaints.
Tastes brings big roasted malts with mild coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Subdued oats, but they mix well with the lactic yeast to provide a sensation very similar to actually eating oatmeal, though a bit more sour. A quick dash of plum and it rides out with lingering roasted hues.
Meaty and full in the mouth. The thickest of the Nov. Stouts (Expedition not included).

Sampled at the casa de Bighuge.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

Half-finger of tan head and a black-brown body.

Nose is great, coffee, oaty, etc. some grape.

Taste is great; mellow, rich, not too bitter. Rich dark coffee and some cocoa.

Smooth, ultra-creamy, just south of nitro.

Solid oatmeal stout, couldn't ask for more.

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It arrived a very dark brown color with a creamy tan, two finger head. Retention was very good and a nice coat of lace remained.

Smell: Nice mix of roasted and caramel malts. Light coffee and smoky aromas emerge. Chocolate aroma is nice and blends well. Very light hop and alcohol toward the end.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts mix well and give it an initially sweet taste. Light coffee flavor is very complementary. Nice, creamy taste to it. It does have a smoky flavor which is a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is very good. This is a very creamy, smooth, and highly drinkable beer. I'd revisit this one frequently if it were more readily available. Highly recommended.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jackndan
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell’s Oatmeal Stout: Thick black beer that light does not penetrate. Thick foamy, and very unusual head. It looks like a thick pancake is floating on the top of the beer. Very clean/coffee aroma. The taste is very coffee, and not as smooth as many oatmeals I’ve had. The taste has a very sharp bite, bitter like very strong coffee (not hops bitter). Extraordinarily long, long, long aftertaste of roasted malts. Very pleasant.

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Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black hue. Opaque. Thick brunette head, about a finger’s worth, good retention, rings of lace. Faintly sweet nose, more so roasted malt with suggestions of chocolate… very inviting. Rather tasty palate, surprisingly roasty for an Oatmeal Stout, the sweetness is minimal, coffee-like bitterness, dry, chalky finish. Solid. Medium body, low carbonation, respectable mouthfeel. As the beer warms it does seem to improve… the sweetness is embellished. This is a top-notch Oatmeal Stout (I wouldn’t consider this one ‘textbook’ for the style though); still, I would recommend giving this one a try. It’s quality!

Thank you, feloniousmonk for the bottle!

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3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed February 17, 2005. Likely a 2002 or 2003 12 Oz Bottle. Light brown decent head with good lacing. Tar black. Wafts of fresh earth and leather, backed by strong berry aroma. An almost, smoked, burnt pine nut finish. Very light carbonation. Very sweet, yet sour and salty. Lingering lemon and grapes on the palata. Not too dry or too creamy. Nice balance. Alcohol is perfectly blended.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at All Stout's Day...review from notes.

A- Almost black in color...very dark brown. Held up to the light and some light can be seen coming through this. Mocha colored 1 1/2 finger head that dies down to nothing in about a minute or so. No real lacing on the sides of the glass just a little here and there with nothing really sticking at all.

S- Nice roasted malts in the forefront of the nose with a little sweetness in the back end. I can pick up the grain notes on this but only after it has warmed up a bit. Nothing really jumping out at me everything is very faint smelling.

T- The taste picks up a lot more than the aroma did. Nice roasted malt taste right off the get go. This blends in with a coffee/sweet buttery taste in the middle. The oats pick up in the end with another light blast of coffee and maybe a little piney hops as well. This beer has everything going on but so balanced it is hard to tell where one thing comes in and another thing is leaving.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. This isn't as heavy as some others I have had but it was very chewy never the less. Good carbonation levels in the beer. Makes a clean coffee taste in the palate before it rests in the stomach. Smooth beer in the mouthfeel department.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know if it is because I thought it was going to be a good thing before I even seen it being poured. The lower ABV makes this beer a fantastic multi-pint sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of trappistlover
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Growler courtesy of Mike via Justin. Thanks guys!). Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma had oatmeal, chocolate and caramel. Taste was sweet malt and roasty bitterness. Thin bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish. A decent, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obviously they brewed another batch of this. I think this was listed at either 6 or just a bit above 6 abv at the Eccentric Cafe.
Nearly black pour with some light getting through, light tan rocky head. Pretty roasty aromas with some oat and coffee. Tastes similarly, with some pine hops to go along with the roast oat, mocha and coffee. More lively mouthfeel than I would have liked, would prefer more creaminess. Finish lingering coffee and hint of nut/oat. A good oatmeal stout, but not quite as good as some of Bell's other stout offerings.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and very dark black hue. Deep garnet colored highlights are visible in direct light. Pours produces a moderate depp tan head and places spots of lace on the glass as it is conusmed greedily.
Aroma is slightly sweet with some chocolate but dominant aroma is a toasty, cereal like oatmeal and coffee and brown sugar. Alcoholic bowl of brown sugar oatmeal comes to mind.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet to a point but quickly turns to a bitter and somewhat nutty and roasted hit.
Drinkability is very high- hard to have just one.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of MJR
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as night without any clarity. A rich, creamy tan head sits on top and does a fine job of sticking to the sides.

Smell: Roasted grain aroma, a touch of coffee, and a faint sweetness. Good aroma, but not as assertive as their regular Kalamazoo stout.

Taste: Has a pleasant roasted flavor with a fair amount of complexity. Goes down with a nice bitter hop note. Good balance between the roasted grain and the hop bitterness. Has a faint fruit flavor as well on the tail end...a bit of toffee too. Finishes dry with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice medium mouthfeel. It may be a 'bit' thin for the style, as I like my oatmeal stouts thick and chewy, but it certainly fits the 'meal in a glass' description usually tagged with this style.

Drinkability: Above-average. I can see myself putting away a few pints of this.

I'm a huge fan of Bell's beers, their Kalamazoo and Expedition stout especially. This is my first time trying one of their November stouts and it's a pretty good start. Not outstanding...but I have 7 of their other stouts to try!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a little bit of visible carbonation near the top of the glass, a small half inch head, and some small splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and some slight coffee.

The taste is similar. There's a nice interplay between subtle mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and more overaching roasted malt flavors. More bitterness than sweetness here.

Medium bodied, pretty full and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's great, I think it's draft only, so it's nice to get a chance to try it.

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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.