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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 63
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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5/5  rDev +22%

zombiebeergut, Apr 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22%

jak, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This oatmeal stout is quite possibly the best oatmeal stout I have ever had, and is among the best stouts I have sampled.

This stout poured black as night with tall, frothy, light brown foam that left large patchy lace on the glass. The smell was most wonderous, and I just inhaled deeply while pouring and while drinking. There were aromas of sweet oatmeal and malt and caramel and a faint hint of hops. The smell lasted to the bottom of the glass. The taste was very rich and complex. I tasted dark malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, and hints of floral hops and fruit. The mouthfeel was full bodied, smooth, and creamy. There was a nice, complex, lingering aftertaste combined with an oatmeal dryness. The carbonation was moderate. This was a most excellent stout! I think I could drink this all night. Wow.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle of Bell's Oatmeal Stout!

UncleJimbo, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of Kalamazoo's November stouts, only Rye, Cherry, and Java have actual label designs, with all the others wrapped in generic black and white. Guys, would a smiling, dancing bag of oats be all that hard to do?

Solid black, with an enormous, towering tan head. Roasty aromas stand triumphant, with hints of spices, anise, cloves, espresso...no, more like immersing your entire face into a steaming pile of coffee grounds. Earthy, but soft on the palate, with an initial rush of gritty texture. Long and satisfying finish, dry, full, substantial. Medium/full-bodied, and,mmmmm..excuse me,...mmmmm, oh,yeah! The flavor keeps on giving and giving!

This might go down as my favorite American oatmeal stout! If we can get KBC to brew it year-round, I'll get to work on Oaty the Happy Oatmeal Boy, and then we'll be in business!

feloniousmonk, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of walleye
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1st of all I cannot believe that I found this. poured black, with a dark tan head. aroma , has soon as I opened this I could smell the chocolate and malts, oncce in the glass, the chocolate became the bittersweet kind, roasted malts, molasses, coffee, brown sugar, raisins and got a hint of plums. flavor was not disappointed at, got dark sweet chocolate, malts, cherries, espresso. the mouth feel was nice and smooth, not too thick and not too thin. one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had this aged very well

walleye, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frothy tan head that clings to the glass as you drink. Chocolate aroma. Black appearance with yeast sediment noticeable. Great bittersweet chocolate taste. Smooth silky mouthfeel. Many subtle flavors in the background: cocoa, toffee, fruit, coffee. These nicely layered complexities become apparant as you work your way through the beer. One of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts. Another great stout from Kalamazoo.

Bighuge, Mar 24, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

silversumo, Nov 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

reizorc, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-Excellent beer...bit of a smoked taste...dark chocolate character..rich and tasty..some hop balance evident..Can't do much better than this..

Update: I changed my ratings slightly after trying Sam Smith Oatmeal and realizing this one wasn't as good. I did this rating under the old scoring system and feel my updated rating which brings it down slightly from a 5.0 is fair...this isn't a 5.0...very good and near the top of Oatmeals but not a 5.0

ZAP, Dec 11, 2001
Photo of thedoubler55
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black in color, that leaves a nice tan two finger head at the top, the lacing is present through the whole time.

S: Good nose on this one, oatmeal is present but more of coffee notes and roasty malts. This brew has a great nose to it, phenomenal.

T: Just like the nose, lots of coffee and roasted notes and the hops kick in on the tail end. Oatmeal is present, with nice touch of brown sugar.

M: Not as thick as I though it would be, but great anyway. Medium Bodied and slickness to it.

O: A great brew from Bell's once again, I was lucky enough to have this on tap when I visited bells on 4/6/13, I enjoyed it very much and would love to have more.

thedoubler55, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

acsprouse, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

sgoro, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Storning, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

rct828, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

BearsDitkaBears, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to first thank jeffboo for this brew in a trade.

This brew pours a jet black with a monster head that last for a while the widdling down to a minimal head that is very nice looking. When the head reduces to a minimal head it leaves the best lace trickling down the side of the glass. A wonderful smell of oats and roasted malts hit the nose like a punch from Mike Tyson. A strong toffee smell is also present, it sort of reminds me of the old Sugar Daddy sucker I had when I was a kid. Oh my the oats are strong on the palate also, this is great, I am so into stouts right now. The robust malts are very flavorful and the coffee malt is also very complimentary. This is a great beer and I only hope to continue a good relationship with jeffboo so I can get more of this stuff.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Feb 10, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Liverocks, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly opaque black with a nice ring of tannish brown foam. Foam lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Impressive for a vintage bottle like this one. Aromas are all oaty dark malts, and caramel, coffee, chocolate, etc. This is a damn fine oatmeal stout with a real grainy oatmeal flavor up front that is accentuated with the coffee, chocolate, caramel mix that comes into the flavor profile later down the road. Finish is great, and aftertaste is long and lasting. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and drinkability is very fine as well. Another great stout from bells, why don't they freakin' make this one anymore!?

francisweizen, Jul 18, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Mxsluis, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

SaxmanRick, Nov 15, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque brownish black hue. With a decent tan head. Roasted malt flavors similiar to other bell's stouts, and bell's porter. Very drinkable flavorful stout, strong roasted malt with coffee/caramel/toffee tones. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys stouts or porters. A very good beer.

jtw5877, Feb 07, 2003
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black forming a thin rocky tan head on top tiny bubbles, forming thin sheets as you gulp this stuff down. Aroma, like that of Bell's other dark ales, is that of grain, chocolate, and chalk. If you close your eyes, you may be able to pick up just a slight hint of hops in the nose. Smells delicious! Compared to the standard Kalamazoo stout, this one has a thicker, chewier mouthfeel, and ends in a long sweet finish. Hops are balanced as perfect as can be, adding enough to the initial zing, but letting you savor the sweet finish. The finish has a "sensation" of sweetness in the back of the throat, akin to a licorice tea (you'll know what I mean if you've ever had one). As it warms, the alcohol content and the chalky minerals of the water starts to become noticeable. Great mouthfeel slides down the gullet. A real treat of a stout. Great drinkability, too.

Mitchster, Jan 03, 2003
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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.