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

Not Rated.
Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 58
Gots: 1 | 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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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

09-12-2013 18:40:48 | More by CityofBals
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 25 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. Very dark brown w/ a 2 finger tan head. Some oats & cocoa in the nose. A bit more carbonated than I like, but it does have a nice smoothness about it. A decent oatmeal stout, but there are better ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 18:28:57 | More by jcalabre
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27%

12-12-2012 02:13:52 | More by AlMarzo
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AbbiBrown

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

04-27-2014 04:14:32 | More by AbbiBrown
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a black color with ruby highlights and a small head. Smell is quite nice, mainly of oats. Taste is decent enough but nothing spectacular. The body was thin which really hurt this stout. Main flavors of oats and milk chocolate were all that I could detect. The finish produced an off taste that I could not distinguish and did not like at all. This one was decent but nothing better than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 13:58:06 | More by granger10
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2012 15:41:06 | More by Sparger
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-17-2012 20:32:06 | More by AgentZero
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CDubbs75

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-02-2013 01:44:52 | More by CDubbs75
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2011 05:31:37 | More by trappistlover
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. Nice touches of chocolate as well as a hint of light vanilla.

Mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:37:08 | More by mikesgroove
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aracauna

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black beer like you expect from Bell's with a big dark tan head that hangs around. Comes across as a dry stout with a mild twist. Roastiness is dominate flavor and oatmeal seems to do little but soften the beer a bit. Otherwise it might be a bit harsh.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 00:06:44 | More by aracauna
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:33:21 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-29-2013 11:36:49 | More by Cynic-ale
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Pat316

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-09-2012 13:56:23 | More by Pat316
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Evarigan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-31-2014 13:47:17 | More by Evarigan
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jdavolos88


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-03-2013 21:42:08 | More by jdavolos88
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Saviorself

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-05-2013 15:57:50 | More by Saviorself
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

11-15-2012 23:13:40 | More by dsuedbeck
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Phelps

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reports of this beer’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated, it seems. Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Very dark brown and completely opaque. In front of a light, the slightest highlights of cranberry show up. The fuzzy, half-finger head the color of sand becomes a thin but lingering top layer.

The nose: very lightly roasted coffee and dried marshmallow. Hints of earthy hops and milk chocolate.

Same here. Some cotton candy, cocoa powder, hints of coffee in the background. Very oaty, with the soft tang of dark chocolate hitting before smooth oats at the swallow.

The mouthfeel isn’t as creamy as I'd like. It’s a bit thin, maybe a notch under medium-light. Gentle massaging carbonation, soft fizz, and some mouth- and throat-warming booze.

Smooth oatmeal stout flavor, but this guy needs more body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 02:03:07 | More by Phelps
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black opaque. More sweetness than bitterness. It seems a pretty solid oatmeal stout offering from Bell's. I think you will get pretty much what you expect from this beer. I don't see much reason to single it out amongst other oatmeal stouts altough a tasting with several oatmeal stouts would be a good test. I'm surprised Bell's only offers an oatmeal stout during a limited run. It seems like a natural for brewery that specializes in stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 19:56:24 | More by mjohn27603
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TheDM

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light aroma of a very heavy smell mixed with coffee and chocolate. My initial pour yielded a very small head of small dark brown bubbles that quickly disappeared. It's body was made up of a deep ruby red opaque color. My initial taste response was one of coffee and thick flavor. It went down somewhat smoothly but left behind a slight after bite. One of the better stouts I have had, but still not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 07:51:01 | More by TheDM
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell's Night of Darkness event. Served in a pint glass.

Pours close to black with a short tan head. A bit of lacing plus a nice collar as the head recedes. The nose is pretty mellow with some mild chocolate and roasted notes.

The flavor packs a bit heavier punch with chocolate and some roasted grains coming through. Pretty good balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness. The feel isn't quite where I'd like; not sure if the oats really did their job here. Pretty good overall but nothing compared to the Milk Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 18:26:49 | More by Thorpe429
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jdb288

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Bells. Pours black with tan head. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Taste is earthy oatmeal, sweet/roasted malt, chocolate. Nice sweetness but not overly so for a "Sweet Stout". If you told me this was an Imp Stout I would have believed you. Heavy body, rich and warming.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 19:05:09 | More by jdb288
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soper2000

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: cask

12-03-2004 23:17:23 | More by soper2000
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Bung

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 04:40:16 | More by Bung
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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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