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

Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
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123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%


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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russwbeck

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at RFD Washington for a Bell's Beer Dinner. This was the first pairing of the night, served with a beef and stout stew.

A: Black pour with a finger or so of light brown head. Lacing and retention are both pretty nice. 4

S: Chocolate, grains, oatmeal, pretty sweet overall. 4

T: Pairs nicely with the beef stew, which I’m pretty sure was made with this stout. The oats, chocolate, and overall sweetness pair well with the spicy stew. 4

MF: Medium body for a stout, low carbonation. Very high drinkability when paired with the food. It goes down really easily. 4

O: Great pairing. Loved the beer, the food only enhanced it. 4

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-14-2012 17:10:51 | More by russwbeck
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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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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 20:23:01 | More by thedoubler55
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AgentMunky

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Thin, mocha head fades fast. Very black. Dense and so opaque. Placid.

S: Big-sweet roasted malts. Vanilla beans. Hint of coffee.

T: Great stout! Rich, sweet, smooth, and strong. This is a keeper. The aftertaste is *almost* bitter. Substantial and creamy. A tad of sharpish carbonation staves off heaviness. This is the epitome of an oatmeal stout.

O: Bell's does it again! This is a resounding success. Not hugely drinkable, but very tasty. Would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 02:39:01 | More by AgentMunky
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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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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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musicforairports

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This says retired above, but it was on tap at Bell's a few days ago (7/22) when I went to their Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. Now 7.3% ABV, though.

Pretty much black in color. Looks serious, but little head or lacing.

Smells like chocolate and faint bits of a more metallic, alcohol aroma.

Taste is deceivingly light at the palate at first and then there's a great blast of chocolate, coffee and the usual roasted malt flavors. Silky smooth and doesn't taste bitter, or burnt or metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium and not as creamy as I might have expected for a stronger stout, but easy to put down.

This was a great stout. Glad it was on tap at Bell's when I was in town.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 01:50:21 | More by musicforairports
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 02:10:03 | More by zaphodchak
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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at the Meridian Pint, served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is black with a big tan head of large and medium bubbles that falls away and breaks, leaving very little lacing behind, carbonation low.

Aroma is weak but more bitter and ashy than the sweet stout.

Beer is medium bodied with no sweetness up front. The beer overall is a nice idea, the finish is drier than I expected and the bitterness from the grains gives way to an ashy aftertaste. Its subtle and doesn't ruin the beer for me. Not my favorite though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 04:45:15 | More by drabmuh
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 02:34:13 | More by glid02
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't realized this one was retired. On tap at Stubs for Bell's Fermented Eclipse

Served in a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades down but leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some earthy hop. Obviously the oats show. Also has a touch of spice notes. As it warms I get some coffee notes.

Taste: Roasted malts again up front with a layer of fresh earthy hops. Chocolate notes with vanilla and oats. Creamy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy with a dry roasted feel to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted

Overall, a decently drinkable oatmeal stout. Pint glass was no problem finishing. The thing that was unique about this oatmeal stout was all the roasted flavors to it. I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 02:58:42 | More by mothman
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on Draft at Eccetric Cafe in Kalamazoo

A-deep jet black in color eating all light that comes near, two full fingers of dark caramel head that does dissipate more quickly than I would have liked and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-very big nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal

T-nice roasted malt taste, some chocolate in there, some oatmeal hitting in the middle and actually some sweet citrus hops at the end that balances it quite nicely.

M-smooth with a medium body and a light amount of carbonation

D-lighter body for a stout and a great taste and smooth mouthfeel make this quite drinkable. I do love huge flavor and these aren't quite huge, but for the style it is quite delicious

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:19:13 | More by cpetrone84
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 01:21:12 | More by alleykatking
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youngblood

Indiana

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

Pours very dark, looks a little slick from the way it moves in the glass. Dirty brown head floatin on top.

Smells nice and buttery. Some nice roast goin on in there. Little espresso.

Fairly straight forward on the taste. Butter, coffee, chocolate. The flavors all roll into each other. Very nice.

This isn't slick like I thought it would be, but pretty chewy and smooth.

Very very drinkable. Low abv lets you session this until you explode.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 13:03:08 | More by youngblood
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Bung

North Carolina

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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prototypic

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 03:35:21 | More by prototypic
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers I've ever had. I had no idea they discontinued this sweet, sweet beverage. Life is a little sadder knowing that Bell's Oatmeal Stout is no longer being made.

This beer held the glass like molasses. Dark brown, almost black, and very inviting.

The taste was that of an oatmeal raisin cookie dipped in sweet, smokey coffee. If that doesn't sound like heaven to you, you're living in beer hell. You could definitely taste the alcohol in this one, but it wasn't a problem at all.

It was slightly bitter and stiff, making it harder to drink than most beers, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:19:56 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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BMoney575

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-27-07
On-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

A very dark and viscous beer in the glass, with a clingy brown head that leaves very nice lacing. Not the super-clean look like most beers from Bell's

Smell is rather subdued, lots of roasty malt, but little complexity.

Taste is very good, huge flavors of coffee and anise, lots of roasty burnt sugar and big smokiness at the end. Not very bitter, but very well balanced with hops to keeps the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick and creamy with the perfect middle-size amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is also good, the big flavors are so well managed that you could drink this all night.

Overall, a very good beer that I wish you could still get in bottles. I'm not really sure why it's retired if you can still get it on-tap, but I'll save that rant for another time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 21:48:43 | More by BMoney575
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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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old bottle from perhaps 2002 or earlier, Sampled February 2006
Pours with a frothy, reasonably fast disappearing, light brown colored head. The beer shows a bright, clear deep brown color as I pour it, but otherwise sits an opaque black color in my glass. Ah the aroma is quite nice, it has that characteristic note that develops in lightly oxidized stouts. Heady notes of alcohol, espresso, rum, all intermingles a creates a note that is slightly reminiscent of a coffee liquor.

The taste is fairly light up front, it would seem this beer has thinned out a bit over time. The finish has a solid dark chocolate note that lingers on with a bit of that characteristic chocolate bitterness. I think that the light oxidation has accentuated the chocolate note in the finish. This beer is lightly sweet throughout, which, serves as a great foil for the noticeable roasted character. There is a certain burn acidity, which in combination with the roasted grain note reminds me of an espresso shot.

The dark malts in this beer have allowed it to stand up quite well over the years. The oxidation while apparent is still at the stage where it adds a bit to the complexity, and I think that it makes up quite well for the smoothing out and loss of complexity in the up front malt notes that would have been in this beer originally. I also really like the boosted chocolate notes in this beer, the finish reminds me of vibrant cocoa powder in both its chocolate note and its bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 04:06:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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walleye

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 01:26:32 | More by walleye
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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!?

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 20:22:46 | More by francisweizen
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bell's cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.

Another stout from Bell's? I was pleasently surprised to find this on tap on a recent visit. Bell's is known for their stouts and this one certainly rates. Extremely well balanced between sweetness and roastiness. Pours a thick and dark black in color with a medium tan head that had a little bit of retention. Nose is immediatly sweet, but with a dry cocoa character as well as a strong roast presence. Taste was very smooth and complex. Finish was of bittersweet dark chocolate. Very, very well done.

Slàinte!

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2005 14:28:51 | More by Gaisgeil
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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.