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

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Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 66
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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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Zaphog
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I feel that any beer you can see through is to light, Stouts and Porters are running neck and neck with Belgian Song’s as my favorite "Beer Styles". The beer pours a deep brown to black color; the beige head and sheet lace are cocoa brown. Nose is high in oat tones, the start malt sweet, the top is full, sweet, creamy and rich. Nice toasted finish that has a moderate hop presence, deliciously dry, perfectly carbonated.

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dogbrick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's doesn't have the most inspiring labeling, but it's what's inside that counts, right? Pours a deep dark brown with a medium and lasting beige head. Decent lacing. Aroma is very roasty with some oat smell too. The flavor is not as sweet and creamy as many Oatmeal Stouts, it was actually a little dry. Flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a little malt lent to a smooth finish. Very good.

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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

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!?

Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.