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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
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123 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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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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Wildman

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's:

I had a chance to have this at Bell's since I do not believe they are bottling the November Stout line anymore which included this beer. It poured as black at the night and formed a small dark tan, foamy head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. It had a medium body with a bittersweet finish. Glad to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2004 22:59:38 | More by Wildman
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours an opaque black color with one finger of light tan head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of burnt malt, cocoa, and molasses. A little bit of alcohol on the nose as well. The taste is malty and sweet, with coffee beans, chocolate, and caramel layered on top of roasted malt. A little bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, yet smooth across the tongue. It's very drinkable as well. A darn solid oatmeal stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 04:35:54 | More by SheepNutz
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2004 02:14:06 | More by CRJMellor
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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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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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kbub6f

New York

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

Thin, sticky lines and spots lace the glass as the medium-sized, tan, ice cream-textured head collapses. A little dark ruby highlights the black beer against a bright light. The nose is chocolate ice cream. Period. The front is sweet and milky. The middle is full and thick, but turns a touch sour. Strange. Bitter chocolate covers most of the alcohol bite in the finish.

This is a very good stout. It doesn't completely blow me away, but it's very good. Thanks again to the felonious monk.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 07:13:01 | More by kbub6f
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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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bditty187

Nebraska

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 10:45:52 | More by bditty187
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +20%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 23:02:18 | More by UncleJimbo
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jeffboo

Minnesota

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

Woke up,got out of bed.Dragged a comb through my head.I went downstairs and poured a bottle.Hmm Oats? Black as night elixer?Brown frothy top! Now my eyes are open, This is my breakfast. Huge aroma of oats and roasted malt,maybe even a hint of chocolate in there.Great roasty flavor with a silky,oily body. There might even be a finish of toasted malt in the backround.Beer can be
a way to kick off the day when it tastes like this.I looked at the clock and noticed I was late. Oh well, I have this beer to blame.
I can turn you on...............

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 18:25:32 | More by jeffboo
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

Bell's knows how to brew a stout, period. This oatmeal pours black with a nicely thick, tan head that hovers at half an inch for ages. The aroma is strong, and it's coffee, chocolate, roasty notes, just an addicting aroma. The taste if very much coffee, oats, chocolate, and roastiness, with a zesty carbonation, and then a smoothness with the finish, that leads on to a lingering and pleasant roasty aftertaste. This isn't the most drinkable stout, due to it's high sweetness and richness. But it's just a smidgeon below Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout as far as oatmeals go. I highly recommend this stout to any Bell's stout fan, or any stout fan for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 13:30:38 | More by AudioGilz
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stoutman

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 17:12:35 | More by stoutman
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johnrobe

Tennessee

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

Acquired via trade. This is first Bell's I've ever sampled and it is quite a tasty brew. I had heard that Bell's knows their stouts....and boy, do they ever! It pours an opaque, dark brown with a light tan dense head that retains pretty well. The smell is of chocolate with a strong graham cracker aroma (the oatmeal, I suppose).....very malty overall. Taste: the entry is sweet, but not cloying... chocolately, like malted milk balls. Around mid-palate a wave of espresso-like roasted barley flavor floods your taste buds and holds on through the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Roast flavors are more overt than I expected of an oatmeal stout. Nonetheless, this is a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 01:46:56 | More by johnrobe
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 18:49:31 | More by kunzbrew
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 14:49:10 | More by jtw5877
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marc77

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Approaching black, w/ a trace hazy ruddy brown hue when held to light. Fluffy, well retained, creamy light brown head. Loose lace remains. Mild chocolate, mellow deeply roasted unmalted barley along with subtle dark caramel and hints of smokey dark malt. Faint pearish tartness in aroma emerges after a deliberation. Rounded dark caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is supplemented with notes of milk chocolate and light butterscotch, then is partially offset and contrasted by coffeeish, smoke laced roasted barley bitterness and lightly tart fruitiness, respectively. Hop bitterness is secondary to that of roasted grain, yet manages to prevent residual sugars from becoming overbearing. Medium bodied, with a lightly silky mouthfeel from the oat glucans and protein. Finishes with an impression of sweetened baker's chocolate lingering on the palate. Bells has produced a delicious oatmeal stout with an enjoyable, pronounced chocolate character. Sweet overall in balance, but certainly not cloyingly so. Big thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 18:00:13 | More by marc77
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 07:34:42 | More by Dogbrick
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 13:16:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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BitteBier

Indiana

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

Pours black with scant hints of ruby at the outer edges. Compact tan head that is more foamy than bubbly. Roasted grains dominate the smell with some lighter notes that suggest a whiff of hops bitterness. That pairing of flavors shows up in the taste too, though the bitterness is more prominent on the tongue than in the nose and lingers considerably. I have trouble finding the oatmeal except perhaps as part of the softer afternotes. Mouthfeel is reasonably clean in this medium-bodied stout. Characteristic of most Kzoo beers, this one is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 19:15:37 | More by BitteBier
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 23:25:42 | More by cokes
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 14:29:37 | More by Mitchster
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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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Webby64

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this brew! Nice tan head, exceptional mouth feel, long bitter after taste. Slight coffee, chocolate aftertaste. Very, very good!

Puts a dent in the wallet but I will drink again!!! Let me enjoy! Usually, I am more "wordy" but I am getting buzzed!

Enjoy! I am!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 15:51:52 | More by Webby64
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Dark brown almost black color, decent tan head. Sweet chocolate burnt aroma, chocolate cocoa powder and light coffee coffee flavors, nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, yet another great one by Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 13:32:27 | More by maxpower
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