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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 154
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 70
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 154
Photo of Phelps
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (637 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (199 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep brown almost black color. A finger plus of a tan head forms and has good retention. Very small lacing around the base of the glass. Opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: chocolate, oatmeal and espresso. Lighter notes of roast and possibly some dark fruit.

Taste: opens with some strong roast leaning towards an espresso. The middle is full of a nice bitter and dark chocolate along with a bite of oatmeal. Finishes with a nice roasted to hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lighter. Some sweetness but large amounts of bitterness both from dark malts and hops. Smooth and silky feel.

Overall: another killer stout/dark beer from bells. Unique enough in their lineup but able to hold its own with their other stouts. (738 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (521 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.64/5  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. (402 characters)

Photo of walleye
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
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 (514 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell’s Oatmeal Stout: Thick black beer that light does not penetrate. Thick foamy, and very unusual head. It looks like a thick pancake is floating on the top of the beer. Very clean/coffee aroma. The taste is very coffee, and not as smooth as many oatmeals I’ve had. The taste has a very sharp bite, bitter like very strong coffee (not hops bitter). Extraordinarily long, long, long aftertaste of roasted malts. Very pleasant. (439 characters)

Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a style, I really like Oatmeal Stouts. They are like having a beer meal. This one is very good. As good as Rouge's Shakespheare? Almost. Pours out to a deep black. Taste is that of roasted malt with that oatmeal sweetness. Delicious. (243 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.05/5  rDev -26%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black as night without any clarity. A rich, creamy tan head sits on top and does a fine job of sticking to the sides.

Smell: Roasted grain aroma, a touch of coffee, and a faint sweetness. Good aroma, but not as assertive as their regular Kalamazoo stout.

Taste: Has a pleasant roasted flavor with a fair amount of complexity. Goes down with a nice bitter hop note. Good balance between the roasted grain and the hop bitterness. Has a faint fruit flavor as well on the tail end...a bit of toffee too. Finishes dry with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice medium mouthfeel. It may be a 'bit' thin for the style, as I like my oatmeal stouts thick and chewy, but it certainly fits the 'meal in a glass' description usually tagged with this style.

Drinkability: Above-average. I can see myself putting away a few pints of this.

I'm a huge fan of Bell's beers, their Kalamazoo and Expedition stout especially. This is my first time trying one of their November stouts and it's a pretty good start. Not outstanding...but I have 7 of their other stouts to try! (1,092 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely black in color. Nice creamy brown head sticks around for the whole pint.

Great nose of coffee and bitter chocolate. A bit of fruitiness comes out as the pint warms, as do some nice hoppy notes.

On the palate, the coffee and bitter chocolate flavors predominate. There's a nice supporting maltiness, and quite a bit of hop flavor. The bitterness is a nice combination of bitter malt, and hop. The body has a bit of the oiliness one expects from an oatmeal stout, but its thinner than some other examples of the style. However, this aspect helps drinkability. Very nice oatmeal stout.

This example was purchased at the brewery. (645 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (567 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (672 characters)

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