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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

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 63
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 Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Mitchster, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

threedaggers, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark as night with practically no light transmission. Good tan head that's lacy and better than some others on Bell's Stouts. Slight chocolatey aroma. Nice mild chocolate milk tastes with senses of sweet cherry and plums. Heavy roast on the end. Mouthfeel is medium. Maybe a little to much burnt expresso late in the flavor but a satisfying beer overall. I think I may have all the Bell's Stouts covered -- so far.

ADR, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of CRJMellor
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

CRJMellor, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

bditty187, May 10, 2003
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

hollywood_15063, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a little bit of visible carbonation near the top of the glass, a small half inch head, and some small splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and some slight coffee.

The taste is similar. There's a nice interplay between subtle mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and more overaching roasted malt flavors. More bitterness than sweetness here.

Medium bodied, pretty full and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's great, I think it's draft only, so it's nice to get a chance to try it.

GreesyFizeek, May 04, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mrebeka, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Stinger80OH, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +22%

jak, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Phelps, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

alleykatking, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

marc77, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Stevedore, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

granger10, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

aracauna, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Wildman, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev -2.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Drucifer, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

russwbeck, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

maxpower, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of rudabegga9
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

rudabegga9, Dec 30, 2013
Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.