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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

135 Ratings
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BMoney575
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of walleye
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Photo of jackndan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of proc
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  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.

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