Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a twist-off cap top. No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours a near black beer with rich ruby hues and a massive coffee coloured creamy foam head that stays and sticks.
Smell: Roasted barley, chocolate, milky coffee and earth in the nose.
Taste: Smooth and creamy mouth-feel that breaks into an astringent tangy roasted flavour and bite, with raw earth flavours on the edges. Hop bitterness is slightly lemony, has its own bite and rides along side the roasted flavours, both complementing and tag teaming the tastebuds (near wine-like at certain peak points). Carbonation is tight and helps bring the roasted and hop flavours right to the front. No real malt sweetness to talk about -- a bit of a neutral dextrin sweetness perhaps -- although there is some malt/oat body which is borderline light. Light notes of faint caramel, smoke and chocolate appear as the beer warms. Finish is dry with some residual astringency.
Notes: A very roasty and tasty Oatmeal Stout. A bit more depth of malt and sweetness would have been nice and help to balance out the tangy flavours.
11-03-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
3.26/5 rDev -5.8%
Brown cola colored beer, beige head on it, well over 1". Aroma was a lot of burnt malt, or should I say, heavily roasted. Didn't get anything to make me think this had oats in it at the time. Lots of roast, leaving no traces of chocolate, coffee or hops to the senses.
Taste, ok, we're getting a little smoother, but nonetheless, especially for a 4% abv the bitterness is too high. The malt is too thin for how heavily roasted it is. Sure its 4% but you still need some body. Needs some chocolate or more chocolate malt. Its a decent beer, but it is far from a repeat purchase. There is a weird acidic bitterness from it, like some jerk decided to put a lemon in my beer. Except no one did.
This beer has too much burnt malt relative to all the other aspects of the beer. Tone that done, or soak it up with a bunch more 2 row that isn't so heavily roasted, that's where I would start improving this beer.
03-28-2013 16:14:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
Basically black, revealing glimpses of dark brown edging when held to a light source. The head is tan and rises an inch or two before falling away entirely.
Medium roast coffee nose. Tracers of caramel and vanilla sweeteners, but this is foremost about the roast. And effective in that sense.
No surprises in the mouth, roast rolls in first and leaves last. Mild, but assertive coffee. Roasted grains. Ash. Flecks of oatmeal, which simulate cream. And some vague sweet undertones of cherry and vanilla. The finish is peppery, with perhaps a ghost of orange rind, and continuously roasty.
It medium-light in body, but the oatmeal gives it a creamed notion that suggests weight.
Stylistically, it's pretty much a spot-on Dry Stout. I like this....quite a bit actually.
04-22-2008 07:54:47 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Squatter's Captain Bastar's Oatmeal Stout is an easy drinking, full-of-flavor-but-not-overdone stout with a moderate alcohol content that makes it great as a session ale. It pours the typically black body and creamy tan cap; and offers a pleasant, lightly sweet and roasty aroma. The body is medium-light, and it's gentle carbonation leaves it silky smooth, adding even more to its drinkability. The flavor is roasty with notes of dark chocolate, sugary burnt toast, light coffee, and toffee. It's balanced by a stiff bitterness, and it finishes dry and ashen with some lingering roastiness. Nicely done!
03-31-2007 15:55:05 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +17.9%
obtained from trade with wasatch
smells like roasted toffee
looks black as night with a really creamy coca cola colored head, thin with no lacing.
drinks like a brown ale really easy going down, actually has similar earthy malt characteristics to the long trail harvest i reviewed.
the taste is roasted malts with a decent hop presence. leaves a pleasant coffee aftertaste.
drinkable anytime of year
11-04-2009 00:04:11 | More by Ezone024
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
I'm sorry, but Utah law struck again and killed another stout that potentially had potential. With the state law limited ABV for on tap beers...it forces brewers to brew with one arm tied behind their back. This stout had a nice appearance....deep rich almost opaque amber with ecru head. The scent was malt and roast. The taste provided a strong malt character, but lacked body. Try others if possible would be my suggestion.
07-14-2011 23:45:18 | More by WoodBrew
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
On-tap at the Porcupine outside SLC, served in a pint glass.
It sits pitch black with a tan head in my glass. Based on my first impressions, this could easily pass for a smooth Irish dry stout. Because of the 4.0% abv strength, it's a bit thinner than your averae oatmeal stout, but the java and cocoa roasted malts still coat your tongue - they're just not as strong as other versions. Definitely a tasty beer by Utah standards.
07-20-2008 23:13:38 | More by tempest
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
Thought I was done with all my beer from Wasatch & then I found this, cheers John!
Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Slight cocoa & coffee as this warms
T: Coffee & roasted malt dryness up front. A touch of chicory, iron & licorice all show up as this warms, Finishes dry, roasty & with some more coffee
MF: Silky, but somewhat light bodied
Drinks pretty easy, but not enough complexity to keep me interested after a few
10-11-2008 02:56:16 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
Presentation: Thanks to wasatch for hooking me up with this in a mix of western state beers. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts several old sailing vessels in a sepia print. To the side s a pig sporting a hat, maybe Captain Bastard? No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours with under 1 finger of tan head. This settles to a thin coating, leaving behind medium lacing. Beer is very dark brown, with just a little light seeping through the edges. No sediment.
Smell: Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. with just a hint of milk sourness.
Taste: Strong coffee bite upfront, almost to the point of being overly astringent. Very dry finish. A small amount of the creamy smoothness one expects from oats, but this only becomes noticeable as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, a little high for the style. Body is okay, maybe a little thin.
Drinkability: Good looks and aroma, but falls a short after that. Not enough "umph" for a stout.
05-20-2009 01:54:26 | More by beveritt
2.93/5 rDev -15.3%
Big thanks to Wasatch for the trade on this one.
A: Dark roasty black with a small brown head. Lack of creaminess one would expect.
S: Sweet malt, coffee, hint of caramel, and roasted malts.
T: As it sits on the tongue there is a nice coffee tatse but then the swallow brings it to the back of the tongue and a dry bitterness hits you. Slowly turns sour like a I sucked on a lemon.
M: Carbonated and watery, no chewy effect at all.
D: Definitely not a bad beer but leaves little competition for the leaders out there. But, I could easily drink a few in a sitting since they seem to go down pretty fast.
01-09-2007 02:31:06 | More by stouty1
3.6/5 rDev +4%
A 12 oz bottle from a trade with JohnnyM2002.
A: The oatmeal stout is quite dark, a deep brown-black that has some ruby red highlights when light sneaks through. The head was small on pour and never amounted to much.
S: The nose firmly reminds me that this is a stout. Roasted, chocolate malts emerge immediately, creating a deep body that is softened by the sweetness of a milky lactose aroma.
T: The nose sets a nice stage unfortunately the taste falls short. Some roasted flavors come through up front but are reserved and initially fleeting. The roasted flavors do re-emerge later in the ale, providing a nice finish. In between, the flavor is thin and lacking but does have a bit of the requisite lactose flavor, adding a sweetness that nicely cuts the roasted flavors.
M: The mouthfeel has some redeeming moments where the milk and stout nicely come through. In other moments, ill-defined flavors are the norm.
D: The ale has good and not-so-good but overall it is a serviceable milk stout, getting the job done without pushing any new ground.
07-15-2007 20:00:34 | More by akorsak
2.73/5 rDev -21.1%
On tap from Squatters Pub in the SLC airport pub/restaurant in a pint glass. Very dark beer with minimal carbonation. A small amount of tan head, but not as thick initially or as creamy as I would expect from an oatmeal stout.
Smells primarily of coffee and malt, with a small hint of oatmeal. Scent wasn't too strong.
Tastes like coffee and malt, but not too bitter. Not too much of the oatmeal taste or mouthfeel that I'm used to with other oatmeal stouts. Very thin, and bland in the mouth. More of a porter than a stout...
It was drinkable, but not something that I'd desire to have more than one of, nor would I pick it over another offering next time.
08-24-2010 04:47:26 | More by nataku00
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
asked mom and dad to bring back some utah beer from their trip to the nat'l parks. they brought me this...and didn't (and still don't) knw that oatmeal stouts are my absolute favourite. surprisingly, utah didn't let me down. pours a deep brown, almost black. a decent head lasts for about 1/2 the pint at which time it dissolves into a thin lace. smells mainly of roasted barley and coffee, which are the primary flavours here as well, along with some roasty chocolate as well. hints of caramel and smokiness also prevail. a few minor complaints: a bit overly-carbonated for my liking in an oatmeal stout (though not by much) and a strange bitterness/dryness prevails at the end. overall, a surprisingly good beer that i'd be happy to revisit should i ever fancy a trip to utah.
07-29-2003 19:13:01 | More by SixpointJMH
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to Colts9016 for this beer.
12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A = Nice clear, reddish tinged dark brown, almost no head to speak of just a slight amount of bubbles on surface.
S = Simple straightforward but pleasing smells of buttered toast with light coca powder sprinkled on top of it, when swirled there are some more bitter notes of black coffee and roots with fresh dirt.
T = Taste has good bits of light cocoa powder, and light bitterness in the finish, but the key word here is light. The tastes are enjoyable but they are very light and difficult to discern. Well balanced though.
M = Medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation level about average enough to feel but doesn't stand out particularly.
D = This one does go down smoothly. I could see having a few of these on a nice evening at the pub.
02-15-2009 16:10:56 | More by Traquairlover
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
a: standard pint, essentially black in color with some dark brown coming out only when held to light, attractive layer of carbonation soon recedes to a thin covering
s: charred barley and bittersweet chocolate nose, some malty sweetness but in good balance, earthy hops, smells nice
m: body on the higher end of medium with a moderate, somewhat effervescent carbonation, maybe lacking the smoothness suggested by the style, but no real issue otherwise
t: good barley char, dark roast coffee, and bittersweet chocolate with smooth caramel underneath, full and roasty with a moderate hop presence and bitter finish, satisfying
d: no problems here, could certainly go for another two, surprisingly flavorful and well-rounded for a 4% beer - didn't even give a handicap for having to obey absurd laws
tap at a local joint after a day hiking Arches National Park
10-19-2009 04:30:46 | More by blackie
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +15.6%
After hiking all day in Bryce Canyon I picked up this beer and some others at 'Rubys Inn' general store and returned to my motel, just down the road.
The beer was poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler and the tasting began.
Dark body with a good tan coloured head, low retension of head, with some lacing, but not much.
The smells were of burnt/roasted malts, chocolate and lastly some coffee esters.
The taste mirrored the smells nicely and considering the ABV it had a full body which carried the flavours well.
06-21-2010 17:45:27 | More by BlackHaddock
Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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