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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal StoutSquatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-03-2001

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 121
Photo of TheBeerWolf
1.32/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but this tastes like an ashtray. Appearance is nice and dark. Had a nice light brown head that stayed for a second or two. From there all downhill. Smells slightly toasty but a hint of ash in the scent. As far as taste bleh. I have taken a few sips wondering if it was just me. Had a few people in the room try it we all agreed ashtray. Unless you like eating an ashtray I would say drinkability is not good. Could not get through the 12 ounce I bought. I really hope this was a dud bottle but honestly I had a few others from this brewery and was not blown away but wow this stuff is aweful.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.7/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had at the brewpub in Salt Lake City. Beer was part of a sample tray. Served from the tap into 4 oz sample glasses.

A-light brown, off white head

S-somewhat of a chocolate smell

T-tastes like a stout that was watered down


D-I did not care for this offering at all. Simply way too watery and light of a flavor.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.99/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Good surly beer name.

Pours a blackish color; ruby red when held to the light. Thin tan head that fades quickly. Looks like Diet Coke.

Smells pretty good. Roasted malt, currant, and some coffee.

Stout flavored cough syrup. Starts out ok with a silky, albiet bland stout up front then WHACK!, you get hit with cough syrup at the swallow. Really strong, omnipresent cough syrup.

via colts9016, the review is not indicative of my appreciation

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Photo of afksports
2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one was hooked up from someone working at the Salt Lake City airport. I love me an Oatmeal Stout, and uber-local is always a pleaser.

It looks good too, with a jet black body and a brown head. Solid lacing throughout. Smells indistinct, a bit of oatmeal - sure - but for the name being captain bastard, I feel a little cheated. Taste is mostly hops and water, with barely any sweetness. Slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel is watery, and despite its meager alcohol content, this one really isn't that drinkable. I still look forward to visiting this brewpub one day.

When I'm a big fancy skier. Or Mormon.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Good black color with brown edges. Solid head.

S - Some roastiness, otherwise, not too much to suggest.

T,F - I did not find this beer to be particularly enjoyable. Plenty of roast, which is fine, but no oatmeal taste or more importantly, feel, that I could notice. Not at all creamy or smooth enough for an oatmeal stout. This might be my least favorite Squatters beer.

D - This one doesn't work for me.

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Photo of IceAce
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep mahagony with a medium tan collar of foam. An aggressive pour yielded a two-finger collar which slowly collapsed upon itself leaving about 60% lace.

Aroma: Nose is mostly roasted malt with a smidge of coffee lurking in the background. The roast is a bit over the top and detracts slightly from the experience.

Taste: The roasted malt makes an immediate appearance on the palate but in time resembles the houseguest you first welcomed...then couldn't get rid of. The lack of balance leaves me wondering about the deficient hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin for the style and a tad on the slippery (no, not diacetyl) side of the scale.Carbonation is good and helps out as much as it can.

Drinkability: There is nothing inherently bad with this one-dimensional beer...but nothing stands out, either.

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Photo of colts9016
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. There is a one finger head that dissipated to a quarter inch off white ring around the glass.

Nose: roasted malt, oatmeal, burnt sugar, molasses and a smokiness.

Taste: Roasted malt, oatmeal, burnt sugar/ burnt bread crust. There are notes of molasses, and some type of floral

Overall: This is an okay oatmeal stout. I found it thin. Lacking on the oatmeal and very burnt in some areas of the beer. I tried it at about 50 degrees. If you are going to drink this beer drink it cold or you will be sorely disappointed. The mouth feel is kinda creamy. The finish is slightly bitter and burnt.

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Photo of nataku00
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mentor
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger of tan brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells dark roast, soured malt, toffee, and cherry sour.

Tastes potetnt sour roast with dash of caramel support. Ashy. Hoppy grassy contributes to the drying finish. Nice cream sweet start, but dries really quickly. English fuggle/williamette hop flvaor. To much acrid from the black patent overdose. Burnt. Md body and sharp fine carbonation that stings the tongue. Very wearing, way before the end of the glass.

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Photo of tobyandgina
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head was frothy, tan, slowly diminishing, about two fingers. Good lacing.

Color was a reddish-caramel. Nice and clear.

Aroma was pretty thin. Very light malt, some molasses and barely toasted.

On the palate a very light body. A little oily/creamy texture. Not much finish, sort of watery. Some grass.

Flavor duration was average and moderately bitter.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a dimpled mug.

A-Poured a 1 finger head that didn't stick around for too long. The brew was coffee black. The head was beige and the ring around the edge of the glass was tan. Disappointed in the trace lacing left in the glass. The beer was too watery for the lace to stick. A lot of carbonation. I love stout beer and I want just a little less carbonation with a lot more cream on top. The type of cream you can eat with a spoon!

S-The smell was surprising. It smelt of roasted caramel malt, oatmeal, dark chocolate, smoked mocha and molasses. It smelt quite nice.

T-At first the taste was a watery molasses taste with a bloody/irony/metallic taste (it repulsed me!). After a few sips and when the brew began to warm, the other flavors began to bloom. I could taste smoked malt, oats, mocha, and hints of chocolate silk. I just wish the beer was creamier. I like my stouts creamy with a little warming effects from alcohol (especially when winter comes along). The aftertaste consisted of a dry molasses taste.

M-Medium bodied and quite watery. I like thicker/stronger stouts. Pretty average.

Overall-Not may favorite for this style. 4% ABV stout does not really do it for me. The flavors are fine, but the overall effects of this brew did not wow me. And I can't seem to think anyone would want to drink iron/metal/blood, unless you're a vampire.

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Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grainy and coarse-flavored black beer. Very watery in the mouth, but enlivened with a strong charcoal taste. Smell is kind of like a campfire after Smokey stopped by. Looks nice enough and it does tend toward mahogany on the thin edge of the glass. Maybe it's just what you're in the mood for, as it's not bad. Clean and crisp, just more harsh and sourish than you want to cozy up to.

Thin stuff that would be refereshing except for the excess of burnt flavors. Otherwise, no hint of malt. Apparently well named. AARRRGH!

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Photo of stouty1
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Mocha cappuccino and soggy grapenuts

Taste: Dry, creamy, mocha, mild roastiness and mild espresso bean up front. Moves to dark, but unburnt toast. Semisweet and more cream. Finish is chalky and dry. A completely average stout across the board.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/black color, huge creamy tan head, nice carbonation, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, coffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, nice coffee/caramel taste, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

661st Review on BA
Bottle to Mug

App- A very dark brown with a one finger head and a quick receding one at that. Very small ring of bubbles on the edge.

Smell- Very watered down espresso and some roast notes with a bit of oat behind it. Very small

Taste- For an oatmeal stout its in line with flavors and the profile but just falls due to what Utah is allowed to do. The oat notes give way to that watery coffee.

Mouth- A thinner feel with a watery note. Light bodied and almost high carbonated.

Drink- A lot thinner than I hoped, a bit watery and just a bit small on the flavor profile. Probably won't come back to this one but worth the try.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice rich tan head. The head lasted most of the drink, toward the end it was just a thin layer, which laced quite well. The smell was robust, sweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee tones dominate. The taste was quite good., had a taste of chocolate, carmel, malt and a coffee note toward the end which led to the dry finish. Mouthfeel was rather weak for a stout. But over all a good tasting brew for Utah.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Squatters Pub Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. pours a nice, rich black color, with about two fingers of tan head. decent head retention, with a light amount of lacing.

S: a lot of coffee, toffee, chocolate and caramel. a very nice aroma. slightly bitter nose.

T: a lot of coffee and chocolate, but most of it tastes watered down. not as much malt in this as I expected, but it is from Utah. no big hop quality either.

M: a little too effervescent for an oatmeal stout. not nearly enough body in it as there should be. a little dry in the finish.

D: good for blowing the froth off a few. but not really a good example of style. i am seriously questioning why there are breweries in Utah. damn limitations.

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Photo of patobandito
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight fizzy head. Smells a little of roasted malt. Tastes a bit chocolaty with a nice roasted flavor. Its a bit thin for a stout, but thats most like due to the restrictions that Utah places on beer. 4% for a stout is a bit on the light side. Its drinkable and pleasant, but not as robust as a stout should be.

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Photo of kagent777
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of June 29, 2011 poured into my goblet.

Appearance: An almost opaque beers that is probably dark brown rather than black. The head was fizzy and lasted only a few seconds and settled into one lonely island near the center of the cup.

Smell: Roasted malt with mild chocolate notes in the background. Maybe a hint of coffee. Overall nice but a little restrained.

Taste: A thin mild bitterness from the roasted malts with maybe a hint of earthy hops. There is a little dark chocolate character hiding in there as well. The finish is dry but not prolonged.

Mouthfeel: The real letdown of this beer, but I understand why they do it this way. The beer is too fizzy and the body too thin. They needed to do this to hit 4 ABV, if they did not, this beer could not be sold in grocery stores in Utah.

Overall: This one might be a stout that is non-intimidating for BMC drinkers.. Unfortunately, there are other stouts that I like much better. For a session beer, you really don't get much better except for the APA (Full suspension) that the UBC brews.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany. very low head retention. Smell is of toasted malt and coffee. Taste is mostly of coffee and oats. Mouthfeel is alot thinner than i would've expected from a stout. If you like the coffee flavor, then you might like this alot.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle, my first Utah beer. A thin head lasts about a minute before it settles leaving behind some minor lace. Dark black color, but transparent in the light. Smell of sweet coffee, toasty oatmeal, and light chocolate initially. Very nice. After awhile more dark fruit notes start to come out plus some caramel sweetness also. The first sip is a major letdown after the nice mix of aromas. It's immediately watery with a dry coffee tang. Disappointing, but after the intitial shock I can at least finish it. There is plenty of carbonation in theis brew, but the thin/watery mouthfeel is not very good for a stout.

This beer looks good, and smelled good, but the flavor just didn't add up. I probably wouldn't recommend it...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of RoundelMike
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have very mixed feelings about Capt. Bastard's Oatmeal Stout. It's excellent in some ways and weak in others. This beer smells very strong and is dominated by a heavy coffee odor, making it quite interesting. It pours deep black as a stout should but the head is not as creamy as I would like. The taste hits you as hard as the smell. Definite oatmeal and coffee in there.

This is only my opinion, but I think the taste is a bit overpowering, making this beer a poor session choice. I enjoy having one once in a while but it's not a regular for me. After having one of these I have to finish with something lighter.

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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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