Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
Raisin brown, not quite opaque, with orange-crimson highlights. The wheat toast brown cap has plenty of character and looks good atop the beer. It has a lumpy, bumpy, bubbly surface and is beginning to lay down quite a bit of Swiss cheese-like lace. This is one good looking bastard.
The nose is pretty wonderful as well. Might I have finally run into a Squatters beer with guts? The malt bill consists of pale, caramel, chocolate, roasted barley and oats. I'm happy to report that all have been used to good effect. Each sniff delivers a surprisingly robust aroma of bittersweet chocolate and coffee with cream.
Despite the light body, Captain Bastard's is chock full of flavor and is a damn fine oatmeal stout. If the brewery can create a beer this bold and this delicious, then why can't they do the same with the rest of the lineup? Cocoa and coffee are still the focal points. Due to the relative lack of malt sugars, I'm reminded of an Irish dry stout more than anything else.
The finish is dry and bitter, though it's hard to tell if the latter is due to a generous roasting time (probably necessary to get this much flavor) or to hops. I certainly don't taste Chinook, but that doesn't mean they aren't providing some amount of bitterness. This is a wonderful, balanced, flavorful, easy drinking stout that is disappearing incredibly quickly. Well done UBC.
I have yet to drink a 4% beer that has a mouthfeel bigger than light-medium at best. This one struggles to reach that benchmark. Normally I'd penalize a stout more severely for having such a non-stout mouthfeel. The mouthfeel in this case is satisfactory if one has the right attitude going in. Besides, some of the goodwill that I'm feeling toward the flavor is bound to spill over.
Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout is good beer and is the best beer that I've had so far from the Utah Brewers Cooperative. I don't believe I've had a better session stout in quite some time, especially one that refuses to compromise when it comes to flavor intensity. Thanks to Wasatch for this pleasant surprise.
01-28-2007 14:51:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate color with just the faintest of highlights; the cap is mocha colored and creamy and while it fades a little too quickly, it does leave nice traces behind
Smell: Really roasty, almost burnt, and while the aroma is pronounced, it lacks subtlety
Taste: Toasted black bread, up front, with a surprisingly bitter lemony character that builds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the burnt roast character subsumes the other flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy, too
Overall: A very different take on the style and I can see why some would mark this much lower if they were being sticklers; I rather enjoyed it, even though it lacked some of the elements I would seek out in an Oatmeal stout
Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site), for the opportunity
08-14-2011 19:28:12 | More by brentk56
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
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
Beer #15 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
Damn. I should have had this before the King's Peak Porter instead of the other way around. Whereas it's a passable oatmeal stout, it doesn't really do a whole lot for me...at first. As it warms, the tones you want to see really come out and it strikes me as more hearty. (This beer actually sat out for about an hour before I even cracked it open.)
My suggestion is to drink this one at cellar temperature, or after leaving it out for some time. (Got a lot better as it warmed and time went on.)
09-10-2012 20:43:37 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted oats, dark malt and a slight touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty, creamy and a little smoky, with flavors of dark chocolate, oats and coffee. It isn’t overly sweet and there’s a mild hop presence. The after-taste is smoky and a little bitter.
M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body (light for the style), light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is clean and a little dry.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, it’s one of the better Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve had. This seems like a perfect choice if you want a beer that’s light from an ABV standpoint but still has some substance.
04-16-2007 03:39:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
2.88/5 rDev -16.8%
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!
12-29-2011 04:58:44 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours black with dark brown hues when held to light. It is topped by a lasting, creamy, light tan head. Rings of lacing stick to glass.
The smell is of oatmeal malt with a sprinkling of brown sugar. Chocolatey with a balancing dark fruitiness and earthiness.
The taste is of oatmeal - lightly roasted dark, grainy maltiness. Caramel and chocolate give it a candy sweetness, but with enough earthy, fruity hop presence to keep it appropriately balanced for style. Finishes malty sweet.
It's smooth and silky in a medium body.
At 4%abv, this one is easy to drink - goes well with brunch.
Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade!
(Originally reviewed on 06-17-07 under Squatter's Pub - moved to UBC on 12-25-07 after being corrected by Wasatch.)
12-25-2007 15:55:29 | More by jwc215
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
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
5/12/09- Growler purchsed at Squatters in Park City, UT.
Presentation- From the tap into a growler.
Appearance- Nice dark brown colored pour with a 1/4 inch head and some decent light lace.
Smell- Very dark malted scent. Some suprising hoppy aroma as well.
Taste- Quite the roasted malt flavor. Almost smokey with a ash-like flavor. Some mild dark chocolate flavors with some hoppy bitter flavoring.
Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a slight watery feel. Hops stay quite a bit in the aftertaste as well as the ash flavor.
Drinkability- Quite a nice and change of pace oatmeal stout with such a low abv. Winner.
05-13-2009 00:29:58 | More by GClarkage
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
3.6/5 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
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
Black colored beer with a medium sized brown head that doesn't last.
Smells of chocolate and patent malt. There is a strange menthol scent to this. Hint of smoke.
Starts out semi-sweet with a big chocolate taste. Lesser taste of coffee and toasted grain. The taste is more like that of a milk stout. This does have little chocolate milk flavor to it.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this damn easy to drink. Manages to get a decent taste and mouthfeel out of a 4% beer.
04-02-2014 02:19:10 | More by Zorro
3/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
12-29-2006 23:01:00 | More by Wasatch
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
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that quickly dissipated leaving a very broken fine layer with no lacing.
The smell surprised me. I note a very citrusy nose that reminds me more of a hoppy Pale ale or an IPA.
The taste has some good roasted flavour to it up front with a heaping helping of citrus..mainly lemon...especially in the finish. I can't detect much of an oatmeal flavour to it; maybe the hoppiness is blocking it out? Pretty unusual tasting Oatmeal Stout that I can't say I favour that much. It *just* doesn't hit palate right.
12-21-2006 01:03:53 | More by Bitterbill
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
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
This stout showed black as night with a solid tan cap and decent lace. The aroma is a solid charcoal coffee bean and a touch of malt. The flavor brings lots more charcoal and coffee and grassy hops, some melon highlights that finish dry. Very smooth served off the nitro tap at Squatter's Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. Great midrange feel, silky and balanced. A bit of tang, subtle carbonation. Tart but pretty drinkable. A very good oatmeal stout.
08-04-2008 05:16:57 | More by Durge
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
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
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-23-2011 03:06:28 | More by FosterJM
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
Ahhh, Utah beer! I've had this on-tap and in the bottle and on-tap is much better. Pours a very dark brown--almost black. Nice, not--everly large--head, that lingered. Smells of roasted coffee and a slight sweetness. Taste...surprisingly flavorful and complex for 4% abv (the biggest hangup of normal Utah beers of course). Not nearly as flavorful as a Kalamazoo, but better than others I've had. Slightly sweet, but nice roastiness balance. Nicely carbonated, but the mouthfeel was a little thin for my stout liking. At 4%, it is quite drinkable (also evidenced by me finishing the pitcher). One of the better Utah beers.
07-12-2003 11:38:15 | More by alexgash
Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
79 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.