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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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108 Ratings

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-03-2001)
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 17:45:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 01:37:22 | More by 4000qtrap
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3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bastard poured a 9/10ths black with a pretty good sized tan to pinkish head. The retention was alright, but no real lace to brag about.

The nose was quite pungent. Roasted nuts, smoke, cocoa, grilled steak, and coffee. All the flavors had a pretty equal and harmonic presence.

The taste was as expected; coffee, dark chocolate and some sweeter molasses and brown sugar. Some astringency and warming alcohol rounded it out before the dry hopped finish.

The body was not lacking, as it was just shy of full. The carbonation was just right, keeping it sharp and tangy. It was pretty dry throughout, but especially so in the finish. An abundance of flavor and a roasty finish made it easy to keep on drinking (not to mention a modest 4.0% ABV).

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:50:13 | More by climax
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4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer many times, often with my favorite local, Goose Island Oatmeal stout. Certainly different (although both are from a less overtly sweet school than Samuel Smith's), but I think they stack up very well. This is one of my favorite Utah Co-op brews, and almost certainly my favorite that you can buy in a Utah grocery store (that is, 4.0%). I am told that this beer's namesake, a chef in one of their brewpubs, has recently died. I hope this beer lives on.

Beer looks the part, black with a creamed coffee tan head. Appropriate for a beer so strongly influenced by coffee. It smells like roasted coffee and dark malt.

Coffee dominates the taste out front, with a hint of chocolate, smokey and earthy malt, and a touch of citrus hops experienced as it goes down. The beer is not dry, but is less sweet than most oatmeal stouts I've had. I think it works very well, especially for drinkability.

The beer has nice carbonation and is smooth like and outmeal stout should be. The beer is one of Utah Co-op's thickest in the stores, and by no means thin, but I think it could be even heartier.

Due to the low alcohol and great taste, this is highly drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:22:44 | More by CHL
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4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:04:11 | More by Ezone024
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3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 04:30:46 | More by blackie
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown, bordering on black brew with a two-finger dark tan head which melts away at a medium pace and leaves a thin stripe of lace behind. Faint notes of dark chocolate and pine meander to the nose, wrapped in some caramel maltiness. Tastes of burnt wood and some very faint malty sweetness. A bit watery going down with a dry and hoppy aftertaste. This is beer is in no way even close to drain pour territory, it could just use a little umph.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:45:39 | More by stephens101
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1.68/5  rDev -51.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:31:24 | More by jneiswender
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to try this one thanks to Wasatch

A - pours a deep dark brown with just a few bubbles on top

S - bitter chocolate and coffee with some earthy hop aroma

T - lots of coffee and bitter chocolate

M/D - good mouthfeel, creamy with a bit of zippy bite to it

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 17:00:54 | More by mikereaser
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had before my dinner at Castle Ranch Steakhouse in Price, Utah.

A: dark brown with a light tan head. Fair amount of bubbles red accents when held to the light. Pretty nice looking beer.

S:coffee and chocolate, a bit of earthy hops. Really coffee like.

T: exactly like it smells. Huge coffee bitterness. Pretty fair but nothing fancy.

M: way too thin not smooth at all. Feels like a brown ale.

D: easy drinking, fairly flavorful beer. Mouth is entirely too thin though. Fair beer, probably won't get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:25:15 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:54:26 | More by beveritt
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2009 00:29:58 | More by GClarkage
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 23:20:14 | More by Patrick999
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft sample at SLC airport brewpub.

Poured clear dark brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture. Medium dark chocolate roasted flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 14:20:24 | More by tmoneyba
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 16:10:56 | More by Traquairlover
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1.88/5  rDev -45.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 13:17:09 | More by donkeyrunner
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2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 05:47:38 | More by colts9016
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:56:16 | More by russpowell
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2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 17:49:36 | More by mentor
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wsatch for this one. Cheers dude!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mild tan head that gradually recedes to a choppy cap on the surface. A few spots of lacing stick to the glass. Color is almost pure black. Ruby red highlights show when held to the light.

Smell is a pleasant chocolate/coffee combo. A slight hint of orange peel is present. Taste is slightly more coffee than chocolate, with a slight hint of hops bittering.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout. The carbonation is a bit prickly. A little weak for the style, but a good stout none the less.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:34:55 | More by bort11
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-04-2008 05:16:57 | More by Durge
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 23:13:38 | More by tempest
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Squatters Pub in the Salt Lake City airport.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the tap. The beer was a dark brown with reddish hues shing through when held to light. Light tan 2 finger head had poor retention. This looked almost like a glass of Coke, head and all.

Smell: Roasted coffee is front and center here, semisweet chocolate detectable as well. Very strong coffee character.

Taste: Coffee with a light creaminess to balance. Huge roasted character dominates, which becomes cloying about halfway through the beer. Slightly drying in the finish, but other than that I couldn't identify the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a thin, almost watery feeling. I was expecting at least some substance from a beer claiming to be an oatmeal stout. A big negative for me.

Notes: This was pretty disappointing, despite the awesome name. Tastes OK, but the whole experience just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 02:18:21 | More by BucBasil
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John.

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown with a light tan head that left some glass lacing.

S - sweet coffee aroma, sort of like coffee ice cream.

T - coffee ice cream flavor with slight bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - easy drinking brew

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 01:25:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 02:38:35 | More by paulthebeerguru
Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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