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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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79
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice black with some ruby brown hues, one finger mocha head, not much retention and very light lacing.

Aroma of of roasty coffee and some dark chocolate

Taste of some roasted malt, strong dark chocolate, a sweetness of molasses, caramel and a hint of dry bitter hops.

Mouthfeel was medium body, moderate carbonation and very smooth, more sweet than bitter.

Overall it is a little sweeter than I prefer for a stout, however, it is an easy drinking beer, a little bitterness and some alcohol, I know this is utah.

dtivp, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of mk3
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe prejudice, I live in Ut. but I really like the Cap'n. Maybe 'cause I can be a Bastard too?

This stout is a very dark, reddish black and has a decent, creamy almond head but does have some good lacing.

It has a slight chocolate/coffee smell.

I like the fact that it is a little sweeter than a traditional stout(I'm not a fan of Guinness). but I admit it is a little thin.

I know some people say that our stupid(utah) laws ruin what could be good beers but this stout shows that low alcohol doesn't make the beer.(Guinness is only 4.3)

The Cap'n is my usual winter beer. I've been all over the world and have had many different beers and though not the best, Cap'n Bastards is in the top tier.

mk3, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of TheBeerWolf
1.27/5  rDev -63.3%
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.

TheBeerWolf, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of MikeThompson
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at SLC airport.

Really enjoyed this beer. Not the best oatmeal stout I have had, but a good American one.

Nice appearance, good foamy head, even in little flight glasses.

Smell was toasty and malty, as expected.

Taste was very upfront and toasty, with a hint of malty sweetness. Was weaker than say, Samuel Smith's, however.

Mouthfeel was a tad thin, and this really downgrades it for me. When I order an oatmeal stout for my breastfeeding wife, I want a thick delicious beer to support the baby! After all, that is why they made this style in the first place.

Drinkability was fine for the style, obviously this is not a session beer.

MikeThompson, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of afksports
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

afksports, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of 1099
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled a pint of this beer while in Salt Lake City passing through on the way home. Needless to say, I was very surprised by what I got.

Appearance: A jet black pur that only lets a little light through it. I'm not sure if this was on a nitro tap or regular co2 tap, but it did have a sticky, creamy, offwhite head that stuck around.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, a little whiff of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Tatse: It blew me away! First sip was like manna from heaven. Plenty of roasted malts along with a pronounced hop bitterness, combined with the creamy head, made for a very nice taste that I could not get enough of. Definitely exceptional in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. I know I'm drinking a beer when I drink this one.

Drinkability: Slightly above average because it is fairly heavy and higher in alcohol content. Would be hard to drink too many because they do pack a whollop!

I definitely recommend this one to anyone going through the Salt Lake Airport....You won't be disappointed!

1099, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of nataku00
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

nataku00, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
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.

4000qtrap, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of climax
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).

climax, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of CHL
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.

CHL, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
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

Ezone024, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of blackie
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

blackie, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of stephens101
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.

stephens101, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
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

M-light?

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

jneiswender, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
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

mikereaser, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
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.

pokesbeerdude, May 27, 2009
Photo of beveritt
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.

beveritt, May 20, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, May 13, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
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.

Patrick999, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
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.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Traquairlover, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
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

donkeyrunner, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of colts9016
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.

colts9016, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Oct 11, 2008
Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
79 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.