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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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

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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of mentor
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.

mentor, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of bort11
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.

bort11, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
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.

BucBasil, Jun 28, 2008
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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

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 10, 2008
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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.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Apr 22, 2008
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2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

tobyandgina, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.)

jwc215, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table a nice dark color with decent head and lacing. Had a nice deep smell of burnt grains and a hint of sweetness (I'm guessing from the oatmeal). The taste was good for a regular stout, a nice dark taste, but there was little to nothing in the way of oatmeal in the taste. It went down smoothly and I'd be happy to try it again, even if it's just as a stout.

JamesS, Dec 10, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle.

Pours a deep, deep chocolate brown. A bit thin around the edges though. Thin head that dissolved completely. Nose has a some fairly strong sulphuric tones that overpower some weaker oatmeal aromas.

Flavor is bit more charcoal than the typical hearty oatmeal stout that I have sampled before. Does not have such a wholesomeness as typical for the style. Picked out some dark chocolate tones too. medium body that thickens towards the bottom of the glass. Nice evening beer but a bit too much charcoal bitterness for a session beer.

MuddyFeet, Sep 20, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squatters Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout

Got this from wasatch in a trade

A: Jet black. The head is a dark tan / light brown color and is maybe half an inch. Leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: dark, almost burnt chocolate, hints of caramel, and oats. Not a bad smelling brew at all.

T: I don’t know what I’m doing drinking this in the middle of summer. This is clearly meant for colder climates. There’s that burnt smokey, chocolatey flavor that I smelled. It seems like it’s still missing something though, because some sips just taste watered down.

M: light bodied for a stout. Medium carbonation.

D: Even though it’s low in alcohol, I still don’t see this one as very drinkable. I’d probably switch to something else after just one of these.

chadspivey, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours black with barely a tan head that fades immediately. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is fantastic. Rich roasted malt smell with deep espresso and strong dark chocolate notes. Smells very rich and robust.

Taste falls short of the promise made by the smell. Roasty upfront with a mildly bitter coffee taste and very subdued cocoa flavor. Tastes nice, but not nearly as rich and complex as anticipated.

Thin body, low carbonation.

Well, the aroma really had me excited but it turned out to be a rather mediocre beer overall. Easy enough to drink, but not interesting enough to make me wish I had more.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 29, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola colored, it betrays some ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice head. Smells wonderfully delicious; its strong oatiness gives way to rich chocolates. Yum. Rich taste: a sweet start almost overwhelms a smoky bitter finish. The oats give a lot of heft to the body, but it's creamy enough to go down smooth. This is what I'll get the next time I'm at the airport in Salt Lake.

jbsteiny, Jul 20, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

akorsak, Jul 15, 2007
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3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

BigJTrucker, May 10, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 16, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft pint at the brewpub. One of the best visuals ever ... cascading both up and down from the middle of the glass, settling into the photo-perfect stout ... 1/2-inch photo-still white foam over the blackest of black beers. Great roasty aroma ... creamy and milky with a solid lightly bitter roasty, toasty, hint o’ chocolatey stout. This is good stuff. (#2792, 4/12/2007)

Braudog, Apr 14, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with faint mahogany/auburn highlights. One-finger of creamy tan head, fading to a thin cap & leaving behind decent-looking lace.

S: Old coffee grounds, slightly sweet grainy malt mixed with lightly oxidized sourness.

T: Tasty blend of lightly sweetened coffee & milk chocolate with a slightly smoked wood/malt finish. Pleasant grainy/oat flavor. Nothing complex, but the flavors are all good for this style of stout.

M: Thinner than some stouts, but a reasonable level of carbonation and gentle chocolatey bitterness fills the mouth a bit. Still it's a light to medium mouthfeel, hindered some by the low 4% ABV.

D: Not a bad oatmeal stout, though probably not one I'd have to seek out again. It's drinkable, has a low abv and pretty good flavors, so I can't complain much. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle...tried in Feb 2007.

msubulldog25, Apr 04, 2007
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 31, 2007
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great pour to start – a black night with a creamy ivory head – died just a tad too quick, but with only a 4% backbone of malt, not hard to understand. It still had enough umph to lace the ol’ New Belgium snifter glass.

Big whiff of coffee and little touches of chocolate malt. Taste is on the 4% thin, but still has a nice punch of coffee malt. I luv coffee stouts, so this really hits the spot for me, but it may surprise those looking for a pure Oaty. Also , the dry hop finish easily pushes thru the malts, ending sharp and dry.

Drinkable? Oh yeah, this would be the perfect session brew for me – winter or summer.

Good brew provided by Wasatch in a trade.

Vancer, Feb 17, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small creamy light brown head and some nice lace. Wow the roasted aromas burst out of the glass as you pour it out. Lots of roasted coffee character with some chocolate notes in the background. The promised roasted maltyness is washed away by the watery mouthfeel. Only vague shadows of the aroma actually reach your palate. Some of the roasted bitterness hit just before a nip of hops on the finish.

ybnorml, Feb 15, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 28, 2007
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2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

stouty1, Jan 09, 2007
Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
79 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.