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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout - Broughton Ales Ltd

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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal StoutKinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 02-05-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opaqlucent dark walnut with reddish brown accents. I made up that word (obviously) to indicate that this beer is right on the border between see throughable and not. I wouldn't normally care, but this is a stout and stouts shouldn't even flirt with lucent as far as I'm concerned. The cap is tan in color, small-medium in size and is a below average lacer.

Kinmount Willie doesn't smell anything like a stout; not even close. Lightly toasted barley and sour dark fruit is the sum total of the nose. There's no roastiness, no chocolate, no nothing that makes me believe that the style designation is correct. Did someone have a bit too much product one day and mislabel the beer?

This isn't an old bottle, but it tastes old and worn out. It tastes like soggy cardboard soaked in a poor quality dark beer. There's still a bit of sour fruit, but it's washed away almost instantly on one of the thinnest stout bodies that I've ever experienced. There's very little foretaste and absolutely no aftertaste. Maybe BMC could learn a thing or two from these guys.

A look at the Broughton Ales website tells me that Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout isn't listed. That makes me think that it's been dropped. Or, as I prefer to think of it, given a quick, painless and well-deserved death in a watery grave. This is as weak and as gormless a stout as I've had in a very long time. Maybe ever. There are a few other Broughton brews in my cellar and I can only hope that they rise above this godforsaken dreck.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:00:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a Pint glass

A - Poured a very nice and dark hazelnut brown color with some light showing through on the sides givin off a bit of a reddish tint around the edges. There was absolutly no head at all formed on ths and that was with a very vigorous pour. Quite suprising actually as I thought it would have had a little more to it then it did. No side glass lace formed on this what so ver and to be honest it was really starting to look a tad bit thin.

S - The aroma was light but what was there was somwhat complex and defintly a bit intresting to say the least. A very nice deep nutty aroma took over front stage, but was supplimented by a weird almost cigar like, tobacoo infused, smoked aroma. Not your traditional smoked lager, weird like a wet cigarette or something. Very musty and kinda odd to be honest.

T - The flavor followed the aroma right away with a very odd overall taste. Again with the deep musty taste mixed in with a very nice nutty kinda flavor that was all but ruined by this weird wet and moldy flavor. Some hints of bitterness in the finish but there were muted and more a product of the nuts then anything else. The finish was slick and the just overall not very good here.

M - Very thin, in fact I could not rightfully call this one a stout, just not enough body here for me at all. There was just too light of a profile and a nasty slickness to the taste that I just did not cre for in he slightest. Lots of carbonation made it feel more like a lager then a stout and the finish offered virtually no real flavor at all.

D - I guess you could say its ok, I mean low alcohol and a decent carboantion prfile but to be honest why would you want to drink it, it just was not that good.

Overall I will not be going back to this one. It is supposed to be an oatmeal stout, but bore no semplence to any that I had ever seen and in fact was just a bland english lager as far as I was concerned. I will skip this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 00:46:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected a little more from this brew. Expecting a creamy, rich, velvety, roasted character, but it turned a little too acidic and scrubbed the palate a bit too roughly. A sweet malty flavor overshadowed the rich chocolate, coffee characteristic. Sweetness gets a little fruity (an artificial grape flavor). Not a bad experience, but there are certainly better Oatmeal Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 21:08:50 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost pitch black with oly a few ruby highlights when held up to the light with a large off-white head that sticks well to the glass,aromas of charred fruid and unsweetened chocolate wich are pretty intense for such a low octane stout.Taste has a milk chocolate quality along with a earthy finish pretty much what u would expect from an oatmeal stout on the lighter side.The mouthfeel is quiet thin but very smooth adding to the drinkability,a solid oatmeal stout but nothing earth shattering by any means.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 19:25:17 | More by oberon
Photo of JAHMUR


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-09-2012 23:12:40 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Jason


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: One pint, .9oz brown bottle with raised glass of hop vines below the neck of the bottle. Brief History about the Scot Kintmount Willie, famous Border River. Freshness date clearly scored.

Appearance: Black leather in colour with a well retaining tan lace.

Smell: Sweet in the nose with hints of creamed coffee and a chocolate malt shake.

Taste: Silky smooth with a light carbonation that holds the medium body together. Mild roasted malt and barley, dark chocolate flow within the smooth mouth feel. Perfect amount of sweetness to balance the roasted flavour and hop bitterness. Finishing a little dry in the end with a slowly fading burnt/charcoal taste.

Notes: Layered and complex like a fine dark truffle or similar. Very flavourful, good to pair up with an assortment of light and dark chocolates or even shell fish on the half.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:21:18 | More by Jason
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an impentrable black coloration, with a full, rich, roasty tan head. Very appealing.
Aroma: roasty, chocolatey, with bittersweet kisses of espresso, creamy cocoa,...
Taste: smoothness is the key factor, very rich, but supremely quaffable. Silky, yeah, and a pleasure to sip down, though I deny the urge to gulp it. Every taste urges on another. Everything I want from an oatmeal stout, really. Flush with a certain sweetness, but met with good grainy texture.
this was joy to drain down the ol' gullet, and quickly joined the list of favorite oatmeal stouts. I appreciated every inch of this one, indeed I did.
So far, in my 4-pack, we're one for one...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 01:22:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany/chestnut with a 1" off white head. Good head retention & some lacing

S: Iron & not much else

T: Iron up front then some choclate & fruittyness. Finshes dry with more iron

MF: Thin & flat

Drinks okay, but noting I'd reccomend. Broughton used to be better than this

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 04:47:18 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It has a dry dark malt feel with a slight oatmeal scent. It seems rich in black patent, roasted barley, and chocolate malts. The taste is good. It has a black malt flavor which is balanced with chocolate and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout. It's not in my top five, but it has good flavor and that never hurts.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 01:18:23 | More by WesWes
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle, nice art work on label.Pours nearly black,raises a decent tan head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Nose is off some chocolate and bready yeast/malt. Light to medium body, it is a wee bit thin in the finish. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Flavor notes of light chocolate, sweet coffee. Some chalky dryness and more roasty malt and chocolate in the finish. All in all a decent and pleasant oatmeal stout, but not up to the challange of the classics of the style. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 02:07:11 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light brown head fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black as coal. Light carbonation. Heavy bodied. Malty, bready nose, starts sweet and finishes smooth with a slight oatmeal after taste. Filling. Best before date - Apr 04 and this was very fresh. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 23:42:22 | More by jdhilt
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red color with a light tan pillowy head.

S: a big dried fruit aroma, rich chocolate, and some malty sweetness.

T: For flavor there was a big coffee flavor with a smooth texture that is very rich and dark. Some cocoa beans and dark chocolate close things out with a dark malty lacing. Only 4.2abv but drinksmuch bigger with a big roasted character. Leaves a nice bitter coffee lacing on the fade.

M: creamy from the malting and slick on the swallow, but a little thin per style.

D: creamy with a rich flavor and low abv makes this an easy one to put down with causal conversation.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:14:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-27-2013 13:59:06 | More by harpus
Photo of flagmantho


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown hue, very near black, admitting a little ruby tint when held up to the light. Head poured one finger of creamy tan foam, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity malt aroma with just a touch of roastiness. Fruit character reminds me a bit of mix berries. I like it.

Taste: light malty flavor with some roast, as in the aroma. More of that fruitiness is present, and bitterness is nice and balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nicely silky, creamy texture. Good stuff!

Overall: this is a nicely quaffable stout. I love a sessionable dark beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:02:54 | More by flagmantho
Photo of champ103


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color. When held up to the light, some ruby red is seen. Beige head and light lace.
S: Roasted malt and a woody/peaty aroma. Not what I think of when drinking an oatmeal stout.
T: A bit of oats. Lots of peaty and woody malt again. Not much depth.
M/D: Thin and watery. Inoffensive and easy to drink.

Nothing special, but this won't offend anybody that likes stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 02:11:40 | More by champ103
Photo of cokes


2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black cherry with sillyputty head in both color and texture.
The nose squeeks out ash and cardboard, with an even quieter malted chocolate expression.
Begins and stays waif tasting. Foremost is a nutty, dilute roastedness, seguing to a equally washed-out carob notation. Wafts of distant smoke. Minor berry-like sweet/tartness. Finalizes with a mild black tea herbal cue.
Thin bodied. Weak and watered down and impotent. It's not so much awful as entirely bland and soon forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 22:16:32 | More by cokes
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle with a Best By date of Nov 12. Sampled on March 27, 2012. It pours very dark brown to nearly black with a huge, foamy tan head that settles down after a short moment. The aroma is not in your face. It is mellow and subtle with dark malts and oats. The body is around medium and maybe a bit better. The taste tends to focus more on bitterness. It begins with a likeable dose of dark barley malts and then zings me a little at the end with a clean bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:10:35 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Brent


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not note that this was an oatmeal when I poured the beer, but right away the oatmeal sweetness lets you know what you've got. Very pleasant and almost understated roasted malt flavors of latte and Dutch chocolate. The sweetness is well balanced and the beer is not at all sugary. The mouthfeel is about average, but the flavor profile makes you expect something chewy, so that "average" almost seems thin. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 04:34:17 | More by Brent
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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing of Kinmount Willie Armstrong, so it’s nice to learn a little history with your beer. The brew pours a deep black color with hints of red and a modest off-white head. The aroma is a little quite, but is generously complex: oatmeal, vanilla, roasted barley, chocolate, and a faint smokiness. The taste is also restrained, but pleasant, with a little malt and grain, and a continuing oat character. It’s a very creamy, smooth beer, which I found to be one of it’s most appealing traits. Finish is dry with a lingering chocolate and roasted sensation. It’s a very mild, polite stout, and I think that I’d have liked it more if the flavors were more forceful. Still, it’s definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 19:16:41 | More by Suds
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black with ruby highlights. The head was tan and rose a slight bit, but fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was molasses and coffee with chocolate.

The flavor was molasses and coffee and of course chocolate. The molasses are a bit overpowering for the beer and the oatmeal really does not play a part till the end of the flavor after the molasses flavors subside. Also present was a slight sourness which detracted from the flavors.

The finish was just dry with the oats finally making a contribution and the molasses and coffee flavors lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium at best.

16.9 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 00:01:34 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost perfect, Kinmount is black with a great head. The head is very creamy and thick, with excellent retention. On the other hand, the aroma is barely perceptable. It's clean with just a whiff of chocolate. Kinmount gets back on track with it's taste. A moderately rich chocolate flavor is joined by a lighter roasted flavor. The classic oatmeal stout taste is fullfilled, but I think the flavor could be just a little fuller. Very, very good beer here, about one step away from greatness. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 18:14:05 | More by Gagnonsux
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Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown colour with a half inch of dense tan head. the head forms a thick lace that lasts long down the glass

smells like supercharged malt, more like a scotch ale than a stout. the bottle calls it a "scottish oatmeal stout", so that seems about right. rich and caramely, with a great bready maltyness.

taste is odd, not what i expected. there's a bit of malt and a hint of roast, but it feels watered down.

mouthfeel is a bit thin. there's some body, but nowhere near what i expected. the finish is kind of slick from the oats, but with the thinness it just doesn't seem right.

drinkability is ok. it's fairly low alcohol and not overly thick, but just not all that interesting. the aroma was great so i was expecting more. a little disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:35:13 | More by grub
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, deep ruby red with no light penetration. Just a wsip of a ring of tan head on the pour. No lace appears.
Aroma is light chocolate hint, some roasted coffee, peaty and earthy scotch-like notes.
Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, oatmeal and a pronounced deep resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet to start moving to a somewhat thin, watery finish that is a bit disappointing.
Drinkability is decent but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 23:04:53 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of JamesS


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark color, nearly black, although with very little head and lacing for a stout. Nice scent, it's very sweet from the oatmeal with nice burnt grain undertones. Nice taste, it has good attributes of a stout (burnt grain and slight coffee flavors) and oatmeal (you can actually taste the oatmeal here and it adds a nice sweetness), but all of the flavors nearly cancel each other out, and the flavor, while well blended, tends to be a little weak. it does go down very easily, though. Probably my least favorite of the Broughton Ales group that I've tried, but still worth a shot or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:58:18 | More by JamesS
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a thick head of small tight bubbles. The head hangs around and recedes very slowly. Aroma of brown sugar and cocoa. Mouthfeel is a bit tannic, but full and creamy. Flavor is deep malt and cocoa, with hints of raisin and fig. A bitter hop undercurrent comes through in the finish, followed by a smooth cocoa aftertaste. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 04:36:21 | More by far333
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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout from Broughton Ales Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.