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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout - Broughton Ales Ltd

Kinmount Willie Oatmeal StoutKinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
80
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%


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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dgallina

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle dated best-before August 2006.

Pours pitch black with negligible tan head, a slight sheen of foam. Aroma is present but very weak; creamy oatmeal and toasted coffee malts. More flavor than expected from the smell, though nothing special. Coffee malts, a bit of burnt toast, perhaps a hint of leafy hops before a quick and nearly absent finish. Very thin and watery mouth feel. Easy-drinking, sure, but ridiculously bland and weak-willed for a stout. Another mediocre offering from Broughton Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 00:11:34 | More by dgallina
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Poured to a dark brown/black with a thick tan head that lingered ...excellent lacing. So far, so good. Tasty flavor of chocolate was evident throughout the bottle. Unfortunately, the initial flavor of each sip quickly turned to a watery finish. I had hoped this would improve, but stayed consistent for the entire bottle, and negatively offset all other good qualities. What started out promising was ultimately done in by this beer’s inability to overcome its low (4.2 abv) alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 13:19:06 | More by kimcgolf
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Graebner

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and smooth black, looks about like obsidian actually, or black glass. Ruby hues barely visible around the bottom of the glass where the most light gets in. It develops a couple of fingers of creamy tan head, and goes down to a finger after a few minutes. The head is pretty noisy, too...I could hear it fwishing as I set the bottle down.

Smells of cranberry, coffee, sorghum, and has a rich chocolate presence.

Taste is apple juice, lots of coffee, pronounced roasted sweetness, but well balanced with the hops. Finishes very smoothly with a smoky oatmeal hint. Pleasant taste, if not quite as strong as I would like, as though one took a normal oatmeal stout and added some water. Still, it is quite pleasant, and it sits easily on the stomach because of the relatively light body.

The mouthfeel is good, but unlike most oatmeal stouts. Somewhat watery, does not feel chewy or give very full body. Do not drink this expecting a Samuel Smith-like body, you will be disappointed.

Drinkability is great, due to the light body and very good taste. It doesnt explode in your mouth like some other stouts, but you could certainly sit down with this one for the long haul.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:47:43 | More by Graebner
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this, and I find it rather disappointing.

Nice appearance: good, ruby-black body with a thin, tan head that sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely.

Malt and porridge smell, with maybe a bit of chocolate, but not much else. Bittersweet. Weak, undeveloped and simple smell.

Taste is not much better. Buttery, roasted malt with hints of oat and chocolate. Very thin, and not terribly exciting. Sort of like a weak Samuel Smith, with a bit more acid tinge to it. All the oatmeal stout flavours are there, but they are not very powerful or imaginative. One-dimensional.

Boring mouthfeel. Thin and watery and feels almost flat. Drinkable, but there are bigger oatmeal stouts available. Decent, but disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 08:11:56 | More by BDTyre
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StrongandSmooth

Louisiana

2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The appeance is probably the best thing. The head was thin though and didn't retain very well. The smell was mostly nothing except I thought I smelled burnt banana nut bread. The taste I didn't notice any oat till halfway in the glass. I tasted coconut, which I am not sure why I did. The aftertaste was mushy banana, which was not that good honestly. As it warmed it seemed to get bitter, but not a good bitterness. The feeling in the mouth was of a thicker vicous liquid suspended in a super thin. It swishes around easily but still felt heavy in the mouth. It didn't finish what I had as it was not that drinkable to me.

Maybe it was too cold or the beer was bad, but this was not a pleasant experience

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 03:30:50 | More by StrongandSmooth
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Broughton is known for their good beers and colorful labels of local legends, which always intriques a history buff like me.
This solid outmeal stout pours a thick dark "off-black" color with very little head. Lends a sweet smell almost towards molasses. Taste is a roasted maltiness, with a flavor almost approaching sour. Still, it's satisfying and warming as it goes down. This is a beer that grows on you, starting with the aftertaste. I don't love this beer but I respect its distinctiveness and quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 15:38:46 | More by daliandragon
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Gagnonsux

Texas

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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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
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Wonka

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 PINT, .9 FL. OZ.
BBE AUG 05

Appearance – color of highly oxygenated and deoxgenated blood - somewhere between red and purple; light-cream colored, micronized head that has less-than-remarkable life; lace is minimal

Smell – malts; Quaker oats; some plum and grain and very light hop

Taste – roasted malt dominate a weak overall presentation; very light chocolate note; light smoke and hop close with really no character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel – crisp up front and the body fades midway then hits the floor late

Drinkability – there’s nothing that stands out here; the transition is too watery

There will be no return to the tribute to Willie and his Reiver friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 01:24:21 | More by Wonka
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

Best before August 2005. Served @ 55 degrees. Pours opaquely deep brown, bordering black with a nice, fluffy light tan head. Heavy on the toffee and scorchy malt. Oat is certainly more robust in the aroma than most other oatmeal stouts. Light prune skin, peat and dirt, too. The body reveals its 4.2% in thinness, but the flavor is wonderful, and it makes up for any misjustice in terms of it being rather weak. As with any beer that is weaker in alcohol, the water content of the beer makes it's presence known a little more. Broughton's source must be rather hard water; it's mineral content is in the forefront of each sip and transforms the dark malts in the mash into a slightly acidic finished product. Roasty and peaty flavors shine through. Wonderful, subtle carbonation keeps this sucker wickedly drinkable, provided one likes real ales. The most drinkable oatmeal stout I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 07:19:50 | More by crookedhalo
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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
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best oatmeal stouts I think I have ever had the pleasure of sampling. I think this may stand toe to toe with Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout! Quite a bold statement, indeed. It poured nearly black, as most stouts do, and with a lovely off-white head that foamed up beautifully enough to look like it was off of a television advertisment. The head quickly receded and left only a fine film of frost across the top. Nice tightly knit lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was quite sweet and actually smelled of oatmeal. (Almost makes me want a nice hot bowl of Quaker instant oatmeal) There was quite alot of malt, as well as a tiny bit of roasted chocolate malt. The taste, too, was very malty and chocolate like with some toasted oats. Just delicious. The mouthfeel was smooth with almost no carbonation at all. Very easy to drink. Just smashing!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 04:13:02 | More by SilentSabre
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GCBrewingCo

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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cokes

Wisconsin

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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ngandhi

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The lightly smoky yeast in Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout is absolutely captivating. As an American drinker who admittedly loves American beer, the closest counterpart to this sensation outside of a wee heavy is Stone Smoked Porter. Much like the Stone, this beer has a malty, almost gooey cocoa in front of a smoke character that could just as easily be missed.

Homebrewers behold: this is the difference between using smoked malt and using the right yeast. There's a profound subtlety to authentic Scottish beer. Wholly integrated, the smoke also gives us some enticing acidity and a structured dryness that borders on being sour.

And that yeast conductor ushers in different movements of raisiny malt and other dark, fruity flavors. The nose is all prunes and berries. That big Special B fruit shows you the tradition of the British stout, in fact, and helps us understand that -- as with Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout -- there can be much more to a dark beer than roast. There is more to beer than America.

Prickly cask-like carbonation.

This is real ale. Though quite obviously a dark scottish or wee heavy, the beer's depth forces you to question your own understanding of the style. This beer has a purpose.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 02:10:38 | More by ngandhi
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown inthe glass with hints of ruby around the edges. 1/2 inch creamy brown head and lots of lace. Nice looking beer. Smells of chocolate and coffee

Very smoky flavors. Hints of milk, dark bitter chocolate and light coffee. Some metallic flavors finish it up as well. It is bitter and smoky but unbelieveably smooth, some qualities of a cream stout in here and the bitterness lingers on the palate. It won't knock your socks off but it does everything well. A pretty good understated stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 17:55:39 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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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
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with red showing at the edges, topped with a three finger creamy khaki head, leaves thick sticky webs of lacing.
Chocolate, oat and alcohol in the aroma (odd with the low abv), strong roasted quality. Caramel and an earthiness a strong earthy quality.
The taste is robust, roasted malt is dominant, but good notes of earthy hops, oat, dark chocolate and caramel.
Full feel, creamy and smooth.
Full of taste but low in ABV equals a great session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 17:04:32 | More by mschofield
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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
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ark57

Pennsylvania

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

It pours a nice black with a tan head. The aroma has roasted malts in the nose. It is smooth and thick with some bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. It finishes with an almost dry, burnt malt taste that lingers. I would have liked it to be a little sweeter and not quite as dry for an oatmeal stout, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 16:20:54 | More by ark57
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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
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with crimson hues. Decent foamy head, didn't stick around long.

Smells sweet, like chocolate, slight fruitiness also.

Medium body, kind of watery, slight coffee and chocolate flavors. Really not a strong aftertaste, just kind of goes away.

Not really that impressive. Not terrible but I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 07:14:22 | More by Southernbrew
Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout from Broughton Ales Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.