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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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90
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 74
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The addition of flaked oats add a “smooth” texture to this big black ale. Lots of chocolate roasty flavors tightened up by an abundance of Pacific Northwest hops.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003)
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.5%

01-07-2012 17:39:57 | More by kevgod
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-16-2011 02:00:09 | More by BierBliss
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codon2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-29-2011 19:30:50 | More by codon2004
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 15:22:28 | More by randomdanger
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 04:48:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 20:49:28 | More by BelgianDip
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-28-2011 20:39:06 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in a basic american pint glass. The beer was a dark black color with one and a half fingers of tan, creamy head. Some slightly carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass and the lacing was so dense you could not see through the glass.

The smell was of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and coffee.

The taste was a very heavy sensation with rich dark chocolate hitting the palate first with accents of black coffee, oat, and roasted flavor. A well balanced roasted characted to each sip with a very, very slight bitterness to finish off each sip.

Very very thick on the palate, this was possible the thickest beer I have ever had. But so well balanced and creamy that drinking it was quite easy, although filling.

A very drinkable stout and the perfect dessert beer. Tough to have this one with a meal, but by itself, there are few of the style that compare, IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 22:31:25 | More by Sycodrummer
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drseamus

New York

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery. In no uncertain terms, this is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had. The body is jet black with a thick white head. Amazing sweet caramel smells pour from the glass and make it impossible to resist. The flavor does not disappoint at all even with such a great aroma. Caramel and chocolate are balanced with some roasty character and the package is clothed in smooth creaminess. The body is decently heavy but if I had to make a complaint, it would be that it wasn't quite heavy enough. An amazing beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 15:48:57 | More by drseamus
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had during the Kate the Great day. This is probably a hidden gem of Portsmouth amid the craziness that was Kate the Great day.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a large creamy tan head and tons and tons of lacing, the lacing even had layering of lacing, in the end it looked like a how a tree has rings.

Smell was mostly roasted malt and chocolaty goodness, pretty much all sweet.

Taste was extremely creamy and went down very smooth, not very complicated but it makes for a very enjoyable stout, roasted malt and chocolate being the biggest presence, oh, and did I say creamy?

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2008 02:20:10 | More by deltatauhobbit
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Chocolate, oatmeal, grass hops, toasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of almost a spice?
T- Chocolate, light sugars, oatmeal, grassy pine hops, sweet caramel mixed with toasted caramel, light roasted flavor with grass, oatmeal, and something else I just can't pull out in the aftertaste. Maybe some kind of fruit?
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is probably one of the best oatmeal stouts, if not the best, I have had. It is great and there is something in there that's different that really brings a new side to it. All it needs is a thicker and chewier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:32:37 | More by BlindPig
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rayman2112

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-22-2013 01:49:00 | More by rayman2112
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razorsdescent

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

05-15-2014 03:19:19 | More by razorsdescent
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle from The Portsmouth Brewery...

Pours borderline black, with some dark brown edges. Minimal tan head rises and fades to a foamy ring around the glass with a small amount of lacing left behind. Smells of chocolate, roasty coffee notes. Taste delivers on the coffee promise, with a slight burnt edge, aftertaste is mild and not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel, with pretty active carbonation. It's great getting something this fresh. I've had some pretty funky Oatmeal Stouts, but this is just an outstanding example of the style. Tasty!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:20:22 | More by corey0212
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Bill for sending this gem my way. I had been looking for this one, as I heard I had to try it. Put it in the fridge to cool down from shipping, but leveled it off around 50 degrees for the serving. Poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 08/07/2008.

The pour was perfect. A rich dark brown color emerged from the bottle with a heft that let you know it was thick. Completely opaque with a rich tan colored head that was at least three inches high on the initial pour. This settled down reluctantly but still left behind a good amount of head, maybe an inch high across the top that stayed with it throughout the session. Huge amounts of gobby side glass lace then followed it through.

The aroma was a classic from the first whiff. Enormously sweet with a rich milk laced aroma that went straight to the head. Lots of molasses and lactose infused chocolate aroma coming off of this one, very thick, but not overly strong, this was just wonderful. As I go in for the first taste more of the same. Rich, thick, and coating full bodied ale that really just was a treat for the taste buds. Lots of milk chocolate like flavor that was infused with very sweet sugary notes and a ton of almost vanilla like hints. Slight bit of a hoppy note in the finish before that cookie dough like flavor took over and brought you home. Delicate Mouthfeel was just perfect for after dinner, but with a light ABV it was ideal for taking those bigger sips and the bottle as a whole was no issue.

Overall I thought this was fantastic. An instant classic I would take this one down anytime at all. In fact this needs to be looked at a bit further as I think it may be getting lost with the Kate hype. A true hidden gem that I was lucky enough to try, thanks again Bill!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:11:52 | More by mikesgroove
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pitch black with the smallest amount of light makin it's way through the edges, it has a thin tan head that quickly dissapates, this beer also has some nice legs. The smell is toasty and sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste is fairly similar to the nose with light flashiness a good amount of sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly clinging. This beer is very drinkable and is available now in the shop or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:57:25 | More by rowingbrewer
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brewery knows how to do stouts! Dropped by the brewpub for dinner with a friend and looking at the board I felt it was only right to go with the oatmeal stout for my meatloaf dinner.

A - pitch black, perfect creamy thick tan head
S - roasted grains, espresso, chocolate and oats.
T - espresso, bakers chocolate, sweet oats, sweet chocolate roasted grains.
M - full bodied, rich velvety texture, creamy smooth carbonation soft lingering finish.
D - so packed with flavor it cries out for more. so well balanced and light enough in ABV to say keep coming back for more you won't wind up on knocked out and lying on the floor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 14:10:31 | More by barleywinebrewer
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smuttanator

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, portsmouth knows how to do stouts. This stout goes right where so many go wrong. It has a nice mouthful, sharp chocolate notes and a backbone of oatmeal flavor. All in all an excellent beer that doesn't try to do to much. I'm glad to see the people at portsmouth appreciate subtlety in their beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:08:07 | More by smuttanator
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle received from xumbi in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch! Into my Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour results in an inky-black beer with a 1-finger thick brown ochre head. Retention is rather poor and this one settles down to a disk fairly soon. There;s some carbonation running up the side of my glass. As I drink this, there's some spotty patches of foam/lace on the side.

S: Pretty decadent - chocolate, cream roasted malts, licorice, a hint of coffee. Smells thick and chewy. Just a hint of smoke too. Wonderful stuff!

T: Starts off with a good deal of chocolate and cream with pleasantly burnt/roasted notes and just a hint of coffee. Finishes mildly bitter and is neither too full nor too dry. Great balance.

M: Incredibly slick and creamy on the palate - oatmeal, you say? The finish is pretty darned good too - pleasantly bitter and restrains from trying too much. One could possibly argue for more carbonation but I think it works really well as is - the lower level of CO2 highlights the slick and smooth oatmeal character

D: Incredibly drinkable. I was going to drink this as I worked but I think I'll get to work after this one.

Notes: After this, I can't wait to try my bottle of Kate! While a lot of hoopla has been made of bigger beers, there's something refreshing about a beer whose calling card is balance, delicacy and nuance.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 01:49:06 | More by DefenCorps
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-17-2012 23:31:56 | More by andylipp
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-11-2012 01:29:11 | More by Rhettroactive
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-01-2012 23:28:05 | More by phingdong
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zakkondratenko

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-05-2013 08:39:13 | More by zakkondratenko
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-17-2012 22:19:39 | More by erlenmeyer
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-30-2012 05:18:36 | More by Stockfan42
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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.