Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 70
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003

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.
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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of drseamus
4.82/5  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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
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?

Photo of corey0212
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
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!!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of smuttanator
4.57/5  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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  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.

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the pub. On nitro tap, to be more precise, which was a bit of a bummer because we couldn't get a growler of it.

Pours deep, dark ruby, nearly opaque with a chocolate-brown head.

Smells quite smooth, and surprisingly sweet and lactic for the style. Vey nice and rounded.

Tastes thick. It feels thick, too, but mostly it tastes thick. Bereft of the pleasant roughness I usually expect in an oatmeal stout, the result is a wonderful balance of bitter barley and rich milk chocolate. The balance is exquisite.

Photo of joepais
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the cask downstairs dry hoped with bravo. It was poured into an Imperial Pint and it arrived to me with a big three finger tan colored head that lasted. The color of the body was a typical black colored stout with no highlights.

I love this thing on the nitro tap but in the cask this brew shines as well. It is because of the great aromas on it this brew from the warmer temps from the cask. There was a nice fragrant hop with a great sweet grainy oatmeal aroma as well. You also get the roasted malts with all it toasted goodness.
Flavors' follow the nose rather closely very well balanced. I will say this was the Stout that got me into to the style. So I maybe a little biased. The body of the brew is nice rich and thick with good carbonation.

A very drinkable stout I tend to grab it when I am in the mood for a great filling beer to finish my beer drinking session. Oh yea its better from the cask ;-)

BTW JFYI if you have had it on tap at Portsmouth brewery it was from the nitro tap

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, very dark. This is pretty much inky black in color with a rather slight coffee-colored head that gradually develops to about an inch in thickness before slinking away to a ring around the top of the glass. Nothing like a big glass of rich, creamy black stout.

No surprise that this one has big roasted malt smell emanating from it. Wow. Along with strong roasty smell comes some cocoa and coffee notes. Some more whiffs bring about creamy sweetness and some very faint hoppiness. Lots of great smells with this beer.

First big sip and we've definitely got a winner. Creamy smooth texture with the bitterness of the dark malts is accompanied by mocha tastes and some nice sweetness. Very well balanced and very delicious. Everything comes together perfectly with this stout. Yet another great beer from the Portsmouth Brewery.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this on my last visit to the brewery with my wife, inHOPpursuit and bjohnson (see below) ;)
Charcoal black with a thin topping of light tan head...fades rapidly with some thin lacing.
Fantastic dark chocolate aroma with some robust, italian roast coffee...a subtle sweet quality with a lingering whiff.
Taste is, as expected wonderful...a huge fan of Tod's darker brews and this is not exception.
Incredible balance of chocolate to coffee with the oatmeal flavor to carry thru the finish. Almost green with hops, but the mild malty sweetness keeps this one in check...the roastiness is there from start to finish without lingering on the pallet for too long.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick for the style, but super smooth and the drinkability is through the roof, with the alcohol being totally masked.
Between this and John Harvard's version, I have become a huge fan of this style.
Thanks to Portsmouth for putting a bunch of your recent offerings in bombers...allows me to take a bit of the area home with me for a later date.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Brewery in an imperial pint glass. The beer was black with a thick tan head that was quite sticky. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee taste. Some late hops bitterness. I would best describe the taste as creamy. Maybe a little on the thin side, but still a wonderful beer to drink.

Photo of rpstevens
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, this is the most recent batch of a regular Portsmouth brew, but this is the best release I have had of this beer yet.

The appearance is black with a ruby/mahogany around the edges. There is a very thin mocha head that fades quickly to a ring and leaves bubbly, oily lacing.

The smell is bitter chocolate notes and coffee, as well as some oatmeal and caramel.

The taste is a nice blend of almost-over-roasted-coffee and sweet milk chocolate. There is a slight hop bight that really balances the flavor as well.

The beer is well carbonated for the style, medium bodied and insanely drinkable. This is one of the best beers that Tod and Tyler brew, and I look forward to it every time it's on tap. Again, I think this is the best release of the oatmeal stout so far and I am really enjoying it.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer for winning a LiF held by joepais, Thanks Joe !

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a nice sized tan head that hung on as a layer, leaving some patches of lacing.

S - roasted coffee and malty sweet aroma.

T - delicious tasting brew, rich, roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate malt.

F - full bodied, rich and creamy feel.

D - oh yeah!

Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of rich, dense foam, very dark tan with an island of larger bubbles at the spot of pour, retention is average, the lacing forms wide sheets which slowly snake down the glass side, leaves a few splotches behind. The liquid is extremely dark brown falling short of black, displays an orange tint at the glass bottom, sufficiently opaque to mask most bubbles within. The nose is super-heavy on the sweet roast, loaded with chocolate, toffee, coffee and a pinch of ginger, a burst of white grapefruit comes through clearly, the oats make it drier than sweeter, that said the grains smooth and there’s not a real hops presence here, lifts into a broad musk. Full-bodied, not that heavy, creamy carbonation helps it slowly move through the mouth. For its weight has good freshness and a svelte middle, in addition to the grapefruit you get pine and flowers, hops showing more get up and go here. Sneaks in cherry and peach fruit accents before building up mocha, cocoa, toffee and caramel, the oats likely add as much gluey texture as real flavor. Roasty residue extends the finish well. Good stuff, particularly if you are not looking for sweetness overload.

Photo of lifebeer
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this one from the brewpub:

a. pours a dark caramel brown with 1/4 finger of root beer head, some decent but not very sticky lacing, thin layer of head remains over time

s. sour yeast malt, subtle roasted malts, and sticking with the root beer theme, a whiff of sarsaparilla

t. bready, mild hint of roasted malts, very slight hop character, coffee

m. lovely velvet feel, root beer float creaminess, but not too thick

very inoffensive, delicious, fulfilling, could drink this every single day!

Photo of goRideYourBike
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into my New Belgium goblet. Soft pound to the paper bag label, simple and homegrown. Logo looks like a mug of beer with frothy head that could double as a loaf of bread. Bakery too?

a = Very dark black body topped with a tan, thick creme colored head. Fluffy and delicate above a still black beer. Settles to a medium-sized bubble filled cap.

s = Roasty and sweet. Predominately coffee in front of chocolate.

t = Chocolate covered coffee beans. Whereas the roasted coffee initiates the smell, chocolate takes the stage on the tongue with some cookie-ness. Is that oatmeal cookie?

m = Low carbonation allows the silkiness to stand out. Bows out gracefully to a memory of the flavor.

d = More please. Clean, delicious, uncomplicated, solid. Leaves me wanting to crack another bottle.

Notes = Thanks Dad! He picked this up at the brewery coming home from a road trip to Nova Scotia two weeks ago. Its worth mentioning that I cannot remember the last time he ordered his go-to Belvedere on the rocks. Breweries like Portsmouth are showing him the tasty world that craft beer is.

Photo of mikecharley
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Norica for the chance to try this brew.
The pour is a dark brown/light black color, the thin layer of head quickly fades to nothing. As I drank it, it left no lacing. Wish it had more head, and lacing.
The smell is where this beer gets it points. coffee, faint chocolate, oats, and roasty malts smell like such a good combo. The coffee aroma is perfectly balanced with the oats.
This tastes like breakfast in a bottle. The oats make it velvety smooth. It has a slight hop bitterness in the finish
The mouthfeel is a little light for my liking, but good, nonetheless.
Overall, a solid beer. Yum.

Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

YonderWanderer
sent me this lil' brew, from the BIF race 2008, thanks many Dave!

Black pour, ivory head tried to pop up, but died pretty darn fast. TONS of malt in the aroma, pops of coffee and toffee kick in and add to a very tasty treat quaff. Plenty of oats smooth out the burnt toast. Better try one if given the opportunity.

Rich and creamy, solid Oaty - more along the American style with plenty of hops lurking in the background to balance it out nicely.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a rich dark brown with thick carbonation. The head is small, dark mocha in color, and leaves ok lace.

The smell is dark roasted coffee.

The taste is good lots of big dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes as well as some oat meal with cocoa on it.

The mouthfeel is very good, rich smooth and creamy, big body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good I am quite glad to get thia one (thanks Joe). Prosit, MK

Photo of boonejag75
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the darkness and depth of color in this beer. A nice tan head and a trace of lace. It smelled of chocolate and a bit smokey to me,which i also found in tasting it. It was light on the tongue and and smooth in the mouth.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bomber from a bud who road tripped to the NE. Thanks CR for the hookup!

Overall, really enjoyed this beer, especially on a chilly Jan night.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one the other day after having lunch at the brewery. Couldn't resist having one after hearing that it was on cask downstairs in the Jimmy LaPanza room.

Pours jet black with a two-finger creamy tan head that fades real slowly to about 1/4". Great retention. Thick sticky rings left with each sip.

Smell is dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, plums, and just a hint of herbal hops and smoke.

Taste is all chocolate up front with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Sweet oats and dark fruits lead into some burnt espresso before some herbal and floral hops and a dry finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, but the creamy body makes it rather filling. Overall another great beer from Portsmouth!

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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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