Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 163
Photo of afausser
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours un-infected (last 2 i tried, sadly, were) with a thick, deep brown body and a slight amount of creamy head. a sheet of extremely fine lacing envelopes the glass.

Smell: Smells smooth and creamy with vanilla notes. Chocolate, oatmeal, and light coffee. Absolutely amazing. Classic, but the smooth oatmeal notes give it a little something extra. Heavy chocolate syrup in the nose.

Taste: Tastes amazingly smooth. Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, cream, vanilla...all are in this one, with slight coffee, toffee, and chocolate notes, though it is by no means heavy. Earthy wood--particularly oak--and cherry notes. A slight bit of lime, sour raspberries, and bitter malts. Slight spearmint and anise taste as it sits a bit.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is a little thinner than the creaminess inherent in the taste would lead you to believe. I think the carbonation level is about right, but maybe could use a bit more, something between here and infection levels would be nice ;). It also comes across as a tinnyyyy watery, though when you hold it in your mouth for a bit the crisp carbonation bubbles come out a tiny bit more and work well with the brew.

Drinkability is good. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some cream in there as well. The flavor is more of the same with coffee, cream and chocolate as well as roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very creamy. (272 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black beer with a small dark head.

Nose loaded with oatmeal, light chocolate and dark malts, light roast and dark fruits.

Taste has chewy bready malts, dry and roasty, plenty of oaymeal, a little syrup and brown sugar even, hints of chocolate and creamy malts.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied, fairly rich and oatmeal creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, no booze, a little sweetness but mostly dry, fairly thick and rich but drinkable. (468 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewpub in downtown Portsmouth this beauty poured a black-brown in color with a big light brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is chocolatey sweet wheat and malty grass hops. The taste is velvetty thick molasses and coffee and some charcoal. Sweet, maybe a little too sweet. But quite enjoyable and drinkable. (324 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub with my lunch on March 11. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark brown in color that was almost black at second glance. Thick frothy head that would probably leave a moustache on the other lip. Nose was full of bittersweet oats and slightly of roasted barley.

Rich and creamy flavor. I would love to see what this beer tastes like on the nitro-tap. Lots of roasted malts up front that leave a slightly bittersweetness on the tongue. Oats give a nice textured flavor that makes this a nice slightly sweet and hearty beer. Slight hints of choclate around the edges with just the slightest of hop presence. Silky smooth and full flavored. Great early spring beer on a slightly chilled day. (728 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Portsmouth Brewery balloon glass.

A - Deep brown, near black, with a thin lace of tan head.

S - Chocolate, raisin, roasted grain, a slightly boozy aroma.

T - Semisweet chocolate gives way to drier roasted barley. Creamy coffee with notes of dried fruit. Bitterness only comes through in the finish and begins to take a back seat as the beer warms.

M - Slick, velvety full body.

D - Well-balanced, dangerously drinkable stout. (459 characters)

Photo of currysage1
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap while vacationing in Portsmouth.

Huge fan of this style.

The pint is beautiful, dark deep body with ruby tinting, head is very smooth, can't see individual bubbles, tan colored.

Smell is the place where this lacked, had a sort of lactic roastiness to it. Some other general grains, but not too much going on here.

Taste was great, nice roastiness, nutty flavors, everything you would look for in a good Oat.

Feel is really where this beer shines, my god I don't think I've ever felt another beer as silky as this, it was almost buttery smooth.

Drinkability is high also due to great experience, good flavor and lower ABV. (638 characters)

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up directly at the brewpub early August. Enjoyed last night with my wife and our supper: assorted cheeses, cold cuts, fruits and bread.

Poured from a bomber into my Portsmouth pint glass.

Appearance: A dense brown body is poured which looks black even when held to the light. A thin, creamy 1 finger head is formed and minimal lacing appears.

Smell: Faint hops, chocolate & coffee.

Taste: Coffee at first minus the coarseness. Chocolate appears in the middle and there's a hint of raisins and figs that grows more apparent as it warms. Some bitterness in the tail end that gradually fades out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Everything about this is smooth. Very creamy with low carbonation. Feels alright!

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. No sense of alcohol and the feel makes it slide down. I'll have it again.

Overall: Being less coarse that other oatmeal stouts, i at first found it ordinary but as it warmed, i appreciated it even more. Definitely worth trying. (978 characters)

Photo of cleeze
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about creamy!

Poured jet black with tan head. Little lacing.

smelled of sweet malts, chocolate, and oats.

Taste was much like the smell. Very tasty. Little bit of chocolate again with a very creamy finish.

Slick mouthfeel.

Even though it's very filling I still think I could put back a few of these. (309 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice foamy tan head. No lace.

Big coffee aroma, some good charred malt in the nose.

Big coffee on the palate, with nice bitterness and sweetness of the malt balancing each other out. The oatmeal does come thru, just barely, but you get it. Big coffee bitter finish.

A bit astringent and some tingly bite. Full bodied.

Real solid for the style. Liked this and would have it again. (401 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a very nice 2" head that recedes to a cap and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Rich taste of creamy mocha, just well executed to style.

Mouthfeel: Strong point for this beer is it's creamy texture. Clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: Again an excellent example for the style. (411 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark brown, almost black coloring with a thin, filmy, dense head that sits low and is a light beige color. Aromas of roasted oats, coffee, and a slight hint of cream. Flavors are rich and smooth, with a dark fruit sweet highlight laced throughout a coffee and cream backbone. Very light in mouth, despite the velvety smooth feel and strong flavor profiles. Leaves a decent, slick lacing along the glass. The aftertaste is more of the creamy and slight fruit sweetness, leading to a slow receding, lingering finish that is slick and darkly bitter. Very tasty beer! (630 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Best before Feb 2014
Portsmouth pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown. No real head. Thin layer of light tan head. Some sticky lacing.

S: Light roast. Some cocoa. Milk chocolate. Some lactose-like creaminess.

T: Little bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Earthy hops. Nice chocolate bitterness. Light roast. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. (343 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: cream and roasted malt

Taste: cream, dark roasted malt, and oats

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, very sweet for the style with a bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable oatmeal stout. I have yet to finda Portsmouth brew I do not care for. I could have several. (348 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bottle with me.

Poured an opaque dark brown almost black color with thin khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, citrus, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, oats, chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, roasted coffee, and a touch of citrus zest. Medium in body, low in carbonation. A little thin, but quite smooth combining roasty and bitter with some sweetness of caramel. While it's no Kate, it's still darn tasty and easy to drink. (482 characters)

Photo of cbros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into an official Portsmouth balloon glass.

This beer pours a pretty jet black that starts with a nice two finger tan head but that goes away quickly. I am picking up vinegar hints coupled with some raisin as well. I find this odd considering this is an oatmeal stout. The taste is more inline with what I was expecting. The taste starts with rather mellow but finishes with a hint of oatmeal backing that finishes with some roasted chocolate flavors. Overall a tasty oatmeal stout that is very easy to drink. I recieved this beer and glass as extras from the current Growling at the Moon leg, growling at the tax man. I have longed to try a Portsmouth offering and on a couple of occasions almost bouth on of the balloon glasses, so needless to say these were an extra special treat. Thanks joe for the beers. (847 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

This is a fine looking stout with a completely opaque near-black pour and a two-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is very sweet but with a huge dark roasted malt backbone with coffee and chocolate on top. Dark fruits and oatmeal are also present in the nose, very pleasant smell overall.

The taste is fairly tame with mainly sweet dark malts and dark chocolate. There are some dark fruits and roasted coffee in the background but nothing too big.

The mouthfeel is creamy with the oatmeal presence but pretty thin for the style.

The look and aroma are great on this one but the taste and mouthfeel don't quite live up to the promise. Overall a decent stout. (770 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber thanks to mjn5036. a real treat to try some Portsmouth beers

a- pours dark brown with a small amount of cream colored head. not great retention or lacing. despite the oatmeal.

s- mostly sweet vanilla with some light roast and chocolate. kind of reminds me of a muffin

t- again, I'm getting some vanilla, but I may be mistaking that for how the oats are used either way it's the main component of the beer and is enjoyable. it mixes with some chocolate, light roast and sour dough bread. very little bitterness and roast in this one and I could use more.

M- definitely my favorite part of the beer. smooth velvety mouth feel and very subtle carbonation give it a very delicate mouthfeel while still having good body.

d- smooth, decently light and no confrontational flavors make this one a very easy drinking beer (824 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer about a bit over a year ago from a generous BA for winning the BA Suicide Pool '07. I'm 2-2 on damned tasty Portsmouth Stouts so we'll see if the trend continues. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a huge two finger light tan foamy head that last FOREVER. Tons and tons of lacing is left as the cap never really falls below a half finger. Amazing looking beer.
Smell- Pretty darned malty with a deep dark roast and a bit of concentrated coffee. Light notes of milk chocolate, nuts and vanilla. It also has that sort of lightly citric acidity that I get in the nose sometimes when beer has been in the bottle too long. Oxidation perhaps?
Taste- Very roasted and acrid the first word that came to mind after my first sip was 'charred'. That's not a bad thing by any means either. All that malt and burn lends a very espresso note. Sort of nutty with a soft vanilla note and just a hint of caramel. The 6% is surprisingly noticeable on the finish as some char lingers.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sharp carbonation for the style with a medium body and slick feel.
Drinkability- Not bad. I really did this brew a disfavor by letting it sit a year though. The smell is a bit off but the taste is still really nice. I will try this fresh someday, oh yes, I will. (1,310 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style by any means, but this one was very good. Had on tap at 'Bones this past week. Dark black charcoal, topped with a fleeting tan head. Aroma promised small amount of milk chocolate, with a touch of roastiness. I was intrigued by the slightly oily mouthfeel. Tastewise, I enjoyed the creamy milk chocolate notes and smooth drinking. Finishes with a small burst of roastiness. A nicely balanced version. (421 characters)

Photo of trahantheman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at the brewery during a little afternoon lunch.

didn't see the pour but the glass arrived at the table with a solid, thick head with a creamy coffee color. the beer itself being black as night.

the smell was very mellow. no sharp roasty notes but everything was there. very pleasant. a fore-shadow of the drinkability.

taste was very delicate for a stout. complex for sure, hitting a lot of flavors but all in balance and none over-powering. toasty, almost burnt astringency gave it enough bite to satisfy.

the texture was smooth and silky, just like an oatmeal stout should be. If it was just a touch less carbonated, then we'd be talking real bliss. but that's just me... not a mark against them.

very solid beer from a brewery that i feel has improved greatly over the years. props to these guys and gals for putting out some solid beer and good food too. (870 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle courtesy of 603BeerMe, thanks Clark!

A - Pours a very dark black for the style, one of the darkest oatmeal stouts I've seen. This is contrasted nicely with a light tan, 2-fingered head, frothy in texture. The head retention is decent, leaving tightly condensed bubbles as a cap after it leaves. Lacing is generous and thin, leaving residual film along the circumference of the glass in broad streaks.

S - The nose is surprisingly dominantly coffee and espresso, followed by bittersweet chocolate. Not much from the malts besides that and has a distinct booziness which caught me off-guard for the ABV. The story of the nose is fresh coffee beans, definitely.

T - Much like the nose, the taste is full of coffee in the initial taste, but as the taste progresses, it transitions more gradually into the rest of the malts and chocolate. Much more balanced here than in the nose, thankfully. The chocolate is more sweet than in the nose and overall its more robust. The oats are very smooth here and add a nice, creamy texture. The finish is slightly alcoholic and has a tinge of hops as well.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation for the style. For the sake of the oats and smooth mouthfeel, I feel this is slightly overcarbonated, but nothing a few swirls in the glass can't alleviate. Not much of a finish, but it keeps me coming back for more!

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Solid flavors, if not a bit single-minded, would've liked to see a little more complexity, but the coffee tastes freshly roasted and we see two sides of chocolate here; bitter and sweet. Overall a nice drinking beer! (1,681 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery on a quick trip through New Hampshire. Didn't think I'd get to have anything at the bar, but I made time for a real quick pint.

Dark black in color with red highlights. Tan head with that reverse flow effect from the nitro pour. Came on 1" thick and reduced slowly leaving a sheet of lace.

Aroma was really light to me and I had to work to get something out of it. Overall it was a bit sweet and had some toffee hints to it. The oatmeal influence was there though.

Taste is definately formed on an oatmeal backbone with some sweetness. Toasted malts with a touch of char as well. Finishes dry with a little bitterness.

The creamy mouthfeel was the highlight of this beer. It coats the mouth extremely well and the flavor lingered for just long enough.

Okay drinkability. Flavor was alright to me but the aroma was lacking. The mouthfeel pulls this up. Overall easy to drink and my pint disappeared quickly. (944 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in for the lunch a few weeks ago and finally took notes on one of my favorites from Portsmouth. 16oz served in a pint glass

A: Solid black for the most part, but I do see some amber towards the bottom of the glass. Big frothy cream colored head which sticks around until the end. Some thick lacing towards the top

S: Nose is probably the weakest part of this beer. Not much too it; some roasted oat and malt

T: Ah yes, the beer I remember. Dark chocolate, light roast, flaked oat. Some sweetness from the chocolate malt

M: Full bodied. I love that Portsmouth puts all their stouts on nitro, just seems to work so well. Smooth and creamy

D: My glass was empty before I knew it. Very flavorful and easy drinking. Recommended (735 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to straffordmilitia for the brew and the glass i'm pouring it into.

poured cold from the bottle to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass a deep rich dark chocolate black with a 1/2 finger, short lasting, mocha head leaving a thin rim clinging to the side of the glass and a small bit if spotty lace.

subtle aroma of chocolate, sweet malt and oatbread.

toasty malts, semi sweet chocolate, graham cracker, subtly bitter, and as it warms, a bit of coffee.

thin for the style, mild bitter, creamy smooth.

drinkable - yep bomber.

overall - very good, smooth, easy to drink. (582 characters)

Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.