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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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and balanced stout, the claim was met of balance through the oats. Probably better than having it on nitro. Very drinkable, and good thickness to mouthfeel. Black with moderate white head. Roasted barley aroma, and some coffee in there. Not bitter nor sweet. (270 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a reverse-cascading tan head. Retention could be better, and there's no lacing to speak of. Carbonation is pretty low.

Smell: Milk chocolate, licorice, a hint of molasses - I can tell this is going to be sweet and rich.

Taste & mouthfeel: Chocolatey as hell and very smooth, this may be the thickest, creamiest oatmeal stout I've imbibed. Carbonation is low, almost like a cask ale. Whether or not that's intentional or just my bottle I don't know, but it's almost to the beer's advantage as it only serves to enhance the creamy texture. There's a hint of spicy licorice to the flavor, subtle but enough to give it a bit of kick. The finish, again, is simply smooth - roasty bitterness is there, but subdued. It's neither overly sweet nor dry; balance is the word here.

Notes: Got this one from my buddy Dyan in a recent trade. Thanks a ton! As much acclaim as Kate the Great receives, it's surprising to me that I've heard no mention of this beer, which is just as good if not better. Excellent stuff, dangerously drinkable and perfectly balanced. I'd love to try this on cask. (1,110 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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! (1,771 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 2 fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Thin creamy layer of retention that just skims the surface, leaving a nice looking latticwork of lacing behind. The aroma is quite roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, some oatmeal sweetness, and floral hops in the back.

The taste is touch more muted than the aroma was, with notes of roast, chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with a smack of citrus and a tingle of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with a silky oatmeal feel to it but the carbonation still stays firm in the mouth.

Pretty good for the style. I just missed this on nitro at the brewpub but I'm glad that they still had some bottles available. (739 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 TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from purplehops courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a very thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very creamy with oats, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: The taste is as well-balanced as any stout that I’ve had, with flavors of dark chocolate, oatmeal & roasted coffee. There’s a hearty malt character, but it’s thinner than most beers in the style. There’s also a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slight sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, very light carbonation, finish is dry and very clean for the style.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, the fact that this beer has all of the substance of an Oatmeal Stout but seems to be much lighter definitely adds to the drinkability of this beer. This is a good beer to drink when you’re in the mood to drink a lot and you’re also in the mood for a dark beer. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Poured a solid black color with a small ringlet of tan bubbles for a head. Basic stouty aroma, dark roasty malts, small hints of coffee and cocoa. More of the same in the taste, dark malts, fairly roasty, coffee bitterness, a little earthiness, and a bit of tea-like astringency. Pretty bland and underwhelming overall. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, especially for an oatmeal stout, body was about medium. Not a very good stout, IMO, and I'm pretty sure someone with a homebrew extract kit could make something as good if not better. (563 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 johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap today at the brewery.
Pours a solid black with just the faintest of brown highlights on the edges. A minimal khaki head that dissipates quickly. Smells of toasted malts, roasted coffee, hints of milk chocolate and steeping grains as well. Tastes of creamy chocolate up front, roasted coffee and toasted malts mid way through with a long lingering roasted bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation and a medium body. Very tasty brew. I could certainly see myself throwing a few of these back. (555 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 glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark brown color that's a few shades away from being black with dark ruby highlights. Head is tan and recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of chocolate and lighter hints of molasses. The roasted malt aromas diminish near the end of the glass.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted and sweet malt flavors are joined by milk chocolate, though I didn't taste as much molasses as the smell led me to believe would be there. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's certainly creamy, though I would like just a little more body. The carbonation is soft and it still goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good - the low ABV is a nice surprise.

Overall this was a tasty beer - Portsmouth is batting 1.000 with me right now. Thanks again to gford217. (878 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,356 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 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 lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (520 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 jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple pints of this while at the brewpub. Beer came to me a pitch black with about a finger and a half of thick, creamy, almost tan colored head. Head quickly faded into a thin layer atop the beer. Left a nice thin coating of lace from top to bottom on the glass. Smelled of dark chocolates, toffee, some roasted coffee and oats. Taste was quite the same but better. Plenty of chocolate, coffee, a little bit of hops in the mix, a sweet touch of vanilla, and again the flaked oats. Had a very rich flavor to it. Mouthfeel was full and thick and a bit creamy. Very good drinkability from this one. This is probably now my favorite oatmeal stout. (655 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 Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewery, a typical St Pattys time of year offering.

This sucka was a deep, dark brown color, with no light penetrating whatsoever! The head was tan, creamy and smooth, long-lasting, with a fine, tight bead. Lacing was top-shelf! Lovely nose, with a nice mix of coffee and roasty malt! Oh yeah!! Body fell in the medium range, though I thought it could be fuller. On the tongue? Smooth and velvety....gotta love it! A silky feel on the palate. Quite welcome!

Super combo of roasty malt, coffee notes, and some chocolate mixed in as well. Had sort of a mocha accent to it. The finish was a bit dry, yet the longlasting aftertaste was oh-so-pleasant!
This was a verry quaffable bier....easy going down and a palate-pleaser all the way! Cheers!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of joepais, thanks again!

This is from notes...

Pours a flat black color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of chocolate, oats, cereal grains, and roasted malts.

Beer tastes surprisingly bitter to me. Lots of dark bakers chocolate flavors, and a pine hop bite on the finish. Taste is very clean, with a subtle oat character, and a nice overall crisp and creamy taste.

Mouthfeel is ok, but too watery and thin feeling for my tastes.

Drinkability is quite good, the only real flaw I found was the weak mouthfeel. But this is a nice easy drinking stout, that has lots of flavor. (599 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into a perfect pint glass. Love how this beer looks - jet black with medium dark brown foam. Disappates clear off. Oaty nose, some dark roasted background. Dark chocolate oat taste. Mellow aftertaste, quite smooth. Light smoothing of the bitters. Quite tasty. Example version of the style. (342 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle from the brewery in May.
The beer pours jet black with a tan head. The nose is reminiscent of pungent buttery popcorn, laundry water, and a touch of metal. The taste is equally reminiscent of dirty lines...however, I must move on through the review...because I poured it from a bottle.
It's a drinkable stout with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol. You would not know this was an oatmeal stout. The body is watery and in combination with all else wrong with this beer...this is an epic fail.
Quite undrinkable and a huge disappointment. (566 characters)

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