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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
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 bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with a thin caramel colored head. Dissipates quickly, but leaves pretty nice lacing. A swirl of the glass brings the head back pretty strong.
S: Roasted malt and barley aromas. Dark fruits that have a candied aspect to them--vanilla bean aroma also. Fresh and leafy. A slight smokeyness to this brew also.
T/M: Roasted barley notes. Dark fruit presence of smoked figs at first. Smokeyness is actually pretty hefty, which is quite surprising, though not as big as a smoked beer. Bitter coffee and unsweetened chocolate are in the background. Robust and big on the palate with a thickness. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice bitterness with a dry finish--vanilla comes through slightly in the aftertaste.
D: Very nice and smooth--another winner from my favorite brewpub. I'm surprised about the smokeyness, but it gives this beer a unique quality. Worth getting if you can.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the Portsmouth Brewery. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dark brown to black color with a two finger brown head. Aroma is pine hops upfront, with a nice balance of sweet milk chocolate and coffee. The taste is nice chocolate and coffee with ample sweetness from the oatmeal. Some nice hop spice is balanced and apparent too. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a slight oily texture. Drinkability is great. I could down these all night. Flavor is strong but balanced.

Overall, a great oatmeal stout with a perfect contrast from the hops. Perfectly balanced and just plain drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drseamus
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a pint glass at the brew pub.

A: Opaque super dark brown liquid. Brown foam head.

S: Roasty oats and malt. Slight touch of chocolate.

T: Big malts, but not too sweet. Some rich chocolate. Some roasted malt flavors, but not coffee-like. Some hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste reminds me of milk chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy. A touch of stickiness on my lips. Good coating without too much flavor.

D: Very drinkable! I would love to get a growler of this.

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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.

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

22 oz. Bottle thanks to joepais. Poured into my Portsmouth tulip, also curteousy of joepais. Review from notes.

A: pretty much black with slight ruby highlights. The pour drops a good size deep tan head that leaves great sticky lace.

A: Very nice cushy chocolate aroma, with notes of roasted nuts and coffee. Earthy hops round out the nose.

T: Big fudgey notes with milk chocolate, slightly burnt sugar and coffee. Due to the oatmeal, it finishes extremely smooth and semi sweet.

M: Medium to full body, perfect amount of carbonation. Silky smooth.

D and overall impression: drinkability is through the roof on this one. I'm a big oatmeal stout lover and this one ranks at the top as far as best I've had. Very god all around offering, and absolutely worth seeking out. Skal

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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.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close to black with a thin tan head that doesn't have much retention. Smell is light chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Very clean and inviting. Taste is much of the same. Great balance of sweet and roasted malts. Some grains, milk chocolate, a touch of oats, and a hint of coffee and toasted bread. The slightest hop presence is evident at times. Mouthfeel isn't as big as hoped but still silky smooth and goes down quite easy. A good take on an Oatmeal Stout. Not quite up there with my favorites but damn good stuff.

Cheers to joepais for this in a trade!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for getting this in the Fight Club BIF!

Seemed like a fitting brew for my 500th review.

The pour on this was thick and heavy. The appearance of the stream into the glass was dark brown, but once in the glass - opaque. The head is thick, tan and retentive. The aroma of this beer is roasty. Coffee and heavy malt is noticeable and delightful. The flavor is strong of roasted malt. There is some spice and perhaps anise in the background. The real beauty of this beer is in the mouthfeel. It is full and lush - velvety and slick. Couldn't ask for better. Overall, this is simply a delicious stout.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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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!

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Photo of mountdew1
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the shop, supposedly the last bottle. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a complely opaque black that let no light through and had a small light brown head. A bit of cling to the sides with a small island on the top. Aroma was slightly sweet, completely reminded me of a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie. Taste was clean, a bit milk like with a bit of vanilla. Felt very good in the mouth. Not at all bitter, clung just right. Very easy to drink, pleasant and went down well.

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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.

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Photo of rhinos00
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Received this as an extra from a generous trader. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark fudge color, nearly black. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head. Great head retention.

S- I would give this a 4.3 if I could. Really has everything I could want from this style of beer. Plenty of toasted oats with some charred malts. Also a bit of brown sugar to add a nice subtle layer of sweetness.

T- You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this beer, especially after taking a couple whiffs. This beer definitely has a QC issue. As soon as the beer touches the palate a tremendous burnt, sour character takes over. Extremely unpleasant. Really hard to pick out any other flavors.

M- QC problem aside, this beer had a medium body with good carbonation. Would have been perfect for a sessionable oatmeal stout.

D- I drank half a tulip and the rest went down the drain.

Looking forward to a re-review. I'll leave this up until I get this chance to try this again.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, 20th Anniversary Portsmouth label. Thank you, Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Very dark, even for a Stout, it deserves to be called black. There is very little head and what there is is light for a Stout.

Stale coffee and bitter chocolate with a bit of charcoal and oak thrown in. It smells like a cup of cheap coffee with creamer or chocolate milk.

Things break down when one tastes this beer. First, it's within a wheezy breath of being completely flat. I stick with the stale coffee reference, but this time it isn't a cheap and cheerful, satisfying with the dairy in it, aspect. Slight sourness, sweetness is balanced reasonably by mostly dark malt bitterness and astringency.

It has the weight of an Oatmeal Stout, but it is all but flat. The bottle must not have sealed properly. Yeah, it's 1.5 bad. With any less heft it would be a 1.

It smells good, but that is all. Likely proper carb would fix it all, but Portsmouth wasn't able to pull that off with this bottle.

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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.

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Photo of jmalex
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's no Kate the Great, but hopefully it's the next best thing.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English pub glass a deep brown to black. Virtually no head forms on top instead offering an average collar with some stray bubbly haze on top.

SMELL: Coffee and chocolate are prominent as expected, but they accent a bready toast aroma which forms the base. The lightest hint of dark fruits comes through as well.

TASTE: The flavors is heavy on the chocolate and surprisingly light on the caramel and especially roast coffee. In fact, it only really shows itself on the finish. Bready base malt takes it place creating a unique flavor combination. Hops are nowhere to be found in this beer other than a balancing bitterness on the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: Velvety smooth, no doubt from the oats. The body feels a bit thin, but that could be a product of the low carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Awesome. A stout can't possibly go down any easier. A restrained ABV only helps more.

A very nice beer that's worth seeking out. After drinking this, I'd have to put it near the top of its style for sure.

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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

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewery, served into a pint glass. Poured jet black with about one finger of head. Good amount of lacing throughout. Smells of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, a little vanilla. The taste is very creamy, full bodied with a low carbonation, not bursting with flavor but still good. It was my favorite currently on draught, what a great brewery.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Stout on nitro tap at Portsmouth Brewery Oct 25th 2008.

Opaque black with two fingers of creamy soft khaki head. Sheets and waves of lace decorate the glass. Gorgeous.

Scent is chocolate, coffee, fruit, citric hops, and a slight roasty quality.

Taste is fruity and sweet. A vry slight hint of chocolate and coffee. Mildly roasty. Citric finish with a very light bitterness. Hints of sourness on the sides of the tongue. Sweet fruit flesh. I actually taste sweet fleshy pears and apples. Surprising how fruity this is for an oatmeal stout...

Mouth is creamy, soft and velvety.

Drinkability is very good.

A soft delicious sweet creamy stout. Surprisingly fruity however. Fresh fleshy sweet fruit seems to dominate and is stronger than the chocolate or coffee notes. Reminiscent of Portsmouth's Dirty Blonde with the fruity flavors and I idly wonder if some of the Dirty Blonde fell into the Oatmeal Stout and drowned? I guess I would prefer a bit less fruit and a bit more emphasis on the roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors, though this is rather unique. Still, a tasty beer.

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Photo of corey0212
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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!!

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