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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
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 164
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.

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

A- Beer is dark brown, minimal head but some moderate lacing.

S- Chocolate and oats. Fantastic aroma here, keeps my nose buried in my glass for a while.

T- There's a little semisweet and a little baking chocolate combo to start things off, followed by a dash of coffee. Oat flakes and sugar cookies. A slight hop bitterness to round it out.

M- Thick, full, good carbonation, never too heavy- perfect, pretty much.

D- I reeealy like this beer. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. I'll have to trade for some bottles or pick up a growler at some point.

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

22 oz. bomber courtesy of rpstevens - many thanks man. Tried this one twice before but it always seemed to be infected. Enjoyed from a flared tulip.

Appearance: Pours a velvety dark chocolate brown, smooth and luscious looking, with a relatively vigorous pour coaxing one finger of light beige head out of the murky depths, depths which are largely opaque by virtue of the depth of the color but translucent around the edges when held up to the light. The head doesn't stick around for long, fading within around 30 seconds, nor does it leave much of a surface dusting, and the only signs it existed once gone is a thin, dense collar and a fair amount of splotchy lacing, speckling the sides of the tulip.
The lacing that results from each sip is similar, very glittery and runny at first (poor retention), but ultimately depositing a fair amount of thin, creamy residue.

Aroma: A smooth, creamy, and neutrally toasty nose. It actually smells a fair bit like, well, oats, which come through unusually potently, given the lack of dominance by any other one note. Agitation reveals a good amount of faint toast, distant toffee, and half-roast coffee, with a few hints of spicy grass and light fruit notes. An interesting but very subtle nose.

Taste: A step up. A robust, smooth, complex brew. Slightly tart astringencies - that nice, charcoal sheen on black patent malt - compliments faint fruit and berries overtones on the upper register. Underneath is a sea of soft, delicate malt tones: toast, dark toffee, coffee, faint bittersweet cocoa, and that generic, all-encompassing wholesome oat note. Its all at once straightforward but also fairly complex, easy-going but thought-provoking.

Mouthfeel: A relatively moderate body - in terms of thickness and latent effervescence - that's made creamier and smoother by the oatmeal addition. A nice amount of slick milkyness.

Drinkability: Turns out there was a good beer here, which was the suspicion I had prior when trying this beer. No wonder the infection hit this one so strong - the underlying beer is very mild, smooth, easy-drinking, and enjoyable. At 6.0%, it's spot on for the style and low enough that I could pound back a few ... if I were fortunate enough to live in Portsmouth. Seek out.

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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 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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just one shade to the dark brown side of pitch black. Murky looking beer. Thick, espresso like brown head. Pours very thick and slowly fades to about a finger thick. Spiderwebs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of bitterness. Roasted malts really come through as the beer warms. A light lactic aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with hints of sweet and bitter chocolate. A touch of sourness to it as well...sour fruits to be more specific. As it warms a bitterness from the roasted malt becomes stronger.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy, much like an oatmeal stout should be. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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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 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 smuttanator
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of parkeak0
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. Ordered this after (stupidly) asking our waiter if they had any bottles of KTG in stock! A very solid example of the style. Roasty, dry, and creamy in a way that only a well crafted oatmeal stout can be. A good offering from our friends in New Hampshire!

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Photo of joepais
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of brdc
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks rpstevens for this one. Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I had a number of portsmouth beers recently, and have not been impressed other than KTG. This one being a stout, I have high hopes.
Nearly pitch black, a thin light tan head does not hold well, and there is not a lot of lacing.
Strange aroma, to say the least, some oatmeal and other sweetish malts, but there is also something acrid that does not belong at all.
Quite thin for an oatmeal stout, it has the expected sweetish malts, oatmeal, some roasted notes, but here that acrid note is even more evident, and it is really in the way of the overall enjoyment.
The more Portsmouth I have, the more I am convinced this is a "one hit wonder" brewery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 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.

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