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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 70
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 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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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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 BeerTruth
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited Portsmouth during my Thanksgiving trip. Had this one in their sampler, then decided to take a few bottles home.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an onyx black with a one finger dark khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin frothy layer. Stickiness is very spotty, but some lacing holds on. Smell is creamy chocolate milk with sweet toasted oat aroma. Rich caramel and smoked malt appear in the nose as well. Very enjoyable one to sniff, can't stop putting my nose in this one. Light roasted coffee flavor up front which is followed by a woody oat taste. Some sweet dark chocolate malt and caramel sweetness on the tongue as well. Smooth and creamy medium body with a little bit of carbonation. Pretty solid Oatmeal Stout, not the best, but it's up there.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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 Donthoseme
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer i liked so much i had to buy the growler. It came out a clowdy black with a very creamy thick 2 finger head. It had a sweat roasted smell that wasn't too strong. It was very thick and full mouthfeel very creamy and malty. I really liked the thick full feel of this beer. And the hops were very faint which is what i wanted with this type of beer.

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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.

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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 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 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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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
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