Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 72
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BierBliss
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of randomdanger
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of shuajw
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this bottled in a trade sometime over the last year or so, but my notes seem to render the sender a mystery. To whoever you are, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours black with a short lived tan head that plunges to a steady ring around the glass. Next to no glass related carnage. Looks pretty gnarly in my Darkness snifter.

Smells of bitter roast and red wine vinegar. There's a creamy caramel dessert underneath, but the vinegar lingers over the proceedings like a Clarence Thomas pubic hair. Too obscure? Not sure this belongs.

Tartness atop lactose. Bitter coffee, light roast, and again with the vinegar. Odd.

For an oatmeal stout, the body here is really lacking: light with a low carbonation and not enough heft or substance.

Overall, this just isn't a very good oatmeal stout. I wanted to like this more, but there's just something slightly off. If it is an infection, it hasn't rendered the beer undrinkable. What it has done is render this a disappointment.

Photo of angrybabboon
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: I've had this beer more than once. Why? Because I couldn't believe what I was tasting...

Appearance: Nicely black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Roasted malts, oats - but not in a good way - something about the malts impart a smell of wet corn husk or wet cardboard, almost smoky - kind of sweet, kind of burnt, definitely unappealing

Taste: Again, not impressive - way, way too sweet - there is a bizarre flavor that lurks in this beer, like wet cardboard that was burnt and then covered in sugar - bitter, not in a good way - the roasted malts and oats make somewhat of an appearance as this approaches room temperature, but it is too little, too late - not good, but still not a drain pour

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, but thin - very thin for the style, almost remarkable considering that the oats should increase the mouthfeel

Overall: I don't understand how this could come from the Portsmouth Brewery

I had this on-tap in 2008, and I thought it was bad. Nearly three years later, I had a fresh bomber of it, and it still tasted bad. It's not, "I'm going to gag and dump this," kind of bad, just not even close to the quality of even the "average" Portsmouth Brewery offering. If you go to the Portsmouth Brewery, enjoy the other fantastic offerings and avoid this anomaly.

Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a bottle on 7/3/11, pours a deeply dark brown with not light passing through when held up to the light. There is a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly faded leaving just some spotty lacing.
S - bitter coffee, roasted malts, the oats and some lactose sweetness
T - roasted bitter coffee, oats and lactose type sweetness, the taste is just a bit too sweet for me.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with a slight amount of carbonation.
D - This one is just too sweet for me. Its hard to finish. There is just a harsh bitterness and sweetness that is overwhelming.

Photo of COBeerBuff
2.1/5  rDev -48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle received from CooperEllis in the (Blank)IF and poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Cracked the cap with a nice whoosh of carbonation. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a ton of carbonation. Almost 3 fingers of mocha tan colored head that recedes slowly leaving a huge billowy layer along the top and great lacing down the edges of the glass. The liquid itself is amazingly dark. Most oatmeal stouts let in some browns around the edges, but this one is all dark and mysterious. Love it!

Smell: Much like past reviewers, the nose is heavily slanted towards the bitterness of coffee. I was expecting some more soft oat and chocolate flavors, and while they are present, the roastiness of the coffee and the burnt grains create an interesting conundrum for my nose. As some others noted, there’s a bit of acidity in the nose that’s tough to put a finger on.

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and a lot of coffee are present, but this one is all sour cherries and spoiled fruit. My wife claims it doesn’t taste anything like an oatmeal stout, but she loves it. I don’t think it tastes anything like an oatmeal stout, and I hate it. I’m going to let it warm to see if it improves, but looking doubtful.

Mouthfeel: With the extreme carbonation present, the mouthfeel is incredibly light and watered down. I’m wondering if this is a QC issue or if the bottle being 7 months old contributed anything to it. It’s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to having a Portsmouth stout.

Drinkability: As it warms, its drinkability improves slightly, but this one is still too much for my tastes. I finished the first tulip, but couldn’t bear to drink the rest. I’m going to leave this review up until I get another bottle to review just in case this boils down to being a QC issue, and not a matter of letting it sit too long.

Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pitch black with the smallest amount of light makin it's way through the edges, it has a thin tan head that quickly dissapates, this beer also has some nice legs. The smell is toasty and sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste is fairly similar to the nose with light flashiness a good amount of sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly clinging. This beer is very drinkable and is available now in the shop or on tap.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Gtreid
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of afausser
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of trahantheman
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of cbros
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.