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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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90
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 9 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%

bmoraymond, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of parkeak0
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

parkeak0, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

robwestcott, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of albern
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My stout was a bit flat and didn't have much head. It was inky black and impenetrable to light. The nose is dark roasted malts, coffee, mocha, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. The beer is exceedingly smooth and has that silky and watery consistency characteristic of an oatmeal stout. The beer is not particularly sweet, nor is it overly complex. The smoothness, the creamy oats, the roasted and almost charred flavored dark malts are what distinguishes the beer. I only wish it had a better presentation. The head on this beer was quite inadequate and there was little carbonation. Freshness may have been an issue, but I did buy the bottle at the brewery in Portsmouth.

albern, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

blitz134, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

nhindian, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

gford217, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Brez07
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Brez07, Dec 02, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

trahantheman, May 04, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Freethyhops, May 05, 2010
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3.9/5  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.

PatandDavid, Oct 22, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

younger35, Apr 15, 2009
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3.93/5  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.

cbros, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

HopDerek, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  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.

tigg924, Feb 22, 2011
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Best before Feb 2014
Portsmouth pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown. No real head. Thin layer of light tan head. Some sticky lacing.

S: Light roast. Some cocoa. Milk chocolate. Some lactose-like creaminess.

T: Little bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Earthy hops. Nice chocolate bitterness. Light roast. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

inlimbo77, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  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!

GarthDanielson, Mar 02, 2012
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.