Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
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 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. (364 characters)

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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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. (599 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in for lunch on 12/9
Served in a pint glss

A: This beer pours and opaque, pitch black with a two inger of rich, frothy light brown head. Head retains nicely leaving big clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rich chocolate, oatmeal, and charred notes.

T: Taste starts with charred and oatmeal notes. Roast then starts to lighten the flavoring while a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring comes through and finishes this beer out. There's a touch of a burnt aftertaste.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, nice silky feel.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, great representation of style. Another phenomenal brew from Portsmouth! (685 characters)

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. (625 characters)

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. (1,084 characters)

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! (565 characters)

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. (878 characters)

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. (499 characters)

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

Appearance: Pitch black with a reverse-cascading tan head. Retention could be better, and there's no lacing to speak of. Carbonation is pretty low.

Smell: Milk chocolate, licorice, a hint of molasses - I can tell this is going to be sweet and rich.

Taste & mouthfeel: Chocolatey as hell and very smooth, this may be the thickest, creamiest oatmeal stout I've imbibed. Carbonation is low, almost like a cask ale. Whether or not that's intentional or just my bottle I don't know, but it's almost to the beer's advantage as it only serves to enhance the creamy texture. There's a hint of spicy licorice to the flavor, subtle but enough to give it a bit of kick. The finish, again, is simply smooth - roasty bitterness is there, but subdued. It's neither overly sweet nor dry; balance is the word here.

Notes: Got this one from my buddy Dyan in a recent trade. Thanks a ton! As much acclaim as Kate the Great receives, it's surprising to me that I've heard no mention of this beer, which is just as good if not better. Excellent stuff, dangerously drinkable and perfectly balanced. I'd love to try this on cask. (1,110 characters)

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. (1,128 characters)

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. (655 characters)

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

Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan head.
After the head fades, some translucent mahogany edging shows itself, as well as some dotted lacework.
A partial skim-coat endures for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, and roasted oats.
Quite rich, and it has a lush, doughy component underneath.

Full bodied, exceedingly oily and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, and allows the velvet to roll on the tongue.

An oily mix of brownie batter, coffee beans, and roasted barley start the pallet.
The slick oils from the oats drys up quickly and a slight bitterness steps forward.
Oreo shells drizzeled with Kahlua in the shadows.

Finishes with a lingering dryness/oily mix, and plenty of roasty chocolate.

Talk about an under-the-radar brew.
Great stuff. (797 characters)

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 (780 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into a perfect pint glass. Love how this beer looks - jet black with medium dark brown foam. Disappates clear off. Oaty nose, some dark roasted background. Dark chocolate oat taste. Mellow aftertaste, quite smooth. Light smoothing of the bitters. Quite tasty. Example version of the style. (342 characters)

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a rich dark brown with thick carbonation. The head is small, dark mocha in color, and leaves ok lace.

The smell is dark roasted coffee.

The taste is good lots of big dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes as well as some oat meal with cocoa on it.

The mouthfeel is very good, rich smooth and creamy, big body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good I am quite glad to get thia one (thanks Joe). Prosit, MK (484 characters)

Photo of boonejag75
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the darkness and depth of color in this beer. A nice tan head and a trace of lace. It smelled of chocolate and a bit smokey to me,which i also found in tasting it. It was light on the tongue and and smooth in the mouth.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bomber from a bud who road tripped to the NE. Thanks CR for the hookup!

Overall, really enjoyed this beer, especially on a chilly Jan night. (409 characters)

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

Enjoyed this one the other day after having lunch at the brewery. Couldn't resist having one after hearing that it was on cask downstairs in the Jimmy LaPanza room.

Pours jet black with a two-finger creamy tan head that fades real slowly to about 1/4". Great retention. Thick sticky rings left with each sip.

Smell is dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, plums, and just a hint of herbal hops and smoke.

Taste is all chocolate up front with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Sweet oats and dark fruits lead into some burnt espresso before some herbal and floral hops and a dry finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, but the creamy body makes it rather filling. Overall another great beer from Portsmouth! (778 characters)

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. (643 characters)

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

YonderWanderer
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. (464 characters)

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. (607 characters)

Photo of goRideYourBike
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into my New Belgium goblet. Soft pound to the paper bag label, simple and homegrown. Logo looks like a mug of beer with frothy head that could double as a loaf of bread. Bakery too?

a = Very dark black body topped with a tan, thick creme colored head. Fluffy and delicate above a still black beer. Settles to a medium-sized bubble filled cap.

s = Roasty and sweet. Predominately coffee in front of chocolate.

t = Chocolate covered coffee beans. Whereas the roasted coffee initiates the smell, chocolate takes the stage on the tongue with some cookie-ness. Is that oatmeal cookie?

m = Low carbonation allows the silkiness to stand out. Bows out gracefully to a memory of the flavor.

d = More please. Clean, delicious, uncomplicated, solid. Leaves me wanting to crack another bottle.

Notes = Thanks Dad! He picked this up at the brewery coming home from a road trip to Nova Scotia two weeks ago. Its worth mentioning that I cannot remember the last time he ordered his go-to Belvedere on the rocks. Breweries like Portsmouth are showing him the tasty world that craft beer is. (1,100 characters)

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! (500 characters)

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. (316 characters)

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. (835 characters)

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