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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of currysage1
4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

currysage1, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured at the brewpub in downtown Portsmouth this beauty poured a black-brown in color with a big light brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is chocolatey sweet wheat and malty grass hops. The taste is velvetty thick molasses and coffee and some charcoal. Sweet, maybe a little too sweet. But quite enjoyable and drinkable.

Durge, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of afausser
4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

afausser, May 31, 2010
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

MuddyFeet, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

trbergman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

BeerTruth, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Sammy, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

ShogoKawada, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

CrellMoset, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

ToasterChef, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4.13/5  rDev +2%

On draught at the brewery, served into a pint glass. Poured jet black with about one finger of head. Good amount of lacing throughout. Smells of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, a little vanilla. The taste is very creamy, full bodied with a low carbonation, not bursting with flavor but still good. It was my favorite currently on draught, what a great brewery.

BeRanger, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Donthoseme
4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

Donthoseme, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

bjohnson, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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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Bierman9, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

a: This was a dark brown color with some ruby around the edges. A violent pour produced a medium sized, big bubbled, mocha colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Clean sweet grains, roasty malts, and a bit of milk chocolate. Mild, but very enticing.

t: Roasted, mildly bitter grains with some chocolate flavor dominate. Some sweet oat flavors come along as well.

m: Certainly thick enough, but I wish it was more heavily carbonated.

d: Overall, this is a fantatsic tasting oatmeal stout. Ramp up the carbonation and this is absolutely world class. Thanks to joepais for this treat.

DIM, May 14, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

johnnnniee, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

flexabull, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of projektyle
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of anewlanguage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

anewlanguage, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

Jayli, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bckayaalp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bckayaalp, May 18, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

mountdew1, May 29, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

ncvbc, May 24, 2008
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.