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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout

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90
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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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ZEB89

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-29-2014 03:22:10 | More by ZEB89
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

02-08-2009 14:25:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

I got this beer for winning a LiF held by joepais, Thanks Joe !

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a nice sized tan head that hung on as a layer, leaving some patches of lacing.

S - roasted coffee and malty sweet aroma.

T - delicious tasting brew, rich, roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate malt.

F - full bodied, rich and creamy feel.

D - oh yeah!

09-15-2008 00:56:04 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

02-22-2011 14:37:12 | More by tigg924
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

508

03-15-2003 14:20:23 | More by Bierman9
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

08-12-2007 14:38:27 | More by jaxon53
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Vancer

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

04-25-2008 21:32:03 | More by Vancer
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flexabull

California

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.

04-29-2008 02:30:10 | More by flexabull
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-09-2012 05:34:15 | More by IdrinkGas
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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.

05-14-2008 10:44:44 | More by DIM
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark brown with a nice foamy tan head. No lace.

Big coffee aroma, some good charred malt in the nose.

Big coffee on the palate, with nice bitterness and sweetness of the malt balancing each other out. The oatmeal does come thru, just barely, but you get it. Big coffee bitter finish.

A bit astringent and some tingly bite. Full bodied.

Real solid for the style. Liked this and would have it again.

09-23-2012 20:11:58 | More by OtherShoe2
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3/5  rDev -25.9%

Picked up this bottle from the brewery in May.
The beer pours jet black with a tan head. The nose is reminiscent of pungent buttery popcorn, laundry water, and a touch of metal. The taste is equally reminiscent of dirty lines...however, I must move on through the review...because I poured it from a bottle.
It's a drinkable stout with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol. You would not know this was an oatmeal stout. The body is watery and in combination with all else wrong with this beer...this is an epic fail.
Quite undrinkable and a huge disappointment.

07-08-2012 23:11:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2012 07:14:39 | More by Satchboogie
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-08-2012 23:30:24 | More by CoryR
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-15-2012 13:16:18 | More by KTCamm
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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!

12-21-2011 19:33:48 | More by Jayli
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-09-2014 00:51:27 | More by Durandal_777
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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.

03-19-2010 00:57:06 | More by CrellMoset
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

12-09-2013 16:47:46 | More by inlimbo77
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 04:48:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

06-28-2008 01:16:28 | More by brewandbbq
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-20-2014 21:35:56 | More by mklisz
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2012 23:00:15 | More by DoctorB2B
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albern

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

12-26-2008 22:29:40 | More by albern
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-22-2012 18:58:21 | More by BeerHunter76
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.