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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 10 | 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:
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 DIM
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.71/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had during the Kate the Great day. This is probably a hidden gem of Portsmouth amid the craziness that was Kate the Great day.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a large creamy tan head and tons and tons of lacing, the lacing even had layering of lacing, in the end it looked like a how a tree has rings.

Smell was mostly roasted malt and chocolaty goodness, pretty much all sweet.

Taste was extremely creamy and went down very smooth, not very complicated but it makes for a very enjoyable stout, roasted malt and chocolate being the biggest presence, oh, and did I say creamy?

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Photo of Damian
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 22 FLUID OUNCE bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, dark, near black with brown edges and absolutely no head. (Perhaps a bad bottle?)

The aroma was rich and complex. Roasty yet smooth and sweet with strong notes of rum, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate came through as well. The sweetness of the nose intensified as the beer warmed.

The taste was dark and roasty. Roasted malts and coffee came through up front along with a touch of smoke. Dark chocolate was noticeable in the center. The finish was bitter and slightly acrid with a moderate, piney hop bite. A mix of hops and deep roast notes lingered in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor was a bit harsh for my palate.

The mouthfeel was terribly watery and thin with a carbonation so fine and mild that the beer almost seemed flat.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was much more acrid and far less carbonated than I anticipated. It definitely lacked the creamy, silky smooth, oat-like quality found in better examples of the style.

This beer was a real disappointment. Based on other reviews, I am guessing that I got a bad bottle. I will definitely have to seek it out again.

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Photo of albern
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just one shade to the dark brown side of pitch black. Murky looking beer. Thick, espresso like brown head. Pours very thick and slowly fades to about a finger thick. Spiderwebs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of bitterness. Roasted malts really come through as the beer warms. A light lactic aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with hints of sweet and bitter chocolate. A touch of sourness to it as well...sour fruits to be more specific. As it warms a bitterness from the roasted malt becomes stronger.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy, much like an oatmeal stout should be. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of rich, dense foam, very dark tan with an island of larger bubbles at the spot of pour, retention is average, the lacing forms wide sheets which slowly snake down the glass side, leaves a few splotches behind. The liquid is extremely dark brown falling short of black, displays an orange tint at the glass bottom, sufficiently opaque to mask most bubbles within. The nose is super-heavy on the sweet roast, loaded with chocolate, toffee, coffee and a pinch of ginger, a burst of white grapefruit comes through clearly, the oats make it drier than sweeter, that said the grains smooth and there’s not a real hops presence here, lifts into a broad musk. Full-bodied, not that heavy, creamy carbonation helps it slowly move through the mouth. For its weight has good freshness and a svelte middle, in addition to the grapefruit you get pine and flowers, hops showing more get up and go here. Sneaks in cherry and peach fruit accents before building up mocha, cocoa, toffee and caramel, the oats likely add as much gluey texture as real flavor. Roasty residue extends the finish well. Good stuff, particularly if you are not looking for sweetness overload.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.32/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of brdc
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks rpstevens for this one. Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I had a number of portsmouth beers recently, and have not been impressed other than KTG. This one being a stout, I have high hopes.
Nearly pitch black, a thin light tan head does not hold well, and there is not a lot of lacing.
Strange aroma, to say the least, some oatmeal and other sweetish malts, but there is also something acrid that does not belong at all.
Quite thin for an oatmeal stout, it has the expected sweetish malts, oatmeal, some roasted notes, but here that acrid note is even more evident, and it is really in the way of the overall enjoyment.
The more Portsmouth I have, the more I am convinced this is a "one hit wonder" brewery.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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

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Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, very dark. This is pretty much inky black in color with a rather slight coffee-colored head that gradually develops to about an inch in thickness before slinking away to a ring around the top of the glass. Nothing like a big glass of rich, creamy black stout.

No surprise that this one has big roasted malt smell emanating from it. Wow. Along with strong roasty smell comes some cocoa and coffee notes. Some more whiffs bring about creamy sweetness and some very faint hoppiness. Lots of great smells with this beer.

First big sip and we've definitely got a winner. Creamy smooth texture with the bitterness of the dark malts is accompanied by mocha tastes and some nice sweetness. Very well balanced and very delicious. Everything comes together perfectly with this stout. Yet another great beer from the Portsmouth Brewery.

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Photo of younger35
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brewery knows how to do stouts! Dropped by the brewpub for dinner with a friend and looking at the board I felt it was only right to go with the oatmeal stout for my meatloaf dinner.

A - pitch black, perfect creamy thick tan head
S - roasted grains, espresso, chocolate and oats.
T - espresso, bakers chocolate, sweet oats, sweet chocolate roasted grains.
M - full bodied, rich velvety texture, creamy smooth carbonation soft lingering finish.
D - so packed with flavor it cries out for more. so well balanced and light enough in ABV to say keep coming back for more you won't wind up on knocked out and lying on the floor.

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Photo of joepais
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the cask downstairs dry hoped with bravo. It was poured into an Imperial Pint and it arrived to me with a big three finger tan colored head that lasted. The color of the body was a typical black colored stout with no highlights.

I love this thing on the nitro tap but in the cask this brew shines as well. It is because of the great aromas on it this brew from the warmer temps from the cask. There was a nice fragrant hop with a great sweet grainy oatmeal aroma as well. You also get the roasted malts with all it toasted goodness.
Flavors' follow the nose rather closely very well balanced. I will say this was the Stout that got me into to the style. So I maybe a little biased. The body of the brew is nice rich and thick with good carbonation.

A very drinkable stout I tend to grab it when I am in the mood for a great filling beer to finish my beer drinking session. Oh yea its better from the cask ;-)

BTW JFYI if you have had it on tap at Portsmouth brewery it was from the nitro tap

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