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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.04%


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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ToasterChef

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 17:13:09 | More by ToasterChef
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2005 15:53:38 | More by PatandDavid
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this on my last visit to the brewery with my wife, inHOPpursuit and bjohnson (see below) ;)
Charcoal black with a thin topping of light tan head...fades rapidly with some thin lacing.
Fantastic dark chocolate aroma with some robust, italian roast coffee...a subtle sweet quality with a lingering whiff.
Taste is, as expected wonderful...a huge fan of Tod's darker brews and this is not exception.
Incredible balance of chocolate to coffee with the oatmeal flavor to carry thru the finish. Almost green with hops, but the mild malty sweetness keeps this one in check...the roastiness is there from start to finish without lingering on the pallet for too long.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick for the style, but super smooth and the drinkability is through the roof, with the alcohol being totally masked.
Between this and John Harvard's version, I have become a huge fan of this style.
Thanks to Portsmouth for putting a bunch of your recent offerings in bombers...allows me to take a bit of the area home with me for a later date.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 17:37:05 | More by warriorsoul
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 23:18:13 | More by barefootbrewer
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 16:30:07 | More by ncvbc
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Chocolate, oatmeal, grass hops, toasted malts, hints of coffee, and hints of almost a spice?
T- Chocolate, light sugars, oatmeal, grassy pine hops, sweet caramel mixed with toasted caramel, light roasted flavor with grass, oatmeal, and something else I just can't pull out in the aftertaste. Maybe some kind of fruit?
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is probably one of the best oatmeal stouts, if not the best, I have had. It is great and there is something in there that's different that really brings a new side to it. All it needs is a thicker and chewier mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:32:37 | More by BlindPig
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:34:11 | More by robwestcott
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:16:18 | More by BarrytheBear
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 19:41:18 | More by nhindian
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 23:11:33 | More by mountdew1
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rhinos00

Colorado

2.05/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Received this as an extra from a generous trader. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark fudge color, nearly black. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head. Great head retention.

S- I would give this a 4.3 if I could. Really has everything I could want from this style of beer. Plenty of toasted oats with some charred malts. Also a bit of brown sugar to add a nice subtle layer of sweetness.

T- You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this beer, especially after taking a couple whiffs. This beer definitely has a QC issue. As soon as the beer touches the palate a tremendous burnt, sour character takes over. Extremely unpleasant. Really hard to pick out any other flavors.

M- QC problem aside, this beer had a medium body with good carbonation. Would have been perfect for a sessionable oatmeal stout.

D- I drank half a tulip and the rest went down the drain.

Looking forward to a re-review. I'll leave this up until I get this chance to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:19:01 | More by rhinos00
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Gtreid

Florida

4.38/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 19:39:12 | More by Gtreid
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blitz134

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2007 02:50:21 | More by blitz134
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 00:32:34 | More by jmalex
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:57:25 | More by rowingbrewer
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brewerburgundy

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, 20th Anniversary Portsmouth label. Thank you, Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Very dark, even for a Stout, it deserves to be called black. There is very little head and what there is is light for a Stout.

Stale coffee and bitter chocolate with a bit of charcoal and oak thrown in. It smells like a cup of cheap coffee with creamer or chocolate milk.

Things break down when one tastes this beer. First, it's within a wheezy breath of being completely flat. I stick with the stale coffee reference, but this time it isn't a cheap and cheerful, satisfying with the dairy in it, aspect. Slight sourness, sweetness is balanced reasonably by mostly dark malt bitterness and astringency.

It has the weight of an Oatmeal Stout, but it is all but flat. The bottle must not have sealed properly. Yeah, it's 1.5 bad. With any less heft it would be a 1.

It smells good, but that is all. Likely proper carb would fix it all, but Portsmouth wasn't able to pull that off with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:03:19 | More by brewerburgundy
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Brez07

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-02-2011 22:51:07 | More by Brez07
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trbergman

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:28:20 | More by trbergman
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me from the tap in a basic american pint glass. The beer was a dark black color with one and a half fingers of tan, creamy head. Some slightly carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass and the lacing was so dense you could not see through the glass.

The smell was of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, and coffee.

The taste was a very heavy sensation with rich dark chocolate hitting the palate first with accents of black coffee, oat, and roasted flavor. A well balanced roasted characted to each sip with a very, very slight bitterness to finish off each sip.

Very very thick on the palate, this was possible the thickest beer I have ever had. But so well balanced and creamy that drinking it was quite easy, although filling.

A very drinkable stout and the perfect dessert beer. Tough to have this one with a meal, but by itself, there are few of the style that compare, IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 22:31:25 | More by Sycodrummer
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Stout on nitro tap at Portsmouth Brewery Oct 25th 2008.

Opaque black with two fingers of creamy soft khaki head. Sheets and waves of lace decorate the glass. Gorgeous.

Scent is chocolate, coffee, fruit, citric hops, and a slight roasty quality.

Taste is fruity and sweet. A vry slight hint of chocolate and coffee. Mildly roasty. Citric finish with a very light bitterness. Hints of sourness on the sides of the tongue. Sweet fruit flesh. I actually taste sweet fleshy pears and apples. Surprising how fruity this is for an oatmeal stout...

Mouth is creamy, soft and velvety.

Drinkability is very good.

A soft delicious sweet creamy stout. Surprisingly fruity however. Fresh fleshy sweet fruit seems to dominate and is stronger than the chocolate or coffee notes. Reminiscent of Portsmouth's Dirty Blonde with the fruity flavors and I idly wonder if some of the Dirty Blonde fell into the Oatmeal Stout and drowned? I guess I would prefer a bit less fruit and a bit more emphasis on the roasty, coffee and chocolate flavors, though this is rather unique. Still, a tasty beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-26-2008 04:07:09 | More by sethmeister
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a very nice 2" head that recedes to a cap and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Rich taste of creamy mocha, just well executed to style.

Mouthfeel: Strong point for this beer is it's creamy texture. Clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: Again an excellent example for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:36:49 | More by BobZ
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corey0212

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle from The Portsmouth Brewery...

Pours borderline black, with some dark brown edges. Minimal tan head rises and fades to a foamy ring around the glass with a small amount of lacing left behind. Smells of chocolate, roasty coffee notes. Taste delivers on the coffee promise, with a slight burnt edge, aftertaste is mild and not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel, with pretty active carbonation. It's great getting something this fresh. I've had some pretty funky Oatmeal Stouts, but this is just an outstanding example of the style. Tasty!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:20:22 | More by corey0212
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SacoDeToro

California

2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with essentially no head.

The aroma had some sweet malt notes laced with some caramel and a touch of chocolaty roast. No hops in the aroma. A clean and mild fruitiness was present.

Mild malty sweetness was laced with a touch of chocolate and a faint hint of roast. Not much though. A mild fruitiness rounded things out. The beer had some papery notes in there, indicating mild oxidation.

The mouthfeel was pretty thin, especially for an oatmeal stout. It lacked that creaminess that defines a good oatmeal stout. The carbonation was too low IMO. The body was very thin for an oatmeal stout as well.

This beer lacked any real depth or richness of flavor. It was missing all the components of what makes a good oatmeal stout. To me, it tasted much more like a brown porter. This was disappointing since most of the other beers I've had from Portsmouth have been outstanding. If this really is their regular oatmeal stout, they need to tear up the blueprint.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 14:41:26 | More by SacoDeToro
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:30:19 | More by rpstevens
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.