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Blackheart Oatmeal Stout - Nelson Brewing Company

Blackheart Oatmeal StoutBlackheart Oatmeal Stout

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%


Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Praised as the one of the best stouts in British Columbia. This smooth black beauty compliments the roasted barley accents of a dry stout with the unmistakably rich and silky finish that only oatmeal can provide. Treat yourself by drizzling a fresh shot of local espresso into your pint of Blackheart.

(Beer added by: MAB on 10-15-2002)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/11/13

A near black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam leaves a thick ring followed by a a couple random patches

S coco, coffee, dry cereal, charred wood, not bad but its rather faint

T more of the same really, a little plum and there's more charred wood and the coffees a little darker

M thin for the color, foamy side of creamy, a little gritty on the palate, dark roast and dark fruit on the finish

O simple but decent, straightforward and a little boring but worth the 5$

basic stuff, I don't feel ripped off with my cheap bomber but I doubt I'd bother again with so much on the shelves I've yet to try

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 04:29:19 | More by wordemupg
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(from notes)
650ml bottle split with a friend.

A: dark, one finger of foamy tan head, cherry highlights when held to the light, but very, very dark.
S: dark, toasted malt. vanilla, coffee, caramel.
T: fairly bitter, dark roasty flavours
F: not overly thick, a wee bit puckery
O: Good. I'd probably prefer a slightly sweeter and maybe thicker style, but I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 05:38:42 | More by souvenirs
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nelson Brewing 'Blackheart Organic Oatmeal Stout' @ 5.7% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass , also some ruby red highlights peaking thru with a small tan head leaving as streaky lace along the pint glass

S-organic barley , oats , and hops

T-crisp tasting , similar to a RIS at times , with a slight dry finish

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer and at $5 a bomber what a steal

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 05:20:40 | More by LampertLand
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackheart Oatmeal Stout is definitely black! It's also a weaker entry into the stout family, not horribly flavoured with the coffee flavours I am accustomed to, but an easy drinking brew nonetheless. I wouldn't go rushing out to buy it again, but it's still a drinkable beer that may fit one's tastes nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:31:29 | More by timtwoface
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - cola black, short head dissipated quickly leaving consistent lacing
S - roasty burnt malt, toasted corn and grain, slightly sour odour
T - burnt malt, cocoa, cola, and a grainy finish
M - medium carbonation, light and smooth, little chaulky on the finish
O - not a bad stout, tasty enough, just doesn't wow me in any particular way

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:35:20 | More by joemcgrath27
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Creamy brown head with a dark brown or black body. It looks like it would be a deep and satisfying drink. Some rings and clumps of lacing with low head retention.

S - Chocolate, roasted oat or grain, old coffee

T - Smooth hops, dark chocolate, roasted oats. Faint malt (fruit/floral) taste in the background.

M - Lighter than expected, some smooth refreshing carbonation, pleasant bitter aftertaste on side of tongue

Overall - I enjoy savoring this beer and would only drink one or two in a night. It is probably a little light for an oatmeal stout. But it is my favourite from Nelson Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:40:41 | More by maclean25
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours almost opaque black with a dark brown hue on the edges, thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Somewhat mild but the dark chocolate and hearty oats dominate. Very breakfast-ish with a toasted nuttiness on the finish.

T - Roasted malts come through nicely, with a bit of a sweeter taste to them. Dark cocoa and earthy hops are present and the oats are definitely noticeable.

M - Medium bodied but finishes a tad thin.

O - Overall a tasty stout and definitely worth a try. Easily drinkable, though nothing particularly unique about this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:14:05 | More by andrenaline
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Deep, dark, chocolate brown, almost black. Thick two fingers of tan head. Nice heavy lacing.

Smell. Nice bitter chocolate and a little roasty coffee. Trace of hops.

Taste. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of smokey coffee. A little metalic, but not ofensive. Love this stuff.

Mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A bit thin, but not bad.

Drinkability. Great drinker. Sessioned this bad-boy many a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:35:31 | More by Rutager
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a shwartzbier,not that that's a bad thing, and tastes like an Irish dry stout, with a very dry finish. This popular offering from B.C. has a mahagoney coloured body with a ring of lace, after the off-white head dissipitates. Slightly acidic, the oatmeal is there, balanced towards bitter coffee.Thanks Rutager.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:19:38 | More by Sammy
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ascrivens

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found myself quite disappointed with this brew.

Short and sweet - It looked like a nice Oatie stout, it had decent smell, and the head was pretty nice. So, i was hoping for more.

In the end I found it perhaps too bitter for what I expect out of an oatmeal stout. Not filled with the sweet undertones that I do expect. Over all it is not a bad beer, but I likely won't be buying it again. After a case I am ready to find actually good beer, rather than simply not bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 19:04:04 | More by ascrivens
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big four finger fine tan head on a very dark ruby brown. Lots of fine lacing. Outstanding head retention.

Lots of toasted malts in the smell. Some yeast. Taste is lots of toasted malts up front. Chocolate. Nice long mild hop finish.

Medium/light body. Lots of carbonation. A nice take on a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 20:13:27 | More by scott451
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle at 13 Monks in Westbank, BC, post winery tour wind down.

This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which renders some nice pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, cream of wheat, black coffee, a touch of singed wood, and softly ashy, earthy hops. The taste is toasty dark chocolate malt, oaten cereal, dry coffee grounds, a touch of ethereal dark plummy fruit, more weird charred wood notes, and lightly tangy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad on the high side, but generally only in the frothy sense, the body an adequate medium weight, a bit viscous, duly smooth, and perhaps even creamy. It finishes mostly dry, the roasted, coffee, and hoppy essences most prevalent in their lingering.

Not a bad oatmeal stout, the guest grain definitely making gravy via the creamy texture and extra malt flavours. Worthy of a try, even it doesn't do all that much to ensure the upward mobility of my skirt.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 20:18:32 | More by biboergosum
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Blackheart is as dark brown a beer can be before you start calling it black. Put a tan head on top of the darkest brown body and it looks like pretty much ever other stout. The aroma is of a light roasted malts that starts with cocoa leading to coffee. The taste is reversed. It's still all lighter roasted malt, but it goes coffee to cocoa. The oatmeal is barely detectable. If it didn't say it was an oatmeal stout I'd probably wouldn't have noticed the hints of that silky creaminess that oatmeal imparts.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:49:14 | More by EskimoDave
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours thick dark brown/black. The head is light brown and laces in clumps.

S - coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla

T - semi sweet roasted malt, light coffee/chocolate details and a bitter coffee bean finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body, not as smooth as other stouts and a dry finish

D - pretty good. Astringent flavors are strong in this beer and are exaggerated by the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:02:13 | More by Grunewald
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near pitch black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate chips, cookie dough, and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied with flavors of chocolate, both grainy and strongly roasted malts, and a touch of oatmeal-like smoothness. The drying finish is a nice tip of the hat to the dry stout tradition. Nothing is out of place here... it just needs to be cranked up a notch. It’s not quite on par with St. Ambroise, but it’s still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 00:47:20 | More by fisherman34
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a near black with some dark brown tinges around the edges of the glass. The head is small and a light tan color.

Smell – The first aroma I detect is somewhat sweet. This is followed by roasted malt and a little oatmeal. I do detect some coffee as well. I find the smell to be faint and not overly diverse.

Taste – It’s very strong up front of roasted malt and barley in a pleasurable way. There are some coffee flavors which arise and a touch of oatmeal flavor. The aftertaste is all of burnt wood and roasted malt. I like.

Mouthfeel – This one lacks a bit in body and has a medium carbonation.

Drinkability – No complaints here.

A decent Oatmeal Stout. It’s no replacement for St. Ambroise but I still wouldn’t mind visiting this one again. Thanks to elricorico for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 18:44:02 | More by Orrshow
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark and opaque. Head is a bit small.

S - Somewhat tart aroma with notes of coffee and roasted grain.

T - Again, a bit tart. Notes of fruit and toasted bitterness. Slightly sweet as well.

M - A bit light on the tongue.

D - Not a great oatmeal. A little weak and uninspired.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 21:14:21 | More by allergictomacros
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark, appearing black in the glass. Formed very little beige head on the pour. A pool in the middle and a ring around the glass is all that remains.

Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma are right up front. Enough aroma to keep me interested, and a nice blend, but somewhat one-dimensional.

Up front this stout has a straightforward roasted flavour, followed up with a bit of fruit and black licorice that fill out the middle. Finish is a long lasting, semi-dry, roasted coffee flavour with a touch of licorice. The overall effect is good.

The body of this beer is alright, I wouldn't call it thin, but for a stout it is not heavy. I do find the carbonation a touch prickly for the style though.

A pretty good stout, if this was the only representative of the style I could get I wouldn't complain. It goes down well and there is enough substance to satisfy. That being said, there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 23:04:14 | More by elricorico
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, a little off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Fruity, with a little chocolate roastyness and port-like alcohol odour. Maybe a little astringent?

T: Not a lot of flavour, very subtle. A little fruity and roasty, with some licorous and a strange saltyness (like an oyster stout?). Good bittersweet balance. It's average, un-offensive, but a little bland.

M: Moderate body (at best), over carbonated. Dry finish. An oatmeal stout really needs more body!

D: It's easily drinkable, but it doesn't bring me back for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 01:02:25 | More by Derek
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to think this beer was uneven but lately all Nelson product has improved. This stout is smooth and fullbodied with a lovely undertoned roast malt finish. The nose is rich and redolent of chocolate and hops. A contender for best BC stout. Nelson gets my vote for most improved BC brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 02:41:59 | More by canucklehead
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not overly impressive.

Deep black, with thin white head. Smells like a standard oatmeal stout: malts, coffee, traces of oatmeal. Tastes nice: dark malts, not too much hops. I can taste traces of oats, coffee and chocolate. Not the best, but not bad either.

Good on the mouth, and easy to drink but perhaps a bit too thin.

This is a slightly above average stout, but does not hold a candle to some of the others I've had, such as Samuel Smith's and McAuslan's.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 09:15:00 | More by BDTyre
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 6 pack I brought back from Vancouver. Pours out a deep deep black, this stuff remains true to its black heart name in that respect, nearly impermeable to light. Accompanied by a tall foamy beige head which falls back to a thin cap and leaves some solid lacing. Roasted malt, coffee and licorice on the nose, although the aroma seems a bit watered down and subdued for such a dark robust style. Mouthfeel is also a lot more watery than is desirable, but is creamy smooth as it rolls over the palate. Very thin on the finish though, it doesn't leave much of a lasting impression. This affects the flavour greatly, it seems to get washed away before it can truly be experienced. Rather mediocre for an oatmeal stout, the flavours and mouthfeel need to be beefed up a fair bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 01:03:50 | More by IronDjinn
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite bottled stouts. Unlike a lot of oatmeal stouts I've had, this one doesn't have the sour aftertaste that I associate with the style. This is smoother, often with bits of oatmeal and yeast in the bottle.
It has a brown head, thinner and more airy than a draught, and the beautiful opaque black color. It has a great mouthfeel, and the alcohol comes through in the flavor. Like all Nelson brews, it is only sold in the Canadian province of B.C., as far as I know.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 12:53:55 | More by MAB
Blackheart Oatmeal Stout from Nelson Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.