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Blackheart Oatmeal Stout - Nelson Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

SciFidelity, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of MAB
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.

MAB, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, Mar 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of maclean25
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.

maclean25, Apr 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ZachT, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
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

LampertLand, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
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.

souvenirs, Oct 15, 2013
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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.

elricorico, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
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.

Orrshow, Sep 22, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Birdlegs, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

rogerdandy, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Mack, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Erik-P, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Cidius, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of scott451
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.

scott451, Dec 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of fisherman34
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.

fisherman34, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of timtwoface
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.

timtwoface, Nov 28, 2011
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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

wordemupg, Dec 01, 2013
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Blackheart Oatmeal Stout from Nelson Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.