Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

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Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal StoutBoundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 11-08-2003)
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Reviews by carln26:
Photo of carln26
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with mild mahogany highlights. No head on this beer. The carbonation does seem a little low, and there is not a ton of alcohol, so I fear this is a touch flat. The nose has a lot of dark caramel, mild roast malt. Just the lightest citrus character from the hops. The taste is very sweet and roasty, almost a coffee character. Call it a latte not a mocha. The mouth feel has a nice dry oatmeal character. Good drinkability. I’ve had this before and the carbonation was fine, so I won't hold that against it. Really well done beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout pours from the bomber an oily viscous onyx with a nice inch of bubbly dark tan head on top. Light does not even dare to attempt to escape through the depths of this brew. Aromas of roasted, toasty rolled oats dance alongside hunks of bakers chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Sweet and roasty with a smattering of alcohol and hops sitting in the background.

First sip brings a roasted rolled oat maltiness with notes of chocolate, followed by a long wave of sourness on the way down. Puckering...this one seems to be infected...and how I was looking forward to it...damn. There's a slight hint of hops on the finish but the overbearing sourness ruins the overall character of the brew. Just not a good experience here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. Smooth, but it could use a little more body overall. Drinkability would probably normally be good, but as of now it's basically zero. The rest of this bottle will meet its unfortunate doom by flowing down the drain. Thanks to skyhand for the opportunity...I wish this one would've worked out nicer!

Music: Boards of Canada - Chromakey Dreamcoat

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours and appears pitch black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thick cap with a bit of fizziness. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor starts with toasted malt, vanilla soda, mild chocolate with a somewhat thin vanilla and chocolate finish with light toastiness. Light to medium bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. A somewhat odd oatmeal stout that may be a little overcarbonated, which seems to thin the body and reduce the flavor in the finish. The creamy body expected from an oatmeal stout is replaced by a rather spritzy lighter character. Tasty enough, but not very complex and could use some more oatmeal presence. This is a quite fresh bottle, but carbonated enough I'm glad I didn't wait to drink it; possibly an anomalous bottle.

Photo of zacharius
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black body with a thick frothy tan head. The smell of this beer is sweet and chocolately with hints of fruitty esters. This beer's taste is dominated by malts, roasted and chocolately but still very smooth. There is no oat taste to this beer, but they certainly add smoothness and body. Hops are just there for balance. Nice thick mouthfeel without being sickly sweet. Hides its 8.5% alcohol content well, it is a very drinkable beer--I had no problem finishing the deuce deuce.

Photo of nsabo
2.38/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About what I expect from a low ABV imperial stout. Thin mouth, but smooth sipper, no booze heat at all, vanilla and roasted (not heavily) grain. As far as imperial stouts go, this is a great example of a beginner’s one, though I give it credit for not striking out where other novice imperial stouts often do: harsh booze heat, overly roasted grains, etc.
I spent $5 at the brewery for this. 25 miles down the road, I spend $7 for Skagit River’s RIS that I consider to be the superior “local” imperial stout. Neither are heavy hitters in this genre, but I think both are better than the much hyped and widely available Dragon's Tooth Stout from Elysian.

Photo of gnaztee
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Opaque black with a light brown head. Smells stronly of dark bread, roasted nuts, chocolate milk, and chicory coffee. Medium bodied with a creamy yet dryish texture. Taste is a semi sweet chocolate with brown sugar. Has a chicory flavor that makes for a slightly bitter finish.
A great stout, this brew strikes a nice balance between the sweet, blackened, and burnt malt flavors.
Very smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub, but after already enjoying a glass of the dunkel, DIPA and old bounder. Hence, my notes are a bit brief for this beer. :-)

The beer pours an impressive brooding dark black color, but with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive on this beer, with some very noticeable licorise intermingling with the sweet malt and raisany caramel. The abv. is pretty noticeable on this beer, although it's still quite luscious. One gets licorise, coffee, vanilla and caramel, with a very full bodied mouthfeel. The flavors are long and soft, although this stout comes across as pretty rich and powerful. It's definitely a big stout, and there is a long, lingering finish to it.

This is a very impressive, albeit somewhat unusual, imperial stout.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewery, 5 oz sample. It really stands out from their other brews.

A: Tar-like motor oil, a little head, leaves more of a leg than a lace.

S: Fruity chocolate and molasses.

T: Hop bitterness is more apparent than the roasted bitterness (no harsh burnt flavours at all). Mocha, a little licorice, some fruitiness from the yeast, and a nice wallop of Northwest hop flavour. The hop flavour is surprisingly complimentary, something like a "Terry's" chocolate orange. A VERY nice Northwest take on this style!

M: Chewy, chalky, moderate to heavy body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable for the style.

I like it a lot. This is their "MUST TRY".

Photo of LazyL
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black with a small espresso coloured head. Big roasted malts, coffee and chocolate on the nose and taste. Very low carbonation which added to the creamy moutfeel. Sweet finish, and at 8.5% a very yummy stout that had a real easy drinkability quotient.

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hoppyturt
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, into a pint glass

Appearance is very deep dark blackish brown in color

Nose is very strong and aromatic. Full of roasted malt and mocha/coffee in the beginning. Followed by oats and a touch of milk sugars at the end.

Taste is very balanced and full of malt, toffee, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Has a great mouthfeel and finishes with a lingering, lasting malt taste.

This is a great Oatmeal Stout and is sure to leave you asking for another. Typically not what i drink on a regular basis, but this was a great surprise

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mrjez
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking pour; cola dark, with a bubbly tan head. even after it dissipates it leaves enough to look nice.

sweet-ish nose. some caramel, some chocolate, a little oily, oaty, mostly kind of sweet.

initially, it was just kind of sweet, in an unfinished sort of way. A liiittle bit of bitterness to finish it off.
As I drink (and it warms), however, it gets a distinctly chocolate character; a rich creamy chocolate, with a subtle bitterness that drags it from creamy milk chocolate into a bittering cocoa by the time it's done, with even a hint of coffee grounds on the aftertaste.

This beer has changed quite a bit even in the ten minutes I've been ruminating and drinking it. My initial reaction was one of underwhelmedness: it felt unfinished, rushed and sweet. As I continue into its depths, however, I find nuance and find myself perplexed. I feel like the ratings I gave it don't do it justice, yet I don't feel that it deserves higher ratings. If that makes zero sense to anyone else out there, that's the dilemma I face with this beer: it's more than what it's weak links would suggest, but not quite as good as the positive aspects impart. Or maybe I'm just super indecisive. My best advice: drink it and judge for yourself. The bottom line is that it is still enjoyable, whatever it is.

Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The fudge brown liquid pours out and is capped by a rather modest tan head that leaves a sheet of lace

Smell: Sugar plums and German chocolate cake

Taste: Sugar plum and German chocolate cake flavors, up front with some ashy flavors developing in the finish; sweet chocolate flavors linger in the after taste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; velvety (the one hint of the oats) with moderate carbonation; hides the ABV well

Overall: My first encounter with this beer was not that good but I am glad I had a chance to re-visit it with a better bottle

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity and, mabermud, for the chance to re-visit

Photo of Bfarr
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a little bit of everything. It's a little black, a little viscous, a little chocolatey sweet, a little smokey, a little creamy, a little meaty, and a little carbonated. You would think it would all add up to a little beer but because it's an imperial, it has a very robust alcohol retro-olfaction. It's a very easy drinking imperial that's not as meaty as I would like but has a pleasant taste you can sit back and enjoy.

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Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
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