Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 25.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Trafalgar Ales & Meads visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 09-08-2007

This classic dry stout is crafted with pale ale and carastan malts, roasted barley, and steel-cut, organic oatmeal. Trafalgar’s brewers lovingly smoked their grain over a cold-burning cherry wood fire, and the result is a mellow oatmeal flavour with subtle smokiness. Try Smoked Oatmeal Stout with grilled steak or smoked oysters.
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
2.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

660ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to pootz for this one!

Pours an almost opaque cola colour with some brown highlights when held up to the light. 1 1/2 inch tan head with lots of lace, good retention. Carbonation seems fairly high. Aroma is less smoky than what might be expected. Light smokiness followed by a bitter roasted coffee aroma. Light brown sugary sweetness in the back.

Taste starts off with a good dose of lactic sourness followed by what I would describe as a granny smith fruity tartness, a little unexpected. Smoke is more pronounced in the flavour, but I still think I've found more "smoke" characted in some beers that weren't advertised as such. Hard metallic twang all over the mouth is a bit unpleasant. Subdued roasted malt with some molasses sweetness. I find this beer almost shockingly acidic though, I wish that this was more balanced. The flavour profile is one dimensional and messy for me. Aftertaste is all sour roasted malt messiness. Body is medium with a carbonation that's just a bit too high for my liking. Fairly dry and stringent and almost charred tasting in the finish, like eating burnt toast. I'm not a big fan of this at all, this bomber is going to be a tough one to get to the bottom of.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Not sure if I got the best bottle produced, but I thought it was much better than the reviews indicated.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit, smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted and chocolate malt with a nice touch of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not a great beer, but it is not too bad.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smokey, lighter bodied stout. Not reflective of a thicker oatmeal stout, but not bad, and certainly was drinkable over a long lunch.Some off flavours from the start,grows on you Some decent smoke aroma.
Had again 4.5 years later, a little off but so-so drinkability.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby, quite similar to Guinness. Short creamy head, but it's gone after the first sip. No lacings at all.

Surprisingly smokey. Fortunately no sour twang, which you often get from this brewer.

Very smokey. I wish I could say more about the taste, but that's really all I get. In your face, charcoal, smoke. You get a glimpse of the malt right up front, quite soft with a tinge of sweetness. Bitterness there, but it's part of the smokey flavour as opposed to a mouth coating bitterness.

This really wasn't a bad beer, I could down this instead of a Guinness. All the taste of a Rauchbier, but much more drinkable.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.04/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

still in the fridge from a winter trade with andrenaline, a few months past the best before date
A - dark but clear, a short head dissipated very quickly to a few random spots
S - caramel, coffee, and smoky aromas with hints of grains
T - cold pressed coffee and peaty smoked malts dominate, a bit much on the sweet quality, with a grassy hop background, its a little all over the place
M - more like a porter feel in that its relatively thin and well carbonated, not a bad feel but not what you'd for an oatmeal stout
O - its got potential and elements of the flavours are there, but its just to disconnected from the style it claims to be, not a great oatmeal stout or smoked beer, but not bad

Photo of Stocean1
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2 finger head upon a deep brown near black body, not a lot of lace, watery

Smell is malt, with dark fruit and dark bread

Taste follows the nose with some coffee and grassy hops, not much oatmeal for the style, some nuttiness

A little watery for the style this is light bodied with plenty of carbonation, still smooth and a wee bit bitter

Overall, not a bad offering from a notoriously disappointing brewery

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.06/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a clear black color stout with a big foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is somewhat sour with some light subtle smoke. Taste is dominated by some disgusting sweetness with some light smoke and a sour aftertaste which leads me to believe we have another infected bottle from this atrocious brewer.

Photo of irishkyle21
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from Trafalgar and I will admit they are improving ( slowly mind you). It pours a dark black with some ruby colors as well. Has a light brown head, not the best retention for a stout and some lacing.

Smells of molasses, fruits, roasted malts and a bit of smokiness.

The taste is unbalanced (IMO). There is to much sour fruitiness ( something that I am used to by now). Also has notes of sweet malt and just a dash of smoked malt. Nothing I would drink again but still a good effort.

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge. Porter like in that its slightly transparent. Half a finger of beige head.

S: Chocolate milk, pete moss, slight toasted smoky note. Chocolate, black olives, licorice all are subtle compared to the chocolate notes. Also some cherry.

T: Chocolate, toasted note, really a stout as any smoke is subtle and normal for a stout, its not smoky as I was expecting from the name. Getting a little more wood smoke as I aerate it over my tongue like in a wine tasting. Slight cherry, wood bark.

M: Medium thick body, medium low carbonation.

O: As I really aerate it, I’m lovin it. Too bad the smoke flavours aren’t more apparent. Still its a great stout.

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, musty

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. Unfortunately there is also a bit of an odd musty flavour.. not much, but it's there. It ends with a chocolate and roasted bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I generally try to stay away from this brewer, but this actually wasn't too bad of a beer. Other than the odd musty taste it was fairly decent and drinkable. I wouldn't buy it again, but it wasn't a drain pour as expected.

Photo of liamt07
3.11/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a pint glass. Best before February 2012. So I bit again, with another $5 on a Trafalgar beer - felt like I needed to, with the hype behind this one.

Pours a dark brown, with a bit of burgundy in the light. A large, tan and soapy head, leaves some lace and and mild retention. Nose is fairly mild, some oats, burnt wafer/cracker notes, A bit of butter or maybe some butterscotch. Taste has some roasted oats, a bit of chocolate but there's no smoke to be found here. More buttery notes in the malts, and almost resembles an English stout more than anything. No real aftertaste, just a bit more malt and residual roast. Fairly low carbonation, and somewhat hefty body. Certainly not horrible. This could pass as an English stout I'd think, but still remains average all around. Give me more smoke!

Photo of SebD
2.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. Heavy pour into the glass and still no head? hmm... No sign of lacing either.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of dark malts and chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dark malt taste with a bit of chocolate and some smokey flavor but very mild. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a thin and watery feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas. Another let down by Trafalgar.

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

100 cl sample, LCBO tasting- Pours a thick and fizzy beige head. BOdy is cola brown. Roasty, slightly nutty aroma, some smokey undertones, some burnt sugars. It's all very mild, but this is the first beer from these guys that hasn't smelled like a fruity yeast infection. FLavour profile is mild roasty malts, some coffee, a touch of molasses a pinch of hops biterness. Not nearly as thick as other oatmeals I have had, and it's not as smoked as I expected, but come to think of it, I was expecting this to be horrid, and it wasn't.

Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew. Head is down to an even layer of bubbles pretty quick, with good lacing. Aroma is sweet and chocolatey, no note of advertised smoke.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, sweet dark malts to start, powdered chocolate in the middle, lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. This one is middle of the road for me, but it annoys that I note no smoke anywhere.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.34/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; best before January 2012. I think this is the fourth Trafalgar beer I've reviewed; I have not yet been impressed with any of their brews but on the flip side of that coin, none of them have been truly awful either.

Pours a completely pitch-black colour - even holding this up to the light I'm struggling to make out any highlighted colours. I was purposefully aggressive while pouring this, but it still struggled to generate much more than a half-finger of bubbly tan head that soon died off. A foamy cap and collar remain, with respectable quantities of lacing. A pleasing malty aroma emanates from the glass, with definite hints of roasted oats, baker's chocolate, and creamy espresso. A bit of smoky character on the nose.

I'm not about to start raving about this stuff, but it definitely has a leg up on some of the other things I've tried from this brewer. Mostly malt character as one would expect - roasted oats, hazelnuts with bittersweet chocolate and smokiness; the latter two linger for a bit after swallowing. Some spent coffee grind notes provide a bit of bitterness. It does have that weird Trafalgar yeast taste that I am not a huge fan of, but the other flavours make up for it. Medium-light bodied, a bit too watery with low-ish carbonation level. Not a lot of stickiness on the palate.

I'm a bit stunned - Trafalgar has made a reasonably good beer. I may even get this again, although the price makes this proposition a bit iffy! The body is a bit light, but overall this is pretty yummy stuff. Keep in mind this is the first smoked beer I have ever had, let alone reviewed - but I found it enjoyable. Worth a try, in my opinion.

Update 11/27/2011: there was a 341 mL bottle of this in the OCB winter sampler so I figured I'd comment on it again. Not quite as good as I remember; less smoke and a weaker flavour in general. Still, none of the QA issues usually associated with this brewery are apparent. Much, much more heavily carbonated than I remember which is not advantageous here. The 'B' I gave this last time was probably a bit generous but it's still quaffable enough.

Photo of grub
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with silver foil top. best before JAN 08.

pours deep red. nearly brown, but clearly red when held to the light. a small tan head drops off quickly leaving only a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is ok, but neither smoky or stout-y. tons of fruit - raspberry mostly, but bit of cherry too. hint of roast. light bready malt. slightly sour too.

taste is better. light roast. nice mellow smoke. lots of bread and cracker malts. dark chocolate. coffee. low bitterness level. the fruit is sill there, but quite subdued. as it warms the smoke is slowly replaced by the raspberry.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. medium body feels a touch thin for a stout.

drinkability is good. it's an odd mesh of flavours, but ignoring style it's not all that bad. certainly above caliber for most of the trafalgar stuff i've sampled and i probably wouldn't say no to another.

Photo of Antikythera
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark, black, little bit of foamy head with minimal lacing.

S: starchy and smoky, cereals, very nice.

T: toasty, like browned grains. Unfortunately...

M: ... it's too fizzy. The carbonation really gets in the way of the taste. I want to let the rest of it go flat before I drink any more, so I can taste it.

O: I'll drink it again but there are other stouts and porters that I prefer. This could be really good aside from that distracting fizz.

Photo of ComradeK
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Decided to try this, simply because it had "stout" on the label.

I was immediately concerned by it's appearance. No head at all. None. No carbonation that I could see. It looked like coca-cola in my glass. Has a nice dark colour though.

The smell, unsurprisingly, is smoky. I might smell a bit of coffee in there too, but mostly smoke.

The taste is simply more smoke with an alcohol backing.
It feels like water in my mouth, nothing interesting at all, and much lighter than what I was expecting...I'm wondering at this point if I bought a bad bottle?

My current feelings toward this beer are that it should be avoided, but I may give it another chance, lest this bottle was somehow spoiled.

Photo of funkengruven
3.83/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a perfect black with abundant tan head (based on past experience, head on a Trafalgar brew is VERY rare). Smell is a subtle aroma of roasted malts. Flavor is a tad smokey, slight aromas of roasted malt. Body is thin, not very complex. However this is not that hard to drink and goes down relatively easily.

This is a huge improvement over a majority of Trafalgar's offerings and honestly I would actually recommend this one. It doesn't seem to have the artificial flavoring that all their other beers have, nor is it cloyingly sweet. This one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of bryehn
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with nothing but a collar of head. The beer is pretty much black, can see a bit of red when held up to sunlight.

Strong fruit tones in the aroma. Lots of malt here, really not that much else at all. Dissapointing.

Fairly smooth, but watery and not at all "thick" mouthfeel. I find the taste bitter up front with strong chocolate tones, maybe espresso as well. Gets sour towards the end and has a certain "saltiness" that I've found in other OCB beers, particularly the Elora Grand Lager from this same brewery.

The sourness dissipates a bit as it warms and the beer gains a bit of bitterness. Never really gets "good" though, regardless of temperature and I never manage to find the smoke in this smoke beer.

Cherry Ale is the best thing I've had from Trafalgar Ales and Meads, Elora Grand Lager the worst. Smoked Oatmeal Stout is in the middle. As a beer lover, I can drink one bottle here and there, but sure as hell wouldn't serve it to my friends.

Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with dark, chestnut highlights, tan head, no retention or lace.

S: Very roasty, brown sugar, dark bread, coffee, nuts, light smokeyness and a hint of spice.

T: Molases, dark bread, dark fruit, coffee, roasted nut, slight chocolate, smokey aftertaste. Pleasant roasted bitterness though some roasted astringency. The flavour makes it seem bigger than 5%.

M: Fairly solid body is good for its strength, smooth, light roasted acidity, carbonation on the lower side of moderate.

D: Approachable, somewhat enticing, but it doesn't bring me back for more.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.83/5  rDev +29%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I’m a bit surprised by the poor ratings here. I rather enjoyed this. It’s a dark brown stout, though it doesn’t have much of a head. Smells slightly smokey and with a lot of sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The smoked portion is a tad weak, I’ll admit, but I still found this to be a rather enjoyable stout.

Photo of crwills
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bomber purchased at the LCBO. I'd never heard of this until I went to pick up some Devil's Pale Ale and saw it on the shelves!

Poured a muddy dark brown, almost black, into a pint glass. Very little head. Aroma is smoky with hints of chocolate (very dry) and coffee. Flavour is all smoke, and the lighter body makes this much more rauch-like and less Stout-like. I can't really detect the oatmeal element on this at all. Carbonation is moderate to low. I'd definitely like to see this beefed up in body, and possibly in alcohol. A unique style hybrid, but one that needs work to... work.

Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO, silver foiled top.

Pours a clear brown/black/reddish colour, thin tan head, some lace spots, settles to a thin ring. Smell is chocolate, some light smoke, roast, toffee, bit of wood, not bad. Taste is similar, caramel, sweet malty, light woody smoke and light roast, thin watery flavours. Mouthfeel is thin body, with low to medium carbonation. Always seem to have thin body and flavours at Trafalgar, but at least now they are making somewhat palatable beers.

Photo of andrenaline
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Took a risk with this one given their history, but that's no reason to dismiss them altogether.

A - Pours nearly pitch black with a touch of ruby notes around the edge, finger of mocha head which quickly dissipates and leaves some sporadic lacing around the rim.

S - A tad musty, but the chocolate and earthy oats come through. Some wooden oak notes are detectable but very mild.

T - Again, a tad disappointing on the smoked notes, offering up little in the realm of smoke or peat, but the cocoa and espresso notes are tasty. A touch of leather and smoke does linger on the finish.

M - Thin, too thin for my liking and in need of a carbonation lift.

O - A tasty ale, but nothing overly memorable. I wouldn't turn one down and I'm glad I picked it up, but for the style it's lacking the boldness. I certainly would prefer this over a mass produced ale, but it needs a bit of refining.

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Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
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