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Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 25.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 09-08-2007)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
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2.68/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

trevorwideman, Oct 31, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +34.7%

beerhunter13, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DannyBaldoni, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

CanuckRover, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of traumaqueen
1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.03/5  rDev +2%

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

joemcgrath27, May 27, 2012
Photo of Stocean1
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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

Stocean1, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.05/5  rDev -64.6%

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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 29, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

WillAndSarah, Apr 03, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

irishkyle21, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 14, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +31.6%

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.

patre_tim, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

spinrsx, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

liamt07, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of SebD
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

SebD, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev +1%

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.

mrmanning, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

ppoitras, Jan 07, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

thehyperduck, Sep 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev +1%

Brody1714, Mar 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

bgibbard, May 26, 2013
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Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
71 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.