Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Diamond Head Oatmeal StoutDiamond Head Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
howesound.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional oatmeal stout with an intense roast barley flavors and mildly hopped using Willamette and Nugget hops. The robust flavour is balanced with a smooth creamy finish. It is named for the razor's edge ridge that comes off the south flank of Mount Garibaldi's Atwell Peak.

25 IBU

Added by thesilverhand on 11-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of graybayou
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served just under room temperature, this brew is far and away the best stout I've had in a long time. Such a rich roasted essence with strong flavoring from each of the ingredients.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009.

Appearance: Almost completely opaque black with only slight hues of brown around the edges if you look closely. One finger dark beige head when poured into English pub style pint glass, which recedes more quickly than expected for the style, leaving a ring and not much lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt aromas of coffee and some chocolate, along with a rich treacly sweetness from the oatmeal.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Coffee and chocolate flavours are easily detectable, especially the coffee, and they are balanced by a masterful treacly sweetness from the oatmeal in this sweet stout. The balance is just right; the oatmeal does not overpower the bitterness of the roasted malt flavours, and the beer is nicely tempered with some hops to help smooth the flavour without creating a bitterness of their own. There is also some subtle vanilla here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. Very silky with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable as a result of the cleverly brewed harmony between the malt, hops, and oatmeal. The treacle flavour entices the drinker back for more as this is what really makes this oatmeal stout stand out from many of its competitors. Excellent brew.

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Photo of jrempel
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of ZachT
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1L swing top bottle.

Appearance: This pours like a growler pour. Not so much carbonation but a great pitch black profile.

Smell: Rich, roasty, smokey, grainy.

Taste: Not too dry. A little sweetness lends well to the dark, rich, chocolaty flavours. A little coffee as well.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation but the bitterness and sweetness both hit where they should, when they should.

Drinkability: 1L swingtops are not enough! The flavours are so delectable that the bottle disappears quite quickly.

Overall: Howe Sound is a great micro brewery. I'm glad their stuff is available. I wish we could get it in 6-pack, but the swing tops are re-sealable a la growler so they last long enough not to affect the overall quality of the brew.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice black with a little red at the edges where a bit of light gets through. Thin, light tan head that fades quick.

Smell. Dark chocolate and sweet coffee. Some dark roasty grains.

Taste. Dark coffee and cocoa. A little maple, a little sweet. Good roasty coffee in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, just a little sticky. Lighter carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. The 1L bottle is great for this style. No need for the flip top here.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Momentus 100th review... Saved this one from when my buddy cruised through from BC. Looking forward to tasting it!!

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of toffee coloured head, decent retention, and settles to a thin layer of head with a little bit of lacing.

S - Chocolate malts are the most prominent with ground coffee and espresso coming through on the finish. The scent isn't super powerful, rather it is nicely balanced.

T - Very unique... Initially I thought Guinness, but the finish is much more powerful, tossing a mouthful of coffee grounds, dark chocolate malts as well as toffee and caramel on the finish. Definitely a full flavoured stout!

M - A nicely balanced carbonation level, goes down extremely smooth. Again, reminiscent of a pint of Guinness (on tap), but much more flavourful!

D - This stuff is absolutely delicious! I wish I could find this stuff in Alberta because it would easily be my go-to stout. Another great offering from Howe Sound. Next time I'm in BC I will definitely be bringing back a couple bottles of this stuff. Glad I saved it, because it made for a wonderful 100th review.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is good brew. Poured a tad warm with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that lasts for a while and a bit a lace. Color is a clear, almost opaque garnet. Aroma is roast, malt, dark old leather, earth, hint of funk. Flavors somewhat like nose with bittersweet malt and tang up front and very well balanced. Body is strangely light yet full with spot on carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a hint of smoke and good length. Super drinkable. Wish we could get it locally.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of LampertLand
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Howe Sound's 'Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout' @ 5.0% , served from a 1L pot-stopper bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark brown almost black in the glass with a medium size tan head that is leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-roasted oats & barley , hint of sweet vanilla

T-roasted oats & barley , rich and robust , smooth creamy finish

MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , so smooth and sweet on the palate

Ov-good beer , well balanced , yes I'll buy again

sampled alongside Rogue's 'Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this at Spinnaker's liquor store out in Victoria, they had a big display of this brewpub's newly bottled line.

Comes in a 1 L brown flip-top bottle. Pours out black and opaque, no light permeating it whatsoever. Capped by a creamy tan head that settles to a half-finger width layer.

The aroma, while not overly complex, is robust and inviting. Deep toasted and roasted malts, some cafe au lait, and a warm slightly woody character.

And then it all comes together in the flavour, which from my experience seems to be greater than the sum of its parts, but is an equation that I am comfortable with. The malt is very polite in the beginning, smooth and rounded and quite subtle, picking up a slightly gritty flavour and texture in the middle, and coming into full bloom in the finish, using the hops as a dance partner rather than some smothering wet blanket. A creamy mocha character greets one very quickly on the aftertaste. It's not bombastic, yet cannot be accused of being too subtle either, this is simply a very well-mannered tasting oatmeal stout.

The mouthfeel is full, but rounded, making it a very easy session ale, as it's not overwhelmingly filling, nor does it need to be choked down in small sips. Creamy texture, it's a pleasure to imbibe from start to finish.

Wow, I'm glad I grabbed a bottle of this, as my basket was already overflowing and dragging the ground. I need to configure another trip out to visit my friend on the island to not only enjoy his good company, but to pick up more bottles of this as well. And to try and make it to the actual brewpub along the way. This is a fantastic oatmeal stout, very user-friendly, and rounded in all the right places.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 1L swingtop into some tulips. Civic day tasting.

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a tan had. Moderate lacing left behind. Nose has some light smoke, roasted oats, chocolate and some light bitterness about it. Taste showcases the dry roasty oats, with some chocolate and light toasted qualities to compliment. Slightly thinner than I would've liked, but fairly thick and full overall. Solid oatmeal stout and would be awesome on nitro I'd imagine. Another winner from Howe Sound, need more from them!

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a one-litre swing-top bottle. Pours oily black, topped with a thick pale brown foam that dissipates over several minutes, leaving just a hint of head around the edges of my glass.

Some dry roasty and dark chocolate aromas, with a bit of sweetness.

Dry, roasty, with a touch of charcoal, and a creamy, sweet malty base. Pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

Enjoyable, creamy mouthfeel. Thick without being cloying.

A very nice stout. A great winter evening sipper. I'm glad Howe Sound has started bottling their line-up. A nice addition to the local beer selection.

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Photo of madpentzer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed off notes from a tasting at Beer U: Craft Beer Around the World at Stone Brewery.

Appearance - Pours a wonderful dark, oily black color with two fingers of off-white head that lasted till the glass was finished.

Smell - Very strong roasted malts with some chocolate too.

Taste - Smokey notes up front followed by roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate espresso in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Classic stout mouthfeel. Thick and almost chewable, yet enough carbonation that it wasn't hard at all to drink.

Overall - An awesome oatmeal stout. Smokey and sweet I could definitely enjoy this beer again and again.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent oatmeal stout from another local brewpub that has decided to start bottling.

Lovely ruby-black body with a thin, light tan head. Creamy, roasted malt and chocolate scent. Toffee and espresso hints. Faint liquorice in the background.

Dry, slightly bitter taste. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee flavours with a sweet malt hint and a slight touch of butteriness. Not unlike Sam Smiths, but toned down on the diacetyl.

A bit thin on the mout: a stout should be thicker and chewier than this. Also comes off as a bit high on the carbonation at times.

Overall, nicely down. Smooth drinking stout that is a sipper on a winter evening. The litre bottle has its pluses and minuses, but this beer needs only a little tweaking to become a classic.

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Photo of TheBen5
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anchorage42
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Multiple fingers of light tan head with solid lacing to the lip of the glass and decent retention. The beer itself virtually black. I couldn't see my hand through the other side of the glass

S- Smells oaky, like bourbon barrels with a solid roast backbone. In other words, delicious. Aroma isn't overwhelming and is quite pleasant.

T- A stellar taste. The roasted barley dominates the palate without being overwhelming with a hint at the hops at the back end. Coffee flavoring comes through, as well in nice form.

M- Thick and chewy, very smooth with a quick finish. After taste lingers on the back of the tounge/back of the roof of the mouth. Reminds me of bourbon but not because of alcohol flavors, but more because of the earthy roast.

D- Highly drinkable. Would pair well with meat and grilling flavors.

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Poured the beer out of the 1L bottle and got an immense amount of head, due to an over vigorous pour. Hung around for a while before it receded to a small, but still present coating on top of the beer. Quite delicious even upon first taste and the lack of strong carbonation was highly appealing to the palate. Goes down really easily.

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Photo of leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola/chocolate black with a finger width of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted barley, hint of coffee bean.

Taste - The flavour of roasted grains and oats is predominant, with a touch of the chocolate at the end. Leaves a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit on the thin side for the style.

Overall - There are some excellent flavours in this oatmeal stout by Howe Sound, especially in terms of the roasted notes. I would've liked to see a fuller body, but this is still a respectable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Exeter
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SilentSabre
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dark, black body with a thick, foamy, caramel coloured head. Thick, sticky lacing clings firmly to the sides of the glass.

Big, sweet, chocolatey smell with discernable oatmeal in the nose. Also a bit of an earthiness hiding deep down. This just *smells* creamy.

Chocolate roastiness dominates with very modest earthy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with gentle carbonation; very easy to drink.

A terrifically well crafted oatmeal stout. My first exposure to this brewery and I will certainly seek them out in the future.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a brown color that is basically black and opaque, except the edges, when held to the light. A 1 inch light tan head forms and reduces to a mild lacing.

The aroma was okay. There is a coffee and semi-sweet chocolate component. Perhaps a very minimal hopping, but it almost seems to have a metallic-like smell. The oaty earth tones are the too.

The taste was again has that roasted coffee and baker's chocolate tone with the mild hopping and the earthy component. That metallic component is present again, but does not seem to be as potent in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it has a very gentle feel. The carbonation is minimally high and minimal dryness it left behind.

This beer is very easy to drink. The low ABV and good flavor make it enjoyable and a good session beer, for me.

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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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