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Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Diamond Head Oatmeal StoutDiamond Head Oatmeal Stout

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

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

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 42
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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Gaffattack
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my brother for bringing this one out...

Poured from a 1L flip top bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with ruby red hues and a 3 finger tan head on a passive pour. There is a good amount of head retention, but no lacing to be had...

S - Scent is fairly doscile. Coffee, chocolate, and little bit of roastiness...

T - Dark roasted malts and coffee make there appereance first followed by bitter chocolate and oats. Ends on a roasty note. This one rides the bitter wave all the way through. Nothing sweet to be had here...

M - A little watery for the style. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel...

O - A little roasty for my liking. Glad I chance to try this, but not something that I would go out of my way to obtain...


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Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Nominoe
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of icehawk
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


 Appearance: Pitch black with robust creamy khaki head 

 Aroma: Cola, chocolate, coffee 

 Taste: Earthy, bittersweet chocolate, coffee 

 Palate: Creamy, full bodied. Good carbonation, lively mouthfeel. Smooth finish with bitter undertones. 

 Overall: Relatively bitter for an oatmeal stout, and very full bodied for the ABV.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The stout poured from a bottle a rich, dark mahogany, with a certain level of clarity. There was minimal head; creamy and tan in colour. Very visually appealing. It smelled of sweet vanilla and oak; malty. The vanilla was upfront in the taste, with a balanced, smooth round out in flavour. Tasted like a standard oatmeal stout with hints of chocolate and oak. Mellow aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.


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Photo of Drknight
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and very good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of vanilla, and some roastiness.

taste is a little watery, some sour malt, bakers chocolate, some some, and some roasted oats, end is dry and sour.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twj2000
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hickmancase
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of imfinished
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 1L bottle.

Appearance: Frothy, mocha head (huge) with major cascading and the body is a dark brown. Sheets of lace are present.

Smell: Strong roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Roasted coffee grinds with a sweet touch at the end and mixed with some sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with some mild bitterness but the body isn't quite full and loses some from the middle through to the end.

Overall: Lacks robustness and compared to the benchmarks of the style, doesn't quite measure up. Good but not great.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Diva at the Met, Vancouver.

Ruby black with rimming tan head.
Big phenolic band-aid nose with a bit of smoke and sour milk.
Black currant, ash, smoke, and Marmite; a sweet black Twizzler hit then milk chocolate as it warms.
Tart cola finish and barky linger.
Medium, round, smooth but fizzy, a bit of oil.

Some rough, tart, and dirty notes. A hotel bar could mean some questionable condition, I admit. But it’s not especially oatmeal smooth, either. Underwhelming.

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Photo of 1234Jack
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Big Star Beer Market - a market with a nice selection near to where I live.

This was $10.59 for the 1 quart, 1.8 fl oz pot-stopper. Which may have been one of the reasons I bought it - so I could re-use it when bottling my own beer. ;)

Smell out of bottle is meaty, smokey, malty.

Smell out of glass adds licorice notes.

Nice 1-inch tan head forms on its own. This beer is in no way transparent; solid blackish-brown. Perhaps a reddish tinge around the edges.

Persistent lacing. Tart first taste with carbonation sort of jumps the tongue.

Malty taste with coffee, licorice.

Later notes of apple. I noticed it got smoother as I drank, or it was smoother near the end of the bottle, and you can take that as you will. ;)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich aroma is smoky with tones of quality coffee and molasses and just a hint of burnt caramel, somewhat sweet but not cloying. It pours an oily sable that is nearly opaque but does let a little light get through at the edges. Light tan head is thick, fine-bubbled and frothy, and sticks around for a while. Flavor, unfortunately, does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Although it has good tones of roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, as well as a hint of hops, it is a bit on the thin side. Texture is fairly fizzy and a little watery. Overall, though, this is a decent beer.

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Photo of VTWicked
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - super dark brown, tower of tan head fizzled out slowly leaving random lacing
S - chocolate, candied cherry, lightly smokiness
T - big roasty notes followed by dry cocoa, light leafy hops, mild charcoal finish
M - surprisingly light, even a little thin, smooth with a dry finish
O - very stouty flavours, feel is way too thin for my money, not an outstanding offering from a reliable brewer but still worth a purchase

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Photo of avalon07
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. No real lacing here.

S: A kind of underwhelming aroma of malt, oatmeal, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of some light chocolate notes, a hint of toasted oats, dark fruit (plums), lots of roasted malt, a light hoppiness (more in the finish than anywhere else), and some vanilla. Like it is with many oatmeal stouts, this flavor is a little on the thin side. Not a bad taste, but could have used a little more oomph.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a beer with flaws, this brew has its bright points. Worth a try.

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Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in the $1.99 clearance bin.

A: Pitch black with a thick tan colored head and sheets of lacing stuck on the sides of the glass.

S: Loads of chocolate with roasted malt, and a touch of hop.

T: A really big sweetness up front that thankfully fades into a milk chocolate flavor. It's borderline cloying with the sweetness. The finish is nice and full of roasted goodness.

M: A tad bit thin, but the carbonation picks it up and makes it somewhat creamy and smooth.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but the flavors are pretty good. Best part of the beer is the finish. Worth the $1.99.

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