Oatmeal Stout
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery

Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #329
Ranked #28,963
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout
Notes: A unique blend of seven varieties of malt & oats in this special recipe results in a rich, full-bodied stout, with a round roasted character & a creamy smooth finish.
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ritzkiss from Canada (ON)

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, some light getting through. Minimal head that doesn't stick around beyond 30 seconds. No lacing.

Smells like lots of oats/mash, bit of the stout maltiness. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is light and pretty straightforward. At the back there is a sly sweetness that seems a little out of place, maybe a little cloying. Malt, oats, coffee - all light. Thin body, not much carbonation leaves this one feeling like it is missing a few things. Didn't expand either as it warmed up; that's all there is.

You COULD drink a few of these, if you like the thin stout it is, but I think one is enough for me.

Feb 13, 2009
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jreitman from California

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever oatmeal stout and it really turned me on to the style. A very creamy/silky smoothe dry stout. Hints of chocolate, moderately bitter. very well-balanced. Easily my favorite beer that Swans produces.

Apr 15, 2002
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh hell yeah, this is the stuff. A solid pretty stout with a big tan head and a roasty nutty flavour to boot. This is one of BC's best stouts along with Crannogs Back Hand of God and Keepers from Lighthouse. Big , bold, drinkable and roasty coffee,nutty, chocolate goodness. Seems like Swans may be my go to stout this summer.

May 28, 2008
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swans Oatmeal Stout pours deep colorless black with a nice light brown head. The aroma is rich caramel and chocolatey roasted malt. The flavor is all malt, sweet toffee caramel, chocolate and slightly astringent burnt coffee flavor. The beer finishes on the dry side, with a delicious creamy mouthfeel. I had this one on draft at the brewpub, and liked it even more, but this is a solid, drinkable, flavorful oatmeal stout.

Best Before: 1/2011.

Oct 04, 2010
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this but my sense interpret this beer differently than the rest of the reviewers. Maybe its this current batch, maybe its me.

This is very pleasing to the eye. It is near black with some faint deep ruby colouring when held up slightly. The head is thin, but very dense and a definite coffee-and-cream colour.

As I smell the beer, my nose picks up caramel, butterscotch and oddly enough, butter microwave popcorn. There it is, the diacetyl I've come to associate with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Except in this beer, it is kicked up a notch. The taste is dominated by this diacetyl. Buttered microwave popcorn; Orville Redenbacher's. Very present in this beer. But it is not offensive. And I can still pick up chocolate, coffee and butterscotch hints to it. The scent and flavour combines to make an exceedingly smooth and creamy beer that slides down the tongue like a proper stout should. Not excessively carbonated, and hardly any alcohol presence to it.

Overall, very drinkable. Swan's/Buckerfields does some great beers and I regret not stopping by the pub for a pint and also not buying some of their other choices.

Mar 24, 2006
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2beerdogs from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jul 23, 2013
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed as 5.4% ABV.

I sampled this at the brewery.

A: Black, with a slight ruby tinge, NO HEAD, makes a little leg.

S: Fruity and dark caramel malt.

T: Nice (pleasant) fruityness from the British yeast, chocolate, with a slight roasty flavour.

M: Moderate body, light carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Certainly one of their best brews.

Dec 24, 2005
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sockeye101 from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great, solid oatmeal stout....I had the pleasure to have a pint at their brewpub in Victoria. Deep black, coffee color, with light carbonation and moderate head that dissapated quickly. Aromas were standard oatmeal stout, rich coffees, chocolates, bread/grain, very nice. Taste was outstanding, smooth bready chocolates and coffees with just a hint of hoppy bitterness, perfect balance. Mouthfeel was smooth and thick, chewy and excellent. Overall one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had!

Apr 11, 2007
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Hornet2003 from Canada (BC)

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not sure if it's because the waitress left the pint on the bar for 15 minutes before delivery, but there was no head on the pour. Or at least, it dissipated quickly and didn't linger. Jet black though, it looked thick and smoky.

Smell: Well it smelled like a stout, with a slight bit of smoky maltiness. Some chocolate and coffee, but VERY subdued.

Taste: Well the aroma was indicative of the taste. The flavours are there, just very underscored. Coffee, chocolate and plum. Quite aqueous.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. It went down like water. Very little taste-bud action.

Drinkability: Well anyone COULD drink a lot of this since it's pretty thin and light, but would anyone WANT to? Not me. One pint was enough....I look for a brew that leaves me satisfied after a pint, not wishing I ordered something else.

Aug 29, 2008
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Voonder from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this today at the brew pub on-tap. That was my first pint of the day so I experienced the beauty of this brew in full.
Very dark almoust black in colour with one finger white-ish head. Nose is grainy, chocolaty. Very rich in taste, smooth and very balanced. This is my first oatmeal stout and i loved it! And it's surprisingly drinkable. Very light and it was good on a hot sunny day.

Aug 12, 2008
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EskimoDave from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +5%

Dec 01, 2011
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Near black with a two finger, pillowy light tan head. Only a little chunky lacing.

Smell. Heavier grain smell with roasty malt. Some molasses and dark coffee.

Taste. Roasted grains, toasty malt, a little burnt sugar and coffee. Slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel. Lighter medium body with medium strong, prickly carbonation.

Overall. Solid oatmeal stout. Not as refined as some but an easy drinker that hits the spot.

Apr 25, 2011
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w00ddy from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +5%

Feb 11, 2012
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northjet from Canada (BC)

3/5  rDev -21.3%

May 26, 2012
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spark3148857 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Aug 26, 2013
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harrymel from Washington

2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Verbatim from notes 16JUL11

SOS: Rose mahogany stout with brilliant clarity. No head and no lace. Should be a little darker. Smells of malts, molasses, dark brown sugar, raisins. Taste is of roasted, sweet and buttered - which actually suits this well. A little too sweet IMO. Thin for the style with low carb, needs more body to feel right. Although this tastes okay and may be quite sessionable, it falls from the best or above avg oatmeal stouts. Too sweet, too thin.

Aug 04, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apr 08, 2016
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DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Toasted grains predominantly with chocolate and coffee.

T: Heavily toasted grains to the point of being almost smoky, toasted male, with an aftertaste reminiscent of a black coffee with sugar in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

M: Thin, especially for an oatmeal stout with a low-to-medium level of carbonation. A little on the lackluster side in terms of overall mouthfeel.

O: I love the style, but I don't think this is the best beer in Swans' lineup to be honest.

Jan 31, 2012
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BashOnABike from Canada (AB)

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in 20 oz pint glass in-house.

A: Opaque, black-brown witha tan-white heat, neat lacing and a moderate rentention. Like a good stout should.

S: Lots of oats, walnuts, creamy and almost a little salty. Too faint though.

T: Oatmeal, peat, some smoky hints, a little more walnut, a little malt. Subtle, but nice.

M: Very smooth and creamy, with a low carb. A little watery though, and a bit short on the tongue.

O: A very good beer, with a really nice appearence and taste. Could be a bit stronger thoguh, with a little stronger mouthfeel, maybe higher ABV or carb?

Mar 30, 2012
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swan's "Oatmeal Stout" @ 5.4% served somewhat cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours almost black with a very small coffee & cream colored head that quickly dissapates leaving no lacing
S-a variety of roasted malts and oats , hint of ground coffee beans
T-toasted smoky malts , roasted oats , some bitter chocolate
MF-a bit thin , low to almost no carbonation
Ov-not Swan's best , lacks something , look for it on sale

cheers LampertLand

Jun 22, 2012
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

May 04, 2013
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black brown with just fizz and absolutely no head, which was somewhat disappointing.

S: Raisins, molasses, coco, coffee toasted malts

T: Deep toasted malt with a hint of bitter hops like bitter sweet chocolate. Smooth finish with a mild aftertaste

M: Not nearly the thick oily brew expected based on appearance.
The drink is somewhat thin and lacking so much in carbonation it's as though you might be drinking flat pop.

O: The smell and taste stand up to the Swan's standard, unfortunately this brew falls behind on mouth feel and appearance. Too bad, because it has so much going for it on smell and taste.

May 07, 2012
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zduerr from Canada (BC)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Oct 08, 2012
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KalanM from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Nov 29, 2012
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cd34 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 25, 2016
Oatmeal Stout from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 26 ratings