Sextant Oatmeal Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nitro at the Horseshoe in Hudson, MA. Ordered it because I haven't had a nitro stout for over a year and bc its Ballast Point so I figure it would be good. Didn't disappoint. Had the body, feel, and character that is expected. Creamy, malty, roasty. Easy drinking and tasty. Well done!

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown where light shines through on the edges. Small but very thick head. Not much lace, though.

Black patent malt aroma--like coffee.

Burnt malt that is very much like straight coffee. Relatively thin bodied for the style. Long burnt toast aftertaste.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, hello oatmeal stout.

This pours a dark chocolate color with thick, creamy foaming atop of it.
There’s a light roast aroma with some candied stone fruits lurking around and a faint coffee smell. I think that nitro changes the aroma on beers, making it weaker, and this does nothing to dispel my perception.

The beer itself tastes creamy with a bit of roast and a mellowed dark chocolate. Best part is the (heh) mouthfeel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.

Opaque brown-black with a very durable, creamy beige head. Plenty of spotty lacing.

Feel: light-medium body that seems too thin; Medium carbonation.

Smell: Moderately strong mix of dark roasted malts. Hints of dark fruits. Approaches 4.

Taste: inferior to the aroma, partly because it is less complex and fruity than hoped but also due to some burnt grain qualities, especially in the aftertaste.

O: a bit disappointing, but only because this brewery has so many great beers.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma- Chocolate aroma with some subtle roasted coffee notes

Appearance- Very dark, Black with a tan head

Mouth Feel- This beer had great body it was like drinking melted ice cream

Taste- Lots of Chocolate, slight hop bitterness, the beer almost tasted like a mocha with its soft coffee finish

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Ballast Point in Little Italy.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a thin beige collar. Aromas of chocolate, dark malt, grains, bread. Some dark fruit and raisin notes in the flavor. Really smooth on the palate due to the serving medium. Well balanced and easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of jdb288
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Winberie’s. Dark chocolate pour with minimal head. Thick, chewy oatmeal/chocolate/raisin mouthfeel. One of the first where the oatmeal plays a strong starring role against the other flavors here. Creamy, smooth and delicious. Need to find more of this.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken last week in San Diego.

A-Pours a coffee black with some brown on the edges. Small light mocha head brown with decent retention. Spotty lace after a creamy thick nitro cascade up to the top of the glass on pouring.

S- Nitro seems to not release aroma as much for me. Cocoa powder and toasted oats with some black roasty malts.

T- More going on here as flavors release nicely, cocoa powder desserts and a fresh bowl of oatmeal. Roast cracked mash grains, toffee, caramel and some dark fruits, milky sweet and espresso hints.

S- Silky nitrogenated body with the obvious lack of carbonation bite, smoother. Finishes with a slight roasted bitterness.

Solid unsweetened cocoa powder forward and nice oat feel. Roasty grains with some fruit. Nitro doesn't really enhance it all that much for me.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks a typical stout. A black colored beer with a brown coolwhip head.

S - Sweet roasted black coffee grinds and bitter dark chocolate meld together in the bouquet.

T - An interesting profile of flavors. Surely some dark coffee notes and dry dark grains, but a forward presence of sweet milky chocolate. I thought this would be very robust from the nose, but it's milder than the smell leads on. Some hop notes shining through, cutting the darkness.

M - A smooth and easy drinking beer. It's medium body and light carbonation allow the drinker to enjoy the flavors fully.

O - So it's not a rich or robust stout but it's definitely drinkable and enjoyable. Wouldn't grab it if you're looking for a kick in the mouth.

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Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Received in a tulip at Ballast Point tap room. Thin layer of tight whitish foam atop a black body. Looks inviting.

Not much here, vague coffee, and ash. Hint of simple syrup and spent grain, mild aroma.

Immediate coffee with sweetened creamer, raw cereal grains, bread, and a bit of charred wood. Finishes drying with residual lactose acidity and cocoa powder, a touch chalky.

Drink is really smooth, silky. Medium to light bodied with nitro-like carbonation. No hint of alcohol anywhere.

A one dimensional beer, not much complexity , alot of lighter spectrum stout character and flavors but really this beer that flaunts body and feel over taste. Very easy to drink, the oatmeal does it's job to create that creamy texture.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Ballast Point. It pours a very dark cola brown and opaque. The head is a light taupe color. The head fades to a thin cap quickly. Coffee nose. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Creamy to the finish. Standard stout. But, miles better than Guinness.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Nitro-tap at Capitol Beer and Tap Room in Sacramento, CA on 9/21/12

Appearance - Served near black with a dark, ruby red hue. Head is half a finger thick, light tan and appears silky. Retention holds well. Decent stick.

Smell - Fine notes of cocoa and oat hit the nostrils first, with the faintest hint of coffee buried well beneath.

Taste - Moderate roasted malt character; sweet milk chocolate, cocoa and oat rounds out the predominant flavor. Not much development from start to finish. Clean, with the subtlest hint of mint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Silky, smooth nitro carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with a slick, supurb smoothness.

Overall - A good effort by Ballast on their oatmeal stout, but it ultimately falls a bit short. Boring, simple flavor profile redeemed by it's creamy, nitro'ed mouthfeel.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’d been wanting to try this one for a while, given my affinity for Ballast Point (and oatmeal stouts!) so when I saw it on nitro-tap at the Whole Foods Taproom in Columbus Circle I was pretty excited. Ultimately it proved to be a fairly disappointing experience.

The look of this beer was gorgeous; jet black, fluffy khaki head with great retention and sticky lacing; that hypnotic cascading nitro effect like in the Guinness commercials. But put it up to your nose and very little happens; a bland roasted malt aroma; a hint of bittersweet chocolate; some watery coffee leftover from this morning’s pot. Hmm. Had me concerned before taking a sip, and it was justified. The flavor followed the nose: bland. I’m aware of the effect nitro can have on a beer but apparently this one really got flattened. Prominent taste is watered down coffee; light roast; trace bittersweet chocolate. That’s it. Very shallow and uninteresting, even for a nitro stout, and even in comparison with some of the many Irish Dry stouts served in this manner.

Moderately thin bodied; smooth carbonation; creamy nitro feel. I didn’t hate this beer but there just wasn’t much to it at all. The oatmeal was pretty much undetectable in flavor or mouthfeel. I’d like to try this again sans nitro and see how it fares.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on nitro pour at double windsor brooklyn

Dark brown almost see thru with a mocha creamy looking mocha head. Smells of chocolate and some slight coffee. Tastes like sweet milk chocolate and and roasted malts very nice. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect for this style and abv

Overall one of the best session stouts I have ever had...I really wish I could get this more often

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro tap the day after Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dense khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same with a nice roasty bitterness after each sip. This beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel due to the nitro treatment. Overall, this is a solid oatmeal stout that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Duckworths. Very dark brown, layer of light tan.

Aroma, mostly chocolates and some roast malt.

Taste, oat more apparent here. Chocolate milkshake, some cocoa and roast malt. Faintest coffee.

Very nice creamy body. About in the middle. Drinks Extreamely easy. This is probably the best feature.
Pretty solid.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Nitro at Capone's Black Friday event. This was poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a creamy white head on top. The lacing and retention on this beer was great. The smell and taste reminded me a lot of Guinness Draught which I was really enjoying because for me it's so easy to drink. There was just a little extra coffee on the nose here. The mouthfeel of the beer was ultra smooth and went down very quickly. Overall it's a good drinkable brew and I would drink it again in the future.

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Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a tan head that lingers. Lacing is average; very little.

S - Scents of roasted malt, toffee, and coffee is noted.

T - Decent flavor of roasted malt, fresh grain, and some coffee flavor. Robust on the initial sip.

M - A bit thin and watery, but is very drinkable, no carbonation, with a bitterness at the end.

O - A decent oatmeal stout, but I didn't find it anything that stood out over the others available. Worth a try, especially if you enjoy Ballast Point.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Nitro at Linda Vista/Home Brew Mart

A: The beer pours pretty much black with a dense, creamy khaki head.

S: The nose starts off with the obligatory roasted malts along with a bit of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. There is a hint of licorice along with a mild coffee aroma. As with so many nitro beers, it's somewhat watery.

T: Pretty much the same story on the palate: roasted malt, toffee sweetness, dark chocolate, and mild coffee. There is just a touch of dark fruit character and a mild earthiness. The flavor is also watery.

M: Unfortunately, the feel is thin and watery with a smooth, low carbonation. I don't understand why you would ruin the typically excellent mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout by putting it on nitro.

O: Has potential, but I'd prefer to see it on draft rather than on nitro.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On nitro at Home Brew Mart.

A: Appears an obscured crimson kissed dark brown with a finger of tan cream that lingers and lingers.

S: Nuts and bread with toasted grain, earth, and a little roasted malt character. Coffee is faint, and milk chocolate blends with dark. There's a subtle sweetness that is reminiscent of cream. I detect a touch of dark fruit.

T: Dark grain and baked bread accompany milk chocolate, earth, and a restrained nutty quality. There's a whisper of coffee and a hint of dark fruit. The beer displays a lower moderate bitterness with some dark chocolate and roast on the back end. The flavor gives the impression of harmony and restraint.

M: Sticky, creamy, velvety, and smooth mouthfeel with a lower full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A really nice Oatmeal Stout. Well balanced and drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ballast Point tasting room in San Diego, CA on 6/29/11.

A - Black with deep velvet and ruby hues around the bottom and a creamy nougat-colored cap that retained well and produced striped lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma boasts vanilla, toasted oats, chocolate, light coffee roast and a hint of coconut.

T - Milky and sweet with lots of lactose, then segues into a light buttery character and finishes with an earthy, herbal hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, silky nitro mouthfeel, a tad thin perhaps. Finish is bittersweet.

D - Very good oatmeal stout that reminded me of a milk stout but with some hoppy balls behind it.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown. On tap. I had had a pretty sh**y day and just told the waitress "I need a stout." and this is what she brought me. I'm happy with her decision.

Pour - I didn't pour it, so I don't know how it looked coming out but it showed up to me as black as black can be. The lighting in the place is average and upon inspection I saw that it wasn't dark ruby red, or just extremely brown and opaque. This beer is BLACK. Has a brown smooth head that reduces to a beautiful, ever-present walnut film.

Smell - an explosion of smells - coffee is most prominent, followed by toffee, chocolate and cooked butter. Has a generally sweet appearance, but give it a really strong sniff and youll get all sorts of thing in the nose.

Taste - a brazen foundation of grist smokiness, chocolate and coffee followed by a subtle hop bitterness. Notes of bergamot, lavender, butter and spices really accentuate the malt profile and provide and interesting and complex balance. Aftertaste is all fresh java.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth. Sits very well on the palate and doesnt overstay its welcome. The carbonation is somewhat lacking, but thats to be expected from an oatmeal stout.

Drinkability - A substantial session stout. Would go great with grilled beef or pork and, of course, dessert. I had about five of them, so I'd say I'm a fan.


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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one on the nitro tap at the Ballast Point Brewery/Home Brew Mart in San Diego. Poured a very dark brown color, with a tight, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of fresh coffee, medium chocolate and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied and creamy, with flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Homebrewmart location.

A: Color is a deeeep dark blackish brown with some lighter garnet hues around the edges. Crazy cascading action from the nitro. Nice lush and smooth mocha-like foam head with little to no bubbles or lace.

S: Smells of faint roasted coffee beans.

T: Nice toasted oat and roasted grains flavor with a slight tartness on the finish.

M: Super smooth and creamy texture on the palate. Very nice and light in body. Mouthfeel is probably the highlight.

D: Nice sessionability with this stout and the lower ABV's. Good roasty flavor packed into a lighter bodied ale. Not too shabby.

I think this is a good drinking stout but it could use something a little extra for me. Raising the ABV's a bit would actually help bring something a little more robust in my opinion. Definitely better experienced off of the nitro or even cask perhaps.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

478th review on BA
Nitro to taster
@ Old Grove Location

App- Nice stouty brown with a good bottom filling head. Looks super creamy, no lacing though.

Smell- Big oat and grain with a little bit of chocolate.

Taste- Taste follows the nose but very mellow. Would be a very good dessert beer with the right dish. The flavors are pretty balanced and its nice not being super cold on nitro.

Mouth- Light bodied and medium carbed. A little to thin for me but was still very good.

Drink- 1st tap of nitro. I liked the feel, I liked the beer. Nice combo. Ill have this one again.

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