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Sextant Oatmeal Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-17-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
245
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.41%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 245
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Dmann
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very good Oatmeal Stout and the growler dissappeared quickley!
It poured a dark reddish brown color with a nice brown fluffy head that stayed till the end. There was not much going on in the smell department, just some slignt smokiness and burnt grain. The flavor was very good with just the right dose of sweetness and smokiness throughout, and the smoothe mouthfeel made this one go down very eaisy. A solid brew and one I will try again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours black, with a creamy mocha head, leaving thick sheeting initially, then a nice scattered field of the fine stuff.

Dusty chocolate, and lite raisins in the nose. This is a well crafted OMS, showing off more chocolate, dark fruits, roasted grains, with a soft and subtle hop presence drying things out. Cookie dough malts also in the mix. On the lighter side bodywise.

Thoroughly delicious, order it if you see it

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Photo of aquazr1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro which may have a slight influence.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours black with a 2 cm tall tan head with nice lacing. Coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, with a lot of oatmeal. Taste is disappointingly weak. Roasted malt, the taste of "Whoppers" candy, oats, and a bitter finish. Good, not great.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown in color. Nearly no head. Some lacing.

Some chocolate in the nose but this is subdued for a stout. Some roasted malty elements, but not overly aromatic.

Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, a touch of sweetness along with some hop bitterness, finishes clean; incredibly drinkable and a balanced oatmeal stout.

Rich, luscious, smooth mouthfeel.

A delicious, velvety, easy to drink, tasty oatmeal stout.

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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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of En29356
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirksen
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Jackp_43
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of ReddMoneyBrown
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at The Ginger Man. Black body, very roasty aroma and one-eight inch of head. Very smooth mouthfeel,creamy. licorice.Real coffee, though I am an ex-coffee drinker. Hoppy.Dry finish,and acid affects drinkability unfortunately for both these characteristics.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

When the cascading effect subsides, the body is revealed as a very dark brown, albeit clear, with very faint ruby highlights. Excellent multi-layered lacing like frosting - and a solid, thin layer of cream persists on the surface throughout the session.

Roast malt, tobacco, cloves, cocoa, light coffee and cream aromatics - very nice.

Roast level and hops synergize for the perfect bitter/astringent combination. Lightly sweet mid-palate, suggesting chocolate and a little toasted grain. Finish is dry, but not excessively so. Perfect accompaniment with food.

Creamy, rich, velvety, a style well-suited to the nitro delivery (though I didn't realize this was on nitro until after I had ordered it); though of course I'd prefer a proper cask given the chance.

Refreshing and really well done - this is in no way an afterthought from Ballast Point, but one of the better domestic takes on the style I've tried recently.

Perhaps I've overrated the look and feel, if you consider nitro "cheating," but for some reason the artifice really worked for me the evening I sampled this.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MiScusi
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at O'Briens

A- nice deep brown to black with a creamy eggshell white head from the nitro that retains very well.

S- mildly roasted grains is the predominant aroma here.

T- Not huge flavor but a nice combo of chocolate and roast I feel. Doesn't finish too sweet, nor should it.

M- This was the big disappointment. Very thin mouthfeel. Watery. Needs to be more velvety.

D- Not horrible, not great. If they can tweek it to make it feel a little more rich in body then this'll become a really good stout.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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