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Bell's Oatmeal Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
162
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 162
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle, capped, no date.

This oatmeal stout is quite possibly the best oatmeal stout I have ever had, and is among the best stouts I have sampled.

This stout poured black as night with tall, frothy, light brown foam that left large patchy lace on the glass. The smell was most wonderous, and I just inhaled deeply while pouring and while drinking. There were aromas of sweet oatmeal and malt and caramel and a faint hint of hops. The smell lasted to the bottom of the glass. The taste was very rich and complex. I tasted dark malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, and hints of floral hops and fruit. The mouthfeel was full bodied, smooth, and creamy. There was a nice, complex, lingering aftertaste combined with an oatmeal dryness. The carbonation was moderate. This was a most excellent stout! I think I could drink this all night. Wow.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle of Bell's Oatmeal Stout!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of Kalamazoo's November stouts, only Rye, Cherry, and Java have actual label designs, with all the others wrapped in generic black and white. Guys, would a smiling, dancing bag of oats be all that hard to do?

Solid black, with an enormous, towering tan head. Roasty aromas stand triumphant, with hints of spices, anise, cloves, espresso...no, more like immersing your entire face into a steaming pile of coffee grounds. Earthy, but soft on the palate, with an initial rush of gritty texture. Long and satisfying finish, dry, full, substantial. Medium/full-bodied, and,mmmmm..excuse me,...mmmmm, oh,yeah! The flavor keeps on giving and giving!

This might go down as my favorite American oatmeal stout! If we can get KBC to brew it year-round, I'll get to work on Oaty the Happy Oatmeal Boy, and then we'll be in business!

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Photo of walleye
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1st of all I cannot believe that I found this. poured black, with a dark tan head. aroma , has soon as I opened this I could smell the chocolate and malts, oncce in the glass, the chocolate became the bittersweet kind, roasted malts, molasses, coffee, brown sugar, raisins and got a hint of plums. flavor was not disappointed at, got dark sweet chocolate, malts, cherries, espresso. the mouth feel was nice and smooth, not too thick and not too thin. one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had this aged very well

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Photo of Bighuge
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frothy tan head that clings to the glass as you drink. Chocolate aroma. Black appearance with yeast sediment noticeable. Great bittersweet chocolate taste. Smooth silky mouthfeel. Many subtle flavors in the background: cocoa, toffee, fruit, coffee. These nicely layered complexities become apparant as you work your way through the beer. One of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts. Another great stout from Kalamazoo.

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Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-Excellent beer...bit of a smoked taste...dark chocolate character..rich and tasty..some hop balance evident..Can't do much better than this..

Update: I changed my ratings slightly after trying Sam Smith Oatmeal and realizing this one wasn't as good. I did this rating under the old scoring system and feel my updated rating which brings it down slightly from a 5.0 is fair...this isn't a 5.0...very good and near the top of Oatmeals but not a 5.0

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black in color, that leaves a nice tan two finger head at the top, the lacing is present through the whole time.

S: Good nose on this one, oatmeal is present but more of coffee notes and roasty malts. This brew has a great nose to it, phenomenal.

T: Just like the nose, lots of coffee and roasted notes and the hops kick in on the tail end. Oatmeal is present, with nice touch of brown sugar.

M: Not as thick as I though it would be, but great anyway. Medium Bodied and slickness to it.

O: A great brew from Bell's once again, I was lucky enough to have this on tap when I visited bells on 4/6/13, I enjoyed it very much and would love to have more.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to first thank jeffboo for this brew in a trade.

This brew pours a jet black with a monster head that last for a while the widdling down to a minimal head that is very nice looking. When the head reduces to a minimal head it leaves the best lace trickling down the side of the glass. A wonderful smell of oats and roasted malts hit the nose like a punch from Mike Tyson. A strong toffee smell is also present, it sort of reminds me of the old Sugar Daddy sucker I had when I was a kid. Oh my the oats are strong on the palate also, this is great, I am so into stouts right now. The robust malts are very flavorful and the coffee malt is also very complimentary. This is a great beer and I only hope to continue a good relationship with jeffboo so I can get more of this stuff.

Cheers

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly opaque black with a nice ring of tannish brown foam. Foam lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Impressive for a vintage bottle like this one. Aromas are all oaty dark malts, and caramel, coffee, chocolate, etc. This is a damn fine oatmeal stout with a real grainy oatmeal flavor up front that is accentuated with the coffee, chocolate, caramel mix that comes into the flavor profile later down the road. Finish is great, and aftertaste is long and lasting. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and drinkability is very fine as well. Another great stout from bells, why don't they freakin' make this one anymore!?

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Photo of jtw5877
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque brownish black hue. With a decent tan head. Roasted malt flavors similiar to other bell's stouts, and bell's porter. Very drinkable flavorful stout, strong roasted malt with coffee/caramel/toffee tones. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys stouts or porters. A very good beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black forming a thin rocky tan head on top tiny bubbles, forming thin sheets as you gulp this stuff down. Aroma, like that of Bell's other dark ales, is that of grain, chocolate, and chalk. If you close your eyes, you may be able to pick up just a slight hint of hops in the nose. Smells delicious! Compared to the standard Kalamazoo stout, this one has a thicker, chewier mouthfeel, and ends in a long sweet finish. Hops are balanced as perfect as can be, adding enough to the initial zing, but letting you savor the sweet finish. The finish has a "sensation" of sweetness in the back of the throat, akin to a licorice tea (you'll know what I mean if you've ever had one). As it warms, the alcohol content and the chalky minerals of the water starts to become noticeable. Great mouthfeel slides down the gullet. A real treat of a stout. Great drinkability, too.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers I've ever had. I had no idea they discontinued this sweet, sweet beverage. Life is a little sadder knowing that Bell's Oatmeal Stout is no longer being made.

This beer held the glass like molasses. Dark brown, almost black, and very inviting.

The taste was that of an oatmeal raisin cookie dipped in sweet, smokey coffee. If that doesn't sound like heaven to you, you're living in beer hell. You could definitely taste the alcohol in this one, but it wasn't a problem at all.

It was slightly bitter and stiff, making it harder to drink than most beers, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a style, I really like Oatmeal Stouts. They are like having a beer meal. This one is very good. As good as Rouge's Shakespheare? Almost. Pours out to a deep black. Taste is that of roasted malt with that oatmeal sweetness. Delicious.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bell's cafe in downtown Kalamazoo.

Another stout from Bell's? I was pleasently surprised to find this on tap on a recent visit. Bell's is known for their stouts and this one certainly rates. Extremely well balanced between sweetness and roastiness. Pours a thick and dark black in color with a medium tan head that had a little bit of retention. Nose is immediatly sweet, but with a dry cocoa character as well as a strong roast presence. Taste was very smooth and complex. Finish was of bittersweet dark chocolate. Very, very well done.

Slàinte!

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Photo of marc77
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Approaching black, w/ a trace hazy ruddy brown hue when held to light. Fluffy, well retained, creamy light brown head. Loose lace remains. Mild chocolate, mellow deeply roasted unmalted barley along with subtle dark caramel and hints of smokey dark malt. Faint pearish tartness in aroma emerges after a deliberation. Rounded dark caramel sweetness upfront in flavor is supplemented with notes of milk chocolate and light butterscotch, then is partially offset and contrasted by coffeeish, smoke laced roasted barley bitterness and lightly tart fruitiness, respectively. Hop bitterness is secondary to that of roasted grain, yet manages to prevent residual sugars from becoming overbearing. Medium bodied, with a lightly silky mouthfeel from the oat glucans and protein. Finishes with an impression of sweetened baker's chocolate lingering on the palate. Bells has produced a delicious oatmeal stout with an enjoyable, pronounced chocolate character. Sweet overall in balance, but certainly not cloyingly so. Big thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and very dark black hue. Deep garnet colored highlights are visible in direct light. Pours produces a moderate depp tan head and places spots of lace on the glass as it is conusmed greedily.
Aroma is slightly sweet with some chocolate but dominant aroma is a toasty, cereal like oatmeal and coffee and brown sugar. Alcoholic bowl of brown sugar oatmeal comes to mind.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet to a point but quickly turns to a bitter and somewhat nutty and roasted hit.
Drinkability is very high- hard to have just one.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Thin, mocha head fades fast. Very black. Dense and so opaque. Placid.

S: Big-sweet roasted malts. Vanilla beans. Hint of coffee.

T: Great stout! Rich, sweet, smooth, and strong. This is a keeper. The aftertaste is *almost* bitter. Substantial and creamy. A tad of sharpish carbonation staves off heaviness. This is the epitome of an oatmeal stout.

O: Bell's does it again! This is a resounding success. Not hugely drinkable, but very tasty. Would have again.

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Photo of cokes
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Onyx bodied with a fluffed tan head that does not leave quickly.
Kzoo's house yeast factors largely in the aroma...moreso than I'd prefer, but there is a solid roasty aroma to couple any serious complaints.
Tastes brings big roasted malts with mild coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. Subdued oats, but they mix well with the lactic yeast to provide a sensation very similar to actually eating oatmeal, though a bit more sour. A quick dash of plum and it rides out with lingering roasted hues.
Meaty and full in the mouth. The thickest of the Nov. Stouts (Expedition not included).

Sampled at the casa de Bighuge.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's Tap Takeover at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA.

Half-finger of tan head and a black-brown body.

Nose is great, coffee, oaty, etc. some grape.

Taste is great; mellow, rich, not too bitter. Rich dark coffee and some cocoa.

Smooth, ultra-creamy, just south of nitro.

Solid oatmeal stout, couldn't ask for more.

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Photo of youngblood
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark, looks a little slick from the way it moves in the glass. Dirty brown head floatin on top.

Smells nice and buttery. Some nice roast goin on in there. Little espresso.

Fairly straight forward on the taste. Butter, coffee, chocolate. The flavors all roll into each other. Very nice.

This isn't slick like I thought it would be, but pretty chewy and smooth.

Very very drinkable. Low abv lets you session this until you explode.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours an opaque black color with one finger of light tan head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of burnt malt, cocoa, and molasses. A little bit of alcohol on the nose as well. The taste is malty and sweet, with coffee beans, chocolate, and caramel layered on top of roasted malt. A little bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, yet smooth across the tongue. It's very drinkable as well. A darn solid oatmeal stout!

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Photo of jackndan
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell’s Oatmeal Stout: Thick black beer that light does not penetrate. Thick foamy, and very unusual head. It looks like a thick pancake is floating on the top of the beer. Very clean/coffee aroma. The taste is very coffee, and not as smooth as many oatmeals I’ve had. The taste has a very sharp bite, bitter like very strong coffee (not hops bitter). Extraordinarily long, long, long aftertaste of roasted malts. Very pleasant.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade. This is first Bell's I've ever sampled and it is quite a tasty brew. I had heard that Bell's knows their stouts....and boy, do they ever! It pours an opaque, dark brown with a light tan dense head that retains pretty well. The smell is of chocolate with a strong graham cracker aroma (the oatmeal, I suppose).....very malty overall. Taste: the entry is sweet, but not cloying... chocolately, like malted milk balls. Around mid-palate a wave of espresso-like roasted barley flavor floods your taste buds and holds on through the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Roast flavors are more overt than I expected of an oatmeal stout. Nonetheless, this is a stellar beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep brown almost black color. A finger plus of a tan head forms and has good retention. Very small lacing around the base of the glass. Opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: chocolate, oatmeal and espresso. Lighter notes of roast and possibly some dark fruit.

Taste: opens with some strong roast leaning towards an espresso. The middle is full of a nice bitter and dark chocolate along with a bite of oatmeal. Finishes with a nice roasted to hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lighter. Some sweetness but large amounts of bitterness both from dark malts and hops. Smooth and silky feel.

Overall: another killer stout/dark beer from bells. Unique enough in their lineup but able to hold its own with their other stouts.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's:

I had a chance to have this at Bell's since I do not believe they are bottling the November Stout line anymore which included this beer. It poured as black at the night and formed a small dark tan, foamy head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. It had a medium body with a bittersweet finish. Glad to have this one again.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's rocks, and so does this beer that seems kind of intimidating to those who don't typically drink stouts. It's timid yet full of flavor. I'd drink it again and again.

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