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Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
165
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 165
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell's Night of Darkness event. Served in a pint glass.

Pours close to black with a short tan head. A bit of lacing plus a nice collar as the head recedes. The nose is pretty mellow with some mild chocolate and roasted notes.

The flavor packs a bit heavier punch with chocolate and some roasted grains coming through. Pretty good balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness. The feel isn't quite where I'd like; not sure if the oats really did their job here. Pretty good overall but nothing compared to the Milk Stout.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't realized this one was retired. On tap at Stubs for Bell's Fermented Eclipse

Served in a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades down but leaves some splattered lace. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some earthy hop. Obviously the oats show. Also has a touch of spice notes. As it warms I get some coffee notes.

Taste: Roasted malts again up front with a layer of fresh earthy hops. Chocolate notes with vanilla and oats. Creamy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy with a dry roasted feel to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted

Overall, a decently drinkable oatmeal stout. Pint glass was no problem finishing. The thing that was unique about this oatmeal stout was all the roasted flavors to it. I liked it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. Nice touches of chocolate as well as a hint of light vanilla.

Mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness

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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 drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at the Meridian Pint, served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is black with a big tan head of large and medium bubbles that falls away and breaks, leaving very little lacing behind, carbonation low.

Aroma is weak but more bitter and ashy than the sweet stout.

Beer is medium bodied with no sweetness up front. The beer overall is a nice idea, the finish is drier than I expected and the bitterness from the grains gives way to an ashy aftertaste. Its subtle and doesn't ruin the beer for me. Not my favorite though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old bottle from perhaps 2002 or earlier, Sampled February 2006
Pours with a frothy, reasonably fast disappearing, light brown colored head. The beer shows a bright, clear deep brown color as I pour it, but otherwise sits an opaque black color in my glass. Ah the aroma is quite nice, it has that characteristic note that develops in lightly oxidized stouts. Heady notes of alcohol, espresso, rum, all intermingles a creates a note that is slightly reminiscent of a coffee liquor.

The taste is fairly light up front, it would seem this beer has thinned out a bit over time. The finish has a solid dark chocolate note that lingers on with a bit of that characteristic chocolate bitterness. I think that the light oxidation has accentuated the chocolate note in the finish. This beer is lightly sweet throughout, which, serves as a great foil for the noticeable roasted character. There is a certain burn acidity, which in combination with the roasted grain note reminds me of an espresso shot.

The dark malts in this beer have allowed it to stand up quite well over the years. The oxidation while apparent is still at the stage where it adds a bit to the complexity, and I think that it makes up quite well for the smoothing out and loss of complexity in the up front malt notes that would have been in this beer originally. I also really like the boosted chocolate notes in this beer, the finish reminds me of vibrant cocoa powder in both its chocolate note and its bitterness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a little bit of visible carbonation near the top of the glass, a small half inch head, and some small splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and some slight coffee.

The taste is similar. There's a nice interplay between subtle mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and more overaching roasted malt flavors. More bitterness than sweetness here.

Medium bodied, pretty full and thick, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's great, I think it's draft only, so it's nice to get a chance to try it.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is lightly sweet, roasty, with lots of dark chocolate. Nutty oatmeal comes through.

Flavor is more chocolate dominant, with oats adding a sweet perception, finishing roasty and lightly bitter.

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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 Bung
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obviously they brewed another batch of this. I think this was listed at either 6 or just a bit above 6 abv at the Eccentric Cafe.
Nearly black pour with some light getting through, light tan rocky head. Pretty roasty aromas with some oat and coffee. Tastes similarly, with some pine hops to go along with the roast oat, mocha and coffee. More lively mouthfeel than I would have liked, would prefer more creaminess. Finish lingering coffee and hint of nut/oat. A good oatmeal stout, but not quite as good as some of Bell's other stout offerings.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of anise.

Tastes similar to how it smells though with more influence from the oats. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with light oat flavors. Very slight amounts of herbal hop flavors then make a brief appearance and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was another solid stout from Bell's but it was lacking a silkiness I'd hoped they would have nailed from the addition of oatmeal. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I feel that any beer you can see through is to light, Stouts and Porters are running neck and neck with Belgian Song’s as my favorite "Beer Styles". The beer pours a deep brown to black color; the beige head and sheet lace are cocoa brown. Nose is high in oat tones, the start malt sweet, the top is full, sweet, creamy and rich. Nice toasted finish that has a moderate hop presence, deliciously dry, perfectly carbonated.

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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 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 cpetrone84
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on Draft at Eccetric Cafe in Kalamazoo

A-deep jet black in color eating all light that comes near, two full fingers of dark caramel head that does dissipate more quickly than I would have liked and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-very big nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal

T-nice roasted malt taste, some chocolate in there, some oatmeal hitting in the middle and actually some sweet citrus hops at the end that balances it quite nicely.

M-smooth with a medium body and a light amount of carbonation

D-lighter body for a stout and a great taste and smooth mouthfeel make this quite drinkable. I do love huge flavor and these aren't quite huge, but for the style it is quite delicious

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's doesn't have the most inspiring labeling, but it's what's inside that counts, right? Pours a deep dark brown with a medium and lasting beige head. Decent lacing. Aroma is very roasty with some oat smell too. The flavor is not as sweet and creamy as many Oatmeal Stouts, it was actually a little dry. Flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a little malt lent to a smooth finish. Very good.

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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 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 prototypic
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It arrived a very dark brown color with a creamy tan, two finger head. Retention was very good and a nice coat of lace remained.

Smell: Nice mix of roasted and caramel malts. Light coffee and smoky aromas emerge. Chocolate aroma is nice and blends well. Very light hop and alcohol toward the end.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts mix well and give it an initially sweet taste. Light coffee flavor is very complementary. Nice, creamy taste to it. It does have a smoky flavor which is a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is very good. This is a very creamy, smooth, and highly drinkable beer. I'd revisit this one frequently if it were more readily available. Highly recommended.

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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 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 HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown bordering on black. Brown tan and creamy head. Unusual texture that looks like a sout stout. Baker licorice in the smell and taste. Hides the oatmeal and dark chocolate. Very carbonated and slightly smooth.

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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 ADR
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as night with practically no light transmission. Good tan head that's lacy and better than some others on Bell's Stouts. Slight chocolatey aroma. Nice mild chocolate milk tastes with senses of sweet cherry and plums. Heavy roast on the end. Mouthfeel is medium. Maybe a little to much burnt expresso late in the flavor but a satisfying beer overall. I think I may have all the Bell's Stouts covered -- so far.

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Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black hue. Opaque. Thick brunette head, about a finger’s worth, good retention, rings of lace. Faintly sweet nose, more so roasted malt with suggestions of chocolate… very inviting. Rather tasty palate, surprisingly roasty for an Oatmeal Stout, the sweetness is minimal, coffee-like bitterness, dry, chalky finish. Solid. Medium body, low carbonation, respectable mouthfeel. As the beer warms it does seem to improve… the sweetness is embellished. This is a top-notch Oatmeal Stout (I wouldn’t consider this one ‘textbook’ for the style though); still, I would recommend giving this one a try. It’s quality!

Thank you, feloniousmonk for the bottle!

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