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

Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4.08/5
172 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,295
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
172
pDev:
8.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2%
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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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 ZEB89
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Zaphog
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +0.5%
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 Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bighuge
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
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 -3.2%
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 ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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