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

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Bell's Oatmeal StoutBell's Oatmeal Stout

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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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 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 aracauna
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black beer like you expect from Bell's with a big dark tan head that hangs around. Comes across as a dry stout with a mild twist. Roastiness is dominate flavor and oatmeal seems to do little but soften the beer a bit. Otherwise it might be a bit harsh.

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Photo of Webby64
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this brew! Nice tan head, exceptional mouth feel, long bitter after taste. Slight coffee, chocolate aftertaste. Very, very good!

Puts a dent in the wallet but I will drink again!!! Let me enjoy! Usually, I am more "wordy" but I am getting buzzed!

Enjoy! I am!!!!!

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

Dark brown almost black color, decent tan head. Sweet chocolate burnt aroma, chocolate cocoa powder and light coffee coffee flavors, nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, yet another great one by Bell's.

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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 Realale
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely black in color. Nice creamy brown head sticks around for the whole pint.

Great nose of coffee and bitter chocolate. A bit of fruitiness comes out as the pint warms, as do some nice hoppy notes.

On the palate, the coffee and bitter chocolate flavors predominate. There's a nice supporting maltiness, and quite a bit of hop flavor. The bitterness is a nice combination of bitter malt, and hop. The body has a bit of the oiliness one expects from an oatmeal stout, but its thinner than some other examples of the style. However, this aspect helps drinkability. Very nice oatmeal stout.

This example was purchased at the brewery.

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

Appearance: Pours black as night without any clarity. A rich, creamy tan head sits on top and does a fine job of sticking to the sides.

Smell: Roasted grain aroma, a touch of coffee, and a faint sweetness. Good aroma, but not as assertive as their regular Kalamazoo stout.

Taste: Has a pleasant roasted flavor with a fair amount of complexity. Goes down with a nice bitter hop note. Good balance between the roasted grain and the hop bitterness. Has a faint fruit flavor as well on the tail end...a bit of toffee too. Finishes dry with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice medium mouthfeel. It may be a 'bit' thin for the style, as I like my oatmeal stouts thick and chewy, but it certainly fits the 'meal in a glass' description usually tagged with this style.

Drinkability: Above-average. I can see myself putting away a few pints of this.

I'm a huge fan of Bell's beers, their Kalamazoo and Expedition stout especially. This is my first time trying one of their November stouts and it's a pretty good start. Not outstanding...but I have 7 of their other stouts to try!

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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 mjohn27603
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black opaque. More sweetness than bitterness. It seems a pretty solid oatmeal stout offering from Bell's. I think you will get pretty much what you expect from this beer. I don't see much reason to single it out amongst other oatmeal stouts altough a tasting with several oatmeal stouts would be a good test. I'm surprised Bell's only offers an oatmeal stout during a limited run. It seems like a natural for brewery that specializes in stouts.

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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 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 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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