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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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82
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14
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 64
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 threedaggers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Zazzi82
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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 Justdoit1234
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 oldvines
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of HardyA
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 richj1970
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Bell's Oatmeal Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.1 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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