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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal StoutSquatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-03-2001

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany. very low head retention. Smell is of toasted malt and coffee. Taste is mostly of coffee and oats. Mouthfeel is alot thinner than i would've expected from a stout. If you like the coffee flavor, then you might like this alot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted oats, dark malt and a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, creamy and a little smoky, with flavors of dark chocolate, oats and coffee. It isn’t overly sweet and there’s a mild hop presence. The after-taste is smoky and a little bitter.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium body (light for the style), light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is clean and a little dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, it’s one of the better Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve had. This seems like a perfect choice if you want a beer that’s light from an ABV standpoint but still has some substance.

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Photo of Braudog
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft pint at the brewpub. One of the best visuals ever ... cascading both up and down from the middle of the glass, settling into the photo-perfect stout ... 1/2-inch photo-still white foam over the blackest of black beers. Great roasty aroma ... creamy and milky with a solid lightly bitter roasty, toasty, hint o’ chocolatey stout. This is good stuff. (#2792, 4/12/2007)

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with faint mahogany/auburn highlights. One-finger of creamy tan head, fading to a thin cap & leaving behind decent-looking lace.

S: Old coffee grounds, slightly sweet grainy malt mixed with lightly oxidized sourness.

T: Tasty blend of lightly sweetened coffee & milk chocolate with a slightly smoked wood/malt finish. Pleasant grainy/oat flavor. Nothing complex, but the flavors are all good for this style of stout.

M: Thinner than some stouts, but a reasonable level of carbonation and gentle chocolatey bitterness fills the mouth a bit. Still it's a light to medium mouthfeel, hindered some by the low 4% ABV.

D: Not a bad oatmeal stout, though probably not one I'd have to seek out again. It's drinkable, has a low abv and pretty good flavors, so I can't complain much. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle...tried in Feb 2007.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatter's Captain Bastar's Oatmeal Stout is an easy drinking, full-of-flavor-but-not-overdone stout with a moderate alcohol content that makes it great as a session ale. It pours the typically black body and creamy tan cap; and offers a pleasant, lightly sweet and roasty aroma. The body is medium-light, and it's gentle carbonation leaves it silky smooth, adding even more to its drinkability. The flavor is roasty with notes of dark chocolate, sugary burnt toast, light coffee, and toffee. It's balanced by a stiff bitterness, and it finishes dry and ashen with some lingering roastiness. Nicely done!

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Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great pour to start – a black night with a creamy ivory head – died just a tad too quick, but with only a 4% backbone of malt, not hard to understand. It still had enough umph to lace the ol’ New Belgium snifter glass.

Big whiff of coffee and little touches of chocolate malt. Taste is on the 4% thin, but still has a nice punch of coffee malt. I luv coffee stouts, so this really hits the spot for me, but it may surprise those looking for a pure Oaty. Also , the dry hop finish easily pushes thru the malts, ending sharp and dry.

Drinkable? Oh yeah, this would be the perfect session brew for me – winter or summer.

Good brew provided by Wasatch in a trade.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small creamy light brown head and some nice lace. Wow the roasted aromas burst out of the glass as you pour it out. Lots of roasted coffee character with some chocolate notes in the background. The promised roasted maltyness is washed away by the watery mouthfeel. Only vague shadows of the aroma actually reach your palate. Some of the roasted bitterness hit just before a nip of hops on the finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raisin brown, not quite opaque, with orange-crimson highlights. The wheat toast brown cap has plenty of character and looks good atop the beer. It has a lumpy, bumpy, bubbly surface and is beginning to lay down quite a bit of Swiss cheese-like lace. This is one good looking bastard.

The nose is pretty wonderful as well. Might I have finally run into a Squatters beer with guts? The malt bill consists of pale, caramel, chocolate, roasted barley and oats. I'm happy to report that all have been used to good effect. Each sniff delivers a surprisingly robust aroma of bittersweet chocolate and coffee with cream.

Despite the light body, Captain Bastard's is chock full of flavor and is a damn fine oatmeal stout. If the brewery can create a beer this bold and this delicious, then why can't they do the same with the rest of the lineup? Cocoa and coffee are still the focal points. Due to the relative lack of malt sugars, I'm reminded of an Irish dry stout more than anything else.

The finish is dry and bitter, though it's hard to tell if the latter is due to a generous roasting time (probably necessary to get this much flavor) or to hops. I certainly don't taste Chinook, but that doesn't mean they aren't providing some amount of bitterness. This is a wonderful, balanced, flavorful, easy drinking stout that is disappearing incredibly quickly. Well done UBC.

I have yet to drink a 4% beer that has a mouthfeel bigger than light-medium at best. This one struggles to reach that benchmark. Normally I'd penalize a stout more severely for having such a non-stout mouthfeel. The mouthfeel in this case is satisfactory if one has the right attitude going in. Besides, some of the goodwill that I'm feeling toward the flavor is bound to spill over.

Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout is good beer and is the best beer that I've had so far from the Utah Brewers Cooperative. I don't believe I've had a better session stout in quite some time, especially one that refuses to compromise when it comes to flavor intensity. Thanks to Wasatch for this pleasant surprise.

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Photo of stouty1
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Wasatch for the trade on this one.
A: Dark roasty black with a small brown head. Lack of creaminess one would expect.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, hint of caramel, and roasted malts.

T: As it sits on the tongue there is a nice coffee tatse but then the swallow brings it to the back of the tongue and a dry bitterness hits you. Slowly turns sour like a I sucked on a lemon.

M: Carbonated and watery, no chewy effect at all.

D: Definitely not a bad beer but leaves little competition for the leaders out there. But, I could easily drink a few in a sitting since they seem to go down pretty fast.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/black color, huge creamy tan head, nice carbonation, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, coffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, nice coffee/caramel taste, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful black color with a huge head. The lacing was extremly thck and abundant. The retention was very slow. The only subpar aspect of this great brew was the smell. There was none. The taste was a strong coffee taste. The mouthfeel was very very smooth. A great drink. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle, my first Utah beer. A thin head lasts about a minute before it settles leaving behind some minor lace. Dark black color, but transparent in the light. Smell of sweet coffee, toasty oatmeal, and light chocolate initially. Very nice. After awhile more dark fruit notes start to come out plus some caramel sweetness also. The first sip is a major letdown after the nice mix of aromas. It's immediately watery with a dry coffee tang. Disappointing, but after the intitial shock I can at least finish it. There is plenty of carbonation in theis brew, but the thin/watery mouthfeel is not very good for a stout.

This beer looks good, and smelled good, but the flavor just didn't add up. I probably wouldn't recommend it...

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large head of foam that quickly dissipated leaving a very broken fine layer with no lacing.

The smell surprised me. I note a very citrusy nose that reminds me more of a hoppy Pale ale or an IPA.

The taste has some good roasted flavour to it up front with a heaping helping of citrus..mainly lemon...especially in the finish. I can't detect much of an oatmeal flavour to it; maybe the hoppiness is blocking it out? Pretty unusual tasting Oatmeal Stout that I can't say I favour that much. It *just* doesn't hit palate right.

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Photo of RoundelMike
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have very mixed feelings about Capt. Bastard's Oatmeal Stout. It's excellent in some ways and weak in others. This beer smells very strong and is dominated by a heavy coffee odor, making it quite interesting. It pours deep black as a stout should but the head is not as creamy as I would like. The taste hits you as hard as the smell. Definite oatmeal and coffee in there.

This is only my opinion, but I think the taste is a bit overpowering, making this beer a poor session choice. I enjoy having one once in a while but it's not a regular for me. After having one of these I have to finish with something lighter.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a pint glass at the Squatter's location in downtown SLC.

Pours a very light brown, slightly darker than what you would like your pie crust to be. Thin head, with little body to it, even though there appeared to be some lively carbonation in the pint.

Smelled like roasted coffee with a few sugar cubes tossed in.

A pretty weak oatmeal stout, but I guess that is what to expect with the low abv. Slightly sweet, there was a coffee and deep roasted malt flavor to it. Was pretty smokey throughout.

Too much carbonation, but with the low abv, you may not notice after a few.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep brown with ruby highlights. No beer lace on this one.

Smell - There is a nice sweetness in the nose, but not much else. I'm not expecting floral hops, but I don't detect anything.

Taste - Chocolatey and roasted. I also detect an odd undescribable flavor. Is is smoke, phenolic? There is a backfround smoky flavor. Hops are not readily apparent in the taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer is nice and thick. It seems good for an oatmeal stout.

Drinkability - The beer is reaonably drinkable, but not highly. I would try another, but it is a bit filling due to its rich flavor and thick body.

Comments - Sampled in a flight of ten beers at the Salt Lake City International Airport Squatters Pub Brewery location. Other beers by this brewer are better, but it is worth a try if you are in the area.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice black color with a ring of head. The nose was nor real strong, but there were hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor was all chocolate and roasted malts that turned to a good coffee character as it warmed up. The feel was moderate...not bad but a little thin for me. The drinkability was awesome. I had a liter of this stuff and wanted more. Thanks to Alexgash for meeting up with me while I was in Logan and sharing some good times and good beer with me. BA had led me to some really good experiences and good people since I joined.

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Photo of IceAce
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep mahagony with a medium tan collar of foam. An aggressive pour yielded a two-finger collar which slowly collapsed upon itself leaving about 60% lace.

Aroma: Nose is mostly roasted malt with a smidge of coffee lurking in the background. The roast is a bit over the top and detracts slightly from the experience.

Taste: The roasted malt makes an immediate appearance on the palate but in time resembles the houseguest you first welcomed...then couldn't get rid of. The lack of balance leaves me wondering about the deficient hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin for the style and a tad on the slippery (no, not diacetyl) side of the scale.Carbonation is good and helps out as much as it can.

Drinkability: There is nothing inherently bad with this one-dimensional beer...but nothing stands out, either.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice rich tan head. The head lasted most of the drink, toward the end it was just a thin layer, which laced quite well. The smell was robust, sweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee tones dominate. The taste was quite good., had a taste of chocolate, carmel, malt and a coffee note toward the end which led to the dry finish. Mouthfeel was rather weak for a stout. But over all a good tasting brew for Utah.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

asked mom and dad to bring back some utah beer from their trip to the nat'l parks. they brought me this...and didn't (and still don't) knw that oatmeal stouts are my absolute favourite. surprisingly, utah didn't let me down. pours a deep brown, almost black. a decent head lasts for about 1/2 the pint at which time it dissolves into a thin lace. smells mainly of roasted barley and coffee, which are the primary flavours here as well, along with some roasty chocolate as well. hints of caramel and smokiness also prevail. a few minor complaints: a bit overly-carbonated for my liking in an oatmeal stout (though not by much) and a strange bitterness/dryness prevails at the end. overall, a surprisingly good beer that i'd be happy to revisit should i ever fancy a trip to utah.

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Photo of alexgash
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahhh, Utah beer! I've had this on-tap and in the bottle and on-tap is much better. Pours a very dark brown--almost black. Nice, not--everly large--head, that lingered. Smells of roasted coffee and a slight sweetness. Taste...surprisingly flavorful and complex for 4% abv (the biggest hangup of normal Utah beers of course). Not nearly as flavorful as a Kalamazoo, but better than others I've had. Slightly sweet, but nice roastiness balance. Nicely carbonated, but the mouthfeel was a little thin for my stout liking. At 4%, it is quite drinkable (also evidenced by me finishing the pitcher). One of the better Utah beers.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on a recent trip to Utah. I was very surprised to learn that they have pulled off a credible tasting oatmeal stout at only 4.0% alcohol. It has all the wonderful tastes the other reviewers have mentioned. It just doesn't have the warming effect of higher alcohol. It has a roasty taste without much bitterness. Not a bad little stout

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one bastard of a stout! The roasted malt flavors are in your face, and it's accompanied by deep chocolate & toffee notes. Hops are there, but you don't notice and... probably don't care when ordering this beer.

Enjoy this roasted malt monster for dessert or as a nightcap.

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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a twist-off cap top. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a near black beer with rich ruby hues and a massive coffee coloured creamy foam head that stays and sticks.

Smell: Roasted barley, chocolate, milky coffee and earth in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouth-feel that breaks into an astringent tangy roasted flavour and bite, with raw earth flavours on the edges. Hop bitterness is slightly lemony, has its own bite and rides along side the roasted flavours, both complementing and tag teaming the tastebuds (near wine-like at certain peak points). Carbonation is tight and helps bring the roasted and hop flavours right to the front. No real malt sweetness to talk about -- a bit of a neutral dextrin sweetness perhaps -- although there is some malt/oat body which is borderline light. Light notes of faint caramel, smoke and chocolate appear as the beer warms. Finish is dry with some residual astringency.

Notes: A very roasty and tasty Oatmeal Stout. A bit more depth of malt and sweetness would have been nice and help to balance out the tangy flavours.

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Squatters Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 124 ratings