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

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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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Photo of tobyandgina
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head was frothy, tan, slowly diminishing, about two fingers. Good lacing.

Color was a reddish-caramel. Nice and clear.

Aroma was pretty thin. Very light malt, some molasses and barely toasted.

On the palate a very light body. A little oily/creamy texture. Not much finish, sort of watery. Some grass.

Flavor duration was average and moderately bitter.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark brown hues when held to light. It is topped by a lasting, creamy, light tan head. Rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of oatmeal malt with a sprinkling of brown sugar. Chocolatey with a balancing dark fruitiness and earthiness.

The taste is of oatmeal - lightly roasted dark, grainy maltiness. Caramel and chocolate give it a candy sweetness, but with enough earthy, fruity hop presence to keep it appropriately balanced for style. Finishes malty sweet.

It's smooth and silky in a medium body.

At 4%abv, this one is easy to drink - goes well with brunch.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade!

(Originally reviewed on 06-17-07 under Squatter's Pub - moved to UBC on 12-25-07 after being corrected by Wasatch.)

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Photo of JamesS
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table a nice dark color with decent head and lacing. Had a nice deep smell of burnt grains and a hint of sweetness (I'm guessing from the oatmeal). The taste was good for a regular stout, a nice dark taste, but there was little to nothing in the way of oatmeal in the taste. It went down smoothly and I'd be happy to try it again, even if it's just as a stout.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this bottle.

Pours a deep, deep chocolate brown. A bit thin around the edges though. Thin head that dissolved completely. Nose has a some fairly strong sulphuric tones that overpower some weaker oatmeal aromas.

Flavor is bit more charcoal than the typical hearty oatmeal stout that I have sampled before. Does not have such a wholesomeness as typical for the style. Picked out some dark chocolate tones too. medium body that thickens towards the bottom of the glass. Nice evening beer but a bit too much charcoal bitterness for a session beer.

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Photo of chadspivey
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squatters Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout

Got this from wasatch in a trade

A: Jet black. The head is a dark tan / light brown color and is maybe half an inch. Leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: dark, almost burnt chocolate, hints of caramel, and oats. Not a bad smelling brew at all.

T: I don’t know what I’m doing drinking this in the middle of summer. This is clearly meant for colder climates. There’s that burnt smokey, chocolatey flavor that I smelled. It seems like it’s still missing something though, because some sips just taste watered down.

M: light bodied for a stout. Medium carbonation.

D: Even though it’s low in alcohol, I still don’t see this one as very drinkable. I’d probably switch to something else after just one of these.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours black with barely a tan head that fades immediately. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is fantastic. Rich roasted malt smell with deep espresso and strong dark chocolate notes. Smells very rich and robust.

Taste falls short of the promise made by the smell. Roasty upfront with a mildly bitter coffee taste and very subdued cocoa flavor. Tastes nice, but not nearly as rich and complex as anticipated.

Thin body, low carbonation.

Well, the aroma really had me excited but it turned out to be a rather mediocre beer overall. Easy enough to drink, but not interesting enough to make me wish I had more.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.59/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola colored, it betrays some ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice head. Smells wonderfully delicious; its strong oatiness gives way to rich chocolates. Yum. Rich taste: a sweet start almost overwhelms a smoky bitter finish. The oats give a lot of heft to the body, but it's creamy enough to go down smooth. This is what I'll get the next time I'm at the airport in Salt Lake.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with JohnnyM2002.

A: The oatmeal stout is quite dark, a deep brown-black that has some ruby red highlights when light sneaks through. The head was small on pour and never amounted to much.

S: The nose firmly reminds me that this is a stout. Roasted, chocolate malts emerge immediately, creating a deep body that is softened by the sweetness of a milky lactose aroma.

T: The nose sets a nice stage unfortunately the taste falls short. Some roasted flavors come through up front but are reserved and initially fleeting. The roasted flavors do re-emerge later in the ale, providing a nice finish. In between, the flavor is thin and lacking but does have a bit of the requisite lactose flavor, adding a sweetness that nicely cuts the roasted flavors.

M: The mouthfeel has some redeeming moments where the milk and stout nicely come through. In other moments, ill-defined flavors are the norm.

D: The ale has good and not-so-good but overall it is a serviceable milk stout, getting the job done without pushing any new ground.

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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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3.46 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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