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

Brewed by:
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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Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Grainy and coarse-flavored black beer. Very watery in the mouth, but enlivened with a strong charcoal taste. Smell is kind of like a campfire after Smokey stopped by. Looks nice enough and it does tend toward mahogany on the thin edge of the glass. Maybe it's just what you're in the mood for, as it's not bad. Clean and crisp, just more harsh and sourish than you want to cozy up to.

Thin stuff that would be refereshing except for the excess of burnt flavors. Otherwise, no hint of malt. Apparently well named. AARRRGH!

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jamescain
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass, thanks to MarkVagas for throwing this one in to the box.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a thin tan head a centemeter that fades some what quickly to a ring around the center.

Aroma: This is the best part about the beer, chocolate, roasted notes, burnt marshmallow, and vanilla.

Taste: Kind of bland after the aroma, chocolate and roasted notes are basically all you will find.

Mouthfeel: This is the biggest disappointment, it's an oatmeal stout so I expected it to be creamier. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a nice offering, but there are better oatmeal stouts out there, I don't think I would buy it again. I guess with a cap of 4%ABV by law it's hard to create a thick oatmeal stout.

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Photo of kagent777
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of June 29, 2011 poured into my goblet.

Appearance: An almost opaque beers that is probably dark brown rather than black. The head was fizzy and lasted only a few seconds and settled into one lonely island near the center of the cup.

Smell: Roasted malt with mild chocolate notes in the background. Maybe a hint of coffee. Overall nice but a little restrained.

Taste: A thin mild bitterness from the roasted malts with maybe a hint of earthy hops. There is a little dark chocolate character hiding in there as well. The finish is dry but not prolonged.

Mouthfeel: The real letdown of this beer, but I understand why they do it this way. The beer is too fizzy and the body too thin. They needed to do this to hit 4 ABV, if they did not, this beer could not be sold in grocery stores in Utah.

Overall: This one might be a stout that is non-intimidating for BMC drinkers.. Unfortunately, there are other stouts that I like much better. For a session beer, you really don't get much better except for the APA (Full suspension) that the UBC brews.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours black with a reddish hue. Thin lacing, light carbonation. I am picking up a nice roasty coffee bouquet, some chocolate nibs, and faint toffee aroma. These nuances all but drop off on the palate as the roast dominates. Thin bodied. Sharp finish. No creaminess. Not what I expect from an oatmeal stout. Dial up the IBUs and you’d end up with a black IPA or a hoppy porter. While this beer misses the mark on my expectations it’s not altogether unpleasant. I like that it’s clean and focused—a sharp flavor with some espresso/dark coffee roast balanced by just a hint of sweetness and a definite finish that keeps it interesting. I’d have to be in the right frame of mind to have this again, although that frame of mind could just as well end up with a cup of joe instead.

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Photo of patobandito
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight fizzy head. Smells a little of roasted malt. Tastes a bit chocolaty with a nice roasted flavor. Its a bit thin for a stout, but thats most like due to the restrictions that Utah places on beer. 4% for a stout is a bit on the light side. Its drinkable and pleasant, but not as robust as a stout should be.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate color with just the faintest of highlights; the cap is mocha colored and creamy and while it fades a little too quickly, it does leave nice traces behind

Smell: Really roasty, almost burnt, and while the aroma is pronounced, it lacks subtlety

Taste: Toasted black bread, up front, with a surprisingly bitter lemony character that builds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the burnt roast character subsumes the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy, too

Overall: A very different take on the style and I can see why some would mark this much lower if they were being sticklers; I rather enjoyed it, even though it lacked some of the elements I would seek out in an Oatmeal stout

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

661st Review on BA
Bottle to Mug

App- A very dark brown with a one finger head and a quick receding one at that. Very small ring of bubbles on the edge.

Smell- Very watered down espresso and some roast notes with a bit of oat behind it. Very small

Taste- For an oatmeal stout its in line with flavors and the profile but just falls due to what Utah is allowed to do. The oat notes give way to that watery coffee.

Mouth- A thinner feel with a watery note. Light bodied and almost high carbonated.

Drink- A lot thinner than I hoped, a bit watery and just a bit small on the flavor profile. Probably won't come back to this one but worth the try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry, but Utah law struck again and killed another stout that potentially had potential. With the state law limited ABV for on tap beers...it forces brewers to brew with one arm tied behind their back. This stout had a nice appearance....deep rich almost opaque amber with ecru head. The scent was malt and roast. The taste provided a strong malt character, but lacked body. Try others if possible would be my suggestion.

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

Poured a nice black with some ruby brown hues, one finger mocha head, not much retention and very light lacing.

Aroma of of roasty coffee and some dark chocolate

Taste of some roasted malt, strong dark chocolate, a sweetness of molasses, caramel and a hint of dry bitter hops.

Mouthfeel was medium body, moderate carbonation and very smooth, more sweet than bitter.

Overall it is a little sweeter than I prefer for a stout, however, it is an easy drinking beer, a little bitterness and some alcohol, I know this is utah.

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Photo of mk3
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe prejudice, I live in Ut. but I really like the Cap'n. Maybe 'cause I can be a Bastard too?

This stout is a very dark, reddish black and has a decent, creamy almond head but does have some good lacing.

It has a slight chocolate/coffee smell.

I like the fact that it is a little sweeter than a traditional stout(I'm not a fan of Guinness). but I admit it is a little thin.

I know some people say that our stupid(utah) laws ruin what could be good beers but this stout shows that low alcohol doesn't make the beer.(Guinness is only 4.3)

The Cap'n is my usual winter beer. I've been all over the world and have had many different beers and though not the best, Cap'n Bastards is in the top tier.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
1.32/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but this tastes like an ashtray. Appearance is nice and dark. Had a nice light brown head that stayed for a second or two. From there all downhill. Smells slightly toasty but a hint of ash in the scent. As far as taste bleh. I have taken a few sips wondering if it was just me. Had a few people in the room try it we all agreed ashtray. Unless you like eating an ashtray I would say drinkability is not good. Could not get through the 12 ounce I bought. I really hope this was a dud bottle but honestly I had a few others from this brewery and was not blown away but wow this stuff is aweful.

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

Had this at SLC airport.

Really enjoyed this beer. Not the best oatmeal stout I have had, but a good American one.

Nice appearance, good foamy head, even in little flight glasses.

Smell was toasty and malty, as expected.

Taste was very upfront and toasty, with a hint of malty sweetness. Was weaker than say, Samuel Smith's, however.

Mouthfeel was a tad thin, and this really downgrades it for me. When I order an oatmeal stout for my breastfeeding wife, I want a thick delicious beer to support the baby! After all, that is why they made this style in the first place.

Drinkability was fine for the style, obviously this is not a session beer.

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Photo of afksports
2.52/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one was hooked up from someone working at the Salt Lake City airport. I love me an Oatmeal Stout, and uber-local is always a pleaser.

It looks good too, with a jet black body and a brown head. Solid lacing throughout. Smells indistinct, a bit of oatmeal - sure - but for the name being captain bastard, I feel a little cheated. Taste is mostly hops and water, with barely any sweetness. Slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel is watery, and despite its meager alcohol content, this one really isn't that drinkable. I still look forward to visiting this brewpub one day.

When I'm a big fancy skier. Or Mormon.

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Photo of 1099
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled a pint of this beer while in Salt Lake City passing through on the way home. Needless to say, I was very surprised by what I got.

Appearance: A jet black pur that only lets a little light through it. I'm not sure if this was on a nitro tap or regular co2 tap, but it did have a sticky, creamy, offwhite head that stuck around.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, a little whiff of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Tatse: It blew me away! First sip was like manna from heaven. Plenty of roasted malts along with a pronounced hop bitterness, combined with the creamy head, made for a very nice taste that I could not get enough of. Definitely exceptional in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. I know I'm drinking a beer when I drink this one.

Drinkability: Slightly above average because it is fairly heavy and higher in alcohol content. Would be hard to drink too many because they do pack a whollop!

I definitely recommend this one to anyone going through the Salt Lake Airport....You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of nataku00
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap from Squatters Pub in the SLC airport pub/restaurant in a pint glass. Very dark beer with minimal carbonation. A small amount of tan head, but not as thick initially or as creamy as I would expect from an oatmeal stout.

Smells primarily of coffee and malt, with a small hint of oatmeal. Scent wasn't too strong.

Tastes like coffee and malt, but not too bitter. Not too much of the oatmeal taste or mouthfeel that I'm used to with other oatmeal stouts. Very thin, and bland in the mouth. More of a porter than a stout...

It was drinkable, but not something that I'd desire to have more than one of, nor would I pick it over another offering next time.

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

After hiking all day in Bryce Canyon I picked up this beer and some others at 'Rubys Inn' general store and returned to my motel, just down the road.

The beer was poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler and the tasting began.

Dark body with a good tan coloured head, low retension of head, with some lacing, but not much.

The smells were of burnt/roasted malts, chocolate and lastly some coffee esters.

The taste mirrored the smells nicely and considering the ABV it had a full body which carried the flavours well.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Mocha cappuccino and soggy grapenuts

Taste: Dry, creamy, mocha, mild roastiness and mild espresso bean up front. Moves to dark, but unburnt toast. Semisweet and more cream. Finish is chalky and dry. A completely average stout across the board.

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Photo of climax
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bastard poured a 9/10ths black with a pretty good sized tan to pinkish head. The retention was alright, but no real lace to brag about.

The nose was quite pungent. Roasted nuts, smoke, cocoa, grilled steak, and coffee. All the flavors had a pretty equal and harmonic presence.

The taste was as expected; coffee, dark chocolate and some sweeter molasses and brown sugar. Some astringency and warming alcohol rounded it out before the dry hopped finish.

The body was not lacking, as it was just shy of full. The carbonation was just right, keeping it sharp and tangy. It was pretty dry throughout, but especially so in the finish. An abundance of flavor and a roasty finish made it easy to keep on drinking (not to mention a modest 4.0% ABV).

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Photo of CHL
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer many times, often with my favorite local, Goose Island Oatmeal stout. Certainly different (although both are from a less overtly sweet school than Samuel Smith's), but I think they stack up very well. This is one of my favorite Utah Co-op brews, and almost certainly my favorite that you can buy in a Utah grocery store (that is, 4.0%). I am told that this beer's namesake, a chef in one of their brewpubs, has recently died. I hope this beer lives on.

Beer looks the part, black with a creamed coffee tan head. Appropriate for a beer so strongly influenced by coffee. It smells like roasted coffee and dark malt.

Coffee dominates the taste out front, with a hint of chocolate, smokey and earthy malt, and a touch of citrus hops experienced as it goes down. The beer is not dry, but is less sweet than most oatmeal stouts I've had. I think it works very well, especially for drinkability.

The beer has nice carbonation and is smooth like and outmeal stout should be. The beer is one of Utah Co-op's thickest in the stores, and by no means thin, but I think it could be even heartier.

Due to the low alcohol and great taste, this is highly drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of Ezone024
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

obtained from trade with wasatch

smells like roasted toffee
looks black as night with a really creamy coca cola colored head, thin with no lacing.

drinks like a brown ale really easy going down, actually has similar earthy malt characteristics to the long trail harvest i reviewed.

the taste is roasted malts with a decent hop presence. leaves a pleasant coffee aftertaste.
drinkable anytime of year

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, essentially black in color with some dark brown coming out only when held to light, attractive layer of carbonation soon recedes to a thin covering

s: charred barley and bittersweet chocolate nose, some malty sweetness but in good balance, earthy hops, smells nice

m: body on the higher end of medium with a moderate, somewhat effervescent carbonation, maybe lacking the smoothness suggested by the style, but no real issue otherwise

t: good barley char, dark roast coffee, and bittersweet chocolate with smooth caramel underneath, full and roasty with a moderate hop presence and bitter finish, satisfying

d: no problems here, could certainly go for another two, surprisingly flavorful and well-rounded for a 4% beer - didn't even give a handicap for having to obey absurd laws

tap at a local joint after a day hiking Arches National Park

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown, bordering on black brew with a two-finger dark tan head which melts away at a medium pace and leaves a thin stripe of lace behind. Faint notes of dark chocolate and pine meander to the nose, wrapped in some caramel maltiness. Tastes of burnt wood and some very faint malty sweetness. A bit watery going down with a dry and hoppy aftertaste. This is beer is in no way even close to drain pour territory, it could just use a little umph.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.7/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had at the brewpub in Salt Lake City. Beer was part of a sample tray. Served from the tap into 4 oz sample glasses.

A-light brown, off white head

S-somewhat of a chocolate smell

T-tastes like a stout that was watered down


D-I did not care for this offering at all. Simply way too watery and light of a flavor.

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

got to try this one thanks to Wasatch

A - pours a deep dark brown with just a few bubbles on top

S - bitter chocolate and coffee with some earthy hop aroma

T - lots of coffee and bitter chocolate

M/D - good mouthfeel, creamy with a bit of zippy bite to it

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