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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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had before my dinner at Castle Ranch Steakhouse in Price, Utah.

A: dark brown with a light tan head. Fair amount of bubbles red accents when held to the light. Pretty nice looking beer.

S:coffee and chocolate, a bit of earthy hops. Really coffee like.

T: exactly like it smells. Huge coffee bitterness. Pretty fair but nothing fancy.

M: way too thin not smooth at all. Feels like a brown ale.

D: easy drinking, fairly flavorful beer. Mouth is entirely too thin though. Fair beer, probably won't get again.

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

Presentation: Thanks to wasatch for hooking me up with this in a mix of western state beers. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts several old sailing vessels in a sepia print. To the side s a pig sporting a hat, maybe Captain Bastard? No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with under 1 finger of tan head. This settles to a thin coating, leaving behind medium lacing. Beer is very dark brown, with just a little light seeping through the edges. No sediment.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. with just a hint of milk sourness.

Taste: Strong coffee bite upfront, almost to the point of being overly astringent. Very dry finish. A small amount of the creamy smoothness one expects from oats, but this only becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, a little high for the style. Body is okay, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability: Good looks and aroma, but falls a short after that. Not enough "umph" for a stout.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/12/09- Growler purchsed at Squatters in Park City, UT.

Presentation- From the tap into a growler.

Appearance- Nice dark brown colored pour with a 1/4 inch head and some decent light lace.

Smell- Very dark malted scent. Some suprising hoppy aroma as well.

Taste- Quite the roasted malt flavor. Almost smokey with a ash-like flavor. Some mild dark chocolate flavors with some hoppy bitter flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a slight watery feel. Hops stay quite a bit in the aftertaste as well as the ash flavor.

Drinkability- Quite a nice and change of pace oatmeal stout with such a low abv. Winner.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Good black color with brown edges. Solid head.

S - Some roastiness, otherwise, not too much to suggest.

T,F - I did not find this beer to be particularly enjoyable. Plenty of roast, which is fine, but no oatmeal taste or more importantly, feel, that I could notice. Not at all creamy or smooth enough for an oatmeal stout. This might be my least favorite Squatters beer.

D - This one doesn't work for me.

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

Draft sample at SLC airport brewpub.

Poured clear dark brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture. Medium dark chocolate roasted flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Colts9016 for this beer.

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice clear, reddish tinged dark brown, almost no head to speak of just a slight amount of bubbles on surface.

S = Simple straightforward but pleasing smells of buttered toast with light coca powder sprinkled on top of it, when swirled there are some more bitter notes of black coffee and roots with fresh dirt.

T = Taste has good bits of light cocoa powder, and light bitterness in the finish, but the key word here is light. The tastes are enjoyable but they are very light and difficult to discern. Well balanced though.

M = Medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation level about average enough to feel but doesn't stand out particularly.

D = This one does go down smoothly. I could see having a few of these on a nice evening at the pub.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.99/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Good surly beer name.

Pours a blackish color; ruby red when held to the light. Thin tan head that fades quickly. Looks like Diet Coke.

Smells pretty good. Roasted malt, currant, and some coffee.

Stout flavored cough syrup. Starts out ok with a silky, albiet bland stout up front then WHACK!, you get hit with cough syrup at the swallow. Really strong, omnipresent cough syrup.

via colts9016, the review is not indicative of my appreciation

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Photo of colts9016
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. There is a one finger head that dissipated to a quarter inch off white ring around the glass.

Nose: roasted malt, oatmeal, burnt sugar, molasses and a smokiness.

Taste: Roasted malt, oatmeal, burnt sugar/ burnt bread crust. There are notes of molasses, and some type of floral

Overall: This is an okay oatmeal stout. I found it thin. Lacking on the oatmeal and very burnt in some areas of the beer. I tried it at about 50 degrees. If you are going to drink this beer drink it cold or you will be sorely disappointed. The mouth feel is kinda creamy. The finish is slightly bitter and burnt.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I was done with all my beer from Wasatch & then I found this, cheers John!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Slight cocoa & coffee as this warms

T: Coffee & roasted malt dryness up front. A touch of chicory, iron & licorice all show up as this warms, Finishes dry, roasty & with some more coffee

MF: Silky, but somewhat light bodied

Drinks pretty easy, but not enough complexity to keep me interested after a few

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Photo of mentor
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger of tan brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells dark roast, soured malt, toffee, and cherry sour.

Tastes potetnt sour roast with dash of caramel support. Ashy. Hoppy grassy contributes to the drying finish. Nice cream sweet start, but dries really quickly. English fuggle/williamette hop flvaor. To much acrid from the black patent overdose. Burnt. Md body and sharp fine carbonation that stings the tongue. Very wearing, way before the end of the glass.

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Photo of bort11
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Wsatch for this one. Cheers dude!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mild tan head that gradually recedes to a choppy cap on the surface. A few spots of lacing stick to the glass. Color is almost pure black. Ruby red highlights show when held to the light.

Smell is a pleasant chocolate/coffee combo. A slight hint of orange peel is present. Taste is slightly more coffee than chocolate, with a slight hint of hops bittering.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout. The carbonation is a bit prickly. A little weak for the style, but a good stout none the less.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout showed black as night with a solid tan cap and decent lace. The aroma is a solid charcoal coffee bean and a touch of malt. The flavor brings lots more charcoal and coffee and grassy hops, some melon highlights that finish dry. Very smooth served off the nitro tap at Squatter's Pub in downtown Salt Lake City. Great midrange feel, silky and balanced. A bit of tang, subtle carbonation. Tart but pretty drinkable. A very good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porcupine outside SLC, served in a pint glass.

It sits pitch black with a tan head in my glass. Based on my first impressions, this could easily pass for a smooth Irish dry stout. Because of the 4.0% abv strength, it's a bit thinner than your averae oatmeal stout, but the java and cocoa roasted malts still coat your tongue - they're just not as strong as other versions. Definitely a tasty beer by Utah standards.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Squatters Pub in the Salt Lake City airport.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the tap. The beer was a dark brown with reddish hues shing through when held to light. Light tan 2 finger head had poor retention. This looked almost like a glass of Coke, head and all.

Smell: Roasted coffee is front and center here, semisweet chocolate detectable as well. Very strong coffee character.

Taste: Coffee with a light creaminess to balance. Huge roasted character dominates, which becomes cloying about halfway through the beer. Slightly drying in the finish, but other than that I couldn't identify the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a thin, almost watery feeling. I was expecting at least some substance from a beer claiming to be an oatmeal stout. A big negative for me.

Notes: This was pretty disappointing, despite the awesome name. Tastes OK, but the whole experience just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John.

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown with a light tan head that left some glass lacing.

S - sweet coffee aroma, sort of like coffee ice cream.

T - coffee ice cream flavor with slight bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - easy drinking brew

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Squatters Pub Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. pours a nice, rich black color, with about two fingers of tan head. decent head retention, with a light amount of lacing.

S: a lot of coffee, toffee, chocolate and caramel. a very nice aroma. slightly bitter nose.

T: a lot of coffee and chocolate, but most of it tastes watered down. not as much malt in this as I expected, but it is from Utah. no big hop quality either.

M: a little too effervescent for an oatmeal stout. not nearly enough body in it as there should be. a little dry in the finish.

D: good for blowing the froth off a few. but not really a good example of style. i am seriously questioning why there are breweries in Utah. damn limitations.

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

Basically black, revealing glimpses of dark brown edging when held to a light source. The head is tan and rises an inch or two before falling away entirely.
Medium roast coffee nose. Tracers of caramel and vanilla sweeteners, but this is foremost about the roast. And effective in that sense.
No surprises in the mouth, roast rolls in first and leaves last. Mild, but assertive coffee. Roasted grains. Ash. Flecks of oatmeal, which simulate cream. And some vague sweet undertones of cherry and vanilla. The finish is peppery, with perhaps a ghost of orange rind, and continuously roasty.
It medium-light in body, but the oatmeal gives it a creamed notion that suggests weight.
Stylistically, it's pretty much a spot-on Dry Stout. I like this....quite a bit actually.

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