Umbra
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #49
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,386
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.86%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
120
From:
Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
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Wants
  5
Gots
  28
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: An oatmeal stout with Maris Otter base malt, this is our 1st dark offering to enter regular production.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of papposilenus
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 03/20/19. Served in a 13oz tulip.

Pours a not-particularly-thick-appearing chocolate-oaky color, thoroughly opaque and unhighlighted in the glass, with a scant finger of loose, foamy head. Retention is OK, leaving a creamy collar and a thin, slippery curtain of lacing.

Aroma is... no, it’s a little too cold, so let’s just it sit here for a bit. OK, let’s try that again. Aroma is nutty, mildly sweet in a toasty sort of way. Only moderately robust but otherwise full and pleasing.

Taste is full and round, lightly sweet like toasted oats. There’s a little coffee or, more likely, chicory bitterness in front which quickly smooths out into fudginess, then maple sugar and cream. Finishes with a very mild cognac-like booziness.

Feel is fat and creamy-smooth but stays clean on the palate, maybe with a little alkaline character - which sounds contradictory but, hey, what can I tell you? Medium-hefty bodied with gentle, low-to-moderate carbonation, spot-on to the style.

Overall, a very-most excellent oatmeal stout. Reminiscent in both taste and body to a bowl of sweetened porridge with cream and a splash of cognac. I’ve had Umbra before and don’t recollect having enjoyed it so well - whether because it’s a different can on a different day, or just the mindfulness of sitting down and reviewing it slowly, I don’t know.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells a touch acidic, kind of like old stale malt, with a touch of roast and chocolate.

Unfortunately I don't love this. It's got kind of a rotten fruit and old malt twanginess on the back end, with some decent chocolate and roast. The off flavors ruin this for me.

This is light bodied and a little bit thin, and not incredibly drinkable.

This doesn't feel like Bissell Brothers' best effort.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned December 16th 2018.

Appearance? Silent death.. Out of the can she comes not even making a whisper, like a thick oil slick of mahogany death. The glass fills on the tilt making a good head, but smaller than expected. Once again.. Darkness starts descending, the head is mocha at first, and not that large, slowly aching to reach two fingers for a good full fill and empty can pour to make it. As the head settles it is nearly nitrous looking, and it lightens to a more tan top with excellent ring like lace. Body color is a glowing deep red death. Great looking stout.

Excellent aroma. Big on the marris otter here, and flirts with a large amount of peanut butter and nougat, but is not too overboard. Thick rich sensing tones, a bit of hinting indistinct fruity ester, and a big sense of milky vanilla.

Palate sings that song that slays me. Rich roast, and velvety decadent body. Flirts with a tinge of bitter to sour bite, but it is far from a distraction, and on the finish compliments quite a bit on the bitter angle. The mid palate is full of ganache like dripping chocolate, and dark mixes a little dark coffee. Touches creamy vanilla sweetness as well. Finish has even a bit of pine hop bitterness which is a good accent as well and excellent contrast. Milky touches of cookie and biscuit even jump in. Lots of real solid and impressive flavors lined up here in this brew.

This is the beer on a perfect winter night just luckily like today. Not that it influenced anything, this is truly an excellent solid Oatmealer.

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Photo of TheGent
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying my first offering from bissell brothers in the form of UMBRA, a truly delectable oatmeal stout that nails every single aspect I could hope for in this style of beer.

Espresso with cream, roasted chestnut, some ash, hint of smoked meat and a dash of dry charred oak. Underlying notes of milk chocolate that finishes dry with cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is perfect at nearly room temperature. My palate, wrecked by hops, is ensconced in velvet. If it were socially acceptable I’d....well, you know.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some black chocolate notes is OK. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with some light black chocolate malt with maybe bit much more residual sugar then I had expected. Body is lighter than expected with carbonation maybe a notch above what the style usually suggest. Enjoyable but not memorable for the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Gold Session. Aroma has chocolate malts, coffee, cacao biscuits and bread crust. Taste is malty, roasty with multigrain bread crust notes. Really bitter and roasty finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Feb-6-2018


A:
Pours a thick, opaque black with a finger of tan head that drops to a film. Some wobbly lacing and decent retention. (4)

S:
Sticky-sweet roast/oat aromas, nuts, coffee, maple. (4.25)

T:
Wow! Nutty sweetness, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, creaminess, hint of dark fruits, hard water. (4.5)

M:
Full, velvety body with moderate carbonation and a smooth, rich finish. (4.5)

O:
A truly excellent oatmeal stout.
It pours like motor oil with a nice cap of tan head that sticks around pretty well the aroma and flavor wall hand-in-hand with roasty and sweet flavors layered on one another. It is very smooth and drinkable, rich without burning me out. Especially nice considering its ABV. This is a highly enjoyable beer that reminds me of all I love about the style. I'll definitely seek it out in the future. (4.5)

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Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L — Pours a very dark black with a small deep tan head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing. Great can design
S — Smoke, oats, barley, milk chocolate, espresso, brie rind, hint of dark fruit
T — Roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate, lactose, grassy hops, smoke, hazelnut
F — Nice and smooth thanks to the oats. Moderately fluffy, medium+ mouthfeel. Fairly minimal carb. Charred bitterness on the finish
O –– Nice mouthfeel that is exactly what I want from oatmeal stouts, but the flavors are a little aggressively hoppy/charred

79/100

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Photo of taulest
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 02 Jan 2018, poured into a tulip on 10 Feb 2018. This beer is full and dense and yummy. It pours an especially opaque dark brown, with a beautiful fluffy head that descends after a minute. Lacing comes in spots that trickle down after a while. Feels hearty and smooth and thick, almost as if it expands in your mouth, like oatmeal. The taste matches the mouthfeel, roasted and earthy with a bit of dark chocolate. Apart from a faint metallic twinge, this beer was on point. My absolute favorite oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malt and dark chocolate up front along with some lighter coffee and dark fruit notes in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with big notes of roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate and slowly goes into some coffee notes. Dark fruit makes a light presence towards the finish. Finishes with lingering roast, dark chocolate, and dark fruit

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oats make for a nice smooth drink

O: A great oatmeal stout that is just that: a stout. Nothing in terms of adjuncts or any additions, so a really solid job with a straight up stout. Very drinkable, too. I'd like to see more in terms of darker beers from these guys; we already know they can kill the IPA game

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Photo of gbiello
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Roasty smell and flavor. A bit on the burnt side. Definitely a bit too thin for an oatmeal stout. Something I'd be happy to find in the fridge if I was at a cookout, but not something I would buy myself.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can shared by someone at the meeting tonight, thanks for the opportunity. Inky black in color with a rich tan head that slowly recedes. Big roasty malt with bits of licorice chocolate and caramel. Pretty nice stout.

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taster in a snifterish thing at the brewery.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a short leather head that dissipates swiftly.

Aroma: Suprisingly hoppy and boozy for an oatmeal stout. Some bitter chocolate and coffee, too.

Taste: That bitter note is very up front. Almost tastes like a boozy, chocolatey tiramisu. There's a swift booze punch and a sort of sharp bitter note that is sort of chocolate/booze/hops.

Mouthfeel: The sharpness and booziness make it a sipper of sorts. This one doesn't sneak up on you. Full bodied, full of flavor.

Overall: This is a pretty good stout, but it's not necessarily what I look for in an oatmeal stout. It's more severe than most. The oats are kind of buried; they are there but not prioritized. Lacks the creaminess you associate with the style. It's a good boozy, flavorful stout, but it's definitely different.

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Photo of pants678
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Black with a light tan head.

Baker's chocolate and malt.

Bitterness reminds me of SN's Narwhal. Like intense coffee that hides no sweetness. I can't pick out much.

Too sharp for an oatmeal stout, IMO.

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Photo of jhavs
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Pours thick and black, big creamy mocha head. A truly beautiful brew.

Bitter cocoa and a hint of dark roasty bitter coffee followed by toasted and roasted malt.

Flavor is very similar to what I expected from the aroma. Bittersweet cocoa and roasted smoky malts. A hint of subtle darks fruits hides in the background as well.

Silky smooth, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice brew. Lots of flavor and exceptional mouth feel.

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Photo of mickyge
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin head
Smell is roasted almost burnt coffee
Taste is coffee, chocolate and some toffee notes. It has a roasted flavor.
Mouth feel is slightly bitter and mildly carbonated
Overall it was pretty smooth and balanced. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Nice looking head, smells of dark roasted malts. Tastes like bitter chocolate and coffee, with a slightly strange aftertaste. Very smooth from the oats. Overall, very nice oatmeal stout, but the aftertaste holds it back from being a great beer.

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Photo of 2baguy
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very true to the style. Pours black with a nice long lasting head. All the traditional flavors of an oatmeal stout. If the brewery had cans to go I would have taken some home.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and thick with a two finger brown head. Smells of roasted coffee and light booze. Taste is coffee, chocolate and smooth. Easy to drink with a nice roasty flavor. Well done.

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Photo of groutenberg
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected more, nice nose and a beautiful pour, somewhat of a burnt flavor to me with a slight lingering bitterness. Not very full or creamy in the mouth, kind of a minor length, swallow it and other than a slight lingering bitterness, it was gone. Not a bad beer but wouldn't rush out to buy this one again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

5oz pour on tap

A: Deep rich obsidian with a fluffy mocha head that settles quickly.

S: lots of roasted malts, bitter baker's chocolate, coffee,

T: follows the nose quite closely with a little bitterness on the end presumably from the hops.

M: Nice creamy slightly chewy body that clings to the tongue.

O: it is a pretty solid oatmeal stout. It's not mind boggling but it is competent and well done. You won't be disappointed if you purchase it.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, dark chocolate color with a 2-finger caramel head. The head settles into a nice golden ring that sits atop the beer. Leaves plenty of splotchy lacing. When held up to the light, this beer looks like the contents of Willy Wonka's septic tank. I'll give it a pass since it looks more like dark chocolate milk in normal lighting.

The aroma brings notes of milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, and bitter hops.

The taste starts with a wave of chocolate, followed by some subtle dark fruits and dark malts, and finishing with a hoppy bitterness.

The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy, slightly syrupy with just a faint lingering bitterness.

Overall, a pretty good first stout from Bissell Brothers. It's a bit on the hoppy side which was expected, but the flavors are nice and balanced.

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Umbra from Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 120 ratings