Organic Oatmeal Stout
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #200
Ranked #20,419
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The scotch ale wasn't bad, now the oatmeal stout one of my fav styles.

Pours a decent fluffy creamy a little darker colored head that fades at a med pace, nice messy lacing, dark pretty much black beer.

Nose classic oatmeal stout, lots of oatmeal, a little dry bitter roasted notes, raw porridge and oatmeal, a little nutty, toasty, some caramel notes, a little bitter baker's chocolate, pretty standard but wish the chocolate was bit more.

Taste brings more of the same, but there is a strange fruity like flavor I can't put my finger on, like organic matter thing I got a hint of on the nose, but more on the taste, but background. Mostly creamy oats, oatmeal and porridge again, a bit more of the bitter dark chocolate, toasted oats and a little caramel note, mild bitter roasty flavors and a hint of coffee, also a hint of fudge, a definitive raw oatmeal with dark chocolate chunks melted into it. Finish is a bit dry, a bit more of the mild spicy earthy hop presence, a bit sticky too, lingering dark chocolate oatmeal.

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy although I expected more creaminess for the amount of oatmeal flavor, a bit chewy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, pretty classic for oatmeal stout, nothing off, nothing that makes this stand out too much either, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Mar 23, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another half priced pick up from the House of 1,000 beers for around 5 bucks a bomber.

A - Only complaint is that it seems to be clearing faster than the scotch ale but it started with a nice 1/2 inch of mocha tinted head atop a very dark colored beer with little escapable light.
S - Semi sweet chocolates, cocoa powder and dry yeasts. Smells kind of smokey and oatmeal like.
T - Quite good chocolates are more sweet than bitter leading to mild oatmeal taste and a semi smokey finish. Roast factor is there but balanced.
M - Good body medium and slick but not creamy.

Overall not sure it would merit a repeat purchase but was well worth trying for $2.50 a pop.

Feb 07, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] Beer is black with brown visible along the edges. The head is about 1 finger and is tan and creamy. The head really clings to the glass forming nice arcs. The head dissipates pretty quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%) and there is a date code that I think says this is best before Jan '16 (so I had a day to spare!)

S: [3.75] Hints of smoked meat. Dark fruits. Maybe some subtle molasses or brown sugar.

T: [3.25] Slight bitter cocoa up front. Followed by a lot of malt sweetness. The flavor is "compact" so start to finish seems pretty short. I am not getting any of the dark fruit or smoked meat from the nose. Overall it is very sweet.

M: [3.25] Medium body and low carbonation. The body is decent but not thick or sticky. There is really nothing lingering on the palate.

O: [3.50] 7% isn't in the barrel aged range but it is in the range where I'd expect a big more sophistication in the flavor profile. This is a decent stout but there is nothing noteworthy about it. I think they could have accomplished the same thing with lower ABV.

Dec 31, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Malty Pretentious Beer Glass turns a clear dark cola with auburn highlights (SRM 24-28), while a pancake batter kachi foam lingers above, releasing patchy lace with each sip.

The aroma opens with sweet malted milk chocolate, followed by roasted caramel and coffee ice-cream.

Licorice and molasses lead to pumpernickel, while the roasted malt bitterness balances against the sweetness. A lactose flavor lingers throughout the finish.

A smooth velvet texture and creamy medium to full body hold the alcohol in check.

This was one of those random shots in the dark that turned-out to be an unexpected treat. I think this would shine as part of a vanilla float, but enjoyed it while relaxing on a cool, sunny Autumn afternoon.

This was also the inaugural use of my Pretentious Beer Glass, Malty. While a bit goofy looking, I love the way this glass feels in the hand. Its weight also helps to moderate the temperature.

Sep 23, 2015
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - In terms of appearances, Black Isle's Oatmeal Stout eschews the darker side in favor a cola-brown body with a cream head. Billowy and dense, the head fills the glass but quickly fades. As the glass tapers, flecks of ruby spot the color that impart a beautiful contrast.

Aroma - The nose is rich, robust, and heavily roasted, bordering on a little bitter or acrid. Think of a French-roast type of bitterness without the overt coffee aroma.

Taste - I can't place exactly what it is, but every Scottish beer I drink, whether it be in the states or from the pub itself in Scotland, has a defining characteristic that cuts through the rest of the flavors. I don't know if its the water or malt, but every dark beer I've had from Scotland has it. It even adds a twinge of metallic edge. It's not a bad note at all - in fact I quite like it - but I can't help but notice it in each sip. The rest of the beer has a pleasant bittersweet chocolate note, traces of espresso, and perhaps a touch of the oatmeal noted on the label. For the most part, the oats seem to do more in the mouthfeel than flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a silky smooth texture. This beer feels like velvet on the palate as it glides past the tongue. It is just thick enough to leave a nice coating as well.

Closing Arguments - A pleasant, if not simple, beer. This is an easy drinker but I was expecting a bit more depth to the flavors.

Aug 30, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a BB date of 9-2015; the ABV is listed as 7%..

Pours black with some faint highlights at the edges. Decent, semi-durable head.
Complex and flavorful for style. Slightly sweet with plenty of dark roasted malts.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

Aug 07, 2015
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IRONRakkasan from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a bottle. This black brew was a standard stout, but with less head than I thought, which basically disappeared soon after the pour. The stout wasn't bitter and had just a hint of sweetness to go with the mellow chocolate-y-ness . The brew was thick on the tongue.

In fact, it was just what I wanted, a damn good oatmeal stout. I'd wager, for me any way, that this stout embodied what an oatmeal stout should taste like, definitely eschewing from the tendency to try and be over the top with flavors and such nowadays.

Dec 09, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only slight traces of red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving a collar around the edge, a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate malts are present in the nose with notes of licorice and slight hints of lactose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark chocolate malts with notes of roasted espresso beans and hints of lactose. Spicy notes of licorice are present in the finish. No bitterness is perceptible, although there are enough hops to mask away just about all of the sweetness. Notes of roasted malts also become perceptible as the beer begins to warm up, and these flavors also linger in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout is very easy to drink and has enough interesting flavors so that is also pleasant to sip. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 18, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This oatmeal stout is a dark brown. It appears to have a firm body without a great deal of viscosity. The tan head is filmy, starting off compact and stocky while depositing pretty good lace through the session.
Lots of roast builds up strongly in this beer. The nose has a lot of roast that keeps a steady pace without building up as much as the flavor does. A mild sweetness holds it down, more effectively in the aroma but pretty well in the taste as well. As it goes, pretty good complexity develops with notes of licorice, dark fruits and toasty vanilla.
It's crisp with lots of movement in its medium-full body. As the roast builds to char, it becomes evident that it needs more smoothness, particularly for the style. Still, it doesn't go too far.

Oct 11, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before end 10/2015. Lot 356.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, burnt cocoa, char, and slight black licorice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, oatmeal, bittersweet cocoa, char, and slight dark fruit and soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid oat presence in both the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 09, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of malt, coffee, and oatmeal.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, a hint of coffee, oatmeal, and a tinge of coffee. Not the worst flavor ever, but this one is a little on the thin side. It has an inescapable watery quality.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer if there ever was one. It certainly has some good qualities, but somehow falls short in the flavor department.

Jul 25, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: I created this entry because this bottle does not state either "Hibernator" nor "Export", although it is obviously exported; this could well be the same stout as the one under "Organic Hibernator Export Oatmeal Stout". The flavor characteristics are more in line with an oatmeal rather than export stout in my opinion.

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with slight light translucency. Half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet lightly toasted malt, hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is dry toasted malt, cocoa and quite distinct quality coffee. Finishes with dry toasty malt and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. A lighter bodied stout than I expected, but with hints of oatmeal thickness, leaves the impression that without the oatmeal might have been on the lighter end of the stout spectrum. Pleasant balance of malt and flavor notes; the coffee flavors are so noticeable that I would have guessed this was a coffee stout in a blind taste. Nice flavor and body for its ABV, would have liked a bit more toasted malt intensity, but a pleasant, enjoyable stout. I've now had two beers from this Scottish brewery and will watch for others. I'd like to see what else they do with traditional local beer styles.

Jan 23, 2014
Organic Oatmeal Stout from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 38 ratings