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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal StoutKinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout
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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal StoutKinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 02-05-2002

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: 1 pint, 0.9oz. (500ml) brown bottle, with collar of bas-relief vines, leaves, and fruit. Bright, classy label with portrait of a “Kinmount Willie.” 4.2% ABV. Best Before date scored December, 2002.

Cost: $2.99 per bottle

Presentation: Poured into a goblet at 50º

Appearance: This pours very nicely, with a strong, light-beige head, with good density that lasts for a minute or two. Very, very dark, but not the darkest oatmeal stout I’ve seen. One of the nicer pours for a bottled oatmeal stout.

Smell: Has a fairly austere smell; with notes of leather, coffee, and a bit of a sourish tang.

Taste: This oatmeal stout leans more to the coffee end of the spectrum than the chocolate end. Roasted malt is detectable, along with a leathery edge. The normal oatmeal sweetness is missing, which makes the hops presence more apparent than in some oatmeal stouts. Middle and finish are too short, probably victims of the relatively low ABV. Probably a brew better drunk young.

Mouthfeel: Very finely carbonated, holding up nicely. Creamy up front, but seems to become a bit watery as it is drunk. Too thin for a top-notch oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: A very light oatmeal stout, which is both a blessing and a curse. As a stout, it is not as satisfying as it should be; nor is it a great substitute for something else.

As a lover of things Scottish, I wish I could give this one a better recommendation. Unfortunately, this is not one of the better oatmeal stouts currently available. I remember loving this beer when I lived in England, but the reality in this case has not lived up to the memory.

Backwash: A decent effort, but not the best example of its type.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost pitch black with oly a few ruby highlights when held up to the light with a large off-white head that sticks well to the glass,aromas of charred fruid and unsweetened chocolate wich are pretty intense for such a low octane stout.Taste has a milk chocolate quality along with a earthy finish pretty much what u would expect from an oatmeal stout on the lighter side.The mouthfeel is quiet thin but very smooth adding to the drinkability,a solid oatmeal stout but nothing earth shattering by any means.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: One pint, .9oz brown bottle with raised glass of hop vines below the neck of the bottle. Brief History about the Scot Kintmount Willie, famous Border River. Freshness date clearly scored.

Appearance: Black leather in colour with a well retaining tan lace.

Smell: Sweet in the nose with hints of creamed coffee and a chocolate malt shake.

Taste: Silky smooth with a light carbonation that holds the medium body together. Mild roasted malt and barley, dark chocolate flow within the smooth mouth feel. Perfect amount of sweetness to balance the roasted flavour and hop bitterness. Finishing a little dry in the end with a slowly fading burnt/charcoal taste.

Notes: Layered and complex like a fine dark truffle or similar. Very flavourful, good to pair up with an assortment of light and dark chocolates or even shell fish on the half.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle, nice art work on label.Pours nearly black,raises a decent tan head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Nose is off some chocolate and bready yeast/malt. Light to medium body, it is a wee bit thin in the finish. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Flavor notes of light chocolate, sweet coffee. Some chalky dryness and more roasty malt and chocolate in the finish. All in all a decent and pleasant oatmeal stout, but not up to the challange of the classics of the style. Well worth trying.

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Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a thick head of small tight bubbles. The head hangs around and recedes very slowly. Aroma of brown sugar and cocoa. Mouthfeel is a bit tannic, but full and creamy. Flavor is deep malt and cocoa, with hints of raisin and fig. A bitter hop undercurrent comes through in the finish, followed by a smooth cocoa aftertaste. Nice beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is extremely dark, but not totally opaque, creamy brown head dissipates quick to just about nothing at all. Oh well.

A bit like sour-fruits and a touch musty, i'm thinking these scent's a re a bit "off". There is a decent roasty, smoky malt detected as well, which gives me hope for the future.

Well, it is a fruity- sweet malt, not "off" on flavor just much more fruity than I had expected, or would ever expect this style to be. The malt flavor has some complexity too, with a smoky, roasted oats flavor and a mild-honey sweet finish. Strange, but interesting.

The feel is medium-full because although it appears to be very heavy, minus the dissipointing head retention, it feels pretty thin, I enjoy the smooth heft of a stout, this one is a bit watery.

This was a bit of an odd-ball stout that i found interesting and not exactly hard to finish.

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Photo of cokes
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black cherry with sillyputty head in both color and texture.
The nose squeeks out ash and cardboard, with an even quieter malted chocolate expression.
Begins and stays waif tasting. Foremost is a nutty, dilute roastedness, seguing to a equally washed-out carob notation. Wafts of distant smoke. Minor berry-like sweet/tartness. Finalizes with a mild black tea herbal cue.
Thin bodied. Weak and watered down and impotent. It's not so much awful as entirely bland and soon forgotten.

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Photo of Elemental
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark with a thick brown head on it that quickly dies down. The aroma is slightly sweet and hoppy but very mellow. The taste though is a little on the weak side. I can tell that there is a lot of body there but isn't backed up with taste. There just aren't a lot flavors but yet its a nice smooth brew that goes down easily. It leaves a residual sweetness on the lips and has a good level of bitterness. Overall a good beer that just needs a little bit more of a kick in the flavor department.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with crimson hues. Decent foamy head, didn't stick around long.

Smells sweet, like chocolate, slight fruitiness also.

Medium body, kind of watery, slight coffee and chocolate flavors. Really not a strong aftertaste, just kind of goes away.

Not really that impressive. Not terrible but I probably won't buy again.

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Photo of russpowell
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany/chestnut with a 1" off white head. Good head retention & some lacing

S: Iron & not much else

T: Iron up front then some choclate & fruittyness. Finshes dry with more iron

MF: Thin & flat

Drinks okay, but noting I'd reccomend. Broughton used to be better than this

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Photo of dgallina
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle dated best-before August 2006.

Pours pitch black with negligible tan head, a slight sheen of foam. Aroma is present but very weak; creamy oatmeal and toasted coffee malts. More flavor than expected from the smell, though nothing special. Coffee malts, a bit of burnt toast, perhaps a hint of leafy hops before a quick and nearly absent finish. Very thin and watery mouth feel. Easy-drinking, sure, but ridiculously bland and weak-willed for a stout. Another mediocre offering from Broughton Ales.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large Euro bottle to a pint glass the dark liquid has ok carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers, off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is smoky roasty malt. Smells a bit like a Scotch Ale.

The taste follows, it seems to be a bix between a Scotch Ale and a Irish Stout. Nice roasty taste, molasses and dark caramel.

zThe mouthfeel is good, not reall thick and the carbonation seems a bit flat.

The drinkability is ok, nothing to rave about, it is an interesting brew, I would try it again now that I know what to expect.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of hotstuff
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I would have rated this beer higher, but it lacked flavor, lacks character, it was boring, and it tasted rather flat. It poured a small sized smooth tan head with fine-medium bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a black hue. The nose was malty and roasted with an acidic, malty and dry flavor to it. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, thin, dry, watery texture and light-medium bodied. The lacing was good with this beer.

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Photo of StrongandSmooth
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The appeance is probably the best thing. The head was thin though and didn't retain very well. The smell was mostly nothing except I thought I smelled burnt banana nut bread. The taste I didn't notice any oat till halfway in the glass. I tasted coconut, which I am not sure why I did. The aftertaste was mushy banana, which was not that good honestly. As it warmed it seemed to get bitter, but not a good bitterness. The feeling in the mouth was of a thicker vicous liquid suspended in a super thin. It swishes around easily but still felt heavy in the mouth. It didn't finish what I had as it was not that drinkable to me.

Maybe it was too cold or the beer was bad, but this was not a pleasant experience

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle with a Best By date of Nov 12. Sampled on March 27, 2012. It pours very dark brown to nearly black with a huge, foamy tan head that settles down after a short moment. The aroma is not in your face. It is mellow and subtle with dark malts and oats. The body is around medium and maybe a bit better. The taste tends to focus more on bitterness. It begins with a likeable dose of dark barley malts and then zings me a little at the end with a clean bitterness.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red color with a light tan pillowy head.

S: a big dried fruit aroma, rich chocolate, and some malty sweetness.

T: For flavor there was a big coffee flavor with a smooth texture that is very rich and dark. Some cocoa beans and dark chocolate close things out with a dark malty lacing. Only 4.2abv but drinksmuch bigger with a big roasted character. Leaves a nice bitter coffee lacing on the fade.

M: creamy from the malting and slick on the swallow, but a little thin per style.

D: creamy with a rich flavor and low abv makes this an easy one to put down with causal conversation.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep, deep ruby red with no light penetration. Just a wsip of a ring of tan head on the pour. No lace appears.
Aroma is light chocolate hint, some roasted coffee, peaty and earthy scotch-like notes.
Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, oatmeal and a pronounced deep resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet to start moving to a somewhat thin, watery finish that is a bit disappointing.
Drinkability is decent but nothing special.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, molasses and light coffee. Flavor is toasted malt, lightly nutty, hints of chocolate and malt, a bit thin. Light bodied with good carbonation. A pleasant, light stout. Body seems thin for an oatmeal stout and flavors are somewhat attenuated, but what is present is quite good. I'd like to try a more intense version of this. Nicely done for a mild stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a Pint glass

A - Poured a very nice and dark hazelnut brown color with some light showing through on the sides givin off a bit of a reddish tint around the edges. There was absolutly no head at all formed on ths and that was with a very vigorous pour. Quite suprising actually as I thought it would have had a little more to it then it did. No side glass lace formed on this what so ver and to be honest it was really starting to look a tad bit thin.

S - The aroma was light but what was there was somwhat complex and defintly a bit intresting to say the least. A very nice deep nutty aroma took over front stage, but was supplimented by a weird almost cigar like, tobacoo infused, smoked aroma. Not your traditional smoked lager, weird like a wet cigarette or something. Very musty and kinda odd to be honest.

T - The flavor followed the aroma right away with a very odd overall taste. Again with the deep musty taste mixed in with a very nice nutty kinda flavor that was all but ruined by this weird wet and moldy flavor. Some hints of bitterness in the finish but there were muted and more a product of the nuts then anything else. The finish was slick and the just overall not very good here.

M - Very thin, in fact I could not rightfully call this one a stout, just not enough body here for me at all. There was just too light of a profile and a nasty slickness to the taste that I just did not cre for in he slightest. Lots of carbonation made it feel more like a lager then a stout and the finish offered virtually no real flavor at all.

D - I guess you could say its ok, I mean low alcohol and a decent carboantion prfile but to be honest why would you want to drink it, it just was not that good.

Overall I will not be going back to this one. It is supposed to be an oatmeal stout, but bore no semplence to any that I had ever seen and in fact was just a bland english lager as far as I was concerned. I will skip this one next time.

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Photo of Brent
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not note that this was an oatmeal when I poured the beer, but right away the oatmeal sweetness lets you know what you've got. Very pleasant and almost understated roasted malt flavors of latte and Dutch chocolate. The sweetness is well balanced and the beer is not at all sugary. The mouthfeel is about average, but the flavor profile makes you expect something chewy, so that "average" almost seems thin. Well done.

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Photo of erosier
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a deep brown color with hints of red at the bottom of the beer. Very small and kind of thin tan colored head that has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of very sweet roasted malts and then some chocolate, some scotch, and some pete.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and then the scotch flavors of pete and wood come through at the end.
M: Very smooth and velvety feeling but perhaps a bit too sweet.
D: Pretty drinkable as the beer was downed no problem, but perhaps a bit too sweet.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Broughton is known for their good beers and colorful labels of local legends, which always intriques a history buff like me.
This solid outmeal stout pours a thick dark "off-black" color with very little head. Lends a sweet smell almost towards molasses. Taste is a roasted maltiness, with a flavor almost approaching sour. Still, it's satisfying and warming as it goes down. This is a beer that grows on you, starting with the aftertaste. I don't love this beer but I respect its distinctiveness and quality.

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Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown to black with red highlights poured into a mug leaving a thick tan head that fell slowly leaving a thick ring of lace around the glass

S - Up front are roasted cocoa beans and mocha flavors..with some caramel

T - A very good malty brew with strong flavors of coffee and chocolate

M - A little on the oily side with little carbonation but a full feel from the cereal

D - A very good sessionable stout at only 4.20 I could easily quaff several pints in an evening

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Photo of aracauna
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's ok. The color is dark, almost black, but the head is thin, wispy and short-lived. The aroma is chocolate and toffee and the flavor has a milky taste in addition to the mostly chocolate flavor. There is a low level of roasted malt in the flavor. It is sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick in body and solid in head. Coffee and chocolate are dominate here. I'm surprised this is an oatmeal stout because the oatmeal flavor seems to be lacking. I thought it had more of a grainy malt character to it. Definite hop bite at the end, hops are in the background the whole time regulating the sweetness. Finishes with a sweet malt flavor that is nice. At 4.2% abv I can drink this all night long!

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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout from Broughton Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 70 ratings