Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout | Broughton Ales Ltd

Kinmount Willie Oatmeal StoutKinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout
70 Ratings
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
Photo of mschofield
4.92/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with red showing at the edges, topped with a three finger creamy khaki head, leaves thick sticky webs of lacing.
Chocolate, oat and alcohol in the aroma (odd with the low abv), strong roasted quality. Caramel and an earthiness a strong earthy quality.
The taste is robust, roasted malt is dominant, but good notes of earthy hops, oat, dark chocolate and caramel.
Full feel, creamy and smooth.
Full of taste but low in ABV equals a great session beer for me.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best oatmeal stouts I think I have ever had the pleasure of sampling. I think this may stand toe to toe with Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout! Quite a bold statement, indeed. It poured nearly black, as most stouts do, and with a lovely off-white head that foamed up beautifully enough to look like it was off of a television advertisment. The head quickly receded and left only a fine film of frost across the top. Nice tightly knit lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was quite sweet and actually smelled of oatmeal. (Almost makes me want a nice hot bowl of Quaker instant oatmeal) There was quite alot of malt, as well as a tiny bit of roasted chocolate malt. The taste, too, was very malty and chocolate like with some toasted oats. Just delicious. The mouthfeel was smooth with almost no carbonation at all. Very easy to drink. Just smashing!!!

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

Pours out an impentrable black coloration, with a full, rich, roasty tan head. Very appealing.
Aroma: roasty, chocolatey, with bittersweet kisses of espresso, creamy cocoa,...
Taste: smoothness is the key factor, very rich, but supremely quaffable. Silky, yeah, and a pleasure to sip down, though I deny the urge to gulp it. Every taste urges on another. Everything I want from an oatmeal stout, really. Flush with a certain sweetness, but met with good grainy texture.
this was joy to drain down the ol' gullet, and quickly joined the list of favorite oatmeal stouts. I appreciated every inch of this one, indeed I did.
So far, in my 4-pack, we're one for one...

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Photo of cbl2
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle, Kinmount Willie is nearly pitch black with a nice tan head that settles rapidly leaving a nice lace.

Smell: Chocolatey

Taste: Smooth and creamy, with flavors of chocolate and oats; Very good.

Drinkability: It doesn't get much better than an oatmeal stout, so I can't say much negative. My only complaint is that for only 50 cents more I could have a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, and it doesn't get any better than that.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The lightly smoky yeast in Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout is absolutely captivating. As an American drinker who admittedly loves American beer, the closest counterpart to this sensation outside of a wee heavy is Stone Smoked Porter. Much like the Stone, this beer has a malty, almost gooey cocoa in front of a smoke character that could just as easily be missed.

Homebrewers behold: this is the difference between using smoked malt and using the right yeast. There's a profound subtlety to authentic Scottish beer. Wholly integrated, the smoke also gives us some enticing acidity and a structured dryness that borders on being sour.

And that yeast conductor ushers in different movements of raisiny malt and other dark, fruity flavors. The nose is all prunes and berries. That big Special B fruit shows you the tradition of the British stout, in fact, and helps us understand that -- as with Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout -- there can be much more to a dark beer than roast. There is more to beer than America.

Prickly cask-like carbonation.

This is real ale. Though quite obviously a dark scottish or wee heavy, the beer's depth forces you to question your own understanding of the style. This beer has a purpose.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(BB date=12/02)
Pours a nice dark brown color, almost black. On the nose there are mild coffee and milk chocolate notes, which stood out. The same aromas can be tasted on the palate… coffee and chocolate, slightly sweet. The mouth feel has a creamy smoothness to it. It was very enjoyable and is pretty much what I look for and what I like in a stout….Overall very good brew!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle served in an imperial pint glass at cellar temperature. Best by AUG 06 is lasered on the neck of this bottle. At only 4.2%, let's see if this example has survived a few extra months in the basement.

Appearance- On a hearty pour, this brown beer has a silky texture that nicely fills the inside of my glass. The head is light tan and billows audibly to about three fingers, soon settling to a thin mat keeping a lid on things. There isn't any lacing here at all until much later in the game... so after the crown settles, the show's over for a while.

Smell- Unmistakably Scottish, the rich chocolate malts play light relative to American Oatmeal Stouts... there's that honest, pure perfume that exemplifies the character of the water here. Clean and really nice.

Taste- A beautiful, wondrous balance of chocolate, oatmeal, and lemon... strange on paper, but interesting and mysterious on the tongue. The aftertaste incorporates coffee into the picture, which I find reminiscent of squeezing a burst of lemon rind into my demitasse as a young kid. Soft and easy, this is effortless and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Aside from the initial prickly greeting, the texture is near perfect. Swelling gently and fully, the carbonation reduces to a foam that feels fantastic in the mouth.

I would love to session this over a few hours' time... the alcohol is nowhere to be found in any regard. Rich and chocolately with that citric squeeze, incredibly light-bodied and superlatively drinkable. Even almost 5 months past its freshness date, this really impressed me.

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Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with garnet hues. Brown creamy head. Aroma consists of chocolate, plum, roasted malt and seems a bit vinous at times. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate malt dominate the palate. A touch of dark fruit (raisin) is also thrown in there with a feint bit of sweetness. Finishes with hints of coffee and that familiar Broughton hard water taste that's common in many of their other ales. Pretty decent for a Scottish Oatmeal Stout. Good, but not overly complex.

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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 crookedhalo
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best before August 2005. Served @ 55 degrees. Pours opaquely deep brown, bordering black with a nice, fluffy light tan head. Heavy on the toffee and scorchy malt. Oat is certainly more robust in the aroma than most other oatmeal stouts. Light prune skin, peat and dirt, too. The body reveals its 4.2% in thinness, but the flavor is wonderful, and it makes up for any misjustice in terms of it being rather weak. As with any beer that is weaker in alcohol, the water content of the beer makes it's presence known a little more. Broughton's source must be rather hard water; it's mineral content is in the forefront of each sip and transforms the dark malts in the mash into a slightly acidic finished product. Roasty and peaty flavors shine through. Wonderful, subtle carbonation keeps this sucker wickedly drinkable, provided one likes real ales. The most drinkable oatmeal stout I've had to date.

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

Dark brown inthe glass with hints of ruby around the edges. 1/2 inch creamy brown head and lots of lace. Nice looking beer. Smells of chocolate and coffee

Very smoky flavors. Hints of milk, dark bitter chocolate and light coffee. Some metallic flavors finish it up as well. It is bitter and smoky but unbelieveably smooth, some qualities of a cream stout in here and the bitterness lingers on the palate. It won't knock your socks off but it does everything well. A pretty good understated stout.

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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 flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown hue, very near black, admitting a little ruby tint when held up to the light. Head poured one finger of creamy tan foam, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: fruity malt aroma with just a touch of roastiness. Fruit character reminds me a bit of mix berries. I like it.

Taste: light malty flavor with some roast, as in the aroma. More of that fruitiness is present, and bitterness is nice and balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nicely silky, creamy texture. Good stuff!

Overall: this is a nicely quaffable stout. I love a sessionable dark beer like this.

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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 jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light brown head fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black as coal. Light carbonation. Heavy bodied. Malty, bready nose, starts sweet and finishes smooth with a slight oatmeal after taste. Filling. Best before date - Apr 04 and this was very fresh. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a brownish head atop a black brew out of the pint, .9fl oz bottle. the aroma was weak, but i found some sweet malts along with a roasty coffee smell.

when the beer hits your tongue, you notice little carbonation, but a small tingling sensation from the little that is there. a nice sweet flavor comes in followed by a roasty flavor of coffee. the end is a little dry, much less than i had expected. you get a hint of oats at the end.

the body is a bit thin for a good oatmeal. it is satisfactory, but not thick like i enjoy. it did not keep this beer from being a good drinker.

all in all, it is a good oatmeal stout. it is lacking the intensity of roasty coffee and oats that i would like to see, but it is still a very enjoyable beer.

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It has a dry dark malt feel with a slight oatmeal scent. It seems rich in black patent, roasted barley, and chocolate malts. The taste is good. It has a black malt flavor which is balanced with chocolate and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking stout. It's not in my top five, but it has good flavor and that never hurts.

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

A nice, typical stout look to this one with a light tan head. Breathed in a syrupy sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. A good darkroasted malt, smooth flavor with the oatmeal contributing in the texture. The flavor is not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. Roasted malt dominates with hints of coffee and chocolate intertwined. The smooth texture makes this very drinkable.

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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 ark57
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice black with a tan head. The aroma has roasted malts in the nose. It is smooth and thick with some bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. It finishes with an almost dry, burnt malt taste that lingers. I would have liked it to be a little sweeter and not quite as dry for an oatmeal stout, but not bad.

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Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color that was nearly black with a nice tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma was of roasted malt and hints of peat. Flavor was like aroma with the roasted malts flavor and hints of peat, chocolate and the malt sweetness coming through. Mouthfeel was good, though not as silky as some stouts. Drinkability was good.

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