Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout | Broughton Ales Ltd

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 02-05-2002

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected a little more from this brew. Expecting a creamy, rich, velvety, roasted character, but it turned a little too acidic and scrubbed the palate a bit too roughly. A sweet malty flavor overshadowed the rich chocolate, coffee characteristic. Sweetness gets a little fruity (an artificial grape flavor). Not a bad experience, but there are certainly better Oatmeal Stouts out there.

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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 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 grub
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown colour with a half inch of dense tan head. the head forms a thick lace that lasts long down the glass

smells like supercharged malt, more like a scotch ale than a stout. the bottle calls it a "scottish oatmeal stout", so that seems about right. rich and caramely, with a great bready maltyness.

taste is odd, not what i expected. there's a bit of malt and a hint of roast, but it feels watered down.

mouthfeel is a bit thin. there's some body, but nowhere near what i expected. the finish is kind of slick from the oats, but with the thinness it just doesn't seem right.

drinkability is ok. it's fairly low alcohol and not overly thick, but just not all that interesting. the aroma was great so i was expecting more. a little disappointed in this one.

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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 kimcgolf
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Poured to a dark brown/black with a thick tan head that lingered ...excellent lacing. So far, so good. Tasty flavor of chocolate was evident throughout the bottle. Unfortunately, the initial flavor of each sip quickly turned to a watery finish. I had hoped this would improve, but stayed consistent for the entire bottle, and negatively offset all other good qualities. What started out promising was ultimately done in by this beer’s inability to overcome its low (4.2 abv) alcohol content.

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Photo of Graebner
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and smooth black, looks about like obsidian actually, or black glass. Ruby hues barely visible around the bottom of the glass where the most light gets in. It develops a couple of fingers of creamy tan head, and goes down to a finger after a few minutes. The head is pretty noisy, too...I could hear it fwishing as I set the bottle down.

Smells of cranberry, coffee, sorghum, and has a rich chocolate presence.

Taste is apple juice, lots of coffee, pronounced roasted sweetness, but well balanced with the hops. Finishes very smoothly with a smoky oatmeal hint. Pleasant taste, if not quite as strong as I would like, as though one took a normal oatmeal stout and added some water. Still, it is quite pleasant, and it sits easily on the stomach because of the relatively light body.

The mouthfeel is good, but unlike most oatmeal stouts. Somewhat watery, does not feel chewy or give very full body. Do not drink this expecting a Samuel Smith-like body, you will be disappointed.

Drinkability is great, due to the light body and very good taste. It doesnt explode in your mouth like some other stouts, but you could certainly sit down with this one for the long haul.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this, and I find it rather disappointing.

Nice appearance: good, ruby-black body with a thin, tan head that sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely.

Malt and porridge smell, with maybe a bit of chocolate, but not much else. Bittersweet. Weak, undeveloped and simple smell.

Taste is not much better. Buttery, roasted malt with hints of oat and chocolate. Very thin, and not terribly exciting. Sort of like a weak Samuel Smith, with a bit more acid tinge to it. All the oatmeal stout flavours are there, but they are not very powerful or imaginative. One-dimensional.

Boring mouthfeel. Thin and watery and feels almost flat. Drinkable, but there are bigger oatmeal stouts available. Decent, but disappointing.

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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 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 Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost perfect, Kinmount is black with a great head. The head is very creamy and thick, with excellent retention. On the other hand, the aroma is barely perceptable. It's clean with just a whiff of chocolate. Kinmount gets back on track with it's taste. A moderately rich chocolate flavor is joined by a lighter roasted flavor. The classic oatmeal stout taste is fullfilled, but I think the flavor could be just a little fuller. Very, very good beer here, about one step away from greatness. Recommended.

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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 Wonka
2.57/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 PINT, .9 FL. OZ.

Appearance – color of highly oxygenated and deoxgenated blood - somewhere between red and purple; light-cream colored, micronized head that has less-than-remarkable life; lace is minimal

Smell – malts; Quaker oats; some plum and grain and very light hop

Taste – roasted malt dominate a weak overall presentation; very light chocolate note; light smoke and hop close with really no character in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel – crisp up front and the body fades midway then hits the floor late

Drinkability – there’s nothing that stands out here; the transition is too watery

There will be no return to the tribute to Willie and his Reiver friends.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Opaqlucent dark walnut with reddish brown accents. I made up that word (obviously) to indicate that this beer is right on the border between see throughable and not. I wouldn't normally care, but this is a stout and stouts shouldn't even flirt with lucent as far as I'm concerned. The cap is tan in color, small-medium in size and is a below average lacer.

Kinmount Willie doesn't smell anything like a stout; not even close. Lightly toasted barley and sour dark fruit is the sum total of the nose. There's no roastiness, no chocolate, no nothing that makes me believe that the style designation is correct. Did someone have a bit too much product one day and mislabel the beer?

This isn't an old bottle, but it tastes old and worn out. It tastes like soggy cardboard soaked in a poor quality dark beer. There's still a bit of sour fruit, but it's washed away almost instantly on one of the thinnest stout bodies that I've ever experienced. There's very little foretaste and absolutely no aftertaste. Maybe BMC could learn a thing or two from these guys.

A look at the Broughton Ales website tells me that Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout isn't listed. That makes me think that it's been dropped. Or, as I prefer to think of it, given a quick, painless and well-deserved death in a watery grave. This is as weak and as gormless a stout as I've had in a very long time. Maybe ever. There are a few other Broughton brews in my cellar and I can only hope that they rise above this godforsaken dreck.

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing of Kinmount Willie Armstrong, so it’s nice to learn a little history with your beer. The brew pours a deep black color with hints of red and a modest off-white head. The aroma is a little quite, but is generously complex: oatmeal, vanilla, roasted barley, chocolate, and a faint smokiness. The taste is also restrained, but pleasant, with a little malt and grain, and a continuing oat character. It’s a very creamy, smooth beer, which I found to be one of it’s most appealing traits. Finish is dry with a lingering chocolate and roasted sensation. It’s a very mild, polite stout, and I think that I’d have liked it more if the flavors were more forceful. Still, it’s definitely worth a try.

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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 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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black with ruby highlights. The head was tan and rose a slight bit, but fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was molasses and coffee with chocolate.

The flavor was molasses and coffee and of course chocolate. The molasses are a bit overpowering for the beer and the oatmeal really does not play a part till the end of the flavor after the molasses flavors subside. Also present was a slight sourness which detracted from the flavors.

The finish was just dry with the oats finally making a contribution and the molasses and coffee flavors lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium at best.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout from Broughton Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 44.3% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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