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Scottish Oatmeal StoutScottish Oatmeal Stout

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Broughton Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by foamer on 03-24-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by mdagnew:
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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Peckhams, Edinburgh...

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted dark chocolate maltiness, toasted malt loaf, definite coffee notes, caramel sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely quaffable and sessionable at only 4.2%...

Overall - A very enjoyable oatmeal stout... maybe not the best example but certainly very close... recommended...

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Photo of foamer
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle with Robert Younger on the label (founder of the famous Edinburgh brewery and great grandfather of Broughton Ales founder)

Pours black with a deep ruby hue and a bubbly light tan head with good retention which eventually diminishes to an even layer of bubbles on the surface, with some lacing down the glass. The smell is of roasted malts with some hint of cocoa. The taste is sweet malt balanced by roasted bitterness and strong hint of unsweetened chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel I find to be a little on the thin and watery side though. A very drinkable stout though.

All in all a pretty good Oatmeal Stout. Not the most amazing one I've tried, but a good solid beer. I will be seeking this one out on cask.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of a holiday four-pack to gift myself this season... jet black body with thin, ozone-like off-white head in a snifter--intimidating! Sharp malt and some oat presence--nodescript otherwise... smooth, creamy body...effervescent around tongue...a bit smokey in the finish...early coffee and nut tastes with a late smokey flavor...milky? oatmeal? enjoyably smooth a nd subtly roasted...I'd drink this again, despite its availability only in 1.9 pints...

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Photo of Mandrake
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, not quite the typical black of a good oatmeal stout, with lots of ruby glinting out, especially from the bottom of the glass. Head is fairly small, though well retained, a light tan, and leaves some lacing. Smell has light coffee tones, roasted, with a touch of sweetness as well. Berry and grapes in the mix as well. Taste is astringent caramel and coffee. The sweetness evaporates and isn't replaced by anything. Mouthfeel is very watery and lacks both body and carbonation, and drinkability is decent. Doesn't measure up as far as I'm concerned. Smell promises much more than the beer is able to deliver.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tall brown 500ml bottle, best before the end of March 2011, drank and reviewed on 18th Jan 2011.

Poured into a UK pint, sleeve glass: Very dark body, almost jet black, held up to a light source however the true deep ruby red colour comes through. The head was a rich foaming blanket of tan coloured foam.

The aroma was of roasted malts, not a lot of sweetness or hop smells.

The taste was all malts, like the smell, fairly dry and with a bitter finish.

I thought the body a wee bit thin for a stout and lacking in depth or creaminess. Well carbonated but the flavours in the beer are one dimensional and didn't excite me at all.

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Photo of IrenaWolf
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, bought at Vinens Verden, Odense, Denmark. Black (= very dark ruby) colour, good tan head. Pleasant aroma: chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, prunes, leather. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, faintly acidic. Mellow flavour of roasted barley / dark malts, low bitterness. Not too much going on flavourwise, does not quite live up to the expectations the aroma creates.

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Photo of battlekow
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The last of the five beers my girlfriend brought back from the British Isles, I've been saving this Scottish Oatmeal Stout for last, anticipating a tasty treat. It pours stoutish black, highlighted by ruby where the light shines through. Small, even tan head that dissipates quickly but provides good lacing throughout. Smells sweet and of roasted coffee, almost smoked. Taste is similar to the nose, sweet with a strong coffee backbone. No hops, no bitterness really, just a pleasant, lingering roasted flavor. Mouthfeel is rather thin, the only real drawback to this beer. I can't believe I'm only the second person to review this; it's really tasty.

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Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear very dark brown/black with tan head that slowly fades to a creamy ring around the glass and downsliding lacing. Aroma is mild roasted creamy grain, some low fruitiness, no hops.

Taste is medium sweet roasted malt, quite nutty and mildly sourish with dry finish and sweetish aftertaste. Creamy medium-full body with average carbonation.

Overall, the beer is good.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood black with a beige head that fades fast. Nose has oats, cocoa and smoke. Dark cherry malt and more oats high first followed by cidery astringent hops. Roasty flavor comes back in the aftertaste then goes dry. Thin and light.

No Sam Smith, but a very drinkable oatmeal stout, if a bit weak (low ABV) and light-bodied.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on cask at The Porcupine on Charing Cross Road, London.

Pours a solid brown-black colour with a pleasing fine head of beige that persists fairly well. Slightly thin in the body, which is a bit of a disappointment, especially for an oatmeal stout. Otherwise it looks fine.

Nose is fairly standard stuff. Rounded toasty characters, with a decent weight backing it up. But that's about it. There's not a great deal of complexity or layers of aroma. So it's fine, but not terribly exciting.

Taste is clean with a bit of weight and sweetness to it finally. More simple toasty notes, fairly well-rounded. The feel helps with this, giving a smoothness to the beer overall. On the back though, there's a slight medicinal note which undermines the rest a little bit. Still it's decent overall.

Overall, it's okay. Only really okay though—this really doesn't do much out of the ordinary, although it ticks the boxes just fine.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is sheer black with a small tan head, and it's far to dark to see any carbonation. Great looking stout.

Aroma: Roasted malts, with a heavily smokey, peat, whisky aroma. There is a noticeable chocolate, and impressions of coffee.

Taste: Follows the nose with an abundance of toasty malts, with smokey wood, and earthy peat. There is also hints of dark fruits alongside some bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a heavy feel, and silky texture.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink stout, nice and smooth and nice earthy flavours. As far as oatmeal stouts go this is a good example, maybe not up to the standard of Samuel Smith's offering but it is well worth looking for.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark, mahogany brown with a thin & bubbly, half-centimetre head that is light brown & stays throughout.

Dark, roasted malts and lighter coffee notes along with some dark chocolate to begin with. There is some grain and barely too.

Dark malts, some milky coffee and a little roasted barely account for most of the taste here but not in a manner that I enjoyed. The finish was a bitter hops one.

Quite thin in body with a lot more carbonation than I would have preferred, it almost feels like I'm drinking a cola.

Really disappointing to me, I didn't find it particularly well balanced or flavourful with too much fizz, I can't see what all the fuss is about here. Not a fan.

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Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahigany color, beige head, thick and creamy.
Toasted malt, light coffee, dry fruit (hazelnut overall), oat and vanilla in the smell.
At the taste, cappuccino, soft and pleasant. Again notes of dry fruit, oat, toffee and vanilla.
Some toasted in the aftertaste. Well balanced, pleasant and very drinkable.
In the aftertaste the softness of the vanilla over all.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a slightly off-white head that is pillowy and soft

Aromas of chocolate, milky coffee, some roasted/burnt grain, oatmeal in the nose too

The taste begins with on a sweet coffee note. The chocolate is bittersweet, and works with the slightly burnt, bitter malt backbone. The finish is dry but overall I would say there could be more bitterness to make this beer really great. I'll admit that I have pretty high standards for Oatmeal Stouts though.

A wee bit too carbonated for myself, with much too thin a body.

Overall a very drinkable oatmeal stout that I'm happy to have tried in Scotland

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Scottish Oatmeal Stout from Broughton Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 15 ratings