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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout | Portsmouth Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The addition of flaked oats add a “smooth” texture to this big black ale. Lots of chocolate roasty flavors tightened up by an abundance of Pacific Northwest hops.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,164
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
163
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan head.
After the head fades, some translucent mahogany edging shows itself, as well as some dotted lacework.
A partial skim-coat endures for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, espresso, fudge, and roasted oats.
Quite rich, and it has a lush, doughy component underneath.

Full bodied, exceedingly oily and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, and allows the velvet to roll on the tongue.

An oily mix of brownie batter, coffee beans, and roasted barley start the pallet.
The slick oils from the oats drys up quickly and a slight bitterness steps forward.
Oreo shells drizzeled with Kahlua in the shadows.

Finishes with a lingering dryness/oily mix, and plenty of roasty chocolate.

Talk about an under-the-radar brew.
Great stuff.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle thanks to joepais. Poured into my Portsmouth tulip, also curteousy of joepais. Review from notes.

A: pretty much black with slight ruby highlights. The pour drops a good size deep tan head that leaves great sticky lace.

A: Very nice cushy chocolate aroma, with notes of roasted nuts and coffee. Earthy hops round out the nose.

T: Big fudgey notes with milk chocolate, slightly burnt sugar and coffee. Due to the oatmeal, it finishes extremely smooth and semi sweet.

M: Medium to full body, perfect amount of carbonation. Silky smooth.

D and overall impression: drinkability is through the roof on this one. I'm a big oatmeal stout lover and this one ranks at the top as far as best I've had. Very god all around offering, and absolutely worth seeking out. Skal

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark brown color that's a few shades away from being black with dark ruby highlights. Head is tan and recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of chocolate and lighter hints of molasses. The roasted malt aromas diminish near the end of the glass.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted and sweet malt flavors are joined by milk chocolate, though I didn't taste as much molasses as the smell led me to believe would be there. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's certainly creamy, though I would like just a little more body. The carbonation is soft and it still goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good - the low ABV is a nice surprise.

Overall this was a tasty beer - Portsmouth is batting 1.000 with me right now. Thanks again to gford217.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the shop, supposedly the last bottle. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a complely opaque black that let no light through and had a small light brown head. A bit of cling to the sides with a small island on the top. Aroma was slightly sweet, completely reminded me of a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie. Taste was clean, a bit milk like with a bit of vanilla. Felt very good in the mouth. Not at all bitter, clung just right. Very easy to drink, pleasant and went down well.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmalex
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's no Kate the Great, but hopefully it's the next best thing.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English pub glass a deep brown to black. Virtually no head forms on top instead offering an average collar with some stray bubbly haze on top.

SMELL: Coffee and chocolate are prominent as expected, but they accent a bready toast aroma which forms the base. The lightest hint of dark fruits comes through as well.

TASTE: The flavors is heavy on the chocolate and surprisingly light on the caramel and especially roast coffee. In fact, it only really shows itself on the finish. Bready base malt takes it place creating a unique flavor combination. Hops are nowhere to be found in this beer other than a balancing bitterness on the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: Velvety smooth, no doubt from the oats. The body feels a bit thin, but that could be a product of the low carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Awesome. A stout can't possibly go down any easier. A restrained ABV only helps more.

A very nice beer that's worth seeking out. After drinking this, I'd have to put it near the top of its style for sure.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close to black with a thin tan head that doesn't have much retention. Smell is light chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Very clean and inviting. Taste is much of the same. Great balance of sweet and roasted malts. Some grains, milk chocolate, a touch of oats, and a hint of coffee and toasted bread. The slightest hop presence is evident at times. Mouthfeel isn't as big as hoped but still silky smooth and goes down quite easy. A good take on an Oatmeal Stout. Not quite up there with my favorites but damn good stuff.

Cheers to joepais for this in a trade!

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for getting this in the Fight Club BIF!

Seemed like a fitting brew for my 500th review.

The pour on this was thick and heavy. The appearance of the stream into the glass was dark brown, but once in the glass - opaque. The head is thick, tan and retentive. The aroma of this beer is roasty. Coffee and heavy malt is noticeable and delightful. The flavor is strong of roasted malt. There is some spice and perhaps anise in the background. The real beauty of this beer is in the mouthfeel. It is full and lush - velvety and slick. Couldn't ask for better. Overall, this is simply a delicious stout.

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Photo of projektyle
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of anewlanguage
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bckayaalp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in for lunch on 12/9
Served in a pint glss

A: This beer pours and opaque, pitch black with a two inger of rich, frothy light brown head. Head retains nicely leaving big clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rich chocolate, oatmeal, and charred notes.

T: Taste starts with charred and oatmeal notes. Roast then starts to lighten the flavoring while a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring comes through and finishes this beer out. There's a touch of a burnt aftertaste.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, moderate carbonation, nice silky feel.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, great representation of style. Another phenomenal brew from Portsmouth!

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of joepais, thanks again!

This is from notes...

Pours a flat black color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of chocolate, oats, cereal grains, and roasted malts.

Beer tastes surprisingly bitter to me. Lots of dark bakers chocolate flavors, and a pine hop bite on the finish. Taste is very clean, with a subtle oat character, and a nice overall crisp and creamy taste.

Mouthfeel is ok, but too watery and thin feeling for my tastes.

Drinkability is quite good, the only real flaw I found was the weak mouthfeel. But this is a nice easy drinking stout, that has lots of flavor.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewery, a typical St Pattys time of year offering.

This sucka was a deep, dark brown color, with no light penetrating whatsoever! The head was tan, creamy and smooth, long-lasting, with a fine, tight bead. Lacing was top-shelf! Lovely nose, with a nice mix of coffee and roasty malt! Oh yeah!! Body fell in the medium range, though I thought it could be fuller. On the tongue? Smooth and velvety....gotta love it! A silky feel on the palate. Quite welcome!

Super combo of roasty malt, coffee notes, and some chocolate mixed in as well. Had sort of a mocha accent to it. The finish was a bit dry, yet the longlasting aftertaste was oh-so-pleasant!
This was a verry quaffable bier....easy going down and a palate-pleaser all the way! Cheers!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap today at the brewery.
Pours a solid black with just the faintest of brown highlights on the edges. A minimal khaki head that dissipates quickly. Smells of toasted malts, roasted coffee, hints of milk chocolate and steeping grains as well. Tastes of creamy chocolate up front, roasted coffee and toasted malts mid way through with a long lingering roasted bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation and a medium body. Very tasty brew. I could certainly see myself throwing a few of these back.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with a thin caramel colored head. Dissipates quickly, but leaves pretty nice lacing. A swirl of the glass brings the head back pretty strong.
S: Roasted malt and barley aromas. Dark fruits that have a candied aspect to them--vanilla bean aroma also. Fresh and leafy. A slight smokeyness to this brew also.
T/M: Roasted barley notes. Dark fruit presence of smoked figs at first. Smokeyness is actually pretty hefty, which is quite surprising, though not as big as a smoked beer. Bitter coffee and unsweetened chocolate are in the background. Robust and big on the palate with a thickness. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice bitterness with a dry finish--vanilla comes through slightly in the aftertaste.
D: Very nice and smooth--another winner from my favorite brewpub. I'm surprised about the smokeyness, but it gives this beer a unique quality. Worth getting if you can.

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Photo of Donthoseme
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer i liked so much i had to buy the growler. It came out a clowdy black with a very creamy thick 2 finger head. It had a sweat roasted smell that wasn't too strong. It was very thick and full mouthfeel very creamy and malty. I really liked the thick full feel of this beer. And the hops were very faint which is what i wanted with this type of beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a pint glass at the brew pub.

A: Opaque super dark brown liquid. Brown foam head.

S: Roasty oats and malt. Slight touch of chocolate.

T: Big malts, but not too sweet. Some rich chocolate. Some roasted malt flavors, but not coffee-like. Some hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste reminds me of milk chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy. A touch of stickiness on my lips. Good coating without too much flavor.

D: Very drinkable! I would love to get a growler of this.

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Photo of DIM
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark brown color with some ruby around the edges. A violent pour produced a medium sized, big bubbled, mocha colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Clean sweet grains, roasty malts, and a bit of milk chocolate. Mild, but very enticing.

t: Roasted, mildly bitter grains with some chocolate flavor dominate. Some sweet oat flavors come along as well.

m: Certainly thick enough, but I wish it was more heavily carbonated.

d: Overall, this is a fantatsic tasting oatmeal stout. Ramp up the carbonation and this is absolutely world class. Thanks to joepais for this treat.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and balanced stout, the claim was met of balance through the oats. Probably better than having it on nitro. Very drinkable, and good thickness to mouthfeel. Black with moderate white head. Roasted barley aroma, and some coffee in there. Not bitter nor sweet.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Beer is dark brown, minimal head but some moderate lacing.

S- Chocolate and oats. Fantastic aroma here, keeps my nose buried in my glass for a while.

T- There's a little semisweet and a little baking chocolate combo to start things off, followed by a dash of coffee. Oat flakes and sugar cookies. A slight hop bitterness to round it out.

M- Thick, full, good carbonation, never too heavy- perfect, pretty much.

D- I reeealy like this beer. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. I'll have to trade for some bottles or pick up a growler at some point.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy of rpstevens - many thanks man. Tried this one twice before but it always seemed to be infected. Enjoyed from a flared tulip.

Appearance: Pours a velvety dark chocolate brown, smooth and luscious looking, with a relatively vigorous pour coaxing one finger of light beige head out of the murky depths, depths which are largely opaque by virtue of the depth of the color but translucent around the edges when held up to the light. The head doesn't stick around for long, fading within around 30 seconds, nor does it leave much of a surface dusting, and the only signs it existed once gone is a thin, dense collar and a fair amount of splotchy lacing, speckling the sides of the tulip.
The lacing that results from each sip is similar, very glittery and runny at first (poor retention), but ultimately depositing a fair amount of thin, creamy residue.

Aroma: A smooth, creamy, and neutrally toasty nose. It actually smells a fair bit like, well, oats, which come through unusually potently, given the lack of dominance by any other one note. Agitation reveals a good amount of faint toast, distant toffee, and half-roast coffee, with a few hints of spicy grass and light fruit notes. An interesting but very subtle nose.

Taste: A step up. A robust, smooth, complex brew. Slightly tart astringencies - that nice, charcoal sheen on black patent malt - compliments faint fruit and berries overtones on the upper register. Underneath is a sea of soft, delicate malt tones: toast, dark toffee, coffee, faint bittersweet cocoa, and that generic, all-encompassing wholesome oat note. Its all at once straightforward but also fairly complex, easy-going but thought-provoking.

Mouthfeel: A relatively moderate body - in terms of thickness and latent effervescence - that's made creamier and smoother by the oatmeal addition. A nice amount of slick milkyness.

Drinkability: Turns out there was a good beer here, which was the suspicion I had prior when trying this beer. No wonder the infection hit this one so strong - the underlying beer is very mild, smooth, easy-drinking, and enjoyable. At 6.0%, it's spot on for the style and low enough that I could pound back a few ... if I were fortunate enough to live in Portsmouth. Seek out.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited Portsmouth during my Thanksgiving trip. Had this one in their sampler, then decided to take a few bottles home.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an onyx black with a one finger dark khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin frothy layer. Stickiness is very spotty, but some lacing holds on. Smell is creamy chocolate milk with sweet toasted oat aroma. Rich caramel and smoked malt appear in the nose as well. Very enjoyable one to sniff, can't stop putting my nose in this one. Light roasted coffee flavor up front which is followed by a woody oat taste. Some sweet dark chocolate malt and caramel sweetness on the tongue as well. Smooth and creamy medium body with a little bit of carbonation. Pretty solid Oatmeal Stout, not the best, but it's up there.

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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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