Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout
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
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
91
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice foamy tan head. No lace.

Big coffee aroma, some good charred malt in the nose.

Big coffee on the palate, with nice bitterness and sweetness of the malt balancing each other out. The oatmeal does come thru, just barely, but you get it. Big coffee bitter finish.

A bit astringent and some tingly bite. Full bodied.

Real solid for the style. Liked this and would have it again.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.71/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this bottled in a trade sometime over the last year or so, but my notes seem to render the sender a mystery. To whoever you are, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours black with a short lived tan head that plunges to a steady ring around the glass. Next to no glass related carnage. Looks pretty gnarly in my Darkness snifter.

Smells of bitter roast and red wine vinegar. There's a creamy caramel dessert underneath, but the vinegar lingers over the proceedings like a Clarence Thomas pubic hair. Too obscure? Not sure this belongs.

Tartness atop lactose. Bitter coffee, light roast, and again with the vinegar. Odd.

For an oatmeal stout, the body here is really lacking: light with a low carbonation and not enough heft or substance.

Overall, this just isn't a very good oatmeal stout. I wanted to like this more, but there's just something slightly off. If it is an infection, it hasn't rendered the beer undrinkable. What it has done is render this a disappointment.

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 angrybabboon
2.32/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/2/11

Note: I've had this beer more than once. Why? Because I couldn't believe what I was tasting...

Appearance: Nicely black, with a tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Roasted malts, oats - but not in a good way - something about the malts impart a smell of wet corn husk or wet cardboard, almost smoky - kind of sweet, kind of burnt, definitely unappealing

Taste: Again, not impressive - way, way too sweet - there is a bizarre flavor that lurks in this beer, like wet cardboard that was burnt and then covered in sugar - bitter, not in a good way - the roasted malts and oats make somewhat of an appearance as this approaches room temperature, but it is too little, too late - not good, but still not a drain pour

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated, but thin - very thin for the style, almost remarkable considering that the oats should increase the mouthfeel

Overall: I don't understand how this could come from the Portsmouth Brewery

I had this on-tap in 2008, and I thought it was bad. Nearly three years later, I had a fresh bomber of it, and it still tasted bad. It's not, "I'm going to gag and dump this," kind of bad, just not even close to the quality of even the "average" Portsmouth Brewery offering. If you go to the Portsmouth Brewery, enjoy the other fantastic offerings and avoid this anomaly.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Best before Feb 2014
Portsmouth pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown. No real head. Thin layer of light tan head. Some sticky lacing.

S: Light roast. Some cocoa. Milk chocolate. Some lactose-like creaminess.

T: Little bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Earthy hops. Nice chocolate bitterness. Light roast. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of rich, dense foam, very dark tan with an island of larger bubbles at the spot of pour, retention is average, the lacing forms wide sheets which slowly snake down the glass side, leaves a few splotches behind. The liquid is extremely dark brown falling short of black, displays an orange tint at the glass bottom, sufficiently opaque to mask most bubbles within. The nose is super-heavy on the sweet roast, loaded with chocolate, toffee, coffee and a pinch of ginger, a burst of white grapefruit comes through clearly, the oats make it drier than sweeter, that said the grains smooth and there’s not a real hops presence here, lifts into a broad musk. Full-bodied, not that heavy, creamy carbonation helps it slowly move through the mouth. For its weight has good freshness and a svelte middle, in addition to the grapefruit you get pine and flowers, hops showing more get up and go here. Sneaks in cherry and peach fruit accents before building up mocha, cocoa, toffee and caramel, the oats likely add as much gluey texture as real flavor. Roasty residue extends the finish well. Good stuff, particularly if you are not looking for sweetness overload.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had during the Kate the Great day. This is probably a hidden gem of Portsmouth amid the craziness that was Kate the Great day.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a large creamy tan head and tons and tons of lacing, the lacing even had layering of lacing, in the end it looked like a how a tree has rings.

Smell was mostly roasted malt and chocolaty goodness, pretty much all sweet.

Taste was extremely creamy and went down very smooth, not very complicated but it makes for a very enjoyable stout, roasted malt and chocolate being the biggest presence, oh, and did I say creamy?

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Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Celtics76
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of robwestcott
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to straffordmilitia for the brew and the glass i'm pouring it into.

poured cold from the bottle to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass a deep rich dark chocolate black with a 1/2 finger, short lasting, mocha head leaving a thin rim clinging to the side of the glass and a small bit if spotty lace.

subtle aroma of chocolate, sweet malt and oatbread.

toasty malts, semi sweet chocolate, graham cracker, subtly bitter, and as it warms, a bit of coffee.

thin for the style, mild bitter, creamy smooth.

drinkable - yep bomber.

overall - very good, smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of albern
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My stout was a bit flat and didn't have much head. It was inky black and impenetrable to light. The nose is dark roasted malts, coffee, mocha, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. The beer is exceedingly smooth and has that silky and watery consistency characteristic of an oatmeal stout. The beer is not particularly sweet, nor is it overly complex. The smoothness, the creamy oats, the roasted and almost charred flavored dark malts are what distinguishes the beer. I only wish it had a better presentation. The head on this beer was quite inadequate and there was little carbonation. Freshness may have been an issue, but I did buy the bottle at the brewery in Portsmouth.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just one shade to the dark brown side of pitch black. Murky looking beer. Thick, espresso like brown head. Pours very thick and slowly fades to about a finger thick. Spiderwebs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and just a hint of bitterness. Roasted malts really come through as the beer warms. A light lactic aroma as well.

T - Roasted malts with hints of sweet and bitter chocolate. A touch of sourness to it as well...sour fruits to be more specific. As it warms a bitterness from the roasted malt becomes stronger.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy, much like an oatmeal stout should be. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of snowmageddon
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brdc
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks rpstevens for this one. Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

I had a number of portsmouth beers recently, and have not been impressed other than KTG. This one being a stout, I have high hopes.
Nearly pitch black, a thin light tan head does not hold well, and there is not a lot of lacing.
Strange aroma, to say the least, some oatmeal and other sweetish malts, but there is also something acrid that does not belong at all.
Quite thin for an oatmeal stout, it has the expected sweetish malts, oatmeal, some roasted notes, but here that acrid note is even more evident, and it is really in the way of the overall enjoyment.
The more Portsmouth I have, the more I am convinced this is a "one hit wonder" brewery.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub with my lunch on March 11. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark brown in color that was almost black at second glance. Thick frothy head that would probably leave a moustache on the other lip. Nose was full of bittersweet oats and slightly of roasted barley.

Rich and creamy flavor. I would love to see what this beer tastes like on the nitro-tap. Lots of roasted malts up front that leave a slightly bittersweetness on the tongue. Oats give a nice textured flavor that makes this a nice slightly sweet and hearty beer. Slight hints of choclate around the edges with just the slightest of hop presence. Silky smooth and full flavored. Great early spring beer on a slightly chilled day.

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Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a rich dark brown with thick carbonation. The head is small, dark mocha in color, and leaves ok lace.

The smell is dark roasted coffee.

The taste is good lots of big dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes as well as some oat meal with cocoa on it.

The mouthfeel is very good, rich smooth and creamy, big body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good I am quite glad to get thia one (thanks Joe). Prosit, MK

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Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout from Portsmouth Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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