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 DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle received from xumbi in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch! Into my Duvel tulip.

A: A vigorous pour results in an inky-black beer with a 1-finger thick brown ochre head. Retention is rather poor and this one settles down to a disk fairly soon. There;s some carbonation running up the side of my glass. As I drink this, there's some spotty patches of foam/lace on the side.

S: Pretty decadent - chocolate, cream roasted malts, licorice, a hint of coffee. Smells thick and chewy. Just a hint of smoke too. Wonderful stuff!

T: Starts off with a good deal of chocolate and cream with pleasantly burnt/roasted notes and just a hint of coffee. Finishes mildly bitter and is neither too full nor too dry. Great balance.

M: Incredibly slick and creamy on the palate - oatmeal, you say? The finish is pretty darned good too - pleasantly bitter and restrains from trying too much. One could possibly argue for more carbonation but I think it works really well as is - the lower level of CO2 highlights the slick and smooth oatmeal character

D: Incredibly drinkable. I was going to drink this as I worked but I think I'll get to work after this one.

Notes: After this, I can't wait to try my bottle of Kate! While a lot of hoopla has been made of bigger beers, there's something refreshing about a beer whose calling card is balance, delicacy and nuance.

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

On tap at The Brewery in an imperial pint glass. The beer was black with a thick tan head that was quite sticky. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee taste. Some late hops bitterness. I would best describe the taste as creamy. Maybe a little on the thin side, but still a wonderful beer to drink.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the pub. On nitro tap, to be more precise, which was a bit of a bummer because we couldn't get a growler of it.

Pours deep, dark ruby, nearly opaque with a chocolate-brown head.

Smells quite smooth, and surprisingly sweet and lactic for the style. Vey nice and rounded.

Tastes thick. It feels thick, too, but mostly it tastes thick. Bereft of the pleasant roughness I usually expect in an oatmeal stout, the result is a wonderful balance of bitter barley and rich milk chocolate. The balance is exquisite.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 xnicknj
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up directly at the brewpub early August. Enjoyed last night with my wife and our supper: assorted cheeses, cold cuts, fruits and bread.

Poured from a bomber into my Portsmouth pint glass.

Appearance: A dense brown body is poured which looks black even when held to the light. A thin, creamy 1 finger head is formed and minimal lacing appears.

Smell: Faint hops, chocolate & coffee.

Taste: Coffee at first minus the coarseness. Chocolate appears in the middle and there's a hint of raisins and figs that grows more apparent as it warms. Some bitterness in the tail end that gradually fades out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Everything about this is smooth. Very creamy with low carbonation. Feels alright!

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. No sense of alcohol and the feel makes it slide down. I'll have it again.

Overall: Being less coarse that other oatmeal stouts, i at first found it ordinary but as it warmed, i appreciated it even more. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple pints of this while at the brewpub. Beer came to me a pitch black with about a finger and a half of thick, creamy, almost tan colored head. Head quickly faded into a thin layer atop the beer. Left a nice thin coating of lace from top to bottom on the glass. Smelled of dark chocolates, toffee, some roasted coffee and oats. Taste was quite the same but better. Plenty of chocolate, coffee, a little bit of hops in the mix, a sweet touch of vanilla, and again the flaked oats. Had a very rich flavor to it. Mouthfeel was full and thick and a bit creamy. Very good drinkability from this one. This is probably now my favorite oatmeal stout.

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

Poured at the brewpub in downtown Portsmouth this beauty poured a black-brown in color with a big light brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is chocolatey sweet wheat and malty grass hops. The taste is velvetty thick molasses and coffee and some charcoal. Sweet, maybe a little too sweet. But quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into a perfect pint glass. Love how this beer looks - jet black with medium dark brown foam. Disappates clear off. Oaty nose, some dark roasted background. Dark chocolate oat taste. Mellow aftertaste, quite smooth. Light smoothing of the bitters. Quite tasty. Example version of the style.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.

This is a fine looking stout with a completely opaque near-black pour and a two-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is very sweet but with a huge dark roasted malt backbone with coffee and chocolate on top. Dark fruits and oatmeal are also present in the nose, very pleasant smell overall.

The taste is fairly tame with mainly sweet dark malts and dark chocolate. There are some dark fruits and roasted coffee in the background but nothing too big.

The mouthfeel is creamy with the oatmeal presence but pretty thin for the style.

The look and aroma are great on this one but the taste and mouthfeel don't quite live up to the promise. Overall a decent stout.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

I got this beer for winning a LiF held by joepais, Thanks Joe !

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a nice sized tan head that hung on as a layer, leaving some patches of lacing.

S - roasted coffee and malty sweet aroma.

T - delicious tasting brew, rich, roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate malt.

F - full bodied, rich and creamy feel.

D - oh yeah!

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Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

YonderWanderer
sent me this lil' brew, from the BIF race 2008, thanks many Dave!

Black pour, ivory head tried to pop up, but died pretty darn fast. TONS of malt in the aroma, pops of coffee and toffee kick in and add to a very tasty treat quaff. Plenty of oats smooth out the burnt toast. Better try one if given the opportunity.

Rich and creamy, solid Oaty - more along the American style with plenty of hops lurking in the background to balance it out nicely.

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DIM
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 CoryR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Danielr26
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle from the brewery in May.
The beer pours jet black with a tan head. The nose is reminiscent of pungent buttery popcorn, laundry water, and a touch of metal. The taste is equally reminiscent of dirty lines...however, I must move on through the review...because I poured it from a bottle.
It's a drinkable stout with a slight bite from the hops and alcohol. You would not know this was an oatmeal stout. The body is watery and in combination with all else wrong with this beer...this is an epic fail.
Quite undrinkable and a huge disappointment.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Damian
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 22 FLUID OUNCE bottle purchased at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, dark, near black with brown edges and absolutely no head. (Perhaps a bad bottle?)

The aroma was rich and complex. Roasty yet smooth and sweet with strong notes of rum, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate came through as well. The sweetness of the nose intensified as the beer warmed.

The taste was dark and roasty. Roasted malts and coffee came through up front along with a touch of smoke. Dark chocolate was noticeable in the center. The finish was bitter and slightly acrid with a moderate, piney hop bite. A mix of hops and deep roast notes lingered in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor was a bit harsh for my palate.

The mouthfeel was terribly watery and thin with a carbonation so fine and mild that the beer almost seemed flat.

Drinkability was moderate. The beer was much more acrid and far less carbonated than I anticipated. It definitely lacked the creamy, silky smooth, oat-like quality found in better examples of the style.

This beer was a real disappointment. Based on other reviews, I am guessing that I got a bad bottle. I will definitely have to seek it out again.

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