Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout | Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4.04/5
163 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,056
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
163
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a bottle on 7/3/11, pours a deeply dark brown with not light passing through when held up to the light. There is a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly faded leaving just some spotty lacing.
S - bitter coffee, roasted malts, the oats and some lactose sweetness
T - roasted bitter coffee, oats and lactose type sweetness, the taste is just a bit too sweet for me.
M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with a slight amount of carbonation.
D - This one is just too sweet for me. Its hard to finish. There is just a harsh bitterness and sweetness that is overwhelming.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, very dark. This is pretty much inky black in color with a rather slight coffee-colored head that gradually develops to about an inch in thickness before slinking away to a ring around the top of the glass. Nothing like a big glass of rich, creamy black stout.

No surprise that this one has big roasted malt smell emanating from it. Wow. Along with strong roasty smell comes some cocoa and coffee notes. Some more whiffs bring about creamy sweetness and some very faint hoppiness. Lots of great smells with this beer.

First big sip and we've definitely got a winner. Creamy smooth texture with the bitterness of the dark malts is accompanied by mocha tastes and some nice sweetness. Very well balanced and very delicious. Everything comes together perfectly with this stout. Yet another great beer from the Portsmouth Brewery.

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Photo of younger35
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer about a bit over a year ago from a generous BA for winning the BA Suicide Pool '07. I'm 2-2 on damned tasty Portsmouth Stouts so we'll see if the trend continues. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a huge two finger light tan foamy head that last FOREVER. Tons and tons of lacing is left as the cap never really falls below a half finger. Amazing looking beer.
Smell- Pretty darned malty with a deep dark roast and a bit of concentrated coffee. Light notes of milk chocolate, nuts and vanilla. It also has that sort of lightly citric acidity that I get in the nose sometimes when beer has been in the bottle too long. Oxidation perhaps?
Taste- Very roasted and acrid the first word that came to mind after my first sip was 'charred'. That's not a bad thing by any means either. All that malt and burn lends a very espresso note. Sort of nutty with a soft vanilla note and just a hint of caramel. The 6% is surprisingly noticeable on the finish as some char lingers.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly sharp carbonation for the style with a medium body and slick feel.
Drinkability- Not bad. I really did this brew a disfavor by letting it sit a year though. The smell is a bit off but the taste is still really nice. I will try this fresh someday, oh yes, I will.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pitch black with the smallest amount of light makin it's way through the edges, it has a thin tan head that quickly dissapates, this beer also has some nice legs. The smell is toasty and sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste is fairly similar to the nose with light flashiness a good amount of sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly clinging. This beer is very drinkable and is available now in the shop or on tap.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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 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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brewery knows how to do stouts! Dropped by the brewpub for dinner with a friend and looking at the board I felt it was only right to go with the oatmeal stout for my meatloaf dinner.

A - pitch black, perfect creamy thick tan head
S - roasted grains, espresso, chocolate and oats.
T - espresso, bakers chocolate, sweet oats, sweet chocolate roasted grains.
M - full bodied, rich velvety texture, creamy smooth carbonation soft lingering finish.
D - so packed with flavor it cries out for more. so well balanced and light enough in ABV to say keep coming back for more you won't wind up on knocked out and lying on the floor.

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Photo of joepais
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the cask downstairs dry hoped with bravo. It was poured into an Imperial Pint and it arrived to me with a big three finger tan colored head that lasted. The color of the body was a typical black colored stout with no highlights.

I love this thing on the nitro tap but in the cask this brew shines as well. It is because of the great aromas on it this brew from the warmer temps from the cask. There was a nice fragrant hop with a great sweet grainy oatmeal aroma as well. You also get the roasted malts with all it toasted goodness.
Flavors' follow the nose rather closely very well balanced. I will say this was the Stout that got me into to the style. So I maybe a little biased. The body of the brew is nice rich and thick with good carbonation.

A very drinkable stout I tend to grab it when I am in the mood for a great filling beer to finish my beer drinking session. Oh yea its better from the cask ;-)

BTW JFYI if you have had it on tap at Portsmouth brewery it was from the nitro tap

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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 Gosox8787
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the Portsmouth Brewery. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dark brown to black color with a two finger brown head. Aroma is pine hops upfront, with a nice balance of sweet milk chocolate and coffee. The taste is nice chocolate and coffee with ample sweetness from the oatmeal. Some nice hop spice is balanced and apparent too. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a slight oily texture. Drinkability is great. I could down these all night. Flavor is strong but balanced.

Overall, a great oatmeal stout with a perfect contrast from the hops. Perfectly balanced and just plain drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drseamus
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery. In no uncertain terms, this is the best oatmeal stout I have ever had. The body is jet black with a thick white head. Amazing sweet caramel smells pour from the glass and make it impossible to resist. The flavor does not disappoint at all even with such a great aroma. Caramel and chocolate are balanced with some roasty character and the package is clothed in smooth creaminess. The body is decently heavy but if I had to make a complaint, it would be that it wasn't quite heavy enough. An amazing beer all around.

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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 EatonHops
4/5  rDev -1%

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 HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bottle with me.

Poured an opaque dark brown almost black color with thin khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, citrus, and coffee. Tastes of roasted malt, oats, chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, roasted coffee, and a touch of citrus zest. Medium in body, low in carbonation. A little thin, but quite smooth combining roasty and bitter with some sweetness of caramel. While it's no Kate, it's still darn tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style by any means, but this one was very good. Had on tap at 'Bones this past week. Dark black charcoal, topped with a fleeting tan head. Aroma promised small amount of milk chocolate, with a touch of roastiness. I was intrigued by the slightly oily mouthfeel. Tastewise, I enjoyed the creamy milk chocolate notes and smooth drinking. Finishes with a small burst of roastiness. A nicely balanced version.

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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 warriorsoul
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this on my last visit to the brewery with my wife, inHOPpursuit and bjohnson (see below) ;)
Charcoal black with a thin topping of light tan head...fades rapidly with some thin lacing.
Fantastic dark chocolate aroma with some robust, italian roast coffee...a subtle sweet quality with a lingering whiff.
Taste is, as expected wonderful...a huge fan of Tod's darker brews and this is not exception.
Incredible balance of chocolate to coffee with the oatmeal flavor to carry thru the finish. Almost green with hops, but the mild malty sweetness keeps this one in check...the roastiness is there from start to finish without lingering on the pallet for too long.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick for the style, but super smooth and the drinkability is through the roof, with the alcohol being totally masked.
Between this and John Harvard's version, I have become a huge fan of this style.
Thanks to Portsmouth for putting a bunch of your recent offerings in bombers...allows me to take a bit of the area home with me for a later date.

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Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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