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Portsmouth Oatmeal StoutPortsmouth Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

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.

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 163
Photo of mikecharley
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Norica for the chance to try this brew.
The pour is a dark brown/light black color, the thin layer of head quickly fades to nothing. As I drank it, it left no lacing. Wish it had more head, and lacing.
The smell is where this beer gets it points. coffee, faint chocolate, oats, and roasty malts smell like such a good combo. The coffee aroma is perfectly balanced with the oats.
This tastes like breakfast in a bottle. The oats make it velvety smooth. It has a slight hop bitterness in the finish
The mouthfeel is a little light for my liking, but good, nonetheless.
Overall, a solid beer. Yum.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with essentially no head.

The aroma had some sweet malt notes laced with some caramel and a touch of chocolaty roast. No hops in the aroma. A clean and mild fruitiness was present.

Mild malty sweetness was laced with a touch of chocolate and a faint hint of roast. Not much though. A mild fruitiness rounded things out. The beer had some papery notes in there, indicating mild oxidation.

The mouthfeel was pretty thin, especially for an oatmeal stout. It lacked that creaminess that defines a good oatmeal stout. The carbonation was too low IMO. The body was very thin for an oatmeal stout as well.

This beer lacked any real depth or richness of flavor. It was missing all the components of what makes a good oatmeal stout. To me, it tasted much more like a brown porter. This was disappointing since most of the other beers I've had from Portsmouth have been outstanding. If this really is their regular oatmeal stout, they need to tear up the blueprint.

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Photo of cbros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into an official Portsmouth balloon glass.

This beer pours a pretty jet black that starts with a nice two finger tan head but that goes away quickly. I am picking up vinegar hints coupled with some raisin as well. I find this odd considering this is an oatmeal stout. The taste is more inline with what I was expecting. The taste starts with rather mellow but finishes with a hint of oatmeal backing that finishes with some roasted chocolate flavors. Overall a tasty oatmeal stout that is very easy to drink. I recieved this beer and glass as extras from the current Growling at the Moon leg, growling at the tax man. I have longed to try a Portsmouth offering and on a couple of occasions almost bouth on of the balloon glasses, so needless to say these were an extra special treat. Thanks joe for the beers.

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

Enjoyed this one the other day after having lunch at the brewery. Couldn't resist having one after hearing that it was on cask downstairs in the Jimmy LaPanza room.

Pours jet black with a two-finger creamy tan head that fades real slowly to about 1/4". Great retention. Thick sticky rings left with each sip.

Smell is dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, plums, and just a hint of herbal hops and smoke.

Taste is all chocolate up front with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Sweet oats and dark fruits lead into some burnt espresso before some herbal and floral hops and a dry finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, but the creamy body makes it rather filling. Overall another great beer from Portsmouth!

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Photo of currysage1
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap while vacationing in Portsmouth.

Huge fan of this style.

The pint is beautiful, dark deep body with ruby tinting, head is very smooth, can't see individual bubbles, tan colored.

Smell is the place where this lacked, had a sort of lactic roastiness to it. Some other general grains, but not too much going on here.

Taste was great, nice roastiness, nutty flavors, everything you would look for in a good Oat.

Feel is really where this beer shines, my god I don't think I've ever felt another beer as silky as this, it was almost buttery smooth.

Drinkability is high also due to great experience, good flavor and lower ABV.

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Photo of afausser
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours un-infected (last 2 i tried, sadly, were) with a thick, deep brown body and a slight amount of creamy head. a sheet of extremely fine lacing envelopes the glass.

Smell: Smells smooth and creamy with vanilla notes. Chocolate, oatmeal, and light coffee. Absolutely amazing. Classic, but the smooth oatmeal notes give it a little something extra. Heavy chocolate syrup in the nose.

Taste: Tastes amazingly smooth. Oatmeal, brown sugar, milk, cream, vanilla...all are in this one, with slight coffee, toffee, and chocolate notes, though it is by no means heavy. Earthy wood--particularly oak--and cherry notes. A slight bit of lime, sour raspberries, and bitter malts. Slight spearmint and anise taste as it sits a bit.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is a little thinner than the creaminess inherent in the taste would lead you to believe. I think the carbonation level is about right, but maybe could use a bit more, something between here and infection levels would be nice ;). It also comes across as a tinnyyyy watery, though when you hold it in your mouth for a bit the crisp carbonation bubbles come out a tiny bit more and work well with the brew.

Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber thanks to mjn5036. a real treat to try some Portsmouth beers

a- pours dark brown with a small amount of cream colored head. not great retention or lacing. despite the oatmeal.

s- mostly sweet vanilla with some light roast and chocolate. kind of reminds me of a muffin

t- again, I'm getting some vanilla, but I may be mistaking that for how the oats are used either way it's the main component of the beer and is enjoyable. it mixes with some chocolate, light roast and sour dough bread. very little bitterness and roast in this one and I could use more.

M- definitely my favorite part of the beer. smooth velvety mouth feel and very subtle carbonation give it a very delicate mouthfeel while still having good body.

d- smooth, decently light and no confrontational flavors make this one a very easy drinking beer

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

Talk about creamy!

Poured jet black with tan head. Little lacing.

smelled of sweet malts, chocolate, and oats.

Taste was much like the smell. Very tasty. Little bit of chocolate again with a very creamy finish.

Slick mouthfeel.

Even though it's very filling I still think I could put back a few of these.

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Photo of boonejag75
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the darkness and depth of color in this beer. A nice tan head and a trace of lace. It smelled of chocolate and a bit smokey to me,which i also found in tasting it. It was light on the tongue and and smooth in the mouth.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bomber from a bud who road tripped to the NE. Thanks CR for the hookup!

Overall, really enjoyed this beer, especially on a chilly Jan night.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
2.19/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle received from CooperEllis in the (Blank)IF and poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Cracked the cap with a nice whoosh of carbonation. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a ton of carbonation. Almost 3 fingers of mocha tan colored head that recedes slowly leaving a huge billowy layer along the top and great lacing down the edges of the glass. The liquid itself is amazingly dark. Most oatmeal stouts let in some browns around the edges, but this one is all dark and mysterious. Love it!

Smell: Much like past reviewers, the nose is heavily slanted towards the bitterness of coffee. I was expecting some more soft oat and chocolate flavors, and while they are present, the roastiness of the coffee and the burnt grains create an interesting conundrum for my nose. As some others noted, there’s a bit of acidity in the nose that’s tough to put a finger on.

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and a lot of coffee are present, but this one is all sour cherries and spoiled fruit. My wife claims it doesn’t taste anything like an oatmeal stout, but she loves it. I don’t think it tastes anything like an oatmeal stout, and I hate it. I’m going to let it warm to see if it improves, but looking doubtful.

Mouthfeel: With the extreme carbonation present, the mouthfeel is incredibly light and watered down. I’m wondering if this is a QC issue or if the bottle being 7 months old contributed anything to it. It’s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to having a Portsmouth stout.

Drinkability: As it warms, its drinkability improves slightly, but this one is still too much for my tastes. I finished the first tulip, but couldn’t bear to drink the rest. I’m going to leave this review up until I get another bottle to review just in case this boils down to being a QC issue, and not a matter of letting it sit too long.

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Photo of parkeak0
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. Ordered this after (stupidly) asking our waiter if they had any bottles of KTG in stock! A very solid example of the style. Roasty, dry, and creamy in a way that only a well crafted oatmeal stout can be. A good offering from our friends in New Hampshire!

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Photo of lifebeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this one from the brewpub:

a. pours a dark caramel brown with 1/4 finger of root beer head, some decent but not very sticky lacing, thin layer of head remains over time

s. sour yeast malt, subtle roasted malts, and sticking with the root beer theme, a whiff of sarsaparilla

t. bready, mild hint of roasted malts, very slight hop character, coffee

m. lovely velvet feel, root beer float creaminess, but not too thick

very inoffensive, delicious, fulfilling, could drink this every single day!

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

Man, portsmouth knows how to do stouts. This stout goes right where so many go wrong. It has a nice mouthful, sharp chocolate notes and a backbone of oatmeal flavor. All in all an excellent beer that doesn't try to do to much. I'm glad to see the people at portsmouth appreciate subtlety in their beer.

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Photo of goRideYourBike
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into my New Belgium goblet. Soft pound to the paper bag label, simple and homegrown. Logo looks like a mug of beer with frothy head that could double as a loaf of bread. Bakery too?

a = Very dark black body topped with a tan, thick creme colored head. Fluffy and delicate above a still black beer. Settles to a medium-sized bubble filled cap.

s = Roasty and sweet. Predominately coffee in front of chocolate.

t = Chocolate covered coffee beans. Whereas the roasted coffee initiates the smell, chocolate takes the stage on the tongue with some cookie-ness. Is that oatmeal cookie?

m = Low carbonation allows the silkiness to stand out. Bows out gracefully to a memory of the flavor.

d = More please. Clean, delicious, uncomplicated, solid. Leaves me wanting to crack another bottle.

Notes = Thanks Dad! He picked this up at the brewery coming home from a road trip to Nova Scotia two weeks ago. Its worth mentioning that I cannot remember the last time he ordered his go-to Belvedere on the rocks. Breweries like Portsmouth are showing him the tasty world that craft beer is.

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Photo of Donthoseme
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 trahantheman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at the brewery during a little afternoon lunch.

didn't see the pour but the glass arrived at the table with a solid, thick head with a creamy coffee color. the beer itself being black as night.

the smell was very mellow. no sharp roasty notes but everything was there. very pleasant. a fore-shadow of the drinkability.

taste was very delicate for a stout. complex for sure, hitting a lot of flavors but all in balance and none over-powering. toasty, almost burnt astringency gave it enough bite to satisfy.

the texture was smooth and silky, just like an oatmeal stout should be. If it was just a touch less carbonated, then we'd be talking real bliss. but that's just me... not a mark against them.

very solid beer from a brewery that i feel has improved greatly over the years. props to these guys and gals for putting out some solid beer and good food too.

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