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Blackheart Oatmeal Stout | Nelson Brewing Company

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Blackheart Oatmeal StoutBlackheart Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Praised as the one of the best stouts in British Columbia. This smooth black beauty compliments the roasted barley accents of a dry stout with the unmistakably rich and silky finish that only oatmeal can provide. Treat yourself by drizzling a fresh shot of local espresso into your pint of Blackheart.

Added by MAB on 10-15-2002

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Derek
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, a little off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Fruity, with a little chocolate roastyness and port-like alcohol odour. Maybe a little astringent?

T: Not a lot of flavour, very subtle. A little fruity and roasty, with some licorous and a strange saltyness (like an oyster stout?). Good bittersweet balance. It's average, un-offensive, but a little bland.

M: Moderate body (at best), over carbonated. Dry finish. An oatmeal stout really needs more body!

D: It's easily drinkable, but it doesn't bring me back for more.

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Photo of EskimoDave
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Blackheart is as dark brown a beer can be before you start calling it black. Put a tan head on top of the darkest brown body and it looks like pretty much ever other stout. The aroma is of a light roasted malts that starts with cocoa leading to coffee. The taste is reversed. It's still all lighter roasted malt, but it goes coffee to cocoa. The oatmeal is barely detectable. If it didn't say it was an oatmeal stout I'd probably wouldn't have noticed the hints of that silky creaminess that oatmeal imparts.

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Photo of ascrivens
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found myself quite disappointed with this brew.

Short and sweet - It looked like a nice Oatie stout, it had decent smell, and the head was pretty nice. So, i was hoping for more.

In the end I found it perhaps too bitter for what I expect out of an oatmeal stout. Not filled with the sweet undertones that I do expect. Over all it is not a bad beer, but I likely won't be buying it again. After a case I am ready to find actually good beer, rather than simply not bad beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 6 pack I brought back from Vancouver. Pours out a deep deep black, this stuff remains true to its black heart name in that respect, nearly impermeable to light. Accompanied by a tall foamy beige head which falls back to a thin cap and leaves some solid lacing. Roasted malt, coffee and licorice on the nose, although the aroma seems a bit watered down and subdued for such a dark robust style. Mouthfeel is also a lot more watery than is desirable, but is creamy smooth as it rolls over the palate. Very thin on the finish though, it doesn't leave much of a lasting impression. This affects the flavour greatly, it seems to get washed away before it can truly be experienced. Rather mediocre for an oatmeal stout, the flavours and mouthfeel need to be beefed up a fair bit.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark and opaque. Head is a bit small.

S - Somewhat tart aroma with notes of coffee and roasted grain.

T - Again, a bit tart. Notes of fruit and toasted bitterness. Slightly sweet as well.

M - A bit light on the tongue.

D - Not a great oatmeal. A little weak and uninspired.

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Photo of zduerr
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - cola black, short head dissipated quickly leaving consistent lacing
S - roasty burnt malt, toasted corn and grain, slightly sour odour
T - burnt malt, cocoa, cola, and a grainy finish
M - medium carbonation, light and smooth, little chaulky on the finish
O - not a bad stout, tasty enough, just doesn't wow me in any particular way

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Photo of Grunewald
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours thick dark brown/black. The head is light brown and laces in clumps.

S - coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla

T - semi sweet roasted malt, light coffee/chocolate details and a bitter coffee bean finish

M - medium carbonation, medium body, not as smooth as other stouts and a dry finish

D - pretty good. Astringent flavors are strong in this beer and are exaggerated by the carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a shwartzbier,not that that's a bad thing, and tastes like an Irish dry stout, with a very dry finish. This popular offering from B.C. has a mahagoney coloured body with a ring of lace, after the off-white head dissipitates. Slightly acidic, the oatmeal is there, balanced towards bitter coffee.Thanks Rutager.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of logicpositive
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mmbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BDTyre
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not overly impressive.

Deep black, with thin white head. Smells like a standard oatmeal stout: malts, coffee, traces of oatmeal. Tastes nice: dark malts, not too much hops. I can taste traces of oats, coffee and chocolate. Not the best, but not bad either.

Good on the mouth, and easy to drink but perhaps a bit too thin.

This is a slightly above average stout, but does not hold a candle to some of the others I've had, such as Samuel Smith's and McAuslan's.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/11/13

A near black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam leaves a thick ring followed by a a couple random patches

S coco, coffee, dry cereal, charred wood, not bad but its rather faint

T more of the same really, a little plum and there's more charred wood and the coffees a little darker

M thin for the color, foamy side of creamy, a little gritty on the palate, dark roast and dark fruit on the finish

O simple but decent, straightforward and a little boring but worth the 5$

basic stuff, I don't feel ripped off with my cheap bomber but I doubt I'd bother again with so much on the shelves I've yet to try

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Photo of timtwoface
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackheart Oatmeal Stout is definitely black! It's also a weaker entry into the stout family, not horribly flavoured with the coffee flavours I am accustomed to, but an easy drinking brew nonetheless. I wouldn't go rushing out to buy it again, but it's still a drinkable beer that may fit one's tastes nicely.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours almost opaque black with a dark brown hue on the edges, thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Somewhat mild but the dark chocolate and hearty oats dominate. Very breakfast-ish with a toasted nuttiness on the finish.

T - Roasted malts come through nicely, with a bit of a sweeter taste to them. Dark cocoa and earthy hops are present and the oats are definitely noticeable.

M - Medium bodied but finishes a tad thin.

O - Overall a tasty stout and definitely worth a try. Easily drinkable, though nothing particularly unique about this one.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near pitch black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate chips, cookie dough, and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied with flavors of chocolate, both grainy and strongly roasted malts, and a touch of oatmeal-like smoothness. The drying finish is a nice tip of the hat to the dry stout tradition. Nothing is out of place here... it just needs to be cranked up a notch. It’s not quite on par with St. Ambroise, but it’s still pretty good.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a near black with some dark brown tinges around the edges of the glass. The head is small and a light tan color.

Smell – The first aroma I detect is somewhat sweet. This is followed by roasted malt and a little oatmeal. I do detect some coffee as well. I find the smell to be faint and not overly diverse.

Taste – It’s very strong up front of roasted malt and barley in a pleasurable way. There are some coffee flavors which arise and a touch of oatmeal flavor. The aftertaste is all of burnt wood and roasted malt. I like.

Mouthfeel – This one lacks a bit in body and has a medium carbonation.

Drinkability – No complaints here.

A decent Oatmeal Stout. It’s no replacement for St. Ambroise but I still wouldn’t mind visiting this one again. Thanks to elricorico for the bottle.

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Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big four finger fine tan head on a very dark ruby brown. Lots of fine lacing. Outstanding head retention.

Lots of toasted malts in the smell. Some yeast. Taste is lots of toasted malts up front. Chocolate. Nice long mild hop finish.

Medium/light body. Lots of carbonation. A nice take on a stout.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle at 13 Monks in Westbank, BC, post winery tour wind down.

This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which renders some nice pockmarked limestone wall lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, cream of wheat, black coffee, a touch of singed wood, and softly ashy, earthy hops. The taste is toasty dark chocolate malt, oaten cereal, dry coffee grounds, a touch of ethereal dark plummy fruit, more weird charred wood notes, and lightly tangy leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad on the high side, but generally only in the frothy sense, the body an adequate medium weight, a bit viscous, duly smooth, and perhaps even creamy. It finishes mostly dry, the roasted, coffee, and hoppy essences most prevalent in their lingering.

Not a bad oatmeal stout, the guest grain definitely making gravy via the creamy texture and extra malt flavours. Worthy of a try, even it doesn't do all that much to ensure the upward mobility of my skirt.

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Photo of elricorico
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark, appearing black in the glass. Formed very little beige head on the pour. A pool in the middle and a ring around the glass is all that remains.

Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma are right up front. Enough aroma to keep me interested, and a nice blend, but somewhat one-dimensional.

Up front this stout has a straightforward roasted flavour, followed up with a bit of fruit and black licorice that fill out the middle. Finish is a long lasting, semi-dry, roasted coffee flavour with a touch of licorice. The overall effect is good.

The body of this beer is alright, I wouldn't call it thin, but for a stout it is not heavy. I do find the carbonation a touch prickly for the style though.

A pretty good stout, if this was the only representative of the style I could get I wouldn't complain. It goes down well and there is enough substance to satisfy. That being said, there are better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of maplesyrup76
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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