Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout | Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

very good
28 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal StoutBoundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PorterPounder on 11-08-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 60
Photo of WoostaBia
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth stout, smelling dark fruit, balsamic vinegar, roasted malt, light chocolate and molasses. Tastes of the same with a thick mouthfeel that keeps you wanting another sip.

 174 characters

Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Boundary Bay. The appearance of the body was super dark brown with a minimal, white, wispy head. The smell of this oatmeal stout was above average, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste was similar to the smell. For me, the mouthfeel stood out. It was thick, substantial, and dense...chewy. Overall, this is a pretty good stout that I will have again, but will not go out of my way to find.

 421 characters

Photo of hoppyturt
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, into a pint glass

Appearance is very deep dark blackish brown in color

Nose is very strong and aromatic. Full of roasted malt and mocha/coffee in the beginning. Followed by oats and a touch of milk sugars at the end.

Taste is very balanced and full of malt, toffee, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla. Has a great mouthfeel and finishes with a lingering, lasting malt taste.

This is a great Oatmeal Stout and is sure to leave you asking for another. Typically not what i drink on a regular basis, but this was a great surprise

 551 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours and appears pitch black in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head that dissipates to a thick cap with a bit of fizziness. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor starts with toasted malt, vanilla soda, mild chocolate with a somewhat thin vanilla and chocolate finish with light toastiness. Light to medium bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. A somewhat odd oatmeal stout that may be a little overcarbonated, which seems to thin the body and reduce the flavor in the finish. The creamy body expected from an oatmeal stout is replaced by a rather spritzy lighter character. Tasty enough, but not very complex and could use some more oatmeal presence. This is a quite fresh bottle, but carbonated enough I'm glad I didn't wait to drink it; possibly an anomalous bottle.

 878 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The fudge brown liquid pours out and is capped by a rather modest tan head that leaves a sheet of lace

Smell: Sugar plums and German chocolate cake

Taste: Sugar plum and German chocolate cake flavors, up front with some ashy flavors developing in the finish; sweet chocolate flavors linger in the after taste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; velvety (the one hint of the oats) with moderate carbonation; hides the ABV well

Overall: My first encounter with this beer was not that good but I am glad I had a chance to re-visit it with a better bottle

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity and, mabermud, for the chance to re-visit

 644 characters

Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking pour; cola dark, with a bubbly tan head. even after it dissipates it leaves enough to look nice.

sweet-ish nose. some caramel, some chocolate, a little oily, oaty, mostly kind of sweet.

initially, it was just kind of sweet, in an unfinished sort of way. A liiittle bit of bitterness to finish it off.
As I drink (and it warms), however, it gets a distinctly chocolate character; a rich creamy chocolate, with a subtle bitterness that drags it from creamy milk chocolate into a bittering cocoa by the time it's done, with even a hint of coffee grounds on the aftertaste.

This beer has changed quite a bit even in the ten minutes I've been ruminating and drinking it. My initial reaction was one of underwhelmedness: it felt unfinished, rushed and sweet. As I continue into its depths, however, I find nuance and find myself perplexed. I feel like the ratings I gave it don't do it justice, yet I don't feel that it deserves higher ratings. If that makes zero sense to anyone else out there, that's the dilemma I face with this beer: it's more than what it's weak links would suggest, but not quite as good as the positive aspects impart. Or maybe I'm just super indecisive. My best advice: drink it and judge for yourself. The bottom line is that it is still enjoyable, whatever it is.

 1,300 characters

Photo of nsabo
2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

About what I expect from a low ABV imperial stout. Thin mouth, but smooth sipper, no booze heat at all, vanilla and roasted (not heavily) grain. As far as imperial stouts go, this is a great example of a beginner’s one, though I give it credit for not striking out where other novice imperial stouts often do: harsh booze heat, overly roasted grains, etc.
I spent $5 at the brewery for this. 25 miles down the road, I spend $7 for Skagit River’s RIS that I consider to be the superior “local” imperial stout. Neither are heavy hitters in this genre, but I think both are better than the much hyped and widely available Dragon's Tooth Stout from Elysian.

 662 characters

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid with slight mocha coloured head.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and toasted malt up front which transitioned to a dark chocolate finish.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very nice taste profile on this smooth Imperial Stout.

 292 characters

Photo of grittybrews
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured near-black with a finger of creamy khaki head. Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth, and super-creamy mouthfeel. Mild milk chocolate sweetness up front followed by gentle coffee, hints of vanilla, and some slightly bitter roast on the tail end.

Fairly tame for an imperial stout, but the oatmeal character really comes through. Would never have guess this was up around 8.5%...very easy-drinking.

 446 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a little carbonation and a tannish ring

S: Smell of oats, chocolate and some citrus

T: Oats were smooth and subtle, roasted malts, some light cocoa anf finish of citrus hops

M: Was more crisp than creamy for me. Very good, hops and oats on the palate. Could have been a little heartier on oats

D: Good

 327 characters

Photo of LazyL
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black with a small espresso coloured head. Big roasted malts, coffee and chocolate on the nose and taste. Very low carbonation which added to the creamy moutfeel. Sweet finish, and at 8.5% a very yummy stout that had a real easy drinkability quotient.

 256 characters

Photo of Briken
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a little bit of everything. It's a little black, a little viscous, a little chocolatey sweet, a little smokey, a little creamy, a little meaty, and a little carbonated. You would think it would all add up to a little beer but because it's an imperial, it has a very robust alcohol retro-olfaction. It's a very easy drinking imperial that's not as meaty as I would like but has a pleasant taste you can sit back and enjoy.

 435 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout delivered welcome and appealing contours that were quick to grab one's attention. It is sinister black with low suds and offers up roasty-sweet qualities with a big wash of dark malts followed by a smack of American hops. Along the way are notes of molasses and some smell of sherry.

Sullen but proud. A welcome sipper though they serve this big boy in full pints. 8.5% ABV.

 388 characters

Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From notes taken on 03/31/09. Appearance was a dark chocolate brown. Head was light caramel and minimal. Some crimson highlights but overall a generally blackened beer.

S: Strong hints of chocolate and caramel. Aromas of freshly ground coffee towards the back. Brown sugars.

T: Surprisingly complex tastes. Chocolate sweetness with some roasted mocha and pine bitterness. Some toasted dark grapes towards the back. Sugary with a subtle vanilla undertones. Heavy on cocoa inspired tastes without being overly syrupy and rich. A slight citrus backdrop helps to round off the swirling tastes.

M: Low carbonation with a full mouth feel.

D: Though a pretty big beer it was smoothly drinkable and not overwhelming. Makes for a good lunch appetizer and one I would like to go back for a few more of.

 800 characters

Photo of herbalist
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on cask from a local bar and it poured a dark black color with almost no head at all, a light brown lace would be an appropriate way to describe it. When I looked closely at the glass there was almost a redish-brown hue to the beer but black was its predominant color.

It did not have a very pronounced aroma to it, in fact the beer's smell is where I felt it lacked most. There were hints of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, yeast and alcohol but in comparison to other imperial stouts you really had to search for any real bold aroma.

The beer's taste is quite nice, much more appealing than its aroma and it features a yeasty, almost breadlike base with overtones of chocolate and good coffee.. there might even be hints of smokey fruit also, overall a very complex tasting stout. The dark malts really shine through and the beer is pleasant to drink. The low carbonation along with the complex flavor makes it relatively easy to drink. It is kinda syrupy and medium bodied. Not nearly as thick as I had expected it would be.

I was considering getting another one but with numerous other choices available it just wasn't captivating enough to get another. Still a very good stout though that is def. worth trying.

 1,221 characters

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub, but after already enjoying a glass of the dunkel, DIPA and old bounder. Hence, my notes are a bit brief for this beer. :-)

The beer pours an impressive brooding dark black color, but with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive on this beer, with some very noticeable licorise intermingling with the sweet malt and raisany caramel. The abv. is pretty noticeable on this beer, although it's still quite luscious. One gets licorise, coffee, vanilla and caramel, with a very full bodied mouthfeel. The flavors are long and soft, although this stout comes across as pretty rich and powerful. It's definitely a big stout, and there is a long, lingering finish to it.

This is a very impressive, albeit somewhat unusual, imperial stout.

 784 characters

Photo of allergictomacros
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black, head and lace is only OK.

S - Toasty grain, heavy molasses with a light raisin-y fruit.

T - Moderate sweetness, with lots of dark fruit and a modest toastiness. Bitterness is toasty, and not very hoppy.

M - Soft, creamy body. Nice but not outstanding.

D - OK. A big sweetish stout.

 302 characters

Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with mild mahogany highlights. No head on this beer. The carbonation does seem a little low, and there is not a ton of alcohol, so I fear this is a touch flat. The nose has a lot of dark caramel, mild roast malt. Just the lightest citrus character from the hops. The taste is very sweet and roasty, almost a coffee character. Call it a latte not a mocha. The mouth feel has a nice dry oatmeal character. Good drinkability. I’ve had this before and the carbonation was fine, so I won't hold that against it. Really well done beer.

 547 characters

Photo of Crosling
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Brian for sharing this. Black with a small and mostly diminshing head that can’t quite be considered tan. An aroma of oats, chocolate, fruits and roasted malts. Coating malt texture with hints of fruit (grapes, plums), chocolate and roast. Lacking in texture and body but it is silky. Still pretty tasty though.

 322 characters

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewery, 5 oz sample. It really stands out from their other brews.

A: Tar-like motor oil, a little head, leaves more of a leg than a lace.

S: Fruity chocolate and molasses.

T: Hop bitterness is more apparent than the roasted bitterness (no harsh burnt flavours at all). Mocha, a little licorice, some fruitiness from the yeast, and a nice wallop of Northwest hop flavour. The hop flavour is surprisingly complimentary, something like a "Terry's" chocolate orange. A VERY nice Northwest take on this style!

M: Chewy, chalky, moderate to heavy body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable for the style.

I like it a lot. This is their "MUST TRY".

 686 characters

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Redbones with dinner on December 9. Typed up from notes taken while drinking and eating.

Chocolate brown in color with a brown head that receded gracefully slow. Lots of pretty lacey lace worked around the glass. Nose was mildly sweet with dark and bitter chocolate.

Flavor was complex and absolutely solid. At first tere was plenty of aoty sweetness. That initial flavor was folowed by a myriad of sweet chocolate, bitter cocoa, subdued vanilla and a mildy rich coffee. Just a slight hint of minty hops towards the back end. Very full, creamy and chewy mouth that I really had to wrap my cheeks around. Just a slight alcohol burn at the very end.

Such a great beer. I had to force myself to limit myself because there were some great porters and stouts on that night that I also wanted to try.

 820 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout pours from the bomber an oily viscous onyx with a nice inch of bubbly dark tan head on top. Light does not even dare to attempt to escape through the depths of this brew. Aromas of roasted, toasty rolled oats dance alongside hunks of bakers chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Sweet and roasty with a smattering of alcohol and hops sitting in the background.

First sip brings a roasted rolled oat maltiness with notes of chocolate, followed by a long wave of sourness on the way down. Puckering...this one seems to be infected...and how I was looking forward to it...damn. There's a slight hint of hops on the finish but the overbearing sourness ruins the overall character of the brew. Just not a good experience here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. Smooth, but it could use a little more body overall. Drinkability would probably normally be good, but as of now it's basically zero. The rest of this bottle will meet its unfortunate doom by flowing down the drain. Thanks to skyhand for the opportunity...I wish this one would've worked out nicer!

Music: Boards of Canada - Chromakey Dreamcoat

 1,172 characters

Photo of superdavex
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark crude oil black. Beautiful. Not too much head because of the low carbonation but a decent lacing.

Smell-Strong chocolate and coffee notes along with the oatmeal(I think)and alcohol. Ahh.

Taste-Wonderful chocolate and coffee along with some sort of fruit. UNBELIEVABLE.

Mouthfeel-Thick and syrupy. I almost feel like I'm eating oatmeal.

Drinkability-Not too great because of the thickness and alcohol but very good for the style.

This is the type of stuff to inspire monks to go on two month beer fasts. I drank my growler in one day and only had room for a few chips. It really is a meal in a bottle. I'm always sure to pick up a growler of this stuff anytime I'm up in B-Town.

 708 characters

Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Opaque black with a light brown head. Smells stronly of dark bread, roasted nuts, chocolate milk, and chicory coffee. Medium bodied with a creamy yet dryish texture. Taste is a semi sweet chocolate with brown sugar. Has a chicory flavor that makes for a slightly bitter finish.
A great stout, this brew strikes a nice balance between the sweet, blackened, and burnt malt flavors.
Very smooth and easy drinking.

 428 characters

Photo of AlexJ
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolute pitch black, ruby highlights visable only when pouring. Medium head of creamy brownhas moderate retention for a beer this strong. No lace.

Aromas of charred dark malts, tart black cherries, mocha, chocolate pudding, and light floral hops fill the nose. Sweet and creamy smelling overall.

The first sip reveals flavors of toasty black and chocolate malts, scorched caramel, powdered cocoa, and bitter floral hops. As it warms, a slight tartness comes out from the oatmeal and it becomes more bitter. There is no way this is 8.5%. It doesn't even warm me up a bit as it goes down. If it is that strong, it's the best concealed abv ever encountered.

Cold, the body is medium to large, with a chewy and oiley mouthfeel. As it warms, the body thins out and leaves something to be desired. Finish is dark and toasty.

 828 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Boundary Bay Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
3.89 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.