Three Bears Oatmeal Stout | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Three Bears Oatmeal StoutThree Bears Oatmeal Stout
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Three Bears Oatmeal StoutThree Bears Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a black color and a roasted taste to tickle your tongue, this beer is perfect to keep your warm this winter. A nice cream colored head with a silky smooth finish, everyone will be asking for more.

35 IBU

Added by IronDjinn on 02-21-2011

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Alberta_Beer_Guy:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had ordered another stout, but I watched it come off the board as our waitress was walking to the bar. When she returned to say that my first choice was no longer available I was a bit saddened...however I was assured that 3 Bears was being freshly tapped and that I could have the first pint from the new keg - who am I to argue.
Freshly tapped at Beer Revolution
This beer was a rich looking, solid black. The thinnest reddish highlights when held against the light. Two inches of dense, beige colored head. Foam settled but survived, and left full sheets of lace.
It smells of roasted oatmeal, some milk chocolate, and a touch of smokiness.
The taste is toasted malt, slightly bittersweet chocolate, with a hint of coffee beans. Flavor is all malty goodness. The carbonation level is low, but not flat. Body is smooth and creamy.
Dry finish, slightly earthy hop aftertaste. Easy to drink, flavor-filled, a real winner.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regular bomber production from my local micro - hallelujah!

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with minor cola highlights when backlit, and one finger of tight foamy beige head, which settles soon enough, leaving a few iceberg profiles in terms of lace. It smells strongly of powdered milk chocolate, and roasted oats. The taste is lightly toasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, a slightly sour milkiness, and soft indistinct bitterness. The carbonation is quite reserved, the body smooth and decently creamy, the oats proving their worth. It finishes off-dry, some lingering cocoa mixing with some latent leafy, earthy hoppiness.

An agreeable oatmeal stout - and while I am a fan of the big hop, big booze expressions, there is more than enough room for an easy drinking, well-flavoured smooth operator such as this. Good stuff - this one may be juuust right...

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

Smooth drinking oatmeal stout. Rounding out the edges, this is rich malty without getting to the edges of say St. Ambroise. This can be popular. A bit aggressive on the carbonation, still very good drinkability. Dark brown with a litle lasting white head.
Thanks Boney.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a pitch black with just a hint of light getting through the bottom, short brown head dissipated fairly quickly, random lacing
S - chocolate and dark roasted coffee, buttery toffee, all rich aromas
T - dark roasty malts and coffee up front, semi sweet chocolate, lightly grainy with a subtle herbal hop note, a little more subdued over all than the nose suggested
M - smooth and surprisingly light, clean finish
D - in terms of pure drinkability this is one of the easier guzzling oatmeal stouts i've tried, I expected more boldness of flavour, but I suppose the label does say 'a restrained roasty malt profile', well done

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Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dark, very little light can claw its way through, but only a thin mocha coloured head forms. Some signs of lacing, but not much.

Smell is pleasant, cocoa powder and milky coffee, with a solid showing of roastedness.

Roasted malt really provides the signature flavour here, bringing an almost ashen taste to the back half of the mouth. Thin cocoa notes up front, but this one really seems to be a one flavour show. Nice enough, but not what I was hoping for.

Medium bodied and slick. I expected a bit more creaminess from this style.

I was really hoping for fuller body and a little more complexity to the flavour here. Not a bad beer, but I think I had my hopes too high.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems like Alley Kat enjoyed releasing their line of 15th Anniversary limited editions in the 650 ml bottles so much last year that they wanted to continue the trend. Not to bogged down in fancy semantics they decided to call this new limited line up the "Big Bottle Series"--I suppose no pays attention to 16th anniversary celebrations as major milestones.

I'm also aware that the name of this Oatmeal Stout stems from a contest the brewery had on Facebook, a call out to see who could come up with the best title. This was it....

So then, it comes in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep black colour, not quite opaque as there is a garnet nimbus along the extremities when held to light. Creamy deep tan head that retains a finger's worth of retention.

The aroma has a dusting of cocoa and oats, along with some roast and creamy sweetness.

The first thing noticeable about the flavour is the smoothness, everything is rounded until a little graininess near the finish. Mild toasty, roasty malt up front, creamy sweetness in the middle, with a dry cocoa finish and more roastiness in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and slick texture, low carbonation.

I'm looking to a few more bottles of this while it lasts. An easy drinking variety of the style.

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Photo of KentCstrait
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Trancesexual
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of david_wolf
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can't rave enough about this beer. Managed to find some in a liquor store in Drumheller at the end of the seasonal run, and could not have been more pleased with the brew.
Other than being a little light on ABV, this is exactly what I look for in a Stout. Beautiful apperance once poured into a glass, and it smell's and tastes terrific.
It's a shame that they don't produce this beer year round, and even more so that it's not available outside of Alberta.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Dawkfan
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour is fairly dark, some light coming through. Minimal head and no lacing. Carbonation bubbles coming through the thin mocha colored skim at the top.

S- Nose is quite nice. The roastiness is subdued allowing the sweetness of the oats and milk chocolate to come through. Just the faintest aromas of espresso beans.

T- Roasted bitterness up front, giving way to a mild lactic sourness and sweet finish. Some roast left on the palate.

M- The mouth definitely got better near the end as it warmed to room temperature. Seemed to bring the creaminess out more. Medium bodied stout.

O- I really hope this is a sign of more things to come from the best local we have here. A very easy oatmeal stout that's on the sweeter side, which is my preference for this style.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Appearance is pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

The smell is loaded with roasted malt, nuttiness, dark chocolate, black cherry, and some dark roast coffee. Smells really good actually.

The flavour of this beer is quite sweet with roasted malt, caramel, toffee and some dark chocolate in the forefront. There is a hint of black cherry intermingled with the dark chocolate. I also get a nice nuttiness, and some toasty notes This brew is extraordinarily smooth and tastes really good.

The mouthfeel is awesome with the oats making this beer nice and thick without being sticky and still being really smooth.

This is definitely among the more mellow oatmeal stouts I have had, but it is still really good, and very drinkable.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy mocha head, decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted espresso and dark chocolate cocoa, though a sweeter milk chocolate comes through on the finish.

T - The sweetness is nicely balanced with the bitterness of the roasted espresso and cocoa malts. Bitter cocoa lingers on the tongue with earthy oats and toasted almonds.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy feel. It goes down incredibly smooth, though the finish was a tad dry for my liking.

D - Overall a very tasty oatmeal stout with deliciously balanced flavours. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the Big Bottle series this year, as this was a great start.

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Photo of Howlader
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark black/chocolate brown with thin cream-coloured head. No chance of seeing sunlight through this one.

Smell - Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate are immediately detected. Sweet-smelling brew.

Taste - The coffee bean and chocolate flavours are mild. Surprised to pick up a roasted/smokey hickory taste towards the finish. Slightly sweet and not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium-to-heavy bodied. Very little bubbles on the tongue.

Overall - An easy-to-drink stout from Alley Kat. I really liked the hidden flavours in this one, particularly the hickory smokiness. An excellent way to warm up on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of Corson
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass feb28 2011

A very dark brown with cola around the edges, a very short lived finger worth of tan foam that leaves no lace

S milk chocolate with some unexpected dark fruits

T not far from the smell but with a little coffee, just a touch sweetness helps its cause

M not overly thick and it's a little dead in the mouth, not as much carbonation as I would like

D a mellow brew without the intense dark malt flavors from similar brews I've tried

perhaps I'm being a little hard on this one but I didn't think it was all that special, nothing offensive but nothing worth bragging about

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Photo of Shadman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good brewer from Edmonton ( this from A Stampeder fan yet).

Dark like used oil except for some brown cola hue around the edges when held up some light. Decent tan head, nice and thick.

Sweet, with an almost black forest cake aroma.

Certainly smooth tasting. Medium roast coffee, slight chocolate cake (sweetness), with a slightly chalky middle. Finishes slightly bitter.

Maybe a bit lighter in body than some of the 'standouts' in this style. Still smooth with a slight wet finish.

Will agree with my buddy the welding Djinn that it's a very drinkable example of the style. Worth sampling again and again.

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Photo of jmdr
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with tan head. Head doesn't retain. The beer looks more "watery" than other stouts.

Smell: Mmmm, roasty and chocolatey. Slight hoppy aroma but it's mostly about the dark, black malts.

Taste: Full-bodied, rich and warming malt. Chocolate, coffee and some nice English-y hops. Very slight vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel: Very slightly over-carbonated. Just barely. It's just a tiny bit too prickly to be to style. I do appreciate the malt and bitterness hitting on all the appropriate parts of the tongue. If the carbonation was brought down a touch, this would be *phenomenal*!

Overall: I'm really glad I purchased this 6-pack. Great roasty, chocolatey flavours. This hits all the tick boxes in my list of favourite stout attributes. The only thing that I would change is the carbonation. That's it!

Great beer! Glad this is available in seasonal 6-packs.

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Photo of speedonthis
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of bottlerocket24
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into a glass mug produced a four finger bubbly brown head on a reddish black. Lots of clingy lacing. The head shrinks to a cap but sticks around.

Smells of roasted malts. Some caramel. Sweetish. Tons of toasted malt flavours up front. Smooth. A bit of an astringent hop twist at the finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. A good example of the style.

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Three Bears Oatmeal Stout from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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