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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Named after one of DCís most notorious neighborhoods, Hellís Bottom. Where in the late 1800ís there was little money, whiskey was cheap and virtually no police force. Enter Hellís Bottom Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with a healthy amount of flaked oats, roasted barley and both chocolate and black malts. Hellís Bottom starts with a heavy roast character that will definitely wake up the pallet. Followed by a small kick of bitterness contributed by Northern Brewer hops. Lastly, the flaked oats contribute a smooth, cream-like mouthfeel that must be tasted to be understood. With a medium to light body this oatmeal stout is one that drinks easy in the upcoming spring/ summer season.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Tap at Meridian Pint for $2 celebrating their 2nd anniversary. Pours clear deep cola. Weak beige foam. Nose is heavy coffee and hazelnut. Taste is rich, tangy, some dark sugary cherry, spicy dark chocolate, sugarcube. Palate is very dry and nicely bitter. Filling and rich. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Growler from the brewery, 06/23/2012. Black/deep brown pour, persistent creamy head, fine lacing. Dark roast in the aroma, coffee grounds, light touch of vanilla, chocolate, sweeter in the end with maybe some brown sugar. Taste mildly sweet, roasted malts and coffee, dry bitter finish. Smooth body. Enjoyable, light stout with good depth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Growler straight from the brewery. A deep mahogany pour with a smallish dark khaki head. Lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, potting soil, caramel, hints of candied sugar, and touches of vanilla in the aroma. Goes down relatively thin to medium-bodied. Semi-sweet upfront taste-wise with a little caramel and some cocoa powder. A very grainy middle. Rather bitter at the tail-end with some roasted coffee and a good deal of bittersweet chocolate. The finish is crisp and only slightly dry. Nothing too memorable.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Growler from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes, VA. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big roasted malt and oatmeal notes with some sweet malts and chocolate. The taste is bitter roasted malts, oats, nuts and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1829) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Tap. Two fingers of a creamy solid khaki head on a mahogany body. Dark chocolate, oats, slight sweetness and light roast in the aroma. Flavor is quite bitter with dark chocolate and strong coffee bitterness without a whole lot of coffee. Medium to lighter soft body with ok carbonation. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4834) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4oz pour at the brewery. Pours a lightly watery, otherwise opaque black with some thin, white head. Nose of coffee, burnt toast, black malts, light licorice, brown sugar, brown bread. Flavor of cola, toast, coffee grounds, cereal, oatmeal. I was surprised at how much of a bitter hop kick the flavor also included. Medium bodied, soft finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Draf. Black color, large fluffy brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate bars dipped in bitter coffee. Taste is oily buned coffee. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Draft. Medium beige head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some smoke, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, light cola. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
At release party at Churchkey. Poured an opaque dark brown color with a medium sized brown head. Roasted malts with grain notes, dark malts. Flavor was cereal grains, those definitely dominate. Creamy mouth feel. This one is solid, and good! Session-able.


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