Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this from the cask downstairs dry hoped with bravo. It was poured into an Imperial Pint and it arrived to me with a big three finger tan colored head that lasted. The color of the body was a typical black colored stout with no highlights.
I love this thing on the nitro tap but in the cask this brew shines as well. It is because of the great aromas on it this brew from the warmer temps from the cask. There was a nice fragrant hop with a great sweet grainy oatmeal aroma as well. You also get the roasted malts with all it toasted goodness.
Flavors’ follow the nose rather closely very well balanced. I will say this was the Stout that got me into to the style. So I maybe a little biased. The body of the brew is nice rich and thick with good carbonation.
A very drinkable stout I tend to grab it when I am in the mood for a great filling beer to finish my beer drinking session. Oh yea its better from the cask ;-)
BTW JFYI if you have had it on tap at Portsmouth brewery it was from the nitro tap
alexsdad06 (5608) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample from a bomber @ DLD09. Pours dark brown/black with a smaller tan head. The aroma was roasted, moderately sweet malt,chocolate, and dark fruits. This one loses me with the taste. There is very little roast, but instead a sweet oatmeal, burnt, sour thing was going on. A touch on the thin side. I did not enjoy this much at all.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with one finger tan head. Aroma is creamy and roasty with some sweet malt. Flavor is quite sweet with oatmeal and roasted barley evident. Palate is a tad thin but smooth and velvety.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of RCL. Thanks, Ray! The quest for State Conquest continues! Pours a dark hue, blackish, with small light brown head that sticks around and laces. Aromas are light, pushing some decent creaminess, chocolate, and light roasted malts, smoothed over but a bit faint. Initial takes on a fairly full body, a good sweetness of chocolate and cream, some caramel, tempered by some roasted malts and coffee, although not intense coffee.. more like coffee with cream. Definitely emphasizes sweetness over roast and bitterness.. which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Oatmal provides a decent sweetness, smooths out the roast, and chocolate and creaminess come in to help. Some roast and coffee show up further into the body more prominently, and in the aftertaste. Bitterness is light, but there. Bit of a different flavor on the backend, an interesting finish. Ehhh. Not bad.
shigadeyo (3043) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
4/25/2009: Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout is near black in color and has an overly sweet aroma, but the flavor is sour and scorched. What a weird combination of flavors in a sweet/oatmeal stout! Needless to say, I was thoroughly unimpressed by this beer.
Sample from bottle at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #51 for this beer.
daknole (9257) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at DL. Looks and smells amazing. Dark, almost black. Big tan head. Nice roast on the nose with some chocoalte and dark fruit. Flavor is odd. Thin and there was some odd flavor. Over roasted malt? A bit of tartness.
Gethinbeer (2180) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. Great black colour with an off white creamy head. Strong coffee flavour with chocolate. Smooth texture with a roasted finish.
Sammy (8774) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and balanced stout, the claim was met of balance through the oats. Probably better than having it on nitro. Very drinkable, and good thickness to mouthfeel. Black with moderate white head.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Scottie.
This is a fine looking stout with a completely opaque near-black pour and a two-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing.
The aroma is very sweet but with a huge dark roasted malt backbone with coffee and chocolate on top. Dark fruits and oatmeal are also present in the nose, very pleasant smell overall.
The taste is fairly tame with mainly sweet dark malts and dark chocolate. There are some dark fruits and roasted coffee in the background but nothing too big.
The mouthfeel is creamy with the oatmeal presence but pretty thin for the style.
The look and aroma are great on this one but the taste and mouthfeel don’t quite live up to the promise. Overall a decent stout.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another best of style for me...in this case, the Oatmeal Stout. Dark brown pour, off white head. Aroma is toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of oatmeal. Flavor is much of the same with some hop characters. Nice creaminess from the oats.