Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout
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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A robust, Irish-style stout with 75 pounds of rolled and steel-cut oats included in the mash. The oats add a creamy texture and velvety smoothness that help round out the roasted barley bite. Served nitrogen-conditioned for a thick, frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (8539) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2070) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled from 22-oz bomber during Surly D-Day. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring and some film top. No lacing noticed. Aroma of toasted multi-grain malt with some oatmeal character, dark chocolate and mild coffee. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, chocolate and touch of coffee, floral hops, and some dark pitted fruits. Finish is smooth with a light hop bitterness that quickly disappears with the toasted dark malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6157) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2008
GABF 2008. Dark walnut brown, low creamy brown head. Sweet lactic chocolate and coffee, low hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. well done.

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