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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle thanks to porterhouse: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing coating of tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt and some sweet caramel. Body starts slightly sweet and mildly tart with a hint of dark fruit. Finishes a little thin, but has decent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Draft @ brewpub) Nice beer, memorable mouthfeel...Dark brown, nearly black with two fingers of biege head. Aroma coffee-ish along with some sweet chocolate-ness. Mouthfeel very smooth - great. Flavor mostly coffee with light sweet chocolate. A little bitter. Very light grassiness in finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2006
on tap-pours a tan head with black color. Aroma is oatmeal/coffee, molasses. Taste is sweet malt- oatmeal/coffee, molasses, vanilla, some bitterness. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Nice sweet cocoa/coffee aroma, malt and dark roasted grains, as well as some slight sweetness were all hidden underneath. Rapidly dissipating head left behind serious lacing on the glass. A deep black color with red-orange highlights. Flavors were of dark roasted/burnt grains, sweet malt, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, some very slight hops... smooth, creamy, and silky mouthfeel. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Fresh bomber purchased from the brewery store on 7/28/06 and consumed on 8/5/06.
Vigorous pour yields a small to medium-sized head, tan in color and fairly rapidly receding to partial cover/ring. Little to no lacing, though some light leg-like residue left on the glass. The body is an unfiltered, deep coal-brown/black color, opaque and with touches of deep tan-magenta on the edges.
Sweet but very smooth nose has both notes of milk chocolate, vanilla cream and a dry, almost chalky-like yeastiness. Light vinousness emerges on the end, slightly oily and fairly short-lived, though flecked with blackberry-like notes. Crunchy grain notes of barley and sweet/even oats are well-apparent, while little hops are noted. The sweet maltiness is definitely quite strong in the nose, and it’s chocolatey-vinousness, interwoven with fresh yeast really goes much farther than the usual sugary, choco-caramel and straightforward coffee roast seen in this style. No alcohol apparent in the nose.
The first thing noted upon my first sip is the thick, melted chocolate-like texture. Flecked with hints of prunes and concord grapes and growing slightly oily on the end, it is a well-balanced mix of chocolate and vanilla, with the vinousness and lightly dry roast balancing. As it warms, the mouthfeel lightens on the end, providing more drinkability in contrast to the rich, sweet beginning. The roast is very reserved, but elegant and blossoms after the finish, hanging on the end of the palate. Very low carbonation levels, overall, but the sweetness is not overdone. No alcohol or hops apparent in the the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2006
[oaked version, served via cask @ the brewpub] This was my first beer consumed at the brewery- while my girlfriend and I were waiting for a table, we ventured to the basement lounge where we found this gem. I was willing to have a few more pints of this and call it dinner! Smooth, woody oak aroma, with some subtle elements of coffee present. Glorious, tall frothy head. Flavors are exceptionally smooth- a bit of roasted coffee/chocolate, chewy oats and loads of malty goodness. Creamy, milk-shake mouthfeel. The oak vessel seems to provide a bit more character for this brew, however it remains low in the overall mix. Its hard for me to find a flaw in this beer- overall, this is excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2006
I don’t know if this is what I had at the Vt Brewfest, or if it was their other stout. It was pretty good. Very well rounded with a rich finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Draught. Tan, frothy head, dark ruby appearance. Malt and cream in aroma. Roasty bitter flavor, dry finish. A little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2477) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle, from brewpubs gift shop. purchased 4/8 sampled 4/19. Good nose, classic oatmeal stout. Sweet, coffee ice cream, caramel. Dark orangy brown color, small head good lacing. Bitter sweet flavor. Roasty. Like aroma, but I get a bit of grapefruit and grain. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Leaves kind of milky powdery coating on the tongue. Nice O stout. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2006
22oz bottle thanks to Argo0: Pours to a mostly opaque dark brown/black with a medium light tan head. The aroma is light coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel syrup, light roasted barley. Taste is dark roasted chocolate, sweet syrup, dry cocoa, hints of vanilla, light oak, oats, sweet sugar. Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes bitter, dry, and with some roasted notes.

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