Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some cream in there as well. The flavor is more of the same with coffee, cream and chocolate as well as roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very creamy. madmitch76 (26366) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
5th August 2008. On tap at GBBF. Slightly sour start. Doesn’t really have that oatmeal silkiness or smoothness. Very slightly fruity. wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Black with a tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, light oats and chalk. Flavor has lots of oat, light bakers chocolate, hint of roast, creamy. It’s a light, delicate flavor that doesn’t overwhelm. Very easy to drink. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Sampled at vt brewfest 09. Pours pitch black with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. flavor had a smooth and creamy texture with roasted coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Decent brew Christian (13924) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
Black with a small off-white head. Grainy dark malt aroma. Dry and roasted flavour with a sour edge
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2009
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 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
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 (2138) - 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. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, 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. shigadeyo (3818) - Cincinnati, 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.