Squatters Captain Bastards Oatmeal StoutOh the joys of travelling. I’m headed to a business conference in Chicago and had what was going to be a 45 minute layover in Salt Lake City. Once I landed in SLC I learned that my connecting flight to Chicago was cancelled. After an hour of dealing with gate agents I’m left with a ticket to Atlanta tonight and then Chicago with a few hours layover here, but the good news is that Utah has beer.

I was walking to the terminal and walked by Squatters, a Utah based brewery that is new to me and figured it would make a great time to write a beer review for my 50 beer challenge (especially since I hadn’t secured a Utah based beer).

Looking over their selection of craft brews, I selected Captain Bastard’s Oatmeal Stout, mainly because I have yet to review a dark beer in the challenge, plus it just sounded good.

They brought it out in a pint glass (sorry for the bad picture, I had to use my phone camera) and the beer is super dark.  It had the appearance of a typical stout with a dark black color and a tanish brown head of just a fingers width or so. It’s so dark I can’t see any carbonation.  I noticed very little lacing on the side of the glass which is a bit unusual for stouts, but not a big deal.

The smell was a bit underwhelming.  It was fairly faint with aromas of roasted malts, oatmeal, and some slight coffee. I was expecting a little bigger kick in the nose from a beer named Captain Bastard.

Captain Bastard’s taste followed the smell.  There was some nice flavors of roasted malts, light oatmeal and coffee along with some slight hop bitterness that wasn’t too bitter. It had an interesting mouthfeel with the carbonation the dominating factor.

Overall, it was good but definitely not that great (in my opinion).  However it did go pretty well with my chicken sandwich, that was pretty awesome. Squatters definitely made my layover much more enjoyable though.

I also tried their Full Suspension Pale Ale and wasn’t all that impressed with that.  It seemed pretty bland to me, but I’m still thankful Squatters was here.

My Squatters Captain Bastard’s Review: B-

Here are the details:

ABV: 4%
IBUs: ?
Style: Oatmeal Stout

What’s your thoughts on Squatters Captain Bastard?


Logan is the owner of Blog About Beer. Along with blogging, he is also the author of two books, Beer Lover's Oregon and Beer Lover's Washington, an avid homebrewer, husband, dad of 2 girls, business owner and lover of ridiculously spicy foods.


  1. I haven’t had any of those Squatters brews (the Oatmeal stout looks like something I’d like to try), but I have had their Fifth Element and that was pretty awesome. It doesn’t sound like the two you tried were as good.

  2. Shane In Utah Reply

    Hey, I just discovered your blog and am enjoying the 50 beer challenge…

    By law here in Utah, beer served on draught or in bottles at the grocery store has to be 4% ABV (3.2% by weight) or lower. Local brewers do a great job working within these limitations, but it’s still hard to get a good pale ale on tap here. Stouts and porters are generally a better bet, but I agree that Capt. Bastard’s isn’t the best example (my favorite 3.2 beer from Utah is King’s Peak Porter by Uintah Brewing).

    BUT: a lot of Utah brewers get around the 3.2 law by bottling their high-alcohol brews for sale in (state-run) liquor stores and restaurants with full liquor licenses. Epic Brewery is the newest and by far my favorite of the lot–their Imperial Red Ale is one of the best, most complex beers I’ve ever tasted. But Uintah, Wasatch, Squatter’s, Red Rock, Moab, and others have gotten in on the act with some world class ales, some of them in 700 ML bottles selling for $12 or $15. Next time you’re in Salt Lake, get out of the airport and go to the Bayou or the Beer Hive for the best selections of local brews…

  3. Let me second Shane’s recommendation of Epic’s Imperial Red! Actually, let me say that as a recent transplant from the Pacific NW, that Epic Brewing is the best overall brewery I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying! The Imperial Red, the Captain Crompton’s Pale Ale, the Spiral Jetty IPA, the Brainless Belgian, the Mid Mountain Mild Ale, and their Rye Ale are amongst my favorites ever for each of their respective styles. I really, really love their beer and can’t recommend them enough.

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