Sless' Oatmeal Stout - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
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3.21/5 rDev -18.3%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle.
Opaque chocolate colour. Effervescent. The smell is flat and neutral, but not entirely unpleasant. Hint of both metal and milk chocolate.
It's a hair above average. Standard fare here, really, and the 7% is surprising. Sweetish and creamy smooth. I highly enjoy the mouthfeel. The flavor is brief and relatively unimpressive.
I'd not have again, but certainly wouldn't steer you away.
06-27-2014 01:53:59 | More by AgentMunky
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, cocoa, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, oatmeal, and cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice oat and cocoa combination all around.
04-10-2014 04:18:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Appearance is dark with a dark tan head, nice sheets of foamy lace.
Smell is of milk chocolate.
Taste is also lots of milk chocolate, firm roast and bitterness.
Mouthfeel has lots of creamy carbonation but is not as soft I expected from the oatmeal.
Drinkability is fine, nothing exciting. Thick, smooth and strong.
11-25-2013 19:22:38 | More by ccrida
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
The classic near-black color with a beige head in the Stella glass. Pleasant nose of roasted malt. Warm flavors but balanced with the deep dark malt.
Rather winey with a fuller body. Tastes more like a Baltic Porter than a Stout, but it's quite flavorful whatever it is. Richer and sweeter than you'd expect in a Stout. Burnt sugar and blackened malt dominate, followed by a charred, bitterish aftertaste. Brewery says the hops are Nugget and Brewer’s Gold.
Not a bad brew, and for a stronger black beer it makes a nice change. Seems to taste better after a glassful. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.
02-05-2013 05:13:27 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A - Bitter baking chocolate, malts and dark fruit
S - Dark as night with a tight brown head
T - creamy dark chocolate, coffee, maits and a hint of fruit. Mild overall, not over powering
M - light coating with a pop like tingle on sides of tongue
O - Very tasty but mild overall. It could use a little volume increase while keeping the same flavors.
06-12-2012 11:18:14 | More by biglite351
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap at the brewery, review from written notes.
Pours black with a creamy head of tan foam, sheets of lace that break up in a spotty, precipitous fashion. Nice head retention, the whipped cappuccino foam never subsides for the duration of the glass.
Aromas of dark roast coffee, chicory, dry bakers chocolate.
Plum, dates, dark roast coffee, a little bit woody. Lightly bitter and mildly astringent from the roast, bitter dry finish suggests a smidgen of hops. Exquisitely roasty, dry aftertaste of blackened malt. Smooth velvety feel, dry and not sweet. Rich and full of flavor, pint is finished easily, and another would make a nice session. Growler candidate for sure.
10-12-2011 23:21:25 | More by emerge077
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
I absolutely love this stuff on draught at Iron Springs. When your Kalamazoo-native partner calls something “Bell’s good” you know it’s top notch. A must have at the brewery.
Tonight is the first time I’ve tried it from a bottle. Brought back from the Bay area with the intention of sharing it, but after a long day, tight deadlines, and some internet uploading difficulty I ended up taking the selfish route and keeping it all to myself.
From a 22 ounce bomber it poured a rich, luscious chocolate into my nonic pint. Tremendous foam that I let die down, then refreshed with another pour. I still have about a finger’s worth of head on this and in the glass it looks beautiful. Where’s my camera?
On the nose I’m picking up all sorts of wonderfully roasty aromas. Some coffee, some cacao nibs, a little bit of a dark Italian roast and the crema sweetness of an amazing espresso. Yum!
The roast comes through on the taste as well, more of the dark Italian coffee and just this tremendous middle that lingers. It’s not harsh in the least, but it is sharp, focused. The cacao moves towards center stage, especially as it warms. It’s not milk chocolate sweet, more like a delicious dark chocolate, big and bitter.
Nice body to this, there’s definitely some heft but it’s not heavy or difficult to drink. I get the ‘oatmeal stout’ creaminess—not to mention the fact that the bubbles are still hanging around and there’s more foam sitting on top of this after a good quarter hour than most beers have after two minutes. I’m really enjoying this one. In fact, the only thing I can think of to improve this bottle is to drink it on draught again. Wonderful stuff. XicanoBeerRun, I’m gonna have to bring another one of these back to share. Sorry vato, I couldn’t resist. Another great beer from a great bay-area brewery.
09-20-2011 19:51:37 | More by elNopalero
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Tasted at the Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.
A: Dark brown. Almost black with a reddish hue. Thick off white head that dissipates slowly.
S: Roasted dark malt. The roasted smell is very strong, but gives way to a good toasted oats scent. reminds me of porridge, in a good way.
T: Same as smell, but the oats are more prominent. Good thick roasty taste that then goes into a thick oatmeal flavor. not as balanced as I would like.
M: Thick, frothy mouthfeel. The carbonation is heavier than expected.
O: Good for the style. Not my personal favorite oatmeal stout, but one I would order again.
07-30-2011 04:52:05 | More by avaldivia
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Thanks to Jeff for sending this one to me.
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of tan/khaki head.
S: Nice coffee and dark chocolate aromas up front. Plenty of roasted malts and a nice oatmeal smell to it as well. Some sweetness to it, perhaps toffee and molasses.
T: Sweetness in the form of toffee and molasses. Roasted malts and coffee give a hint of bitterness, and there is also a nice chocolate note to it. Oatmeal provides some nice sweetness as well.
M: Creamy and smooth in mouthfeel with a a medium level of carbonation.
O: I found this to be pleasant in all aspects and quite easy to drink.
05-10-2011 18:29:25 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pour and extremely dark brown, almost black, with a thin dark brown head that receded quickly into a thin film that left tiny spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Fairly straightforward with rich notes of roasted coffee and toasted oats. Just a hint of chocolate.
T: Very roasted in flavor with a touch of sweetness, light coffee notes, slight acid, and marshmallow in the finish. Aftertaste is full of toasted grainy goodness.
M: Medium body, soft frothy carbonation and an easy mouthfeel.
D: Overall very one-dimensional, but overall still a smooth, creamy, and delicious brew.
01-15-2011 20:15:07 | More by scottfrie
Sless' Oatmeal Stout from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
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