Sless' Oatmeal Stout - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
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4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
A: Very dark brown to black liquid. In fact, it's pretty much an opaque black. I'm having trouble even finding highlights on the edges. The head is foamy, thick and rich mocha in color. Really nice looking stout. One minor quibble, my bottle completely foamed over when I opened it, but it was pretty warm (not that I know if that matters at all or if it's always a minor infection thing).
S: Roasted chocolate malt abounds. There's excellent sweetness and some floral notes that may be the appearance of some hops.
T: Excellent stout. Chocolatey, roasty and sweet, the beer combines these elements excellently. There is a bit of bitterness at the finish, but relatively little ashy or acrid flavors from the dark-roasted malt. It reminds me a bit of a cross between a Baltic Porter and Rogue's Chocolate Stout. To be clear, that's meant as a compliment. It's an excellent stout.
M: Creamy feel, right on target for an Oatmeal Stout, as far as I know.
D: Easily drinkable. Good complexity. An excellent stout.
04-22-2009 03:30:37 | More by popery
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
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
I had talked to Phil who works for the brewery about bottling their beer and a few months later I find their IPA and Oatmeal Stout at City Beer in SF. This was a pleasant surprise.
It pouts pitch black with a dark gold head that doesn't stick around too long and leaves a thin ring around the top. Sounds of soda-esque carbonation, but it doesn't quite taste too carbonated.
Notes of chocolate and roasted malts are subtle, but there. There's even a hint of dark fruit, like chocolate dipped fruit, yummy.
Full body taste with the chocolate dipped fruit flavor with a faint coffee after taste. This brew leaves a sugary feeling on my lips. It's hard to get a grasp of anything big, then again, this isn't a huge beer, although it's certainly a great sipping beer.
Definitely some new flavors to a favorite style. I believe this is the first round of bottling for the brewery and I hope they'll be found in more stores soon enough.
02-26-2009 23:17:19 | More by 100floods
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Opaque, seal brown liquid with a small mercurial tan head which leaves a creamy collar ringing a slender peninsula of oily film. Heavy sheen of legs pushes down the fast running lacing. Poor retention. Give this one an aggressive pour!
Roasted malt, brown sugar, black pepper, and light hops in the aroma. Hints of diacetyl, which is not at all unwelcome - and the faintest spector of DMS, which has no place here.
Well rounded but nothing especially potent. The alcohol suggests Irish coffee...
Lovely malt and oat notes, with chocolate and toasted walnuts through the palate. The roast level builds into the finish which along with the low-level contribution of hops balances the sweetness of the initial flavors. Very well integrated and lasting, almost like an oaty, alcoholic chocolate malt...
Velvety mouthfeel, a touch slick, nearly full-bodied and slightly warming thanks to the ABV. Carbonation seems on the low end of what is appropriate for the style, which is the only thing holding this back from perfection in this category for me.
I imagine this would be the perfect breakfast beer for a cold weekend morning...
10-26-2009 15:49:47 | More by augustgarage
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Smell: delightful coffee and chocolate that has a sweet roundness and an oaky/woody edge
Taste: Smooth and dry deliciousness. Perfect level of sweetness. Chocolate shines through. Coffee makes an appearance in the middle. Overall not too roasty, but just enough. Quite a good grain profile that's got bready overtones but comes off as quite complex for a stout. Finish is extra smooth, slightly sweet, with a hint of coffee and wood.
Notes: The smoothness of this beer is incredible.
01-31-2010 18:54:58 | More by 4000qtrap
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
A solid all black beer with a nice head and decent lacing. The nose is oats, a little roasted malts. The taste is very smooth, the roasted malts aren't burnt so the beer has a very pleasant overall depth of flavor, the very chewy with oats and light tones of chocolate. A very straight forward oatmeal stout that doesn't hide anything, very well crafted and worth seeking out. Carbonation is low and it is a easy beer to drink.
10-25-2010 00:25:34 | More by nas5755
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
A: rich mocha head resting on an insanely dense black coffee body with thin sudsy lacing.
S: first oatmeal stout I've had in which the oats really come through on the nose, toasted malt along with slight cocoa up front and nominal coffee notes
T: big roasted malt finish with faint but noticeable hop bite, coffee notes come through in the mid-palate and build in the finish, cocoa flavors are less pronounced than in the nose, lots of toasted malt bitterness
M: not as round as expected, pleasant velvety texture but too thin for the style (especially in the finish); beer definitely improves as it reaches room temp for a creamier body.
08-02-2010 16:20:27 | More by WOTO97
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Pint glass pour and I am met with coal black liquid and a cookie dough colored head which just stays floating on top. No movement whatsoever. Very cool! Getting a chocolate aroma with some dark fruits and roasted malts. Chocolate taste with some very faint coffee characteristics, campfire smokiness and a light lingering espresso-like aftertaste. This beer is creamy, smooth in the mouth with absolutely no harsh swallow or bite. Very easy drinking though sipping this on a cool day is (imo) the ideal setting or for an after dinner treat.
Overall I can clearly see how this was a Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup. Give this a whirl but make sure to consume at room temperature and you will not be disappointed. Great value and highly recommended.
03-27-2010 19:17:36 | More by kaseydad
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
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a viscous black with a mocha head that lingers for a minute.
Big roast aroma, as well as dark chocolate. A little bit of alcohol smell on the end too. Medium roast flavor initially, medium malt sweet in the middle, coffee dry on the end,. Nice and creamy mouthfeel, a little sticky too.
It has been a long time since I've had a oatmeal stout, and this really fit the bill of what I was looking for. Sweet and chocolaty without being too much of either- this is a nice beer I'd definitely snag again.
01-11-2011 04:28:00 | More by Ghenna
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
22 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7%. This is the bottled version of their oatmeal stout which they call Sless' Stimulating Stout at the brewpub. This beer won gold at the World Beer Cup in the Oatmeal Stout category.
A-Pours black with a small head that leaves quickly leaving a tan ring.
S-Not too much going on here. Pick up on roasted malt and chocolate.
T-Very sweet with chocolate and coffee being present. Definite roasted malt flavor, but it does not dry out the mouth.
M-Thick bodied. Silky smooth going down.
D-Goes down extremely easy. A great beer to be served during or after dessert.
Good to see that they are now bottling more of their beers. A good beer at a very good price point ($3.95).
02-28-2009 07:01:45 | More by mjl21
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a dark black with dark brown edging. Nice long lasting, clingy, light tan head.
Smells like roasted malt, more roasted malt, roasted char; acrid, hoppy, earthy oatmeal, and a bit of milk chocolate.
Incredibly dry, acrid, charred oatmeal. Bit of long lasting earthy chocolate aftertaste. Wow. That's dry. Also more than a dash of bittering.
I kind of dig it, actually. Yeah, maybe a bit overboard on the roastiness, but I like. Decently thick, but not exactly chewy.
11-10-2010 07:49:54 | More by Overlord
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Picked up at Ledger's in Berkeley. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Deep, dark black color with a small bubbly 1 finger deep tan colored head.
Nice roasted aroma, coffee, smoke, toasted malts, and chocolate.
Nice and sweet with chocolate, coffee, and roasted/toasted malts.
Smooth, thick, creamy, full bodied, nicely carbonated. Feels nice.
Easy drinkable flavorful oatmeal stout. Will gladly buy again.
03-02-2009 00:04:38 | More by bbothen
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
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.