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Sless' Oatmeal Stout - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Sless' Oatmeal StoutSless' Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 100floods on 02-26-2009)
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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Still working on the haul from Saturday's trip down to try batch no. 500....Pours a pitch black. 'bout two fingers of frothy, root-beer floatish after the vanilla ice cream is added dark tan head. Lots of oatmeal in the nose. Flavor is huge on the oats, too. Very full mouth and a chewy stout. Great body, kind of like that girl you met as wingman one night...A touch bitter on the finish. Not nearly as good as when it's fresh on tap at the pub in Fairfax, and not as good as I recall, neither. Disappointingly average.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured via 22oz. bomber into snifter.

A - Really dark brown, almost black body with a wispy burnt tan head that settled to a patchy veil and yielded only sparse lacing.

S - Nutty aroma with a hint of coffee, some chocolate character and earthy hop notes. A subtle waft of alcohol also emerged.

T - Lots of roasty malt flavor with a hefty coffee presence. Bitter and nutty with a mild sour aspect. Finished with an earthy hop profile.

M - Medium bodied with some oily slickness, although it's a bit watery overall. Lots of nutty astringency and roasty bitterness in the backend with a mild metallic presence. Finish is dry and bitter, almost like a dry Irish stout.

D - Pretty good, but a little uneven overall. I felt this wasn't sweet enough for an oatmeal stout, and that it drank more like a dry Irish stout. Very roasty and bitter, which was nice, but overall it wasn't too terribly memorable.

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of deNerval
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice tan foam that fades quickly. Not too much lacing or retention. meh. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt though, they have a rockin' pedal steel image on the label, the guy who the beer is named after.

Aromas foremost of roast, some chocolate through the middle. Picking up a little general fruitiness as it warmed... for some reason I'm thinking berries but it's a little odd. The taste is much of the same. Some chocolate and roasted malts initially, leading to a little fruit mid-palate before a semi-bitter chocolate finish with a little grainyness. Medium bodied with a low carbonation kind of doesn't help the lack of vibrancy in this beer. I would've liked a little higher intensity of flavor here, although everything was well integrated for what it was. It feels like it should be more robust, but it's not. Alcohol was well integrated and I could've easily taken down the bomber, but chose to use part of it for beer brownies instead.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from either K&L or Bottle Barn, can't remember which.

a - pours pitch black, wow, half-inch deep brown head with retention only around the edges and little lacing

s - semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with Hershey's syrup dominates with lighter espresso notes, slight char/smoke with some hints of vanilla as well

t - semi-sweet chocolate and mocha up front, not much bitterness, sweeter chocolate notes carry through to the finish with a faint hop flavor detectable, finish is a bit awkward and disappears a bit to quickly, not too much alcohol noticeable

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, balanced finish, slight alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, the flavors just aren't that interesting and it gets a bit tiresome after awhile, not a bad beer at all, but not one I would want to drink more than a pint or two (max) of, that said, the alcohol is not overwhelming and it's fairly easy on the palate

Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TGS
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of avaldivia
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

According to the bottle this is the best oatmeal stout in the world. I am excited. Shared with the bigtime playa MasterSki.

A - Black, pretty opaque, no light coming through on this one. The head fizzed up almost like a soda, and dissipated exactly the same, just kind of poof, and it was gone. Strange.

S - Little coffee, roasted notes, some chocolate. Alex pointed out there was an oat smell, and there really is. This shouldn't be a huge surprise as it was an oatmeal stout, but it is nicely present.

T - Actually tastes like oats, but not with the souring characteristic that can be present in raw oats. Nice oaty characteristics, burnt and unsweetened cocoa, and a little bittering coffee at the end that lingers.

M - Overcarbonated to a degree that is is a little unpleasant. I gave it a 2.0, as it was a noticably bad factor, making it below average in this department. Full bodied, and quite robust for something that is a 7%.

D - Solid, lesser carbonation would have made this a pretty good beer, but this was a nice oatmeal stout that had some unique flavor characteristics and was fairly pleasant to drink.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of light brown head. Retention is poor and leaves something to be desired. Not really any lacing as a result.

5.0 S: Lots of oatmeal is apparent. This may be the most oatmeal laden beer I've had. Awesome balance between sweet and roasted flavors. Moderate amounts of roasted barley and toastiness. Smooth caramel sweetness with slightest touch of molasses and coffee.

4.0 T: The taste is just about as good as the nose, but the mouthfeel is too distracting for me to enjoy it. Lots of oatmeal again with a corresponding mild sourness. Roasted character is slightly less apparent in the taste and thus the wonderful balance is offset. Molasses is stronger this time with light chocolate flavors.

2.5 M: Light body, which is too bad because this would be a stellar brew is the body was a lot thicker. The wimpy mouthfeel sucks so bad that it carries over into the taste and drinkability. Good moderate carbonation and otherwise smooth.

3.0 D: Lot of great things going on in this one, but the body is way too damn thin. Up the mash temp and brew this one again please.

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero for sharing this one. Served in a FoBAB taster glass.

A - Finger of quick-dissolving mocha foam that settles to a thick ring, with maybe a patch of wispy film - very cola-like. Black body, and very dark for only 7%.

S - Roasted barley, toasted oats, milk chocolate, caramel. This is one of the few oatmeal stouts where I can actually smell oat character.

T - Taste is very dark chocolate heavy, with lots of dark roast, and a slightly cola finish that imparts caramel and vanilla notes.

M - Slightly overcarbonated, medium body, and a gritty soda-like quality. Finishes quite sticky.

D - This was a pretty solid oatmeal stout, but it certainly isn't the "best in the world" as the label proudly proclaims. The cola-like texture was a bit off-putting, but it smelled and tasted pretty good.

Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johlac66
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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Sless' Oatmeal Stout from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.