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Otis - Sixpoint Brewery

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 64
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Photo of shapudding
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger 3/19/05. Dark chocolate brown that you cannot see through at all, with a touch of a dusting and ring of thick, heavy khaki head. Not much coming from the aroma -not very strong, just a bit of coffee, some semi-sweet chocolate, and a tiny bit of hops. Smooth and silky, it flows nice and you really do not feel the carbonation-which I enjoy. A lot of dark coffee and sweet chocolate in the flavor, and a lot of flavor left to linger on the palate. Very nice and very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a pint of this tasty brew at the Blind Tiger Ale House. Pours black without any light shining through. Dark tan head, puffy with good retention. Leaves well developed lacing. This one sports a roasty malt nose. Notes of coffee and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is a bit hollow in the center, not quite the velvet the brewers were going for. Still a nice take on the style, subtle and balanced, worth a try to support this new Brooklyn NY, brewery.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC.

Pours black with a one-finger, frothy off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with a good deal of sweetness from the oats. As the beer warms mild dark chocolate aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front sweeten midway through the sip. Hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of coffee also enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a smooth oatmeal stout however I would have preferred to try it on a normal tap rather than the nitrous. That being said, either way it's served it's worth a shot.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first cask growler--let's see how it goes. Poured into an American pint glass.

A--Pitch black with no head, just a few bubbles like you'd get from water if you got it too fast from the faucet. Looks like a glass of black coffee sitting there, which takes some getting used to...

S--Smells like coffee, too, and that's not just because I'm mentally primed for it. There's also some sweet smoke and even slight, slight hops.

T--Sturdy, sturdy stout--my goodness does the black malt hit you. There's also considerable hops here, as the roof my mouth is positively singing from parched out roasted flavors. As far as flavor goes, plenty of pipe tobacco, followed by bittersweet chocolate, a bit more coffee (though less than the nose), and as you travel back a bittering dry hops. Smooth, balanced construction, but where's the oatmeal? Lacking seriously in that department, and while I never expect traditional from Sixpoint--the hops presence here, for example--they should at least /sort of/ reflect the style.

M--This might be the best part of the beer, and the real ale component only boosts it. Super creamy and rich, a thick without being heavy feel that's almost pitch perfect stout.

D--What's the ABV, like six percent? Hell yeah I'll have another! The smoothness of the mouthfeel and the dry back end of this brew make it easily sessionable, especially in December about-to-snow temperatures.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Review from notes.

A: Otis is a hazy brown color, almost chocolate in color, with a small tan head with very little retention and minimal lacing.

S: Not a ton going on in the aroma, but there is some roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and a little cream.

T; Similar to the aroma with some roasted malt, creamy chocolate, a little bit of oat, and a hint of coffee.

M: On the thinner side with a bitter finish.

O: Not bad, but another beer from Sixpoint that I would probably pass on the next time around.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Rattle 'N' Hum. Average mouthfeel, black with some decent head.Decent choice for cask . Balanced stout, a bit on sweet side but flavourful. Malting makes it a drinkable stout. Nitro would make it more creamy and maybe pump up the rating some.

Photo of CapitolCrusher
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i do love stouts so here is my chance! :-)

this was one of the last draft i was able to sample from sixpoint before they were gone and this one was available on a nitro pour

i don't know if the nitro pour made it worse but my beer did not shine the way the other did

don't get me wrong it was still a good beer and the aroma and flavor were pretty nice, but the nitro gas seemed to detract from this beer a bit

i hope maybe i can try this one on a regular co2 pour one day because that might change my mind! :-)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. Served in a tulip glass, this beer appeared pitch black with a very short head. I really thought this was a great, albeit aggressive, take on the style. The flavor and aroma are full of big chocolate flavors up front with roasted barley around the edge. The malts are followed by a powerful citrus hops kick that provides a great bitter contrast to the cocoa notes. This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ the Devil's Den (Philadelphia, PA) on 5/1/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger of rich mocha head. This stays thick and foamy from the nitro-pour, leaving heavy froth all down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate roast, flaked oats, and some green citric tones. I'm getting some nice smoky textures coming out of those roasted notes. Nice full feel in the nose here.

The sweetness of the taste is very smooth in the mouth, with chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal all showing themselves. This is well balanced by a pervasive roasty nature and some spicy hops in the back of the profile. There's a good bit of dry roast and bitterness that drives the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel. There is just a touch of sharpness to the carbonation but this drinks absolutely great here on nitro.

There's nothing to complain about here. This is just a solid Oatmeal Stout with plenty of flavor and a super silky feel that helped along a good bit by the nitro. I could have easily downed a couple of these. Very sessionable overall.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a huge pillowy toasted khaki colored head that just didn't want to settle. Beauty.

The aroma is quite hoppy. Nice blend of floral and grassy hops. The mellow oatmeal malt lets the hops showcase themselves.

The flavor is a good mix of roast and hops. There is a light roast and smooth nature to the oatmeal malt. Perhaps a hint of coffee. The hopo profile is quite fresh and grassy also brings a touch of lime.

The feel is light for a stout and it has light carbonation which lead to bit of a lackluster feel. Roast and hop bitterness in the finish.

A nice hoppy stout. The hops dominate over the malt in this one.

Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask @ D.B.A. Greenpoint

Pours a dark brown almost black, with a small white creamy head that fades fast. Aroma was of roasted coffee/smoke with a chocolate finish. Taste was nutty, roasted coffee, smokey and some malts. Mouthfeel with creamy and smooth. A very well balanced beer, another winner from Sixpoint, i can't get enough of their stuff

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on nitro tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint glass.

A nice light cream coffee head almost like like cocoa, nitro bubbled tight. Sits on a dark walnut classic body with some very impressive circular lacing.

Nose is a mild roast coffee, very small chocolate, kind of muted. Creamy sense and pleasant though however but very small.

Taste is a good sense of what comes from the nose. Muted creamy roast and textured malts with some mild chocolate. Somewhat juicy and creamy texture which is interesting but with weak coffee pot finish and a noticeable but mild hop finish.

Overall it is interesting but needs more of a malt backbone I think. Not sure about how I feel about the hop angle in this, I am not sure I feel it fits or melds well. Don't see myself gravitating towards it or really desiring it.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at New Beer today. Having my way with a jug of it at the moment.

Filled completely to the top, I go easy into my rounded pint glass.

Black & brown & very still. Head was small to begin with at the store, got about a third of quickly dispersing dark tan head.

Sniffing along... sweet roast, woody-ness, baking flour, a bit of a citric tone right at the end.

First off, just a trace of carbonation left after getting filled barely four hours ago. Though it adds to the already smooth creaminess that the oatmeal provides.

Taste is milder in coffee/roast flavors then it was fresh out the cask. A delicate bready/sugar cookie sweetness relaxes things, waiting on the slightly lingering citrus/coffee-ish/tinny bitterness that comes into the finish. Simple & delicious.

Drinkability is just plain easy. Easier then Brownstone on cask. This "IS" cask though. I am only allowed so much of that.

How about running this stuff through a randal stuffed with toasted marshmallows?

:)

Photo of JTahoe
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner, NYC. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with thick 2 finger tan head, sheeting and fairly sticky lace.

S - Subtle roasted oats and chocolate.

T - Creamy smooth roasted malts with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Oat character comes through especially in body.

M - Super smooth fairly effervescent but low carb. Medium-low creamy body... on the light side for an oatmeal stout.

D - Really nice. Enjoyable and solid. Not my favorite example of the style, but pretty good.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger and a half high creamy beige head that has excellent retention properties; it slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is well balanced and has flavors of coffee beans, toasted oats and roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable for the style because it isn't very heavy.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good burnt grain with a hint of coffee and smoke.

The taste consisted of a full burnt grain with roasted coffee and charcoal. Some soft malts detected as well. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy. Excellent creaminess thanks to the cask pour.

Overall a very good oatmeal stout. Extremely smooth and drinkable.

Photo of BigBigPickle
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with a substantial, whipped head similar to Guinness which indicated a nitro-pour.

S: This is weird. An almost soapy smell with hints of chocolate.

T: Chocolate and coffee with Spice. Oatmeal makes for a silky, interesting combo of the two.

M: Great, easy carbonation. Silky mouthfeel from the oats and the whipped head are good.

D: Yes, good. Lower alcohol, I think. Very tasty.

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a large cascading head. Great retention and lacing. Nose was heavy on coffee and roasted barley. Taste hits you with a sweet sugared coffee and toasty barley flavor. Also to be found is light caramel, powdered chocolate, and mild hops. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. Tasty!

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Poor Otis, dead & gone, left me here to sing this song. Pretty little girl with the red dress on. Poor Otis, dead & gone."
-The Doors - Runnin Blues

On tap at Craft Ale House.

Appears a murky dark brown with a cascading tan head that quickly leads to a fluffy cap. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, citrusy hops, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a chocolate covered toffee flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gritty, chewy, nicely balanced between sweet maltiness, and bitter hops.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this recently at on of my local pubs. I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. It was before noon, it was oatmeal stout, so I kinda felt that I had no choice but to have it.

The color is very dark with a slightly red hue. Carbonation was a little low but was also very dark.

Aroma was somewhat weak but nice. Roasty, toasty with some general malt aroma as well.

Flavor was good, not great. Again, a little light.

Overall a very easy to drink beer, just not so interesting.

Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Bobbique's in Patchogue NY. It pours a black, opaque color with a thin off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is of fruity hops and caramel roated malts.

The taste was mostly dominated by hop character, with the oatmeal roasty/sugary flavor playing second fiddle. To be honest, the hops dominated the flavor a bit too much for my liking. Notes of coffee and chocolate are present, but barely. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the beer is quite drinkable. Overall the beer is a quality brew from a quality brewhouse, but it doesn't keep within the style very well. I would have liked to see more oatmeal charcater in the flavor. Still, it's worth a try.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/28/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, oats, milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and vanilla.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by creamy flavors of oats, milk chocolate and vanilla. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good flavorful stout to drink for a while.

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Alley...

A- Very dark brown, pushing black. Nice khaki head, decent lacing.

S- coffee, cocoa, milky sweetness

T- Dark chocolate, coffee, faint milky sweetness, nice hop presence. What really hits me is the "ale" feel of this brew - not an overpowering ingrediant list thats lets the beer part shine through.

M- Rich, slightly dry, a little grainy mouth feel.

D- Drinkable because it doesnt overpower, well crafted beer. Could have been a little more complex and sweeter.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On nitro-tap at Prime 16. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of frothy, tan head. Some lacing. Aroma is a sweet chocolate and coffee mix with some smokey roasted malts. The taste has more of the sweet oatmeal than in the aroma. Light and sweet coffee as well as chocolate. A bit of smoke towards the finish. Silky, creamy mouthfeel thanks to the nitro. Damn drinkable. This beer really shines on the nitro tap. Overall, worth seeking out.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours an extremely dark brown to black with a thick light beige head that reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very light aroma with just some subtle hints of roasted malts.

T: The flavor is much more intense than the smell with lots of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and some oats. Not as sweet as I generally expect from an oatmeal stout but I was pleased by that and really enjoyed the taste of this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery/thin.

O: Good but not great, a little too thin of a stout for my preferences. Very easy to drink and quite sessionable but needs a fuller body.

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Otis from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.