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Otis - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 174
Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at The Publick House in Brookline 2/11
This beer pours a black, opaque color with a finger of thick off-white head - very good head retention. Lacing is thick and sticky and present for entire sitting. The nose quite muted however there is scents of fruity hops and caramel roated malts, some slight undertones of chocolate. The taste was made up for the lack of aroma. Coffee, chocolate and a bit of a nutty flavor are the most present. Roasted malts and slight hops are also present. The beer is full bodied and creamy but not overwhelmingly filling, very smooth going down. Tonight was my first experience with Sixpoint and both samples are impressive! (676 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Otis wears a sexy black satin dress. Although its opaqueness is never in question - regardless of the angle which it's observed - it does give out to brown leather edges and a dark hardwood paneling along its bottom. The sandy-brown head isn't exactly mountainous but maintains its firm, luscious figure and sticks like glue.

Lightly smoking and crisply toasting the malts has imprinted a strong nutty character to the aroma. My nose would suggest that acorns, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts were all shortly singed and then kiln roasted under a low temperature for a long period of time. It seems just a single block of bakers chocolate was plumped in there too and melted along the way.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and is perhaps even more nutty. The strongest flavour is that of roast almonds although more subtle notes of grilled pecans, nougat, granola and almond brittle can also be tasted. There is also a light shallot-like note. All this is coated with just a touch of smoke and very hefty ration of cocoa.

There is just enough carbonation to keep the beer quenching but not enough to swamp the refinement of flavours. The roast is perfect - it's as if they took all the roast and full flavours of espresso without much of the dry, bitter lingering. Otis is also perhaps the most filling (not to say bloating!) stout I may have ever had.

If only Sixpoint would make its outside of NYC then stout drinkers around the world would have a new session beer. The nutty chocolate, full roast flavour is dressed in a mouthfeel as silky and satiny as its complexion. A word like 'balance' really takes its meaning from wonderful craftsmanship offerings like the Otis Oatmeal Stout. (1,739 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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?

:) (989 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Dark, nearly black/brown in color. Poured with no head at all (poor service, and not a reflection of the brew)

S - Some malty sweetness, and roasted characteristics. Nothing that really stuck out as an oatmeal stout, but stout nonetheless

T - Definitely sweeter on the malts, and the oat flavors come through. Roasted rather than smokey. Some hop dryness toward the end

M - Medium MF, and closing in on a more viscous nature.

D - Pretty drinkable for the style, and the sample was easily quaffable.

Overall, this was not an overly complex take on the style. However, it was a solid take IMO. I would recommend it, but not above a few other brews in the category. (687 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown. Tan head. Oddest color I've seen in a long time for a beer. Nose is sweet malts. Flavor is kind of funky. Earthy and slightly metallic edge. Malty flavors and a pretty thick aftertaste. Feel is decent. Thick on the liquid and a good enough level of carbonation. I am going to drop the drinkability though on this one. Sure it's pretty good, but the funk edge on this one is almost too far out. Not my favorite from Sixpoint. (445 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked good – near black with about an inch of tan head courtesy of the nitro tap at the Blind Tiger, which left nice rings retained well by the pint glass. Smelled good like a good stout should – roasted chocolate malts swirled with toffee; the oats were present if didn’t come through as much as I like. But on the tongue, the diacytl that produced that pleasant toffee aroma was overwhelming. I wished I’d ordered a second Chelsea Dry Irish Stout. I didn’t taste a whole lot here because of the overwhelming buttery flavors, but there’s some molasses and roast coffee going on. It was smooth and creamy, despite. I’d try it again just to make sure that I didn’t just get a bad batch, but I was disappointed with this one. (732 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the BTAH in NYC on 4-23-07. . . .

A: A Guinness-like pour from the nitro tap yielded a 1-finger creamy, tan head over a black body. Nice rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, charcoal and smoke are immediately evident.

T: Like the nose -- roasted malt, burnt charcoal and milk chocolate. Finishes with a slightly bitter coffee-like flavor. Flavors aren't particularly strong, however.

M: Pretty smooth and appropriately carbonated. A little bit light in overall heft, however, and I usually find oatmeal stouts to be a little bit creamier.

D: Good. This one went down pretty easily.

Notes: the bartender at BTAH didn't know whether this was a porter or a stout (though she did pour it like you would pour a nitro-tap Guinness, so at some level she must've thought it was a stout or had been trained to pour it thusly). I didn't think it was strong enough to be a porter, so I was guessing at the time that it was an Irish Dry Stout. Knowing now that it was an Oatmeal Stout makes sense, but I usually find that Oatmeal Stouts are a little more creamy. Still, this was not bad at all, and I'd like to try it again knowing now what it is I'd be drinking. . . . (1,204 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (311 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head which lasts a little while then leaves some nice islands and some sticky lacing. the nose is slightly malty with some caramel undertones. The taste is malty and bitter with a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad oatmeal stout, glad to have had a chance to try it out. (369 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (453 characters)

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Otis from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.