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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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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 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 Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored that slowly fell to a thick surface foam. Some nice lacing developed.

Smell: roasted malts and some chocolate tones are mild but pleasant.

Taste: roasted malt with some softer chocolate, coffee, and oats. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and light dry late. There is some softer creaminess to this beer too. Aftertaste is relatively short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout and a few of these can be had in a single session. Nice balanced flavors makes this an enjoyable version. (587 characters)

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 Tschnab
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Blind Tiger

A- nitro-pour into a pint glass. milk chocolate head about two fingers worth. Nice lace. Sticky.

S- very soft aroma, light chocolate, light roast, light cream, very subtle.

T- again, it is a delicate tasting stout. Small flavors like the nose, a milky sweet aftertaste. Hops hit at the end too. It's unbelievably creamy thanks to the nitro.

O- Nothing mind blowing but I got to say, despite its mellowness, I'm actually really digging this. (466 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of m1ked
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from WF Bowery beer room. I feel like I should branch out but they are so close, have good prices, and good rotations.

A- Pours pitch black with a thick creamy mocha head that looks like a nitro pour with the bubbles looking like they are falling down the beer like a guiness, looks cool. The fine bubbled foamy head is retained for a long time. There is alot of fine creamy lacing on the glass. Eventually a thin creamy cap remains. When held up to the light you can see some fresh motor oil brown edges.

S- Heavy/dark biscuity maltiness. A very light cocoa and a whiff of etoh. Not too exciting.

T- A woody malty mix right up front, the blends into bitter hops & bitter roasted coffee. The bitter lingers til the end. There is a subtle liquid smoke flavor in there too. A nutty after flavor.

M- Fuul, smooth, creamy with a slight slickness on the tongue. Like a meal here.

D- The flavor is good- bitter, woody....but the mouthfeel is great- full smooth and creamy. Yet another very enjoyable offering from Sixpoint. (1,035 characters)

Photo of BTPete
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Rattle N Hum, notes directly from phone.

Sixpoint Otis, oatmeal stout -nitro

Pint @ rattle-n-hum

A: black with a centimeter velvety head. Nice lacing on glass. Bubbles all long inside glass.

S: roasted malt charcter, some toffee/caramel.

T: smooth character, full bodied stout, enjoy the roasty coffe flavors, decent flavor profile, things seem to balance each other out and nothing is fighting for 1st.

M: smooth full bodied, nice carbonation, plenty but not too much. Makes it fun in mouth.

D: extremely smooth and drinkable. I'd have another if I wasn't meeting my boss later. (597 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on Nitro tap at T Brendan O'Reilly's in Harrisburg. Served in a tulip pint.

A - The color has a moderate cascade from deep brown at the base of the glass to medium brown topped with a thick 1 inch band of nitro whipped light beige. The clarity is opaque and the head holds moderately well

S - The smell is a mix of deep roasted and caramel malts. The nose has a light sweet aroma similar to toffee with a mild char element.

M - the feel is good, but I feel the Nitro strips it of some of its body drying it slightly, but that isn't to say it lacks sweetness it has roasted character and mild spice and bitterness while the feel is dry as it finished

T - the flavor is good with mild caramel and sweetened coffee flavors and the slight piney bitterness from the hops lets the stout avoid being too sweet. The malt has a mild bitterness from the dark roasted grain and includes a light char effect in the flavor with toffee and dark toasted bread comes to mind

D - I was satisfied with this, but it is not my first choice in oatmeal stouts. I found the bitterness to be slightly high in hops and malt putting it slightly out of balance. The nitro treatment doesn't help IMO but I would order it again if on C02 to compare (1,235 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 dudecandle
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rattle n Hum's Cask Anniversary Fest, NYC:

A: Near-black body with a wisp of head.

S/T: Very smokey with a good amount of nuttiness. On the taste, the smokiness takes on a meaty salami quality. Weird, but not ass off-putting as it sounds. The oatmeal quality is noticeable, giving it a bit of a different sweetness and toastiness.

M: Very slick, a bit too flat, but that may have had what to do with the cask being a few days old.

D: Great flavors, but smokiness and the slickness don't mesh well. I look forward to trying this on tap. (551 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)

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: black, tons of thick khaki head. Nitro pour yields the best head consistency and overall viscosity. Huge, thick rings of tan lace. Gorgeous!

S: unexpectedly hoppy in the nose. Chocolate malts are there but hard to pick up. Any hints of other aromas are far too faint to perceive.

T: dark and roasty malts greet you first, then a creamy milky sweetness takes over before the hops bring it home for a dry finish. Surprisingly hoppy for a stout, but it works.

M: nitro + stout = perfection. Huge, silky body with a 100% chance of creaminess. Bliss!

O: a solid stout with a unique twist. I'll say it again: *all* stouts should be served on nitro. Props to Spitzer's for having 3 nitro taps! (693 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (814 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/21/2009. Growler from Big Z beverage. Pours a dark brown with a plentiful dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and oatmeal. Flavor of roasted malt with a smooth and milky palate. A pretty good oatmeal stout and definitely very drinkable. (252 characters)

Photo of CapitolCrusher
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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! :-) (516 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz straight from a firkin

A-pitch black, a few ruby highlights on the edges. Small tan head.

S- roasted malts, cocoa, oatmeal, and Sixpoint yeast.

T- cocoa, French roast coffee, a bit of black licorice, brown sugar and oatmeal.

M- medium to full bodied, a bit slick and creamy from the oatmeal. Dry on the finish, which I don't really dig all that much.

O- it's Sixpoint, so it's quite good, but I'll still take Diesel. (426 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of JTahoe
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured rich chocolate, left light lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and malts. Tasted oats, chocolate, coffee, caramel...all the best ingredients for a rich, tasty stout. This could be one of my top 10 stouts, very rich and tasty. Highly recommend! (258 characters)

Photo of BigBigPickle
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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. (402 characters)

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