Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout

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BA SCORE
84
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jt31914 on 06-19-2010

The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU
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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 151
Photo of alarmclock314
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours brownish black with a good-sized tan head. Smells of earthy hops and roasted malt. Subdued taste of light coffee, roasted malts, and hops, some citrus rind coming through. Medium body and average-high carbonation. Pretty good, but the smell and taste is too mellow.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Pours a motor oil black body straight out of the bottle, but what's most disappointing is the total lack of head. There's none, period. I'm wondering if I got a dud, and the "best by" date is December of 2014, so maybe that had something to do with it being 4 months out of date. Still, I've had some beers WAY past date that still poured an awesome head. So, yeah, major problems in this category.

Aroma : Chocolatey malts, some licorice, oatmeal, light coffee aromas. Typical for your standard Oatmeal Stout, and I love that, so this is right up my alley. Faint woody hop in the distance at just the right level.

Taste : It's pretty easy drinking stout right off the bat, with the oatmeal coming out right away. Some coffee grounds and light earth follow, and some faint roasted malts with cocoa powder. At the end is some semi-sweet chocolate that rests on the palate.

Mouthfeel : Pretty medium bodied, a bit sticky and tarry, perhaps sappy even. It ends with a pleasant dryness as it soaks up the saliva on your tongue with authority. Pretty on par for the style, though I like the extra dryness here. The lack of head equates to a lack of stable carbonation, and it comes off a bit flat unfortunately.

Overall : I'd have it again, and for what a six pack goes for ($8.99 around here), it's worth a grab. The total lack of head really started out this journey a bit rocky down the back road, but by the end the ride smoothed out and it's a pretty decent brew overall.

Photo of maedhros09
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nearly opaque dark brown with moderate chocolate cream head. Moderate to light body for stout. Deep roasty chocolate notes with slightly acidic palate. Decent, but I like more body and less acidity in my stouts.

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Awesome stout for the price, at 7.99 a six pack you can't go wrong. Great Beer! Very Impressed with Iowa Brews

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Prune, coffee and grain on the nose. Pours bright black under a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap. The palate starts with grain, chocolate, light coffee, and fruit. The roast is fairly mild and the beer starts with a little sweetness but dries out with a hint of sour on the finish. Above average carbonation and a medium full body. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Benny.

This stout is an oily near black, some brown just showing through the thickly dark body. The brown head is small and frothy, compact and strong as it sits at roughly half a finger for most of the duration, making a moderate show of lacing.
This is a sweeter stout, less of the big roast than many and countering most of the dryness. There's a light note of coffee, but coffee with so much creamer it drowns out the bitterness fortunately and the depth and strength less fortunately.
It's pretty tasty but held back just a little. It has a light roast, some coffee flavors, even a note of oats such as don't come out in an oatmeal stout, and cream, but it's not allowed to reach its full depth and potential. Still, I'd definitely have another.
The smoothness the style is known for is achieved in this beer, with little roast coming from dryness but having enough heft and just enough of a drier aspect to give it the balance and character it needs.

Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a rich, tan head. Coffee, charred grain, and chocolate in the aroma. The taste reflects the aroma with the addition of bitter black walnut and hazelnut and a very faint vanilla presence; terse hop bitterness. Medium-heavy feel; slick and oily with a semi-dry finish.

This felt more like a dry stout to me. It's packed with dark, welcoming warmth. Plenty of roasted character in the smell and taste and it finishes with a complex offering of delicate malt sweetness and dry hop bitterness and feel. Very nicely done.

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter stout than I expected. Nice deep roast color, with a nice tan head. I predominately tasted coco powder and the oat meal. It's not a "sweet" stout by any means. It is light, and leaves a very mild aftertaste on your tongue. I almost taste a fruitiness I can't place after I swallow. A good stout if you're looking something that isn't thick and rich feeling.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with just a thing beige head seen. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, black coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is actually even better with the roasted malts/coffee coming right though that ends with a slight chocolate finish. No bitter or harsh finish on this one! Goes down very easy and is very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Beertender01
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A slightly better than average stout.

I've had this in both the bottle and on tap (and also freshly from the brewer's taps). I prefer to avoid the bottle as it can be a totally different experience (one that the brewer could remedy with the purchase of a new bottling machine).

Normally this is a competent little beer that doesn't overwhelm you.
It pours black with a brown head that quickly dissipates.
Chocolate and roasted malts. The taste for fresher batches is more crisp. When the been has sat for a while (in the keg or the bottle), that crispness goes away.

Very drinkable.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap.

The beer is very dark, almost black in appearance. The smell is very clean and crisp, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is rich, you taste the oats right away, slightly sweet, with a clean roastiness and coffee aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a 3 Floyds imperial pint.

Black in color with brown highlights and a medium head which falls quicly to a ring. No lacing.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma is inviting.

Taste of milk chocolate and toffee with mellow roast malt. Mild, not bitter roast but with a good roast taste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel is thin to medium with light carbonation creating a very sessionable stout.

Overall a smooth, creamy and mellow brew that is easy to drink. I like this one. My first taste of Millstreet. Great job.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a faint touch of hops but also a metallic quality.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted oats. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The hops presence I mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap into nonic

A: dark black, tan head that didn't stick around but that may be the bar's fault. Nice lacing

S: caramel, burnt sugar, cherries, citrus zest

T: sweet with sugary chocolate, moderate cherry flavors and a bit of tannic bitterness. Slight alcohol warmth.

M: medium with some syrupy sensation from
The sugars, medium dry finish

O: sweeter than I'd optimally like but the alcohol moderates. An ok brew.

Photo of WildHighlander
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Up in Wyoming, MN on business. I always like to try what is local. I was very pleasantly pleased with this beer. Never heard of Millstream Brewing Co. Very good flavor. Nice aroma. Good head retention. Nice color. Smooth, slight sweetness. Good blending of flavors. I'm going to have another.

Photo of momoagogo14
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an Okocim pint glass

Aroma: strong dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts
Appearance: chocolate brown, light brown head with minimal lacing and retention
Taste: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors come through up front, the oatmeal nuttiness is more present on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Almost seems too thin and too carbonated for the style.
Overall: Tried this on a whim because I like supporting local breweries. I think it’s a good first attempt at the style. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavors. Just wish the texture/mouthfeel was a little more substantial.

Photo of bmike86
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack from Hyvee Wine & Spirits in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- dark brownish black, with about a finger and a half of a light brown head, pretty good retention leaving a light lace

Smell --- pleasant smell of chocolate, with a small bit of roasted malt & coffee scents

Taste --- nice blend of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate & coffee, with a minimal amount of hops

Mouth feel --- medium bodied, average carbonation, a bit of creaminess and bitterness

Overall --- I figured I would give this one a shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The smell is fairly strong & extremely nice, leaving me to want a bit more from the taste I felt. I would say this is an above average oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone that could possibly find/come across it. Millstream did such a good job with their version of it, that I am now curious about their other offerings. I know what I will keep an eye out for, the next time I visit Iowa.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. An undecipherable notching date system on the label. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Very dark brown with wispy beige head with average retention and a few lace forms.

S: The aroma provides some light roast, milk chocolate, and herbal hops.

T: The flavor is more enjoyable with more roast but not overdone, cocoa and dark chocolate, and pumpernickel crust. There is some bitterness to this brew, although I think it is more due to the roast and dark malts. It ends with a little bit of sourness in the aftertaste.

M: The oatmeal smoothness is counteracted by the overcarbonation which leaves too thin a finish.

O: Reasonably decent brew that I am glad I got a chance to try.

Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black body with an inch of mocha brown foam that recedes slowly to a think skein, leaving small fits of lace.

Smell is malt, roasted malt, oats, faint caramel, dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, faint coffee, oatmeal, dark cherries, lightly chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation to scrub the palate. Body holds together well.

Overall a nice example of an oatmeal stout, I'd buy it again.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Forest Inn; served in a mug.

Seal brown liquid with faint auburn and rufous highlights around the edge. Desert sand foam with creamy lacing and excellent retention.

Lovely dark roast malt aromatics suggest coffee and chocolate.

Deep chocolatey roast malt with hints of coffee and cream and vanilla on the palate. ABV is well hidden. Smooth sweet oat cakes, ganache, and toasted bread crusts into the finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy (thanks to the oats), and velvety.

A simple but excellent oatmeal stout, perfectly balanced.

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks egrace84 for this one.

A- Pours an inch tall fizzy(!) mocha colored head than settles in to a small, denser head. Dark brown/black body. After the head resides the beer is much more attractive as a whole. Very nice lacing lacing present.

S- Cola/chocolate whiffs, slightly metallic.

T- Follows the nose pretty well with a hint of fruitiness going on somewhere in there, more specifically grape. More metallic than roasty. Would guess this around 5.5%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy.

D/O- All in all, goes down pretty easily with a few off flavors present in the nose and mouth. Not something I'd recommend but not terrible either.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately mild carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice stout that I would be happy to drink again.

Photo of kjyost
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the sampler pack at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Absolutely gorgeous. Tons of tan lacing, deep black body with clear ruby red edges. A cap that laces lasts for a whole half hour drink. Amazing.
S: Liquorice, molasses and burnt sugar are primarily on the nose, with a hint of earth underlying it all.
T: Nice sweetness with lots of roast bitterness, a bit of molasses and a lingering earthy note on the tongue.
M: Smooth, somewhat silky beer with a good balance of sweetness and roast / hop bitterness.
O: A rock solid effort, that is great for what it is. Needs a bit more complexity to be a world class beer though.

Photo of bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black color, nice finger of tan head. Decent lacing, head dissapates somewhat quickly

S- Dark roast, baker's chocolate, coffee

T/M Nice chocolate flavors come through, but they don't overpower the roasted notes. Very low bitterness, slightly sweet without being cloying. Gives a very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin, making this have more a session beer like quality rather than a sipper. Lacks that velvety smoothness of a truly great stout as far as mouthfeel, but thats its only weakness.

Overall- A very good stout. Easy drinking, balanced, and refreshing. A great way to introduce your Guiness drinker to the wider world of stouts.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours almost black, with just a tiny bit of light shining through. Thin tan head settles rather quickly, and leaves little lacing.

S: Roasted malt lends to some chocolate notes and hints of espresso and toast. Hops are hardly present on the nose.

T: Slightly burnt character up front, with coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. A hint of alcohol is present, with a bittering hop finish.

Notes: Slightly thin mouthfeel, although this beer does have some body. Flavors are balanced. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but not one that I would seek out time after time.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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