Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Opaque black pour with a nice soft bubbly tan head...recedes fairly quickly to a ring around the top. Some nice lacing as well...no light is getting through here. A very nice robust ground coffee aroma intertwines with notes of dark chocolate and toasted oats. Big, impressive nose!
Smooth roasted, toasty oat maltiness mixes with some nutty coffee tones and hints of bitter dark chocolate on the way down. Just a nice, tasty oatmeal stout overall.
Mouthfeel has a silky smooth creaminess to it with just enough carbonation to make it lively on the palate. This is a stout that I wouldn't mind sessioning with and is a nice suprise as I just picked it up on a whim while I was in Iowa. Recommended.
02-07-2005 03:36:14 | More by orbitalr0x
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Presentation: Big E-Z Cap swig-top brown one liter bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Ink black with a sizeable frothy tan head.
Smell: Creamy and sweet ... pretty much what you would get off of an iced cafe latte.
Taste: Silky smooth and held together by a textured medium body. Intermingling roasted and sweet malt flavours ... followed by more silky sweetness. Roasted flavours are a bit restrained though leave a nice bitter bite. Underlying caramel flavour and a coffee like aftertaste wrap up the finish.
Notes: Very drinkable and quite clean ... not your usual over roasted character found in a lot of oatmeal stouts, just good easy drinking. Goes perfect with any kind of chocolate.
06-14-2002 12:12:07 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Black color, creamy tan head. Smell is of cocoa and roasty, with some hops perceived as well, nice, but could have been stronger. There seems to be some sort of sourness in the taste, but luckily the roastiness overpowers it quickly and leads you to a tasting of oats and cocoa in the finish. Lower carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I could definately see myself having more of this, could be improved in some areas, but is a pretty good local stout. Worth trying if you come across.
08-12-2006 06:20:05 | More by badbeer
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
01-22-2013 05:35:40 | More by NilocRellim
3.44/5 rDev -7.8%
Ah, one of the few advantages of having a girlfriend in law school in Iowa ten years ago.
Great dark black (oxymoron) beer with frothy tan head. Aroma was a little more alcohol than I liked, but the deep rich and roasted malt also came out nicely with it.
Taste, definitely chewy, and the alcohol was no longer as omniprescient (sic) as it was in the aroma. Came off as smooth. More coffee and caramel to it than chocolate. The mouthfeel did develop a little more bitterness than usual with the use of oats, but I guess when you have a coffee feel, you're gonna get some bitterness usually.
09-23-2010 23:52:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
This bee rpours an inky black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving no lace.
This beer has a sweet caramel aorma. It smells a bit biscuity. Maybe a little too much so. It has a slight chocolatey aroma as well.
This beer has a mild bittersweet chocolate flavor. A bit of bread and biscuit in the flavor. Roasted malts with a slight licorice flavor also.
This beer is a little too carbonated for the style. It leaves a biscuity aftertaste.
This beer might be a decent session beer. It is not too alcoholic, and the flavor is not too aggressive.
Overall: Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for this generous hook up. The bottle says " Colony Oatmeal Stout Lager" That makes absolutely no sense, but whatever. This beer was good. Not like a life changing beer, but definately drinkable, and worth drinking again.
11-21-2008 04:59:55 | More by OStrungT
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Black black beer with hints of red hue. Tan cream head. Nice aromatic qualities.
Taste is a nice slow mellow stout. A gentle thumb up. A little sweet and chocolaty. It's not over the top. Nice smooth low carbonation that complements the subtle quality of this stout. I recommend it.
Goes down well with a nice dose of Paul Bley solo piano music or Pink Floyd. Take your pick.
02-17-2012 03:13:59 | More by frankiepop
4.03/5 rDev +8%
12oz. stubby brown bottle, twist off cap, poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours pitch black with nearly no light on the edges. A finger or so of dark khaki head forms and holds for a bit. No lacing.
S: Some nice debittered malts aroma. Very light sweetness behind a dry maltiness. No hops.
T/M: Nice maltiness without any sharp bitterness. Very light chocolate in the back, probably what lends the sweetness in the nose. Some cereal grains. Nothing overdone here, and that's how it should be. Body is medium to medium light with smooth carbonation. Glad they didn't nitro this.
D: Very drinkable. ABV is probably 4 - 5%, making this crushable. The flavor is good but I'd like to see just a little something else... something light to boost the complexity a bit.
06-10-2010 05:41:57 | More by pwoods
3.71/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-02-2014 20:53:31 | More by Brenden
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Picked this up passing through at John's Grocery.
Was in the mood for a stout.
Toffee brown head, opaque black body.
Coats buts doesn't really leave sheathing on the glass.
Aroma reminds of homemade bread- baked, molasses smells.
Taste is of roasted caramel.
Finishes almost cloying but the CO2 washes clean.
This is a Meal but in style- still can't figure out how this is a "Lager" as stated on the label.
05-26-2006 03:45:52 | More by brewQ
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
The label on this is a bit confusing. The sash on it say "Colony Oatmeal Stout" but in smaller lettering underneath it states "Lager". Hrmmmm. There are freshness months listed but none checked.
It pours dark as night with virtually no head. The aroma is roasted malt and wood-burning stove - not smoky though. The malt is the most notably charachteristic on the palate. I find very little oatmeal. It's drinkable, nothing terribly interesting or exciting. Perhaps it's a bit thin too to style.
Not worth going out of the way for, but then again it's from Iowa. Nothing about Iowa is worth going out of the way for. :P
09-12-2006 18:37:15 | More by sloejams
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Millstream- Oatmeal Stout
A- Deep dark cola brown/ black with a small light filmy lacing head.
S- Good roasted chocolate malt with sweet black coffee.
T- Sweet black coffee, sugar, light roasted chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and cream.
M- Nice sugary sweet coffee with little to no acidness. Soft creamy dry chocolate/ cocoa with a thick sweet slight hopped finish.
Overall- Crisp, clean, and chock full of flavors. A solid Oatmeal Stout.
06-17-2009 22:43:06 | More by NJpadreFan
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Interesting since this is clearly marked "lager" on the label. Doesn't seem to be, and it would be odd if it was. Who knows?
Quite black with some burnt-orange fringes. Fluffy dark tan head does not stick around long.
Faint toasted aroma, with some oat sweetness. Very nice, but not enough.
Smooth roasted body. As opposed to brashly roasted, it is subtle and rounded here. Oaty smoothness enters and lingers. Lactose sweetness is perceived. A touch of grain, mingling with chocolate. Evident butter. Java tones last long into the finish. This is very nice tasting, but seems too slight to really blow anyone's socks off.
Thinnish (once again, Millstream) in the mouth. What presents itself is smooth and silky. Boost the body of this just a little, and it is a very, very solid oatmeal stout. Above average as it is. Easily consumed.
08-28-2002 00:46:57 | More by cokes
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
06-04-2012 03:00:56 | More by augustgarage
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Purple-black with a small but extremely dense brown head comprised of thick whipped luscious cream. Lots of really creamy lace sticks to the glass, and swirling builds he head up quite a bit. Looks soft and pillowy.
S - Creamy chocolate mouse and thick chewy fudge. Cookie dough ice cream with dark chocolate chips. Some firm nutty notes keep things grounded, and some autumn leaf hops add complexity.
T - Coffee with tons of cream and sugar, dark baker's chocolate, cookie dough, and cashews.
M - Ridiculously smooth and silken, full bodied, and creamy....almost airy like whipped cream before settling it's full weight on your tongue.
D - Good stuff! Nothing to complain about here. This smooth drinking stout does everything right an nothing wrong. I like the cookie dough ice cream notes...I don't think I've ever mentioned that in any other review.
09-11-2008 15:03:38 | More by pmcadamis
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
12oz single, consumed last friday...a friend of mine got it at brennans-watts road before we cooked up some grub
appearance: dark brown, almost opaque body poured into a pint glass...strong tan head with decent lace
aroma: just fine...bakers chocolate, light coffee, rather roasty
taste: nice dry chocolate, bakers chocolate, strong roasted malt, light char...not anything bad to say but its pretty standard
mouthfeel: medium body, lightly acidic
02-01-2007 04:16:58 | More by dirtylou
2.78/5 rDev -25.5%
Starts out really nice. Beautiful roast coffee smell when opened. Pours a deep black body under a thin tan head. Taste is very roasty, too, but I also get the big sour orange taste other raters mentioned, followed by a punch of Coca-cola. Taste does settle out to a nice creamy oatmeal stout, but the sour cola gets in the way. How could they got such a taste with a lager yeast?
I emailed the brewery and they suggested the off taste came from the fact that I had an 8-month old bottle; since they don't pasteurize their beer, that's past its prime. I will definietly buy more fresh beer and revise my review at a future date.
02-01-2005 18:56:22 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.