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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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274 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: jt31914 on 06-19-2010)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

pBRale, Jan 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

dizztracted, Nov 15, 2011
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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

WestHam973, Nov 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

IpeeA, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Cris4545, Mar 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

FrostyJenbaJuice, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

pisomojado8, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Localdrinklax, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of RedBaron
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time on draught at the brewery, just one-and-a-half-weeks ago. As I poured the bottled version tonight, for this review, I think I'm in love all over again!

This 'stout', which the brewer actually confesses to being born of lager yeast, is an outstanding dark beer, complex in taste, wonderful to the nose, and opaque in color.

The beer poured nicely, with a dark brown head. The nose has hints of fruit (almost fig), as well as chocolate and roasted malts. The head on this brew poured vigourously, and maintained nicely down through the tasting.

The body, though not too heavy, was right on for a stout/dark lager, and had the combination of many nicely roasted malts, and a smoothness that probably comes from its namesake--oatmeal. There is also a nice bitterness to this beer, probably in the form of an American hop variety. Taken in combination with the various malts, this is one tasty beer!

The finish is nice, and the roastiness of this brew lingers here.

When I tried this beer at the brewery, I told the brewer that this reminded me of a more complex, fruity(ish) schwartzbier, with a definite American craft-brewed bent. He actually shared my sentiment, without revealing all the secrets in this beer.

Call it a stout, or call it a dark lager, Colony Oatmeal Stout is one fine beer.

RedBaron, Nov 19, 2003
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4.39/5  rDev +18%
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.

beergoot, Jun 07, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a sexy, completely opaque black. No light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A mélange of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little toasted coffee, and hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O, like my mom used to make me when I was sick. Bill Cosby would be proud.

Taste: Much toastier than the aroma. The bitterness of toasted coffee malts is prevalent, but well balanced by the dark and milk chocolate. Even the hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O makes an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and oh so deliciously stouty.

Drinkability: A solid stout and right down my alley. Loads of body and rich chocolate and coffee sensations. This one deserves a place on the mantel, dear.

TheQuietMan22, Oct 23, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

WildHighlander, Jul 18, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At the bar at which I ordered this a man warned me, while sitting over his Miller Light, "you best be careful with that son: It's pretty rough."

Bullshit.

This is one of the most drinkable stouts that I've ever had. Sweet malt upfront, not roasted and bitter, just a hint of coffee and toffee mixed with and oaty aftertaste. Really nice, but not very complex or strong. Good mouthfeel, but not great, and, like I said, this is the most drinkable stout that I've ever come across.

mynie, Oct 31, 2004
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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.

pat61, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

bpascale, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a light tan fluffy 1/2 inch head that dissapates quickly to nothing and no lacing.
Scent is of sweet dark roast malts, chocolate and slight coffee.
Taste follows the nose with dark sweet malts and fruits up front and a dry spicey hop and coffee finish.
Smooth as any stout I have ever had. The mouthfeel is well above average. It is creamy with appropriate carbination, the most outstanding part of this ,ah, *lager*??...
Drinkability is slightly above average also. This is a beer that I would sit and sip many. I have several and am going back for more.
A fine lagered stout. One of the best stouts I have ever had. This one easily competes with any stout from Bells.

trumick, Mar 29, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Eric908, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small dark brown head that disappears in a few seconds. Deep dark brown in color, appears almost black. Smells fantastic with a strong nutty, chocolaty aroma. Very smooth to drink with very low carbonation levels. Starts like a dry stout with many different characteristics. Taste like a chocolate covered macadamia nut with dry oatmeal flavors. Finishes with just a small amount of hops to balance it out. The finish last sometime and begins to have a strong earthy, nutty taste. Definitely know this is a oatmeal stout, and a very good one at that.

1759dallas, Oct 06, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

dmilewsk, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

BiomedHawk, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and creamy looking, this beer also smelled wonderful. I thought I could smell the oatmeal. Smooth ,velvelty and somewhat sweet, this beer was quite nice. It has an understated richness, but with enough hop presence to not make this too cloying. I very much enjoyed this brew, even in the summer.

AaronRed, Aug 04, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from tedpeer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roast, chocolate, and licorice. Taste is quite roasty, some bitterness in the middle and a lingering coffee roast in the finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Ample carbonation. This is a great little stout. Simple for what it is, but highly sessionable. I enjoyed this one immensely. On a side note, the bottle claims that this is a lager, I wonder if that is true.

johnnnniee, Nov 05, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. Bottled in October.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with one-half finger of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, a little chickory and coffee. Pretty good stuff.

T: Very smooth start, chocolate gradually swells and then has a hint of cherry and minerals, slowly fades into lightly bitter coffee with some roasted notes. Unexpectedly complex and pretty unique.

M: Not too heavy, solid, soda-like carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: Very pleased with this one. Good flavor and interesting profile. After an afternoon of raking leaves, this is really hitting the spot. Will definitely buy again.

AmericanGothic, Oct 30, 2011
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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.