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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 305
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 305
Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black color with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving little bits of lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and malt aromas. it has a roasted malty taste, burnt, bitter black coffee flavor on the finish. This beer was medium body and silky smooth. It was a perfect sessionable stout, a nice surpise here.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with an oatmeal stout. I must say, being an Iowa native, I am quite surprised to see that a state with such a strong love affair for sissy yellow beer could produce such a deliciously black nectar. This was my third favorite of Millstream's product line when I took the tour earlier today. It pours quite dark with a small tan head. Tastes almost like a Guiness, but not quite as dry or harsh. While I can appreciate this beer for what it is, it would not be my choice for a medium to heavy session.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Millstream Back Road Stout… on tap at Millstream Brewhaus in the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Appearance-a dark black color on the initial pour, a creamy one finger head rises and falls quickly leaving behind a mess of crackling bubbles and intense carbonation.

Smell-light wafts of coffee and chocolate, alcohol burn
mixed with crusted bread mash, pungent but not overpowering

Taste/Mouthfeel-tastes of roasted malt and bread mixed with the alcohol, viscous mouthfeel that is chewy. Malt dominates throughout with hops only making a mild appearance, sweet flavors do penetrate and the final flavor on the tongue is one of chocolate malt. Flavors are strong and they work, one of the few stouts I’ve had that is light enough to be refreshing as well.

Overall-nice representation of the style and well done. This was one I’d drink again, recommended.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on this one confuses me, it says its "Colony Oatmeal Stout" but under that it says "Lager". Interesting...

Pours an inky black with a nice thick offwhite/tan hjead that settles nicely and slowly bubbles away.

Smells of dark, sweet malt with some roasty, toasty notes. Some slight vanilla and coffee smells as well.

Tastes very roasty, like a dark coffee roast. Pretty tasty as its not a syrupy sweet stout but rather a very smooth, very flavorful beer.

Thanks to akokandy for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this. I've knocked another state of my list.

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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jt31914
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle in Des Moines from Beer Crazy

A: Dark black with no head or lacing. Very obvious lack of carbonation.

S: Straight coffee...

T: Coffee and malt balanced by bitter dark chocolate. Reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. Very good tasting beer.

M/D: Pretty drinkable I suppose, smooth mouth feel - very slick.

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

Thanks again to Mr Doyle and his beer of the month club for this bottle.

Appears blavk as night and poured a nice head but is leaving no lacing. Smell is somewhat sweet but discreet. Taste has coffee overtones, is smooth, but finishes dry. Mouthfeel is smooth as an outmeal stout should be. This is a nice beer that is worth a try.

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

Black with bright ruby highlights. The head is a light toasty brown with large bubbles visible where foam meets glass. It falls unevenly to a softly lumpy disk and leaves a small amount of lace in disordered scraps.

The aroma delivers sweet, roasted malt without much in the way of coffee or chocolate. Maybe those guys will make an appearance as the beer warms. Note: some chocolate becomes noticeable as room temperature approaches.

The flavor is enjoyable and is of dark chocolate-laced black malt. There's also a subtle hop bite that fades in roughly two seconds after beer enters mouth. The finish is increasingly (though still only modestly) bitter. The mouthfeel is a few notches more full than medium and has a softness that might be due to the oats.

Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout is a good version. I'll have no problem drinking locally after tasting this beer.

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Photo of Blanco
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as a gift from a friend living in Cedar Rapids. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Black with a dark brown head that holds for about 30 seconds then fizzles to almost nothing.

Strong chocolate and coffee smell.

While the smell leans more to the chocolate side, the taste is more like coffee. It's very pleasant and slightly sweet and bitter at the same time. Starts off almost bland, but gets more complex with every sip.

Was a bit thinner and lighter than I expected, with only the slightest tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Very solid. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of hero27
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very deep, dark brown..entirely opaque. Relatively thin brown head to start which recedes to a thin tan ring, and eventually disappears completely.

Smell: Nice roasted oatmeal smell. Hints of chocolate & coffee in the aroma also.

Taste: Roasted sweet malt taste of oatmeal and chocolate up-front. Lingering coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth & medium-bodied. Subtle flavors make this a very drinkable beverage, by any style's standards.

Drinkability: An enjoyable (and highly drinkable) stout. If you're a fan of the style, I'd definitely recommend it. It is a nice fallback session stout around these parts since it is widely available in this area.

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Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Poured black in color (can't see through it) with a very small tan head; smelled of coffee, mocha, caramel and oatmeal. A heavy beer with very little to no carbonation, that goes down creamy and smooth.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, a hint of vanilla and mocha flavors; slight hint of grains, which I assume to be the oatmeal. A very malty and enjoyable stout for those who like coffee since the roasted malt flavor dominates this brew. Has a grainy feel to it where the malt/oatmeal almost feel like it's leaving a residue, yet it's a dry finish. Good tasty stout that goes down easy, like water. It's worth trying this beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a rich coal black with a small cocoa head that thins. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with nice cocoa tones and mild coffee smell.

Immediate roasted flavor, it leads into a rich cocoa taste with espresso on the back end. Finishes with a lingering roasted coffee flavor.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

A nice, drinkable oatmeal stout. Could easily enjoy a few of these in a sitting. Another nice brew from Millstream, I am impressed by what I have tried so far.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, Nov notched on the label.

Solid onyx. Short espresso crema head of medium bubbles that quickly settles to a skim coat. No carbonation streams are visible. Slightly charred oatmeal, both sweet and charcoal, dominates, but is still relatively restrained. An initial smoky roastedness fills the mouth. The oatmeal comes on, but not as smooth or creamy as expected and has trouble standing out against the deep roasted notes. The finish is of slightly bitter roast malt and it is short and compact. The palette is left surprisingly clean. Medium to light mouthfeel with a thin, petite body, this could use just a bit more oomph, but that is just to be picky. Nicely carbonated. Enjoyable and a solid offering.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a nice tan head. It has a sweet and a bit roasty character to the aroma, but there isn't much else apart from that. The taste is quite different. Maybe the fact that it is aparently lagered according to the bottle? It is definitley very sweet and estery. It also has a nice bitterness to it as well. It is not as full bodied as i would have liked it to be and it has pretty good drinkablility.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low carbonation and head as expected, nice and chewy with a chocolate/coffee flavor. Smooth throughout with the malt and hops balanced. I see why it is brewed year-round.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Millstream Oatmeal Stout pours out a not quite black color with a small brown head. Roasted chocolate in the aroma with roasted malt. The flavor is very roasty and smooth, although some astringency comes in at the finish. Lots of chocolatey flavor. Just a touch of hoppiness. Drinkability is pretty good. According to the bottle this is a lager, but I can't taste how this differs from a regular oatmeal stout. Not overly roasty, but this still a decent example of the style.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 as part of a BOTM club selection. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Ink black-brown color w/ a light tan-1/4 inch head that dissipates leaves fast. No lacing.

S: Initial nose had roasted malt & nuts. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee after a few heavy sniffs.

T: As pleasantly expected - dark, sweet malts & dark fruit (dates?) up front w/a dry spicy hop & coffee finish to it.

M & D: Awfully smooth consider the good carbs. Creamy yet lager-ish. A session beer for sure.

A fine lagered stout. Thanks to my buddy for the BOTM membership. I don't believe I would have been able to try any of the Millstream brews otherwise.

Well-played, Millstream.

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Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery, was served with a thick dark creamy brown with a nice tan head with good retention.

Smell was mostly dark roasted malts with a touch of coffee flavors coming out.

Taste was a nice mix of coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and a slight sweet creamyness that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was to thin for a beer like this and is the one aspect that holds if back.

Drinkabillity was good, in fact I planned to bring some bottles home with me from the brewere, but unfortanetly they were out at the time.

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Photo of Dantes
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Package: 12oz. crowned brown “heritage” bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common “date scale” along side is not notched (all too common lately). No ABV information. Pleasant green label with grist mill logo.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~50º

Appearance: A tad lighter than normal for an oatmeal stout. Admits some light, giving it a aint tea-like glow. Generated a generous, but loose cream-colored head; that resolved quickly down to a stout ring.

Smell: Nice but faint aroma, with some nice roastiness and a likable cereal note.

Taste: Reasonably full, considering the faint aroma. Gently roasted flavor with some sweet graininess and a recognizable oatmeal fullness. A mild fruity dimension also makes itself known. Finishes cleanly but a bit quickly, with a diluted sensation.

Mouthfeel: Starts off very creamy and reasonably full, but does sort of “collapse” into a more watery state. Seemingly consistent with their other beers (qv.). Interesting in that I feel similarly about some of Ithaca Brewing’s beers (especially the brown ale). Very silky, persistent carbonation. Very interesting in that the carbonation is so good, while the body is a bit on the weak side. Tough to rate.

Drinkability: A beer that is likely to please a wide range of people. Very smooth, easy-drinking and satisfying, but complex enough for “serious” beer drinkers.

Backwash: Quite an interesting beer. Labelled as a lager, you would hardly know it but for the slightly diluted body and perhaps the simple flavor profile. Still, it provides a good deal of flavor and enjoyment in a tight, refined package. A fine local choice.

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Photo of jmatthew
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good solid black appearance, but lacks the oily thickness of other stouts. Smells of dark chocolate. Taste is appealing with bittersweet chocolate in the front, more bitter at first and sweet afterwards, and a good maltiness in the middle. Hops are slightly present, smooth and easy down the pipe.

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Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ketchepillar for this bottle through trade.
Pous a nice dark black with a lasting soft and creamy tan head. Smell is metallic, but nicely raosty and some ash, sweetness, and coffee as well. Taste is nicely balanced with coffee, soft oatmeal creaminess and a medium roastiness and light body. Drinks very easily, but not too thin, still. Pretty good, and I actually liked this one quite a bit more than expected. I felt it was pretty underrated.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.