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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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265 Ratings

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Saxboy10, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

langfot99, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

RandyKemka, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bottle to enjoy on what will hopefully be the last day that is remotely wintery.

A: Pours dark brown, extremely dark, though not entirely black in the glass. A nice two finger head with a lot of bubble variation and texture. This beer could use a little more active carbonation/richness to the head formation, it's fading fast.

S: Chocolatey, cooked grain dominate the smell...maybe something like chocolate malt-o-meal? It's more than a little grainy, but toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke make a little appearance as well.

T: Not as astringent as many Oatmeal stouts, and while I like it, I feel that's a little off style. Or perhaps a new direction for the style? This almost borders (in taste) on an Oatmeal Porter because of that though. In general, the taste is not as strong as the aroma, in fact I would say the aroma is far more dominant. The more I drink, the more bitterness comes out though, and it's nice and good.

M: Could be slightly creamier and smoother, but good overall, not at all too thin.

D: This is just a good beer, and I'm quite happy with that.

mdwalsh, Apr 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

dccrocker9697, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bluckbeyes, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

tom79mp, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Mojo, Friday at 03:04 AM
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

dasmusik, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

herman77, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jho3325, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

eph1291, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Thompson, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

beerguy23, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says Stout and Lager. I don't know who to believe.

Appearance: Black, very opaque unless held up to light, hints of reddish brown appear when the light strikes correctly. The head is fairly sturdy and the lacing hangs around well.

Aroma: Black coffee. There is quite a bit of steady roasted character with cake batter mingling into the aroma. Maybe there is some caramel, but most of the flavors are dominated by the burnt roastyness.

Taste: The first sip is quite shocking. The roastyness is very solid here. The burned roast is very much like the flavors expected in a cup of strong coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than most stouts but this beer seems to have a nice bubbly carbonation. The beer finishes slightly bitter leading to a twinge of pleasant sourness.

Notes: This is a very nice beer. It seems to be a bit thin compared to most stouts, but this may have something to do with the fact that it's supposedly using lager yeast? Regardless of whether it is to style or not, its a very tasty beer. Maybe the lager yeast choices help this beer attain session quality?

beerinator, May 03, 2005
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Mdodge8837, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

SamAdams327, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

andy1701, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

TEdubbaD, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don, you're a champ. This pours a deep, deep brown color with just a hint of light showing at the edges. There is a small head that falls to coat the top of the brew. The nose is nice, with a healthy roasted and slight chocolate character. The flavor is good. There is a nice bit of chocolatey sweetness and a slight burnt roasted quality. The feel is moderate to thick. This brew is rather nice. I like the nose and the flavors. I would have this one again. Very good show.

kmpitz2, Apr 17, 2005
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jabartheljr, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

EROCK75, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

XCBeerDrinker, Jul 25, 2014
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.