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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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154 Reviews

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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: 310
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with ruby-hued edges and a thin, thin khaki-colored head.

Smell: Mild, faint aroma of dark malts, with a hint of dark chocolate and metal.

Taste: Lightly sweetened, smokey dark chocolate flavor. Finishes tangy and metallic.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Displeasingly watery.

Drinkability: Using a lager yeast for an oatmeal stout, though it could be considered an exercise in creativity, did not serve the final product well at all. Or, hell, it may just be an infected bottle. Either way, this is one poor beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour gave a good head that fell, but it did not break right away. There is a little bit of lacing, but it falls when the glass is tipped. The color is a dark black like a stout should be.

The smell is like a good stout with slightly sweet coffee/chocolate smell, but there is something slightly off. It's a lighter malt smell. Perhaps mixed with dark coffee malts.

The taste is pretty light, still coffee/chocolate, but the body isn't very thick and the finish is clean and doesn't stay with you. The lighter malts are in the body more than the coffee malts and it takes away from the flavor of stouts I like and are more accepted.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not prominent. It is a slightly smooth water bit of a mouthfeel.

I know it's not too far and I would give this to friends as a transition beer into other types of beer that are labeled "dark beers" by uneducated drinkers.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brown bottle liter swing-top: Matte black color with a bit of a darker brown tint in brighter light. Firm finger high crown of lumpy broken chocolate brown, keeps a good puff for a while, settles to keep s broken skim and firm frothed edging, drippy lacing with nothing sticking.

Aroma is fantastic, soft bakers chocolate and milk chocolate, just grazes a roasted tint; sweet nuances of oats and barley flakes, little noting of iced coffee and charred wood.

Taste is far too sweet; it has tart, tangy, tones that aren't doing it for me. Lots of malt and oat sweetness thats becoming uncomfortably close to wine-like for an oatmeal stout. Dark cherry and some charred wood notes actually make a way in towards the finish, but the sweetness here is over the top for me. Perhaps this has gotten past its prime. The smell maybe eludes to what it may have once existed in flavors, but this is a sweetified, tangy mess. No matter how hard I try, I cannot enjoy this bottle. Looked and smelled promising, but the taste promised nothing but an overly sweet twang of undrinkable soda pop syrup.

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Photo of Dibujob
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours dark and black with a fizzy tan head which quickly dissolves. No lacing.

S-bready, roasty malt arouma.

T-Initial impression is very sharp and bitter, the roasted malts definitely jump out and make the first impression. It wasn't until I was halfway through the bottle that the chocolate malts and sweeter oatmeal started to register.

M - Very carbonated, a little too much for my liking.

D- Too carbed and sharp for my liking. I prefer my stouts to be a little creamier.

All in all not a bad beer, I've had worse but I've had better.

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Photo of Tballz420
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a completely black beer, with a small, brown head on the top. The smell is of clean, lagered water, and of chocolate. The taste is a bit peculiar, clean lagered, chocolate, pretty sweet, a tad bitter, and something else, possibly some fruit. It just seems a bit confused, something about it but this isnt my favorite.

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Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is from a bottle that I got well over a year ago in a beer of the month club. I reviewed it elsewhere and am not comparing this beer to then too. It seems to have smoothed out somewhat. But it's still an opaque black. It poured now as then with a big foamy head that quickly dissipated to nothing; no lace. Nice aroma of black fruit, licorice, dark malts, roasty, and just a bit yeasty. Big licorice in the flavor with some of the other aroma components too. Not bad. finish is a typical stout. Not bad, nothing special.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this second Iowa tick. 12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter... Black body that looks decent. A darkish tan head rises a bit, but poor retention and lacing... The aroma doesn't get my hopes as its quite plain, milk chocolate, light cocoa bitterness, a touch of cream, pretty boring... The taste just screams average stout. Not bad or offensive, just a plain boring stout that has such a horrible mouthfeel that really knocks it down even more. The feel is water light with low carbonation.

I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - Dark brown, almost black pour. Head subsided quickly to a thin layer. No lacing.

S/T - Tastes like it smells. Roasted, slight coffee/chocolate. Nice aftertaste.

M/D - Kind of thin. I would not sit down and drink 2 or 3 of these. This is an once in a while, want a change of pace beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A home state tick, not familiar with Iowa beer, picked this up on a trip to see my grandma.

A - Black beer, brownish head that didn't stay around long and left the sides clean.

S - Cocoa, lactose, fairly sweet. Reminds me more of a milk stout than anything else. Little bit of roasted grain, not a ton going on.

T - Pretty much in line with the nose. A little bit sweet with some roasted notes. Slight cream taste. It's not bad, and there's probably a group of beer drinkers who would appreciate it for what it is, but I find it pretty ho hum. On the plus side, it does't have that out sourness that happens to often.

M - Slightly thin, little too much carb.

O - Average, has a couple things going for it and a couple that aren't. Sum of the parts is something some will like and some will pass on in favor of more exotic beers.

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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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark brown with the usual Millstream fizzy and short-live head. The aroma is full of sweet chocolate and roast with a bit of oatmeal. The flavor is fairly big, but comes across as a bit thin. The body is really watery for the style and unsatisfying despite the flavor being pretty good. This brewery’s best beer is definitely the John’s Generations, an excellent witbier.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks!

A: Pours dark brown/ black with a nice two finger head which quickly disappears

S: a nice dose of oatmeal on the nose followed by faint hints of chocolate and roasted barley, nice roasted profile, a bit mellow

T: the flavor doesn't follow the nose all that closely. A tinge of sourness and astringency on the front that I didn't detect in the smell. Slightly unpleasant for the style. There are some notes of molasses sweetness followed by the oatmeal and roasted notes.

MF: a bit thin for the style, medium carbonation

D: a nice easy drinking stout with some nice flavors, I prefer my stouts to have a little more body

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Photo of aquatonex
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM offering...

Pours a deep brown-black, quite opaque, don't see much light going through at all. Good carbonation, a little head around the edge, creamy. Nose was extremely smoky with a lot of coffee up front, a bit too much. After sitting a little bit the intensity subsided and a balance was achieved. There is a bit of alcohol acridness in the nose as well. Taste was the same way, crazy amounts of overly smoky coffee (almost burnt) and then subsiding as it sat for a short time, becoming creamier but still maintaining a hefty coffee toasty flavor. Alcohol peeks through again. Altogether could be quite good, the balance is decent but the alcohols break the flow a bit.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stolen from my buddies beer fridge. He said it had been in there for over a year.

Poured into,my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a viscous black with a decent 3 inch tan head that quickly turns into a ring around the outside of the glass. No lacing sticks around on the glass. The aroma is astringent coffee mixed with bitter sweet chocolate. The flavor profile is much the same. Bakers chocolate mixed with astringent coffee. Just a little molasses. The mouthfeel is fairly dry. Has a coco-esque dryness. I was expecting something a bit more creamy. Not your normal oatmeal stout. Overall, its. Good beer but nothing crazy. I would have liked it to,be just a bit ceeamier.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours nearly pitch black with some brown tones at the edges,it has a chocolaty looking head that dissapears at an alarming rate of speed and zero lacing is seen

S-this is the first Oatmeal Stout I have had that has smelled anything like oatmeal,it smells of dry burnt oats,and toasted wheat

T-dry old fasioned chocolate donuts,coffees,some hoppy bitterness midway,and a somewhat dissapointing dry finish,the bottom just kind of falls out of this one

M-medium to light body,with very low carbonation,and again a dry finish that just did'nt flow very well

D-a decent Stout for anyone wanting a change from average Dry Stouts,but,not one that I will revisit on purpose

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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.

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Photo of beerfan82
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I guess this beer caught me off guard. Just being a beggining beer drinker I haven't had much experience with darker beers. Personally I wasn't a big fan of the nutty taste. It had an almost coffee dark taste to it. If you are a fan of darker beers this one will be the one for you. It's tastes are complex enough for a dark beer fan.

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Photo of WJVII
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM from June 2009. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a slick oil like color with a thick creamy off white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma was of chocolate and some sweet raisin. Mild malts and some yeast. The taste falls flat and is not as bold as the aroma would lead you to believe. This is an ok stout, but I have had better.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours s deep dark cola color with a popping fizzy tan head on top. This "pops" away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and warm breads. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for an oatmeal stout. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but not harsh either. Flavor is of mild roasted cocoa, some bready malts, and some faint bitterness. All in all this is a pretty average beer. Not bad, but not that great.

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Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to pour pretty much right down the center to get a few seconds worth of dark tan/almost orange head. Color was about the same as the bottle.

Nose was very full of brown sugar. Other hints included chocolate, coffee, overripe fruits and a metallic/glassy twang.

Flavor is good, better than the smell. Dark sugars and coffee for the most part. A slight bit of fruitiness and oats are present as well.

Feel is pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe too much IMO. it all settles into a fry finish with a lingering twinge from the carbonation.

This one's got good flavor, but it's not too well rounded, falls into the realm of average.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came as part of one of my wife's fantastic beer ofthe month club shipments. When this showed up at the office (and boy, I do enjoy getting beer and wine shipped to the office...really brightens up the day), I was really looking forward to trying some different types of beers, especially of the darker variety. The Millstream Brewing Colony Oatmeal Stout was a good representation of an oatmeal stout. Expect a lot of roasted malt and oat scents and flavor, with some coffee taste included. The color is extremely dark, not allowing a single bit of light through the glass. This beer had a distinctive aftertaste - mostly of alcohol and coffee (which in my book, is a great combo). The flavor really hits in the back of your mouth and throat, making it stick around with each sip.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - I really enjoyed the darkness of the beer - the head was ok, but nothing to write home about.
Scent - 3.5/5.0 - Lots of strong coffee, malt and alcohol aroma. While enjoyable, could have been blended better.
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Strong flavor profile, with lots of coffee taste. The alcohol aftertaste lingered more than I would personally like, but it wasn't offensive.
Feel - 3.0/5.0 - The flavors stuck around longer than I would like after each sip and they weren't blended well enough for my taste.
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - I have a number of other oatmeal stouts that I would rather have. If offered, I would drink again, but not my first choice.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a decently black color. I like black. Black is good. It looks silky when you rotate the body in the glass. One finger of dark khaki head shows up but leaves like it was disinterested in the party.

Pretty average stout in terms of aroma. You've got some milk chocolate, some faint roast, a flutter of oat. Nothing is assertive but there is a welcome balance. The most interesting part of Back Road Stout's nose is a sort of browned raisin scent. It shows up with warmth, and it doesn't really jibe with the rest of the beer.

That same curious browned raisin flavor shows up on the aftertaste. It is interesting, but again, does not really mesh with the well-executed traditional stout flavors. This tastes more like a dry stout than an American stout for the most part, but the mouthfeel screws that up a bit. The beer is pretty dark thick. I quite enjoyed the viscosity and the reassuring oat creaminess. Drinkability is pretty darn good, I'd say. Pleasant flavors and a good mouthfeel make for a drinkable beer.

Millstream is not trying to innovate here. They seem to be committed to making solid, traditional beers for a very local consumer base. If that's what the people of Amana, Iowa want then Millstream seems up to the task of fulfilling that desire. Back Road Stout is a simple reminded that "basic" beers are still something worth appreciating.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep black color with a very slight head on top. Low aroma-some roasted malt and a slight bitter smell. Mellow roasted flavor with some chocolate going on. Slight bittersweet after taste. Ok enough body. A fairly drinkable beer. I am confused by the label stating its a lager but an oatmeal stout. For me it suffers an identity crisis. A notch above average.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a 1 1/2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell has coffee, oatmeal, raisins, and some dark chocolate. It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a cup of coffee.Where the chocolate fits in with the rest is what I don't know.

The taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a little caramel. Somewhat sweet, with a good deal of bitterness from the coffee for balance.

Smooth to drink, which is not surprising for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. I have had better oatmeal stouts, but am always glad to try each oatmeal stout I can find. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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