1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 261
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 8
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Millstream Back Road Stout Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 261 | Reviews: 146 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Herky21
Herky21

Iowa

1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

07-13-2012 18:08:06 | More by Herky21
Photo of spoonhawk
spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -46.4%

11-23-2011 23:44:20 | More by spoonhawk
Photo of Joebraggot
Joebraggot

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

03-22-2014 01:23:57 | More by Joebraggot
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

10-08-2007 23:15:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

07-30-2004 02:27:59 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Hopstout
Hopstout

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

06-23-2012 16:06:55 | More by Hopstout
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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
Photo of Erdinger2003
Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%

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.

05-21-2006 06:17:41 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Dibujob
Dibujob

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

06-19-2009 03:13:12 | More by Dibujob
Photo of Tballz420
Tballz420

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

11-01-2003 20:14:21 | More by Tballz420
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

03-28-2007 03:22:12 | More by drpimento
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

02-27-2011 15:43:43 | More by jrallen34
Photo of raymo55
raymo55

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-18-2011 23:37:33 | More by raymo55
Photo of Joey-bags1990
Joey-bags1990

Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-27-2013 23:45:33 | More by Joey-bags1990
Photo of Dave2234
Dave2234

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-12-2014 02:08:23 | More by Dave2234
Photo of DustinSWB
DustinSWB

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-24-2014 19:08:54 | More by DustinSWB
Photo of tedpeer
tedpeer

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

05-18-2008 17:15:44 | More by tedpeer
Photo of Benvarine
Benvarine

Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-02-2014 02:28:23 | More by Benvarine
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-04-2012 02:00:43 | More by t0rin0
Photo of tommyguz
tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-08-2013 13:38:38 | More by tommyguz
Photo of AgentZero
AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

07-12-2011 14:18:45 | More by AgentZero
Photo of waldoiverson
waldoiverson

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

10-10-2012 22:58:52 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of homebrew311
homebrew311

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

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

12-10-2009 02:02:49 | More by homebrew311
Photo of aracauna
aracauna

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

09-23-2004 10:57:30 | More by aracauna
Photo of aquatonex
aquatonex

New York

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

07-18-2006 03:23:19 | More by aquatonex
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.