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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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265 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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.

taxguyjase, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a brown to amber hue, not completely opaque but darn near it. Head formation is immediately strong, and immediately gone. Very effervescent.

S - Roasted barley, smoked notes, and a strong acidic coffee bite dominate the nose. A light chocolate scent hides in there.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by that somewhat harsh coffee roast. Mid-stream actually grows sweeter, with little hopping. Finishes with a smooth bittersweet chocolate flavor, with just a hair of bitter finish. Aftertaste shows some of the oatmeal sweetness that I found only lightly hanging around in the early parts.

M - Very biting carbonation and a rather stinging acidic finish. Beer itself is moderately bodied.

D - Easy drinking for an oatmeal stout. An abv of reasonable levels (it is Iowa you know.

I rather enjoyed this one - even trying to put the hometown bent aside, I found this to be a very quality beer.

katan, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

ILikeGoodCider, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of WJVII
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

WJVII, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Wallstreet
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer was served with a nice transparent black/dark red hue. It was not cloudy, and had a off white head. The first one tasted of the darkest chocolate and coffee I had ever tasted. The second sweetened up slightly with more of an herb character. It was a very smooth beer but not to the extent of some lagers and lighter ales, keeping an adequate mouth feel. I don't know why the first one tasted different but I preferred the first. the second beer I had was probably closer to the actual taste of the beer. Overall good beer, I will continue to drink this one wile getting used to the really dark beers.

Wallstreet, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale73 for this bottle
A - Deep, dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan head falls to skim layer fairly quickly.
S - Nice roasty nose. Malt, coffee beans, brown sugar.
T - Very roasty, much less complex than the smell. little chocolate with a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body yet a little watery as well in the flavor. Active carbonation maybe a touch too much.
D - Pretty decent oatmeal stout. Don't love it yet certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

ThirstyBird, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head that crackled and popped as it slowly dissipated into a fairly solid, quarter inch skim. Nose is fairly subdued, but suggests molasses, brown sugar and a hint of acidic, dark fruit in the back. Taste follows nose, but there's also a slightly metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and a little overly effervescent for the style - a little watery and somewhat lacking in consistency. Decent brew, but some of the qualities are a bit off-style. Its not a bad brew, but not what I expect in an oatmeal stout.

Jwale73, Jun 25, 2009
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.

Dibujob, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an amber color along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, oatmeal, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is coarse and sharp with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness associated with the roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt up front, slight hop background, sweetness of the oatmeal, and slight coffee in the finish. Overall, a pretty good oatmeal stout. The bitterness level is too high and the head retention is negligent, though.

Tone, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Onenote81, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

indiapaleale, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of BeenJammin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

BeenJammin, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with akokandy, Thanks Adam!

L - black color with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving little bits of lacing.

S - roasted coffee and malt aromas.

T - roasted malty taste, burnt, bitter black coffee flavor on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black in colour with a thick brown head. Decent head retention.

S: Some roasted characters come through but not much. A bit bland.

T: Very roasty, some chocolate malt flavours with a good bitterness. The beer is extremely clean with a crisps finish to the roastiness. I don't really get the oily/slick feeling from the stout, but it has a creamy flavour to it as well.

M: Medium body, a bit thin for the style

D: Very drinkable. The lager yeast really makes the beer more drinkable.

swizzlenuts, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of ArmOnFire
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Old Chicago in Ames, and the DSM airport.

Did not disappoint either at either venue. A highlight of my trips to Iowa for work. I just wish I could get it back east.

Nice cream colored head, with standard stout dark body.

Smells of coffee and chocolate, that lead to a taste that is a blend of both. Exactly what I like in a stout! Smooth, with no sense of alcohol, but a small trace of a hoppy bite aftertaste.

Not too thick or syrupy that other stouts have sometimes, definitely a winner here, and can easily have multiple pints without feeling bogged down.

I would recommend this stout to friends.

ArmOnFire, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a really nice tan head that sticks together nicely and leaves some sheets of lace.

Nose of roasted patent malt with dark fruit sweetness. Definitely strong enough to bring some anise style depth to the aroma.

Favoring neither coffee nor chocolate the dark malt leaves a moderately bitter taste on the tongue along with just enough dark fruits to keep the balance and interest.

The flavors don't really get to roll around much on the tongue due to an overly zesty population of carbonation bubbles that roll around too long. Smooth and solid, oat-influenced heft us not enough to ruin the mouthfeel.

Why is this beer lagered? I feel like bottle conditioning an ale would have produced a great complexity and more even-keeled mouthfeel. Not bad overall though.

BretSikkink, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bee rpours an inky black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving no lace.

This beer has a sweet caramel aorma. It smells a bit biscuity. Maybe a little too much so. It has a slight chocolatey aroma as well.

This beer has a mild bittersweet chocolate flavor. A bit of bread and biscuit in the flavor. Roasted malts with a slight licorice flavor also.

This beer is a little too carbonated for the style. It leaves a biscuity aftertaste.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is not too alcoholic, and the flavor is not too aggressive.

Overall: Thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for this generous hook up. The bottle says " Colony Oatmeal Stout Lager" That makes absolutely no sense, but whatever. This beer was good. Not like a life changing beer, but definately drinkable, and worth drinking again.

OStrungT, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
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
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a firm mocha head; lots a lace left behind, too

Smell: Coffee, Bakers chocolate and cookie dough

Taste: Opens with a sweet, doughy flavor that moves in a chocolate direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors tend to fade, although the chocolate and coffee elements remain; on the sweeter side for a stout, almost a milk stout in flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While pleasant to drink, nothing really stands out

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

brentk56, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Purple-black with a small but extremely dense brown head comprised of thick whipped luscious cream. Lots of really creamy lace sticks to the glass, and swirling builds he head up quite a bit. Looks soft and pillowy.

S - Creamy chocolate mouse and thick chewy fudge. Cookie dough ice cream with dark chocolate chips. Some firm nutty notes keep things grounded, and some autumn leaf hops add complexity.

T - Coffee with tons of cream and sugar, dark baker's chocolate, cookie dough, and cashews.

M - Ridiculously smooth and silken, full bodied, and creamy....almost airy like whipped cream before settling it's full weight on your tongue.

D - Good stuff! Nothing to complain about here. This smooth drinking stout does everything right an nothing wrong. I like the cookie dough ice cream notes...I don't think I've ever mentioned that in any other review.

pmcadamis, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tedpeer poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown that appears black in the glass with mahogany tints around the edges. The head is small but dense and fades quickly leaving only hints of lacing. The smell is dominated by dark roasted malts, chocolate and burnt coffee. The taste is not quite as distinctive as the smell but does have a little more sweetness in the form of molasses up front. Then it's more of the roasted coffee and malts with a slightly bitter coffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin for the style. This is a very drinkable stout though I'm not sure what the lager label is about. Either way, nothing distinctive but not too bad.

gford217, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured almost totally black into the glass. smooth black with rich creamy head of about three eights inch of head. a bit less head than expected. rich roasted earthy malts in the smell. taste is very rich chocolate coffee roasted malt. quite a yummy stout. i am going to let the other five age till fall cuz drinking this full bodied stout is a bit much for ninety degree summer weather.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shout out to hero27 for this brew as part of a fantastic trade, with marvelous throw-ins.

According to the Millstream website this one clocks in at 5.1% ABV. Drops in the Oberon pint glass dark & flat, with a head that goes underground quickly. Smells rich & malty with some fresh-turned earth thrown in, nice.

This is a nice beer from a brewery I'd never heard of. Tastes nice & thick, but lacks a little of the depth I prefer in a stout. The oatmeal is evident but muted. Not a lot else going on.

If there was such a thing as a session stout, it would be the Colony.

maximum12, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

tedpeer, May 18, 2008
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.