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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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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BeenJammin

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:39:57 | More by BeenJammin
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:48:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:03:16 | More by swizzlenuts
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ArmOnFire

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 01:36:05 | More by ArmOnFire
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 07:38:19 | More by BretSikkink
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OStrungT

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 04:59:55 | More by OStrungT
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 01:21:19 | More by johnnnniee
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:16:26 | More by brentk56
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 15:03:38 | More by pmcadamis
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gford217

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:27:24 | More by gford217
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giblet

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 10:25:22 | More by giblet
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:45:27 | More by maximum12
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tedpeer

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 17:15:44 | More by tedpeer
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:06:38 | More by orangemoustache
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JDV

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:57:26 | More by JDV
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is almost black on the pour and appears nothing but in the glass and has a one finger- effervescent head that quickly dies down to just a thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is what you might expect from an oatmeal stout, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced, with the slight sweetness of chocolate malt being countered with an unexpected bitterness. Roasted notes are quite prominent and there is a slight oxidation present which hurts the taste score. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is more aggressive than creamy. A pretty decent stout overall, not the best but I've definitely had worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 22:45:57 | More by gmfessen
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 23:15:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Vancer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Welp, this was a nice sixer of a solid oaty. Not outstanding, but a very good drinker that would be nice in the DBF this coming winter.

The pour was always very good – dark ass brown/black with a frothy tan head and supportive lacing. Good smeller too – tons of chocolate bar with a marshmallow backing. Dry and crisp finish, nicely done.

Taste is where it wimped out a bit, solid Oaty of chocolate, coffee and malt – but on the weak side. Still decent and tasty. Good priced at $7.50 a sixer, drink ‘er down !

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:35:09 | More by Vancer
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Chaz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium pour produces a two-fingered medium-dark tan head. Head is very dense and tight, creamy/frothy, with good duration and lacing. Deep dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Notes of espresso and cocoa on the nose, along with roasted dark malts, a touch of lactic tang and a touch metallic. Big roasted malt notes on the first sip, followed by a creamy middle and roasted, chocalatey notes rounding it out at the finish. A bit of bitter green apple in there, but it's buried under the espresso notes. Colony Oatmeal Stout posesses the character of a sweet stout, and in fact is on the sweet side: think of a rich, milk chocolate confection or a really, really good chocolate malt at your favorite retro Malt Shop and you're on the right track - personally I love this one. The bitterness is rather mild, but it is there all the same. Not quite medium-bodied, but not exactly thin, either. Definitely smooth and creamy and with very good drinkability, it is also brewed with a lager yeast and as such this brew could make for the basis of an excellent Baltic Porter. My favorite brew from Millstream, I could drink this one all-day long - would love to try it one draught!
Served chilled, in a tumbler.
Purchased at Sid's (Dubuque, IA) as part of a sampler-pack

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 19:09:15 | More by Chaz
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 03:22:12 | More by drpimento
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, consumed last friday...a friend of mine got it at brennans-watts road before we cooked up some grub

appearance: dark brown, almost opaque body poured into a pint glass...strong tan head with decent lace

aroma: just fine...bakers chocolate, light coffee, rather roasty

taste: nice dry chocolate, bakers chocolate, strong roasted malt, light char...not anything bad to say but its pretty standard

mouthfeel: medium body, lightly acidic

drinkability: a-ok

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 04:16:58 | More by dirtylou
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 03:41:58 | More by MaltyGoodness
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a medium tan head.

The aroma was a very nice creamy chocolate with an even better roasted coffee blend.

Flavor wasn't as great as the smell prepared me for. The chocolate and coffee flavors just weren't as strong, and seemed just average. In fact, it only seemed apparent when the aftertaste kicked in and brought out the flavor.

Mouthful was a little oily, had a seltzer or tonic water feeling to it. Very distracting. I wonder if this was a bottling problem.

Drinkability was only Ok. The off-flavors in the mouthfeel really distracted from an otherwise decent beer.

Update: Tried another one from another location and enjoyed it much better. The downfalls I described before were not apparent. The only drawback is still over-carbonation with active fizzing on the tongue. Much better flavor. I bumped my scores for taste & drinkability. Mouthfeel stays put.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 22:00:33 | More by terrabyte
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1759dallas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a small dark brown head that disappears in a few seconds. Deep dark brown in color, appears almost black. Smells fantastic with a strong nutty, chocolaty aroma. Very smooth to drink with very low carbonation levels. Starts like a dry stout with many different characteristics. Taste like a chocolate covered macadamia nut with dry oatmeal flavors. Finishes with just a small amount of hops to balance it out. The finish last sometime and begins to have a strong earthy, nutty taste. Definitely know this is a oatmeal stout, and a very good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 00:30:07 | More by 1759dallas
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sloejams

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label on this is a bit confusing. The sash on it say "Colony Oatmeal Stout" but in smaller lettering underneath it states "Lager". Hrmmmm. There are freshness months listed but none checked.

It pours dark as night with virtually no head. The aroma is roasted malt and wood-burning stove - not smoky though. The malt is the most notably charachteristic on the palate. I find very little oatmeal. It's drinkable, nothing terribly interesting or exciting. Perhaps it's a bit thin too to style.

Not worth going out of the way for, but then again it's from Iowa. Nothing about Iowa is worth going out of the way for. :P

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 18:37:15 | More by sloejams
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.