Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 296
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving delicate wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with bits of roast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with notes of coffee, oats, and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather easy to drink. The strong point of this stout is its smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle (606 characters)

Photo of brentk56
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 (559 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with bright ruby highlights. The head is a light toasty brown with large bubbles visible where foam meets glass. It falls unevenly to a softly lumpy disk and leaves a small amount of lace in disordered scraps.

The aroma delivers sweet, roasted malt without much in the way of coffee or chocolate. Maybe those guys will make an appearance as the beer warms. Note: some chocolate becomes noticeable as room temperature approaches.

The flavor is enjoyable and is of dark chocolate-laced black malt. There's also a subtle hop bite that fades in roughly two seconds after beer enters mouth. The finish is increasingly (though still only modestly) bitter. The mouthfeel is a few notches more full than medium and has a softness that might be due to the oats.

Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout is a good version. I'll have no problem drinking locally after tasting this beer. (876 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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. (542 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a faint touch of hops but also a metallic quality.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted oats. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The hops presence I mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (977 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big E-Z Cap swig-top brown one liter bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a sizeable frothy tan head.

Smell: Creamy and sweet ... pretty much what you would get off of an iced cafe latte.

Taste: Silky smooth and held together by a textured medium body. Intermingling roasted and sweet malt flavours ... followed by more silky sweetness. Roasted flavours are a bit restrained though leave a nice bitter bite. Underlying caramel flavour and a coffee like aftertaste wrap up the finish.

Notes: Very drinkable and quite clean ... not your usual over roasted character found in a lot of oatmeal stouts, just good easy drinking. Goes perfect with any kind of chocolate. (710 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You think you know a thing or two about beer, until someone puts a bottle in your hand that reads "Oatmeal Stout Lager." Whodidthewhat? Howdidthehey? Huh.
Appearance: fully black, with a nice, burnt tan head.
Aroma: bitter and roasty, with fruity notes.
Texture is limpid, body and mouthfeel and everything else is light, light, light. Short finish. Drinks down extraordinarily smooth, but ...Actually, I have a hard time criticizing this. I could fault it for lacking the complexity, depth, or flavor of a good oatmeal stout, but it's an oatmeal stout lager. It is what it is. But I'm not sure why it is what it is.
Fruity notes emerge in the middle, and are appreciated.
Not a bad brew at all, but the lack of top-fermenting yeast did not please this stout-fan's palate at all, only left me yearning for a true stout. (825 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low carbonation and head as expected, nice and chewy with a chocolate/coffee flavor. Smooth throughout with the malt and hops balanced. I see why it is brewed year-round. (172 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to tedpeer for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice little chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste follows the nose pretty much, with some nice sweetness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew. (336 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks egrace84 for this one.

A- Pours an inch tall fizzy(!) mocha colored head than settles in to a small, denser head. Dark brown/black body. After the head resides the beer is much more attractive as a whole. Very nice lacing lacing present.

S- Cola/chocolate whiffs, slightly metallic.

T- Follows the nose pretty well with a hint of fruitiness going on somewhere in there, more specifically grape. More metallic than roasty. Would guess this around 5.5%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy.

D/O- All in all, goes down pretty easily with a few off flavors present in the nose and mouth. Not something I'd recommend but not terrible either. (652 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby. It is capped by a fizzy brown head that recedes to and edging within seconds. Chocolatey and coffee-like on the nose. Pretty nice. This stout features some bittersweet chocolate tones as well as burnt malt. Also present to a small degree is dark fruity tones. Everything melds together nicely. Not as creamy of a mouthfeel as I like in my stouts, but drinkable nonetheless. Not too bad. Not too great. (436 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, one of the few advantages of having a girlfriend in law school in Iowa ten years ago.
Great dark black (oxymoron) beer with frothy tan head. Aroma was a little more alcohol than I liked, but the deep rich and roasted malt also came out nicely with it.

Taste, definitely chewy, and the alcohol was no longer as omniprescient (sic) as it was in the aroma. Came off as smooth. More coffee and caramel to it than chocolate. The mouthfeel did develop a little more bitterness than usual with the use of oats, but I guess when you have a coffee feel, you're gonna get some bitterness usually. (592 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks one last time to Nick the Greek, you know who you are, for the Iowa beer hook-up.

Pour a dark brown to blackish color with a slightly oily consistancy. The head reminds me of brownies, and dissipates a little too fast for my liking.

The aroma is mild bakers chocolate with just a very light touch of soil, then some rich coffee and cream notes.

The taste has a grain and oil mix upfront combined with chocolate. The middle presents a subtle chocolate, giving way to more deep roasted grains and a little coffee. The finish is smooth, dry, and a little bitter from the almost burnt grain flavor. Another good beer I wish was available in Chicagoland, but alas.... (673 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours that most lovely of colors A deep mahogany brown to black, the head is plentiful, light chocolate in color, the lace sticky thick sheets that adhere nicely to the glass. Sweet roasted barley dominates the nose, hot milk chocolate also come to mind, caramel and quite a pleasure to “Sniff”. Front is sweet, the top is middling in mouth feel, with a pertinent acidic bite, hops pleasing to the palate, the aftertaste bittersweet and dry. The beer is drinkable, although a bit "Watery", would classify it as a "Beginners" introduction to the dark side and stouts, so maybe I should temper my criticism. (616 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
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 (480 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured dark brown. Aroma was quite to style. A mixture of sweet, dark malt and drier roasted malts. Flavor had some sweet chocolate but also a percentage of semi-bitter, darker chocolate. Roasted malt and soft coffee. Doesn't have the same fullness of body as others of the style. Had some Brown Ale flavors and elements, too. (334 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black with some scarlet hues....nose is dark malts...a little coffee bean...and a hint of caramel..

Body is creamy and nicely textured...medium to full bodied...smooth and clean...nicely done..

Flavor is basic stout....burnt malts..a little java...light caramel....pretty decent...

Finishes pretty clean.with a little burnt toast bite....

Overall this is the best of the Millstream sampler I just tried...I'd slip a sixer of this into my winter rotation if this was availabe in my area.... (510 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, Benny.

This stout is an oily near black, some brown just showing through the thickly dark body. The brown head is small and frothy, compact and strong as it sits at roughly half a finger for most of the duration, making a moderate show of lacing.
This is a sweeter stout, less of the big roast than many and countering most of the dryness. There's a light note of coffee, but coffee with so much creamer it drowns out the bitterness fortunately and the depth and strength less fortunately.
It's pretty tasty but held back just a little. It has a light roast, some coffee flavors, even a note of oats such as don't come out in an oatmeal stout, and cream, but it's not allowed to reach its full depth and potential. Still, I'd definitely have another.
The smoothness the style is known for is achieved in this beer, with little roast coming from dryness but having enough heft and just enough of a drier aspect to give it the balance and character it needs. (965 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. Pours a very dark brown color that lets a little light through. Thin beige head that dissipated rapidly. Not much lacing until further down the glass. The aroma consists mainly of coffee as well as a touch of malt. Medium-bodied with a milky texture. Roasted coffee, malt and a touch of tart fruit in the flavor. The finish is smooth with a lightly bitter character. Nothing too exciting going on here, just a run-of-the-mill Oatmeal Stout you can find anywhere. (501 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (525 characters)

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.