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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

264 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 264
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 PatrickKlopfenstein
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Jaysmittyland
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jaysmittyland, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jt31914
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Got a bottle in Des Moines from Beer Crazy

A: Dark black with no head or lacing. Very obvious lack of carbonation.

S: Straight coffee...

T: Coffee and malt balanced by bitter dark chocolate. Reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout. Very good tasting beer.

M/D: Pretty drinkable I suppose, smooth mouth feel - very slick.

jt31914, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of beerinator
4/5  rDev +7.5%

The label says Stout and Lager. I don't know who to believe.

Appearance: Black, very opaque unless held up to light, hints of reddish brown appear when the light strikes correctly. The head is fairly sturdy and the lacing hangs around well.

Aroma: Black coffee. There is quite a bit of steady roasted character with cake batter mingling into the aroma. Maybe there is some caramel, but most of the flavors are dominated by the burnt roastyness.

Taste: The first sip is quite shocking. The roastyness is very solid here. The burned roast is very much like the flavors expected in a cup of strong coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than most stouts but this beer seems to have a nice bubbly carbonation. The beer finishes slightly bitter leading to a twinge of pleasant sourness.

Notes: This is a very nice beer. It seems to be a bit thin compared to most stouts, but this may have something to do with the fact that it's supposedly using lager yeast? Regardless of whether it is to style or not, its a very tasty beer. Maybe the lager yeast choices help this beer attain session quality?

beerinator, May 03, 2005
Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Dave2234, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MikeDre, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ChipChaight
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ChipChaight, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of TCMike
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Thin beige head. Beer was dark brown.
Smell was of chocolate, and coffee.
Taste was similar, not as heavy as I anticipated. Easiser drinking, than some. Medium mouthfeel, and low carbonation.
This is a good stout. I'm liking stouts more, and more. Give this a try!

TCMike, Oct 16, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

waldoiverson, Oct 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

pisomojado8, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

TEdubbaD, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Josievan, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

soroka24, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Ilafan, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

styleisking, Jul 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

pBRale, Jan 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Wetenkamp, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours as black as night with a seriously large creamy tan head. The aroma is toasty, with hints of roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. It has a really nice mouthfeel... a creamy and foamy head, followed by a slick and oily liquid with lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation.

The initial taste is of sweet dark roasted coffee, followed by a earthy/root-like flavor, with a slightly sour woody finish. As I drink more, and the beer warms, a sweet molasses flavor comes through, and the bitterness begins to fade, becoming more and more smooth to enjoy.

On a pairing note, dark chocolate makes an excellent companion for this beer, but only in small amounts, because something too rich could overwhelm the beer.

apintofknowledge, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of tedpeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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
Photo of Dantes
3.83/5  rDev +3%

Package: 12oz. crowned brown “heritage” bottle; somewhere between a stubby and a longneck. Common “date scale” along side is not notched (all too common lately). No ABV information. Pleasant green label with grist mill logo.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~50º

Appearance: A tad lighter than normal for an oatmeal stout. Admits some light, giving it a aint tea-like glow. Generated a generous, but loose cream-colored head; that resolved quickly down to a stout ring.

Smell: Nice but faint aroma, with some nice roastiness and a likable cereal note.

Taste: Reasonably full, considering the faint aroma. Gently roasted flavor with some sweet graininess and a recognizable oatmeal fullness. A mild fruity dimension also makes itself known. Finishes cleanly but a bit quickly, with a diluted sensation.

Mouthfeel: Starts off very creamy and reasonably full, but does sort of “collapse” into a more watery state. Seemingly consistent with their other beers (qv.). Interesting in that I feel similarly about some of Ithaca Brewing’s beers (especially the brown ale). Very silky, persistent carbonation. Very interesting in that the carbonation is so good, while the body is a bit on the weak side. Tough to rate.

Drinkability: A beer that is likely to please a wide range of people. Very smooth, easy-drinking and satisfying, but complex enough for “serious” beer drinkers.

Backwash: Quite an interesting beer. Labelled as a lager, you would hardly know it but for the slightly diluted body and perhaps the simple flavor profile. Still, it provides a good deal of flavor and enjoyment in a tight, refined package. A fine local choice.

Dantes, Apr 19, 2004
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee in color with a tan head that went away quickly to nothing.

S- Roasted dark chocolate malt with some sweetness

T- Coffee flavor is there for sure with some hints of chocolate bite at the end

M- Fairly thick with mild carbonation

D- Decent offering. For some reason I didn't like the first few drinks but after that it was pretty good. Good full flavor.

Misfit138, Nov 21, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Black black beer with hints of red hue. Tan cream head. Nice aromatic qualities.

Taste is a nice slow mellow stout. A gentle thumb up. A little sweet and chocolaty. It's not over the top. Nice smooth low carbonation that complements the subtle quality of this stout. I recommend it.

Goes down well with a nice dose of Paul Bley solo piano music or Pink Floyd. Take your pick.

frankiepop, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Saxboy10, Apr 19, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz. bottle. For a change of place in glassware, I served this in a cut-glass tumbler. Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout appears courtesy of hero27. All rights reserved.

Black. Not much head. Some lethargic CO2 activity evident around the edges.

Crazy smells coming off of this one. Lots of expertly coded olfactory data that defies description. Roasted malts and oat flakes stand out.

Somewhat stinging and syrup slick on the tongue. This beer crashes into the mouth with lots of quality coffee roast flavors. It sports a nice clingy oat fullness which I love. There is an effervescent bitterness that hits in the front of the mouth on the tip of the tongue.

This brew seems a little thin on body despite the previously noted clingy oats.

Overall moderately complex with good solid coffee, oat and roasted malt flavors. It looks good, smells good and tastes good as well, but that weakness of body really knocks this beer down a few notches. Perhaps this thin feeling is a result of the brewery's use of lager yeast to ferment this beer?

Final verdict: Enjoyable. Check it out.

froggyfrog, Feb 17, 2006
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.