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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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154 Reviews

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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 clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one says it's an oatmeal stout lager...what the heck is that? Anyway. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malts in it. Very pleasing. The flavor is much like the aroma with the chocolate and roasted taking the front. Slight sweetness and the body is thick and creamy. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great as well.

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Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery, was served with a thick dark creamy brown with a nice tan head with good retention.

Smell was mostly dark roasted malts with a touch of coffee flavors coming out.

Taste was a nice mix of coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and a slight sweet creamyness that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was to thin for a beer like this and is the one aspect that holds if back.

Drinkabillity was good, in fact I planned to bring some bottles home with me from the brewere, but unfortanetly they were out at the time.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a 1 1/2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell has coffee, oatmeal, raisins, and some dark chocolate. It smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a cup of coffee.Where the chocolate fits in with the rest is what I don't know.

The taste has coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a little caramel. Somewhat sweet, with a good deal of bitterness from the coffee for balance.

Smooth to drink, which is not surprising for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. I have had better oatmeal stouts, but am always glad to try each oatmeal stout I can find. Worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old stout from the BOTM club from over a year ago.

Appearance - Pours a damn dark black into my SA Perfect Pint with less than a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately leaving literally no lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts. Overall, quite subdued.

Taste - More so coffee than chocolate. Also, there is a definite odd metallic taste that is extremely off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Lighter to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Yeah, not feeling this. The metallic taste is just so distracting I can't enjoy this beer. My drinking it now reminds me that this is how the beer tasted a year ago and age did not improve this (that is why I didn't review it then - I wanted to let it sit for a bit). Oh well...a swing and a miss.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with a nice soft bubbly tan head...recedes fairly quickly to a ring around the top. Some nice lacing as well...no light is getting through here. A very nice robust ground coffee aroma intertwines with notes of dark chocolate and toasted oats. Big, impressive nose!

Smooth roasted, toasty oat maltiness mixes with some nutty coffee tones and hints of bitter dark chocolate on the way down. Just a nice, tasty oatmeal stout overall.

Mouthfeel has a silky smooth creaminess to it with just enough carbonation to make it lively on the palate. This is a stout that I wouldn't mind sessioning with and is a nice suprise as I just picked it up on a whim while I was in Iowa. Recommended.

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Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in Janurary 2005 and consumed that same evening. Freshness date says November. Pours thick and silent with a half-finger brown head...and with a chocolate smell. Appears utterly pitch black, even when held up to a light. Smell has a nice blend of chocolate and coffee. Taste takes a while to take hold. Chocolate and coffee run around playing tag in my mouth. First one dominates, then the other. What an interesting experience. Hazelnut comes in late and the finish is dry and roasty. Body is medium heavy and carbonation is strong (too heavy for the style IMO). The flavors are really well-balanced in this beer. I find this to be one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of marc77
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque jet black hue, w/ a hint of hazy deep garnet when held to light. The light brown head settles quickly into a thin layer that leaves sparse islands of bubbles. Sharp, coffeeish roasted barley combined with chocolate malt dominate the aroma... dark caramel malt sweetness is intially subdued but becomes more assertive as the brew warms. Fruity esters are completely absent. The flavor is an appropriate extension of the aroma, although w/ a more prominent malt sweetness. An initial snap of roasted barley bitterness gives way to sugary caramel, then moderate hop bitterness and chocolate malt emerge, lending a bittersweet dark chocolate character mid palate. Light in body for style, but with sufficient dextrins for a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat dry, w/ roasted grain bitterness lingering. Colony is an enjoyable oatmeal stout, but doesn't possess any outstanding qualities. Although it lacks the "silky" quality of a good OS, the drinkability remains good.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Stout 

Dark murky brown with a sticky tan head. 
Smells roasty, with chocolate and black malt notes.  
Some dry bitterness opens up as this warms, but otherwise this beer is run of the mill...  
Little chalky feel, with some oily action and a dry roasty finish. 
Overall...  This isn't bad, but it isn't really too great either.  
A - 4
S - 3.5
T - 3.5
M - 2.5
D - 3.5

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Forest Inn; served in a mug.

Seal brown liquid with faint auburn and rufous highlights around the edge. Desert sand foam with creamy lacing and excellent retention.

Lovely dark roast malt aromatics suggest coffee and chocolate.

Deep chocolatey roast malt with hints of coffee and cream and vanilla on the palate. ABV is well hidden. Smooth sweet oat cakes, ganache, and toasted bread crusts into the finish.

Medium-bodied, creamy (thanks to the oats), and velvety.

A simple but excellent oatmeal stout, perfectly balanced.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black color, nice finger of tan head. Decent lacing, head dissapates somewhat quickly

S- Dark roast, baker's chocolate, coffee

T/M Nice chocolate flavors come through, but they don't overpower the roasted notes. Very low bitterness, slightly sweet without being cloying. Gives a very balanced flavor. Mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin, making this have more a session beer like quality rather than a sipper. Lacks that velvety smoothness of a truly great stout as far as mouthfeel, but thats its only weakness.

Overall- A very good stout. Easy drinking, balanced, and refreshing. A great way to introduce your Guiness drinker to the wider world of stouts.

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Photo of aracauna
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good. Perfect beer to help me relax. Pours very dark in color. Kind of like cold coffee. Thin brown head. Aroma is slightly coffee, and just a tad bready. The flavor is very strong in roasted barley. I like it. Nice flavor. Dark chocolate flavor too. The hops are there and bring out a nice peppermint tone. The oatmeal come across in the mouthfeel and I almost want to chew this beer. Other than that, it is fairlyfull bodied (just a tad watery) and full of good flavors.

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Photo of katan
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the sampler pack at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Absolutely gorgeous. Tons of tan lacing, deep black body with clear ruby red edges. A cap that laces lasts for a whole half hour drink. Amazing.
S: Liquorice, molasses and burnt sugar are primarily on the nose, with a hint of earth underlying it all.
T: Nice sweetness with lots of roast bitterness, a bit of molasses and a lingering earthy note on the tongue.
M: Smooth, somewhat silky beer with a good balance of sweetness and roast / hop bitterness.
O: A rock solid effort, that is great for what it is. Needs a bit more complexity to be a world class beer though.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of bluehende
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice overall stout. Not a big stout. Hop presence is very low giving it some sweetness. Everything you would want from a stout. There are better ones but this is much better than average.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

thx orbitalr0x

it pours totally dark (duh) with a mild tan foam. some hints of brown-tinged light shine though reluctantly. aroma is bready with heavily creamed coffee. mild and certainly not pungent scent. flavor is also very mild and refreshing. reminds me of an iced coffee with most of the ice melted. some mocha notes as well as butterscotch and toffee in the end. warmth brings out carob and date flavors. rich, buttery tastes mix in a mild way yielding a light-to-medium body oatmeal flavor.. not predominant but adds a certain doughy mouthfeel. overall a decent beer and par for course.

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Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, twist off cap, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours pitch black with nearly no light on the edges. A finger or so of dark khaki head forms and holds for a bit. No lacing.

S: Some nice debittered malts aroma. Very light sweetness behind a dry maltiness. No hops.

T/M: Nice maltiness without any sharp bitterness. Very light chocolate in the back, probably what lends the sweetness in the nose. Some cereal grains. Nothing overdone here, and that's how it should be. Body is medium to medium light with smooth carbonation. Glad they didn't nitro this.

D: Very drinkable. ABV is probably 4 - 5%, making this crushable. The flavor is good but I'd like to see just a little something else... something light to boost the complexity a bit.

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Photo of maxpower
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours jet black color with a decent creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate, nutty aroma, chocolate, roasted coffee flavors. Light to medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, very nice.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap.

The beer is very dark, almost black in appearance. The smell is very clean and crisp, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is rich, you taste the oats right away, slightly sweet, with a clean roastiness and coffee aftertaste.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with an oatmeal stout. I must say, being an Iowa native, I am quite surprised to see that a state with such a strong love affair for sissy yellow beer could produce such a deliciously black nectar. This was my third favorite of Millstream's product line when I took the tour earlier today. It pours quite dark with a small tan head. Tastes almost like a Guiness, but not quite as dry or harsh. While I can appreciate this beer for what it is, it would not be my choice for a medium to heavy session.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with just a thing beige head seen. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, black coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is actually even better with the roasted malts/coffee coming right though that ends with a slight chocolate finish. No bitter or harsh finish on this one! Goes down very easy and is very enjoyable to drink.

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Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.