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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kthing, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Localdrinklax, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Thompson
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Thompson, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +7.5%

bluckbeyes, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of WildHighlander
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

Up in Wyoming, MN on business. I always like to try what is local. I was very pleasantly pleased with this beer. Never heard of Millstream Brewing Co. Very good flavor. Nice aroma. Good head retention. Nice color. Smooth, slight sweetness. Good blending of flavors. I'm going to have another.

WildHighlander, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +7.5%

herman77, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Herky21
1.75/5  rDev -53%

Herky21, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of momoagogo14
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from bottle into an Okocim pint glass

Aroma: strong dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts
Appearance: chocolate brown, light brown head with minimal lacing and retention
Taste: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors come through up front, the oatmeal nuttiness is more present on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Almost seems too thin and too carbonated for the style.
Overall: Tried this on a whim because I like supporting local breweries. I think it’s a good first attempt at the style. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavors. Just wish the texture/mouthfeel was a little more substantial.

momoagogo14, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Buster
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Buster, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of bmike86
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

I picked up a 6 pack from Hyvee Wine & Spirits in Pella, IA.

Appearance --- dark brownish black, with about a finger and a half of a light brown head, pretty good retention leaving a light lace

Smell --- pleasant smell of chocolate, with a small bit of roasted malt & coffee scents

Taste --- nice blend of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate & coffee, with a minimal amount of hops

Mouth feel --- medium bodied, average carbonation, a bit of creaminess and bitterness

Overall --- I figured I would give this one a shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The smell is fairly strong & extremely nice, leaving me to want a bit more from the taste I felt. I would say this is an above average oatmeal stout that I would recommend to anyone that could possibly find/come across it. Millstream did such a good job with their version of it, that I am now curious about their other offerings. I know what I will keep an eye out for, the next time I visit Iowa.

bmike86, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. An undecipherable notching date system on the label. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Very dark brown with wispy beige head with average retention and a few lace forms.

S: The aroma provides some light roast, milk chocolate, and herbal hops.

T: The flavor is more enjoyable with more roast but not overdone, cocoa and dark chocolate, and pumpernickel crust. There is some bitterness to this brew, although I think it is more due to the roast and dark malts. It ends with a little bit of sourness in the aftertaste.

M: The oatmeal smoothness is counteracted by the overcarbonation which leaves too thin a finish.

O: Reasonably decent brew that I am glad I got a chance to try.

argock, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark brown/black body with an inch of mocha brown foam that recedes slowly to a think skein, leaving small fits of lace.

Smell is malt, roasted malt, oats, faint caramel, dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, faint coffee, oatmeal, dark cherries, lightly chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice level of carbonation to scrub the palate. Body holds together well.

Overall a nice example of an oatmeal stout, I'd buy it again.

JackieTH, Jun 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Hopstout, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

dmilewsk, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

augustgarage, Jun 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Polycarp, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Beerislivingproof, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Duff27, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately mild carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice stout that I would be happy to drink again.

KarlHungus, Apr 16, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

kjyost, Feb 29, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

bismarksays, Feb 20, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours almost black, with just a tiny bit of light shining through. Thin tan head settles rather quickly, and leaves little lacing.

S: Roasted malt lends to some chocolate notes and hints of espresso and toast. Hops are hardly present on the nose.

T: Slightly burnt character up front, with coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. A hint of alcohol is present, with a bittering hop finish.

Notes: Slightly thin mouthfeel, although this beer does have some body. Flavors are balanced. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, but not one that I would seek out time after time.

WYVYRN527, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of frankiepop
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.