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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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 giblet
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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

giblet, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

maximum12, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

tedpeer, May 18, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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

orangemoustache, Apr 26, 2008
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.

JDV, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

gmfessen, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -32%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 !

Vancer, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Chaz, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of drpimento
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

drpimento, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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

dirtylou, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

terrabyte, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of 1759dallas
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

1759dallas, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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

sloejams, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, creamy tan head. Smell is of cocoa and roasty, with some hops perceived as well, nice, but could have been stronger. There seems to be some sort of sourness in the taste, but luckily the roastiness overpowers it quickly and leads you to a tasting of oats and cocoa in the finish. Lower carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I could definately see myself having more of this, could be improved in some areas, but is a pretty good local stout. Worth trying if you come across.

badbeer, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Colony Oatmeal Stout, from a 12 oz., short brown glass bottle, came my way thanks to BA Buckeyenation. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The stout poured a soda colored black. After a very vigorous pour, I still didn't get much of a head, and what I did get came and went by very quickly. The nose was s ubtle marriage of burnt malts and chocolate malts. The flavor began and danced with a malty chocolatieness with a dry finish. It was a surisingly light mouthfeel with a high amount of carbonation. The flavor saves it, and makes it a very decent oatmeal stout. This is one of the dark colored ales that I could sit and session with but not necessarily spend time amazed by its flavor.

edmundfitzoil, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM offering...

Pours a deep brown-black, quite opaque, don't see much light going through at all. Good carbonation, a little head around the edge, creamy. Nose was extremely smoky with a lot of coffee up front, a bit too much. After sitting a little bit the intensity subsided and a balance was achieved. There is a bit of alcohol acridness in the nose as well. Taste was the same way, crazy amounts of overly smoky coffee (almost burnt) and then subsiding as it sat for a short time, becoming creamier but still maintaining a hefty coffee toasty flavor. Alcohol peeks through again. Altogether could be quite good, the balance is decent but the alcohols break the flow a bit.

aquatonex, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of my beer of the month club membership, freshness date is not notched on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid onyx, no light whatsoever, with a ½ inch dark brown fizzy head, fades away quickly, no lacing is produced

S—lots of smells are combined in this one, mocha, java, oats, it’s bittersweet and very fragrant

T—lighter than I expected, it’s coffee, chocolate, oats, biscuit, the combination of tastes is very nice

M—very smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation


D—this is good, a good selection for the winter I think.

hanco005, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep black color with a very slight head on top. Low aroma-some roasted malt and a slight bitter smell. Mellow roasted flavor with some chocolate going on. Slight bittersweet after taste. Ok enough body. A fairly drinkable beer. I am confused by the label stating its a lager but an oatmeal stout. For me it suffers an identity crisis. A notch above average.

lackenhauser, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, Nov notched on the label.

Solid onyx. Short espresso crema head of medium bubbles that quickly settles to a skim coat. No carbonation streams are visible. Slightly charred oatmeal, both sweet and charcoal, dominates, but is still relatively restrained. An initial smoky roastedness fills the mouth. The oatmeal comes on, but not as smooth or creamy as expected and has trouble standing out against the deep roasted notes. The finish is of slightly bitter roast malt and it is short and compact. The palette is left surprisingly clean. Medium to light mouthfeel with a thin, petite body, this could use just a bit more oomph, but that is just to be picky. Nicely carbonated. Enjoyable and a solid offering.

hopsaplenty, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of brewQ
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up passing through at John's Grocery.
Was in the mood for a stout.

Toffee brown head, opaque black body.
Coats buts doesn't really leave sheathing on the glass.

Aroma reminds of homemade bread- baked, molasses smells.

Taste is of roasted caramel.

Finishes almost cloying but the CO2 washes clean.

This is a Meal but in style- still can't figure out how this is a "Lager" as stated on the label.

Nice drink.

brewQ, May 26, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour gave a good head that fell, but it did not break right away. There is a little bit of lacing, but it falls when the glass is tipped. The color is a dark black like a stout should be.

The smell is like a good stout with slightly sweet coffee/chocolate smell, but there is something slightly off. It's a lighter malt smell. Perhaps mixed with dark coffee malts.

The taste is pretty light, still coffee/chocolate, but the body isn't very thick and the finish is clean and doesn't stay with you. The lighter malts are in the body more than the coffee malts and it takes away from the flavor of stouts I like and are more accepted.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not prominent. It is a slightly smooth water bit of a mouthfeel.

I know it's not too far and I would give this to friends as a transition beer into other types of beer that are labeled "dark beers" by uneducated drinkers.

Erdinger2003, May 21, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The cap on the bottle states that this from their 20th year anniversary, so I may have gotten to this a little too late, since it was from 2005.

The pour was a solid black with a creamy tan head about 1 1/2" thick. Good head retention and it coated the sides of the glass each time I took a drink.

A nice roasty aroma that was a bit faint. The same goes for the taste as well. It starts off nicely, but doesn't finish well. There is a bit of an astringent taste at the end which is really the only negative for this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and clean, not creamy at all. Is this due to it being a lager instead of an ale? Aside from the only negative, this is a really good beer that is very drinkable. It just isn't an outstanding beer.

jhammerly, May 07, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Millstream Oatmeal Stout pours out a not quite black color with a small brown head. Roasted chocolate in the aroma with roasted malt. The flavor is very roasty and smooth, although some astringency comes in at the finish. Lots of chocolatey flavor. Just a touch of hoppiness. Drinkability is pretty good. According to the bottle this is a lager, but I can't taste how this differs from a regular oatmeal stout. Not overly roasty, but this still a decent example of the style.

beveragecaptain, Apr 08, 2006
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.