Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 148
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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....

Photo of maxpower
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of froggyfrog
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colony Oatmeal Stout pours dark brown, like any other stout, with a short-lived tan colored head. Its aroma is warm and comforting, with strong hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is sweet combination of caramel and chocolate. Nice. A strong coffeelike aftertaste fades quickly, earning this brew above average marks in the drinkability category. -- Overall, this is a decent stout and perhaps an excellent introduction for quaffers new to the style.

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

I was in Amana for three days, and visited the brewery twice.
I thought it was good, smooth and sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee, creamy ivory head that lasted until the bottom half of the glass.

I will admit that I did not try everything at Millstream and I am partial to Stouts so I stayed away from the Wheats; but I consider this to be one
of their best beers.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

Thanks again to Mr Doyle and his beer of the month club for this bottle.

Appears blavk as night and poured a nice head but is leaving no lacing. Smell is somewhat sweet but discreet. Taste has coffee overtones, is smooth, but finishes dry. Mouthfeel is smooth as an outmeal stout should be. This is a nice beer that is worth a try.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

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

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?

Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky black with absolutely no head but has fizzy bubbly American Macro Lager carbonation ... strange but maybe not so considering it's a lager yeast... Dark roasty black patent malt aroma and taste; bittersweet dark chocolate and strong overbrewed black coffee character. Medium bodied with a strong dry roasty finish.

It's my opinion that the Lager yeast fails this one badly... more like a strong Dunkel.

Per Millstream website:
O.G. 15.5° Plato
F.G. 6.3° Plato
22 IBU
48 SRM
5.1% alcohol by volume
100% Briess Malt
2row Brewers Malt, Caramel 80L, Bonlander Munich, Chocolate Malt, Flaked Oats (10%), Black Malt, Roast Barley, and Red Wheat.
Tettenang, Hersbrucker, and Northern Brewer Hops

Best By(?): Feb notched on side ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 04/14/05

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don, you're a champ. This pours a deep, deep brown color with just a hint of light showing at the edges. There is a small head that falls to coat the top of the brew. The nose is nice, with a healthy roasted and slight chocolate character. The flavor is good. There is a nice bit of chocolatey sweetness and a slight burnt roasted quality. The feel is moderate to thick. This brew is rather nice. I like the nose and the flavors. I would have this one again. Very good show.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an amazingly dark black--no light getting through here--with purple highlights at the very edges and a good thick dark brown head. head falls and no lacing is left, but upon first pour this beer was awesome.

smells of bitter roast and grain, chalk, dark chocolate and soy.

taste starts with a sweet milk taste (from the oats perhaps?) quickly followed by a slightly chocolate, light roasted coffee flavor that takes over. Some soy and smoky flavor comes through with the grain, then gives way to chalk and slight minerality in the finish that combines with a bit of hop flavor/bitterness. Aftertaste leaves notes of tobacco.

overall a lightly carbonated and medium bodied beer--much lighter than i expected given it's rich color. Overall easy to drink and plenty of flavor. I'd even consider eating this with some japanese food. a fine, clean stout.

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

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.

Photo of trumick
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a light tan fluffy 1/2 inch head that dissapates quickly to nothing and no lacing.
Scent is of sweet dark roast malts, chocolate and slight coffee.
Taste follows the nose with dark sweet malts and fruits up front and a dry spicey hop and coffee finish.
Smooth as any stout I have ever had. The mouthfeel is well above average. It is creamy with appropriate carbination, the most outstanding part of this ,ah, *lager*??...
Drinkability is slightly above average also. This is a beer that I would sit and sip many. I have several and am going back for more.
A fine lagered stout. One of the best stouts I have ever had. This one easily competes with any stout from Bells.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fine dark black with a small, light brown head.

Rich aroma, some oats with plenty of roasted chocolate as well as a bit of fruit.

Medium body, a bit thin for the style. Light carbonation. Big chocolate malt flavors are balanced by a light "oatiness." Ends with a mix of caramel and bitter chocolate. My taste buds may be off, but I pick up just a hint of peanuts in the end as well. Odd, not bad though.

A reasonable oatmeal stout. A bigger body would help significantly. The concept of an oatmeal stout lager is intriguing as well.

Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.