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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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254 Ratings

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A slightly better than average stout.

I've had this in both the bottle and on tap (and also freshly from the brewer's taps). I prefer to avoid the bottle as it can be a totally different experience (one that the brewer could remedy with the purchase of a new bottling machine).

Normally this is a competent little beer that doesn't overwhelm you.
It pours black with a brown head that quickly dissipates.
Chocolate and roasted malts. The taste for fresher batches is more crisp. When the been has sat for a while (in the keg or the bottle), that crispness goes away.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 21:54:00 | More by Beertender01
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-16-2013 17:39:44 | More by Mdodge8837
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 05:35:40 | More by NilocRellim
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-16-2013 04:07:41 | More by uturn
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-13-2013 23:50:58 | More by Eric908
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-10-2013 12:31:04 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-07-2013 00:34:16 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-19-2012 16:28:07 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-12-2012 01:16:51 | More by schoon
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-04-2012 02:00:43 | More by t0rin0
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a 3 Floyds imperial pint.

Black in color with brown highlights and a medium head which falls quicly to a ring. No lacing.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma is inviting.

Taste of milk chocolate and toffee with mellow roast malt. Mild, not bitter roast but with a good roast taste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel is thin to medium with light carbonation creating a very sessionable stout.

Overall a smooth, creamy and mellow brew that is easy to drink. I like this one. My first taste of Millstreet. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 05:18:59 | More by 312HopBomb
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a faint touch of hops but also a metallic quality.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted oats. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this particular beer. The hops presence I mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:29:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 22:58:52 | More by waldoiverson
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5/5  rDev +34%

10-07-2012 03:51:08 | More by FrostyJenbaJuice
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-23-2012 03:57:00 | More by Handy50322
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-15-2012 18:40:22 | More by kthing
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-20-2012 03:40:17 | More by Localdrinklax
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-05-2012 07:35:16 | More by Thompson
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-26-2012 22:32:31 | More by bluckbeyes
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:45:47 | More by WildHighlander
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-17-2012 13:46:31 | More by herman77
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

07-13-2012 18:08:06 | More by Herky21
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:43:16 | More by momoagogo14
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-08-2012 02:06:24 | More by Buster
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:34:56 | More by bmike86
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
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