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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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 310
Photo of vdoz3
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a reallly nice brew. Picked it up on a whim, poured from a 12oz bottle into the only glass my friend had in two servings.

Appearance is pitch black, standing up even to direct sunlight (I don't give out 5s that easily). The roasted smell translates directly into the smooth taste, which is just a bit sweet and chocolatey. The finish is dry and a little bit sticky.

Overall, delectable. Goes great in place of afternoon tea & cookies.

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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 TCMike
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin beige head. Beer was dark brown.
Smell was of chocolate, and coffee.
Taste was similar, not as heavy as I anticipated. Easiser drinking, than some. Medium mouthfeel, and low carbonation.
This is a good stout. I'm liking stouts more, and more. Give this a try!

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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 bmike86
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks one last time to Nick the Greek, you know who you are, for the Iowa beer hook-up.

Pour a dark brown to blackish color with a slightly oily consistancy. The head reminds me of brownies, and dissipates a little too fast for my liking.

The aroma is mild bakers chocolate with just a very light touch of soil, then some rich coffee and cream notes.

The taste has a grain and oil mix upfront combined with chocolate. The middle presents a subtle chocolate, giving way to more deep roasted grains and a little coffee. The finish is smooth, dry, and a little bitter from the almost burnt grain flavor. Another good beer I wish was available in Chicagoland, but alas....

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Photo of Wallstreet
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer was served with a nice transparent black/dark red hue. It was not cloudy, and had a off white head. The first one tasted of the darkest chocolate and coffee I had ever tasted. The second sweetened up slightly with more of an herb character. It was a very smooth beer but not to the extent of some lagers and lighter ales, keeping an adequate mouth feel. I don't know why the first one tasted different but I preferred the first. the second beer I had was probably closer to the actual taste of the beer. Overall good beer, I will continue to drink this one wile getting used to the really dark beers.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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 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 alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. No light penetrateth. Creamy, toasted-tan head. Nice. Good lacing. Sweet, roasted barley with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smells good to me. Sweetish mocha sweetness unfolds, amidst lightly roasted barley. Full-bodied, and velvety-creamy. Slight homebrew funk. Reminds me of Lake Superior's Sir Duluth. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout that would make a great session beer.

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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 mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bottle to enjoy on what will hopefully be the last day that is remotely wintery.

A: Pours dark brown, extremely dark, though not entirely black in the glass. A nice two finger head with a lot of bubble variation and texture. This beer could use a little more active carbonation/richness to the head formation, it's fading fast.

S: Chocolatey, cooked grain dominate the smell...maybe something like chocolate malt-o-meal? It's more than a little grainy, but toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke make a little appearance as well.

T: Not as astringent as many Oatmeal stouts, and while I like it, I feel that's a little off style. Or perhaps a new direction for the style? This almost borders (in taste) on an Oatmeal Porter because of that though. In general, the taste is not as strong as the aroma, in fact I would say the aroma is far more dominant. The more I drink, the more bitterness comes out though, and it's nice and good.

M: Could be slightly creamier and smoother, but good overall, not at all too thin.

D: This is just a good beer, and I'm quite happy with that.

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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?

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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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical stout roast aroma with a hint of berries. The berry doesn't come through nearly as much in the flavor, but it does help to add a fun little tang to it.

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Photo of Chaz
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with akokandy, Thanks Adam!

L - black color with a tan head that thinned to a layer leaving little bits of lacing.

S - roasted coffee and malt aromas.

T - roasted malty taste, burnt, bitter black coffee flavor on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy to drink.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours that most lovely of colors A deep mahogany brown to black, the head is plentiful, light chocolate in color, the lace sticky thick sheets that adhere nicely to the glass. Sweet roasted barley dominates the nose, hot milk chocolate also come to mind, caramel and quite a pleasure to “Sniff”. Front is sweet, the top is middling in mouth feel, with a pertinent acidic bite, hops pleasing to the palate, the aftertaste bittersweet and dry. The beer is drinkable, although a bit "Watery", would classify it as a "Beginners" introduction to the dark side and stouts, so maybe I should temper my criticism.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  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.

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