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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Back Road StoutMillstream Back Road Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%


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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gford217

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of tedpeer poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown that appears black in the glass with mahogany tints around the edges. The head is small but dense and fades quickly leaving only hints of lacing. The smell is dominated by dark roasted malts, chocolate and burnt coffee. The taste is not quite as distinctive as the smell but does have a little more sweetness in the form of molasses up front. Then it's more of the roasted coffee and malts with a slightly bitter coffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin for the style. This is a very drinkable stout though I'm not sure what the lager label is about. Either way, nothing distinctive but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:27:24 | More by gford217
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Back Road Stout 

Dark murky brown with a sticky tan head. 
Smells roasty, with chocolate and black malt notes.  
Some dry bitterness opens up as this warms, but otherwise this beer is run of the mill...  
Little chalky feel, with some oily action and a dry roasty finish. 
Overall...  This isn't bad, but it isn't really too great either.  
A - 4
S - 3.5
T - 3.5
M - 2.5
D - 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:50:25 | More by AleWatcher
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, one of the few advantages of having a girlfriend in law school in Iowa ten years ago.
Great dark black (oxymoron) beer with frothy tan head. Aroma was a little more alcohol than I liked, but the deep rich and roasted malt also came out nicely with it.

Taste, definitely chewy, and the alcohol was no longer as omniprescient (sic) as it was in the aroma. Came off as smooth. More coffee and caramel to it than chocolate. The mouthfeel did develop a little more bitterness than usual with the use of oats, but I guess when you have a coffee feel, you're gonna get some bitterness usually.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:52:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You think you know a thing or two about beer, until someone puts a bottle in your hand that reads "Oatmeal Stout Lager." Whodidthewhat? Howdidthehey? Huh.
Appearance: fully black, with a nice, burnt tan head.
Aroma: bitter and roasty, with fruity notes.
Texture is limpid, body and mouthfeel and everything else is light, light, light. Short finish. Drinks down extraordinarily smooth, but ...Actually, I have a hard time criticizing this. I could fault it for lacking the complexity, depth, or flavor of a good oatmeal stout, but it's an oatmeal stout lager. It is what it is. But I'm not sure why it is what it is.
Fruity notes emerge in the middle, and are appreciated.
Not a bad brew at all, but the lack of top-fermenting yeast did not please this stout-fan's palate at all, only left me yearning for a true stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 23:18:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 13:05:41 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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Misfit138

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee in color with a tan head that went away quickly to nothing.

S- Roasted dark chocolate malt with some sweetness

T- Coffee flavor is there for sure with some hints of chocolate bite at the end

M- Fairly thick with mild carbonation

D- Decent offering. For some reason I didn't like the first few drinks but after that it was pretty good. Good full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:58:18 | More by Misfit138
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Crass3000

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/28/2011

3.5/5 Pours out dark as night with a brown, two-finger head with retention of roughly a minute.

3/5 Smell is dark fruit forward with roasted malts and maybe a little coffee. All the nose is really muted.

3.5/5 Taste is roated malt forward with some dark fruits. I also taste a little chocolate but really no coffee.

4/5 Mouthfeel is almost medium or maybe medium. Fairly nice mouthfeel for a stout with a low ABV like this. It's not an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 10:58:45 | More by Crass3000
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty darn near black with some brown highlights and a thick cocoa head that falls flat pretty quickly.
S- Aroma is mild of dark malt and sweet chocolate. Fairly sweet overall.
T- Quite sweet up front for an oatmeal stout. Sweet chocolate, a bit of cookie, a very light touch of smoke.
M- Smooth, medium body with low carbonation.
O- It's a perfectly fine beer, but not a beer that I'm likely to remember. Fairly tasty but relatively pedestrian.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:41:34 | More by jsprain1
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. Pours a very dark brown color that lets a little light through. Thin beige head that dissipated rapidly. Not much lacing until further down the glass. The aroma consists mainly of coffee as well as a touch of malt. Medium-bodied with a milky texture. Roasted coffee, malt and a touch of tart fruit in the flavor. The finish is smooth with a lightly bitter character. Nothing too exciting going on here, just a run-of-the-mill Oatmeal Stout you can find anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 23:05:32 | More by Dogbrick
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 16:17:39 | More by RBorsato
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with a half inch khaki-colored head that crackled and popped as it slowly dissipated into a fairly solid, quarter inch skim. Nose is fairly subdued, but suggests molasses, brown sugar and a hint of acidic, dark fruit in the back. Taste follows nose, but there's also a slightly metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and a little overly effervescent for the style - a little watery and somewhat lacking in consistency. Decent brew, but some of the qualities are a bit off-style. Its not a bad brew, but not what I expect in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 00:55:25 | More by Jwale73
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argock

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:42:30 | More by argock
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sloejams

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 18:37:15 | More by sloejams
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 01:45:27 | More by maximum12
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to tedpeer for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice little chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste follows the nose pretty much, with some nice sweetness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:48:12 | More by Wasatch
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Duff27

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:39:27 | More by Duff27
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

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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AUGRAD06

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter stout than I expected. Nice deep roast color, with a nice tan head. I predominately tasted coco powder and the oat meal. It's not a "sweet" stout by any means. It is light, and leaves a very mild aftertaste on your tongue. I almost taste a fruitiness I can't place after I swallow. A good stout if you're looking something that isn't thick and rich feeling.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:45:46 | More by AUGRAD06
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby. It is capped by a fizzy brown head that recedes to and edging within seconds. Chocolatey and coffee-like on the nose. Pretty nice. This stout features some bittersweet chocolate tones as well as burnt malt. Also present to a small degree is dark fruity tones. Everything melds together nicely. Not as creamy of a mouthfeel as I like in my stouts, but drinkable nonetheless. Not too bad. Not too great.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2002 20:49:13 | More by Bighuge
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big E-Z Cap swig-top brown one liter bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a sizeable frothy tan head.

Smell: Creamy and sweet ... pretty much what you would get off of an iced cafe latte.

Taste: Silky smooth and held together by a textured medium body. Intermingling roasted and sweet malt flavours ... followed by more silky sweetness. Roasted flavours are a bit restrained though leave a nice bitter bite. Underlying caramel flavour and a coffee like aftertaste wrap up the finish.

Notes: Very drinkable and quite clean ... not your usual over roasted character found in a lot of oatmeal stouts, just good easy drinking. Goes perfect with any kind of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 12:12:07 | More by Jason
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jhammerly

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 21:42:17 | More by jhammerly
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:13:59 | More by frankiepop
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brewQ

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 03:45:52 | More by brewQ
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I poured out this brew into my perfect pour glass I had visions of this being what BP was dumping into the Gulf because it's so dark, pitch black.

This beer is black and as thick as some chowders I've had (not that this in anyway resembles chowder in aroma or taste) I was afraid it would stick to the sides of the bottle. It didn't. The aorma was coffee, perhaps some cocoa. The taste was light, earthy coffee with toffee perhaps. It had a slight twang and finished with one. It was decent enought to go for another one.

OK, the label is confusing the shit out of me. It looks like a guy putting the moves on grandma at a barn picnic while the dog is watching. WTF is going on in that picture?!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 16:49:28 | More by DesMoinesMike
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old stout from the BOTM club from over a year ago.

Appearance - Pours a damn dark black into my SA Perfect Pint with less than a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately leaving literally no lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts. Overall, quite subdued.

Taste - More so coffee than chocolate. Also, there is a definite odd metallic taste that is extremely off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Lighter to medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Yeah, not feeling this. The metallic taste is just so distracting I can't enjoy this beer. My drinking it now reminds me that this is how the beer tasted a year ago and age did not improve this (that is why I didn't review it then - I wanted to let it sit for a bit). Oh well...a swing and a miss.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:15:48 | More by SpdKilz
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.