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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 307
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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: 307
Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A home state tick, not familiar with Iowa beer, picked this up on a trip to see my grandma.

A - Black beer, brownish head that didn't stay around long and left the sides clean.

S - Cocoa, lactose, fairly sweet. Reminds me more of a milk stout than anything else. Little bit of roasted grain, not a ton going on.

T - Pretty much in line with the nose. A little bit sweet with some roasted notes. Slight cream taste. It's not bad, and there's probably a group of beer drinkers who would appreciate it for what it is, but I find it pretty ho hum. On the plus side, it does't have that out sourness that happens to often.

M - Slightly thin, little too much carb.

O - Average, has a couple things going for it and a couple that aren't. Sum of the parts is something some will like and some will pass on in favor of more exotic beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.47/5  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

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Photo of tavernjef
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brown bottle liter swing-top: Matte black color with a bit of a darker brown tint in brighter light. Firm finger high crown of lumpy broken chocolate brown, keeps a good puff for a while, settles to keep s broken skim and firm frothed edging, drippy lacing with nothing sticking.

Aroma is fantastic, soft bakers chocolate and milk chocolate, just grazes a roasted tint; sweet nuances of oats and barley flakes, little noting of iced coffee and charred wood.

Taste is far too sweet; it has tart, tangy, tones that aren't doing it for me. Lots of malt and oat sweetness thats becoming uncomfortably close to wine-like for an oatmeal stout. Dark cherry and some charred wood notes actually make a way in towards the finish, but the sweetness here is over the top for me. Perhaps this has gotten past its prime. The smell maybe eludes to what it may have once existed in flavors, but this is a sweetified, tangy mess. No matter how hard I try, I cannot enjoy this bottle. Looked and smelled promising, but the taste promised nothing but an overly sweet twang of undrinkable soda pop syrup.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At the bar at which I ordered this a man warned me, while sitting over his Miller Light, "you best be careful with that son: It's pretty rough."


This is one of the most drinkable stouts that I've ever had. Sweet malt upfront, not roasted and bitter, just a hint of coffee and toffee mixed with and oaty aftertaste. Really nice, but not very complex or strong. Good mouthfeel, but not great, and, like I said, this is the most drinkable stout that I've ever come across.

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Photo of gford217
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately mild carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice stout that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color with a thin tan head that leaves some streaky lacing.

Very robust roasted malt scent with notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee.

Much like the nose, the malt is rich and outstanding. Roasty and chocolatey with a moderate sweetness. Roasted coffee beans come through in the aftertaste. Very tasty indeed.

There are some oatmeal stouts that I have to wonder how much, if any, oatmeal was used. That is not the case with this one. It is very clear that it is an oatmeal stout. Silky smooth and chewy right here. Plenty of frothy and cream-like carbonation.

This is a very well crafted oatmeal stout. Nice flavor and the feel is textbook for the style. It's also a very drinkable beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting since this is clearly marked "lager" on the label. Doesn't seem to be, and it would be odd if it was. Who knows?
Quite black with some burnt-orange fringes. Fluffy dark tan head does not stick around long.
Faint toasted aroma, with some oat sweetness. Very nice, but not enough.
Smooth roasted body. As opposed to brashly roasted, it is subtle and rounded here. Oaty smoothness enters and lingers. Lactose sweetness is perceived. A touch of grain, mingling with chocolate. Evident butter. Java tones last long into the finish. This is very nice tasting, but seems too slight to really blow anyone's socks off.
Thinnish (once again, Millstream) in the mouth. What presents itself is smooth and silky. Boost the body of this just a little, and it is a very, very solid oatmeal stout. Above average as it is. Easily consumed.

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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 argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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 Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 !

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Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with drhinehart- thanks!

A: Pours dark brown/ black with a nice two finger head which quickly disappears

S: a nice dose of oatmeal on the nose followed by faint hints of chocolate and roasted barley, nice roasted profile, a bit mellow

T: the flavor doesn't follow the nose all that closely. A tinge of sourness and astringency on the front that I didn't detect in the smell. Slightly unpleasant for the style. There are some notes of molasses sweetness followed by the oatmeal and roasted notes.

MF: a bit thin for the style, medium carbonation

D: a nice easy drinking stout with some nice flavors, I prefer my stouts to have a little more body

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Millstream- Oatmeal Stout

A- Deep dark cola brown/ black with a small light filmy lacing head.
S- Good roasted chocolate malt with sweet black coffee.
T- Sweet black coffee, sugar, light roasted chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and cream.
M- Nice sugary sweet coffee with little to no acidness. Soft creamy dry chocolate/ cocoa with a thick sweet slight hopped finish.

Overall- Crisp, clean, and chock full of flavors. A solid Oatmeal Stout.

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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 beerguy101
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, small head. Aroma is mildly choolate, but kind of weak. A medium bodied Oatmeal stout. Roasted malts, chocolatly and slightly sweet. Mild hops, slightly spicy. Big taste, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice stout.

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Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a rich, tan head. Coffee, charred grain, and chocolate in the aroma. The taste reflects the aroma with the addition of bitter black walnut and hazelnut and a very faint vanilla presence; terse hop bitterness. Medium-heavy feel; slick and oily with a semi-dry finish.

This felt more like a dry stout to me. It's packed with dark, welcoming warmth. Plenty of roasted character in the smell and taste and it finishes with a complex offering of delicate malt sweetness and dry hop bitterness and feel. Very nicely done.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came from the Beer of the Month Club. Poured black in color (can't see through it) with a very small tan head; smelled of coffee, mocha, caramel and oatmeal. A heavy beer with very little to no carbonation, that goes down creamy and smooth.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, a hint of vanilla and mocha flavors; slight hint of grains, which I assume to be the oatmeal. A very malty and enjoyable stout for those who like coffee since the roasted malt flavor dominates this brew. Has a grainy feel to it where the malt/oatmeal almost feel like it's leaving a residue, yet it's a dry finish. Good tasty stout that goes down easy, like water. It's worth trying this beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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

Mahogany brown with a really nice tan head that sticks together nicely and leaves some sheets of lace.

Nose of roasted patent malt with dark fruit sweetness. Definitely strong enough to bring some anise style depth to the aroma.

Favoring neither coffee nor chocolate the dark malt leaves a moderately bitter taste on the tongue along with just enough dark fruits to keep the balance and interest.

The flavors don't really get to roll around much on the tongue due to an overly zesty population of carbonation bubbles that roll around too long. Smooth and solid, oat-influenced heft us not enough to ruin the mouthfeel.

Why is this beer lagered? I feel like bottle conditioning an ale would have produced a great complexity and more even-keeled mouthfeel. Not bad overall though.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a hints of walnut and dark ruby hues on the edges. About average sized, smooth, creamy, dark tan/cafe colored head. Decent retention with a nice thin, creamy layer of lace.

S - Wow, lots of coffee and a good amount of roasted oatmeal aroma. Also a good amount of dark cocoa along with some caramel malt.

T - Plenty of dark and milk chocolate and coffee along with some slightly roasted malt and oatmeal. Slight sweetness with only a hint of roasted bitterness. Not quite a sweet stout, but somewhere between a sweet stout and a regular one, with it a bit closer to a regular stout. A touch of caramel malt. Lingers with a not too bitter roasted flavor. Just vague hints of hops and dark fruit.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Fairly smooth and slick feel.

D - Good amount of chocolate and coffee that provide a slightly roasted bitter flavor but also a good amount of sweetness. Keeps me drinking, especially big for the ABV.

Notes: A nice easy to drink stout with plenty of nice stout flavors. Not overly bitter, nor overly complex, but well balanced and tasty. This is a very nice, basic, easy to drink stout. Not outstanding, but good.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours s deep dark cola color with a popping fizzy tan head on top. This "pops" away to nothing very quickly. No lacing. Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, and warm breads. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for an oatmeal stout. Not as creamy as I would have liked, but not harsh either. Flavor is of mild roasted cocoa, some bready malts, and some faint bitterness. All in all this is a pretty average beer. Not bad, but not that great.

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