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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Biter is a smooth malty oatmeal stout balanced by flavors of roasted barley with chocolate malt. Gentle bittering but generous aroma is given by the popular English hop, East Kent Golding.

This gentle stout will be attractive to anyone who likes a full-flavored beer, including hard-core connoisseurs of stout.

The image was developed to symbolize the alluring, if not sinister character of the Black Widow Stout!

(Beer added by: packetknife on 04-10-2002)
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Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Dark black color. Small tan quickly diminishing head. Aroma is espresso, chocolate and malt. A light to medium bodied Oatmeal stout. Malts are roasted, with chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth taste, but I was expecting a thicker bodied beer. Well balanced and it has a nice dry finish. Nice beer. It’s hard not to like a beer that on the label quotes ”This ale is brewed with the finest hops & malted grains with only a hint of spiders” Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Mar 06, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhinonau
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev 0%

When I saw these guys at the Brew Review this Fall, I figured it was a matter of time before they started shipping to Minnesota...some sixers showed up this week.

Black, lets some light in at the bottom...cream-like 1/8 inch head. Sweet aromas. Pretty good balance of malt flavors, semi-sweet chocolate with a little run at a roasty flavor that's short of coffee. Body could be a little fuller, a little warbly and tea-like, but carbonation is well done (neither flat nor spritzy). Minimal hops as appropriate. Decent Stout, could be a little more broad in its approach in this style, kind of forgetable.

ADR, Oct 31, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +22%

Quote from the label: "...brewed with the finest hops & malted grains with only a hint of spider". The spider didn't show up in the taste, but may have explained the lace web left down the glass.

Amazing brew. Pours a very deep amber (who I am kidding..this black by most standards). Aroma is big and roasty.
Likewise, big roasty, oaty flavors. Lots of coffee and milk chocolate (this actually might be two separate flavors, dark chocolate and lactose sweetness). Hops add just the right amount of bitterness.
The carbonation levels may be just slightly too high...detracts a little from the smoothness. This is a minor complaint. Still very nice in the mouth.
Makes you want another...leaves a wonderful roasted coffee flavor filling the mouth. This aftertaste is almost as good as the beer itself.
One of the best oatmeal stouts I have tried. Snap it up if you can find it...good luck. Worth searching for.

cokes, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

12oz single, Brennan's

appearance: pours a rich dark walnut color, tinted ruby, bubbly chocolate brown head, lacing around the rim...sick bottle as well

smell: heavy aromas...cocoa powder, a bit of smoke, licorice, coffee grounds, a lot of dark fruit, chocolate covered cherry, plum, dates, raisins

taste: taste is very familiar...i've had something quite similar to this recently but I can't put my finger on it...dry cocoa powder, dark coffee, cherry, plum, raisins, smoky, sweet toasted malts, some sweet floral hops buried underneath

mouthfeel: creamy and velvety, pretty nice

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a deep dark mahogany going to black, with just a little light getting through. Great tan head dissipates to about 1/4' with good lacing.

Smell: Roasted grains, malt & nuttiness.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee, and hop bitterness and dryness on the tongue, throat & roof of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but not silky smoothness you expect with this style. A little more carbonation would help.

Not the best oatmeal stout out there, but pretty good. Would work well with dessert or a nice thick steak.

russpowell, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Originally reviewed May 11, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly transparent dark black currant pour, with ruby brown edges. Topped with fizzly thin ivory head, that’s fading fast. Aroma of sweet plum, malt and roasted coffee and a savory pork port sauce. Very rich and strong roasted coffee flavor. Favorly deep, yet even. It’s a meal in my mouth. Well carbonated and a bit of brandy alcohol to round and soften the edges. Palate is salty and a little watery.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Aroma is coffee, cream and mild chocolate. Pours dark brown but approaches full black int he glass. Head is a mostly diminishing creamy tan affair. Fore is acidic and bitter with lots of coffee and roasted malt notes. Middle gets a bit tinny/metallic tasting. You definitely taste a little oatmeal influence along with some sweetened condensed milk flavors and a touch of nuttiness.

Jredner, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. "keep refrigerated", no date or info.

A - A loud, tall pour doesn't do this beer any favors. The head is low and retained poorly leaving only a thin film behind. The vigorous swirl coaxes some tan froth out. Black Widow is almost black with slivers of clear brown-amber around the edges.

S - Black Widow's aroma is void of any hints of spider like the label suggests (whew). What it does have however, is a rich roasted malt nose with a good depth to it. Cocoa and molasses hints with a nice oat presence. At first, an now on the swirl, the nose is pretty solid but after sitting, Black Widow gets this old, musty smell. It's not entirely off-putting since it's relatively low, it's just a nuisance. Low hop presence is slight grassy and lingers in the background. Very roasted nose overall.

T - Heavily roasted flavor is prominent with classic backing notes of coffee, cocoa, and molasses. Not a lot of the oats come out in the flavor as much as the mouthfeel. The roasted bitter finish balances pretty nicely with at thin backing of hop presence. The flavor has a bit of depth to it but lacks any real distinctiveness.

M - This beer is surprisingly thin in the texture which is too bad. I'd really call this medium-bodied as there is plenty of carbonation for a crisp, lighter feel on the finish. The oats do smooth the texture of the beer out though. A lingering dusty dryness and roasted bitterness finish it out. This could really be brought up to be thicket and more substantial here.

D - While Black Widow is well-balanced for drinkability, it could help in other areas to make it a better beer all-around. It's just lacking a distinct spark of something. It doesn't stand out in a community of malt-bomb-loving beer drinkers.

BeerFMAndy, May 05, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

12oz brought home from Montana in the fall and kept in the basement cooler. shared with my brother.. mine from a shaker pint.

Very nice lite tan head with spiderweb lacing.. very dark brown brew with only the slightest hints of red when held to a light.

Aroma is spot-on.. lite roased barley and dark roasted malts and chocolate overtones... even smells creamy.

lite/medium body despite a nice creamy finish.. roasted grains and slight malt sweetness and an underlying "acidic"/"sour" flavor .. reminds me of my homebrews where I've used a little bit of acidulated malts.. Sorta tastes off.

I know that this is an "aged" version of this brew, but I have notes dating back 3 years and all have "sour" flavors. If Black Widow had a little bit more body and could pinpoint and get rid of the slight off flavor then this would be a very nice brew.

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

You forget about these session stouts when you’re used to drinking RIS or double stouts. Dark with red hints with roasted maltiness on the nose. This is real tasty and easy to drink- nothing mind blowing but that’s ok. Pleasant sweetness with subtle chocolate and toffee. Few brewers make such an easy stout and this reminds me to drink more oatmeal stouts. Thanks to Gclarkage.

lou91, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of blackie
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%

appearance: The pour creates a .25" light mocha head that steadily recedes to a ring around the glass. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Moderate aromas of roasted malt and milk chocolate. Light hoppiness. There's also a considerable off sour note to the aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is towards the higher side of the medium range, and the body a light medium. The carbonation is a little high, and I'm not getting the smoothness I would normally expect in an oatmeal stout.

taste: At first my tastebuds pick up on some roasted malt, and then BAM...my mouth is assaulted with an offensive sourness. It pretty much dominates the flavor, though a little roast peeks through the onslaught. The sourness lingers for a solid thirty seconds after the sip.

drinkability: A little trying to drink with the lingering sourness

Acquired in a trade with loren01

blackie, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer after disassociating itself from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a very deep black walnut color with some ruby high lights, the head is modest in size, frothy in texture and the color a light chocolate, as it evaporates the lace forms a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is heavy with toasted grains, sweet and fresh, the start is sweet, and the malt profile adequate, the top is light to middling in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops apparent but not overstated, somewhat dry and sweet aftertaste, a light but drinkable stout.

Gusler, May 15, 2004
Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark brown borderline black with a small tan head that fades into a small head and leaves scattered lace.
Smell is of a sweet, lacto sugar, oatmeal, and black patent concoction.
Taste is of the same aromas with that lacto sugar jumping out and an almost vinous like taste lingering.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet with a small amount of bitterness coming through.

weeare138, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a black with brown highlights showing thru a smaller tan head that does leave some lace behind.

Aroma is light coffee mixed with plum some sweetness noted with a light oat presence. Some light graininess and some woody vanilla noted as well.

Taste is roasted grains some light coffee and chocolate flavors mixed with plum. Some grainessin the flavor also strange for a stout also that woody vanilla hints which is nice.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter then expected ut still a solid medium.

Drinkability is ok the vanilla flavors are nice but the grainy flavors are strange for a stout and mouthfeel is a little light. Want to thank Hometown Sports BIF and ImWithStupid for this sample.

mntlover, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of GeezLynn
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Black, with a little ruby peaking out. Crowned with a huge, well-retained tan head. Very nice appearance.

Musty oats with a little chocolate malt and something similar to licorice (who knows? maybe the "hint of spider" as the label says).

A little chocolate flavor, and an unexpected sourness which is initially unwelcome, but eventually brings out a little dark fruit quality in the beer (initially, I was thinking I got a back bottle until I read previous reviews all mentioning the sour flavor). There's also sort of a stale bread quality along with a residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel needs work, especially given this is an OATMEAL stout. Thin and over-carbonated in the soda manner.

Through the first half of this beer, the review was shaping up to be pretty harsh, but it improved considerably as the beer warmed and as the taste buds acclimated to the sour flavor. Even the texture seemed a little fuller (still not good). Eventually I actually started liking this. Let her sit out and get warm - she's got carbonation to spare and the flavor will improve noticeably.

GeezLynn, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of geexploitation
2.65/5  rDev -27%

This one pours a solid black with an espresso-ish head. Very pleasant aroma: dusty chocolates and a bit of coffee, with a hint of sour fruits underneath. On the palate, though, the coffee and other malty flavors take a back seat to a big, ugly sourness that dominates to the finish. Once the finish comes, there are some bitter coffee flavors hinted at in the nose, but until then that sourness is oppressive. Not what I expect or want in an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel is thin and lacks that oatmeal stout slickness.

All around, this beer is not too pleasant to drink. Not the best effort here.

geexploitation, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of BeerBadger
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BeerBadger, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a rich black with a creamy tan head thatthins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Light aroma of roasted malts with some nice caramel tones.

Wow, this beer is sour city. Some roastedness comes through, but dominted by an unpleasant sour taste. I can only assume that this beer is quite old as no date is on the bottle.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

I could probably choke it down if I wanted to. However, the drain got the best part of this beer.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

cbcrunch, May 03, 2012
Photo of mojopilot
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%

I was given a bottle of this beer from a friend of mine, I don't know how old it is or anything about it really. it pours nice and dark, with almost no head.

On to the taste! Someone else said they had a bottle they thought was mishandled and was very sour. I too have a very sour beer, I would say the sourness is right up there with a Flanders Red. I love Flanders Reds, and I like stouts too. I also love lobster and popcorn, but I'm not going to mix the two together. I don't know if every bottle is like this, so I don't want to be too hard on this beer but I have to say this is in the top 5 worst beers I've ever had.

mojopilot, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Eric908
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of beerceller99
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

12 oz. bottle pours black with a small tan head. Smells earthy, chocolatey. Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Taste is an earthy, coffee flavor, then a bone dry, bitter dark chocolate essence to finish.
A good flavor but the relatively thin body is a setback.

beerceller99, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +11%

This was simply an all around well done beer. It poured a light black color with crimson colored highlights and a perfect sized fluffy brown head. The nose was roasted barley and maybe some earthy components as well. The taste was very well balanced. I would equate the main flavor to being a bittersweet cocoa but oatmeal was definitely there as well. The was some roasted espresso but it wasn't as apparent as in the smell. Vanilla seemed to mix with the chocolate, esp. as the beer warmed. Earthy hops come in and give this beer more balance. Medium in body but the flavors weren't the smoothest. No alcohol prescence at all and the end was uninspiring. But this simply was a great example of making a balanced yet flavorful oatmeal stout.

granger10, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +10.2%

BrewtalHonesty, Sep 01, 2014
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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.