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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

Black Widow Oatmeal StoutBlack Widow Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.11%


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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marburg

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer brings balance to the Force. A dark, well-carbonated brew -- maybe a bit light. Whatever. Pushes an amalgam of dark, roasted flavors out of the glass and at you. Coffee beans, roasted pecans, and chocolate being cooked on the stove. Aromatic to say the least! A bit light on the tongue, but the flavor follows through. Sweet khalua / White Russian sort of moment of clarity is immediately enveloped by burnt coffee beans and chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a straight ahead, no frills, no gimmicks, no nonsense stout. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 15:04:32 | More by marburg
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Deep, opaque brown color, with a finger height of tan head. Leaves rings of sticky lace on the way down the glass. Bitter chocolate and rich coffee aromas, combined with oatmeal which rounds off the nose. Bitter, challenging flavor, yet body and creamy flavor make this perfectly balanced. Great brew from a brewery that I respect more with every one of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 14:53:52 | More by TastyTaste
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dark, dark ruby beer throws out a small chocolate brown head that is soon only an edging that provides some decent lacing. Great chocolate, java and vanilla bean on the nose. Really nice aroma. This is really a nice tasting oatmeal stout. Great bittersweet chocolate characteristics. Some definite coffee tones that are very nice. And some cocoa too. Wow. This is nice. Creamy, velvety texture. Feels like silk on the tongue. Medium to full bodied. Excellent Oatmeal Stout.

A Bighuge thanks to Cokes for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 21:02:34 | More by Bighuge
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Yum...oatmeal stout)

Appearance: Opaque. Poured with just the right CO2. Only a scant, off-white head remained (kudos).
Smell: Complex roasty malt aromas. Nicely varying degrees of kilning going on here.
Taste: Dry roasty and toasty malts up front, with a nice velvet-y taste at the back of the palette (hence, the 'oatmeal'). Clean taste all around, too. Some hints of black currant.
Mouthfeel: As dry as the beer starts, it's the finish that really clinches my affection for this stout. It's a nice blend of malts for sure (not much hops here), and it makes for a damn fine interesting stout.
Drinkability: Good. This is your typical drink-in-front-of-the-heart brew. Good on a cool autumnal evening. Would love to have this on draught at a good pub, too.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 03:39:42 | More by RedBaron
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GClarkage

California

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/07/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Black pour with an inch dirty white head and average lacing.

Scent- Lots of darkness. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste- Coffee hits first, then a very big dark chocolate taste takes over. Lasty a nice hop bitterness finishes it off.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very recommended. My favorite beer from this brewery. Good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 04:13:02 | More by GClarkage
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with a deep dark color and lacy tan head. The robust aroma hints of roasted and chocolate malts. A heavier medium body supports a sweet roasted malt flavor with a light bitter twang and chocolate laced finish. Very drinkable and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 17:16:08 | More by beernut7
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 22:40:01 | More by cokes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark color of solid black with slivers of dark red highlighting, nice thick and creamy one finger high head of tannish hue, a bit lumpy and settles slowly leaving nice sticky lace in big strings.
Smell is a nice dark and rich roastyness with a touch of chocolate and coffee swimming around in the nose.
Taste is mostly tanged chocolate tones at first, very smooth and inviting, moderately sweetened, introducing some light coffeeish like dryness and flavor with a fairly calm hop bitterness in the finish. Good amount of heavyness, creamyness, and smooth lingering coffee, chocolate, and hop bitterness and dryness. Lots of good roastyness thoughout. Quite enjoyable feel, nearly heavy and full with a good smoothness, which I think it gets from it being an oatmeal stout. Has some very nice lingering qualities. Quite a good stout. Recommend trying it out if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 13:39:13 | More by tavernjef
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loren01

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from draft at the taproom into mason jar black with 1/2 inch white head. Smell is of roasted grains and slight hint of coffee. Black Widow is a very smooth drinking stout, light on carbonation goes down very easily. Nice flavor of coffee and roasted grains and maybe a hint of spider. Very easy drinking oatmeal stout. They are now have a bourbon barrel aged Black Widow Stout at the taproom that is to die for!! Its a bit sweeter than this stout, served in a bourbon glass. Both brews deserve a stop at the taproom.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2005 00:57:55 | More by loren01
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rpheld

North Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a six-pack of 12 oz. bottles purchased in Bismarck, ND.

A: Pours a dark brown- thick black with a creamy two-finger head.
S: Smells sweet, with chocolate and burnt scents.
T: Has a creamy chocolate flavor, silky oatmeal, burnt aftertaste
M: creamy and silky, a very drinkable stout
D: Pretty good stout, I'd recommend trying it if you can get close enought to Billings, MT to get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 02:25:54 | More by rpheld
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one good brew. I wasn;t expecting something this good with the cheesey logo and all, but I was wrong. It had a good strong taste of chocolate malts and coffee. It had some hints of alcohol present, but nothing too overbearing. The bottle said that it had hints of spider in it, but I didn't really taste any. I would recommend this one for anyone looking for an everytime stout or a winter warmer type.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 04:19:46 | More by JISurfer
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with ruby red hues, a full pillowy light brown head, good carbonation, and rings of lace. Chocolate and coffee aroma at first turns roasty. Bitter roasty flavor dominates. Medium finish with a dry roasty and lightly bitter finish.

Per Y.V.B.Co. website: Roasted barley and chocolate
malt. Gentle bittering but generous aroma is given by the
popular English hop, East Kent Golding.

1998 GABF - Gold - Oatmeal Stout

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 21:43:03 | More by RBorsato
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 03:22:15 | More by dirtylou
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packetknife

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark amber with a thin light-brown head that followed to the bottom of the glass. Lots of malt and some smoke on the nose, like cooked chocolate. Baker's chocolate, amish molasses, roasted almonds. Some hoppy and citrus-like finish that lingers. Just thick enough, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 09:28:44 | More by packetknife
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this one, but I am impressed...black with a red tint(some light does shine through)...tan lace...great nose of roasted grains...oats definitely present on the nose along with some nice java and dark cocoa tones....medium bodied....not quite as creamy as I like my oatmeal stouts to be, but pretty smooth in the mouth...taste is of burnt malt...dark cocoa...java and some oaty characteristic....not in my elite class of Oatmeal Stout's but not far off that..

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2002 22:39:51 | More by ZAP
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 16:52:21 | More by granger10
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty aroma, thick with coffee notes, mingled with anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, some dark fruits:cherries,dates. Totally dark, gorgeous tan head, full body. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles, but there's nothing remotely here to rival Rogue Shakespeare or Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 00:44:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark mahogany with a fair-sized tan head and some trailing lace.
The aroma is sweet malt and very smoky.
Malty tastes of toasted dark rye, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee with cream come through.
There are plenty of hop flavors to enjoy. Grapefruit and lemon zest and a tea-like tartness blend together harmoniously.
This is a sharp-edged, smoky and rich flavored stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 21:06:05 | More by BeerResearcher
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 04:20:04 | More by russpowell
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Gusler

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 21:03:58 | More by Gusler
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one with a big steak at Jake's in Billings. It poured a real dark brown color. No light passing through at all, and a small tan head on top. It has a distinctly smokey nose, wood roasted malt seems to be the aroma im getting, but there is also some bitter bakers chocolate going on. The flavor is far less smokey than the nose, just more of a heavy roast here. The bitterness of the finish is not from hops, but rather burnt malt and that unsweetened cocoa. The mouthfeel is lovely. A nice creamy thick body and just enough carbonation. It feels silky, and might be even further served in that direction by a nitro tap. This was a good beer overall. Maybe a little too filling to slam a lot of them, but one was a treat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 19:01:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never had an oatmeal stout before, was not quite sure what to expect. Poured a nice dark brown with a little red around the edges. Brown head with moderate retention and lacing. So far, about what I'm used to in a stout. Smelled of roasted malt, nice espresso and chocolate, and oats. Guess that's why they call it an oatmeal stout. Tasted about the same. Nice chocolate flavor with a roasted espresso and oatmeal backbone. Very little hops presense at all. A little bland towards the end, but a good beer. Moderate body, with a little bite to it. Pretty smooth for the most part. Drinkable enough I'm keepin' the rest of the sixer for myself. I might give away one, but mostly mine. Not bad. Think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 16:12:32 | More by Nytemare
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Widow is a deep, dark brown with a small, tan head. Retention is weak. Aroma is a very inviting mix of roast and oats. Plenty of coffee smells burst forth. Taste has a nice roasted body with plenty of coffee flavors. Oatmeal sweetness is in the mix as well, but not a full as the aroma suggests. An overall balanced complexity makes Black Widow a recommended brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 23:10:09 | More by Gagnonsux
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect black color, with a tan head that reduces to a fine layer most dense around the edges of the glass. Its mild smell is of roasted malt.

I've been drinking real hoppy and/or high alcohol beer a lot recently, so it's nice to try a more malty beer. Black Widow has much of the creaminess and glassy mouthfeel of other oatmeal stouts. It doesn't have any tannin bite or other sour flavors. The oatmeal gives the beer's body a great chewy character, but it is still very smooth. It leaves a nice slight aftertaste of roasted malt.

This is a good oatmeal stout. I also like the bottle blurb, "This ale is brewed with only the finest hops & grain with only a hint of spider."

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 07:13:12 | More by Shaw
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mentor

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later. Pours a nice 1.5 finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Dark ruby edging when held to light. The head is slowly settling into ravines and islands, reminiscent of the landscape in the badlands. Smells sweet milky roast. Latte yumminess. Beneath the roast is a supporting caramel and chocolate. Tastes wet milky sweet throughout with an overall roast character, but the roast not a dominant characteristic presiding over the beer. The beer starts wet sweet before a roast and mildly bitter coffee steps in. A caramel and chocolate rise briefly before settling down and allowing a cherry sour to rise up and join the roast in a dark march on my palette. Despite a sweet start and wet sweet throughout, the finish is dry from the roast and cherry and sharp from a carbonation sting on my tongue. Swirling releases carbonation in the form of another two fingers of large-bubbled head. This has released the shapr carb edge from the beer and allowed the cherry sour to stand taller in the finish. Not an overly positive maneuver on my part. Md-thick mouthfeel and mildly (but sharply) carbonated. The flavors are in balance with each other, but I was disappointed the wet sweet disappeared entirely at the end. Would have been nice to keep some of the caramel sweet around to fight with the cherry sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 07:26:53 | More by mentor
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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.