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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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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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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 01, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

A: jet black, poured with frothy dark brown head that dissipated pretty quickly
S: full-bodied, deep roasted malt
T: good roasted malt, chocolate, creamy
M: creamy and well-balanced, good for 5.9% but I'd love to try this as a RIS
O: good and well-made

wisrarebeer, Sep 14, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

gave this a look see and decided to buy it
the appearance is dark with a light red hue when held to light.
has a half finger head that dissapates to a small head with a light lingering lace. the smell is of a earthy and not overwhelming light coffee. the taste is caramel and creamy chocolate. the coffee is there too. light hoppy taste and more malt.has a light funky aftertaste..cant notice the oats. mouthfeel is again creamy moderate carbonation. this is a above average stout and recommend to anyone who likes stouts...good job on this one!

schatzicat, May 24, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Re-review after bad bottle back in '07.

The beer pours black, very slight ruby glow when held to a light. A thin tan head formed upon pouring and diminished to a skim. The nose is moderate-high roast, slightly ashy. The flavor is high roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and bittersweetness. Sufficient, yet appropriately low hop bitterness and dry finish round the beer out nicely. The carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall a solid OS, could drink a number.

uwmgdman, Dec 19, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: Pitch black as expected from an oatmeal stout, slight amount of tight tan head, reduces to almost no lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Nothing too groundbreaking.

Taste: Dark malts mostly, coffee and chocolate in lighter amounts. Decent but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly smooth. The oats in this definitely help the feel out, even though they didn't impart a lot of flavor to this beer.

Drinkability: This beer is fairly drinkable, I didn't regret ordering it. There just isn't enough flavor to justify getting more than one.

zhanson88, Nov 27, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap in a pint glass on 5/23/10 at Mackenzie River Pizza in Billings, MT

A - Dark brown; mostly looks black. Poured a thin head leaving only a skim. Minimal retention & lace.

S - Smooth, roasted malts aroma of coffee, chocolate & oatmeal.

T - Tastes decent; roasted dark malts & some coffee. Rather dry with some hop bite. Mild hints of baker's chocolate.

M - Full bodied. Carbonation leaning toward vigorous - too much for my preference. Roasted residual on the finish.

D - Reasonably tasty oatmeal stout. It's solid enough but a few tweaks would do it well.

Ryan011235, Jun 04, 2010
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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
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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 SykDoc
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle received in trade from Opethsprite, much thanks. Poured into a snifter. It pours deep brown and is black and opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is quite good with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, as well as an earthier oatmeal component and some grassy notes.

The taste included a sour/acidity portion. Oatmeal and bitter chocolate can be pulled from it, as well as some caramel sweetness that is hard to fully grasp.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, and it seems quite thin to me. There is a moderate level of carbonation and it adds an unusual crispness to the flavor and sour components.

Overall, this is an okay beer to drink. The sourness mixed with the oatmeal stout components make it interesting but it seems like there are areas for significant improvement. I would try it again but will not search it out.

SykDoc, Jun 05, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

Pours dark brown, near black. Very little head and what is there dissappears in relatively short order. Smells somewhat creamy, lightly roasty, but with a slight sourness from the grain. Relatively thin, and not nearly silky enough for the style. Quite sour from grain, too much so. This quite distracts from the other elements of the beer. Its drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.

Georgiabeer, Mar 14, 2009
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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.