Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 3
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:
Beer added by: packetknife on 04-10-2002

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!
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Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color. Faint carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Starts almost sweet - between roasted chocolate and sweet chocolate, finish is roasted chocolate. Nice oatmeal stout. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Liquors Dickerson, ND. (318 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (595 characters)

Photo of jhammerly
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to loren01 for the trade.

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Very dark brown with a three-fingered head that dropped to a thin ring in a matter of minutes. Hints of chocolate and roastiness touches the nose. The taste is of coffee-like malts and not hardly any hop, lightly lingers on the tongue. There is also a bit of sourness in the finish. The body is rather thin, almost watery, but it doesn't take too much away from the overall taste. Not a bad offering, just not outstanding. Could be a good session beer. (527 characters)

Photo of blackie
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 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 (882 characters)

Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (380 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abyssal black pour with a HUGE billowing head of mocha colored fluff. A steady stream of large cascading bubbles feeds the head, creating ridiculous amounts of lacing and retaining nicely.

Aroma is nice, and on spot, but a little too subdued. Notes of darkly roasted grain, charred sugars, cocoa, coffee, plum, and a hint of oaty tartness.

Flavor is much bigger than the nose; a solid dark chocolate and toasted grain entry with plenty of bittersweet dry cocoa, instant coffee crystals, plum jam, and a burst of floral and light pine hops in the trailing finish.

Body is nearly large, with a expansive mouthfeel due to the heavy carbonation. After many swirls, it relaxes and feels smooth, creamy, and very slick. (722 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (382 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (405 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (625 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (702 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with pale, caramel, and chocolate malts, dextrine, wheat (malt), roasted barley, flaked oats, and a touch of spider. Hopped with Magnum and E.Kent Golding.

OG=1.058, 5.9% ABV.

Pours out to a cloudy very dark mahogany, nearly black, forming a nice-sized tan head with good retention and one solid sheet of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nice...heavily roasted grains, black walnut, sweet dark malts, vanilla, freshly seared wood, and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little stinging from overcarbonation for the style but has a longlasting sheen on the tongue. The taste is more akin to a semi-dry stout...somewhere between an oatmeal and a dry. The malts have less emphasis on the body and sweetness than on the roastedness. As it warms, butterscotch creeps up and gives it a decidely English off-flavor. There are some higher alcohol in the middle and rub off into the finish as an astringency. The finish is very burnt, like charcoal without much more complexity. Bitterness is moderate.

Not hearty, rich or sweet like I would expect for an oatmeal stout. Overcarbonation, measly body for the style, and slight fusels hurts it's drinkability. A decent attempt, but nothing I would recommend. (1,234 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out dark brown with not much head. The aroma is roasted malts. It smells a little sour. Slightly chocolate malt flavor. Some roasted flavor, but not much. The finish is sour and very acidic. This acidity really takes away from this beer, and makes it hard to drink. Not much hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is not impressive. Overall, a mediocre beer. (396 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark-amber with a coffee colored head that leaves little lace. A tad too much carbonation. Aroma has semi-sweet chocolate, toasted grains and something bitter. Body is light to medium, followed by a roasted malt and grain in the after taste. Initial taste moves from roasted coffee to unsweetened chocolate. A weak offering in a category that includes much better candidates. (389 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with brown highlights when held to light. The head was tan, and extremely tall lasting like a champ to coat the glasss.

The aroma was roasty with chocolate and coffee most prevalent. As it warmed, and after the head finally fell back, the beer gave off some fruitiness.

The flavor was chocolate with coffee and roastiness that lasted. The flavor of the chocolate was smooth with the coffee and the bittering tasted to have mostly came from the roassted grains. The beer was well balanced and not overpowering in any one aspect. As it warmed, the beer exhibited some fruity flavors.

The finish was dry with pleasant lasting yet slight chocolate and coffee flavors.. The body was just a bit above medium and could have been a bit more.

12 ounce bottle. A nicely made Stout, but no real Oatmeal mouthfeel or character. Still tasty, but more of a dry stout. (887 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (274 characters)

Photo of RedBaron
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.69/5  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. (561 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (524 characters)

Photo of Nytemare
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (717 characters)

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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
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