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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 2
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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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 63
Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of loren01
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of palliko
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of RedBaron
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of marburg
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Nytemare
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of packetknife
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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."

Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little surprised at how high some of the scores are for this beer, because I found nothing exceptional about my sample.
Aroma has a sweet almost candi like complex maltiness with lighter and darker qualities. Oatmeal presents itself too. Lots of variety in aroma.
Black with red hues and seems clear. Head is thin and doesn't hold too well, but leaves a ring.
Smokey quality to flavour with the dark roast, esp. in the lingering. Starts off light and sweet, then moves to heavier darker qualities. Fairly long roast malt dryness to finish.
Has a thick heavy quality. Decent smoothness. Only a little oily.
Decent complexity. Not sure what "gently bittered" means, but sweetness is balanced well. Good, but not very good.

Photo of JISurfer
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
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