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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout - Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of palliko


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:33:22 | More by palliko
Photo of mentor


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
Photo of GClarkage


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
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 20:00:51 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of beerceller99


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 19:30:49 | More by beerceller99
Photo of RedBaron


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
Photo of TastyTaste


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
Photo of marburg


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
Photo of Gusler


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
Photo of beerguy101


3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 01:33:18 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Nytemare


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
Photo of granger10


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
Photo of packetknife


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
Photo of BeerResearcher


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
Photo of RBorsato


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
Photo of Shaw


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
Photo of garymuchow


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 03:35:41 | More by garymuchow
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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
Photo of tavernjef


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
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of ADR


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 06:29:14 | More by ADR
Photo of beernut7


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
Photo of ZAP


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
Photo of Bighuge


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
Photo of cokes


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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Black Widow Oatmeal Stout from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.