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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout - Fitger's Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 09-02-2003)
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

hohnx012, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Richardbcoffin, May 28, 2014
Photo of Buebie
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been cellaring in my basement cellar at about 45 degrees for 5 months in the dark. Picked up a growler back in December 07'

Appearance: Black as night, thick creamy head 2-3 fingers deep Very slight redish glow held infront of a lamp, only around the edges of the glass. Thick lace drapes the walls of my glass.

Smell: Dark roast coffee hits hard, pick up some of the grain, dark malty sweetness. Some hoppy floral aroma, as if dry hopped. Very hard to pinpoint the hops with the dark roasted smell.
Also, while swirling a small amount in my glass and at the same time taking a wiff, I get a shot of vanilla.

Tast: Dark roast coffee, chocolate, cola, dark candi sugar, thick grainy notes from the steeping, toasted wood. Sweet, sour and medium to low carbonation. Hops slam your tounge after the swallow and linger with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Light, but thick, I know that doesnt make sense. Consistant with a russian imperial, without the syrupy weight.

Drikability: This is a great session beer to be enjoyed on a cold rainy day like today. If you cant handle dark robust flavor that lingers, this isnt for you. I was blown away that the hops were even able to make an appearance, this beer is very bold in dark roasty flavor. I caould drink this all day.

Buebie, Apr 24, 2008
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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler from Fitger’s in Duluth.

Appearance --- thin beige head, possibly black in color or the darkest brown imaginable

Smell --- coffee and cocoa, with roasted malt

Taste --- ever so slightly bitter, with blends of what appeared to be coffee, chocolate, caramel, cream, possibly vanilla, and roasted sweet malts.

Mouth feel --- Medium bodied, some carbonation, very smooth feel that is well blended

Overall --- oatmeal stout is easily my favorite style of beer, and this is up there with the best of them. i was/am incredibly impressed with how great it tastes from the growler, and i look forward to trying it on tap one day! luckily i live in Minnesota, but the only negative I see is accessibility to Fitger’s plethora of beers. outside of visiting Duluth, good luck finding any. i highly recommend trying some, if ever possible

bmike86, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Tyecko, Jul 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

beerguy23, Mar 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bscalt, Sep 05, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a full bodied very smooth black oatmeal stout. In fact smoother than almost any oatmeal stout I have ever had.

It has no bitter after notes, though you can taste the carmel flavor after each sip. It has a nice kick.. which I appreciate, so you don't have to drink a case of it to feel a hit.

The only real negative is you have to go to Duluth Minnesota to find it.

jsc331, Jul 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

LXIXME, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

MynamesRickJames, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GrizXTKEX519, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the brewpub into pint glass.
A: Pours pitch black with hint of tan head. Very inviting.
S: Deep, dark chocolate malt, cream, molasses, and nitro.
T: Wonderful medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, thick cream, and caramel malt amalgam. Tremendous.
M: Nice nitro feel. Medium body. Feels thicker than it drinks. Thick, smooth, creamy...Excellent feel.
D: The definition of drinkability! One of my new favorite stouts. Go to the brewpub right now and have one!

mwilbur, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of EVERS13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

EVERS13, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

arc3636, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ArfArf, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

josephwa, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

MinnesotaMan, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pug, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

HollieC, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kenai4, May 19, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a very very thin brown head. Nose is oats and kind of a chalky tone. Chocolate is there as well. Flavor is amazing. Nice thick malt tones. Touches of molasses and loads of chocolate malts . Thick, and thick after that, yet still very smooth. Feel is quite smooth on the liquid and the carbonation is lower. This is extremely easy to drink. An excellent oatmeal stout that many others could take a lesson from. (And just an FYI: I had a Founders Breakfast Stout right before this and I'm still happy.)

RblWthACoz, Mar 09, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with big, super dense, super creamy light brown head. It has great staying power and laces in sheets. Nice chocolate aroma. Some nuttiness on the nose as well. Great bittersweet chocolate taste. Coffee bean. Cocoa powder. The lingering roasted bitterness is killer, dude. This beer flows over my tongue like a river. Silky smooth. This is a great Oatmeal Sotut. I have it every time I'm in town for a visit.

Bighuge, Nov 14, 2003
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, I call the Brewhouse, am told the Stout isn't available in growlered form, and yet somehow my friend returns with a growler for me. Did he just know the secret handshake, or what?

Pours solid stygian, under a thinnish, though staying slab of cocoa foam.

Roast coffee hits the nose from the start, hints of chocolate, very earthy, yet invigorating...

And it lands on the palate fully in command, take no prisoners, storms the bastions, plows on through...big, forceful, but smooth...

Full bodied, to say the least, but not too thick, and very balanced in flavor, some bitter and some sweet, but not too much of either...just the right pithy mean. This is stout to be reckoned with, not too smooth, or bottomed out, it's sturdy, substantial, delivers consistently with flavor...and I've only finished half my first pint!

Damn, this is good stuff! I must make it up to Duluth and try it straight off the tap!

(looking at other reviews,well, I definitely am not drinking anything "light" or "watery". Either this is a better batch/new recipe, or it's better from the growler than the nitro tap!)

feloniousmonk, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of iron78
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps my favorite brew. My opinion tainted by my love for the city and the region. Everything tastes better up north, lakeside, on the edge of the woods. I always hope on my travels they have this on tap.

Is solid black with a dense tan head that lasts as long as there is beer in the glass.
Very mild aroma. Just a touch of roasted coffee.
Then, yum. Coffee and dark chocolate. Like a wonderfull coffee house mocha. With just a touch of roast bitterness at the finish.
Is luxuriously creamy, decadently silky in the mouth.
A full bodied malt treat.

iron78, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nitro-tap at the brewpub

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - glorious creamy nitro-tap pour, very dark - almost black, creamy light tan head with strong retention

smell: roasted malt, dry chocolate, touch of cream

taste: sometimes a nitro-tap can dilute flavors but not here - strong waves of chocolate, oats and cream provide for a full flavored stout. Cocoa powder, light coffee and roasted malt are executed perfectly here.

mouthfeel: super-creamy and delicious

drinkability: solid.

dirtylou, Aug 25, 2010
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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout from Fitger's Brewhouse
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.