Big Boat Oatmeal Stout - Fitger's Brewhouse

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 09-02-2003

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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 39
Photo of Buebie
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of bmike86
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Photo of maedhros09
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very rich, flavorful and well-balanced stout with striking notes of sesame oil towards the finish. Very distinctive.

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and chocolate nose and a little sour, grain, oats, roast and toast on the palate with traces of caramel and chocolate. A little bitter from the roast on the finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

Photo of Josh012012
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A world calss oatmeal stout IMO. No cherry-coffee infused, smoked barrel aged, stout here. Just 100% pure unadulterated oatmeal stout badassness. It hits all the appropriate notes and hits them hard. If you like oatmeal stout don't leave this bar without trying this.

Photo of jsc331
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  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.)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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!)

Photo of Bighuge
4.46/5  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.

Photo of iron78
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this several years ago, but don't recall liking it as much as I did this time.
Nitro aroma with some soft roast flavors.
Classic looking beer with smaller head that was dense and clingy. Opaque and black as night.
Really enjoyed how the roast flavor increased as warmed, but never anything near excessive. Chocolate. Balancing flavors of sweetness and a tad of sourness.
Smooth and creamy feel and on the lighter side of a moderate body.
This is such a good drinker. Very impressive beer.

Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint, the color is a deep, dark brown with a low but consistent nitro head

s: lots of dark chocolate, roasted barley, and dark fruits for a big stout base, some sweetness with a coffee char aroma, earthy hops, big and bold

m: carbonation is light and silky per the nitro serving style, full bodied, smooth

t: full dark chocolate and roasted barley backbone, some darker fruits, moderately sweet with an earthy hop flavor, lots of coffee roast coming out in the finish, the roast runs through each sip, extending strongly after the swallow as a moderate bitterness creeps in

d: a great stout, easily drinkable

pint at the brewpub

Photo of TCMike
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Produced a one finger beige head. Beer color is a non-translucent deep walnut.

The aroma is of roasted malts, slight dark chocolate, slight coffee, and pumpernickel bread.

The taste is the same, but with a light hop presence. On the heavy side of a medium mouth-feel. Lowish carbonation.

Very nice stout. Not to heavy, not to light. Great flavor!

Photo of CraigP83
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Above average but not spectacular in every aspect. Coffee notes and smooth drinking

Photo of shadow1961
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fitgers Brewhouse Big Boat Oatmeal Stout pours a dense finger of tan foam over an opaque
black brew. Carbonation seems moderate, and the nose is toasty with dark chocolate
and coffee notes. As expected, the flavor is big bold toasted malt, mocha, and espresso,
with just a touch of grassy hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is round and creamy.

Photo of slyke
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one while in Duluth to skate the NorthShore Inline Marathon for a fourth time (finished in 1:31:01).

Big Boat Oatmeal Stout is a wonderful looking beer - black as coal with tan head. The aroma is malty, roasty, and has a note of coffee.

The taste is great with a hoppy notes at the start and finish with a lot of roasty malt in between. The coffee-like flavor is tremendous.
Mouthfeel has a lot of body as you'd expect with a bigger stout like this.

At 6.6 ABV, I wouldn't spend the day drinking the Big Boat, but she is a great pint or two. I'll have to remember to hae this one again at the Brewhouse and bring home more growlers of it in the future.

Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black colored...creamy 1/3 tan head...crushed oats and espresso on the nose...tastes very nice....some burnt malts...espresso...oatmeal....creamy texture...slightly think mouthfeel for a 6.6 ABV beer...Very nice beer...not quite as awesome as I remember but one oftheir better selections..

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a thick, one-finger head of light brown foam. It left soapy rings of lace down the sides of the pint glass.

S - It smelled of roasted oats, chocolate and coffee. There was a mild floral nose, too.

T - It tasted of bitter chocolate malts with oatmeal, toffee and coffee. There was a slight citrus taste from the hops.

M - It was soft and creamy with a dry finish. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This and the El Nino are their best beers from their regular line-up. It's hard to turn down the chance to order this one off the menu.

Photo of maximum12
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Fitger's & man, I'd forgotten how good the beer is here.

Pour is stately black, second most head of the night. Nose is present & lovely, chocolate, rich malts.

Big Boat Oatmeal Stout is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had to date. The chocolate in the beer is overwhelming just to the tipping point of too much, great roasty edge to take the edge off that & the sweet malts. Fantastic smoothness that just goes on for ages, & aids in wanting to take this one on for a long session.

What an excellent beer to have in regular rotation. Not so big you can't drive around afterwards, but with a massive taste profile. Just lovely.

Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Boat Oatmeal Stout – According to the information card it has 4 different malts and English hops for both bittering and finishing.

Black with brown highlights. Off-white head - looks like a milkshake.

Roasted malts slightly smoky. Interesting nose.

Great roasted taste. Touch of sweetness almost reminds me of a milkyway bar. Complex and engaging beer that demands your attention. Turns a little more bitter late.

I would describe the mouth as thick, smooth & silky. Nice easy drinking session stout, the sweetness may limit you to a couple though. Best beer of the night.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple glasses into the growler I just brought back from my Duluth trip, pours a dark, opaque black, almost no head or lacing. Stock dark malts in the nose, some chocolates, just a tad of oatmeal and coffee. Taste is also good, quite a nice oatmeal stout, but not as smooth as you'd expect from the style. Nevertheless, still smooth and with good body.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed February 4th, 2005. On Nitro-tap at the brewpub. Fresh sea salt aroma. Almost pitch black. Very smoky, almost of burnt cedar and rusic leaves. Bites the tounge pleasently. Very rich and creamy. Super full of nuts. Hazlenut and fresh cream. Later tastings of this yielded notable dark chocolate and oak that balances nicely. One of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask and regular side by side

Pours a tan head. Color is a dark copper brown nearing black. Lots of lace.

Aroma: rich with chocolate and cocoa. Caramel with the coffee and roast. Cask version is creamier.

Taste: creamy chocolate with roasted malts. Coffee flavors. Malty and dry. Cask version is much more rounded out. The flavors blend together so much better.

Mouthfeel: roasted and smooth. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I enjoyed the cask version better. So my scores reflect the cask. Really enjoyable beer.

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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout from Fitger's Brewhouse
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