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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout - Fitger's Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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 XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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 LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking and with a strong aroma. This is one of the harsher, more bitter oatmeal stouts, as opposed to the smoother ones like Samuel Smith, in hops and malt flavor. Too me, there’s too much roasted grain flavor. I’d like more chocolate, but hey, it a stout with oatmeal and it’s not bad.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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 dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nitro-tap at the brewpub

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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 Duff27
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is oh so close to black I'll call it black, has some slivers of light brown highlights. Thin tannish head that crumbled and puffed away fast to a thin ring and leaves thin stringy lacing. Smell is of solid roasted malts and some black malts, hints of burntness, and a bit of oatmeally sweetness and has a cough syrupy alcoholic tinge. Taste is mellow easy amounts of roasted/burnt malts, a small oat sweetness and light coffee-like drying finish. Smooth, light creamy body, moderately picks up and has a decent finish thats welcoming. Good drinkin' oatmeal stout, not bad at all, just a little weak in the lasting flavor and body dept.

Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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 blackie
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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 mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of garymuchow
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Redrover
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Tucquan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewhouse

A-pours a very dark brown color with a khaki head nice lacing

S- roasted malts and chocolate with oats and bread,mild fruit with some earthy notes

T- roasted malts,coffee,sweet malts and toffee,i also get some rolled oats and a touch of cream

M- was creamy smooth ,medium carbonation,vevet texture with full flavor of a stout

O- excellent stuff

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout from Fitger's Brewhouse
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