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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout - Fitger's Brewhouse

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 5
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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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 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 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 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 joepais
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to HogWildLiquor for sending along this treat. Growler poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of tan head that didn't last long, this is due to the growler I think. The body of the brew was the typical stout black in color
Aromas of sweet chocolate are big on this brew. Followed by some nice oatmeal sweetness filling my nose.

The flavor is a mirror of the nose, sweet milk chocolate and nice sweet grains. The feel in my mouth is medium to heavy with not to much carbonation, which I chalk up to the growler again.

A very sesionable stout I easily kicked the growler in a solid day. I think this is a good oatmeal stout it easily can hang with the big boys in this style. Well worth the try I would love to revisit this sometime strait from the tap.

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 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 supercolter
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty good, dark blackish-red color. Nice head and lacing.
Smell really nice roasted coffee smell a hint of hops (not picking up any oatmeal). Taste is good, but the alcohol comes through and lowers this a bit. Mouthfeel is good. Very creamy as its on nitro baby. Drinkability is pretty good.

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 beckje01
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice and black look with a great brown head.

S- Full malty nose, very nice

T- Good malt taste very nice, but when it comes to the end its a touch odd.

M- Nice thickness and good feeling in my mouth.

D- Drinkable if you don't slow down for a bit but if you tend notice the odd after taste which can be distracting if your not eating or drinking. But overall I would defiantly have it again.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on a nitro-tap!

The appearance was a nice black color, ruby glow when held to a light and a thick, creamy tan head that left a nice lacing. The aroma was moderately roasted, a bit sweet, some chocolate. The flavor is rather roasty, chocolately, and some hop flavor and solid, medium hop bitterness. The nitro-tap I think enhances the naturally creamy mouthfeel, very pleasant. Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit, a bit more hop flavor and bitterness than most Oatmeal Stouts, but I enjoyed. Recommended!

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 benito
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black as midnight with a thin head that dissipates to a ring. The aromas are muted chocolate and roasted barley with a hint of tobacco; fortunately, there is nothing muted about the flavor of this brew: it is strong on chocolate, tar, roasted grains, coffee, and hazelnut. The flavors meld together well and are matched by a smooth mouthfeel and a dry, bitter finish. It's almost like a dark oatmeal IPA thanks to the burnt flavors that linger well after the finish.

This is one of Fitger's top brews and a must have for anyone visiting the brewhouse.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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 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 dfried
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer, but it wasn't anything super impressive. It has a great appearance, silky black with little to no color when held up to the light, classic nitro-tap head that has great retention. I had to give this beer a 3.5 on taste to be true to rating in the category, it does not taste that much better than most oatmeal stouts. It definitely has some roasted malts and slight coffee flavor but not a bitter roast, they were much more chocolaty and sweet. This beer has a quite light charater and is very drinkable.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a black with brown and burgundy highlights. The tan creamy head left some nice lace.

Smells like a porter or a brown ale with a slight burnt or roasted character and a touch of cinnamon.

Tasted of burnt sweet oats.

Mouth feel was thin and light. This beer is wonderfully drinkable but unimpressive in flavor.

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 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 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 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 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 tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Big Boat Oatmeal Stout from Fitger's Brewhouse
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.