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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

Brass Knuckles Oatmeal StoutBrass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout

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87
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%


Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-24-2003)
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Reviews by Pellinore1:
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Pellinore1

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle pours deep brown into an imperial pint glass, leaving less than a finger of tan head.

It smells of roasted malts and maybe just a hint of oatmeal. There a tiny bit of sharpness in the nose, not what I usually expect from the style.

The dominant flavor is that of roasty malts, followed by oats and a bit of coffee bitterness.

Feels a bit thin in the mouth, not as creamy as most oatmeal stouts I have tried.

Drinkability is just fine; seems like a possible session beer.

Overall, this is a perfectly enjoyable oatmeal stout, if nothing particularly special. I probably would not hunt for it again, but neither would I object to having another.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:42:46 | More by Pellinore1
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MaximalC

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark cola color with a minimal tan head. Aroma smells of caramel, pretzels, and roasted malt.

The taste could best be summed up as thin, roasty, metallic, and overcarbonated. The carbonation is so vigorous that it masks most of the flavor on the front end. Roasted malt comes through when the carbonation burn subsides, but there's also a metallic twinge that keeps you from really enjoying it. On a positive notes, the Earthy hops are pretty well balanced against the sweetness of the malt, so it does have that going for it.

In a nutshell, it looks like a stout, but drinks like a coke.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:27:42 | More by MaximalC
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ChrisWashington

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2014 03:23:19 | More by ChrisWashington
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2013 22:02:22 | More by NooseJustice
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ERRL710

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

08-14-2013 02:59:04 | More by ERRL710
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-10-2013 14:24:11 | More by emottram
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-29-2013 01:59:27 | More by mpayne5
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-01-2013 23:21:12 | More by FreshHawk
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whoneeds8

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-18-2013 01:48:58 | More by whoneeds8
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-08-2013 17:02:10 | More by dvmin98
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brass Knuckles is a decent stout. I am very impressed with the body of the beer vs the abv of the beer. Generally a weaker stout usually has more of a watery body. The beer poured a dark opaque with an ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is reminds me more of a pur baltic porter...not much in the sense of coffee or chocolate. The taste provides a decent semi sweet chocolate flare that is nice. In additionl there is some roasty malts that help to balance out the beer. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a very nice after hours or after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:03:20 | More by WoodBrew
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emyers

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Black color, nearly opaque, with a huge light brown head. Not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, and smoke. Has a milk-stout type sweetness to the aroma. A bit of wet cardboard oxidation smell to it.

Taste: Roasted malt is dominant. More milk chocolate with a definite sweetness. Caramel and molasses also come through. I'm not picking up the oxidation present in the aroma anymore. Really quite delicious. Fairly complex. There could be a bit more intensity, but for a standard oatmeal stout it packs quite a bit of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (I was expecting a whole lot more carbonation given the huge head).

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise once I got past the smell. A very good oatmeal stout. I'm curious if there was some oxidation and how it would taste without it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:41:10 | More by emyers
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beersvh23

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

02-10-2013 03:28:16 | More by beersvh23
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GaryFields

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-31-2013 02:25:12 | More by GaryFields
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Gross

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-03-2013 00:11:44 | More by Gross
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ironwill54


3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-17-2012 03:22:50 | More by ironwill54
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akylles


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-08-2012 02:33:52 | More by akylles
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-03-2012 20:55:06 | More by enelson
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ruckus232

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-30-2012 00:42:45 | More by ruckus232
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown, almost completely opaque. It is hard to get light to go through it. The head is a khaki color with decent retention.

S: Classic roasted barley notes, with coffee, chocolate, and some smoky tones. Slightly elevated sweetness from oats, with little to no hop smell.

T: Flavors start out very light on the front with some dainty sweetness. The middle begins to pick up with a milk chocolate sweetness. The finish ramps up even more with an intense coffee bitterness that is surprisingly well balanced by a powder sugar sweetness.

M: Thick body with slight carbonation, which fits the style very well.

O: This is a great version of an Oatmeal Stout. It focuses on the nuances that can be created with barley and oats. Props to Barley Island for distinguishing itself from a majority of craft brewers fright now, and not feeling that American hops need to shine through in each style.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:05:09 | More by DrinkinBoy
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RichH55

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-25-2012 02:15:43 | More by RichH55
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-07-2012 01:31:16 | More by jnikkel
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RichardK


4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-29-2012 22:53:33 | More by RichardK
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you ever find yourself visiting the Noblesville brewery, this is one of the best bets on the rotating tap list.

As far as oatmeal stouts go, Brass Knuckles ranks somewhere in the middle for me. A thick, full-bodied pour creates a head that is darker than you would imagine, but the aftertaste leaves something more to desire.

There is still a lot going for this one, though, and I would rank it toward the top of what Barley Island has to offer.

They are a hit-and-miss microbrewery nowadays, but this is always a nice mainstay.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 01:03:58 | More by neckbracesub
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's so loved about Oatmeal Stouts is the creamy smoke flavor and aroma with a vevety smooth mouthfeel. Barley Island's Brass Knuckles delivers all the promises of the style and also powered with the moderate amount of alcohol so that you can enjoy more than just one or two.

The dense and dark beer reveals a bark brown color and a completely opaque lack of clarity. That's ok because the denese looking beer releases a creamy and dense tan head that rises early but reduces to a thick sheet across the beer. Ample lacing makes this beer a very attractive and masculine choice.

A malty-rich aromas swirl while picking up aromatic notes of smoky sweetness, coffee, and cocoa. Quite roasty, but with a campfire-ish scent gives this dark beer a dense and meaty undertone. Slight fruitiness of burnt grapes, dates, or plumbs round out the aroma profile.

Flavors bring about more sweetness than the nose suggests, but do so with a rich smoky sweetness of bittersweet chocolates, nutty Columbian coffees, and th milky richness of Whoppers candies. Mild on bitterness, there's a slight woody influence from hops, but the majority of tame bitterness likely derives from the roasted grains, similar to coffee. Low-lying fruitiness may resemble notes of toasted currants, grapes or berries but these compounds are slight and only offer background notes.

Creamy, smooth, and velvety- the lable says it all. This beer is moderate in mouthfeel but heightened because of the creamy carbonation and the rich proteins of oats. A mildly warm finish accompanies a silky smooth minty sensation that gives the beer an extended aftertaste of malt and roast but with the calming malty richness that's so rewarding!

Brass Knuckles is a very rewarding roasty ale that places emphasis on smoky sweetness, roasty warmth, and delicate creaminess- all much appreciated!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:56:41 | More by BEERchitect
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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
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