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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 01-24-2003)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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matjack85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. No back label and no freshness date.

The beer poured a deep dark brown color that showed off some purple highlights when held to light. It made a 1 finger chocolate brown head that lasted about a minute, but when the head faded, it didn't even leave a rim of foam on top and left no lacing on the glass.

The smell was nice - a rich chocolate hazelnut aroma with some oatmeal in the background.

The taste had more of a bitter coffee flavor to it than chocolate but there was still some bittersweet dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Oatmeal and hops only play a minor role in the flavor leaving an overall bittersweet taste.

I thought the mouthfeel was awfully thin for a stout. I like a much fuller body than this one had and I also felt the carbonation level was way too high. The mouthfeel gets much better as the beer sits awhile and some of the carbonation loses its punch.

The low alcohol and thin moouthfeel make it easy to drink, but I would have preferred this one to be a little sweeter, a little heavier, and a little less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 06:10:50 | More by matjack85
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indy351

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-24-2014 00:22:17 | More by indy351
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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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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-31-2013 02:25:12 | More by GaryFields
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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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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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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
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