Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

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87
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-24-2003)
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Photo of SMark
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle. There was no date information on the bottle. There was approximately one finger of tan head that displayed lacing. The beer was a dark brown almost black color.

Roasted malt was sensed while looking for color and clarity. The dark roast was verified with a purposeful whiff which also displayed a hop fragrance.

The taste was smooth and creamy with a slight bitterness. The dark roasted malt came across with a little coffee.

Roasted malt filled the mouth with every breath. A slight bitterness was attributable to the hops and was very complimentary.

Glad to see Barley Island still producing after my visit there several years ago which was very enjoyable. Don't remember if I had this on tap but it is very acceptable from the bottle.

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a midnight black with a dark khaki head which laces the glass. It smells of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and it has some light smoke to it. The flavor is rich with milk chocolate and has some light oaky smokiness to it. I'm surprised so far. It drinks pretty well. It could be a little smoother. It's a little too carbonated for a stout in my opinion. Overall it's a pretty solid stout and as sessionable as a stout could be.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges dark and somewhat viscous, with a cocoa powder colored head. Nice size, about one finger. Small amount of lacing. The slightest dark ruby highlights are visible at the bottom of the glass as I raise toward the computer light. And I mean SLIGHTEST. Basically opaque.

Aroma is filled with chocolate. Burnt grains and burnt wheat toast. The slightest bit of fruitiness.

Lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Very smooth and velvety. However, the mouthfeel is on the lighter side. This was the case with the java stout from this same brewer. Another good stout. This brewer seems to put out some good brews. Highly recommended.

Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a very nice looking cappuccino colored tan head.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a bit of molasses.

T: Dark and roasty. A good bit of bitter hits, then leads straight into the dark roasted flavors.. Coffee, and malt in there as well, roasty throughout.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, nice subtle carbonation, and the texture is fine.

D: Good, drinkable, I'd probably get it again. But it is not amazing. Very solid, just not amazing.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of IndyBeer as a part of Big's SBB. I've really been looking forward to this one, thanks!

Smooth, deep, jet black pour with a creamy, cafe au lait, milky brown head. Two-finger foam falls quickly but leaves some nice lacing stuck to the edges of my mug.

Sweet, milky nose. Lactic. Strong oat aroma, toasted malts. Sweet like maple syrup. Hint of alcohol and a touch fruity.

Dark, roasted malts with a bit of a bitter hop twang. Oats and malts blend well. Definite lactic profile in the flavor, milky, creamy, and smooth. Rich coffee beans. Finish is a bit dry, with cafe au lait lingering on my tongue.

Pleasant aroma/flavor, with a very nicely done mouthfeel. A bit rich though, so I rated the drinkability a little lower than usual. Enjoyable oatmeal stout.

Photo of treque
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black opaque in color, looks thick, creamy, very nice 2 finger tan head, with nice retention,

S: roast malts, some coffe, toffe, some oat aroma

T: sweetness, nice bitter roasta after taste, the end is long lasting, chocolate/coffe flavoured. medium high body, nice contrasts of flavours

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color iwth a foamy tan head that sticks like crazy but doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Rich roasty chocolate aroma with a hint of mint and coffee

Taste: Opens with a roasty dark chocolate flavor that grows in carob bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, hints of coffee appear

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation gets in the way of the mouthfeel which I guess is medium to full

Drinkability: Very nice flavors by marred by the overcarbonation (may just be a problem with this batch as not many others seem to have raised this issue)

Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into glass.

A: Dark dark with one finger head that disappears.

S: Scorched caramel. Dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and Chocolate with some hop bitterness.

M: Nice and medium bodied.

D. Not as balanced and drinkable of some of the other oatmeal stouts I've tried, but good nonetheless. Could end a little less bitter.

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lovely rustic coloured head. An opaque black colour. A salty sweet aroma of oatmeal goodness. Nice roasted malt. The taste is slightly acidic and lactic, with chocolatey coffee notes in the flavour. Very nice flavour profile. Balanced but a little light bodied. Hope to find more from this brewery!
Thanks Blankboy!

Photo of BigJim5021
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a nice tan head. Settles quickly to a ring, but leaves little lacing.

The aroma is of coffee and burnt chocolate, though less aggressive than some other stouts.

The flavor is quite good. Almost like drinking a cafe au lait thanks to the oats. The dark roasted malt is nice and smooth. There is -- however -- just a bit too much acidity. It's also wicked bitter, but in a good way (like a black-ass cup of coffee).

Mouthfeel is just a tiny bit too thin for the style. Other than that, all is well. Carbonation is right where it should be. Dryness is near puckering.

Overall, Brass Knuckles is a quality oatmeal stout. It's not quite as good as Barley Island's coffee stout (Black Majic), but it's good nonetheless.

EDIT: I had a bottle left in the fridge, and I have to say that time has actually been kind to this puppy. The acidity really fades over time. I wouldn't suggest aging the beer, but when it's fresh, the acidity can be a bit much. A little time does wonders to smooth that out.

Photo of Lukafer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brass knuckles

Pours a dark almost black.  A semi-vigorous pours gives a huge  head, I had to stop pouring.  Is it infected?  Smell is some coffee, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.  Mouthfeel is kinda thin but drinkability is good for a stout. I am not saying that this beer is infected, but, it was really thin and almost a gusher. If I was cellaring any of these I'd drink it now just in case.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has an opaque black body with a brown rocky head reminiscent of a lumpy oatmeal cookie. There are tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but when they pop off they disappear. The head last a good while.

S- There are roasted chocolate malt with a slight tart hint and some lighter roasted malt notes.

T- The big taste of dark chocolate malt and black malt with a light black malt bitterness which turns to tartness when it warms. There is a light chalk note in the malt with a light hint of prune and cola.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a clean finish with no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some nice flavor with some good malt flavor but it is a bit light for a stout.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting artwork on the label. This was yet another member of my latest mix-a-six. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark and opaque with a chocolate brown head, which didn't last long.

S: Fantastic nose. Roasted chocolate and almost smoky malt aromas. Oatmeal manages to sneak in as well, but is not overly pronounced. Very nice.

T: Roasted malt flavors with a pinch of chocolate. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice and subtle. Flavors are somehow not as blended as the nose night suggest. Oatmeal does not shine in the taste...

M: ...but rather helps to smooth out the texture. Medium-bodied. A bit lighter in the mouth than I might have liked. Just enough carbonation to satisfy. Slight roasted malt and chocolate in the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not too heavy. Alcohol level makes this one very sessionable.

While definitely not the best Oatmeal Stout I've ever had (not even in the top 10), it was still very much worth the try. The nose was to die for, but I tend to like mine with a heavier mouthfeel and with the malts and oatmeal more smoothly blended. However, if Barley Island's goal was to make a mildly interesting, albeit lighter-bodied Oatmeal Stout, then Mission: Accomplished, I suppose. An interesting venture, and one that I may feel inclined to have again. We'll see...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Just when I think I'm reachin' the end of my post-DLD death march haul, a few more bottles surface. Case in point: this guy. It pours an opaque black-brown topped by a little over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, dark chocolate, molasses, and toasted wheat. The taste holds notes of dark wheat, roasted malts, chocolate powder, and a light tinge of coffee beans. The body nears a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a smooth, fluid feel. Overall, a solid oatmeal stout...nothing special but tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of emyers
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some deep red showing thru. Sports a big fluffy medium tan head that falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice lots of chocolate malt with some nice espresso flavors with some sweetness from the oats and a decent piney hop aroma in the background.

Taste is lively a tad too much carbonation in this brew. Nice chocolate malt and good espresso flavors mingle but chocolate wins out. Hard to feel the oats due to the excess carbonation but some sweetness does come thru. Hops citrus/pine mixture add some nice flavor and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body but might feel lighter due to the lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice Oatmeal Stout would be wonderful if they toned down the CO2 a bit. Received this from goodbyeohio in Beer and Gear BIF.

Photo of ChrisWashington
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thx orbitalr0x for this one, or was it autumnaldave? i think both of you gave me one.

black, impenetrable by light. beautiful tan khaki thick foam with big bubbles showing an active carbonation. aroma is straight up coffee aand sugar cookie. taste is heavy malts with oatmeal smoothness and caramel macchiato notes. aftertaste brings out a bitterness of coffee grounds and whoppers. alcohol burns slightly and cancels out some of the smoothness, asserting this beers powerful force. now i know why they call this m-f brass knuckles. i feel like ive been punched by a pretty damn good brew.

Photo of dmfrench
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent enough earthy, hoppy, creamy Oatmeal Stout.
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A: Opaque body with a fairly dark and somewhat persistent one finger head.

S: A bit of roasted oats, a hit of earthy hops, and a bit of inkyness... not particularly aromatic.

T: Much more of that earthy hops from the nose... nice dirty, creamy oat malt underneath... a bit salty.

M: Big and creamy... fills the mouth well... great carbonation... noticing a trend here with Barley Island.

D: Quite easy.

Photo of hero27
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark brown w/ ruby accents. The head is downright enormous, due to some obvious overcarbonation. Because of this, it seemed like the foam held up forever.. The aroma is roasted malts and coffee grounds. Thick roasted flavor with some smokiness as well. Quite bitter in the finish, and if you let it warm up a bit, the mouthfeel improves tremendously..at fridge temp, this is pretty harsh. I'm not sure I'm crazy about this one, but if they can correct the carbonation issues and beef it up a bit, this could be a really great brew.

Photo of FrankHashimoto
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark black hue. Nice tall tan head solid retention with nice chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of deep roasted malt, dark gas station coffee, chocolate, and cream.

T: Nicely roasted. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate as well. Hints of light smoke and ash.

M: Fairly thin, The oatmeal did not provide the slickness I expect in a great oatmeal stout.

D: Pretty good. Solid brew.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a full two finger tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness remains on the sides throughout. Smell is pretty smokey for an Oatmeal Stout. Charred wood aroma with a mild sweet toasted oat. Dark chocolates and a slight caramel malt on the nose as well. Taste is more of that smokey flavor. Roasted barley and burnt chocolate malt with a subtle sugared oat flavor. I could use a bit more sweetness on the tongue, the smokiness is a bit much for me. Smooth medium bodied feel with a thick water-like texture. Carbonation is mild, but present. Good drinking beer if you can get past the smokiness. I would love to get my hands on their Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout.

Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.