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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-24-2003)
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Photo of orangemoustache
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer pours midnight black with thick a brown head that is multi colored with light and dark changes,the cap is much lighter than the sides of this mushroom looking head that is billowing out of my mug.The nose is packed full of chocolate like opening a varaity box of Godiva.The taste is pretty awesome,starts off with dark roasted malts,and I mean Dark!Bitter chocolate with a hint of vinilla sweetness lightens up the burnt soul of this gritty Stout.The body is heavy and charcoal like and below average carbonation keeps the focus on flavor!This is a well done Oatmeal stout,wish I had another round.

orangemoustache, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Barley Island Brass Knuckles Tavern Style Oatmeal Stout. Noblesville, Indiana.
"This brazen, malty dark ale is a real sock in the kisser. But with a creamy touch of oatmeal, it's as soft as velvet."
We'll see.

Solid black as it sits in the glass, under a sturdy 1/2" of smooth cocoa-tan foam.

Fierce aromatics, big, fat roasty nose, nice blend of choclate and coffee. Some rich caramel and toffee in there somewhere, too. Lovely.

Taste: smooth and oaty.Velvety, yes. Creamy. Full-bodied, rich,

Don't get the name, really. "A sock in the kisser?" How so? Since when were oatmeal stouts dangerous? Well, whatever.
Long, chocolatey finish. Massive malt, deep and delicious.

It's a top notch stout. Much recommended.

feloniousmonk, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a solid blackness with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head was thick and creamy tan in coloration. The beer has fantastic head retention.

Smell: This beer is loaded with dark roasted coffee and choco-malty smells.

Taste: The beer is full of dark roasted coffee with chocolate cookie goodness. There is a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a nice full body. There is ample carbonation present. The mouthfeel is very creamy. This is a very good stout with high drinkability.

nlmartin, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a dark color with a small head that has nice retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of coffee and a lot of chocolate malt. Very nice. The flavor has a lot of the coffee along with some other dark malts. Finish is bitter from the coffee/dark malts. Drinkability is very good and the body is pretty thick.

clvand0, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Dug this review outta the notes pile.

12 oz bottle pours a murky, dark brown/black body with a scant coffee colored head that hugs the wine glasses' edges. A nice aroma on this one: oats, chocolate, coffee, some dough, and raisin, too.

Flavor packs some big roasted malt flavors with touches of chocolate and coffee (pretty typical oatmeal stout taste). A bitterness rests up front, as well as an oxidized feel across the top of the tongue. Medium body and a good carbonation round out the mouthfeel. This oat.stout goes down very smoothly, easily consumed by my fellow drinkers. It may be a touch light on the flavor, but the style works.

wagenvolks, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +8%

It's simply pitch black. There's no other way to describe it. It's coal in a glass sitting under a couple fingers of brown bubbles.

A few things your nose will pick up include coffee, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, earthy flowers.

Roasted malts take center stage on the tongue, though coffee is present too.

As you would expect, it's extremely creamy in the mouth. For creaminess, I'm not sure there is a better combination than a stout and oatmeal. The beer starts off smooth and finishes with just a touch of bitter from the coffee deep in the swallow.

This is highly drinkable. It's smooth, has a minimal bite and is only moderately alcoholic.

RickS95, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +8%

Thick black body where light goes to die supports a finger of brown sugar froth. Thick rings of lacing adorn the Yankees pint glass; excellent look. Solid nose, full of chocolate and some coffee malt, molasses, and hints of berry. The berry comes forth more in the taste than the smell, as do the molasses and berry flavors. What detracts from a higher score is the lack of a take-charge flavor, something to instill a particular character for this beer. There is no shortage of flavor or character, and it's quite good. I would infuse more chocolate and caramel malt to complement the rest and add a slightly more viscous texture, though the mouthfeel does not suffer in the slightest with Brass Knuckles. it's creamy, well carbonated, a bit sticky, very good.

Really good oatmeal stout, not the biggest and boldest, but solid, a bit complicated even if the complication would use more attention, and easy to consume. Well worth the purchase, the best I've had from Barley Island.

Gehrig, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +9%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours an opaque black color with one finger of dark tan head that dies down almost as soon as it's poured. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of roasted malt with some peat character. Sweet alcohol in the aroma as well. The taste is silky smooth, with lots and lots of burnt malt. There's molasses sweetness and bits of caramel and toffee. Espresso bitterness is every so slightly present in the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick and smooth. The drinkability is nice as well. Danke Kev!

SheepNutz, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Impenetrable onyx with the slightest glimmer of gold at the bottom edge of the glass when held up to the brightest morning sunshine that January can muster. The head is a beast as well. Dark brown sugar in color and tight-bubbled in texture, it's a lace generator of the highest order. Most double stouts and quite a few RISs would kill to look this good.

I continue to be impressed with BKOS. The nose is hugely roasted malty with all of the dark accessory aromas that that implies. Dark chocolate fudge and ground espresso beans lead the way, neither really dominating the other. I think I can appreciate hops, but can't be sure. Can Brass Knuckles keep up the smashmouth quality on the palate?

And the answer is... not quite. It isn't as big as it looks and smells, and is the lesser for it. That isn't to say that I'm not thrilled with the beer that Barley Island has chosen to brew. The flavor profile tastes like black patent and chocolate malt have been roasted to within an inch of their lives.

There's a wonderful bitter char that gives the beer character and will probably keep the uninitiated far, far away. I can't help but wish that the brewers would double the malt and turn this into a palate pulverizer of a stout. If oatmeal provides sweetness and softness, there can't be too much of it onboard. I might be able to pick up a hint of vanilla on the finish as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is just a tad too light for the flavor. Beer like this needs to have some degree of viscosity and chewiness to really get on my good side. Still though, it's big enough not to let the taste buds down, and that's all that really matters.

This is my fifth Barley Island Brewing Company beer and none of the previous four prepared me for the magnificence of this offering. I'm stunned that the ABV is only 4.9%. If you live in Indiana and feel like sessioning a stout, this is the obvious choice. I can't believe that anything in that state can lay a glove on Brass Knuckles.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of ERRL710
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ERRL710, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of gmfessen
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is coal black with a two-finger, creamy looking brown-tan head. The smell is excellent; roasted barley, chocolate and coffee and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Unfortunately, the taste isn't nearly as enjoyable as the nose. The beer is pretty well hopped, which I'm usually a big fan of... however in this case it takes away from the chocolate and roasted notes ability to shine through. The finish isn't bad, but the initial hoppiness could be subdued a little. Although as I drink more of the beer, the hops don't seem to bother me so much and actually make the beer more drinkable than it otherwise probably would be. The mouthfeel is "velvety" and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a good Oatmeal Stout - one worth trying.

gmfessen, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocoloate and oatmeal. The taste is similar to the aroma, coffee comes out strongest in the taste but there's also a charred/burnt malt taste noticable. Nice bitter coffee finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and with the low ABV I could easily have this as a session beer. I think this is pretty good, I'll definitely have to buy this again the next time I see it.

bluejacket74, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

A strong pour gets only one finger of milk chocolate colored foamy head. Body is a thick ink black abyss that lets no light thru. Nose has a even roasty malt that is deep and slightly burnt, includes some coffee tones also. As I take first sip I automaticly think of how sessionable this stout is. Rich and toasted oats quickly balance the burnt malts and coffee like feel. Some dark fruit notes also exist on the back of the palate. A dark toffee like mouthfeel is created with the clinging blackness. This beers finish is a brooding but silky bitterfeel. A lovely drinkable stout from a very humble Indiana brewery.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of BAbaracus
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours inky black with rich but minimal tan head, low carbonation. Smells of cinnamon, hint of molasses, roasted coffee, cereal grains. Viscous and chewy on the tongue, though low in carbonation. Rich roasted chocolate up front, very syrupy with hints of hop presence on the back end. Not too much different than most oatmeal stouts I’ve tried, only richer. Overall balance is exceptional. Some may find the rich sweetness to be overbearing over the course of one or two pints, but not this guy. Leaves a stickiness on the lips and palate, so it may be ruinous to the effect of follow up brews, but it’s reasonable enough to make a fine nursing beer over the course of an evening.

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip with a super thick creamy tan head on top of a dark, almost black body with healthy carbonation. Nose was of a sour bread quality with roasted coffee, slight citrus and very faint burnt chocolate. Mouth was slightly sour, roated grainy with a slightly, bitter floral coffee taste that when it warmed up over the course of the 45 minutes I drank this beer lent more vanilla and almost caramel flavors to it. Very nice beer.

HoboAGoGo, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of karengarys
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Stout float anybody? This poured way overcarbonated, to the point of frustration. It looks great if you ignore the fact that you have to eat the foam out of the glass to get the beer to fit. Once settled, it looks quite good with a nice fluffy head on top of a dark brownish black glass of beer - I can't tell if it is hazy or filtered for it is too dark to tell.

Smell is very nice and malty.

Taste is an excellent combination of toasty malts and sweet hops. this has a heckuvalot of character!

Mouthfeel is - guess - very good, creamy to no end.

Finish is very creamy and clean, finishing off sweet.

This is a surprisingly great brew from a brewery i'd never heard of before. Give it a try!

karengarys, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of rdailey76
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Purchased in a growler from the bar and sampled a pint while the growler was being filled.

Jet black appearance, but I was unable to hold it up to the light. A thick creamy head that measured the full width of my thumb.

Definite hints of roasted coffee and malt. Maybe even a little hint of chocolate in there.

A really pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Not a bit struck my tastebuds as off or out of context.

Had a pint at the restaurant and killed the growler the rest of the night. Could have kept on going if it hadn't been a Thursday. I will definitely enjoy this when available.

rdailey76, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

From a sampler: This is a beer that I wish I had brought home in a growler. It is also one available in bottles. Pours almost black with a thick tan head an good lacing. The aroma is a pleasant blend of roasted coffee, malt, and chocolate. Very rich and satisfying with a strong cocoa/coffee flavor. Malt, caramel and hops are all in there for good measure too. The finish is long and roasty. This is easily the best beer from the brewpub as far as I am concerned.

Dogbrick, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

1/2 gallon growler.

Impenetrable black color with reddish tints around the edges. Creamy, thick tan head with excellent retention and lacing qualities.

Roasted oat malt, chocolate, caramel and toffee linger aromatically.

Minute notes of coffee and chocolate accentuate the appropriately roasted character of this beer. Further notes of minimally bitter finishing hops and a nice lingering acidity appear on the long finish.

Full-bodied, rich, thick and plentiful. So smooth.

Super drinkable. A very pleasant surprise from a brewery by which I've been pleased, but far from amazed. This stuff ends all doubts. Its best beer and a new favorite.

Jon, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of Vancer
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Ummm, Oatys were my first craft beer luv, and this one brings back good memories. Excellent Oaty, just a tad high priced at $9 a sixer.

Black pour with a solid tan head that streaked laced the glass throughout the quaff. Malty chocolate shake in the aroma. And the taste? Lip smacking good – almost coffee stoutish on top of the toasted chocolate smore with a chockly grit edge. Still, rounds out creamy and smooth on top of a very rich and robust brew.

I’ll have more – Barney Island is a newcomer to be recognized within the beer world.

Vancer, May 02, 2007
Photo of BlackAngus
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

A - Black and opaque, thin coffee-colored head that quickly fades.

S - Malty, chocolate/coffee, sweet.

T - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, strong coffee notes. Velvety smoove. Nice bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Smooth as silk, medium-full body. Clean, not cloying at all.

D - Simply awesome. IMO, a paragon of the style.

BlackAngus, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Alkey
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

12oz.bottle poured black with a small brown head that leaves a few specks of lace around the glass. Has a big roasted and toasted malt aroma. Taste is rich with an oatmeal creaminess and lots of dark roasted malt and just a hint of unsweetened chocolate. There isn't much alcohol that I notice in this brew so I would guess it is around 5% or less. The full flavor and light alcohol make this an excellent session beer.

Alkey, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Anoter of my spoils from Indiana last weekend. It pours a nice black color with a 2 finger tan head over top. Maybe a touch too much head. The nose is big and roasted. Lots of coffee and chocolate, even a slight creamyness from the oats. Me like...me like. The flavor is just as bold. The dark roasted coffee flavor really hits me first. It falls off to a light sweet chocolate and a lingering hop finish. Not too bitter, just very nice. Very good brew. The feel is moderate, with a light to moderate carbonation. A touch more body would be nice. Very drinkable stout. It is bold in aroma and flavor, but also clean and refreshing enough to keep me coming back for more sips. I will get more of this in the future. I really enjoy it.

kmpitz2, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of JamesS
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

An excellent oatmeal stout. Pours a nice dark color with decent head, but almost no lacing. Excellent scent, a great combination of burnt grain/coffee with the slight sweetness of oatmeal. Same for the taste, a great combination of flavors that enhance the other srather than detract from each other. By far my favorite Barley Island brew to date.

JamesS, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

DrinkinBoy, Jun 24, 2012
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.