Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. Very little head, but I think that was more from my pouring than anything. Smell is much hoppier than I expected, with a rich coffee scent and slight cocoa hints. Wow, I really do NOT like the taste of this...I usually love oatmeal stouts, but the term "roasted malt flavor" doesn't even come close to describing this. One of the other reviewers compared it to ashes...I would agree with that and add burnt coffee to the mix. Still, some hop flavor comes through, and there are certainly hints of what I would consider a good beer in here. Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout (especially an oatmeal), but it's not too incredibly thin. Drinkability is really only hurt for me by the burnt flavor...I finished the beer, but I don't think I could have done another. I think some people would love this beer, but it's just not for me.
07-22-2007 18:01:27 | More by StargherKing
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.
06-24-2007 02:04:41 | More by wagenvolks
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Pours black with a sawtooth type lacing. Initially produces several inches of foam, but soon dies down.
Smell is nondescript, mildly lactic, roast malt is barely there.
Taste is good, but very thin for an oatmeal stout. Roast malt, oats, hops, residual roastiness is reminiscient of coffee grounds. Fairly basic, it doesn't grab you like their coffee stout does.
Thin mouthfeel is it's weak point, a watery stout is an oxymoron.
Easy to put back a couple, but there are other stouts i'd go to first.
05-31-2007 01:48:03 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
12oz bottle shared with a friend, courtesy of tonedef131
Dark black body with a thin brown head. Glints of ruby around the edges, when held to the light. Malt-driven aroma, notes of vanilla. Taste is all coffee, oatmeal, and vanilla. Roasted malts are present throughout. Has a bit of sweetness also. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation. It's very porter-esque. Very easy drinking and i'm glad i have a 6-pack of this stuff.
05-23-2007 03:39:19 | More by trep
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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!
05-18-2007 03:21:50 | More by biegaman
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.
Ill have more Barney Island is a newcomer to be recognized within the beer world.
05-02-2007 15:01:51 | More by Vancer
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.
04-02-2007 13:36:18 | More by Alkey
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
A- 1/4" dark tan head on a black body!
S- Big oatmeal comes to nose first. Light chocolate is found in there too but it is just a strong oatmeal aroma and a hint of earthy hops.
T-Big oatmeal flavor followed by a bit of a coffee malt. Light chocolate comes out along with some earthy hops leaving a nice bitterness on the tongue to help balance it out.
M- Nice soft and creamy mouthfeel to it. Medium to full in body and low carbonation.
D- This is a very tasty oatmeal stout. If I saw this I would want to pick up another (and I'm glad I have another sitting in my fridge).
03-14-2007 01:32:22 | More by BlindPig
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Bottle provided by Patyoda...thanks for the opportunity. Poours a one finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid with edgings. Smells potent coffee roast. some ashy malt character and english hops. Chocolate and caramel are way way beneath with some cherry sour.
Tastes potent roast grains, to the point of lasting like ashes. caramel and cherry sour. Sour effect is enhanced by the sharp carbonation. Hops are buried under the malt with some smooth fuggles character. Finish is sweet and silky, yet woody dry. Alcohol cleaning the pallette? Roast hangs around and deeply contaminates a dark caramel so it comes across as scortched. Bitter of molasses or unsweetened licorice. Mouthfeel is somewhat silky and medium. A bit too much carb, IMO, and it wouldn't escape with swirling.
02-12-2007 23:16:30 | More by mentor
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!
02-01-2007 02:39:42 | More by karengarys
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours an opaque black with a brown head that rises to a 1/2" and quicky recedes to a rim around the top of the glass.
Smells of milk chocolate and cheap coffee. I don't mean cheap coffee in a negative way as I like the aroma of cheap coffee.
The perfect stout trio of flavors. Big roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Nice oatmeal finish. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish that seems it shouldn't be there. It's not so much a negative taste as just an out of place one. This beer taste a lot bigger than it is.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but it works here as it's creamy, velvety, and smooth.
This is a full flavored stout with a low abv. The perfect session beer.
Thanks go out to patyoda, BA Fantasy Football, and the San Diego Chargers Defense.
01-22-2007 14:33:31 | More by wcudwight
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.
01-03-2007 15:00:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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.
11-21-2006 23:15:02 | More by BlackAngus
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-03-2006 06:47:26 | More by nouseforotacon
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
Timing is everything. This pours to a deep, opaque balck, with a long thick long lasting tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma is very strongly coffee, toffee and chocolate. Flavor is more of the same...and malty. Thick body, and rich, warm finish. I drank this on a hot summer day, yet rated it as if I were having it in late fall, on a cool night. A good beer in the right place and time.
07-26-2006 00:28:15 | More by kimcgolf
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A nicely done beer - dark chocolate black with an attractive mocha lace. Satisfying roasted malt flavors, full but not overdone. The oatmeal was evident in some creamy mouthfeel. Held up nicely at the finish without thinning out, and no oxidation flavors.
06-26-2006 20:52:58 | More by Brent
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
12 oz brown bottle.
This is a very dark, pretty much black color with minimal tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty with a little bit of malt sweetness. The taste is also malty and roasty with a nice finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick or bubbly either. Overall a nice, drinkable oatmeal stout but nothing out of this world.
06-23-2006 13:50:52 | More by AaronHomoya
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 Ive 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 its reasonable enough to make a fine nursing beer over the course of an evening.
05-24-2006 20:14:42 | More by BAbaracus
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-06-2006 04:26:44 | More by hero27
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.
04-16-2006 05:49:45 | More by HoboAGoGo
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.
04-05-2006 13:09:58 | More by nlmartin
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
11-29-2005 11:56:42 | More by mntlover
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.
06-30-2005 01:38:55 | More by clvand0
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.
06-22-2005 23:08:16 | More by kmpitz2
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!
06-22-2005 23:06:29 | More by SheepNutz
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
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