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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

Brass Knuckles Oatmeal StoutBrass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 01:03:36 | More by Gehrig
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 16:50:37 | More by orangemoustache
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tayner

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thank you leftmindedrighty.

black with nice khaki head that settled to a ring which laced nicely.

smell is dark roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate.

Taste followed smell only with the coffee the dominant feature followed by roasted/burnt malt and bitter chocolate. there is a pretty decent balance of these three flavors however.

Thin mouthfeel for a stout, probably due to the low abv and lack of fermented sugars in it, but still fairly creamy... but on the same token, it makes it highly drinkable and even sessionable for a stout, so it is give and take.

Wouldnt hunt this one down, but its a decent oatmeal stout i wouldnt turn my nose up at either.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:46:47 | More by tayner
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Tomthompson98. The aroma is very roasted coffee. Good head and lace. Sweetish, with lots of coffee and chocolate and an average mouthfeel. Just too sweet, though lower ABV is appreciated. Happy with carbonation though it is above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:14:36 | More by Sammy
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tytoanderso for the this bottle!
Pours a thick, oily black with a nice big tan head. Smell is roasty dark malt, cream, and faint sweetness. Touch too thin in the bodied for a stout, but the flavor is nice, and roasty. Not burnt or overly done, and very drinkable. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 16:35:54 | More by JDV
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SMark

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 14:43:41 | More by SMark
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 15:39:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
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belgaridub

Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a dark stout, opaque, and has a dark beige head. Pretty standard looking.

There isn't a lot of smell jumping out at me, but when I stick my nose up close to it I get some really earthy, roasted smells.

Taste is highly roasted, again some earthy and bordering on rotten smells. A roasted coffee flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel is really smooth and the beer is very drinkable. It is more of a medium-bodied beer and is pretty drinkable, especially with its low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:06:58 | More by belgaridub
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:51:55 | More by brentk56
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 23:32:57 | More by BeerTruth
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 23:16:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
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JamesS

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:52:29 | More by JamesS
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baos

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:10:49 | More by baos
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happygnome

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark black black body with opaque hues and an inch worth of head that doesnt dissapear too fast but leaves plenty of reamy lacing around the dge of the glass
s: hmm im smelling roasted chocolate malts, not overly sweet which i really like. very slight bitter hop aroma but not strong enough to really tell
t: nice roasted chocolate malt flavor with hints of prune
m: medium to full bodied beer with good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed hit brew and will be getting another

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 17:15:39 | More by happygnome
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KI9A

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to get into stouts. Only problem is, I hate coffee.

I tried this. Someone told me to break into stouts via an oatmeal, not a dry stout. So far, so good. I like it!

Pours perfect black, with 2 finger creamy head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and wonderful roasted malt. Nice.

Tastes of toffee, chocolate, deep roasted malt & to my surprise, not much a coffee note. It's there, but blocked by the sweetness.

I found my favorite oatmeal stout as of now, downed 2 bottles of it, and really enjoyed every drop. Nicely done guys!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 03:01:59 | More by KI9A
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 17:36:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 15:13:14 | More by gmfessen
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:10:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Motor oil black with a thick finger of brown foam on top. The head looks like creamy chocolate milk, and I'm temped to eat it with a spoon. A bit of brown lace is left on the glass, and the head eventually settles at a tight cap, but swirling brings the one finger right back. This looks like the archetypal stout.

S - Milk and dark chocolate are there in equal proportions, along with some rootbeer and roasted grains. Chocolate laced coffee with plenty of cream. Cocoa Puffs cereal drenched in whole milk or Half and Half. This is really nice; it's not extremely complex, but it's exactly what it's supposed to be. I don't think a stout could look any more beautiful than this one does sitting in my snifter.

T - Burnt rubber with some phenolic medicinal flavors that are a bit startling at first given the rich chocolate and coffee nose. Earthy, smoky, and almost peaty. Reminds me of the enriched soil that you find in a potted plant...the kind of dirt with little white specks in it. I don't quite know if I like this, but it's very unique and earthy. It sure isn't lacking in complexity, but the flavors seem a bit odd and mushroomy.

M - Medium to full bodied with a gritty, earthy character. Very mild carbonation with some mellow graininess. Finishes pretty much neutral with a bitter and mushroomy aftertaste. For some reason, this just keeps reminding me of black, loamy, wet earth.

D - An oddball, that's for sure. I like it, but it seems a bit of kilter and weird. I do like the dirty earth tones, but it wouldn't be something that I'd have two or three of when there are much better Oatmeals out there (and much better Barley Island brews for that matter).

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 19:23:36 | More by pmcadamis
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seaoflament

California

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one via a trade with SPLITGRIN, thanks!

Pours a nice dark color. Head is very minimal.

This one smells very appetizing with some sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, oats, and toffee. There is also a smell of used coffee grounds in there, not sure if I like that or not, and it appears in the after taste as well which is not very pleasing.

There is some bitterness and a dry finish but the sweetness upfront keeps it at a close balance. It tastes close to a coffee stout. Now I see what that reviewer was talking about when he/she mentioned ashes...weird.

The mouthfeel is average, mellow and a bit refreshing.

Pretty weird oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 05:15:59 | More by seaoflament
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StargherKing

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 18:01:27 | More by StargherKing
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:04:41 | More by wagenvolks
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 01:48:03 | More by emerge077
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trep

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 03:39:19 | More by trep
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 03:21:50 | More by biegaman
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.