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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

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Brass Knuckles Oatmeal StoutBrass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
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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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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treque

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 04:25:58 | More by treque
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-07-2012 01:31:16 | More by jnikkel
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 13:36:18 | More by Alkey
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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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dmfrench

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 17:41:59 | More by dmfrench
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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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ironwill54


3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-17-2012 03:22:50 | More by ironwill54
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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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PirateUlf73

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 08:44:39 | More by PirateUlf73
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diabecktic

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Chocolate-colored head (~2 fingers) forms quickly, but seems to disappate fairly quickly, too; lacing is average. The beer itself seems pitch black (like most stouts), but is actually a very, very dark shade of ruby red. You can verify this by looking at it in front of a light as it is being poured.

Smell:
Roasted barley seems to be the dominant aroma, but there is distinguishable chocolate and oatmeal character. It's quite a sharp scent that has no problem piercing the nostrils. As said by someone below said, it's almost "smokey." I personally find this one to be a bit more on the hoppy side.

Taste:
Ah, here's where it gets interesting. My first sip seems to hit me with a bitter sweetness. As strange as this sounds, it's like getting a mouthful of barley and oats that turns into dark chocolate (the bitter kind). Relative to others, it's quite distinct in this regard because it's a quick hit/shift. The oatmeal character is definately present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Given the style, I'm suprised that this beer is as light as it is. I suppose with respect to all beers you would say that this has medium body. With respect to stouts, I think that this one is a bit on the watery side; it just doesn't "feel" like there's much there. It's fairly smooth, but I don't know if this redeems it given the body.

Drinkability:
This brew is definately a sipper. Given the % ABV and the style, I guess you could call it a session beer. I personally find it a bit hard to drink in this respect because I don't think it's heavy enough to sip. The type of flavor is not conducive to a quick-drinker.

Summary:
I'm not sure what to think about this beer. It's not a bad oatmeal stout, but I've definately had ones that are far better. I think that this brew is a lot less "subtle" when it comes to flavor because it's a pretty distinct taste. Now, whether or not this is a good thing has yet to be determined. However, I would try this beer again in the future. I just think it's a bit too thin for the style even though the flavor is unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:40:24 | More by diabecktic
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stanale

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-24-2012 21:03:45 | More by stanale
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 23:15:02 | More by BlackAngus
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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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ERRL710

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

08-14-2013 02:59:04 | More by ERRL710
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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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HoboAGoGo

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 05:49:45 | More by HoboAGoGo
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 06:47:26 | More by nouseforotacon
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Brettster

Indiana

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

Had this beer on tap at Barley Island. This beer had a thick carmel colored head that hung around for a while. The brew was a deep brownish black with good carbonation. I could taste hints of java and roasted malts. Just the right amount of hop flavor for this beer. Give this one a shot if you like Oatmeal Stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 13:11:27 | More by Brettster
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GaryFields

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-31-2013 02:25:12 | More by GaryFields
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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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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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akylles


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-08-2012 02:33:52 | More by akylles
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BAbaracus

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 20:14:42 | More by BAbaracus
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rdailey76

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2004 21:53:27 | More by rdailey76
Brass Knuckles Oatmeal Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.