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Rock Bottom Oatmeal Stout - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Oatmeal Stout
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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Big foamy over spilling tan head, the liquid was black as night. Huge aromas of chocolate and light charcoal with an underlying sweetness. Smooth with a deceivingly drinkable solid medium body, roasted bitterness is not overwhelming like other hearty stouts but there is some bitterness from the hops that shows an other level in it complex character. Slabs of chocolate and mild coffee come to mind with a thin layer of sweetness in the middle as well as some dark fruitiness. On this cooler day in Boston this was a very fitting beer for me as I had no problem quaffing this beer down.

Jason, Sep 24, 2002
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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Called "Freedom Trail" at the Boston Theater District location...on tap at the brewpub...

Good color, brownish dark with a bronze cast. Downward streaming bubbles and a tan head that settles at 1/4 of an inch and stays put. Simple but adequate lace. Aroma is pleasant, slight choco notes with lingering qualities. Mouthfeel is decent and mouth coating. Starts best, slight java with a mocha quality. Flavor thins mid mouth while the good mouthfeel continues. Not a lot at the end. All in all, a good beer, could use a little more persistance to the maltiness.

ADR, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

The Bellevue, WA location, after wandering around for a half-hour trying to find a bit of dinner before watching things explode for an equally long amount of time...

This beer appears a clear dark cola hue, with one finger of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves a ring of specked lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mild milk chocolate, and faint grassy hops. The taste is dry, chalky chocolate, bready malt, day-old coffee, and bitter earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and nice and smooth. It finishes fairly dry, the chocolate and mild hoppiness still entwined.

An earnest effort, but oatmeal stout needs a wee bit more finesse than is exhibited by this offering.

biboergosum, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

King of Prussia location. 14.6 degrees Plato O.G. / 5.4% ABV. Nitrogenated. Black body topped by a dense tan head that seems firmer than even a Guinness. The creamy head leaves a solid sheet of lace with each sip, giving the impression of drinking from a frosted (sandblasted) glass. The aroma is lightly fruity with a softly sweet chocolatey note and a dull roastiness. The body is light/medium and it's super smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is very lightly tart (due to a low pH from the dark malts) and mildly fruity, making a nice complement to the softly sweet chocolate and mildly roasty maltiness. The bitterness is gently balanced and the roastiness is kept in check - not sharp or aggressive at all. It finishes dry with a gently lingering and lightly sweet malt note as well as some subtle roastiness. Superb. The greatness of this beer lies in its delicate components which give it an exceptional balance.Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. On of the best beers I've had from Rock Bottom.

NeroFiddled, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%

I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.

KYGunner, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of TerryB
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

TerryB, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

sansho, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark black, dense cap of khaki head, decent retention. Served quite cold for cask. Scent is mild and muted, roasted grain with hints of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is rather straightforward, but good - medium roast grain, semi-sweet chocolate, faint coffee, light fruitiness. A tad thin for style but still medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a nice, highly quaffable beer.

rfgetz, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20.4%

smartassboiler, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Justinbshelton, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jaidenjb, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of adie
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

adie, May 13, 2012
Photo of combatFlexo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

combatFlexo, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Next to the IPA, this was the best they had to offer. Rich, creamy and dark stout. Light on alcoholic content for a stout. Light in the mouth and finished smooth without any lingering taste of oatmeal.

uvachief, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

I was at first kind of excited to try Rock Bottom beer, but I guess I chose kind of poorly. I ordered the Oatmeal Stout, my friend ordered an ale and when I tried hers, I was disappointed in my choice as the ale was much better, and I wish that was the one I was reviewing. However, it is what it is, so here goes the Oatmeal Stout...

Appearance: Black, but seemed a little wattery under the light tan head of about one finger.

Smell: Not a whole to it at first, a little malty but that was about it -- it was brought out too cold, so it had to set for a while and warm. As it did, some chocolate came out as well as slight roast. The smell is one of the better aspects of this beer.

Taste: Nothing special jumped out at me with this beer. I felt it was a little bland at first, and again as it warmed, a slight chocolate taste showed up. I've been drinking a lot of stouts lately and this one just did not measure up in the taste bud department.

Mouthfeel: It coated nicely, but it wasn't what I was looking for. Leaves you a little dry, but the ABV seemed a little light so I was left wanting something else.

Drinkability: Meh. I would not likely order this particular beer again. Just doesn't stack up against other oatmeals -- such as Goose Island or New Holland.

bamadog, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

frosted33, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

MSandahl23, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of RedWeizen83
3/5  rDev -20.4%

RedWeizen83, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of UpperDecker
5/5  rDev +32.6%

UpperDecker, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Presented to me in a standard pint glass this beer was a dark black color with a 2 finger slightly off-white head that lasted for the whole sample and left perfect rings of lace the whole way down the glass.

Smell was of toasted malt and grain. A slight chocolate and perhaps light coffee flavor. A little bit of expresso/mocha as well.

Taste was very smooth and creamy. A nice velvelty malt and grain taste accented with some coffee flavor and sweet creme. Not bitter at all, a tad sweet, but very creamy.

Moderate body, smooth, but not too thick or a burdon to swallow.

Very easy to drink, although full bodied and filling indeed. Rather solid all around. Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but certainly above average.

Sycodrummer, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Sampled at the Harvard Square brewpub.

This stout poured black as night with good tan foam. The smell was on the modest side, but dark malt could be detected. The taste was rich: dark roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate overtones. There were also some licorice and chicory flavors imparted by the hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with an oatmeal smooth dryness in the finish. The drinkability was good. This was one of the better offerings at Rock Bottom on this visit.

UncleJimbo, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of mhatters
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Served on-tap in Chicago Rock Bottom in a tulip pint glass

Poured a jet black with a half inch off white head

The nose has lots of chocolate, and a roasted note or too

A bit sweet, hoppier bitterness than most oatmeal stouts I have had, chocolate and coffee in the flavor as well.

Very nicely carbonated, not as oily as I wanted, but there is some oily texture there, I could drink this all night

mhatters, Jul 09, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Durandal_777, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

deapokid, Apr 07, 2012
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Rock Bottom Oatmeal Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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