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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002)
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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A classic stout appearance, black body with a light brown creamy head in a pint glass. Sticky all the way leaving residual lacing marks down the inside.

S - Fairly muted, but aromas of roasted malts, toasty grain, bitter chocolate.

T - Big chewy and bold flavors. Roasted malts, oats, bitter and dry. Sweet and bitter chocolate with a tasty mineral quality. Full flavored but not overpowering in any way. A great mix of hearty, sweet and bitter.

M - Soft and rich without too much viscosity. Smooth, with soft subtle carbonation to allow the flavors to shine. A great dry finish.

O - One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. A truly well balanced stout.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured almost black with a modest head.

Smell – The aroma is a terrific blend of raw, steel cut oatmeal fresh off the stove, fine chocolate and coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste – The taste delivers on the nose, that’s for sure. This one is a little on the sweet side, which I like, and darkly bitter.

Mouthfeel – Probably medium-bodied at best with a pleasant mouthfeel and a somewhat dry, bitter, burnt finish.

Drinkability – This is the fourth in a string of fine beers I’ve had from Bethlehem. It went down like silk and was a pleasure to consume.

Comments – Thanks to francisweizen for this Oatmeal Stout.

RoyalT, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Brewery. Pours dark expresso, with a dark tan creamy but slight head, the lacing this brew leaves behind is quite extraordinary, dence, sticky and patterned, world class lacing. Nose is coffee grounds and roasted malt, soft mouthfeel. Notes of coffee, cocoa and lots of roasted malts, nice, soft on the palate and quite drinkable stout. well worth a try for all stout heads.

Billolick, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut color with an inch high head of fluffy beige foam that slowly settles down.

Light aroma of cocoa and molasses, some dark brown sugar.

Flavors of molasses and some smoke, hints of vanilla and marshmallow.

Slick mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit chalky. Lacking some body.

Fairly drinkable, but not overly complex.

far333, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew Works Steelworkers' Oatmeal Stout in pint from tap at Bethlehem location. O.G. 1.058 5.4% abv. Black with creamy almost white head which lingered nicely. Not much on the nose. Smooth, milky and refreshing. Taste is similar to an irish stout. Roasted barley, chocolate, and black malts. Brewed with Fuggle and East Kent Golding hops. Medium bodied drinkable stout that won't fill you up.

acurtis, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Varkias41, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the growler a deep dark color of melted chocolate, very little head but what was there remained throughout the drinking.

Aroma offered chocolate and espresso notes.

Tasted of dark chocolate-covered coffee beans, with a deep roastiness, almost burnt-tasting but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but just too thin for the style. Noticably watery where it should've been heftier.

I found this to resemble a good homebrew more than anything. It resembles the typical English oatmeal stouts well enough, and is a good choice when you're at the Brew Works, but they definitely have stronger offerings.

Metalmonk, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of psujesus
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

notes from 11/25/2009
i believe this was on a nitro-tap and not a normal tap

a beautiful very dark brown pour, nice small brown head, a great deal of malts, chocolate, and sweet smells to it, tastes of dark-chocolate and a little oats, a yummy, thick and creamy body to it, went down nice and easy

as stouts are my favorite style im glad i got to try this one, deff a regular order whenever i go there again

psujesus, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Creamy brown, not that much cream despite 75% nitro. Surprsingly thin Literally, the bottom of the barrel accoreding to the Brewmaster. Where is the chocolate malt?Roast and some bitter hoppy just didnt all work together. Least rated of 8 half pints.

Sammy, May 20, 2006
Photo of cfadams17
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. This regular is always a winner. It's a very American oatmeal stout as it balances the smooth oats feel with a slightly rough black patent malt. That makes for a smooth cocoa flavor with a roasted grain and black-roast coffee. Very tasty and a great way to finish off a meal at the brewpub.

tempest, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bdel34, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Greatbarron
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Greatbarron, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Goldorak
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled out of a growler, graciously offered by Ericaweizen and Francisweizen.

Appearance: Dark and opaque, obviously, but with a slight teint of brown when held against harsh light. Not much head to speak of, unfortunately, so it looked like a cup of cold joe.

Smell: Speaking of which, the aroma was almost all torrefied coffee beans, maybe a little hops but quite faint.

Taste: Very calm, almost flat, I guess the seal wasn't too good on this growler. Nonetheless, the roasted malt, pinch of vanilla and acerbic final made this one quite enjoyable.

Goldorak, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of pat_usher
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pat_usher, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

macesq, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Kuhnzie8637
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kuhnzie8637, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

dvanhandel, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of JordanC
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color and kept a good head on it throughout the drink.

Excellent complex smell, mostly malty smells with chocolate and a hint of sweet mixed in. The smell made me exited to drink it, I knew I'd like it before my first drink.

Excellent flavor with strong maltiness and slight oatmeal and chocolate hints. Is very smooth and does not leave behind a strong aftertaste.

Feel in the mouth is awesome. Smooth, full, rich and leaves only a slight aftertaste that is very pleasant

Loved the beer, went excellently with the brewery's BBQ burger and fries. Too bad I live in CA and was just visiting PA, but I bought a shirt to remember the beer by

JordanC, May 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of yuenglingade
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

yuenglingade, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours jet black, with a one finger, slightly offwhite head. Lacing is solid all the way around the glass. Honestly, looks a lot like a Guinness...not that that's a bad thing

S- not much aroma...some roasted malts going on, but you don't expect a ton of smell for the style

T- getting a slight bit of hoppiness from this, with a nice roasted taste as well. Not a lot of chocolate or coffee though

M- thick, and very creamy. Again with the Guinness comparison

D- not the best oatmeal stout I've had, but far from the worst. Solid beer

bigfnjoe, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, near black with cap of dense creamy off-white head. Scent is of light roast, very faint fruit notes, some nut and bread qualities. Taste is of light roast and the faintest presence of nut, bread and grassy hops. Body is light from the nitro and lightens the taste, usually oatmeal stouts are thicker and creamier. A nice beer... lighter flavor and body than expected.

rfgetz, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of theozag
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What it lacks in alcoholic punch, SOS makes up for in complex taste characteristics. This beer is billed as the stout drinker's heaven, but i think this name is a bit of an exageration. SOS does actually have chocolate, nutty, and especially hoppy overtones, but it does not finish as dry as Guinness or Extra Stout. Starts *exactly* like Guinness Draught and only when it begins to leave the tongue does the drinker notice the difference between SOS and the famed Dubliner. The brew is jet black, and it sports a beige head that fades a little faster than that of a pint of Guinness. A very full-bodied stout with tastefully blended flavors, SOS seems to be a carefully crafted stout (whereas Guinness is produced for the masses). I think the chocolate aftertaste is what finally turned me off to this brew. Otherwise it was an excellent stout.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 20SEP03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

theozag, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Bethlehem

Poured a mostly opaque brown-black, with a dense tan head that receded to a thin layer. Almost looked like a nitro, but the taplist didn't indicate it as such, so I'll just say it was "on tap." Aroma of toasted grains, roasty malts, notes of coffee. The taste reflected the aroma, dark roasty malts, ash, burnt coffee, toasted oatmeal, cardboard. Dry and roasty all over with nearly no traces of sweetness, and mildly bitter in the finish. Medium body, fairly drinkable, but pretty lacking in flavor and complexity. Not a great stout, but probably the best flagship offering from Allentown/Bethlehem/Fegley's/whatever.

Rifugium, May 08, 2012
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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
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