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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 73
Photo of ggroller
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not the same Oatmeal Stout I had a few months ago. This one tasted like a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee ice cream. It was absolutely delicious. The beer was black. The head was brown, thick, and amazingly sturdy. Brew Works beers don't typically lace but this one did in a big way. Drinking this glass of beer was a pleasure. I was sad to see it end.

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Photo of psujesus
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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

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Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has an extremely smooth and creamy chocolate malt scent that is accompanied by some black patent malts. The taste is awesome. It has a dessert beer flavor. It is rich and intense with chocolate malts. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and dry with some patent malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. It is so full of chocolatey flavor and aroma; a near perfect drinker.

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Photo of JordanC
4.52/5  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

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Appearance*: Lovely soft creamy mocha brown whipped coffee light tan head sits proud and lasts the distance. Dark black color with some opacity when held to the light, buts it’s a dark offering.

Nose: Dark chocolate and some walnuts, surprisingly. Coffee, caramel and roasted malts. Good nose.

Taste: Lots of dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and caramel all blended nicely into a smooth (rather hoppy I have to say) Oatmeal Stout. Dry dark malty finish. Finishes with a lovely astringent hoppy dark chocolate bitter ending. Smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and oh so easy drinking. If I had any complaint it would be that this is a little too medium in body, a bit thin for an Oatmeal Stout. But this just adds to the Drinkability for me, because there is plenty of nose and flavor in this one to balance out this ‘drawback’.

Drinkability: A solid easy going drinker, enough body and flavor to keep me smacking my lips yet light enough to keep drinking glass after glass. A rather quaffable Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: Sampled a few of these after a trip around the actual Bethlehem Steel Works during one of their open days.

The Oatmeal Stout is definitely one of my favorites from the BBW; I always sample one of these beauties when I get to visit here.

*Edit: I am not sure if this is on Nitro or not, didn’t seem like, so I just added it under ‘On-Tap’ for now.

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Photo of theozag
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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. -

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Photo of cooch69
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at Bethlehem Brew Works.

This poured from the tap with a cascading effect just like any other Nirto Beer you'd get. It settled into a creamy tan head.

Right off the bat I just want to say that Bethlehem beers are awesome. They never let their customers down. This was one of their regular offerings that I never had yet.

It was really roasty malty on the nose with some dark chocolate. their was a nice waft of peat smokiness that made my mouth water.

Taste was creamy and roasty malts with chocolate and a tad burnt coffee notes. Once again peaty smoky notes make this beer more complex and enjoyable cuz I like smoke. A bit deeper in flavor than some other beers that might be compared to it.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Bethlehem's Flagship beers-- one of 3 on tap year round, and for good reason. The stout pours a beautiful deep brown and is complemented by a creamy tan head. The beer is suprisingly smooth, and the malt character comes out in the fist sip. Earthen flavors of coffee, maybe some slight choco. Aftertaste finishes dry and burnt, almost like an extra stout. Even with the oatmeal addition, the slightly increased alcohol is not apparent at all and makes this a very drinkable beer; not one that sits heavily. My favorite of the flags, and I have no qualms about ordering this with anything from the menu. A nicely balanced and wonderful representation of an Irish Oat Stout.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of sampler tray at the brew pub.
Served as a dark brown with slight tan head. Smell is a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Taste is fantastic with coffe, chocolate, and roasted malt with a dry texture. A nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Great beer

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, the highlight Bethlehem Brew Works. A deep dark black brew with a nice covering of tan foam. The brew spits aromas of chocolate, coffee, and dark roasty malts. It even had a bit of oatmeal in the nose which made for a very interesting addition to the whiffer. An absolute delite for your nose.

It is smooth and rich. It is full of body and flavor. The chocolate is there. So is the coffee. Yes, this is what an oatmeal stout is about. Many small brewpubs make theirs a bit thin and lacking flavor, but BBW does not. It was flavorful, and had all the right stuff. A wonderful after-dinner (or lunch), dessert, or whenever beer for me. I will be back there very very soon. Guess what I'm having.

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Photo of splat215
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first attempts to break out of my macro-beer life was an Oatmeal stout (not this one.) At that time I wrote it off as the worst beer I'd ever had, and vowed to never, ever try this style again.

So while at the Brewworks I was a little wary of seeing the Oatmeal Stout appear in my sampler. I hesitated as I danced around the other beers first, but then went for this one.

And wow. I am a convert.

Dark, delicious looking appearance. Screams "I AM A STOUT!". Oatmeal comes across strong and clean in the smell. Taste is very well balanced, with the oats contributing to, but not ruling over the stout party. Smooth mouthfeel, high drinkability. The Brewworks delivers on this one

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Photo of hopdog
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub.

Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with an offwhite head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, light vanilla, and hints of oatmeal. Aromas and tastes were on the subtle side. Creamy and smooth body that went down very easy.

Notes from 5/15/05

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Photo of Jarod
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours into the glass a thick dark chocolate color. Heavy. The head is a dense creamy tan/beige color. The lace seems to stick to the glass. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, raisins and light hints of alcohol. Slightly sweet to the nose also. The taste is thick, has hints of a sweet chocolate coffee, malt, and light fruit. The taste is kind of dry at the end. It is a good Irish stout, a pleasure to drink. The kind of beer you could drink more of.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one very good and hearty stout, from start to finish. There is a sweet coffee-chocolate aroma, although not too strong, that makes itself available at the first sip. By mid-pint, this stout is imbedded into your soul, and goes down very smoothly. My wife even drinks this beer... It is not super sweet like the Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It is a good, old-fashoined knife-and-fork stout. Bottoms up!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A great brew from the BBW and a nice home-town stout, but not one of the best. This brew is an opaque dark black colour with a small tan head, that dissipates quickly. The aromas are heavily of nuts, chocolate, a bit of caramel, roasted malts, and a bit of hops. The taste is a little too nutty for me, but the roasted flavors and the chocolate come through nicely as well. The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery for a stout like this. I know that some people like a real easy drinking stout, but I like something to "chew" on. Granted the drinkability of this brew is still damn good, since I can polish off a growler by myself anytime. Nice one!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice foamy head which sticks around until the last sips. This stout had a typical dark, black color. Nice mildly roasted flavor, but not too strong. Quite drinkable.

A smooth and creamy flavor, typical of most oatmeal stouts. Nothing overly unique, but nice and pleasant flavor. Goes good on its own, with dinner and even with dessert.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured and served with the cascading effect that I have come to love of a nitrogen pour...when it finally settled, the beer was black with a thick, creamy, off white head that stood two fingers tall...the head became rocky and settled to a full cap and left behind some decent lacing

S - With the thick head, the aromas were impeded...but I could pick up some rolled oats, dark and milk chocolate, and some roasted notes

T - First sip brings out the milk chocolate and even some subtle hints of vanilla...the middle is where the roasted malts and rolled oats shine...they soften the flavors and settle nicely on the palate...the dark chocolate, and some coffee, come in towards the finish and leave with a slightly bitter tingle

M - Medium bodied...not quite full...smooth and creamy as it should be...slight bitterness

O - This was a good representation for the style...from the pour, to the flavors, to the finish...the nose could have used some more power and the body could have been fuller...but this is one that I would order for dessert again

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown color with a healthy head almost two fingers high. The nose is mildly roasty. The body is solid and the mouthfeel is creamy. A trace of chocolate is discernible in the flavor profile.

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Photo of ark57
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This opaque black beer has a chocolate aroma. Its full body is very smooth and tatstes of roasted coffee and some bitter cocoa. It has a slight sweetness to it which lingers with the silky finish. This would go great with dessert or by itself in place of coffee.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  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

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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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