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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

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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Photo of claytri
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looked very good, very dark with a fine tan head on it. The smell was of bitter malt and hops. The taste was sharp and bitter, a poor finish to a decent sampler. In the mouth it was watery and dry, a very disappointing texture. I would definately not be drinking this one again.

claytri, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of pezoids
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a very dark opaque brown to a black color. The head was very creamy and sand colored. Not much aroma from this one. There was a definite roastiness in the taste, though. Light in body and really lacked any significant substance. Almost like drinking water with some roasted grains in it. Not that bad though. It did go down pretty easy.

pezoids, May 25, 2003
Photo of mgbickel
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.

Served in a standard pint glass with a thick layer of mocha foam sitting on top of a dark, chestnut brown body. The head dissipated quickly, but laced the glass walls nicely.

The nose is rather weak...watery coffee, roasted malts and a grainy-barley aroma.

Hmmm...the flavor is a lot weaker than I expected...almost a nut brown ale. Some roasted malts and coffee flavors are present from start to finish. Not much else going on here...

The mouth feel is light to medium, watery with very little carbonation.

Not a very impressive offering from these guys. I am a huge fan of this style but was disappointed in this one...

mgbickel, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of George2744
3/5  rDev -21.7%

George2744, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
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 monkeybutler
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a jet, inky black which seemed a little too dark. It's supposed to be a palateable oatmeal stout, and I couldn't get any light to penetrate it. It was obviously pushed with nitrogen, and it had that characteristic head and crisp nitrogen carbonation.

The nose was of roast barley and chocolate, and that's it. It would have been great, except when I realized that they actually added chocolate.

The taste wasn't very impressive. I kind of gathered that the brewmaster tried to counterbalance the sweetness of the chocolate and malt against the bitterness of roast barley, but they didn't balance, they just stepped all over each other, and gave me too much of both.

The body was too thick and syrupy for this low alcohol stout, and the chocolate and burnt barley just didn't work as a cloying flavor.

The drinkability was pretty poor. Too chocolatey, to roasty and doesn't pair well with anything this side of espresso.

I drank this beer before I drank BBW's imperial stout, and I should have reversed the order. This stout out-flavored their impy.

monkeybutler, Feb 26, 2006
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
Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out just like a Guinness, the nitro gives this brew an identical looking head with a creamy frothy look to it. The color is black until looked at through light where it has a reddish hue to it. The smell is of roasted malts and a hint of oats. The taste is a smooth roasted flavor that is pretty easy going. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall it's not a bad stout, just hard to pick when there are so many others to choose from there.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of EFR94
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

EFR94, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The oatmeal stout appears with a thinner head than expected for a nitro-tap system; I was disappointed with how fast the head dissipated. Thought the head does show a dark brown color and good lacing. The smell is roasted with little hops and a slight alcohol nose. Few if any hops jump out in the smell of this beer. The taste was less robust than I had hoped for after seeing the deep black color and the roasted aroma this beer started with. An average oatmeal stout taste filled with roasted character and a slight sweetness on the palate. An alcohol overtone was detectable in the aftertaste of this brew. The mouthfeel was standard for an oatmeal stout, thick yet not overpowering or detracting from the taste. Overall the drinkability of this beer is good; a great way to unwind after a day on the job.

DevilDogBeer, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of cfadams17
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
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 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 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 wheelinshirt
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark, as expected, really a dark brown verging on black with a light cocoa colored head that, while small from the pour, stuck aroung and left some lacing.

Smell was very odd, it took me a minute but i think i pegged it as raw cake batter. It was very unusual but not terrible or a deal breaker--just very surprising.

Taste is much more textbook oatmeal stout. It was smooth, roasted, a little rough, no apparent alcohol showing through these dark malts.

Mouthfeel was creamy, full, maybe a bit chewy. Very satisifying. Drinkability was good. If this was the only beer available and on the house, I would drink them all day, but in reality i prefer many of their other belgian style offerings more sheerly out of personal preference.

wheelinshirt, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of pat_usher
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pat_usher, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Fermenticusrex, May 12, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

malfunxion, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
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 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 Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bdel34, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Kuhnzie8637
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kuhnzie8637, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of yuenglingade
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

yuenglingade, Apr 24, 2014
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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.