Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 37
Photo of claytri
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of pezoids
2.72/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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...

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of monkeybutler
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
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