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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
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 Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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 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 WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 tobelerone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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 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 malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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 JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Lehighace06
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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 Gww1864
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
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