Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-31-2005 12:53:49 | More by Billolick
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
07-28-2005 16:09:26 | More by DevilDogBeer
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
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
07-12-2005 01:13:29 | More by tgbljb
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
06-10-2005 00:38:12 | More by Goldorak
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
02-28-2005 19:09:02 | More by WesWes
4.95/5 rDev +29.6%
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.
02-10-2005 13:59:44 | More by ggroller
2.4/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
08-09-2004 04:48:39 | More by claytri
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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, thats 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 Ive had from Bethlehem. It went down like silk and was a pleasure to consume.
Comments Thanks to francisweizen for this Oatmeal Stout.
07-02-2004 00:37:51 | More by RoyalT
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-22-2004 19:36:35 | More by ark57
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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!
11-11-2003 17:37:54 | More by francisweizen
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
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. -
11-09-2003 16:52:49 | More by theozag
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-08-2003 17:31:37 | More by ElGuapo
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-18-2003 12:53:32 | More by 99bottles
2.7/5 rDev -29.3%
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.
05-25-2003 07:58:56 | More by pezoids
4.05/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-03-2002 09:32:07 | More by Jarod
4.05/5 rDev +6%
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!
06-22-2002 05:15:04 | More by goindownsouth
Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
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