Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
Another trip to Lewisburg means that another visit to this gem of a brewpub was in order. I had wanted to try this during a prior visit, but they didn't have it on. Luck was with me on this visit.
Per the beer menu: "Roasted barley is the trademark of a stout, a bittersweet separation from its cousin porte. Our deep black stout is made with a grist containing 15% organic oatmeal to create its remarkable silky texture."
Dark, dark, *DARK* black in color, with a silky, creamy-smooth head. All sorts of lacing of the glass with distinct rings. Sweet in the nose with the roated malt aromas mingling nicely. Top-notch flavor. Chocolatey sweet up front and starts to dry out in the middle. There's an undertone of a coffee note as well, with flecks of Quaker oatmeal dancing in and out. Dry and sweet aftertaste. Serving this through the nitro tap just makes it all the more rich, creamy, and palate-pleasing. At 4.8%, this is something I could drink all damn day. Another winner from a brewpub that's making its way up my list of favorites.
04-15-2006 19:55:57 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
I had this on tap at the brewpub. Not sure if this was nitro or not. I didn't ask. It seemed like it was, but you never know. There was only one stout on at the time.
Comes as a near opaque black with a very tight one finger head of really tiny bubbles. Looked like nitro to me. Great lacing on the glass for the duration of the beer.
Aroma is of dark roasted coffee, dark brown sugar, slight piney hops, and dark grains. The smell of this stout made me want to sip ASAP. Very inviting aroma.
Taste is of sweet dark coffee, deep and rich. There is also a just detectable tartness, kind of like sour apples(?), pleasant, but maybe not to style. Also taste herbal/earthy hops way in the back. Still, this is a very smooth oatmeal stout. Even with the tartness, (astringency?) lactose comes through.
Mouthfeel is luxurious, incredibly smooth cask like carbonation, with a sweetness that is not cloying at all. The finish is fairly short, with a sweet/tart aftertaste.
There were several locals there while I was there, and one of them had this all night long. I can see why, this is a slammer!
07-04-2005 16:40:58 | More by jakester
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Sampled at the brewpub on a recent trip. The beer poured a deep black color with a thick, creamy off white head that gave nice lacing and good carbonation. The aroma was of dark chocolate and roasted coffe. The taste was equally dense and fragrant with some hops to boot on the backend. Just an overall solid stout, another from Selinsgrove.
07-18-2006 02:16:11 | More by ggaughan
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub Another master craftmanship by this brewpub. Only mild roast, and only 4.8% a.b.v. Very opaque brown with a light brown head. Taste nitro-tap even though not listed as that. Creamy mouthfeel consistent with that. Cold coffee and chocolate, great bittersweetness.
11-15-2009 02:20:15 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
On tap via Nitro at the brewpub.
Pours black with some garnet highlights around the bottom and about a finger width's of creamy tan head. This possesses great retention that leaves spotty lacing and some oily, brown residue down the sides of the glass. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate sweetness, oatmeal, coffee, and maybe even just a touch of dark fruit tang hidden back there.
The taste is a great balance of chocolate and caramel flavored sweetness and some more bittering notes of coffee and roasted malts that really play off each other very well. Finishes with more of the sweetness lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lovely with a smooth and incredibly creamy feel from the nitro pour.
This is just a fantastic Oatmeal Stout and is just another in a long line of fantastic beers from the SGB. And I love that it is almost always on when I visit. Great stuff!
05-20-2008 16:37:38 | More by Kegatron
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
This is one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I have ever had. This beer was served to me on tap and on nitrogen. What really stands out in the beer is the mouthfeel. Between the combination of the Oatmeal and nitrogen serve, a beer can't "feel" much better than this.
The beer goes down smooth and has full flavor to it, but not too strong or overwhelming. Seems to have a slight slight hint of chocolate flavor, but I'm not sure if that is intentional or not.
06-18-2008 03:31:43 | More by sorryaboutbrooks
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
This is the second half of a growler purchased yesterday at the Brewery. It also represents my 200th review of a Pennsylvania beer.
A: The stout has lost all of its carbonation, in fact most of it was gone last night when I opened the growler. Regardless of that, the stout is pitch black, looking like freshly brewed coffee.
S: The aroma is burnt malts, sweet oats and just a hint of gingerbread that I did not notice yesterday.
T: The stout does not disappoint taste-wise. The oat grist adds a sweet flavor that manages to meld nicely with the strength of the roasted malts. The roasted flavors come out at the end of the sip, providing a slightly bitter finish after a sweet start. The roasted malts also manage to impart a slightly sour angle that contrasts nicely with the sweetness.
M: Delicious. The growler has lasted approximately 24 hours and I am surprised that it did. The oatmeal adds such a sweet depth to the stout that it seems like a natural match.
D: Selinsgrove is only 1 hour from Harrisburg, well worth the trip for a stout of this calibre.
03-04-2007 19:33:27 | More by akorsak
3.68/5 rDev -12%
A - A thin fingers worth of lush ultra creamy eggshell colored head... The color is a deep dark brown that lets a bit of light leak in around the bottom of the glass where it displays a reddish hue.... Mostly still with limited carbonation...
S - Faint chocolate... Coffee... Some light dark fruit notes...
T - A good bit of molasses... Light chocolate notes... Perhaps a hint of coffee... Some very lightly roasted malt notes...
M - Medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Silky smooth... A bit of chalkiness on the finish...
D - A respectable stout... Not sure I would have pegged it as an Oatmeal Stout though... The nitro-tap pour adds some nice character...
12-29-2011 04:33:49 | More by philbe311
4.9/5 rDev +17.2%
Steve and Heather do a consistently great job on this one. This is an easy drinking, smooth and extremely flavorfull stout. I would describe the flavor as hard toasted and a bit earthy, much better than the normal coffee-like flavor in a lot of stouts. It has a certain sweetness to it also. A great brew that you can still taste in your mouth long after the laste sip(and that's a good thing).
12-02-2003 20:01:21 | More by tnornhold
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
I have had the oatmeal stout on a number of occasions. It is a great beer every time. It pours a rich, black color with a creamy, white head that is large, long-lasting, and adds lacing to the pint from top to bottom. This is one of the best things that Steve makes.
It has a mixture of grain and roasted maltiness. There is a hint of ripe fruitiness as well. The taste is sublime with an very heavy flavor of roasted malted, grain, and that elusive undercurrent of some kind of fruit. There is also a hint of dark chocolate although there is no chocolate in the brew.
The beer is heavy and very creamy in the mouth. I never start with the oatmeal stout when I come here, because I know that I won't taste anything else. It is that good.
05-09-2004 15:36:02 | More by rdrummer
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
brewpub draft, on nitro
a: pint glass serving, deep brown in color, appearing black in the dim old basement pub light, with a full head of mocha colored nitro carbonation, retains a full layer with nice lace
s: nose of bittersweet chocolate and smooth deep roasted barley, cream and coffee, earthy hops and a mineral note, quite nice
m: medium-full body with a typically rich, creamy nitro mouthfeel and delicate carbonation
t: opens on the palate with a blend of bittersweet chocolate and deep roasted barley, some dark toffee sugars, coffee and cream, nice mineral touch with an earthy hop profile, mildly bitter with a lingering finish
o: a great oatmeal stout, lots of character in a drinkable, attractive package
09-03-2013 03:15:45 | More by blackie
3.55/5 rDev -15.1%
I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.
Appearance: The beer pours almost black with a layer of thick off white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.
Smell: Smoke and some roast with a dark fruit note. I was surprised to find not much sweetness at all in this beer.
Taste: Just as the smell lead me to believe, there is hardly any sweet component to this beer. Tons of roasted malt and smoke. I also got some dark fruit and a burnt malt flavor. The finish reminds me of a camp fire.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thin with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.
Overall: There is a ton of burnt malt here, really roasty. I don't think I need more in the future, but It was still pretty good.
11-24-2012 01:30:17 | More by oline73
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
Pours a dark brown, light red tint, thin cap of creamy off-white nitro pour head. Scent leads with an odd rusty, earthy and mineraly profile, moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Taste leads with roasted grain, moderate amounts of coffee and chocolate, faint dark fruit and again a minerally taste. Medium bodied, even with nitro pour, lightly dry, lacking full creaminess expected from combination of pour and style. Some good things going on here, but nothing overwhelmingly good.
12-30-2011 00:56:21 | More by rfgetz
3.93/5 rDev -6%
Pours a deep amber color, almost black. A nice, creamy, off-white color one-finger head that remains throughout most of the beer.
The scent was of light roasted malt, notes of coffee.
The taste was of roasted malt, with some notes of chocolate and some faint notes of coffee.
Full body, very creamy and smooth, low carbonation.
This was a really nice beer, the balance of the flavors was perfect and was pretty easy to drink.
03-26-2012 13:36:05 | More by BeerCon5
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep brown with a nice, tall light tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward roast, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is nice as well with some chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and sugar. Nice full feel from the nitro. Great creaminess. Drinks quite well and is really tasty. Glad this is pretty much always on.
10-24-2010 23:19:36 | More by Thorpe429
Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.