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Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SchmichaelJ on 04-18-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bigfnjoe, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high expectations for this oatmeal stout at the small, quaint and historic Selin's Grove Brewing Company. This brew did not disappoint. It arrived at my table as a beautiful, deeply black pint with a very well-defined head. I must have stared at the demarcation between black liquid and creamy beige head for a few minutes. The smell was undoubtedly of roasted, even burnt malt, with the subtlest hint of hops. The taste of this stout blew me away at first. I don't think I've ever tasted beer this fresh. It was so very smooth and creamy, and the bitter roasted taste seemed almost perfect with my cravings for beer at the time. It also complemented my curry chicken salad very well. The mouthfeel was full and hearty, as expected, but I was very impressed with the creamy smooth texture. I'd highly recommend the Shade Mtn. Stout as a first introduction to the excellent brewpub located in upstate Selingsgrove, PA. I'm unaware of a location where one might find a superior oatmeal stout brewed in PA in such small quantities. A wonderful beer, overall.

SchmichaelJ, Apr 18, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

sirsteve42, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jspriest, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ggaughan, Jul 18, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at SGB on 6/20/10.

A - Emerged from the beer engine as a dark brown liquid with burgundy highlights around the edges and a full finger's worth of bubbly tan froth on top that disappeared, leaving no traces of lacing at all.

S - Roasty malt character with a pleasant cocoa aroma and some lactic notes. Pretty subtle otherwise, but quite nice overall.

T - Roasted malt with cocoa notes. Definitely not as acetic as the nitro version. Hint of caramel sweetness in the middle, followed by a nutty malt character. Finishes with a slight earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and really smooth mouthfeel, perhaps a tad watery overall, but still retains a creamy cask feel.

D - I think I actually prefer this on cask. Shade Mountain is easily one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts out there, and it was a pleasure to sample it on cask for the first time.

ffejherb, Jun 30, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

blackie, Sep 03, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap at the Selin’s Grove Brewery during a quiet Saturday afternoon visit.

Appearance: Dark black body with a nitrogenous impregnated tan colored head. Finely dissolved conditioning is very supportive. Archetypal looks.

Nose: Heavy on the roasted malts and chocolate stout. Soft aromas lick the edges of the glass but hang nicely above the thick head.

Taste: At only 4.8% this one is a real treat and packs plenty of flavors into its well attenuated body. Milky coffee, roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate and some carbon covered grain. Very smooth, the transient flavors have seemingly invisible seams.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy deep blanket texture with an incredibly smooth and inviting feel. Lipsmacking stuff.

Drinkability: The Nitro dispense aided both the smooth feel and light body but more than anything the quaffability excels.

Overall: Highly enjoyable and not that bad a substitute for the previously anticipated White Horse Porter which sadly was not available. The Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout is another favorite from Selin’s Grove, a great outfit that produces some highly accomplished brews, & this is definitely one of them. Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 05, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer on nitro tap at the pub. Beer is dark brown and hazy with a tiny nitro head of tiny bubbles. Lots of lacing, low aeration.

Beer has a mildly sweet and mildly roasty aroma, smells good.

Beer is creamy and soft on the palate with minimal lead off sweetness and a nice bitter roasty finish. The beer is fleshed out in the midpalate by the oatmeal and it's very drinkable. I could kill a lot of this, low alcohol is a bonus as well.

drabmuh, Dec 12, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Kegatron, May 20, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown body with some lighter brown highlights...a creamy tan head formed and retained very well while drinking...not much lacing

S - Wonderful aromas of chocolate, oats, and roasted malts

T - This is one tasty beer...the flavors just explode on your palate and one doesn't stand out among the others...the oats play an important role making this an oatmeal stout...the malts are roasted and toasted to perfection and they don't leave a bitterness...a chocolate and coffee flavor are present which (the coffee) leaves a desirable bitterness

M - Full bodied...wonderful on nitro...so so creamy

D - This is my favorite oatmeal stout and my favorite SGB...so far...I had this as my dessert beer and it just hit the spot

thain709, Jul 26, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

akorsak, Mar 04, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An old, but never tired, standard at SGB that I have never taken the time to review. Sometimes you take good things for granted!

A-Deep dark brown that leaves small amounts of light through around the edges. Topped by a tight, medium tan head that receded to a small cap and left hefty lacing.

S-Rich and roasty with a note of a sour twang. Hints of coffee and toffee in the background.

T-Rich and meaty roasted malt with a bit coffee. Sweet caramel and toffee notes come out upon warming. A mild hop bite finishes things off.

M-Medium body with a super smooth and creamy texture. Mild bitter bite and long lasting flavours abound.

D-what's that you need a quality oatmeal stout? Good thing this is on then! Wonderful stuff. Smooth, luscious with an excellent full body of flavour. This is just about everything you could want in a regularly offered, everyday drinking stout.

Deuane, Oct 12, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a medium brown with some amber highlights at the bottom of the glass, with a frothy tan head.

S-Sweet notes blend with a medium roastiness and a bit of a sour note in the background.

T-Quite tasty. Roasted malt, some sweetness and a slight bitterness in the finish.

M-Silky smooth. Great body for the style and ABV.

D-A very sessionable oatmeal stout.

HV

sholland119, Mar 29, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another magnificent brew from the fine folks at the Selin's Grove Brewing Company. A dark, nearly opaque black brew with a nice head of espresso coloured foam. The aromas are of a lightly toasted oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate, malted milk-ball malts, and more. The taste follows through with some lovely roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors. For such a low abv brew this one really delivers with some intense stout flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and blissful and the drinkability is awesome as well. Another winner in this brewpubs line-up of winners.

francisweizen, Mar 08, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

jakester, Jul 04, 2005
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Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.