Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.25/5 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
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a light brown head on top. It's creamy looking, it's got a light lacing and strong retention. The smell of the beer is roasted, it's a little sweet smelling too. Good malt profile on the nose not much hops. The taste is also roasted, some sweetness to it with a subtle bitter chocolate flavor in there too. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Very drinkable beer. Overall it was really good.
10-28-2012 17:57:42 | More by Knapp85
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
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-12-2010 05:02:56 | More by drabmuh
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
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
Served on-tap at the Selin's Grove brewpub into a pint glass.
A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and a bit of lactic sweetness. Very subtle nose but in a good way.
T - Nice creamy feel with hints of coffee, chocolate, light hop bitterness, and some lactic sweetness. Very good overall balance of flavors blend well with the low ABV. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering dark roast. Excellent stuff.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Lush, creamy, feel with plenty of lingering roast in the finish.
O - Very good. I really enjoyed this one. The combination of light roast and low ABV. make this one extremely drinkable and quite enjoyable. You can't go wrong with this one.
03-30-2011 18:59:25 | More by orangesol
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap at SGB served in their typical "footed pils" type of glassware. This brew appears brown in color with a creamy tan cap. Awesome retention to the cap of froth that sits atop of this brew. As it slowly fades, it leaves a webbing of lacework all over the glass.
The smell of this brew is chocolate malt, sweet with a light note of fruity hops to alcohol inclusion. There is a minor note of minerals noted throughout the body which adds some depth to the brew's nose. At times it smells a bit green and yeasty but not overly done and distracting. Some herbal hops are evident as the brew warms up.
The taste is chocolate malt with a note of yeast meets alcohol providing a bit of a young character to the brew. There is a moderate to mild contrasting bitterness which comes from the hops and some mineral character that balances out the sweet chocolate notes.
This is quite an easy drinking brew that is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is quite smooth and creamy in the feel that is very enjoyable. It is fairly clean and balanced and has the right amount of alcohol to let you sit and enjoy a few of these.
07-04-2011 20:26:39 | More by stakem
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
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-08-2005 16:35:27 | More by francisweizen
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Presentation: On tap at the Selins 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 Selins Grove, a great outfit that produces some highly accomplished brews, & this is definitely one of them. Recommended.
09-05-2005 07:41:01 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
3.75/5 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
3.25/5 rDev -22.2%
Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a super thick and foamy tan head like a milkshake. Aroma of light sweet roasted malt. Flavor of sweet oatmeal, roasted malt, and light bitter chocolate. Smooth from the nitro. Meh, this was ok but didn't stand out from any other oatmeal stout.
12-28-2008 20:15:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5 rDev -13.2%
Sampled from Growler.
Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel, and a little oaty. Tastes of chocolate, oats, coffee, and roast. Thinner body.
Notes from and tasted on 12/16/07
11-17-2008 01:51:43 | More by hopdog
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-30-2010 00:51:41 | More by ffejherb
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-12-2008 06:44:35 | More by Deuane
4.22/5 rDev +1%
Shade Mountain comes off of a nitro-tap, and it therefore has the typical nitro look. Dark body that is thick and opaque, and a slab of brown head. Both retention and lacing are quite good.
The aroma is a bit muted, with chocolate and coffee sticking out.
Chocolate and toffee lead things off, buttressed by a good bit of roasted malt. Next comes a fantastic coffee flavor that the replaces the chocolate and toffee, but only eclipses the roasted malt briefly. The roast lingers throughout the entire beer, as does a sweetness that hangs out in the background.
Big, smooth, oily, nitro-tap.
I'm no fan of nitro taps, and a I really wonder what this one tastes like on a normal gas system or on-cask. Even on nitro, this beer is very good, and I dig the big flavors but relatively low ABV.
08-15-2011 15:44:44 | More by Hojaminbag
Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.