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Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 71
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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

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Beer added by: SchmichaelJ on 04-18-2003

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on Nitro pour at the pub served chilled in a glass.

The color is black except for a brown hue at the base with creamy light beige head and small bead with head retention good and lace that sticks well. The aroma is roasty with a sweetened coffee type odor with mild caramel and roasted malt scents. The feel is smooth and rich with moderate roasted grain and nitro feel giving a cask-type creaminess with mild sweetness mid palate with light toasted texture continuing into the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very mild for the style with subtle malt and gentle roasted quality yet there is a moderate amount of that roastey flavor with slight grain sweetness and caramel with subtle yeast smoothness and low bitterness in general. This is a very drinkable stout which is more on the sessionable side, but has enjoyable flavor and is quaffable in every way.

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Photo of blackie
4.33/5  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

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Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thain709
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
6/5/6/4/13 (3.4/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  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.

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Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  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.

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Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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