Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works
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3.65/5 rDev +6.7%
Brought out by Corpulent to watch the UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale ("who left their dirty socks on my bunk/whoever drank my last muscle milk is gonna pay!").
Black and brown pour, tan head. Super roasty notes, bitter aroma, more astringent than just about any oatmeal stout that comes to mind.
Same on the tongue, bitter, pronounced roast to it. Avoids being chocolatey, coffeeness, probably from the oatmeal addition. There are slight chocolate notes in it, no doubt, but whatever quotient the oats are in this, they don't seem to be high enough, you get more bitter than smooth here, which isn't bad, just unexpected in what labels itself an oatmeal stout.
Tons of smokiness to this, the most again, of any oatmeal stout. A definite recommend for rauchbier aficionados. I happened to like the beer for what it was, which was kind of an aberation given the label. Good price at under $5 a bomber make this an overall good beer at a good price.
06-07-2011 21:19:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass:
A: Pours an oily black obsidian that shows up brown/red at odd angles. A nice little head appears but subsides quickly. Spotted lacing here and there.
S: Mmmm. This smells really good. Roasted, toasted malts and coffee, chocolate, oats, maybe oak.
T: Burnt and toasted malts and oats. Bitter coffee is prevalent on the end. A bit less than the smell, but still decently flavorful.
M: Not terribly carbonated. Textured, with a medium body. Finishes dry. A good feeling.
O: This wasn't bad at all. I think if they beefed up the bite a little bit this one would rock.
02-16-2012 04:36:46 | More by McD0uche
3.9/5 rDev +14%
Snagged up a 22oz to try... pulled right out of my 12 deg. C cooler.
- Mocha fluffy head... down to a large wavy ring of lace, subtle amounts around the middle... rich solid black brew... not thin looking by any means.
- Light oats, sweet grains... chocolate.. sweet candies.. bitterness.. coffee.. all rather light and simple..
- Big bitterness.. grassy, oats, sweet grains, coffee.. chocolate... rather flavorful...
- Medium bodied.. creamy, slightly drying.
- Overall a solid stout... and that is about it. Bet it's great on tap locally.
09-22-2010 00:11:45 | More by Docer
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
Served on draft at Hopyard in San Ramon.
Typical stout in appearance. Near black in body, smallish tan head with good retention. Lacing is very good.
Aroma is fairly subdued with bitter chocolate as the most noticeable characterictic.
The chocolately bitterness is even more pronounced on first sip along with some pleasant roasted malt flavors. Leaves me wishing for more complexity though. I'm picking up a surprising amount of alcohol aftertaste for a medium ABV beer. Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and creamy to meet the demands of the style but not as much so as some better examples I've had.
Not bad. I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again if I see it on tap but I likely won't knock another stout out of rotation in favor of this one.
05-21-2009 19:41:05 | More by berkey
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Look: Black as night (pun intended) 1/8 inch tan head and no retention with some spotty lacing
Smell: Copious amounts of oatmeal on the nose with just a touch of coffee and chocolate
Taste: Upfront is a touch of oatmeal sweetness backed up by some roasted malt and a very lingering ash flavor on the finish
Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than medium and mildly carbonated and a bit chewy
Overall: I think this is an above average oatmeal stout and I will happily drink this again
01-07-2012 03:33:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.25/5 rDev -5%
Damn I question if this is going to be good since the first pour explodes with a full two inch of head that takes a while to settle. Color is a nice tan head and the beer is a dark pitch black.
S - Hard to tell if any off smells but most dark chocolate, roast, bittering hops, and some charcoal.
T - Taste is kind of thin with not very much flavors in the chocolate department. Taste like roasted water with some smoke and coffee roast. Eh,,,
M - This is the worst aspect. Way too carbonated making this way too light to drink ruining all flavors associated with oatmeal stout...
Overall nothing to track down and a far step down from word class examples of the styles. Drinkable but barley passable.
09-23-2012 05:58:47 | More by DrDemento456
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a viscous inky plack below tightly bubbled milk chocolate head. Smells super roasty, but not burnt. MF is much lighter than I expected given the color, nice and creamy. Mild sweetness that is balanced by the roast flavor.
Pleasant beer, all told. Quality example of an oatmeal stout, though I'd prefer it with a bit less roasted malt flavor.
02-08-2011 04:22:05 | More by Ghenna
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours near black with a single-finger tan head. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward some good roast and chocolate, tending toward the roast. The flavor is quite roasty with some espresso and chocolate behind. Mouthfeel takes a turn for the worse, as it's a bit thin and really harsh with an acrid roast character that is quite dry. Hurts the flavor as well. Okay, though I wouldn't seek this out again.
06-17-2011 16:45:01 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +19.9%
Color is opaque brown with a dark tan head. The smell is mostly of toast. Taste notes include: oatmeal, molasses, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel not as creamy as others in this style, but taste is perfectly on point--aftertaste and finish are rich and roasty.
07-09-2009 00:31:53 | More by PhiloPsych
3/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a very dark brown with a huge, fluffy tan head that stays for several minutes. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate and some roasted notes. Taste is very similar, lots of bitter dark chocolate, with the faintest hint of brown sugar. Not as much oatmeal flavor as I would like. Feel is very thin with lots of carbonation. Would have liked it a little creamier. Decent beer, but nothing to write home about. The best thing this has going for it is the bitter chocolate, and is not the usual sugar bomb that stouts are turning into these days.
09-20-2013 03:52:33 | More by Samuel906
4.03/5 rDev +17.8%
Mmm...had this the other night while watching a movie. It poured a very dark brown with creamy beige head that left good lacing. Smelled of fruit, grains, and alcohol. Tasted like chocolatey malts, grains, and a little bit of toffee. Was very smooth, though slightly overcarbonated. Wanted more when it was over.
07-05-2009 19:54:03 | More by NewGeneric
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewing pint glass...
A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger froathy head on a fairly passive pour. Head retention is decent at best, and there is next to no lacing to be had...
S - chocolate and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty roasty...
T - Chocolate, sweet caramel, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Ends roasty with some bitter chocolate lingering. Finish is pretty bitter. Abv is well hidden...
M - A little light for an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends pretty dry...
O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but not something I will purchasing again. The price is right at five dollars, but the lack of abv really kills this for me. An overall average oatmeal in my books. Spend another five and get a BORIS...
05-14-2011 20:33:52 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.03/5 rDev +17.8%
What an amber ale would taste like if you tossed in a lot of black malt.
Opaque brownish black in the glass. Head is modest but nice carbonation lingers and contributes to the robust mouthfeel. Malty and rich for a stout. A touch of the burnt malt flavor, but without any unpleasant sourness. Hops discretely take over but bitterness doesn't overwhelm.
Maybe this doesn't match any of the classic stout profiles but I think it's very satisfying and full of flavor.
09-17-2010 02:47:23 | More by mactrail
2.5/5 rDev -26.9%
Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa powder, and slight coffee aromas. Whoa, the taste is not good on this one. I get some roasted malt, oats, and cocoa powder but the overall taste is very watery and not balanced. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer which is surprising because this one pours and smells very good.
10-09-2011 07:41:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.03/5 rDev -40.6%
A- Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, reviewed live. Massively over-carbonated. Quarter glass pour had the head (admittedly an attractive light cocoa brown) spilling over the top and into my hand. Good start. Very fluffy and foamy head and a deep black body.
S- Pronounced coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes, but otherwise smells like the average oatmeal stout. Maybe even a bit mealy.
T- Coffee and bitterness with some roast malts. Finishes bitter and somewhat soapy tasting. Not great.
M- Way too thin and the carbonation is too aggressive for the style for me.
O- Not utterly bad, but the negatives heavily outweigh the positives for me. Avoid.
02-22-2012 02:18:54 | More by Murrhey
3.15/5 rDev -7.9%
On tap at the Parish Publick House. Amazing cascading carbonation. Dark brown with red hues, light beige foam, lots of lacing. Powdery chocolate aroma with some roasted malt. Flavor is roasted with semisweet chocolate and a dry, burnt coffee finish. A little too watery overall.
02-28-2009 04:45:32 | More by illidurit
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
Chilled bomber into a snifter, split with ramnuts in PDX.
A: Poured an opaque brown with a thin tan head. Retention is pretty short, and there isn't much lacing. Sadly, I think this category is going to be the deal-breaker for an otherwise enjoyable stout.
S: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, and coffee. Pleasant and solid.
T: Leads with chocolate and roasted malt. On the sweeter side, but oatmeal / grain characteristics mellow it out in the mid-taste, leaving room for coffee to bring it to a slightly bitter finish. Roast in the aftertaste. There are mild fruity characteristics throughout, mostly plum, but there isn't a specific point in which they enter.
M: Medium-full bodied; low carbonation. Very creamy and rests well on the palate.
D: This beer isn't an imperial this-or-that, so I think it'll get missed by most, but it is a pretty solid beer. Hopefully it'll get some recognition as a regular purchase by locals. I don't remember the price, but I think it was pretty affordable. While it's not as excellent as some others (Velvet Merlin comes to mind), it's solid enough that I'll buy it again.
11-06-2009 07:47:13 | More by Arbitrator
Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
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