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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-27-2009)
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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Santa Cruz Ale Works Dark Night Oatmeal Stout is a dark ruby black ale with a brown sugar colored, gel-topped dense foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There is deep roast in the aroma with notes of oatmeal cookies, raisins and chocolate chips. It is medium bodied and very dry with an acidic finish. It's sweet at first, with notes of chocolate and berry. The finish is long and bitter. It kind of tastes like oatmeal cookies. It's bitter, dry and full flavored. I'm impressed.

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light and a thin brown head leaving a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely got a whiff of the roasty chocolate malts some coffee notes, a bit of oat grains, and hints of booze lingering in the back ground.

T: the chocolate roasted malts pretty much dominated the palate with oat grain flavors, coffee accents, and a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, malty, mild astringent, and slight boozy finish.

D: the brew was drinking real good for a stout and I am glad I picked this up while I was up in santa cruz.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of bbothen
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into small snifter. All I had available chief.

Pours a deep black with a small less than 1 finger deep tan bubbly head.

Smells of sweet milk, oats, chocolate, and some faint coffee. I like.

Toasted malts, nice chocolate like bitterness, sweet malted milk, plum, fruity. Tasty.

Smooth, creamy, full bodied, low carbonation.

My favorite brew so far from Santa Cruz Ale Works. Will buy again when I have some money as right now I'm poor. Broke ass poor. Chose to buy this over some stupid ass bananas. Werd.

Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ghenna
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rembrant
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look I got a rather vigorous head. This was a bottle I bought and stashed about 6 mo ago,so maybe it built more carbonation in the bottle.

Aroma,solid stouty scents of raisins,dried cherries,and dates. Some molasses and dark chocolate lurking in a deep roastedness.
Not as aromatic as some but a good array.

Flavor. Pretty good. Not one of the best Oat Stouts though. There's a flash of Dark chocolate but overall more leaning to a coffee-ish,and even that's secondary to a dark roasted malt+grain
For an Oat Stout,leans more to the bitter/dry side than most though that could shift as it warms more.

Indeed,warmer it gained a bit of body and sweetness,the coffee taste steps up more and the finish is smoother. I'm getting a little Sherry in the flavor mix.

The finish isn't quite spot on,a little too English dry. Ideally the hops merge a bit with some chocolate or coffee note to do the finish,here it's more on it's own.

Drinkability...I had the whole bomber.. It's a bit burly to drink in bulk but a middleweight stout overall. Finishing it was a bit slow but painless.

It's good beer,and I'd agree with those who say a few tweaks could make it better.

Photo of McD0uche
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zach_Voth
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kborning
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of berkey
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mrip
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark black ale with a lasting tan head. Smell of roasted malts, a light hop presence, some malt sweetness, Smoke, chocolate malt and some oat .

Taste of mainly black patent malt, a dry slightly bitter flavored stout. A bit of smokey malt adds some complexity. Relatively light in the body, at 6 percent this is ok though. Beer finishes a little dry for my preferences.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Very dark brown with barely transparent edges and a lasting tan head of good size. The aroma is an almost awkward mix if oats, deeply roasted to almost burnt malt, and hops. The roasty, oaty, and hoppy combination works a bit better in the flavor. Things start of with some bitter chocolate and end with a firm hoppy bitterness. There is also a mineral quality. Relatively robust with creamy carbonation. Alright, but erring a little to hard and bitter for a sweet stout. The malt is there, but this seems to follow the SC Ale works model of high hop bitterness, and it holds the balance back here.

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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
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