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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout - Santa Cruz Ale Works

Dark Night Oatmeal StoutDark Night Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%


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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yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 20:27:14 | More by yesyouam
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PhiloPsych

California

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 00:31:53 | More by PhiloPsych
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NewGeneric

California

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 19:54:03 | More by NewGeneric
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mactrail

California

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:47:23 | More by mactrail
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:04:58 | More by Gobzilla
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bbothen

California

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:45:05 | More by bbothen
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Docer

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:11:45 | More by Docer
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Arbitrator

California

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 07:47:13 | More by Arbitrator
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rembrant

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 16:42:21 | More by rembrant
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Ghenna

California

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:22:05 | More by Ghenna
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McD0uche

California

3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:36:46 | More by McD0uche
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:19:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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berkey

California

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 19:41:05 | More by berkey
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:33:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
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bulletrain76

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 07:39:26 | More by bulletrain76
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:57:06 | More by alpinebryant
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mdfb79

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Tried at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes mostly of coffee and bitter chocolate. Thought the oatmeal wasn't very present in the taste. Decent.

m - Light carbonation and medium body.

d - A decent stout. Enjoyed the smell a lot more than the taste, but the taste was still decent if you like that bitter baking chocolate taste. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 03:03:25 | More by mdfb79
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 20:33:52 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Halcyondays

California

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a solid light tan head, spots of lace.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, hint of acid.

T: Dark chocolate, some roasted malt flavours. Not terribly sweet, but a good stout flavour if not exactly to style.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy carbonation, gets a bit acrid and chalky on the finish.

D: My first beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works is a solid beer. Not going to blow anyone away or approach the class of Sam Smith's, but a fine quaffing pint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:06:16 | More by Halcyondays
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 16:45:01 | More by Thorpe429
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 05:58:47 | More by DrDemento456
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illidurit

California

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 04:45:32 | More by illidurit
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 27 Jan 2010.

Think this got mixed up with some purchases made with my bil at Ledgers... sorry D...

Poured in a Celis shaker pint. Medium fluffy dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Basically pitch black in color. Aroma is like a chocolate chip cookie, sweet with a touch of cocoa. Flavor is roastier and much more bitter. Finish is a bit charred. Aftertaste of lightly sweetened coffee. Medium body. Expected more body and mouthfeel.

Think my bil got the better deal with whatever beer of mine he ended up with...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:31:35 | More by htomsirveaux
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Very black. Black dynamite black. Khaki four finger head (my pour was a bit too vigorous in my snifter) stuck around for a bit. Left some lacing as the beer was consumed.

Very heavy roasted malt aroma, but that was pretty much it

Roasted malts and a bit sour. Generic bitterness and a semi-metallic finish.

Medium bodied with some astringency. Clean and semi-dry finish, but a bit thin in body overall.

The drinkability factor was very good, but the metallic taste was a bit of a turn off. A bit above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 06:33:04 | More by jeremy13586
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DoubleJ

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Parish Public House, on to the beer:

It's black. The beer does feature some good lacing and good head retention. "Raw" oatmeal makes up most of the aroma. A little roasted, astringent malt in there too. For an oatmeal stout, it is on the more astringent side. The fact that the oats don't add a lot lot of sweetness hurts the beer as well. Bitter chocolate notes dominate. That oatmeal isn't doing a lot of good, rather raw and its cons cancel out its pros. There's a mild hoppiness found halfway through the sip. roasty and astringent. Lacks the creaminess I'd like from an oatmeal stout, kind of undecided about the drinkability.

An up and down beer. Sands the edges to this beer and it could be a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 07:56:59 | More by DoubleJ
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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout from Santa Cruz Ale Works
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